January 22, 2018

Stopping to Smell the (Social Media) Roses

Sydne Style shows how to wear high waist jeans for casual outfit ideasLast week, I was reminded about the power of social media. I touched on this a bit on an Instagram post but I just wanted to expand…

“The most important things in life
are the connections you make with others.” -Tom Ford

I’ve always said that my favorite part about social media is that it gives us the opportunity to connect. I’ve made real life friends from social media. My first was on Twitter. Amber and I met through tweets and when she was in LA we went to a Sharon Osbourne closet sale together. It was a blast!

In recent years, most of my new friends develop on Instagram. Sometimes we end up meeting. Other times we simply develop our relationships through comments and DMs. It’s so wonderful to have a support system around the world, the women I call my #ssInstaFam.

With all Instgram’s algorithm changes, I often got so caught up on figuring out what was happening with my engagement that I would forget about my favorite part of the app: the connection. All this changed when I received a sweet message from a stranger across the world.

After reading one of my blog posts, she decided to reach out. She had gone through a similar experience and wanted to offer her support. She had nothing to gain by her kind words. But I had everything to gain. Her message inspired me to rethink some things in my life and helped me on so many levels.

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Her simple act of kindness inspired me to reach out to people more. Of course it’s nice to comment “Cute outfit” or “Love your dress.” But outfit compliments don’t generate real connections. I’m now trying my best to really read everyone’s captions, and talk to them through comments.

Her message inspired me to remember to stop and smell and the roses, the social media roses

“To make a difference in someone’s life,
you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful or perfect.
You just have to care.”.

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If you are interested in Instagram’s algorithm—hey, as much as I appreciate the connections I still want people to see my content, so I get it!—my friends sent me two great articles that I found helpful:

Sydne Style shows how to wear florals for spring in equipment button up shirtPhotos by Michelle Kyle

Top: Equipment (similar here and here)
Jeans: AGolde
Bag: Chanel
Belt: old but similar here
Earrings: Gorjana
Shoes: Steve Madden
Lipstick: MAC “Lady Danger”


Leave a Comment


  1. Natali commented:

    Always looking astonishing!! Love the pops of red in this outfit, also your Chanel bag and floral blouse are fabulous pieces to style an outfit with.

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  2. Louis Dupond commented:

    I’m not a fan of Instagram but well of your outfits 😉

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  3. garry hilton commented:

    Using Reels Insights, you can see patterns and understand different spikes in engagement that affect your visibility on the platform. That way, you can create higher-quality content that gets even more engagement and followers.

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  4. jerry commented:

    She made the decision to get in touch after reading one of my blog postings. She wanted to assist her because she had gone through a similar situation. With her sweet remarks, she had nothing to gain.

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