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:
LanaIndiana
Elle is for Living
Kandee Johnson
Volmel55
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- http://www.oldnavy.gap.com  
Shoes- http://www.ardene.com 
Jeans- http://www.hm.com 



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:
Shoes- http://www.oldnavy.gap.com
Top- http://www.dorothyperkins.com
Purse- http://www.6pm.com


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:
Top- http://www.nelly.com
Shoes- http://www.sperrytopsiders.com
Jeans- http://www.gap.com


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

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring is Here! - Spring 2014 Makeup

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It's the first day of Spring! Whoo-Hoo! And hallelujah it's sunny and pretty warm here in North Carolina today. There are rumors it may not last, but for today it's no jacket, coat, scarf or boots and I'm loving it. I can't wait to pull out the warm weather wardrobe, as you can tell from my posts all this week. But we can't forget the most important part of any look no matter the season, makeup! Today I wanna share my favorite color pallet for Spring (and Summer) 2014. 

My go-to makeup place is Target, and their line of E.L.F. Cosmetics and Sonia Kashuk are my favorites. The SK line is where my color pallet inspiration comes from. What's hot for Spring and Summer you ask? CORAL/PEACHY TONES for lips and cheeks & SHIMMERY NEUTRALS for your eyes. 


              
  

For cheeks; coral blush gives you a glow that pinks and plain bronzer just can't. You'll look like you've been kissed by the warmth of the sun. 
Lips will look rich and full. Line with a neutral color lip liner, followed by a light peachy lipstick. Then go back over the whole lip with a pretty coral gloss. 
Finish off with shimmery neutral tones for your eyes. Choose a base color that is very close to your own skin tone, then contour the crease area with a shadow that is just a shade darker. Finish the look off with a sweep of a shiny, glittery golden tone just under the brow. I know this seems completely opposite of everything you've ever been told on how to apply eye shadow, shine on the lid not brow bone. But trust me, flipping it will give you a sun kissed look and draw your eyes out. Try it. 

I tried the lip look and loved it!

             


So there you have it. A great color pallet to show off this season. I'll be posting a tutorial on my YouTube channel soon and will post a link once it's up. 

Until next time...The Dixie Pixie.