The Highs & Lows of Blogging in 2015

Hot Chocolate


As we begin to count down to the end of the year (I can’t believe we have only 2 days left in the year), I will like to reflect on my blogging journey so far. If I were asked to describe my blogging journey in 2015, in 1 word, it would be BUSY. It was an extremely busy year for Fashion and Style Police, the busiest ever in fact. There have been so many high moments, as well as not so high moments, but I am happy I got the chance to experience all of them. I will like to reflect on my 2015 blogging journey, so I can look back, read this post and remember all the major blog moments.



I have had so many ‘HIGHS’ this year, but here are some of them:

My First Blogging Event

The Front Row Society

I attended the Sleep Well Shop Well Event with Premier Inn and Propellernet in October and I LOVED it. It was my first blogging event and I love the fact that I set my standards pretty high as far as events are concerned. I get invites on a daily basis to various events but I turn them all down because majority of them are in London, or somewhere equally too far away for me to be bothered to make the long journey and sort out childcare, while the others may be close by but I don’t believe it is worth my time or effort, so I decline.

I like the fact that I am picky when it comes to events, time is money so any event I go to has to be worth my time, and the Sleep Well Shop Well was the first to meet my demands. I had part of my travel sorted, accommodation sorted, food sorted, shopping sorted and I had an amazing time. I even met the cool Anna from The Twenty Sumtin blog, I wrote a guest post on her blog and it is all about beauty tips so go check it out.

My First Twitter Party


Christmas Night In

This year – 2015 was all about ‘firsts’, and this time, I hosted my first Twitter party for Ocean Finance. I enjoyed hosting from the comfort of my home, sipping a yummy cup of hot chocolate, and wearing my pretty New Look onesie, you can play catch up with my Tweets, I am @Olojay.

I stepped Outside My Comfort Zone

Scary Halloween Makeup

This year I stepped outside my comfort zone quite a few times, starting with the Halloween Makeup post for Vision Direct. It was a fun post and I enjoyed creating the look. I have also embraced the lifestyle blogging trend, and written quite a few posts outside of fashion and beauty, like this Cooking Challenge with Expedia and this Food Challenge with Travelodge.

I have enjoyed the variety of my blog posts this year, and I think my readers have to. I am hoping to continue bringing you fun and useful fashion, beauty and lifestyle posts so keep reading Fashion and Style Police.

Fashion and Style Police Turned 3

The blog turned 3 in October and this year has been the best ever so far. I never imagined I would still be blogging in 2015 and doing so well when I started in 2012. I have worked my behind off in the last 3 years and I am so happy today because my hard work seems to be paying off at last. I have worked with incredible brands this year, they have been so many, so I would just name a few with links for you to check out some posts:

  1. I became a Brand Ambassador of Luxemme.
  2. I have reviewed quite a HUGE number of pieces, accessories and products from various brands like Dolled Up Hair, OGX, Debenham Flowers and many more.
  3. I had quite a number of sponsored posts which were well received.


I started freelancing in the summer of 2015 and it has been a bumpy ride but so worth it. I have written for some amazing websites, a few have been published, while many are yet to be published. I will be updating my portfolio page with links once the articles are published so watch that space. I have also started blogging for The Huffington Post so be on the lookout for updates for that on the portfolio page as well.



I try not to dwell on the ‘lows’ but I think it is right to give you the full picture so here they are:


DA Fluctuating

For those who do not know, DA stands for Domain Authority and it is a very important statistic for any professional blogger or any blogger that wishes to make any sort of income from a blog. I almost cried when I discovered my DA had dropped from a 32 to a 26 some weeks ago. It is now at 27, and I am looking forward to getting it back to above 32.

Bloggers Stealing Your Ideas

There is a very thin line between being inspired and outright copying, and many bloggers just go over the thin line. I have discovered similar blog posts on other blogs and I don’t know whether I should be annoyed or flattered some times, but what I would say is if you have to copy another blogger’s idea, then I think it may be time to find a new career, dream or hobby as the case may be, because you will never be as good as the original.

The ‘NO BUDGET’ Line

Most bloggers would be familiar with the ‘no budget’ line and it seriously annoys me that brands/PRs think they can get me to work for free with their talk about exposure and the works. In 2016, I won’t even bother replying such emails. Unfortunately, exposure does not pay the bills, and the blog does not run itself.

Brands Taking Forever to Pay

Chasing unpaid invoices was my other job this year and it was not fun. I hate it when I have to keep reminding you to pay me for a service I have already provided, and I did a lot of that this year, and from what I have heard, the chase never ends as long as you keep having clients.

Hot Choc Mug


The good part about all this is that the highs outweighs the lows massively, so I will continue doing what I do best. Here is me hoping 2016 is even better than 2015 for us all.

With 2 days left in the year, how have you found 2015 so far? Any highs or lows you would like to share? Drop me a comment, let’s chat.

Thanks for reading, see you in 2016.





Product Review: NO-MI Numa Shapewear Top

Hey guys. I hope you are all still enjoying the holidays. It is a Bank Holiday here in the UK, and I am still enjoying the festive vibe. I think I will be until 4th January really, and after the festive season, I have my birthday to look forward to, so more celebrations to come.

I have been busy with the sales, I got some stuffs at Zara, Moss Bros and Mothercare, and I am still shopping. I still have quite a bit to get. How are you finding the sales? Have you spotted any crazy bargains?

Anyways, I am back today as promised and I have a product review post for you. I had the opportunity to review this NO-MI Numa Shapewear Top some weeks ago and I am eager to tell you all about it.


This Shapewear Top slims down the midsection, creating a smooth streamlined silhouette and is available in various designs, sizes and colours. Here is what the brand has to say about this product:

    The simple shaping design of this top creates a smooth streamlined silhouette and is specifically designed to target the upper back, lower back, taille, tummy, bum, hips – giving you an everyday top with all the features to slim you in the right areas.
    This seamless top with spaghetti straps is available in a basic or lace style with various designs and colours to choose from and also has the added feature of adjustable straps.
    Numa Top Basic is available in Black, White, Rose or Pink. Numa Top Lace is available in Black. Numa Top Dots is available in Pink and Mint. Numa Top Stripes is available in White.



Here are my thoughts on the slimming top:


  • I went for a medium size and it was a perfect fit.
  • I found it quite easy to wear. I pulled it up from my legs.
  • I am yet to pop it into the wash, but the material looks like it is going to wash well.
  • It is quite affordable at £25.
  • This Shapewear top does the JOB. It slims the midsection right down so it is perfect for tight bodycon dresses and the likes.
  • It comes with adjustable spaghetti straps which are very handy.
  • This slimming top blends in with any outfit.


  • When you pop this top on, make sure you pull it all the way down, over the hips, to prevent it from sliding up. It kept sliding off until I pulled it over my hips.

There are all sorts of Slimming Solutions available but overall, I recommend this NO-MI Numa Shapewear top to any woman struggling to look trim in a fitted dress or top. This Shapewear is very affordable, and it does exactly what it says on the pack.

Have you tried any NO-MI product? Share your thoughts.

Happy shopping.


*PR sample included.


OOTD: Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas

Wow I can’t believe it is Christmas Eve today. This year has gone by super fast, in a good way. It has definitely been the best blogging year ever for Fashion and Style Police, and I am hoping 2016 is even better. I have so many blog projects I am working on at the moment, I don’t want to reveal too much, but it is going to be worth reading and maybe watching, crossing my fingers and toes.

Happy Holidays

As for the bright sunny photos I have here, the sun came out some days ago, and it was kind of a BIG deal, since it hardly comes out these days. I made good use of the opportunity and got some outfit pictures taken. Who knows when next I would be this lucky to have good weather, and be outfit ready at the same time. How has the weather been where you are?

I will be taking a well needed break over Christmas, so you should expect my next post to be on or around the 28th. I need the time off to relax with my family and enjoy the festive season, and I am so looking forward to eating, relaxing and doing NOTHING. I need to recharge my batteries, lol, it has been a crazily busy year.

Luxemme Outfit

Luxemme Jumper

As for this jumper, it is an Abella Luxe Chunky Knitted Jumper by Luxemme. I love the distressed look of an otherwise classic jumper, it gives a more edgy look, and the colour is so beautiful. I styled it with a pair of black leggings and cami, and knee-high boots, and I think I nailed the shabby chic look I was going for. Do you agree?

Pandora Earrings

As for accessories, I decided to keep it simple with this stunning Pandora stud earrings, sunnies of course, a scarf, and my Fitbit bracelet. I love the overall look, and I will be wearing the life out of this jumper this season.

FSP OOTD Luxemme Post

Fashion and Style Police Fashion Blog UK


What do you think of this outfit? Drop me a comment, let’s chat.

Merry Christmas everyone. Have a fantastic one x

Fashion Outfit Post UK



Jumper – c/o Luxemme

Leggings – Select Fashion

Cami – M&S

Scarf – French Souvenir

Boots – Timberland

Bag – Michael Kors

Sunnies – Marc Jacobs

Earrings – c/o Jewel Hut


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