Wednesday, 17 December 2014

What I look for in a blog: No need for fancy equpiment! | Blogmas Day Seventeen

The extent to which blogging has moved forward in just a few short years is crazy! It's definitely good crazy but if I were to stumble across the blogosphere now I think I might be too intimidated by all the fancy designs and super high quality photographs to start my own. But I don't want anyone to feel intimidated. This is one of the few areas in life where there's absolutely room for everyone and I'm not convinced that you need any fancy equipment, incredible editing skills or vast html knowledge to blog well.

There are just three things that I look for when I'm looking for new gems to add to my subscription feed:

A layout with black text on a white background in an easy to read font. A perfectly designed layout isn't essential - just ensure your words are readable.

Pictures are important BUT they don't have to be taken with a fancy camera and professional lighting. Very often your phone will take really decent pictures providing there's enough light. Photographs add so much to a blog, they're eye catching and give the reader a little clue towards what to expect.

This one is most important. And it's YOU. Your words, your thoughts and your ideas are the most important thing. If you have something to say or want to share, please do. It doesn't matter if you don't think you're the best at spelling, grammar or constructing sentences. It's okay. If you're particularly worried you can always write in word first, run the spell check and then copy and paste. If you want to write, you must write! It's wonderful to share things and you might just end up inspiring someone, or connecting with someone who totally gets you that you may never otherwise have crossed paths with.

- xo

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

A Few Winter Essentials | Blogmas Day Sixteen

A Cosy Scarf.
Whenever I go outside during the winter without a scarf I always seem to end up with a cold and that's no fun.

REN Bath Oil.
The ultimate in relaxation. Whenever I've had a stressful day a hot bath with a little of this in it never fails to send me off into the best sleep. It's like a long, hot cuddle.

Burt's Bees Lip Shine. 
Sheer but oh so lovely, glossy and smooth.  

Nails Inc Nail Polish in Kensington High Street
The perfect deep burgundy colour I've been looking for and the formula is wonderful - so shiny and opaque in one coat!

Organic Surge Replenishing Facial Oil*
I have a real thing for facial oils, they save my skin from getting too dehydrated and irritated from the cold.

The best invention ever! Regular wellies aren't my favourite but these are perfect. The fuzzy lining makes them feel extra cosy, & the cute dogs make me love them that little bit more!

What are some of your winter essentials? 
I'd love to know!  

- xo

P.S. I apologise for the short and sweet posts. I'm swamped with Uni essays but I also really don't want to give up on Blogmas! 

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