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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Life | I'm not a pro blogger

Well, it's all in the title, isn't it? I am not a professional blogger, or vlogger or 'influencer' or whatever.

You know when you have been thinking on a subject for a while and just need to get those thoughts down in writing? That's what this post is. I don't even have a picture to make it look nice, it's just a big old mess of words all about my place on the internet.

I am someone who started putting my thoughts out there on the internet in 2011. (I had to double check that because I couldn't quite believe it's been 6 years!)

I won't pretend seeing super slick and impossibly perfect blog posts, youtube videos and beautifully curated Instagram feeds don't make me question what I put out there, make me think its not good enough. That people won't want to have a look or a read of my blog because of it not looking a certain way. 
I, like most people, can be guilty of comparing myself to others, especially those that are very successful and good at what they do.

But I have to remind myself I don't have a team. This is something I do for fun, in my spare time around a full-time job.

I used the webcam on my old MacBook for Youtube for a few years, eventually upgrading to a better video camera a while later. A DSLR camera was a 21st birthday present and my blog started after that.
That's it, that is my equipment. No special backdrop, no photographer, no videographer to film and edit for me. And you know what?! I am just fine with that.

Everything I've learned I've taught myself. From editing to a bit of HTML, domains, analytics, youtube, affiliate programs, blogger, and working with brands. This has all been done through google, tutorials, asking other bloggers advice and reading a LOT of step by step guides. 

Don't get me wrong, I follow many bloggers who are all the things I'm not, of all different styles, sizes, and levels of popularity.
There will always more I could learn and improve on but I don't want that prevent me from getting my thoughts out there. 

I love the blogging community, I interact with so many amazingly talented women that I never would have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. We have connected over shared interests and passions and I never want to lose that. Not to mention YouTube taught me every single thing I know about makeup. At least 80% of the beauty products I buy are from recommendations from a blogger or vlogger. 

As long as I have a passion for producing content it doesn't matter if it's not perfect, everyone is different and this is my blog and that's what matters.


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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Outfit | New Shoes

Sleeveless vest: Topshop (old) similar here

Top: American Apparel (RIP!)
Trousers: Zara (old) similar here
Shoes: Next
Bag: A.P.C  (post on this here)
Watch: Nixon
Glasses: Ray-Ban (post on them here)

Nothing makes an outfit you've been wearing for months (or years in my case) feel fresh, like a new pair of shoes.
I was getting subtle Prada sandal vibes when I saw these, I've seen similar styles around but not in black. So when I came across these I kind of had to grab them. I also showed them in a recent haul video on my youtube channel if you wanted a closer look.

I, rather stupidly, wore these for the first time for a day of traipsing around London and only came out with one blister and no other pain. They do have a bit of a wedge but are as comfy as flats but with a bit of added height. 
And because I wear all black 99.9% of the time, they go with everything I own!


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Sunday, 25 June 2017

A Closer Look | Ray-Ban RB6355 Glasses

Glasses: Ray-Ban

Say hello to my new(ish) glasses. If you follow me on Instagram then these aren't really that new. I got them around this time last year but somehow they have only been in one or two posts on the blog. I'm blaming 2016 because me for me it was the year blogging forgot!

These frames official title is the Ray-Ban 'RB6355'. According to Ray-Ban's website they are available in 5 colours, mine are the gunmetal and black, and I'm pretty sure they come in more than one size. I haven't found them available online but I know someone who has the exact same frames but the lenses are smaller in diameter.

The lenses in mine have a fairly noticeable purple reflection. This is only down to me choosing to add an anti-reflective coating to the lenses, which reduces glare when using screens. I don't notice any change in colour when wearing them but it is more noticeable to others in photos and in person.

I had been on the lookout for new frames for about two years before getting these. Not seriously searching just keeping my eyes open for inspiration. I loved my old clubmasters but I'd had them for years and felt like a change.
I'd been and tried on a few pairs at my optician, and on the day I decided to take the plunge I was actually intending to go with a similar style from another brand. Instead, these were on the display next right to them and I made the snap decision that they were it. 

Maybe not the best way to evaluate making a big purchase but it worked out this time!


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