Thursday, 23 July 2015

OOTD // H&M Stripe Bardot






//Bardot top & Necklace - H&M/Jeans- Topshop/ Duster Jacket & Hat- Primark// 

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I recently bought this little bardot top on one of my 'I'm not buying any clothes' shopping trips. In my defence it was only £7 which doesn't really damage my holiday fund too much! I think I'll wear it a lot too, there's something about the off the shoulder thing that I find really flattering. 
I've also learned a new Photoshop technique which is why I look a little super-imposed onto my photos... Bare with me though I will perfect it, honest! 

Much Love xxx

Sunday, 19 July 2015

OOTD // Stan Smiths and Duster Coat






// Sleeveless Duster Coat- Boohoo/ Dress- Mango/ Trainers- Adidas Stan Smith/ Sunglasses- H&M/ Necklace- H&M// 

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I feel like I haven't blogged in a while. Truth is I've been away learning lots of things for my new job and more importantly I suffered from a pretty bad at home hair dying accident! Which lead to a down right refusal to be photographed. Ok, so it wasn't THAT bad but my hair went super black instead of chocolate brown (never use XXL dyes!) and I basically felt like a massive goth. 
Fortunately I got my hands on some Colour B4 hair stripper which is a life saver- I honestly can't rate this stuff enough. Anyway I've managed to search out some new spots for outfit photos- like this park, who new Aberdeen could be so pretty? Not me that's for sure... 

Also I'm on the hunt for a new blogging camera- something portable. Any suggestions would be much appreciated! 

Much Love xxx

Thursday, 9 July 2015

BEAUTY // A little skincare haul


// Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish/ Liz Earle Muslin Cloths/ Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser/ Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment- All John Lewis.com //


So recently I decided to have a little skincare overhaul. We all need some change in our lives at times. I did this for a few very important reasons.. 1. I didn't think my old routine was working out for me anymore 2. I wanted to introduce an eye cream- seeing as I'm getting old and all that y'know and 3. I'm absolutely committed (ok maybe a little obsessed) to sorting out my dry skin issues and not age prematurely. 
Anyway after much research- because that's the smart way to do things don't you know! I decided to give Liz Earle a proper go. And the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment which was mostly because everyone raved about it... 

I've been in my new routine for about 10 days now and I can express my love for the Kiehl's eye cream. It details Avocado Oil as one of it's main ingredients. I'd never previously considered using avocado on my face but turns out it works pretty well! The pot is pretty tiny but to be honest I've been applying it pretty liberally and have hardly used any of it yet, which is really good for the price.  

The Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish is definitely gentler on my skin. I was previously using Clinque 3 step which can be quite harsh. However it is supposed to remove all make up (including mascara) and it just doesn't budge my industrial strength mascara and eyeliner. I have to use make up remover first. I can't say I've noticed an improvement in the dryness of my skin but I have been told to give skincare products at least 3 months to work their magic. I'll keep you posted! 


What are your skincare favourites? Recommendations? 

Much Love xxx  

Saturday, 4 July 2015

OOTD // Summertime dressing






// Dress- Mango (old) / Trainers- Adidas / Backpack- Zara (similar) / Necklace- Boohoo (similar) / Sunglasses- H&M //

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It was so lovely to get to spend an evening in the park earlier this week! Yeah the rain in Scotland managed to stop for a whole two days and obviously you gotta make the most of that... 
I've had this dress since last summer but it just feels so cool and comfy for warm days. My Zara backpack has actually been a favourite of mine for a few months now. Apparently I look like I'm off to school when I'm wearing it- the problems of resembling a 12 year old! I kinda like the geeky thing though. I've read that it's going to be big for Autumn/ Winter. Amazing. 


Much Love xxx

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

OOTD // Neon Orange







// Top- Miss Selfridge (similar) / Joggers- Zara (old) / Shoes- Office (similar) / Necklace- Boohoo (similar) / Earcuff- Boohoo// 

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Summer has finally arrived in Scotland... what better way to celebrate than by wearing some neon orange? Because everybody needs a bit of neon in their life....
I bought both of these pieces of jewellery for my holidays but I just love them so much that I intend to wear them to death. Sorry/ not sorry! They really are statement peices and kinda jazz up any outfit. I never thought I'd be an earcuff sorta girl but I can see myself making quite a collection. 
As you might have noticed, I've also developed quite a thing for blue eyeliner. Don't judge me! Benefit will be releasing a blue mascara soon too... my summer make up will never have been cooler- honest... 

What are you wearing to celebrate summer? 
Much Love xxx

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Sunday post // Instalately



I realised it had been a very long time since I did a little Instagram recap on my blog. I think it's been at least a month! Here's a few photos of what I've been up to lately. I wish I'd gotten a more in Ibiza but I guess you I didn't want to be concentrating on Instagram while I was enjoying my holiday. 

I've been having issues with the weather getting outfit photos- in Scotland were not enjoying the Summer like you guys South of the border! I'll try and get out and do some later as the sun is shining today and hopefully it'll be business as usual. 


You can follow me on Instagram HERE!
Much Love xxx

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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

10 things my first year of blogging has taught me.


Ok, so I may be a few weeks late in celebrating my blogs first anniversary but I'm happy to be able to say that on the 11th June I had been officially blogging for 1 year! I've got to admit that I'd flirted with the idea throughout university but found it hard to commit. So for me at least this is a very proud moment. Now I don't beleive I'm in any position to give advice but I wanted to put together my thoughts on what this year has taught me. 

Find a posting schedule that works for you. The one thing that I've found tricky is fitting my blog in around full time work. I'd love to find the time to post everyday because well I enjoy it! This is probably why most people start blogging in school or uni. Unfortunately sometimes it's just not possible to post as often as you would like or stick to a strict schedule. I found it helps if you put some time a side to write your weeks posts and then schedule them. For now however I'm feeling very unorganised and am just taking a relaxed approach but that's alright too! 
   
Numbers aren't everything. I went through a stage where I would check my stats several times a day. It's so easy to become obsessed with how many page views you're getting or how many followers you've gained or even lost! I guess this matters to some extent for the professionals. For me, as soon as I stopped worrying about this I started to feel so much happier. Although this has caused my page views to drop, it doesn't worry me. I try to check my stats as little as possible these days. 

Blogging opens doors. I have recently been offered a new job and I'm so so happy about it! I honestly think that having my blog to support my application was a big help. It shows that you have interests outside of work and are willing to spend your spare time on something constructive and creative. Whether you're wanting to work with other bloggers or PR companies, showcase your creative work or just have something special to put on your CV or university application... It really does offer these opportunities.  

Don't buy products just for the sake of your blog. With the acceptation of cameras or technical equipment, I find that there's just no point in spending unnecessary money on a products you don't need or want. It's easy to get caught up in the hype if everyone else is reviewing a certain product or you think a piece of clothing will photograph really well. There are so many amazing posts you can create without spending money. Make sure your blog is true to yourself and what you like, not what you think other people want to see! 

Write ideas down. I often have so many ideas for different posts in my head at once and when it comes to creating them I've forgotten everything. I try to write ideas down in a notebook, even sketch sometimes! Using Pinterest is also really helpful for keeping track of inspiring images. 

Good images make a difference. Ok, so this isn't true for all types of blogs but with regards to my posts I always find that good images get the best responses. Often what draws me in to read someones blog is good photography. I've definitely made improvements in my camera and editing skills this year and looking back am very proud of how far I've come!  Although you can always continue to get better. 
  
Not all PR companies offer good things. The first time I got an email from a PR company I was so excited! However I quickly found out that not all companies are willing to offer much in return for your time and work. Some won't even hold up their end of the bargain after you've completed your post. I've learnt to always be cautious and selective about what I agree to. There's also nothing wrong with signing up for websites to get involved with PR companies yourself.  

Be sociable. Blogging is all about being part of an online community after all. Although living so far North means there are few blogger events to attend, there's nothing stopping me reading other blogs from all over the world and commenting on their good work. It shows support too! There are also blogger chats available for anyone to join in, something I hope to get involved in more of. 

On that point, social media helps too! I'd like to say I'm really good with social media but I just don't think about posting on an average day. However despite my scarce tweets, it is true that even for me Twitter, Instagram and Facebook all help me to get my blog out there. I hope to have improved my social media use by this time next year! 

Enjoy it. This is the most important lesson I've learnt by far! My blog is my own creative space where I can do the things I love. I've definitely had mixed feelings about it throughout this year (who doesn't?) but I feel that I've gotten to a place where I blog because it makes me happy. Because in the end that's the whole point, right? 


I'd love to know your thoughts and what blogging has taught you? 
Much love xxx