We are back for another round-up of the top 10 pieces from the previous month. I love these end of month round ups because it is an opportunity to look back at the items that you all loved. January’s most popular was mainly amazon finds. Which is no surprise, everyone loves a good Amazon fashion find. I love to share attainable pieces that I find on Amazon Prime.
These monthly round-ups are so fun for me. It’s a great opportunity for me to look at the previous month and dissect what items you loved and which items you loved a whole lot less. I love to review the previous month’s data for trending items, categories, and retailers. This also helps me plan out the next month’s data. Based on January’s most popular expect to see a whole lot of Amazon fashion finds in February.
To shop any of these items, click on the image or the link and it will take you directly to the site. You can also find all of the links here or on the liketoknow.it app!
If you want to know more information about behind the scenes of blogging scroll to the bottom, I go into a bit of detail on the behind the scenes of my little blogging business. In 2020, I would like to be as transparent as possible and that includes sharing more behind the scenes of the business side of blogging.
I am a part of an affiliate program called rewardStyle, most of you know rewardStyle by its customer-facing platform, Liketoknow.it. This is a very popular affiliate program in the world of fashion bloggers. Any affiliate links that you click on my blog or Instagram, rewardStyle tracks for me. This also means that if you click on one of my links and purchase that item, I will make a VERY small commission.
As a RewardStyle member, I have access to almost all analytics. This means I can track what items are most clicked on and purchased. I cannot see who clicked on each link or any additional items might have been purchased in that transaction. For example, if you click on the link for my favorite foundation and then purchase additional makeup, I will only be able to see that a purchase was made and that the foundation link is what took you to the retailer’s site. Does this make sense?
All of that is to say, shopping through my links does not cost you anything additional (the item is the same price), the retailer will just pay me a small commission since I am the one that referred you.
I am so appreciative when you choose to click and shop through my links, whether that be on Instagram or my blog. I work hard to be a great resource for you to find cute, affordable fashion, and hopefully, by sharing my favorite things, I make your life a bit easier.
Shopping through my links can be an extra step for you, but please know it makes all the difference to me. It is how I can continue sharing great deals, try on sessions, and everything else. Please know I am so thankful when you choose to shop through my links and give me credit for helping you score a great find!
When I started looking into the most popular things on Hat on the Map for 2019 there was one overwhelming theme, AMAZON! 2019 was the year of Amazon finds. You guys are as passionate about an Amazon find as I am!
My favorite part about this list of Amazon finds is all of these items are under $40, with most being way less! These pieces are so cute and at this price point, they are affordable to any budget. Everything listed is still in stock and you can shop by clicking the links below. I’m so excited to share more affordable Amazon finds with you in 2020.
I love all of these Amazon finds but I very much have a favorite. If you scroll through my list of most popular I think you will be able to quickly determine what my favorite 2019 Amazon find is. I’m sharing my favorite amazon find at the bottom, scroll down to find out!
So did you guess what item is my favorite amazon find of 2019? I think these pictures make it very clear that I am OBSESSED with my oversized black sunglasses. They are amazing, under $15, and make me feel like Kris Jenner. OKAY so her’s might be a splash more expensive but a girl can dream, right!?
I can’t thank you guys enough. Thank you for being here, thank you for clicking on my links, thank you for following my blog and Instagram, THANK YOU! Thank you for your likes, comments, DM’S and emails! 2019 was a huge year for me, it was the year I was able to dedicate myself to blogging and that wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for this amazing community. I am so thankful for your support and for allowing me to continue to blog. So once again, thank you for all your love in 2019 and cheers to a wonderful 2020!
2020 is my year of YES. This year, in addition to setting blogging goals for the new year, I am also establishing a word that will define this year and the word I have chosen is Yes. Yes to everything! Yes to new adventures and stepping outside of my comfort zone, yes to dreams and goals that scare me a bit: yes, yes, yes! And yes to being as transparent as possible in 2020, starting the year by sharing my 2020 blogging goals.
To say I am a bit self-conscious to share these blogging goals is an understatement. Putting these goals out there in such a public way makes me feel VERY vulnerable and honestly pretty uncomfortable. But that is what 2020 is about, saying yes to the uncomfortable. By putting my 2020 blogging goals in such a public forum that is my attempt to hold myself accountable in the most public way possible. I am a true believer that if your goals do not scare you then you need to reach a bit more and let me tell you these goals scare me! Specifically, the goals where I have stated a hard figure (I’m talking about you goals 1 & 5).
2020 Blogging Goals
Hit 75,000 Followers on Instagram
Okay, let’s be honest this is a lofty goal. To achieve this goal, I need to increase my current Instagram following by 150%. Scary, yes! I started 2019 with under 3000 followers on Instagram. I hit some major milestones in 2019 like 10K, 20K and 30K on Instagram. With some hard work and new partnerships in 2020, I hope to see 75K on Instagram.
I feel VERY awkward sharing this goal because I have an amazing, engaged audience on Instagram and don’t want to treat that audience as “just a number”. But in the spirit of being transparent here, sharing this major goal makes me feel VERY awkward.
Publish at least one, ideally two blog posts a week
In 2020, I want to make my blog a priority. Instagram could disappear tomorrow but my blog I have complete control over, and I want to take better advantage of that in 2020. This year, expect to see more of my favorite finds, amazon must-haves, drugstore dupes, recipes, travel guides and real-life on my blog.
Partner with an international tourism board
I LOVE to travel, like a lot! I love long flights and exploring new places off the beaten path. And I especially love international travel, I love eating new cuisines and learning about cultures different than mine. So partnering with an international tourism board and taking you all along for the ride would be an absolute DREAM. American’s have a lot of preconceived notions about other countries and I want to show my audience that it’s okay to step a bit out of your comfort zone when planning an international vacation.
Storytime: One of my favorite places I have ever visited was Medellin, Colombia. Seriously, it was a dream! Colombia is gorgeous, Medellin is amazing, I can’t tell you how much I loved this trip, everything was perfect. But when I tell people about my experience I always get the same reaction, “But Colombia isn’t safe”. And that right there is the reason I am so passionate about partnering with an International tourism board! I want to help abolish those reactions to such wonderful and beautiful places in this world and show my audience that the most amazing places are outside the walls of the all-inclusive resort.
My dream tourism board to partner with would be a place warm and beautiful like the South Pacific or South America or anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere. #GOALS!
Collaborate with an outdoor brand to curate or create a hiking collection
If you follow me on Instagram you know that I am obsessed with hiking, every weekend my husband and I go hiking. Long or short, desert or mountains; I love it all. Anything outdoors, sign me up. What I don’t love is the unflattering and expensive apparel associated with hiking, the unflattering pants the comfortable but ugly boots.
For my recent birthday, my husband and I went to my favorite place in the world, Yosemite. We hiked all day and enjoyed wine at night, it was PERFECT. It was on that trip that I had this idea for hiking apparel that is also cute. Something that a woman can feel comfortable and confident in without breaking the bank. I would love to partner with an outdoors company to curate a line of hiking apparel for women like me. Women who love to hike but also want to look a little bit cute. This is probably the hardest goal to achieve but one can dream, right?
5K followers on the Liketoknow.it app
Ohhh I can’t believe I am sharing this goal! If you are unfamiliar with Liketoknow.it, it is an influencer shopping app that gives its users access to all the products that bloggers like myself are posting about. If you don’t already have the Liketoknow.it app, it’s free to download and will completely change the way that you shop!
For instance: if you want to shop my favorite Amazon one-piece swimsuits, click on the below image and it will take you directly to a shoppable image.
I applied for liketoknow.it in early 2019, so I spent the first part of the year with 0 followers on the app. Around July, I decided that I would like to grow my audience on the app and have dedicated a bit of time doing that. And one of my 2020 goals is to really grow that audience like 5X.
If you don’t already, I would love for you to follow me on the liketoknow.it app. The app is free and such a fun way to shop for all of my favorite things. It’s easy, download the app, search for me (HATONTHEMAP) in the influencer search tab and start shopping! I share tons of sales and amazing amazon finds.
I’m coming for you 2020!
Okay, now that I have gotten all of these goals out I need to get to work on these ambitious goals! I wish I could tell you which of these 2020 goals scared me the most but they are all pretty scary to me.
The book, ‘The Secret’ tells its readers to, Ask, Believe and Receive. So here I am putting all of my goals and dreams out into the universe and I am going to continue to believe and hopefully will be rewarded and receive.
Tell me – what are your goals for 2020? How do you keep track of those goals? I would love to hear your goals and what you are doing to achieve them!
If one of your 2020 goals is starting a blog, I have some great resources for you:
Palm Springs is every Southern Californian’s favorite weekend getaway. Palm Springs is beautiful, the weather is perfect, every hotel is insta worthy and the dining options are perfection. While the greater Palm Springs area may not be known for a specific type of food, it is known for serving some of the best food in Southern California.
My husband and I recently booked a reservation online, drove the 10 miles down the 111 from Palm Springs to Indian Wells and enjoyed a perfect date night. My idea of a perfect date night is a delicious meal and cocktail in a beautiful setting. And we found just that at Vue Grille and Bar on The Indian Wells Golf Resort.
Date Night in Palm Springs
VUE Grille and Bar is newly redesigned and is a must-visit in the Coachella Valley. The food is amazing, delicious cocktails, and the most extensive whiskey list I have ever seen (THEY HAVE PAPPY VAN WINKLE ON THEIR MENU!). On top of an amazing food and drink selection, it sits on the beautiful Indian Wells Golf Resort that is nestled right next to the San Jacinto mountains. We were able to feast on a delicious dinner and enjoy the fantastic views.
The menu at VUE is loaded with meals you would not expect to find in the desert, like an ahi tuna with mango and avocado and bacon-wrapped scallops with habanero chutney! When we dined at VUE, I ordered the Filet Oscar (steak and lobster YUM!) and my husband ordered the Seafood Paella, also yum!
With our dinner, I ordered a glass of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, my favorite New Zealand wine. My husband ordered the New Fashioned, VUE’s fun take on the very famous Old Fashioned. After dinner, we ordered the brownie tower and holy moly were my tastebuds happy about that decision!!! Brownies, caramel, ice cream, and raspberries, YES!!
With the VERY busy holiday season upon us, it was so nice to take a break from all of our obligations and enjoy a perfect date night. And I couldn’t have asked for better service or a more delicious meal than what we received at VUE. VUE Grille and Bar is the perfect destination for your next date night in Palm Springs. Plan you visit today!
Date Night Outfit Ideas
So you have a fun date night planned, now the most important question, what do you wear? I’ve rounded up my favorite looks that would make the perfect outfit for your next date night! And the best part is, all of these dresses are under $50! You can find all of my date night outfit inspo here.