Thursday, October 19, 2017

Current Fall Faves // October

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Current Fall Faves // October




It's finally feeling Fall-ish here in ole Tennessee! I could not be happier, although my bank account may be suffering just a little.

Sunday, I took a trip to Memphis with a pit stop in Nashville for some shopping with my family. When I was back in town Tuesday, I shared a lil' Instagram story haul and it was so fun! I know a lot of you don't watch stories so I thought I would share everything here too.

I have to apologize, the photos are a tad dark! I keep forgetting the sun sets earlier this time of year and I was losing light. I had to cut the photos short some but I'll still link everything I purchased at the bottom. 

| Sweater | Demin | Booties
I'm obsessed with this sweater. It's almost like a super chic, adorable sweatshirt aka I'm going to wear it non-stop. It's lighter material which makes me happy because it stays fairly warm down here for a while! If you live somewhere colder, you could definitely layer it! The detailing on the sleeve is beyond gorgeous, I'm seriously obsessed. I got a medium in the top, jeans run true to size, as well as the booties! ps. I LOVE these jeans because they tuck into ankle booties, as well as over the knee boots etc. 

| Dress 40% off! (Size Up) | Leopard Mules (Similar) |
I picked up this gorgeous silk number for a Fall wedding. I love how easy it is, yet still makes a statement! It's light enough to not get hot while dancing, but easy to pair with a fur coat or leather jacket. It is hard to tell in this photo but one shoulder has the most gorgeous detailing! It's also currently 40% off and a steal! 

| Cold Shoulder Sweater | Velvet Mules (Similar, Multiple Colors) | 
I actually gasped when I saw this sweater. The sales associate thought I was crazy, but I didn't care! It was love at first sight. It's BP and all their sweaters are heavenly. It runs TTS. I think I may pair it with this blush suede skirt next time I wear it. 

| Dusty Rose Duster | Crushed Velvet Camisole (Almost Identical, 40% off) | 
Blush is not only my favorite color IRL but also my favorite color in my closet too. I love this fun velvet camisole paired with this silky trench. I can't wait to pair this trench with everything from casual outfits to nice dresses. 

I love the little detailing on this one shoulder sweater. Perfect to throw on with jeans or pair with a black skirt for a more polished, glam look. (Runs TTS) 

 I also picked up a few other things, some really great staples for the cooler weather coming up! I grabbed these leather moto leggings (A little pricier, but AMAZING quality. These will last season after season. & they suck EVERYTHING in, #OhYesPlz) and these cotton moto leggings that I cannot wait to pair with oversized sweaters. 
Speaking of sweaters, I grabbed this oversized cardigan perfect for lounging or pairing with over  the knee boots for a more dressy look. (Size down in the sweater!) 


Everyone seemed to love the IG story haul, so be sure to follow along for the next one(@YesPleaseDaily)! If you have any questions, lemme know. Happy Thursday. XO 





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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

FALL SANGRIA // Easy + Delicious #OhYesPlz

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

FALL SANGRIA // Easy + Delicious #OhYesPlz

fall sangria cocktail recipe

Last weekend we whipped up the yummiest Fall Sangria and I would feel so guilty not sharing it with you all. It's basically dump, mix, store, pour which is the best of all cocktail recipes.

My friends and I often try to make these elaborate cocktails, only to waste money, time and a clean kitchen. I have ultimately stayed away from cocktail creations unless it sounds really good or is sangria. This falls in both categories.

Four ingredients, about 10 minutes and you're a happy sipper! Enough yip yappin', let's get to the good stuff.

CINNAMON APPLE CIDER FALL SANGRIA 
Easy

I N G R E D I E N T S
2 Bottles of Pinot Grigio
5 Cups of Apple Cider
2 Cups of Caramel Vodka
2 Cinnamon Sticks + More for Garnish (Optional)

D I R E C T I O N S
1. Combine everything in a large bowl, pitcher, etc.
2. Sit over night
3. Enjoy!


I plan on making another batch this weekend, it was so so yummy. What's your favorite Fall concoction?! If you make this one be sure to share on Instagram (@YesPleaseDaily #OhYesPlz). XO
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

One Pot Rosemary Chicken & Potatoes

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

One Pot Rosemary Chicken & Potatoes

I get so sick of planning dinners but I also get so sick of the same foods over and over. Ya feel me? One night we were so low on groceries and I had just enough random items to throw this lil' dish together that soon became a weekly staple.

It's so good. So, so good. Easy, cheap, healthy and makes perfect leftovers (if you have any 😉). If you're looking to impress on your next date night, cozy up with something yummy or just throw something new and refreshing in the mix, this One Pot Rosemary Chicken & Potatoes is for you!

I'm going to keep this post short and sweet, just like how easy this recipe is. I like to pair mine with a can of no salt added French Green Beans and maybe some bread if RJ's lucky.

One Pot Rosemary Chicken & Potatoes 
Serves 2
Level: Easy

I N G R E D I E N T S
2 Boneless Chicken Breasts (Thawed)
1 Bag of Fingerling Potatoes (Cut into Fourths)
2 Lemons (One juiced, one sliced)
1/3 Cup of Olive Oil
2 Tbsp. Garlic *We like a lot
2 Teaspoons Dried Rosemary
Salt & Pepper

D I R E C T I O N S
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
2. In a large baking dish combine lemon juice, olive oil, rosemary, garlic and a dash of salt/pepper. Mix well.
3. Add in chicken and cut potatoes. Toss to coat everything.
4. Top with lemon slices and bake for 30-35 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked and potatoes are soft to touch.
5. When you serve, be sure to pour extra juice over the top & enjoy!


Seriously, this recipe is a life saver! Knowing you can have such a delicious dinner after a long day with minimum work.. it's the ultimate treat. If you're feeding a family or just want leftovers to enjoy later you can easily double, triple, etc. this recipe but cooking time may increase! 

Also, we hate onions but I also think if my readers love onions they probably hate my recipe haha! I imagine this would be a dish that onions would fit well in. I would just diced them and add when you add the chicken and potatoes. 

If you try it, share it with me on Instagram or IG stories by tagging @YesPleaseDaily & #OhYesPlz. Literally nothing makes me happier than seeing you guys enjoying our recipes. Thanks for popping in! xo 
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How to Work Pinterest like a Blogger Boss + My BIGGEST Social Media Secret EVER

How to Work Pinterest like a Blogger Boss + My BIGGEST Social Media Secret EVER



A couple of months ago I was brainstorming blog topics. I like to get things fresh and fun, yet helpful. Because honestly, who cares to read an entire post about one sweater, that's what IG is for right?! See. LiketkIt. Shop. Wear. Love.

I kept toying with the topic of Pinterest. It's something that's constantly on my mind.. in life, in work, in our kitchen, in our house, in almost everything. Lately, I use Pinterest almost as much as Google. I knew growing my Pinterest, would in turn grow my brand.



Anyway, I have been working on my Pinterest game and was thinking I would keep track of what worked and what didn't to share with you guys.

But. I'm so sick of acting like I'm an 'expert' in all these things y'all. I constantly talk about how I want this to be a two way street, a conversation between me and all you guys, yet I am the one stopping it. I sit here and yap, yap, yap.. then say 'You have to tell me if this works for you too!'. Why not do it together?

Why not change the narrative together. Let's grow together, let's learn together.

So today, I'm sharing what I've researched about Pinterest. What I've tested and learned works. And what doesn't. And what's on my Pin-genda for the future. I want to hear what you're doing. What's working and not working.

And I'm going to tell you my game changing Pinterest secret. That has worked for me! 

Ready? Let's go!



Here's what I've been doing-- 

C L E A N   I T   U P 
This was the most annoying part for me. I am horrible at keeping my computer/phone/files tidy. Pinterest is no exception. During my research I read that cleaning up your boards, deleting pins that didn't do well or fixing pins that went to a broken link could be huge in helping your algorithm (aka Pinterest thinks your pins are more 'worthy' to be shown as popular, so more people see them). 

I went through and deleted boards I didn't need any more and fixed old links. #SOboring I also renamed some boards to be more "on brand".  All in all, I'm really happy that I cleaned it up. It's nice to have everything in order. I will say I lost about 3 followers but definitely worth it. 

I've also read that there is an 80/20 rule to pinning. For every 20% of your own pins you pin, you need to pin 80% of other peoples pins. 

  
M A K E   I T   E A S Y 
One thing I've noticed that has definitely upped my game is making it way easier for my readers to pin my posts. In addition to the 'Hover to Pin' button on my images, I always add a 'Pinable Image' at the end of the post with a direct link to click and save to their Pinterest board. 

I use PicMonkey to make all my Pinable images. I'll share my steps below!

1. Open your image under editor. When picking your image make sure it's eye catching and vertical. Vertical images preform better on Pinterest. You can also use the collage feature, I love doing this for recipes. I'll add four photos but delete one to leave a white space for words. 

2. I like to start by making a banner to center all my text. I think it creates a focal point and gets to the point. I try to make this a color that coordinates with the photo.

3. Next I add the words. I like to choose fonts that mix well like cursive and plain text, bold and skinny, etc. I add each line in a separate text box so that I can control the spacing. I also like to add the depth effect to really make it pop. I like to add my website URL in the corner to make sure it can be linked back to my site if the image is reused on other sites, etc.

4.  Finally I save it and insert into my post! **You can also save it to your hub incase you need to edit it later. 


My biggest tip that I have noticed has changed my Pin-game, made multiple pins go 'viral' and brought over thousands of new views to each post is by thinking like Pinterest. Ok, so instead of treating one blog post the same on every platform, think about how to market it. Treat each platform as a separate tool. So I like to use my blog post as a long narrative, that's both informative and personal. I use it to tell a story while demonstrating tips or things that are helpful. Depending on the platform, I will share it different ways. I like to be more personal on Instagram. I truly feel like I have a lil' IG fam there and I like to share my life with you guys!

But on Pinterest, people don't know you and don't care to know you. They are there for help. Help decorating, help cooking, help with ideas, etc. So I always try to make my pins informative and to the point. 

Example. Instead of titling this pinable image - 'My Journey with Pinterest', I titled it 'How to Create Pinable Images'. This is more informative and more likely to get clicked. Sometimes I even create a second image and place it in the post as well. For example, my title image 'How to Work Pinterest like a Blogger Boss + My BIGGEST and BEST Social Media Secret'. Both eye catching and informative.

Ok so, now ya know! My little secret. If you like these real life, unfiltered tips you can subscribe to my emails here & follow along on IG (@YesPleaseDaily). If you have more tips for me TELL ME! I want this to be a two way street.

On my agenda for this year are bettering my photography, learning to use Tailwind to schedule my pins and by joining Boardbooster for continued clean up, Pin groups and more. And maybe find out how to not need any sleep at all so I can knock out this continually growing to-do list. Share tips below! Comment on my IG with tips! Do anything because I'm ready to do knock this Pinterest thing out of the ballpark y'all. XO


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Monday, October 9, 2017

LA Ladies [California Photo Diary]

Monday, October 9, 2017

LA Ladies [California Photo Diary]


Last month, I had the chance to take one of my favorite trips ever. It was relaxing, it was so much fun, it was everything you want out of a girl's trip. I wish I could live it over and over and over again. It was a trip I truly, truly hated to come home from.

I must warn you this post is long and mainly photos from our trip. I tried to narrow down the pictures as much as possible but it was hard.



At Coast in Santa Monica. This restaurant was amaze.
Here's the low down on our trip.. I went to with my Melmama (stepmom!) to LA/Santa Monica/Beverly Hills. We were meeting my Godmother and cousin, who lives in Santa Monica. There was lots of shopping, lots of cocktails, lots of food and LOTS of laughs. It seriously was the best time ever. The extended weekend could have been extended forever and I would have been in heaven. 

 
At our hotel pool. Shop Ruffle Top OOTN: Top, Jeans, Chloe Sunnies, Gucci Disco Bag, Shoes

When we first arrived, we stayed at the Viceroy Santa Monica. We loved this hotel. Our room was so nice, had an ocean view and the cutest courtyard/pool area. The restaurant by the pool was amazing too, the perfect welcome to kick off our week! I thought I took more pictures of our room but I can't find them! I'm so sad because it was insanely beautiful. The entire bathroom was marble. It was very modern and chic.

Our last night at the Viceroy, we attended a Silent Disco by the pool and it was so fun! I had never been to a silent disco before but I definitely hope this isn't the last time I go.








 Shop Athleisure: Lace Up Leggings (Only $12!), Zella Tank Top, Lace Up Top, Oversized Aviators ($14!)

We stayed at the Viceroy three nights and the Beverly Hills hotel two. The BHH was a dream come true. I have always wanted to stay there. I didn't know this until we checked in but Beverly Hills was actually built around the Beverly Hills hotel. It was founded in 1912 and was the center of Hollywood. Everyone wanted to be close to the action and started building homes around it.

So many celebrities have stayed and still frequent the Beverly Hills hotel. While we were there, Kourtney Kardashian, Kris Jenner, JLo and ARod were at the hotel! We never saw them but I touched Kris Jenner's Bentley 😂.

The hotel is adorable. Pink and green everywhere! Every single thing in the hotel is adorable too. It's all branded so well and we loved it. We seriously went around picking everything up, 'Look how cute!'. We probably sounded insane. I came home with so many shampoos, bath salts, lotions, etc. because they were so cute. I don't even want to use them, haha!

On top of being a classic and adorable, the brunch was fantastic. Some of the best avocado toast I've ever had. Melanie basically had to drag me away, I seriously asked her to delay our Uber to the airport!






Shop Leopard Set: Shorts, Jacket 

Besides lots of shopping and eating, we also did some fun things! One day we did the Malibu Wine Safari. If you're a Kardashian or Bachelor fan, you may have seen this place before. It's SO beautiful. I love Malibu in general and this place is no exception.

You ride on a Safari truck, while tasting wines & feeding animals. What more can you really ask for?! There was a wedding getting set up the day we did it and I 100000% regret not getting married there. It was incredible.





If you're a fan of Bravo, we ate at Villa Blanca, SUR and grabbed drinks at PUMP. This was huge for me because I live for Bravo. We also at ate Formaggio, in Santa Monica and it was incredible. This is on our list for our Cali Road Trip in 2018. Not only was it a blast, but I was so happy to spend time with my family. Living in Chattanooga is the best but it often get homesick. I'm very lucky I get to see my family as often as I do, and I try to appreciate each time to the fullest.

I hope you've enjoyed this photo overload! If you would like to see more Cali post's, check out some of my other visits here. Enjoy your Monday. xo 
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Friday, September 29, 2017

Monthly Freebies! [September]

Friday, September 29, 2017

Monthly Freebies! [September]


I wanted to find a way to give back to you babes! Since I'm still unsure how I can invite you all over for cocktails and dinner & I cannot afford to gift you all everything you deserve, I have settled on a monthly freebie!

Since you are so kind as to let me pop into your inbox a few times a week, I will be sending out a surprise each moth! It can be a graphic for downloading, recipe, etc.

This month, I am gifting you my 'Pick Your Poison' bar cart graphic. All you have to do is sign up for the newsletter (click here). I will mail it out again this month + instructions on how to download & print.

Hope you have a great weekend!! I'm going to start decorating for Halloween and I'm SO excited. Be sure to follow along on Instagram for sneak peeks (@YesPleaseDaily). xo
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