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Happy 4th Anniversary Fashion & Style Police

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Today makes it exactly 4 years since my first blog post went live on Fashion and Style Police. And I can’t believe I am still here doing what I know how to do best. It has been 4 long years, full of ups and downs, opportunities, regrets, meeting great people, dealing with trolls and everything else in between. It has been a hell of a ride but I don’t see myself ever giving it up. I see myself evolving as a blogger (and I have evolved, still evolving) but quitting my blog has never ever crossed my mind. I am obsessed with the adrenalin rush I get every time I get a lovely comment, every time I hit publish on a new blog post, every time my post gets shared on social media and every time a fab opportunity lands in my inbox.

Me setting up a blog was a style course requirement for my fashion styling course at London of College Style (LCS), but it became my escape spot long after my course ended, and I lost interest in pursuing my style career. I was spending so many hours on social media and on other blogs, so putting that time towards Fashion and Style Police was easy. I am happy with how far my blog has come and I am looking forward to what the future holds for us.

To celebrate this 4th anniversary, I have a few giveaways running, so have a look and make sure you enter anyone that interests you. I am also sharing a few facts and funny stories that have happened to me, in these last 4 years, since I became a blogger.

 

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Publishing Outfit Photos Everyday

In the beginning, I used to take outfit photos and publish them everyday. I would get up extra early to make sure I could get some outfit shots before heading to work. I did that for the first year or so, and now when I think back, I wonder what I was thinking. I don’t know of any fashion blogger who takes outfit photos everyday. Some fashion bloggers publish daily outfit posts, but majority of them take many different outfit shots in a day, to achieve this. And many of them can afford to have full-time professional photographers at their beck and call (aka boyfriend/husband = photographer).

 

Missing My Train

Still on the daily outfit photos, I was so obsessed with publishing daily outfit photos, that I once missed my train to work because I was taking outfit photos outside the train station. Can you imagine the craziness? I live in Cheshire, and my job was in Manchester. I use to have a daily commute to and fro work of over 2 hours and it was killing. Missing a train meant I had to wait an extra 45 minutes for the next train but in my head then, all I cared about was getting the outfit photos taken, lol.

 

32 Days Radio Silence

I gave birth to my twins in November 2013, and for the first time I didn’t  blog for a very long time – 30 days. I was blogging for just over a year then, so I didn’t have the readership I now have, so it was easy to stay away. Plus I really couldn’t be bothered to talk about fashion and style, I was barely sleeping.

 

A Second Blog

I was feeling quite adventurous in 2014, and decided to set up a another blog solely for reviews. That didn’t work out and it has now been deleted. The only reminder I have of what a bad decision it was is the Facebook page of the blog I still have. If you have any ideas of what to do with it, please let me know. And yes it was a bad decision then because I had no time for the blog, no direction and no passion for the niche. It was a bore.

 

No Pregnancy Outfit Photos

I stopped taking outfit photos once my belly bump began to show because I didn’t want to share that part of my life with the whole world. I doubt I can get away with doing that now but I did then. I did post some pregnancy photos after my delivery though, if that counts.

 

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So here is to many more blogging years. I hope Fashion and Style Police continues to entertain, inspire and educate.

Thanks for flying with me.

 

 

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5 Fashion Stylists’ Secrets

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Many of us can only dream of employing a Fashion Stylist. Lets face it, they don’t go cheap, so having the likes of Rachel Zoe and others access our wardrobes may only happen in our dreams. I played with the idea of becoming a Fashion Stylist/Personal Shopper for some years. I even took a style course at the London College of Style (LCS) many moons ago. But I decide not to pursue it because it was not working in line with my lifestyle. I still have mad love for fashion and style, which is why you read a lot about them on Fashion and Style Police.

So today I am sharing a 5 Fashion Stylists’ Secrets I picked up along the way –

 

Flat Tummy

Many women hate their tummies. Our tummies are usually wobbly and unrecognisable once we pop out the a kid or 2. Wearing body con dresses can be a nightmare for many women but it really shouldn’t. There are so many magic girdles that handle this issue brilliantly so you should not have to suffer in silence. Just make sure, you buy the right pair for your size. If it is too tight, you will be super uncomfortable, if it is too loose, it won’t do the job, and if it has visible panels, everyone would now you have a girdle on.

 

Hairspray

To prevent a boob escape when wearing a boob tube, or to stop your ankle straps from falling down on your shoes, spritz some hairspray on the inside. Hairspray is also useful for preventing static clothes like a silk dress, from clinging. Try spraying a little over your tights to stop a silk dress or skirt from sticking to the tights.

 

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Dress down a frock

You can get more wear out of an evening piece by dressing it down with a cardigan or flats, for a laid back look.

 

Practice makes perfect

Practice makes perfect when it comes to anything and that includes fashion and style. You have to practice walking in heels to be good at it, it doesn’t just happen. You have to practice striking a pose and having a posture, to nail it. Standing with one leg forward, and foot pointed to the camera always works for me when striking a pose. This technique works because your back foot holds your body weight, and it creates the illusion of a slimline figure.

 

Play around with colours

Black creates an illusion of a slimmer figure so it is worth having a couple of black pieces in various styles. When wearing black or other primary colours, you can always accessorize with other colours to make your outfit pop and look less boring.

 

What do you think of these 5 Fashion Stylists’ Secrets? Do you have any fashion secret to share?

10 Questions/Phrases Bloggers Are Sick of Answering

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I have a favourite writing corner. Most people call it the ‘Writers’ Coven’ but I call it my refuge place. Once I have a writer’s block, I retire to my refuge place, which is our guest bedroom on the topfloor. It has a window in the ceiling and the bright sunlight slowly re-energizes my writing purpose.

Surviving as a full-time blogger, freelance writer, author and blogger outreach girl is hard work. Most days I find myself working past midnight, only to wake as early as 6am with the kids. Operating on less than 6 hours sleep is no fun. So you can imagine why some cliques does get to me. Here are some annoying questions I am sick of hearing as a writer:
So you are a blogger, have you published any book?
Yes I am a blogger/writer, and no, not every blogger MUST publish a book.  However I have published a book not because I am sick of hearing this question but because I genuinely had a few things to say and I wanted to reach a bigger audience.
According to most folks, you are not a successful blogger/writer until you get a book published. It doesn’t matter if you write a 5,000 words article published on Huffington Post or The Telegraph. If you are yet to write a BOOK, you are likely not to be taken seriously as a writer. I believe that is overrated. We are sick of people giving us yardstick before we can be who we are. Writing a book is great, it gives you credibility, you can reach a wider audience and you earn some extra cash, but you don’t have to publish a book to be a successful blogger or writer.
Do you write every day?
Yes I TRY to write every day because I realised the more I write, the easier the words flow. But it is not the frequency of the write-up that matters but the depth of the write-up. Writing every day is a good habit if your writing improves as you go along but it is not a must.
How much do you make as a writer/blogger?
I understand many people find it bizzare that bloggers make money from blogging. Many still do not understand the whole blogging as a career thing, and I get that because I find many careers bizzare too. Like being paid crazy money to kick a ball into a net, I can never understand that.
So what is your job?
Blogging/writing is a Job. A REAL job. The digital marketing industry is currently contributing heavily to the British’s economy, so it is definitely a job. I see it as a full-time job anyway. I write and get paid, so it is a job. Why do I have to repeat myself so many times?

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Did you study ‘Writing’?
Yes and NO. Call it a passion and you are right. Call it an art and I give you a thumbs up but don’t think it is purely a craft that needs to be learnt. I studied Acounting as a first degree, and International Human Relations as a Master’s degree. I then fell in love with fashion styling, and studied that at London College of Style. All three degrees/diploma have nothing to do with Writing/Blogging. Writing is a talent. It can be refined but CAN’T be learnt. You either have it or you don’t.
How much have you made as a writer?
I am not J.K. Rowling…….YET. I might not make millions from it but I don’t need you to remind me of that. I also should not have to justify why I am a blogger/writer, or disclose my financial information to anyone. Some questions are just too intrusive and this is one of them.

So you are a Writer? My Grandmother is a Writer too.
I know what you are trying to do. No, not everybody can be a blogger/writer, even if many think they are or can. But well done to your Grandmother.
 So you write novels?
Erm….NO! I don’t write novels. Not everybody that writes has to write fiction. There are different genres and we tend to concentrate on the one most suitable to us. I prefer reading and writing non fiction.
When did you start writing?

Since I could hold a pencil. Any more questions?

Writing must be soo easy for you?
It is very easy for me because I have been writing all my life. Even before I started blogging, I had journals and diaries in real life. Writers put in effort in crafting out piece. It is a duty that needs focus, brainstorming and research. It can be fun and easy depending on the writer.

Do you have any annoying questions or phrases to share? Drop me a comment in the comment section, lets chat.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely Sunday.

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