Thursday, 22 January 2015

Create a Blog Editorial Calendar

I recently created a blog editorial calendar and ever since it has made my life a lot easier (by this I mean not running around frantically about blog posts!) This is perfect for you un-organised people who have to juggle between school and blogging- I admit I fit into this category quite nicely! An editorial calendar is basically a simplified typed up version of a normal handwritten calendar. It keeps you on track with upcoming posts and events. So today I thought I would share with you how I constructed and edit my calendar...

Choosing your calendar: 
There are many different hi tech apps that allow you to create an editorial calendar but I suggest to go for the basic option by making a simple excel sheet in Google Docs. By doing this you have easy access to it on any laptop/computer and hand held devices - perfect for on the go travelling. You'll want to create a new folder called 'blogging' and open up a new spreadsheet.

Create your calendar:
You can set up your calendar anyway you like - monthly or weekly. I decided that it was easiest if I added one tab for each month of the year. You can do this by clicking on the plus sign at the bottom. I settled to have days across the top and weeks down the side in a two tone pink to add a pop of colour! Remember, don't forget to add a column for notes.

Filling in your calendar:
Once the basic structure of your calendar is completed you can now start to fill in the spaces. Start off with the posts you regularly post (series) as you know where they should go. I also like to put in posts that I know I definitely want to include like New Years resolutions or Halloween costumes etc. However if I haven't taken the photos then I make sure to write a quick reminder in the notes! Simple so far, right?

Throughout the month you can easily edit the calendar for when a new post idea crops up. I like to keep it quite flexible so I can write up posts on any day I want. One reason why I like using this calendar so much is the fact that I can customise it in many ways. One of which is colour coding the different types of posts. I use blue for lifestyle, mint green for fashion, purple for beauty and last but not least peach for tips/DIYs. Don't forget that to create a new line in the same cell you hold down the alt key and press enter at the same time. My calendar now looks a little like this...

Editing your calendar:
The best part of having a super simple online calendar is that you can edit or even scrap parts whenever you feel like it! Where as when using notebooks the tipex has to come out!

As I edit and publish my posts I use the strike though symble to mark off each post. This way it's easy to notice if I have stuck to my schedule.  Or if I have been unable to publish a post I will mark it in red so I can use it for the next month.

This was all I do to create my effortless online editorial calendar  -TADAA! Even though this was a very long post I hope it was informative and helpful!

Have you got an editorial calendar? 

Sunday, 18 January 2015

4 Pins I'm Loving

Even though I've only just started getting into Pinterest, you'll find me every Sunday (or realistically most days) scrolling through to find inspiration, DIY's and just overall really pretty photos. Warning: too addicting! You can follow my collection of pins here for more but today I thought I would collect together some of my favorite pins of the week.

01. This very Victoria Secret esque highlighting and contouring is just simply gorgeous. Find pin here.

02. I had never come across this quote but it does leave some thought in your mind. This will definitely be pinned onto my mood board! Check out the pin here.

03. This pin is just everything I want - I can't help but not love this cheap and quick mood board that has been created. Perfect to keep you motivated and inspired whilst blogging. Find this pin here.

04. We all deserve a treat, once in a while, am I right? These yummy sounding pumpkin doughnuts with a coconut maple caramel glaze are hard not to resist making. Read the recipe here.

Just to give everyone a heads up, I might not be able to post as regularly for the next 2-3 weeks due to my laptop being repaired - sighhh! But I will try my hardest! Also check out my page about guest posts here!

Are you addicted to Pinterest as much as I am? 

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Go To Eyebrows with Soap & Glory Archery

When it comes to brows I'm typically the person who likes to use powders over pencils but this Soap & Glory product has started to take me in the other direction. After seeing this product fly around many YouTube channels and blogs I had a definite impulse to pick it up. plus, with buy one get one half price, how could I not?

This dual ended eyebrow pencil has a felt tip applicator on one end and a pencil on the other. It only offers two shades - Brownie points (dark brown) and Love is Blonde (for those golden-haired girls!) I decided to choose the colour Brownie Points and it luckily has the perfect match but I also do believe it will suit many hair colours! The Soap & Glory Brow Archery is perfect for anyone who's wanting a more natural look without the faff of a brush. 

The pen end has a super fine tip which is perfect for replicating fine hairs but it also helps to quickly fill in my brows with precision. The crayon end, in my opinion, is a little too thick - however it's not at all waxy creating a perfect way to lock the brows in place.

The lasting power is outstanding! Usually when I come back from school my brows have disappeared but this product can last a whole day with smudging - definitely impressive!

I love how I can get a very natural look with the Soap & Glory Archery however when I'm wanting a more fuller, dramatic look I will stick with my powders. It's great for an everyday basis as it's super quick and very practical. If you're wanting something that gives you a more natural effect then I recommend you to pick this up next time you're in boots!

  • Price: £10
  • Shades: Brownie Points and Love is Blonde
  • Where: Boots (here)
Have you tried this product? 
What' your favorite go-to brow products?

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

My Blogging Method & Routine

Now that I have decided to try and post 2-3 times a week, I always seem to get distracted or something gets in the way (hint: phone) so I feel the need to organize a systematic blogging routine/method. As I have school for most of the day I sometimes get piled with homework resulting in no blogging time or it can be the complete opposite. Today I thought I would share with you my blogging method/routine - it goes a little like this...

Any spare time throughout the day I find myself on Pinterest looking for inspiration from posts related to my blog. I end up spending hours just scrolling and by the end I've got a whole months worth of ideas! Every Saturday or Sunday I sit down and write the titles of upcoming posts for the weekly cycle. This is a great idea for blogging as I know what's coming up and what I have/haven't edited. The next hour is usually spent jotting down notes for what products I need to include, prices, links etc.

I tend to take my photos in bulk for about 3-4 posts, so whenever the sun comes out I set up my picture and click away. Usually 20 pictures are taken for each post, as I like to play around with the composition, but only a small number of them are chosen.

Now I start to edit my stand out photos by just upping the brightness or exposure. Afterwards I upload them onto blogger and hit preview - if I don't like the way they look I will either re-edit them or decide to re-shoot. This happens on many occasions!

Next, I write my posts - this usually takes me an hour per post. I like to save the post as a draft and come back to it the next day with a fresh mind to correct any mistakes or just to improve on it. Sometimes I have the post already written up before any pictures or vice versa.

As soon as the post is ready to go live I make sure I share it on social media. I find it hard to tweet throughout the day so Hootsuit comes to my rescue where I schedule tweets for around three times a day with links to the post and my Bloglovin' site.

What's your blogging routine?
How do you stay on track of posts?

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Affordable Homewares #2

Affordable Homewares #2

This installment of 'Affordable Homewares' includes some great inexpensive finds - well that is my forte! Expect some cosy furnishings, perfect for the cold winter, with a woodland theme!

Oliver Bonas Copper alphabet Letter, £10
These fun and sophisticated alphabet letters are great for a bespoke and thoughtful housewarming, wedding and engagement gift or even for your own personalized home styling. Each handcrafted letter is finished off with an on trend shiny copper.

Zara Home Fringed Herringbone Blanket, £17.99
Herringbone is a definite on trend print of now! This blanket has a significant Scandinavian homely feel and for only £17.99 who can't pass it up? I can already picture it at the end of my bed or thrown across a chair.

Sass & Belle Rabbit and Fox drawer knobs, £3.45
Spice up your drawers with these quirky metal woodland animal doorknobs. The rabbit gives an elegant feel whilst the fox has its own cheeky manner.

H&M Velvet Cushion Cover, £12.99
This luxury pillow with accented gold tassels combined with the gorgeous cream velvet, channels 'French Boudoir' This pillow is also available in black and a dark red - the two of them sat side by side is hard not to resist!

Do you have your eye on anything here?
What future posts would you like see, comment down below..

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

A Guide To Letting Go | Makeup Expiry Dates

When it comes to beauty products, there is one one thing that we've all been guilty of - keeping a product far beyond its expiry date. We always have many reasons as to why we hold onto these products-they were expensive, it's limited edition, I haven't used it up yet and the most famous excuse 'you never know I might need it.' This is said to be the cause of many breakouts, skin rashes and allergic reactions.

So, below I have listed the time frames in which each product shall last. Hopefully this post will make you de-clutter your extensive amount of makeup and who knows what you'll find in there... 

*The pictures above state how long each product should last, these numbers are just an average from what I have found*

A lot of the time I'm unsure if a product is past it's expiry date so just get rid of it. If it smells rancid or the texture has gone a bit funny - toss it. It's always better to be safe and throw away a product rather than getting an eye infection! Plus you get the thrill of picking up some new products.

Also, you can always check the product itself. Most likely it will have a POA (period-after-use) recommendation. You know the little opened jar with a number and an M inside of it? Well, it's an indication of the number of months after first opening that they recommend you to toss the product.

However just to note, natural products expire faster than others as they don't have chemicals to extend their shelf lives. So toss your natural products sooner than others.

Next time your rummaging through your makeup bag and you see the first ever lipstick you got - TOSS IT!

How many products have you thrown away?

Sunday, 4 January 2015

New Year New Outfit | OOTD

Jacket: Topshop | Top: Topshop | Ripped Jeans: Topshop | Scarf: Zara | Shoes: Topshop

Happy New Year to you all!
I've been after a biker jacket for a while now and I saw this one in Topshop and was lucky enough to get it for Christmas. When I tried the jacket on I found a size that fitted me perfectly but decided to size up so that I would be able to wear thick jumpers underneath it as well. It has a detachable fur collar so it's versatile for both winter and spring.

The top I'm wearing underneath is a high neck, thin ribbed top also from Topshop. I really like the higher neck but because it's lightweight I don't get too hot. I decided to pair this look with some ripped highwaisted Leigh jeans again from Topshop and my trusty Topshop chelsea boots. The whole outfit was finished off with a beautifully soft Zara blanket scarf which was gifted to me from a friend. I also have a red plaid blanket scarf and I've really found these scarfs very useful during the winter season.

Hope you've all had a great Christmas and I look forward to the rest of 2015!

What has been your Winter staple item? P.S I will be posting at 6:00 PM every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday so stay tuned for the upcoming posts!

Thursday, 1 January 2015

My 2015 Resolutions

This year has flown by and I can't believe it's 2015 already! For 2015 I have decided to set my self small aims for the year ahead that I can easily keep track of and complete. I've split this blog post into two categories - blogging and personal.

Blogging //
One: Improve my photography | Throughout 2014 I've been battling with a small digital canon camera that can only take decent quality pictures in pure sunlight which is a definite struggle in winter. Due to this I really want to upgrade to a DSLR, this way I can be more creative with my photos but also produce higher quality snaps.

Two: Get more organised | Over the past few months all my posts have mainly been written last minute which in my eyes is how like to work. However, I do need to change this so by becoming more organised it will hopefully increase the amount of posts but also keep me more motivated for the upcoming year.

Three: Grow and get my blog out there | I have been blogging for over a year and I feel like I have just been 'there'. In 2015 I want to be able to form a blog that is unique for people to enjoy reading and to really get it out there in the blogging world. I have already started to join blogger chats and will continue to do so!

Personal //
One: Say Yes! | This year I don't want to shy away at different opportunities that are out of my comfort zone, I want to embrace them! I would rather do more things and be able to look back and think 'I'm glad I did that' rather than think 'I really wish I did that.' I want to remember amazing memories and as cheesy as this sounds life is too short to not live it.

What are you wanting to achieve this 2015? 
P.S: I have a new schedule for blog posts. I will now hopefully be posting every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday!