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Wednesday

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Guest Post: A Dose of Pretty

Wednesday 16 April 2014

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I’m honored to have a few fabulous friends (and incredibly talented bloggers) guest posting for me while I’m away in Washington D.C. A Dose of Pretty has become one of my favorite daily reads and Sara is one of my dearest blog friends. I can always count on her for a quick text of encouragement, a few killer weekend ideas or, like today, amazingly inspiring favorites.

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I’m so honored to be taking over Chelsea’s blog while she’s getting some much needed R&R with family and friends. Since you might not know me I thought I would share some of my favorite things as of late. I hope you enjoy reading about them!

+ My Fujifilm Instax Camera: I’ve taken it to the beach a few times and I can’t wait to take it with us on vacation.
+ Lucy Laucht’s instagram account {@lucylaucht} never fails to keep me inspired.
+ I love having fresh flowers in our home. It brightens up my day.
+ For weekend dates with the hubby I love wearing distressed denim with heels. I’m still a fan of Gap skinnies and boyfriend jeans. The J.Crew Everly heels are the most comfy heels I’ve tried.
+ And a few other random favorites: distressed denim {these Rag and Bone shorts are a new acquisiton}, embellished sandals, and coffee table books.

Be sure to stop by Sara’s blog, A Dose of Pretty, for more of her favorites and follow her Instagram for more gorgeous shots!

 

 

Tuesday

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Keeping Up With Chelsea

Tuesday 15 April 2014

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I may be taking a few weeks away from the computer (don’t worry, there will still be AWESOME things coming at you while I’m gone) but with so many ways to follow along, you won’t even notice I’m missing! Be sure to check out Chelsea & The City elsewhere on the web for a little inspiration and a whole lotta vacation details:


          
In need of some retail therapy? There are new items in the shop!

Monday

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Give Thanks

Monday 14 April 2014

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What’s more fun than supporting family AND wearing beautiful jewelry? Nothin’! When I ordered this “give thanks” necklace from Tynel’s etsy shop, Little Lambs Eat Ivy, I had no idea how quickly it would become one of my absolute favorite pieces. By now you’re probably aware of my love of all things gold and my penchant for “Carrie” moments. Few things can top the opportunity to add a little nameplate action to my jewelry collection and I’m just smitten with the sweet twist on an accessories staple.

In honor of being thankful (and on vacation… woohoo!), here’s a little list of everything I’m thankful for right now:

- finding new friends with big hearts and a ton of talent
- the luxury to spend a little downtime just Lo and me
- a wonderful relationship with the most thoughtful man (I’m lookin’ at you Mr. Jackson)
- vacation! and the opportunity to finally meet some of my blogger friends in person
- warm Spring days, endless sunshine and the perfect shady hat
- a few extra hours to get things done
- motivation to make some big changes and tackle a few fun projects
- brunch & mimosas (duh)
- sister time with my best friend and soon-to-be 19 year old baby sister
- slowly working through my 101 in 1001 project

and because we’re thankful for you too, Little Lambs Eat Ivy is offering Chelsea & The City readers 30% off this fun necklace! What are you thankful for?

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Friday

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Happy Friday! + weekly roundup

Friday 11 April 2014

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Happy Friday friends. I am beyond excited for this weekend because I’m FINALLY going on a mini-vacay Saturday! Lorelai and I will be spending two weeks in the Washington D.C. area with my parents and little sister and although we’re gonna miss Mr. Jackson, it’ll be so good to visit family and a few wonderful friends. I’m looking forward to the down time, trips to exceptional eateries and a few days of strolling the museums… we even have a croissant baking class planned!

Before I hit the road, here’s what I’ve been loving this week:

Zara’s April/May lookbook
a few fabulous life lessons with Iris Apfel via The Coveteur
stylish shots outside the Sydney shows
& did I mention? Garance Dore is totally worth it

Thursday

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Blog 101: Building Community with Your Blog

Thursday 10 April 2014

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After a lot of deliberation and several emails asking for insight into penning a successful blog, I’ve put together “Blog 101: tips for successful and intentional blogging”. My hope is that, over time, we’ll conquer the business of blogging together with gusto! Whether you’re a brand new blogger or you’ve been posting regularly for years, I’ve got you covered with tricks of the trade and a few lessons learned from my tenure here at Chelsea & The City.

One of the most important and rewarding parts of blogging, for me, has been the ability to build a community of creative and talented ladies (many of who I’m proud to call friends and some of who are guest posting for me next week). This post isn’t about growing your readership (though I will get into that soon!) but nurturing your relationships with readers/other bloggers you admire.

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1. engage – Engaging your readers is crucial to both making connections and gaining momentum with your blog. Asking your readers questions gets the conversation started! A question gets them thinking about your content in terms of their life. When appropriate, I end my blog posts with a question (that I’m genuinely interested in hearing the answer to) like, “What are your plans for the weekend?” or “Would you rock this trend?”.

2. reach out – Half the battle of building community (in life and online) is the initial meet. Are you inspired by a certain blogger’s Photoshop skills? Reach out to her! Think someone has a cool personality and you would totally hit it off? Tell her! When I come across someone that I know would make a great friend I send a quick note and let her know. “Hey so and so, your blog is fabulous! I’m so inspired by your serious skills and feel like we could totally bond over a cup of coffee in real life.” It may seem silly but sometimes putting yourself out there is the hardest part. When I first started blogging I wasn’t thinking about networking or making many connections and then, something clicked: you need to initiate things and build your own community of inspiring people!

Lately, everyone is caught up in making relationships that get their blogs to the next level. What can this person do for me? How can we collaborate? There’s nothing wrong with working together but sometimes friends mean so much more when you’re just supportive of one another.

3. reply – This one is important! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve written comments on websites and never heard anything back… or worse, sent a lengthy email and never heard back. When readers take the time to share with you, take the time to respond. I always try to respond to every comment and question with a quick answer, even if it means dedicating a specific time to returning emails at the end of the day. When I can make another bloggers’ journey easier, I do.

4. be genuine – This point goes without saying… but I’ll say it anyway. It’s easy to get caught up in being the coolest/best/most seasoned blogger on the block but readers and other bloggers want to know you for you. Your voice (on your site and in all forms of communication) should be genuine, friendly and approachable. We all want to know what’s unique about you!

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I’ll be sharing more Blog 101 posts in the future! Need advice on blogging with intention or making your site successful? Don’t hesitate to reach out via email and I’ll get to your question ASAP.

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