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Friday, 10 June 2016

LIFESTYLE| IT'S OK TO LOSE YOUR BLOGGER MOJO

If you've followed me for a while, you know I run a blogger network called FBL Bloggers,  home to the bloggers favourite chat the #fblchat. Where we discuss key topics in blogging every Tuesday (8-9 PM GMT) and Saturday (3-4 PM GMT).
Navy bomber jacket

Now, I told you that for 2 reasons:
1) For a shameless plug, seriously join its amazing.
2) I missed you all. I missed who I was as a blogger, a creator and a friend to the community. So I took a much needed appearance to host.
Navy bomber jacketNavy Bomber jacket and denim dress

I decided to host a topic on losing your blogger mojo, a few weeks ago,  a topic dear to my heart as I've experienced it many times,  over my 5 years as a blogger. You know what I mean? The idea of blogging is so un-appealing that you'd rather do something else. My something else, has been catching up with Game of Thrones and spending time in the real world away from social media and it has been wonderful.

Navy Bomber jacket and denim dressNavy Bomber jacket and denim dress

From the chat, it was good to see many bloggers who felt the same and to understand why they felt this way. Many said life got in the way,  others were uninspired and needed to shake things up. Or some had just felt that their life as a blogger had ended. You know what? That's ok! Nothing in life is going to be rosy and fun all the time, and that goes with blogging too. I can say as much as I love blogging and FBL Bloggers, it isn't my whole life. I have other important life things that interest me, like my family and friends as well as other hobbies such as dancing, music, photography and art.
So if you still want to continue in the weird and wonderful world of blogging then ask yourself these questions:
1) Why have you lost your  blogging mojo?
2) Why did you start blogging in the first place?
3) What can you do to shake things up and make it interesting again?
4)* If you feel that you are done being a blogger, ask yourself what skills and lessons you have learnt and how you can apply it to your professional and personal life. Can you take those photography skills and become a photographer or content editor, maybe you just want to focus on photography as a hobby. Or can you use those social media and SEO skills, to go into digital marketing. Maybe being on Youtube has sparked your interest in a media career? Or maybe it has just helped you become more confident in general? 
If you want to get your mojo back this is what you can do:
  • Take a break- No point forcing yourself to write, just because you want to be relevant. Forced content is always so obvious and it is always so painful to write. So do yourself a favour and relax fam. Your followers will always be there.
  • Engage with your followers outside of your blog - Whether Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, Snapchat or Periscope is your favourite social media channel, focus on those channels and create content on them. It may not be blogging in the same sense, but mandem, it is a way to stay current and create alternative content. Take me for example, I love instagram and photography, so I have focused on increasing my following and developing a content strategy on insta and I have hit over 2k, increasing by 1K followers. I also go to events when I want to be connected with the community. I still feel in the loop, but I just don't blog per se.
  • Shake things up-Tired of blogging, start a Youtube channel?  Maybe your blog needs a makeover?

Navy Bomber jacket and denim dress

Like I always like to say..I'm no expert. Butttt, I've been a blogger for a while now (5 years ) and I think my little nugget of advice can help...hopefully.
So how will I get my mojo back?  Your girl is going on YouTube again. I just need to edit my videos.
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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

FASHION| VIVIENNE WESTWOOD ORB II WATCH

Often, details are overlooked. The small features, the ingredients to life, that extra component that makes something insignificant, significant can be disregarded due to its inability to be boisterous. However, sometimes those small, intricate details are the ones that make things shine, make things interesting. This is definitely what the Vivienne Westwood Orb II watch does! With its pink strap design and iconic orb design in the face of the watch, this wrist piece has added a touch of elegance to my outfits.


VIVIENNE WESTWOOD ORB II WATCH


From afar, the straps seem simple but if you look closely the boast a simple star/diamond embossed detail to add interest to the piece. Now pink isn't every girls colour, I get that. For me, I see myself as an edgy girl with a splash of elegance, so you would think pink wouldn't be my thing. However, the colour, the orb pendant which delicately hangs on the face of the watch does nothing to remove the edge from me. What it does is go against the status quo of a typical ladies watch, which is what I love about it. Looking at it, it is definitely what you expect from a Vivienne Westwood  piece.

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD ORB II WATCH


My personal style has simplified over the last 2 years. Moving away from statement pieces through out my outfit, I champion one piece and a few simple gold midi rings. I am happy to say that this has been my staple piece, which I have paired with simple skinnies, crop tops and my new love the velvet choker. Literally this watch is so versatile, that I have found that it goes with every outfit and doesn’t look out of place!

I’ll definitely do outfit photos of this watch, so you can  see how I style it. But for now, I wanted to bring focus to this piece and also say a massive thanks to the guys over at Tessuti for gifting this watch to me. If you want to purchase this watch or any watch then head over here
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Monday, 25 April 2016

FASHION | DEBENHAMS SPRING TRENDS- RIVIERA

Do you know what spring time means to me? Spring time means a sense of transition, a moment of change as the weather gets warmer. The emerald green grass rises and stands tall in uniform. Flowers, which were once hidden, push through the the soil and bask in the sun in full bloom. Yes, Spring time really is a time for change in fashion, and recently in my personal life. Let's start with fashion, as we put away our warmer clothing, in favour of lighter and brighter garments, there is a sense of freedom a sense of playfulness that only this time brings. I worked with the lovely team at Debenhams to showcase their Spring collection. I chose the trend of Riviera, due to my love of stripes, monochrome and denim, However, being the edgy girl that I am, my take on this trend, wouldn't be complete without my trusty bomber and chunky shoe boots.

Miss Selfridge Monochrome off the shoulder top
MISS SELFRIDGE OFF THE SHOULDER TOP AND RIPPED BLUE JEANS

Earlier this year, I made a fashion resolution to showcase more skin, but in a more feminine way. The way I do that is mainly with off the shoulder tops, and since it is warmer now I get to do this more often. It is often quite strange, what  a little bit of skin can do. I dunno even though it isn't showing anything really, It makes me feel kinda sexy, and  I like that feeling. You all know I am a lover of denim, due to my numerous posts on jeans.

MISS SELFRIDGE OFF THE SHOULDER TOP
MISS SELFRIDGE RIPPED BLUE JEANS

I have added a Hip Hop twist to this trend and it is definitely me. Simply, pretty and edgy. Now let's get into the transitions that I have talked about on my snapchat and instagram. In the last year, I have been working on a project to take my personal life and professional life to the  next stage. All of you have been asking me about it and it is basically linked to FBL Bloggers and my blog. I want to make a stance and really take my digital marketing skills to the next level. For such a long time, I had so much to offer, helping others which I loved. However, I had lost myself in a way you know! I am a creator, a strategist and innovator and the project I have been working on is only step one of what I want to achieve. I am sorry I am being cryptic, but there is still work to be done and I am a perfectionist. Just know that I presented step 1 of my project and I passed, but there is still more to do. I am creature of action, which means when I have done what I am happy with, I will share more.

KHAKI BOMBER JACKET
EBAY KHAKI BOMBER JACKET

So as I said, Spring time has led to transitions not only in my wardrobe,but in my life. Let's hope these transitions allow me to push through the soil, and let me ambitions and dreams blossom in the sun. Are you going through transitions at the moment?

MISS SELFRIDGE OFF THE SHOULDER TOP




TOP & JEANS- C/O DEBENHAMS
BOMBER JACKET-EBAY 
NECKLACE-H&M
SHOES-BOOHOO


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Saturday, 9 April 2016

LIFESTYLE| IT'S OK TO NOT HAVE YOUR SHIT TOGETHER.. RIGHT NOW

Every now and again, I like to write it's OK series. A series of life lessons I've learnt in my short 25 years of life. Similarly to my it's OK to feel lost post, I've recently been feeling like I'm on autopilot! You know what I mean? I'm certainly much happier than I was last year. I feel like the plans for FBL Bloggers is on it's way. However, being the reluctant perfectionist that I am, I've recently been asking myself and others. .what do I or you want?
IT'S OK TO NOT HAVE YOUR SHIT TOGETHER
IT'S OK TO NOT HAVE YOUR SHIT TOGETHER


Now at first glance this is an easy question. But on close examination, this question is more complicated than what I first thought. You know why? It leaves you exposed! You question everything your doing, what you want, what you don't want and even who you are! It's a bit of a loaded question now, if you think about it. A fearful one, which may reveal that you don't have your shit together as you thought. Maybe you desire more,  than what you have and you don't know how to achieve it.
So what do you do? Do you bury your feelings? Get on with the monotonous feelings of everyday life, when you know you want more? Or do you look fear in the eye and take what you want? I'm the type of person who does what scares her. I take calculated risks. I follow my instincts, feel everything and go with what I know to be right for me.
IT'S OK TO NOT HAVE YOUR SHIT TOGETHER
IT'S OK TO NOT HAVE YOUR SHIT TOGETHER
With all this being said, I was worried that I didn't have my shit together. Now hear me out, I seemingly have my shit together, I'm working on FBL Bloggers and giving back to the blogging community; Which is all great. ..but what about me? I've given a lot back to the community over the 5 years,  so others could propel and I'm happy. But as a result, my blog has taken a back seat, and it hasn't reached its potential that it could have done in the 5 years I've been blogging.
Which has made me look to other options in which I can achieve that. One of the reasons I didn't really celebrate my 5 year blog anniversary, was because I wasn't 100% happy with what I had achieved. I wanted more, and I have only achieved 60% of my blog goals.  But in hindsight I've achieved alot. .so I'll celebrate this later.


IT'S OK TO NOT HAVE YOUR SHIT TOGETHER


Let's step away from all things blogging. Blogging has changed my life and all that, I've had amazing opportunities but it's been my whole life,   which is a bit much now. In all honesty, I'm kinda bored with it. I'll never stop it, but I focus much more on my personal life, hence why you see me at select events or do select posts.
If we talk about having our shit together when it comes to personal life, I ain't got it all figured out. But I'm enjoying figuring it out. As a confident and proud girl, I was slightly affected by not being in a relationship. Let me tell you it has hit my pride to admit that. Everyone around me, is in a committed relationship or on the road to marriage.
Even though getting married isn't what I want or need right now, the affection of a significant other, truthfully is what I want. As a strong and ambitious girl, I  tend to scare dudes off. At the back of my mind, I always thought I'd be a successful woman without a family. .without someone to love me. That is one of my biggest fears. .to not have a family in the future. However, I will not compromise my timing, my beliefs and everything else to have someone prematurely to soothe a fear. My Grandpa said never follow your friends, everything you need will come to you in time. I have to trust in the old man's wisdom.
I've now placed my focus on spending time on me. Developing sound relationships with people who empower me, who are real. I'm focused on exploring my other hobbies, music production (thanks Katie), dancing , travelling, and having a happy life.


IT'S OK TO NOT HAVE YOUR SHIT TOGETHER
I don't have my shit together, I don't think I ever really will.. at times I feel lost it kinda hurts. I question everything, and wonder why things I want, haven't come to fruition as I've done all the 'right things'. However, living day by day and thinking that good things are gonna happen..makes me feel excited about the uncertainty of life. I mean how fun would it be to know how life is gonna turn out?  So if you're like me and haven't got your shit together as you'd like, firstly ask what do you want, then make it happen. It may not work out, but it'll feel hella good fulfilling something with purpose. That's the most important thing right?  Doing things that matter to you!


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