Friday, May 27, 2016

Memorial Day Sales: Where to Shop + What to Buy

Hello three day weekend! Bring on the sunshine and start of summertime and another important S word … sales. Not a bad trio if you ask me. With summer festivities heating up retailers are going all out to encourage you to shop this weekend and let me tell you, they've drawn my attention! If you are in the market for new pieces to outfit your summer wardrobe this is the weekend to snag them.

I've attempted to make it easy for y'all since sometimes checking all of these websites for the best pieces can be time consuming so instead I've included my favorites from some of the sales. That isn't to say however, that the rest of the items on sale aren't worth checking out for yourself!

extra 20% off with code HISUMMER

extra 40% off with code BRTAKE40

take an extra 20% off select sale and clearance with the code BROWNBAG

30% off sale and clearance with code WARMER

15% off your purchase with code 9492

20% off site wide with code ALLTHETHINGS

30% off your purchase with code WEEKEND

50% off everything no code needed

Free gifts with purchase

60% off summer faves and all summer styles  + 40% off new arrivals 

The half-yearly sale is still going on with items up to 40% off

Extra 50% off select styles no code needed

50% off no code needed

Save 20% with code HEREWEGO

Biggest sale of the season with lots of new markdowns

20% off with code MEMORIALDAY20

30% off selected styles

20% off entire purchase with code HELLOSUMMER

Happy Shopping! Be sure to check back all weekend long as I continue to update this post with other great pieces on sale and which pieces I'd be most likely to purchase! Where are you shopping first?

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Tassels, Stripes, & Coverups Under $20

With memorial day weekend a matter of hours away I am ready to be beach bound for a day spent exclusively by the water. If you're beach bound you'll obviously need your bathing suit, a lot of sunscreen, a beach bag, etc I can't help but lately I can't help but love adding my coverup to that list.

I feel like in recent years coverups have become so much cuter. I used to just throw on a pair of nike shorts and an oversized t-shirt but after seeing so many cute coverups offered I have since nixed the t-shirt and gravitated straight to the tassels. 



This coverup that I am wearing is available in a different color combination this year for under $15! I purchased this one last year and have been impressed by the quality and durability of it not to forget how cute and compliment worthy it is! The material is breathable which is definitely a plus it comes to hot and humid summer days. I've included this coverup and other cute options for you to shop below to stock up before your pool and beach days ahead! 

Also, Nordstrom is hosting their half-yearly sale so after perusing for your perfect new coverup head to their site to decide what may need to be added to your cart there as well! Here are some pieces that are on sale that you'll be wearing all summer long! 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

What The Blogging Process Looks Like For Me

The blogging process is so different for everyone. Personally, my blogging process can differ day to day. Having been at home for about 3 weeks waiting for my summer job to begin I've been fortunate enough to spend a lot of time working solely to better my blog and the content I create for y'all! At school I either don't have time or it seems to be very limited that I can spend blogging so I have to be more strategic when it comes to creating post.

I feel like a lot of people don't fully understand all of the different aspects that accompany being a blogger or how much time it takes to create a post unless they are a blogger themselves. From emails, to photos, to brainstorming post ideas there is always something to do allowing me plenty of creativity, one of the reasons I love blogging so much. As posts differ so does my strategy to create them so know that this is a general overview and not necessarily entirely consistent. 

Coming Up With Content

With a goal to post every week day that is 5 posts a week which makes for a lot of posts each month and even more each year. Since getting into blogging I've kept a running list of potential post topics either in a note on my phone or in a notebook. I like to keep a separate list of ideas for my blog post ideas and my video topics. Lately I've been storing my ideas in this notebook which is always looking to be filled with additional post topics if y'all have requests!

After looking at my list of posts I go into my Google Editorial Calendar and add in posts on each week day. The great thing about doing this online is that there is a lot of flexibility to move things about as needed. I like being able to see what posts I need to begin working on at a given time so that I can plan ahead as needed.

Creating Posts

I am so much more productive when it comes to writing the content of each post when I do it in the morning. Knowing this, I try to set aside time each weekday morning to write. Depending on the subject of my post the amount of time it takes for me to write the body of my text differs. I typically like to start one task before moving on to the next so I usually sit down and whip out a post all at once instead of jumping from post draft to post draft.

I write my posts directly in blogger instead of writing them somewhere else and then copying them into blogger. If I am working on a lengthier post then occasionally I'll write them in word but I much prefer writing directly in blogger. 

Taking Photos & Creating Graphics

Taking photos with my camera has become a more recent thing for the blog. I love my DSLR camera so I am excited to have the opportunity to use it more. Taking photos is dependent on when the natural light seems to work in my favor so that's a toss up but I love using brighter backgrounds (often outside) with a 50mm lens.

As for creating graphics I have a post all about that here! I download fonts and install them on my computer to use for graphics (find a lot of the ones I use on this pinterest board). Creating graphics can take a while and being a bit of a perfectionist doesn't exactly help that. 

Responding to Email

I like to focus more heavily on emails once at the beginning of the week and once at the end of the week. I star emails that I need to respond to as they come in since I often check my gmail account on my phone but definitely don't want to respond them on that device. Ideally I answer emails within a day or two but during the school year that definitely isn't the case. I have a post all about how to manage your email inbox here.

Social Media

Social Media occurs periodically for me throughout the day. On a good day I'll instagram more than once but that depends on if I have anything worth posting. I like to edit my instagrams in VSCO before posting them but usually brighten them a bit, increase the saturation, and decrease the warmth! Twitter is sporadic but Pinterest has become a nightly routine.

I hope this gives y'all a bit of insight as to how I go about creating content and would love to know of any specific post topics y'all are interested in!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Must Watch TV Shows On Netflix

I feel like Netflix is every college students guilty pleasure. Coming back to your room after a long day of class and studying is well rewarded with watching a few episodes of your favorite TV show. Even at home I fin myself watching Netflix more frequently than watching our actual TVs but that could be because I don't really know the channels. With summer here for most college students and on the horizon for most high schoolers I am sure many of us will be spending some of our free time this summer watching shows and movies on Netflix. 

One of the saddest parts about watching a show is when it finishes and you feel like you have nothing else to watch. To avoid that disappointment I am sharing some of my Netflix show favorites as well as which shows are on my to-watch list and I would love for y'all to add to that list as I frequently use TV shows as background noise while I am working on blog content. 

So what are your favorites or recommendations for me? I'd love to know what y'all are watching! 

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