Like to Know it

Disclaimer: If you aren’t on Instagram then this post may or may not make sense to you.

 

As a style blogger who has an Instagram account, each time I’m on Instagram I can’t help but see “LIKEtoKNOW.it” posts by other bloggers. At first I was confused because I had no idea what it was, but the more I saw bloggers putting it in the description underneath their outfit photos, the more curious I became so I decided to find out for myself.

 

First, I have to say that whoever came up with Like to Know it (LTK) is brilliant. Here’s how it works: You go to the LTK website and enter in your email information and create an account with them. After that, the next time you get on Instagram you allow LTK to access your account. And then, when you scroll through Instagram and see that a blogger has her outfit linked to LTK, simply like the photo. Within five minutes you’ll receive an email with the shopping information on the outfit. So the email from LTK allows you to easily click on the piece of clothing or accessory that you want, and it takes you directly to the exact item on that stores website. One more click and the item’s in your cart- before you know it you’ve bought it. LTK makes online shopping dangerously easy. And that’s why I have mixed feelings about it.

Example of an Instagram photo that has been linked to LTK:

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The good:

  • LTK is a way for style bloggers to make some profit on the side. A blogger can partner with the brands featured on LTK (see more about that further down on this post) and receive a commission each time someone directed from her Instagram purchases the item on the store’s website.
  • LTK keeps you from having to visit multiple websites as well as relying on your memory. In one neat and tidy email it will send you all the information you need for that outfit you saw on Instagram, and you can look at the email right away or save it for later.
  • As I said above, LTK makes online shopping dangerously easy – no browsing needed.  You can purchase an entire outfit online within a matter of minutes.

 

The bad:

  • Not all brands are featured on LTK. If they haven’t partnered with LTK, then a blogger can’t link that item. So while a top and coat from your favorite blogger’s latest outfit post may be linked through LTK, those jeans you really like aren’t won’t be in the email because they’re not a featured brand.
  • The LTK platform is a little messy. Each outfit has a specific link so that LTK can track which outfit details to send to your email after you’ve like the picture. And it can get wordy, as shown below:

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  • One of the biggest frustrations that I’ve come across other people having with LTK is that it can be almost impossible to get information about an outfit if it’s linked with LTK and you don’t happen to have LTK. I’ve seen so many photo comments on LTK outfit photos that have gone along these lines:

Person A: I love that shirt! Where is it from?

Style Blogger: Just sign up for LIKEtoKNOW.it and you’ll get the entire outfit’s details sent straight to your email inbox!

Do you see what’s happening here? Some stores have actually lost potential customers because the potential customer doesn’t want to sign up for LTK, but the bloggers won’t actually tell them the outfit information, leaving the potential customer to move on without ever knowing where the clothing came from.

  • And once again, the fact that LTK makes online shopping dangerously easy has a downside. LTK most definitely promotes consumerism and the “buy now, think later” mentality of women in America today.

Because of that last reason especially I won’t be signing up for LTK, not as a potential customer and not as a style blogger. If I do decide to share where certain clothing items that I feature on my blog came from, then I want to be able to do that without making it exclusive to followers who have signed up for LTK. I also don’t want to come across as a profit-driven blog that’s catered to shopaholics. Creativity and Couture definitely has and will continue to have outfit posts, but they will be “read/ask to know” instead of “like to know.”

 

Valentine’s Day Details

With less than one month to go till Valentine’s Day, pink and red items with hearts on them are everywhere. After Christmas, Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday when it comes to decorating and accessorizing. There is something so cozy about adding heart-themed items to your home or outfit in the middle of winter! And as a bonus, red is such a classic color that it’s always in style to wear it. Here are some of my favorites for this year:

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Rose Gold

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A couple years ago, I met a college friend for dinner who had recently gotten engaged. Of course, I wanted to see the ring and she extended her hand across the table. It surprised me at first – it was a lovely ring made entirely of rose gold. I liked it but I had never seen an engagement ring quite like it! Fast forward to (early) 2016, and rose gold is everywhere – little did my friend know! Personally, I think rose gold is lovely and am happy to see it so on trend. It’s the perfect blend of pink and bronze and is also feminine and faintly formal. All of my recent accessory purchases have been rose gold, unintentionally! While it remains to be seen just how long this trend will stick around, if you like it then I think you should go for it. Even if rose gold isn’t as popular in a few years, it’s still a lovely color and will be something you’ll still want to wear assuming you liked it in the first place.

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While rose gold hues are also popular in apparel items, the biggest place to see this trend is in accessories. Some accessories I’ve been seeing (and loving!) recently in rose gold:

-The new iPhone 6S

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-Oversized cuff or link bracelets

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-Watches

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-Nail Polish

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-Jewelry in general

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New Year, Same Blog

Happy 2016, friends! I took a break from blogging during most of December due to all the (good) craziness that the holiday season brought and also in part because of (not-so-good) writer’s block. Both of those reasons have passed, however, and I’m excited for a new year of blogging.

Most magazine covers this time of year read something along the lines of “New Year, New You!” While I am all for setting healthy and achievable new year’s resolutions for self-improvement, the idea of becoming a different and “better” person when the clock hits midnight each year is simply unrealistic. So, this blog post is a reflection of one aspect of new year’s resolutions that I look forward to at the beginning of each year – new ways to refresh and spice up my wardrobe.

Simple & Stylish Touches to add to your 2016 outfits:

  • Manicured Nails

With so many nail polish varieties available today starting at as little as $1, this is a cheap and easy way to add a feminine and polished (no pun intended) look to any outfit, any day.

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  • Statement Purse

I am a firm believer that every woman needs one purse that can make any outfit stunning.  It doesn’t matter whether it’s an investment piece or you found it in the sale rack at Target – as long as it’s an eye catcher and something you love. (In my opinion, the bigger the better!)

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  • Scarves

Perhaps the most popular fall and winter accessory, scarves are a blend of fashion and functionality. I rarely wear a coat without a scarf – not only does it keep my neck warm, it also adds a pop of color in a sea of muted winter colors.

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  • Scents

Do you have a signature scent? If not, try a few different perfumes in sample sizes in order to determine which one best fits your personality. Call me old fashioned, but I think there is something so classy about wearing perfume, even on “casual” days.

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  • Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize

In case the above suggestions didn’t make it clear enough, accessories can go a long ways in making (or breaking!) your outfit. The wonderful thing about accessories is that they can take the simplest of outfits – a top and jeans – and turn it into a gorgeous ensemble. Don’t underestimate what adding an oversized watch, chunky bracelet or layered necklace can add to your look.

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