A 2017 Winter Fashion Inspiration

Hello, I’m Anna Nuttall. A blogger based in London UK. I usually write about fashion and lifestyle. I’m never too far away from fashion! I’m always wandering in and out of fashion shops, I spend most of my evenings surfing all the designer’s fashion websites. I enjoy wandering around London and finding new boutique and curling up in a coffee house reading the latest vogue, I love trying out new makeup and
cosmetic and I’m a huge Lush user! My favourite designers are Anna Sui, Laura Lees and Betsy Johnson. Their styles really inspire me as they use bold bright colours blended together to create really beautiful clothes.

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Free & Simple Social Media Tools To Boost Your Presence!

Everybody pretty much knows that social media is a really important strategy to gain and retain online audiences. Whether you have a blog or you’re selling an online product, social media is a must for your business. There are many platforms you can use depending on your type of business and the kind of audience you’re trying to attract. It can get very time consuming to post everyday. You also need to be very strategic what content you post depending on the platform you’re using. Below are some of my favorite free and simple social media tools you can use to boost your online presence today!

Twitter

There are 317 million active users on Twitter therefore it’s still a very active online platform that’s not to be overlooked. Did you now there are 500 million tweets per day? (https://www.omnicoreagency.com/twitter-statistics/) That’s a lot right? Exactly. What this means is that you have to be very active on Twitter to be seen. Twitter feed is moving so fast that it’s pretty much impossible to see all the tweets. You would have to spend every waking minute on it. And forget about posting that much manually. That’s why you need Twitter automation tools to help you out. Two of my favorite tools for Twitter are Hootsuite and Tweetdeck.

Hootsuite

Hootsuite Dashboard

Hootsuite is a great social media tool for scheduling. You can connect up to 3 different social media accounts for free. If you need to connect more accounts you’ll need to upgrade to their paid Pro version. Right now the social media platforms you can add to Hootsuite are: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, LinkedIn, WordPress and YouTube. This platform is really easy to use once you have a look around and try a few things. Then it really becomes completely automated. You can set up different view streams in your ‘Dashboard’ to use as monitoring tools to keep track of various statistics:

Monitoring Tool

  • Home (This stream shows you all the tweets of the people you follow)
  • Mentions (Here you can see whenever somebody mentions your account)
  • Likes (Here’s a list of all the tweets you have liked)
  • Retweets (In this stream you can keep an eye on all the retweets you have received)
  • Messages (See all the messages you have received – Inbox and all the messages you have sent out – Outbox)
  • My Tweets (A list of all of your tweets)
  • Scheduled (See all the tweets you have scheduled to go out later)
  • New Followers (Keep track of all your new followers here)
  • Custom Stream (You can also set up a bunch of custom streams to keep track some handy things for example: hashtags, keywords, specific phrases, urls etc.)

 

Scheduling Tool

Once you have the above Dashboard set up you can then proceed to using the Scheduling Tool to plan all your tweets in advance. This is a great tool and there is no maximum tweets limits, which is amazing for a free tool. Most other platforms set limits on how many posts you can schedule in advance but with Hootsuite the sky is the limit. This is especially handy when you’re planning to go on a vacation and you need to schedule posts for the entire time you’ll be away.

Analytics Tool

The free Hootsuite version gives you some basic Analytics such as your Twitter Overview which gives you your follower growth and most popular links. The other handy free analytic you can get is your Ow.ly click summary. Ow.ly is a great link shortener that you can use in Hootsuite’s Scheduler tool so you don’t end up with very long links. Did you know that people are more inclined to click on short links? This is why you should definitely be using Ow.ly link shortener.

Tweetdeck

Tweetdeck example

 

If you’re only using Twitter you might as well use their own scheduling social media tool called Tweetdeck. This is a separate platform from Twitter but you’ll only need to log into it using your Twitter credentials. Similarly to Hootsuite it comes with a Dashboard where you can set up your own streams such as: Home (Tweets of people you follow), User (Your own tweets), Scheduled (Your scheduled tweets), Notifications (Likes, Re-tweets and Follows), Likes (Tweets you’ve liked), Search (Hashtag, keyword etc.), List, Collection, Activity, Mentions, Followers+, Messages, Trending.

Facebook

Facebook Publisher

Facebook Publisher

As with Twitter you can use Hootsuite to schedule your posts for Facebook. But if you only use Facebook and you have a Facebook page you can just use the scheduling tool that comes with Facebook. It’s super easy to use and all you have to do is to log in to your main Facebook account and go to your Page – Publishing Tools – Scheduled Posts – Create. Once you create your post you can schedule it to go out at a later date. There is no limit as to how many posts you can schedule in advance. One thing to keep in mind is Facebook picture sizes especially if you’re scheduling posts. If you’re writing a caption and attaching a picture keep in mind the ultimate size for the picture to display correctly is: 476 pixel (width) x 249 pixel (height).

Instagram

There are many scheduling tools for Instagram including the above-mentioned Hootsuite but my favorite tool is called Planoly.

Planoly

Planoly Dashboard

The reason why I love this scheduling social media tool is because it’s really visual and it allows you to plan how your feed will look in advance. Yes I know Instagram is supposed to be all about spontaneous posts but to be real many accounts esp. the really big ones plan and organize their feeds. So why shouldn’t you? Why not try to compete or at least keep up with the big guys? The free plan lets you upload 30 images per month so that’s pretty much 1 picture per day for a whole month. Another great thing about Planoly is that they do have a desktop version so you can plan your Insta feed right on your laptop. It always helps to see the pictures up close.

Plan

In the Planoly Dashboard you can easily view your Instagram posts via the different tabs such as: Unscheduled, Scheduled and All tabs.

 

Drafts

 

Create a brand new grid and preview how all the posts will look like. Here you can also write all you post’s captions with relevant hashtags. What a time saver that is!

Discover

Planoly lets you search and discover new accounts based on user names and hashtags. And you get to see all of their beautiful pictures.

Analyze

Here you can see your Instagram stats such as: Followers, Likes received, Comments received, your Top 5 Liked posts and your Top 5 most commented on posts. Please note that the free account limits you on how many analytics you can see so you might need to upgrade to a paid plan to see more stats.

Pinterest

While there are no free social media tools to schedule pins for Pinterest there are some free tools you can use to boost it. Most scheduling platforms will either offer you a free trial or a number of free pins. Once you run out of the trial you need to upgrade to a paid version.

Pinterest Group Boards

Pinterest Group Board

But if you want to boost how many people see your pins and re-pin your stuff join Pinterest Group Boards. Any group is free to join and you can easily find groups by going to Facebook and searching for either blogging groups or Pinterest groups. Once you join one of the Facebook groups (or many as it is suggested to join at least 10+) ask the owner to be added to their Pinterest Group Board.

 

They usually ask you to follow them and their Group Board first. And then you should send them your Pinterest user name or e-mail associated with Pinterest. Once you accept the request to join the group you’ll be able to post your pins directly to the group for all members to see. Note, you need to follow the group guidelines on what to post and how many posts you’re allowed to pin to the group per day. And voila, many other people who wouldn’t otherwise stumble upon your pins will now be able to view your pins.

Tailwind Tribes

Tailwind

Another option is to sign up for Tailwind Tribes. This is a free service offered by Tailwind. Once you join a tribe you’d be able to post your pins for free. All the members will be able to see your pins. The only downside is if you want to re-pin anything from the Tribe you will need to use Tailwind’s Scheduling Tool. And as mentioned above you only get the first 100 pins for free. After that, you’ll need to pay to use the Scheduling Tool. Check out this helpful post (http://prettyfitfoodie.com/2017/01/06/tailwind-pinterest-tribes/) about why it’s a good idea to join Tailwind Tribes.

So I really hope you find the above tips helpful. There are so many free social media tools available out there. This is just a fraction of what’s out there. I believe these tools can do wonders for you. When you’re ready to take things to the next level you’ can always upgrade to a paid version.

Thank you Kasia for Guest blogging with us!

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Bio

Kasia Mikolajczak is a savvy Digital Media Strategist and the Owner, Content

Creator and Webmaster of The Savvy Dreamer (https://thesavvydreamer.com), a healthy lifestyle blog where she shares her social media/blogging and lifestyle tips, recipes, travel, fashion and beauty picks.

Social Media links:

TW: https://twitter.com/@KasiaMikola

FB: https://www.facebook.com/thesavvydreamer

Insta: https://www.instagram.com/thesavvydreamer

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/thesavvydreamer

YouTube: http://bit.ly/savvydreamerchannel

Bloglovin: https://www.bloglovin.com/@thesavvydreamer

Google +: http://bit.ly/thesavvydreamergoogle

 

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Brave Wings Coaching by Wrae Sanders

I have a BA in Clinical Psychology and have worked in the mental health field ever since. I’ve always had a passion for helping people and it seemed to be the path that I was meant to go on. I have worked in two mental health facilities and two substance abuse facilities. One was in and the other was out patient. I have also done in home work with kids and adults with developmental disabilities.
I left my last job in February 2017. The leadership in the facility that I was working in was awful. I loved my job as a Chemical Dependency Technician, but I couldn’t stay. I was working a schedule I hated and I was tired all the time. I wasn’t seeing my kids or husband much and at one point, he decided that he was done watching me struggle. I left and haven’t worked since.

While sitting at home as a stay home mom again for the second time in less than 2 years, I started thinking of how I could make this a permanent thing. I have a couple of health conditions that may make it difficult in the future to hold down a full time job and I wanted to still be able to make money, do something I liked and help people. That’s when I discovered life coaching.

I started doing all kinds of research and that was it. I decided to open Brave Wings Coaching. It seems to fit everything I wanted. I’m working on my own time. If I am not feeling well, I can work at my own pace. I have contacted friends to help me build up a webpage, a new service and other small details. I do not have clients yet, and that seems to be my biggest issues.

I have consulted with the SBA and two very nice men have become my consultants in helping me come up with marketing ideas to fix that issue, as that is the main idea for opening a business! I’m working on these ideas daily and am hoping to see results soon. I have written and typed out a business plan, created a Facebook business page and a few other social media things that I am hoping to build my business.

I am learning more daily and am enjoying the challenge that this brings. I know I can help people in the ways I am hoping to. I am mainly focused on helping those in transition, meaning in the middle of life changes, but that doesn’t mean that they have to be in crisis to see me. I am also ready to help those who need extra help in setting goals and being held accountable for making them come to fruition.

Meet Wrae

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Twitter: thinkingzebra82

Facebook: www.facebook.com/makinggoalschanginglives

LinkedIn: Wrae Sanders

Google+: Wrae Sanders

Email: wraemsanders@gmail.com


Thank you for guest blogging with The Elysian Geek!

 

 

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Top 4 Outfit Tips for a Girl who Loves to Travel

If you’re the kind of girl who loves adventure and travelling then you have surely faced the stress of packing for your trips and then of course there’s the age old question; what should I wear? So here are some of the most awesome outfits for any adventure of yours. Happy travelling!

  • Outfit for the Airport

Choosing the right airport outfit is surely a tricky task. You definitely want to be comfortable during your flight but a little effort will help you do this in style. Who knows, you might meet your favourite celebrity at the airport and you wouldn’t want to look like a mess in that selfie!

So here’s our suggestion, wear something which allows you lots of room to breathe such as skirts, maxis or boyfriend jeans with a tank top. The point is to keep the outfit simple but accessorize it to make it look effortlessly chic. Wear either flat shoes or heels that are comfortable to walk in such as wedges or low heel pumps.

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  • Train Travel Outfits

Travelling by train is an epic experience, whether it’s a part of your Europe trip or any other place in the world, trains can leave life long memories with you but not if you’re wearing the wrong clothes. So for trips via trains, we recommend that you wear the trending tunics. They’re light and comfortable and you can easily layer them in case it gets too cold or simplify them in case of hot weather. When it comes to the right shoes to wear with tunics, strappy sandals and sneakers are definitely the top picks. You can even give the same tunic different looks by wearing them with shorts, jeans, skirts or jackets. This will also help you avoid carrying any unnecessary luggage.

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  • Road trip

You meet so many new people on road trips and with some of them, you might have an everlasting relationship. This is why, it’s important to look presentable on a road trip, since you never know when you’re going to have the best day of your life. Every girl loves leggings because of their comfort and the sophistication they add to any outfit, moreover, they can be easily worn in every season. That’s why outfits with leggings are our chosen look for road trips. Wear them with your favourite ballet flats for the most fun and comfortable road trip of your life!

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  • Cycle Tour Outfit

Travelling on bicycle means that you’re in for a sporty look. But how about breaking the stereotypes and stepping away from active wear for a change? If you want to look stylish while biking then go for a nice pair of skinny jeans with a nice top. If the weather is chilly then a matching handbag and blazer would be the perfect combination. For the shoes, in case of summers, a pair of white sandals would look spectacular and for winters you can go with any pumps you like.

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So whether you’re travelling for work, vacation or just exploring the world, these looks will work wonders as they’ll make you look stylish, without causing any sort of inconvenience.

About Zoona

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Zoona lives and breathes fashion in the colorful and culturally rich city of Lahore, Pakistan. She has been working as a full-time freelance writer since 2012 and over the years she has been lucky enough to accumulate a wealth of knowledge and experience. She has written for a number of different publications and on a range of subjects but she particularly likes to focus her work around fashion, beauty, lifestyle and health. When she’s not writing, she loves to read, travel, bake and just have fun with her family and friends

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"The Best Part of Me" by Jamie Hollins ~ Blog Tour & Guest Post

This is my stop during the blog tour for The Best Part of Me by Jamie Hollins. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 10 till 23 October, you can view the tour schedule here.

The Best Part of MeThe Best Part of Me (McKenna #1)

by Jamie Hollins

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age category: Adult

Release Date: September 20, 2016

Blurb:

He’s content to stay in the shadows…

Ewan McKenna’s days and nights are filled with drink orders, beer kegs, and noisy bar customers. Now that he’s put his tumultuous past behind him, he’s more than happy to live a solitary existence running his family’s pub. After years of walking the line between good and bad, Ewan now needs control and order to rest peacefully at night. What he doesn’t need is the fiery, intriguing woman who’s found her way into his thoughts and his bed.

She’s ready to step back into the light…

Spending the summer getting her hands dirty in her aunt’s garden in a tiny town outside Boston is exactly what Quinn Adler needs. She’s ready to shake off the grief of losing the people who meant the most to her and to start feeling again. What she doesn’t expect is to find a man who sets all her senses on fire. When the pieces seem to be nearly in place for a bright future, everything falls apart.

Will Quinn’s love be bright enough to cut through the darkness of Ewan’s past?

You can find The Best Part of Me on Goodreads

You can buy The Best Part of Me here:

Guest Post

Hello!  I’m super excited to be writing a guest post for I Heart My Life today.  Thank you so much for having me!

My debut novel, THE BEST PART OF ME, was published on September 20, 2016.  It’s the first book in my McKenna Series and circles around Quinn and Ewan’s struggle to let go of their pasts and not let regret dictate their futures.  Though the story gets emotional at times, there are plenty of funny and steamy parts as well.

The long journey to pen my first novel began about four years ago on a vacation to Ireland.  My husband and I decided to drive ourselves through the southern part of the country taking in the sights, trying to stay out of the perpetual mist that seemed to be following us around, and truly having the best time.  We stayed at one B & B outside of Killarney in County Kerry that was particularly charming.  The countryside was enchanting, and I began thinking what it might be like to live in such a place.

It was there that my heroine, Quinn Adler, started to come to life in my mind.

With my husband’s encouragement, I signed up for a twelve week online romance writing course.  Our group met every Wednesday night, and I used the ideas floating around in my head from my vacation in Ireland for the basis of the story for that course.  I didn’t quite get the entire manuscript finished by the end of class, but I had a good enough start that I was motivated to finish.

It was around that time that my personal life impeded on my new writing hobby (as personal life has a tendency to do!).  The pressure of my fulltime job was getting to the point where it was starting to affect my health.  To make a long story short, the stresses of work and life had manifested themselves into something called Vasovagal Syncope.  Fatigue or other triggers caused a drastic drop in blood pressure which would cause me to lose consciousness, resulting in seizure like symptoms.  I had my driver’s license taken away for fourteen months while doctors did all types of tests on me.  Most of those fourteen months the doctors were convinced I had epilepsy.  Then they discovered that it wasn’t my brain that was the problem, but my heart.  In the end, I got a pacemaker and my life was finally able to return to normal.

I reduced my hours at work and was ready to tackle my WIP. Then—surprise!—I got pregnant. Although I was able to write during my pregnancy, I didn’t quite have the momentum to finish THE BEST PART OF ME until well after our son was born.

But finish it, I did!

I made so many changes during my revisions, cut out so many chapters (some of which I’m still sad about!), rewrote the black moment about five times, and actually changed the setting of the story from Ireland to the United States.  I came to the conclusion that I didn’t know near enough about the Irish culture to do it justice so I moved the fictional town of Ballagh to outside of Boston, MA.  Killarney was changed to Boston.  Cork was switched to Providence, RI.  The Gap of Dunloe was changed to the Blue Hills Reservation.  Eventually, everything fell into place.

Once I had decided that I would self-publish, I got to work on lining up a copy editor, a formatter, a website designer, and a graphic designer to help with my cover.  The to-do list to self-publish is a really long one, but in the end, it was definitely the right decision for me.

From start to finish, it took about four years to write, revise and self-publish THE BEST PART OF ME.  Quinn and Ewan are finally getting a chance to tell their story, and I couldn’t be happier.  Along the way I’ve had so much support from my family and friends.  My critique partner was a wealth of information, not to mention instrumental in helping me finish the book. And I have the world’s best hubster who was so encouraging from the word GO!

I guess what I really take away from this whole process isn’t how long it took me to get here, but just the fact that I got here.  Period. I’m super excited to share this story with you all, and I hope that it finds a place amongst the favorites on your bookshelf!

Jamie HollinsAbout the Author:

Jamie Hollins was born and raised in rural Northeast Ohio. After graduate school, she embarked on a perilous career in Human Resources where she met plenty of real life characters. When she’s not writing or chasing after her toddler, she enjoys reading and golfing. Jamie lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and their dog, Winston.

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Giveaway

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of The Best Part of Me. One winner will win a 50$ amazon gift card and a signed copy of The Best Part of Me by Jamie Hollins. This giveaway is open international.

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