Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Blogger Guide: How To Create a Custom Pinterest Hover Button!

Recently, I've seen a ton of my favorite blogs undergoing big design changes and also many new blogs hitting the web so today I thought I would revisit one of the things that was crucial in my first big customization overhaul as a blogger. And that is? How to design and embed your own hovering "pin-it" button! This little tweak is crucial for maintaining an easy flow of shared content to and from your site but also to simply aid in the cohesiveness of the overall aesthetics of your page! By adding embedded Pinterest links to all of your images, you make it quick and easy for readers to share the post and come back to it later!

I'm the first to admit that I started blogging with a less-than-basic amount of coding knowledge and even the slightest tweak seemed super difficult but I'm here to show you that coding can be a lot easier than it seems! Today's guide is going to be all about creating and coding your own hovering Pinterest button and it's applicable for anyone working on the Blogger platform! There are two options when creating a button. You can use one of the pre-made Pinterest options or you can customize your own. I'll show you how to do both of these here!

Option One // Pinterest Pre-made Options

This option is a tad bit simpler because it involves only entering code into a widget, so you won't have to worry about botching your overall blog template code. To do this, all you need is an HTML widget in your sidebar and some simple copy and paste!

1. Head on over to {this link} which will take you to Pinterest's pre-made options. You've got the choice here to pick either 'One image' to apply the button to, 'Any Image' on your blog or 'Hover'. I personally prefer the Hover option because it allows every image to be pinnable but also hides and easily appears when your reader slides their mouse over the image for undisrupted viewing. After you've decided which works best for you, simply choose the size, shape and color of your button and we'll move on to the coding!

2. Now here's the easy part! After you've chosen your button, the website will provide you with a code below the Preview. Go ahead and copy this and then head over to your blog! Once you open Blogger, head to Layout and "Add a Gadget". You're going to be adding an HTML/Javascript gadget. This will be invisible to your readers so it doesn't truly matter where you place it but my recommendation would be to place this at the bottom of your sidebar so you know where to find it if you need to make any changes! After you have this gadget open, paste the code from the Pinterest page into this blank gadget. Press Save and Voila! Seriously, it's as easy as that!

Option Two // Design Your Own Custom Pinterest Hover Button

This option requires a few more minutes and is a tad more difficult just because we're going to be editing your blogger template however its worth it if you would like to add a custom flair to your blog! This option is a little more daunting but I promise, if I could figure it out, you can too!

1. First off you're going to start by creating a custom image. I generally use {PicMonkey} to create my custom graphics. I've found that it is the easiest to use online photo editing software, however Gimp, Piktochart and PhotoShop are all other great options. Some tips to remember when you're creating your custom button - consider the size you'll want your button, colors that will easily show up on any picture, cohesiveness with your overall blog theme and remember to make the background transparent!

2. After you have created your button upload it to an online photo sharing software. I typically use photo bucket but any will do!

3. Here comes a bit of the tricky part, now we're going to do some coding. Open up Blogger, click on Template and now go to Edit HTML. Search (Ctrl F) to find </body>. You're going to be pasting this code right before that line. Remember that before editing any of your template it is always a good idea to back up a copy of your HTML in case any errors occur! Now what you're going to do is copy all of the code below from <script> to </script> and place it right before </body>. 

Here's the code: 

 var bs_pinButtonURL = "";
 var bs_pinButtonPos = "center";
 var bs_pinPrefix = "";
 var bs_pinSuffix = "     ";
 <script src='' type='text/javascript'></script>
 <script id='bs_pinOnHover' src='' type='text/javascript'>

4. Now that you have pasted this code, {same code also available here} it's time to place your customizations. I've highlighted the three possible places where you'll be making changes. Starting with line three, you'll be specifying the image for your hover button. Simply take the direct link to your image, easily accessible through links on Photobucket, and place this between the "quotation marks" that is highlighted above. Make sure to keep the quotation marks! The next two highlighted sections are your personal choice whether you would like to customize them or not, I just thought I would go ahead and point them out! The first determines where your button will appear on the image, this code currently has it centered. To change this simply insert "topleft", "topright", "bottomleft", or "bottomright". The last possible customization is the text that will appear when your reader clicks on the button and the Pinterest post button appears. I changed the highlighted section by Suffix to say {from Emily and Dot}, simply so when this is pinned, the description will post my blog title! Customize these sections as you like! Leave the few last lines of text beginning with // intact and save the changes you've just made to your template!

When you go back to your blog you should now see your custom image appear over all of your images in your body posts! Go ahead and try out my Pinterest button and pin this article to help out other fellow bloggers or archive it for yourself!

Let me know if you have any questions or if you had any success with my tips! Feel free to post your blog URL in the comments and I'd love to see your customized Pinterest hover buttons!


Monday, August 17, 2015

Move In Playlist

Well, today I'm heading to school for my senior year (which I'm refusing to acknowledge at this point). Besides a minor existential crisis, this means that today also includes a 6 hour drive and a few hours of hauling boxes due to a major case of chronic overpacking. So what's the best way to get through mindless hours on the road and jelly arms? Music obviously. Here's some tunes I've been listening to recently that are prepped to carry me through day 1 of senior year. Click through the image or the link below to follow this Spotify playlist for yourself and listen along with me!

Ahh can you believe school is already starting back up?! Crazy! What are you listening to?

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Get the Cool Girl Look: Silk Scarves


If there's one trend I've seen in Europe that I can seriously get behind, it's scarves. Silk scarves are back people. And with a vengeance. A simple, chic, and ultra-cool vengeance. Leandra Medine over at Man Repeller has also been rocking silk scarves in creative ways for a while now and everyone has just started to get the bright silky picture. I'm lovin' it. Throw one of these scarves over an otherwise simple outfit and you're ready for NYFW, or even better Milan Fashion Week (shoutout to the temporary hometown)! 

Everyone has a few of these square scarves tucked in the back of their closet, or their mom sure does, but with absolutely no clue how to wear it. Well, here's your guide and it's simple: Any way you can imagine. Around your neck and over a striped shirt, tied on your wrist, wrapped around the strap of a handbag, substituted for a belt, go wild. Think monochrome or mismatching patterns. Seriously everything goes. 

{1, 2, 3, 4}

I'm dying over this trend and if I bring one thing back from Italy I'm determined for it to be a bright silk scarf. Vintage scarves are all over the Milano markets every weekend and not to mention in so many beautiful store windows. So while you might not be in Europe, you're still in luck. I've got link after link here so you can snatch one up yourself! 

If you're looking to spend a splurge on one of these timeless accessories head to sites like {My Theresa}, {Liberty London} or go for the gold {Hermes}! Want something extra fun? I'm practically drooling over this square scarf {here} by Cleo. They have the spunkiest prints and are not completely unreasonably priced! See the site {here}! Otherwise... you can get the same look with a $22 satin scarf from ASOS {here}! Gosh, I love that store. Praise!

Another tip: scout your local vintage stores and summer marketplaces. Look around and you can find one-of-a-kind scarves at prices that should be considered theft! Now, shameless plug for my actual hometown of Lexington's {Street Scene} and Memphis' {Flashback}! 

So what are you thinking of this style? Have the guts to do it? If you've written a post previously showing your styling of one of these ultra-cool silk scarves link it below, I'd love to see! Go scarves!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Blogger Postcard Travels Linkup: Ciao from Italy!

Hi guys! And greetings from the Blogger Postcard Travels Linkup! Bloggers have been doing traveling to some amazing places this summer so why not show them off?! I'm actually writing today from Rome, Italy! Actually, I've spent the whole summer living and working abroad in Italy, Milan to be exact! It's been a crazy adventure but so very worth it! Italy is everything I imagined it to be: amazing pasta, fast Vespas, beautiful buildings, slow waiters and gorgeous suits and ragazzi! But it is also so much more: incredible hospitality, views that will take your breath away, gelato that will give you life again and a constant sense of humble yet passionate Italian pride.

I've gotten the chance to do some super cool things and see coastlines that I will be dreaming about for years so today I'm happy to give you a few snapshots from my summer in the most beautiful country on earth!

Verona, Italy: Romeo, oh Romeo! Yes I shamelessly had to take a photo on Juliet's balcony!

Lake Como, Italy: There's a reason this place was just voted the "most beautiful lake in the world"!

Lago Maggiore: With Switzerland in the background, this is one of the prettier views I've ever seen

Cinque Terre, Italy: The colors, the coast, the pesto oh my!

Venice, Italy: Can it really be called a trip to Italy without seeing Venice? Wow, this place was as beautiful as I had imagined!

Burano, Italy: This place looks like a fairy tale, a very colorful fairy tale. Now ranked on my top 5 places to visit in the world!

Florence, Italy: I could have spent all day in the Uffizi Gallery. Oh wait, I did..

And just being in the city of Milan I've gotten to do some pretty neat things! I've visited the World Expo, eaten at Wes Anderson's cafe Bar Luce, visited the Missoni exhibit and of course climbed on top of the Duomo!

Anna Akhmatova had it right when she said, "Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life". I know this place will be with me long after I leave and I know that it will be waiting for me patiently till I return!

Check out where other bloggers have been traveling to this summer! Click below to find the links to the rest of the posts in the Blogger Postcard Travels Linkup! Also use the hashtag #bloggerpostcardtravels to see all of their photos on Instagram! Ciao ragazze!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Finds: Links I'm Loving

Hey hey hey it's Friday! Start it off right and click around from some Tom Hanks motivation, Tina Fey and Beyonce and the cutest print shop ever! Then tell me, what's up your sleeve for this weekend?!

{Link} // Tom Hanks is the coolest. Read this letter he wrote when he was 18 trying to get his "big break". Seriously how driven was he? It's no wonder he's a star. Rock on Hanks, rock on.

{Link} // Cara Delevingne, I'm feelin' for ya. On a recent interview with Good Day Sacramento, Cara got a brutally unfair treatment. Give the girl a break, we all get a little tired sometimes! I still love you Cara, and I'd like to think that counts for something!

{Link} // How many times do I post a Tina Fey link on Friday? Not enough! Well she's back and lip-syncing to Queen Bey. And it's #Flawless.

{Link} // Earlier this week I featured a print by Old English Company on my Instagram account {photo here}. I'm drooling over their original prints with sharp fonts and snappy quotes. Check out their site and get some for yourself!

{Link} // Speaking of Insta! I'm in Florence, Italy today and LOVING IT! Follow me on the gram to get a peak of the travels!

So some big weekend plans for you guys? Fill me in!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

5 Reasons: Why Summer Internships are a MUST!

Today is my last day at my internship for this summer and it's definitely bitter sweet. It's also bitter sweet to look at this day as my last day as an intern hopefully ever. Now a rising senior in college, I've spent every summer since freshman year in high school interning for companies. I acknowledge this is pretty nerdy but I am admittedly a go-go-go kind of person who likes to be working and creative so for me, I've found internships to be incredibly rewarding. As I've continued year after year, I've gotten to see my own evolution as a working adult. (Scary!) But it really is truly incredible to see all of my previous experiences and the skills I've learned, both in internships and in the classroom, come full circle and apply in ways I never would have imagined. So while it may seem like a sacrifice to give away some of those precious, pressure-free days of summer, I have 5 reasons why it is absolutely worth it!

1. Build and develop your skills! // Throwing yourself into the work environment is the best way to start to develop practical and necessary skills for your future! My first week in my first internship I was learning how to cold call, code website pages and even file financial reports, all things I would have never been able to learn outside of the work environment. You also get the chance to apply knowledge that you've learned in the classroom and see the ways that these lessons apply to the real world.

2. Learn what you love, or more importantly, learn what you don't love! // Internships allow you to figure out what you like without the pressure of a sense of "career permanence". You can start to determine what industries you like to work in, what areas of business you enjoy or even the specific tasks that you find most interesting. This has been one of my biggest take aways from my wide array of interning experiences. One summer, I found myself interning in an industry that I wasn't exactly enthralled with but I realized that I loved all of the advertising and promotional projects that I was thrown every once in a while. I kept working hard through that summer and the next year looked for a job in the marketing sector and I couldn't have been happier, with both experiences! If it weren't for the first internship, I would have never learned how much I liked marketing and now I get to do it every day!

3. Get the most out of your summer! // It can seem like a sacrifice to give away some of your much deserved pool-time but for me, I've learned that summer internships actually help me take advantage of my summers. Internships force you to balance your time between work and play and I've found that it makes me much more productive! On my off-days I still get up in the morning, eat breakfast, take a run and truly start every day with a purpose rather than taking any of those precious sunny hours for granted. If you're truly worried, balance your summer with a part-time internship and get the best of both worlds!

4. Land hard to reach jobs! // It can be almost impossible to land an internship with a big name brand or an international company, but internships are your glimmer of hope! A lot of companies may not be hiring but many are very open to bringing a driven and enthusiastic intern on board. While you most likely won't be getting the benefit of a consistent paycheck, you're getting unparalleled experience and the chance of a lifetime!

5. Prep for your future! // It's all about experience and the only way to gain work experience, well, is to work! The easiest way to get your foot in the door is with an internship and many can result in the opportunity to continue climbing on up the ladder! Even if you don't see yourself in the company longterm, think about what you're gaining along the way: the great skills you're adding to your resume, all of your new networking contacts and even references for future job opportunities!

Are you interning this summer? What do you think about summer internships? Are they worth it?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bright Blue Pants a Make Her Dance

Okay, so maybe these pants don't make me "dance" but they definitely make me feel great. And that's what clothes are supposed to be about right? Right! 

I came across these gems at a vintage designer store down the street from my apartment. As you might know I'm living in Milan, Italy this summer so quality fashion picks are not hard to find but... finding them at a reasonable price is the kicker. The little store is tucked in the Brera District, traditionally known for great boutiques, and is called Il Cameo. The mother-daughter duo who own it have an eye for some of the best vintage Chanel, Gucci, Prada and YSL I've ever seen. For weeks I was lusting after a Chanel sweater shell from the 60's but had to talk myself off the ledge. Fortunately, the Il Cameo duo has taken a liking to me and my constant drop-ins and kindly knocked down the price of these pants to a steal! Go me and my decent Italian language skills!

To keep the focus on the star of the show, I like to pair these palazzos with a simple black top. The halter cut of this Banana Republic top {similar herehere, here} balances a little skin with the weight of the pants to keep this outfit cool both in temperature and in style. While these pants might not pair with everything, a simple black halter looks great on everyone and is super versatile. It's a great staple to have in your closet and if you don't own one already click the links above and invest!

Even with a big print, small details are everything. I'm carrying my Kate Spade color blocked crossbody that's the perfect size to fit everything I need for a day of traveling, dainty jewelry including one of my favorite Kate Spade Saturday necklaces (RIP) and simple black wedges. Would you believe me if I said these were Dr. Scholls? I couldn't believe it either! They're simple, stylish, match with everything and I've survived miles of Italian cobblestone streets in them. I've been super impressed. Go Dr. Scholls! 

{Top // Banana Republic (similarsimilar), Pants // (similar), Wedges // Dr. Scholls (similarsimilar), 
Purse // Kate Spade (similar, similar), Necklace // Kate Spade (similar)}

Do you have any prized finds from a local vintage store? And how about these palazzos? Are you a fan of the wide legs and bold prints? 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Tell Me Something Good!

I loved starting off last week with a happy up-beat bang so why not do it again? Good news, good news, read all about it! I started off this week a bit earlier than usual but it was for the best reason. Want to know why?!  Well keep reading to find out... and then spill all of your good news too! I wanna hear! So my Monday good news? Well...

1. // This weekend I spent my days slowly roaming the streets of Milan and I got the chance to really take it all in and enjoy a slow weekend in the city. One last time, eep!

2. // I picked up a killer Pomikaki bag for only $40. The Milan sale season is no joke! Talk about a steal!

3. // I tasted the world's BEST pizza on Sunday. Well, it's not on any official lists but it's on mine and that definitely counts for something!

4. // Beautiful weather is good news! A week with a drop in temperature and a hint of a breeze is something to celebrate!

5. // Oh and did I mention, MY BROTHER IS HERE! My brother arrived in Italy this morning and it still hasn't truly hit me! Getting the chance to live in Milan for the summer, let alone getting the chance to travel with my brother in Europe, is something I never ever dreamed would happen. I'm so so happy and very grateful for this experience of a lifetime. 

So what's your good news? Happy weekends or big plans coming up? In the words of Mia Thermopolis, "shoot"!

Friday, July 24, 2015

#FridayFinds: Links I'm Loving

Hip hip Friday! Another week down. Man is this summer flying by or what? Fly through these 6 links and start your Friday off on the right foot. Beyonce prints, your favorite shoes are getting a makeover and the best magazine cover I've seen in a while!

{Link} // A plus size model is to appear on the cover of women's running magazine and listen for the applause! As a runner who also will never have the "cross-country bod" I'm a big fan. Run on!

{Link} // Like gallery walls? Fan of Beyonce? (Duh.) Then say hello to the Single Ladies print.

{Link} // It's no secret I'm a fan of Leandra Medine from The Man Repeller. She's done it again with this great article in defense of "Slow Fashion". Read it, love it, live it.

{Link} // In only 4 days Converse is launching their new redesign of the classic chucks since, well, forever! Always dreamed of converse with arch support? Your dreams are coming true with a small price increase but I'll take it.

{Link} // The Outnet is having a killer clearance sale currently and if you've been eyeing any designer pieces lately this is your chance to snatch it up. Isabel Marant jeans for 30 euro? I wouldn't joke about this!

{Link} // I will forever worship Gossip Girl and Sex in the City. Take this quiz to see if you're more of a Carrie or Blair? (Pst. I got Blair)

Are you loving any of these links? What are your plans for this weekend? 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

'F' is for friends who Follow each other! Let's be Social!

Hey hey hey! It's Thursday and there's not a better time to get social! Can't get enough of E&D here on the blog? Follow my other social accounts and stay up to date on everything going on here on the site and behind the scenes! 



But that's not all! I want to see what you're up to too! Link your social accounts below so we can all be social media buds! F is for friends who "Follow each other"!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Tell Me Something Good!

Let's start Monday off right! Tell me something good

At home there is a morning radio station that features a segment where listeners call in to tell them any and every bit of good news they've recently had. So why not have that here?! Monday's aren't the best but they're at least a little bit better with some good news tucked in your back pocket! So here's my good news to start off this Monday!

1. I visited Venice this weekend for the first time and it was incredible! 
2. We stumbled across a fireworks show so I finally got my fix from the fourth of July!
3. We have a surprise class field trip to a museum I've been wanting to see!
4. I celebrated National Ice Cream day with some great peach gelato!
5. And lastly, I learned my brother is coming to Italy next week!!! Eeep!

So, tell me something good! What's your good news from this weekend or coming up?!

Friday, July 17, 2015

#FridayFinds: Links I'm Loving!


It's Friday, Friday! (Sorry if I got the song stuck in your head...) But seriously I love Fridays. Everything feels so sunny even if it's still a day in the office. Treat yourself today! And by that I mean to these links of course. Want a laugh from Amy and Tina or revamp your wardrobe? Well then check out these links!

{Link} // Let's start off with a bang shall we? So the French Garance Doré has paired up with Equipment to launch a small collection called Garance Doré Capsule and it is perfection. This shirt {link} is everything I've ever dreamed of and more. I'm loving the fact that small silk scarves are coming back in style. Is there anything more chic? Get ahold of yours now. You can console your wallet later.

{Link} // Have you seen the new trailer for Amy Poehler and Tina Fey's new movie Sisters? Well if you haven't get on it! This is absolutely hilarious and I'm counting down the days till it hits theatres!

{Link} // It's no secret that I love Humans of New York. I'm constantly screenshotting posts and sending them to my friends. It's always a nice reminder to think of all the stories going on around you and sometimes that you're not alone when you're going through some struggles. And the kid posts never fail to make me smile. I came across this one the other day about "Mr. Ferrari" and his happy story about a celebrity encounter. Seriously read it and start your Friday off with a great start.

{Link} // Summer sales are everywhere right now and of course J. Crew Factory is flaunting a great 40% off as well. I'm drooling over so many things in their clearance section. Like can this maxi dress {link} please get in my closet? Also check out their new header sporting "the online home of J. Crew Mercantile. Read my post from earlier this week {link here} to get the inside scoop on this new change-up!

{Link} // Ann Taylor's Instagram is killin' it. I'm a sucker for a great Instagram feed and I actually love seeing the way that brands incorporate their social media to really make a personality for their company beyond the physical stores themselves. So check out @anntaylor for pics of their latest adorable clothes, inspirational quotes and overall beautiful pictures to get you through your day!

TGIF! What is everyone up to this weekend?!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Pst! Marleylilly Flash Sale Today!

Hey hey hey! Good news on this Thursday morning! Marleylilly is having a flash sale! Summer means bright pool towels, floppy sun hats and a great tote to throw it all in and carry to the country club. And now's your chance to grab all of these on sale! I love shopping Marleylilly {here} because of all their colorful and preppy items but also because personalizing with a monogram is free! For a girl from the south, does it get much better than that?

Here are my picks from their current sale! I'm really loving these earrings {here} and I'm in desperate need for a new classic navy hat {here}. Click on the images below for additional links! So throw some items in your cart and grab the free nautical tank while you're at it! And hurry up because the sale ends tomorrow!

Have you shopped Marleylilly before? What are you eyeing from this summer flash sale?!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Recipe: Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies!

If there's one thing I've been seriously craving since my time in Italy it would be chocolate chip cookies! Believe it or not, gelato, cannoli and tiramisu can only go so far. Yes, I was surprised too! But man. I've been craving those hot and gooey cookies that melt in your mouth and I'd do anything to smell a homemade cookie kitchen right now! I bookmarked this mouth watering recipe {link} the other day and you better believe it's one of the first things I'm making when I'm back in my kitchen at home. It only takes 20 minutes to prepare, 15 minutes to bake and 5 seconds to gobble up a cookie!

P.S. A helpful hint when storing cookies! Make sure to store them in a sealed container with a slice of sandwich bread inside! It maintains their softness and keeps them gooey for days! I'm not sure why this works but I promise it's a miracle!

I have great summer memories of running inside to eat fresh out of the oven chocolate chip cookies, rinsing off chocolate chip hands in the hose and heading out to play again. Try out this recipe for me and let me live my homemade chocolate chip cookie cravings vicariously through you! (Or feel free to send me some!!) But I'd love to know what you think! Does anyone else have a go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe?!