As a blogger, finding the perfect places to shoot that both go with your theme and also where nobody has shot before is a task. Living in Bermuda I was limited to different locations - although a very beautiful island it's really just your beach, garden, sunset and tropical scenery. Being in London, I've come across the most amazing backdrops that can compliment any outfit. I love how vibrant London is and how different areas have different themes.
It's easy for bloggers to end up at the same locations, trust me I've seen lots of people at the same recycled places on Instagram so many times. I took it upon myself to do my research and find the most unique places to shoot. I chose locations that are within locations, so that you can be in a popular area but it gives one that opportunity to explore all around and find lots of new hidden treasures in one place.
Here are 5 of my favourite locations to shoot in London:
1. London Bridge - If you like the vintage look this location is a must for you. The area is so huge you can explore all the small bits and you'll be sure to find something cool through every little street. Borough Market which is located right next to the station is a different place to shoot, with all the produce carts, flower shops and brick pubs.
2. Brick Lane - Very retro and very vintage, this area is so iconic and you'll be sure to find something artsy on every corner. There are loads of graffiti to take amazing photos in front of. The market comes alive on the weekends and is very busy but is an amazing atmosphere full of artsy people.
3. Green Park - If you're going for the vintage glam look this is your place. The Ritz is located right outside of the tube station and the streets are filled with boutiques and the cutest glitzy cake shops. Well I mean, this is literally the Queen's neighbourhood after all.
4. Canary Wharf - This location is for your best "girl boss" looks. Surrounded by high risers and corporate life, this place gives me such a powerful feeling. Maybe it's just me but being in a place with so many business people makes me feel like I can do anything (I mean, I can but you know).
5. Bayswater - Introduced to me by my boyfriend, who might I mention would not stop talking about this location the whole commute there, is one of the loveliest places in London. It's gorgeous during the summer and is located by Hyde Park. The thing I love most about this area is the small shops along the streets and the manicured flowers on every corner. It's also walking distance from Little Venice which looks just like an Italian canal, enough said.
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Happiness doesn't always mean the things that others do for you that makes you happy - sometimes you have to be your own form that.
Often times people search for happiness in another person. When you love someone that person adds on the the parts of your life that are carefree but when things go wrong that can easily take it all away. Happiness isn't in the form of a person, it starts with you yourself. If you want to live a stress free life, you have focus on what you're allowing to consume you.
Things I did to relieve negative vibes
- I purified my thoughts. I started yoga classes and personal mediation were I was able to release all the tension. I also wrote all the things that were bothering me and all my bad thoughts down on a piece of paper and burned it, as my way of eliminating and letting go.
- I switched around my room. I arranged items in places they usually aren't and organized anything that was cluttered. This was my way of adding some form of organization to my life.
- Everyone loves a good bit of "tea" but I didn't engage myself in gossip or anything that caused negative thoughts. I even went so far as to eliminate anything that had to do with people that hurt me in the past that would cause bad flashbacks.
- Body detoxing. What you put inside your body makes a difference also. I tried detox tea for the first time and got rid of any junk foods I had in my apartment. I also went to the spa to have a cleansing facial.
- Treat yourself. Even if it's something as small as buying a shirt you really want, if it makes you happy do it. I like shopping and that's what makes me happy so I purchased a few items that I loved.
- Talk so someone you love. This doesn't mean you have to tell them exactly what's going on but just engage with someone who makes you happy, who lifts your spirits. (That would be my grandma, she's a doll)
Jacket from Blitz London
Somewhere on everyone's blog there is a bit about how you should go about blogging - tips, don't's and just overall ways to improve both your following and content. But they never really give the raw details about how blogging really goes, so I'm here to inform you all. Happy Reading!
- Your blog will change so don't try to make it perfect the first time. I change my blog template about twice a year and I'm always improving a feature. Don't stress yourself over everything.
- Blogger cliques do exist. Feeling left out? That's the motive. Don't get me wrong, I have a London fashion squad but it's when certain groups of girls think they're better than others, we have a problem. It doesn't hurt or cost to be kind to others.
- You don't have to look like everyone else. Yeah it's nice to explore the trends that are popping up everywhere but make sure you have something unique to offer. The amount of stylists I've worked with that find that bloggers all look the same is terrible. Bring something new to the table.
- Follow to Unfollow. This is very annoying once you catch on to the fact that some bloggers will follow you on Instagram or Twitter then the next day unfollow you. Some people are just out to get the followers but since I've been working with PR agencies, I've found out that most times its not the actual blogger doing it. There are new softwares that promote organic followers (not bought) and the system will automatically do this. So maybe she's not a complete b*tch after all.
- Being inconsistent will be your downfall. A week of not posting on Instagram will take you from 900 page views to 100 easily. Give the people what they want!
- Your feed is your resume. Every brand or PR agency thinking about working with you will check your Instagram feed first so make sure you have professional shots and things worth looking at! Please
- Brands will tell you no. Please don't get too upset about this because things won't always go as planned but if you make a long list of companies and contact them all you're going to find someone that wants to work with you. AND be realist. You're not going to land a Missguided campaign on your first go babes.
- I've realized that posting at certain times really doesn't matter when you have loyal followers. If they want to see you, they know where to find you. Don't get worked up about posting at exact times.
At the start of 2018 I just knew I was in for an amazing year! I wasn't entirely sure what super exciting things were coming my way but I prayed a lot, sent my CV around, prayed some more and sent positive vibrations out into the atmosphere. HUGE NOTE: Nomatter how much you think you aren't experienced enough for a job, believe that you are. Take a chance.
About 2 weeks ago I started my first ever professional job in the fashion industry (apart from years of retail) and I couldn't be more excited about it! Although I was a bit nervous I always have a can do attitude about things so I knew I was going to nail it.
I woke up on a gloomy London day and was off to my first location as a Junior Stylist. Throughout the day I travelled to five different locations consisting of storefronts, PR agencies and show rooms. Every person at each place was so lovely and didn't even mind my quirky personality (I really am a fun time). I attended each appointment professionally and on-time - apart from the fact that my feet were literally crying. It was really an amazing experience watching everyone prepare for London Fashion Week! I was able to arrange looks for upcoming photoshoots and connect with people for future projects - not to mention my boss is the best!
Throughout the day my friends and people on Instagram were asking me exactly what I do as a stylist. Although it's really so fun traveling to all these different appointments it calls for someone with a strong attitude, a fast thinker and positive person. If you are interested in becoming a fashion stylist here are a few tips I would recommend you keeping in mind!
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Most people would agree with me that starting a new task at the start of a new year is one of the most satisfying feelings in the world. Bettering yourself and changing bad habits are a few of the common "New Year Resolutions" that are often broken after the first month is through. Any takes on Dry January? I believe that if someone really puts their all into the goals they set, anything is possible.
Positive Year Tips
- Start Positive : Going into something with faith that it will happen is one of the best things you can do. Negative thoughts create negative outcomes and I believe that whatever you put out into the universe it will ideally throw back at you.
- Remember that life happens : Things will not always go how you hoped it would. Everyone receives their share of disappointments at some point in life. Speedbumps shouldn't be anyone's excuse to give up on everything they have worked hard for.
- Set Bigger Goals : When you're comfortable you tend to lack when it comes to completing your tasks. Make goals that scare you, that way you will be pressured into finishing them. I find that I work best when I have loads of things to do. I suppose the title is fitting for the moment...pressure makes diamonds.
As the new year has just started I hope that all of you make a conscious decision so bloom a better version of yourself. That could mean a number of different things but it's yours so own it.
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