A PRETTY GOOD START

six-hundred Good morning to the world on this fine winter morning. As I am sure many of us have a morning routine, mine consists of checking my email along with other things, like praying, brushing my teeth, washing my face, etc. Well, this morning as I checked my email the overall stats for my blog this year were in there. I usually don’t get crazy over stats. Yes, I would like many followers, views, likes and comments but I do not dread by any means if I do not get them. Some days I go without a single view and I am still alive and well. “Wont he do it!”

So yeah, I was unaware that my little ol’ four month old blog had received over 600 views! That is amazing! I had no clue I was getting that much activity on my blog. That is motivation for you right there. I am very grateful and I hope to improve my post going forward so that others may soon become a little curious as to what goes on in ridetheewaves.  Thank you to everyone! Happy New Year!

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2016 BLOG GOALS

images (1)    Hey all! I hope you are all enjoying this holiday season! Well… this post was inspired by a blog that I stumbled across that is hella cool and down to earth (okaaythen) You should all go follow her. I started this blog back in August (2015). To this day, I feel like there are MANY improvements to be made for me to become actually “satisfied” with it. I have tried layout after layout, my picture quality isn’t the greatest, the quality of my post could be better, and I find myself constantly posting things outside of my main goal for the blog. Yes, I can be very critical of myself but at least I am a realist (note to all readers: ALWAYS keep it real with yourself). So yeah, here are a few key points in detail that I plan to improve moving forward into 2016.

PHOTO QUALITY:  

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I have had my eye on this Samsung NX3000 for a while now. Being as thrifty as I am, I can not pull myself to spending $600 on a camera, judge me, I care not! The price, features AND reviews are really good, so I think this is the one. Hopefully Santa will be good to me and send it my way for Christmas. I feel like with having a blog, you have to catch people’s attention. Great photos always catch my attention, so in my mind, I am assuming that same thing for the rest of the world. My main focus for this blog is to show the world my fashion style and enlighten the readers that it does not have to cost much of anything to attain fabulous looks. With a better camera, I feel like this can definitely be a great asset to my blog goal.

QUALITY OVER QUANTITY:

Improving the quality of my post is for sure one of the many things I need to work on. Being detailed but straight to the point is critical when creating posts. You must keep the readers engaged but make sure they are not bored to death. Personally, the details of my outfits and frugal finds are what need to be expressed in a more “interesting” manner. ( I couldn’t think of a better  word, so yeah, “interesting” it is). Quality over quantity is what I shall be more mindful about from this point forward.

BECOMING MORE INTERACTIVE WITH MY READERS/FOLLOWERS:

I see on many other blogs, bloggers doing challenges with their followers, giveaways, all sorts of interactive activities. The idea of it seems fun and can possibly benefit others. I’ll have to find some fun, unique ways to get readers engaed. 2016 will be a great bloggingyear for me. I am claiming it!

I hope just even these few points can be helpful to any other beginner bloggers out there. Let’s all do this this together and make it happen.

 

FALL COMBO

C360_2015-12-13-13-57-37-928C360_2015-12-13-13-05-02-051WITH THIS LOOK I AM WEARING A WOVEN BEANIE: (FOREVER21) WITH A SHEER HIGH LOW TOP (FOREVER21) LAYERED WITH A JUICY COUTURE DENIM TOP (THRIFT STORE). I AM ALSO WEARING A CALIFORNIA BEACH INSPIRED SKIRT (FOREVER21 ) WITH SOME PINK HEELS TO GIVE THE LOOK A LITTLE POP AND A GREY FOLD CLUTCH (THRIFT STORE). A CUTE, SIMPLE, AND CHEAP FALL COMBINATION. TAKE RISKS WITH YOUR LOOK!C360_2015-12-13-14-06-52-112C360_2015-12-13-13-05-37-399C360_2015-12-13-13-05-51-449C360_2015-12-13-13-04-24-458

SATURDAY BLUES

 

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F R I N G E R E M I X

20151208_20372020151208_20322820151208_204836HELLO TO ALL, I HOPE DECEMBER IS TREATING YOU WELL SO FAR. LAST NIGHT I WAS OUT HANGING AND CHILLIN’ AND CHILLIN’ AND HANGING AND HAPPENED TO NOTICE EVERYTHING I HAD ON, I’VE WORN IN A PREVIOUS POST EXCEPT MY JACKET. THE ARMY FATIGUE HAT, I LUCKED UP ON AT A GAS STATION ONE NIGHT. RUST CARDIGAN FROM FOREVER21, ACID WASHED DENIM, I CANNOT REMEMBER TO SAVE MY LIFE. LASTLY, THE FRINGE BOOTIES FROM CHARLOTTE RUSSE 50 % OFF ALL SHOES SALE. 20151208_20462320151208_17400720151208_203103I GOT THIS SUPER CUTE JACKET FROM MY FRIEND AS AN EARLY CHRISTMAS GIFT (BEST GIFT EVER) AND I GOT THIS ORANGE FAUX SNAKE SKIN CLUTCH FROM A SMALL BOUTIQUE FOR ABOUT $10. MY STYLE IS RIGHT IN BETWEEN GIRLY AND TOMBOY. MAYBE ONE DAY I’LL GROW OUT OF IT, BUT FOR NOW I’M GOOOD! 🙂 WEAR IT AND WEAR IT AGAIN. REMIX OUTFITS, YOU’D BE SURPRISED AT HOW MANY LOOKS YOU CAN PULL OFF WITH THE SAME ITEMS.

G I R L S S S

IMG_1896IMG_1894IMG_1895GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS. I LOVE MY GIRLS. CAN I JUST DEDICATE THIS POST TO MY FRIENDS? I HAVE GOOD TIMES EVER TIME WE LINK UP. GOOD FRIENDS ARE EXTREMELY HARD TO COME BY IN THIS DAY IN AGE FOR ALL SORTS OF VARIOUS REASONS. FRIENDS THAT DO NOT JUDGE, ARE OPEN MINDED, ALWAYS THERE, AND JUST HELLA DOWN TO EARTH COOL ARE THE BEST. I’D LIKE TO INTRODUCE THE WORLD TO THESE TWO, LEXI AND COURTNEY! HEY YALL! CHERISH ALL FRIENDSHIPS!!IMG_1893IMG_1886FOOD AND DRINKS, MY FAVORITE! O YEAH, AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY SISTER WHO BROUGHT US ALL OUT FOR THE CELEBRATION.

D E C E M B E R

f2b01147265dbc52ee08be8d9a4fbfa6                      HELLO EVERYONE! THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST SPECIAL MONTHS OF THE YEAR. CHRISTMAS IS QUICKLY APPROACHING AND MY HEART IS SMILING. EVERYTHING ABOUT DECEMBER FROM THE HOT COCOA TO THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, TO THE FAMILY TIME, TO THE NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS I USUALLY NEVER FULFILL, IS ALL SO EXCITING. LOOKING BACK ON THIS YEAR, THAT HAS SPED BY LIKE LIGHTNING, THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS I WOULD LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH AND DO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. I WOULD LIKE TO MANAGE MY FINANCES EVEN BETTER, STAY MORE CONNECTED TO THE PEOPLE I CARE ABOUT, BECOME CLOSER WITH GOD, AND JUMP START ON THE ROAD TO THE CAREER AND LIFE THAT I CAN NOW CLEARLY SEE FOR MYSELF. THOSE ARE JUST A FEW OF MY LIFESTYLE CHANGES. I DO NOT WANT TO JUMP THE GUN TO NEXT YEAR YET THOUGH BEING THAT WE HAVE THIS COMPLETE BEAUTY OF A MONTH AHEAD OF US. I ENCOURAGE YOU ALL THE EMBRACE THIS MONTH, DECEMBER 2015. THERE ARE SO MANY GLORIES THAT LIE WITHIN DECEMBER. ALSO, THIS IS THE TIME TO PREPARE YOURSELF AND FILL UP ON POSITIVE ENERGY AND GOOD VIBES FOR YOUR NEW AND UPCOMING JOURNEY.