Monday, 30 October 2017

How To Get Work As A Blogger

How to get work as a blogger

How to get work as a blogger

How to get work as a blogger

How to get work as a blogger

How to get work as a blogger

How to get work as a blogger

How to get work as a blogger

How to get work as a blogger

How to get work as a blogger

How to get work as a blogger

How to get work as a blogger

How to get work as a blogger

When it comes to blogging there are a lot of things that are unspoken. A lot of people like to keep their contacts to themselves, their audience and much more. But what I have found to be the biggest struggle within the industry is getting work as a blogger and the subject of payment. 
I started blogging almost five years ago, back then I knew people had started making money but I never thought it was a route that I would go down. Two years after I started I had never asked for money as I didn't think I had enough following and to be honest, I never even knew how to bring the subject of money up. I'd always felt embarrassed and shy to brush on the topic and it wasn't until I met a few other bloggers who were extremely friendly and helpful who told me I must get over this barrier and just do it. 

I know there are a lot of bloggers with great accounts who just don't have a clue what to say or do or who to even ask so I thought I'd give you all a few pointers that have worked for me.

Have a decent following
In order to secure work as a blogger there's one thing you have to do before even considering payment. Make sure you have a substantial following. Whether it be collectively or on it's own. Blogging has become a great way for brands to market their products/clothing and when a brand sends something out to you they want to see a return in investment. By this, I do not mean you must have hundreds and thousands of followers, but you can't expect any work if you don't have an audience. Numbers are not the be all in blogging as long as your content is great, and having a decent following is extremely subjective. But by growing an audience thats engaging and interested in what you're blogging about will really help in securing work with brands.

Have high quality images
If you haven't already, I recommend making sure your blog/instagram has high quality images. Don't go out and splurge on a massive DSLR because your favourite blogger has one. Most smartphones these days have rivalling cameras which produce such high quality images it's insane. Take images in day light as everything looks better in day light. Alternatively, if you're style is a lot more artistic and darker, experiment with different lighting and MAKE SURE, your images aren't blurry! There's nothing worse than seeing blurred/unfocused images.

Once you have both of these sorted, it's time to think about brand partnerships and sponsored posts.

Contact PR Companies 
If you're just starting in this industry the best thing you can do is introduce yourself to PR companies or a brand you wish to work with. Send them an email introducing yourself, what you do and how you would like to work together along with any statistics you have. Who your audience is where they are from etc. 

Go to events
One of the biggest things that has helped me is going to events/press days. This is a great way to go and introduce yourself and put a face to the name. If you don't live close to events don't worry though, if you follow the advice above it works just as well. As well as this, going to one on one meetings are great, so if an opportunity comes up for a meeting take it.

So you've been following the above advice and feel you're ready to start asking for money. But you don't know how to do it. Trust me, it's hard. The first time I ever asked for payment was so awkward but you do get used to it.

Asking for payment
I've found it a lot easier to speak to people I've previously worked with. I would follow up stating that "I no longer work on a gifting on basis, is there any budget for this project" or any in the future to be considered for.  A lot of the time they will respond with a no and that's when you have to weigh up your options and whether or not you want to proceed. A lot of brands want to work on gifting only and then proceed to paid work after they have seen results. It's totally your decision to take. I recommend always asking as you don't loose anything from asking.

How much to charge
This is such a hush hush subject. Personally, I find it pretty vulgar to speak about money, but sometimes it's so hard with blogging as you never know where to start. It's not like you can google and find out what the basic salary for a blogger is as it's all quite subjective. When I decided I wanted to charge for my blog I started asking for a very small sum and slowly worked my way up. You have to consider how much time it takes and how much your time, your audience and your experience is worth. As you get more experience and your following grows, you can start asking for more.

I hope you have found this useful. If you have anymore questions feel free to ask.

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Sunday, 22 October 2017

This Seasons Must Have Coat With Superdry
















When I start to feel the chill in London, the first thing I want to do is get myself a new season coat. This is something I have done for as long as I can remember. Each year, during half term I would set about finding this seasons must have coat to wear all winter long.

Over the years I have set myself a target of acquiring a coat for every occasion. Smart, casual, smart casual, light coat, winter coats, my I couldn't give a f*ck what I look like I'm warm coat and many more. 

This year, I noticed there was one thing missing from my wardrobe. I've never owned a navy coat, so this years mission was to find a navy coat that I could wear to meetings and events that was smart but still quite demure at the same time. 

In the spring I picked up a gorgeous trench coat from Superdry and received so many compliments on it. People were in awe of the pieces I picked up from the store a few months back, pleasantly impressed that Superdry were no longer just a sportswear brand. Over the last few seasons, their pieces have been a lot more trend led with a focus on quality and fit and that's why I was excited to have a look at their new AW range to see if there was anything that caught my eye.

As the weather in London has dramatically dropped, I've been getting good wear out of this navy coat. It makes me look put together even when I am wearing basic clothes. For this look I wanted to show how everyday basics could still look sophisticated and elegant. I put on a very old white roll neck sweater with some flared trousers and decided to put my hair in a low bun. This is something I don't do often but I thought it worked really well with the collar of the coat. This navy coat would still look amazing over a dress or even a pair of jeans. It's extremely versatile and perfect for this season.

In this particular style I would size down. Initially I picked this up in a size (M) but had to exchange it for an (XS) as it comes up quite large. I usually like coats to be quite big so that I can layer underneath, however, despite going down a few sizes I still have a lot of room for thicker layers and the coat still looks sleek and fitted on me.

If you're not a fan of navy coats, this particular one also comes in a grey and white mottled herringbone effect.


This is a collaboration with Superdry (*).

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Where To Go For The End Of The Summer X Miraggio Thermal Spa Review


















There's something so magical about vacations. They make you a better person. Whether you go backpacking around the world, or visit a spa retreat, you come back a happier person who is rearing to get stuck back into your everyday life.

Although backpacking is not something on my list for now, I love travelling with a wheelie suitcase and my American Tourister suitcase is perfect for shot breaks. I love a good spa retreat. Although I love city breaks and visiting new locations, every now and then I need to completely relax. We al do. We live such fast paced lives that we don't really get to chill out. 

Hotel

For my last summer trip I thought the Miraggio Thermal Spa would be perfect. I headed there with my boyfriend, my blogging friend Elena from Eat Wear Travel and her husband and baby. We booked our trip for the very next day after London Fashion Week so we knew we would be exhausted and be able to make the most of our time away. The hotel is located about an hour and a half away from Thessaloniki airport and the hotel offers free transfers to and from the airport for all guests.

Miraggio Thermal Spa is a relatively new hotel. With around 300 rooms 90% of them are suites which means you have maximum comfort in your room.

We had a junior sea facing suite which was absolutely beautiful. Waking up every morning to see the sea in the distance was the perfect start to any day. Our room was situated in such a lovely location, we were in such close proximity to the entire hotel.

Spa

With three outdoor pools and a two floor spa filled with thermal water (each at different temperatures) there's no excuse for not getting into the water. 

As Miraggio is essentially a spa hotel, we visited the spa and tried their Algoane Hydrating Traveller facial. It's a 20 minute express facial which left our skin feeling soft and hydrated. Other facilities in the spa include saunas, gym, four thermal pools and Hair and nail salons. 

If the spa gets a little boring (which in reality I know it wont) there are so many activities to do in the hotel including archery, boat tours, wine tasting and many MANY more. Honestly, if we were there for longer I think we would have tried all the different activities.

Food

The food at Miraggio is delicious. There are five different restaurants and we samples four of them. The only one we didn't visit was the sea food one because my partner and myself aren't huge fish fans.

We did however visit the Italian restaurant which was delicious. I obviously ordered pizza and I ate it all! Alongside this there was the buffet restaurant which had a different menu every night. This is also where you would go for breakfast. Each day there was a huge selection of anything you could desire. The restaurant/bars around the pool area are perfect for during the day for snacks and small meals (although the souvlaki is definitely not small).

Each evening there was different entertainment. We headed up to the bar one evening where there was a Lion King production. Surprisingly, I would have an Alfa beer ( I highly recommend trying this)  It's light and when served on tap is super chilled and refreshing.   

There are also a small selction of shops, one of them being an ice cream shop which serves some of the most delicious ice creams I've ever tasted. Be prepared for a hefty bill. My boyfriend and I ordered three scoops each and paid over €20. This said, we went back everyday because the milk chocolate and the melon was out of this world.

Overall Experience 

In general, the hotel was somewhere I didn't think my boyfriend would like. He hates feeling like he is trapped in the hotel, but Miraggio has so many different activities and locations that you never feel like you're just sitting in a hotel. There are a few towns around the hotel but all are a little drive away.

We all came back feeling super relaxed and happy to head back to Miraggio Thermal Spa.  

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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

What Does A Blogger Really Do?











A few weeks back I conducted a day in the life style interview with Socially Powerful. I talk all about how I started blogging, what it takes to create a blog post and much more. 

Check the video out below.


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