Seen as so many of you found my post on what to do when you hit a blogging block so useful, I thought I would re-create one of the posts I myself find helpful, one helluva list of blog post ideas! I’ve mainly focused on fashion and beauty as that’s kinda my bag, but I’ve added in some lifestyly bits too! I had to include my new favourite beauty bits in these photos, incase you didn’t already know Sigma have the best brushes. I’ve got the 3dhd Kabuki Brush, the 3dhd Precision Brush and the blush affair set and I love them all and use each one daily! Their brush cleaning mat is also a dream to use. Fashion Blog Post Ideas Trend Update – talk about the latest trend with some inspiration How to Wear A Trend – show how to incorporate the latest trend into your wardrobe Wishlist – payday? birthday? is there a particular shop you’re in love with at the minute? Your go-to Outfit What’s in my Bag  All Time Favourite Piece Shoe Collection Bag Collection 10 things under £10 – (this could work with anything really but people love cheap fashion!) New in – wardrobe updates A Week of Outfits 3 Ways to Wear – pick an item and show different way’s to wear it How to Dress for Your Body Shape Fashion Goals – is there a look your striving for or a new trend you want to try out? Wardrobe Tour Fashion Hacks Favourite Season to Dress For Item’s You Don’t Wear But Can’t Get Rid Of Designer Dupes Compare Your Style Now to When You First Started Blogging Style Inspiration Shopping Tips – do you have any tips and tricks for when you go shopping? Wardrobe Essentials Most Expensive Fashion Purchase Day to Night Look Wedding Guest Outfit Idea – or you could focus on another occasion i.e. valentines day Style Do’s and Don’ts Tonal Outfit – why don’t you try an all black or all white look? Beauty Blog Post Ideas Everyday Makeup Routine Favourite Evening Look Favourite Lipsticks  Make-up For When You Can’t Be Bothered Favourite Beauty Bloggers How To Do a Smokey Eye 7 Tips for Your Skin Type Beauty Hacks Beauty Products You Can’t Live Without Most Used Make Up Brushes Morning Skincare Routine Night Time Skincare Routine Beauty Goals – is there a certain look you wan’t to master? Maybe you want to try out a different look? What’s In My Make Up Bag Perfume Collection Make Up Storage / Collection Tour Haircare Routine Top 5 Foundations High End Beauty Favourites Budget Beauty Favourites Favourite Youtube Beauty Tutorials Recreate Someone Famous’ Make Up Everyday Hair Budget Dupes for High End Make Up Products Most Expensive Beauty Purchase New Beauty Launches Favourite Statement Lip Colours Favourite Beauty Brands  Lifestyle Blog Post Ideas Favourite Bloggers Favourite Instagram Accounts Why You Started Blogging What Your Blog Name Means 10 Facts about Yourself Round Up Of Your Favourite Blog Posts Interior Inspiration Favourite Places To Shop – which shops do you…

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Building Relationships Between Brands and Bloggers

I’d like to think that most brands I work with I have managed to build an ongoing working relationship with. This post was actually requested by the lovely Nikita, so here are my tips on how to navigate your way to building relationships between brands and bloggers! Brands and Bloggers Need Each Other I think it’s so important to remember this throughout, that not only do you need them but they also need you. Brands and bloggers are both guilty of forgetting that it can be a mutually great thing when the collaboration is done right. Whilst I have had great working relationships with brands I’ve also had people tell me “there’s plenty of other bloggers that will do it” when I’m not happy with their terms, my answer? ask them then! Whilst brands can really help you to build your blogging portfolio and get your name out there, if it’s not a mutually beneficial collaboration and you’re not comfortable with what they’re asking, don’t do it. Your worth more and at the end of the day it’s your name on the blog so you have to be happy with everything you put out to the world. If you blog about something you’re giving it your seal of approval and readers value this the most, don’t take advantage of it! “You’ve got to crack a few eggs to make an omelette” Your not going to be making money from collaborations and working with big brands overnight. However, if there’s a brand you really want to get in with, why don’t you buy something and do a post on it anyway? Use all their hashtags, email them and let them know you did the post and ask for feedback and you never know where it could lead. Kirk my photographer used this quote to me when I was trying to justify a massive Misguided order in the 50% sale – you know the one that crashed their website? A brand I would love to work with, unfortunately the order wouldn’t go through and then the stuff was sold out damn you Misguided, but I’m definitely bearing this excuse/justification/great idea in mind for the next time I’m debating at the checkout. Go above and beyond expectations I think this is so important, if you’re just starting out and someone asks you to do something for them, wow them. Going above and beyond will make them sit up and watch what you’re doing, it also shows you’re creative, reliable and use your initiative . . all great things. A recent example I have of this is when I did a denim collaboration on instagram with Asos. They asked for one instagram photo, I posted several over a few weeks and did a blog post. If you have the time and the ideas, why would you not do it just because they haven’t paid or asked for it . . you have to work up to that by impressing them and showing how valuable you are. Don’t be afraid to reach out This is one that…

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What To Do When Bloggers Block Strikes

Any blogger, writer, artist . . basically anyone who has to constantly come up with some form of content, will have experienced some form of block. As a blogger, I am focusing this post on the dreaded bloggers block. These tips however, could be transferable – not used that word since I wrote my CV. Bloggers Block Cure #1 – Ideas Posts I don’t know if you know about this, and if you don’t know, when you do know, you’ll be glad you know… you know? There are piles and piles of posts about posts. Bloggers blogging about potential blog posts other bloggers can use . . are you keeping up? Basically, these posts are lists of generic blog post ideas. I have used a couple of these ideas in the past and have a list on my phone that I can resort to if I am having a total mental block. I’ll add a list of lists below for you to check out! I usually take the concept and twist it slightly to fit in with my style and format, so ‘how to look good with minimal effort‘ translates to ‘easy make up tips’ if you catch my drift. 105 Blogpost Ideas – It Starts With Coffee 113 Ideas For A Blog Post – Thirteen Thoughts 113 (More) Blogpost Ideas – Thirteen Thoughts   Bloggers Block Cure #2 : Magazines Magazines are a great source of inspo. Not only are they good for keeping up with trends but you can also see whats coming in to stores and read topical discussions, something you may want to voice your opinion on in your blog. I personally love store magazines and find them great for inspo. I know you would probably think that they were just promoting their own products which, lets face it they are, but they’re also great for emerging trends and styling ideas. Personally, just looking at this pastel filled page fills me with inspiration, bloggers block be gone!   Bloggers Block #3 : Pinterest Pinterest is such a generic bloggers block post idea, I know that, but it’s undeniably a great way of gathering and saving inspiration. I have boards for anything and everything, If I like a look, I pin it, If I like the way something’s shot, I pin it, if I’m loving a trend, I pin it . . are you starting to get the hang of this? Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest to keep up to date with whats inspiring me! Bloggers Block #4 : Read Other Blogs Reading other blogs always gives me tons of inspiration for posts. Now let me be clear here, by no means am I condoning copying, why would you want to write something that someone else has done before? Let alone think about the time and effort they went into to create it . .don’t be that guy. Being inspired is a whole different ball game to copying. Similarly to the post ideas blog posts, you can use the idea to create…

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A Bloggers Survival Guide

I’ve noticed since I started to share some of my blogging tips that these posts get a great response from you guys. So I’ve decided this week to do a round up of all the posts I’ve done so far for you to keep as a reference, a bloggers survival guide if you will. Do let me know if there is anything in particular that you want me to post about or anything you can’t get your head round and I will put it on my list!! Bloggers Survival Guide : SEO 5 Ridiculously Easy SEO Tips In this post I list the top 5 SEO tips that you probably haven’t even thought of and are so easy you could action them all right now! This is definitely step one in the bloggers survival guide and will get you well on your way to the SEO highway . . god I’m such a loser. 5 Ridiculously Easy SEO Tips 5 WordPress Plugins All Bloggers Need This is pretty useless if you aren’t on WordPress, though saying that, I am sure that other hosts will have their own versions of plugins so that you can swap and change things to personalise your page. Just take each concept and find a way to action it on your own site. These plugins will make your blogging life easier whilst boosting your SEO and most important of all, keeping the reader interested! 5 WordPress Plugins All Bloggers Need How To Lower Your Bounce Rate In 5 Simple Steps Ah, the pesky bounce rate. I managed to ace mine purely by fluke, I don’t know if it’s just that I have well and truly found my niche – of course that helps. But I do know that I have made some changes based on what I had read about getting followers not improving your bounce rate. Though looking back, I suppose the two go hand in hand. With these small steps my bounce rate has fallen from around 60% to less than 1% . . honestly sometimes I think theres a technical glitch for it to be so low but I can see in real time on Google Analytics that people stay on my blog for a while, the key is to keep them interested! How To Lower Your Bounce Rate In 5 Simple Steps Bloggers Survival Guide : Blogging Tips 5 Steps To A Killer Blog Title Blog titles and photos are two of the most important aspects to your post. Sure the writing has to be good because thats what keeps people interested and coming back to see what you’ve got to say. But lets face it, people do judge a book by it’s cover and your internet cover is the first image on your post and the title, if it ain’t catchy they ain’t reading it! 5 Steps To A Killer Blog Title Blogging Tips // Getting Started This is an old post I did a fair while ago so please don’t judge. I thought I would still…

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5 WordPress Plugins All Bloggers Need

So if you’re not on wordpress you may find this post slightly unhelpful. I don’t know a lot about the other blog hosting sites, do they have plugins? You could read this and try and find a similar alternative? Anyway, these wordpress plugins have made my life so much easier and I wanted to share the love, because sharing is caring! I’ve realised that these blogging tips posts are super popular so I’m doing a youtube Q&A on blogging this weekend! So make sure that you subscribe to my channel if you aren’t already so you don’t miss out! WordPress Plugins You Need Yoast SEO Yoast SEO is basically the lazy girls guide to aceing your SEO. Ok, not lazy, because let’s face it, if you were a lazy person then you wouldn’t be blogging. Sure to an outsider we just get sent free stuff all of the time, but actually it takes us hours to put together each post let alone the time spend promoting it – rant over. So maybe, the cheats guide? I don’t know, I’m just trying to find a catchy sentence and it ain’t working! Basically, it creates a form for you to fill in for each page and post which covers everything SEO wise that you should be doing. The traffic light system means you can see how well you’re doing and it even gives you suggestions on what to do to boost your rating. How good is that!? I used to just settle for an orange light, so long as it wasn’t red I figured it was ok, who’s going to just stumble upon a blog anyway? Turns out, SEO works, SEO helps, there’s a reason why it’s there, so make sure you get green. . ok? Disqus Disqus is a commenting system for your blog. I didn’t really get the point of this when I first got it and I only got it on the advice of my blogging guru CocoChic Blog. She has her shit together so naturally, I did what she said. From what I’ve learnt through using it, essentially it makes the comments easier to monitor and reply which makes it easier for a discussion to form. Comments to me are super important, it’s so valuable to get the readers views on the post and to form a  discussion! It’s also lovely to receive a comment because not only has someone read your post and enjoyed it, they’ve taken the extra time out of their day to let you know how much they enjoyed it. One more thing! Disqus is also good because it makes it clearer for the reader to see where to leave a comment! It’s something you just take for granted but comment boxes aren’t always the easiest to find! It also eliminates those pesky spammers! upPrev I mentioned this one in my previous post on how to lower your bounce rate in 5 simple steps and small wordpress plugins like this one that you don’t think will make a difference keep your…

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