Sunday, 31 July 2016

Being a Northern Blogger

So I mean, the title of this post sounds quite strange, but nevertheless, I wanted to do this post and I had no other idea on how to title this...

So as you may know, I live in a town quite close to Newcastle, and I have noticed some pros and cons of living up north, and the effects it has on my blog. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love living near Newcastle. It's such a diverse area to live in, with a good shopping centre, and both so close to both rural, urban and seaside towns, all within an hours drive.

As many other bloggers may feel - living up north can make blogging a very expensive hobby to have. Let me explain....

So being up here, you're essentially away from the blogging 'centre' which is London. All the PR companies are based there, so events are normally organised in some super swanky venue in SoHo or a beautiful hotel function room of sorts. Not all of us, me especially, can afford the costs to attend these events. For example, return train fare from Newcastle to London can be anywhere between £100-£200+, especially when booked last minute, which a Saturday job cannot fund. Unfortunately, I have had to turn down a few blogging events because of this. You feel out of the blogging 'loop' since you can't meet all the other bloggers you read/interact with online. All the massive meet ups and events happen a 5 hour drive from you, it's incredibly hard to do a 'quick trip' to London for an event. The 'quick trip' would turn into a 3 hour train ride/5 hour car ride, £100+ for a night in a hotel, money for meals and drinks. It definitely adds up!

However, living up north does have its pros. As I said, I'm super close to a major city, but also close to the sea and the countryside - which gives me the best of both worlds really! The North East blogger network are an amazing group of people, and I have some amazing friends close to home who share this hobby. North East blogging events actually happen quite often, and I try to attend them as often as I can! Even though you're out of that 'loop', you can still get involved in the blogging community by attending smaller events closer to home. You save some money along the way as well!

So yeah... quite the unusual blog post but I hope you enjoyed it! Are you a Northern Blogger? I'd love  to hear your opinions!

Sunday, 10 July 2016

My Summer Essentials

Even though the British weather isn't looking too much like summer at the minute, I thought I would share my favourite products that I have been putting to use over the last few years around this time of year!


Saturday, 9 July 2016

Zoella Beauty Picks

When Zoellas beauty line came out a few years back, I couldn't explain to you how excited I was to get my hands on the products. Over that time I have compiled my 3 favourite products from the first 2 releases (since I haven't had a chance to get my hands on the new line yet!)


Friday, 8 July 2016

DIY Polaroid Board

Ok... can you really call this a DIY?

All over the internet, (particularly Tumblr and Zoellas' new office) I have been seeing pictures of copper noticeboards, customised with photos, postcards and little memories. I found a large noticeboard from Urban Outfitters for around £60 and was so tempted to order it a few months back. I'm glad I didn't now! I've found an alternative that cost literally a small fraction of the price!


Sunday, 3 July 2016

Trying this YouTube Thing...

Ok so - This is the first time I've talked about this on my blog, but I started a Youtube Channel! In no way is uploading regularly yet, but I do really want to start doing regular vlogs and chatty videos to upload every week. Here is my second video I uploaded last week. I did a gold and natural prom makeup look!

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