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Blog Anniversary || Color and Grace Turns Four Years Old!

December 7th, 2014, after about one week of researching, discussions with my late husband and other friends, I bought the domain of Color and Grace and posted my first blog on www.colorandgrace.com. Below is one of the earliest photos for the blog post. I had no clue of photo editing. I was so shy so all the photos were taken either in my front yard or back yard. And I had no clue what to write!

Blog Anniversary || Color and Grace Turns Four Years Old!

In the past 4 years, there was one frequently asked question: “What inspired you to start Color and Grace?”. So here is the answer. 🙂

I was born and raised in the rural village of Northern China. The weather is very similar with Michigan. My parents worked super hard but we still ended up struggling with no money, no food and barely hold on a straw roof house. I know this description is totally out of your imagination, so below is a similar house like where I was growing up. About my early life, you can read more at ABOUT ME.

Blog Anniversary || Color and Grace Turns Four Years Old!

I have no any photos to show you about our house because we didn’t have the money to take any pictures. Anyway, when you are struggling for just to survive, fashion is probably the last thing you can think about. In fact, I didn’t even know fashion is a thing until when I was 13 years old. One day, my mom took me to a local tailor shop to make my first dress. When the tailor asked us what the dress I would like to have, I had no clue. Then he handed me a magazine with all the beautiful models wearing so many pretty dresses. That was the moment I was like “Oh my gosh!” I felt my heart just skipped a beat! Lol!

Blog Anniversary || Color and Grace Turns Four Years Old!
2014 December

For a poor teenage girl, all the clothes I had was my older brother’s hand-me-downs. But it never stopped me dreaming that someday I will be just like those women I saw on that magazine. I also had a really wild dream that I want to be a fashion designer to design the most beautiful pieces for me and other women! I got accepted by a fashion design college in Beijing, but we couldn’t afford the tuition. The same time, I got a full scholarship from a local teaching college to become a teacher. The choice was quite obvious.

Blog Anniversary || Color and Grace Turns Four Years Old!
2015 December

Even in my college years, I was still that same ugly duckling wearing man’s clothes, had super short boy’s hairstyle. I knew I had a beautiful inside, but my outside just doesn’t match. After I graduated, I ran to Shanghai to start my new life. The same story again that I had to survive first. Finally, after I turned 30 years old. I decided I am going to focus on how to bring out the beauty I see inside of myself. My belief was this, if I can graduate from college, run a big department, why not make myself look more beautiful and stylish? So I had my second attempt to do something with fashion. I opened an online boutique in China for about 2 years before I moved to the U.S.

How to wear the velvet slip dress in winter Michigan over 40 petite fashion style blog blogger winter street fashion style
2016 December

It seems like my life was a strange circle. Not long after I moved to America, my late husband got laid off. So I decided to go back to school to get my teaching certificate. We need to survive first, right? Then I turned 40 years old in 2014. You know that feeling when a passion was just burning inside of you and no matter how many times that you tried to kill it, it just will not die? That was the fashion passion for me. Lol! I decided to do something about my dream since our life was pretty steady and comfortable at that time. But again, I didn’t know how to draw or how to sew, it was quite difficult to become a fashion designer. Around fall, 2014, I started to read a few articles about fashion bloggers. Then one day I suddenly told my late husband “I think I can do that too!” Lol!

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2017 December

Ok, it is a quite long story. Lol! Color and Grace is not just a blog for my personal dairy anymore. It has shaped my style, grown from a fashion blog to a lifestyle blog. It became the platform for me to share my stories and leave a positive impact on this world. It also was my personal therapy treatment during the Living With Cancer and Life After Loss period of my life. It is still the main platform for me to share my newest Being The Best Of Me stories. I am very grateful that I was able to turn my blogging to a full-time job last year. I know there will be many great years of Color and Grace to come!

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2018 December

I picked the photos from 2014 to 2018, you can see the differences between my styles. 😉 Thank you so much for your longtime support!! I am running giveaways for each week till end of this year to celebrate the 4th anniversary and the holidays. Make sure to enter it on my Instagram account!

Blog Anniversary || Color and Grace Turns Four Years Old!

Photo credit: Grace Liang

Thank you for reading! If you like what you read, please comment below, or share it with your friends. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for new updates. For all the amazing fashion/beauty and lifestyle products I share, also follow me on Instagram. Remember to check out my Instagram stories daily to know me better as a person. Finally, don’t forget to follow me on YouTube for my fashion/beauty and lifestyle videos. Have a great day and see you soon!

|TODAY’S LINKUP PARTY:|


Grace

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The Best Photo/Video Editor Apps I am Using Now

By now, it’s clear that creating great visual content is critical for everyone who wants to make a living on social media. Especially using Instagram to gain the social influence. Instagram has doubled its monthly active user base in the last two years, which means a lot more people are viewing and sharing photos in 2018. Plus, visual content is 40X more likely to get shared on social media than other types. And what I have learned from this year, is video will be the future!

The Best Photo/Video Editor Apps I am Using Now

Ok, now I am done with the serious talk. It’s time to discover some fun apps that can make our life so much easy on creating compelling content on Instagram! And most important, is we will have fun doing it! 😉

1.Meitu Photo Editing App: Free

I have written about this App in What Tools And Apps I Use To Take and Edit Photos, you can read more for extra info about other tricks I use. Anyway, when I was in China for my month-long vacation early this year, all my friends were using this Meitu App. They were so surprised that I never used any App like this to edit my photos. They said I am not quilted to be a blogger since I didn’t even know it. Lol! Anyway, this is a super powerful App that literally can make everyone look perfect. I always dislike heavy touching up with my photos. The only thing I do is to lighten up the image if it is too dark. You can explore more to see the magic results. Anyway, I just wanted to show you one function that I really like, the Eraser. This can help you erase all the people or things that you don’t want in your photos. Recently I have used it a few times to erase the 3rd party brand logo for some sponsored posts. See examples below.

The original photo:

What Tools And Apps I Use To Take and Edit Photos

Erased all the people:

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2. A Color Story: Free

Named ‘Best New App’ and ‘App of the Day’ by Apple! Over 8 million installs and counting. This is the main App I use when I need to brighten up my photo, and video. Yes, you can brighten up video too! It has all the advanced editing tools which I was quite overwhelmed at first. I have never used any Apps or filters before, as you can imagine how foreign this type of apps was for me. Anyway, I slowly learned how to use the basic tools and I am very happy with the results. It has so many filters that you can use but I just don’t feel like using it. 😉 Overall, it is my favorite app to use when it comes to editing photos and videos.

3. Quik – GoPro Video Editor

With the Quik app, you can create awesome videos with just a few taps. Choose your favorite photos and video clips then let Quik work its magic. In seconds, it finds great moments, adds beautiful transitions and effects, and syncs everything to the beat of the music. I use this app all the time to make some fun Instagram story videos, sometimes I do for an in feed post as well. Below you can see a few videos I have made only by using this app. The best part is I don’t really need to do much, just simply choose what photos and videos clips I like to use and this app gives me many options to choose from. By the way, I paid to not have its logo on my videos. It is only a few dollars so it totally worth it.

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Yesterday I went to @woodhousesparochesterhills Day Spa to get my first #sleepmassage. The Woodhouse Day Spa – Rochester Hills has 20 treatment rooms/stations including 50+ unique services including massage, skin care, body treatments, sleep treatments, and nail treatments. I really love that they use all organic products. I heard their specialty is Custom Vichy Shower Body Treatments, THE 80-minute Seaweed Leaf Pedicure, and Hydrafacial. After my sleep treatment massage, I got an excellent night sleep. Watch my stories for more details about my visit! I will definitely be back again. Maybe I should try the 80-minute Seaweed Leaf Pedicure, you think so? #colorandgrace #michiganinfluencer #fulltimeinfluencer #socialmediacoach #beautygoals #beauty #beautycounter #beautycare #beautysecret #beautytime #skincareroutine #Beautyblogger #beautyblog #beautyjunkie #beautytips #beautymakeup #beautygram #beautyguru #beautyhacks #beautylover #beautyproduct #beautyrountine #beautyreview #WoodhousespaRochesterHills #gifted

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4. Unfold – Create Stories:

I like to use this app to create fun Instagram stories. It gives me many Layouts & Templates to use. For example, I can put 4 videos on the same page with a very stylish template. You have to try it to see what I mean. By the way, it is free but it will not hurt to purchase some more cool templates for a very reasonable price 😉

5. InShot Video Editor Music, Cut

This is by far the best video editor app I’ve ever used. I’m a new vlogger and I get the most vlog-like videos using it. It allows me to speed up or slow down my videos, add filters/ adjust brightness, contrast, saturation etc, I can also add pictures to my videos and record voice clippings in the app. You can see below for some of the videos I have made by using this app. By the way, the music in this app is royalty free.

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In my last post I revealed my new anti-aging secrets from @neostrata, a dermatologist-developed brand. In fact, I had written that post about two weeks ago. So by today, I have been using NEOSTRATA for a little bit over a month. It is time to reveal the results. Watch this short video to see my skin before and after. You can also read more detailed review about those products on my http://blog.www.colorandgrace.com. Check out the link in my bio using promo code “GRACE” for an exclusive offer! Music: Youth Musician: @iksonofficial #colorandgrace #michiganinfluencer #fulltimeinfluencer #socialmediacoach #beautygoals #beauty #beautycounter #beautycare #beautysecret #beautytime #skincareroutine #Beautyblogger #beautyblog #beautyjunkie #beautytips #beautymakeup #beautygram #beautyguru #beautyhacks #beautylover #beautyproduct #beautyrountine #beautyreview #neostrata #sponsored

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6. CutStory for Instagram Stories

This is a very handy tool. Just import a long video, and CutStory will cut it up and save it in your smartphone’s camera roll as fragments of 15 seconds or any other length. How easy!

Ok, I am not expert on any of them and I only use very basic tools they offer. But I hope you find this post useful and discover so many cool ways to create fun and beautiful content easily!

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Thank you for reading! If you like what you read, please comment below, or share it with your friends. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for new updates. For all the amazing fashion/beauty and lifestyle products I share, also follow me on Instagram. Remember to check out my Instagram stories daily to know me better as a person. Finally, don’t forget to follow me on YouTube for my fashion/beauty and lifestyle videos. Have a great day and see you soon!

|TODAY’S LINKUP PARTY:|


Grace

colorandgrace.com occasionally receives vendor/brand sponsorships for mentioning their products and services.

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