Guest Post | She’s Charming

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Hello Dear Serendipity readers! We’re so honored to be back and sharing some tips for women on the go. At She’s Charming, we focus on being modern, authentic women and we do so by developing ourselves in six different areas of life — cook, explore, decorate, style, career and self — but we know that it isn’t easy to juggle it all. That’s why we’re sharing our tips on how to stay well rounded in the midst of busy living. We hope you find our tips helpful!

COOK

Dani: Consider implementing a take-out night. We all know home-cooked meals are often healthier and cheaper, but it’s such a relief to have one night a week designated as a night off from cooking. Perhaps you’ll have Thai Tuesdays or Chinese food every Wednesday — give yourself permission to take a night off every week without feeling guilty.

Katie: Spend your Sunday evenings preparing a big batch of something you love. Lately I’ve been into making lettuce taco wraps and will prepare a few lunches worth of meat. That way I can just grab some to go for lunches. A few hours spent preparing what you love will benefit your wallet and your time.

EXPLORE

Dani: Plan a regular time for exploring your city. Maybe you try a new coffee shop every Saturday morning, or a new restaurant the third Friday of every month. Even if it isn’t often, having a built-in time will set a fun rhythm that encourages you to get out and explore.

Katie: Make a plan to actually use your vacation time for vacation. No matter how much you want to take a “personal day,” try powering through the week with a good attitude. Vacation days are like gold and are not to be squandered. Since working with my company for a year and a half, I haven’t taken a single vacation day, but have saved up enough to take two big trips in the next six months (Paris and Mexico, here I come!). It values almost everyone to take a big trip every few years; for the sake of your soul and perspective.

DECORATE

Dani: If you just moved into a new place and you’re struggling to get things settled, give yourself a hard deadline. My husband and I were dragging our feet about decorating our apartment, so we planned a house-warming party and invited all our friends. Trust me, that was plenty of motivation to get it done!

Katie: Keep things clean and simple. I tend to have an inclination toward collecting knick knacks with sentimental value but too many make my apartment feel cramped. I’ve been paring things back on the decorating side and sticking to statement pieces. Having less clutter motivates me to stay cleaner throughout the week.

STYLE

Dani: My go-to look these days in a casual outfit topped with a sparkly statement necklace. I stay comfortable all day, but the blingin’ necklace makes my look more formal for work or going out afterward. It’s so easy!

Katie: I’ve been really into easy summer dresses lately. They are so flowy and comfortable for long days at the office. Pair with some sandals and a scarf and you’ve got the perfect summer look for work and weekends.

CAREER

Dani: Stay curious. Actively look for those side projects that will not only set you apart from the rest, but will feed your curiosity and challenge you to keep growing your skill set. Putting in a little extra time now might just save you time in the long run.

Katie: Know how to be effective at your job. Communicate, work, write, and think effectively. Don’t sacrifice quality, but know how to do your job well and efficiently and you will be respected for it.

SELF

Dani: Be positive! Even when you’re pressed for time, if you maintain a good attitude, you’ll have a good perspective on whatever you’re doing and you’ll be an encouragement to those around you. It’s amazing how far you can go with a positive outlook.

Katie: Make time for yourself! So often we get caught up with work, relationships, and responsibilities that can be draining, so consciously put aside a Saturday morning to treat yourself to coffee every once in a while.

I want to extend a huge thank you to the girls from She’s Charming for guest posting on Dear Serendipity today. You both inspire me more than you know!

An Interview With Alex

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This past week, I had the opportunity to interview a dear friend of mine, Alex Carreno, author of the lifestyle and personal blog Adored by Alex. In the past, I’ve worked with Alex on numerous occasions (check out our Three Bloggers series here, here and here) and I’ve had so much fun getting to know her even better through our blogs. Enjoy!

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If you had to describe your blog in one sentence, what would that sentence be?

Adored by Alex is a lifestyle and personal style blog sharing pieces of fashion, beauty, personal inspirations and adorations.

What’s your favorite part of being a fashion blogger?

The amazing and strong women I’ve had the opportunity to meet, network and become friends with has been something I will forever cherish from this opportunity.

If you could pick a favorite post that you’ve done, which would you pick?

Oh, that’s so tough! With three years of blogging under my belt, I don’t think I could pick just one. I’d have to say, within the last few months I’ve really grown as a blogger, with opportunities landing in my inbox that I would’ve never previously dreamt of receiving. I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and the detail and effort I’ve but in to my outfit posts within the last three months make them some of my favorites to date.

What’s your favorite blog (besides yours, of course!)?

There’s no way I could tell you just one favorite! However, regular reads include The Style Scribe, Dallas Wardrobe, With Love from Kat, Pink Peonies and Brighton the Day.

What are your favorite places to shop?

Top three: J.Crew, Saks & Shopbop.

What pieces in your closet could you never live without?

I’ve been fortunate enough to have cultivated a collection of things in my closet that I could never live without. Firstly, my Christian Louboutin Simple Pumps hold a special place in my heart, as they were my first “adult” purchase with my post-college paycheck. My Burberry red quilted jacket, for the countless memories I’ve made wearing it. A pair of black satin Chanel flats gifted to me by my grandmother’s best friend. Finally, my collection of Hermés scarves, including a Twilly I purchased during my trip to Paris and a streets of Paris scarf I received from my grandmother last Christmas.

What’s one beauty indulgence that you could never live without?

An eyebrow wax every three to four weeks.

What would your advice be for someone just starting out as a fashion blogger?

Follow your dreams and set goals for yourself. Something I often like to advise is in the beginning it will seem like you’re putting in more effort than the return – which you are. But the effort and persistence will pay off. Be resilient, don’t be scared to reach out to bloggers who you admire and never be weary of dreaming big… because you never know where your dreams and hard work will one day take you.

ListaLand | Guest Post

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Today, I’m so excited to have my good friend Sierra from ListaLand guest posting on Dear Serendipity. Enjoy!
I’m Sierra Sanchez and I’m a list-maker. Because of my excessive organizational tendencies and clean-freak persona I truly believe that list-writing is a way of life.
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As a college student, athlete, artist, daughter, sister, friend and working girl I, like everyone, have a lot of things on my mind and Mama always told me to “write them down”!
“Lista” is the spanish word for “list” (aka the prettier word for it). I created ListaLand as a way to share all of my findings. Because of my role as a social media manager I constantly have loads of links coming my way. I am addicted to email newsletters, PinterestTumblr, a multitude of fashion-blogs, tons of food-blogs and any other outlet where I can find  inspiration and ideas to make my life fabulous. Truth is I just want to share the best of it with you.
So here I am, sharing my lists of all things lifestyle-licious for you at ListaLand. Welcome to the Land of the Lists. When Emily asked me to guest post for Dear Serendipity I was over-the-moon excited. Not only because I was happy to be featured on her fabulously classy blog, but because I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to share some social media insights with all of you fashionistas out there!
Here are my three top tips for sharing your own content or just keeping up with other fashion bloggers:
1. Go “Pinning” on Saturday mornings.
Studies show that Pinterest users are most active on Saturday mornings. Not only does it give you more of an automatic audience to put your own pins out there, but you just might find some awesome things to pin for yourself from other users.
2. Use Bloglovin.
If you don’t already know, Bloglovin is a service that subscribes you to the blogs you choose to follow. What I like most about it is the email I receive in my inbox every evening full of new blog posts to read. Bloglovin truly makes following my favorite blogs effortless!
3. Hashtag on Tumblr.
Do you have a Tumblr that you love to share on? I do. I use mine particularly as an expressive and artistic mood board for my life. My secret for gaining followers on Tumblr is simple, just hashtag. Hashtag anything and everything that correlates with what you’re sharing. You never know what people are searching for. If you allow them to find you through hashtags you just might be it!
Here is an example of reasonable hashtagging that has lead to many reposts:
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I just want to extend a huge thank you to Sierra for being here today — be sure to check out ListaLand! XO