Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Styling Double Grey












Lately, I've been doing quite a few long, and deep blog posts, so I thought I'd go for something a little easier today and just talk about my outfit.

I think grey is one of my my favourite colours to wear. It's so chic and you can wear it with any other colour and it just works so well. Don't you think? 

So when I saw these two grey items I knew I had to pair them together. And teaming black and grey is something that I find myself doing often lately,

I am absolutely obsessed with the cross over detailing of this jumper. I think the cut of it is gorgeous and so flattering. It have quite a low neckline which creates this sexy vibe.

What do you think of this look. Also, I've relaunched my Youtube Channel and have uploaded my first ever daily VLOG, where I take you guys to meetings and facials in London as well as a get ready with me. I would LOVE it if you could subscribe and like the video.

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Friday, 27 January 2017

Blogging Full Time X One Year On












Throughout my adult life, I have had a few different jobs. I've worked in retail, I've worked in schools, and I've worked for brands doing their social media and blogging. None of it felt right. I would constantly open up my blog and start working on posts for myself, (I've always been a quick worker, so I had a lot of free time in between tasks). 

While working on my own blogs I would see this spark in me that I've never seen before. So January last year I decided to take the plunge from my part time Content and Social Media Manager position and go full time blogging.

I didn't tell my readers that I went into full time blogging as I was so wary about it. I never felt like it would be something I could maintain as my full time job. But after my first month it felt right. It was damn hard. And the last 12 months haven't been plain sailing, but I have been the happiest I have ever been because of it.

Being able to be in charge of your life is so liberating. I know that if I don't work, if I don't get back to those emails, I wont get paid. There's no relying on anyone but yourself and I love that. It's the true meaning of independence, go getting and learning what hard work really is. Yes, there are so many harder jobs out there. But you don't realise just how hard blogging can be until you give your all to it.

I feel like a lot of people see myself and those who are a lot more successful than I could dream of in the blogging industry and assume that if they also become full time blogger, they will be successful in a few months or a year. But the reality is that you have to be super lucky for blogging to become your full time job that quickly. And once it has, you have to maintain it by working even harder.

In April, I will have been blogging for 4 years. That's a long time, longer than my degree, and longer than any other full time job I've ever had. I've had far too many ups and downs to even imagine writing about each of them. But I hope that anyone planning on taking their blogging career seriously, takes all of this in to consideration and that they don't take the plunge before weighing all of their options.

The first month was great for me, it was the beginning of the year and everyone had a lot of budget to play around with. But during the next few months, I struggled. Not because I wasn't making ends meet, but because I wasn't making it at a steady pace. One month I would have lot's of jobs, then the next few weeks would be quiet. And this is normal. I've had to learn to manage my finances and be a true adult.

The biggest tip I can give anyone who has just gone full time blogging is to keep strong. My toughest challenges were the ones in my head. Having to overcome the worry of not knowing when the next job will come and when I will get paid. But over all, I am extremely grateful of the position I am in. The jobs I have been given, the many opportunities and all the people that I have met because of this.

Have you ever considered full time blogging? Is it something that you would like to do? Let me know.

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Keeping Warm With REPEAT Cashmere









For me, although January brings so much possibility and new beginnings, I get over it so quickly. I might be the only one, but I feel like once Christmas is over, the weather should start getting warmer. That said, London is ALWAYS colder in January and February, and as someone who is constantly FREEZING, I find myself looking for items that keep me warm while still looking stylish and versatile.

I recently came across REPEAT Cashmere; a brand that's all about quality cashmere for affordable prices. Growing up, I always thought cashmere was something that only my mum would wear as I found the items to be unfashionable and not very stylish. REPEAT Cashmere ooze comfort, style and class. A few things that I look for when looking for everyday wear. I've never been the sort of person who likes to buy throw away fashion, so investing in good pieces that I know I will wear again and again is something I like to do on a regular basis, whether that be designer, or items that show craftsmanship and quality like REPEAT Cashmere.

As I've got older, I have really learned to appreciate that quality over quantity. I adore wearing items that feel soft and that's exactly what REPEAT Cashmere strive to do. With an array of different styles and colours, there's something for everyone. I adore wearing chunky knitwear, but I have noticed that a lot of the time, the material they are made of are not as soft and they leave my skin feeling itchy, whereas cashmere is super soft and comfortable with no hassle.

I am styling this gorgeous Basic Cashmere Jumper with V-neck in Lake, which is a baby blue colour. I went for a baby blue as I felt that it would be great to bring me through to spring/summer. As it is such a light colour, typically, I would style it with a pair of light washed jeans, like these mum jeans I am wearing. I have styled this as if I were running around London for press trips, however, cashmere is so easy to dress up for a nice meal in the winter. Simply choosing the correct style like a roll neck or something that is not so loose.

Are you a fan of cashmere? How would you style it?

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

How to be a more confident blogger













When it comes to blogging, there are so many things to do, so much diversity and so many different opinions that you can loose all confidence and that's if you even had any to start with. But as I have grown I have seen my confidence grow beyond my imagination, so I thought I would impart some of my wisdom with those needing a little confidence booster. 

Don't worry

Don't worry about what other people will think, don't worry about how many people are reading and don't worry about what you look like. Chances are, people are finding your blog because you're posting about something they want to know more about. Generally, people start to get trolled when they are really big, or have suddenly gone viral. In my years of blogging, I've only really had 2 hateful comments, and they were about my eyebrows- by girls who were far to young to even pluck theirs. 

In regards to numbers, it's so easy to look at others and think, "they're growing faster than me", "they have more followers than me" and it's easy to start to feel so unconfident. But don't look at the numbers, if you keep doing the best you can, the numbers will grow on their own.

Don't doubt yourself

The mere fact that you want to start this journey is evidence enough that you believe you have something valuable to pass on to others, so keep working hard. When we start doubting ourselves, that's when we lose all confidence. So remember why you started and keep looking forward.

Get out there

That means put a face to the blog name. Do you know how nice it is to go to an event with a brand you love to hear them say that they loved your latest collaboration to your face. I can't describe how much of a confidence booster this is. It helps confirm that what you are doing is worth while. But that's not the only thing getting out there does. People love to put a face to a name, they want to see that you are a person behind a screen, so if you have an anonymous blog, don't be afraid to put your face out there, you will see that you'll be sent so much love.

Keep learning

The more you learn, the more confident you become. Practice your skill, learn new ones, practice them and become a master of what you do. I for one, have learnt so many new techniques, tricks and tips for my blog and as a result, my confidence for my blog has grown. Before I was embarrassed to share my blog, now I'm surprised I don't spam everyone! I'm so proud of all I have learnt over the last few years and can't wait to keep learning.

Change your outlook towards blogging

If you sit there and start stressing about your blog, your photography or blog layout your confidence will dip and leave you feeling lower than when you sat down. But if you don't think about it much and don't put so much emphasis on your blog it will grow more than you could desire. Some of the most successful blogs started on a whim as a hobby.

Don't spend too much on a certain blog post

This correlates back to my previous point. Spend less time on a blog post and you will see that it does a lot better than you thought. When I find myself struggling to write a post, I leave it come back to it when I have more inspiration. My best blog posts are ones that I write in half an hour and upload without thinking about it. 

I hope these tips help you be a more confident blogger. What are your tips? Feel free to share them in the comments down bellow.

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Monday, 16 January 2017

Getting A Better Nights Sleep With Emma Mattress











I've got a new mattress. As someone who uses their mattress more than they probably should- It's my office, my lounge area not to mention I sleep here every night. So when it comes to my bed, I have to make sure it's comfortable and durable for everyday use.

I was kindly sent an Emma Mattress for review, and after a week of sleeping on it, I have no complaints what so ever. I am super chuffed with how comfortable and how well I sleep at night.

Emma Mattress comes in a box and inflates once you have taken it out of the sealed packaging. At first I was worried that it wouldn't fit, but that's because I'm a super worrier. But after a few minutes, once the mattress started to unravel, it fit perfectly into my double bed frame. 

The mattresses come in a range of different sizes; single, double and King and super King size and are all manufactured in the UK. With this the mattress has a 10 year guarantee with a 100 day risk free trial as well as free shipping and returns. There are certain expensive things that I don't like to buy online, shoes, cars and mattresses. 

A lot of people are skeptical about buying bedding online, as you want to make sure it's comfortable and suitable for your needs. But with Emma Mattress there is no reason to worry. If you don't like it, you can send it back, but I assure you, there's nothing about this mattress that you would not like.

The mattress itself is made of four different layers; cushy hypersoft foam, unique conical pocket springs, pressure-sensitive visco elastic foam and supporting cold foam, which is them wrapped in highly breathable fabric. 

Now when I get to bed I feel like I'm getting a big hug by my mattress. 

If you are interested in getting an Emma Mattress they are currently running a contest on their Instagram where you can win an Emma Mattress as well as a £300 Ikea gift card until January 25th 2017.

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