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Hello, you! I'm Soph - a 22 year old girl currently living in Liverpool, spending most of her time writing, taking photo's, drinking coffee & trying not to eat too much cake.

Instagram 'realness' vs traditional media.




Instagram vs traditional media.

I feel like everyone is a little fed up with Instagram at the mo, and if I'm honest, so am I. It all started with this bloomin' algorithm, making it super hard to get your posts seen, to get decent engagement anymore and to really grow your following. Queue Instagram pods, more cross promotion than ever, and of course, the recent Instagram bot fiasco that blew up on Twitter last weekend. Part of me just wants to quit Instagram and say 'I'm done.' And the other part of me has worked really hard on it, and still secretly loves it and is saying 'don't be silly, you're not going anywhere, yet'. 

Anyway, that wasn't even the ranty purpose of this post. What I actually want to discuss, is how someone recently told me that they don't see my Instagram as being 'real', because they felt that I only post for my blog and 'following'. 

They meant how I sometimes post a photo of an outfit on a day when I might not actually be wearing said outfit. Or how, there'll be a perfect breakfast pancake flatlay, when I'm actually still in bed with a bowl of shreddies. Or how, I'll post a photo of Liverpool when I'm actually at home in Preston that day. 

For me, and (I think) for most other bloggers particularly, we see absolutely nothing wrong with this. We all know that Instagram life and real life are two totally separate things. Instagram is a platform for us to be creative, to curate a feed that fits into an aesthetic or vibe that we want to create, and it's a platform that's quite often an extension of our blogs. 


But, I think the reason this comment has stuck with me so much that it's made it into a blog post, was because of this; Instagram is a form of media, right? And when you think of other traditional media outlets such as radio, TV, magazines etc, they all do the same thing. 

They create content. 

Content which is pre-planned, there to build and entertain an audience, and that is put out consistently and usually fits a brief or the brands 'vibe'. 

So, why is it that some often roll their eyes at bloggers doing exactly the same? Now, I am in no way saying that it's acceptable not to be 'real' in the sense of making up stories for content purposes, or in a sense of heavily using photoshop on your images. I guess I'm talking more about how it's okay for your content not to be 'live' or 'real time'. 

Just because I'm not wearing that outfit today, doesn't mean I never have. Just because I'm not having avo on toast this morning, doesn't mean I never have. I mean, how else would I have got the bloomin' photo?

My Instagram will always reflect 'me'. It will always show the fashions and things that I love, places that I've visited or simply something that I thought was pretty. Yes, it may be pre-planned and scheduled, and yes I do have a posting schedule in order to keep up some kind of engagement. But it will never not be real and it will never not be me. I promise.

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Take yourself on your own adventures.



If you follow me over on Instagram, you may have seen snap shots from my little day trip to Wales over the Easter Weekend. I'd realised that I had no plans for Saturday, and when I spotted that it was meant to be the nicest day of the holidays, I last minute decided that I needed to do something.

So, at 9pm on Friday evening, I was scrolling through hashtags on Instagram and trying to figure out where I should go. I'd already considered heading back to Caernarfon, as I used to have a lovely client there from my old job, and so every April for 3 years, I'd drive over and spend 2 weeks in this lovely little town. And part of me had kinda missed it last year. So that was when I decided to make a quick stop at Bangor pier along the way, and then head right up to the very edge of Anglesey to South Stack to see the light house, and made an unintentional stop (I was literally only looking for somewhere to stop for a wee and got a bit lost) at Llanfairwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysilogogogoch.

It's just taken me about 5 minutes to type that correctly, never mind say it.


Anywho, as I was updating you all (obvs) through my Instagram stories, I had loads of people, both guys and girls, DM'ing me to say how they loved that I'd just taken myself off on my own, and that they don't think they could ever do something like that. And my response to each of those messages was, of course you could.

Just because you don't have someone else to take you, doesn't mean you can't take yourself on your own adventures.


When I sat down to write this, I realised that I mean this in more ways than exploring new places. I guess you can apply the sentiment to anything in general life. You wouldn't find it acceptable to wait for a significant other before you did something with your career, or before you moved into a different flat, or before you went on holiday.

For the last 5 years or so, I've been the most independent gal ever. Since moving out of my Mum & Dad's and into my own little flat, I've never had to depend on anyone for anything. And it's truly the best feeling. Knowing that you can do anything on your own, from picking yourself back up again when you're feeling like crap or if you've had the worst day, to taking yourself for coffee, or even dinner if you really fancy it, is simply great. And the second you realise that you've got this, it's really quite liberating.

I've talked before about how I'm a total introvert, and so maybe that's why I love taking myself off sometimes and why spending time on my own is some of my favourite time. You don't need anyone to do anything with; if you want to do something and feel like you can, you should do it.


I can't even tell you how much I enjoyed my little Wales adventure. I was able to explore wherever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I loved being able to stop and just take photographs to my hearts content. To go from one place to another on my own schedule, and even being able to sit on the edge of the cliff, breathing in the sea air and just thinking about life and clearing my head a little was pure bliss, and a welcome luxury compared to the busyness of normal life. 

I also climbed up a big rock, helped someone's Nanna who'd lost the rest of her family, and made friends with a 6 year old girl called Sophie, who was fascinated that we had the same name when I stopped to offer to take a photo for her Mum & Dad so everyone could be in it (the Dad's selfie skills were leaving something to be desired, so I felt like I needed to step in!). 

Here's what I've always believed;

It's not fair, realistic or healthy to expect one person to fulfill all of our needs and to make us happy. Yes, our partners and closest friends make us better people. They should complement us and challenge us and make us laugh, but putting your happiness in the hands of others is dangerous and most probably the easiest way to land yourself in a world of disappointment and hurt.

'If you're putting plans on hold until you find a co-pilot, you may just be waiting forever.'

Instead, let's just do the stuff we love anyway, take ourselves on our own adventures and realise that we're capable and independent enough to do just that.

You'll love it, trust me.

Soph


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5 realistic aspirations for the rest of 2017.



Bloomin' heck. It's the middle of April already and I still don't feel like I've achieved anything yet. This time last year, I'd changed jobs, bucked up my blogging ideas and booked a holiday. And although I've been crazy busy recently, and there's been a lot happening, I just feel like I haven't got anywhere so far. Does anyone else know what I mean?

So, in a bid to try and feel like I'm being more productive with my life, I thought I'd sit down and think about what I really would love to get out of this year, and achieve before the year is out and it's April 2018 already and I'm having even more of a life crisis.


1.  U N D E R S T A N D  M Y  F I N A N C E S  B E T T E R.

Considering I was an accountant for over 3 years, I've never really took the time to understand my own finances. I've never really sat down and looked at how much I spend on what. I couldn't tell you how much my monthly outgoings are (I mean, I could work it out, but it could take me a while!), and this is something that I really want to change.

I think we all like to save. It provides a sense of financial stability if you have a savings pot somewhere, right? It's reassuring to know that you can support yourself if you need to, and I've decided that I'm going to take this saving thing a lot more seriously. I'm going to put my previous job to a little more use, and I've got a 'How to Budget' post coming your way, soon!


2.  H A V E  M O R E  F U N

Anyone else get so bogged down with life and work stuff that you forget to have a little fun every once in a while? Yeah, me too.

Running a blog alongside a full time job, pretty much means that most of my spare time is already taken up. But I need to remember to cut myself some slack.

This blog isn't going to go anywhere if I don't write anything for a few weeks, as I discovered recently. I've also recently been doing a lot more things for me. I've been having pamper nights and taking myself to the theatre. I've been heading to adult inflatable play centres (this was so much fun I can't even explain!) and taking myself off for 3 hour walks in the sunshine. And I've loved everything. So I've made a promise to myself to do more of this, see my friends and family more and just generally have a lot more fun.

3.  L E A R N  S O M E T H I N G  N E W

Last year, I learned a hell of a lot. But starting a new job in a new industry kinda does that for you. And so this year I want to continue to learn something new. They say that you learn something new every day, and I'm constantly thinking of things that I want to know and questions that I want answers to. I already have a few plans and ideas for something that I want to do in the next few months, that will hopefully not only help my career a little, but will help me to fulfil this little goal, too. And boy, I'm excited!




4. C R E A T E   M O R E,  C O N S U M E   L E S S.

I think I may write a blog post dedicated to this one all on it's own, but after having a little blogging slump, and trying everything to get the creative juices flowing again, I realised that there was only way I was able to get back into it; start creating again. I read countless posts, discovered a number of new blogs and spent hours scrolling through Pinterest. But the one thing that made me want to write again was when I shot some new outfit photo's for my previous post. As soon as I'd started to create again, I just wanted to create more.

Working within a creative industry, with people who have to create 'stuff' daily, I probably should've picked up on this one a little sooner!


5. S T I C K  T O  M Y  B L O G G I N G  G O A L S

I wrote this post a few weeks ago, about how I wanted to become a better blogger, and the exact ways that I was planning on doing this. However, I'm not doing very well so far. My little blog hiatus hasn't really helped matters, but I'm really taking steps now to achieve a little more of what I want.

You've probably noticed that I've changed up my layout (again), in a bid to give SophieRosie.com a little refresh. I've got a whole notebook of brainstorming ideas and ways of really trying to find my 'vibe' in the lifestyle blogging world and I'm being a lot more strict with myself in terms of email response times.

Little steps and all that!




So, there we have it. 5 little ways I'm hoping to have a better and more productive 2017. Do you have any updated priorities for the rest of the year?

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Why your personal style doesn't have to 'fit' into just one type.


Why your personal style doesn't have to 'fit' into just one type.

Personal style is something that should be just that; personal. 

I don't know about you, but my style has changed a lot over the last few years. There are pieces that I wore when I was 19, that you would never catch me in now. And like everything, I feel that your 'fashion sense' grows and evolves as you do. As you and your life changes, so does what you like to wear.

My style is very eclectic, and it totally depends on the mood that I've woken up in that morning as to what I reach for in my wardrobe. My manager described it perfectly to a new colleague this week, he said; 'You'll find that Soph will either turn up to work dressed like the Managing Director, or like she's still in her pyjama's and just got out of bed.

Thanks boss.

But, to be fair, he has a valid point. Some days, I'll wear my black jeans with a nice top and a blazer, and other days I'll throw on my sports leggings and an oversized jumper. Some day's I'll find a cute little crop top and my high waisted jeans, and other day's it'll be a pretty tea dress. Some day's it's an oversized shirt and my knee high's, and other days it's my jeans and a pair of trainers.


It's only been in the last few years that I feel like I've gotten a little better at this whole fashion thing. But, I've always felt that the way you dress should be a way of expressing yourself, as cliche as it sounds. You shouldn't wear something just because it's all over Instagram and you feel like you 'have to have it' because it's on trend. 

You should wear what you want and what you feel good in.

And honestly? I've found myself much happier and much more confident since I started sticking to this rule. If you don't feel good in what you wear, you're not going to feel good in yourself. Which is why I believe that you shouldn't have to narrow your personal style into just one category, because you're not always going to want to wear just that.

Have fun with your clothes and don't feel like you have to stick yourself in a box when it comes to labelling your style. Because fashion is meant to be fun, and how can you have fun with something that's restrictive?

So, if one day you wanna dress super chic and tailored, but the next you wanna be all preppy, sporty or boho, you should totally do it, girl. Experiment and be inspired by what's around you, but most importantly, make it you.


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Carvela Kurt Geiger Trainers from the Lace Up collection c/o Kurt Geiger.

Also, I just need to give a huge thank you to my flatmate for taking these photo's for me, after I roped her into helping me on one of our walks this weekend! Turns out she's pretty nifty with a camera, too!

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An unplanned blog hiatus.



Image credit: used with permission from Stylizimo 

An unplanned blog hiatus.

It's been over 2 weeks since I've posted any kind of content here on SophieRosie.com, and if I'm honest, I can't quite figure out how I feel about it. I've spent the last few days catching up on about 5 weeks worth of emails, and a clear inbox is now making me feel a little less anxious.

The thing is, it's not like I planned to take a blogging break, and the fact that I still hadn't got a post up was in the back of my mind every single day, and every day I've been trying to think of new blog ideas that I could write and post.

Unfortunately, the creative part of my brain has been having none of it.

And I've tried everything, from discovering and reading new blogs, to scrolling for hours through Pinterest, to going back through my own, old posts, but even taking myself for walks in the sunshine and taking millions of photo's hasn't done the trick, and that normally always inspires me in some way!

So, here we are. Still not feeling particularly inspired but really, really wanting to be. The frustrating thing is, that just a few weeks ago I was feeling totally inspired, with a real idea of what I wanted to do with my blog, and ideas floating around like there was no tomorrow. And then life got in the way a little and now I'm completely out of the flow.

And I know that that's all it is. That all I need to do is to get back into writing and creating stuff, and the more that I write, the more idea's I'll have again. It's definitely not a case of not having any photo's or imagery either, as I have photo's coming out of my ears that are just waiting to be utilised in a blog post in some way.

I guess this is the purpose of this post. To remind myself that I'm still, actually fully capable of writing words on a screen and I'm not completely failing at all this online content creation thing. And hopefully, it'll make me want to write some more!

I posted how I was feeling on Instagram yesterday, and it's always reassuring to know that I'm never the only one that goes through phases like this. A lot of you guys suggested I give myself a proper little break and stop beating myself up over it, so maybe I need to do just that? :)

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Spring clichés that are worth the hype



Spring clichés that are totally worth the hype.

I literally adore Spring. I think it's the start of the lighter nights, the sun coming creepin' in every now and again, and just the general feeling of it being the season of new starts. I love all of the seasons, but I don't think that it's coincidence that the first day of Spring is also International Day of Happiness! 

So, here are a few Spring clichés that are totally worth the hype, and one's that I'm going to be all over again this year!

B l o s s o m.

Prepare for your Instagram to be inundated with photo's of blue skies and pretty pink bloom. I remember there was a point last year when this was literally all that filled my feed. But do you know what, it's SO pretty though that I totally love it and will most probably be posting 7689 photo's of it myself.


L i g h t e r  n i g h t s.

OMG it's 6pm and it's still so light outside! As much as I love getting all cosy in bed with a cup of hot chocolate and my blanket in Winter, there's something about the lighter evenings that just lifts my mood for longer. The clocks go forward this weekend which means we can all go back to taking photo's in the evenings again, too! I can literally just feel the relief from bloggers everywhere. 

F l o r a l  t r e n d s.

Particularly of the embroidered type, this season. There are SO many beautiful pieces out there this year that I literally just don't know where to start. I've basically not took these shoes off since I bought them in January, and these boots blew up on my social media when I found them in New Look a few months ago, too! Charlotte did a gorgeous post on so many of her favourite embroidered finds a couple of weeks ago, so if you need any inspo, check out her post


P a s t e l s  &  b l u s h  p i n k.

On a similar note, Spring is the time to pack away all of those autumnal hues (although maybe not quite all of your cosy knit's just yet because, oh hey, British weather.) and brighten up your wardrobe with pretty pastels, instead. The blush pink trend is another personal favourite of mine at the minute, and I'm having to try really hard not to buy everything. This suede biker jacket from Zara however, I just couldn't resist!

E a s t e r.

Cheap chocolate, Easter egg hunts and an extra few days off work. What's not to love about Easter!?


What do you love about Spring?

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Mothers Day treats & THAT Disney inspired jacket.




Mothers Day treats & that Disney inspired jacket.

On Thursday evening, me & my lovely Mum were invited along to the Metquarter in Liverpool for an early Mothers Day event, hosted again by the guys at Sassoon Salon, who I'd only recently visited a couple of weeks ago (read about my fab experience here). It was pretty much an evening of Prosecco, cake, styling and little beauty treats. What could be more perfect for Mothers Day?

We had Sassoon offering consultations and styling tips, Urban Calm giving us all the best mini massages and Illumination LED facemasks, and the girls at Illamasqua offering express treatments through the evening.

My favourite part of the event though (apart from the cupcakes from Patisserie Valerie... these were incredible omg) was when celebrity stylist Martine Alexander picked out some of her favourite pieces from around the centre. Let's just say, if my Mum hadn't have been there to stop me, I'd have probably bought half of the rail, including this to-die-for Beauty & the Beast embroidered jacket from the MinkPink and Disney collection, and these amazingly beautiful Kurt Geiger heels. 


It was such a lovely evening being able to chat to all the familiar faces at Sassoon, catching up with local bloggers and their Mums, and learning about what else there is to offer in the Metquarter. Events like this are my favourite, smaller events where you can really chat to everyone properly, have great conversations and network with bloggers & brands in a really relaxed atmosphere that's totally beneficial to everyone. 

Everyone at the event was super lovely and friendly, and I loved being able to give my Mum a peek inside the weird and wonderful world of blogging and events. Even if it was just to show her it isn't just me who has to take photo's of all of the food before anyone's allowed to touch it! 


What do you have planned for Mothers Day?

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How to get out of living in a 'I'll be happy when...' mindset.


image credit: used with permission from Nina Holst, Stylizimo.

How to get out of living in a 'I'll be happy when...' mindset.

I'll be happy when I have the job that I want.
I'll be happy when I can have a walk-in wardrobe.
I'll be happy when I hit xx followers on Instagram.
I'll be happy when I can buy a new car.
I'll be happy when I lose some weight.
I'll be happy when I have that Pinterest inspired home office.

I'm fully guilty of living in a 'I'll be happy when...' mindset. I'm constantly looking at things that I want, thinking about things that I'd like to achieve, or watching others do things that seemingly have made them happy and thinking that if I can do or have that, then I'll be happy, too.

We all think about the future a lot. I mean, we kinda have to. And focusing on what you want isn't a bad thing, in fact it's pretty bloomin' essential and it's a way that we can keep our eye on our goals and ambitions and help us do some pretty amazing things. However, thinking too much about our 'ideal' lives, can sometimes just leave us exhausted and constantly unsatisfied.

So, here are a few little ways to live in the present a little more.

A p p r e c i a t e  w h a t  y o u  h a v e.

This probably sounds pretty obvious, but taking a little time each day to sit and appreciate what you have, instead of lusting after what you don't, can really help you to realise that you may be closer to your goals than you think. Recognising all that we have to be grateful for, is something that I'm not sure we do enough, and it might just be the key to living a little happier.

D o  w h a t  y o u  l o v e  o n  a  d a i l y  b a s i s.

If you're not doing something that you love, of course you're going to be thinking about something else. Quite often, we think that before we can do something that we love, we have to have reached some kind of personal or career goal. But, this simply isn't the case.

Ensuring that we're doing something that interests us all the time, we're enjoying our time now and creating new experiences, that may end up helping us in the future anyway! We're not thinking about how we may be enjoying our time in the future 'if' we manage to do something else.

D e c i d e  t o  b e  h a p p y  n o w.

Shift your focus from the future and bring it back to the present.  Turn your 'I'll be happy when..' into a 'I'm happy now.'

How?

Well, we're all in control of our own happiness, right? I read something once that said, what if the reason we're happier now, is because we decided to be. How powerful would that be?

Do you find yourself living in a 'I'll be happy when...' mindset?

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Social media & me.




Social media & me: My relationship with living online.

Social media has become a vital part of our everyday lives for most of us. Our whole worlds revolve around it, and in a lot of ways, it has had a real positive impact to the modern day life of a twenty-something. We're creating careers from it, influencing and reaching others in a way that has never been possible before, and of course, remaining connected to our loved ones no matter where in the world they are.

However, I've recently started to realise that my relationship with social media isn't always that healthy.

I often wonder how less anxious I would be if read receipts weren't a thing. If 'last active' wasn't available to us or if our whole online lives were left unfiltered and we could see everything or nothing. I mean, I'm not stupid. I know that the things that people share online isn't always an accurate representation of their life, but it's always hard not to compare and get yourself down about it, isn't it? There's been so many times when I've felt like I'm failing at life because I've seen something on Instagram or Twitter.


I'm not afraid to admit that I'm the kind of girl that freaks out if I can see you've read my message and not replied to it. I have a huge fear of people leaving my life suddenly, and it's like a read receipt and no reply is a trigger for this fear. No matter how much I try and convince myself that they're just busy, at work, distracted, eating (or y'know, anything else normal), my brain just won't have it. Instead, it convinces me that this person now hates me for life, is never going to speak to me ever again or that I've upset them in some way. That is until they text back 30 mins later having just gone for an impromptu nap.

This girl does not need this kind of anxiety multiple times on a daily basis.


And it's not just read receipts. There's seeing them having been active on Facebook, tweeting someone, viewing your Instagram story, 'last seen' on WhatsApp, or their snapchat score has gone up so they're obvs on their phone because how else would all of this have happened?

The reason I hate it so much, is because I know that without social media, I'd be blissfully unaware of everything, and not causing myself unnecessary stress and panic.

So, how am I making my relationship with social media better?

Well, I'm trying to restrict the time I spend on it, but we all know how hard that can be, even with the best of intentions! 

However, I'm also removing as many things that I can, in an attempt to control the anxiety I get from it. I'm muting toxic people on Twitter, I'm turning off read receipts on WhatsApp and the chat feature on Facebook. I'm unfollowing people on Instagram who's content makes me feel shit and I'm turning off my push notifications so I don't get into a panic if no one likes one of my fave photo's.

Hopefully, some of this will help in making me feel a lot better most days, and I won't be sat here worrying myself silly that I'm behind in life, that I'm super boring because my day doesn't look like hers or that my best friend has left me.


What's your relationship with social media like?


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A work-life balance: How to find one & keep it.



A work-life balance: how to find one and actually keep it.

A work-life balance is a lifestyle choice. It's being able to prioritise your work and your career, but still being able to enjoy and have time to yourself. It's being able to have a life outside of the office, too. It's being able to be driven and ambitious, but also being able to switch off, spend time with family and do things that you enjoy, for you.

My previous job didn't allow for any kind of work-life balance. It was a full time job where managers expected constant overtime, and any spare time that I did get back home was filled with studying and revising for professional exams under the constant threat of losing our jobs if we failed. 3 years down the line and guess what? I was done. I couldn't give myself 100% to my job anymore, and I didn't want to. I realised that while yes, I wanted a good career, this wasn't the way I wanted to do it. I knew that I needed to find a job that would allow me the forever coveted work-life balance.

Just over a year later, and I'm so much happier. I can't even express in words what a difference it has made to my mental health and my life. So, here are a few little tips and tricks I've learned along the way.

D e v e l o p  a  r o u t i n e  &  b e  s t r i c t  w i t h  y o u r s e l f

The nature of both of my jobs so far have meant that I've been provided with a work laptop and access to my work emails on my phone. While this is great because it means that I can work from wherever I like (*ahem* my bed), it also means that I'm constantly online and contactable. So, learning how to switch off 'work mode' once the working day is done, is something that's been really important for me.

There's always going to be something else you can do. There's always going to be another email you need to reply to. There's always going to be the temptation to check your emails if you have access to them. But creating boundaries and sticking to a routine, is oh so important. When it gets to the end of your working day, it's the end of your working day. Switch off, go home, relax and enjoy your 'you' time.


B e  e f f i c i e n t  w i t h  y o u r  t i m e 

Whatever your average working day is, make the most of it. Procrastination is the devil, and is generally what then forces us into working into our evenings. Set yourself manageable goals at the beginning of each day, and split your day into little bits to ensure you gradually but effectively tick off your to-do list. 

BUT, also make sure you take breaks. Working straight through the whole day without having little breaks or taking your lunch, is always counter-productive. Trust me, I've done this so many times with little effect.


C o m m u n i c a t e  e f f e c t i v e l y

If you feel like you're getting overwhelmed and your work load is getting too much, it might be time to have a little chat to your boss. Let them know them know how you're feeling and tell them if you are feeling overwhelmed. Any good manager will listen, help you, and set out a plan as to how to make things better for both you and the business. Don't be afraid to ask them for help either, they've been there themselves at some point too.

Another little trick is to make sure you manage expectations. Be realistic with time frames you give out to your boss or colleagues. There's nothing worse than saying 'I'll have that with you tomorrow', if you know you're already swamped, because this is just going to stress you more, and most probably have you working into the night. Set yourself a longer deadline, if only then to pleasantly surprise everyone if you manage to get it done sooner!


I m m e r s e  y o u r s e l f  i n  a  h o b b y  &  a  s o c i a l  l i f e.

For me, this is quite obviously blogging, but whether it's yoga, netball, dance, meditation - anything that you enjoy, keeps you active, but also helps you switch off from work is a good thing. Get yourself a hobby that means you have to leave work behind for a little while. 

Make plans with friends, see your family and just create the 'life' part of your work-life balance, and don't let anything get in the way of it. 


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Calvin Klein bag - c/o Tessuti Women | I can't even explain how much I adore this bag. It's sophisticated and elegant, but it's so spacious. I was a little concerned I wouldn't be able to use it for work as my current bag is a little bigger, but honestly, it's like a Mary Poppins bag in here! As always with Calvin Klein, the quality of the bag is also great - I can see it being durable and putting up with me for a while yet!

Flared sleeve jumper - Chicwish.com | LOADS of you guys have been asking where this jumper is from ever since I posted it on my Instagram. I purchased it here, however, I will just say that although I love this jumper, I've had an absolute nightmare with Chicwish & I'm still waiting on a few issues to be resolved. I won't go into details, but just go ahead and purchase at your own risk!
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Blogging: 5 things I want to be better at.




Trying to be a better blogger: 5 things that I want to improve on.

Sometimes, I sit down at my laptop and think 'omg, I'm actually the worst blogger in the world' and I feel like I'm completely failing. And then other days, I realise that I need to cut myself some slack, because I'm trying to fit running this blog alongside my full time job and attempting to be a successfully functioning adult, which I'm sure we can all agree is a lot harder than we expected.. 

However, I had a good little sit down and a think a few days ago, and I made a list of 'blogging goals'. A list of things that I really want to improve on and hopefully be a lot better at by the end of the year. 

I also had a good little brainstorm, about things that I really want to write about, the kind of content that I want to produce, and the kind of blog that I want this to be, and it filled me with so much motivation that I'm hoping this is going to be just the start!

So, here we go. Here are 5 things that I really want to get better at.


R e p l y i n g   t o  e m a i l s  o n  a  m o r e  t i m e l y  b a s i s

This is most definitely a priority, oh my goodness. There's that meme that's been going round the internet recently about how life is just a constant stream of 'sorry for the delay in getting back to you', and this could not describe my blogging inbox more. I'm literally the worst, and I'm so sorry. There's probably so many people currently still waiting on a reply back from me right now, and this is something that I'm going to 100% focus on.

Partly because I've missed out on opportunities before because I've read an email at work, and then completely forgot to reply until a week later, and by then it was too late. 
Party because it's just a lot more professional. 
And partly because a building inbox of unread emails just triggers an anxiety switch in me, and then I just put it off even more and then the thought of it makes me more anxious. A vicious circle I don't need.

So, a simple fix for this? Just reply to the email straight away, Soph. And don't be afraid to say no.

R e p l y i n g  t o  b l o g  c o m m e n t s

And on a similar note! I started doing this rather successfully at the beginning of the year, and then I hit a blogging slump and failed again. But, I'm determined to try this again, and make it such a habit that I don't stop ever again.

I know a lot of bloggers have split views on whether you should reply to comments or not, particularly on blogger when you don't get a notification anyway, and also because when I comment on someone else's blog, I'm not doing it for a reply, and I don't tend to expect one. But, it's always nice, isn't it?

S h a r i n g  t h e  l o v e

It always gives me such a sense of pride and happiness and when I spot that someone has given me positive feedback on my blog. Whether that's just being included in a blog post, or simply someone has shared one of my posts on Twitter, it really does feel great, doesn't it?

So, this is something I really want to do more of. I want to create more blog posts filled with my favourite blogs, and I want to start to share some of the hundreds of blog posts I read that I really love and that have really inspired me on my social channels, and hopefully help you guys discover what I love, too!

S c h e d u l i n g  t w e e t s  &  u s i n g  s o c i a l  m e d i a

Something else that I'm currently terrible at is scheduling tweets. Anyone else just find it a really boring and monotonous task?! But, at the end of the day, I do really love it when the content I produce is actually read, and I know how much of a traffic booster Twitter can be. So, this is another priority for 2017 - using and analysing social media a lot more to my advantage!

P r o d u c i n g  &  c u r a t i n g  b e t t e r  c o n t e n t 

I really want to work on the content that I create, after all - it's probably the most important thing we do as bloggers, right? I quite often find myself focussing on what my blog looks like, such as the layout and just making it look 'pretty', rather than the actual stuff that goes in it. I'm going to take the old quality over quantity mantra, and really try and create posts that really mean something instead of just getting a post out there for the sake of it. 


Soph

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Hair care, treatment and a little change with Sassoon & Metquarter.



Hair care, hair treatment, and a little change with Sassoon Salon and Metquarter

I've never been one to do much with my hair. A quick shampoo, condition and towel dry was about as much as I used to do with it. I was never concerned with how healthy my hair was, or the products that I was using. And to be quite honest, I'd go years without visiting a hair dresser. But the guys at Sassoon have really changed my opinion and my approach to my hair. After all, as they quite rightly pointed out, we all skin care routines, so why should we not create one to look after our hair, too?

So, before I get into details about my visit a few weeks ago, I just wanted to touch on a few products I was so, so kindly gifted as I left.

T h e  p r o d u c t s

First up, was this really cute heart shaped gift set which includes a travel sized Illuminating Shampoo and Conditioner, as well as a Heat Shape styling protection spray. I was also given a full sized version of the heat styling protection spray as well as the Illuminating oil (I think this was after I accidentally admitted that I don't use any products on my hair before blow drying or straightening my hair, and I think Jon was a little mortified!)

The one thing I love about these products is that they are SO light. I've briefly used a heat protection spray before, and it just felt all sticky and not very pleasant. The Sassoon spray is totally different though. And the illuminating oil is described as a multi-protection primer for your hair. Again, this is a really light product, that not only helps to protect your hair, but really gives it a boost in terms of shine and softness. I've been using this over the last few weeks and I genuinely love it and have noticed a real difference. Oh, and it's got almond oil in it so it smells divine!

And lastly, is the colour save shampoo and conditioner. On my last visit, I was gifted the hydrating conditioner and smoothen shampoo from the same range, as this was really what my hair needed at the time. However, it seems to have done the job as Jon didn't seem to think I needed those anymore! 

This is one of the things I love about Sassoon - they really tailor your experience to you.

T h e  t r e a t m e n t  &  m y  v i s i t  

So, a few weeks ago, I was invited back to their Liverpool Salon in Metquarter, to try out their new Prestige Cut & Care Service, which includes a personalised cut, a tailored treatment (depending on your hair needs) and a choice of two take home products. Sounds amazing, right?

I was mostly looked after by the Salon Director, Jon, who has been amazing and fabulous each time I've popped in. In fact, the whole team there are so friendly and welcoming, I've genuinely loved my visits. After a quick initial chat and consultation, we decided that the best treatment for my hair would be the repair treatment, mainly because the end of my hair in particular was a little dry and damaged. 

The treatment involved a head massage from one of the team too, which felt amazing and had me so relaxed I was most definitely close to falling asleep in the chair. Then, I was passed back over to Jon for the cut and style part of my visit. He asked me what I wanted, and while I wanted to keep the length, I wasn't over fussed. So, we decided to not do anything too drastic, but play around with adding a fringe in - and even then, Jon had so many different ideas around what would suit me, that I felt whatever he did, it would be totally fine.

T h e  r e s u l t


I came out of the salon feeling like my hair had genuinely had a total refresh. It felt smoother and softer, and even though it was only a little change by adding a fringe, I absolutely loved it.

I cannot tell you how friendly the whole team are Sassoon, no matter whether I've been a paying client or there as a blogger (I've been both!), the service is fabulous, and they've totally convinced and converted me into a girl who takes as much care of her hair now as her skin!

Have you ever visited a Sassoon Salon?

Soph


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