The Glitter Gift Guide

November 25th, 2014

Oh my gosh! Christmas is one month from today. Can you believe it?! I feel like I’m actually ahead of the game this year by already having purchased a few gifts. And I’ve got a few more gift guides coming your way in the coming weeks to help you out too!

Today’s gift guide is for that person who loves all things sparkly and glittery. I bought these Kate Spade glitter studs from Nordstrom the other day (on sale for $28 with free shipping! Woohoo!), which gave me the whole idea for this gift guide. The earrings also come in silver and gold and are just as pretty in person! So do like I did– buy one for you, one for a friend :)

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5 Reasons You Should Send Holiday Cards as a Blogger

November 24th, 2014

5 Reasons why you should send blog holiday cards | Southern Flair

Back in September when I attended the Blog Elevated conference, Dayna Steel said something in her session that really stuck with me. She said that as a blogger you should show appreciation to everyone. People will remember. Be gracious and say thank you.

I’m already a firm believer in the power of hand-written notes. I often send these as thank-you notes to brands I’ve worked with or positive letters home to my students’ parents. In a world that runs on e-mail and social media, I think now– more than ever– letters deliver thoughtfulness and appreciation.

And what better time to do this than around the holidays?

I recently had an “aha” moment when I was strolling through the Christmas card aisle of Target (never too early to start looking at those, right?). But nothing seemed to fit my needs. I decided that this year I wanted to send custom holiday cards to the people that have made blogging and Southern Flair a success in 2014. Because without my readers and collaborations, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do everyday.

5 Reasons why you should send blog holiday cards | Southern Flair

5 Reasons Why You Should Send Holiday Cards as a Blogger:

1. It’s personal. As a blogger most of our communication is “liking” someone’s Instagram photo, giving a post a “thumbs up” on Facebook or favoriting a Tweet. Nothing very personal. Sending a holiday card with a handwritten note is a great way to get on a personal, memorable level with a brand, reader, or fellow blogger.

2. Say thank you. Think of holiday cards as a thank you note for the year. It’s a great way to say thank you for reading, following along, or giving you the opportunity to work with their brand this year. Don’t forget to send cards to friends and family because after all, they’re your original audience and have stuck with you, helped promote you, and put up with all your weird blogger habits (like Instagramming your coffee and shoes constantly).

3. Stay relevant. Did you work with a company or brand years ago that you’d like to work with again? Sending them a holiday card will serve as a reminder to collaborate again. Let the holiday card serve as a networking tool and a friendly reminder of “Hey, remember me? I’m still doing this and would love to work together again.” You’ll be ahead of the game by putting yourself on their radar for any campaigns in the upcoming year.

4. Build a brand. Let the card represent who you are as a blogger and what you offer. Think of it as a holiday business card to remind brands that you’re here willing to work with them. You may even want to send a holiday card to a brand you’d like to work with in the future. It could be a great icebreaker or way to introduce yourself. Sending a card would certainly make more of an impression than sending an e-mail pitch. Plus, the time and effort you put into sending the card will leave a lasting impression.

5. Build relationships. Holiday cards shouldn’t just be a time to reach out to brands. Remember your readers too. Do you still have a few readers’ mailing addresses from previous giveaways? Sending another surprise in the mail could strengthen your blogger-reader relationship even more. Your readers follow along with your life everyday on your blog. You are important to them, so show them they are important to you.

 

5 Reasons why you should send blog holiday cards | Southern Flair

5 Reasons why you should send blog holiday cards | Southern Flair

My 2014 holiday cards are from Shutterfly! This style can be found if you go to the top of their site, under the Tiny Prints tab, which I discovered through the Southern Blog Society.  The process of designing my cards was really easy. It included picking a design, choosing a photo and adding my text. There were so many lovely, trendy designs to choose from– which was the hardest part of the whole process!

What are your thoughts on sending Christmas cards? Is this a must-do for you every year? Have you considered sending holiday cards as a blogger? Tell me in your comments!

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Shop Sosis + a Giveaway {Win the ‘Don’t Be Square’ Vest}

November 20th, 2014

Layering with black and white vest

Layering with black and white vest

Layering with black and white vest

Layering with black and white vest

Layering with black and white vest

 

I’m an only child, and I’ve always gladly accepted the perks that come along with being an only child, but after sitting down with two sisters Annie Claire Bass and Chelsey Laborde of Sosis, I left thinking “awww I want a fun, fashionable sister to start a business with!”

Chelsey, a mass communication grad, and Annie Claire, a fashion merchandising grad, recently followed their day dream and combined their passion for shopping online and affordable fashion to create Sosis–a new “Southern Sisters” online boutique based out of Baton Rouge.

With a look at their website, you’ll notice the bold, trendy pieces that tailor to the shop’s 18-35 year-old market. Annie said they try to pick statement pieces that really stand out. She said the idea is to incorporate trendy pieces with classic items you already have in your closet. {You’ll also notice handmade jewelry from Annie Claire Designs that’s exclusive to the SoSis shop!}

When the girls contacted me about styling an item, I knew I wanted something versatile that would work with whatever crazy Louisiana weather we happened to be having that day. I chose this “Don’t Be Square” vest, which is the perfect layering piece for fall and winter.

The vest is bold, trendy, and pairs well with other items I already have. I can wear this with knits, a sweater dress and leggings, or with really any top like you see here. When I originally saw the item online I didn’t notice the faux leather detail on the collar. Needless to say, I loved it even more in person! I think pairing it with something red could be great for the holidays!

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p.s. Be on the lookout for the Sosis holiday lookbook for holiday dresses, fur, leather, and a little sparkle!

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