The Best Shoes for Mardi Gras


Thursday, January 29, 2015

As someone who has been to at least one parade nearly every year of my life, I'd like to think I have some experience under my belt on what shoes to wear for Mardi Gras parades. For some, this might come as common sense, but for those who have never experienced a full-fledged carnival season, you might need a few pointers. And to all my Louisiana ladies, here's a little recap on how to put your best (and comfiest) foot forward when the floats start rolling!

See which styles I'm choosing as my parade-favorites in today's post!
photo by Kaela Rodehorst Photography

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Classic in Camel & Plaid


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

camel coat and plaid shirt

The classic camel coat has always seemed so "adult" to me which is why I wanted to wear it on APoL in a fun and casual way. A colorful punch of plaid mixed with suede booties in an unexpected color bring some excitement to this closet staple. But don't get me wrong a good mix of black and camel is always chic! And hello, everything is a bit more whimsical with a perfectly messy bun, right? (This is literally what my hair looks like 3 out of the 7 days of the week.)

See more of this Lookbook Store coat and get product links in the full post!

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The Truth About Loop Giveaways


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

loop giveaways on Instagram
You've no doubt already seen the various "Loop Giveaways" on Instagram lately. Because I follow a lot of bloggers, I've seen various types of these giveaways and have even participated in two myself. (And I'm actually participating in one happening right now for a gift card to Anthropologie.) 

I was driven to write this post after reading comments under two loop giveaways that I saw on Instagram that I was not participating in:

"Oh fun, another fake giveaway that no one will ever win."
I cannot say this to be true about ALL loop giveaways, but I can say this to be true about the ones I participate in - They ARE real and people DO win. I know this because each and every blogger involved is putting in money towards the final amount. The gift card is not provided to the bloggers by the brand that the gift card is from - the bloggers are paying out of pocket for the giveaway item. I also make sure to tag the person that has won in the very last comment letting everyone know that the both winner and account are real.

"This is just a way to fool people into following their accounts."
Of course, the main reason to host any giveaway is to reward our followers! But blogging is a community too. By coming together to host loop giveaways, we are supporting each other by sharing each other's accounts - accounts that we'd love to introduce to our own followers. Before I participate in any loop giveaway, I ask to know all the bloggers participating to make sure that they are accounts with high quality content, beautiful photographs and are in line with A Pinch of Lovely's audience. New followers that I gain by these giveaways are never required to follow APoL for any given amount of time. If they follow and then enjoy my content, then we've both benefited! 

I cannot emphasize enough, that bloggers cannot be successful without the support of one another, and loop giveaways are a great way for us to introduce each other to a new audience we wouldn't normally reach. In fact, I LOVE finding new bloggers to follow via loop giveaways! 

So while I know some skepticism may be out there about this type of contest, I hope that I have at least helped give some insight on my end as to why I participate. If you have ANY questions about loop giveaways, please email me at!

Valentine's Day Picks


Holidays always have a way of sneaking up on me, but I'm taking extra precaution not to let that happen this year. I'm trying to stay ahead of the game, and that means I'm already scoping out all the cute Valentine's Day items that are out there right now. So whether you're looking for a gift for a loved one or need some ideas to "hint" to your significant other - OR - what the heck, just send him the link to this post if he needs more than a hint! Most of the time, that's what I have to do to Jordan...


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