Friday, 27 March 2015

Fancy Yourself As A Fashionista? If So, Here's Why (And How) To Set Up A Blog!*

It’s safe to say that there is a few fashion websites out there. But, have you ever noticed that most of them seem to cater for the industry, in general? Sure, you’ll learn about new trends and clothing lines from popular designers. The only trouble is; you don’t usually get a chance to find out the latest news on particular niches!

That is where the wonderful world of blogging comes in. Some folks have set up fashion blogs dedicated to particular niche areas of the fashion world. If you’re a fashionista, and you love to stay on trend, you might want to share your knowledge with the world too.
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In today’s article, I will talk you through the process of setting up a fashion blog. Soon, you too will be a fashion blogging superstar! Here is what you need to know:

Think of a name
The first thing to do, and perhaps the hardest aspect of setting up a fashion blog, is to think of a name! You might name the blog after yourself (i.e. Jane’s Fashion Blog). Or you might want to come up with a catchy name for it.
Some folks don’t give much thought to what they name their fashion blogs. But I’d like to share with you one piece of information that proves why it is important to think of a good name.
When people want to learn of fashion info, they’ll type into Google something like “summer fashion trends.” If your niche blog is about summer fashion, you might wish to include those keywords within your blog name.

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Buy a domain name

Once you’ve thought of a name, the next step is to buy a domain name. In a nutshell, this is what people type into their web browser when they want to access your blog.

Ideally, you should include your niche keywords in the domain name. Just don’t make it too long, like “”!
Get hosting
To start a fashion blog, you will also need to host it somewhere. In case you wondered, a “host” is the physical server where your blog will reside. There are thousands of web hosts available so you’ll be spoilt for choice.

I recommend choosing a host located in the same country as you or your target audience. So, if you want to run a UK-based fashion blog, choose a host in Britain.

Choose a blogging platform
Next, you will need to consider what blog software you wish to use. WordPress is by far the most popular blogging platform in the world. It is estimated that more than 73 million websites use the software.

Many hosts offer a free automated installation service for WordPress blogs. All you need to do is answer a few simple setup questions, and your host takes care of everything else!

Stylize your blog
Before you can start blogging, you need to choose a “theme” for it. Next, you must customize its layout. For example, uploading a logo and selecting a page structure you are happy with.

Once you’ve done all that, your fashion blog is ready to go live!

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Fitness Friday: Post Workout Essentials

Whether you're a regular or occasional gym-goer, sport and exercise can have a negative effect on your skin - think sweat patches, burning muscles and flushed faces. I've found 3 beauty products that have become my essentials for a post-workout routine. 

When I finish up a workout, either at home or at the gym, I can't always get straight to the shower and the So...? Rock Me Body Fragrance is perfect for a freshen up. This reminds me of something I'd use after PE at school but you can't go wrong with a So...? body spray. A mix of floral and fruity scents, it's not too strong and overpowering but it makes me feel a bit more confident carrying on with my day.

Working out regularly can take a toll on your skin and I've found in the past that my pores on my chest and back started to get clogged from dirt and perspiration. Activbod is a brand designed to help the body deal with the images of sport using natural ingredients and therapeutic fragrances. I've loved adding Pick Me Up Scrub to my post-workout shower to keep pores clean, stimulate my circulation and leave me feeling fresh. The fresh citrus scent is amazing too.

Heat and sweat can make skin sore and dry, add in a hot shower post-workout and I'm left with a flushed and dehydrated face. The Avene hydrating serum is perfect for both dry and oily skin to soothe any sensitivity and add moisture. It's great before reapplying makeup, or settling down to do my night time skin routine. Relieving irritation without blocking pores makes this the perfect post-workout beauty product.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

NOTD: Sweet and Sassy

Another week and another Spring look on my nails. I've gone for a nail look that combines the sweetness of a baby pink polish and the sassiness of a pink glitter. Models Own polishes can have so much personality! After last week's sorbet manicure I've gone for the alternative tip look again and topped it all off with the Eye Candy Gel Wrap System to keep it in place for the week.

What's your favourite Models Own polish?

10 Ways to Spend a Girly Day

There’s nothing better than having a girly day out with your friends, and there are a ton of things you can do. Here are 10 of my favourite ways to spend a girly day* - enjoy!

Drinking Cocktails
If you have the day off work the next day, why not spend the day trying out a few new bars and yummy cocktails? If you’re not big on alcohol, you can try a mocktail instead. You might find your new favourite drink!

Shopping is like a sport for women; we love it like men love football. Heading somewhere for a good shop is always exciting, and you’ll even burn calories while you’re trying clothes on...bonus!

Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea is a luxurious way to spend a girly day. You’ll be able to spend time in a gorgeous setting, and be plied with all kinds of sandwiches, tea, and cake. Make sure you go there hungry so you can sample everything on offer! The perfect way to spend the day if you’re a foodie.

Getting a Massage
If you feel like you want to spend your girly day relaxing and being pampered, then you couldn’t get any better than a massage. With experts like Bodyworks around, your muscles will be in good hands!

Have a Movie Marathon
Instead of going out, invite your friends to your house and start a movie marathon. Will you watch Harry Potter? The Twilight Saga? Star Wars (probably not)? Eat some yummy snacks, have a gossip and watch your favourite films. You could even watch a show like Desperate Housewives or Gossip Girl!

Swimming and Spa
Swimming is a brilliant low impact exercise, and you can usually find pools that have a spa area too. When you’ve finished your lengths, hop in the sauna and relax!

Get a Makeover
There are plenty of makeup counters that offer makeovers for a great price, and you might even feel tempted to treat yourself to some new makeup afterwards. You might come back looking like a whole new you!

Do a Fun Class
Maybe you could try a fun class, like cooking or pole dancing? This could be at your gym, or something you’ve booked and paid for specially. What could be better than learning a new skill on a girly day?!

Have a Manicure/Pedicure
Ladies love it when their nails look nice, but we don’t all have the time to do it ourselves. Treat yourself to a manicure/pedicure and you’ll feel good about yourself for the rest of the day!

Go on a Road Trip
Finally, why not fill up your car and go on a road trip? It can be as long or as short as you like. You might even want to stop to see things along the way. Create a playlist to make it even more fun!

Which one of these ideas will you use to have a fun girly day? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you next time!