HGTV Blogger Block Party for the best in DIY and Home Decor

HGTV Magazine's  3rd Annual Blogger Block Party was held in Manhattan this week to coincide with the NYNOW market week at the Javits Center. We attend the super fun and star-studded #bloggerblockparty in New York last week to celebrate HGVT Magazine  and their new September and October issues in the newsstands this month.  Always inspiring us with Home Decorating Ideas, DIY projects and more. HGTV Magazine  showed us they were all about color and the modern style. Sara Peterson, Editor in Chief of HGTV Magazine. Introducing our speakers was the lovely Sara Peterson, Editor in Chief of HGTV's Magazine.   Genevieve Garder of Genevieve's Renovation Designing for Big Impact: Fall Ideas Lots of talk about trends from the perspective of what we see in fashion, Our … [Read more...]

Juliska in Stamford LuxeBloggers Event

Last week Jessica and I had the pleasure of hosting a local blogger event at Juliska, in Stamford, CT. I've been a longtime fan of Juliska since spotting them on the pages of my favorite mail order catalog many moons ago. Lucky for us they now have a beautiful 10,00 square foot retail showroom in our neighborhood, equipped with a coffee shop and lunch menu. I have a long wish list of table settings and serving pieces that I would like to add to my collection, so it was fun to preview all the new arrivals and additional products in person. This is a brand that celebrates artful and happy gatherings with unique handcrafted items to enhance any event. And their store is truly a visual delight of table settings, cookbooks, jewelry, gifts and more under one roof! L-R : Jessica and … [Read more...]

Periscope 101: Getting Ready for your First Broadcast

Periscope is the newest social media craze sweeping the nation (actually the world) and it may be a little intimidating for people who have no idea how to use it or even what it is. Periscope is a live-video streaming platform that allows you to broadcast to the world or a select few, the choice is yours. You must be on the iOS or Android operating systems for you to use it. Since it’s fairly new (only three months old) most people who log in for the first time are not sure how to navigate through it or how to even set up an engaging profile. I’m going to give you a little Periscope 101: Getting Ready for your First Broadcast, so you can get connected and be prepared to start streaming away! (I’m on the Android operating system, so some of my photos may look a little different than using … [Read more...]

5 Top Blogging Tools You Cannot Live Without

(Photo Source: Pic Jumbo) When I started blogging a little over two and a half years ago, I had no idea what I was doing. I went in blindly without knowing what direction I wanted to take my blog in and without any prior research. I just started writing, posting, and learning by trial and error. Luckily, I met some amazing bloggers along the way who were very supportive. Even with the support from other bloggers, there weren’t as many tools readily available for bloggers as there are now. If you’re a beginner blogger, or thinking about becoming a blogger, and you’re equipped with the proper tools then things will be a lot easier for you. I want to help make your blogging life a little easier by sharing 5 top blogging tools you cannot live without. 1. Editorial Calendar An editorial … [Read more...]

Best Craft Blogger Boards on Pinterest

Pinterest is the new kid on the block, and let's face it... her charms are irresistible. Blogger or not, fan of social media or hermit crab, you will fall in love with, and quickly become addicted to, Pinterest. There are few people who use Pinterest as well as craft bloggers. Today, I'm going to feature some of the best craft blogger boards on Pinterest... by some amazing craft bloggers you probably already know and love! When you're done swooning, come back and let me know who your favorite craft blogger is, and if she uses Pinterest. (And yes, you can be your own favorite!) [imagebrowser id=27] A huge thanks to my friend and Blissfully Domestic Home Improvement blogger, Leigh, for sharing some of her favorites with me! … [Read more...]

WordPress Plugins for Guest Posting

While many bloggers accept guest posts, it's normally an every-once-in-awhile thing and you just ask to have the post emailed to you, never having to worry about allowing the guest writer access to your blog's dashboard. But, what happens when you want to allow people to submit stories anytime, or even testimonials? You can set up a forum to collect the info but you'd still have to format everything and insert it into a post editor. WordPress Plugin to Accept Guest Posts User Submitted Posts This plugin is fan-tab-u-lus! It allows you to create a custom form, with options, for guests to fill out. When they submit the post it is automatically sent to Drafts and categorized where you've specified. You can even give the guest poster a dropdown with categories to choose from if you'd like … [Read more...]