Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Beginner's Blogging Series: Photos

Thank you to everyone for their lovely comments on my previous Beginner's Blogging Series: Tracking. I'm so pleased you all enjoyed the post and found it useful!

This week's is about photography - not something I'm an expert in, but it's part of my 2016 Blogging Resolutions, so hopefully I'll be able to recify this! These tips are mainly for beginner's and a great way to start learning about how to edit your photos and which style suits your blog best. I hope you enjoy!

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PicMonkey - Whenever there's a blogger chat question about which programme people use to edit their photos, PicMonkey is one of the most popular. It's a free photo editing website, with the usual crop, resize and exposure edits but also with cool frames, filters, makeup touch ups etc. 

I've actually bought the paid version, which is $33 per year, which gives me a lot more choice in terms of filters and editing. You can use these edits and filters too, but it'll have the PicMonkey watermark in one corner. 

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Canon 1100D - Obviously I can't do a tips post about photography without mentioning a camera! I take all my shots with a Canon 1100D on a 18-55mm lens, which does the job very well. Before I had a mini digital Canon camera which worked for me, but the 1100D is brilliant for getting clear and bright photos. If you're looking at getting a camera, definitely do your research online to find the best brand and model - especially as there's a lot out there nowadays!

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Layout and VSCO - Photo camera's and editing apps have come along so far in the past few years that you can make a photo look like it was taken on a professional camera. I use Layout for when I want a collage style, you can determine what size collage you want and resize them too. Then for when Instagram filters are just not enough, I'll use VSCO to lighten and brighten images - my favourite filter is G3! Both are free and available in the app store to download too.

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Alt Text and Watermarks - These are just a few added tips that I thought would be useful! Adding Title Text and Alt Text to your photos can help make your blog more searchable by the SEO tools. Just add a few keywords on both, with commas in between and you're good to go!

Watermarks and photo copyright isn't something I know in great detail about, but if you're concerned about people using your photos then there's tons of ways you can avoid this happening. Watermarks are probably the easiest, just add your blog URL at the bottom corner of each photo. You can add copyright text somewhere on your blog, just stating you own the photos on here and if people do want to use them, then can they please ask first or link back to your blog. There's a few other technical ways here, but these are a few ways to start off with.

What's your best tool for editing your photos? Any photography tips for beginners?


Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 7 February 2016

My Sunday Pamper Routine

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After a Sunday roast and chilled afternoon, there's nothing better than having a good old pamper session. Usually my Sunday's are filled with tidying my room, blogging and getting ready for the working week, so there's not a lot of time to pamper myself but I have got a quick-fix pamper routine which I use every Sunday.

My Sunday Pamper Routine, Beauty, Face Mask Superdrug, BareMinerals Serum, Garnier Sleeping Cream, Botanics Eye Roll-On, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, Soap & Glory Foot Cream, Aussie 3 Minute Conditioner, Bed Head TIGI Blow-Out, Leighton Denny Nail Cream, Neal & Wold Blow-Dry Balm, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream,

First up is hair. I always wash my hair on a Sunday (as well as throughout the week, obvs!) and give it a good condition with the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner. I'll squeeze a generous blob into my palms then massage across my hair and leave for 3 minutes - a super quick and easy way to restore my hair. Once I've towel-dried my hair, I'll add a small amount of the TIGI Bed Head Blow-Out to the middle and ends of my hair for added shine. Then I'll use the Neal & Wolf Smoothing Blow-Dry Balm, which I adore as it smells gorgeous and leaves my hair looking so smooth and glossy.

My Sunday Pamper Routine, Beauty, Face Mask Superdrug, BareMinerals Serum, Garnier Sleeping Cream, Botanics Eye Roll-On, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, Soap & Glory Foot Cream, Aussie 3 Minute Conditioner, Bed Head TIGI Blow-Out, Leighton Denny Nail Cream, Neal & Wold Blow-Dry Balm, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream,

Next up is skincare. I do love using face masks and try to use one at least once a week. My all-time favourite is the Superdrug Deep Cleansing Fruit Mask, as well as smells great and leaving my skin looking brand new. I usually get 3 or 4 uses out of one sachet and wrap it up with clingfilm in between uses - top tip! After that I'll cleanse with the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, again super soft and gentle on my skin. Then I'll applying the bareMinerals Active Cell Renew Night Serum across my face and neck and apply the Botanics Refreshing Eye Roll-On under my eyes for a super cooling effect. Finally on to moisturiser and I'm working through the Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream, which leaves my skin feeling and looking hydrated without being over greasy. 

My Sunday Pamper Routine, Beauty, Face Mask Superdrug, BareMinerals Serum, Garnier Sleeping Cream, Botanics Eye Roll-On, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, Soap & Glory Foot Cream, Aussie 3 Minute Conditioner, Bed Head TIGI Blow-Out, Leighton Denny Nail Cream, Neal & Wold Blow-Dry Balm, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream,

And then those last bits and bobs! I'll add a generous blob of the Soap & Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream and massage in, then pop a pair of bed socks on top. Because I always get really dry lips in the morning, the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is the only product which keeps my lips super smooth until the morning. Because I am awful at keeping my hands in good condition, I've been trying the Leighton Denny Renovate Nail Repair Cream, which makes my nails so smooth and cuticles super soft - definitely recommend trying it out!

What's your Sunday Pamper Routine?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 4 February 2016

OOTD: A Pinterest Inspired Outfit...

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Coat: Warehouse
Shirt: Zara
Jumper and Scarf: Primark
Jeans and Gloves: Marks & Spencer
Shoes and Bag: ASOS
Necklace: Accessorize

So after my lack of outfit inspiration last week, I took my own twist on one of my Pinterest inspirations! I do adore the denim shirt and white jumper combo, but never thought of putting them together. And of course I needed some comfort in my leopard print slip-ons! Only down side of 
wearing slip-ons is that freezing cold weather and no socks do not work well...

What do you think of this outfit? Do you look to Pinterest for outfit inspiration?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Beginners Blogging Series: Tracking

Even though I'm super small compared to massive bloggers (but it's not all about comparison!) I thought I would share a mini series of tips and tools for beginners to blogging. It's just  a few tips and tricks I've picked up along the way, and if you have your own, please do add them in the comments!

Tracking is such handy information to start looking at a few months into blogging - it can help mold your blog content and where and when you share your content! All of them are free too!

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Bitly - In short, this tool shortens your links and tracks when and where someone has clicked on them. For example, copy your link into bitly and it'll create a unique URL for you to share and distribute where you like. You can also personalise your link too, but it's got to be quite short and not already in use!

I'll go into more detail about Bitly when it comes to the Social Media post of this series, but in terms of tracking, it's one I couldn't do without. It gives you results on when the link was clicked and where, giving you great information on where and what time you should be sharing your links!

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Google Analytics - In my opinion, you should have GA set up when you begin your blog, so you can get an idea of progress. There's tons of blog posts and advice on how to set up GA, from the basic coding to more technical bits, so have a Google - but starting with the basics is good to begin with!

In short, GA tracks all your website activity. From how many visitors view your blog per month, how long they stay on your blog for to how many are new and returning visitors. As you can see from my blog there are peaks on Sundays, then it dips in the middle of the week and comes back up on a Thursday and Friday. For further detail, GA can tell you where your visitors are coming from e.g. organic search, referral, social media etc. which gives you a good idea of where to focus your promotion!

Note: More About Cat has a great post on Google Analytics For Bloggers here.

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Tweriod - Every month I'll request a Tweriod analysis for my Twitter account, as it's my most used social media account before Instagram. If you find you're using Instagram or Facebook more, there's tons of other websites which give you an idea of your account analytics.

Tweriod provides results for 'Most Exposure When Tweeted Between' and 'Most Followers Online Between' on a weekly, weekend and daily basis. It's results can vary, so do try a few different times to see if you can better results but overall it's a good guidance to follow (and it's free!). 

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Twitter Analytics - Probably my favourite tracking tool to use, Twitter Analytics gives you a monthly overview of all your tweets, impressions, profile visits, mentions and followers. It also highlights your Top Tweet, Top Media Tweet, Top Mention and Top Follower each month. 

If you click the Tweets tab, it breaks down each tweet you've done and how many impressions it's has, as well as click-throughs, expansions, RTs etc. Then click on the Audiences tab and you'll find a ton of helpful information! From gender, nationality, likes and interests, you can really build curated content for your audience on Twitter. Of course for there's also Facebook Insights (which is even more in depth!) and Iconosquare for Instagram too! 

What's your best tool for tracking? Any tips on tracking your blog?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 31 January 2016

This Month I....

So January went pretty quickly didn't it?! Full of catching back up with work and making plans for the rest of the year, it's definitely ending on a high. I hope you all had a fab time too!


This Month I... ate Mexican! So it isn't my usual style of cuisine but since working in London, I've definitely ventured out from the usual Prezzo and Pizza Express. This month I went to Chiquitos and had the best pulled pork flatbread and also had delicious tapas at Wahaca in Soho - which I would so recommend!!


This Month I... bought new eye makeup from L'Oreal Paris. It was time to update my eyeshadow palette from MUA, as well as sort my brows out and find the holy grail of eyeliners! Read my full review of the L'Oreal La Palette Nude, Super Liner Perfect Slim and Brow Artist Plumper here.


This Month I... watched a whole lot of films! When it's dark, cold and you don't have a lot of money after Christmas, all you want to do is curl up in front of the TV by the fire and with the last of the Christmas chocolate. These are a few of my DVD selection, and I also started re-watching Pretty Little Liars again (I originally watched season 1 then gave up!) which I am now addicted to...


This Month I... read The Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella and Stylist magazine. To brighten up my January I turned to chic lit Sophie Kinsella, and actually enjoyed the book! It wasn't amazing but not totally awful at the same time, perhaps I should try reading the first one next. Every week I pick up Stylist magazine from the train station, and it takes up at least two train journey's with engaging and insightful articles - they also do a free app version too!


This Month I... usually do an 'what I experienced' post but this month nothing that exciting actually happened. I guess getting through January is an experience enough! I've been making some plans for next month and I'm actually really excited, so I'm finishing January with; 'Life is short. Smile whilst you still have teeth!' 

What's been your highlight in January? 

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Friday, 29 January 2016

Inspiring Pinterest Outfits

Right now I'm going through a fashion rut, the weather is rubbish, my office is always freezing cold and I'm lacking inspiration in general. Pinterest is my favourite place to turn to when I'm stuck in a rut, just scrolling through the Women's Fashion section has given me a ton of ideas for the new week! So I thought I would share a few of my favourite winter styles I'm pinning and loving now:


There's nothing cosier than an oversized jumper! Smartened up with a shirt and boots, it's definitely wearable for work too. I love the gold jewellery accessories too!


Even though this winter can be pretty cold, I do love wearing dresses and skirts. Just throw on a pair of thick tights (and I'm talking Primark Super Cosy Tights too) and some boots for the ultimate warm outfit!


I honestly wished I looked this good in a hat! And sunglasses for that matter. Big cosy scarves are my addiction, especially tartan ones but I feel that owning more than one is totally acceptable!



Following on from my big scarf obsession, I'd love to be able to pull off this kind of look! With just a pair of knee high boots and a belt, it stops the scarf from overwhelming and actually makes it into a great outfit. 

Shirts underneath dresses are my favourite way to re-spin a dress for work. All you need is a good fitting white shirt and your favouirte dress! Add a belt or statement necklace and you're good to go.

What do you do when you're in a styling rut? Do you like Pinterest too?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Handy Beauty Tips and Hacks


I'm an avid fan of beauty tips and hacks, anything that can cut a few seconds out of my routine or make my hairstyle last longer is always a good thing in my book. Last year I shared these tips and tricks, but I've got a few new ones to share: 

  • When trying an eyeliner flick, always start on the outer corner then work your way inwards!
  • If your liquid eyeliner is always smudging or fading, apply the same coloured eyeshadow over the top to make it last longer.
  • Two or three thin layers of nail polish is better than one thick layer as it lasts longer and the colour is better.
  • Cover spots or blemishes by using a fluffy brush to 'push' concealer onto it instead of brushing across.
  • Scrub your body before shaving! Using a body scrub afterwards can irritate delicate skin.
  • Make sure your eyebrows are lighter at the beginning, darker at the arch then fade out on the outer corner. It looks a lot more natural!
  • Smooth out flyaways and frizzy hair by spraying your hairbrush with hairspray then brushing through.
  • Label your beauty products with the date of when you opened them to keep track of expiry dates!
What's your best beauty tip or hack?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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