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“Bloggers Block” + 4 Tips to Shake It

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It’s been a little while hasn’t it?

If you saw my Instagram post last night, you know that I’ve recently been facing some serious Bloggers Block.  Yep, BLOGGERS BLOCK.

For the last week or so, anytime I’ve tried to do anything (i.e. write, take an IG photo, try to find the perfect lighting, etc), it fails. Hitting the finish line to be able to press “Publish” or “Post” has been a struggle. I am somewhat of a perfectionist (Josh, I know you’re rolling your eyes right now LOL) so I get pretty frustrated when I’m not on my A-game with the blog.

Even my every day life has been “klutzier” than normal.  I’m laughing now, but I’ve shattered a full glass bottle of olive oil on my kitchen floor, knocked over a stand of ice cream cones at Giant Eagle, and broke all of the bulbs on one of my soft box lights in just a short span of 5 days. GREAT!!

Call this post pessimistic, but it’s real and it happens. Finding clear, focused head space to create content filled with pretty pictures and exciting stories isn’t always so easy.

But in the midst of feeling these negative feels, I thought what better way to get back into the groove of things than to write about my experience with Bloggers Block and what I (try to) do to shake it. Since many of you guys are bloggers too, I hope these tips help and most importantly, remind you that it’s totally normal to go through these phases!

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STEP 1: JUST STOP. Sometimes the best thing to do is to just stop. This is hard for me but Josh had to remind me of this yesterday. Stop trying to come up with something to write about, stop trying to desperately find an old photo in your gallery to post on Instagram, stop sitting in front of the computer with empty thoughts. Personally, I find that if I just surrender and take a solid break, my mojo will come back naturally once I’m calm, cool, and collected. Warning: this may take a few days or weeks. It’s totally okay!

STEP 2: LOG OUT OF SOCIAL MEDIA APPS AND TAKE A BREAK. We all know that Instagram has it’s way of portraying a false reality. When I’m going through a creative block, seeing other influencers’ hustle can be inspiring but it can also be frustrating if you start playing the comparison game. Read my old post for 4 tips to help you stop comparing + why collaboration has more value than competition.

STEP 3: DO SOMETHING ELSE. Doing things outside of the blogging world is always important but crucial if you’re experiencing a block. Get away from the blue light, I’m sure it’s so bad for us anyway.  Cook, read a book, go visit a friend or family member, sit in silence (I love doing this at the end of the night while rolling my feet on my Himalayan salt massage balls).

STEP 4: BRAINSTORM AND PLAN. This comes last and only after the worst has passed. Dramatic, right? Once I’m feeling more motivated and back in the game, I find it useful to write everything down on paper. There’s something about a hand-written list that helps me do my thing.

SHOP THE POST

photos: Lex King

Hudson Flared Denim + The Best of Cyber Monday

Jenna Boron, creator of life and personal style blog, Balance & Chaos, wears Hudson Bullocks High Rise Flare jeans, AKIRA raw hem sweater, shield sunglasses Jenna Boron, creator of life and personal style blog, Balance & Chaos, wears Hudson Bullocks High Rise Flare jeans, AKIRA raw hem sweater, shield sunglasses Jenna Boron, creator of life and personal style blog, Balance & Chaos, wears Hudson Bullocks High Rise Flare jeans, AKIRA raw hem sweater, shield sunglassesJenna Boron, creator of life and personal style blog, Balance & Chaos, wears Hudson Bullocks High Rise Flare jeans, AKIRA raw hem sweater, shield sunglasses

RAW HEM CROPPED SWEATER | HUDSON BLACK COATED LACE UP FLARE | TORTOISE SHIELD SUNGLASSES | BLACK ANKLE BOOTIES

Hey you guys. Happy belated Thanksgiving! I hope everyone had a nice, relaxing, cozy holiday weekend. I was farrrr more social this weekend than usual which, in turn, lead me to reach mild panic mode today…

After sitting down and writing a huge list, I realized that I have so many deadlines for B&C.  BUT… I’m super excited to share all the new new on here and my social sites.  (Did you see my Fossil unboxing on Instagram Stories from earlier today? How genius was the concept and packaging?!)

I am totally feeling these black coated lace up FLARED jeans.  For anyone that has hips like me, you know that the flare is so, so flattering. They are on sale for Cyber Monday, too.

Speaking of, I’m going to list the best (IMO) of Cyber Monday with my favorite picks from each sale below!

NORDSTROM – EXTRA 20% OFF SALE, UP TO 40% OFF DESIGNER

ASOS – 30% OFF EVERYTHING WITH CODE: CYBER30

EXPRESS – 50% OFF EVERYTHING

PACSUN – UP TO 50% OFF SITE WIDE

TOPSHOP – UP TO 50% OFF

photos: Lex King

 

If You Love Statement Sleeves, Don’t Miss This Post

Jenna Boron of Life and Personal Style Blog, Balance and Chaos, talks 2017 trends and shares her favorite statement sleeve sweaters and tops...Jenna Boron of Life and Personal Style Blog, Balance and Chaos, talks 2017 trends and shares her favorite statement sleeve sweaters and tops...

BLUSH SWEATSHIRT WITH RUFFLED SLEEVES (ON SALE!) | HIGH-WAIST SKINNY JEANS

Sleeves are hot right now. Balloon sleeves, belled sleeves, ruffled sleeves, you name it — they’re everywhere on my Instagram feed. For those of you who love this trending statement, I’ve curated a list of my favorites below!

MY FAVORITE STATEMENT SLEEVES RIGHT NOW

 

I’m keeping it short and simple tonight – I have lots of emails to catch up on AND I can’t miss This Is Us at 9!

Talk soon!

photos: Lex King

Why I Started a YouTube Channel

Hi you guys!

As many of you probably already know, I finally launched my YouTube channel!

Yup. I pulled the trigger.

I had been contemplating the idea of starting a channel for a very long time but kept procrastinating (…shocker). Last week felt right, though. So I set up shop in my bedroom and just went for it. With less than 3 minutes of planning my script, I said YOLO and pressed ‘record’. Due to my lack of planning, the editing process was PAINFUL. For real. You should see the cringe-worthy bloopers. Major props to full-time vloggers… it is NOT as easy as it looks.

With that being said, I wanted to share my reasons for starting my YouTube channel.

  1. I want you guys to see the real, exposed me. I feel like I’ve been hiding behind my computer and iPhone for almost 4 years now! YouTube not only seemed like the appropriate next step with blogging but the perfect opportunity to develop a deeper connection with those of you who have been following my journey.
  2. I needed to spice it up. Sure, my website will always take priority on my list, but why not add a new platform into the mix? Creating my channel and learning everything that comes along with it has been quite the challenge.  Stagnancy is no bueno. (tips welcomed!)
  3. I can get my point across better. Obviously, my website is strictly pictures and written words. YouTube opens the door to a different way of expressing myself. For example, in my most recent video, you can really SEE and HEAR how much I LOVE this WEN Body Treatment. Kind of embarrassing, right?
  4. More creative freedom. I’m super excited to start creating more video content. There are so many things that I can now do and/or show you all through video that I couldn’t do through my website. Plan on seeing more lifestyle, beauty, and recipes on my channel.

Watch my first video: 6 Beauty + Wellness Products here:

PRODUCTS IN THIS VIDEO:

+ Rosehip Oil

+ Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask

+ Coola Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Face Serum

+ WEN Nourishing Body Treatment

+ Vital Protein Collagen Peptides

+ Bare Minerals Gen Nude Lipstick in “Sexpot”

Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to my channel friends!!

Check out my latest blog post: Cute, Cozy Sweaters for Fall + Winter 2017

Cute, Cozy Sweaters for Fall + Winter 2017

Jenna Boron of Life and Personal Style blog, Balance and Chaos, shares her favorite cute and cozy sweaters for the Winter 2017 season...

Sweaters, sweaters, and more sweaters. I really cannot have enough. I basically live in oversized knits from the months of October to March.

So by popular demand, I hunted down my favorite sweater styles for the Winter 2017 season to share with you guys. Check them out below!

I think I’ll grab me a hot chocolate now…

Talk soon!

NUDE + BLUSH SWEATERS

BLACK + GREY + WHITE SWEATERS

COLORED SWEATERS

Everything You Need To Know About Pittsburgh Fresh + Discount Code

Pittsburgh Life and Personal Style Blogger Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos reviews meal delivery service, Pittsburgh Fresh.

I’m jumping on B&C tonight to chat with you guys about Pittsburgh Fresh. The literal KEY to surviving the work week, saving time and energy, and staying on the healthy train. But really, Pittsburgh Fresh is where it’s at if you’re looking to eat right but without putting in any effort. We all know that meal prepping is one of the most important steps to success but that’s easier said than done, am I right?

Even though you all know that I love cooking, sometimes I just can’t get motivated to do so. Most likely, I just don’t feel like going to the grocery store to get the ingredients that I need so… I just don’t. But that leads to quick fixes and unhealthy choices. AKA major fail for the week.

So let me break it down for you… what exactly is Pittsburgh Fresh?

+ a meal delivery service (they also do catering FYI!)

+ meals just need heated (they are already fully cooked)

+ menu changes weekly (see a list of my favorite meals below)

+ all-natural

+ meals are never frozen

+ no preservatives, antibiotics, arsenic, or animal by-products (yuck)

+ everything is homemade (including sauces, stocks, and dressings)

+ most meals are gluten and dairy-free

+ they have Grab N’ Go Cafes (find a location near you here)

+ they can deliver your meals to 10+ facilities near you if you don’t opt for home delivery

Pittsburgh Life and Personal Style Blogger Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos reviews meal delivery service, Pittsburgh Fresh

Some of my favorite meals so far:

+ Grain-free Italian Wedding Soup

+ Smoked BBQ Chicken with Sweet Potato Casserole

+ Thai Chicken Butternut Squash Curry

+ Baked Frittata with Turkey Sausage

+ Thai Ground Beef Fried Rice

Check out their menu for this week here. I’m thinking the Black Bean Burger, Lentil Chili, and Apple Cranberry Salad **insert emoji tongue**

Use code ‘JENNA15′ for 15% off your next order! Promise, you won’t regret it!

Halloween Looks For The Anti-Costume Girl

Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos shares 9 tops and accessories that you need for Halloween if you are an anti-costume type chick like her...

Following up on my last post that had all mesh styles for your Halloween look with another themed-post. As mentioned many times before, I definitely not a big fan of dressing up in a costume. I’d rather just toss on a black top that I can wear again on a ‘regular day’ and maybe (key word: maybe) throw on some bunny ears and some heavy makeup. Call me boring but I just can’t get into it, guys! I do love me some Hocus Pocus, PSLs, and pumpkin patch action though!

I created a poll on Instagram (I LOVE the new poll feature) to find out if you guys like dressing up on Halloween or if it’s just me. The results were pretty much split down the middle between ‘JUST GIMME A MASK’ and ‘I GO ALL OUT’.  So that prompted me to curate a quick guide for the anti-costume, lazy girl. Any of these tops, tees, masks, and lipsticks are just the right amount of effort that someone like me can fathom putting into Halloween without being totally lame!

Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos shares 9 tops and accessories that you need for Halloween if you are an anti-costume type chick like her...

Bunny Ears + Veil (I have this exact one on in the photo above) | Black Lipstick | Blood Drip Choker (genius!) | “Bow Down Witches” Top | Purple Satin Boots | “I Bite” Top | Dark Red Lipstick | “Let’s Get Sheet Faced” Top

Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos shares 9 tops and accessories that you need for Halloween if you are an anti-costume type chick like her...

All Things Mesh For Halloween

Jenna Boron of Balance & Chaos shares her favorite MESH tops and dresses that you can pair with your YouTube makeup this Halloween

T-3 weeks until Halloween!

To be completely honest, I’m not super into the costume aspect of it. I feel like there’s 2 sides of the spectrum when it comes to Halloween. You’re either a “Halloween person”…or you’re just not.  I am the latter.

Fun fact: When I was in college, I tried to make a candy-themed Katy Perry “California Girls” costume and it lit-er-ally fell apart at a frat house. I had to change into one of my  guy friend’s shorts and t-shirt and was left wearing just tacky remnants of the costume. Mens clothing + a pink wig + stilletos = major costume FAIL. That was it for me.

With that being said, for those of you who aren’t into costumes either and plan to do some serious Halloween YouTube makeup instead, I gathered my favorite mesh tops and dresses for you. Mesh is perfect for Halloween in my opinion. Plus, you can totally wear these styles after the fact.

MESH TOPS AND DRESSES FOR HALLOWEEN

 

++ Be sure to check out my last post on BAKED Cinnamon Sugar PUMPKIN Donut Holes

++ Get in the Halloween spirit with this Purple Spooky Cocktail

++ Make this Fall Quinoa and Butternut Squash Salad

Talk soon!

photo: Lex King

BAKED Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Donut Holes

Morning, guys. I am so excited to share this recipe with you all and by the sound of it, I think my IG friends are too!

These are truly to-die. And who knew you could BAKE donuts in a mini muffin pan?? I assumed they’d be much drier than your standard donut shop fried donut but nope, just as good. If not better. Can we also talk about how easy these are to make… It’s one of those recipes where once you have the ingredients and spices, then they only take 15 minutes max.

I have a feeling I’ll be making these donut holes more than once this fall!

Recipe via: A Latte Food

BATTER INGREDIENTS

1 1/4 cups flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp all spice

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1 egg

1/3 cup buttermilk

1 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp melted butter

1/4 cup pumpkin puree

 

CINNAMON SUGAR COATING INGREDIENTS

2-3 Tbsp ground cinnamon

5 tbsp melted butter

1 cup sugar

 

Jenna Boron of Balance & Chaos shares a delicious fall recipe: BAKED Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Donut Holes

HOW TO

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Grease a 24-cup mini muffin pan

Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, all spice, and cloves in a bowl

In a separate bowl, mix egg, buttermilk, and vanilla extract

Pour liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir

Add pumpkin puree and melted butter

Fill muffin tin

Bake for 10 minutes

After the donuts cool, roll in butter then cinnamon/sugar mixture

Jenna Boron of Balance & Chaos shares a delicious fall recipe: BAKED Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Donut Holes    

Be sure to let me know if you make these so we can drool over them together. Also — share your donut recipes with me, please! Now that I know that I can make them without frying oil, I am ready for round 2.

I’m off to a birthday party soon then I’ll be shooting another fall recipe later today.

Hope everyone has a relaxing Sunday!

Q&A Part 1

Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Pittsburgh Life and Personal Style Blogger | Question & Answer

I had you guys ask me anything on my last blog post & IG Story! I sifted through my emails and DMs and figured I’d start with a few questions and save some for next time! So let’s get right to it…

Question: “Help us adult.”

Guys. So many of you asked for adulting 101 advice. When Josh read that he laughed! And I couldn’t help but laugh too. TBH, I am the busiest I’ve ever been right now and my life is typically a bit of a hot mess. I’m almost always running out the door (and eating breakfast in the car), I never have groceries, I’ve had low air in my tire for 3 months, and I missed the deadline to pay my last credit card statement this past month. There are so many things to remember and keep up with, am I right!? **First world problems** So while you can see that I clearly don’t live a perfectly organized “adult” life, I’ve definitely learned a lot since moving into my own apartment last May. To each their own, but I highly recommend living solo for at least a year.

Question: “What’s your favorite store in Pittsburgh?/Where do you like to shop?/Where do you get all of your clothes?”

I am a huge online shopper. I have actually grown to kind of hate malls. On rare occasions, I will be in the mood for a good mall-splurge and I’ll leave with a big yellow bag from Forever 21, 5/25 VS undies, and fall-scented Bath & Body Works candles. My favorite online shopping destinations: Urban Outfitters, ASOS, Missguided, REVOLVE, Amazon. Oh and I just finished a project with Kristi Boutique in Aspinwall and it is so, so adorable. Be sure to stop if you’re in the area.

Question: “What do you use for black spots — the spots we have on our nose for example?”

I’m not sure what this person meant exactly but I’ve been using Rosehip Oil for over 4-5 weeks now and it is supposed to help with hyperpigmentation. Exfoliating on a consistent basis helps to reduce my pore size too!

Question: “What is your go-to curling iron/How do you get your beach waves so perfect”

I use this 1-1.5 inch curling wand. Super affordable and I’ve had it for years! I never curl my ends and I always curl away from my face.

Question: “How do you find time to balance your blog with your full time job?”

I’m still trying to figure that one out. I definitely would love to put out more content on a more consistent basis but sometimes it doesn’t work out that way. My best advice would be to plan ahead. Keep an organized planner. It always helps me to keep a running list of blog topics in my notepad that come to me at random times (like before falling asleep or when I’m in line at the grocery store). It’s also very important to shut off every now and then to focus on relationships, friendships, family, and yourself. A girl can only do so much!

Question: “I read your blog post about how you shave your face. I’ve had Tinkle razors in my closet for months and I just haven’t had the balls to go ahead and do it. Do you really think it makes a huge difference?”

I wouldn’t say that its a huge game-changer but I will say that I like it a lot and would recommend trying it! Some reasons why I am a fan of female face shaving: exfoliates, better product absorption, smoother skin. Read my full blog post here for more details.

Question: “What filters do you use?”

VSCO P5 at different strengths. I use Photoshop if I really need to brighten or adjust the coloring of a photo.

Question: “What is the best way to build a greater following?”

Post, post, post. Be consistent. Figure out your niche. Stick to 1 writing style. Don’t worry about numbers. Don’t post too many sponsored posts — you don’t want your blog and social platforms to become a giant advertisement — people will notice, I promise. Be PATIENT! Your following will grow organically if you stay true to yourself. You can find more blogging tips here.

Question: “What is your favorite season for fashion?”

Fall, hands down.  I live for oversized sweaters, leather, and denim.

photo: Lex King

White Denim Jacket + Ask Me ANYTHING

Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Life and Personal Style Blog | Pittsburgh, PA | Wearing: Boohoo Lace Up White Denim JacketJenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Life and Personal Style Blog | Pittsburgh, PA | Wearing: Boohoo Lace Up White Denim Jacket

wearing: WHITE DENIM LACE-UP JACKET | HIGH-WAIST BLACK DENIM

Hi friends.

I’ve been brainstorming the idea of doing a little Q&A for a while now so I figured tonight would be the perfect night to get the ball rolling! My brain is pretty much mush today because A. it’s Monday and B. it’s that time of month. Yup. *insert dead skeleton emoji*

So with that being said, I really do think it’s important to open up to you guys every once in a while so that we can connect, relate, and get to know each other. If you know me outside of Balance & Chaos, you know that I prefer to keep much of my life super private. My friends and family usually have to pry information out of me so this should be both challenging and fun for me!

But without further ado, I want you guys to ask me ANYTHING. It doesn’t have to be blogging related. It can just be about life, food, relationships, beauty, random curiosities, friends… you get it! Shoot me an email, leave me a message at the end of this post, DM me, or comment on any of my latest Instagram posts!! Do it.

Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Life and Personal Style Blog | Pittsburgh, PA | Wearing: Boohoo Lace Up White Denim JacketJenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Life and Personal Style Blog | Pittsburgh, PA | Wearing: Boohoo Lace Up White Denim Jacket

 

P.S. how good is this white denim lace up jacket? I’m all about it.

P.S.S. who else is soooo excited for This Is Us Season 2 to start?!?!? Can’t wait for the waterworks!

Talk to you guys soon!

photos: Lex King

In A World Full Of Skincare, How Do You Choose?!

Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Life and Personal Style blog | In A World Full of Skincare Recommendations, How Do You Choose? | Regimen and Products

SKINCARE.

My favorite topic.

And maybe a bazillion of other influencers’ favorite topic as well. In a world full of skincare recommendations coming at us left and right, how ever do we choose our so-called “holy grail” products?

To be quite honest, I do and I don’t.

I am not married to just one product or regimen. I like to jump around from cleanser to cleanser and switch it up from time to time. With that being said, I still definitely have my favorites.

I get a lot of DMs and emails asking me what I would recommend as far as a skincare routine. In this case, I always recommend the same products and the same tips and tricks that I KNOW work for me. Before I go through the process, keep in mind that I’d categorize my skin as normal with little sensitivity. So here we go!

THE ROUTINE:

+ I start by melting off my makeup with Dermalogica PreCleanse balm (I love the little rubber scrub pad that comes with it!)

+ Lately, I’ve been using the Demalogica Special Cleansing Gel but I always recommend this Origin’s frothy face wash

+ Then I exfoliate with either Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant OR my tried and trusted Clarisonic

+ After pat-drying, I always apply a moisturizer (this is typically a product that I switch it up with but if I had to recommend just one, I’ve always been huge fan of Fresh Youth Preserve)

+ At night, I’ve been using organic Rosehip Oil religiously which is supposedly great for moisture, treating hyperpigmentation, and evening out/brightening skin tone (I’ve only been using Rosehip Oil for 4 or so weeks so I don’t want to speak too soon but I will follow up!)

Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Life and Personal Style blog | In A World Full of Skincare Recommendations, How Do You Choose? | Regimen and Products Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Life and Personal Style blog | In A World Full of Skincare Recommendations, How Do You Choose? | Regimen and Products Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Life and Personal Style blog | In A World Full of Skincare Recommendations, How Do You Choose? | Regimen and Products

IF YOU’RE INTO MASKING:

+ For a healthy glow and improved skin clarity, I use Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy Boosting Face Mask (read this post to find out why I love it!)

+ For a deep cleanse, I like to use Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask

OTHER WEIRD SKINCARE THINGS THAT I DO:

+ Micro-needling helps to boost the body’s supply of collagen which can tighten the skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I use this exact one.

+ Female face shaving. Yep! It helps to exfoliate and remove dead skin which leaves the face super smooth and soft. I use these Tinkle razors (DON’T try to use a regular razor)

+ Sleeping with a SILK pillowcase supposedly is great for anti-aging! This is new to me but you know I had to try it! After doing some research it kind of makes sense: “Cotton scratches and tugs on skin and grabs and twists hair, resulting in visible premature stretching, sleep creases, damaged hair, and bed-head by morning. Slip silk is so gentle, it allows skin and hair to glide across the surface—protecting and hydrating skin, reducing split ends, and ensuring a longer-lasting blow out”. I’m all about maintenance so this is all me.

Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Life and Personal Style blog | In A World Full of Skincare Recommendations, How Do You Choose? | Regimen and Products

I’m always looking for new skincare tips. Leave your best ones below!

THESE PANTS + Why It’s Beneficial To De-Clutter Your Life (Bloggers and Non-Bloggers)

Life & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Why It’s Beneficial To De-Clutter Your Life (Bloggers and Non-Bloggers) | Simplifying Life & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Why It’s Beneficial To De-Clutter Your Life (Bloggers and Non-Bloggers) | SimplifyingLife & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Why It’s Beneficial To De-Clutter Your Life (Bloggers and Non-Bloggers) | Simplifying

Hi, hi, hi.

Hope everyone is having a decent Monday. The first day of the work week isn’t always the easiest but sometimes I try to look at it “glass half full” and treat Monday as my day to reset and restart. I started my day with coffee and a scoop of Collagen Peptides (read why I drink collagen here) a HIIT workout from the Tone It Up Series, and a solid, protein-packed breakfast from Pittsburgh Fresh (…more on that later). I’m feeling pretty good to say the least and I’m looking forward to tackling my next on-going task/goal:

DE-CLUTTERING MY LIFE.

 

Life & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Why It’s Beneficial To De-Clutter Your Life (Bloggers and Non-Bloggers) | Simplifying

 

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I live in fairly small apartment with little storage space and the amount of “stuff” that I own can be a bit overwhelming at times. However, there is no one to blame but myself for that.

Just a brief visual inside my 2 small closets: There are shoe boxes, clothing items, photography equipment, poster boards, and other miscellaneous items strategically stacked and “jenga-ed” so that it’s all out of view. My drawers: a hot mess. As for my bathroom closet: there are far too many beauty products to even begin to name. And my kitchen pantry: I have about 20 mugs and dozens of health supplements/seeds/weird powders that I forget that I even have.

For the most part, I’m a very clean person and I can’t stand the sight of clutter. However, I like quick fixes so this is why my closets, pantries, and drawers take the hit. If you walked into my apartment and didn’t open any doors, you would probably classify me as type A. However, these short-cut habits result in a veryyyyy disorganized life behind the scenes.

Sound familiar?

 

That’s what brought me to my reasoning for the urgent need to de-clutter everything. My goal is to purge my life and closet of anything that is completely unnecessary and set limits on my mentality for future purchases. To be completely candid, as a blogger, I’m constantly receiving packages and goodies. I am by no means complaining but I realize that this is just part of my problem and why I tend to feel overwhelmed by what I have. If you’ve noticed, I’ve been trying to host giveaways more frequently in attempt to both rid myself of excess and give back to you guys! WIN, WIN, right?!

Here are 5 reasons why I think de-cluttering is beneficial…

  1. $$$$$$$$$ – This one is simple. Less “treat yo self” = more free money. While I strongly support moments of self-rewarding indulgent behavior, I could probably tone that attitude down a bit. Saving money now will pay off in the long run.
  2. Purging has taught me to be mindful of what I have. Through this process, I’ve become more aware of what I have (who knew that cute skirt was in the back of my closet??), what I need, and what’s important. It’s easy to lose track of material items when you’ve hoarded so much in a lifetime. When deciding what I want to keep and what I should pitch, I try to keep in mind my solid daily routine. What are the products that I actually use? Are there any supplements that were a one-and-done thing? Do I actually need that trendy jacket that I’ll probably only use for a shoot?
  3. A cleaner space and a cleaner mind. Like I’ve already mentioned, if my apartment isn’t in tip top shape, I kind of mentally can’t function. This sounds crazy, but I can’t relax on the couch if I know I have dishes to do or a pile of clothes in my bedroom. So for me, less stuff means less to clean and organize which means less maintenance which means less to worry about.

While I’m sure there are a dozen more reasons why simplifying is beneficial, I wont over-state the obvious. Thus far, I’ve donated 3 big bags of clothing to Goodwill. If I hadn’t worn it in 6 months, I tossed it into the bag. I’m working on my kitchen pantry after this blog post is published then my next endeavor is the bathroom (DUN, DUN, DUN — how will I ever simplify?!) I realize that this is will be an on-going lifestyle change but it definitely needs to happen in order to start fresh.

What tips do you have that help to keep your expenses and living space in line?

WEARING: ASOS LACE-UP BLACK DENIM | WHITE OFF THE SHOULDER LONG SLEEVE BODYSUIT | WHITE FLATFORM SNEAKERS

photos: Lex King

Orange Metallic Skirt + LDW Top Sale Picks

Pittsburgh Life & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Topshop Orange Metallic Skirt, White Sneakers | Fall 2017Pittsburgh Life & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Topshop Orange Metallic Skirt, White Sneakers | Fall 2017 Pittsburgh Life & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Topshop Orange Metallic Skirt, White Sneakers | Fall 2017 Pittsburgh Life & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Topshop Orange Metallic Skirt, White Sneakers | Fall 2017

TOPSHOP ORANGE METALLIC SKIRT | WHITE SNEAKERS | WHITE T-SHIRT | DENIM JACKET

Happy LDW!

I’m sporting this metallic orange skirt with a plain tee and simple white tennis to keep it veryyyy low key. Wearing sneakers and skirts or dresses has become an obvious pattern here on B&C, don’t you think? Remember this maxi skirt + muscle tee look from earlier in the summer? And most recently I paired a cute gingham mini-dress + sneaks on B&C too. I’m actually wondering myself when this trend will fade. It makes picking shoes so easy!

Anyway, how are you guys spending your holiday? I have had no obligations the entire weekend which has been awesome. This summer has been hectic so I am loving this long lazy weekend.

So obviously there are some great Labor Day Weekend sales going on right now that I must share! I’ll link my top picks from a few different sales below.

P.S. Don’t miss my GIVEAWAY with Vital Proteins on my Instagram. I’m giving away Collagen Peptides, Vanilla Collagen, and a Collagen mug OR Marine Collagen, Collagen Beauty Water, and a water bottle to TWO WINNERS. Read why I drink VP Collagen here.

Have a great weekend!

URBAN OUTFITTERS

extra 30% off sale (applied at checkout) – limited time only

 

 

NORDSTROM

up to 40% off until September 10th

 

 

MISSGUIDED

50% off everything with code: AMERICANGIRL

 

 

ASOS

20% off with code: LABORYAY until September 5th

 

 

photos: Lex King

Caprese Stuffed Avocados

Pittsburgh Life & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Shares this Caprese Stuffed Avocado Recipe

Pittsburgh Life & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Shares this Caprese Stuffed Avocado Recipe

Caprese Stuffed Avocados for the win!

These are especially good if you’re trying to keep it on the lighter side but are craving some Italian goodness. And they are easy to make. I barely have time to cook these days (which is so sad!) so I’m into anything that is fast, healthy, and delicious. There’s nothing like a fresh caprese salad in the summertime.

INGREDIENTS

avocado

olive oil

mozarella

roasted tomatoes

fresh basil

balsamic glaze drizzle

balsamic vinegar drizzle

salt & pepper

Find more Skinni-Mini recipes just like this one here.

Pittsburgh Life & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Shares this Caprese Stuffed Avocado Recipe

Spindrift® + A Quick Refreshing Mocktail

Pittsburgh Life & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Spindrift® and a Quick Refreshing Healthy Mocktail Recipe

Pittsburgh Life & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Spindrift® and a Quick Refreshing Healthy Mocktail Recipe

Pittsburgh Life & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Spindrift® and a Quick Refreshing Healthy Mocktail Recipe

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Spindrift® and Her Campus Media. All words and opinions are my own.

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you guys had an awesome weekend. I worked both Friday & Saturday so my Sunday was too short but well-spent catching up on some content deadlines, brunching, a family picnic, and watching the latest episode of Power. Two things to touch on… 1. have you guys tried First Watch? Why have I not been there before?! Josh is such a fan of their avocado toast and I loved my cold brew and BLT eggs benny. ALSO – THE MILLIONAIRE’S BACON?! SO GOOD. Next time I want to try their Insta-famous A.M. Superfoods Bowl. Ok and 2. Does anyone else watch Power? It’s seriously such an aggressive, violent show but veryyy addicting to watch. Goodbye Sunday night Kardashians.

But let’s get to the point of the blog post.

Summer is winding down but that doesn’t mean my taste buds are. I crave refreshing, light, fruity flavors at all times of the year and I like to get my fix with Spindrift® sparkling water. To be honest, I don’t really like regular sodas so water has always been my one and only go-to drink of choice. But as of lately, I’ve really been into sparkling water to spice things up a bit. Do you guys remember when I used one of the Spindrift® flavors in an old cocktail recipe about a year ago (2 Ingredient Spiked Summer Seltzer)? Too good and too easy, right? I love that Spindrift® is bubbly (but not too bubbly!) and only made with sparkling water and real fruit. That’s it!

Pittsburgh Life & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Spindrift® and a Quick Refreshing Healthy Mocktail Recipe

While I love to drink these as are and by themselves, if I’m feeling fancy, I like to mix and match flavors and add a few garnishes. Here’s just one my favorite ways to make a mocktail with Spindrift®:

MOCKTAIL INGREDIENTS

one half parts Cucumber Spindrift

one half parts Lemon Spindrift

mint

sliced cucumber

I get my Spindrift® at my local Trader Joe’s. Find out where you can get your hands on some here.

P.S. Stay tuned for the cutest Instagram giveaway with this brand!

August Sale Alert: Tops + Bottoms All Under $50

Pittsburgh Life & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | August 14, 2017 Sale Alerts Tops and Bottoms All Under $50
Here’s a quick  round up of some of my favorite sales happening right now. I found lots of tops, jackets, and bottoms that will be perfect for the summer to fall transition.
Stay tuned for another post today!
TOPS UNDER $50
BOTTOMS UNDER $50

Cozy, Caffeine Mornings With Starbucks®

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SavorFallFlavors #CollectiveBias

Pittsburgh Life & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Pumpkin Spice Caffè Lattes | Cozy, Caffeine Mornings With Starbucks ®

Pittsburgh Life & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Pumpkin Spice Caffè Lattes | Cozy, Caffeine Mornings With Starbucks ®

Pittsburgh Life & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Pumpkin Spice Caffè Lattes | Cozy, Caffeine Mornings With Starbucks ®

August is here and you know what that means…

FALL IS COMIN’ IN HOT… and it’s approaching quickly! By this time of the year, I start to crave all of those cuddly, cozy fall feels. Think lots of leather (YES), oversized sweaters (more room for carb overload!), crisp mornings, and… *drum roll*… pumpkin flavored everything! I say that proudly, knowing that I am “that girl”.

To be honest, I wish seasonal flavored coffees were available to indulge in year round. But maybe that’s why they taste so dang good when that time of year rolls around!

Pittsburgh Life & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Pumpkin Spice Caffè Lattes | Cozy, Caffeine Mornings With Starbucks ®

Pittsburgh Life & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Pumpkin Spice Caffè Lattes | Cozy, Caffeine Mornings With Starbucks ®

Pittsburgh Life & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Pumpkin Spice Caffè Lattes | Cozy, Caffeine Mornings With Starbucks ®

Pittsburgh Life & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Pumpkin Spice Caffè Lattes | Cozy, Caffeine Mornings With Starbucks ®

Pittsburgh Life & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Pumpkin Spice Caffè Lattes | Cozy, Caffeine Mornings With Starbucks ®

Pittsburgh Life & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Pumpkin Spice Caffè Lattes | Cozy, Caffeine Mornings With Starbucks ®

Pittsburgh Life & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Pumpkin Spice Caffè Lattes | Cozy, Caffeine Mornings With Starbucks ®

Pittsburgh Life & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Pumpkin Spice Caffè Lattes | Cozy, Caffeine Mornings With Starbucks ®

Pittsburgh Life & Personal Style Blogger | Jenna Boron of Balance and Chaos | Pumpkin Spice Caffè Lattes | Cozy, Caffeine Mornings With Starbucks ®

So I have a PSA for all of you coffee-sipping addicts out there…

If you want something really delicious to start your day, then you have got to try the Starbucks® Pumpkin Spice Caffè Latte K-Cup® pods. Talk about a party in your mouth! This limited-time only Starbucks® drink goes down so smoothly and it’s spiced just perfectly. The best thing about these K-Cups® are that they can be purchased at Giant Eagle. That means FALL comes to ME right in my own home! No need to splurge on specialty drinks every morning.

I have a family-famous homemade Banana Bread recipe that my mom taught me to make that goes amazing with the Starbucks® Pumpkin Spice Caffè Latte! Here’s the recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 stick of butter

1 and 1/3 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups sifted all purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

¾ tsp salt

1 cup sour cream

1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (about 2 medium)

DIRECTIONS:

Cream butter then gradually add sugar and beat until fluffy

Beat in eggs one at a time

Add vanilla

Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt

Add dry mixture to creamed mixture, alternating with sour cream

Add bananas to mixture until everything blended

Grease pan and bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes

How do you guys like to start your morning? Is anyone else dependent on caffeine like I am? My routine is pretty standardized, but you can be sure that I’ll be sipping my Starbucks® Pumpkin Spice Caffè Lattes every morning during the fall season!

Be sure to check your local grocery stores for this veryy delicious coffee drink!

Kissing July Goodbye in Gingham + 6 Blogging Tips For Newbs

GINGHAM OFF THE SHOULDER DRESS | CLOSET ACCESS CROSS BODY | WHITE SNEAKERS | 90S ROUND GLASSES

Hey guys! Does anyone know where July went?! I feel like it was just a minute ago that I was sitting on my butt drinking mojitos in Paradise. CRAZY.

But anyway, I’m here today to talk about BLOGGING. I get emails quite frequently asking me how/why I got started so I thought it’d be helpful to curate a little list of tips and tricks that I’ve learned along the way. While I’m still learning the game myself, I think I’ve got some good starter advice for anyone who is thinking of heading down this path.

+ First things first, think long and hard about what you want to name your blog. This is so important. Think of it as a first impression. Does this name represent you and your brand? Do you want your your blog name to be long and wordy or do you prefer it to be short and simple? Does it sound neutral, edgy or feminine? What will people envision or expect to find when they read your blog name? For example, if you want to start a fashion blog but plan to incorporate recipe posts, then maybe you shouldn’t include any fashion specific wordage.  This is definitely something that I wish I would have put more thought into when I first started blogging. I remember sitting down with my sister and just picking a random, catchy name. Or so I THOUGHT it was catchy at the time. The Domestic Diva Diaries was my first born blog name. I kept the name for about a year until I realized that it totally did NOT represent me or the direction of my brand. Re-branding after a whole year of creating an image under a different name wasn’t easy but I’m so glad that I did. Side note: some of my friends still call me “The DDD”. LOL!!

+ Find your voice. Will you be funny or serious? Informative or to the point? Will you use hashtags and emojis? Be consistent with how you voice yourself on your blog and social platforms. This is a way for your readers to get to know you and your personality. Most importantly, be YOU!

+ Be consistent. This is to be said for mostly every aspect of blogging. But what I’m referring to here is to post content consistently. I must admit, this is so much easier said than done. A lot of aspiring bloggers don’t realize how much time and effort is put into keeping up with a blog and it’s social platforms so BEWARE! But think about your posting schedule before you start. Will you post twice a week? Once a week? Whatever it is that you choose, stick with it! You want your readers to catch on to when they can expect new content. You can’t drop off for a few weeks then toss up a post and expect people to read it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that and your analytics will prove that to you.

+ Tighten up on your photography skills. People want to see aesthetically appealing images so learn as much as you can. Take a class if need be. Pinterest has awesome articles that you can use to try to teach yourself. Invest in good lighting as well as a good camera if funds allow. I use these soft boxes, this camera, and this tripod. With the right lighting and filter, iPhone pictures don’t come out so bad either so all of the fancy stuff is not always necessary to become successful. I still have so much I want to learn when it comes to photography so I can’t offer much advice but I can tell you that your photos are KEY!

+ Plan, plan, plan!!! I must admit, I am the definition of the phrase ‘procrastination at its finest’. Planning has never been my strongest suit and has caused me a lot of stress with juggling jobs and hitting deadlines. But I’ve gotten better! If you can plan ahead by making lists or dedicating certain days/times to doing X,Y, and Z then you will be way better off in the long run.

+ Make sure your blog posts are valuable to your readers. As much as you’d like to think your followers just want to see pictures of you in your latest #OOTD, they really don’t. While it works for some, I think it makes the most sense to include something that is of value within each blog post for your readers. That could be advice, a recipe, a relatable story, a playlist, or something more informative. You don’t want your readers to leave your site feeling like its all about you! Because how boring is that.

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