Archives for March 2017

03/31/17

Spring Pieces For Everyone

FRIDAY!!! I’ve been waiting all week for you!

Glad this crazy week is over and we are headed into the weekend. We did have a pretty successful FIRST large meeting so I am a happy camper! Everyone loved the new office and complimented the hard work… FINALLY 🙂 Makes it all worth it! We will be getting ready for our vacation this weekend and of course a full day of teeball. I wanted to share a fun collab I had the opportunity to work with!!

Cuddy Studios reached out to me to send me some items to share with y’all – and I am SO glad that they did! I received 2 items in the mail – the cutest romper and a classic, sheer white top. I am seriously so in LOVE with both of them. The patterns are so bright and vibrant and absolutely perfect for summer. You guys NEED to check out their stuff because every single item is so beautiful.

My first look includes the cutest White Flowy Top. I love how classic and chic it is. I paired it with the comfiest scalloped black shorts and my new favorite summer wedges! I shared these wedges on Instagram this week and everyone was going crazy since they were only $10! They are super comfy and are such great quality! Recently, I found this super fun crossbody from Marshalls. The fringe details are so fun!!! 🙂 I love the color combinations of all of this! This top certainly did not disappoint.

Cuddy Studios

They also sent me the cutest romper that I just fell in love with when I opened the package. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you know I’m a sucker for anything with bright colors. This romper is all different shades of blue and purple – so YUP I needed this dress in my life. I paired it with my favorite summer sandals (last season) that are oh so comfy. Since I will be taking this romper to Mexico, I wanted to add my go-to beach hat and sunnies!!  I wanted to add a pop of turquoise so I added my new bead necklace from BaubleBar. It will be a total repeat for summer!

cuddy studios

If you have head of Cuddy Studios yet, y’all should totally check out their clothes. You wont be dissapointed!

I will be doing a reader survey next week. I have never done one before but I love all of you and would love some feedback to help improve the blog. I take any and all feedback/criticism good or bad. Dont worry about hurting my feelings if you totally hate everything about the blog lol {which I hope you dont.. 🙂  } I am also doing a giveaway for everyone that fills out the survey! The prize is actually a surprise but trust me… you want to win this!!! 🙂 I will be revealing the winner next week!!

Have an awesome weekend friends!!!

Brittany 🙂

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Brittany
03/29/17

10 Ways to Help Build Your Blog

As bloggers, we all desire to have a following that’s interested in what we have to say and engages with our content. I know that the more engaged my audience is and the more they interact with my blog, the more likely they are to stick around as a follower and share my content. We all know that growing a loyal audience is essential, but the hangup isn’t in the why; it’s in the how. So today I’m sharing 10 easy ways that I’ve found helpful for growing my blog tribe.

Create content that people can share

One of the best ways to drive traffic to your blog is to actually create content that makes people want to share it. Sharing a solution to a problem, a great story, or a strong opinion are ideas that come to mind. Use your expertise or experience in certain areas to add value to what you write. Research other topics in your niche that have gained a lot of traction/pins/shares and use that as a starting point.

Ask questions at the bottom of your posts

It’s always important to find ways to initiate conversation with your audience. By asking questions at the bottom of your posts, you’re prompting readers to leave feedback and weigh in on the content you’ve shared. Asking questions allows you to get to know your readers and relate to how they feel about certain topics. I always like to get other opinions on certain things. Readers are also more likely to leave comments after you have asked a question. Asking questions and prompting comments is a great way to increase engagement, interact with your audience, and build a relationship with them.

 Respond to comments

Responding to comments is important for building relationships with your audience. By taking the time to reply to each one, it shows that you’re reading each comment, thoughtfully considering what’s been said, connecting with your audience personally, and demonstrating that you’re accessible and approachable. It also shows that you’re grateful for the time and thoughtfulness someone has taken to leave their feedback. Not only that, but responding to comments allows you to answer questions that may not have been answered within a post and provide further insight for your readers. My take on responses (although I haven’t been as diligent about it these past few busy weeks) is that if someone is willing to take a minute or two to leave a thoughtful comment, the least I can do is take a minute or two to respond.

Be Realistic About Your Editorial Calendar

If you know realistically you cannot post seven posts every single week, that’s okay. But do yourself a favor and schedule realistically. Not only will it prevent you from being frustrated with yourself, and ultimately getting discouraged. Set a simple standard and work your way up. Maybe twice or so a week is all you can do right now, and that’s perfectly fine. After all, quality over quantity. So what I suggest is to basically just pick your blog posts you know you definitely want to do and then go from there. If you don’t know how to place them in your month, maybe look into having themed posting days. If you’re a food + lifestyle blog and post every Sunday and Wednesday, pick one theme per day and go from there. It sounds like a simple concept, but it wasn’t something I thought about doing until recently. After you schedule your posts, you will most likely have some posts left over that you’re interested in getting to, but don’t have any places in them. I like to pick a random day (typically the last day in the month or so) and write them down there. If you have a physical hand-written calendar, maybe keep a notebook with extra post ideas for that month listed and ready to go.

(example editorial calendar)

editorial-calendar-example

Utilize Social Media

If you’re a pro at using Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook it will absolutely help you grow your blog. Around 1/3 of my traffic comes straight from social media sites… which is huge! Social media is awesome because it helps connect your website with people who may never have found you otherwise. If you’re not taking advantage of social media as a free marketing strategy you totally should. Staying consistent is important and essential for growing your following. Make sure that your posts can be shared easily. It’s great for not only sharing your content and expanding your audience, but also for connecting with your readers and networking with other bloggers. Pinterest is also a great source of inspiration and blogging resources. Pinterest has really helped me grow my blog and social media accounts. If you dont have it yet, go sign up now! 🙂

Pin your own content (but not just your own content)

 Just like with Instagram and Twitter, it is so important to share your content on Pinterest.  If you don’t toot your own horn, who will?  I like to pin both new and old content to both my own boards and several group boards I belong to. Group boards are a big stinking deal on Pinterest right now.  These boards have multiple pinners that often reach a huge audience with their content.  I am a member of lots of different group boards, ranging from fashion blogger boards to holiday boards and even a few mom blogger boards. This allows me to get my content out to followers that might not already follow me. To find group boards that you might like to join, my best advice is to browse some of the bigger pinners you follow on Pinterest.

Like I mentioned, it’s important to pin both new and old content.  Definitely don’t get spammy, but maybe every few days for a couple of weeks, promote your post!  Once my post is initially published, I like to pin it daily for a couple of weeks to make sure the majority of my followers get some exposure to it.  I also usually pick 3-4 older posts per week to promote on Pinterest.  I use Tailwind to schedule posts so that my pins are spaced out, but I’m not tied to my computer all day.

Connect

….with your readers and other bloggers. I’ll admit it- don’t always have enough time to answer all comments, but I try my best to catch up whenever I can. I think it’s very important for your audience to know that you’re “there” for them, to answer any questions they might have. It creates a sense of community around your blog, builds relationships and trust. Connecting and networking with other bloggers in your niche can also help you grow your blog. Sharing helpful content from other bloggers, answering questions, and keeping up-to-date with their social media accounts can help generate more awareness for your own blog.

Loving Lately

Visit other blogs and interact with them

Finding new blogs in the comment section of other blogs is a great way to network and grow your blogroll. As an active commenter, you will also earn the attention of (not only) the blog owner, but other commenters as well. Be sure to leave your URL at the end of your sign-off… but don’t be spammy.

Use link-ups

 Link parties are absolutely crucial in helping me spread the word about my new content.  These are blog posts that allow other bloggers to share a few of their posts with that blog’s readers.  It is a major jumping-off point for so many of my posts.  Many blog readers on those posts are looking for creative new ideas…here’s your chance to share your ideas and potentially get some exposure on social media, too!  I especially recommend these for new bloggers that are looking to build their readership, but they really are great for anyone. Creating a successful link-up doesn’t have to mean you have 200 people drop by every week. It just means that you have a consistent group of people who come and share their posts. Don’t get too blinded by the numbers — focus on the value you are giving your readers. There is a really great article from a blogger who has successful linkups here.

Be accessible

If a reader has a question or would like to get in contact with you for any reason, do you make it easy for them to reach out to you? Are social media buttons clearly displayed on your site, along with your email address? My favorite bloggers are those that are willing to be accessible and make it easy for their audience to connect with them. Being accessible goes further than making your social media accounts and email address available for your audience, too. Consider participating in or hosting blog meet-ups, events, workshops, and/or Instagram chats. It all boils down to appreciation, effort, and intention. If you’re willing to spend the time following up with your readers, remembering them, and focusing on providing them value, you’ll have no trouble building a tribe that’s excited to follow along with you.

What are some tips or helpful advice you have used to help grow your blog?

Brittany 🙂

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Brittany
03/27/17

Bell Sleeves & Stripes

Happy Monday Friends!!

Back to the crazy work week BUT, its the last full week before we will be soaking up the sun in Mexico! AND of course there has to be an important meeting at the office all week to keep the stress level up and running! There will be some important people in our office this week (corporate office execs) so I will running all over the place and chugging all the coffee!!

 

But on to today’s post….

 

Bell sleeves and stripes

 

I am beyond obsessed with these sleeves! Like everyone else right now because that’s how trends work, I guess? But seriously, apart from me almost dipping them in various amounts of food, I’ve decided I want everything to have flared sleeves from now on. This subtle blue and white stripe is so perfect for Spring too, I’ve already matched with about 10 different outfits that I want to wear – just need Zara to bring it out in different colors and I’ll be sorted for months.

I wanted to keep this outfit more casual and edgy so I paired it with my favorite black distressed jeans! Of course topping it off with a floppy hat and some retro sunnies keeps it cool and hip! I pretty much take this bucket bag everywhere since it goes with every outfit! And its the perfect size for all the essentials!! 🙂

 

Have an awesome week!

Brittany 🙂

 

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03/24/17

What I’m Loving Lately.. (Its Back!)

Happy Friday y’all!!

I am actually taking a personal day today and putting the OUT OF OFFICE status up for the first time in a LONG time! I decided after a LONG crazy three months of working non stop, I needed a day for myself.. (without actually replying to emails)!! So momma is getting her hair done and then manis and pedis!! In other words… Im getting a “Tune Up “!! I am going to soak it all in and NOT think about work (hopefully)

I last wrote a Loving Lately post probably about six months ago on the old blog platform. It is one of my favorite series to write and to read from other bloggers! Sharing things that make me happy and could make someone else happy is just so much fun!! Here are a couple things I am Loving Lately….

Starbucks Spring Cups

Last week, Starbucks launched their new, multi-colored Spring cups which come in pastel blue, yellow, and green — according to which size you order. The cups feature a big white space in place of the signature Starbucks green mermaid. Don’t worry, some cups will feature drawings inspired by Spring to brighten your season now that the gray skies of Winter are finally leaving.

Silver Hair

I will hopefully be rocking one of these looks after today! I couldnt bare to do my own hair color anymore and need my hairstylist to do work his magic! Hoping that it turns out like I am picturing… Ill keep you posted!

Spring Rompers

Bardot Print Romper

Off The Shoulder Romper

 

Tie-Waist Romper

Halter Print Romper

I want all the floral prints for Spring! Especially floral print rompers!! These are all on my wish list and affordable! I have been on a ruffle kick and putting floral and ruffles together just give me life!!

Cover FX Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops are pigments that you can add to either a transparent product to make your own foundation, or another base product to adjust the shade for a better fit. Cover FX suggests one drop for sheer coverage, 2 for medium, 3 for full, and 4 for total. This really is almost pure pigment, which is more bang for the buck. With something like the Custom Cover Drops, I can always have a pigment on hand to lighten or darken up whatever product I’m using.  Also, I love this product as a concealer.  I can take my eye cream, add a drop or two of the Custom Cover Drops and voila, I have a concealer! It’s worked great for me.

HIIT Workout

I recently just started doing the HIIT workouts again since we will be beach bound in a couple weeks. I was getting bored with my usual “Arm Day – Leg Day” workouts and wanted to change it up a little bit. I came across some articles about the HIIT Workouts and thought these looked pretty intense. I actually do some of these exercises already so I thought it couldn’t be too bad. I am still sore from the arm workout on Tuesday. I never thought doing as many push-ups for a straight minute as you can was so hard but let me tell you… I was dying by the third round. The leg workout was pretty intense too…. I incorporated 10 minutes on the stair master with this for extra cardio.

Upperbody

 

What are some things you are loving lately?

Have an awesome weekend!!

Brittany 🙂

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Brittany
03/22/17

Cutest Embroidered Top

 

Happy Wednesday, gals!

I hope your week is going well do far!  I have a to-do list that’s inching close to a mile long and I am not sure I will ever get to it…. Work has me on overload! I am in the process of looking for someone to clean our house once a month because I just cant anymore! There is no time on the weekends and too much to clean for one person. I never wanted to have to hire someone because I wanted to be the “good wife” or be able to clean my own house but life really does get in the way sometimes. Any maybe I can learn some tips and tricks along the way 🙂

Today I wanted to share a super cute top I received from Romwe. I am really into embroidered tops this season. Not to mention ruffles and sheer sleeves! Put it all in one top and I am a happy girl!

 

embroidered spring top

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Buuut really, is this lace mesh top not absolutely stunning?! Trust me, the quality is incredible (when you feel this thing you’ll realize how just how beautiful it is!). I am a big fan of fun, feminine lace tops like this one and I find they add such a sweet touch to any outfit and can be easily dressed up or down. The ruffle details make me want to dance all day! I paired the top with my go-to distressed jeans because let’s be honest…I generally opt for a more casual vibe. I also added a touch of fringe with these blue sandals from Marshalls (similar). It would be so cute paired with cutoff denim shorts for summer and these jeans would be equally adorable paired with a free flowing off-shoulder top. Voila, two items, so many outfit possibilities!

 

What trends are you loving this season?

Brittany 😉

 

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