29 January 2019

january 2019 monthly update peexo

At the end of each month I want to do a roundup post. I've been wanting to start on this for the longest time but I just haven't really known the best way to go about it if I'm being completely honest. I really think blogging is so hard at the moment and if you're not sharing the next big thing or some epic tips and tricks then it's pretty hard to stand out. I don't know about you but I don't really read blogs as often as I used to and I'm sure there are many other people who feel the same way. I want to fall back in love with blogging and so I just want to write more.

27 January 2019

why I started blogging vs. why I blog now
There's no doubt that the blogging world has changed so much since it first began. Even just during the 5 years I've been blogging, the changes have been huge and it continues to change every day. There are times when I don't really know where I fit in in the blogosphere anymore which is quite daunting admittedly but one thing I do know is just how much I enjoy it. Today marks 5 years since I first hit publish, I remember being so scared about sharing my first post and if you were to tell me back then that a few years later it would be my full time job... well, I probably would have laughed but here we are.

25 January 2019

styling tiger print dress day-to-night

I bought a new dress. An impulse buy if I'm being completely honest. Last week I had an event to go to which involved dinner and I wanted something nice to wear. Naturally, when I opened up my wardrobe and looked at my options - I instantly succumbed to the "I have nothing to wear" phase and just as quickly opened up my laptop to browse online for the perfect outfit for the evening. I bought a few options and labelled this dress as a maybe thinking it probably wouldn't look nice on and I wasn't even sure if I really liked it! I completely surprised myself by just how much I loved it and so I wanted to share a couple of the ways I've styled it so far, taking it from day time to night time.

22 January 2019

snow ski wishlist

I've never been skiing before but I'm heading to Scotland next week to visit my auntie and uncle and we've decided to head to a few ski resorts whilst I'm there. I've been searching for everything from ski base layers to heavy duty winter boots for the trip and whilst I don't think I'll be doing a whole lot of skiing, I'm really excited for a few days in the snow! In 2014, we went to the Glenshee Ski Resort and I learnt the hard way that warm layers are essential. I naively thought that wearing a pair of tights under my jeans would be enough to keep me warm in the snow but boy was I wrong... This year I plan on being well and truly prepared for the cold weather and here are some things I have my eye on!

18 January 2019

film photography

I bought my first disposable camera last year for my summer holiday in Portugal after seeing so many people trialling film photography. I didn't go for anything fancy, I literally just bought a couple of cheap disposable cameras from Amazon (I bought the Fujifilm Quick Snap) and I absolutely loved the photos I took. The whole process of taking a photo and not knowing what it will look like until it is developed makes it all so exciting! It took me a while to get mine developed over the summer but once I did, it felt like I was reliving my holiday all over again which I loved. I really want to make an effort to use film cameras so much more!

15 January 2019

2019 travel plans

January is supposed to be one of the most popular months for booking holidays, it seems we're all struck with the January blues and itching to get away! I wouldn't say I have the travel bug but I definitely enjoy the time off (or time away I should say as I don't think I ever really take time off from work ever). Somehow I've ended up booking two trips so far this year and as if that wasn't enough, I'm also heading on a snowy getaway later on in the month! So 2019 is quickly filling up with travel plans which has been completely unexpected.

10 January 2019

reducing fast fashion consumption

This is such a tricky topic for me if I'm being completely honest but I want to try and do better. The thing is, with this job comes a lot of new stuff: new clothes, new shoes, new equipment, new tech - there's a lot of new items I talk about because that's a huge part of what I do. Equally, I'm becoming more and more aware of the impact this has on the environment and fast fashion in general so it's something I'm aiming to think about more throughout 2019. This year is all about trial and error for me, just trying to better my shopping habits in a way that still allows my content to be appealing.

8 January 2019

2018 instagram statistics
Happy New Year! We're officially in 2019 and I don't know about you, but I'm counting this week as the first week back (last week was a trial run!) I've been working on some content for the new year and high up on my list was to share my year on Instagram so that's what today's post is all about. 2018 was a really good year of growth for me on the platform, practically doubling my following from 27.7k at the start of the year to 54.7k by the end, and despite not having any tips or tricks to share - what I do have is a detailed look at my year on Instagram: my top performing photos, the rise (and fall) of my following monthly and a few things I've noticed along the way. Whether you want to learn more about Instagram or simply have a nosey at what happened throughout the year for me, then I hope this post is insightful.