We’ve Moved!


Hi guys! I apologize for my absence over the past few weeks, but I’ve made up for it- Sing Simple now has its own website- singsimple.weebly.com!! So make sure that’s your new bookmark for all things simple, and also check out the new Youtube Channel.

 

WordPress, you’ve been a doll, and I don’t think there’s any other blogging platform like you. I’m having a hard time saying goodbye, after all, you are what got me on my feet. I’ll still be updating my other blog until I make a section for it on the site, so I guess we’ll still be connected in a way. I’ll miss you, birthplace to Sing Simple.

 

And I’ll miss all you guys too, more than words can express.

 

For the last time

 

~S

Change in Schedule, Again!


Sorry for my lack of activity guys, but my life’s gotten really busy lately. Which is why I’m changing the schedule again. I’ll be posting once a week from now on every Saturday, so look out!

 

~S

Sing Simple’s New Post Schedule


Reality’s finally hit me that there’s no possible way I can post everyday with balancing school work and extra activities. From now on, new posts will come out every Wednesday and Saturday with the following monthly schedule:

 

Week 1

Wednesday: Tutorial/DIY

Saturday: Product Review

 

Week 2

Wednesday: Tutorial/DIY

Saturday: Outfit Post

 

Week 3

Wednesday: Tutorial/DIY

Saturday: Requests (Yes, you guys get to request articles now!)

 

Week 4

Wednesday: Tutorial/DIY

Saturday: Guest/ Feauture Blogger

 

So guys remember to request your articles for Week 3 and to enter our contest here!

 

~S

Tips for Fashion Bloggers


Hi guys. So I decided to make this post with tips for aspiring fashion bloggers. Enjoy~

1. Topic. What is the point of your blog? Outfit posts? Tutorials? Maybe multiple topics? Many people say you should stick to one point to blog about so that your audience knows what to expect. It may actually be more of an advantage if you do multiple, becuse you’ll attract a wider audience, as long as you do so uniformly. For example: Monday- Outfit Post; Tuesday- Tutorial; Wednesday- Guest Post, etc.

 

2. Design and Layout. Most fashion blogs tend to be simply either white or black, and this is a better layout because it brings attention to the actual content of your blog. Avoid a lot of clutter in the sidebar, such as unnecessary widgets and long blogrolls. Only add widgets to major sites that you use often. Make your blog as clutter free as possible. Also, avoid colourful and fancy fonts (except for post titles, if you want to).

 

3. Pictures. I disaprove of using pictures that you didn’t take unless the circumstance demmands it. Everybody emphasizes how important clear, beautiful pictures are. But what if you’re like me and you’re stuck with a horrible camera? Easy. Make it work for you. Only take pictures in bright, natural light and make use of free editing software such as Picnik- without going overboard. You can also try black and white photos. Photos should be centered.

 

4. Content. No one can tell you how to write a good article, but there are a few must-do’s:

  • Keep everything short and simple (using Twitter helps with this)
  • Avoid using paragraphs. Use bulllet points and lists wherever possible.
  • When you must, have no paragraph more than 4 lines long. (Many people (including myself), tend to skim through long paragraphs in blog posts).
  • Have proper grammar. Re-read each post. Then re-read it again.

 

5. Look at other fashion blogs! Check out your favourite popular fashion blogs and think about why they’re popular, as well as what aspects of their blog you could incorporate in yours.

 

6. Network and use social media. Social media are your friends. I personally think Twitter is more effective than Facebook, but why not do both if you can? And don’t forget to join International Fashion Bloggers and participate in the forums!

 

Don’t forget to enter Sing Simple’s contest here!

 

~S

DIY Bird Wall Art


First I want to apologize for being gone on Valentine’s Day- such an important day of the year- but now I’m back with a  tutorial for cute bird wall art !

 

You Will Need:

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Scissors
  • Cartridge paper or poster board
  • Ink pads
  • Brown and red markers
  • Black gel ink pen or marker
  • Glue
  • Compass or circular stencil
  • Flower stamps (or a coloured gel in pen or marker)
  • Scrap fabric or sponge

 

1. Use the compass to draw a circle out on the cartridge paper and cut it out.

 

 

2. Draw a branch across the paper. Use the brown marker and colour it in.

 

 

3. On the excess cartridge paper, draw a bird and a heart. Cut out these shapes and use the outer piece as a stencil.

 

 

4. Stencil the bird on the paper so that it looks as if it is sitting on the branch, and stencil the heart to the side of the bird. I did mine at an angle to it’s head. Outline the bird ONLY in black gel ink/marker.

 

 

5. Colour the heart with the red marker.

 

 

6. Smear the cloth/sponge on the ink pad and smudge in on the inside of the bird, filling it in with a textured colour.

 

 

7. Lastly, stamp flowers on the branch, or draw them in with a marker.

 

 

~S

Sing Simple on Hiatus


Wow, won’t that teach me to write my posts in advance. Due to cheerleading and school work I’ve had no time to update, but don’t worry, the hiatus isn’t long. I’ll be back on Ash Wednesday (next week Wednesday) and I’ll be spending my time writing a month’s worth of posts so this doesn’t happen again. I’m so sorry and hope you guys forgive me.

 

~S

Desperate Help!


[picture coming soon]

If you guys follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I cut straight-across bangs yesterday. My issue is that my hair is natural and so to keep the bangs neat I have to flat iron them. But they’re cut too long and after a few hours the curl at the end keeping them out of my eyes as well as the straightness keeping it down and neat goes away. Besides hairspray/ gel or a blow dryer, any tips for keeping my fringe down?

~S

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