18 Aug 2014

OOTD: Stroll around the Lourve

My first outfit post from my trip to Paris, I wanted to be casual but chic whilst strolling around the City. I love this skirt from Primark, it sits really nicely and has a lovely silky look to it, I teamed it with a lose casual blue shirt and pointed nude pumps, I think this look will carry through to autumn as well!  I felt incredible in this outfit even though it is quite casual, it's also a sophisticated look! 

Much Love 
Natasha x

17 Aug 2014

Rooftops of Paris

Bonjour! I am back from a lovely week in my favourite place Paris. It was an amazing week filled, with walks by the river, macarons and painful feet. Yep, we walked for about 7 hours a day around the city, discovering new places; even though I've been 10 times. I have so many photos to share with you all, neighbourhoods, ootd, architecture, colour, the lights etc So please if the posts get too much do say! I thought I would start with the one thing I love most- the rooftops. As beautiful as the city is, you really need to look at it from a higher view and appreciate all the different rooftops, with their wonky chimneys and distant views of the eiffel tower, it really is a beautiful sight!

Much Love
Natasha x

10 Aug 2014

Win with Lily Lulu

Now as you read this I will most probably be sat in a small cute cafe, taking countless photos of macaroons in Paris. So do not be surprised if the blog is quiet for a little while! Hey this is like talking to you from the future, all though, I am writing this in the present which when you read this, it will actually be the past? Urghh enough of that! As a treat for leaving you all I have a fab competition with Lily Lulu a very pretty online fashion store. Lily Lulu are giving you the chance to win an item of your choice from their website, now I have put together a few of my favourite pieces below! I really wish I had the co-ord for Paris, and the geometric dress is just calling out to my graphic designer side!

So to enter here is what you have to do.
You can gain more entries depending on how many different ways you enter, so heres the list.
Follow Lily Lulu on twitter here (2 Entries)
Follow Lily Lulu on facebook here (3 entries) 
Follow my blog through GFC (1 Entry)
Follow my blog on Blogloving (1 Entry)
Follow me on twitter here (1 Entry)
Follow me on instagram here ( 1 Entry)
Tweet about the competition (2 Entries)

If you have entered through any of these ways please comment on here to let me know, don't forget to give me your username for each way you have entered. I will check! If you tweet about my competition please provide the link. At the end of your comment please provide your email address so I can let you know if you win. Giveaway open to the UK and ends on 15th August at 23:59 

Much Love and good luck 
Natasha x

5 Aug 2014

OOTD: The Gatsby look

I took this outfit post on sunday when I was feeling rubbish so I apologise for the lack of exciting location! However I will make it up to you by letting you know I have an exciting competition coming up later this week! The guys who sent me this amazing Gatsby style dress was Quiz Clothing. I love clothing from the 1920's so this dress really jumped out on me. It's the perfect party dress! The sequin and bead detail is really pretty, I feel this is my grown up dress! I think this dress will be perfect for the winter months coming up soon, I feel gatsby style dresses will always be in every party season now, they stand out, they're sophisticated and they turn heads! 

Make sure you check back later in the week to see what the fab competition coming up is! 
Much Love
Natasha x

3 Aug 2014

OOTD: The unicorn dress

I'd love a pet unicorn, lets be honest who wouldn't? but I have this feeling they might not be real? Today I didn't feel too good, hence the no hair extensions and natural curly hair look, but putting this dress on really perked me up! It is totally cute! It was sent to me from the guys over at Sugarhill Boutique and they have so many cute dresses with quirky patterns on, I could buy them all. I love the hand illustrated unicorns, it brings out my inner child. The dress is really comfortable to wear, I've worn it so much since I got it, its flowy and lose. Its a dress I will be able to carry through to winter as well, which is great because I have had so many compliments!  I teamed mine with my new super cool round sunglasses that my mum totally doesn't get, my beautiful blue bag from Primark and one of my native wolf druzy necklaces!  

Ps If anyone was reading my "the world is going to end tweets because my hair dye went bright red" tweets the other night, I washed it a few more times and it went from rihanna red in the sun to the perfect aubrun! phewwwww disaster over! 
much love
Natasha x

29 Jul 2014

Rapunzel rapunzel let down your hair!

Hellooooo princess hair! This post is kind of an introduction to some amazing hair extensions I was sent last week from Hair Trade. Now I say introduction because they don't match the colour of my hair as my auburn hair has faded really badly over the past 6 weeks, so I am trying a new dye tomorrow, so should be all back to being auburn and vibrant, then I will style them properly! I was sent an I&K weft in auburn  in 22" Now the weft is one long strip of hair, so you have to cut it into the correct sized pieces and sew on your own clips. I have had a fair few sets of extensions and I prefer doing this as I always have spare pieces, meaning I can double up the thickness of some of the pieces or go a little crazy with the spares like ombre them. If you have never had hair extensions before and fancy the weft, I would recommend looking at a set of extensions with clips, to give you an idea of how many pieces you need for a full head before you chop them up, I clip 5 pieces in and find this enough and comfortable. I'd like to think I am some what of a hair extension clip in pro! I always make my hair extensions last ages because I only wear them for going out, holidays, cough blog photos and take really good care of them. Now these human hair extensions are of super high quality, they have a good weight to them- 113g which is always a good way to indicate the quality! They are sooooo silky, by far the best ones I have had! Its worth paying for the quality, you need good quality or none at all! There is nothing worse then seeing a girl with what looks like barbie dolls hair mangled into her own.
I cant wait to dye my hair and show you how I will style them properly!

Ps its national lipstick day so heres jacob appreciating my minty lipstick whilst I took this photo!

Much Love
Natasha x

27 Jul 2014

OOTD: Got my bad baby by my heavenly side

Damn right this is my bad baby, for anyone who is new around here, this is Jacob Cracker Jack. Walking Jacob through a busy area is like walking a celebrity, people just stop and ask questions constantly, they want to know what dog he is (as you don't see many) and they often just laugh at him falling over his ears with his comical face. In case you are wondering he's 4 stone of pure, slobbering basset hound! I had this crazy idea to put Jacob into my outfit post, you know like when you see bloggers with little daschunds in their arms, I thought I'd get the same effect but no, Mr was too busy being nosey at everyone else rather then looking at the camera! or dragging me along 
when he picked up a scent.  
Anyway, after Jacob dragged me around the marina and had a really good frozen moment on a bridge meaning everybody had to wait to cross whilst jacob had his diva moment, we managed to get some photos taking of this beautiful playsuit that Wal-G. I love a good playsuit, but what I love about this one, is the skort effect to it, making it a little different to all the others I own! I also don't have much yellow in my wardrobe, and I love adding any colour to my wardrobe. It's the type of cute playsuit you can wear in the day and dress up at night with some bright heels to match! 

What do you think of a skort playsuit? 
Much Love
Natasha x

21 Jul 2014

Win £100 to spend at hair trade ( this means you could have hair like rapunzel)

This morning at work I got a lovely delivery from Hairtrade which certainly brightened up my boring monday morning (blog post coming soon) As you know I love hair extensions and these guys offer some amazing quality hair extensions! I love putting them in and feeling like rapunzel! Now hairtrade sell lots of different kinds of hair extensions/wigs/weaves and will have something to suit you! 

So to enter here is what you have to do.
You can gain more entries depending on how many different ways you enter, so heres the list.
Follow Hair trade's blog here (3 Entries)
Follow Hair trade on  facebook here (5 Entries) 
Follow my blog through Bloglovin (1 Entry)
Follow my blog through GFC (1 Entry)
Follow me on twitter here (1 Entry)
Follow me on instagram here ( 1 Entry)
Tweet about the competition (2 Entries)

If you have entered through any of these ways please comment on here to let me know, don't forget to give me your username for each way you have entered. I will check! If you tweet about my competition please provide the link. At the end of your comment please provide your email address so I can let you know if you win. Giveaway open INTERNATIONALLY and ends on 26th July at 23:59 

Much Love and good luck 
Natasha x

20 Jul 2014

OOTD: My baby lives in shades of blue

For the first time in 3 weeks I do not have to moan about the rain, I actually woke up to a dry sunday morning, but apparently we had a big thunder storm in the night, however I slept right through! I can actually sleep through anything, I think the biggest proof of this is that this week I feel asleep having an MRI scan, I know, I'm a sleeping machine. How have have the storms been near you? Anyway enough of that, I have yet another lovely dress to share with you! This dress was sent to me from Chi Chi and its an absolute beauty! They have so many beautiful dress' and have a kick ass sale on right now! I feel this dress is like a modern day cinderella dress, the bright blue colour is beautiful and the tulle style skirt makes me feel like a princess! Of course it has a collar, you all know I love a dress with a collar but what is even better about this is the blue netting between the body and collar, it makes it that little bit different. The lace effect on the body is really pretty and adds enough detail to make this feel really expensive. I teamed my Chi Chi dress with my new pointed primark heels, new look head band and a casual messy up-do! 

Much Love
Natasha x

15 Jul 2014

Instagram your way to a better account

Now I am no instagram guru, and I am definitely no super account but what if I told you in 3 weeks I have got my following up 50% from 400+ to 600+ with my own little instagram mission? 

I bet you are listening now right? Now some of you may be thinking, oh how fake, a "plan" to get followers, thats not very genuine. But to me there is nothing more rewarding then when someone finds my instagram or even my blog, and thinks I like this, I'm going to follow because I want to see more from this person. Why wouldnt you want someone to appreciate a photo you just spent 20 minutes getting the angle right. In the gazillions of people on instagram, it's near enough impossible for you to stand out on instagram and unless you have tens of thousands of followers, you're going to have to try really hard to push your account out there. As a blogger you make yourself a brand, and this is just an 
extension of the image you are creating for yourself on your blog! 

Now a few weeks ago I went to a blogging event and everyone had tonnes of followers on their super pretty instagram accounts, and I thought " Oh fudge I'm really bad at this" So I started to look into amazing instagram accounts and thinking how can I make my instagram worthy of people wanting to come back. So after a little investigating I went into my instagram mission mode. Heres what i found, and what I did.

1. First of set yourself a quality standard and go back through your instagram and delete photos you dont think meet this standard. I like to look at my photos and think is this photo pinterest worthy, nope? delete. Your instagram is a reflection of your blog, any brand could be looking through, right back to two years ago before your blogging days. Remember those photos of you on a drunk night out laid in the road with make up all over your face? Yeah you get the picture. You are trying to create an image here, your own "look" to your account.

2. Now you have a quality set, you need to stick with it, and editing tools are a great help. A few months ago instagram updated their app to be able to edit photos

I found bigger and prettier instagrams tend to try to keep with one look, so I've being using "valencia" filter to keep my photos consistent, I then brighten, increase the highlights, sharpen and up the contrast to make my photos more "dreamy"  

3. Think before you click, you have a brand new purchase and you can't wait to share it on instagram when you get home from work, and you rush and take a photo at night and it looks naff! Stop, and wait till the next day, with natural light near a window. 

I took the photo on the left at night, and the one on the right in the day in front of the window. As you can see it is worth waiting, sometimes no matter how much you edit a photo the quality won't improve. 
Another thing to think about is what is in the background of your photo. I don't know if you all know, but as a designer I actually design food photography shots for a leading supermarket and sometimes art direct them, so I always see all the little annoying things in people's photos! A pile of clothing on the floor will be so noticeable and isn't exactly "pinterest worthy" Getting the washing machine in your ootd snap doesn't scream Chic.  Same if you use a piece of material, little things like creases or a hair on the material stand out in a photo. 

In the photos above I have used wallpaper samples I picked up from my local DIY store to create interesting backgrounds for my photos. Beats my sideboards and carpet!

4. Post your blog photos, its a great way to reach out to people outside of the blogger world on twitter and bloglovin, plus it shows the more "professional" part of your blogging. But also post little snips of your day, your style, a little detailed shot of the print on your dress, the things you wouldn't put on your blog.  It is also a great way to give little snap shots of what could be coming up on your blog! 

Treat you instagram as a blog, look for things that you can instagram, take a little longer getting your shot, and don't force a shot, if it aint looking good don't post it, it will only ruin the overall look of your instagram account! 

5. The selfie. Now a whole account full of selfies, errr maybe a bit too much. I never posted selfies on my account, and I realised in my little investigating, a few here and there actually give your account personalty, not as formal, its a good way to show people your make up  if you are into beauty but also it just shares a little bit more of you. I was a bit hesitant at posting one, I felt a little how can I say "like I loved myself" even though I post all these posed blog photos! But once I did, I got more love from that then many other photos on my instagram and do you know what, it gave me a lil confidence boost! Just remember to mix them up a little and you don't always look the same, different angles, expressions will make it a bit more exciting! 

6. Post daily, I've been posting every day and its really made a difference. Also post at the correct time! Posting on a saturday night isn't going to get the best response, people are busy on saturday nights, they aren't checking instagram, so save that amazing photo you have till sunday! However now if you want to bid on ebay, saturday nights are the best... but thats another story! I have found posting at night any other day of the week is best, when people are all home from work, finished their tea and having a good relaxing browse online! 

7. Posting daily can be hard work, taking a few photos EVERY day isn't always possible. I've started to repost things I have found on pinterest, it shows what inspires me, my tastes and what I'm lusting over which is just as important as to what makes you who you are. I've found people have "liked" my inspo photos, then followed me and then liked the next ones I've posted a few days later. People will see it as another source of inspiration and get more of an understanding of what gets you ticking! 

8. Post the odd photo of your actual life, I don't mean blog life, I mean, with your non blogger friends, your family, your boyfriend. People will appreciate seeing a more natural you. A photo of you acting silly, not exactly looking perfect will make people feel like they can have the beautiful pretty instagram from you but also a real person

9. Share the love! every night I lay in bed and search #fbloggers  #lblogger or #ootd and I find some INCREDIBLE accounts! I follow, comment and like
 their photos,and sometimes the person will have a look back at mine and do the same! Now you've 
started a chain, you've like someones photo and followed them, and now they've done the same to you. 
Now all theirfollowers will see in their news feed under following, that this user liked your photo, 
and then they may have a peek at your account! Now don't go liking in the hope you'll get some back, 
go liking following for the pure joy of sharing some love, remember what goes around comes around! 
Also make sure to thank people who leave lovely comments, its only polite! 

10. Make sure your profile photo is one of your best photos, make sure its a good quality one to make
you look a bit more pro, and also one heavily dominated by a certain colour like yellow for example will
stand out when you are commenting other peoples photos. 

11. Recycle old shots, when I was going through my instagram to delete photos I found some photos I felt
had got a little lost on my account in the early days of my blogging, so I deleted them and reposted them 
now, when I have more people able to see them. I also have been throwing in some old holiday snaps from
last year I never posted, the colours are great on them, and again it just mixes it up, and acts like a back up 
for when you have no photos to post.

The photos I posted above meant I was reaching out to other people outside the blogging 
community, I haven't been on my holidays this year yet, but these photo meant I was able to reach out
to people looking for travel shots, or city photography. Keeps my feed a bit more interesting!

12. #HASHTAG Yep hashtag baby, like I said at the start unless you have thousands of followers
its not going to be easy to get people to see your photos without having to do anything, thats why for us
striving for the perfect instagram account, hashtagging is key! Hashtag away and don't be ashamed, for 
example on my latest inspo post I used these- #hair #inspo #tumblr #blonde #bbloggers #bow #fbloggers #fashion #model #sfs #follow #pretty You might think, yeah but lots of hashtags looks 
desperate, trust me it doesnt, as long as it relates to your photo and your not just hashtagging #onedirection on a photo of your dog to get it seen, then you won't. Since I started hashtagging properly the traffic to my instagram has really increased! Get the right hashtags to get noticed! Your working bloody hard to make your account pretty why shouldnt you shout about it!

Now everything I have said here is what I have been doing, and it really has made a difference. It's just like improving your blog, and instagram is a reflection of your blog. It's not a sneaky game plan to get
followers, it's making sure hard work gets a little bit of love and notice from others, plus in the 
process you find amazing users who inspire you to make yours even better!

Let me know what you thought of the post!
Oh and my instagram can be found in my side bar ;) 

Much Love 
Natasha x