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Outfit Post – Fashion Blogger in Maryland

As you may know by now, we were on holiday in the US for some days. We got back last week, and we still trying to get back into the swing of things. The jet lag is gone, which is great. We were like zombies for days. But I still have a mountain of laundry to tackle, and some unpacking to do. Which is the part I hate the most about going on holiday. Thankfully, I made sure I cleaned the house from top to bottom before we left. I didn’t want us to come back to a dirty house. That would have been so depressing.

 

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I took these photos in Laurel, Maryland. It was a nice sunny day, and I was in the mood to get outfit shots taken. The only accessory missing was my sunglasses, but I didn’t let that stop me.

Like I said in the previous travel post, I didn’t get to do a lot of sight seeing in Maryland. I was hoping to do visit some tourist attractions but it never happened. All I did was see family and friends, and I spent the rest of my time in shopping malls or the hotel.

We spent 6 nights in Maryland. It was my third time visiting the city but first with the kids. We stayed in Homewood Suites by Hilton, which was a literally a home away from home, with a kitchen, living room and bedroom. We had a dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, TVs, coffee machine and all the basics available to us. It was a lovely place to stay and I will be looking out for Homewood Suites by Hilton in other locations.

I didn’t get to travel with my Canon camera so the quality of my photos are not as good as I would have liked. I had to make do with my iPhone and Samsung phone cameras. We were travelling with too many tablets and laptops, the last thing I wanted to add on was another gadget.

 

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Everything I have on is old, apart from the cardigan. I got that piece a few weeks ago, and I am seriously loving it. It is such a stylish piece! Do you agree? Have you been to Maryland before? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

WHAT I WORE

Cardigan – Next Clothing

Jeans – River Island

Shoes – TOMS

Watch – Apple Watch

Bag – KNOMO

Scarf – M&S

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OOTD: Staying Warm this Winter

It is freezing at the moment and I am lost in many layers of clothing.  This weather is kind of expected in January, so no surprises really. However, I intend to stay warm. It is so funny to see some people walking around in very little clothing. I wonder how they do it. Just so you know, I had my very warm winter jacket on standby while I took these outfit photos. So don’t be deceived by this outfit.

 

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I took these photos some days ago while holidaying in Essex. We took a quick set of outfit photos on a Samsung phone since I decided to leave my Nikon Cameras at home. I must say, I am quite impressed with the picture quality on the Samsung phone. It is so amazing. I am an Apple girl at heart but lately the quality on my iPhone has left a lot to be desired. I am looking to get a new phone this year and I am not sure which brand to go for at the moment. Mu head says Samsung but my heart says Apple. What phone do you use?

 

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I got this Merino Wool Mix Sweater by Damart some weeks ago. It is a new wardrobe addition I am seriously loving. I love the sparkle colour block design. It is one luxury piece I can style effortlessly and I like the fact that it can be worn day or night. I also feel dead warm inside it. It is such a quality piece. And great for those who plan to stay warm this winter.

The pair of leggings I have is also a new wardrobe addition. I got that some weeks ago, and I plan on getting some more pairs. A woman can never have too many pairs of leggings. I think leggings are one of the most versatile pieces ever and I am forever buying new sets.

 

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What do you think of this look? How do you plan to stay warm this winter? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below. Have a lovely week.

 

WHAT I WORE

Merino Wool Mix Sweater – c/o Damart

Blue Leggings – NEXT Clothing

Blue Slip-On Sneakers – Russell and Bromley

Red Bag – Versace

Sparkly Cardigan – Apricot

Gold Earrings – Dubai Gold Souk

 

 

5 Gadgets Every Blogger Needs

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Blogging is one of the cheapest businesses to set off. You don’t need much really; a domain and a minimal theme and you are good to go. But there are some gadgets you would be needing if you plan on taking your blog to another level. You won’t need to spend a lot of money because you may already a few of these gadgets already.

Here are the top 5 gadgets every blogger may need:

Laptop/iPad

Having a laptop and iPad is essential to blogging for me. I do most of my blogging work on my laptop, but I use my iPad a lot when I am on the move or when I am too lazy to go on my laptop. Because I take my Laptop and iPad everywhere I go, so I can work, I like to have it protected. I use a cool custom-made skin made by the lovely people at CaseApp, and I will be telling you guys all about the fab skin in the next few days. I will also be giving away a discount code, so lookout for that post.

Back to the gadgets, I have always had a laptop and iPad so I didn’t buy them specially for blogging, but now that I blog and work from home fulltime, they have become even more useful. I would be lost without them and it would be very hard to blog without having at least 1 of them.

 

Camera

I had a point and shoot Fujifilm camera before I started blogging. So it automatically became my first blogging camera. I used it for a few months before upgrading to another Fujifilm point and shoot camera, which was a better model. I finally got a Canon DSLR about a year ago, and it is the best. I would strongly advise any blogger especially Fashion and Beauty Bloggers, to go for a DSLR straight away. The difference in the quality of pictures is gobsmaking, trust me.

 

Memory Card

If you take a lot of photos like I do, then you will be needing a memory card with a huge storage. It is better to have just 1 big memory card, than to have 3/4 memory cards with tiny storage.

 

iPhone

I finally joined the iPhone family this year, since I decided I have had enough of having a Blackberry and that was a fab decision for my blogging career. Having an iPhone means I can update my Instagram a lot quicker and it means I can take better photos on my phone. The quality of the camera on my iPhone 6s is unreal. I think it is the best mobile phone camera I have ever had. I know it sounds vain but I can take more discreet photos of my meals or anything I choose to photograph, when I am out and about.

 

Tripod, Selfie Stick & Photo Props

I blogged successfully for over 3 years without a Tripod but having one has made my life a lot easier. It is so easy to take a photo when I am alone now.

I have just bought myself a Selfie Stick and I think it is definitely another gadget worth having as a blogger.

Photo props are essentials for me because I like to make my photos pretty as much as I can. I got a mini white fluffy carpet from IKEA some months ago and I have found it very useful so far. I also have a few wall papers and tiles I use as photo props. I got them free as samples at Wilkinson and B&Q, so it is worth checking your local home stores to see what you can get.

 

What gadgets can you not live without as a blogger?

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