Currently Craving – Shells for Summer

Currently Craving - Shells for Summer - Fashion Blog Post

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Topshop Summer LookBook 2017

Trying to get an idea of what to wear for Summer?  Check out the new Summer LookBook from Topshop as well as some of my favorite pieces!

Topshop Summer LookBook 2017

Topshop Summer LookBook 2017

Topshop Summer LookBook 2017

Topshop Summer LookBook 2017

Topshop Summer LookBook 2017

 

Topshop Summer LookBook 2017

Vivian Ruched Stripe Blouse

Topshop Summer LookBook 2017

Mixed Broderie Top

Topshop Summer LookBook 2017

MOTO Bleach Cory Denim Shorts

Topshop Summer LookBook 2017

Embroidered Flute Sleeve Blouse

Topshop Summer LookBook 2017

Straw Floppy Hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 2, 2017 · 7:30 am

21 Smart Strategies To Increase Your Pinterest Followers – Part 2

If you’re just finding this blog post, this is Part 2 of 21 Smart Strategies to Increase your Pinterest Followers.  You can find Part 1 here.  These 21 tips and tricks are in order and it’s best to start from the beginning.  Also make sure to follow along as there’s more to come!  You can follow by clicking the “Sign me up!” button in the top right corner of my blog.  Now let’s get started:

21 Smart Strategies To Increase Your Pinterest Followers – Part 2

 

21 Smart Strategies To Increase Your Pinterest Followers – Part 2

 

 

 

 

Today I’m sharing with you who to follow on Pinterest, how to use your likes to your advantage and how to make your pins more effective.  However, before we get to all that, I want to do a quick run down of how to set up your profile.  When filling out your profile on Pinterest, you should start by introducing yourself and your business.  Just a short sentence or two.  The next thing is to include a profile picture, this should be the same profile picture you use across your other social media platforms.  If you’re the face of your business, you can have a picture of yourself or your business logo works great too.  When you pick your Pinterest name, make sure it’s related to your business and nothing personal.  This makes it easier for your customers to remember you!  Lastly, make sure to include your location and a link to your business.  I can’t tell you how many Pinterest accounts I’ve come across that I’ve wanted to find out more, only to see that there was no link.  This link is your one and only link so make it count!

21 Smart Strategies To Increase Your Pinterest Followers – Part 2

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about who you should be following on Pinterest.  Remember last time when we set up all those boards?  For every board we have, we’re going to find a handful of other people who have similar boards.  You want to make sure before you follow a person’s board that they are actively pinning to that board and the board has at least 300 pins.  I just want to specify that we’re doing this solely for our non-business boards.  If there’s a board that you plan on pinning to more frequently, go ahead and find more than 5 other boards to follow.  The same goes for the opposite, if you think you’ll only pin to a board 1 -2x per week than having only 2 – 3 boards to follow is okay.  I realize this may all seem tedious and you’re probably like, “Jen!  I just spent all that time setting up my boards and now I have to go through and do this too?!”  My answer to you is, YES!  Keep in mind that we are building the foundation to your mansion of followers.  If we don’t take the time to lay the foundation right, the whole thing could collapse or not get build at all.

21 Smart Strategies To Increase Your Pinterest Followers – Part 2

Make sure that the boards you are following are active and have at least 300 pins

One last thing to keep in mind.  If you have a business that is seasonal, you may find that during your off-season people aren’t pinning to these particular boards as frequently.  For any boards that are seasonal, i.e. a Summer board, you may want to find closer to 12+ similar boards to follow.

By now you’re probably wondering why we’re doing all this?  Let me explain.  Now that you’ve found an arsenal of boards to follow, your Pinterest should be looking a little different.  You should be seeing lots of great pins to repin to all your boards that you created.  Don’t go on a repining spree just yet!  Instead, whenever you come across a pin you’d like to share with your followers, simply “like it” instead of repining.  What we’re doing is creating a piggy-bank of pins that we can reach into any time we need a certain kind of pin for a particular board.  This ensures that we always have the best pins at our finger tips to pin from whenever we need them.

21 Smart Strategies To Increase Your Pinterest Followers – Part 2

Now that we have our piggy-bank of pins saved up, we can actually start pinning!  When you want to pin, simply go through your likes and pick 1 pin for every 7 – 10 boards (non-business boards).  Then you can pin 1 business related pin from your website or blog.  Make sure you don’t go crazy pinning in one sitting.  Instead repeat this step at several times throughout the day.  Try to hit every board at least once a week and if you end up pinning to one board several times a day that’s okay too.

Two things to keep in mind while pinning. Number 1 – make sure you are pinning pins to related boards.  If a pin doesn’t fit in to any of your boards, you may want to forget about it or if you feel you have come across enough pins to start a new board then go ahead and do that.  Number 2 – Changing the description.  So often times I come across pins that instead of a descriptive text say something like, “This pin was repined by so-and-so”.  Don’t do this.  If you follow all my Pinterest tips and tricks, there’s no need for this and it flat out just looks spammy.  Instead put a short description of what’s actually in the pin, i.e. Row of Palm Trees in Malibu.  You don’t need to write a paragraph, keep it short and to the point.  Also make sure that whatever you are putting in the description contains the name of your board or is some how very closely related.

21 Smart Strategies To Increase Your Pinterest Followers – Part 2

I realize that this may seem like a lot of work but I can tell you that it will pay off.  Pinterest is great way to drive traffic to your business!  Besides once you’ve finished doing all the hard work, your Pinterest account will basically run itself.  You won’t have to go looking for pins or end up pinning 10 handbag pins because you couldn’t find a great outfit one.  That wraps up Part 2 of 21 Smart Strategies To Increase Your Pinterest Followers.  Make sure to follow along by clicking the “Sign me up!” button in the top right corner of my blog. Next time I’ll be talking about your followers and original content.  Stick around for Part 3 coming soon!

 

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Meatless Monday – Avocado Tempura Sushi with Mango Recipe

It’s time for another Meatless Monday!  Today I’m excited to share with you, my Avocado Tempura Sushi Roll topped with mango.  I’m going to give you the step by step to help make sushi at home the easiest it’s ever been.  I’m sharing all my tips and tricks, how to get perfectly round sushi rolls, how to make inside out sushi rolls and how to top your sushi rolls off!  I’m going to start by sharing the kitchen tools you’ll need, since there’s one you probably don’t have but I promise if you want to make sushi at home, it’s sooo worth getting!

Meatless Monday - Avocado Tempura Sushi with Mango Recipe

Things you’ll need:

  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper
  • Potato peeler
  • Rice Cooker (optional)

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I know what you’re thinking, what in the world is Sushezi?  It sounds like sush – easy and I guess it’s technically called a sushi maker.  I purchased mine on eBay for less than $10 and it’s completely taken my sushi game to the next level!  When I first got it in the mail, my initial thought was that I wasted money on a hunk of plastic BUT then I tried it out.  I’m now able to make oversized perfectly round sushi rolls at home.  (fyi, this isn’t any kind of paid ad – I really just like this product)

Meatless Monday - Avocado Tempura Sushi with Mango Recipe

Ingredients for sushi roll:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 ripe mango
  • 1/2 cup sushi rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsps rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp raw sugar (optional)
  • panko crumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for dipping sauce:

  • teriyaki sauce
  • sriracha sauce

Meatless Monday - Avocado Tempura Sushi with Mango Recipe

Instructions:

  1. Start by placing the water and rice in the rice cooker.  Follow instructions for your rice cooker.  I don’t use an electric one so I just pop mine in the microwave on high for 19 minutes.  I used Nishiki brand sushi rice.  Once your rice has finished cooking, you can add the sugar (optional) and rice vinegar.  I used Nagano All Natural Rice Vinegar.  If you’re using a sweet rice vinegar then definitely skip the sugar.  Mix everything together, then spread the rice out on a plate and place in the fridge to cool for about 20 minutes.  At this point you’ll also want to preheat your oven to 400′.

Meatless Monday - Avocado Tempura Sushi Roll with Mango Recipe

 

2.  While your rice is cooling, cut your avocado in half (as seen below) and remove the pit.

Meatless Monday - Avocado Tempura Sushi Roll with Mango Recipe

You’ll want to cut your avocado this way because of how you’ll need to finish cutting it up in the next step.

Meatless Monday - Avocado Tempura Sushi Roll with Mango Recipe

You can remove the pit by chopping your knife in and twisting or using a spoon works well too. If you try the knife method just be careful!

3.  Next cut the avocado into thick strips.  Be careful not to cut through the avocado skin and cut your fingers!  Once you’ve cut the avocado into strips, you’ll go along the edges with your knife to detach the avocado from it’s shell.

Meatless Monday - Avocado Tempura Sushi Roll with Mango Recipe

Cut your avocado into thick strips, about the size of a french fry

Meatless Monday - Avocado Tempura Sushi Roll with Mango Recipe

Cut along the edges with your knife and then scoop out the avocado slices

Meatless Monday - Avocado Tempura Sushi Roll with Mango Recipe

This is what you’re avocado slices should look like

4.  Place some parchment paper on a baking sheet and set aside.  Next take out your panko crumbs and spread them out on a plate.  One by one coat your avocado slices with the crumbs.  I piled the crumbs on top of my avocado slice and then lightly pushed them into the avocado.  Place them on the baking sheet and sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.  Place in the oven for 15 minutes.

Meatless Monday - Avocado Tempura Sushi Roll with Mango Recipe

Coating an avocado slice with panko crumbs

Meatless Monday - Avocado Tempura Sushi Roll with Mango Recipe

Avocado slices before going into the oven

Meatless Monday - Avocado Tempura Sushi Roll with Mango Recipe

Avocado slices after

5.  Once your avocado slices are done, your rice should be done cooling as well.  Set both of these aside.  Get your mango and potato peeler.  You’ll want to skin the mango and once you’ve skinned it, you’ll want to keep using the potato peeler to take off slices of mango.  Keep going until you start to see the pit.  You should have about 10 – 12 mango slices.  Set these aside.

Meatless Monday - Avocado Tempura Sushi Roll with Mango Recipe

Mango slices

6.  Next you’ll want to cover your cutting board in a sheet of plastic wrap.  Then grab your rice and Sushezi.  I used a spoon and my hands to get the rice into the Sushezi.  How much rice you end up putting in, is really up to you.  The less rice you use, the more avocado you’ll be able to fit but at the same time you want to make sure the sushi roll will hold together.  I ended up using 3/4 of my rice and 2/3 of my avocado slices.  Also try to place the same amount of rice in both sides of the sushi maker.  This ensures that your filling stays centered.

Meatless Monday - Avocado Tempura Sushi Roll with Mango Recipe

Sushezi empty – make sure you have the sushi maker completely set up with all 3 parts before you start adding rice

You’ll want to make sure that in the bottom half of your Sushezi you leave an empty space to allow room for the arm that will eventually push the sushi roll out.

Meatless Monday - Avocado Tempura Sushi Roll with Mango Recipe

Allow some space at the end

Meatless Monday - Avocado Tempura Sushi Roll with Mango Recipe

This is what it should look like after you’ve finished adding the rice

Another tip is to make sure that the rice comes up and slightly past the sides.  This makes sure that your two halves will become a whole sushi roll and keeps your sushi roll from splitting in half once you’ve pushed it out.

Meatless Monday - Avocado Tempura Sushi Roll with Mango Recipe

Make sure rice ever so slightly goes past the edge of the sushi maker

7.  Now you’re ready to add your avocado!  Place your avocado slices in the center of the rice of only one part of your sushi maker.  You really want to make sure that the avocado slices stay centered and don’t go over the sides.

Meatless Monday - Avocado Tempura Sushi Roll with Mango Recipe

This is what your sushi roll should look like at this point

8.  Now you can place the half that’s only holding rice on top of the other half that is holding the rice and avocado.  Make sure to lock them together! Hold your sushi maker over the plastic wrap and cutting board.  While one hand is holding the sushi maker, push and twist clockwise the arm with your other hand.  Eventually you’ll get to a point where you won’t need to keep twisting the arm.  Keep pushing until your sushi roll is resting on the plastic wrap.

Meatless Monday - Avocado Tempura Sushi Roll with Mango Recipe

Sushi roll on plastic wrap

9.  Next you can add the mango slices.  You’ll want to make sure that you layer them on top of each other (shown below)

Meatless Monday - Avocado Tempura Sushi Roll with Mango Recipe

Layer the mango slices on the top of your sushi roll

Meatless Monday - Avocado Tempura Sushi Roll with Mango Recipe

a close up of the mango slices

10.  Once you have all your mango slices on top of your roll, you’ll want to tightly wrap the plastic wrap around the roll.

Meatless Monday - Avocado Tempura Sushi Roll with Mango Recipe

Sushi roll with plastic wrap – wrapped tightly

11.  For the next step, you’ll want to make sure your knife has been cleaned, dried and sharpened.  You’ll lightly cut into the plastic wrap and sushi roll using a gentle back and forth sawing motion.  DO NOT cut all the way through the plastic wrap on the bottom.  You’ll want to cut all the way through the roll but not the plastic wrap, this makes it easier to take off once you’re done cutting.  I usually cut 8 pieces from my roll.  Cutting more pieces means smaller pieces of sushi but you also run the risk of having your sushi roll fall apart.  The thicker the sushi pieces, the more likely they’ll stay together.

Meatless Monday - Avocado Tempura Sushi Roll with Mango Recipe

Go ahead and gently unwrap your sushi!

12.  Congratulations!  You just made an amazing sushi roll at home!!  You can go ahead and mix your dipping sauce.  I use Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce.  It has the consistency of soy sauce and I usually add several drops of Sriracha to it.  This spicy teriyaki dipping sauce goes really well with the sweetness of the mango.  Once you’ve mixed your dipping sauce, you’re ready to eat!

Meatless Monday - Avocado Tempura Sushi with Mango Recipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Favorites + Fashion Trends

I’ve always considered June 1st the start of Summer regardless of what the calendar says.  So with that in mind, being on the brink of Summer but still the end of Spring can put a girl in a conundrum.  What to wear?  Today I’m going to share my latest favorite trends for Spring / Summer 2017.  All of these pieces are perfect no matter which warm weather season it is.  Take a look:

Spring + Summer Fashion Trends for 2017

Pineapple Bandana / Cold-Shoulder Top / Sea Enamel Pins

Pineapple Earrings / Straw Clutch

Wave Swimsuit / High-waist Jeans / Pineapple Necklace

Super Star Sneakers

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Spring Hairstyles 2017

I wanted to share some of my favorite Spring hairstyles for 2017 because sometimes I can get stuck in a hair right and I have a feeling I’m not alone!  We girls need to shake things up, especially if you’ve been wearing your hair in a ponytail for too long.  So take a look at some of my favorites for Spring:

Spring Hairstyles 2017

The top bun is always a classic

Spring Hairstyles 2017

Messy braid is perfect for the beach

Spring Hairstyles 2017

Low bun works great if you’re in a hurry

Spring Hairstyles 2017

Side braid is one of my go-to hairstyles

Spring Hairstyles 2017

Wavy hair can take a little time but I love the outcome

Spring Hairstyles 2017

Twisted half up – half down – this is another go-to of mine!

Spring Hairstyles 2017

I love this take on the braided ponytail with no elastic showing

Spring Hairstyles 2017

Half up / half down with a braid

Spring Hairstyles 2017

Fishtail bun

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Spring Nail Art Trends 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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