I started blogging a LOOONG time ago, when my daughter was first born, back in 2006. Only back then, I would write fictional short stories about shopping and dating in the city – think a short-form version of the Shopaholic series. It wasn’t too long before I grew tired of writing ‘fantasies’ and started playing around with ‘online journaling’.

Online journaling was quite different – it was private, written behind a pseudonym and an icon that was most definitely not yourself. My pseudonym? ‘Fab Brunette’. Which eventually turned into a “real blog” named Ramblings of a Fab Brunette. It wasn’t until 2009 that I bought my first domain and the rest became history – well, not quite.

Growing up is a funny thing – I have no regrets, and I enjoy looking back at the person I was and seeing how much I’ve grown and changed since then. I think it was about 2011 or 2012 when I became tired of the ‘Fab Brunette’ persona, partially because I had moved across the country to a small mountain town, started doing yoga and embracing ‘hippie’ ways – and I had no where to wear my Manolos.  View Post

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7 Podcasts for Bloggers, Creatives & Entrepreneurs

I’m made this the year of ‘Get Shit Done!‘ and I’ve been spending some time soul-searching, trying to figure out what really stokes my fire, and how I can bring that passion into my everyday life. How I can create a life that invokes the way I want to feel by doing the things I’m passionate about. (I’ll get to my favourite podcasts for bloggers, creatives, and entrepreneurs in a second, I promise!)

One of these things that I’m passionate about is blogging. I’ve spent over 20 years online (let that sink in for a second…) and throughout that time I’ve taught myself how to code, mastered Photoshop, I learned how to create websites, I’ve learned the ins and outs of social media, I’ve got a diploma in marketing, and I’ve taken numerous courses over the years to become ‘successful’ at blogging through various income streams, influencer marketing and social media management. Phew. Long run-on sentence, anyone? View Post

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How to Take a Good Selfie (not!)

This week I discovered the self-photography is not my forte. Selfies as the young kids call them. Blast them all to hell and bah-humbug.

I recently purchased a fun doo-hickey for my iPhone, a Tripod that acts as a Phone Mount, which can be used for video, photography, and even a selfie-stick. I first saw it on Chalene Johnson’s YouTube videos, and I wanted a tripod/selfie stick that was inexpensive and would help with taking videos for my blog…. Right! Well it turns out that Miss Chalene Johnson must have the most steady freaking hands on earth because every video I take is shaky as hell. The tripod works great as an actual tripod, I get the most use of it when I’m video conferencing or filming video. View Post

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I think I broke my blog! Stay tuned as we sweep up the mess and get everything going again – things might look a bit wonky for the next 48 hours or so, but trust that in the end it will look a-MAZING!! I can’t wait 🙂

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Blogging has changed. There is no doubt about it.

When I first started blogging way back in 2009 with my previous online persona, Fab Brunette, things were quieter. Blog posts were based on stories, thoughts, and opinions. There was hardly the need for ‘pin-worthy’ pictures, as is the claim to fame nowadays. People left comments to add conversation to a blog post – a rebuttal, an agreement, all was welcome.

Perhaps thing were still slower, back then? View Post

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Have you joined a Pinterest group board yet? It’s a fun way to pin – you get to see tons of pins from other people on a certain subject or topic, and when you pin to a group board that is owned by another pinner, your pin is being seen by their followers.

I’ve created a new ‘Make Your Own Starbucks!’ group board that I would love you to join and pin to. It’s for all sorts of Starbucks-inspired recipes, like the Pumpkin Spice Latte!

Follow Margarita’s board Make Your Own Starbucks! on Pinterest.

And because I’m so excited about this new Pinterest board, I’m also doing a $50 Starbucks giveaway! View Post

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