October 20, 2014

My Style: Spots & Dots


So, basically this is how I feel about Monday. I've never been a Monday person - I take it after my mama. And after a fun-filled (but exhausting) weekend like I had, I really just need one more day to recover. A group of my coworkers and I took our annual trip to SCarowinds on Saturday night and didn't get back home until the early hours of the morning on Sunday. I spent the biggest part of yesterday catching up on some serious sleep. Today it's back to grind and I'm wondering where did my weekend go?!

These photos were taken a couple weeks ago but between work and spending too much time watching Once Upon a Time on Netflix, I haven't been able to find the time to sort through and edit them. As you know, I love print mixing and there's something so classic about leopard spots and polka dots! I'm kind of excited that it's getting chilly enough to wear tights with this outfit!




Top, KAREN KANE (old) | Skirt, OLD NAVY | Bag, COACH | Necklace, MARLEY LILLY
Shoes, ELLEN TRACY via TJ MAXX | Bangles, J. CREW - gifted POPPY STYLE - gifted ELLIE & OLLIE
Sunglasses, gifted SUNGLASSES SHOP


October 18, 2014

Kate Spade Sale!

Kate Spade Sale

Kate Spade is on sale this weekend! Yes - the entire site, in store and in the outlet through midnight tomorrow! There are some adorable pieces right now that I am definitely eyeing! Use code F14FFUS to get 30% off your entire purchase!

Featured items: Mohair sweater | Bow hat | Bow gloves | Watch | Bag | Lipstick | Necklaces 1, 2 | Polka dot pouch

October 17, 2014

This, That & Then Some


It's been an unintentionally slow week around here and over on instagram. It's been crazy busy at work and (if I'm being really honest) my motivation has been lacking. Is it the weather? My crazy schedule? Unfollows getting me down? To be honest, I think it's a combination of everything. This blogging stuff isn't for the soft-hearted, I'll tell you that right now. But sometimes those little stabs of "why don't they like what I'm posting" can really get you down. Anywho, you'll never please everyone - that's what I have to remember and keep on keeping on.

I'm looking forward to this weekend with my friends and coworkers as we take (what has become) our annual trip to SCarowinds. I don't do scary things, but this is so fun! Hope you all have a spectacular weekend!

Currently. . .

LOVING:

TRENDING:
The ultimate accessory for fall and winter is the faux fur scarf. See my favorite picks from this week!

SHOP:
Aerie has just added a collection of blanket scarves to their site. You're gonna die.

OUTFIT LOVE:
Grey is an "it" color for fall and winter - I'm loving this tone-on-tone look from Lovely Pepa.

COVER STORY:
Can we please discuss how drop-dead gorgeous Kerry Washington looks on the cover of Allure?

CLEVER:
The tee shirts from Tees in a Trap are so clever - and hilarious.

FUR BABY:
Carly's tiny pup in his tiny coat is the cutest thing I've seen in a while!

BEAUTY:
The 50 best movie beauty moments of all time - which are your favorites?

FOR A LAUGH:
When the class of 2018 was born, this was happening in the world.

October 15, 2014

5 Simple Tricks for Better Pinning

Image: Just Dandy

Who doesn't love pinterest? Um, no one these days. Everyone's bff, mama, grandmama, sister, favorite teacher - well, you get it. Everyone is on pinterest. I love that someone was creative enough to come with an online space that is the equivalent to hoarding magazine clippings. (Which I still do, too!) As bloggers, we're all about doing everything better and making it a better experience for our followers - you're always on our minds, peeps. Below are five of my favorite tips for better pinning! If you have other tips that you swear by, please leave them in the comments!

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1. Pin LARGE images - Keep your images around 700 px width by 1100 px length. Too small and your images get lost in the shuffle, but too large and they can be annoying in your followers' feed. Make them just large enough to pop, get someone's attention and ta-da repin your picture!

2. Pin VERTICAL images - It's been proven that we tend to gravitate to vertical images more often that horizontal ones on pinterest. I've read this in several articles and the Ahalogy girls talked about it at the SBS Conference this summer. Vertical images just get noticed more easily - and that's what we want!

3. Use accurate CAPTIONS and HASHTAGS - When people search for a certain kind of image on pinterest you want your images to be in that mix! Using accurate captions of what's in that photo or using relevant hashtags will get you noticed more often and ultimately get you more repins - and more followers!

4. Make sure the ORIGINAL SOURCES are linked - You don't want people stealing your stuff, right? It's wrong. Well, so is not sourcing images on pinterest. I will be the first to admit that I still have work to do on sourcing my pins, but I'm working on it. Just be conscious when you pin or repin that the image links back - give credit where it's due!

5. VERIFY your website/blog - Verifying your site gives you more engagement and traffic and it boosts your online visibility - step-by-step instructions! Remember when people had to click on the globe icon to take them to your site? Now, your site url is already visible and when you verify you get a little red check. People easily and quickly make the connection between your pinterest and your site and are more likely to click over. And with the new pinterest layout, your social media links are front and center!

October 13, 2014

Currently Crushing: Faux Fur Infinity Scarves

I am currently obsessing over a super chic faux fur infinity scarf. They're surprisingly versatile - how fabulous do they look layered over a tee like Jill and Danielle? Or dressed up with a skirt and tights like Katie? Fur is definitely on-trend again for fall and winter, and I can't wait to get my hands on one of the options below!


October 11, 2014

This, That & Then Some


Happy weekend, friends! Unfortunately, it's looking like rain here for the most part, but that's not going to stop some fun from being had. I don't talk a lot about my personal life or my job on the blog, but this has been an interesting week of emotions. Happy, sad, surprised (a sweet flower delivery), anxious, and excited. . .My day job is one that takes a lot out of you at the end of the day, but on those really good days, there's no better feeling. I'm using this weekend to recharge, clean, and spend some quality time with friends. Below are some great links to check out in your downtime this weekend!

Currently. . .

WANTING TO MAKE:
These candy corn and white chocolate chip cookies. This could be the best cookie recipe I've found in a while! And these apple/gruyere/sage scones - hello, delicious!

LOVING:
I love nontraditional holiday decorations. These pumpkin-decorating ideas are so chic and pretty.

READING:
The First Lady hosted a Fashion Education Workshop at the White House. No one would turn down that invitation, right?

CAN'T WAIT FOR:
Katy Perry has been confirmed as the Super Bowl Half-Time Show performer. This is gonna be good!

SHOPPING:
Gigi New York is having a friends and family sale this weekend! 25% off with code WEAREFAMILY!

FOR YOUR HOME:
Kate Spade just debuted a new coffee table book - Places to Go, People to See!

COMING SOON:
So, it's pretty much confirmed that #SATC3 is on the horizon - these possible plots are hyterical (except the one about divorce - no one wants that!).

LOVE HER LOOK:
Dressing for fall can be tricky - Jess nailed it with this print mixed comfy/chic ensemble.

REVIEW:
I collaborated with SOREL this week on a very fall look!

October 9, 2014

Monthly Muse: October


Could there be a more perfect time of year? Pretty sure the answer is no. October is always a busy month for me, but it also brings lots of happiness. It's often a month when I get to see my friends from college at our alma mater's homecoming and start prepping for the holiday season that is quickly approaching. I've already pulled out the Zara plaid scarf and booties and have been brainstorming costume ideas. The inspiration above is just a snippet of what I love about this month!

Images: Painted pumpkins | Earrings | Katy Perry | Booties | Photo, Julie Leah Blog | Photo, Vanilla Extract
Photo, Lauren Conrad | Photo | Painted pumpkins | PSL | Photo, POPSUGAR | Photo, Julie Leah Blog | Hat