Saturday, 29 November 2014

DIY: Blogging tips #1 * Organisation *

Whilst it is debatable if I, myself, am the best source for organisation and consistence when it comes to blogging (well anything, really). However- I like to think that this is more down to my personality, which doesn't exactly 'gel' with schedules, than a lack of knowledge on the topic.
Also I hope that when this is compiled this can be as much a useful reference point for myself as it is for other bloggers/ aspirating bloggers.

Now the thing about schedules, is that they can actually be rather versitile. Okay, I completely understand why that may sound counter-intuitive but types of schedule massively vary. The trick is to figure out which model works for you, e.g at the moment I am trailing a week-by-week schedule with basic outlines for the topic of each post. Yes- it's currently not 100% successful but the point of this kind of thing is to challenge yourself. Keep working at a plan and eventually it will all slip into place. Maybe what works for you is a weekly rota with your other weekly commitments scheduled in so that you can clearly advocate time for blogging/ taking pictures for posts etcetera.

Now realise this may sound like an odd thing to bring up at this point and what I'm definitely not saying here is that fashion bloggers should only write whilst dressed in designer labels, food bloggers should only write whilst wearing aprons and so on... My point is that you need to find the balance of comfort/ productivity which works for you when writing. Of course this extends beyond clothes but they are a pretty good place to start. Let me tell you now- unless you are some sort of God/ess you will not write your best posts whilst wearing a cat onesie and slippers, I know- I'm sorry, life is hard. On the other hand, when your dolled up your first instinct will be constantly adjusting your outfit/ hair/ makeup and generally flapping about. I don't know about you, perhaps you're some kind of superhuman who can thrive at both ends of the spectrum but I have found that what works for me is some kind of middle ground, largely consisting of leggings (which, for the record, in my humble opinion, totally constitute trousers), vest tops, and massive baggy jumpers (s/o to charity shops that sell XXL size jumpers which I can practically drown in, they are the comfiest thing in existence). 

Food/ drink:
Once again, not the immediate thought when you hear "blogging organisation" but for someone like myself who is hungry 99.9% of the time constant trips to the kitchen for cups of tea and vegan snack bars are very distracting. They massively cut into the amount of time actually spent writing, and, let's face it: are completely unnecessary. So: how do you deal with this? Easy- be prepared. Okay, maybe don't enter your blogging den with a 6 pack of Oreos and a litre of coke. But taking a small healthy snack, and a cup of tea/ coffee/ big bottle of water (gotta stay hydrated yo) can't hurt- you'll stay satisfied and vaguely healthy.

I hope that this post has been helpful to you, and ideally i can start taking my own advice from this point onwards. i have lot more ideas for this kind of series so please leave me a comment if you enjoyed his!

Finally- song of the post today is yellow flicker beat (Kanye west rework) by Lorde. I'm going to see mokinjay this evening and am super exited plus Kanye west and Lorde are pretty high up on my list of celebrities I adore.

Have a beautiful week,
Flo x

Friday, 7 November 2014

Halloween 2014

I am a terrible "blogger". Why do you trust me?
Hopefully our blogger/ reader relationship isn't completely soiled and you'll still put up up with me. Unfortunately the DIY that I had planned for the post had an expiration date of a couple of days before halloween, and due to half term general business and socialising (!) I was unable to finish.

I would really like DIY posts to be a part of my blog so I have decided to just push it back by a week or so, hopefully by then I should have something in store.

Today I just felt like a bit of experimenting based off of the many "day in the life of" videos I watch on youtube. Obviously my life isn't quite as exiting/ glam as theirs- but, I mean, this was halloween. Which cannot possibly be boring.

When I woke up, even before I got into my costume, I knew I needed to be at least a lil spooky for today. Hence, the spider tights (which I am totally not planning on wearing the rest of the year- what?!)

Then I got to work on roasting some veggies for a delicious pumpkin and sweet potato soup- this was an all day task. Recipe at bottom of post. 

Afterwards I looked through an adorable old book we have, which contains recipes, traditions, and songs for all events year round. It's a little dated, which makes it better to be honest. 

Then we got dragged out of the house to go for a walk... (It was lovely)

Close up of the soup that looks a little unappealing but: TRUST ME ON THIS. IT IS SO SO GOOD and creamy.

Chilled in my room for a little bit, and was very cosy in a soft jumper whilst burning some candles and incense.

In the evening I went trick or treating with my friend Sally, I'm only 14- there is no way on earth I'm gonna stop yet. The plan was to be some kind of haunted doll, but I ended up being more Wednesday Addams-esque. I still haven't decided if the fact my halloween makeup is just a heavier version of my everyday makeup should be worrying. Also pictured are the spoils. ^^
NOTE:I'm really unsure about this post and have been stressing about how it will fit into my blog- so that's the cause of delay. Also, due to this, I'd be super grateful for any feedback. Thank you for bearing with me...


Recently I've been really into this kind of low-fi (?) sounding stuff because I am hipster trash. But, genuinely it's pretty great.

Much love,
Flo x