What Dress Code? on Pinterest | Tips For Building Your Following

What Dress Code Pinterest

Pinterest might just be my favorite thing ever. I know a few of you have lamented how Pinterest has ruined weddings or how it’s made all of us overthink every food or décor or entertaining choice we’ve ever made. But I can’t help it, I’m hooked.

I’ve been closing in on 1,000 followers — a following that I’ve grown organically over time — and I wanted to take a few minutes to share some tips I’ve learned along the way. I know there are tons of great blogger write-ups on the best ways to leverage Pinterest so I know some of this isn’t news, but I still thought I’d share my personal experiences since I’ve been able to grow my following from scratch…

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Cherry Blossoms and April Showers

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Considering it’s absolutely pouring outside and supposed to dip below freezing this evening, I think it’s safe to say the cherry blossoms will have officially met their match by tomorrow. But I got the chance to capture a few shots on a slightly less crowded day Thursday (don’t even get me started on visit número dos on Sunday), and I thought I might just share…

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Outfit | In Bloom + Giveaway

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The weather finally perked up and I finally got back out for some outfit photos! And what better way to celebrate than with a giveaway?

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Coffee Table | Bedside Table: April Reading List

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So I decided it’s been WAY too long since I did a Coffee Table | Bedside Table post — you might not even remember them from… July… but, considering the fact that I’m trying to amp up my reading habits this year, I thought it was about time. So here are a few recent favorites, and I hope you’ll share what you’re reading lately — I’m always looking for new picks to put my nose in! Here we go, two picks for end-of-day reading and two for that coveted place of honor on your coffee table…

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#WednesdayWisdom | Success

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I genuinely didn’t know Mickey Rooney’s career all that well — outside of seeing his performances in National Velvet and his still-controversial role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s — but when I saw Ariana Huffington’s tweet of the above sentiment yesterday after the film icon’s death, I couldn’t help but stop for a moment.

It’s not that I’ve had any big-time failures or let-downs lately, but there’s definitely room to grow. To get better. To give more. Whether to this blog, or to my job, or to my relationships and everyday living. This is a welcome reminder that messing up or experiencing growing pains is normal — in fact, essential — to the road toward that thing we call success.

Have you ever had a big (or small) failure that you realized was an essential stepping stone in retrospect? It seems these things are always seen in retrospect, but it’s worth thinking about…

Happy Wednesday!


{Image is Mine | Words are His}


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Recipe | Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Oatmeal Pretzel Streusel

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Did you know today is National Beer Day? I know, I know, it feels like there’s a holiday for everything lately, but this one’s actually kind of cool. On April 7, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt signed a law allowing people to brew and sell beer as long as it stayed below 4% ABV. So it’s only fitting on the same day more than 80 years later, to enjoy a brew in celebration of the beginnings of the end of Prohibition. And I’ll probably pour a cold one this evening, but in the meantime, let’s put beer in baked goods, shall we?

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Happy Friday! / Loving Lately, Volume 12

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There’s been a bit of a Friday Favorites hiatus around here, but I’m back to it.

I’ll keep things simple, though. Lately, I’m…

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Recipe | Cacio e Pepe with Dandelion Greens and Smoked Salmon

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This recipe was originally going to be something-with-asparagus. But then I went to first Trader Joe’s and then Whole Foods and amazingly came up short on the asparagus front. Seriously, the stuff’s in season and yet is somehow MIA when I’m in my time of need. Not to be deterred though, I absentmindedly grabbed a bundle of dandelion greens and huffed out of the store.

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My 15 Favorite Instagram Accounts for Lifestyle Bloggers

Favorite Instagram Accounts for Lifestyle Bloggers

I’m a few months into my new job as community manager for Cava Grill, and I can honestly say that one of my favorite parts about the position is how much it has taught me about brand identity. When I get to go down the rabbit hole of finding the perfect images to create a Pinterest board focused on one of our menu’s ingredients; or when I find myself poring over the Instagram accounts of our competitors, looking for things they’re doing right or wrong; these are the parts of my job that really get me excited.

It’s all too perfect, then, that my favorite social media platform is Instagram. And after reading (and rereading) Julia’s post about growing one’s Instagram following, I couldn’t help but reflect on my own account’s aesthetic and appeal.

Over the past month or so, I’ve taken the time to really make sure my pics are all carefully edited, bright, and that they use InstaSize to create borders. I’ve still held off of changing my handle from my name over to my blog, and I know this is a detriment, but I definitely think making these other, thought-out changes has made a world of difference in the appeal of my pics!

To help me along the road toward cultivating my own Instagram following a bit more, I thought I’d round up my 15 favorite Instagram accounts to follow — what’s your favorite one?


@graymalin / @sarahshermansamuel / @shopanthom
@taylorsterling / @apartment_32 / @hauteofftherack
@ashleybrookedesigns / @waitingonmartha / @lushtoblush
@megbiram / @laurakfphoto / @coralsncognacs
@stylewithinreach / @designlovefest / @lemonstripes


Why I love them?

Consistency. 

Story Telling.

Bright, Concise Editing.

Simplicity.

That’s it really. Sometimes there’s that je ne sais quoi to an account — the ones that just sort of have a feel to them — but usually it’s all about these few key elements… pretty works, right?!

What are your favorite accounts to follow? I’m always looking for new, inspiring handles to add to my feed!


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BaubleBar x Nordstrom

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Can someone buy me every. single. piece. from BaubleBar’s new collaboration with Nordstrom? And the Chelsea28 collection, too? Okay, great, thanks!


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