Style Tips: How to establish your personal style

It can be tricky to find and stick to your personal style. The fashion industry is filled with new trends and designs every season. It is so easy to get carried away with pieces and accessories you like but may not necessarily be in tune with your personal style. If you are struggling to establish your personal style, you may find these style tips very useful:

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Declutter your wardrobe

The first thing to do when trying to establish your personal style is to take a good look at what you have already in your wardrobe. Look at all your pieces and accessories and decide on what you want to keep and what you want to get rid of. Once you have decided on items you want to keep, the next step is to see which items go well together and which items would fit into the personal style you have in mind. Once this is done, you will most definitely have new gaps in your wardrobe you would need to fill.

Create a mood board and go shopping

Once you find the gaps that need filling, the next step is to go shopping to fill those gaps. You have a personal style in mind already, so you need to have that in mind while you are out shopping. It would be pointless to buy an item that doesn’t fit into the personal style theme, so staying focused is very important. Creating a mood board before you go shopping would be a great idea because it allows you create different looks and gives you many ideas on the sort of clothing and accessories to shop for. Having this mood board on your phone as you shop is great. If you are an online shopper like me, this would be very easy to work with.

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Make your personal style yours

Now that you have decided on the style you want, you need to make it yours. This should come naturally if this is really your personal style. Once you are satisfied and comfortable with your look, then you can be rest assured you have established your signature style. If the look doesn’t feel right, you can look into styling the pieces and accessories differently to see if it works better.

When it comes to persona style, the whole idea is for the look to be uniquely yours. If it doesn’t feel right, it make be better to take another look at your wardrobe and see how you can make it work better for you.

 

 

How to make money from your blog

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So, you’ve started a blog and would like to make a living from it. I mean… who wouldn’t? Talking about the things you love, sharing your ideas and meeting like-minded people plus, earning money from doing all of this? Sounds incredible.

If you haven’t started a blog yet, what’s keeping you from doing it? The BBC published an article on how to make your fortune writing about stuff you love, where they recommend starting a blog. They add that to write a blockbuster blog, you should consider writing about something you love, find your individual voice, post every day if possible, and use other social media platforms to promote your content.

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Start an online store.

While you are blogging and writing about your travels or simply about a favourite recipe that you want to share with others, why not consider starting an online store? Ad Lab is a Magento eCommerce agency within London UK, and they recommend creating an online store to complement your blog for extra traffic and monetisation opportunities.

If you already have your blog on the WordPress platform, starting an online store is easy, peasy! WordPress has a plugin called WooCommerce that will allow you to set-up an online store in minutes with secure payments, customisable options, and more. If however, you plan to take it seriously, Ad Lab recommends the Magento platform which comes with a tone of innovative features to help sell more products online.

To gain wider recognition for your website, increase traffic, and ultimately sales, Ad Lab recommends putting your online store up for design awards. Here’s a link to Ad Lab’s portfolio on AWWWARDS which showcases some of their best Magento eCommerce sites.

Affiliate marketing.

In a recent blog post, Life with Baby Kicks commented that affiliate marketing is one of the most popular methods to make money from your blog. She gave the example of “if you are running a parenting blog, you can easily talk about useful products for your readers, such as baby toys and baby carriers, and when your readers click on the links for the products, you receive a commission from that interaction.”

That’s how easy affiliate marketing is! Plus, you don’t have to have a blog to make the most out of affiliate marketing – if you have a considerable following on another platform, share your affiliate links there.

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Run relevant ads.

Google AdSense is a great way to generate passive income from your blog. It’s free, quick, and simple. It only requires you to add a little piece of code to your blog (sounds more difficult than it actually is!) and then relevant ads to your content will start to run! When speaking with my friends at Ad Lab, they mentioned that it’s worth doing the Google certifications to help you get the most out of Google Ads. Here’s what Ad Labs Google qualifications look like.

Sponsorships.

Boo Roo and Tiger Too state 5 tips to creating more money, such as if you are a small blogger, you can contact companies and pitch them your ideas for sponsored posts. For bloggers with a larger audience, she mentions that companies will most likely get in touch with you to create content about their brand and/or product. You can also join influencer marketing networks where sponsored jobs are available!

Sell your skills.

Devon Mamma recommends selling the skills you’ve acquired whilst blogging. Whether this is social media management, writing reviews, copywriting, photography, design, or any other skill you might have acquired, you can start selling it! You can also add a hire me page on your blog, so people know you offer those services and can easily reach you if they need your assistance.

Get paid for speaking.

I know, it sounds crazy, but if you become an authority within your niche, podcasts will pay you to be a guest on their website, and exposure on these podcasts will open up traffic and sales to your website/online store. Here’s an example from Ad Lab who appeared on James Sinclairs podcast about growing businesses online – great listen if you have a spare hour 😉

 

Before the fame: from Bingo callers to celebrity status

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When was the last time you saw your local Bingo caller up on the big screen? Or traipsing the cobbles of your favourite evening soap? Although it’s a somewhat unlikely career progression, there are actually a lot of current celebrities who started out on the stage at their local Bingo hall, calling out the numbers. That’s right, you’re not the only one who enjoys playing online Bingo and fun filled nights down at your local brick-and-mortar location!

Read on to find out more.

Gary Barlow

Before the days of playing huge venues and penning songs for other famous singers, Gary Barlow actually began his career as a Bingo caller. It seems that he was always a big fan of the game, and still is, as the Take That star continues to host his own regular Bingo nights, as well as organising a few for the crew when he goes on tour, aptly dubbing it “Barlow’s Bingo”. Not only that, for his 10th wedding anniversary Barlow got all his family and friends together for a big game of Bingo, reminiscing about his past life on the stage at his local Bingo hall. Let’s just hope that they liked the classic game nearly half as much as he does!

Speaking on his life before he found his fame, Barlow confessed: “I used to be a Bingo caller when I was first starting out. I used to love reading out the numbers. We have bingo nights backstage on the Take That tour to help everyone relax”.

Russell Crowe

Another unexpected ex-Bingo caller and world-famous actor, Russell Crowe’s first-ever job was actually in a Bingo hall back in Australia, calling out the numbers. Bingo is far cry from his current career, with Crowe bagging an Oscar for his starring role in the film Gladiator, however, it gave him his first taste of being on stage and entertaining a large audience. The star has also mentioned his passion for the game in several interviews, not shying away from discussing his early career move. Despite his affinity for the game, Crowe was sacked from his job at the Bingo hall for coming up with, and frequently using, his own rude versions of traditional calls. Oh, what a naughty boy!

Shane Richie

Shane Richie is best known for his time on Albert Square as EastEnders favourite Alfie Moon, with his character facing several trials and tribulations throughout his time on the show. The character is famous for his cheeky remarks and cockney slang dialect, so it’s quite easy to see how these traits would lend themselves to Richie’s time as a Bingo caller. Following his Bingo career, Richie also did a stint as a classic bluecoat at the go-to family-holiday destination, Pontins. Wherever Richie goes, and whatever he does, it’s clear to see he’s a born entertainer!

Anthony Cotton

Another soap star who’s found his place in the Bingo community is Coronation Street’s Anthony Cotton – who plays Sean Tully on the show. However, this time, Bingo calling came after he’d found fame. Cotton even called the numbers in an episode of the show, getting the chance to demonstrate his passion for the game.

Speaking on his side job, Cotton said: “I love bingo. My character was a caller for a while, so I’ve done my fair share of visits to bingo halls. An audience is an audience – it doesn’t matter if it’s in a theatre or a bingo hall.”

 

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