A Rainy Day in Phoenix

October 21, 2014

Rain in Phoenix Style Post Rainy day in Phoenix Outfit Style Blog Post Ring Style Blogger Happy DanceWe Phoenicians get pretty happy when rain is in store. ;)

Hat: Old Navy // Top: Old Navy // Jeans: Express // Ring: Gifted // Shoes: X-Appeal 

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Fall Adventure Outfit

October 20, 2014

As I stroll through my Instagram feed, I see so many of you going on Fall adventures and I love it! So much, that I decided to share my Fall adventure outfit essentials today on the blog :)

Skechers Go WalkThis pair of Skechers is essential! They seriously make me feel like I’m walking on a cloud (or what I imagine walking on a cloud would feel like…?) and I’m so obsessed I’ve already decided I need to purchase a new pair in another color! Another bonus? For this particular shoe, Skechers supports the American Cancer Association to help fight the battle against breast cancer.

Adventure StyleA hair-tie is crucial for Fall adventures when the wind will be whipping your hair back and fourth– don’t leave it at home! A cute necklace also adds a nice touch to a simple outfit.
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What adventures are you trying to sneak in this Fall?

Although this post was sponsored by Skechers, all opinions stated are my own. 

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Sunday Specials

October 19, 2014

There’s no doubt that this week has been crazy– work is busy, I added two classes to my schedule at school and I’ve been trying to hustle and get my business goals set for 2015. Is anyone else needing these Sunday Specials to relax + unwind as much as I do right now? I hope you’re getting a cup of joe or flavorful tea, wearing your favorite pajama bottoms and are cuddled up in bed enjoying this lovely morning. Enjoy. 

Trying to make the best decisions for your diet can be hard work! I enjoyed this post about Gluten-Free vs. Whole Wheat vs. Multigrain bread. I feel more readily equipped now to hit the grocery store!

 

Is it possible to love a plain white tray? Because I do.

 

House Hunters is now on Netflix and I’m crying tears of joy.

 

This Sour Cream Apple Pie looks amazeballs. Is anyone else drooling?

 

This bracelet is super cute.

 

This collection of photos of dogs about to sneeze is the cutest thing since ever.

 

This sequin letter would look perfect in my office! It’s officially on my wish list.

 

I’m all about putting in the minimum amount of workout time for maximum results. I can’t wait to give this HIIT workout a try!

 

To-do lists are kind of my jam and this DIY Pantone Memo Board is so chic.

 

This LBD is only $16.99 + can be accessorized in tons of different ways!

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Coffee Bar Essentials

September 29, 2014

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Want your own polaroids? I have a deep love affair with the Printic App // I received this Keurig 2.0 c/o Influenster for reviewing purposes // Sign from Francesca’s

Would you ever put a coffee bar in your home?

Lindt HELLO is giving away 5 weeks of fun prizes! Enter here.

Although, this post was sponsored by Lindt HELLO, all opinions are my own. 

 

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Sunday Specials

September 28, 2014

Feel like you need a fresh haircut to ring in the Fall season? Here are 50 ideas to copy right now!

 

Wondering how you’re going to update your wardrobe for Fall? Here’s a great post to help you with the transition!

 

Um, this “Hey Girl” Birthday Party idea is everything.

 

Feel like Sunday’s are now just another day of progress? Here’s how one woman is reclaiming her day of rest.

 

I love this idea…be brave with your selfies!

 

I’m in love with these plaid PJ’s.

 

Who doesn’t love champagne….and dancing on tables? This print would be perfect for a bar cart!

 

It’s important to take some time to switch off + slow down.

 

20 ways to make your business pinnable (when you don’t have product images to pin.)

 

This DIY for hand painted pillows is great!

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Making your Twitter presence shine can be hard work + I’m not going to lie, when I signed-up back in 2011 I took one look at the newsfeed, clicked around for 10 minutes and signed off not to return until 2013.

And wow! Am I glad I did. With over 271 million active users, about 36 million unique visitors per month only on desktop and the record showing that 85% of people feel closer to a small business after they begin following them, it would have been a huge mistake not to.

Did you guys know I found my first client through Twitter? Yep! I sure did. That’s the magic of this social media giant, people! It can be daunting enough as it is– “how do you even work this?” Let alone thinking, “How do I optimize it for my business?” No fear!

Here are 7 Twitter Hacks For Your Blog or Small Business.

How to make your small business' twitter presence shine

1. Work That Bio!

Writing about who you are, what you do + adding in a splash of personality can be extremely difficult.

When you only have 160 characters? It seems near impossible!

The most important thing is to explain how you can help someone + add in a dash of your (fabulous) personality.

Need a few examples?

Here are a few powerhouses that got it right:

2. Pin A Tweet, girl (or boy) friend!

Twitter recently started allowing you to pin tweets to profile pages! Hooray!

What is pinning a tweet exactly?

It’s when you click on the three dots next to a tweet and click on “pin to your profile page.”

It’s that easy. Still unsure of what I’m talking about?

Here’s an example:
How to pin a tweetNow here’s where the tricky part comes in…“But what do I pin?!” 

I highly recommend against pinning your latest cat photo or how long you were stuck on the freeway rant. If someone isn’t following you yet or is clicking on your page for a quick refresher about what exactly it is you do, that would really, really be a bummer.

This is your first impression, so make it count!

My two tips?

  1. Pin something that directly brings you profit- a link to a product in your shop, an ecourse your selling, etc.

or

2. Pin something that helps prove your expertise in a specific field. A recent article you wrote, a podcast you created, etc.

3. Remember the “@” symbol secret (shh!)

When you’re tweeting “at” someone (their handle begins the tweet) and want your followers to see, they won’t be able to unless they’re following both you and the other person. 

Next time, put a period in front and then tag your conversation mate!

For instance, ” . @soundbitesiren Loved your latest article! Who knew that being a beginner at something taught us so many valuable lessons?”

4. Don’t over hashtag… #don’t #over #hashtag #haha #lolz #funny #right

Hashtags are a powerful tool, but please don’t be that guy that tries to hashtag every last thing.

Stick to one or two you know would work well with what you’re tweeting + leave it at that.

Pro Tip: Integrate hashtags into your tweet.

Like this, “This is a great piece of #careeradvice from @GenYLounge! Perfect for those graduating #millennials:”

5. Remember the Power of the Profile Picture (Smiiiile)

The days of the ultra-profesh business headshot are long gone but that doesn’t mean that your profile photo can’t be clear and personify you in a positive light.

It also doesn’t mean that you can use that grainy #selfie you took in your horribly lit bedroom the other day either.

You want to be approachable to your audience, look professional and convey personality.

I personally think these ladies have phenom profile pictures:

6. Pay Attention to Trends!

I mean the trends that appear on the side of your Twitter profile, like this these:
How To Use Twitter TrendsPaying attention to trends will let you know what to tweet about right away so a wider audience views your content– remember to get creative, but still stay genuine to your brand.

For instance if you’re a photography blogger who normally tweets about photography tips and tricks, amazing products photographers can use + the like, it may be weird for you to suddenly start tweeting up a storm about a Obamacare just because it’s trending.

Sure, it may help you gain a few new followers now, but once you stop tweeting about it they’ll most likely unfollow (or be inactive) and worst of all, it’ll make your once loyal audience, unfollow you because of your sudden brand flip.

However, if Halloween is trending (like above!) you can usually find a way to creatively work it into your niche. That photography blogger can tweet, “How spooky is this photo I took of the Wickenburg haunted house last Halloween?” and the DIY aficionado can tweet, “It’s SO easy to create these DIY pumpkin candle holders for Halloween! Check it out, here:” and the Etsy shop owner can tweet, “How great are these new Halloween prints in the shop? I think I’m in love!”

SO MANY POSSIBILITIES. 

7. Participate in Tweet Chats

Participating in (relevant) Twitter chats is a great way to build your network, gain followers, give your input and learn something new.

There is seriously a tweet chat for anything + all it takes is a little digging to find one that’s right for your business.

What is a tweet chat exactly? There’s a host (or sometimes multiple hosts) that tweet out questions (most commonly, for one hour, one day a week or once a month) using a common hashtag and then the audience replies with their answer and the same hashtag.

An example from my Twitter chat about all things social media + web presence (shameless plug) can be found, here:
How To Do a Twitter ChatMy personal favorites?

  • #Ambitionista Chat for professional millennial women who want to better themselves, their business and network with other likeminded people.
  • #FireworkPeople I can’t put it any better than this participant did:

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  • #TipsyChat for people who want much success (no matter what the area) + a boundless support system.

How do you use Twitter for your small business? Are we connected on Twitter?

 

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How To Take Better PicturesPhoto Credit: Mo Olivas

1. Take Advantage of Natural Lighting

Taking advantage of natural lighting is one of the most valuable pieces of advice I can give to you when it comes to photography. Although in today’s day in age flash, reflectors and other items make it quite easy to create incredible photos, natural light is easy, looks incredible with almost any subject and (the best part for most of us) is free. 

The best times of day to shoot are typically between 6am-9am and right before sunset.

My tip: Avoid shooting between 10:30am-1pm. The sun is straight up in the sky and the light will make your subject appear  harsh.

2. Use The Rule of Thirds

My photography teacher my Freshman year of high school taught me this + it’s stuck with me ever since. It’s an easy composition tool that helps make your photos appear more natural and easier on the eye.

All you have to do is make an imaginary tic-tac-toe board over your image + make sure your main focus isn’t in the center square.

Here’s an example:

How To Use Rule of Thirds

 

3. Experiment With Different Poses

When doing portrait photography, experiment with different poses.

4. Gray Days Are Your New BFF

Overcast days can increase color saturation in your photos and really make them pop– take advantage of these days + get outside!

5. Shoot In Burst Mode

When you’re going to be shooting one subject for a long period of time, I suggest turning on good ole’ burst mode. Burst mode will ensure that you capture a wide range of expressions and hopefully get “the shot” you’re looking for.

6. Stay Steady

Often, especially when shooting outdoors while performing an activity (even something as simple as walking), we’re snapping away hoping to get the next great Insta photo.

Guilty.

What you really need to do though for the great shot is slow down, stay steady, focus on your subject + then snap.

If you’re shooting a high motion activity (such as someone running) or night shooting, I suggest a tripod as well.

7. Get Up Close

Getting up close + personal with a subject can help you (and the viewers) in noticing details you may not have noticed before!

Remember to turn on macro mode (almost all basic point + shoots and smart phones have this mode) to ensure that the subject stays in focus.

8. Edit

We’re fortunate to live in a world that has amazing applications such as PicMonkey, Canva and Photoshop.

Take advantage of these + optimize your photos for top-notich viewing pleasure.

9. Practice

I know, I know, I know.

Booooooring.

But I promise, you can make this fun! Just grab your BFF or significant other, head outside during one of the best natural lighting times + get to snapping away.

Learning is half the fun. :)

And I want to see your pictures! After you’re done practicing, tag me in your photos on Instagram using #KWPhotoPractice. 

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Live Your Daydream

September 15, 2014

As many of you that have been following my journey both on the blog and social media know, I quit my “day job” back in April to pursue self-employment. It has been crazy, exciting, overwhelming, incredible and downright scary, but everyday I wake-up knowing I get to do what I truly love.

When I started college (and blogging) self-employment started peeking more + more into my line of vision for a few different reasons.

The top three being:

  • I wanted to be able to travel often.
  • I wanted to be able to set my own hours to live a life I truly love (now I can catch that 9am yoga class or work at 10pm when my creative juices suddenly start flowing!)
  • I wanted to be genuinely excited over the work I put out into the world.

Now that I’ve been on my own for about 5 months, all of those benefits + more have become my reality and I’m so grateful for every opportunity I’ve been awarded and I continue to be blown away by the amazing people I encounter in my day-to-day.

I’m not saying it’s easy, it’s by far one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but it’s also the most rewarding and now that I’m here, I can’t imagine doing anything else.

I wanted to drop-in today and share this with you all in order to encourage you to live your dream life, whatever that may be.

It’s possible. You’re capable. You wouldn’t have been given a dream if you didn’t have the power to make it your reality.

Don’t forget to live your daydream.

Need a little extra inspiration? Print out one of these graphics + put them somewhere you know you’ll see them every morning.

daydreamkwGet this print.

Untitled-2Get this print. 

 

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First Apartment Must-Haves

August 27, 2014

This post brought to you by Brita. All opinions are 100% mine.

As G + I prepare to move to our next home in our new city, I got to thinking how much we’ve learned living on our own in the “real world” this past year. It’s been extremely crazy and I wouldn’t have traded it for anything, but there were a few items I felt lucky to have during this time + I wanted to share those items with you all today!

 

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My Brita is an item I recommend to all of my friends + family! In most apartments, you have a pretty basic fridge, therefore, no water dispenser. My Brita kept my water purified + ready for drinking. It’s available at Target for a really decent price too. A score when you’re trying to save money for rent!

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I loved hanging-up prints on the wall in our bedroom to help make it feel like it was “ours”– The Nectar Collective on Etsy has tons of cute prints, including this gem!

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Light!! I was shocked that our fan didn’t have a place for light bulbs, so this floor lamp in our living room was essential.

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Spices, spices, spices. Buy them + use them often! We seasoned everything + on week’s that you live off of chicken breast salads (or is that just us?) you can make it feel like a new meal every night with just a few pinches of one of these.

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Rugs are another great way to make your new place feel like home. This one is affordable + super chic.

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Hangers are just something I never thought to buy and that Mom always had tons of extras of just hanging around (no pun intended) in the laundry room. When I lived on my own, I was in shock of how many extras I had to buy!

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A Smart TV was one of our best decisions. We skip on cable so we practically live off of our Netflix subscribtion + YouTube– a Smart TV let’s you stream both of those + more at the ease of just your remote control. A major score!

What would you add to the list? 

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Sunday Specials

August 24, 2014

This week has been a bit crazy. G and I are packing-up for a move to a new city, I started school again, I’m working full-time + I also am putting together the Kayli Wanders Holiday Gift Guide, so I’m constantly answering emails and coordinating different packages. It’s great, but hectic!

Today, we’re headed out to one of our favorite locations in Arizona, Sedona, to hike Devil’s Bridge + kayak on the Verde River! I’m super pumped + can’t wait to get back into nature, relax a bit + spend some quality time with G before school really takes over.

PS: If you are a small business or know of an amazing one, either a) let me know in the comments or b) jet me an email at kayliwanders@gmail.com! We’re on the hunt until October 1st :)

How was your week?

Are you on Blogger? Mo is having a Design Flash Sale + it is amaze.

 

G + I are planning a trip to Europe next summer, so I loved reading this article on a weekend in Bruges. How idyllic!

 

A blueberry muffin breakfast bake?! Count me in!

 

These 29 Historic (and adorable) terms for sex made me chuckle.

 

Want to write a “Wow!” headline that creates results in your next newsletter? Look no further.

 

Have you heard of Tonga? Neither have I but now I’m itching to go!

 

If I’m going to work out can I at least have this shirt?

 

Itching to start a business but wonder if you’re too young? Here are 5 reasons you should launch a biz in your 20′s!

 

This iPad mini keyboard would make working for clients on the road a zillion times easier. Anyone want to send a late birthday gift?

 

This Fall Favorites Blogger Swap sounds like tons of fun!

 

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