Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Clashing Time talks The Blogger Spotlight

I recently got asked some lovely ladies at Cision UK to take part in their Blogger Spotlight! They wanted to find out a little bit more about me, my blog and what inspires me in the hope that I might inspire other bloggers. Cision UK is a communications company that works with bloggers all the time and have a fantastic database of clients and bloggers used for fantastic blogger engagement projects. To find out more about Cision UK click HERE.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Clashing Time talks #MyChocBloggers Event

I recently went along to a #LDNMeetUp event held by the beautiful girls Lauren and Jenny in London and it was fantastic. The event was a chocolate making class at My Chocolate UK near Highbury and Islington and I am so pleased that I went along. I arrived at the station near to the venue and was met by the organiser Lauren and a ton of other beautiful girlies so that we could get some taxis together to the event. My Chocolate is so fortunate to be in a gorgeous building right next to the river with huge glass windows on one side so natural light shines in whilst you're having a giggle with your friends. The tables were set out like in school so everyone could see the demonstrations at the front and each group had a perfectly set up display of all the different tools we would need throughout the day. We heard from the owner and the head chocolate maker and then got stuck in! Watch my video above to find out how it went...

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Clashing Time talks #SLBloggersBash

A few weeks ago I went to an event organised by the lovely Scarlett London and Search Laboratory. It was held at One Alfred Place in Soho and was arranged to bring bloggers together and to get them talking to some incredible brands about what they are up to. I was lucky enough to get the day off from work so I decided that I would venture down to London for the day with my new blogging buddy Kat from Laydey Katabella and make the most of the event! The 'Bash' had lots going on, but it was fantastic because there was such a relaxed atmosphere in the room - perfect for socialising and chatting to brands. Every so often a brand would announce a prize draw of some sort, and each blogger squealed with excitement as they went up to collect their goodies! After applying only minutes before one prize draw was announced, I was lucky enough to win a goodie bag from Wynsors Shoes filled with lots of treats. The blogging community is such an amazing thing and I do truly feel honoured to be part of it. I met some great people at the Bloggers Bash and I hope to see lots of them again at events in the future. The people in this community feel the same anxieties and same pressures as you, so when someone helps you to all come together, it's a really joyous occasion. Thank you so much to Scarlett and Search Labs for an incredible day!

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Clashing Time talks Umberto Giannini Frizzi Miracle Worker

Last month I went to the Bloggers Love Hub Fashion Week in London and had such an amazing time (see my vlog here). One of the best things that I learnt about whilst I was there was at the Umberto Giannini stall. I met a lovely lady called Jodie and she spoke to me about some of the products they were asking the bloggers to sample. I mentioned that I had been struggling really badly with frizz and static hair over the previous months and I felt like I had tried absolutely everything in an attempt to solve it. She gave me 'Frizzi', which is a serum with organ oil in it aimed at transforming 'even the most dry, frizzy coarse hair'. My god does it work! I have been looking for ages to find something that doesn't make my hair stand on its ends and finally I have it. A little amount out of the pump goes a very long way and you can spread it quite easily through all of your hair. What's even better is that it smells delicious and I often get a nice sniff of it during the day time after using it. 'Frizzi' really is my very own 'miracle worker' - I will definitely be buying this in the future. Have you tried this range before? Let me know in the comments below.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Clashing Time talks what I wore to the #SLBloggersBash

Last Friday I went to the amazing #SLBloggersBash organised by Scarlett London (more info on the event to come). Most of the events that I normally go to are in the evening and I tend to dress up quite a bit...but as this event was between 2-5pm, I wanted to keep it smart/casual. Completely unexpectedly, it was beautifully hot on Friday and I think I underestimated the weather in London. In the end I decided to wear a pair of black New Look jeans that are super cosy as they have a great elasticated waistband and are really stretchy. I matched them with a new top that I brought from Primark last week and I couldn't believe that it only cost 8 pounds! I've never had a striped top before but I've seen loads of lovely pictures of Alexa Chung in striped tops and I instantly wanted one. At the Bloggers Love Fashion Week event I met a really lovely lady from Souksy London which is a luxury jewellery brand and they kindly gifted me this stunning gold statement necklace. I'm so pleased with it and i'm definitely going to be wearing it a lot over the summer! What's your go-to outfit for weekends? Let me know!

Clashing Time talks Camden Market

Last week over the 4 day weekend I went to Camden market in London and had such an amazing day with my other half! I decided that I would take you guys along with me and filmed quite a bit as I was walking round. Click on the link above to find out more! Have you been to the fantastic Camden market before? Let me know what you thought of it!

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Clashing Time talks to Scarlett London

Tomorrow is the much anticipated #SLBloggersBash and I could not be more excited! I am meeting Kat from Laydey Katabella at King's Cross and then we are going to meet some other bloggers before heading to the event at One Alfred Place. The event has been organised by an amazing blogger, event organiser and lovely lady called Scarlett and co-hosted by Search Labs. I have no doubt that it has been months in the planning and it has finally all come together! To celebrate the event, I asked if I could interview Scarlett so that other bloggers could understand how she became the person she is today and she kindly agreed. 

"Anyone can achieve anything with the right mindset and motivation!" 

1. Why did you start blogging?
I've wanted to be a journalist and a writer since as long as I can remember, so when I started applying for work experience at 17, I realised that I probably needed an online showcase of my writing portfolio to stand a chance among a sea of more experienced candidates. Initially, I didn't actually know that what I'd produced was even a blog. I just thought it was a website I wrote things for, however then I started chatting to others that did the same and was pleasantly surprised at the friendly community blogging is. Essentially, my motive for blogging is because I'm passionate about writing, it's therapeutic and I think that has stood the test of time as I've never kept anything up for as long as I've blogged. It's coming up to 4 years now! 

2. Do you feel like you've come a long way since you started?
Most definitely. I've actually deleted the majority of my first posts as they were hilariously awful, however everybody has to start somewhere I suppose! I now know how to structure a post and realise that if you're going to write something and promote it, it has to actually offer something to the reader rather than telling them something they already know. I treat the reader as a friend rather than patronising them (which is how I think my first couple of posts may have come across). The great thing about blogging is that it is an ongoing practice of your writing abilities. 

3. When did you decide to start putting on events?
I think it was around 2013 when I realised that although I had a small pool of blogging friends, I wanted to branch out and get to know other like-minded writers and photographers, those who spent their spare time uploading content to their blogs had something instantly in common with me - so I thought it would be interesting to create a place for such individuals to come together. The first one I ever did was a bloggers lunch in London, with about 10 attendees. It was informal - and fairly mismatch but I really enjoyed organising the whole thing and watching people enjoy it, so I wanted to do something on a larger scale the next time. 

4. Which event are you most proud of so far? And why?
Probably the #BloggersFestival in September, as it was my largest to date and I absolutely loved the venue! I always fret beforehand that no-one will turn up and it will be just me, my boyfriend and my parents sipping 100+ cocktails and munching on the canap├ęs, looking forlornly out of the window, however luckily - people do turn up, and there's no better feeling than witnessing people enjoying an event that you've put together! 

5. What would you say is the best thing about being part of the blogging community?
Having an instant group of friends to turn to is definitely the biggest bonus. Although I often have blog envy, it's never malicious and I've never experienced any bitchiness or competitiveness, it's all friendly and if you ask a question - you'll get tonnes of online friends come back to you with helpful answers. 

6. What advice would you give to newbie bloggers?
Find your reason for blogging, write it down and if you're ever lacking in motivation - remind yourself why you started. I think blogs are interesting because they're an extension of someone's personality. We're all voyeuristic, we love being nosey and looking into other people's lives, so blogs allow for this - and that's why we read them. Make sure your personality is injected into your blog - that's your niche! Oh, and make sure you have a clear 'Contact' page - some blogs I've looked at (when inviting to events) haven't even included their email address or social media handles - and then wonder why people aren't getting in touch! 

7. How important is networking/socialising for bloggers? 
I think it's definitely a factor if you want to expand your blog somewhat. IRL networking is definitely a bonus but if you live miles away from London (where the majority of the action happens) you can still socialise really well with the community on Twitter! 

8. What is your favourite social media platform? And why?
Twitter. It's simple, instantaneous - and you don't have to make your tweets look pretty all the time. Although I love Instagram, I am put off a little by how contrived everything is. How the borders, filters and brightness has to be 'just so' in order for you to connect with others and engage properly. I love photography, but words are my favourite - and Twitter is your best option for this! 

9. Do you have certain blogging/work goals thay you would like to achieve? If so, what are you closest to achieving?
I'd love to say I have a 5 year plan for my blog - which I have written before and then scrapped, however at the moment - I just want to try and balance it successfully with Uni work. When I graduate, I really want to try and blog full-time for a couple of months, see how far this takes me - and go from there! 

10. Finally, if you could say anything to your younger self then what would it be?
Exams aren't everything. Although I loved my education and my secondary school, they placed such a heavy focus on exams that I became the most anxious, nervous person who believed that my life would end if I didn't achieve an A grade. From a maturer perspective, I know that they want these grades to boost their rankings in national averages, however at the time, I thought it was the bee all and end all of being successful. Education is important and I am proud of my grades, but don't focus on them as an indicator of how well you'll do in life. Anyone can achieve anything with the right mindset and motivation! 

Thank you to the lovely Scarlett for agreeing to be interviewed, she is such an inspiration to other bloggers and I can't wait to meet her tomorrow. Please check out Scarlett's blog called Scarlett London and her events twitter HERE.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Clashing Time talks Canon 50mm f/1.8 II

Let me introduce you to my new baby...The Canon 50mm, f/1.8 from John Lewis. The lovely Jess from Jess In Your Ear first introduced me to a 50mm lens at The Snug Bar event a few weeks ago and I have been obsessing over it ever since. Don't get me wrong, I love the standard 18-55mm lens that came with my beautiful Canon 500D a few years ago - but I felt like it was about time to mix things up and try something new. As I am now vlogging (see my channel here), the 50mm lens just doesn't cut it as my room isn't big enough to move far enough back; but I feel like with every video I make, I learn more new skills and I now know how to make the most of that lens. My hopes for the 50mm is to take some really lovely product shots (as I have picked up so many great things at events recently), and I also want to start doing some outfit posts. I have met some amazing blogging girls in Cambridge who are also looking for someone to take pictures with and I feel so fortunate to have found them! If you have any tips for a 50mm lens then let me know!

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Clashing Time talks Pinterest

I have only recently got into Pinterest and the one thing that I am absolutely loving it for is interior design and home decorating ideas! I am moving in with my boyfriend in August and although that seems like a long time away still, I can't help but get excited about all the cute different ways we could make our place more homely. One thing that I have noticed a lot of on pinterest at the moment is grey sofas and I absolutely love them - I feel like I am destined to get one for our new place! To add a bit of colour to actually quite a simple colour, a pop of yellow and blue/aqua is my ideal of heaven. I was in TKmaxx the other day and I fell in love with a grey, blue and yellow pillow and even though I would have no where to put it at the moment, I was definitely tempted to invest. This colour combination is sensible but cheery, classic with a twist, and stylish and modern all wrapped into one! What colour schemes are you loving at the moment? Let me know! Check out my Pinterest to see more of my ideas.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Clashing Time talks Bloggers Fashion Week

Last week I went to an amazing event organised by the bloggers love hub! I was so excited to go as I knew that Levi from Levi2Jade was going to be there, but I was also going to meet a few other awesome bloggers for the first time. The event was in London and luckily I bumped into the lovely Aneela from at the train station and we walked together as I didn't have a clue where I was going. When we arrived at the event we were welcomed on the door and checked off the guest-list and were then given the chance to walk around the venue looking at all the fantastic brands that had turned up. The room was full of beautiful men and women who had all come together to celebrate the blogging world and it felt amazing to be surrounded by so much positivity. I was lucky enough to be a VIB (very important blogger) and this entitled me to take home some goodies to to come later on all of that. I was absolutely spoilt for choice as there was a different new and exciting company stall on every corner of the room - so many excited bloggers asking questions cannot have been easy, so a big high five to all businesses that went along! I managed to pick up a great range of products and I've been loving so many of them so far and can't wait to tell you all about them soon. Next up was the fashion shows and I was lucky enough to be sitting on the front row and was given an adorable little goodie bag with lots of the designers cards and information inside. We got to see a whole variety of gorgeous outfits and I was blown away by some of the lovely spring/summer dresses. Whilst at the event I tried to film as much as possible, but of course I wanted to also enjoy meeting some new bloggers too - so make sure you check out the video above to see what I got up to! I think that this event was a huge success and the blogger love hub team should be really proud of themselves. Events like these are so much fun for bloggers and we really are lucky to be in such a supportive network.
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