Sunday, 4 December 2016

This Month I...

... am a little late to the party! I took a week off blogging last week, as I'd just come back from Christmas shopping in Bath and had no time to even check Twitter - it was that busy. But rewinding to November, it was another brilliant month with suprises, trips away and getting in the festive mood.

This Month I... ate a lot in preparation for the colder weather! I visited Bill's in Lewes (the original one, don't you know?!) and had the delicious Avocado and Poached Egg on Toast with extra Bacon. If this doesn't make you hungry then I don't know what will.

This Month I... bought majority of my Christmas presents! Usually I like to be prepared before December but this year I was running out of time to find gifts. Luckily my long weekend in Bath provided the perfect opportunity to shop until we couldn't fit anymore in the car. They're all wrapped and labelled underneath my tree now - so exciting!

This Month I... featured in Look Magazine! It's so weird seeing my face printed in a national magazine and seen by thousands of people, my mum was so proud haha. And you can never go wrong with a red lipstick.

This Month I... watched Coldplay at the London Palladium. I mentioned in my Instagram Catch Up post that Coldplay have been on my must-see-before-I-die list for ages and I won tickets to see them play at the London Palladium! It was an amazing experience to see them, not only do they sound great but they always put on an unforgettable experience.

This Month I.... went to Bath Christmas Markets! Every year my sister, mum and I visit a Christmas market in the UK or Europe and do all our present shopping. Bath is by far our favourite and this year was our third time returning. The markets are massive and have a great variety of gifts, food and handmade products, alongside the usual highstreet shops. 

What did you get up to in November?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

How can I get a job in digital marketing and what do I do for a living?

A few weeks ago I did a post on my Digital Marketing Diploma with Digital Marketing London and thought I would explain a bit more about what I do for a living! It's funny because my blog and experience in that and social media brought me to my current job, just proof that investment in digital marketing is no longer an option but a necessity for companies.

I handle the ecommerce and digital marketing for Brodie & Stone and its brands, which ranges from creating content for all the social channels, creating new websites and adding new features to managing our online PR and influencer campaigns. I've been at Brodie & Stone for over 2 years now, and it's definitely flown by! The company previously had no online strategy, so it was starting from scratch when I first began. 

So how did I get it?

A few of you long-term readers (hey!) may know that after taking my A-Levels at sixth form, that instead of going to uni I went to Brighton City College and studied Journalism. Unfortunately the course doesn't run anymore, but you can find loads of NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) accredited courses across the UK. Whilst I studied, I took up two internships at local magazines, writing content for their websites and in print and also handling their social media accounts. Once I had my journalism diploma, I applied for jobs left right and center, anything from journalism to PR to digital marketing. Brodie & Stone were offering an 8 month contract for a Digital Marketing Assistant and after 8 months, they saw the benefit in digital marketing and kept me on.

What qualifications do I have?

As already mentioned, I'm have a NCTJ Gold Standard Diploma in Journalism, which is the highest you can get. But in terms of digital marketing, I recently took part in the Digital Marketing Diploma with Digital Marketing London, which is DMI (Digital Marketing Institute) accredited, which you can take an exam afterwards to earn your diploma. I'll hopefully be taking my exam soon, so wish me luck! Because digital marketing is such an evolving subject, for example Snapchat has only been around for about 3 years and is still so new, it's hard for universities to teach the subject. 

What can you do to get a job in digital marketing?

There's no set formula, trust me, I had no idea two years ago that I would be working in the industry. It's extraordinary just how far it's come and changed over the years and how brands are now leveraging it. Actively using social media yourself and showing that you can grow a following and community is a big plus and demonstrating that you're creating and promoting your own content too. There are bootcamp courses in digital marketing, as well as online classes and resources which you can use to read up on. If you know a local community which could do with help with their digital marketing then offer your services and get extra experience! 

Are you interested in a career in digital marketing?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 24 November 2016

OOTD: Mustard Roll-Neck and Smart Trousers

Coat: Warehouse
Roll-Neck: Primark
Trousers: ASOS
Shoes, Scarf and Belt: New Look
Bag: Accessorize

It's not often that you'll find my trouser choice not a pair of jeans, trousers always remind me of school and having to spend ages finding the perfect pair to go with your school uniform! I used to get these awful styles that really kicked flare out and were made of stretchy elastic that always used to loose it's stretch and all the elastic would then come out. Thankfully I have now moved on from those 2000's styles and opted for a slim-fit ASOS pair, which are my lazy-but-smart outfit because you can wear them with anything.

Roll-neck jumpers are a must-do when your office is like a fridge first thing in the morning. Primark have a really great and affordable selection of roll-neck jumpers at the moment. I either prefer thin knit and slim-fit styles which I can tuck into skirts or trousers or baggy and chunky styles that I can wear when it gets really cold! If there's ever a style of jumper which you can rely on each year, it's the roll-neck jumper.

What's your favourite winter jumper?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

How To Get Into The Christmassy Mood

For all those people who are yet to get into the Christmassy mood, this is the post for you! Now that Bonfire Night is over and Christmas parties are in the diary, I'm well on my way to getting into the Christmas spirit and here's a few of my favourite things to do this:

1. Music
If you can listen to Do They Know It's Christmas or Fairytale of New York without wanting to singalong, then I'm not even sure you should be reading this post! Specially reserved for this time of year, the list of Christmas themed songs are endless and one of the best ways to get in the festive mood.

2. Shopping
It can be stressful and hard work, but once you find the perfect gift for someone and can picture their face when unwrapping it on Christmas day then it's all worth it. There's so many guides and offers out there that you're spoilt for choice.

3. Films
We have a special tradition of watching the Snowman and Father Christmas on DVD, whilst putting up the Christmas tree every year. Home Alone is a classic film too, Elf always gets me every year but this year the classic films of It's A Wonderful Life and The Miracle on 34th Street are on my to-watch list too.

4. Food
Is there really any other time of year when you get eat pigs in blankets?! Turkey with all the trimmings, cranberry sauce, Bucks Fizz for Christmas morning breakfast and too much chocolate are enough to make you feel Christmassy. Even thinking about it is making me hungry!

5. Friends and Family
Planning the time over Christmas and the New Year to see your family and friends is a sure way to ensure you're festive ready. Whether it's shopping the sales or catching a coffee with a friend you haven't seen in a while, now is the time to start planning.

What makes you feel Christmassy?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 20 November 2016

Instagram: Coldplay, Blog Events and Christmas Windows

On reflection, 2016 is shaping up to be a much better year than 2015! A few weeks ago I entered a competition to win tickets to see Coldplay at the London Palladium. Just to note that Coldplay have been on my 'must-see-before-I-die' bucketlist since forever and I thought I had no chance of winning tickets... so you can guess what happened next! Coldplay were amazing and because it was in a small venue, it made the experience all the more memorable. Definitely in my top 10 musicians. 

I attended my first Thirty Plus Blogs event in collaboration with Caudalie. I've done a full post on 5 Tips For Attending Your First Blog Event, if you want to check that out! I'm getting more and more confident in attending events by myself, it's weird at first because I don't normally know anyone but it forces me to introduce myself to new people.

London is getting so Christmassy right now! All the Christmas lights are up and lit, everyone's doing their present shopping and Fortnum & Mason have open their window displays. I walk past them everyday and you can't help having a peek at them as you go past!

Speaking of Christmas lights, I went down to Brighton a few weekends ago to visit a friend and do some shopping. Brighton is still one of my favourite places to spend my spare time and when it's Christmas time it's the best! I can't wait to visit at night to see all the lights lit up.

You know that dress that's the perfect fit, super cosy and goes with everything you have? This is it. Primark came up trumps with this dress last year and it's been a firm favourite in my wardrobe ever since. Along with my new boots, I wore this in an Outfit Of The Day last week for my brother's 30th birthday party, so make sure you read that post too!

What's been your favourite Christmas moment so far?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 17 November 2016

OOTD: Primark Knitted Dress and Clarks Boots

Dress: Primark
Boots: Clarks
Coat: Warehouse
Necklace; Accessorize
Scarf: New Look
Bag: Zara

I've been living in this dress for the past few weeks, mainly because it's been freezing cold in the mornings, but with the heating on full blast at work and on the train I end up way too hot by the afternoon. It's a very fine and thin knit in a swing dress style and high neck, so cosy but airy too! I'll pair it with a long necklace and smart black ankle boots, perfect outfit for Sunday afternoon walks too. 

I wore this exact outfit a few weeks ago to my brother's 30th birthday party at this house. Knowing that they'll be fireworks and the meal on offer is a slice or two of pizza, I knew a ball gown wouldn't be necessary. These boots are my new going-out boots and I love how comfortable they are, whilst still giving me the height a high heel pair would. You can always rely on Clarks for a quality and smart pair of boots, plus their wide fit and half-sizes are a god-send for my funny feet!

What do you think of this out? Do you love knit dresses too?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

The Power Of Lipstick

I'm not your average and every day lipstick wearer. Nudes and tinted lip balms are reserved for working hours, then the weekends it'll be a bright pink and matte finish. But only people who wear lipstick on a regular basis will understand the power of it.

Rarely will I venture out from a nude-pink or a 'my lips but better' shade at work because I'm in my professional mode and a non-attention grabbing lip will keep me focused on my work. When I think about how long it takes me to apply my makeup during the week (about 10 minutes), I prefer to keep my look simple and easy. Lips are always the finishing part for me, but it's the last piece of the puzzle for my face that day.

My love for the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams are well documented (see this post and this one!) and these are the bad boys that come out at the weekend. My lips aren't that big, so wearing and applying a bright colour is tricky and time-consuming, but the confidence boost afterwards is so worth it. Coco Chanel even said "if you're sad, add more lipstick and attack" proof that lipstick is a one-of-a-kind armour. But wearing lipstick does feel like warpaint and that you're never ready to go into battle (aka the queue at the bar) unless you have you favourite shade of red.

Lipstick can me so much more than simply a shade to match your outfit. It's a confidence boost. It's something to cheer you up. It's what makes you you. It's what brings out the best in you.

What does lipstick mean to you?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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