Tuesday, 6 December 2016
Why I always fall in love with the festive season.

Why I always fall in love with the festive season.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

The festive season will always be my favourite, and here's why I will always fall in love with this time of year all over again.

I've always loved Christmas, it really is the most magical time of the year. There's just something so wonderful about it, that even in my 22nd year makes me so, incredibly happy and excited. I love the music, the silly songs and the carols, the tinsel and the decorations. The films, the Christmas markets, the hunting for the perfect gifts, and of course, the chocolate.

But, I also love how much joy December can bring to people. It's the little things like walking through town and hearing the Christmas music playing in the shops, or the carol singers with their own little rendition of Jingle Bells. It's sitting in a coffee shop on Christmas Eve afternoon with a festive book, all warm & cosy while watching the last minute Christmas shoppers outside buying for their nearest & dearest. 



It's the twinkling of the Christmas lights in the darker evenings, both inside your home and in the city. It's watching the blissfully innocent children get excited about Santa, and it's the sound of sleigh bells, church bells and jingle bells, that add a little extra magic.

It's ice skating with your favourite people. It's wrapping up in your favourite winter coat, scarves and bobble hats and heading out for a walk in the cold on a clear day. And then slipping delightfully back into your pyjamas when you return to the warm indoors to sit by the fire.

It's seeing people smile who normally don't so readily. It's remembering to be grateful for everything that you have. It's forgetting the rest of the world even exists while you snuggle up on the sofa with blankets and your favourite festive films, and it's still not being able to fall asleep on Christmas Eve, no matter how old you get.



WHAT I'M WEARING

Coat - Zara (similar) |  Hat - Topshop (similar)  |  Scarf - H&M  |  Jeans - c/o American Eagle Outfitters  |   Shoes - c/o Quiz  | Bag - c/o Marc B


And it's being able to spend time with your family. Laughing & giggling with each other and exchanging gifts. Fondly remembering Christmases from when we were little.  It's watching T'was The Night Before Christmas on VHS every Christmas Eve, and it's eating everything in the house and drinking copious amounts of hot chocolate.

Don't you just love the festive season?

Soph

Monday, 5 December 2016
My week in square photo's & 140 characters. Ep. 7.

My week in square photo's & 140 characters. Ep. 7.

Monday, 5 December 2016


This week has been loooooong!

I've sat down to start writing this post for this week, and I genuinely can't remember what happened last week! Normally, I have a vague clue about what went on, but this week I'm literally having to go back through my social media to jog my memory. I don't know what's wrong with me this week!

ANYWAY. After that quick reminder, last weekend I took Harriet up to The Georgian Quarter, a beautiful part of Liverpool city centre that is just full of little independent shops and coffee shops and gorgeous architecture (okay, so there's more to it than that but those are my priorities!).


Once we were back in the flat, we did what we both do best and sat together, in silence, browsing through social media for a good half an hour. I did that thing though where you get 20 minutes deep into Instagram and end up on someone's feed that you probably shouldn't be...


And then we decided to go back out to grab a second coffee of the day, and by this time it was pretty dark, and Santa had finished his shift on the docks and well, I didn't see him coming, tbh.


Then, after our little adventure on Sunday, we decided to pick up this book from Utility, and set ourselves a challenge to really discover and learn more about the city we live in. I'm so excited to try and tick off as many of these as we can!


Do you ever find some people to be really cheeky...?

And, how could I have forgotten that it was the 1st December, this week! Which obviously meant it was chocolate before breakfast time.
And then of course I had to keep things festive.
By this point, it was practically the weekend! Which meant that Em and Kay were coming to stay with me and we had a weekend of giggles, food, coffee & cocktails planned, and it was exactly what I needed to spend time with two of my favourite people.


How was your week?

Soph

Friday, 2 December 2016
7 adaptable skills you can add to your CV from running a blog.

7 adaptable skills you can add to your CV from running a blog.

Friday, 2 December 2016

7 adaptable skills you can add to your CV from running a blog, to apply for any job.

One of the first questions I asked myself when I first sat down to update and re-write my CV over a year ago was; 'do I put my blog on my CV?'. After asking a few fellow bloggers, the answer was a resounding YES. And it was only after I added it that I realised why. Not only do you spend so much of your time on it, but you pick up so many skills when running and creating an online space. 

So, here is how I turned 'yeah, I blog a little in my spare time' to a whole section to itself on my CV that helped me to bag my job, and the 7 skills you can pride yourself in from running a blog.

1. CREATIVITY. 

This one is a little obvious, but lets face it, you have to be at least a little creative to be able to run a blog. From thinking of your blog name, to creating your branding, theme and aesthetic, to taking and editing photographs, and writing the content. It all requires creativity. Even down to succinctly getting a message across in 140 characters on Twitter. Creativity is a fabulous skill to have if you're applying for a creative role, but even if you're not, it can be taken and used in the workplace for thinking up those 'creative solutions' to problems that potential employers love.

2. SELF MOTIVATION.

Just like anything else, you have to motivate yourself to write your blog. I love my blog, and it's something that I've become really passionate about, but I still have days when I sit and think 'ugh, I really need to blog but I can't be bothered'. But you do motivate yourself. You do get up, switch on your laptop and write and create and not stop until you've achieved what you wanted. Whether that be completing a blog post or simply just getting through your emails. It's a task completed!

3. TIME MANAGEMENT/ORGANISATION

Running a blog alongside a full time job/studying at university requires tremendous organisation and time management skills. From simply having to plan when to take your photo's in the limited light in the winter, to working to deadlines set by brands during collaborations, to prioritising and maintaining your to do lists for work AND your online space, I can guarantee your potential employer will be left wondering and seriously impressed with how you manage to fit it all in.


4. MONITORING & ANALYSING STATISTICAL INFORMATION.

Hands up who looks at their blog's page views/Instagram & Twitter followers every day? Yeah, me too. We all do this one without even realising. Even though we all convince ourselves that numbers don't matter, ultimately, they do to us, don't they? I mean, we love creating our content and we want people to see it! So I don't know about you, but I'm constantly analysing. 

I'm able to spot when a post does particularly well, I know that tweets with images do better and I know when is best to post on Instagram for optimum engagement. So, whether you're using Google, Instagram or Twitter analytics, we're constantly monitoring views, engagement, and patterns in statistical information. 

5. NETWORKING

Blogging events are fun, aren't they? They're also giving you the chance to better your networking skills. Networking is generally an important skill for employers; it means that you're able to socialise, interact and build relationships with a variety of people. Whether it's other bloggers you're meeting and chatting to, or brand representatives and PR's, you're having to build that relationship from scratch! And this doesn't always come easy, so if you can pop this on your CV, you're probably doing more than okay so far.

6. COMMUNICATION

I guess part of this will come in relation to your written skills. Blogging can be made up of  a lot of writing, so getting your point across in a written manner is going to get easier! All of those emails you're writing to PR's and brand representatives when negotiating collaborations are also going to earn you brownie points in the communication section of your CV.

But it's not just writing back and accepting a collaboration, it's being able to keep brands informed as to where your blog post is at, how far along you are with the imagery, whether you're going to be able to squeeze the post up on time, and simple things like dropping them an email to let them know the post is live with clickable link.

7. ABILITY & WILLINGNESS TO LEARN NEW SKILLS.

This is quite a generic thing to put on your CV, but with blogging, you can give a whole range of examples to go with it. Before I started my blog, I was completely clueless in the world of HTML and CSS coding, if you'd have said 'DSLR' to me I probably would'n't have had the foggiest what you were talking about, and as for writing skills... well, they're bound to improve the more you write for yourself, and read posts from others.

So, there you have it! If you're struggling how to put your blog on your CV or LinkedIn, hopefully this might've helped, at least a little!

Soph

Wednesday, 30 November 2016
How to get yourself through a bad day.

How to get yourself through a bad day.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

How to get yourself through a bad day.

Bad days. We all have them, right? I've had quite a few of these recently, if I'm honest. And I guess not always in the sense that loads of things have gone wrong, but in a 'I'm have having a really bad mental health day' too. Those days when your thoughts, anxiety, and emotions are all over the place, and you really just wanna climb back into bed and not move for the rest of the year.

So, here's a little run down of the things I always try to cheer myself up a little.

Let yourself cry. Feel sorry for yourself. | First up, you've sometimes just gotta let yourself feel sad. So, let yourself cry and feel sorry for yourself for a little while. But then pull your socks up and know that you can beat whatever's getting you down, and that you do, in fact, totally got this.

Grab a cuppa. | I'm a firm believer that a cup of tea can fix anything. So, if I've had a bad day at work, or I'm at home and I'm starting to feel a little down, the first thing I do is put the kettle on. There's something so warm and calming and relaxing about a good cup of tea.


Treat yourself. | In my case, this is normally with pizza or chocolate. Or both. But let yourself indulge in something you normally wouldn't. Buy yourself some new make up, get your nails done, grab a face mask so you can have a little pamper session at home. Make time for you.

Netflix it out. | Similar to the point that's coming up below, for me, this is a way of taking my mind off stuff. Grab your laptop and whack on your favourite show, old or new, and immerse yourself in someone else's life for a bit! A good chick flick or a feel good musical is always a good option, too!

Sleep it off. | And then, if all else fails, sleep it off.For me sometimes, there's no other way of trying to shake off a bad day than sleep. When you're asleep, you can't think, you can't overthink, you can't analyse and go back over everything that's happened, or not happened, that day. Now, if only there was an easy way to get to sleep when all of this is racing through your mind!


How do you cheer yourself up when you're having a bad time?


Soph

Monday, 28 November 2016
My week in square photo's & 140 characters. Ep. 6.

My week in square photo's & 140 characters. Ep. 6.

Monday, 28 November 2016

We're now officially less than a month away from Christmas!

This week has been a little bit of an emotional rollercoaster. Mainly because of what I wrote about yesterday, but also because it's now less than a month till Christmas so I'm getting all super excited for that, and then also because I came on this week so of course I spent the few days before crying for no apparent reason. Bloomin' hormones.

Anyway. How beautifully festive does John Lewis look (above)?! I also spotted this set up for Modern Rarity, a brand created by John Lewis, which I hadn't actually seen before, but the copper, rose gold and pastel tones of the space caught my eye immediately and now I'm a little obsessed.

Speaking of obsessed, this guy definitely wasn't giving up last weekend.

Although I did admit to doing this, so maybe I'm just as bad? ;)



Once back in Liverpool, I went and did one of my favourite things to do, and just have a little wander around the city, with a warm coffee in one hand and my camera in the other. I think you all know my love for Liverpool by now, but just look at how pretty it is, no matter what the weather!

I've recently joined the world of Pinterest, and I tweeted this one day last week and tbh I'm very thankful that so many of you agreed with me! Some of the names of your Wedding Inspo Pinterest boards that you tweeted me back with made me giggle out loud!


Then, my my boss (or, technically my boss's boss..) brought in some of the cupcakes they had for her little boy's 1st birthday. They were superhero themed and just look how cute they are! I can also confirm they were delicious.

By Wednesday, I was feeling a little unmotivated. So, I bought myself some Oreo's to cheer myself up (obvs), and well...

But, it was all okay because Wednesday was my last day in work before a lush 4 day weekend, and heading down to London on Thursday to get all glittered up & have a fabulous night.


And then, to top the week off completely, this absolute beaut of a bikini arrived in the post from the lovely girls at Triangl. It even came with a matching bag! As always, I'm forever so thankful for the opportunities I get to work with some fabulous brands.


I hope you guys have had a lovely week, too!

Soph