5 Fall Favorites



5 fall favorites



 

Hey y’all! So, its no big secret that Fall is my absolute F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E season! It just makes me so happy. Its family coming together, its cozy blankets, its snuggling while watching all of our favorite shows that are back on TV, its the leaves, its the cooler weather…. I. LOVE. FALL.

So when my friend texted me and asked me if I wanted to do a video collab with some of my favorite Houston blogger gals about our 5 Fall Favorites. Um. YES.

So I bring to you another youtube video! Whattt? Can you believe it? Craziness, I know.

Here’s the lovely gals I’m linking up with, make sure you check out their youtube videos, because all of these gals are awesome and friends of mine, and I know you’re going to have a lot of fun watching them.

 

 

Question: If you’ve never met me, do I sound how you thought I would? :)

Olive and Gold Fall Outfit



Olive green fall fashion



Jeans: NY and Co | Tank & Sweater: Banana Republic Outlet | Shoes & Sunglasses: TOMS | Scarf: Gift

Transitioning to fall when you live in Houston isn’t easy. At the last minute we took a quick trip to Minnesota this past weekend. We left on Friday morning and got home on Sunday night. It was so good to see my family. Distance is really hard, especially for this girl that is very family oriented. I’ve been away from them for periods of time before, but it never gets easier. In fact, I think it might get harder.

When we stepped out of the airport on Friday, the first thing I said was “Oh my gosh, its cold!!” I was decked in my “Houston Fall Attire.” Which means jeans, flats, and a 3/4 sleeve top. I don’t think it got out of the 50s while we were there. No, I take that back, it got colder at night. :)

I grew up in Colorado. I lived there from 5-17y/o. Snow was normal, and gorgeous fall leaves that transitioned from green to bright orange and fiery red were something everyone always looked forward to. I was so excited to see that again! As we were coming in for a landing I just kept going on and on about how gorgeous all the trees were. And then on the drive to their house, and in their neighborhood… Fall is my favorite season of the year, especially if I’m not in Houston, and somewhere more north. (heh, anywhere is more north than Houston!)

But here in Houston, transitioning your wardrobe for fall isn’t easy! You have to do LIGHT layers. Not heavy ones, very light ones. A thin top, and sweater. If its a 3/4 sleeve sweater, that’s probably best.

So how about you? Where do you live, and if you’re in a southern state, what are your must have’s for transitioning to fall?

Blog Elevated Conference 2014 Recap

Hi everyone! Today I’m telling y’all about Blog Elevated – in a video!  The conference was so much fun, and would be a lot to write about, and since I went to a YouTube session at the conference, I decided to give it a go!



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Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway

Hey all! I am just getting back from an amazing conference- Blog Elevated! Gathering my thoughts and I can’t wait to share with y’all my experience! My friend Trish is taking over here today and sharing a bit about her blog, and at the end there is a HUGE Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway! $65 y’all! So make sure you enter to win! *pumpkin spice lattes all day every day*  xoxo -Bree

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How did you come up with the name for your blog?

I’ll admit, I have a funny blog name. Beyond the Khaki Pants was born because I really do wear khaki pants. And you guessed it, Beyond the Khaki Pants is not a fashion blog. I’m a physical therapist, and I wear khakis at work. Wearing khakis is definitely part of the PT stereotype (just google image “physical therapist” or see what every PT character on TV usually wears). I find it kinda funny that I actually do wear khakis too. But never polo shirts. Never.

My blog is about life outside of work for me (or when I’m not wearing my khaki pants) so I decided to call my blog “Beyond the Khaki Pants”. Even though I don’t blog about my work specifically (HIPPA laws, etc) I like to talk about work and career related topics so I wanted a name that gave reference to my job.

What is your favorite coffee drink? 

I typically drink my coffee black. Boring I know, but I don’t like cream and sugar in my coffee. Growing up in Seattle, Starbucks is king and I had coffee far younger than I probably should have. They get your sucked in with those tasty Frappuccinos! If I have an espresso drink, my drink of choice is a cappuccino, dry. I really prefer my coffee as simple as possible!

What is your favorite season? 

My favorite season is Fall! Which I just wrote about on the blog earlier this week. I love every thing about it including the sports, holidays and weather…even the things going on at work.  We have annual reviews in the Fall, so I always get excited for those (and the possibility of a raise!). I am very passionate about success and I enjoy reflecting on the year [so far] every Fall…What went well…and what can I work on next year.  I am also such a Christmas junkie and I get so excited for it every year. I love all the holidays though, and I don’t mind celebrating them all, one at a time. :)

Why did you start blogging & why are you still blogging? 

I started blogging to document life and to talk about topics related to being a young professional. Things like feminism, career success, student loans, etc. I love connecting with other women who are also dealing with similar things…like being asked if I want kids…all. the. time.

I am still blogging because I really enjoy it! My passion in life is physical therapy but I have loved creating my little space on the internet.  I have made such great relationships with other bloggers and readers through emails and social media.  Being a PT can be very analytical most of the time, blogging is a great creative outlet for me to write.  I just started blogging earlier this year, and I can’t believe how much the blog has grown in just a few short months. So as long as I keep liking it, I will keep blogging!

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Bree here again!

Isn’t she awesome?! Make sure you stop by her blog and say Hi! I know it would make her day.

Now, on to this fabulous giveaway! Check out these awesome gals that teamed up with Trish and I to do a $65 Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway!



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Trish: Khaki Pants Blog | Bree: The Thing About Joy

Jess: The Girl with Glasses | McKenzie: Paper Tie Affair

Bri: Breezy Days Blog | Jamie: Snap Ginger

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Picmonkey Tutorial for Bloggers & A Giveaway!



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When you’re a blogger, its pretty easy to spot you. You’re the one that always brings your camera with you, and is snapping a million pictures with your smartphone before you eat your food, drink your pumpkin spice latte, or find fall leaves on the ground!

Once you have your pictures, you often want to edit them! Now, of course you could spend a bunch of money and buy Photoshop, but there’s gotta be a better way! Right?

How about a super fast, easy, and FREE way to edit your photos? And yes, even get the glorious circle picture with text on it!

Head on over to Picmonkey.com – upload your picture, and follow along these tutorials! They’re super easy, my mom can even do it! ;) I love you mom.

*ps- I’m not being paid by picmonkey in any way, I just love their site and want to share an awesome tutorial with y’all!*



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First off- you will see this first picture on the left, once you upload your image. Here you will find everything you need! Here’s a quick rundown of what they do:

  • Crop Symbol (shows you all your basic edits you see in the picture – crop, canvas color, rotate, exposure, colors, sharpen, and resize)
  • Magic Wand Symbol (This is where all your filters are)
  • Lipstick Symbol (This is where you can touch up facial features (teeth whitening, blush, blemishes, etc)
  • Text Symbol (add text to your picture)
  • Butterfly Symbol (add overlay shapes to your picture)
  • Frame Symbol (put a frame on your picture- also where you do cutouts!)
  • Cross Stitch Symbol (add Texture to your picture)
  • Apple Symbol (Themed effects, overlays, and more!)



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To edit these first pictures we’re going to click on the Magic Wand Symbol! And I’m going to walk you through adjusting a few of these filters.

 



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To apply a filter, all you have to do is click it, and then a little box will pop up, like the one in this picture. For this picture I wanted her face to be brighter, and the grass and lines in her shirt to be darker. To adjust the filter all you have to do is grab that little circle that is on the dark red right now, and move it around until its highlighted how you like!

If you adjust the fade, then it will allow some of the color to show through, whereas at 0% its going to be a completely black and white image.

 



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This filter, just click the “Cross Process” button. You’re going to select your filter, Green, Blue or Red. This is going to give you that hue on top of your picture. I typically prefer Blue for my images, but if you are wanting something to be more cozy, Red might work better! Just play around with them until you like it.

Again, adjusting the fade will determine how much of the filter will be on the picture. For this one right about 64% worked best for what I was going for.

 



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Dusk is the next filter I tried out. This one is super easy and applies a nice warm cozy hue over your picture. The only thing you need to adjust is the fade, which determines how much of the filter is on your picture. I liked how this picture looked with 65% of the filter. Play around with it to see what you like best!

 



picmonkey tutorial for bloggers



 

Now – we all know it is the shiz when you have your picture on your sidebar and its in the shape of a circle, with text overlaying on it! But, maybe you don’t have the money to have a designer customize it, and you just want something simple and quick to put up? I got your back.

Once you’ve edited your photo with the filters, you’re going to click on the Frame Symbol, and then click on the top button Shape Cutouts. Then, click on the circle and viola! You’ve got a cutout of a circle on your image! All you have to do is drag the circle where you want it. You can adjust the size of the circle right there under the shapes, as well as the angle!  For this one, I got a little fancy and saved the circle, and then repeated the process and added another circle on top and to the side to make it more oval shaped.

NEXT, after you apply the circle, click on the Text Symbol and choose the font you want to use, then click, add text. Its going to put a box of random text on your image, all you have to do is click the box, type in what you want, change the color, size and move it to where you want! I wanted this one to overlay a little bit, but you could put it completely on your image, or completely off your image and underneath! Its up to you!

I hope I was able to teach you something and you enjoyed this picmonkey tutorial! I’m joining a couple gals that are talking about photography this week for a giveaway! Maybe you’ll use your paypal money winnings to grab that cute camera strap you’ve been watching on Etsy? I know I would! :)

 
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