Over the last few years, Pinterest has risen into the limelight, and its users are taking advantage of what it has to offer. For those that don’t know, Pinterest is basically a glorified search engine. If you search for ‘hair ideas’ for example, every single board from every user that has created a board or pin for hair ideas will load. You then have the choice of which one you would like to take a look at for inspiration. Repinning means that the pin is visible to all of your followers (unless you pin it to a private board) and then if one of your followers repins it, it’s visible to all of their followers too. That’s how pins go viral. Pinterest is especially popular with businesses and bloggers because once one pin goes viral, it can bring a lot of interest to that company.

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Pins are found by using keywords in your pin description. One fabulous blogger that is reaping the benefits of Pinterest gives her tips and tricks on how she gains a lot of traffic daily.

Some bloggers brag that Pinterest is their highest source of traffic, bringing in hundreds if not thousands of views per day! In this article, I’m going to list some accounts that you should absolutely check out next time you’re on Pinterest.

  1. Evan Sharp – Kicking off this list is the co-founder of Pinterest. His boards are always so neat and eye catching. If you’re ever stuck for inspiration, have a look at his boards and it will soon come flowing back!
  2. Joy Cho – Joy’s account is an absolute dream to look at. It’s basically what women dream about. Hair, babies, food, accessories, cute animals, the list goes on. You should visit her account and bask in the glory of her boards.
  3. Etsy – Everybody has heard of Etsy, right? Their Pinterest is just incredible. It’s one of those all rounders, you can find a board for pretty much anything on their account, so go and check it out!
  4. Brilliant Earth – Another board for the ladies here. Weddings galore! I’m sure that even men would enjoy looking at these boards. Be sure to check out their board ‘Pets of honor’ because it’s a total cuteness overload!
  5. Luke Dean-Weymark – Luke’s boards are stunning. They certainly appeal to the male audience too because he’s got boards on travel, bikes, sports, technology, men’s fashion, grooming and much more.
  6. Real Simple – Simply put (pun intended), this account is packed full of things like recipe ideas both healthy and indulgent, parenting, makeup hacks, decorating ideas, DIY, pets and loads of other really cool boards. Be sure to check them out, you won’t regret it!

There are over 150 million monthly users on Pinterest, you’re sure to find something that catches your eye. Why not make your account as beautiful as the accounts above? Maybe you could rise to fame within the world of Pinterest.

The next time you need some super cool ideas for something, turn to Pinterest. You won’t be disappointed!

Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest as well!

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If you’re friends with me or follow me on any of my social media, you may have gotten an invite to my Stella & Dot online style session. If not, feel free to invite yourself now! I’m hosting it along with my friend and Stella & Dot stylist, Erica. There’s nothing you have to do and nowhere you need to go- just style inspiration and some of the cutest accessories you’ve ever seen! I’m a huge Stella & Dot fan and have been for years. My of my favorite pieces are from there!

I’ve actually considered becoming a stylist myself and talked about the perks of becoming a Stella & Dot stylist a while back on my blog. While I still don’t feel like I have the time to devote to being a great stylist, I can borrow Erica and pretend I’m a stylist during my virtual trunk show. And that doesn’t mean I don’t like to look for myself.

I want to share some of my all-time favorite pieces to get you in the mood to shop my Stella & Dot online style session! I have the pieces in the top row on heavy rotation. The bottom row is my wish list!

Melody Bracelet||Pyramid Watch – Exotic||Wishing Bracelet – Bisous||York Necklace

Ezra Statement Necklace||Mai Bracelet – Warm||Nila Chandeliers||Harmony Bracelet

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If you are your partner currently live in the same area, you might think that you have dodged the possibility of having to deal with a long distance relationship. While this is probably the case, it’s impossible to know what the future may hold. One of TV’s most enduring couples – Monica and Chandler in Friends – still found themselves at the mercy of a long distance relationship due to circumstance, so it’s fair to say the same can happen to any couple. Kendall and I obviously do not have a long-distance relationship, but he often has to travel for the Mississippi National Guard and now his work at Starship is requiring a little bit of travel too. Sometimes it’s like ahhhh  I can watch Housewives judgement freeeeee… and sometimes I come home and watch videos of soldiers returning from deployment and cry myself to sleep. I’d rather him be home with me, clearly, but how I handle it depends on so many factors- how my day has gone, how long he’s been gone, etc.

Usually, it will be work that separates a couple from one another. It’s usually a temporary situation, but that doesn’t make it any easier – especially if you have become accustomed to being around each other all the time. While relocation experts can help find the right property for the person who is moving, visa specialists can help you obtain a partner visa if you decide to ultimately make a move, and various tech innovations can help you stay in touch – ultimately, your relationship’s health is going to depend on the two of you alone. When you suddenly have to live the reality of this kind of arrangement, you’ll soon discover it’s not all bad, but it’s not all good either…

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The Good

When you’re not seeing one another all the time, you’ll have to become adept at keeping in touch. If you’d been together for awhile before the move, keeping in touch can be a habit you have long fallen out of. After all, when you see one another every day, the need for those cute little texts that were a permanent feature at the beginning of your relationship tends to diminish. We’re actually really good at this anyway- we touch base several times a day to make sure the other one feels loved.

Not only will you have to find new and interesting ways to talk to one another, but there’s also some truth in the idea that absence makes the heart grow fonder. You’ll be happier around one another when you do get to catch up, which can be very healthy for your relationship going forward. I’m pretty sure everyone knew Kendall + I would be together forever after last summer. He was away for a month with the army and when we reunited in Alabama in August, we road-tripped back up to DC. Twenty-five hours in the car and we were still lovebirds, having missed each other for so long.

The Bad

There’s no doubt that the lack of immediate, physical support from your partner can be challenging. There’s no calming hug at the end of a long day, or chance to curl up and watch TV together in the evening. This was particularly awful when I was having a rough time and work when Kendall was in CA for about two months. Sure, you can chat over Skype, but it never manages to quite feel the same… and sometimes you don’t even have that. Sometimes on his missions, Kendall won’t have access to phone service or wifi.

If you don’t learn how to communicate effectively, then problems are going to develop very quickly. Trust is a real issue in long distance relationships, so if you can’t nail this aspect, then things could begin to derail before you even know you have a problem.

The Reality

The truth is, long distance relationships are not good and they are not bad. The success of such an arrangement depends entirely on you as a couple, and how much effort you’re willing to put into keeping things alive. If you’re willing to work hard to keep the lines of communication open and be willing to make sacrifices in the future to keep things working, then you’ll be fine. Challenged and pushed to the limit perhaps, but there’s a good chance your relationship will actually emerge stronger.

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I’ve been limiting my shopping recently because Kendall + I have some wedding expenses we need to save up for. This jives weird with my new job because I just want to stock my closet with new clothes for work. I’ve been on a total work wear kick recently, but I also know myself and that I wear dresses 90% of the time. From what I can tell, my new position has a similar dress code to my firm, but I don’t want to buy anything before I kind of feel it out (for example-sleeves- are they mandatory?).

That being said, I do have my eye on some budget pieces. I have found that as I get older I’ve been looking for more versatile, classic pieces for work that can go from season to season. Bonus points if it looks good with a button-up underneath and a cardigan over for layering once it gets cold. I also look for a length that works with flats and my trusty OTK black boots.

the carolove work dresses under $50

Checkered Cut Out Twiggy Dress||Laser Cut Out Shift Dress||Tweed Sheath Dress With Fringe Tape Detail

Bow Tie Neck Frayed Trim Tweed Dress||Work Dress for Women Sleeveless Houndstooth Black-White Business – Anna Field||ANGVNS Women’s Turn Down Collar Fishtail Dress Mermaid Ruffled Short Dress with Tie

Love…Ady Cap Sleeve Scallop Trim Fit & Flare Dress||Julie Brown Heather Shift Dress

Joe Fresh Print Overlap Dress||Eliza J Print Jersey Shift Dress||Donna Morgan Sleeveless Ruffle Polka Dot Shift Dress

Zip Back Ruffle Yoke Striped Dress||Self Tie Curved Hem Dolman Sleeve Dress||H&M Lyocell Shirt Dress

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I eschewed gingham with a firm hand up until last year. I hated the preppy “checks” especially when I was a super wise and *~edgy~* 10th grader who preferred Hot Topic above all else. I saw the light and have been wanting to add more gingham into my wardrobe.

I think my turning point was seeing so many cute outfits from Lauren that break the pattern mixing rule flawlessly. (Fun fact: she was one of the first bloggers I followed!) I tried it myself for Valentine’s Day and the mix ‘n’ match layers just felt so fun! Right now, the last thing I want to do is layer up, but I’m thinking of using gingham as a neutral for button-downs under sweaters once it gets cooler. And yes, I’m already wishing summer away into the crisp fall-ness I look forward to every year. I’m looking for cool, sunny, October days with a punch of color. Is it weird that I’ve started planning fall outfits already?

Gingham Frill Hem Dress||Women’s Madewell Gingham Check Pull-On Shorts||Women’s Draper James Cloister Gingham Cotton Top||rag & bone/JEAN Capri Jeans in Gingham||Pendleton – Gingham Shirt Women’s Clothing||ASOS FULLER BUST Gingham Cotton Frill Hidden Underwire Bandeau Bikini||Clare V. Gingham Leather Foldover Clutch – Blue||Cole Haan Pinch Weekender Gingham Loafers

 

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