22 January 2015

Juggling Blogging and Working Full Time

Blogging Tips and Help

I've been wanting to write a post about how I juggle full time work with running a daily blog for a while now. It's something that I struggled with all last year and even though there are a lot of similar posts out there I thought I'd share with you some of my tips and trick of how I manage the two. I also want to mention that I work in a completely different area to anything fashion or beauty related and I'm not sure if that makes things easier or harder juggle!

My Schedule

So firstly, because I work full time and I'm busy most days of the week I try to photograph, film and write everything for my blog and YouTube on the Saturday or mostly Sunday. This won't work for everyone, but I just find it easier to do everything on the weekend then I don't feel stressed about it during the week. When I go on holiday I try my best to write up and schedule a post for the days I'm away so I don't have to do it on my holiday. I've found this routine really works for me as I'm normally so tired when I get home and writing a blog post is the last thing I want to do.

YouTube

Since starting Youtube it's definitely gotten a lot harder to fit everything in because you need to add on the time for filming and editing, which can be a lengthy process. I film my videos at the weekend trying to do 2-3 in one day then I edit the videos during the week. This is another reason why I try and write all my blog posts at the weekend so then I still have time to edit if I need to. I still haven't got into a full routine for YouTube but I do want to aim for 1 video a week.

Social Media

In an attempt to not spend my entire day on social media I use a few different websites which help me share and schedule posts easily. Firstly I use IFTTT, which is a website that allows you to pick different 'recipes' to share you're images or tweets between different platforms. For example, when I post a photo in Instagram IFTTT automatically posts the same image on my Twitter and Facebook, this means I then don't need to individually share the image in different places. The other website I use is Buffer as this allows me to schedule tweets or facebook posts throughout the day. I find this really useful for promoting my blog post for the day on different channels. 

Blog Post Ideas

I find that the easiest way for me to jot down blog post ideas is by using my notepad in my iPhone. I have many different note books but I don't like to carry these around with my during the day so I find using my phone is the quickest way to jot down ideas quickly. If I'm struggling for ideas I tend to think about things I would like to read about or walk around my spare room (where I keep make-up and clothes) as normally an idea will spring to mind. 

Meetings and Events

Lastly I thought I would touch on the meetings and events that come with blogging. People always ask me how I manage to fit everything in whilst working full time and honestly I think it's because I work so centrally. I work really close to Soho, which makes going to meetings at lunch and events after work really easy as I can walk to most places. I would say that this is the thing that tires me out as I almost have to have my two working hats on at all times, but then I wouldn't do it if I didn't enjoy blogging so much.

I hope you have found this post interesting and useful if you too juggle to two, or if you're just wanting some time management tips! 

I have to say that I find it much easier to juggle my work and blog when I'm really in love with blogging and a lot more difficult when I'm not feeling as motivated. I think that's a really important point to remember, if you're not loving your blog take a step back and think about why you feel in love with blogging in the first place. It shouldn't be something that feels like a chore. 

21 January 2015

My Favourite London Eats

Having lived in London for around 4 years (Jeezee!) I've had plenty of time to gather a list of my favourite places to eat. I've put together a list of the places that I would recommend to a friend at various different price point and for different occasions- so hopefully you will find this useful the next time you don't know where to go. 


Cheap and Cheerful

Herman ze German London

This category is for if you're looking for somewhere nice or quirky to eat that won't break the bank. If you're looking for somewhere that's close to fast food but much nicer then head to Shake Shack, Herman ze German or Homeslice. They're easy breezy places that you can pop in and out of without reservations and serve very yummy but affordable food. For places that are better for a sit down dinner but still affordable I'd head to Pho, Cote or B-Soho. Pho is a really fun place to go as it's got a really buzzy vibe and the food is delicious. I would recommend the Pho Tai, which I actually had last weekend!

Homeslice Pizza London


Date Night

Kettners London

Next I thought I would mention the places that I head to for date nights or nice dinners with friends that aren't too expensive. I love Kettners for both drinks and dinner as it's got such a sophisticated but fun vibe. The food is quite pricey but it's very good and the cocktails are delicious- also they have happy hour 8 til close during the week. L' Entrecôte is a place that I don't hear many people talk about and it's basically a fast food steak restaurant. They don't have a menu, you just tell them how you like your steak done and they bring you your food- plus they have a secret sauce, which is so good! For two more fun and affordable places I head to Ping Pong and Flat Iron as they're both really relaxed but perfect for date nights as they're in the heart of Soho.


Special Occasion

Bob Bob Ricard London

Lastly, I wanted to give you some of my favourite places to go for special occasions like birthdays and Valentines Day. Hakkasan is actually my favourite restaurant in London, I love everything from the food, to the atmosphere, the decor and the cocktails. We have two in London, one by Tottenham Court Road and one in Mayfair- they can also be found around the world in case you're reading this from another country. Another favourite of mine and my boyfriends is Gaucho, it's probably the best steak I've ever had. Hawksmoore is also nice, but I prefer the steak and atmosphere at Gaucho. The one by Tower Hill is my favourite because you have an amazing view of the Thames. Bob Bob Ricard is a really cool place as each booth has it's own button that you press to request for champagne, you don't get much more special than that. And finally Barbecoa in St Pauls is a really lovely place for dinner with incredible views of St Pauls!






20 January 2015

Products Worth The Hype

Beauty Products Worth The Hype

We are constantly bombarded by products that promise to be 'amazing', 'holy grail status', 'the next best thing' but a lot of the time the hype doesn't live up to the actual product. I find that when a product is over hyped I don't want to buy into it and tend to wait a while until I actually try it out. To help weed out the amazing with the over rated I've put together a list of 5 products that have been majorly loved in the beauty community that I actually think are worth the hype.

The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil- I've mentioned this is many posts and videos before and it's honestly the best cleanser I've ever used and it's so affordable. It removes make up like nothing I've ever used with just one application and leaves my skin feeling lovely and clean. This is my 2 bottle of the stuff and I'll most definitely be repurchasing.

Clarins Instant Light Concealer- This is a relatively new find for me, but I've used it non stop for nearly 2 months now and I can't see myself using anything else. The thing I love the most about this is you can use to to cover dark circles, blemishes or even as a foundation when you don't want to wear too much make up. I have the lightest shade (01) and I find that it really brightens my under eye area.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm- Again this is a product that I've spoken about so much, but there really isn't anything else out there that compares. It's such a nourishing lip balm that leaves my lips feeling super soft and I love that it's more of a matte texture so works really well under lip sticks.

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation- this has been my go to foundation for almost a year now. I love the dewy finish it gives without looking cakey or over done. It doesn't contain any SPF so is perfect for when you're on a night out or having your photo taken as you won't have any flash back.

Colab Dry Shampoo- I used to hate using dry shampoos as they always left my hair feeling heavy and sticky and my scalp feeling irritated. Since discovering Colab I find that second day hair can feel like first day hair and it doesn't leave me with white patches or an irritated scalp. Well done Ruth Crilly!

19 January 2015

All Black Everythang




If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen me post this picture on Saturday. I've been on the hunt for a black trench coat for quite a while as I feel like I have every other coat I would need apart from a classic black one. In my hunt for the perfect black trench I came across this one in the New Look sale for £30!! I feel like New Look have really upped their game in the last 6 months and everything I buy from them is such excellent quality and really affordable. 

Along with a black coat I also wanted a classic black bag and I found this Céline-esque one from Zara to be exactly what I was looking for. It's a really great size for a day bag and I like that you can use the shoulder strap or the handles, which makes it really versatile. I added on the cute fluffy keyring from River Island to jazz it up a little and I think it's love. 

My boots are from Vince Camuto from Kurt Geiger and the scarf is another sale find from Warehouse. 








15 January 2015

A Body Scrub To Rave About

Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub

I've mentioned before that I get dry skin and in the winter my skin gets super dry especially on my legs. Along with a nourishing moisturiser I also like to use a scrub every week or so to remove any dead skin. My favourite kind of scrubs for the body are those with big sand like grains as I feel like they really buff away all the dry skin.

The body scrub I most definitely reach for the most is Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub* as it has really big sand like grains, which I feel like give my skin a really good buffing and leave it feeling really smooth. The reason I like this scrub so much is that because it's gel based it lathers up and feels really moisturising on the skin. It also contains botanical oils that calm the skin, which is perfect for dry itchy skin!

Aesop products are available in Selfridges or Aesop

14 January 2015

No7 High Shine Lip Crayons

No7 Lip Crayons

During December I showed you the No7 beauty advent calendar and I have to say I was so impressed with the products behind each door. There were 24 decent sized miniatures of some of their best selling products and it was a great way for me to try a huge selection of the brand. Something that really stood out to me from the calendar were the High Shine Lip Crayons

I received two products from the high shine range one in a really love brown nude shade and a coral/pink shade. The colour payoff isn't huge but that's actually what I really like about these as it means they're perfect for everyday wear. I find them to be really comfortable and moisturising on the lips so I would actually say they work really well as  a tinted lip balm. 

I've been wearing the nude colour non stop over the past few weeks and it's been a firm favourite in my handbag- along with another 5 other products but we'll save that for another post. 

No7 is available online and in store at Boots



13 January 2015

Smashbox Double Exposure Palette

Buy Smashbox Double Exposure Eyeshadow Palette


Buy Smashbox Double Exposure Eyeshadow Palette

I love a new eyeshadow palette and I think after lip products, eyeshadows come a very close second as my favourite beauty products. Early last year I blogged about the launch of the Smashbox Full Exposure palette and it featured heavily on my blog due to the beautiful colours and excellent quality of the shadows. Fast forward a year and we're about the see the launch of their next palette, Double Exposure*. Like the original it contains 14 shadows but this time they work both wet and dry, and when used wet the colour pigments are much more intense.

Also like the last palette a brush is included, one end is perfect for really packing on shadow and the other side can be used to apply the shadow as a liner. The new brush works perfect with the shadows when they're both wet and dry. I'm a big fan of Smashbox brushes as I think they're super soft, apply make up beautifully and wash really well. 

What I like about this palette along with the quality of the shadows is the range of shades included. I tend to stick to brown and golden shades so this palette has allowed me to experiment with different colours. I love the purples from the left hand side of the palette but my favourites are the dark red and cranberry shades from the right hand side.

The new Double Exposure palette costs £37, which seems quite pricey but with that you get a really great quality brush and the equivalent of 28 shadows.

The new palette can be found online at Smashbox or online and in store at Boots