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We Are What We Tweet

This week my husband and I will be heading up to Sonoma for Thanksgiving at my Mom’s house. This is our first Thanksgiving where my mom doesn’t live in San Francisco and for that, I am thankful.

Why I don’t like Thanksgiving in San Francisco:

  • It’s a hot mess getting in and out of the city on Thanksgiving.
  • There is zero parking around Mom’s house (this applies to any given day, really).
  • We are all squeezed into a small dining area because you know, San Francisco.

Now my mom has a much bigger house (and a yard!) out in Sonoma! This year year we have enough space that we can all spend the night at Momma’s, the dogs will have room to play, and the kitchen is big enough that more than 2 people can cook at the same time!

Thanksgiving will be the only time this year that I will see all family members at the same time, so I am taking this opportunity to scope out ideas for Christmas gifts.

Using this infographic to help marketers about ‘We Are What We Tweet’, I can better understand what to give this Christmas!
We are what we tweet

Gift ideas based on this infographic

Mom: Groupon Gift Card

Dad: BBQ Tool Set

Brother: Craft Beer of the Month Club

Grandparents: Holiday Teas

Teenagers: New Phone Case

 

Do you have your holiday shopping all wrapped up? If you do, what present are you most excited to give this year?

Thank you to Unified Social for sponsoring today’s post. 

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November Stitch Fix Review

I cannot believe this is my 19th Stitch Fix box. Yup, that will happen when you have been using their service for over 2 years! Now let’s see what I got in my fix this month. 

Right off the bat, I loved the colors and patterns that my stylist picked out for me. Gray, navy, and burgundy colors are pretty perfect for fall.

Mindy Boat Neck Thermal Knit Top (Splendid) // Patrick Chino Pant (Level 99)

Macklin Polka Dot V-Neck Blouse (Renee C)

Denton Striped Raglan Knit Top (Tart)

Alexander Graphic Knit Drape Front Cardigan (Moon Collection)

Everything was super soft and comfortable to wear. The best part…everything fit. The hard part was deciding to keep everything and get the 20% off discount, or keeping a few items.

After trying out everything and taking pictures, I decided to keep only one item that I couldn’t live without…

the tribal cardi by Moon Collection. The minute I pulled it out of the box, I knew it had to be mine. It was warm, fluffy, and basically felt like a blanket I could wear of out of the house.

 

Have you ever tried Stitch Fix? Check out my last Stitch Fix post for tips on how to get an awesome fix.

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Gift Ideas For The Yoga Lover

Thank you to YogaOutlet.com for sponsoring today’s post. 

Before I joined CrossFit last year, I loved doing hot yoga at CorePower Yoga. Hopefully they have a location near you, because it’s one of the best yoga studios I have been to. They also are not kidding when they say hot yoga. I remember sweating so much during my classes, I would have to bring a change of clothes after. (TMI!!!) But during my time at Yoga, I found my groove and the accessories that made my practice that much better. If you have a yoga lover in your life, here are some recommendations for gift ideas this holiday season.Gift Ideas for the Yoga Lover

Toe Socks // Yoga Mat Spray // Mat Sling //  Mat Towel // Yoga Pants // Glass Water Bottle

Toe Socks

I have this brand and these are amazing at not letting your feet slip. I even used them at pilates so I don’t fall off the SPX machine. Well, I did fall off once…but it wasn’t because of my socks!

Yoga Mat Spray

Your mat gets pretty stinky. It’s natural when you sweat all over it. Get this spray and use it after each practice.

Mat Sling

I love mat slings like this because it’s an easy way to carry your mat. I am not a huge fan of yoga mat bags because I want my mat to air out after class.

Glass Water Bottle

I am a fan of glass water bottles because they don’t have that lingering smell to them after a couple of uses. This bottle also has a silicone cover so it doesn’t slip out of your hands.

Yoga Pants

I have these yoga pants and the print is a lot of fun. The only thing is…they got kinda see through during my workout. I don’t know if it was because I was sweating a lot (Again, TMI), but the butt became sheer. I have had this happen before during yoga, where I was wearing leopard print undies and everyone saw. YUP, that was my first taste of humiliation during yoga. So word to the wise, these pants would be okay if you wanted to wear them out to the store or lounge, but probably not to work out in. 

You can find more holiday gifts at YogaOutlet.com 

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How to Name Your Blog Photos

Naming your blog photos is important for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) in the blogosphere and helps you rank higher on search engines. Also, when someone goes to pin your photo, the title gets prompted for the pinner. 

How to Name Your Photos Using WordPress

When uploading your photo using WordPress, you can name your photo before you insert the image. Just fill out the “alternative text” area with the keywords you are using in your blog post. Since this post is about naming photos and the title is “How to Name Your Blog Photos”, the keyword I am going to use is “How to Name Your Blog Photos”. 

If you have already uploaded your pictures or want to go back to previous posts, you can edit the image by clicking the pencil that appears when you click on the image. Use the same tips as above. 

How to Name Your Photos Using Blogger

The SEO tips still apply for Blogger as they do for WordPress. When you upload your image on blogger, click on the image and select “properties”. Then you will fill out the keywords in the “Alt Text” area.

Naming your photos is definitely something you should get in the habit of doing if you are serious about growing your blog. It allows you to control how your images get titled on Pinterest so they be searchable. Plus, who doesn’t want a higher search ranking on Google? After putting in all that hard work on your blog post, you want as many eyes as possible to see it!

 

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How to Start a (Fashion) Blog

Starting a blog can be pretty daunting.

I remember when I was starting out, I didn’t know any blogosphere terminology. Words like feed, buttons, hosting, and permalinks made hide under my desk. LOL, when Erin from Living in Yellow asked how people can follow my blog, I knew I needed to look some stuff up.

Even though I wouldn’t consider my blog to be fashion focused, I looked at blogs like The Daybook and Cupcakes and Cashmere as a guide on how I wanted my blog to look and feel. But whatever blog you would like to start (Lifestyle, DIY, Mommy, Fashion) I find that fashion blogs are a great resource to follow.

Starting a fashion blog is a great way to share your passion for clothes and maybe develop a following in the process. However, getting your blog to stand out from the crowd takes a lot of hard work and dedication.

Post Frequently

 Try to post every day so your blog always stays in the forefront of people’s minds. Occasional short breaks are okay, but be sure to make up for them with something extra juicy.

Tag Everything

Tag and sort all your entries so visitors can find what they’re looking for easily. When you’ve built up a solid body of posts, you might also want to consider adding a “Best Of” or “Recommended Posts” section to show off your best work.

Check out the infographic from Ever Pretty for more tips on building your fashion blog.

Thanks to Ever-Pretty for sponsoring today’s post.
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