Style is something that's incredibly important to not only boost your confidence and self expression too however the hotter months can bring with them their own considerations in terms of potential outfits. In preparation for a Summer holiday away it's always good to add a few new pieces to get you excited for the break, so when the folks at Hammond & Co* from Debenhams got in touch it was the perfect excuse to play dress with my favourite guy. How are you dressing for Summer?
The sun has officially (and finally) come out to play in the UK and although it's still a little hit and miss at times in general the heat is on the up. During the warmer months it's incredibly important to protect and hydrate yourself against the beautiful rays so the effect of your damaged skin isn't as bad. Here are some essentials in my sunburn fighting kit, what do you need?
Since April I've been fortunate enough to start producing items for my own stock shop. After the completion of Woodland Wanders, my first photo set, it came to me that not everyone wants a whole batch of images especially if they're only interested in 1 or 2 so with that in mind there are some exciting new addition and something for you. How do you feel about stock shops? Which are your favourite?
During April / May of this year my motivation and creativity levels in regards to Not Copper Armour were incredibly low. A slump in inspiration is something we've all experienced from time to time but how we overcome this period is just as important as understanding why it happened. How do you come back after any kind of crash when your muse leaves you (be it a complete surprise or not)?
Minus a Christmas break I've been a fairly frequent gym goer now for approximately a year and although I'm not a fan of willing myself to go, it's been one of the best life decisions I could've made both for my physical and mental health. If you've been thinking about joining the gym here are a few valuable lessons I've taken away from my time pumping iron. What kind of exercise regime do you have? What lessons have you taken away from your experience of it?
At the start of April this year I announced the relaunch of Not Copper Armour and all the new things it had to offer with its look, feel and features - this has all been created due to a move to Squarespace. It's been the best decision I could have ever made for my tiny piece of internet and it's has the potential scope for so much more. Are you considering a move to any other blog hosting site? Have you moved and do you like it?
There are 2 types of people, those who love their own company and those who can't stand it however these states aren't always fixed. Learning to love your own company can be tough however there are ways to slowly build up your tolerance, it can be a good thing. Here are a few concepts that can keep the positive vibes going when you're alone. Do you like being by yourself?
For me style is important for not only as a form of self expression but it can also give you a boost of confidence when you may not necessarily be feeling your best, an item that represents this is the midi skirt. I'm usually found gallivanting in leggings and an oversized shirt but when the heat kicks in I find it the perfect excuse to switch things up a little bit to prevent falling into a complete style rut. How do you style the mid skirt? What your favourite summer staples?
Blogging is a much bigger affair than some believe, it has the ability to take up all your time depending on how many hours you want to put in but there are a few ways to streamline your working and help your blog content get out there in general. These are a few sites and apps that can benefit your process which are good for a whole number of reasons, these are my favourites. What are your stand out internet tools for pushing your enterprise out into the world?
The weekend is a great time of the week because it can allow some breathing space in between the stress and everyone wanting things from us, so it's a awesome excuse to focus on you, not that you need one. Here are a few activities to do on the weekend that can help put you in a positive frame of mind for the working week (especially if you don't have the usual mon -fri routine). How do you prepare for your 'Monday'?
Despite nearing the 30 barrier, give or take a few years, I still would call myself a shy girl at heart - there are many associations good and bad with this so I thought I'd share a few things regarding this issue. So here are a few thoughts from a real shy girl, are you the same? Or do you have more of an outgoing personality?
Cultivating a brand can be a good thing, be it for your blog, business or general online presence (whether you earn from any of these ventures or not) - it can help draw in an audience and solidify what you're all about. A brand can be built with graphics, text, photography, the subject you wish to discuss and all those other little things that make up a site, what would you tell a beginner? How did you improve your 'brand'?
If you're a UK resident then the biggest news story that has dominated the headlines for weeks is the latest general election which decides our next Prime Minister for the next 5 years, which although seems short can influence a whole lot of change for the country. It's an incredibly important feature of politics but it can bring out the best and worst in people. The subject of who you wish to vote for and why can be a controversial issue to broach. Here are a few reasons why I'm not broadcasting my personal views, how do you feel about how we communicate for the UK vote?
When blogging, sometimes it can be hard to think of how to compose a corresponding image with your given blog post, having some kind of correlation between words and photography can make it seem more fluid to a potential audience. Building a stock of reliable props can benefit your overall style and possibly help develop an on-going within your work. What are your favourite blog photo props to use?
Every now and again we all come into contact with the dreaded 'writers block' any kind of writing needs a purpose and creativity but sometimes your own flair just isn't there for you. Be it for your job or for more personal purposes there are always a few ways to bring back the spark. Here are some options for helping you and your words to find each other again. How do you bring back your writing?
Although the weather is still currently in flux it is very noticeable that the temperature has been turned up, meaning it really is time to get rid of the echoes of the previous season. As it's time for holidays, bikinis, suncream and picnics I thought it time to start getting myself ready for the sunshine. Here are a few ways to prepare for the hotter weather, how are you welcoming in the summer sun?
The online world is huge, in fact using the word 'huge' is an understatement, meaning we can get stuck in our small corner of the internet and not venture out of it to find new inspiration but sometimes it's good to source out new bloggers and youtube channels to fall in love with. As a creator I'm all for singing the praises of others, not only does it celebrate fellow influencers but it can also put any potential audience in touch with more great reads.. Here are some amazing bloggers and youtubers that I'm currently loving, where are your favourite online spaces to escape to?
Stress is a natural by-product of a busy life whether it be brought about by family, work, relationships (of any kind) or a mixture of everything. Saving a bad day can hopefully prevent those not so positive vibes from rolling over into the next day thereby putting a stop to a vicious cycle. Here are a few ways to help save a day full of stress, how do you bring back that good energy?
In order to help push your photography and to understand your camera's capabilities it's always a fine idea to play with the manual side of things and the general rules that govern them.t of setting up. Here is part I of a small series that will cover some of the most fundamental concepts of the subject, which could be used as a simple refresher or if you're just starting out. What advice would you give to any budding photographer?