Category Archives: Blogging & Photography

Starting a Blog or Website

Hi everyone! I encourage anyone and everyone who is thinking about making a blog to JUST DO IT! It is so much fun and it is never too late! No one can offer what you can because your perspective is totally unique!

Here’s a few tips/FAQs about starting:

Where did you buy your domain?

I bought blushinginhollywood.com from webhostinghub.com on 7/14/14. I pay $14.99/year for domain registration.

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Small Business Saturday 2017

Good morning everyone! Just in case anyone has money left over after Black Friday, I wanted to give a shout out to some of my favorite small businesses for Small Business Saturday! Most of these are run by ladies who are also my friends! I see how hard they work and I am just so proud of them, so I have to support them however I can!

Aruna Threading Studio

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Chicago Trip – A&C Live Show, Shopping, Eataly, and more!

A few weekends ago I traveled to Chicago with my friends Annabelle and Meagan for the live show of their podcast Adderall & Compliments. I have been helping the girls in any way I can for the past few months after I saw what an incredible impact they have had on their community of listeners (referred to as “kittens”) all over the world. Annabelle and Meagan have shared on the podcast about their mental health ups and downs and the response has been incredible. Kittens at every show come up to the girls with tears in their eyes saying they have changed their lives and they are forever grateful. They feel so much less alone and like someone finally understands them and what they’re going through and that is just priceless. People have said they were contemplating suicide and the podcast got them through their low point and now they have finally reached out and gotten help- it’s amazing. I think the work they are doing is SO important so I am doing whatever I can to support them in their mission- hence why I have been traveling with them for their live shows!

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How to Take Good Pictures Selfie Secrets

I’ve been getting lots of compliments on my selfies lately, so I thought I’d share some of my best Selfie Secret tips! I did a few posts before about Kim Kardashian’s Selfie Secrets and Selfie Secrets Part Two – Shayla Taught Me, but I’m always learning new tips and tricks! I’ve also included some recent selfies from my Instagram @blushinginhollywood so you can see the tips in action!

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Selfie Secrets Part Two – Shayla Taught Me

Since my Kim Kardashian‘s Selfie Secrets post has been getting a lot of love lately, I thought everyone might be interested in some tips from another selfie queen- @MakeupShayla from Instagram and YouTube. Here’s the video that inspired this post:

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Kim Kardashian’s Selfie Secrets

Ever wonder how Kim Kardashian takes all of her incredible selfies? Wondering why your makeup doesn’t pop in your photos like hers does? I’m here to tell you some of Kim Kardashian’s selfie secrets:

Kim Kardashian Selfie Lighting

You always want to make sure your photos have great lighting. Great lighting comes from natural, indirect sunlight or artificial light that comes from in front of you (not above you because that casts shadows on your face). If you don’t have your own a fancy ring light or want to take good pictures when you are out at night with not a lot of lighting options you can do what Kim Kardashian does and use a Lumee Illuminated Cell Phone Case:

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Blushing in Hollywood Blog’s One Year Anniversary!

I started Blushing in Hollywood because I wanted to make a YouTube channel, but didn’t have a proper camera. The blog seemed like a good way to dip my toe into the online beauty community and to talk about my other favorite topic- dating. One thing I love about the blog is although it hasn’t created its own “beauty community” it still connects me to people constantly. I love when friends I haven’t talked to in years send me Facebook messages or texts asking for beauty advice!

One thing I didn’t realize about blogging before I started was the endless learning process it becomes. From HTML to SEO, graphic design, wordpress.com vs. .org, image optimization, Google analytics, legal terms and conditions, lighting, camera specs, etc. I’ve learned a TON this past year. I figured you just started a free blog and wrote some good content and then people would read it and send you cool free stuff and you’d make money, but nope it’s not quite that simple. I definitely need to thank all of my friends and family for their support with the blog! It wouldn’t be what it is today without their encouragement, ideas, support, help, etc. Thank you all!! If you’re thinking about starting a blog just go for it! You don’t have to be the best at anything or be an expert to share what you love and what you’re passionate about.

I thought it might be fun for the first birthday/anniversary of BIH to post the

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