August Wish List

August. In Australia, it’s the last month of Winter. Shopping wise, this means I’m looking for the last few warm items of the season and starting to admire some summery attire. So before I get carried away with bikinis (it’s inevitable) here are the last few items on my Winter wish list.

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Jeans: I already have a few pairs but I couldn’t help but add these to my list – especially the white boyfriend jeans which I found on Sabo Skirt for AU$68. I also love the simple ASOS Whitby Low Rise Light Wash Jeans, also very reasonably priced at AU$48 (SALE!).

Leather jacket: I can’t justify spending hundreds of dollars on a real leather jacket, but this PU leather jacket is only AU$57 from 6KS.com. The label in the photo says ZARA BASIC and the site seems to stock many well known and reputable brands. I’m usually cautious about buying from stores I haven’t heard much about or a bit dodgy – but I think I’m going to take the risk with this one!

Bag: Last but not least, I am in desperate need of a new bag. I start at university this week and the bag I currently use does not fit everything I carry snugly, my laptop sticks out and it gets caught on my wooly jumpers – which is the most frustrating thing in the world, especially when they’re brand new!

As we get closer to Spring and Summer in Australia my wish list is only going to get bigger and bigger, which is a struggle because I’m trying to save money. Luckily over the years I have developed quite strong will power when it comes to shopping (I used to be a big impulse shopper). Hope you enjoyed this little post dedicated to my August wish list :) What’s on yours?

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Blogging 101: How to get noticed

On my most recent Blogging 101 post I received a comment from someone wondering how to get his blog noticed. Now, as most people will tell you, blogging shouldn’t be about gaining attention and popularity UNLESS it is designed to promote your own business or product. Your focus should be on blogging because you enjoy and love it, not because of the potential for more followers or monetary gain. However, because we all love people to appreciate, enjoy and discuss what we write, here are some basic tips on getting your blog noticed.

image1. Social media
This one’s a no-brainer. Social media is the easiest and fastest way to get your blog noticed. This can be as simple as sharing your posts to your Facebook and Twitter followers or creating an Instagram profile for your blog. Personally, I share my posts to Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr and will do a little ‘post announcement’ on my recently made blog-dedicated Instagram page. This way I am not only reaching my friends and family, but strangers who will come across my posts via the hashtags on Tumblr and Twitter. It can be very daunting sharing your work on a personal account, but I see no harm in showing people what you love to do!

2. Key words
Another simple tip for directing traffic to your blog is by using particular words or phrases. I use this trick where possible in my posts, usually in the title. By using Google Trends, I check which words or phrases are ‘trending’ or popular. For example, I changed the title of this post from Blogging 101: So you want to get noticed? to Blogging 101: How to get noticed because it was a more common search term. When I take a moment to do this, I notice the results in my WordPress stats – I can see the search terms people have used to find my site and I keep the results in mind for future reference.

3. Relevance/controversy
If you write about a controversial, popular or relevant topic – chances are you will get noticed. You can also check out trending topics on Google Trends. However, I don’t recommend doing this just for the sake of a few more views. Only write about something controversial or popular if you are truly passionate or have an opinion about it. If it ignites something within that makes you want to write about it, whether it be anger, sadness or compassion, go for it! If you choose the topics of your blog posts simply by following the herd, it isn’t really a reflection of yourself.

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4. Comments & feedback
I love when I get a notification stating that someone has commented on a post of mine. I try to do the same when I find post I love. Not only does commenting bring happiness and feedback to a fellow blogger, it also effortlessly promotes your site. Many people have been referred to my blog via the comments I have made on posts.

5. Post often
I left this point till last because I felt it was already obvious. The more you post, the more you will be noticed. The amount of time and effort you put into your blog will be reflected in the attention you receive.

These are the simplest ways to get your blog noticed amongst the hundreds of thousands of blogs out there. There are many more, complicated ways of promoting your page which I may explore in the future and share with you. If you start a blog for the right reasons, work hard and love what you do – I have no doubt that it will be appreciated by those around you and blog-readers across the world!

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Online Store of the Week: Beginning Boutique

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 1.18.46 pmTime to discuss another online store, and this week I’m #TeamBB all the way! Beginning Boutique is an online fashion boutique based in Australia which stocks amazing brands all at very reasonable prices. You may remember BB from my previous feature piece on PR Manager/Stylist Chloe Clark! Since I spoke with Chloe only a few months ago, the store has continued to grow, develop and establish itself as one of the leading Australian online retailers for young women.

Not only does Beginning Boutique sell great products, ranging from clothes and shoes through to make up, accessories and home wares, but it also prides itself on delivering great customer service. I often see BB replying to customer enquiries on it’s Facebook and Instagram pages. I was also delighted with the response I received from Chloe and her team when I contacted them looking for an interview – I had been bluntly turned down by other stores and some didn’t even respond. From a customer perspective, a team that is willing to sacrifice some time and effort for a customer is one that deserves my business.

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 1.40.00 pmBeginning Boutique also has a very active social media presence, which is something I admire as a PR/marketing student. I love the effort that they are putting into these communication platforms! Students also receive a 10% discount year round – a very attractive offer if you ask me (any year-round discount gets a tick in my book). They also regularly run competitions on their website and Instagram pages for an opportunity to win gift vouchers. I can’t be the only one who once loves filling out “25 words or less” competitions!

Now, onto the products. Beginning Boutique sells a variety of well-known and loved brands, such as Windsor Smith, Somedays Lovin, Lime Crime, Ladakh and ROC Eyewear. If you live in Australia, your goodies will be delivered FOR FREE in 1-3 business days if you live in the “next day delivery zone.” Lucky Brisbane residents can receive their products by 6pm on the same day of order! The maximum delivery time for international shipping is generally 10 days and the cost will be calculated at checkout (DHL Courier Shipping costs $20 – so make sure you pick the option with the best value!). No matter the wait, it will be well worth it when you receive your package. Not only are the designer garments guaranteed to be of good quality, but BB’s own lines are also incredibly well made. I have never been disappointed when I open my delivery!

Don’t take my word for it, check out Beginning Boutique for yourself, and don’t be afraid to send in any questions and enquiries you may have. Based on my experience, the team is filled with lovely individuals who will do their best to help!

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Blogging 101: Staying inspired

One of the hardest parts of blogging is writers block; the inability to come up with any ideas for a period of time. It feels like a giant slump in creativity and ideas. Here are some of my tips for staying inspired when blogging:

1. Read, read, read
OpenBookIt goes without saying that reading is one of the best ways to improve your writing skills. However, it also assists in developing your own ideas and thoughts about the world. That’s why I love reading other blogs. I am completely against copying another person’s hard work, but I do believe reading other blogs is an easy way to work out what interests you and what you like to write about. You may discover a topic you want to discuss on your blog in your own words or provide a different opinion. I strongly recommend creating a Bloglovin account as it will allow you to follow blogs across all platforms and access their latest posts in one place. You can also discover new blogs by clicking on various categories, like fashion, lifestyle, fitness and travel. Follow me!

2. Write things down
Whenever I have an inkling of an idea for a post, I write it down. Thoughts can be fleeting and my most interesting ideas often occur before I fall asleep at night, so it’s likely I would forget them if I didn’t take note. If you write down many ideas you will also be less likely to feel helpless when you experience writers block – you’ll have a whole bunch of potential blog posts in front of you if you prepare in advance.

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There countless blogs out there that write about the same old things. Have a unique proposition – your blog should be a piece of you and since no two people are the same, it should be a reflection of your individuality. Write about your thoughts, your passions, the things you find interesting. Don’t write a post because you think it will be popular with a wider audience.

4. Give yourself a break
Don’t feel pressured to write multiple posts every, single day. Instead, create a basic schedule. For example, aim to post every second day or every third, depending on how much time and effort you want to dedicate to your blog. Unless you rely on blogging for your income (aka you are a full-time blogger with sponsors, collaborations and ads), blogging should be stress-free and enjoyable!

Enjoy the process of creation and stay inspired!

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One small step for man, one giant leap for man kind

Fotor0728124014Last night as I sat watching a documentary about Neil Armstrong, I couldn’t help but think of all the unforgettable events that occurred in the 20th century. The footage of the first moon landing is imprinted in the minds of all who watched it in 1969. Everyone remembers the premier of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video.

I wonder, what have been/will be the world- changing moments of the 21st century? Nothing comes to mind. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the monumental moments of the past and future. Which events will we remember forever?

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Don’t quit your day dream

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How many times have you heard the phrase “don’t quit your day job”? It may be said as either a genuine concern, an insult or a joke – but no matter the context it still sends out a very negative message. It says “don’t try because you will fail” when in reality, the only sure way to fail is to never try at all.

Therefore, this post is a reminder to hold onto your dreams. For the majority of us, it is necessary to work in order to feed, clothe and shelter ourselves. But it’s also important to remember to never let anyone else influence you to let go of your aspirations. Your job may be necessary to your survival, but if you have a dream and a potentially viable way of achieving it, go for it. No one can tell you that it is wrong or stupid. To quote another overused phrase; “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” So many people give up when it becomes too hard or too much effort to achieve their goals and that’s why they discourage others. If you put in time, effort and passion – maybe you will be able to quit the job you hate, focus on your dreams and live a life less ordinary.

Good luck

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