Springing Forward & Friday Five

Here's How I Dealt With The Social Media Blackout
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Here's How I Dealt With The Social Media Blackout[location] Mon Chou

The world seemingly ended for 8+ hours during the social media blackout on Wednesday. I found a couple ways to counter it.

Don’t worry, this post isn’t solely about the blackout. Yeah, yeah, we know social media was down for the day. There were a few rumors as to why, but the realization I had was this: there’s more to life than social media (yes, even as a full-time blogger and content creator) and I can’t put all my eggs in one basket (especially as a full-time blogger and content creator).

I’ll keep this intro short and sweet, but if you read down through my Friday Five, you’ll learn a little more about how I really felt about this shutdown, along with my thoughts on Captain Marvel, the time change, and some of the changes happening to She Saw Style.

Here's How I Dealt With The Social Media Blackout[outfit details] “In Omnia Paratus” tee c/o ThreadTank | pants | sneakers | tote | similar blazerHere's How I Dealt With The Social Media Blackout[location] Capital One CaféHere's How I Dealt With The Social Media Blackout

Friday Five Vol. 4

Springing Forward With Chicwish //

This dress has been on my wishlist since last year. I ordered it at one point and accidentally got a size too large, so I’m trying again and hoping for the best!

I saw this matching set recently and was even more taken by it when I realized that the bottom is actually a skort!

Honestly, I can’t wait to find an opportunity to wear this dress I picked out. It’s so vibrant and fun!

This sleeveless top has the most unique neckline. It’ll be fun to try it on once it finally arrives.

#InstagramBlackout2k19 //

On Tuesday night, I heard rumors of comments being blocked on Instagram. Inwardly, I groaned, because I knew more was on the horizon (and not in a good way). Wednesday morning, sure enough, my first comment was blocked, and within an hour I couldn’t even log in to my account. It made me realize that my friend, Summer, always knows what she’s talking about when she mentions repurposing old blog content. Spending the day on Pinterest and Twitter, sharing old posts was a great way to keep busy while my other social platforms shut down.

I’ll also state that my friend, Tomi, was quite right when she mentioned how it’s super frustrating when Instagram doesn’t function properly because brands seem to not realize the importance of a blog. As bloggers, we hear “don’t put all your eggs in the social media basket,” but most companies value socials over a blog that we own and operate ourselves. Unfortunately, this takes a toll when we can’t achieve proper engagement, our follower count doesn’t grow, or when a complete and total shutdown happens.

Things to Know About She Saw Style //

All the above being said, I want to announce that I’ve officially updated my blog newsletter! If you subscribe, once a week, on Friday morning, you’ll receive an email from me with links to all my blog posts from the week, special inside scoops, store discount updates, motivational quotes to jump-start your weekend, and tons more!

Eventually, I’m hoping to get into a true blogging routine. Lifestyle/blogging tips on Monday, fashion/beauty on Wednesday, and wrap-up/Friday Five on Friday. I’m considering writing up some posts for Tuesday and Thursday as well, but I’m not 100% set on that … yet. If you want me to do that, let me know!

To avoid all the algorithm awkwardness, I suggest you follow me on the LiketoKnow.it app! Yes, I know this is an app that functions primarily to help you shop my outfits, but you can also like the photos, there’s no weird, out-of-order issues, and it makes outfit details way easier. Essentially it’s another social media platform, and you’ll love how easy it is to operate!

My Friday Fives will now hopefully consist primarily of the photos I’ve shared solely to Instagram or other social media platforms. Just iPhone photos and snaps I’ve taken while out and about. I want it to be almost like a little weekly Insta round-up!

Superhero Status //

My husband and I went to see Captain Marvel the weekend it came out, and boy did we love it. Brie Larson did an excellent job portraying this powerful female character in the MCU. If you’re wondering how powerful she really is, you’ll want to read this article.

As a fashion blogger, I was especially intrigued after reading this post about her costume designs.

She may not have been the main character, but probably one of the most important roles in the film was that of Monica Rambeau. I’d be thrilled to have her as a best friend.

If you’ve seen the film, you’ll know that Goose, the cat, stole the show entirely. This article about this furry sidekick cracked me up!

Places I’ve Gone in RVA //

Last summer, because of all the rain, I was pushed to find indoor spaces for photoshoots. Mon Chou was one of the spots I checked out, and completely fell in love with! The plants, the jazz and lo-fi music, and of course the pastries kept me coming back. It had been a few months since I visited, but in the past couple of weeks, I’ve been twice, and have plans to head back soon. It’s so great!

I was completely fascinated when Capital One Café opened up in our city. The idea of a bank with coffee kinda boggled my mind. However, now it’s one of my places to stop for a quick beverage or an afternoon work sesh. Brandon and I stop in pretty regularly to just enjoy a drink while playing a board game. It’s such a unique vibe!

Related Posts: The Ultimate Third Piece for Your Wardrobe // Styling Boyfriend Jeans for Winter // Coziest Chunky Red Sweater

Here's How I Dealt With The Social Media Blackout [location] Mon ChouHere's How I Dealt With The Social Media Blackout[outfit details] sweater c/o Chicwish | similar necklace

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    March 15, 2019 at 11:28 AM

    I’m with ya and I didn’t mind the Instagram blackout. I think my thoughts on Instagram has changed and just let it do its thing while I work on my own. Social media isn’t life. And isn’t the Capital One Cafe amazing?! They have a few in Chicago, and it is one of my go-to to work!


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    March 15, 2019 at 12:07 PM

    TOTALLY true about instagram vs blog content!!! So important to have our blogs for when social media fails us!

    xx reb

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    Jordyn Sifferman
    March 15, 2019 at 12:23 PM

    It’s so crazy because on Wednesday I was SO busy with school that I didn’t realize the instagram blackout even happened and now I feel like I missed out, haha! I also watched Captain Marvel this week and loved Monica Rambeau’s character too!

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    March 15, 2019 at 1:14 PM

    Loved this recap! Chicwish is one of my faves! I actually enjoyed the time out from the blackout. I felt like I was super productive and less stressed haha!

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    Lauryn Hock
    March 15, 2019 at 1:37 PM

    I am trying to get back into a consistent blogging routine, too! Blogposts are so much more work, but they are more worth it!

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    March 15, 2019 at 1:43 PM

    Congrats on launching your blog newsletter!! And also loved this recap!

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    Sarah Lindner
    March 15, 2019 at 2:10 PM

    The Instagram blackout had all us bloggers freaked out! But I love your outlook on the blackout!!

    Xoxo Sarah

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    March 15, 2019 at 4:01 PM

    I love that dress from Chicwish! Hopefully it fits better once you get the right size in because I can’t wait to see you style it!


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    March 15, 2019 at 5:22 PM

    It’s funny because I did not had problems with my platforms. I’m si grateful for that! Lol But sometimes we need time off for sure. Lovely outfit!


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    Laura Adney
    March 15, 2019 at 8:27 PM

    It’s crazy how everyone was freaking out over the istagram blackout, me included. Speaks volumes of our connection to social media

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    Kait | Slumber & Scones
    March 15, 2019 at 8:48 PM

    The Instagram outage was so frustrating! I also spent some time on Pinterest, working on filling my Tailwind queue. The Capital One Cafe sounds like such an interesting concept. We don’t have anything like that here!

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    March 15, 2019 at 9:11 PM

    I wasn’t too bothered by FB and Instagram being offline for a bit, I regularly take breaks from it, but i’m also not relying upon it to pay my bills. I’m planning to go see Captain Marvel this weekend and I’m excited! I’m glad we are finally seeing a female title character, and of course looking forward to Avengers as well. This last year my excitement for the MCU was renewed I watched all the movies I’d somehow missed over the years.
    Chic on the Cheap

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    March 15, 2019 at 9:18 PM

    Yay for girl power and Captain Marvel!! I cannot wait to watch it again, and boy, I CANNOT wait for Endgame!

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    March 16, 2019 at 1:13 AM

    So jealous you have a Peets Coffee! We used to have several, until Starbucks bought them out. I love, love Peets!
    Anyway — so happy you got to repurpose old content. We had no internet due to a disgusting wind storm.

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    March 16, 2019 at 2:52 AM

    Totally agree with you about the blackout! Loved that you also used it to promote past content on other platforms, need to do that next time!

    cute & little

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    March 16, 2019 at 8:52 AM

    Ok that pizza has me drooling! Also I can’t wait to see Captain Marvel! I’ve heard such good things!

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    March 16, 2019 at 10:26 AM

    Great post! It’s interesting how some people freaked out and others found new ways to be productive. I think the blackout was a GREAT thing for all of us, as long as we take a lesson from it.

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    March 16, 2019 at 11:16 AM

    I’m a big believer that the focus should be on the blog because we don’t’ own our Instagram and an app shutting down could happen anytime! In the end, Instagram does matter though, whether we like it or not, so it’s hard to find the balance!

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    March 16, 2019 at 5:13 PM

    I love your blog newsletter, Steph! It’s so reader friendly. Lots of great inspiration right there!

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    Azanique Rawl
    March 17, 2019 at 9:27 PM

    I was relieved when the blackout happened! We definitely consume too much media and it’s telling of how attached we are to insta when it goes down. I took the day to relax and get other work done so I could focus less on the blackout and more on upcoming projects and spending times with friends.

    -xo, Azanique | https://www.lotsofsass.com

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    Anna English
    March 17, 2019 at 11:50 PM

    That coffee shop is super cute! I don’t think I’d ever want to leave.

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    March 18, 2019 at 8:46 AM

    I was wondering if Captain Marvel was worth seeing .. you confirmed I should go! I love a good #girlpower movie!

    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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    Laura Leigh
    March 18, 2019 at 10:48 AM

    Love this lady! And way to go for making the best of the blackout and doubling up on Pinterest. Truly genius!

    xo Laura Leigh
    Louella Reese

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    Julia Comil
    March 21, 2019 at 5:43 PM

    Love how you used the Instagram black out to focus on your other platforms and contents! A great way to rethink our strategy

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