Showing posts with label Instagram. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Instagram. Show all posts

Friday, March 11, 2016

Our Favorite Photo Editing App

We all have our personal preferences when it comes to the way we edit our photos- especially for Instagram.  It helps us make our photos looking 10x better as well as achieve the perfect look & feel!  We've had our fair share with playing around with different photo editing apps and we've come to the conclusion that there are pros and cons to EVERY photo editing app!

Either they have amazing filters, but their adjustments tools aren't just up to par or the app's user experience is amazing and so easy to use, but the editing & adjustments tools aren't quite the best.  Can't we just get an all around perfect photo editing app?!  At the end of the day, these apps are all so different, because they are designed to create different aesthetics for different people with different styles.  

We personally love VSCOcam!  The user experience might not be quite the best, because the app is designed very minimally, but the filters (presets) are absolutely amazing and it just takes a little bit of work to create the style you want.  There's a reason why a lot of BIG Instagrammers use VSCOcam as well as most professional photographers!

Give it a try for at least a week and tell us what you think!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Why Instagram Can Help Your Sorority Recruitment

It's amazing what social media has evolved to these last couple of years.  Sure, there's pros and cons to social media and it can do a lot of damage, but it can also be a great asset to a sorority!  One thing a lot of people haven't considered is that it can help with your sorority's "brand" and it gives a potential new member a glimpse into what it would be like to potentially be in that sorority.  Instead of using social media for internal use, use it for external use as well!

Instagram especially has almost become a portfolio for people, companies, and organizations.  Remember... you also cannot post to post, it must have great authentic, genuine content.  Just remember, before you join a sorority, a potential new member has no idea what it is like to be in a sorority- this is your chance to show a glimpse of it! Here's a list of things you should be posting on your sorority Instagram and why it can help you with recruitment!

1. Events - showcase what kind of events you have and all the fun everyone has hanging out with their sisters.

2. Education - education is an important factor and it's important that your sorority values study time and getting A+ together.  Also, showcase academic achievements and highlight members for their great work!

3. Sisterhood - photos of hanging out at sorority events is great, but it's also important to showcase friendships outside of sorority activities and events.  Again, potential new members have no idea what it's going to be like when they join, so it's important that sisterhood happens on campus & off!

4. Diversity - it's important to make everyone & anyone feel welcomed in your sorority.  Make sure to showcase your diversity in culture & race to feel all potential new member feel like they belong.

5. Post Grad Life - showcasing & highlighting what sisterhood is like or what alum members are up to post graduation is also something that's really appealing for potential new members so they see the benefit in becoming a member after graduation!

Remember, put yourself in their shoes and think what you would have liked to see when joining a sorority.  It's okay to brag about your sorority Instagram account, ladies!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Best Sorority Instagram Contest

It's time for some friendly competition! Instagram has really taken flight over the past few years and now so many people are Instafamous (we can't believe that that is even a word!). We have been loving seeing what all of our sorority readers have been up to all summer via their shared Instagram photos that we want to give you and your house more of a spotlight. From now until August 7th, we want you to prove that your sorority's Instagram page is the best by showing us through pictures how it fits with all six of our site categories: Campus Catwalk (clothes, fashion accessories), Dolled Up (makeup), Big Sis Tips (sisters helping sisters, activities, philanthropy, sisterhood events) Kitchen (cook-offs, exercising, health & wellness), Secret Steals (awesome deals), and Chapter Room (house decor). DM your pictures to us via our Instagram: @thesororitysecrets and the sorority to display the most pictures in all six categories will get a feature on our site. 




Monday, November 3, 2014

4 Makeup Artists To Follow On Instagram

Contouring, highlighting, glowing, "giving face". These are all amazing makeup tips we have learned from some of our favorite makeup artists (otherwise referred to as "MUA"). Instagram has always been our go-to when it comes to makeup trends and we often use it as a source to mirror some pretty amazing looks. We're sure all of you have that one Instagram page you check on the daily for beautiful makeup looks and inspiration and we do too. Check out our 4 "must-follow" makeup Instagram pages. Do you have a favorite Makeup Artist that we should check out on Instagram? Share with us in the comments!

  1. Patrick Ta (@patrickta) #makeupbypatrickta
  2. Angel Merino (@mac_daddyy)
  3. Karen Sarahii (@iluvsarahii)
  4. Haley Buckner (@haleybuckner)
Bonus: We are absolutely in love with the lip products from Dose of Colors (@doseofcolors). The lip products are vegan and cruelty free which is pretty awesome. The colors are rich, vibrant and super affordable. The colors are such a hot commodity that they get sold out quick, so that's why you've got to snag them quick. We especially love the Dose of Colors Instagram page because they often feature makeup artists and different people wearing their beautiful lip products. It gives us access to other makeup artists to follow while at the same time giving us an idea of how the Dose of Colors lip products look on different women---love, love, LOVE!

Monday, September 29, 2014

When To Use Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat

With so many social media outlets out there, it's pretty hard to keep up with all of them. We come from the Myspace and Facebook generation that it is amazing to see how far social media has come. We each have our favorite social media outlets and often use one more than the other. So, when is it right to use Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat? Here's our rundown on when it's appropriate to use each:

Twitter: Have a random thought? Take it to Twitter. Twitter is for quick thoughts which correspond with short sentences. Essentially, you are giving your followers a glimpse into your mind and day-to-day in a few short characters.

Instagram: Have a cool picture moment in your day-to-day that you would like to highlight? Then, take it to Instagram. If you want to highlight 1-4 picture moments in your day then Instagram is the perfect social media outlet. Instagram is about photo sharing so applying hashtags and cool yet natural filters are the greatest way to get your photos gaining more visibility.

Facebook: Too long for Twitter? Not "cool" enough for Instagram? Facebook is your friend in this situation. Facebook is your journal; pictures, words, quotes, videos-they all belong on Facebook. Unlike Instagram where you can only post so much throughout the day before you're exhausting your audience, Facebook welcomes posts at any frequency.

Snapchat: Want to show your day-to-day in pictures and video form but you don't want it to stick around for too long? Then, Snapchat has you covered. Snapchat is a great way to show your friends and family what you're up to in that given moment. The footage does not stick around for longer than 24 hours so you feel like you're starting a whole new social media platform every day that you post to it. Very addicting!

If you're like us, many of our friends favor certain social media outlets more than others so you might find yourself on one or two more than the other. What's important is that if you're going to have multiple social media outlets, be sure to find a balance on maintaining them. Since you don't know which ones your friends are on more, keep each outlet exciting!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Groovebook...What's That?

Are you sort of obsessed with your Instagram photos? Do you wish you had them in physical photo form so that you can easily look through them without scrolling deep into your Instagram archives? Or, do you simply wish you could turn your photos on your phone into a complete physical photo album? We just discovered the perfect solution: Groovebook. This is possibly one of our most favorite discoveries. It is definitely a secret steal that you will want to take advantage of. Basically, this is how Groovebook works:

Step 1: Download the App to your phone.
  • Click here for the App Store. 
  • Click here for Google Play.
Step 2: Choose from up to 100 photos on your phone to include in your Groovebook.
Step 3: Upload the photos
Step 4: Confirm your choices and submit for your Groovebook!

The photos get printed in a stylish book for only $2.99. You can subscribe to get them monthly and you can cancel at any time without any penalties. Such a good deal, right?!

Check out the customer reviews! We really loved the feedback from this Groovebook user:

Love this app 

I was blown away by the quality of the first book of photos that I got and immediately ordered three more books. My fifth book has just been ordered and I can't wait to get those pictures. All within about 5 weeks. The actual quality of the photos is really good there's no fuzziness no haziness like I have received at a lot of the kiosks and at some online places. It will be very nice to be able to take a picture of someone, add it to my Groovebook and then request multiple copies right then and there on the spot so I don't have to remember who I promised copies to.

In reading earlier reviews I did notice that someone had complained about the photo paper being thin. While it is a much lighter weight paper it's nice for me because it makes my Scrapbooks a little lighter and easier to work with or hand to someone to look at.

I just upgraded the app and the newest upgrade added an account summary or purchase summary which tells you when the book was shipped out. Can't beat that!
Let the picture printing begin!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

10 Apps We Can't Live Without

It's the simple truth: some apps just make life better.  Whether they enhance your life through photography or music, our phones would be lost without them!  We've compiled a list of apps that have become our favorites... and we're sure that they will be your favorites, too.

If we had to pick only one photo app to use, this would be the winner!  Afterlight is our go-to, all bundled up in one pretty app.  Crop, add borders, add filters, add exposure, brighten, sharpen, add light leaks... you name it, Afterlight does it.  Everything can be customized as well.  Under "light leaks," tap the rainbow color icon for more color options.  Use the adjusting bar at the bottom to lighten or increase the intensity on all features.  Play around on this app, and you will discover all of the beautiful custom edits you can do!

When adding text to a photo, look no further than Word Swag.  The font choices & layouts are of graphic designer quality, sure to showcase your message in style.  Use one of their provided backgrounds (they have plenty of cool ones) or upload your own photo to add text.  If you're stumped on what to say, they even have suggestions!  Like Afterlight, be sure to explore the various options and customizations to make the text uniquely yours.

If you're not using Spotify, it's time to check it out.  And it's worth every penny for the upgraded version without advertisements (Spotify Premium) as well!  Every song, at your fingertips, all the time.  Create playlists, follow playlists in any music genre, and explore all artists.  Take it with you on the go, and sync Spotify over Bluetooth in your car too.  If you're looking for a place to start, check out our Summer Playlist and our EDM Workout Playlist

Too many pictures (or videos) your phone taking up space?  Don't want to delete all of them, just in case you ever need one of them?  Dropbox is your answer!  Download the app to your phone, and sync it with your photo album.  Once synched, delete photos on your phone with ease... knowing that they're stored right on your Dropbox app if ever needed!  Bonus: if you install Dropbox on your computer too, you can access the same photos from there as well.

We love Pinterest, it can entertain us for hours on end.  If you're not pinning from the app on your phone, it's time to give it a whirl.  Pinterest is faster, easier, and a whole new experience when viewed on the app!

Paying for parking, but would rather not swipe your card at the meter?  Pay with ease using your credit card on your phone, using PayByPhone.  It's secure, and helps to save you time as well.  

7. Venmo
Need to pay your roommate for rent?  Does your bestie want to pay you for last night's pizza delivery?  Venmo is your answer, allowing you to pay or collect money from others with ease... no checks or cash required.

8. Yelp
Looking for a great restaurant or coffee house nearby?  Want to see what other people thought of those chicken enchiladas (with pictures too)?  The Yelp app is here to answer these questions, on the go.  Yelp is also great to use when you're traveling to a new city, and looking for suggestions of places to go try!

9. Etsy
If you enjoy shopping on Etsy, you're going to love the app!  Browse and discover new shops and items, and make purchases within seconds.  Add items to your Favorites list if you want to save them for later.  We love browsing Etsy for unique gifts, especially gifts that can be customized! 

Because well, it's Instagram.

What are your favorite apps?  We would love to discover more!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Katie Dean Jewelry {Giveaway}



If you haven't seen or heard of Katie Dean Jewelry then you might want to jump on this train. We first found out about Katie Dean Jewelry through Lea Michele's Instagram. She was rocking the cutest piece of hand jewelry we had ever seen! We had to know just where she got it. Turns out, Lea Michele wasn't the only one who loved Katie Dean Jewelry. Several different stars like Kendall and Kylie Jenner and other famous celebs around LA had already caught on to the amazing jewelry that is Katie Dean Jewelry. So what makes her jewelry so unique? Everything. Think bohemian, earthy designs mixed with a feminine dainty twist. When you look at KDJ's pieces, you're looking at a piece of art. Each piece of jewelry has a one of kind flair to it. We have a thing for midi rings right now and KDJ offers the best midi ring designs like the Arrow Ring and the Feather Ring. Karen had been searching high and low for a hand chain and fell in love with the Say Your Prayers gold hand chain from KDJ--like Katie said, it's so amazing that you don't want to take it off. In fact, all of her jewelry you just don't want to take off.

Do you want to experience what all the hype is with KDJ's fab jewelry pieces? We have a special giveaway for you! The Sorority Secrets + Katie Dean Jewelry have teamed up to offer one winner their very own jewelry piece from the Katie Dean Jewelry collection. One winner will receive their choice of any piece of KDJ jewelry that is $50 or less. This is an Instagram giveaway and here are the official rules of entry:
  1. You must be a US resident (this giveaway is not offered to those outside of the US).
  2. You must read and agree to The Sorority Secrets' Contest/Giveaway Disclaimer.
  3. Follow @katiedeanjewelry on Instagram
  4. Comment on The Sorority Secrets' Katie Dean Jewelry Giveaway picture on Instagram telling us where you would wear her jewelry if you won
The contest ends on 3/28 at 11:59 PM PST and the winner will be notified via Instagram. Thanks and good luck!!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

8 Cutest Dogs on Instagram

As you all already know, we're obsessed with dogs!  We bring our babies (aka our dogs) to the office all the time because we just can't part with them.  We love all dogs- small dogs, big dogs, furry and fluffy dogs, hairless dogs, puppies, full grown, you name it!  We all have our favorite dogs to follow on Instagram and out of about a million, we narrowed it down to our top 8 favorite dogs to follow on Instagram!

Make sure to follow these cuties!

Meet Mr. Sir Charles Barkley!  He's a die hard Seattle Hawks fan that has an unbelievable smile from ear to ear.  He has over 101,000 followers and he's Mr. Popular in the Instagram world.  The funniest part about this is THE actual Charles Barkely knows about this infamous French Bull Dog!

This little pomeranian resides in where else but of course... New York City (hence the insta name).  He's the cutest little thing with the cutest pictures!  Our favorite pictures are the ones where he's wrapped up in blankets!  TOO CUTE!

Meet Digby & Aloysius Van Winkle!  Aloyisus (the black cutie) is the newest addition to the Van Winkle family!  They're Griffons from Wellington, New Zealand.  They love to get dressed up and they even like to match at times.  There's something about these Griffons that make them so funny looking, but yet so cute!

So not only does this Shiba Inu have an Instagram account, he also has a Tumblr account.  This Mr. Fashionista lives in NYC.  He rocks everything from suspenders, hats, suits, and glasses!

Meet Darwin the Wanderlust Pug!  First of all, can we talk about those puppy-dog eyes?? He is the funniest, cutest thing. He loves dressing up, playing in the snow, and playing fetch.

This is Trotter the Black French Bulldog.  This fashionable pup lives in San Francisco and has all different kind of styles that we just can't get enough of.  Everything from dressing up like Ms. Gaga to Mr. David Beckham!  Definitely one of our favorite little pups to follow on Instagram!

The Beckerman Blog is actually a fashion blog instagram account to the owners of these adorable two Pomeranians, but they were just too cute that we had to add them onto our list!  Aren't they just the cutest??

8. @HelloWinston (289 Followers)
So this little guy may look familiar to some of you that follow our Instagram account- Mr. Winston here belongs to one of our Co-Founders, Sakura and he was just too cute not to create him his very own Instagram account! Winston is a 9 week old Miniature Schnauzer that lives in Arizona and he will soon to be THE doggy Instagram account to follow (crossing our fingers)!

What are some of your favorite dogs to follow on Instagram??  

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

DIY Instagram Canvas

With all of the cute photo editing apps out there, we are so obsessed with our Instagram (@thesororitysecrets)  photos and couldn't help but think they should be featured on more than just our Instagram account. How cool would that be to actually bring your Instagram photos from your phones to your home walls as a pretty piece of art? We have seen several renditions of this type of masterpiece so with some Modge Podge, paint brushes, a canvas, and our awesome Instagram photos, we decided to craft this up ourselves. In just a few quick steps, you can have an Instagram Canvas decorating your home!

  • Modge Podge Matte-Mat-Mate
  • Paint brush
  • Blank canvas (any size you prefer)
  • Printed Instagram photos (photo paper preferred)
*You can find all of these materials at Michael's Craft Store.

Step 1: Print your photos on photo paper (this helps the Modge Podge to stick better). If you don't have photo paper, print the pictures straight from your computer to a piece of paper.

Step 2: Arrange your photos on the canvas until you find a layout that you love!

Step 3: Using your paintbrush, lift each photo one-by-one and coat the surface of the canvas with the Modge Podge.

Step 4: Press each photo into the canvas. For extra assurance it is on tight, add another coat of the Modge Podge to the picture (it will dry pretty quickly).

Masterpiece complete!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

6 Photo Editing Apps You Need to Download!

So, we're all about sharing our personal secrets and favorites! I mean... that IS the whole concept of TSS, right?  So many of our readers and Instagram followers ask us everyday what type of photo editing apps we use on our Instagram account (@thesororitysecrets), so we decided to share our Top 6 Favorite Photo Editing Apps!

What are some other Photo Editing Apps you like to use??  Share your secret and email us at

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Reader's Favorite Fitness Instagram Accounts

*The photos in this graphic are not the property of The Sorority Secrets.

The other day we were talking about how we get motivated to workout, eat healthy, and overall stay in shape and we all admitted that we have a Fitness Crush. A Fitness Crush is someone who inspires you to get up off your couch and whip your butt into shape (or at least attempt to!). A lot of our Fitness Crushes we found on Instagram and we just knew that there had to be more influential fit Instagrammers out there. Last week, we asked you, our readers, who your favorite Fitness Instagram accounts were and many of you shared some awesome people. We wanted to highlight a couple of these accounts that are inspiring a lot of you each day!

@angelicakathleen: We love how dedicated and motivated Angelica Kathleen is. She describes herself as a National NPC Bikini competitor, full time college student/intern, and a Team ProSupps Athlete. Her passion for fitness is seen throughout all of her photos where she highlights her journey toward competing and all the foods and drinks she takes to stay fit. 

@littlebblog: Otherwise known as Brittany, Brittany is "FitFluential" as she describes on her Instagram page. We love Brittany's Instagram because she highlights her regular routine life amidst eating clean and going to the gym. Her account makes you feel motivated to have fun while still maintaining healthy habits. Also check out her personal fitness blog here where she shares clean eating recipes and awesome workouts!

@karenakatrina: Karena and Katrina are another set of influential Fitness Instagrammers. Karena and Katrina are trainers and promote the idea of toning it up through their site, " Tone It Up". What makes their page really motivating is they encourage a community of sharing fitness and nutrition. Their bright spirits and playful demeanor make you feel like you can be just as happy and in shape as they are.

Who is YOUR Fitness Crush? Share it below as we would love to hear! Check out the rest of your favorite Fitness Instagram account choices on our Instagram: @thesororitysecrets!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

{Special Interview} Miss Sarah Belle tells us all about Vlogging!

When TSS came across fashion & beauty vlogger Sarahbelle93x, we fell in love with her sweet and preppy sense of style.  She mixes cute fashion finds everywhere from Target to J. Crew, and her beauty tutorials are fabulously easy to follow.  A self-proclaimed nail polish addict, Lilly Pulitzer lover, and Blair Waldorf fan, she's a girl after our own hearts.  Sarah infuses her spunky and bubbly personality into everything she does, making her vlogs a pure delight to watch.  With over 230,000 YouTube subscribers, Sarah is nothing short of a vlogging sensation!  To top it all off, this 20-year-old southern belle is a Kappa Delta... full of KD pride!

We had a million questions to ask Sarah, and are so excited that we had a chance to sit her down for an interview.  Here's what she had to say!

TSS: How did you start vlogging? 
Sarah: I have always had this huge obsession with purses and somehow I stumbled across YouTube videos of "What's in my Bag?" and I was instantly hooked. I watched them for a while but then I realized I wanted to give it a shot too. I didn't get really into it until my Junior Year of high school. It's been a journey, but I can't imagine my life without vlogging on YouTube because it's such a huge aspect of my life. 

TSS: Who is Sarah Belle? 
Sarah: Part of me is the YouTube fashion vlogger that everyone sees, but the other half is a 20 year old Kappa Delta, obsessed, hard working college student!

TSS: What do your sorority sisters think about your success? 
Sarah: I couldn't have ever dreamed of a greater support system. They think it's really cool and they are proud of the things that I've accomplished. It's so amazing to know that no matter what happens in this crazy vlogging world that my sisters will always be there for me and I love them so much for that.

TSS: Your top 3 beauty products you can't live without? 
1. Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation is THE BEST foundation on the market. It gives you a flawless finish to your face while making it look 100% natural. 
2. Maybelline Cat Eye Volume Mascara because I cannot leave the house without mascara, especially this one because I have tiny eyelashes and this makes them look fabulous. 
3. Chi Helmet Head Hairspray because what sorority girl doesn't love to add some volume to her hair?

TSS: What do you love about being in a sorority? 
Sarah: The sisterhood. I've had the best 2 years so far with my sisters by my side. My sisters are so accepting and we have the best times together. When I look back on my college career so far, all my favorite memories were with my sisters by my side. There's nothing in this world I'd rather be than a KD.

TSS: What is something important that you learned from the vlog world? 
Sarah: You can't please everybody and to not even try; do what makes you happy! So many people are going to try to bring you down, but you just have to remember all the good instead of focusing on one negative comment.

TSS: Tell us your Style Staple! 
Sarah: My J.Crew Pixie Pants. Oh my goodness, I live in these. They are like a thick ponte legging that can be dressed up with a blouse or pair with one of my Kappa Delta t-shirts and boots. They are the most versatile and comfortable thing in my wardrobe.

TSS: What was your "wow" moment when you became quite the hit in the vlog/instagram world? 
Sarah: I've had so many "wow" moments these past few years, but I think the biggest moment was when I was invited to attend Rebecca Minkoff's show during New York Fashion Week this past February. It had always been a far-fetched dream of mine to attend a NYFW show and something that I doubted would ever happen, so when I received the email from Rebecca Minkoff's PR, I started crying because I couldn't believe how blessed I was to have an opportunity like this because of my YouTube/Instagram. I'll never forget it.

TSS: What do you love about The Sorority Secrets? 
Sarah: I love that it caters to every girls' interest. To me The Sorority Secrets really shows that sorority women are more multifaceted than what we are stereotyped as being. But while it is a blog with a variety of interests, it still hits home for me because it does have that little Greek twist to it.

TSS: Tell us your Sorority Secret! 
Sarah: My Sorority Secret is that while most people see me all dolled up on YouTube, half of the week I actually wear my Kappa Delta t-shirts and leggings! So effortless and cute.

Want more Sarah Belle?  Check her out on YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram!
Thank you again for the interview Sarah, we absolutely adore you!

Friday, May 24, 2013

TSS on Instagram! {@thesororitysecrets}

If you haven't followed us on Instagram yet, well... you need to!  We love Instagram, our reader's love Instagram, the WORLD loves Instagram!  We typically put our "sneak peek" pics on Instagram first before anything so make sure to follow us on Instagram!

Have a wonderful {3 day} weekend!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Victoria's Secret Fabulous Giveaway! (Ended)

Life is pretty fabulous... we couldn't agree more!  When our friends at Victoria's Secret sent us their newest fragrance, Fabulous, we fell in love.  The floral scent is glamorous and fun; with notes of juicy currant, osmanthus blossom, and pink freesia.  Blossoms & juicy berries?  Yes please!  Even better, we are so excited to have partnered with Victoria's Secret, to give the entire Fabulous fragrance set to one lucky reader!

The giveaway includes the 1.7 fl oz Eau de Parfum, Body Lotion, Body Mist, and Body Cream.  We love the vibrant fragrance, and know that you will too.  So, how do you live #TheFabLife?  Show us by entering our Instagram contest below, and you'll have a chance to win the set! 

Want to win the Victoria's Secret Fabulous fragrance set?
Step 1: "follow" Victoria's Secret on Instagram (click here to "follow")
Step 2: "follow" The Sorority Secrets on Instagram (click here to "follow")
Step 3: INSTAGRAM something "fabulous" in your life.  Show us what you think is fabulous!  You MUST HASHTAG the following with your picture: #TheFabLife #TheSororitySecrets #VictoriasSecret

*contest ends 3/11/13, winner will be notified via Instagram*

We can't wait to see your pictures!

Check out Victoria's Secret Fabulous (and all of their fab products) in store or online at
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