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Is It The Algorithm, Or Do You Not Like Me? An Instagram …

I’ve spent weeks feeling like such a moaning myrtle and feeling sorry for myself and the cause is genuinely a social media app. Ridiculous isn’t it. It might sound like a giant millennial moan but with the nature of my job, it’s difficult not to get sucked into the numbers game (or the instagram algorithm) and feel as though nobody likes you because of a few numbers on a phone screen. Instagram is quite a touchy spot for bloggers at the moment with instagram algorithm and other factors messing with follower engagement (and ultimately, our business). It sometimes feels like an endless battle when your quality improve and you’re actively being nice to others but see no real ‘reward’ from something that used to give you a sense of instant gratification. JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content. Now as someone that struggles with…

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Girls Night Out.. At Home.

What do you give a girl that loves coffee and movie nights with a takeaway if she’s off on a night out? An espresso martini… with a twist of course. It’s no secret that I used to hide away from socialising to watch Stranger Things on the sofa. But my 2018 New Years resolution is coming early and I’m trying to make a change. My ‘out out’ wardrobe is coming out of hiding and I’m favouring a few drinks with good friends this party season. I’m spending Christmas in South Africa this year, which means family comes first, with some cocktails on the side. Luckily, we have a bar at home so we can enjoy a night out.. without moving further than the back garden with a speaker and some fairy lights. I’ll be honest, I’m a family girl and this is definitely my favourite way to spend Christmas. Does…

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When Flares Make A Comeback.

JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content. I’m embracing the freeze as much as possible and bringing out the chunky scarves and endless winter coats. Andddd the flares that have replaced by super skinnies! If you saw my Topshop haul recently, you might have already seen these amazing trousers but they are a great new addition to my wardrobe. So much so, I’m thinking there might be a ‘ways to style’ video coming soon. Fancy one?? The seventies has been a regular trend throughout Autumn and Winter, usually through colour and print. This season the flares took a limelight and I can’t get enough. This particular pair are a version of the Topshop Jamie jeans and fit like a dream. I love their easy styling options and already have wishlists growing that is dotted throughout this post for you to browse. JavaScript is currently…

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Thickening Your Eyelashes With Eyeko Lash Alert.

JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content. Another beauty post!? Oh, go on then! Some of my favourite posts to read are make-up related but it seems to be the one thing I rarely post myself. After my Garnier review went down well, I thought it was time to share a little more make-up in a style true to me. Expect natural looks, lots of hair products but still a silly amount of fashion and travel – beauty is just going to pop up every now and then! So for today I’ve got some products from Eyeko to share with you, a brand that came onto my radar a couple of years ago but I never really gave the products a chance until now.. and I honestly don’t know why it took me so long. Eyeko is a fairly new brand to my make-up bag with a whole range…

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Day To Night In A Christmas Jumper.

Its that time of year again where the jokers like me decide to buy the most hideous Christmas jumpers we can find.. then proceed not to take them off for a week straight. Yuuuup, I’m that person. This jumper is actually very tame fairisle print as my tacky ones hadn’t turned up before filming. You’ve been let off lightly. Thank you Sam for lending me your jumper. When you’ve got a busy day with too many events, sometimes its nice to wear the same outfit (near enough) from day to evening. Its much easier than a complete outfit change, and thats what this video is for. I wanted to share a simple way to transform a Christmas jumper from daytime to smart-casual with just a change of shoes and touch of lipstick. Alsoooo, if you’re in the festive mood then I have compiled a little Christmas jumper wishlist for you…

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Pre-Travel Beauty Routine.

Going on a trip? Heres a little pre-travel routine of mine to get you in the mood and hopefully inspire a pamper! Thank you Live True London for my nails and brows – the best if you’re in London! (they also do my hair)

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Skipping The Cold This Christmas.

Christmas is a time for traditions whether you always watch Elf or live in a novelty jumper from December 1st. I’m a creature of habit and have never spent a Christmas outside of the UK in my life. This is all about to change though as this year, I’m off to spend the festive month in South Africa with Adrians family. I’ve worked non-stop the past fortnight to get everything shot, edited and scheduled in so there won’t be any gaps. My videos will still be coming 6pm every Wednesday and Sunday with a few Monday vlogs, but also posts on here every Monday, Wednesday and Sunday at 6pm too. Trust me, I’ve had plenty of sleepless nights to make sure it all runs smoothly.. don’t say I don’t spoil you! You may have already noticed but I have decided to pull back from the typical Christmas gift guides this year.…

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Lets Talk Designer Bag Dupes.

Apologies, this post doesn’t come with outerwear so a warning should be applied if you’re living in England right now. It does, however, come with a side of wit and mince pies (optional – you need to supply these yourself). WHERE HAS THE WARMTH GONE? I thought last week was chilly but this weekend it has become icicle city. Even with three layers (including thermals), my entire body has goosebumps and I try my hardest not to leave the house. Like right now for example. I’m sat on a bloody freezing train (because they decided we need aircon not heating) and using my MacBook on my legs for some warmth. Even my coffee is cold. Okay, the weather rant is over now I promise. But just pretend that I’ve added a scarf and fairly warm coat to this look before trying it at home. #firstworldproblems much? Theres been a few…

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4 Ways To Style A Two Piece Suit For Everyday.

Hello there.. aren’t you chuffed I’m back to regular posting? I had an accidental break due to some things happening but I’m now sat scheduling my life away so a post is never missed again. So far I’m as scheduled as mid-December 😉 Anyway, todays post is one that I’ve had planned for quite a while and I can’t wait to finally be sharing it with you. Today, its all about the two piece suit. Something that I’ve always wanted to style, but never felt confident or ‘cool’ enough to actually pull off. Theres a certain je ne sais quoi about women in suits and this Autumn I couldn’t resist trying a couple in a style thats true to me: casual, easy to wear everyday and 60% monochrome! LOOK ONE The first look is strongly focused on accessories and features this gorgeous black satin tux style suit from Dorothy Perkins.…

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Why Instagram Stories Are My Latest Addiction.

I’ve got an instagram stories addiction and we need to discuss it. Also.. you got me. These pictures were taken around a fortnight ago when the weather wasn’t so arctic and bare legs were still a regular feature. Goodbye for now my tanned pins, you’ll be missed. But as much as I want to sit and discuss bare leg season and the wasted self tan sessions to keep my legs bronze for ‘just incase’ – this post is actually about my new found love for Instagram stories and the impact they’ve had on my app usage around the board. JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content. Stories is the best feature in my phone right now. Literally my most used and viewed thing of the moment. I love being able to give a little more of myself to my perfectly curated feed. Sharing little…

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The Loss Of A Friendship: Putting A Positive Spin On It.

JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content. Bear with me because this ones a little rambled, as my posts sometimes are. I just wanted to get everything out as it flowed through my mind, rather than forcing it into structure. The loss of a relationship is frequently talked about online. There are hundreds of magazine articles focused on ‘getting over your ex-lover’ or ‘how to move on from a breakup’ but nobody ever talks about the loss of a friend. Over the years I have experienced both losses and personally find it more difficult to lose one of my friends. After all, friends know more about you than anyone! Lovers (sometimes) come and go but the friends who pick you up in between and never leave your side. After all, your friends know way more about you than your boyfriend or family members, right?!…

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