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Beauty has so many forms, and I think the most beautiful thing is confidence and loving yourself.

As you may be aware from the proliferation of headlines that end in “…and the internet is very upset about it!” the Internet is constantly very upset about various things. Some of those things provoke quite understandable if not righteous upper. Other times though, the internet just seems bored and looking for something to kick around the ol’ Twitter echo chamber.

The world of fashion meanwhile has a long history of provoking, teasing, scandalizing, and, dare we say it, trolling. Actual scandal-worthy fashion moments aside, it is of little surprise then that occasionally otherwise inoffensive fashion items and objects get caught in the Twitter outrage cycle simply for existing. Would fashion really be doing it’s job in 2017 if it didn’t occasionally provoke such strong reactions online? We have little doubt that that was the point at least some of these designers (we’re looking at you Demna) were trying to make. Others maybe were perhaps just playing catch up on what they perceived as a trend.

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Fall decorating presents the opportunity to revel in luxury. Fabrics become more substantial, color palettes transition to rich hues, and just about every design decision for the season revolves around cultivating a cozy living environment. In an effort to help you make your space ideal for fall, a group of design tastemakers reveal the decor trends to expect in homes across the country this season, along with a few lessons you’ll want to consider.

Blouse Paul & Joe; shorts Victoria, Victoria Beckham; boots Chloé; necklace Sophie Buhai; pendant Piaget

Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs, entered into the world online fashion critic earlier this year when he discovered a pair of $425 jeans on sale at Nordstrom’s from the brand PRPS. He positioned them as another volley in “our country’s War on Work.” He continued, “They’re not even fashion. They’re a costume for wealthy people who see work as ironic – not iconic.” Fair point. Really though we were also a bit offended that DSquared2 already did the whole purposefully muddied jeans a few years ago. In fact, Gwen Stefani was spotted wearing the originals when she first started dating Blake Shelton. See, there are occasional situation in which a high fashion-meets-down home country boy aesthetic really is necessary.

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We get why people would be outraged from a certain view, but we also think at least some of these designers are in on the joke. Maybe the only question is what exactly the punchline is. Then again, when you think about it the entire world of high fashion is taking something mundane (clothing; we all have to wear it), and turning it into coveted and cutting-edge luxury items.

Life experience brings out different emotions and different perspectives on things. I just want to be constantly evolving.

Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs, entered into the world online fashion critic earlier this year when he discovered a pair of $425 jeans on sale at Nordstrom’s from the brand PRPS. He positioned them as another volley in “our country’s War on Work.” He continued, “They’re not even fashion. They’re a costume for wealthy people who see work as ironic – not iconic.” Fair point. Really though we were also a bit offended that DSquared2 already did the whole purposefully muddied jeans a few years ago. In fact, Gwen Stefani was spotted wearing the originals when she first started dating Blake Shelton. See, there are occasional situation in which a high fashion-meets-down home country boy aesthetic.

 

People were absolutely astounded, at least in between that time that they read the Tweet or headline and when they actually go to the details, that Prada was selling a $150 “paper clip.” In reality, of course, it was a sterling silver money clip shaped like a paper clip (and when you really think about it, all clips really do the same thing). $150 is a lot for a paper clip, but it’s actually not that eye boggling when you look at other high-end money clips.

My autistic twin brother just snapped this pic of me! Let me find out I make photographers out of everyone... 🤔 lol I’m so proud of him! I watched him have a panic attack every snap away lmao!

Anyhow, I’m headed to the grand opening of @hammerandnaildetroit! Follow along in my stories for the sneak peak! Congrats again and thank you for the invite! Can’t wait to indulge in @monarchclubdetroit’s @jaredbobkin delicious meals! 🙌🏾🙌🏾

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A preset created by me just for you should be underway, yes?

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How do you utilize the Direct Message feature on Instagram? Do you use it for leisure? Do you use it for sharing memes in group chats with friends? Do you use it to 'shoot your shot' with a potential significant other?

I'll tell you a secret: it's all I do.

Guys have this interesting theory when sliding into a girl's DMs: "slide in as many as you can...eventually one will say yes," and I've been running with this theory ever since.

Social Media Managers of your favorite brands almost always see your DM even if they leave the message unread in the DM requests. The goal is to give them a reason to respond. If you get a response, they may tell you to reach out to them via the generic email in their profile. However, you don't want a generic info@InsertBrandHere.com. Emails to generic email addresses can get lost on the way to whom you're hoping it'll get to or you could never get a response. You want a specific name to a marketing director that can get you answers to how you can participate in paid collaborations faster.

Why you should start using Direct Messages to reach out to brands: • it's faster
• your Instagram profile serves as an immediate resume so they never have to leave the app
• if they find that you are a good fit (because you've fixed the 7 struggles we mentioned in my previous post), they're more than likely to respond almost immediately
• you can build relationships with the marketing manager faster that will be beneficial to you for future partnerships

Now that we have that understanding, it's important you know what to say to get an answer when you slide in the DMs of a brand. You need to ask for the marketing manager in charge of the brand and you want to give them a reason to give you that person's direct contact. Without that reason, they'll direct you to the generic email already on the page.

The reason that you want to give is that you want to send over your media kit to the marketing manager. Brands love seeing data about how you can bring value to them. When you do this, you will almost always receive the answer you're looking for.

So tell me now, are you sliding in DMs the right way? Comment below. I wanna hear how you slide in✍🏾

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One reason alone to cross the border 😋

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Brought to you by the #Under30Summit, I’ve partnered with @forbesunder30 who’s finally made their way to Detroit! 🙌🏾 I’m doing a giveaway for an opportunity to win a free ticket to go to the Under 30 Summit with me October 27 - 30 to see performances from @21savage, speeches from @serenawilliams and more!

Swipe to see details on how you can enter this giveaway. You have 5 days to enter before I announce the winner on Friday!

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I don’t like wearing pants. If you know me I’d prefer to be bottomless. A uniform of bottomless bottoms that don’t cut of circulations, aren’t trending, and don’t require spanks or overexpose any fupas to come underway would be delightful.  But until then, these fancy ones will do. Link in bio on the blog.

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Growing your social media is always a hot topic because it doesn't matter what you offer, what brands/businesses you want to work with, or who views your page if you don't brand your social media properly to get the results you're looking for.

Here are 7 struggles that you may be dealing with that's causing you not to grow on social media.

Struggle 1
Your Instagram feed/grid is disorganized, uncoordinated, and has too many unbranded graphics.

Struggle 2
Your bio doesn't correctly display who you are and what you do.

Struggle 3
You don't utilize your stories, live, or IGTV.

Struggle 4
You're not posting quality content.

Struggle 5
You're not posting consistently.

Struggle 6
You're worrying too much about the algorithm.

Struggle 7
You haven't signed up for my e-courses that can help you with all of these problems! :) Swipe left to learn more and how you can confidently fix these problems and start growing your social media! Head to iamcharlieg.com to learn more.

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A  purse made of wood that serves in fashion and as a weapon. #balance 🙌🏾

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On my Lenny Kravitz vibes thanks to @hautekinkyhair and @prime_collection 🙌🏾 if you’re looking for curly, natural extensions, use CharlieG at checkout! Link in @hautekinkyhair’s bio!
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I FINALLY got my nails finessed by @fanessnails courtesy of @charity who understands how to wine and dine a woman or 50 at her Women First event at @footlockerdetroit awhile back 🙌🏾 💅🏾 👟

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Out of office. ✌🏾 #WorldMentalHealthDay

Out of office. ✌🏾 #WorldMentalHealthDay

I’m pretty inconsistent with almost everything my life especially the gym. I hate the weight I’ve gained and I hate that I can’t control my brutal and unhealthy, self-sabotaging eating habits right now. But I plan later in the winter to take my trips to @theviberide Detroit real serious along with a potential gym trainer 💪🏾 What’s something you’re planning to be more consistent with?

I’m pretty inconsistent with almost...