I would usually just tell you to go away but I'm also into fashion photography and portraits so I'll try to help you with my somehow limited knowledge.
It's going to be pretty hard to nail a "good" picture by yourself with a tripod. There are apps that let you stream the liveview to your phone so you can do that, I don't know much about it because I've never used it, but if possible that would be your best bet if you are going solo.
Anyway, the best option is to get another person to take pics of you, make sure they know the basics of photography and understand what you are going for. You being (I assume) an attractive female I don't think it would be too hard to get some wanna be photographer to shoot for you for free.>What time of day should I shoot?
Depends on what you are going for>What programs or techniques do you use for editing with vivid colors like pic related?
I can't really tell, your pic was probably just put through some instagram filter or whatever phone app. You can achieve it easily with lightroom, just watch some videos about it.>And lastly what settings do you use?
Depends on the situation, I know this isn't very useful but there isn't a one setting that will cover every situation. >I've been shooting on manual and aperture mode the most. Low ISO, small aperture, 1/500 shutter speed, with 18-55mm lense. (usually around 50mm)
Get another lens. Kit lenses are usable but not your best bet for anything, get a cheap 50mm and practice with it.
Can you post some of your pictures and some other examples of what your are going for?