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Monday, 12 February 2018

How To Produce Regular Content For Your Blog And Instagram

When it comes to social media, blogging etc, the key thing for success is to keep on top of things and staying consistent. That's easy said and all, but the reality is, life. We are all busy and a lot of people blog on the side of a full time job. When it comes to creating content for your blog you've only got evenings and weekends. And that's if you're not too tired after working a long day.

So the reality of producing content is a lot harder than someone who isn't in the industry would think. When I first started blogging, I too worked a normal job. At first I was at university and working weekends, then I worked in schools and then I was doing social media and blogging for brands. Each had their own difficulty when trying to find the right time to take pictures for blog posts and social media.

When I was working full time, I was managing to blog four times a week. Now as a full time blogger, I try to stick to once a week, yet I still struggle with that (I'm sorry guys). My focus has currently shifted from the blog to youtube, but I'm really trying to get back into the writing side of it all as that's where I started this journey.

Full time employed blogger friends always say to me they just can't find the time to produce content. And although I know it's hard, I have found a few solutions that hopefully will help you. Even if you introduce one of these into your life you'll notice a world of difference.

If you're struggling to find ways to produce regular content for you blog or Instagram here are five tips to produce regular content for your blog and social media.

1) Batch photos. When I was working a 9-5 I would always go and shoot on the weekend. I would drive into central london with my mum, park the car either at a meter or stay extremely close to the car incase a ticket inspector comes and drive off and shoot blog photos in batch. When you've set a full day of shooting set aside you know you've got a time frame to get all the shots you need. Generally, like this I was able to get 3-5 different outfits shot and have content ready for the next week. If you don't have access to a car, you can pop into any coffee shop and change outfits.

2) Take photos on lunch breaks. When I was interning for a jewellery brand I would always get the other intern to take my photos for me during our lunch break. It helped that she was interested in what I was doing so she was more than happy to help me. I'd bring my camera and a change of clothing in and change in the office bathroom. If you have a look around where you work i'm sure you will be able to find some cool locations. And colleagues generally are happy to help, it's also really nice to treat them to a few goodies every now and then to keep them sweet.

3) Take pictures after work. If you finish work early it's great to go out and get your shots then. In the winter you've got until around 4pm until it starts getting dark, but in the summer it doesn't matter as much if you finish early or not as it's daylight a lot longer (oh how I long for those days). When I used to work at schools I would come home run and get changed to go out and shoot. You could find somewhere near work and again a colleague/friend/partner/photographer could meet you and take some photos.

4) Make the most of what you got. Personally, I like to make sure that I have three strong shots of one outfit from three different locations. And when I mean locations I don't mean across London. Say you're shooting at a cafe, take a shot outside, take a shot with your coffee/food etc, then take some more shots in different parts of the room. Maybe they have a cool feature; use that, take shots through the glass window. Be creative and get at lease three different shots for the same outfit. For blog posts, make sure you have those three strong shots and a few more to spare. On my blog, I find I can get away with posting slightly similar shots, but on Instagram, adding different locations really helps. Spread these shots out over a few days/ weeks.

5) Don't hesitate to post again. As our accounts are always growing and the Instagram algorithm is always changing don't be afraid to repost an image, chances are, a lot of your followers haven't seen it before, or your editing has changed so the image looks completely different. Go through your archives, find images from months, years ago that can still work. If you're a travel blogger, post about that trip in 2008 again but update it to things you wish you had done differently etc. There's so much in your archives you forget so if you're struggling for content go and have a good rummage through I' sure you'll find something.

These are five tips that have helped me keep producing content on Instagram and my blog over the last five years. What are your tips for posting regularly? I'd love to hear them.


Monday, 29 January 2018

Knee High Boots, Hit Or Miss?

This season it seems that knee high boots have made a return. With the catwalks, celebs and bloggers alike all donning the trend it's hard not to fall in love with a pair.

I purchased this pair from Stuart Weitzman over six years ago and they have been collecting dust at the back of my wardrobe since then. However, I loved the style so much and bought them on sale. I knew their time would come soon enough.

And that's the thing when you buy key pieces that are so well made. They can sit in your wardrobe and be pulled out seasons later looking brand new and bang on trend.

A few years ago I would have styled these boots completely differently. However, I decided to team it up with a flowing wrap around midi dress as I love the way the boots get covered by the bottom of the dress. It looks so elegant and sophisticated.

Although I am in love with my various pairs of over the knee boots, it's so nice to add something different into the mix and experiment with different boot length. Thanks so Stuart Weitzman years ahead of the style game for creating these boots and my friend at Russell and Bromley for pushing me to get these after weeks of being on hold.

What do you think of this trend? Or are you a thigh high only kind of gal?


Boots: Stuart Weitzman (very similar)
Bag: Alexander McQueen (similar)
Sunglasses: Steve Madden


Friday, 26 January 2018

Whole Earth Sweetener The Simple Swap To Make In 2018

With the New Year in full swing #sweetresolution I decided early on that I wanted to make a few changes to my eating habits. As someone who can't stick to a diet, because let's face it, food is delicious, and I have no place at the gym; I’ve been looking for simpler ways to improve my health.

I knew that the best way for me was to make a few easy changes that I know I would be able to keep and that would help me stick to my new years resolutions without having to miss out on the things that I thoroughly enjoyed.

It’s been almost a month now since I've swapped sugar for Whole Earth Sweetener and I haven't been able to notice the difference in terms of taste. It's the same sweetness in my cups of peppermint tea, but without the calories and negative effects that regular sugar presents.

By making one small change in my everyday life; (one that’s such a maintainable goal for the rest of the year) I've found myself convincing friends to make the same easy change. By doing this, I have been able to focus on my other goals and keep striving for greatness as the year progresses.

Another of my favourite things to do is to swap sugar for Whole Earth Sweetener whilst baking. I made these brownies and served them up to my boyfriend over the weekend and he didn’t even realise that I had swapped one ingredient. To him, it tasted exactly as it usually does.

What's great is that only half a teaspoon of Whole Earth Sweetener is the equivalent to one teaspoon of regular sugar. The entire range is derived from nature, so if you’re someone who is following a vegan or a plant-based diet, this is also a great alternative for you.

The Whole Earth Sweetener has helped me maintain a balanced diet by allowing me to keep eating the things I loved before. In my head I know that I’ve made the swap and that overflows into other areas in my life, allowing me to make more beneficial decisions when it comes to my health and diet.

Recently launching in the UK you can find Whole Earth Sweeteners in Sainsbury's, Tesco, Waitrose and Coop. The range includes reduced calorie Sweet Granules, Sweet Mini Cubes, Honey & Stevia blend and Raw Cane Sugar & Stevia blend.

Why not make the swap yourself?

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Monday, 15 January 2018

Do Holidays Ruin Reality?

As of recently, I've been feeling so demotivated. I find that after every holiday it takes me a few weeks to get back into the swing of things and I genuinely don't know why. The addition of Christmas, New Year and the cold weather sure didn't help this time round and it's just now that I find I am back feeling motivated and eager to go again. 15 days into the new year but who's counting!

It wasn't until the other day I was at my boyfriends and we were talking when he randomly asked me to go and sit next to him for a cuddle. When I asked why he said you just looked really miserable over there. I was genuinely just scrolling on Instagram, but it made me snap out of whatever I was going through and want to do more.

Could it be that holidays are actually bad for me? Do holidays ruin reality for us? Before Dubai, I was waking up at 8am and sticking to a really tight schedule. But ever since coming back all I've been thinking about is planning the next trip, and rewatching gossip girl, because why not. It wasn't like I was going anywhere for the time being.

I never got a chance last summer to post these images from my short stop in Sete during my cruise in June so I thought it would be a great time to share them alongside a life update.

This year I have a lot more trips planned and I hope it doesn't take this long to snap right back into the groove of it all again. But it made me think a lot about myself and the downward spiral I could fall into if I continued on this path. Would this lead to anxiety? Could it lead to depression? 

Motivation is such an important part of everyday. And it comes in the form of such simple things like getting out of bed in the morning. Eating breakfast before noon and getting out of the house to run errands. It doesn't have to be something really big. 

This is something that I haven't really ever spoken on this blog about before, but this year I've decided to let you all in a lot more. I want my readers to know who I am and I want to know you all too. It's important for me to build an open discussion on this topic.

If you're going through something similar, or not, just remember that this too shall pass.


Monday, 8 January 2018

The Best Four Days In Dubai And Where To Visit

At the end of last year something I had wished for for a very long time, came true. The lovely team at Visit Dubai took myself and a friend to Dubai for a few days to give us the ultimate Dubai experience.

When you think of Dubai, there's so many different things that come to mind, but after visiting I can say it truly is cosmopolitan, elegant and lavish. In that order.

We had a jam packed itinerary full of different experiences that Dubai has to offer. Including land and sea.

Our first day consisted of a fun filled morning exploring the Miracle Garden. In my opinion, a total random feature, but explains Dubai to the full. It's a garden filled with lavish flower displays (including a plane) so beautiful you can't help but be mesmerised. It's a must visit for an Instagram lover as you have to get a picture next to the heart filled flower hallway!

After this we headed out for a desert safari where we were drifting up and down the sand dunes. A total out of body experience where I simply could not stop laughing! The evening ended with food and an array of different shows.

Day two began with the Seawings Sea plane experience. For 20 minutes we got to see Dubai from above visiting all the famous landmarks including the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, and the palm islands.

After this we headed back to our hotel, The Atlantis Palm to emerge ourselves in the Atlantis experience. This started with lunch at Yuan. The Atlantis hotel offers over 24 different restaurant and a huge selection of fast food diners. Yuan is a Chinese restaurant with a delicious menu, I highly recommend the tiger prawns with wasabi mayonnaise and tobiko. Simply delicious.

The hotel also has a fully equip aqua park which we took full advantage of. The aqua park includes a lazy river and a slide through the hotel aquarium. I know...the hotel has an aquarium. It's quite small, but has a large selection of different sea creatures, it's the perfect way to spend a quiet evening in the hotel.

After the aquarium we headed the Ayamna for a Lebanese dinner. The staff were incredible and the food was delicious. We went for the set menu for two and left with two happy full bellies!

Day three we wanted to visit the souks of Dubai to get a more authentic experience. After walking around the old spices, we stepped in to the Dubai Mall. A complete contrast. There you can find everything you can think of and more.

In order to access the Burj Khalifa you have to head through the mall. This is something everyone who heads to Dubai must do. It's incredible standing on the worlds tallest building seeing in to the distance. Rumour has it, If you watch the sunset from up above, by the time you get down you can watch the sunset for the second time. Imagine!

For dinner we headed to the famous Nusr-Et for a delicious dinner. I have no words on how incredible the steak was. If you're after a little flamboyancy, give this place a visit, I spent the entire evening watching what the waiters were up to with the delivery and service of each meal.

Day Four was our last but we still manged to cram in a visit to the beach and a tour of one of the seven signature suites of The Atlantis. If you have $15,000 to spare. I highly recommend an evening there!

All in all, Dubai is such a beautiful place to visit. Although it doesn't have as much cultural history as a lot of other middle eastern countries, there are still so many other things you can do.

I would like to thank Visit Dubai for taking me on this trip. If you would like to see more from my trip watch my vlog down below.

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