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Design Love Fest and The Cheeky Collection for Target

Life-Style - alimackin@gmail.com - August 10, 2016

Summer means lots of out door events: the beach, picnics in the park, festivals and of course outdoor parties. From rooftop parties

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Summer means lots of out door events: the beach, picnics in the park, festivals and of course outdoor parties. From rooftop parties, to pool parties to luncheons we don’t need much of an excuse to host our festivities in the great outdoors. And if you are even remotely a fashion/design conscious person then your parties are going to look as good as you do. Yes you could hire expensive caterers or party experts but who wants to spend all that money?

Well you don’t have to, just invest in some fresh flowers which you can get pretty cheap at Trader Joe’s and then add the cheeky party collection from DesignLoveFest and you will pretty much have your decorative party needs all sewn up. Design Love Fest is a fun, creative and inspiring lifestyle blog that I have been following for a number of years now and is yet another example of a hardworking talented blogger finding success. This “cheeky” collection is currently available at Target,  so head on over if you have a party or two coming up, and to see more of these celebratory items in action head to designlovefest.com and get your party on!

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How I stay Organized at work with Garance dore’s Weekly Desk Pad

Life-Style - alimackin@gmail.com - August 3, 2016

I work in a very demanding fast paced industry—publishing. With ongoing daily deadlines and working on multiple titles

I work in a very demanding fast paced industry—publishing. With ongoing daily deadlines and working on multiple titles it is very easy for things to fall through the cracks. Sometimes I think my brain could not possible retain any more information without exploding. Then add maintaining a blog full-time—well you can just imagine. I purchased this note pad a few years ago and it sat on my desk at home more or less collecting dust.

Then I got it in to my head to bring it work and I am so glad I did! I use this everyday. Seriously this note pad is a life saver. Yes I can do the same thing on my computer but the first thing is I would forget to look and the second thing is—some times it is faster and easier to just write things down. And that is exactly what I do. At the end of the day I write down all the things I need to do the next day. And then the next morning when I come in I have my list and do not have to worry that I forgot something.

Yes sometime this still happens but so much less so, now that I have this daily organizer on my desk. Plus they are super affordable at $12.00 and will last for months. So if you work in demanding job like I do be sure to head to Garance Dore’s shop and get one of these beauties. And how do you stay on top of things at work?

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Blogging in 2016 — Will It Be a Conference Free Year?

Blogging, Life, Life-Style - alimackin@gmail.com - March 21, 2016

We are now almost three months in to 2016, another three and we will be half way through the year. At start of the new year in this post I looked at where blogging is going in 2016 and why bloggers blog and what blogging means to them. And it seems about this time is when all those resolutions start to fall by the wayside and get overlooked by the stresses and responsibilities of our daily lives

 I was surprised that when I went to inquire further on the workshops and conferences that had been so successful in the past, that many appear to be on hiatus

We are now almost three months in to 2016, another three and we will be half way through the year. At start of the new year in this post I looked at where blogging is going in 2016 and why bloggers blog and what blogging means to them. And it seems this is about the time when all those New Year’s resolutions start to fall by the wayside and get overlooked by the stresses and responsibilities of our daily lives. As I was feeling a bit stuck I decided to take to the internet to see what was out there in terms of classes, workshops and conferences related to blogging. When I first started my blog I signed up for and I attended a number of the Lucky FABB conferences. I felt the conferences were invaluable for inspiration and networking with other bloggers, though I felt the emphasis was not focused enough on actual blogging and in fact the last conference was more about building your own business and being an entrepreneur. Although it was no accident that the focus shifted a bit, this shift was in response to a survey on what attendees wanted to learn more about and it seems that everyone wants to be a self-made “girl boss”. But do you think this sustainable? That everyone can be self-made entrepreneur?

Originally this post was going to be a round up of classes and conferences that could help bloggers take their blog to the next level and grow or even launch a business. But I was surprised that when I went to inquire further on the workshops and conferences that had been so successful in the past, that many appear to be on hiatus. Of course the Lucky FABB conference is no longer held as the magazine itself has been shuttered. The last IFB conference appears to have been in the winter of 2013, and Design Love Fest ended their traveling Blog Shop and now only offer LA based classes on calligraphy with the occasional photo session or meet and greet event. The highly successful Blogcademy has nothing posted in regards to 2016 be it in person or online, the Alt Summit also has nothing posted on their site for 2016, and even the all-online blogging school The Blog Class states registration is currently closed, with no updated information on if or when it will reopen.

What is going on here? What exactly does this mean? Has the novelty worn off? Is this the dot.com implosion revisited? What say you? I am not sure what to think. I was planning on taking or attending at least one conference or workshop this year, but I am afraid I may be out of luck. I will continue to periodically check the status of future classes at The Blogcademy, The Alt Summit and The Blog Class, and hopefully one or all will happen. There is always The Simply Stylist conference, which is not tailored specifically to blogging but could still be a great resource. And if any of you know of any classes or workshops taking place this year please feel free to share.

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Oh Joy for Target and Smart Advice From a Successful Business Woman

Life-Style - alimackin@gmail.com - February 1, 2016

On of my favorite bloggers is at it again. Joy of Oh Joy has a new line coming out with Target in early February. Here is a smattering of what will be available. So gorgeous right? I love the gold party animals, these may be intended for a nursery but I could totally see one of these on my desk! You can check out what will be available at Target.com/OhJoy. And be sure to watch this video where Joy gives advice about hiring employees when the time comes. And if you are not seeking to be a business owner the advice is invaluable for job seekers too, it is chockfull of information on what potential employers look for when hiring employees. Her advice is smart, straight forward and delivered in an approachable yet savvy demeanor. And have a Joy-filled day!

 

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Blogging in 2016, Why Do You Do It? And Do Married Bloggers Get Ahead?

Life-Style - alimackin@gmail.com - January 11, 2016

 

We are now in the first few weeks of 2016 and the start of the new year has come and gone. For many the start of the new year is a time to reflect on their lives, their place in the world and their futures. It also a time when many people turn inward a bit, and they reevaluate their lives and question what motivates them and what they may or may not want to do differently. So let’s also look at blogging in the new year. What do you think will change in the world of blogging? Will you continue to blog?  Have you set goals for your blog? And are the reasons you started a blog the same reasons that you continue to blog? And lets talk about a topic that is a bit taboo in blogging—but are all bloggers married? Hmmm I must say I had a bit of a Carrie Bradshaw moment as I typed that last sentence.

Though truth be told it does seem that overwhelmingly that the majority of fashion and life style bloggers are indeed married. Every blogger I have met personally here in New York is married—every single one.

Though truth be told it does seem that overwhelmingly that the majority of fashion and life style bloggers are indeed married. Every blogger I have met personally here in New York is married—every single one. From 23 to 64 and all ages in-between, they are married. Now with my non blogger friends it is fairly mixed with about half being married and half not married. So what do you think accounts for this? And do think it is easier to get ahead as a blogger if you are married? Or should I say does having a partner that helps you in your endeavor in the world of blogging make it easier for you to get ahead? Be it having a built in photographer at your beck and call, or being financially supported so you do not have to work and can blog full-time, or having a partner that has technical skills—does this stack the deck in your favor?

Though two of my favorite bloggers Garance Dore of Garancedore.com and Bri of DesignLoveFest.com are wonderful examples of bloggers that found wild success and did so with out the help of husband. And then there is The Man Repeller, who some might say is the most successful fashion blogger to date, who also attained these dizzying heights without the help of a husband. But this question then begs the real question, why do we blog? Do we blog to find a community? To express ourselves? To quit our day jobs and run our blogs as a business? To brand ourselves and become well known influencers? Or is it a combination of all of these reasons? Why do you blog? And be sure to watch this super funny and only too true parody of “the men behind the bloggers” or “Instagram Husbands”. Seriously girls (and boys) the humor lies in the truth. But it is good to have a laugh and remember: every now and then you have to unplug and put the phone down.

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Throwback Thursday (a day early) and some Christmas Cookies with King Arthur Flour

Life-Style - alimackin@gmail.com - December 23, 2015

I am sharing this Throwback Thursday a day early as this Thursday is Christmas Eve and this way you have a whole day to make these cookies in time for the holiday. Last year was the first year I did this, I thought it would be complicated—like you had to be Martha Stewart or a professional baker to pull this off. But it was easier then I thought.

I am sharing this Throwback Thursday a day early as this Thursday is Christmas Eve and this way you have a whole day to make these cookies in time for the holiday. Last year was the first year I did this, I thought it would be complicated—like you had to be Martha Stewart or a professional baker to pull this off. But it was easier then I thought. I was encouraged after making homemade biscotti which was not difficult either. The recipe was easy to follow and I was able to complete it in one day. However, the dough has to sit in the refrigerator for at least two hours and then it has to sit out for about 30 to 45 minutes to become soft enough to work with, so start early.

the recipe I used called for the rind of one lemon, and I think it is this secret ingredient that made these cookies absolutely de-lish

The recipe says to “quickly” add the flour to the butter mixture, but there was nothing quick about it. It took me about twenty minutes to do this. They also say to not over work the dough in this final step as it can make the dough greasy and brittle. Last year I did not leave the butter out before I started, and yup I didn’t have time to do it this year either, so I popped the butter in the microwave for about 20 seconds, this definitely made the second step much easier. The final step before popping the cookies into the oven is brushing them with egg yolk for shine. Personally though, I did not like how the cookies looked with the egg yolk on them, so I skipped that step this time. I think they look fine with a matte finish and I thought the egg yolk was too noticeable when I tried this last year.

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The options are endless as far as how to decorate the cookies. I love chocolate so I dipped the cookies in chocolate, but you can also ice them, or use sprinkles, it is up to you, and what you fancy. I actually made icing this year and iced some of the cookies, but this does take some expertise. I was not super happy with how the icing looked so I doused the cookies in powdered sugar to offset my less then spectacular efforts. You can follow this recipe from King Arthur Flour, it is almost exactly the same as the one I used—except for one thing. The King Arthur Flour recipe calls for a quarter teaspoon of extract or flavor of your choice, but the recipe I used called for the rind of one lemon, and I think it is this secret ingredient that made these cookies absolutely de-lish. So if you are feeling adventures go on and give it a whirl, I think you will be super proud with the results.

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Give Thanks and Get Inspired with Inspired By Charm

Life-Style - alimackin@gmail.com - November 25, 2015

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a day to remember all things in life you are grateful for and to give thanks. And this could not be more important given the events in the world these past few weeks. So take a little time out and give some thought to your loved ones, and your good fortune and pray for those less fortunate then yourself.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a day to remember all things in life you are grateful for and to give thanks. And this could not be more important given the events in the world these past few weeks. So take a little time out and give some thought to your loved ones, and your good fortune and pray for those less fortunate then yourself. But be sure to also enjoy the holidays and if you need a bit of inspiration check out this fun and timely D.I.Y from Michael Warum Jr at his blog Inspired By Charm. And you just may want to add his blog to your daily read list, it is chock full of fun, inspirational ideas and projects. And Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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Link Love Express — Number Two (#2)

Life-Style - alimackin@gmail.com - September 2, 2015

Hello all, here is the second installment of Link Love Express. You can check out the first on here. For my newer readers this is an on going post series in which I will sharing my favorite finds in the worlds of fashion, interior design, beauty, food and what ever else strikes my fancy. So let’s dive right in…

Hello all, here is the second installment of Link Love Express. You can check out the first one here. For my newer readers this is an on going post series in which I will sharing my favorite finds in the worlds of fashion, interior design, beauty, food and what ever else strikes my fancy. Sound good? OK, let’s dive right in…

Model Jillian Mercado signs with IMG and is part of a growing (albeit small) list of model’s with disabilities that are working with brands and modeling agencies in a world that is not always known for being particularly inclusive. But with the democratizing of fashion, this seems to be changing. Jillian started out as a student a F.I.T and blogger. And it was through her blog that she got the attention of the fashion world. Be sure to check out her blog Manufactured 1987.

Minted.com known for their beautiful and whimsical invitations has now started both an art and home category on their site. Head to Minted.com to check out the new categories. We now have another fun resource for affordable art, how cool is that?

I discovered the Swiss blogger Michele of the blog Fashion Fraction a number of months ago and fell in love with her blog. As we both work as graphic designers ( me in publishing and she in advertising) I kind of felt she was a bit of a kindred spirit. Be sure to check out her blog FashionFraction.com you will be sure to find plenty of fashion inspiration and drool worthy photography.

And finally another favorite blogger of mine Garance Dore is coming out with a book. It is  going to be released October 27th and is available for pre-order. I can just imagine how cool this it girl book is, really it is a no brainer that this book should be on every fashionista’s must have list. You can pre-order it here

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Oh Boy Oh Joy —60 Ways to Create and Give Joy

Life-Style - alimackin@gmail.com - August 24, 2015

On my last trip to DUMBO Brooklyn which I wrote about in this post, I stopped in to West Elm where I spied this super fun and creative book from the blogger Joy Cho of the blog Oh Joy. How could I resist? It is chock full of colorful, inspirational and unique ideas for you to make your life more fun and more colorful.

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On my last trip to DUMBO Brooklyn which I wrote about in this post, I stopped in to West Elm where I spied this super fun and creative book from the blogger Joy Cho of the blog Oh Joy. How could I resist? It is chock full of colorful, inspirational and unique ideas for you to make your life more fun and more colorful. From DIY craft projects, to party ideas, to clever and tasty recipes to fashion and interior design advice you will find in this eye catching book. And of course it is packaged and designed in the eclectic design style Joy is known. Plus it is under $30.00, so what are you waiting for?

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4 “Summer’s Calling” Recipes from Design Love Fest

Life-Style - alimackin@gmail.com - August 19, 2015

[dropcap custom_class="normal"]Y[/dropcap] up it is officially mid summer and along with hitting the beach, fire flies and cookouts, one of my favorite things about summer is summer entertaining. So today I am going to share with you four recipes from one of my favorite blogs; Design Love Fest. I have written about this blog before and it is definitely one of my weekly must reads.

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Yup it is officially mid summer and along with hitting the beach, fire flies and cookouts, one of my favorite things about summer is summer entertaining. So today I am going to share with you four recipes from one of my favorite blogs; Design Love Fest. I have written about this blog before and it is definitely one of my weekly must reads.  From the stunning photography, playful graphics and captivating content with the best presentation this side of the internet, it is my go to for all things inspirational. So when I am in need of recipe or two, this is one of the first places I think to go. Most of the recipes are easy to do and generally do not require too much time. Some are more complicated then others but all are scrumptious and beautiful to look at. From the Prosciutto and Melon Toast to the Famers Market Salad to the Chia Seed Pudding with Shaved Ice to something called Breakfast Crepe Squares you will be sure to floor your guests with these “I can’t believe I can make this” recipes.

All images via DesignLoveFest 

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