Blogging Tips

How I made my Insta Story Highlight Icons for FREE on my phone (in under 30 minutes!)

If you haven’t been living under a rock the past several months, you’ve probably noticed instagrammers, especially influencers, taking full advantage of a new way to customize their instagram feed – story highlight icons!

After the bar exam was over and I took to blogging again, one of my first missions was to have my graphic designer husband help me design some icon covers for my lawandlooks story highlights. After doing some research and experimenting of my own, however, I found out that you don’t need to be a graphic designer to make cute, customized story highlight icons on your own – for free – and it barely takes any time to do. Srsly, anyone can do this – with these tips and tricks!

  1. Download the free Canva app

There are certain features in this app that will cost you a dollar or so, but they tell you what’s free and what’s not. I made all my icons for free, so don’t feel like you need to buy the $1 icons and “for purchase” features to make your icons!

2. Scroll sideways on the top blue bar to “Your Story” and tap the “Blank” template

3. You will arrive at this screen. Tap the white template to begin your color selection! When you arrive at the second screen, select the basic color you want – for example, if you’re aiming for light baby blue icons, select the blue default color for now (you will adjust shades of blue next).

4. Tap the plus sign box next to the “Used” color icon you selected, as demonstrated below. A color grid will pop up that you can play with, adjusting your color til you have the right shade of the color you selected.

5. Now that you’ve found the right shade for your icons, it’s time to add text or graphics!IMG_0757

If you look at mine, I opted for images rather than text, but it’s up to you! I also opted to use one color for all my icons, but it’s also fun to do different colors for each one. Whatever represents your image best, do it!

After you tap the plain background color you’ve selected, an option will pop up for you to add “Graphics.” Click that and do a search for what kind of clipart image you’re looking for. You can change the color of it after!

Select a free clipart image and tap the “+” sign next to the “used color” square to change the clipart image color.

When you’re done, click on “Share” in the top right corner. Save the image to your camera roll!

6. Add to your Insta! Go to your instagram profile and select “New” highlight on your highlight bar. Then, it will ask you to select your past insta stories you want posted to this highlight. Select them all, and continue!

Then – click edit cover, and select, scale and position your icon you just made! Make sure you give it a title, too!

7. Repeat until you have as many story highlights as you want! You have been insta-updated!!




Chambray for days…

The other day, I walked outside and felt a brisk breeze while Chase rushed to pee on the nearest bush. Could it be…? Is that a FALL BREEZE COMING MY WAY??? Okay, maybe I’m getting a little too excited because fall is my absolute favorite season (I loved fall before it was basic). BUT, we are now in that awkward transitional August period where we feel fall coming, and it feels like fall in the morning, but feels like 100 degrees in the afternoon. We want to pull our fall wardrobes out (especially everyone going back to school) but, it’s a little premature unless we want to sweat a lot. Which, sometimes, the outfit is too good, you just gotta sweat.


OR, you can rock some cute transitional outfits, that bring out your fall style, but allow you to adjust when you start breathin a little heavy and doing the “pit checks.”


Chambray can be worn a million different ways during this transitional period, and during fall. So, it’s definitely a wardrobe staple if you don’t have a chambray top yet. Here’s just one (of many!!!) looks I wanted to share that’s perfect for this awkward weather time…


I’m wearing simple, light, striped tank top shift dress I scored at TJ Maxx for, like, $10, with my chambray button-up as a light “jacket.” (This dress did not come tied, I did it myself – that’s what the kids are doing these days).


Paired with a cute, simple pair of light-colored sneaks and a light-toned tote, the summer vibe is still there, BUT there’s definitely a hint of fall going on…


(This is what I look like all the time in real life^^^ – RBF while sipping iced coffee).

The best part of this outfit is, when it gets too hot, just whip off the chambray and tie it around your hips!


Shop this affordable transitional look below!

Chambray shirt – $19.99 @ Target

Black/White Short Ruffle Sleeve Shift Dress – $10.99 Forever 21

Black/White Striped V-Neck T-Shirt dress – $14.00 Shein 

Black/White Striped Tank Dress (also in Navy!) – $22.97 Gap Factory 

My EXACT Madden Girl Baailey Steve Madden Sneaks – $39.95 Steve Madden

Fossil Watch – 3 colors! – $115 Fossil 

Cheaper watch option from Charming Charlie’s – $18.00 

Monogrammed tote – MarleyLilly (my exact one is not in-stock but they have a similar weekender bag and so many other cute monogrammed bags at an amazing price! Love their store!)

Similar sunnies: $12.00 Charming Charlie’s