Good morning, friends! It’s been a busy morning. We fit in two early photo shoots, and then we picked up my littlest from a week of overnight camp. It’s so good to have her home! Now I’m sitting down to wrap up this Instagram Roundup I started putting together yesterday. I hope you enjoy it!
I wore this LBD to church last Sunday. LOFT is running a great sale — 40% off everything with the code BESTFRIENDS at checkout. That brings this adorable dress down to $35.99! For size reference, I’m wearing the medium.
I wore this outfit to the mall one day last week. I love grey and white together, and the burgundy bag gives it a bit of a fall flair.
grey linen tee (similar for less) // white crop jeans (similar for less and no distressing; these are on sale) // pewter ballet flats (similar) // dog clip saddle bag // wire hoops // bracelet & necklace c/o WHBM
I was trying this sleeveless plaid shirt to see if I liked it so I shared it on Instagram to get feedback. It’s been fully stocked, and suddenly this morning it is gone from the website. I am baffled (and a bit peeved.) Le sigh…
I put this outfit together from #NSale pieces to share on Instagram. The bad news is, everything is back to full price. The good news is, it is all fully stocked!
Sharing another #NSale outfit. Now I’m thinking I should have posted this Instagram Roundup last weekend while everything was still on sale.
This is a selfie I took last Sunday after our photo shoot. This outfit is coming to the blog this week. Crossing my fingers that this plaid shirt gets restocked.
This is pretty much what I’ve been living in this week. It’s been soooooo hot and humid here in Philly.
I wore this to meet my hubby for lunch earlier this week and to stock up on Whole 30 friendly foods at Trader Joe’s. Our Trader Joe’s is about 30 min away, but it’s right near Paul’s office, so we decided to make a date out of it.
U-Neck Tee // white crop jeans (similar for less and no distressing; these are on sale) //Miller sandals // eternity necklace // leopard watch + pearl spike cuff // beaded bracelets c/o Alex and Ani // tassel hobo (I also love this one, and this is a cute budget-friendly option)
I picked up these flowers at Trader Joe’s. I’ve been enjoying them all week.
This top is sold out, but I picked it up at Kohl’s earlier in the season. They do have this one, with the same sentiment. I wore it to my work out appt on Thursday morning.
I wore this to the mall with a friend. It was ridiculously hot but I knew we’d be cool inside the mall and I was tired of living in shorts.
similar light green skinnies (same brand and style; different shade of green) // gauze tie front top // Miller sandals // similar saddlebag and also here // beaded bracelets c/o Alex and Ani // eternity necklace
I think I shared this picture from our anniversary dinner already, but not with outfit links. This Joie tank and the black jeans came in my last trunk from Trunk Club. I wore them with these leopard sandals (LOVE!!!) Also wearing lace chandeliers and the leopard watch (link above.) The orange tassel bag is old.
And that’s a wrap for this latest Instagram roundup!
Speaking of Instagram, have you noticed your Instagram feed changing lately? In case you weren’t aware, Instagram has implemented a new algorithm in which it reorders your feed based on your engagement and prioritizes what it thinks you want to see. In other words, you are no longer seeing Instagram chronologically, and you will see posts from some accounts that you follow more than others.
As a user, I admit that I kind of like it. I’ve noticed that I no longer miss posts from my friends and family, as I often did before, and most of my favorite fashion bloggers are appearing at the top of my feed as well — probably because I often search for them to see what I’ve missed.
But as a blogger and business owner, I have concerns. I’ve noticed my “likes” per post dwindling, and I have to wonder if my posts aren’t showing to as many people as they once were. I’m not one to strategize or try to game the system. I’ve always grown my social media networks organically, which is why my numbers aren’t as high as many of my colleagues, and I’m okay with that, but I admit that these algorithm changes are frustrating. First they messed with Facebook, then they messed with Pinterest, and now they’re doing it to Instagram. Bah humbug!
I guess I should look at it as a good reminder that I cannot build a house on someone else’s land and expect them to look out for my best interest all the time. That’s why this blog is the basis of my community. If you guys find me on Instagram or Facebook or Snapchat, that’s great, and I love connecting on those platforms, but this blog is my hub. It is the only property that I own and can control to some extent.
Why am I sharing all this?
Well, maybe it’s more than you really want to know about the backend of running a business like mine, but I know that some of you guys are interested in knowing how it works. And if you DO use Instagram, you may have noticed that your feed is reordered and wondered about that, so now you know!
But more importantly, I have encouraged you all to follow me on Instagram, and now perhaps you aren’t even seeing my posts. If you feel that’s the case, and you DO want to see what I post over there, you can search for me and then make sure to “like” and comment on my posts so the wizards behind the Instagram algorithm know you want to see me in your feed.
It’s also one more reason for me to keep posting these Instagram Roundups. If you miss stuff over there, you know you can always catch up here on Saturdays. Which brings me to my next and final point…
The absolute BEST way to keep in touch with me is to sign up for my emails. I can’t do anything about the Instagram algorithm, but I send an email to my list every morning with a little update about what’s going on in my world and a link to my latest blog post. Sometimes I share information about a popular product that is back in stock or what’s to come on the blog or new listings on @shopjolynnescloset. It’s a little more personal than just reading my blog post each day, and best of all, you won’t miss a thing.
If daily emails are too much, there’s a weekly digest, but it’s not personalized. I like to offer both options because I know everyone has different preferences, and I try to make it as easy as possible!
I’ll still be using Instagram and Facebook, but this blog is my home base, and at the end of the day, this is where I put the greatest portion of my time and energy because it’s the only property I built on my own land, so to speak.
Why, land is the only thing in the world worth workin’ for, worth fightin’ for, worth dyin’ for, because it’s the only thing that lasts…
Oh, goodness, I got carried away for a sec.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend!!!