The A-List and Other Tools of the Twitter Elite

  1. List building is great Twitter tool because you don’t have to actually follow someone to keep an eye on what they are tweeting. You can add them to a list so that you are able to put them into a feed to watch in programs such as TweetDeck. You can have your “A-List” companies you want to work with if you are a brand and you can engage with them on a regular basis so that you are able to attract their attention. Other lists could be industry-related influencers or news outlets that let you keep up on the changes in your field.

    Some of my very basic lists on my personal profile. Helps me to keep organized!

  2. I could talk all day on Twitter Chats and how they are the greatest thing out there. They let you engage with people who you share are common interest but would likely never interact with otherwise. How do they work? Basically at a specific hour once a week or once a month everyone follows a specific hashtag for that time and tweets answers to structured questions, asks questions, or simply just answers other people’s questions. Twitter Chats help you troubleshoot problems or find better ways around doing things. I’ve made plenty of twitter-friends in my industry through them and despite never having actually met theM, they are great to keep in touch with, especially since they are typically working in the same field as me. They have twitter chats for nearly every topic and if by chance you see one they don’t have out there, by all means start it yourself!

    Style Chat and Ask Forbes

    Two of my favorite chats-#stylechat & #askforbes

  3.  Sprout Social, if you aren’t on it you should get on it, especially if you are a brand. It gives you detailed reports, lets you do comprehensive brand monitoring, and the coolest feature-it lets you search conversations, twitter bios, or random tweets by location. The ability to search by location is very helpful and slightly creepy but it can do wonders for a brand looking to localize their messaging.

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    Example of some Sprout Social Reporting Metrics.

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Clothing Shop Online Dolman Flowy Shirt

Mondays are incredibly depressing, so here’s to hoping this look on the blog makes yours a little cheerier. There are a few things you won’t believe about how this outfit came together, 1) I needed to go to the grocery store and 2) I had no where to go after that. I basically dressed up for little to no reason at all, considering I normally go to the grocery with wet hair and sporting sweat pants.

Gap Shoes and Kate Spade Lainey Bag

The top I got for a steal from Clothing Shop Online, I also have it in Maroon and the pants are of course, from the Gap, where I get most of my pants. I paired it with a Juicy Couture necklace,  the Kate Spade Lainey purse and these adorable snake printed loafers from the Gap. To be honest when I bought these loafers I thought I would wear them all the time because they are so incredibly cute, but they are so dressy at the same time it’s hard to find an everyday excuse to wear them. I’m excited though, that I FINALLY found an outfit they fit well. Out of everything I’m wearing I would say the top is the item I wear the most, I shop at Clothing Shop Online for my basics because they are of strong quality and truly at the best prices on the internet.  Well, that’s all for now, but check back soon for more fun looks!

Clothing Shop Online Look

Wear to Work Look

Wear to Work I figured it was time for a wear to work look and I’ve been waiting to wear this look for about a year. I got this skirt from the Gap and I love the detail on it, it’s got a slight shine to it also so it dresses up the typical blue suit skirt. The blazer is from Kaitlyn and the white button-down under is from Gap (of course, I always wear something from Gap). I accessorized with heels from Guess and necklace from Juicy Couture. I’m always searching for more formal or wear to work outfits that are fashionable too, because it can hard to dress appropriately and still be stylish.

Gap Skirt

Fall Throwback: Ellerby Enzo Angiolini boots

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It’s still sort of fall, right? I love this look because it is super warm and a great integration of fall colors. My boots are the Ellerby Enzo Angiolini boots  from Nordstrom which I love wearing for more formal occasions, I have another pair of black boots for going out casually. I totally recommend investing in two pairs of black boots, in fact I call it my Black Boot Rule— have one for more formal occasions and ones that you wouldn’t be upset if they got a little dirty. It’s such a basic item that investing in two is totally worth it because you’ll wear it a lot.  I of course added my black Kate Spade purse–my absolute go-to purse these days.

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Meals by Jackie: Roasted Chicken & Root Veggie Salad

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“It’s easy to impress me. I don’t need a fancy party to be happy. Just good friends, good food, and good laughs. I’m happy. I’m satisfied. I’m content.” 
 -Maria Sharapova

My roommate is a very talented cook, and baker by profession so I figured was worth creating a section of my blog to highlight some of her meals. This is a lifestyle blog and my lifestyle is not complete without my nightly dinners with friends prepared by my very gifted best friend, Jackie.

I personally am an aspiring cook, “aspiring” being they key word. However, to be honest most of the time I just sit in awe of Jackie. Her ability to take what ingredients she has and create a fantastic dish is a true talent. I, on the other hand, get upset if I go to a restaurant and they don’t have my go-to menu item: the cheeseburger. She’s helped me expand my food palate, which is remarkable considering the list of foods I don’t want to eat or even try is longer than the list of what I will. We haven’t even shared an apartment yet for a year and I’m already eating three times more vegetables than I have my entire life.

So, how do we manage to have these fantastic meals every night? Jackie, our neighbor,and I have an arrangement that works well for us at this point in our lives. We all split grocery costs, Jackie makes the meal and our neighbor cleans up. Every single night we sit down and have a” family” dinner. It’s fun to pull together all the ingredients we have in our apartment and our neighbor’s and create these amazing meals. We also welcome friends to our nightly dinner, on one condition-they bring a bottle of wine to contribute. The wine is a dinner staple and it’s also a great deal because I know nothing about wine, besides that I only like white wine so I’m trying new ones each night. At this meal, pictured here I tried Acronym wine which I’ll admit at first taste seemed to bitter for me but after another sip I realized it was more of a fruity flavor which wasn’t bad at all. I’d definitely buy it again because it is incredibly affordable for one, and tasty! This whole arrangement has been nothing but fun so far and I find myself excited to go home each day to share food, wine, and laughter with all of our friends.

Roasted Chicken

Roasted chicken with beet greens, rainbow chard, and leeks.

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Root Veggie Salad

Root Veggie Salad: Gold and red beets, purple potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, arugula, mixed baby greens, green onions, pomegranate seeds, with an Oroblanco and black garlic vinegarette.

Back to Basics: Denim & Black

Denim and Black

This is a totally girly look but I LOVE IT! I got this adorable denim top with white embroidery detail a few weeks ago at Kohls. I love it because I’m a huge follower of the denim button down trend but I’ll be honest, I was looking for a way to reinvent my basic denim look and this outfit totally does that. It’s causal enough that I can wear natural make-up too which is another huge plus. I wore it with my Tiffany’s Daisy Pearl Necklace (from the Gatsby collection) because it is dainty and girly which goes with this whole look.

Preppy Skort Look

Preppy Look The look brings me back to my high school private school days. I love putting a sweater over a a flannel look because it instantly dresses it up. I added a belt to give more shape to the look because otherwise it can seem a little top heavy. This look is my g0-to for grabbing coffee with friends, it’s got an academic feel to it that works well with coffee houses. The flannel is American Living, the belt and sweater are Gap of course (one of my favorite brands).

Red Blazer Skort Combo

Gap Red Blazer Kate Spade Purse

Another way I wear my Must-Have Skater Skort from Forever 21 is with a red blazer from the Gap, a fun t-shirt from Forever 21 and a black Kate Spade. I love this look because it adds a strong pop of color. Scientifically speaking adding red to your outfit gets you noticed more by guys ladies, so if that’s what you’re after this outfit is a good-choice for you! The look is also professional (the blazer) yet girly (the skort) which can be a hard combination to come. I’ve found that mixing up which shoes you wear with this look totally alters the type of event you can wear it to, I personally like to wear my white Keds with this look but there’s nothing stopping you from wearing heels or wedges. I added red lipstick because it went with the outfit and it really polishes the look overall in my opinion, however normally I am very careful about red lipstick because I’m so pale it’s a little hard for me to pull off.

Forever 21 NYC Top

Must Have Skater Skort

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Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a dress, this is actually a Forever 21 Must-Have Skater Skort with a cute, part lace top from Kaitlyn (closer look at the lace detail in photo below). I love the skort because I can wear it out and not worry about it being delicate to dance in. It really is the best of both shorts and a skirts!  You’ll be seeing me pair this skort with tons of different looks on the blog this coming week, it’s such an affordable buy and one that you can pair with a variety of looks!

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Cable’s Swan Song

One very clear trend I have seen, among my peers, who are just now renting their first apartments is that everyone is opting out of getting cable. When did cable die? I grew up on cable, and it wasn’t always about television shows, it was about the news and interviews with influential world figures. Then I got busy with school, completing college applications, and not getting home until 11 pm each night. I stopped watching television because television stopped fitting into my schedule.

Then I went to college and for four years and I was constantly busy, and the only television shows I had time to watch were the ones that were recorded on the television in my sorority house. I did not follow shows on a regular basis, I would watch one or two episodes every now and then when someone else was playing a recording.

Upon graduation, is it any wonder then that I opted out of paying for cable? For arguably the previous eight years of my life television had been utilized less and less. My situation is not universal, there are some who have had a completely opposite experience, for example one girl in my sorority kept a spreadsheet of her favorite shows and the times they aired so she could follow each one of them. However, she was the only friend I had who was so devoted to following her shows.

At dinner with friends post-graduation, the topic of television and shows always comes up and the conversation always comes back to what channel or subscription service we watch everything on. Most of my friends have chosen to stick with Netflix or Hulu or Amazon Instant over traditional cable. When we have a discussion of world events we are citing articles online, not our nightly news as our sources.

There has become a separation of fiction and nonfiction. During the day, we are reading articles on the web. We are getting to those articles from our social media networks most of the time, twitter. At night, when we are home and trying to relax we are following the latest television drama on Netflix. It’s comforting in most respects to view genres and be able to select whether we want to laugh, cry, or be terrified for the next 90 minutes of our life. That’s something you don’t always get to pick during the day, in the news. It’s about control and now we are able to control the content we watch, down to the speed at which we watch it.

It was no surprise then when earlier this week I learned of the Supreme Court agreeing to hear the Aereo case. There has been a lot of speculation on the part of journalists and myself as to what this could mean for cable networks. Is this case cable’s swan song?

While I’ll have to wait some time before getting my answer to that question, I leave you with this infographic (via Business Management Degree) which portrays an interesting battle.  If all of the twenty-somethings and I start switching over will the battle come between subscription services like Amazon and Netflix?
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