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#Todayimwearing a celebration of #nextgeneration @ybdfashion.
My @CTaylorLtd zebra minidress worn over a simple @topshop white shirt, chevron print cream tights and @riverisland navy suede Karen Parade lace-up shoes.
💋 I LOVE LOVE LOVE my @ybdfashion x @rbh_agency #nextgeneration invite! ❤
Two little highstreet purchases that have served me very well this weekend. I’m so glad I bought the @accessorize pansy clutch when it was on sale after Christmas - it’s statement arm candy at it’s very best! My @topshop Gator patent nude heels went lovely with my light blue #andotherstories sleeveless wrap dress. Everyone needs a pair of nude heels in their wardrobe - Stylist Anna Moor told me that last year, you need a pair of nude and a pair of metallic to get you through the summer. http://lucieloves.co.uk/post/23442712587/20-05-12-the-stylists-subliminal-art-of-persuasion
Almost home time at the @ctaylorltd #presslaunch. Such a stunning collection of prints from an equally lovely Lancashire lass. The #ctpopup is open until the 7th June. Miss it. Miss out. #ybdfashion #youngbritishdesigners #sloanesquare #popup #london #fashion #fbloggers #ss13
Hello lovely people,
If you enjoy reading my daily rambles, seeing my photographic food reviews, virtually tasting cocktails with me and sampling delicious coffee, ogling my eclectic wardrobe choices and giddy life adventures..
Please nominate me and www.lucieloves.co.uk for
‘Best Lifestyle Blog’ in the @CosmopolitanUK Blog Awards 2013?
I’ll love you forever if you do… Thanks! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/_mobile/blogs/cosmo-blog-awards-2013/enter-the-2013-cosmopolitan-blog-awards-nominate-now
#todayimwearing @Dior #Addict #987 Black Tie - berry pink lips, my @forever21 mac, my @topshop grey tshirt midi dress, grey ankle socks and #mywardrobe #kurtgeiger lambert brogues. #barelegs
Top 10 tips for starting a blog…
I’ve recently had a few people enquiring as to how they might go about starting their own blog. I decided to give this some serious thought and put together a few of my own tips for starting a blog.
1. Be realistic
Don’t expect to earn any *money or Kardashian-esq *fame overnight.
(*or at all, in fact.)
I do my blog as a hobby - this way I can write about what I want, when I want and not necessarily about what other people want. I do my ‘day job’ to earn my ‘bread and butter’ money and have my blog as a sideline, not because it pays well - although, I admit there are definitely perks to having a blog - but because I love it. But I guess I’ll always be a photographer, first and foremost, and a blogger second.
2. Only start a blog if you are going to be committed to it
A blog is like a relationship. Give it some love and it will flourish. Ignore it and it will die a death. There’s no point in being half-hearted in your blogging efforts - if you don’t care about it, why should anyone else?
3. Do a bit of research - in fact do lots
Think about content, style, tone of voice, audience, etc. Look at the people who already do what you’re planning to do. Ask yourself the following questions:
- How will I stand out from the crowd?
- What can I say that hasn’t already been said?
- What’s my unique selling point?
- Why do I want to do this?
Your USP is what will set your blog apart from the millions of other blogs that are already ticking over rather nicely. After all, what is the point in being a clone of everyone else?
4. Read fashion magazines - Learn from the best
My regular glossy fashion magazine reads are ELLE UK, British Vogue and Company Magazine - I bought a subscription to ELLE UK and British Vogue a couple of months ago and have not looked back - this way you’ll never miss out on new season style inspiration.
Tip: Look at the bloggers these fashion magazines recommend. Follow your favourites on Twitter, share those favourites with your followers and also check out Instagram and Pinterest. Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes.
5. Look at the blogs you read - what do you like about them?
Is it the way they write? Is it the photos? It is the amount of text they put with their photos? Is it how often they update them? Is it the variety of stuff they write about?
Tip: Take your time to plan your posts. Invest in your blog - research different platforms and themes - wordpress, blogger, tumblr, will you use YouTube? and so on. Buy a decent camera. They aren’t cheap so save up if you are serious about buying a good DSLR camera. I use a Canon 5D MKII with a 50mm f1.4 lens. It cost an arm and a leg, but the photos it allows me to produce are sooo very worth it.
6. Write about things that GENUINELY interest you - this way it’s easier to be enthusiastic
Tip: Look at what products/brands you use/wear on a daily basis - review those - give your opinion.
For ideas think about:
- What products do you carry with you at all times - tech, make-up, sentimental stuff, fashion accessories?
- What’s in your make-up bag?
- What do you wear when you go out - clothes, shoes, make-up, hair products, etc?
- What do you wear on a day to day basis - again, think: clothes, shoes, make-up, hair products, etc.
- What new brands would you love to try and what makes them special?
- What events are you going to?
- What musicians do you love listening to?
- What creative people, artists or things inspire you?
7. Make sure you link your social media profiles
Make sure that your Instagram account is linked to Tumblr (in the sharing settings) and that your Tumblr is linked to your Twitter and - if you want to do so - add your blog’s Facebook page. It will help you build a following by directing traffic (readers) to your blog. Make sure you add Google Analytics to your blog too. It’s a great way of seeing what posts are popular and where your visitors are from.
Tip: When writing your posts, make sure you link to relevant products and the brands you are talking about on your blog - use their twitter handles to mention them if you’re sending your post to twitter. (That’s where I get most of the traffic to my blog, via twitter, google - direct traffics - and facebook.)
8. Make sure that you proofread your posts
Good grammar, spelling and punctuation will help your blog to stand out from other (often poorly written) ones and will make people take you more seriously. If in doubt, look for wiggly red lines under words and see what you’ve misspelt. Ask a friend or a relative to cast their eye over your blog post and see if they can help spot any glaring mistakes. There is also a great plug-in for Chrome called Ginger, which is a grammar and spell checker.
The lovely Liv Purvis of What Olivia Did is the queen of please and thank you. Show your followers a little appreciation and it won’t go unnoticed. After all, manners cost nothing.
9. Be professional
Don’t ‘bad mouth’ other brands, bloggers or people. You don’t want something you’ve said to come back and bite you on the a*se one day. Be openminded and willing to collaborate with other creatives. You’ll meet some fantastic and awe-inspiring people.
Love this gal! Amy from Wolfwhistle.org who I met at the Daloo3a event.
The gorgeous Danielle aka @Fashionista Barbie, Reena Rai of Fashion Daydreams and Sherin Malick of the Hi Fashion Site at LFW.
10. Network Network Network
Make friends with other bloggers, go to events, set yourself up a LinkedIn account, a social media version of your CV. A place where you can list all of your skills and build connections with people in the industry(ies) you wish to work.
If you are interested in doing some ‘Blogger Outreach’ type stuff, sign yourself up with agencies like Brands on the Blog, Best British Bloggers or Bloggers required. You can also join an affiliate marketing network such as Linkshare and promote the brands you love that way, you can sometimes earn commission too.
If you’re good and learn how to use Twitter to put yourself ‘out there’ and teach yourself a bit of SEO (search engine optimisation) too, you can sometimes get yourself spotted by some fantastic Creative, Social Media and PR agencies.
I started blogging as a hobby, dabbled around with sending my fashion and lifestyle-based Tumblr posts to Twitter and eventually got approached by a creative agency who offered my the chance to become the Resident Blogger for a local shopping centre. I lived ( yes it was hard work, but very fun) the role for two years - blogging about fashion, reviewing restaurants and beauty reviews and events - before finishing to start my new job down in London.
And guess what?
Being social media-savvy and knowing how to blog, tweet, photograph and write, got me this job too. If you are looking for work, always check out the Guardian Jobs site for any new creative, digital and social media or community manager-type roles that might be on offer. My last two positions were found on there and they were pretty amazing.
If you work hard and be nice to people, you never know what might happen.
** If you have any more questions - or if you have blogging tips of your own that you’d like to share - feel free to get in touch, post a comment or send me a message. I’m always happy to help. **
Thanks for reading.
Current @COSStores Crush…
I went to the COS, Collection of Style, store at @westfieldlondon and fell in love with these gorgeous spring/summer pieces. When one shouldn’t be spending any money on clothes… what does one do?
Go WINDOW SHOPPING.
COS have a way of making their clothes feel timeless. Their stores are always beautifully mapped out, with varying hues of colour flowing from front to back, side to side. This time, I was drawn to their blue section. But their collection of burnt orange, stark white and evergreen always catches my eye. COS believes in style over fashion and so you’ll find dresses, shirts, trousers, coats, jackets, shoes and knits that will stand the test of time and easily become your classic go-to wardrobe staples. • Functional design crafted from simple ideas - COS • The quality of the fabric and cut of each garment is exceptional, something that can be hard to find in highstreet fashion.
Things I tried on and still are desperate to buy…
- Straight cotton shirt dress in periwinkle blue, £69, COS
- Side drape linen dress in petrol blue, £69, COS
- Side pleat dress in taupe(also available in navy), £59, COS
- Black leather sandals, as seen in photos, also COS
- I LOVE LOVE LOVE this little - possibly silk - printed zip-up summer jacket. I can’t find it on the COS Stores website yet, but it was £79 and I want it.
In fact, I NEED IT IN MY
(For reference: I’m wearing a size 8, which is an XS, in the photos above.)
Photography © Lucie Kerley
Soo many goodies! Thank you @companymagazine 👍 #fashionforum. Can’t wait to test them all out. I had a great journey home flicking through the May issue of Company and shall be rifling through my collection of florals to piece together new outfits. Thanks for the invite @gem_fatale (@gemfatale) #legend.
My attempt at doing vintage pin-up hair. A swirly @fearnecotton style half-up-half-down side bun.
Today’s office outfit. I love a pretty collar.
BLOGGED. Part Three | Lucie Loves… Behind-the-scenes at the #WeOwnTheNight @NikeUK @ELLEUK photoshoot
The We Own The Night photoshoot was fuelled by great music, yummy Chicken Ceasar, Greek and Beetroot salads and delicious fruit smoothies as well as a few bubbly glasses of Rose Prosecco.
After we’d done our final group shot we signed up online for the race at Victoria Park and made our way home.
I met some really cool ladies from a variety of fitness, fashion and lifestyle blogs, that I recommend you check out:
- Alicia Waite from lissiloves.blogspot.com
- Elle Hankinson from www.runlikeelle.com
- Laura, Kim and Rachel from foodandlycra.com
- Katie Glass from www.katieglass.com
It was only when coming out of Shoreditch Studios that I noticed that we were right next to the Nike 1948 space and that they had a fantastic streetart covered van outside advertising the Eric Koston Chomp Ollie Skateboarding Tour that was going on inside. Such a cool website. But that’s Nike for you…
GIRLS! Sign up for the 10K We Own the Night Run and run with me.
Photography © Lucie Kerley
#BLOGGED Thank you, Charlotte Taylor @YBDfashion for a fresh new take on this summer’s party dress.
So, I’ve had a look in my wardrobe and it turns out I own all sorts of prints…
- Trumpet Lantern
The list goes on… and on… and on.
BUT! I realise, I have never before owned or worn (in all seriousness) something resembling zebra print.
You hear zebra and, admit it, you tend to think of a zebra crossing or of garish black and white mock-zebra stripes. However, you will be pleased to know, Charlotte Taylor has managed to sweep away those ghastly predictable connections and produce a fun, unexpected, young and pretty print that is perfect for introducing to your spring/summer 2013 wardrobe.
Young British Designers stock a good selection of Charlotte Taylor pieces and her zebra range is pretty extensive.
wearingloving the orange chevron striped Zebra Cotton Mini Dress by Charlotte Taylor at Young British Designers, £210 worn (above) with the fabulous Atalanta Weller Sea Blue Sandal Wedge. I find the repeating pattern of little zebra heads set against the quirky orange backdrop very fun.
I also adore the chiffon maxi version of this zebra dress too, priced at £390. It would be perfect to wear as a guest for a friend’s spring/summer wedding. It’s rather demure neckline belies the sexy low v-cut back along with the pretty capped sleeves and chiffon floaty fabric, which make it a very wearable, lightweight summer staple.
If you’re still a little scared of going ‘all out’ zebra, treat yourself to a little Charlotte Taylor scarf to dip your toe into the quirky Eastern inspired waters.
Zebra Chiffon Scarf by Charlotte Taylor at Young British Designers, £120
Photography © jmgcreative + Lucie Kerley