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The Chic List January 2016
 
 
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How's the new year going for you? Do you feel discouraged? Life seldom turns out how we imagined. Dreams unravel, hopes remain unfulfilled, and the unexpectedness of life can be just plain hard. In this edition of "The Chic List," I'm sharing some tips for living a more meaningful life. Find out some ideas to help make 2016 your best year yet!  I encourage you to strive to live life to its fullest and find contentment in the day-to-day. 
I'm also sharing my best tips for using Instagram. I also include delicious recipes, hot spots, gluten-free news, and more fun!

Thank you for reading my newsletter and supporting the blog! I hope you find some inspiration and helpful tips!  

Here's wishing you a very happy, healthy, and chic 2016!
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Coming Up Next Month: Relationships
 
 

Behind the Curtain

COOKING
My Paris Market Cookbook: A Culinary Tour of French Flavors and Seasonal Recipes

LISTENING 
The Minimalist Podcast

Blogtacular Podcast 
Listen to Episode 001: Martie Marie Forsberg, renowned photographer, visual story-teller, cook, and author.

READING 
Unstoppable Gospel by Gregg Matte

Woman Code: Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive and Become a Power Source: by Alisa Vitti

Seeing in the Dark: Finding God's Light in the Most Unexpected Places by Nancy Ortberg

WATCHING
X Files
Downton Abbey

MOVIES
13 Hours
The Revenant
The Big Short
 
EDITOR'S TRAVEL DIARY
 
The month of December was a busy month of flying for me including layovers in New York City, Tampa, Jacksonville, San Antonio, New Orleans, Charlotte, Salt Lake City, Boston, Baltimore, and Atlanta.

I enjoy visiting New York City during the holidays. I love the window displays and shopping at the holiday markets. The Bergdorf Goodman windows were my favorite. I also love seeing the Rockettes. I picked up a few Christmas presents at the Food 52 Market.
 
I rented a bike in Jacksonville and stopped for coffee at Vagabond. If you are staying in downtown Jacksonville, you can walk to the pop-up location.
 
My favorite neighborhood in Tampa is Hyde Park. For brunch, I recommend Piquant, a charming French bistro.  Don't miss the gluten-free peanut butter cookies.

I had a long layover in Atlanta. I took the train from the airport to Ponce City Market. It is a beautifully designed market with restaurants and shopping located in the old Sears and Roebuck building.
 
Charlotte is a great city to visit. I recommend visiting the Billy Graham Library. The King's Kitchen and Bakery is a great choice for lunch. The profits and proceeds from the non-profit restaurant go toward feeding the poor and operating a job-skills training program.
 
I had a layover in New Orleans and visited my family. We tried a new coffee shop on Magazine Street called French Truck Coffee. The cappuccino with almond milk was delicious. I love going to the St. Roch Market in the By Water neighborhood.

The Pittsburg airport has a new Italian Market. Edward Marc Chocolatier is a wonderful chocolate shop in the city. You can buy the chocolate at the Milk Shake Factory or online. The turtles are delicious. Try Lydia's restaurant if you are a fan of her cooking shows and cookbooks.

In Salt Lake City, I visited Caffee d' Bolla for coffee. I picked up some dark chocolate malt balls for a present at Maison  Confectiorie. The malt bars are out of this world, and the boutique features a lovely selection of stationery, cookbooks, jewelry and other gifts.

If you would like a behind the scenes peek at my travel adventures,  follow me on SnapChat.


2015 FAVORITES

BOOK

The Nightingale

MUSIC
Leon Bridges

MOVIE
Brooklyn
War Room

APP
SnapChat

PODCAST
Limetown

MAGAZINE
Suitcase

TV SHOW
Downton Abbey

COFFEE SHOP
Oxford Exchange
Tampa, FL

RESTAURANT
Queenstown Public House
San Diego, CA

VACATION HOT SPOT
30 A

DESSERT
Bi-Rite Creamery
San Fransisco, CA

BROADWAY
An American in Paris

STORE
Cap Beauty
N.Y.C.

COOKBOOK
Gjelina

 
BOOK CLUB

Here's a selection of books to encourage + inspire + uplift!
 
1.    BREAKING BUSY: HOW TO FIND PEACE & PURPOSE IN A WORLD OF CRAZY | by Ali Worthington

2.  CARRY ON, WARRIOR: THOUGHTS ON LIFE UNARMED | by Glennon Doyle Melton

3.    THE CONFIDENCE GAME: WHY WE FALL FOR IT EVERY TIME | by Maria Konnikova

4.    THE POWER OF FULL ENGAGEMENT: MANAGING ENERGY, NOT TIME, IS THE KEY TO HIGH PERFORMANCE AND PERSONAL RENEWAL | by Jim Loehr

5.    GREAT BY CHOICE: UNCERTAINTY, CHAOS, AND LUCK: WHY SOME THRIVE DESPITE THEM ALL | by Jame C. Collins

6.    SPARK JOY: AN ILLUSTRATED MASTER CLASS ON THE ART OF ORGANIZATION AND TIDYING UP | by Marie Kondo

7.    GARDEN CITY: WORK, REST, AND THE ART OF BEING HUMAN | by John Mark Comer

8.    THE ONE THING: THE SURPRISINGLY SIMPLE TRUTH BEHIND EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS | by Gary Keller

9.    IF: TRADING YOUR IF ONLY REGRETS FOR GOD'S WHAT IF POSSIBILITIES | by Mark Batterson

10.  THE GRATITUDE DIARIES: HOW A YEAR LOOKING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE CAN TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE | by Janice Kaplan

11.  LEVEL UP YOUR LIFE: HOW TO UNLOCK ADVENTURE AND HAPPINESS BY BECOMING THE HERO OF YOUR OWN LIFE | by Steve Kamb
ORLANDO

1.    Sanctum is a new vegan restaurant in the Mills 50 district. 

2.    Whole Foods is now open in Atamonte Springs.

3.    Sugar Buzz is a fabulous bakery in College Park. The cupcakes are popular. (*V options)

3.    Mark Wahlberg will be appearing at the grand opening of Wahlburger's in downtown Orlando on February 17th at 7:30 P.M.

4.    Valentine Card Making Class at Paper Goat Post February 3rd.

5.    Social Media Styling Class February 6th at Paper Goat Post. Learn how to create a beautiful Instagram feed.

7.    Are you a blogger? FLBlog Con's Spring Forum is March 6th in Maitland.

8.    Lineage Coffee at the East End Market serves the best coffee in town. I am in love with their delicious almond milk cappuccino. By far the best around.
TO DO LIST 2016

Here are some ideas to help make 2016 your best year yet!
 
1.    A Reading Challenge will help you read more books. Download this PDF file and get started today.

2.    Great tips for simplifying in 2016.

3.    I love this 12 Kinds of Kindness Challenge.

4.    Great ideas to catch up with friends besides meeting for coffee. If you plan meet-ups, check out these great ideas.

5.    Want to be an outstanding leader? Keep a journal.

6.    Instead of making new year's resolutions, choose a ONE word theme for 2016.

7.    Read Gretchen Rubin's Tips on Making and Keeping Goals.

8.   Have you heard of the Bullet Journal? The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less. Here's how to get started Bullet Journaling. Watch this great video for more details too.

9.    The Influence Network is all about encouraging women to embrace their God-given influence, right where they are. If you act fast, you can snag the $10/month rate before the increase Feb. 1st. The online classes are awesome! The one day conference in Charlotte is April 8th. Click HERE for all the details. Ashley Brooks Chambers is a speaker this year.

10.  I am loving the 52 Lists Project Journal. It's divided into season and then weeks. Each week you are asked to list something. For example, "List Your Goals and Dreams for the Year." And at the bottom of the page there is a "take action" suggestion. There's also space you make your own lists.

11.  Propel is a great online community for women started by Christine Cain. Sign up for the free book club starting Feb. 1st HERE. The selection is Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington. 
BOSTON CHIC LIST

Here's a list of all my favorite things in Boston.
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Coffee

Thinking
Cup

JUICE
Coco Beet

EAT
Boston Public Market
Omni Parker House Rolls

South End Buttery

Sarma

Mediterranean

Picco
wood fired pizza

Myers + Chang
Asian

Cafe Jaffa
falafel

Townsman
brasserie

Hojoko
Japanese tavern-style fare

Santarpio's 
pizza near the airport 

City Table

Alden and Harrow
brunch

Coppa
pizza

DO
Duck Tour
Freedom Trail

Swan Boat Ride

SWEETS

Soffra Bakery
Toscalini's Ice Cream
Union Square Donuts
Tatte Bakery
Maria's Pastry
Cafe Madeleine
French pastries

DO
Prudential Building Skywalk Observatory
Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum
Boston Public Library
Paul Revere's House
Old North Church
Boston Public Garden


MARKETS
Sowa Open Market
Copley Square Farmer's Market on Tuesdays & Fridays

SHOP
Newbury Street

Beacon Hill Shopping on Charles Street
 my favorite neighborhood for shopping

Follain
 organic beauty boutique

Trident Booksellers

GOOD TO KNOW LINKS


1.    Skillshare is an online community for learning everything from how to grown Instagram followers to knife skills. Click HERE to get 3 months for 99 cents.

2.    Texture is a new app to read magazines online. Try it out for free for 7 days. I really like the selection of magazines with this app. If you travel, this is a great deal to read unlimited magazines for $9.99 or $14.99 per month.

3.    5 unexpected ways to clean with white vinegar.

4.    How to make a super bowl party sandwich buffet.

5.    A great workout video you can do at home or in your hotel room. 

6.    Fertility, Pregnancy & Birth Summit starts February 1st.

7.    
 The best resource I found online for finding the right hat for your face shape was HERE on the Goorin Bros website. 

8.    Detox your mouth

9.    Tips to pay less tax and get a bigger refund.

10.  
Tada is an app with real people on the other end to help with your taxes. 

11.  Tripnary is a travel app that makes it easy to find low fares for the flexible traveler.

12.  The 58 most commonly misused words and phrases.

13.  Tommy, the miscarriage research and awareness organization launched a powerful campaign called #misCOURAGE, encouraging women to share their experiences. It polled more than six thousand women and summarized its findings on its website and in this video of common insensitive comments that people make.

14.  Super bowl party buffet 

15.  20 Fitness Apps that to download now.

16.  10 ways to wear a scarf.

17.    Check out this travel guide for Reykjavik Iceland.
 
18.  She Reads Truth Lent: February 10 - March 27 is a free online Bible study plan. You can read online or via email subscription, or for a very small fee  on the She Reads Truth app.

19. Frontier Airlines adds 42 new routes including Orlando to New Orleans.

20.  How to host a Valentine's Day crafting party.


21.  When can women stop trying to look so perfect?

22.  If you're into Making a Murderer, you may want to watch these other documentaries.

23.  Resume design tips.


24 Facial massage helps to relax tensed muscles, improve circulation in deeper tissues, and increase product absorption. Watch this short video from Su-Man Hsu demonstrating facial massage

25.  Are you a writer? Sign up a special How to Write Better two-hour workshop on Sunday, February 7th at 3 P.M. EST. More details HERE.

26. How to talk about your beliefs.

27.  Here's a great new podcast for moms. It's called Journey to Balance. Retha Nicole interviews a different guest each way. Check out episode 002 with Rachel Kincaid.

28.  How to read 100 Books Per Year.

29.  How to write a year in advance.

30.  If you have an interest in personality tests, you may enjoy listening to the Personality Hack Podcast. Check out Episode 0102: 
Becoming An Effective Communicator.
 
THE GF + PALEO + CELIAC LIST
 
1.    Have researches finally nailed down gluten sensitivity?

2.    Daniel Patterson's Chicken recipe. The best part? It's 2 ingredients and 1 minute of prep.

3.    Gluten sensitivity vs. gluten intolerance.

4.    How to ditch your food allergies

5.    Paleo and gluten-free snicker doodle cookies.

6.    The beginner's guide to celiac disease.

7.    Heavenly Cupcakes is a gluten-free, vegan, and paleo friendly bakery in Sarasota, Florida.

8.    Dave Asprey's amazing bullet proof cupcakes.

9.    Paleo and gluten-free king cake.

10.  Cookies and Grace shares her delicious gluten-free sugar cookie recipe.

11.  Heading to North California? Visit Bancno Bakery 
Readlists
 
Every Friday, I share what I enjoyed reading or found informative during the week. If you are looking for something to read when you are traveling or maybe on your lunch break, I think you will enjoy this series. I made reading the articles easy by creating a Readlist. You can download the Readlist every Friday morning as an ebook to read on your Kindle, iPad, iPhone or smartphone. Click here to download the Readlist.
RECIPES
 
1.    15 ways to upgrade avocado toast

2.    This creamy crock pot chicken tortilla soup is a great comfort meal. 

3.    The complete menu for a food lover's cleanse

4.    A lesson in juicing. Good tips from Heidi Swanson.

5.    The ultimate mac and cheese

6.    Tommy's margarita

7.    Chocolate coconut almond bars.

8.    No pasta three cheese zucchini lasagna. (*GF, *V)

9.    7 layer taco dip is perfect for a Super Bowl Party!

10.  These cookie kisses are so cute!
TECH & PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

1.   10 Tips for taking stunning iPhone photos of building interiors

2.    Instagram tips to make your travel photos come alive.

3.    iPhone lock screen tips.

4.    How to use iPhone's do not disturb feature

5.    How to get fit with Apple watch's fitness apps.

6.    How to use Instagram hashtags.

7.    The Colorburn app is a highly rated iOS app with tons of unique filters.

8.    Adobe Post is a new app that easily adds text and themes to images. 

9.   How to use Google Maps New Features for Android and iPhone.

10.  How to use Google Search like a pro.

11.  Food styling tips from advertising experts.

12.  Tips for beautiful iPhone food photography.

13.  I love the new iPhone photo app, A COLOR STORY
INSTAGRAM TIPS PART 01
 
  • Learn the basics of the app. Check out the Instagram tips on the official site HERE.
  • Post multiple times daily to really grow your numbers quickly and post at different times throughout the day, not 4 photos at once. That’s called Instaspam.
  • Use hashtags to help you to find others who have similar interests, etc. 
  • Show behind the scenes stuff. People love seeing the process. 
  • Respond to comments. If someone asks you a question or says something meaningful, reply to them. If you don’t interact with your followers, you most likely will have a hard time growing your numbers.
  • Don’t be a filter fanatic. Try not to use too many different filters — find a few that work for you so your photos have a consistent look and feel. I like using the VSCO app filters.
  • Cheat a little. You can try using more robust apps to take photos and then upload them to IG so they’re sharper and more pro looking. You can even use your camera and upload to IG.
  • Tag people. But only if they are in the photo. Otherwise, don’t do it – it can really annoy others and be considered spam.
  • Add a location. Under Name This Location and Add to Photo Map you can add a location based on where you are taking the photo. I don’t suggest this if you are taking a photo at home or somewhere else that may be private, like the home of your friend or parents. Adding a location is great for public places like restaurants, cafes, shops, etc. I use this to find new places to eat or shop.
  • Add a URL in your bio. You can update your latest blog post on your Instagram bio page for a clickable link. You can use a call to action in the caption asking reader's to visit your blog to read the new post.
  • Share your IG photos. There is a share feature when you post your photo to IG for Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Flickr. This is a great way to share your photos on many sites at once. However, I do not recommend sharing the same photos on all of your social media sites. You don't want to be redundant.
  • Beef up your IG profile: In your IG profile, which appears above all of your photos when you open the app on your phone, make sure you add your business or blog URL and state clearly what you do or at least say something funny to create intrigue so people click your link. My profile says flight attendant on a mission to make every day a little more chic and has my email address.
  • Add your email to your IG profile: This makes it super easy for people to connect with you, especially brands who may be interesting in teaming up.  
  • Follow people because you love what they post, not because you’re trying to collect friends. Really, follow people who inspire you and help to expand your view, give you new ideas and make you feel more creative and alive. 
  • Participate in photo challenges. This is a great way to improve your photography skills. Follow @Instagram or read the Instagram blog to find out the weekly and monthly hashtag photo project. Every week, a new project is announced. The winners appear on the Instagram official feed.
  • Participate in local Instagram groups. Find out if your city has an Instagram account at http://instagramers.com/links/cities/. It's a great way to see pictures from your community and participate in local photography walk. I also check out the different feeds for places I may want to visit during my travels or in my local community. Check out this site for great tutorials and app recommendations. 
  • #FRIDAYINTRODUCTIONS is a fun hashtag to get to know people you follow. 
  • Here are some of my favorite hashtag photo challenges #darlingweekend #travelwithfathom #ABMLIFEISCOLORFUL 
  • BE generous with LIKES. Let's encourage each other!
  • Follow Brands and Influencers you love. Many brands post special announcements for sale codes or share really good behind the scenes photos. I love following @jengotch and @toryburch.
  • Find out who other people follow. Go to the profile page of someone on Instagram and click on following. This is a great way to find new people and brands to follow for more inspiration. 
NEWSLETTER ARCHIVES
 
Newsletter #1 Spring Cleaning + Wardrobe Organization + Productivity Apps 
 
Newsletter #2 Motivational Books + Spring Break Playlist + Resources for Women 

Newsletter #3 Savannah Travel Guide + 
Summer Travel Resources + iPhone Camera Apps + Book Picks

Newsletter #4 Best Book Apps + Jacksonville Travel Guide + Resources for Online Classes 

Newsletter #5 San Juan Travel Guide + Party Planning + Entertaining 

Newsletter #6 Santa Fe Travel Guide + Capsule Wardrobes + Tips for Better List Making + Styling Tips + Wardrobe Management


Newsletter #7  Home Design + Washington DC Hot Spots

Newsletter #8 Christmas in NYC + Tips for Writing Thank You Notes + Homemade Gift Ideas

 
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