Eco-Friendly Fall Style with prAna + Coupon

Eco-Friendly Fall Style with prAna + Coupon

Thanks to prAna for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions and obsessions with sustainable living are 100% my own.

In hopes that the weather in Florida will cool down pretty soon (a girl can dream can’t she), I’m prepping my favorite Fall pieces that are feasible for the warmer fall climate we’ve become accustomed to. Luckily, these timeless pieces can also take me into a typical Florida winter. So although I’m pulling double-duty with my limited fall wardrobe, I’m a happy camper by practicing sustainable and fair trade clothing from prAna.

Eco-Friendly Fall Style

prAna has quickly become one of my favorite brands. Conscious buying is important to me, and so is my own personal style. prAna’s wide range of style, hemp fabrics, and sustainable textures are enough to keep me completely satisfied. Their quality fabrics stand the test of time, making this my go-to brand for slowly replacing my previous wardrobe.

Fall Style with Prana

Sweater dresses are a wonderful fall staple. Keeping you cozy and warm while allowing you to still show a little leg (one of the perks of living in a warm-climate). This particular dress snaps all the way from a turtleneck to a cowl neck. The openings on the shoulder provide a warmer version of the popular cold-shoulder.

Step by step I have eliminated clothing that I don’t wear often enough to keep around, and now I’m working my way through my closet to replace irresponsibly sourced material lending to the negative impacts on the environment. Climate change is evident now more than ever, so it’s imperative that we start paying attention to where we shop and spend our energy and/or money.

prAna Kara Jeans are Lightweight & Comfortable

Fall Style with Prana

These are my first pair of prAna jeans and I absolutely fell in love! The Kara Jean is lightweight and very comfortable with an almost stretch-like quality. The cuffs can be undone or worn with your perfect shoe boot. The relaxed fit making it a perfect pair for taking a long walk on a crisp fall day.

Fall Style with Prana

 

I love mixing new and old pieces together. I had fun wearing this sweater dress with this vintage leather purse that was a gift from a friend. The pattern brought some of the fabric alive it seemed.

prAna is offering 15% off to my readers when you use coupon code MSF17DH on your purchase.

Happy Fall Ya’ll!

Essentially yours,

Erika

 

Fashion with a Purpose | Prana Activewear

Fashion with a Purpose | Prana Activewear

Thanks to prAna Clothing & Activewear for sponsoring this post. As always all opinions and obsession with sustainable wear are 100% my own. Use coupon code MS15EV for 15% off your order online!

There are few things I love more than a good deal. Pair that good deal with incredible comfort, classic style, and sustainable material that doesn’t leave a huge footprint on the earth and I’m pretty much in heaven (thanks to prAna Activewear).

Prana Activewear

I recently had a discussion with some friends about the definition of feeling sexy. These days comfort is sexy to me. As I’ve grown more comfortable in my skin I realize that nothing feels better than feeling like myself. I like the skin I’m in, and it doesn’t mean I need to show it every chance I get. A classic laid-back style is more my vibe. You add some comfort and we’ve got ourselves a night out on the town.

With the kids in school longer hours these days, I no longer roam Boca Raton in what I once dubbed “homeless chic.” With the quality clothing from prAna clothing I’ve come to enjoy piecing together a modern activewear ensemble that can take me from morning until dinner time. That’s a big deal for this mom of two boys.

Prana Activewear

prAna’s mission is to give people the option of reaching into their closet and dressing in items that reflect who they are. The versatile but classy clothing design makes for outfits that can be worn to work or on an adventure. Whether you’re running errands, picking up the kids from school, or meeting friends for coffee, prAna clothing is tested for comfort in any situation (especially outdoors).

These Charcoal Jogger Pants are the perfect pant this fall in our warm climate. The light material kept me cool while getting me through the day. I loved pairing it with the Daria Sweater Hoodie (also fairly lightweight). The “bat-wing” style is modern and comfortable. I pretty much live in my sneakers these days, but this could easily pair well with a cute casual pair of booties.

Prana Activewear

prAna is offering my readers a 15% off coupon when you order online using the code: MS15EV! Now you too can start your activewear collection to carry you through till winter! Every purchase you make and every gift you give has a positive impact on our planet. prAna offers organic, hemp, sustainable, and fair trade items so that you can feel great about the things you wear and the gifts you give. It’s clothing with a conscious.

Essentially yours,

Erika

prAna items worn in this post:

Charcoal Jogger Pants

Daria Sweater Hoodie

Use code MS15EV for 15% off your next order!

 


Prana Activewear

Prana Activewear

Prana Activewear

Three Ways To Make Money Blogging

Three Ways To Make Money Blogging

The one question I most often get asked about my work from home job is, “how on earth do you make money blogging?”

I should probably start at the beginning, because the second most frequent question I get is, “exactly what does a blogger actually do?”

Blogging 101

I started this here blog in March of 2014. I’ve always been an over-sharer, whether my advice was warranted or not. I have a need to share all things I learn almost to a fault. I’ve learned over the years that not everyone is as interested in learning all of the details all of the time. In an effort to preserve my relationships with those closest to me, I started essentiallyerika.com.

My friends and family were all tired of me sharing my natural home remedies and a friend of mine suggested I put it all on a blog where other moms interested in the same issues would get the help they were looking for. Voila! Essentially Erika was officially an idea. Well, I didn’t have a name quite yet. I started off really simple on  a free-hosted site because unlike now, I wasn’t even aware you could make money by writing a blog.

I started with a concept.

I knew I wanted to share all of the natural / organic finds I was discovering on a daily basis. You see, I spent the better part of ten years as a Project Manager in construction. I was used to dedicating myself to multiple projects on a constant basis. So when I suddenly became a stay-at-home mom with only a handful of projects, I did what I knew best to do, I dove in head first and never looked back. My days were spent devoting as much time to running our home like my new personal project. Homemade EVERYTHING! Living on one income, I also devoted myself to purging all of the “extras” in life, and saving where we could. Turns out, I wasn’t alone.

I was originally going to name my blog “Two Under Two,” because whenever I would meet any resistance from companies on the phone asking why I couldn’t just “show up,” I would respond with, “I have two kids under two years old”, and immediately they had compassion for my situation. Turns out, naming a blog isn’t as easy as it looks. I muddled around for a while thinking carefully so I wouldn’t get pigeon-holed to one description, when suddenly it just came to me.. and Essentially Erika was born.

How to Make Money Blogging

I dove head first sharing homemade recipes and different ways we were saving in our home. From the very start I included all I was learning in parenting, and eventually the blog grew from a ‘Mom Blog’ to a full Lifestyle blog. I didn’t even have a Facebook at the time and only shared pics of the kids on my Instagram for family and friends.

I had no clue you could get paid to write and didn’t have the fondest idea where to start. I’m often approached on how to start a blog now that folks see there is money to be made in it, but I always recommend writing for the love of it, before jumping into the monetization pool too quickly. At the end of the day, like most jobs, you have to love blogging in order to keep doing it. There are late nights, and lots of actual writing involved. There are nights I need to whip up 1200 words and edit 100 photos.

Blogging has re-introduced me to an old passion of mine, photography. I’ve always loved the art of photography and I love how its brought me back to my love of photos. Learning a lot through trial and error (I haven’t taken any classes), I’ve been able to grow in other areas (I recently shot a family reunion).

Still, my heart is with blogging, and as I tell most people, if I weren’t making money doing it I would still find time to do it. It’s certainly therapeutic, and I love going back and seeing how much I’ve learned / grown.

Three of the key ways to make money as a blogger are…

Make Money Blogging

  • Join an Influencer Network – There are many online Influencer Networks geared towards matching the right blogger with the right brand. One of my favorites is Everywhere Society. They are a nationwide agency and provide different opportunities for all kinds of bloggers. I’ve recently enjoyed a few of their campaigns with Orkin, Osh Kosh, and Macy’s. Their campaigns span from fashion, cooking, home and kids. They sent me to my favorite blog conference in NOLA last year, ShiftCon. The ladies I’ve met working with Everywhere Society are some of my favorite folks, it feels like we get to work alongside friends and have a great time in the process.

Make Money Blogging

  • Become a Contributor – One of the ways you can earn money blogging is by contributing to other blogs. Bloggers can hire out bloggers to provide content for them as a contributor, or you can become a ghost writer for other blogs and online magazines. I’ve enjoyed this kind of writing because it provided me a different outlet to be able to explore other “voices” and writing styles. There is freedom in anonymity at times, this is ideal if you enjoy any political writing.
  • Affiliate Marketing – Affiliate links are another way bloggers can make income. There are brands that you can align yourself with (that you believe in) that can provide you with your own special tracking links. These links are placed throughout your blog posts, depending on your writing style, when clicked on and any items are purchased the blogger will receive a percentage of those sales. This allows a creative freedom to work with only the brands you absolutely love. Of course these types of arrangements and the compensation you receive rely heavily on your site’s traffic, so this isn’t always easy to pull off as a new blogger.

Essentially Erika

All in all there are many different ways you can create an income through an online blog. I’ve found that in blogging, I’ve met some of the most uplifting and supportive groups of people. I’ve shared a ton of experiences with some really interesting folks, and had some of the best vacations with my family in tow.

While I’d always assumed I would return to the corporate life after my kids went off to school, blogging has provided me with other options. The option to do something I truly love while being creative, and be there for my family in a way I could never have done working from an office.

I’m able to BE THERE with my family. For breakfast, homemade lunches, drop-offs/pick-ups, PTA meetings, dinner, and everything in between. All without having to sacrifice financially. I’ll always love this little blog of mine that has grown by leaps and bounds, and I’m only getting started…

Nikita Hair

If you are a blogger and are interested in working with The Everywhere Society you can sign up here!

Essentially yours,

Erika

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