5 things they didn’t mention about being a influencer/ blogger…

Hi babes, are you a influencer/ blogger or maybe looking to get started? Well I’m here to share five things they forgot to mention…

I’m going to share some tips and a quick story on how I started back in 2014 and OMG I can’t believe it’s been that long!

The number one question I always get asked, even to this day is how did I start blogging?

I simply started taking pictures of my outfits but it was so different back then, I had my first blog on blogspot and I remember uploading 10-15 pictures of the same outfit and describing my thought process on how I paired everything together which is INSANE you guys! I look back and see how much things have changed. My blog has shifted to a lifestyle brand and fashion will always be a part of me so I still post my outfits daily on Instagram.

https://www.instagram.com/segagenesis_/

  1. Time and effort for creating content
  • I would say one of the most important things when being a influencer/ blogger is taking the time and effort to create content. I have noticed a huge difference in my content and the quality of it. I’ve always bounced back and forth with using my phone and camera for pictures but for the past year and a half, my pictures have all been taken from my iPhone 7 Plus. You don’t need a fancy camera, you need good angles and good lighting, this has become my preference and it’s so much more convenient and feels more authentic to me.

2. Having tough skin

  • It’s important to be vulnerable and show emotion but at the same time I believe that being a influencer/ blogger, you must have tough skin because you’re exposing your life for everyone to see and not just that but your creative side. Before I decided to take the plunge into the blogger world, I was definitely a little nervous of how I was going to be perceived especially because there were already so many other bloggers out there. In that moment I remember saying, “I’m doing this for myself and because it’s something I love!” As the years have passed, I have grown in so many ways but I still remain with the same idea of doing this for myself because it truly is a passion of mine. The world can be a scary place but you can’t let that hold you back, so I challenge you to get out there and be fearless!

3. Create your own path

  • This is another huge tip in my book that I feel a lot of people forget to mention, I’m such a firm believer of doing what fits YOUR style and growing that into your brand and what defines you. When I started blogging I had around 1k followers and I remember comparing my Instagram to other girls who had way more followers and I found myself quickly realizing it just didn’t work for me. At the time, a lot of bloggers were posting flat lays of their outfits so I thought it was what I had to do in order to gain a following which then turned into stress/pressure to keep up with the same concept and forcing content that wasn’t me at all. I began cleaning out my Instagram and went back to focusing on my outfits. I’ve stayed true to my style since then which I would consider to be affordable yet stylish for the girl next door, it’s relatable which is 100% me! So what might work for someone else doesn’t mean it will work for you, follow your gut and your passion despite what anyone else is saying or doing, you got this!

4. Be consistent

  • You have to be consistent no matter what if you want to be a influencer/ blogger. People want to see their brand grow but slack off so you have to ask yourself if this is something you really want to dive into? When I started blogging back in 2014 I would post about three times a week and recently started posting once a week because I want quality content as I mentioned earlier, my blog has shifted into more of a lifestyle brand which includes fashion, fitness, places where you can eat and go out to. So although things have shifted and expanded into other areas, the consistency has always been there. Instagram is where I post daily and I love interacting through my stories so that people can feel like they can relate because I am just a regular girl. As your audience grows, they want to see your journey and follow along so being consistent is important. I’ve unfollowed tons of people who are not consistent on social media because it makes me feel like they don’t take it as serious. Remember that people follow you because they look forward to pictures, tips, etc.

5. Your time will come

  • I want to leave you all with this last point to leave things on a good note, to inspire you because there is no need to rush or compare your journey with someone else’s success. As cliché as it sounds, it truly helps when you keep doing you and most importantly having fun with it!! Being a blogger/influencer is meant to share YOUR passion, not to please others or imitate others. This shouldn’t feel as pressure to anyone because it defeats the entire purpose of it all. I quickly learned to go at my own pace and even though I don’t have a huge following like other influencers do, I still keep going because I’m doing it for the right reasons. I love connecting with others and being a open book because we’re all unique in our own special way.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful, you can always leave a comment here, a DM via Instagram or a simple email if you want to chat it up!

all about girl power!

I hope everyone started 2019 off on a good note, I wanted to start off big so as you all know by now I announced my pregnancy on the 1st of January! I want to say THANK YOU because the amount of love I have been receiving is unreal!!! I am so grateful because I have made awesome connections that truly fill my heart with happiness which brings up my next topic…GIRL POWER!

I am all about having girl power and I wanted to take a moment and dive into this topic because now more than ever we spend most of our time on social media. We make friends or we feel like we know someone else because they are so relatable which is one of my favorite things about the social media world. I have met so many awesome and powerful women throughout the years and have had amazing opportunities because Instagram is a huge platform.

To me girl power is showing genuine love to someone else even through something as simple as commenting on their picture. When I use the word “genuine” I am referring to keeping it 100! If I see a picture that caught my eye, I give it a like and comment as well. If someone took the time to write a caption then I read it and comment something based on that. Why? Because it’s about creating a connection! I can spot a fake or half-ass comment from a mile away so showing some girl power comes with being genuine.

On the other hand, a lot of bloggers/influencers I follow keep their captions pretty simple, in those cases I like to hype up my girls. If they look bomb AF I let that be known, or comment something based on their outfit, the point is to show love. You can’t expect to be a influencer and only receive love because it goes both ways! If people take the time to stop by your page to show love and hype you up then make it a point to get back to everyone even if it’s a simple thank you but let them know that you acknowledged their comment.

Before 2018 ended I decided to step out of my comfort zone as I made it one of my goals for 2019 so I said why not start early so I planned a brunch and invited other influencers! I took the time to really notice what girls I was interacting with on Instagram and who was taking the time to show some real girl power and reached out to them via DM. To my surprise, almost all of the girls I reached out to were able to make it except for one or two. I put us all into a group chat, we decided on a place and time to meet and it was AMAZING! All of the girls had a good vibe and I could just feel the good energy all around us as we complimented each other, we were able to relate on so many levels and just have a good time! It’s crazy how all of that is possible with the power of social media. To this day, we all constantly show love to each other on Instagram, I’ve seen some of the girls that continue meeting up and as have I which makes me so happy!!!

I have added their Instagram handles as shown in the picture from left to right, check out their awesome pages and give them a follow!

https://www.instagram.com/mrs_emontano/

https://www.instagram.com/madlystyled/

https://www.instagram.com/mackennarae/

https://www.instagram.com/stylewithrosiee/

https://www.instagram.com/styledbymay_/

https://www.instagram.com/trynfinddebby/

I’ve been to plenty of blogger events where I start seeing the same group of girls and you would think that being a influencer would make you friendly but instead they are stuck up which is the total opposite of what they portray on social media. There is room for everyone out there and we’re all unique in our own special way so instead of competing let’s show some love and be all about girl power!

I am in the LA area and I definitely want to plan another brunch to get some badass babes together so if you’re in the area don’t be shy and let’s connect! I live for coffee dates, brunch or even getting together to shoot!

Follow me on Instagram if you don’t already! https://www.instagram.com/segagenesis_/

Special Announcement

Guys!!!! What better way to start off 2019 than with some BIG news right?! I’M PREGNANT!!! 

I can’t believe the time has come to announce the amazing news but I’m more than excited as I am already halfway through my pregnancy. I wanted to spend the first half of my pregnancy a secret with family and friends as I enjoyed all of the new changes that were happening in my life. I have tried to remain as active as possible with the gym and my daily routine, overall I must say it’s been super easy because I experienced zero nausea which helped tremendously! In my first trimester, all I felt was being fatigued and I wanted to take a million naps and of course the hormones that were going up and down. (My poor babe is a real one for dealing with me and my extra af attitude! LOL)

So now that the news is out, I can finally start sharing my experience and bring you all along for the ride! It’s a new year and I’m more than excited for everything that’s coming and I’m learning a ton as well. I’ve made it to the mom club so does that make me a MILF?! haha (duh)

I am so amazed with how much the body changes and in the past when I would hear other moms express themselves that way, I would just think duh of course it does but until you experience it for yourself OMG, it really does blow your mind away! I am most excited to share my experience physically with my fitness journey and for that snapback honey cause you all know I live in the gym but now it feels much more special to be healthy and to be a good example.

There will still be tons of fashion as it has always been a passion of mine to share but now I am excited for all of the new doors that will open. I wanted to keep this post light as I am just announcing it to all of you but I hope you can all follow me on this journey and continue to show your love and support because it means more than you know!

Photography by:

https://www.instagram.com/jasminejeanettephoto/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/segagenesis_/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwhKdCo7T72A9seIT_PsewA/featured

Happy New Year everyone, let’s kick some ass!

goals for 2019

Hi babes, are you ready for the new year? What are your new goals? I definitely believe it’s important to reflect on the past year to see how far you’ve come and set new goals and continue to grow. A lot can change in a year even when it seems like you have the same routine everyday. 

Continue reading below as I share my new goals for 2019.

So excited to share my goals for the new year because I finally finished my vision board last night with my best friend which feels amazing to recharge and look ahead at everything I’m going to get done! (Manifest and it will happen because no one has time for doubts!)

GOALS

  1. Healthier food choices 

I’m not talking about going on a strict diet so let’s get that straight!! LOL… I loveeee food you guys so this goal means I will still indulge every now and then with my favorite foods BUT instead of saying yes to everything (sweets, carbs, junk food) or buying out because I’m lazy to cook is definitely going to change by meal prepping and staying consistent.

2. Gym 5-6 times a week

I know this sounds insane but trust me when I tell you it’s definitely possible and I know that because I’ve done it before. I’ve always had an active lifestyle and I have a deep love for sports and being competitive because I love challenging myself. I slowly went from going to the gym 5-6 times a week to 3-4 which is still good but it’s not my full potential. I’m going to get back on top of things and I bought a calendar specifically to write down my workouts for each day and to help keep me on check. I enjoy lifting and seeing results, feeling strong makes me feel like a total badass so I’m excited to start over.

3. Travel more (here in the U.S)

My first trip of 2019 will be San Fransisco which I’m excited because I’ve never been (I can’t believe it either) I can’t wait to explore and get some fun and creative shots to look back on AND for the gram! Haha… The reason why I want to start off exploring the United States first is because there are so many states I want to visit and dream about, of course I wouldn’t be opposed to a trip outside of the U.S if the opportunity arises but some places I have in mind are New York, Chicago, New Orleans, South Carolina among other states but just so you get an idea!

4. Create meaningful content

This is extremely important to me because I want to connect with you guys on a different level. I might be a “blogger/influencer” but I’m totally relatable and I want you all to feel that way. This goal means putting out genuine and REAL content, good quality and being the best version of myself. This goes for all of my platforms like Instagram, YouTube and my blog. I want it to be more than just fashion, I want to share my tips and trips to EVERYTHING so I always encourage you to send me a DM on instagram https://www.instagram.com/segagenesis_/  I love chatting with you babes and answering your comments as well!

5. Explore new spots to eat

I have actually already started exploring recently and I kind of always have but for the new year I want to explore even more. I love saving locations on Instagram like coffee shops, resta even cute places to go for dessert. I usually stay in my comfort zone when it comes to food because I always end up picking the SAME spots to go eat but enough of that because it’s staying behind with 2018. I love locations that have a good aesthetic/decor because it makes me feel inspired to shoot creative and fresh content while eating which is a win/win situation. LOL

6. Spend less time on phone

This is a huge goal for me because I ALWAYS catch myself checking/responding to emails throughout the day or scrolling through instagram for no reason which isn’t productive at all. I am going to set a time each day for emails to get them out of the way and I’m going to cut my time in half on social media. I love engaging with others which is obviously not going to change but instead put my time to better use to get shit done instead of sitting back and scrolling through pictures.

7. Spend quality time with family

This coincides with spending less time on my phone, I want to be present in the moment and spend quality time with my family. It’s so easy to get caught up in a daily routine or make time for friends and be selfish with your time but I am making a conscious effort to turn that around. I have spent less time being out with others and more time making plans with family and it’s heartwarming. For the new year I plan on doing more of that and include my family with anything I have going on or simply just stay in to spend time with them.

8. A positive mindset

This is definitely a challenge at times because it’s so easy to create doubt and worry about a million little things that really have no importance at all. I am slowly learning to be more positive and I’ve learned that worrying isn’t going to change the future so being positive and hopeful is the only way to go. I’m always one to keep it real with anyone and especially with myself which I plan on doing not only for 2019 but forever. I have learned that good vibes are the most important to surround yourself with to have a positive mindset and that’s why I preach about cutting anything negative out of your life whether it’s people, habits or your lifestyle in order to turn things around for the better.

9. Stop procrastinating

OMG!!!! I’m one of the biggest procrastinators everrrrr and although I do work well under pressure, I hate putting things off especially when it comes to errands. For the new year I plan on creating to do lists for the week to make myself accountable to get things done and to STOP being lazy!

10. New job

This is one of the biggest goals and challenges I will have in 2019 and I am more than ready for it. I plan on getting a new job for the new year because I believe one should be happy when they go to work and if you don’t feel that way then you need to get yourself out!!! I finished school in May 2017 and I was lucky to have found a job soon after that had certain characteristics I was looking for like a flexible schedule and being close to home but I also found myself becoming lazy and not challenging myself and as many would stay because it’s “easy” that isn’t enough for me. I’m going to do my research and push myself to get out there and keep moving on up!

Ahhhhh so here are my top 10 goals for 2019 and I will definitely be sharing my progress with you all because I already have a lot of changes happening so watch out because your girl is here to kill it!!! I would love to hear your goals for the new year so comment below or let me know on Instagram! You can also subscribe to my blog by entering your email on my home page and be the first to know when a new post goes live!


Fitness Q&A+ Favorites

Happy Monday babes, OMG the heat was real this past weekend!

I want to answer a couple questions based on my fitness routine because I have gotten a couple of DM’s through Instagram so I will share as much as I can plus share some of my current favorite athletic wear. Continue reading down below for more.

Top via @runitwear

So let’s start off with my fitness routine, I like to workout 4-5 times a week. I do cardio 20-30 mins before I start lifting and usually consists of the stair master, elliptical and bike whenever I like to change it up.

As for lifting, I like to spread out my workouts. I do lower body twice a week so it’s extremely important to switch it up if you want gain muscle you MUST lift heavy. It’s all a process so keep in mind that everyone starts off somewhere but being consistent will really pay off and show you the results you want as long as you put in the effort all around.

I workout biceps and triceps one day, shoulders another day and back and chest together. YouTube is a great way to learn and follow exercises if you are beginning your fitness journey. I still follow videos when I want to learn new techniques and there’s so many ideas to follow that are super easy as well.

Top via @runitwear

I like to incorporate abs at least 3 times a week which usually fall on the days I workout upper body so I spend about an hour and a half at the gym. Stretching is also a MUST to get your body ready before you workout. I like to use the foam roller for my leg days before and after my workout.

Food:

I LOVE FOOD!!! So I am constantly eating and snacking every 2-3 hours. I usually start my morning with coffee, spinach omelette, bacon and a hash brown with a side of avocado toast. I have chicken/meat with rice for lunch around 11-12 and have another meal around 2-3 but try to substitute the rice for veggies and then have dinner around 7-8. As for my snacks in between, I like to eat fruit or do a protein shake. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely eat what I want but all in moderation. I have my moments of weakness which are pizza and donuts because carbs are life lol BUT I can definitely say I cut out fast food such as Mc Donald’s, Burger King, Jack in the Box, etc. My top 3 places to eat out for my cheat meals are in n out, panda express and chipotle. LOL

I would say for the most part I do a good job, I don’t count calories, I’ve just learned what I have to cut back on and of course to drink plenty of water. I drink water with all of my meals.

As for the protein I take, I normally take whey protein but don’t have a specific brand. I am currently experimenting to see what goes well with my body. I love mixing my protein powder with banana, peanut butter and almond milk. I take c4 for my pre workout which I buy at Target for $20 but I only take it twice a week when I workout lower body.

I want to keep this information simple and straight to the point for what I do but if you have any questions or other tips you are looking for I am more than happy to answer. You can email me or send me a DM on Instagram.

Instagram: @segagenesis_

Email: segagenesis06@gmail.com

Remember that everyone’s body is different, what works for me might not work for someone else but all I can say is to be consistent and positive in the changes you want to achieve.

Favorite places to shop for athletic wear: 

  • Forever 21
  • Old Navy
  • TJ Maxx/ Marshall’s

I am all about shopping smart and I go crazy with sales so these are my top places to shop and they have so many cute items that are in style so definitely check it out.

 

 

CSUN Grad 2017

Guys I finally made it!!! I am graduating with my B.A in Sociology. This has been a long but well earned journey not only for myself but for my family as well and making them proud. I remember when I transferred to CSUN two years ago feeling butterflies in my stomach and not knowing what to expect. Now I’m here, with a degree and starting a new chapter in my life.

I am very excited for all new things to come, the possibilities are endless and I am also proud of myself for pushing through and never giving up. I’ve thought about this moment since I was a young girl and thinking of who I wanted to be in life. I have learned that it’s okay not to have all of the answers at once but the determination is what counts. I have never given up and I have to thank my family for that because they have always taught me continue pushing no matter what obstacles come my way.

My experience at CSUN will be something that I will carry on with me for the rest of my life and to all my peers and professors, thank you! Each class has been able to let me see the world in a whole new way. Everything I did has been worth it and as many may know, it takes long nights, little sleep and tons of stress to get the job done. I want to say to anyone out there going to school, keep pushing and remind yourself of your goals and dreams!

Dream BIG!

So cheers to the class of 2017 and making the change we want to see in the world.

Always,

Genesis Aguilar

Photography by: photobylesnolie/ 

Pink T-Shirt Dress+ Go Jane Booties

I have been wearing tons of pink lately and I’m loving my new T-Shirt dress via

https://www.instagram.com/malenyg.shop/   //    http://malenygshop.com

I have added both their Instagram account and the link to their website so you can check them out!

T-Shirt dresses are my favorite because of course I live for comfort but it’s perfect to dress up or down so it’ll definitely come in handy to wear more often.

I wanted the first time to have more of a dressed up vibe and also went for a monochromatic look with a pop of color.

The material of this dress is stretchy and comfortable which is something I look for in every item that I wear.

I added my favorite duster coat via http://www.dresslily.com/?lkid=1528863

which I got a couple of months ago and of course I had to share it again for a Valentine’s Day inspired look.

This Draped Belted Duster Coat  comes in the perfect blush tone and it’s marked down to $18 right now!!!!

Click the link above to shop the exact item.

Now, if you follow me on Instagram and have checked out all of my other blog posts, you know the obsession I have for shoes!

I got the perfect pair of denim booties via http://www.gojane.com/121760.html

and I have also linked the exact pair because they are AMAZING and they definitely turn heads anywhere you go!

I love the light blue shade and they are comfortable and the perfect accessory to any outfit!

Now, as I was going for a monochromatic look I had to wear this light pink choker that was given to me via https://www.instagram.com/ohhhbrigette/ through Instagram and I have shared some of her other chokers in previous blog posts as well.

We have partnered up for a giveaway so that YOU can win a choker as well.

Chokers are the perfect accessory and very much in trend as well. I will share the details later on my Instagram so make sure that you head over and follow for more.

 https://www.instagram.com/segagenesis_/

Hope you enjoy this Valentine’s Day inspired outfit and stay tuned because I have plenty more to come!

xoxo

Thank you for stopping by and reading, comment down below and let me know what you think!

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Always,

Genesis<3

Outfit Details:

Dress: via https://www.instagram.com/malenyg.shop/

Duster Coat: via http://www.dresslily.com/?lkid=1528863

Shoes: via http://www.gojane.com

Dresslily Review: Color Block Sweater Dress

Are you guys getting total 90’s vibes here?!

Because I definitely am and I must say the big inspiration behind this is every girls favorite 90’s movie,
Clueless!
 
I love this color block sweater dress via
they have awesome items that I keep falling in love with!
Sweater dresses have become my thing this season and LA has the perfect weather that allows us to wear light layers, which I am definitely not complaining about!I picked the dress in this color because it’s easy to pair with, it’s stretchy and so cozy!Not only is this a sweater dress but it’s also a color block bodycon dress that fits like a glove!Click the link above to get this exact dress and it’s also under $10 which is a huge steal!!!

I paired the dress with over the knee socks which takes me back to the movie Clueless, I love this trend and of course it also helps to keep me warm.

I added my go to black booties to help with the color blocking along with my favorite leather backpack.

I love how this look turned out and you can get the look as well by clicking the link and shopping!
So GO!!

xoxo

Thank you for stopping by and reading, comment down below and let me know what you think!
Stay tuned for more posts to inspire the fashionista in you.
<3
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xoxo
Outfit Details:
 
Socks: Forever 21
Boots: Fashion Q
Backpack: via Madora

Dresslily Review: Grey Sweater Dress

There’s something about pairing sweater dresses with over the knee boots,

it has become the perfect combination to wear for the winter season!
I am wearing this grey sweater dress via
and I love the rainbow stitching.
Grey is always a favorite color of mine that I love incorporating into my wardrobe and this
is perfect with the small side slits not to mention how cozy it is.
Anything that comes oversized is perfect in my book!
Click the dress title above and it will redirect you to the exact item.
I transformed this look into a casual street style outfit, it’s always my go to and I love getting inspired to recreate new and improved looks.

Grey is the perfect color to match with so I paired my favorite flannel around the waist to keep it casual and wore my ultimate favorite over the knee denim boots via
www.myshoebazar.com
I have linked the exact pair and when you use the code
‘MYSB20R’
you get 20% off regular priced items so go use it!!!

To bring the look together, I added my blush leather hat for the perfect street style look along with my blue mirrored sunnies.

xoxo

Thank you for stopping by and reading, comment down below and let me know what you think!

Stay tuned for more posts to inspire the fashionista in you.
<3

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www.instagram.com/segagenesis_

Watch my new YouTube video and subscribe to my channel!

Always,
Genesis<3

Outfit Details:

Sweater Dress: via www.dresslily.com
Flannel: Vans
Boots: via My Shoe Bazar
Hat: Fashion Nova
Sunnies: via Zero UV

PinkBlush Rose Maxi Dress+ GIVEAWAY!

My love for floral prints just got real!

I have always been attracted to floral prints but this one caught my eye as soon as I saw it online and wanted to wear it right away!
I received this dress via
www.shoppinkblush.com
they carry a women’s line and the coolest thing is that they also have items for maternity.
How sweet is that?!
You can be pregnant and definitely look cute and glow in any of the items they have.

Spring is right around the corner and what better way than to start building your closet with amazing maxi dresses?!

As soon as I received it I fell in love even more, the material is stretchy and fits like a glove. I love the wrap around details along with the mid sleeves and the white garden print for a dreamy look.

This dress definitely gives me bohemian vibes and it’s totally chic as well, you need this in your closet.
Check out PinkBlush Trendy Online Boutique for the exact dress I am wearing or for the maternity clothes and maternity dresses that they carry as well!

I am also doing a GIVEAWAY with PinkBlush and one winner will be winning a $50 gift card.
The rules are simple, all you have to do is make sure to follow my Instagram
www.instagram.com/segagenesis_
along with www.instagram.com/shoppinkblush
I will be sharing some of my favorite pictures on my Instagram page wearing the dress and all you have to do is tag 1 friend in the comments to enter to win.
It’s that simple and I will announce the winner soon after confirming they followed the rules.
You can enter as many times as you’d like.
Good luck ladies!
I will contact the winner either through email or DM!
xoxo

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading, comment down below and let me know what you think!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway as well!

Stay tuned for more posts to inspire the fashionista in you!

Always,
Genesis<3

Outfit details:
Dress: via PinkBlush
Hat: Forever 21