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    Friend Friday: Connecting With Readers

    I’m so excited to be a part of Fashion Beauty Friend Friday, created by ModlyChic, and below is my very first post with the group. We’re to answer questions regarding connecting with our readers and it’s importance.

    photo via kevinmartineau.blogspot.com

    How important do you think reader connectedness is to the success of your blog?
    Reader connectedness is extremely important to my blog’s success. Having regular reader base would help keep my posts interesting and cohesive as well as give me more ideas for content. When I’m able to relate to my readers, I would want to write more posts that we’re mutually interested in.

    What do you do to draw readers in and create that writer-reader bond?
    I try my best to write interesting posts as well as include lots of photos to ensure my blog’s content keeps my readers entertained. I’m very active with responding to comments so I think that definitely helps create more of a bond. I also frequently visit my readers’ blogs, if they have one, and will comment on their posts as well.

    What is one way you could improve this connection?
    Oh, I could think of dozens! Being a new blogger, improving my reader connection is my main concern right now. I think I should definitely start asking questions of my readers to get them involved with my posts and be more interactive.

    Is there a blogger you think does a great job creating that writer-reader bond? Why?
    I would definitely say Zarna’s Runway – she writes frequently, responds to comments, she’s visited my blog a few times and has been so sweet with her comments, and her content is amazing; vivid photos and great writing!

    What do you do to cultivate new readers? How do you get them to your site in the first place?
    Since I recently started my blog; I’ve relied heavily on twitter as well as frequently visiting blogs with similar styles/content and being active with commenting on fellow bloggers posts. I’m also active on LookBook.nu & Chictopia which definitely helps bring readers to my blog.

    

    Interested in joining in on the fun to? See information about Fashion Beauty Friend Friday here.

    Xox,
    An

    Shopping

    Swarovski Elements Holiday Sweepstakes


    Photo from the Swarovski Elements’ Facebook page

    I just received an email about this and wanted to immediately share it with all of you!

    “Swarovski Elements is giving back to their online community this holiday season by giving away three amazing product packages from their US Holiday collection. The sweepstakes will be live for the next 5 business days and three winners will be announced next week on the Swarovski Elements Facebook page.

    People just ‘like’ the Swarovski Elements Facebook page and enter via the contest tab shown in the status updates to win one of three product packages from the Swarovski Elements US Holiday collection. Product packages include A7 jeans, custom made Old Gringo boots, BB Simon belts, Skagen Denmark watches and so much more!

    Here is a direct link to the sweepstakes: http://bit.ly/ie5geP

    Here is a great look at the collection: http://bit.ly/hBzZre

    Good luck everyone!! 🙂

    Xox
    ♥ An

    Shopping

    Baggy Sweatshirts Turned Haute

    I’ve been eyeing various hoodies and sweatshirts and currently loving the idea of making them chic. Here are a few finds but I’m thinking of DIY’ing my own, hmmm.. to DIY or just buy…

    IMPROVD Cowl Neck Hooded Sweatshirt $123

    IMPROVD Cowl Neck Hooded Sweatshirt $123

    Truly Madly Deeply 80s Sweatshirt $38

    Truly Madly Deeply 80s Sweatshirt $38

    Forever21 Casual Knit Top $14.80

    Forever21 Casual Knit Top $14.80

    Neue Claes Hooded Sweatshirt $79

    Neue Claes Hooded Sweatshirt $79

    American Apparel Unisex Piqué Raglan Pullover $32

    American Apparel Unisex Piqué Raglan Pullover $32

    Dolan Faux Fur Trim Hooded Poncho $154

    Dolan Faux Fur Trim Hooded Poncho $154

    Aiko 'Vladimir' Crop Sweatshirt $84.90

    Aiko 'Vladimir' Crop Sweatshirt $84.90

    Truly Madly Deeply 80s Stripe Sweatshirt $39

    Truly Madly Deeply 80s Stripe Sweatshirt $39

    Wilster 'Ellington' Hooded Poncho $194

    Wilster 'Ellington' Hooded Poncho $194

     

    Xox
    An

    What To Wear

    Last Sunday

    An Dyer: Express boyfriend blazer | Charlotte Russe satin dress | Target socks | Michael Antonio black boots | Banana An bracelets | Louis Vuitton Ribera Mm bag

    Express boyfriend blazer | Charlotte Russe satin dress | Target socks | Michael Antonio black boots | Banana An bracelets | Louis Vuitton Ribera Mm bag

    Last Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent – my favorite time of year. I wanted to dress up but it was so cold out (in southern California!) so I needed to layer up a tad. It also didn’t help that my dress was satin so I wore my boyfriend blazer over it along with knee high socks that I wish were thigh highs… it worked during the day but by the time the sun set, we went home, I immediately changed into some sweats and grabbed myself a hot latte ;p nothing beats snuggling on the couch with your Love when it’s cold out… <3

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    Foodie Lifestyle

    Yummy in my tummy – Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

    An Dyer's Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

    Everyone always makes a dish to bring to my Grandparents’ house for holidays – I usually cheat and buy a dish to bring mostly because it’s a tough crowd. You see, my family is full of great cooks. My Mom’s dishes are guaranteed amazing, my Grandma’s dishes are like Vietnamese comfort food and all my Aunts’ dishes are always crowd pleasers. It’s intimidating! I decided to bake something for Thanksgiving this year so I turned to my personal favorite, a specialty I’d like to think I’ve mastered. Here’s the recipe, enjoy!

    Ingredients

    • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 2 sticks (=1 cup) of butter, softened to room temperature
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
    • 6 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips

    Directions

    Preheat oven to 350°.

    Creme together the brown sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and oats together. Then mix them both together by slowly adding in your dry flour mixture. Fold/Stir in the chocolate chips. Make round tablespoons of the cookie dough and place them on your cookie sheet about 2-inches apart. Bake on the center rack for 13-15 minutes.  Transfer them onto a cooling rack. (Makes about 2 to 2.5 dozen)

    Voila! Cookies! YUM!

    Xox,
    An