Henne Jewelers X Anna Hinkle

Hello, my friends!

I was so excited when Henne Jewelers invited me out to their store for an afternoon of shopping! If you’ve lived in the Pittsburgh area, you know they are the go to destination for jewelry. But then the real thoughts came in… is it safe to be trying on jewelry right now? Do they even have pieces for a simple mom like me on a budget?

As we all know, I’ve been staying at home more than ever since being pregnant so I was a little hesitant to take them up on their offer to visit and try on some pieces. Henne Jewelers was quick to calm my nerves by answering my safety questions about how they are handling things in the pandemic. Every piece of jewelry is sanitized after someone touches it, masks are required and they are even offering virtual appointments! Whew! The answer was yes, it is safe to be jewelry shopping… at least with Henne!

Then came to the budget question. Is this visit even realistic for a gal on a budget? All I knew is that they had gorgeous diamonds, Rolex watches and lots of other pieces that are amazing options for those special occasions. Plus, if you know me, you know I’m not typically covered in diamonds while chasing my 3 year old around, ha! I was excited to learn that they have so many beautiful options that are $100 and under! So that question was met with a quick yes, too!

When the day arrived for my afternoon of jewelry shopping (how fancy of me, right?! haha!), I was a little nervous and intimated. I’m now giggling at these initial feelings because Henne Jewelers is not a place to ever feel like this! Every single person that I interacted with was so nice. I even saw gentleman in there with his kiddo, making me realize I could’ve brought my son along if needed and it’d be a total judgement free zone. But for the time being, I enjoyed my solo mom’s day out!

Lucky for me, I got to spend the afternoon trying on and showing off some of my favorite pieces in their $100 and under collection to share with you all. Spoiler alert: Keep scrolling for a special surprise for my followers!

This first look features the 14K white gold diamond-cut hoop earrings which are truly versatile to wear everyday. As for the necklace it is a sterling silver 36-inch three-strand necklace with faceted balls accents. I love that it doesn’t get tangled with the three strands! The last item in this look is the sterling silver textured cuff bracelet which looks extra cute with a baby bump, if I say so myself. The earrings and necklace actually came home with me this day and I have been living in them since! No joke, I shower, sleep and live in the earrings which is a busy mom’s dream come true.

Click these links to shop the pieces: Earrings, Bracelet & Necklace

Next up is this sterling silver double circle drop earrings and bracelet. This set is simple, but they really can elevate a casual outfit like I have on in the photo!

Click these links to shop the pieces: Earrings and bracelet.

This blue cat’s eye beaded necklace with pearls will totally have you thinking spring. It can bring a subtle pop of color to your look to spice things up! I’m personally loving it with all the different shades of blue like it’s styled in the photo above.

Click this link to shop: Necklace

If you need a gift, this sterling silver necklace and dangle earring set is a STEAL! These pieces add a subtle sparkle which I love. Plus, the necklace is actually adjustable to give you that perfect length. The complete set is $100 and I think just about anyone would love it.

Click this link to shop: Necklace and earring set

Last, but certainly not least, is the sterling silver double pearl drop lariat necklace! Something about pearls and lace together makes for such feminine and fun look, don’t ya think?

Click this link to shop: Necklace

If you’re swooning over any of these pieces, I think this is your sign to visit next time you’re in the need for a day out! Henne Jeweler’s is giving my followers a 10% discount when using “AnnaHinkle10”. Special thank you to Henne Jewelers for this exciting partnership and Jenna Wallace Photography for the photos.

Xo, Anna

Postpartum Recovery Kit

Hey guys!

As I’m going through the pregnancy journey again and I’ve been taking you along with me so I figured I’d share somethings that I am doing to prepare myself for postpartum recovery. I know very well that it takes sometime to heal and life will just be plain easier if you have all these things prepared! Now, in my experience the hospital gives you most of these things to take home. With that being said, I personally liked to have two stations set up (one upstairs and one downstairs) because I was too sore and tired to worry about where everything was at. So having the hospital versions plus some of your own is the winning ticket for me! I will also add, that I delivered vaginally so I don’t have any experience in c-section recovery. Here we go!

  • Peri Bottle, I absolutely LOVE the Frida Mom version.
  • Disposable Underwear or mesh undies with heavy pads.
  • Dermoplast Spray, gives relief to stitches/tears down there.
  • Perineal Ice packs, last time the hospital gave me plenty to take home.
  • Witch Hazel pads, I’m trying the Frida Mom version this time versus Tucks since they are so much larger.
  • Water Wipes, toilet paper is rough down there when things are healing and sensitive.
  • Pain relief medication, self explanatory
  • Stool Softeners, these will help ease the pain when that special time comes.
  • If nursing:

Bonus: Treat yourself to some new dark colored comfy pajamas! You deserve it after your first shower to put on some cozy new pajamas!! The dark color will help hide any leaks. I also opted for buttons for ease of nursing!

You can find product links to all of these by clicking this (affiliate) link.

You got this and I promise you’ll feel like a super hero once you deliver. Good luck, mama!

Xo, Anna

How to Get Collaborations as a Micro Influencer/Blogger

Hiii! My inbox has been receiving a lot of questions about blogging, influencing, collaborating… all of the things so I thought it was time to write it all out for you guys. I asked on my Instagram what questions you all had and you’ll find them all answered within this post! By far the most asked question is “How do you get collaborations?!” I feel like I shock people in this topic because I have what is considered a small following in this industry and I still land collaborations. When these offers started coming up, I was shocked myself but after some reflecting and asking my some friends in the biz, I’ve started to learn why they choose me. So keep on reading to learn how you can too!

Build an authentic following. I’ve never done any loop giveaways that you will see others doing or any other sneaky follower gaining tactics, which in return has left me with a pretty awesome engagement rate at 11% (Here is a quick way to figure out yours.) It’s been a slow and steady build that sometimes I get frustrated with while I watch others take short cuts, but I’m really proud of it. My followers are a small but mighty group that I appreciate so much! Some brands require a minimum follower count to work with them, and thats just the way it goes, but I’m finding that the engagement rate stat is meaning more and more to companies. Why? Because they are catching on to some disingenuous tactics influencers are using. Just because you see everyone else taking short cuts, doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. Listen to podcasts, read articles, find people that know the ins and outs of the platform to learn from and use those skills to help you grow. Plain and simple, just do the work!

Networking. Oh yea, that good old word you heard a ton about in college! It’s true. As soon as I started not being as shy about my blog and instagram outside of the internet I saw a difference. Companies are really starting to look into this type of marketing, so when the topic comes up during a meeting you want your name to be thought of! Lucky for me, I have some great friends that have thrown my name out there in those meetings and it’s what got me started with collaborations. I can’t stress the importance of in person networking in this digital world, I truly think it makes a huge difference. Is there a local boutique you love and always shop at? Is your friend from high school a manager somewhere you think your followers would love? Talk to them in real life and see if they interested in working together!

Engagement. Engaging or digital networking plays a huge role in your success. If you want people to engage with you, you gotta engage with them! But, you can’t except to grow an engaged following when you don’t even keep up with the one you have. Answers messages and comments as promptly as you can. It shows you really care! Comment on your friends posts, engage in your favorite jewelry company’s IG stories, whatever it is just. Nobody wants to talk to a digital wall and they will appreciate your effort in building a relationship, I promise. You truly never know what a single DM could bring. It could evolve into a really awesome relationship over time with a brand or person and in return opens more doors. Bottom line, don’t sit there waiting for people and companies to come to you! Get talking! Spoiler alert, they probably won’t… at least at first!

Pitch to brands. This is something that I’ve more recently started doing in the last year and to my surprise has paid off a few times already! Don’t get me wrong, you will hear a lot of no’s, but it doesn’t take much time at all to send a quick IG message to a brand you love and share why you think your followers would love to learn about them too. I’ve always kept it pretty short and sweet. Just simply mention why you would love working with them and ask if they have any collaboration opportunities available! Be prepared, if they asked to send an email, do it or have a media kit ready to send if they ask! (I used a free Canva template to make my media kit.)

Stay true to yourself. It can be easy to fall into a trap of doing what everyone else is doing because it seems to be working for them, but it may not work or feel authentic to you! Being yourself can truly go such a long way and brands can see that. They will want to work with and appreciate you just being you! I promise. Each of us click and resonate with different people and that’s the beauty of it all. In the veryyyy beginning of all this I did a collaboration with a company because I was new at it and didn’t want to turn any offers down. At the end of the day, I felt crappy about it. Why? Because it didn’t feel like me. I just felt like I was selling something that I wasn’t even that into and the stats on the post showed. From that day forward I vowed to only work with companies and brands that I really like! Also, my time is precious and I just don’t have the time and energy to spend promoting something I’m not 100% behind. It just feels icky anyway! We all can think of an influencer we know that clearly takes on every offer thrown at them for free product and you’re not buying what they are selling.

Treat your brand like a business. I say this sort of lightly because I think there is a fine line when sharing your authentic self and also treating it like a business. What I mean when I say treat your brand like a business is by learning/knowing how to sell yourself in a professional way when working with companies. Make sure brands see you’re open for business by having your profile set up to do so! I also really suggest creating separate blogger email address for these coordinations versus relying on Instagram messaging. Make sure you have your media kit updated and know when/how to ask to get paid versus doing all this work for free (something I’m admittedly still learning). Manage expectations in coordination with companies so there is no confusion and follow up once your collaboration is complete. In general, just remember to keep yourself organized as you would as a business! I feel the need to add that I did go to school for marketing/sales so a lot of these type of things are already engrained in me, and sometimes I forget others haven’t had all the classes that I have.

To conclude, I just want to encourage you to keep going. Keep trying and keep working toward those goals in this process of growing your brand. Like everything it takes time! As long as you are being true to yourself, these platforms need your voice and nobody can do it like you.

I went Live on Instagram to talk about these topics and answer some additional questions that came up! Click here to watch! (Fast forward the first minute while I wait for people to get on.)

I’d love to know if this brought up any additional questions that I can help answer. I hope it helped!

Xo, Anna

Toddler Gift Guide

Hi, guys!

I’ve been a little MIA because if you’ve been following on Instagram, we are expecting baby number two! I’ve been feeling pretty rough, but I did want to make an effort into gift guides for my followers this holiday season.

Everything included in this one are products we already have or a few he is asking for this year. I do plan on following daily sales and posted in Instagram stories when I see them so be sure to follow along!

Why so early? Well it’s not that early to me, I like to get a head start so I’m not buying all at once. But this year there is expected delay in shipping and lots of places are doing all month long deals versus one day!

It is all linked in the free LikeToKnow.it app which gives me a small commission for your purchase. Feel free to reach out with questions.

Links to all products shown: http://liketk.it/30uOS

Happy shopping!

Xo, Anna

5 Potty Training Must-Have Products

A while back, just before Henry was 2 1/2 we decided to take the plunge into potty training. After doing some research, talking to a few fellow mom friends I got the “Oh Crap Potty Training” book. I took my time reading and then we decided to take the plunge! I followed it mostly, but did make a few tweaks along the way due to Henry’s personality and with him being in a crib we decided to wait on night training. Now if I would’ve known we were going to be quarantined a month or so later, I would’ve just waited because you really have to stay home and concentrate at this big task… oooh, the irony!

I’ve been meaning to do this but am finally getting around to sharing my 5 favorite products we used during this time for anyone else that is getting started for this big milestone!

 

Oh Crap Potty Training Book, click here for the link. Like I had mentioned, we followed this pretty much fully, but I did make some tweaks like prizes the first week or so and holding off on night training.

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Bjorn Toilet Training Seat, click here for the link. So I know, this is a little expensive, but it really is my favorite. Henry preferred this over the actual potty seat from day one. It has the pee guard and is just super sturdy for your wiggly toddler.

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Training Undies, click here for the link. These have extra padding to help catch any leaks getting to the potty which are great when you’re on the go in the newly trained stages.

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Potty Chair, click here for the link. To this day, I always have this in my trunk because I realized how gross toddlers are in public bathrooms. They. touch. every. thing. Plus, you know, COVID. I got it originally thinking it’d what he train on, but he preferred the seat like I mentioned before!

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Travel Potty Seat, click here for the link. This little guy folds up in a neat little bag and you can throw in your diaper bag for that middle of the Target trip scream of “I HAVE TO GO POTTY!”.

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Bonus tip: Grab a pack of Post-it notes to cover the automatic flusher in public bathrooms! The last thing you want is a toddler scared of the potty!

 

I’m always here to answer questions on what worked for us! Good luck and congrats!

Xo, Anna

My Favorite Drugstore Makeup & More

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Hi, friends!

I’m excited to be back on the blog and one topic that I realized I never mentioned was makeup! Truthfully, if you see me during the week, I don’t wear much makeup or any at all really. Usually, I only have enough time to shower or do my makeup… and showering usually wins!  I’m a total drugstore makeup gal, and I have been for my entire life because if you haven’t gathered it yet, I totally value convenience…  and frequent Target, hah! Every once in a while I add in something from Sephora, but basically only because my more makeup savvy loved ones gifted it to me and I got hooked.  So, let’s get started!

Primer- Maybelline Face Studio Master Prime Primer

Foundation- Revlon Colorstay(when doing full makeup)

BB Cream-NYX Professional Makeup Beauty Balm BB Cream (I do this on lighter makeup days versus foundation.)

Concealer- Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer

Powder- Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder

Bronzer-CLINIQUE True Bronze Pressed Powder Bronzer (Probably the only “higher end” product I consistently reorder)

Blush- TARTE Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush OR MILK Lip + Cheek (both of these are from Sephora that I got as a gift, not sure if I’d re-order but do really like them for now!)

Highlighter-Maybelline Face Studio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter

Eyeshadows- I really do LOVE Urban Decay shadows, but due to the price point, I’ve been exploring other options. I got this pallet at the Sephora sale and have been using it anytime I put a shadow on (it’s only 10 bucks for a palette of 6 colors)! SEPHORA COLLECTION #Eyestories Eyeshadow Palette

Eyeliner- NYX Liner Stick

Eyebrows-NYX Professional Makeup Microbrow Pencil (drugstore) or when I feel like splurging, ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Brow Wiz (Sephora)

Mascara-COVERGIRL LashBlast Fusion Mascara or L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara

Lips: NYX Professional Makeup Butter Lip Gloss on the regular or when I want red, I use BITE BEAUTY Creamy Matte Lip Crayon, Candy apple

Setting Spray-Milani Make It Last Prime + Correct + Set Makeup Setting Spray

That’s a wrap. Happy shopping!

Xo, Anna

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5 Tips to Elevate Your Loungewear Look

Take your loungewear from drab to fab with these 5 𝘴𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦 and 𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘺 tips! 💕⁣

👉🏼Give your tee a front knot.⁣
👉🏼Brush your hair & throw on a cute hat.⁣
👉🏼Opt for “nicer” sneakers.⁣
👉🏼Pull in some denim, like a jacket.⁣
👉🏼Grab a trendier (diaper) bag.⁣
💕And you’re out! ⁣

You can instantly shop this look by following me on the LIKEtoKNOW.it shopping app or following the link this link. http://liketk.it/2Taj5

Xo,

Anna

My First Skin Care Routine

Hi, guys!

Time flies when in quarantine and I haven’t written a blog post in so long. One of my quarantine activities was to learn about skin care and actually invest in some products… and then stick to it! Well, it’s been over 30 days since starting my first skin care routine so I think it’s fair for me to comment now.

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I will tell ya, something about getting into your 30s makes you realize that your skin ain’t lookin’ any younger. I was always so intimidated by the crazy amount of products out there and I had no idea where to start. A Sephora sale was about to happen so I pretty much spent the week leading up to is researching. I didn’t want to break the bank and was trying to keep things simpler, to begin with.

I stumbled across a brand called The Inkey List and was really intrigued by their price point. Everything is around $10-$15 bucks! While doing some of my research and browsing on Sephora’s I ended up on the actual Inkey List website. They have a tool called a recipe builder where you input your skin concerns and it then simply tells you what products to use! I’ll be honest I didn’t buy all the products they suggested, but I did love how they have the categories of cleansing, hydrate, treat, moisturizer then SPF. It made it so easy for a newb like me to figure out where to start and what to get so I went all in.

Here is which of their products I’ve been using:

  1. Cleanse- Most days, just the Salicyle Acid Cleanser. If I have makeup on, I double wash and using the Oat Cleanser first.
  2. Hydrate- Hyaluronic Acid
  3. Treat- 15% Vitamin C + ECF Serum (day), Glycolic Acid Toner (at night) and Brighten Eye Cream
  4. Moisturize- Multi- Biotic Moisturizer, but recently switched to Peptide Moisturizer(I prefer it)
  5. SPF (I’m loving this brand’s SPF which works amazing under makeup)

I’ll add that I have used the Aztec Secret Indina Healing Clay Face Mask here and there to help with my blackheads too. Is my skin perfect? Nope. Has it’s improved? Hell yes.

Here is the before and after of using these products for 30 days.

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If you want to get in on skincare and don’t know where to start, head over to The Inkey List website and find the recipe builder to see where to start or just click here. This is not paid or gifted (though I wish, haha), I just truly am loving their products!

Talk soon, Anna

How Would You Wear It? Chambray Shirt

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Hey, guys!

I’m so glad you are loving my new series on the blog. For this week’s “How Would You Wear It?”, I’m tackling the beloved chambray shirt. You know the shirt that you’re drawn to because, well, denim is life…then you quickly realize you’re never reaching for it?! I covered five ways to style a chambray shirt below. Mine is from Target and still available so I linked it and some of the other pieces that are still available there right here.

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Some key styling points:

  • Chambray tops can work with any colored bottom, whether it’s camo, black or the hot pink pants you have sitting in your closet. And don’t forget styling with darker denim looks just as cute if you can get passed the whole Canadian tuxedo deal!
  • You can see above that I tied the ends of the shirt together, I left it open to style as a more layered look and wear it totally classic. It’s easy to play around with depending on the look you’re going for!

So how would you wear it?

Xo, Anna

How Would You Wear It? T-shirt Dress

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Hey, friends!

A few weeks ago, I got on my Instagram stories saying that I realized how I wasn’t doing anything groundbreaking when I post my outfits of the day. I truly just want to be a space on the internet for real women to see how to wear their pieces multiple ways over and over again! Because that’s what we do. Well, that’s what I do! I got to thinking that I wanted to be more intentional about it and shared that with my followers which lead to lots of messages with positive feedback to do so. This week I went for it! I did underestimate the amount of time it takes to change, take pics, repeat, so I think some weeks are going to be more in-depth than others but I’m super excited about this series!

With spring on the mind and a request by a follower, I started with a t-shirt dress. This exact dress is from my good friend Laura’s boutique, Lane 51 last season (she does have it in a blush color now though)! If blush isn’t your color, here is another option from Target that comes in grey and a few other colors too!

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A lot of these pieces I’ve had in my closet for a long time now, but if something caught your eye, I will link similar items on the LiketoKnow.it app (a free app I use to make it easy to shop my looks in favor of a small commission) or by following this link!

So how would you wear it?

Xo, Anna