I wanted to make these blogging tips posts a more regular thing so let me know if you have any questions you want answering or you just want to pick my brain – that’s fine! I know I’m no Sarah Ashcroft but I definitely feel like I’ve got at least a little bit of knowledge to share on the subject and as we all know, sharing is caring! I have to say I’m pretty proud of my instagram, I’ve been to-ing and fro-ing for a while about how I want my images to look and constantly comparing my feed to other peoples. When I decided finally what I wanted (this had a lot to do with my new blog photographer and making the connection seamless) I suddenly thought, shit! it doesn’t look like the others, now what am I going to do? I spent some time agonizing over what to change it to then all of a sudden I was like – hey! that’s a good thing surely? I mean how many fashion bloggers let alone instagram accounts are there out there? surely setting mine apart with my own unique style is a good thing?! So anyway, throwing that piece of advice completely out of the window, I thought I would show you how I edit my photos for instagram. I know I just said to be unique but I get a lot of people asking about how I edit my instagram and what tips I have for building a following on instagram (come back next week for that installment!) so I thought I’d share my secrets with you all. Firstly, I try to take all of my photos on my camera (Samsung NX3000) because the quality is amazing and it’s got wifi which pretty much means I can always put them straight on my phone – unless I’m in the middle of nowhere! This does exclude selfies, I do take the occasional selfie on it if it’s for my blog but come on guys, no one wants that kind of detail in a selfie! I used to just edit my photos when I got to instagram but I literally changed the way I did it every time and I was hating how my feed looked. By the way if you’re reading this and you’re not that bothered about instagram you’re probably thinking none of this matters – it does. Then I discovered VSCO Cam, hallelujah! There’s almost too much choice! Once I found a filter/setting I liked I tested it on a few different photos to see if it worked and hey presto I was set. I use T1 – I’ve just realised that it’s called moody and I’m not really sure what that means but I like it! I usually do it to the mid levels between 5 and 7 and then mess around the the exposure, contrast and tint – I only ever go up or down by 1 or 2 dependant on the lighting etc. This is so…

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Channeling Chanel

I was sent this Chanel esque dress from the lovely ladies over at Fashion Bazaar. I love the tweed style that makes it look like a luxury piece and had me walking round thinking I was an extra in Gossip Girl. If I’m honest I didn’t know how to wear it to begin with, this is back when no one had told the weather what month we were in so it was bloody freezing. I still detest tights so went bare with these pumps from Karen Kozangian. It’s quite a small dress with no give what so ever so I would definitely recommend sizing up on this one! As someone who usually wears a more loose style I decided to finish the look off with my coat to make it feel more me.I’m loving the details in this outfit, this is probably my favourite image from the shoot. You can see the beautiful texture of the tweed-ish material on the dress which compliments my watch and ring. I wasn’t sure how I felt about this ring from Perka Design when I first got it, it’s so unusual! I’m absolutely obsessed with croc skin slash any kind of texture. I love these wine coloured points from Kozangian, I only seem to own boots or sandals and have been wanting a pair of flat shoes for a while but every pair I find there’s always some reason why they aren’t the ones. I definitely think that the accessories are what makes this outfit work, but let’s be honest, you can make any outfit work with the right pair of shoes!! What do you think to this look? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Coat : Topshop Old | *Dress : Fashion Bazaar | *Shoes : Kozangian | *Watch : Urban Watch | *Ring : Perka Design | Bag : Zara Old Don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin’

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H&M Beauty Haul

I first saw H&M Beauty when I was in Sweden, I just thought it was something they had always done but was exclusive to Swedish stores. I decided to pick up a lipstick to try out but more as a souvenir really! Then I come back to England and a couple of day later every blogger and her dog is talking about the new H&M make up range. Honestly, I had no idea! Anyway, as I was in London the other day I couldn’t resist treating myself to a few pieces to review on the blog. I don’t usually do beauty post’s but I did enjoy this one so who knows, there may be more to come! I’m always looking for great products and at H&M prices who can say no? I’m trying to overhaul my beauty bag at the moment so if there’s any products you can’t live without then let me in on your beauty secrets!So once I’d decided I was going to buy a few bit’s and had justified that it was “for the good of the blog”  I went a bit crazy. Each piece is so cheap that I actually ended up spending around £25.00 – but to be fair that’s pretty good for the amount I got! The first piece I picked up was the bronzer, mine had run out so technically I did need this one anyway! Then I got some eyeshadow to try, I don’t really wear eyeshadow so I guess you could say my opinion on the quality will be worthless but hey I’ll give it to you anyway! I also got some nail varnish and some lip vinyl which I had never heard of before (so behind the times), I’d describe it as like a lipstick but it goes on like lip gloss. Of course I already had my lipstick from Sweden and I couldn’t resist a face mask in it’s cute packaging!This face mask was incredible. So refreshing and my skin feels amazing, definitely my favourite piece I tried which I’ll be stocking up on next time I go near a store!I’m not a huge fan of this bronzer, now I always have trouble when I switch to a different bronzer, I don’t know about you but I always seem to have trouble adjusting to the new shade and end up looking like I’ve come back from 2 weeks in Tenerife (for a normal person, for me that would just mean burnt!). Anyway, I’ve been rocking a darker skin tone thanks to my inability of knowing when to put the bronzer down and step away. I also found its quite loose, you know how sometimes bronzers just turn to powder the second a brush touches them? It’s one of those so I have a feeling it will go down super fast! Anyway I might adjust after a couple of weeks and be raving about how amazing it is. So we’ll see!As I said before I’ve never used eye shadow before and as a result…

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Blogger Problems \\ Green isn’t your Colour

I know I can’t be the only blogger who deals with this and if you don’t then you’re a bloody saint, envy. I mean, don’t get me wrong the blogging community is ridiculously friendly and helpful and everyday I’m astounded at how much people help each other out. There truly is room for everyone and most bloggers are more than happy to share their secrets and help one another out. Despite this, I constantly find myself comparing my instagram feed to someone else’s theirs is so clean! They have so many followers on twitter and more comments on their blog. At the end of the day these kind of thoughts are completely ridiculous and serve only to bring you down, they’re 100% counter productive! I feel like it’s even more obvious for me at the moment when I’m seeing how many people are jetting off to NYFW, PFW, MFW and even to our very own LFW. I often have to remind myself that I’ve not even been doing this for a year and as a wise man once said “don’t compare your beginning to somebody else’s middle or end“. I really need to take my own advice and remember that actually, I should be proud of what I’ve achieved in such a short time period! Go me! Do you suffer from the occasional spout of envy? What do you do to deal with it? Don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin’

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50 Shades of Brown

I thought 50 shades of brown was quite an apt name for this post as I pretty much look like the brown paint swatch section in Homebase. I got this skirt from Primark and I’m pretty sure it was like £8? Even as I’m saying this I’m thinking it’s wrong but no, I’m quite sure it was under a tenner which is clearly why I couldn’t say no, duh! I think you can totally get away with wearing skirts with bare legs when you wear boots and a jumper, I’ve seen so many bloggers with knee length boots which look perfect for wearing a skirt in winter. I’m not really a tights kinda gal, no offence if you love them but I just think they’re so gross! Definitely a last resort slash only suitable for work in my opinion!!I’m loving how coordinated my look is here, the sunglasses, scarf and skirt look made for each other. I’d love to say I planned it but I definitely didn’t. Also, how amazing are these khaki boots from River Island? I can already tell these will be stuck to my feet all winter! What do you think of my all brown look? I’d love to hear what you think! Jumper : Zara Old (Similar Here) | Scarf : Zara | Skirt : Primark  | Boots : River Island | *Sunglasses : Zero UV | Bag : Zara Sold Out

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