Fall Back, Give Forward: One Hour of Positivity

October 28, 2015

Fall Back, Give Forward

Hearters! This Sunday, November 1st, Hearters in the US and Canada gain an extra hour due to the end of daylight saving time. You could spend that extra hour snuggling under the covers, or you could join with other Hearters across the US and Canada to donate that hour for a good cause. We call it Fall Back, Give Forward, and we’d love for you to join us.

What we ask:

It’s simple! Just give an hour of your time for a good cause. For example:

  • Post only positive content on social media
  • Go through your closet and donate clothes to a charity
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter
  • Or do any good deed of your choice

Let us know in the comments how you plan to use your extra hour, or better yet, upload an image on We Heart It showing your support, and use the tag Fall Back, Give Forward. Think what a difference we could make if each of us gave just one hour.


Mickey Guyton Shares Thoughts on Inspiration, Staying Optimistic and Reaching Beyond The Stars

October 9, 2015

We sat down with Arlington, Texas native, musician Mickey Guyton to chat inspiration, personal style and shooting for your dreams. “She believed she could so she did,” Mickey is the next big thing to hit the country music scene. She made her first national television appearance on stage at the White House during an all-star concert and spent this past summer touring with Grammy winner & country superstar Brad Paisley. With all of these amazing achievements falling into place, we’re pretty sure Mickey has even greater things up her sleeves – on the way. Not only is she down-to-earth, but her enthusiasm is so infectious. She simply has a beautiful soul. Follow us through Mickey’s We Heart It interview and learn how you can keep your spirits high, too.

Do you have a creative process or routine, or do you write and create most when it’s least expected?
I usually have a routine. Whenever I’m in town I try to schedule writing sessions with some of my favorite writers. I always have my iPad full of song title ideas, my journal and my guitar with me – the essentials!

What advice would you give the younger generation working towards their dreams?
My biggest advice is to never give up. It sounds cliché but it is seriously so true. You never know when that big opportunity is going to come, it may just be around the corner. Also, try not to compare your journey to other people’s, that can really mess with your head and it’s important to keep focused on your goal.

Where do you find inspiration for your music?
From life – everyday in life there’s a song. We’re all the same. We may be different but we all go through a lot of the same stuff. My journal is huge when it comes to my songwriting. It is full of inspirational quotes, and entries about what’s going on in my life. It’s so important to look back, reflect and be able to see what you’ve gone through and how you’ve grown from it. That’s actually what inspired me to write my song “Unbreakable,” just flipping through my journal. Also, listening to other tunes can be so inspiring. I love all types of music and pop music right now is great. I get a bunch of ideas there.

Besides music, what other creative outlets do you enjoy? We noticed you have an excellent sense of personal style!
Aww, thank you! Well, I do love to shop – especially on a budget. It’s a nice challenge to be able to find cool stuff that’s really affordable. Mainly, music is my fun… I try to dance when I’m on stage and I have a blast doing that. Being near my friends and their personalities… They all do different things and are creative in their own ways – they just inspire me so much.

What is your favorite part about performing?
Being able to see people’s responses and feeding off of the energy from the crowd is an amazing feeling. Meeting people after the show, as well. More than anything, it’s knowing that my music (and doing something I love) is able to touch someone else and have a positive impact on their lives, in that moment, even if it’s just one person.

Describe your ideal on-stage outfit.
I love shorts and flowy tops – and HEELS. I literally won’t go on stage without heels on. In the fall, I love a good hat.

How do you stay in touch with family and friends at home when you’re on the road?
My good ole cell phone! I always try to take time to catch up with my friends and family. Ultimately, they are the most important. It can definitely get lonely out on the road! A lot of my family and friends have been able to make it to at least one show. It’s nice traveling to different cities and seeing different friendly and familiar faces out in the crowd.

Who are your musical influences?
Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, Whitney Houston, Carrie Underwood – women with big voices, I am immediately drawn to them. They are all just so amazing – incredible singers and also, strong women.

We Heart It is a positive place for inspiration. Any advice for Hearters on how you stay positive?
Whenever something negative comes into my life, I face it head on, deal with it, hurt over it and move on. Everything happens for a reason and everything always works out the way it was meant to. You have to embrace the hurt because it makes you appreciate the good that much more. “If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain,” as Dolly says. I also surround myself with positive people – it’s important to have those people who lift you up.

You’re a trailblazer in country music. Any advice for other young women who want to succeed in a male-dominated world?
You just have to focus on those dreams, stay driven. It definitely gets hard, but never give up, always fight and believe in yourself!


About a year before Mickey Guyton even existed in this universe, we heard it from Toni Basil herself: “Oh Mickey, you’re so fine. You’re so fine, you blow my mind, hey Mickey!” Toni obviously knew, one day, someone remarkable by the name of Mickey would make her mark on the world. Stay up-to-date and connected with Mickey through her We Heart It canvas!


Rachel Platten on Loving Yourself, Taylor Swift and Why She Loves We Heart It

August 27, 2015
Rachel Platten - We Heart It

She’s a fighter! Rachel Platten has the biggest song of the year with “Fight Song.” We can’t get enough of this girl power anthem which we premiered right here on We Heart It. Rachel loves We Heart It and uses her own collections for ideas. The singer’s career has skyrocketed since “Fight Song” and after taking the stage with Taylor Swift and performing at the Teen Choice Awards, she has no plans on slowing down. While on the road—and currently on crutches from jumping off the stage—Rachel spoke to us about how “Fight Song” changed her life and how you can be inspired too! — An interview by Sowmya Krishnamurthy

“Fight Song” is such a powerful song. We loved it from the first time we heard it.  What inspired you to write it?

I was kind of at the end of my rope. I was going through such a hard time, doubting myself. I had this decision to make: Do I keep going [as a singer] or do I quit? “Fight Song” is this decision, this separation that I was gonna keep fighting and believing in myself.

Before you debuted your “Fight Song” lyric video with We Heart It last summer, you hearted several lyric images onto your canvas.  The lyrics have been very powerful on We Heart It. Many images have over 20,000 hearts. Why do you think Hearters gravitate to this song?

I don’t know if I have the answer other than it came from such a real place in me. I just needed that reminder and maybe it’s not just me. Maybe it’s universal. Maybe we all need to be reminded of our own strength and we need to believe in ourselves and not give up. We’re all hurting. We’re all fighting these great battles and we keep a lot of them private. I think “Fight Song” lets people open up and declare, “Actually I am facing the same thing I want to overcome but guess what? I’m going to keep fighting for it and keep going.”

Last year, you told Hearters to “Find something you love, work hard at it, harder than you ever thought you could, but not for anyone else other than you.” What advice do you have for us now on achieving your dreams?

That’s good advice! [Laughs]. Oh my gosh. [Now], the same thing but with even more hope. It works! Hard work pays off. That work–yes it feels lonely and yes it can feel like it’s only you out there–but I truly believe that you will be rewarded for all of the energy and effort you put in, especially if what you’re doing is coming from your heart.

A lot of fans are now learning about your earlier music like “1,000 Ships,” “Nothing Ever Happens” and “Begin Again” and new ones like “Lone Ranger” or “Congratulations.” Besides “Fight Song,” do you have a personal favorite?

“Congratulations.” I just love that song. I wrote it when I was in a really big fight with someone close to me and I’m pretty bad in fights. I’ll either get passive aggressive or I’ll back off and get intimidated. This song is about that feeling of “I can’t give anymore. You win.”

You’re very confident and self-assured now. Were you always like this? If you could go back in time, what would you tell your 15-year- old self?

I wasn’t always so confident. Not even close. I remember being so insecure and so unsure of myself when I was a teenager. I just never felt that I was smart enough or pretty enough or talented enough. I look back on that now, I wish I could hug that person and tell her to ease up on herself. Sometimes I’m still hard on myself now and maybe 40-year-old me will look back and want to hug me like, “Give yourself a break! You’re doing a really good job.”

What’s been the most unexpected thing you’ve learned over the past year?

How much strength I have. I had a trip in London (my first international trip promoting my music) and a 5-day intense stretch. I was worried my voice wouldn’t hold up and my energy level wouldn’t hold up because I was coming off a tour and flew right back onto a show. I remember being afraid of that. The end of the week came and my voice was in perfect shape and my body was feeling great. I was so proud of how much energy I had. I think what’s changed is what I think I’m capable of and how much confidence I have.

We love your “ART STYLE INSPIRATION” Collection on your Canvas.  Where do you find inspiration for your collections?

I made several collections a year ago before all of this was going on. I’ve gotten to watch myself online on We Heart It. It’s interesting to see what I hearted a year ago. I’ve always been into encouraging myself and empowering myself with images. It’s how I kept going in this career. I think I pick things that make my soul feel good whether it’s nature or fashion I’m drawn to that makes me feel like a badass. I have a whole style inspiration page on We Heart It that I use for my photoshoots for my album. A lot of those images are motorcycle boots and distressed t-shirts and leather jackets. Women kind of in this rock and roll but also feminine vibe.”

How would you describe your collections?

A lot of my stuff is feminine and encouraging and edgy.

You’re friends with Taylor Swift and performed “Fight Song” with her for a crowd of over fifty thousand people. That’s pretty amazing. What was that like?

It was incredible. Taylor is an amazing, amazing woman. She’s so kind. She’s generous and giving and inspirational. Getting to play with her was honestly amazing. It was amazing.

What do you Heart most about Taylor Swift?

She’s kept so true to her core beliefs. She wants her fans to feel empowered and it doesn’t matter how big she’s gotten. She gives her fans that message every night.

What’s next for you?

The album’s coming in the fall. We’re putting the finishing touches on it now. I’m really excited for everyone to hear these songs. I’m so proud of them. I have a new single coming out in September.


We Heart It on Spotify

August 14, 2015

Spotify - We Heart It

Starting today, you can listen to amazing playlists on We Heart It’s Spotify Channel (weheartitapp). Whether you’re going through a breakup, headed to the gym or Hearting in your room, we have tunes for you. Plus, in the coming months we will be adding playlists inspired by YOU (our most active users). So plug in those ear phones, turn up those speakers and let the sounds of our new playlists put some pep in your step.


Vans US Open of Surfing

August 5, 2015

We Heart It - Vans US Open of Surfing 2015

This past weekend, we teamed up with rockstar surfer Keala Kennelly to go to the Vans US Open of Surfing in sunny Huntington Beach, California. The US Open is the largest surfing competition in the world!

The waves were epic and the sun was shining all week long. Thousands of people lined the pier and sat on the beach, watching the surfers rip it up. Not only was there surfing, there was tons of skateboard and BMX action too. We passed out We Heart It stickers to hundreds of Hearters and hung out with them while they cheered on the pros.

We made a sick video documenting our time there and posted lots of awesome photos along the way. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to see more of the fun.

Until next time, California.

We Heart It - Vans US Open of Surfing 2015


Meet the We Heart It Community Coordinators: Liza from Monterrey

July 28, 2015


Hi Hearters!

As you may have figured out by now, we have some absolutely stellar community coordinators on our team. They are the people that make We Heart It tick across the globe, activating their communities and getting them beyond excited about what our platform has to offer.

This week we’re profiling Liza from Monterrey, Mexico — she’s full of sass and spice (as you’ll see from her interview) so grab yourself a cup of tea, sit back and enjoy getting to know the people beyond the most inspiring app on your phone.


Hey Liza — tell us about yourself! Where are you from, are you in school, what are your hobbies — anything you think we should know?
I am from Monterrey, México. I graduated with a degree in Sociological Studies of Fashion and I love to analyze trends pertaining to digital platforms and society. I also have a concentration in Marketing and Communications and studied a little bit of art and graphic design.

I love to eat and cook different kinds of desserts, but the hobby I am most passionate about involves being a “professional fangirl.”  I am a huge fan of food, tea and books and write about different kinds of culinary experiences, new reads, and flavorful teas in the marketplace.

Right now, I am studying to be a Tea Sommelier, so in my free time I taste tea, buy tea and study the flavors, plants, etc.

I also create websites and handle agreements between local media and brands (PR stuff). I develop digital strategies and serve as an internet culture consultant for brands that target girls and tweens.

What is life like in your city/country? What do you think We Heart It members might like to know about where you live?
Life in México is pretty awesome because there is a ton to do.  I live in a country that is rich in landscape, traditions and culture. Our food is delicious and it is different in every state. Mexico is a colorful country with very kind people.

I live in Monterrey, which is near Texas. Monterrey is one of the most important cities in México because there is so much industry.

How did you first hear about We Heart It and when did you join?
I heard about We Heart It on Tumblr and StumbleUpon about 3 or 4 years ago. I was reblogging and just clicked an image that sent me to We Heart It and I fell in love with all the images and inspirational messages. I wanted to save them all on my computer. I didn’t join We Heart It at that time, but I went back often to scroll through images. I formally joined the platform about 1 1/2 years ago.


What is your favorite type of image to heart? Any collections you recommend our users follow?
Pastel colors and cute food are my favorite type of images to heart. I recommend the collection Pastel by Internetcaffe.

What is your favorite food from your country?
OMG, I love all kinds of Mexican food: enchiladas (red tortilla with fresh cheese and cream), Mole (special coffee sauce with chocolate and a mix of chiles), Pozole (corn kernels with a red chile broth) and Tacos de Chicharrón (pork pieces with a green salsa and tortillas).

My mouth is WATERING! Let’s talk a little about creativity, now. What is your favorite way to be creative in your everyday life?
Well, of course scrolling through We Heart It and creating collections, but I also love to people watch. I live near a lake, so I go and watch people, photos and write down everything I feel and question. I spend a lot of time by myself.

Has anything surprised you about working with We Heart It so far?
I love the We Heart It team; they’re so kind, cute and funny. They are always looking out for the members and how they can improve their overall experience on the platform.

People may think that because We Heart It is a huge network the employees won’t answer your emails, but they are not that way at all. We Heart It is always open to everyone’s comments. It’s amazing the way they work. I just love them.

What advice would you give to any girls out there who might be interested in a community coordinator role?
Just ask and contact us. I found this job in a very unusual way: I was clicking through the site and found the job application for México. Immediately I knew this was my dream job, so I applied and waited. The thing is that you have to follow your dreams.  You have to believe in what you think you deserve, because those are the kinds of opportunities you will create.

And there you have it! Make sure to follow Liza on We Heart It — she loves new followers!


We Heart Ruisrock

July 10, 2015

Ruisrock - We Heart It

This past weekend we hit Ruisrock, the most historic music festival in Finland, for a little summer fun and to share the experience with our community. The positive vibes were thriving sun up to sun down, as we started and ended each of the three days on the Ruissalo ferry. The festival takes place at the national park of Ruissalo, and this weekend we were part of a record 95,000 attendees. Headlined by Ellie Goulding, Pharrell, Disclosure, A$AP Rocky, and Axwell /\ Ingrosso, there was truly something for every musical taste at Ruisrock.

Marina and the Diamonds was one of our favorite performances, but we loved some of the Finnish bands (JVG, Sanni, Olavi Uusivirta, Pariisin Kevät) also. Festival style was out in full effect, too, with fringe and flash tats everywhere. There were even special areas for bungee jumping and all kinds of art. Seriously, there wasn’t a dull moment.

We can’t even deny it… we’re already looking forward to next summer’s Ruisrock!

From Turku with love,
Team We Heart It

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Meet the We Heart It Community Coordinators: Ann-Katrin from Berlin

June 18, 2015

Anka Seekings


Hey Hearters!

It’s that time again — let’s play Get To Know Your Community Coordinator!

In case you need a refresher, here’s the 411: community coordinators are Hearters just like you who are responsible for planning events and promotions in their country, identifying regional trends and potential brand partners and making sure the We Heart It love is spread far and wide.

Last time we sat down with Outi from Helsinki, and this week Ann-Katrin from Berlin is up.

PS — Think you have what it takes to be a We Heart It community coordinator? We’d love to hear from you! We’re currently looking for college campus coordinators all over the US, and community coordinators in Miami and Houston. Check out our jobs page for more info!

Hey Anka! So excited to chat. Can you tell our members a bit about yourself? Where are you from, are you in school, what are your hobbies — anything you think we should know!


Hi there! My name is Ann-Katrin and I’m 22 years old. I am a fashion management student and live in Berlin, Germany. In my free time I enjoy reading books (especially poetry) and going to art exhibitions, as there are always plenty of them here in Berlin. I also love being creative myself. Painting and sewing are some of my favorite hobbies.

It’s so great to hear from people who have interesting, hands-on hobbies — good for you! Let’s talk a bit more about Berlin, though. What is life like in your city? What do you think We Heart It users might like to know about where you live?

I like living in Germany, even though the winters are a little too long if you ask me, but the summers are really nice, so you just get used to it. Berlin is a very exciting place to live because it is such an inspiring and creative city. There is always something to do here and loads to see. I couldn’t imagine living somewhere else right now. If you want to get out of the city, there are loads of lakes and the nice countryside of Brandenburg after a little drive, too.

How did you first hear about We Heart It and when did you join?

A few years ago, in 2010, a good friend of mine discovered We Heart it and told me about it. I was addicted from the first moment and have spent time on the platform nearly every day since then.


It’s easy to get obsessed, I know :) What is your favorite type of image to heart? Any collections you recommend our members follow?

I am really into pastel colors, so a lot of my hearted imagery is in that tone.

In general my canvas always reflects my interests — art, fashion and poetry, or everything else I find inspiring. Furthermore it is a great place to express my feelings and current mood, or find funny and cute pictures to send to my friends on We Heart It.

Here is a link to my favorite fashion collection. I put a lot of love into it every day.

I love the pastel colors — it’s always super impressive to see a canvas that has a definitely theme. Now, everyone here in San Francisco is curious — what is your favorite food from your country?
As I am a vegetarian and German food is kind of meat-based, I actually prefer Asian or Italian dishes! Nevertheless I really like our German bread. We have so many different types of bread and I couldn’t live without it (every time I go to a foreign country I miss our bread diversity!). I could eat a pretzel (we call them Brezel here) every day!

I love pretzels too! YUM! So, getting back to what inspires you (besides bread…!) — what is your favorite way to be creative in your everyday life?

I always try to pay attention to the little things around me. So I wander around in some very arty quarters of Berlin, for example Kreuzberg or Friedrichshain, and find little interesting pieces of street art and take pictures of them. Or I really enjoy painting, sewing and decorating my apartment. In addition I have always used fashion to express creativity. I love to get creative with outfits!

Has anything surprised you about working with We Heart It so far?

There are so many different things and projects to work on all the time and I can always be creative. The community spirit is wonderful, too, I didn’t expect to be inspired this much. The community coordinator program definitely exceeded my expectations.
What advice would you give to any girls out there who might be interested in a community coordinator role?

If you get the chance to apply for the job in your country or city, definitely don’t hesitate. I feel like I am growing with what I do every day. The team is so nice and welcomed me with open arms.

And girls, always stick to your goals, you will be astonished of what we are capable of!

Seriously, how cool is Ann-Katrin?

Want to connect with Ann-Katrin on We Heart It? Follow her on We Heart It and don’t forget to send her a postcard — she loves hearing from other Hearters!


We Heart It at Rock in Rio: This Weekend in Las Vegas

May 14, 2015

Rock in Rio

Attention Vegas Hearters (and Vegas visitors!): Team We Heart It will be in Sin City this weekend for the music festival to top all festivals: Rock in Rio!

Rock in Rio USA


As if Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars performing in the same place isn’t fab enough, we’re so excited to announce that hearter, blogger, and YouTuber extraordinaire Kalyn Nicholson will be covering the show on our behalf. Stay tuned for tons of behind-the-scenes pics and vids of the stars scheduled to perform, including:

And many more!

If you’re lucky enough to have tix to the festival, make sure to look for Team We Heart It — we’ll be sporting our We Heart It shirts and buttons. Stop by and say hi!

In the meantime, don’t forget to follow Rock in Rio USA’s We Heart It canvas for updates on the show.

Can’t wait to see you there!


Meet the We Heart It Community Coordinators: Outi from Helsinki

May 4, 2015

Community Coordinator Outi

Ever wish you could work for We Heart It? Our community coordinators are living the dream — and just like our members, they live all over the world!

So, what exactly is a community coordinator? Simple! They’re Hearters just like you who are responsible for planning events and promotions in their country, identifying regional trends and potential brand partners and making sure the We Heart It love is spread far and wide. Basically, they have the best job in the world — and we’re so excited to introduce you!

We Heart It’s content coordinator Molly sat down with Outi, our coordinator from Helsinki, Finland, to discuss all things Finnish and We Heart It. Stay tuned for more interviews from across the globe!

PS — Think you have what it takes to be a We Heart It community coordinator? We’d love to hear from you! We’re currently looking for college campus coordinators all over the US, and community coordinators in Miami and Houston. Check out our jobs page for more info!

Community Coordinator Outi

Hey Outi! Thanks for chatting with me. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and where you’re from?

Hi! I’m Outi and I’m the We Heart It Finnish community coordinator. I’m also a fashion designer, snowboarder and sports and horse lover.

I really like living in Finland. We have amazing nature with four seasons and lots of lakes and forests. It is a bit chilly up here in the north, but I kind of like it.

Finland is large country geographically, but we have fewer than six million people. That being said, Finland has a lot of cool cities like Helsinki, Turku and Oulu — and of course Lapland, where Santa Claus is from :)

So cool. Tell me a bit about how you found We Heart It and how you use it. 

I heard of We Heart It in 2012 and joined soon after that. I mainly downloaded it to find inspiring pictures to look at on my computer. Today I use the app every day. It’s really easy to use and very fun.

I like to heart pictures that represent the amazing life I want to have someday.

I also like to heart pictures of things I’ve already done.  Besides that I love hearting motivational fitness pictures and inspiring quotes to read when I’m not in the mood to train.

I also love fashion and like hearting images that contain inspiring details, beautiful colors and gorgeous scenes.

Totally agree — I also use We Heart It to explore the kind of life I want to have someday. Do you have any particular collections you would recommend? 

Yes! Here are some of my favorites:

Amazing. Totally following that first collection. Now, back to Finland — what are your favorite traditional Finnish foods? 

My favorite foods from my country are wild berries, especially blueberries from my backyard. I also love karjalanpiirakka — Karelian pie — which is a pastry made from a thin rye crust with a filling of rice.  You eat it with egg butter.

Sounds so good. What about creativity — how do you like to express yourself? 

My favorite way to be creative is traveling. I love traveling and road trips, even the short ones. I love new places and the feeling of freedom.

Me too! And finally, what’s the best part of working with We Heart It, and what advice would you give to a future community coordinator? 

I love working at We Heart It and have been so happy to see that people are so nice and polite. I also love that everyone knows so much about technology.

If you want to be community coordinator you need to have an understanding of trends and social media tools. You also need to be a positive and easygoing person to really connect with your community.

Want to connect with Outi? Follow her on We Heart It and don’t forget to send her a postcard — she loves hearing from other Hearters!