BLOGGING | How to Make Your Blog Look Professional

22.12.14


One of the main things I have struggled with since starting my blog, is making it look clean and professional. This probably isn't the most important thing in the world considering blogging is mostly a hobby, but I'm always drawn to reading blogs which look a bit more 'put together' as they are usually a bit easier to read and enjoy. Of course, this is personal preference but these are a few things which I think give a blog a bit more of an edge.

Pick a Topic and Stick to it

Firstly, it is your blog and you can blog about whatever you like! But it definitely makes more sense to stick to related topics such as fashion and beauty (like mine) and maybe throw in a bit of lifestyle. But if you start blogging about topics which are wildly different from usual like politics or sports, it will look out of place and may deter people. As I said, it's your blog, you do what you like, I just think it looks a lot better if you stick to related topics. It also represents more of a brand for your blog which makes you more approachable for PR requests. 

Buy a Domain Name

I honestly think this is one of the most important things for your blog. Getting rid of the .blogspot.com can really give your blog a professional appearance and make it seem like your website and brand instead of just a blog. There are loads of places where you can buy a domain name and they are usually inexpensive (less than £10 a year). Stick to the name of your blog and remember if they don't have yourblogname.com try a .co.uk or one of the many other variations. If you are on Wordpress, I would also recommend going self-hosted, which gives you a lot more freedom and control over things like design...

Get Yourself a Blog Design

Speaking of designs, the best looking blogs usually have a great blog design. If you are not particularly code-savvy, there are many places you can go to pay someone to create a design for you, whether it's a premade design or completely custom for you. (Cue shameless self-promotion..) I recently started my own blog design service called Gatto which you may or may not have heard of and I create one off designs as well as some cheaper template options. I'd love for you to check it out!

Keep Your Photography Game Up

All of my favourite blogs are usually in my blogroll because they have great photos. Especially for a fashion/beauty blog, photography is so important and I could easily spend hours reading through a blog with fantastic pictures. You may not necessarily need a super expensive camera (although I'm sure it helps) but maybe try out a few different editing programs. PicMonkey is a great web photo editor which is totally free and you can do some great things on there. If you use your phone to take photos, try a few different apps to up your editing game. My favourites are Afterlight and VSCOcam.

I hope you enjoyed my tips and it gave you a few ideas. I can't express more than at the end of the day it is your blog and anything you want to do is perfect.

What makes you read a blog? And what keeps you going back for more? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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OOTD | Walk in the Park

6.12.14






Jumper - Urban Outfitters
Skirt - Urban Outfitters
Scarf - H&M
Bag - Primark
Boots - Primark
Watch - Urban Outfitters
Lipstick - Rimmel Kate 107

I'm sure I'm not the only one who absolutely adores Urban Outfitters. But sometimes their prices are a little out of my range which is why this is the first place I headed to check out the 'Black Friday' sales. The crowds were ridiculous and it took me 10 times as long to get anywhere in the centre of Manchester but boy, was it worth it! I picked up this gorgeous jumper (which I originally saw on the lovely Charlotte from Lurch Hound Loves) and this skirt which is perfect for winter - burgundy, corduroy and very warm!

I'll be honest I felt great wearing this outfit. The A-line shape of the skirt is so flattering and the pattern on the jumper is so me! Obviously I don't go anywhere without my Primark Chelsea boots (I'm sorry I will try to get more shoes) 

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OOTD | Daytime Party Look

4.12.14





Dress - Urban Outfitters
Jacket - Zara (old)
Fedora - Topshop
Bag - Primark
Boots - Primark
Necklace - Asda
Watch - ASOS
Lipstick - Rimmel Kate 107

This is the outfit I wore for the amazing Rock on Ruby Christmas event at Cane and Grain last Saturday. The event itself was fantastic and full of some fantastic bloggers (there will be a post about it shortly). I met the lovely Gail from The Equinox Fashion beforehand to shoot a few outfit photos.

For my outfit, I wanted something a bit dressy but also suitable for day time wear. I picked up this dress in the most beautiful Autumn floral pattern in the Urban Outfitters Black Friday sale and oh my goodness! I am in love. The shape is really flattering and also has a gorgeous mesh neckline which makes it great for a party. I paired it with my festive sequin biker jacket which I have worn to death for the past 5 years (sorry it's not available any more!) and my Primark boots which I live in at the moment. 

After the event, I had to do a bit of (very stressful) Christmas shopping so this outfit was great to transition from party look to everyday wear. Although I wish I brought a coat... 

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OOTD | Classic Monochrome

30.11.14







High Neck Jumper - New Look
Houndstooth Skirt - Urban Outfitters (similar)
Shoes - Dr Martens
Necklace - Topshop (similar)

It is becoming very difficult to find the time to take photos for the blog now it is dark when I get home from work which is really frustrating so today's post comes from a lovely multi-storey car park... 

I love wearing a lot of colour but some days just call for a bit of monochrome. Here I've paired a couple of my favourite trends - houndstooth print and high neck jumpers. I picked up the skirt in the Urban Outfitters sale and it is the perfect print and shape and is also great for work. The jumper I absolutely love and could basically wear with every single outfit at the moment (so cosy). My favourite part of the outfit are the new loves of my life, my Dr Martens shoes which are a classic staple for any wardrobe!

I also think a red lip looks flipping amazing with a monochrome outfit.
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BEAUTY | Finding the Perfect Nude Lip...

28.11.14




Most people love a nude lip, but for me it is something I have always shied away from. Surprisingly, I always feel more comfortable in a bright lip - a bold red or vibrant pink is my go to - so finding a good, everyday shade has been quite tricky! Finally, I have found the kind of nude colour that suits me and, as you can see, I have started a bit of a collection. 

The first thing to consider is what shade suits you the best. I have pale, pink toned skin so I don't want anything too pink but also browns wouldn't suit me so I've gone for shades in between. Anything too light completely washes me out and I also have quite pigmented lips so I need a bit of a darker shade.

After figuring out the right colours, I then had to think about a finish. Although my favourite lipsticks are matte, because I have very dry lips (especially in the winter) it is best to stay away from wearing these all day. So, I went for a more sheer finish with a good amount of colour but not too drying. 

The lip shades I have gone for are all quite similar, but I think the difference is enough so it doesn't look like I'm wearing the same lipstick every day (not that anyone at work cares, I'm sure!). 

My favourite one I picked up was quite tricky for me to get hold of as it has been lumped into the 'Kylie Jenner' lip trend and that is MAC Twig. A gorgeous brown nude shade in one of my favourite MAC finishes, satin. Another of my go to shades is The Body Shop 335 Hot Date which is part of their Colour Crush collection. It is a great long-lasting lipstick in a beautiful shade which is great for everyday wear. I think everyone knows how great the Rimmel Kate lipsticks are and my favourite is the shade 08 which I regularly get out for work. One which I love the colour of but can't wear as much due to the matte finish is the Bourjois Rouge Velvet Matte Edition in Happy Nude Year which is a really pretty vibrant but subtle pink shade. A great one to have in the makeup bag to wear over another lipstick or even on it's own is the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist which is a basically colourless but very pretty gloss.

What are your favourite nude/everyday lipsticks? I'd love to try some more!

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OOTD | Knitwear and Tartan

24.11.14





Roll neck Jumper - New Look
Skirt - H! by Henry Holland
Handbag - Primark

Feeling a lot of absent blogger guilt right now so getting back on track with some photos I forgot I took (a few weeks ago before it got too cold in Manchester to skip a coat!) I'm obsessed with turtle neck/roll neck jumpers at the moment for the comfort and the style factor. I love the light grey colour of this New Look jumper and as usual I want one in every colour! 

I really do love living right near Manchester city centre to find locations like this for photos. It may not be the most glamorous place in the world but it's fantastic nonetheless.


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