Atlanta-based blogger Amanda Johnson knows her way around a closet. As the founder of Sequins and Sales, she’s constantly exploring new and affordable ways to express her personal style, while encouraging others to do the same. The SHE Media Partner Network member has also parlayed her skills into lifestyle territory, where she’s putting her own spin on food recipes, decorating ideas, and advice for fellow bloggers, such as how to secure brand partnerships and grow your Instagram following.
We recently caught up with Johnson to learn more about how the pandemic has impacted her closet, the best advice she’s ever gotten, and more. Keep scrolling to get familiar with this standout content creator.
How has your style changed over the past year?
Well, none of my jeans fit now…LOL! Okay but seriously, I have shifted from wearing cute outfits to work every day, to working from home and wearing pajama pants every day. I think not being able to go places has shifted my style a lot and I integrate more comfortable pieces into my outfit, even if I’m going somewhere.
What travel destinations are on your bucket list?
Paris, France is one of the places I’ve wanted to go since I was a kid! As someone with a fashion degree, Paris has always been the “hub” of design for me. I also really want to visit Mykonos, Greece because it is just absolutely beautiful. Post-COVID, I want to travel to so many more places than these too.
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What’s the best piece of social media advice you’ve ever gotten?
Stop. Comparing. Yourself. It’s hard to get out of that mindset when a lot of this industry is about growth and numbers, but you need to be happy with where you’re at! This is something I still struggle with, but it’s something that needs to be actively worked on no matter where you are in your growth process. Data matters, but who you are at your core matters even more!
Budgeting tips for people who want to makeover their closet?
Thrifting and shopping secondhand! When I first started blogging, I almost only went thrift shopping for what I wore. It’s a great way to save money, save the environment, and still have on-trend styles throughout the year. I have a blog post with more info that you can find here.
For secondhand shopping online, I love using Poshmark and ThredUp. They have nicer pieces (that are sometimes new) for a fraction of the cost. In person, I prefer Goodwill and Salvation Army (they’re closest to me); however, sometimes local thrift shops have better prices and better finds! It’s good to check them all out.
How do you connect with other creators in the blogging community?
Honestly, by just reaching out to them. I personally feel like it’s easier to connect more personally with people on Twitter versus Instagram, but either works. I just DM someone, interact with their content, and eventually, it leads to a friendship! I’ve pitched these friends to brands and vice versa, so it ends up being even more beneficial in the long run.
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