On My Radar: End of November Round-Up

If you’re in college, you’re probably starting your final week of classes before break. Say it with me, WE CAN DO THIS!! Although we’ll be focusing on our studies*cough cough*, we still deserve to have a little fun in the city our last week and throughout our well-deserved Thanksgiving break! I’ll be participating in some of the happenings I’m listing below and hope you find time to hang up the books and spend some time with your family and friends.

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 Beyond the Lights // Opened in theaters everywhere November 14th

HAVE YOU SEEN THE PREVIEW FOR THIS MOVIE?! This Tyler Perry film looks like it’s going to be a hit. I’m a dedicated follower of pop culture and I think this movie is going to give a very real representation of the dark side behind being in the public eye. My roommate & I saw the preview back when we saw ‘If I Stay’ in theaters and have been counting down the days!

Tip: Use your Student ID at SouthSide Works Theater to see it for six bucks!

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 Dale Earnheardt Jr. Jr. FREE Concert // Rangos Ballroom Carnegie Mellon University Campus // 7:00 p.m.

I’m always up for hearing new artists! I’ve never been to a show of his but I checked him out on Spotify! and his music is futuristic yet mellow at the same time (and just my style). ‘Mini Mansions’ are also opening up the show. I’ve been to free shows at CMU before and I suggest getting their at least an hour before the start time. Venues reach capacity and unfortunately have to stop letting people in.

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 Newsies // Benedum Center // November 25-30th

The Tony Award winning musical is now touring the U.S! I’ve heard nothing but great reviews of the show since it made it’s debut on broadway. I’ll be seeing the production on Thanksgiving day with my family. You can watch a trailer here!

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Turkey Trot // November 27th // 9:00 a.m.

This is the perfect way to “justify” eating as much as you can at your Thanksgiving feast! They have a race for everyone: 1 mile fun run, 5k or if you’re a serious runner 5 miles. You’re also giving back to the community on a day dedicated to giving.Get the family together and start a new tradition.

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 Hunger Games Mockingjay // Opens Friday November 21st

I don’t think this even needs an explanation, IT’S THE HUNGER GAMES! These films are a series to check out, the hype is rightfully earned. You can check out the trailer here! This one’s going to epic.

xoxo, Belle of the Burgh

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5 Tips for The Business of Blogging!

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Last night I was lucky enough to attend a panel of bloggers speaking at Duquesne University! I was referred by a post on I caught on Summerwind (who if you didn’t already know is one of my favorite bloggers!!) and I managed to fit it in at the last minute! The panel featured Lindsay Patross – I ❤ PGH, Julia Gongaware – eatPGH, Sydney Carver – Summerwind and Mandy Fierens – The Curvy Blogger. All very successful bloggers that headquarter right here in Pittsburgh. I am still very new to the blogging world and always jump at the opportunity to meet and socialize with other bloggers. There’s just something about being around other creative minds that share the same passion as you. I’ve compiled a list of the 5 best tips I received from the panel last night:

1. Content is King

I have heard this phrase everywhere I go. The most important part of any blog is the content being produced. No matter how many followers you have or ads you get paid for, the main focus should always be the quality not quantity of posts. Being the most authentic version of yourself is the best way to succeed. Writing posts purely to gain followers or be sponsored by a company for large chunk of change isn’t going to bring the readers, your voice is.

2. Clear Vision

When first starting a blog it can be hard to figure out what your specific niche is. There are ideas thrown all over the place, but it is important to focus on a clear concise idea. Once you figure out your focus, you want to figure out your following. What do your readers most respond to? Which posts get the most traffic? What writing style are you using? One should always 100% believe in what they are posting, but you also need to understand how to build and maintain an audience. Be consistent with your vision.

3. Media Kit

Build a media kit! When interacting with sponsors and other companies, it is important to have a set of documents that represent YOU and your blog. It doesn’t just include boring statistics(which are very important!!) but is the best representation of your blog content, where you are with your blog currently, and what kind of sponsorships you offer.

4. Network

I can not say this word enough! Networking is something that comes with experience and practice. When I first started going to networking events I was very nervous and wasn’t sure how to approach strangers, but with a couple under my belt I now walk right up and introduce myself. You never know who another person may know or potential to collaborate. It also helps that bloggers are all very friendly, outgoing people that want to talk with you probably as much as you want to talk to them!

5. Resources

Once a blog has been around for a while and really starting to gain traffic, it’s time to be educated! Most bloggers have never dealt with contracts, negotiate, or how to calculate percentage and commissions. If you start to feel like there is potential to make some kind of profit, look into building a team! A lawyer and accountant will be the most helpful when figuring out sponsorships and gain revenue fair to all parties involved.

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Pictured above with the ever so sweet, Sydney Carver of Summerwind!

Keep on bloggin friends!

xoxo, Belle of the Burgh

Light Up Night!

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Halloween has past and the holiday season is (almost) here!!! Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership announced the special events for this years ‘Light Up Night’ and I couldn’t be more excited with the additional entertainment they’ve added to the line-up! Friday November 21st, Light Up Night, marks the official beginning of Pittsburgh’s holiday season. Downtown Pittsburgh has such a magical feeling when the trees are lit up around the city. With the huge list of events and entertainment going on, I picked out a few of my favorites you’ll for sure need to check-out!

Ice Skating // PPG Place Ice Skating Rink // All Night!

Ice Carvings and Family Festivities // Fifth Avenue Place // 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Free Horse and Carriage Rides // One Oxford Centre 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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iHeartRadio Rising Star Winners Before You Exit! // Macy’s Juniors 5th Floor // 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Listen to: ‘I Like That’, ‘Dangerous’, ‘Soldier’

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Macy’s Window Unveiling & Jamie Lynn Spears in Concert // Smithfield Street Stage // 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Listen To: ‘How Could I Want More’

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Cobra Starship // Clemente Bridge BNY Mellon New Music Stage // 8:30 p.m.

Listen to: ‘Never Been in Love’, ‘Good Girls Go Bad’

BNY Mellon Fireworks // Warhol Bridge // 9:38 p.m.

FULL LIST OF ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS: HERE

Happy Pre-holiday Season!

xoxo, Belle of the Burgh