Wednesday, 30 December 2015

2015


it's safe to say that 2014 was a weird year, with my house fire and numerous other bad things happening to me and my family. it's even safer to say that 2015 has been a much better year. as it comes to a close, i wanted to share a few key moments of the year, and reflect upon it as pretentiously as i can...because one day i'll be old and want to remember my glory years. 

friendships.
i have some pretty fantastic friends. i know everyone says that, but i really really do. i've realised that it's ok to let some people slide away, and the people you thought you'd be friends with forever might not always be there for you when things really hit the fan. i have an amazing group of gals who know who they are, who make me laugh so much i can't cope and also put up with my showbiz obsessions. i also love the friendships i made at university that have lasted, and i always get excited when i know i'll see those lads again. even if my friends are on the other side of the world, we still have time for each other. big up yourselves.

career.
i started this year in a stable PR job that i loved, and one that allowed me to grow and taught me so much about social media. i am ending it in a new job that i began in september in an agency i've admired for so long, working with people who make me laugh every day and that i feel myself with. i genuinely enjoy going to work everyday, and whilst PR & social media is definitely not as glamorous as people think, i've had a blast. whether it's a press junket with a soap star, or helping set up and amazing event for OGX, i've been allowed to help out at some truly fantastic events and i hope to continue this into 2016.

i've also realised it's ok to feel like sometimes you have no idea what you're doing, because chances are you know WAY more than you think. i want 2016 to bring more confidence in myself, and also to have more experiences with social media that help shape my future career. awwwhhh yeah. 

first proper year out of university.
whilst i still refer to myself as a grad, technically i'm just someone who has been to university now, as i graduated in july 2014. i've had a full year out of education, and in the real world. and boy, it has been a challenge to adapt. it's so hard not seeing your best friends everyday, being able to go to mcdonalds at 1am, and even the panic and stress of writing essays about postcolonial literature. whilst i will always treasure my uni memories, i have to say i am loving having a salary and money to spend...and also having evenings/weekends to myself, and no guilt as i binge watch parks & recreation. uni, i think i am slowly getting over you. 

moving out.
this year marked a pretty big change in my life...i finally moved out of my family home. my new job is around an hour/hour and a half away from where i live, and i just decided i didn't want to commute anymore. i saved money all year, and then decided to move into a shared house. it was pretty scary, as it meant rent coming out of my salary every month (wah) and moving into a house of people i didn't know...but that's what uni prepared me for. i absolutely love it there, my housemates are awesome (we are going to see justin bieber next year. cool) and i'm surrounded by other friends in the area. 

it's great to be independent, and feel that i am a proper human being these days rather than that dramatic graduate limbo so many people find themselves in, me included. i feel settled, and there's an asda with a mcdonalds in it on my road. sorted.

blogging.
and finally, my wonderful little blog. i must admit, it's taken a back seat in my life as i have had to concentrate on working/social life. i always find it hard to upload content i'm truly proud of as i have no photographer these days, and i'm normally working in the hours of fantastic sunlight. but i'm proud to say that i've kept it going all year, and even invested in a  snazzy camera to ensure i feel motivated to keep going. i promise 2016 will bring more outfit posts, and maybe more career focused blogs. because that's just where my head is at at the moment. i'll never be zoella, but i don't want to be. 

so thank you 2015 for all the laughs. 2016, be kind.

until next time xo

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Monday, 21 December 2015

simple me

(coat - primark...top - primark... jeans - new look...trainers - adidas/urban outfitters)

oh hello outfit photos, a pleasant surprise to my 'fashion' blog. it's great to see you. this is a pretty simple outfit, but life isn't all fancy outfits and perfectly formed styling. most of the week i am in baggy jumpers, shirts, and mostly the colour black. here we go.

i absolutely love wearing all black. it's so easy, and with blonde hair it feel it can really pop. a big baggy jumper teamed with skinny jeans and white trainers is an instant classic, and left me feeling chic in the winter wind.

until next time xo

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OGX event #OGXcited


if you didn't know, i work in pr and social media. and i often get to do pretty cool things. one of these AWESOME things was help at the launch of new products by hair care giants OGX. 

i took the train to london with my colleague in the afternoon, and found the ultra cool cocktail bar in Waterloo. the room was completely bare, and we were left with boxes and boxes of product to organise in 3 hours before the media arrived. no big deal....

teamwork prevailed, and we were over the moon with the final result. OGX provide some of the most GORGEOUS smelling hair care products ever, their coconut milk shampoo is to DIE for. this event launched two new ranges, and also updated the media about the other ranges for interest.

we had cocktails, delicious food, a coconut shai, tom bola, and not to mention a giant glittery moon (because OF COURSE!). the media and bloggers loved it, especially when they were then whisked away to a circus on the south bank.

the life of a PR girl is one that often seems glamorous, and when i look back at this event i do think 'i am so lucky''. but you forget the hard work and dedication that goes into it, the hours of preparation, the sweatiness you feel as the firs people start showing up, the stress when you aren't sure if the big editors aren't coming, and the constant thoughts that you need to remember to say hello to this person, tag this person on instagram...etc. it's a full on job, but one i would never change!

until next time xo 

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Monday, 14 December 2015

my blogging problem


i'm not really sure when it happened. it was a feeling that crept up on me slowly, and every day i think about it more and more. it's been a subject that's been on my mind, but one i never really wanted to address. but after some thought, it's probably BETTER to discuss it, and then maybe it'll go away. because folks, i am slowly, slowly, falling out of love with blogging.

when i started blogging, i was 19 years old and at university. i had all the spare time in the world, and it was still relatively underground. sure, you still had your 'bigger' bloggers, and there was a 'hierarchy' as it were, but it was still pretty fresh to brands. it was so fresh and exciting, with brands contacting you and asking you to review, the company blogger awards nomination i got in 2013, and having time to properly spend time on my content. i used to post twice a week, and had time to style outfits properly, and utilise my housemates as photographers.

fast forward to today, and i'm 22 working full time in a job i love. my evenings are spent going to the gym, cooking, and catching up with friends. my weekends are spent doing life admin, and i no longer have the photographers on hand to take my photos. i find blogging once every two weeks a challenge, especially as i want to feel proud of my content, and i'm not always feeling this way at the moment. i feel like i'm desperately trying to hold onto a hobby that still has a large part in my life, but as other things in my life speed up, it takes a back seat.

i also find the blogging culture very different to when i started. i recently went to a blogging event where there was only a handful of bloggers as i know it - the others were all well known figures on instagram, and didn't have a blog or a YouTube channel. i'm in no ways demeaning this, as i realise it takes so much work to succeed in these channels, but it just felt different to me. i felt like a very uncool, little fish in a  pond that had all of a sudden got a million times bigger. 

i don't know what marks my blog as different anymore. i don't know what content i want to write, and how to proceed when my life isn't all about buying clothes anymore. i wish it was in a way, but i'm also enjoying where i am now. i'm in a  strange 'twenty something' limbo, where i no longer have the sweet student loan funding my topshop addiction, but i also feel like i have more to offer, and more to say. but does this get lost amongst reviews of shampoos and new urban decay palates? who knows. 

i want to feel proud of this page again, and i will keep going until i feel it again. blogging needs a total refresh, and it's not enough to post simple photos anymore. your blog has to be a website, which is evident with the superstar bloggers who's pages now rival top magazines. it's strange to think that some blogs have teams around them, posting for them and professional photographers hired for outfit shoots. is it too controversial to feel this ruins the authenticity? and feel that this leaves no hope for the rest of us, who just enjoy photography and talking about the products we love so much?

it's time for everyone to remember WHY they started blogging. it gets too competitive these days, with brands only using the same 'big' bloggers and brands who once sent you product turning you down due to your DA (which they more than likely only just learnt about themselves). forget about free stuff, forget about endorsement deals, forget about money.... remember that you love to write, you love to talk about things you're passionate about, and you love the community.

don't give up.

until next time xo 
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