Hello my lovelys! Hope you are all well, who's looking forward to the spring time? I can't wait to finally be able to wear dresses without being freezing, and maybe leaving the house without a coat!
I was recently thinking about things I really enjoy and made me smile, one of the main ones being photography! I'm sure for pretty much all bloggers and content creators, taking photos is one of those fun times when you can get really creative and bring your ideas to life! In today's post I will be talking abit about how I like to take my photos and a few tips and tricks.
I take alot of my photos using my canon 5d mark II, but has this is a heavy chunky camera with a number of lenses (I originally got this camera when I used to do a lot of photography for other people and weddings), so i've also been interested in the Panasonic professional mirrorless cameras. as I think a slightly smaller camera like this would be a perfect alternative to use for lifestyle shots and events! Smaller more compact but still amazing quality photos! What's your favourite camera?
Creating content around your busy life
Ok so let's start with finding the time to create content... I personally like to have dedicated photoshoot days each month where I get loads of content to last me over the next few weeks. I normally don't have a lot of time to set up and take photos on a day to day basis with my cheeky little toddler on the loose! I would definitely recommend doing photos this way if you are trying to combine blogging with other work. Of course there will always be photos/collabs you may need to shoot in-between. But this is a really nice way of having a base of content ready and waiting to go!
The other common issue seems to be not having someone to take your photos when you need them, if that's the case then i'd highly recommend buying a tripod and remote control for your camera. It comes in so handy! Alot of the photos on my blog/instagram have actually been taken by myself...notice how one of my hands is hidden because it's holding the remote control haha!
Next, onto the editing!
I used to spend hours upon hours editing on photoshop, but over the last year I have transferred over to lightroom where I edit the majority of my photos. It's sooooo much quicker! I also love I can use lightroom on my phone to edit, which again saves so much time. I've also created a preset which I use on all my photos, each one usually needs little tweek to the edit to make it over but overall it saves a lot of time. Using a preset is also a really good way to keep consistency on your feed! If you are not too sure how to create a preset you can just around with settings on lightroom until you reach your desired outcome, another option is to browse somewhere like etsy for presets other people have made. There are lots of lovely ones for affordable prices on etsy! Below you can see an example of my photo with no editing on the left, and with my preset applied on the right.
I feel like photography is something so many of us in the industry have a great interest in and it's always lovely to share tips and tricks! Isn't it an amazing feeling that we can create beautiful photos that tell stories and share them with thousands of people across the world via social media. A photograph can say a thousands words after all!
I really hope you enjoyed reading a couple of my quick tips for creating content. I'd love to hear about your photography tips and favourite camera!
** This is a paid collaboration with Panasonic - all opinions are my own **
Hey loves, how have you all been? I have another highly requested post for you all!
Today I am going to be talking about ways to earn money from social media and blogging as well as tips for approaching brands. Along side my social media work I also work doing financials/accounts in the office so i'm super excited to be combining some money chat with my blog... I do love numbers, such a geek I know!!
I would quickly like to take this opportunity to say the majority of my posts are not sponsored, I usually just post what I want when I want. If I love a product then i'll share it, not just because i'm paid to do so. I think if you start up a blog it's really important to do it because you actually enjoy it rather than for money. Of course that can come later as things naturally progress but it is important to be yourself and love what you do first, then anything else is a bonus!
How can you earn money from Instagram/blogging?
As i'm sure you are aware one of the main ways to generate income from your social media and blogs is advertising. For example a brand may send you some of their products and pay you for an insta post/story or blogpost. You can also make money from things like google adsense where google puts relevant ads on your website and you earn a few pence per click. There are also things like affiliate links, events, product collaborations and so on but in this post I am mainly going to be talking about the first point.
Hello and welcome back to my site, I hope you have all been enjoying the beautiful sunshine!
In today's post i'm going to be talking about how to create consistency on Instagram and tips that have personally helped me create consistent content as well as a feed I love!
For anyone who uses Instagram for business you would have probably heard about the importance of creating a consistent style so your followers 'know what to expect', don't post loads of different things, keep a theme and so on. Like many people I have a variety of interests and things I want to share so this has definitely been something i've struggled with...
Hey beauties, how have you all been? I seem to have been neglecting my blog lately so I do apologise for that... I have just been so busy with work and mum duties I haven't had the chance to sit down and write. But anyway it feels so good to be finally getting up a new post up for you all.
I have been thinking about writing this post for quite some time now, but I really wasn't sure what the response would be. But after asking you guys if you'd be interested in reading a long term breast augmentation update on my Instagram and many of you said YES :-) here we are!
A little background...
From a very young age I always loved the curvy look and big boobs so I knew as soon as I could I wanted to get a boob job. As soon as I tuned 18 (in 2009) I went ahead and had a breast enlargement.
For me personally, I just really love that hourglass shape and to be honest the look of fake boobs haha.
I believe pre op my natural boobs were around a full B cup, I was happy with my natural shape I just wanted them bigger. I went for 560cc size inspira implants over the muscle (which has made my cup size around a DD). If I remember correctly I think this was the biggest size my surgeon said I could get with my size/body frame. Any bigger would have been too wide. This particular brand of implants came with a lifetime guarantee and I was told I should never need them changing unless I wanted to.
Hello my lovelys! Have you all had a good start to the year? I feel like January has really flown by!
If you follow me on social media you will have probably noticed I have been super busy for the last few months working on my new business project... I have definitely missed posting on my blog. It feels good to be back writing again, I must admit!
Today's post is going to be all about my new business and general update I guess!
Hello everyone and welcome back!
Today's post is going to be something a little different...
I haven't yet mentioned my other 'kids' Bella and Titan on my blog so today's post is going to be dedicated to them, and their favourite thing... EATING!
When it comes to choosing food for your pet I definitely think it's important to do a bit of research and make sure you are feeding them good quality nutritious food. Just as we'd like to do for ourselves! We are currently trying out some new food/treats from an online store called petshop.co.uk. I love being able to purchase online as it's so convenient, takes all the stress out of having to go to the store and carry back heavy dog food!
Here is a little look inside our not so traditional wedding!
Albert and I decided to celebrate our marriage with just the 2 of us at the beautiful Millbrook Estate in the Devonshire countryside.
It was such a relaxed, perfect day, exactly as we wanted. We got ready together, walked down the 'aisle' together and got to enjoy the whole day with just each others company.
Who says you need to stick to traditions...for us having a wedding that was totally different to the norm was the best thing ever!
Thank you to our friends and family for all the kind messages and of course the staff at the Millbrook estate for making our special day everything we could have asked for! Xxx
Ezra Francis Hillier - 6.7lbs - born 28/06/2016
Where to start...I am finally a mummy! This post is a very special one close to my heart that I wanted to share with you all. The most special day of my life, the day my son was born!
Choice of hospital and delivery
Lets start with my choice of hospital and delivery... I always knew I wanted to go to a private hospital for maternity care rather than use the NHS healthcare available in the UK. This was mainly because I wanted the option to choose my own consultant and have much more control of exactly how I wanted my birth experience to be. After doing some research I narrowed my choices down to The Portland Hospital in London and the Kensington and Chelsea Wing. Both hospitals have very good reputations, being 2 of the top hospitals in the UK. After speaking with both hospitals and taking a tour I decided The Portland Hospital was for me. I found the staff extremely welcoming and helpful, as well as having fantastic facilities and high levels of staff. I just got that feeling it was the right place to have my son!
The Portland Hospital have a list of consultants you can choose from as well as a midwife led care package if you prefer. I contacted a few consultants and decided on Mr Chilcott. Your consultant is then available for you 24 hours a day if you have any issues or questions. This high standard of continued care was exactly what I was looking for. I found it so useful being able to call or email my consultant at any hour and he'd be there to help with any concerns I may have. It's also nice to have that consistency with care from the same person who knows about your pregnancy.
In terms of delivery I originally planned to have a vaginal birth, however further along in my pregnancy I found out my placenta was low covering the birth canal which would mean it was likely I would need a c-section. Although in the last few weeks of pregnancy my placenta did move up slightly, I decided to still go ahead with the c-section as I had already booked this and felt prepared for it now. I must say I am very happy I went ahead with this choice.
In today's post I wanted to share my own experience of buying and improving property. I am no property developer so I only went for simple cosmetic changes, however the small changes really helped to increase the value of the property.
Who said adding value to your property has to be a major work? Sometimes the small changes can make a world of difference! I brought a 1 bed garden flat a few years back in the beautiful seaside town of Hove, although it was a well built Victorian building the inside was run down and dated. The previous owners had smoked a lot inside for decades I imagine, and it just looked like it needed some TLC.
Here are a few ideas of simple changes that you can apply to many properties. These were not too expensive or difficult but have really made quite a difference!
-Firstly I decided to replace the old sashes with double glazed windows. The property was situated on a main road and the old single pane windows would rattle when large vehicles drove past and let in all the noise. Keeping the timber frames and just adding double glazed glass was a more affordable option and worked just as good as replacing the woodwork. If your wood and frames are in tact I would definitely recommend considering this option if you are on a budget. The difference it price would have been about £1500 for a 3 pane window. The double glazing made a massive difference to the noise levels, also helped to keep the heat in making the property more energy efficient in terms of heating.
- A lick of paint really makes a difference! Although we needed around 5 layers of paint to cover the smoke stained walls it really made a wonderful difference. Also some new gloss on the skirting boards and door frames helped to give a new polished look.
- Floor! When we moved in the property had very old carpets which looked like they were once cream. I must admit I love cream carpets, but they are not practical with pets and look rather hideous when they are old and dirty. To add a modern feel to the place I swapped the old carpet for some dark wood floor. Easy to maintain and looks beautiful in my option.
In the bathroom and kitchen I just went for some Vynal. I think this is a good choice for small kitchens and bathrooms. Easy to maintain and not too pricey.
-The bathroom was very small with no storage. To add some storage and create more space I decided to swap the old sink for a smaller modern rectangular sink with storage underneath. Not only did this make the room feel bigger but there was now some storage for the bathroom essentials. It is quite amazing how much you can fit in those little cupboards!
-Kitchen - I didn't want to do anything too major to the kitchen as I knew this wasn't going to be my long term home. But painting the unit doors and adding new floor seemed to make the room much more presentable.
Overall the work cost me around £2500. I brought the flat for £172000 and sold for £250000 a couple years later. Of course the increase in price was also to do with the location and economy, but having a well presented property definitely helped me to get the place sold quickly at asking price.
Property is a fantastic way to make money and doesn't need to be stressful. Simple updates can really make the world of difference!
I hope you enjoyed reading this post and hopefully it gave you a couple of ideas of affordable ways you can improve your home. Please feel free to share your own tips and tricks in the comment section!
Happy new year everyone, I hope you have all had a great start to 2016!
For my first post of the year I wanted to do a quick life update and share some exciting news. I haven't posted for quite so time so though it would be good to explain what has been going on. As you can probably guess from the title I am pregnant!
I have wanted a baby for quite some time so was thrilled to find out I was pregnant at the beginning of November! The first time I saw our little one was at the 5 week scan, unrecognisable as a baby the little bean was simply a white flashing dot on the monitor which we were told was the heart beat.
I have really been rejecting my website and social media accounts for the past couple of months, sadly I had been really sick since November. So I pretty much spent all my time laying in bed or asleep... My first trimester wasn't quite how I imagined. I was one of the unlucky women to have hyperemesis gravidarum, meaning I was being sick a lot and felt sick and dizzy almost all the time, even when I was laying down. I ended up being off work for over 7 weeks and spent the majority of the time laid in bed feeling awful, it was such a depressing time especially when I had really been looking forward to this amazing experience.
I know this is something so many women go through but you really don't realise how hard it is until you are dealing with it yourself. My mother had the same sickness as me in her pregnancies so it was comforting to have her help and know it would get better in time. I was lucky enough to have great support from my fiance and family, really don't know what I would have done without them!
I have only gotten over the sickness these last couple of weeks which has honestly felt so amazing. I had forgotten what it felt like to have some energy and feel 'normal' even for a few hours. For the first time I have now been able to start enjoying my pregnancy!
We recently went for our 13 week scan and saw our baby forming nicely looking like an actual baby! I'm sure all the mothers out there remember seeing their little one on the monitor, such an amazing experience :-) I have to say now the sickness is over I feel so blessed to be lucky enough to have this amazing human growing inside of me.
This is my first pregnancy so it's all new to me. I would love to connect with other parents and moms to be, feel free to message me or share your experiences on here!
I will be posting updates throughout my pregnancy and plan to keep up with my normal fashion/beauty posts where I can.
Thanks so much for reading, much appreciated as always!
Welcome to the newest part of my site. Here I will be blogging about finance, interior design, food and other general lifestyle topics!