A secret about Pinterest graphics

Hi everyone. How’s your week going so far?

Listen, I just realized something life changing when it comes to blogging and Pinterest and I wanted to share it here.

Tell us, tell us!

Sure thing. Okay, before I go on I want to say that maybe some of you have already realized this. Or maybe you know it but don’t implement it. That’s cool. I’m glad you catch the trains faster than I do. You probably get a really good seat.

What train?

Here it goes. You know those posts you write and you want to include a Pinterest-worthy graphic or even just a graphic that you don’t really care if it gets on Pinterest? Or maybe you made a graphic you thought was pretty awesome but it’s not getting any movement on Pinterest.

No, my graphics are always perfect and included in every post.

Hopefully someone out there can relate. Well, guess what! You can go back and edit your post with a graphic. I know. MIND.BLOWN.

It’s true. Really. If you never created that graphic but you know your post would do so well on Pinterest with one, you can create one now, edit your post with the graphic, and then pin to your hearts content/ask others to pin it for you. Your old post will get some new love!

Or if you want to update your post with a better graphic, you can do that too. I swear! I challenge you to identify 3 posts you’re really proud of but that could use some Pinterest love and update them with a graphic/update the graphic. Then come back here and link to your shiny-gently-used post so I can pin it! For reals! Okay, now I gotta bounce and create some graphics.

Did she just say bounce?!
She also said for reals.

PS skip on over to my Facebook page at 12pm for a giveaway!

Preparing for a Winter Capsule

I’m here I’m here. I know you all were like, where’s Jacquelyn and her crazy witty writing? We miss Jacquelyn. I didn’t go anywhere… I just had a lack of a writing bug so I didn’t force anything. You’ll thank me for that.

It might be crazy, or it might be just right, but I am already starting to think about my Winter Capsule Wardrobe. (oh, btw I decided to continue my capsule wardrobe.)

I followed a very loose version of the capsule wardrobe in that I didn’t have a number goal for how many pieces I’d be limiting myself to and I still don’t know how many pieces I have in my closet. I need a wardrobe that worked for both work and play with crossover pieces so I knew I wasn’t going to stick to a number like 37. When I was selecting my pieces I just kept adding and taking away until it felt right and my closet didn’t look stuffed. And I’m quite pleased with what I have.

I am paying attention to the pieces I’m wearing the most and the least. I knew my plaid and gingham button downs were going to be a big hit this fall but I was really surprised at my new found love for everything berry. Curating a closet for Fall really wasn’t difficult; I love the colors and style of Fall so selecting pieces came really easy. There are definitely things I wish I had in my closet, like more dresses, but I am working around that by wearing my skirts more than usual. I didn’t add any sweaters this season and I wish I had. I think shopping for sweaters when it was still 90+ degrees out wasn’t appealing so next year I think I’ll allow myself to shop midseason for those kinds of pieces.

And now for the Winter. I really have no direction. Fall I knew I wanted to include navy, burgundy (which turned out to be more berry), plaid/gingham, and boots. For Winter I know I’d like to have more sweaters, especially of the chunky knit variety. I’m thinking about not changing/adding too much from my Fall to Winter capsule and instead focusing on something that is always really hard for me to find. Boots.

I have wide calves. Really wide apparently. It’s really frustrating that most wide calf boots are a 15″ circumference. That’s not wide for me. I think my calves are about 18″ which is apparently astronomically wide. And so it is really hard for me to find good brown leather boots and I end up with cheap versions that fall apart right away. I know losing weight will reduce their size, but I recall being at one of my lowest weights in high school, around 120 lbs (I’m 5’8″), and still needing to get wide leg boots, just not astronomically wide. So this problem isn’t exactly going to go away for me. Which is why I wonder if it would be a good idea to focus on the boots, add them when I find them (whether it be fall or winter), and continue to work with the clothes I have in my closet and put aside in bins for Winter. What do you think of that idea? I think I’m going to have to bust out my credit card and start ordering a bunch of boots from Zappos (they make it really easy to shop for wide calf boots because you can filter different circumference sizes instead of just a general “wide calf” search).

But really, the search for boots is so incredibly frustrating that I don’t even want to try. And when it is nonstop snowing in January I’ll probably kick myself in the butt for not trying and having nothing besides actual snow boots to wear outside.

Okay, new plan for winter. Move somewhere it doesn’t snow. Who’s with me?

Are you doing a capsule wardrobe? How is your winter planning going? Or are you not crazy and you haven’t started?

Noteworthy

Noteworthy is a collection of content worth reading and sharing. I’m always clicking away and being inspired by others and I love to pass along my finds to you.

Noteworthy

I originally had this at the end but I really wanted to make sure you saw it… it’s just awesome.

On Blogging:

+ I’m pretty surprised at how many of my favorite bloggers, bloggers who are game-changers and money-makers (ps I first wrote monkey-makers hahaha), are still using Blogger as their platform. Time to get off, kids. First, I can’t read you at work so if you’ve noticed your numbers going down by 1 that’s why. Second, you do not own your content on Blogger. Ellie explains it better.

+ Jana shares 10 Ways to Grow Your Pinterest Following and I loved it. I already do so many of what she suggested, but it’s a helpful reminder to keep doing them!

 

 

On Fashion

+ Ashley mentions she never thought she’d wear mules again and it reminded me of those horrible American Eagle clogs everyone had in middle school: the flat, shapeless, brown ones. I saw a pair in Target the other day and almost reached for one and then remembered how uncomfortable they were for my feet. So I bought some Dr. Scholl’s inserts instead. hashtag old. Anyway, I love Ashley’s mules and her entire outfit here. I need a camel/tan blazer.

+ I’m sure you’re already reading Unfancy, but in case you aren’t Caroline shared her Fall pieces… I’m already thinking about my Winter pieces after having so much fun with my capsule wardrobe this season.

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