Wednesday, April 23, 2014

T.M.I. Tag - You Tube Video

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Hi everybody! I haven't blogged in a while, and I'm sorry. I am still working on the re-build of my blog and getting things ready for the re-launch coming on June 1, 2014. That's when everything will change over from the mainly-themed Disney posts to the new Makeup/Fashion/Etc. posts.

Until then, I will be posting here and there. So today I thought I would share my newest adventure...My You Tube Channel!

I'm very new on You Tube, and only have a few videos up so far. But I am planning more and will be coordinating my blog posts along with my videos. Please click the link below to view one of my earlier videos, which is a fun TAG video that features questions and answers that will let you get to know me, The Dixie Pixie a little better.

I hope you enjoy the video! Please visit my channel and SUBSCRIBE! Thanks!!!

Join me across Social Media:
Twitter: @RobinFretwell

Saturday, March 29, 2014

How to start a You Tube Channel

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I have been blogging for several years now, and along the way I was introduced to You Tube channels by fellow bloggers. I enjoyed jumping on You Tube to check out channels and clips from some of my favorite bloggers and just fun little random clips too. I actually thought for a long time that in fact those little fun random videos were the only thing on You Tube.  Boy was I wrong! There is an entire community of "Vloggers" with great channels that host video tutorials, tips, reviews, and much more on a myriad of topics. So recently, being inspired by those You Tubers that I have enjoyed over the years, I am jumping into the "vlog-isphere" and have created my own You Tube Channel. This article will give you a few tips on how to start your own You Tube channel.

My channel originally began as my blog did, as an extension of my Disney travel planning business. But, as with the blog, I have recently changed over the focus of my You Tube channel to feature tips, reviews, and tutorials having to do with makeup/fashion/and more.

You Tube
Video Cover from my latest upload...March 2014 Empties - Things I liked and disliked that I used for the first time in March.

Starting a You Tube channel is very simple. Just go to the You tube website and sign up for an account. From there I would suggest that you first spend some time researching topics you may be interested in to find some favorite channels and subscribing to follow vloggers as they post videos. This will give you a base to create a community to get feedback from and start online/You Tube relationships with people who will become cheerleaders for you own channel once its up and running. After you get a base of channels you like and follow, then its on to setting up the components of your own channel. Create a "creation" video, this will be a welcome to those coming to your channel that introduces yourself and tells a little about what you will be focusing on in your videos. Make sure to complete all of the sections, especially the "About" page, giving a description about yourself and your channel and linking to your blog or any social media accounts you may have. After you set up the basics of the channel pages, you will want to visit the "Dashboard" to set up your settings, make sure to set your channel to be monetized. Even if you have very few views and subscribers in the beginning, you will want to get that set up early, as it will pay off in the long run - literally. Finally, the last step will be to start making videos and uploading the to your channel.

Creating videos is very simple. Some channels feature great lighting and lots of technical aspects to their videos, but for the most part, its just people like you and me who have something to say and sit down in front of a camera to get it out. Making your video can be as simple as using your smart phone (iPhones have great apps for creating and uploading videos quickly all from your phone), or you can use a video camera and upload the videos to your computer for editing and loading to You Tube. However you choose to create your videos, start simple and then you can add creativity and know how as you become more comfortable with your videos.

So come on! Join me on You Tube and lets have some fun! If you aren't interested in starting your own channel, please visit my channel and subscribe for fun videos on fashion, makeup, and a whole lot more!

Ya'll have a great weekend!....The Dixie Pixie

Channels I love on You Tube:
Elle is for Living
Kandee Johnson
Mattie Roberts
Nisha / Sugar Puff and Fluff

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Summer outfits - How to wear jeans in Summer

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I love jeans. All styles - All colors. And I love to wear them all year long. Even in summer. So I thought it would be fun to look at a few Summer outfits built around jeans. There is a simple formula that will help you with how to wear jeans in Summer, and here it is. 

1. Use the jeans as your staple item: Jeans, no matter the style or color will be the basis for your outfit. From that simple item you can build a fashionable and fun outfit for summer. 

2. Use lighter colored jeans: I know I said no matter the color above, that's true-to a point, you should try to keep the jean color as light as possible for Summer outfits. White, lighter washed blue, light grays, and especially bright colors like coral, turquoise, yellow. 

3. Use accessories and tops to add color or accent style: Make sure you use accessories, shoes, pockets books and tops that say "Summer". Sandals, flats, or flip flops will add a summer feel to your jean outfit. Pop in some color with shoes or jewelry, and pocket books. Keep your top basic but with great detail. 

Let's look at a few ways to work these "rules" into a great jeans outfit for Summer:

White Jeans - Try a straight leg jean (you could roll the leg for a cropped look). Match with a flowy top (this one is from Old Navy) and use contrasting color in your shoes and jewelry. 
Outfit Items:
Top & Purse-  

Basic Blue Jeans: Skinny legged jeans are great for Summer. Wear them straight legged or rolled. Try to keep a neutral pallet for shoes and accessories. Bring color in with a basic style top with a great detail. 
Outfit Items:

Boyfriend Jeans: The hottest look in jeans right now is the Boyfriend style. A little baggie, with a more square frame, this can be a great cut and style for most body types. I love to take this look and add flouncy, girly details through jewelry, shoes and tops. Since the jean is basic but very stylish you can have fun with the outfit and really add your personal style to it. 
Outfit Items:

So there you have it. 3 simple guidelines and 3 great inspiration outfits to help you build Summer outfits with jeans. 
Until next and blue-jean hugs...The Dixie Pixie.