Saturday, January 30, 2016

Seven on Saturday



1.  At Baublebar, they currently have buy 3 rings, save 15%, buy 5+ rings, save 20%.  I just ordered thisthis and this.

2.  I know we are still a while away, but I've got warm sunny weather on my mind.  Nothing screams summer like nautical vibes.  These Kennebunkport bracelets are on sale with an extra 25% off with code: EXTRA25.

3.  I really am wanting a pair of slip on sneakers for the Spring.  I love this pair and this pair.

4.  These distressed jeans are fabulous!! And for a great price.

5.  This blouse comes in 21 colors/patterns!  Silk flowing blouses are my go-to on rushed mornings!  They instantly look chic and pulled together.  

6.  These lace-up heels are perfectly on trend and oh-so easy to wear with the block heel.  

7.   This is the best basic tee.  We always love a v-neck style because they are so flattering.  This tee comes in 12 colors.





Friday, January 29, 2016

All things Fringe

Fringe on a sweater is just pure perfection.


Fringe is still everywhere you look.  It adds such a playfulness to a piece and I love it.  Katey recently did a post here with a white fringe sweater.  I guess we are both into fringe :)  If you look closely at this sweater, it's actually two-toned, cream and white.  The colors are beautiful for the winter.

I've linked some other adorable fringe pieces below!

Do you have any weekend plans?  My son has a soccer tournament so that's what I will be doing most of the weekend!!  We were snowed in last weekend (when we took these pics!) and this weekend it's going to be in the mid 60s!  Crazy!!







Sweater: Topshop (I'm wearing a small) // Pants: J Crew Factory (on sale!) // Boots: Hunter // Purse: Kate Spade similar here // Pom Pom: Nordstrom







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Thursday, January 28, 2016

"In A Blog" Series: #1 How to Start a Blog


Starting a blog is both exciting and overwhelming!!!



 When we decided to start a blog together, we did weeks of research and prep.  With all the info and choices, we found ourselves overloaded with information.  We did a lot of internet searching to fine tune the answers to our questions.

After 1 year of blogging, we are excited to share what we have learned along the way.  We are not experts by any means and are still learning as we go.  But we are thrilled to help new bloggers.  So for the next couple months, we are going to be doing a Blogging Series covering everything from starting your blog to the daily ins and outs of running a blog.  If you have questions or topics you'd like covered, please comment below or email us at twopeasinablog@yahoo.com.



 BLOGGER vs. WORDPRESS
Blogger and Wordpress are the two most common platforms on the web.  They are the place to hold and manage your content.  There is debate on which is better.

It is free and reliable.
Is owned by Google meaning it is not owned by you.
Because Google owns the site, they can shut it down at any time (copy write claims, spam, etc).
There are a variety of templates to use when setting up your blog.  However you can't create your own setup or make modifications.

You own the site and decide how long you want to run it or when you want to shut it down.
You own all your data.
There are thousands of themes with plug-ins to modify or customize your blog.
You have to pay for a hosting server (Bluehost is a popular one).

We were on the fence of which to choose.  Both have pros and cons.  But the web designer we picked only used Blogger, so that's what we went with.  We have been extremely happy with Blogger.  A lot of bloggers make the switch at some point because of tech support, useablilty, customization, SEO.  But we feel like we have all this with Blogger so far.

Blogger is a great starting point, because it's free and easy to use.  You can get your blog up and running without having to put a lot of money into it in the beginning.  Let's be honest, it's one less expense in the beginning.  There's no right or wrong choice though!


 CHOOSE A NAME WISELY AND GET A HOST SITE

Make the blog name represent who you are or what your blog is about.  Are you a baking/cooking blog?  A fashion blog?  A lifestyle blog?  When we chose a name, we spent hours thinking of it.  After days of throwing out names left and right, my (Katey) 9 year old daughter said "How about Two Peas in a Pod?"  And we changed it to "Two Peas in a Blog".  We really wanted a name that represented that we are twins writing this blog together.
Check and double check that there isn't already a domain with the name you want to use or too close to it!!
You want something catchy, not too long, and says what you are about.
Head to Bluehost to see if your name is available.  Below is what the search box looks like.



Once you've decided on a blog name, you need a place to purchase the domain name.  We used Bluehost for this and are in a 24 mth. plan.

If using Wordpress, you will also need a hosting site (Remember Blogger is hosted with Google).  Hosting is like renting space on the web for your blog.  Bluehost is a great option for this too, with great prices and they give you your domain name for free if you decide to host with them.   GoDaddy is another hosting site you've probably also heard of.  Once you chose your package, you can download Wordpress directly from the Bluehost site and start creating your blog.


 DESIGN THE BLOG

As we mentioned above, we used a web designer to design our blog.  We weren't getting the exact look we wanted so we decided to have someone design it for us.  We looked at our fav blogs to see who designed them (it usually says at the bottom of the blog).  Then we spent time researching the designers and coming up with our look.  For us this was money well spent to get the exact look we wanted.  We used Kelly with Kelly Christine Studio and loved how our design turned out.

Blogger and Wordpress have tons of free themes or premium themes to chose from if you want to design your blog yourself.


 LLC?

Provides additional credibility.
It helps you look organized and professional.
Provides some tax savings when filing your annual taxes.
Gives protection of personal assets.

This is a personal decision but we decided to form an LLC before we got started mainly for the protection of our personal assets and the creditability that comes with it.  But of course, it isn't necessary.  We also made the decision from the beginning to run our blog like a business and felt like this was important to us.




Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Snow Days + Link Up





I wore this sweater originally back in this post.  It's just so soft and cozy I had to show it to you again.  This time I paired it with nude accessories instead of the dark black.  It really can be worn so many ways.  

We got the edge of storm Jonas in NC this weekend.  It started off just sleeting, leaving a nice layer of ice on everything, then switched over to snow.  We really didn't get much snow, maybe an inch.  But on top of ice, is no fun.  It was beautiful, but in NC we don't have enough equipment to clear the roads, so it's always a mess.  Basically everyone panics, businesses close and people stay home.  So that's what we did, Friday and Saturday.   We didn't even try to leave the house. 

Two days at home is a luxury for this homebody!  No errands to run, no running the kids here and there, nothing to do but stay home!  The kids played outside, we played card games, watched movies, I baked 3 batches of cookies and loved every minute of being "stuck" at home.  By Sunday, the sun came out and we were ready to get out.  So where to first?  Target of course :)

Did the snow storm hit where you live?









Sweater: Nordstrom // Jeans: AG // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff sold out, similar here and here // Heels: Ted Baker, also here // Watch: Fossil, also here






This week's feature blogger(s) are Whitney and Blaire from Peaches in a Pod.  They have been friends since college and now are blogging partners!! How cool.  We know how fun it is to write a blog with your bestie!!!  Whitney's layered look is adorable and incorporates some of our favs, OTK boots and a fur vest.  Make sure you check these ladies out!


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Monday, January 25, 2016

Black sweater dress

Today's outfit is pretty simple.


Just a few pieces and you look pulled together and ready for the day.
A sweater dress.
Fur vest.
Boots.

I love the simple fair isle detail of this dress.  A classic print and it's incredibly soft.  Going to work?  Pair this cozy sweater with black tights and black booties or heels for a more dressed up look.  This Spring, I can see this dress with a cute pair of sneakers like this slip-on or this retro sneaker or fabulous lace-up sandals.
However you choose to style it, a sweater dress is a staple to have in your closet for lots of wear.  











Dress: Asos // Fur Vest: Chicwish (favorite!) // Boots: Dolce Vita last year, very similar here // Purse: Shein, splurge version here // Necklace: Baublebar // Bracelet: Lele Sadoughi, similar and less expensive here // Sunnies: Ray-Ban

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Seven on Saturday



With all this snowy, cold weather around, we are looking forward to Spring Break and warmer weather.  These 7 will have you ready for a warm getaway.


1.  This romper is adorable and screams Spring!!! We think it is so pretty.  The pattern also comes in a cute peplum top.

2.  Kendra Scott just launched their Spring line.  Everything is amazing but this necklace, these ear jackets and this cuff are our favorites!!!

3.  We found this beach hat that is adorable, but the price tag is a little high.  There are some equally adorable hats herehere and here.

4. These espadrilles are at the top of my want list.  How cute is the shimmery toe?!

5.  Last summer I wore this style short and loved them.  They come in 4 solid colors and 5 patterns.  Currently they are on sale, plus an extra 20% off over $100 with code WEARNOW.  It's a good time to stock up.

6.  We've really been trying to add to our makeup collection lately.  This new blush palette by Gwen Stefani looks amazing.  We love the 6 different blush shades, great for mixing colors to make your own shade.

7. We love bag charms!  From poms to tassels, they are a fun wimsy touch.  If you are looking for lighthearted fun, this and this are perfect.  A little more classic? We adore this tassel.  Looking for color options?  Try this and this!





Friday, January 22, 2016

Instagram Outfits

TGIF!  
We wanted to share some of our Instagram looks with you today.  

 I bought this tunic early Fall and I'm still wearing it.  It's definately a favorite.  The loose swing fit is so flattering.  There are now new colors!  I'm loving the white gardenia print.  There is also a sleeveless version that is on my Spring wish list.  


Tunic: Free People // Jeans: Old Navy // Booties: Nordstrom // Crossbody: Shein, splurge version here // Watch:  Michael Kors


I found this sweater while on one of my many recent Target runs.  I swear I'm there 3-4 times a week, it's crazy!!  The top also comes in a pretty olive green.


Sweater: Target // Vest:  J Crew Factory // Jeans: AG // Tote: Nordstrom // Necklace:Baublebar


Fair isle and fringe in one cozy sweater!  I couldn't pass it up.  I think all that's available is Large.  I'm wearing a medium.  If you are looking for a sweater with fringe, try this or this.  Both are adorable and unique!


Sweater: Asos (limited sizes) I'm wearing a medium // Jeans: Madewell // Boots: Hunter // Tote: Nordstrom (reversible) // Sunnies: Ray-Ban


This thermal tee is the perfect layering piece.  It comes in this stripe or a variety of patterns and colors.  Have you noticed how much I carry this bag?  It's crazy.  But the color is perfection and it goes with everything!  If you are looking for a new bag, this blush color is very versatile.


Tee: Nordstrom // Scarf: exact not available, similar here // Jeans: AG // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff // Booties: last year, very similar here


These sunnies are my newest and I love them.  They are aviators with a slightly thicker frame!


Sunnies: Marc Jacobs // Tote: Nordstrom // Pom Pom: Nordstrom


Looking for a simple turtleneck sweater that's super soft?  This one is it and it also comes in grey.  I love how its not too thick, so I can layer with it, but it is really warm.


Sweater: TopShop // Vest: J Crew Factory // Necklace: Baublebar


I just recently bought this bubble sweater and it's already sold out. :(  But I linked one below that is the same color with a V-neck.  I think the bright green looks beautiful paired with the blush pink.


Sweater: sold out, but similar here // Booties: old, but similar here // Tote: Nordstrom // Watch: Fossil // Sunnies: Marc Jacobs // Necklace: Baublebar


This fuzzy turtleneck also comes in ivory.  I'm really into loose and comfy sweaters this season!!


Sweater: Nordstrom // Turtleneck: J Crew // Jeans: AG // Tote: Nordstrom // Flats: Nordstrom




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