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It feels like summer is well and truly upon us now but don’t let it slip away without making the most of the best few months of the year. Here are 5 things you can do to prepare to have the best summer of your life!

1. A New Hair-Do

A change in season is the perfect excuse to take a trip to the salon. Take a couple of inches off the ends or run some lighter tones through your locks and you’ll walk out feeling like a brand new person. I spend most of the summer with my hair up in a bun or ponytail but I still like it to look sleek and shiny. While you’re at it a mani pedi wouldn’t be a bad idea too!

2. Update Your Wardrobe

This one is a no brainer, it’s time to put away the chunky knits and brave bare legs. This year in the UK we’ve been blessed with intermittent heatwaves and temperatures hitting over 30 degrees and we’ve not even reached the height of summer yet! It’s a great chance to buy floaty summer numbers in preparation for the heat but with so many trends doing the rounds there is ample inspiration to give your whole wardrobe a new look. Try an off the shoulder dress or paper bag style loose trousers for an uber chic look without breaking the bank.

3. Make Plans

Plan to do something that you look forward too. It might be a holiday or festival that you’ve got planned this summer or even just a day trip with friends. It’s so important to take a break from everyday life and enjoy spending time with people who make you feel good. I always try and get out of the house as much as possible, even just a walk around the block after dinner makes me feel like I’ve enjoyed the outdoors just a little bit after a day stuck behind a computer screen. Make the most of the longer days and balmy weather.

4. Forget About That Beach Body

How many times have you heard the term ‘beach body’ between Christmas and now? Probably far too many like I have and I think it’s time to put a stop to it. Your body is beach ready whether you train every day or haven’t exerted yourself for 10 years. We spend too long worrying about how we look on that one holiday where we may or may not get to wear a bikini. So this summer let’s forget about crazy diets and bootcamps, the beach will be ready for whatever body you decide to give it.

5. Don’t Neglect Your Skin

The hot weather can do a lot of damage to our skin but there are a few things we can do to protect ourselves. Make sure you always use SPF, even if you plan to be inside. The SPF in face creams or makeup isn’t really good enough when the sun rays are strong. Invest in a good sun screen, not all of them are pasty and make all the bugs stick to you! My favourite is the Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance Lotion Sunscreen because it absorbs in to the skin really easily and smells like a Pina Colada! Secondly, drink as much water as you can. I’m terrible at drinking enough but I find carrying a litre bottle with me encourages me to drink more.

 

Let me know your plans for the summer and how you like to prepare in the comments below!

 

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I was scrolling through my Twitter timeline recently and saw a conversation between two bloggers about what a blog post should consist of. The general gist was that unless a post contains multiple Vogue worthy images and a piece of writing to rival Shakespeare then it wasn’t a legit post. I might be slightly exaggerating here but needless to say the tone of the tweets got my back up a little.

First and foremost, a post is whatever you want it to be. If you want to write the next War and Peace accompanied with a grainy image then that’s fine. If you want to share 5 glossy images of your latest purchase with no words at all then that’s fine too. Literally whatever you feel like expresses your creativity best is what you should do! And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. There is no magic formula to creating a good post which is the beauty of blogging.

I hear some of you sceptics say “Well that’s fine but you won’t be very successful unless you appeal to brands”. And here’s what I’d say to them; if you want to blog because it’s your passion then making money is secondary or irrelevant. As long as your stay true to yourself, it will be fulfilling. If you want to blog to make money then exploit your unique take on a post to your advantage. How many times have we heard that this industry is saturated and there’s no more space for new bloggers. I think there is space as long as there is a point of difference. There’s no point in copying someones style or conforming to a standard way of blogging because it’s the done thing. That won’t get you noticed. If you’re doing something that is attracting an audience success will follow. It’s like the old saying, first they laugh then they copy. I’ve seen this and experienced this so many times in the blogging world. If you feel like you’re doing something unconventional then do more of it! Taking risks pays off.

So there really is not ‘correct’ way to blog. The more unusual and unique the better! Let’s use our platforms to force diversity in the industries we play in, challenge the status quo and pave the way for future creators.

 

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boohoo sunglassesLipsy grey giletHow to juggle a blog and a jobSo you have an awesome day job, you’re not ready to quit it yet or you simply want to keep blogging as a hobby. We all have different reasons for not going full time with our blogs but there’s no denying blogging takes an awful lot of time.

This post is not about how to make your blog as fabulous as possible while keeping your day job ticking along. This post aims to help you strike the right balance between blogging and holding a successful career.

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Know Your Niche

How many times have you heard this phrase in the blogging world. Probably too many. Well I’m going to say it again but this time it has a real meaning. If you work in finance from 9-5 but you have a passion for art then blog about your favourite artists or even your own pieces of art. If you’re a teacher by day but an avid gamer in the evenings then start a gaming channel on YouTube. The key to this phase is “your” niche. That thing that really gets your blood pumping, that’s the seed of your blog and it’s up to you to grow it in the direction you want. It might be a passion which you’re not able to follow in your day job, it could be completely unrelated. But that’s the beauty of blogging, it can be anything you want it to be.

What I love about blogging is how it lets me explore a side of me that I am not able to in my job. I’ve always had an interest in fashion and blogging is a way for me to unleash my creativity, unhindered by the restrictions of working for someone else. My day job is a world away from the bells and whistles of bloggersphere but it is also something that I am passionate about. The way I see it, it’s like having the best of both worlds.

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Create A Schedule And Stick To It

You guys know by now that I’m a stickler for organisation and this time it is a must to keep a balance in your life. It is near impossible to blog on an ad hoc basis and stay consistent. So getting in to a routine can really help. For example, I try to post on a Monday and a Thursday but all images for the posts must be ready the Sunday before. Images usually take me the longest which is why I like to get them out of the way as early as I can. The writing mostly comes the day before the post is live. So the majority of my blogging is done on the weekend and the odd post is written in the evenings during the week. It’s a good balance for me because blogging doesn’t interfere with my day job or vice versa.

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Don’t Feel Guilty

As you grow your readership and establish a brand in the blogging world you might be invited to blogger events. More often than not these events are during the day or on a school night and it’s not always possible to make them but don’t feel bad about it. I’ll let you in to a little secret, most events aren’t really all that! That’s not to sound rude or ungrateful, typically brands are extremely generous and welcoming but if you can’t make it then don’t stress. It’s a lot of effort and time to travel to the location to spend a couple of hours at an event and travel back. Most of the time you won’t be getting paid and you’ll either have to take annual leave for the day or miss out on a days wages. When you weigh it up like that sometimes it doesn’t make sense going even though it sucks turning down invitations.

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Don’t Forget What Pays The Bills

At the end of the day we all need money. Those bills won’t pay themselves. So don’t forget to focus on what contributed to your bank account. For me, that’s my day job and it takes priority every time. It doesn’t hurt that it’s also something I really enjoy. But I know the temptation when my blog is picking up momentum to quit everything and go full time with it. You know those weeks when engagement is up and opportunities are rife, it’s a struggle to bring my head back down to earth and realise that blogging can be unpredictable and right now that doesn’t suit my lifestyle. There’s so much pressure to say that bloggging is a lifelong passion and I would do it full time to prove my commitment. But it’s important to be honest with yourself (and other bloggers) when it comes to doing it full time. It’s ok if it stays a hobby.

 

 

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I’m no stranger to falling out of love with my blog and blogging in general. It’s a strange thing as my passion to blog is still there but my drive to do so lags at times. As far as I can tell that’s pretty normal for us bloggers and it’s not a bad thing to admit from time to time! In fact, it’s quite refreshing to hear others say they are lacking motivation too. For those occasions when you are struggling to create content for your blog here a few of my favourite tips to get back on track. Blogging tips

Misspap topTake A Break

Whether your feeling stressed or uninspired the best thing to do is to take a break. Staring at a computer screen won’t spark your imagination and will probably leave you feeling even more frustrated. Sometimes I think we put too much pressure on delivering posts or videos on the days we say will. While it’s great to have consistency, blogging is about real life and sometimes it’s not possible to hit a schedule. As long as you keep your followers informed, don’t stress about being late or taking a week off. See How Far You’ve Come

When I feel most frustrated with blogging I become quite dramatic and have been known to declare that I never want to blog again. Obviously I don’t mean it but emotions can run high when you work on personal projects. It’s always a good idea to sit back and reflect on how far your blog has come. Trust that your work is good and constantly developing and being stuck is one step away from having a stroke of genius. It’s also worth remembering how many people have blogs and how many people give up on them. The fact that you’re still going is quite an achievement. 
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This kind of goes hand in hand with taking a break. If you have a spurt of inspiration get as much blogging done as possible while your brain is still whirring. Take as many pictures as you can, write lists of blog post ideas and save articles and other blogs to browse ready for those times when you have brain block. This way you won’t feel so guilty to take a week or two off, you can schedule pre-written posts to keep your consistency, well, consistent. 
CollageThink Outside Your Comfort Zone 

If you blog about fashion, take time to look at food blogs. If you always read women’s blogs, search for blogs written by men. I find myself doing this more and more. It’s amazing how many ideas you can get from studying blogs you’ve never looked at before. It can be really inspiring and a good way to leverage tips from others. If you don’t know where to start to find new blogs, websites like Blog Lovin’ are a great way to search through the latest blogs posts by topic. 
river island jeansBlogging TipsSurround Yourself With People Who Don’t Blog 

Yep, that’s right. This is nothing against fellow bloggers but sometimes you can find yourself in a rut, interacting with the same people day in day out. It’s an amazing feeling when someone who doesn’t blog or who doesn’t understand blogging starts to ask you questions about your blog and suddenly you’re talking for ages about how you started and what motivates you. If that doesn’t ignite your passion again, I don’t know what will! 


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The final instalment of the summer evening edit is here and this time it is all about loose and airy fabrics. Catch the final draft of evening breeze in wide leg trousers and something easy to throw over the top for a really relaxed look.

 

 

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How many times have you answered the question ‘What are you going to wear?’ with ‘Probably jeans and a nice top’. But then how many times have you struggled to find that nice top, or even the right jeans. I know I’ve done this a hundred times and I’m left scrambling around my bedroom at the last minute trying to find a good combo! But as you regular readers know I love a good pair of jeans. It all comes down to the colour and style of the jeans which can help stop that mad dash of finding something to wear before you’re due to leave the house.

I think jeans are really underrated in fashion at the moment but most of us wear them regularly. Jeans don’t have to be just for casual days or a last resort when you don’t know what to wear. The majority of my fashion posts have featured a few of my favourite jeans and you will probably have noticed that it’s usually the same three pairs! There is nothing better than well-fitting denim to get you through the day, no matter what you are doing. For me, having a versatile pair of jeans in my wardrobe that I can dress up or down is crucial. I’m really fussy about the shade and wash of the jeans because I want to be able to style them with different colours and textures. So when River Island set me the task of styling my favourite RI Denim in three different looks it was a dream come true!

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Firstly, the jeans I chose were the mid blue wash Amelie super skinny ones. I immediately fell in love with the colour of these jeans, mid blue is a great shade to wear with lighter and darker clothes. And I mostly choose skinny fit jeans because they create the illusion of longer legs for us shorter girls! I toyed with the idea of distressed denim but it can be limiting if you really want your denim to be flexible.

After finding the perfect pair of jeans it is time to have fun with what to style with them. I really liked the idea of playing with textures like satin and suede to create an outfit that is more interesting than just a tshirt and jeans. Teaming these with basic or a printed tops can complete the look while still feeling comfortable.

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