How To: 31 Random Acts

Last year, I started one of my favorite projects of all time – a challenge, to myself and others, to conduct 31 random acts in 31 days.  The challenge was born out of the 31 days series, hosted by The Nester, and consisting of thousands of bloggers writing about the same theme for 31 days straight.  This year, we even have our own website!

True to form, last year,  some of my random acts and posts spilled into November.  I hope that I am not alone in setting out to accomplish a goal and not always finishing on time.  You know the feeling, too?

This mentality is the driver behind the 31 random acts effort.  Below, I walk through how you can get involved in the challenge.  But, this is not the only way.  Feel free to choose your own acts, participate in as many day(s) as you want or just spread the word about 31 random acts!  We welcome all kinds of RAK love.

As I said in my original post, “If we can get even one person to join in on these efforts, we will double our impact on the world.  More importantly, let’s share our stories of spreading the good… even if it’s as simple as a hello to a stranger on the street.  These are the stories that are worth sharing.”

How To: 31 Random Acts

Step 1: Choose an act!  I will be using the list below.  I take great pleasure in crossing things off of a list! But, as I mentioned above, feel free to choose whichever acts please you – whether they are on this list, or not! If you want some other ideas, check out the list from last year.

Step 2: Perform the act.  Yay!

Sample act & tweet!

Step 3: Snap a picture of the act / write about it, and share it with social media!  Or, just share it with your family, friends, great aunt Susan?!  Don’t forget to use our hashtag #31randomacts, and tweet to @31randomacts / share the act on our Facebook page.

Erica’s posts from 2013!

 Step 4: Check out others’ random acts! Get some inspiration for your next one!

Are you joining us for 31 random acts?

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Pinterest Update! 2014 Fall Fashion

I am not a fashion blogger.  In fact, for a long time, I never understood how fashion bloggers take those really professional photos. Like, is that a real photographer behind that lens or her boyfriend?  Luckily, my bloggy friends finally informed me that yes, sometimes it is her boyfriend, and other times it’s a tripod camera.  A milkawhat?

This is one of the main reasons that I love pinterest.  Even without all the fancy technology, I can still pretend to know a thing or two about the fashion industry.  In fact, my fall fashion board is my only pinterest board currently hovering above 100 pins.  If you’ve been around here for a little while, you are aware of my slight obsession with keeping pinterest boards within 100 ole images.  It’s the only way that I will continuously reference them for inspiration.  Admittedly, with all the latest and greatest outfit threads, it’s hard to limit myself, especially when I am in a pinning frenzy.  This is why I enforce my pinterest fashion golden rule: I only pin images that remind me or include articles of clothing in my own wardrobe.  It helps keep me sane.

When I glanced at my fall fashion board recently, I was excited to see a few things that popped out at me that I knew I wanted to rock this season.  So, I decided to put together a little fall fashion show.  I mean… Why not??!  Even if I can’t play with the big girls, at least I can give it a shot!  A big thank you to my “photographer”; apparently we can’t do this stuff without y’all.  Boots and pants!

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1. Color Inspiration - I loved this yellow dress styled with an oversized scarf.  I loved it even more when I realized that I have one in a very similar color in my own closet.  Since my dress is strapless, I paired it with a cotton blue jacket.

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dress: Old Navy // jacket: gift // scarf: Gap // booties: gift

2. Close, but not quite: Damn, leather has been hot these past couple of years.  Unfortunately, I never made the splurge on any actual piece of leather clothing.  Luckily, however, this pinterest pic reminded me of some plain old black pants and top that I had lying around in my dresser.  Thrown together with some neon pink pumps, I was feeling spicy!

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blouse: Target // pants: Francesca’s // shoes: gift

3. But what do I do with all those summer dresses? For a long time, I never knew what to do with my summer wardrobe once fall crept around.  In fact, most of my pieces hibernated for the winter time until I could show them off with a little skin. Enter: the sweater.  Thrown on top of a lazy summer dress, it’s an instant two outfits in one.

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sweater: Marshall’s // dress: Old Navy // jewelry: Old Navy // boots: gift (what can I say, my mom likes shoes)

ps. None of these retailers have any idea who I am.  I just like their clothing and enjoy showing off some of their threads!