Posts Tagged ‘work’

Social Media Snippets

As you probably know by now, much of my business is based on social media and I love soaking up nerdy factoids full of stats, best practices and new trends. No matter if you’re using social media for business or pleasure, I wanted to share a few helpful tidbits and resources for those of who are just as addicted as I am.

1. Know the Ropes. While the nature of social media is very in-the-moment, it is still essential to have a plan, know what you’re doing and carry out the strategies based on goals and milestones you’ve set. Great social channels aren’t just spontaneous, they are thoughtful, organized and interesting.  I love this Beginner’s Social Media Guide that lists great ways to get started on the right foot.

2. Get Sucked In. Walk the walk and talk the talk. To establish an expert voice, it’s important to gauge what everyone else is doing, keep up with trends and adjust as needed. Setting aside 15-30 minutes to troll Facebook, Twitter and Instagram might seem like a time-sucker, but it really is time well spent if you do it in a strategic way. This article goes in depth to show how to do a social media audit that can determine the best content for you to post.

3. Keep it Simple When it comes down to it, no one else can be your voice the way you can. Be thoughtful, but don’t overthink it. Use common sense and keep posts, emails and other messages short and to the point. These proven tips are great to keep in mind next time you type a tweet, write a blog post or send an email.

Ideal Length of Tweet Post

via this FastCompany article here

30A Street Style Ezine | Pre-Spring

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Another labor of love complete, y’all. I’m so excited to share the latest issue of the 30A Street Style e-zine with all of you. This is one of my favorite times of year, as we all get ready for the busy spring and summer seasons ahead. I worked so hard to try to capture that buzz and excitement through style. Take a look and read through the issue to fall in love with fresh fashion from 30A and beyond. I’d love to hear what you think!

30A Street Style Fall / Winter E-zine

 

I’m a happy, happy girl today! Have you ever experienced a magical moment of synergy? When something so impulsive and spur-of-the-moment becomes something amazing and exciting? It was an idea that popped up out of nowhere, “Hey, let’s make a magazine. Wouldn’t that be fun?” That’s essentially how the very first issue of 30A Street Style came about on a whim this summer.  Sometimes recreating those totally awesome unplanned moments don’t always work and I’ve been trying to organize the follow up to what was an out-of-the-blue debut. We had so much positive feedback and enthusiasm that I didn’t want to put out a second e-zine unless it was as good or better than the first. What eventually came together is an issue that I truly love and am so proud of. It has fashion. It has real people. It has our gorgeous beaches. It has usable tips. And (I think) it has fun. At the very least, I had fun creating it. I was lucky enough to chat with the lovely Cassie Kelley of Womanista, the talented Mychael Knight of Project Runway, local blogger Sarah Powers of Closetini and put together plenty of fun fashion with my girl Caitlyn Ward. Please take a moment to check it out and let me know what you think. Click here to jump to the full e-zine.

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Happy Friday to Career Moms!

I’m sure you’ve all seen at least one of the “What I Do” memes floating around, from journalists to gamers, lawyers to Nicolas Cage and even stay-at-home moms. I haven’t come across one for career moms, so I decided to make my own. To all of the woman trying to balance work, mommy hood, being a wife and having interest on your own, many times unsuccessfully, this one’s for you! 


taste of south walton, part 1

I love my job. I love my job. I love my job. 

Weekends like these make it so easy to repeat this and who wouldn’t be proclaiming their affinity for work when it means spending three days wining and dining throughout South Walton, galavanting from one beach neighborhood to the next sipping fine wines and tasting creatively concocted dishes that are just as delicious as they are presented. Life. Is. Good.
Enough chatting and mouth-watering. Let’s get to the food!

First stop: Seagar’s at Hilton Sandestin 

Started with a brief tour of the Hilton Sandestin before arriving at the elegant Seagar’s Restaurant
First Course: Caesar Salad prepare table-side 
Sizzling steaks at the end of our table. Smelled delicious!
The flaming table-side prep of my favorite Bananas Foster.
Oh. My. Word. Now this is heaven in a bowl. 

Seagar’s was amazing. The tasting was a sort of tour of the menu, so the portions were perfect to ensure we made it all the way to the dessert. I should note: Not one person had an ounce of leftovers when the plates were collected.

After a full night of sleep to recover and make room for more goodness, we met at Watercolor‘s Fish Out of Water for breakfast the next day. Have you ever been? They have two fun swings in the lobby wait area that are hard to resist.  Rachelle Lucas of The Travel Bite was one of our visiting journalists and she and I hit it off. I loved hearing her travel stories and discussing our addiction passion for social media.  I have so much Twitter love for you, Rachelle! :) One thing we did not have in common: she is a fabulous cook and as you know, I’m…. culinarily challenged.

Rachelle & me at Fish Out of Water
A beautiful breakfast view from Fish!
I think everyone was inspired!

Crispy Rice-Crusted Bourbon Vanilla French Toast

Baked Eggs Florentine

Love this glass decor/art in the lounge

From Fish Out of Water, we went on to Mac Farms, a local grower that supplies some of the fresh produce used by many of South Walton’s restaurants. Check out this setup!

microgreens!

Loving Rachelle’s shoes!

 We even took a little souvenir on to our next stop: lunch at Viking Cooking School. This place was wonderful and fascinating and confusing all at the same time. I didn’t know what most of the kitchen gadgets were or how in the world to use them, but it made me want to learn! The instructors were so personable and informative that I actually felt like I could cook a gourmet meal when I left. Yes, they were that good.

I’ll take this Viking kitchen.

Delicious red snapper for lunch.

Our Mac Farms greens!

Fresh and tasty

 Definitely felt the need for a quick walk on the beach after that one. Wow, was it good!

Next on the agenda was a trip to the top of the Luau condo at Sandestin for a small taste of this picture perfect view. We sipped champagne, snapped pics and felt like we were on top of the world

Beautiful!

From there we went on to the Village of Baytowne Wharf.

Had to put on flats for this segment.

Farmer D produce

Needless to say, I went home full and happy!

atlanta and company

Wow, it’s been a busy month and it’s only half way over! Work has been crazy, trying to settle in to our new house has been time-consuming and on top of that, I’ve even been traveling for work. Though I wouldn’t normally be the one to go out and about in our major markets chatting with media, I’ve pitched in lately and handled several appointments in Atlanta over the last few days. It was so fun, but so exhausting. Leaving Sunday and coming home late Tuesday night has been a little rough — it’s the longest I’ve been away from Emery. Ever. I missed my sweet girl so much, but it was also relaxing to get away, even if it was for work. You know me, so you know I squeezed in a little shopping time whenever I could. I was in the South’s largest city, after all.

After a fun afternoon of splishing and splashing with these sweet cheeks on display, my little Emery was down for the count and I was kissing her nose and hitting the road. I spent the last few days in Atlanta for a South Walton media mission, to catch up and chat with journalists about what’s new at the beach. Let me tell you, there is a wagon full of fresh happenings, including a fun photo contest and exciting giveaway on Facebook for those of you who want to Find Your Perfect Beach

Go ahead and enter. If I could name you all winners I would, but I have nothing to do with the selection and can only cheer and wish good luck from the side lines.

Meanwhile, enjoy a melange of photos from my trip.

Alabama country roads. I saw way too much of this view.

Pit stop in Auburn, AL. Home of the Auburn Tigers and two of my high school years. Ahh, memories!

The famous tree at Toomer’s Corner, recovering from a nasty poisoning by an Alabama fan. Doesn’t it seem sad?

Finally arrived in Atlanta after what seemed like hours of Alabama countryside. My friends Mara and Elizabeth at 92.9 Dave FM recommended I go straight to the new Anthropologie in the Howell Mill Road area. Guess what? I did. It was cool and awesome and did not disappoint.

Bought a few of these for a future project. 

Love this Anthro stool!

 
Such a cute area that seemed to be recently revitalized. I loved the leftover industrial elements juxtaposed with shiny new shops and lovely signs. 

Stopped at this cool Yeah! Burger after a Foursquare search with tons of great reviews. I loved the wallpaper detail.

I went for the grass-fed beef with extra avocado and gluten-free fries. Yum yum yum!

Hello from the hotel elevator! 
Desperately needed this after a day of traveling and speed-shopping!
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Loving this little jute media swag bag we’re using these days, complete with flip flops, of course. 

Did I mention I love the Dave FM peeps? Stopped by to visit Mara and Elizabeth and talk hummus.

Lunch at Highland Bakery. I wanted it all.

Can you tell it’s already been a long day, even before noon? 
So far, it probably doesn’t look like I did much work, but trust me, there were lots of media appointments crammed in along with navigating the Atlanta traffic and gabbing about South Walton. By 5 o’clock, I had just enough time to run in Lenox Square before dinner.
I would love to one day commit to a red sofa. That day is just not today.
Love this J. Crew ensemble.
I was so excited to meet my best friend Shannon at Eclipse di Luna and it was icing on the cake that we were dining on a special ladies night – $15 for all-you-can-eat small plates. It was appetizer heaven.

Here is proof that we stuffed ourselves with fourteen, yes FOURTEEN different small plates.

We sipped wine and sampled dishes for hours. The great thing about best friends is that no matter how long it’s been since you last saw each other or what has happened in your life, you can pick up right where you left off, just like you never left. It was glorious. Love you, Shan!

We had to snap a pic of the crescent as a throwback to our old Gamma Phi days at FSU.
One of our final meetings was with Atlanta & Company for an on-air interview about South Walton and the contest. 

It was such a cool experience and our sweet host was so lovely. She was fabulous and professional and had perfect eye makeup.