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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Outfit: NYE With Reiss & ASOS

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Hello! I was working on a feature the weekend just gone with the lovely folk at ASOS Fashion Finder which I can now share with you. I was given the task to style up this Reiss top for the party season and of course, New Years! I've styled five different looks that I would personally wear and what represents my style. I do love to dress up but I definitely wouldn't consider myself a 'dressy' person, for example if I wear something smart or glitzy I'll tone it down with a leather jacket or chunky boots for a more masculine feel. 

I've included some key staples in my wardrobe such as the leather pencil skirt, culottes and the above navy trousers which I can't seem to take off! The top itself is a lovely scuba feel, I'm really loving Reiss at the moment they have some great evening wear so I'd definitely give them a look if you're after something special. Check out my other looks and the full feature HERE.

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Blogging: Tips & Tricks

There have been a few different posts like these floating around the blogosphere recently and it's nice to also catch a glimpse of peoples everyday lives and how they work that around a blogging schedule. I thought I'd pop together a post with a few little pointers I've learned along the way as my blog has actually just turned three years old! I really can't believe it's been that long, I remember nervously publishing my first post and waiting about a year until I actually told anyone about it or shared it online, but boy am I glad I did!

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Getting Started
A lot of people find life on the internet quite strange, I don't even give a second thought to taking a photo of my dinner or standing in front of a particularly nice door to post to Instagram but it can be daunting especially if your friends and family don't really 'get it' you can feel a bit silly but don't! I felt like this at first but you've just gotta get over it because blogging can bring so many fantastic opportunities you wouldn't have otherwise been able to receive. "First they laugh then they copy" is a good phrase to go by, and I couldn't have found this to be truer. 

I think it's really easy for people to spout on about 'finding a niche' and it's true a niche is fab but in this day age with so many strong blogs and internet folk out there it's not necessarily going to be as easy as it seems. I think stick with your style, post regularly and engage actively in social media is key.

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Blog Tips
So firstly, once you've thought of a good name I would recommend changing from a blogspot domain to a .com domain through a web hosting/domain site. I only did this around two years into blogging when I started to regularly work with brands but I've found it's really paid off and it certainly comes across as more professional. 

I would always suggest keeping your images to a good size and in line with each other, I set all my pictures at 683 pixels in width so they're always the same size. I think this just looks more consistent and neat but I am a bit of a neat freak when it comes to things like this. I'd also recommend uploading your images to Flickr and then copying the html code over to blogger. This is what I do and I've found it so much easier as sometimes blogger messes around the quality and colour of your images.

Use social media, as much as possible! The main source of traffic to my blog comes from Twitter, make sure you're tweeting everyday to let people know you've posted and also post to Instagram too using relevant hashtags. You can also participate to Twitter chats which is a great way to meet fellow bloggers. If you've got a little extra cash I would recommend buying yourself a professional blog design, check out Pipdig for affordable layouts for both blogger and wordpress. 

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Sell Yourself
An exciting part of blogging is hearing about new brands and working on projects with some of your favourites. When I started blogging I was offered a free top to review, but I was so unaware that this happened I thought it was a scam and deleted the email. Blogging has certainly come a long way, and whilst you shouldn't blog for 'freebies' it is nice to work with brands on styling projects and reviews. I'd recommend interacting with brands through Twitter to get yourself noticed and also upload to sites such as ASOS Fashion Finder and Look magazine's 'Look What I'm Wearing' section. Also don't forget to interact with other bloggers, this is another great way to make connections and get to know likeminded people!

I hope you've enjoyed this mini round up of things I've personally learnt along the way, if you're after more posts like this I'd recommend taking a look at Helen's blog thelovecatsinc.com as she posts some great content on blogging advice and tips!

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Lifestyle: Bits & Bobs

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Evening! A mixture of a post tonight,  when life gives you new shoes and candles you've gotta blog about it. The shoesies are from brand 'Miss Luxe' who kindly sent them over to me to review. You know they're a winner when even your boyfriend says "new shoes? they're nice" woah. I love the fact that they're grey (favourite shade alongside black) and the snakeskin detail just tops them off. They feel like a really good quality considering the super cheap price tag (£25!), a definite must have for the festive party season! 

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So the candles, yes I LOVE candles. This never used to be a thing, in fact I remember hearing about 'candle parties' and lolling at the losers who thought they were fun, now I'm like PARTAAAAY where my candle lovers at?! I purchased these on a whim from Tk Maxx, turns out they're actually quite hard to come across elsewhere in the UK and come from a family owned factory in Spain who also happen to supply the Catholic churches with their candles. Love a nice little story. So yeah I bought two and now I'm considering going back for more. They all smelt gorgeous which is rare as usually a lot of scents I find sickly, but they appear to be fab quality, I'll update once burnt!

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Friday, 12 December 2014

Gift Guide: One For The Home







When it comes to my hobbies and likes, fashion is my number one love but coming in a close second is interiors. I spend a lot of time living vicariously through all the mega cool peeps on Pinterest and Instagram with their minimal apartments, loft conversions and marble work surfaces. I've pretty much already mentally planned most details of my first home, I don't know when or where that will be but I can dream.

John Lewis have hit the nail on the head for me this A/W, their two main trends for the home include Copenhagen and Scandi which totally match my personal tastes to a T. They've featured quite heavily in this gift guide and you can see why! Another interior favourite is designer Tom Dixon, I adore his pieces as it combines my love for marbles and metals, especially copper. I'm a big copper fan right now. It would't be a gift guide for the home without a Diptyque candle now would it? I've actually hinted so many several times to Charlie about these, I can hope hey. It's a shame boys just don't understand spending more than a fiver on a candle, it is strange I suppose but we like what we like, even if that happens to be expensive candles.  

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Outfit: StylistPick Blanket Cardigan

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Contemplating life nicely in the final photo there haha. I needed a break from the confines of my house and endless mound of dissertation and uni work so myself and Charlie went for a stroll around the park earlier today. The sun was shining and I felt like I really needed some fresh air and a break from my desk. I haven't worn a cardigan for a good few years, maybe even since school days but I feel like they're making a bit of a comeback with the longline and maxi styles I've been seeing pop up everywhere. I love the length and checked style of this one from StylistPick, I recently did an edit for their website which will be up soon, I'll link it on my social media once it's live. They've currently got 20% off and I'm definitely thinking about buying the cream version. It has also come to my attention that my much loved Topshop Fliss shoes (as worn above) are now available in a glitter version, ummm definitely gonna need those!

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