Thursday, October 23, 2014

My Favs on Thursdays:: Hootsuite

My Favs on Thursdays is a weekly link up with my best bloggy buddies Katy and Nicole and share our favorite thing of the week. Link up with us below!

Welcome to all my new followers from the giveaway! Hi there! I had a hard time coming up with a favorite thing this week. It's been pretty hum-drum around here. Nothing new to discover. Nothing out of the ordinary. Just working out my schedule, then it hit me, things are working pretty well thanks to the Sunday evening planning I like to do. Trust me, without it, my weeks don't look very put together at all. One thing I have been trying to plan out on Sundays is my tweets for the week. Hootsuite has been a fantastic tool for doing that, even though I'm new to using it.
Five reasons to use Hootsuite ::

Hootsuite is this week's favorite because::
  • You can link up to three social networking accounts for FREE. Free is always my favorite.
  • When you set it up, it shows you about how much time you save using their service. Saving time is another favorite thing. 
  • Every thing is easily and quickly viewed on your dashboard streams you can set up, which you can switch back and forth in with the click of a tab.
  • Hootsuite has an auto scheduler to automatically (and properly) space out the posts you want to share over a time period. You can also make your own tweaks to this schedule.
  • There are basic tracking reports for your social networks for FREE too!
There's tons more I haven't quite discovered yet since I've only been trying to use it for a few weeks now, but I love what I've discovered so far. If the things above aren't enough, I could upgrade to pro too. Are you using Hootsuite? What do you use it for?

Make sure you link up with us below and let us know your favorites for the week!

Also have you entered the Hunter rainboots giveaway yet?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fall Capsule Outfit 13::Navy Vest + Hunter rainboots giveaway

Thank you all for weighing in on some of the last pieces in my capsule here. I'm still taking suggestions. Any and all are appreciated! Rest assured jackets, cardigans, vests, shoes, etc., are all being included, but will not be given a capsule numbered spot. Since the weather changes so much, I chose not to give those items precious numbered spots since I'm not sure how much applicable weather I will experince in the fall and winter months. Like this vest, I love it. It's fun. But to give it a capsule number wouldn't be the wisest decision because I don't know how often I'll wear it over the next two seasons. But I enjoyed wearing it this day!
necklace::J.Crew gingham button up::GAP vest::Banana Republic (similar) skirt::asos shoes::dv by dolce vita (similar)
This vest has been in my closet for five years now. I picked it up thrifting and is one of the last thrifted items I still have since my body has changed so much. It's a quality piece, but I just have fun with it. Very rarely do I have to dress up in a suit. In fact, I have never had to wear a suit. I'm just not that fancy.

One reason I'm not including shoes in this capsule is because you need a variety of shoes in fall and winter weather. You just never know what the temperatures are going to be like. Some days you need sandals, others you need rain boots. I would love to add a pair of quality rain boots to my shoe collection, just like the Hunter boots 13 bloggers plus myself are joining together to giveaway! welliesgiveaway
The giveaway will run from 12:00 am EST on October 22nd until 11:59 pm EST on October 28th. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Prize has a value of up to $150. Entries will be verified, so please be honest. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize before a new winner will be chosen. Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Best of luck to you! :)
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I am so excited to be a part of this! Make sure you enter to win!

What kind of fun pieces do you keep in your closet to add something special sometimes?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall Capsule Wardrobe

Here it finally is! My fall capsule that started September 29. Yeah... I've been wearing these items for a while now, thus why I started going ahead and sharing outfits since I couldn't get my stuff together for my collage post. Right now I'm working with 35 items, 33 of which are pictured below (I missed a few). I'm not counting shoes or outer layers (aka- jackets, vests, cardigans) since I don't buy tons of those items anyway. Since I'm currently working with 35 items, I would like to ask for some advice below! Here's the items that are definitely in the capsule::

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fantastique tee :: tie bow blouse :: stripe shirttail tee
embroidered front tee :: gingham shirt :: polka dot 3/4 sleeve sweater
solid shirttail tee :: sparkle trim sweatshirt tee :: silk shirtfront top
plaid flannel top :: denim popover :: vintage cotton tee
(not pictured vintage cotton tee in burgundy)
ponte stripe dress :: stripe knit tee dress :: sweater maxi dress
zip back dress :: tunic :: cointoss stripe dress :: colorblock tunic
(not pictured "friday" dress in stripe)
black denim :: printed minnie :: cafe capri
burgundy jeans :: printed minnie :: cafe capri

navy pencil skirt :: navy maxi skirt :: black pleated maxi :: black pencil skirt
chevron printed a-line skirt :: leopard pencil skirt :: burgundy midi skirt :: striped pencil skirt
Here's the part where I need your help! Since weather doesn't change much here in Georgia for winter, I don't plan on changing my clothing choices much besides adding heavier sweaters and taller boots. Because I won't be seeking out 35-40 new items come December/January, I would like to include more items in my fall capsule. Here are the 12 contenders below. I need your help deciding what, if any or all, will work with the 35 pieces I've already decided are essentials above.

oatmeal 3/4 sleeve sweater :: cobalt 3/4 sleeve sweater :: stripe chambray popover
mustard polka dot blouse :: checkerboard tee :: ivory 3/4 sleeve sweater
stripe 3/4 sleeve sweater :: navy 3/4 sleeve sweater :: burgundy/navy embroidered front tee
olive chino pants :: camel colored cafe capris :: dark rinse straight blue jeans
I'm thinking the oatmeal and cobalt sweaters are pretty close to in, but of those last 12, what do you think needs to be included? What needs to go? Thanks for all your help in advance!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

My Favs on Thursdays:: Fall Smells

Fall weather came full force yesterday in Georgia. Highs of 70° read fall all over for me. We keep our house at 68° all the time, so it's pretty much fall all the time in our house. Another way I make it feel like fall is adding my favorite scent to the house. 

Sarah Dowdy, over at How Stuff Works states, "A smell can bring on a flood of memories, influence people's moods and even affect their work performance." Behind burning leaves and old books, the Bergamot Tobacco smell is one of my favorite smells of all time. This is one of those smells that bring about a flood of memories. It's the smell my best friend's mom keeps in their house year round. He lives in Taiwan now, and obviously, I'm in Georgia, so I don't get to see him much. When I walk through the door after I get home and right before I walk out I'm reminded of all the awesome times we had growing up together when I smell this, and it makes me smile. So maybe it's the memories that makes this my favorite scent, but either way, its solidified as my favorite! Bergamot is closely associated with fall in my mind though, and the colors in this potpourri are quintessentially fall. It makes for a quick and easy ready for fall decor switch in the house too. 

My favorite fall scent is actually on sale already at Pottery Barn. Even though it wouldn't evoke the memories for you, if you're looking for a fall scent to introduce into your home, order some now! We put out our first batch two months ago and it still smells amazing- even through all our spice-filled cooking!

What's your favorite thing this week? Don't forget to take a minute and link up with us below!

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