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April 2016 Outfits*

So April was quite an interesting month as far as outfits were concerned. I had fun styling various pieces. I went out of my comfort zone with some outfits, but I had fun shooting every outfit post. My wardrobe is gradually transitioning into spring/summer style, and I am loving it, but sometimes I feel like I brought out my spring/summer pieces too soon. It feels like it is still winter some days. I even had to put the heating back on. Well, I hope as we step into the month of May, the sunshine and warmth steps along with us.

 

OOTD: Back to the Roots

Back to the Roots Picture

I love this outfit a lot as it represents a bit of my African roots. I enjoyed styling this outfit. It took me outside my comfort zone, as I hardly wear African prints these days. It felt good to rock this beautiful skirt without tights. Not sure I can try that at the moment, as it is currently a lot colder, but will do once it gets warmer.

 

OOTD: A Textured Dress & a Biker Jacket

Textured Dress Image

April was the month of dresses and skirts. I wore a lot of them and it felt good to take a much deserved break from my usual jeggings/leggings. This textured dress and biker leather jacket was popular with the readers. In fact, it was the second most popular outfit post (Back to the Roots above was the first) for the month of April. Maybe because many found the outfits relatable?

 

OOTD: Fashion and Style Police Has a Tshirt

White T-shirt Image

Yes she does and I am looking forward to wearing this personalised tshirt all summer. Many of you may wonder why I am always hiding behind a big pair of sunglasses most times. Apart from the fact that I love rocking sunglasses, I find them so stylish, I am also short-sighted, so I have contact lenses most times, and my eyes don’t do well in the sun at all. It gives me headaches, because I have to squint and strain my eyes, so it is a lot easier to pop some sunglasses on. That is what they are really meant for anyways, and I thank God for whoever invented them. They are lifesaver.

Speaking of contact lenses, they can be quite expensive, so I tend to look for deals and buy them in bulk. Vision Direct is now offering a huge range of daily contact lenses from only £9.98 for lenses including Focus Dailies, Dailies Aquacomfort Plus, Soflens Dailies and 1 Day Acuvue at the best possible price. You also get a free next day delivery on orders over £49 and a free reminder! Isn’t that great?

This offer is valid until 31 May, and it is for new customers only, so get in there and thank me later.

 

OOTD:Spring/Summer Outfit

Looking Summery Image

I love EVERYTHING about this look. The shoes (best shoes ever), the lace dress, the bracelets, the sunglasses, everything.I have a couple of events planned for the year, and I can picture these beauties making an appearance. I am in love with this look.

 

OOTD: How to Style a Black Dress

Black Dress Picture

Many fell in love with this look and I can now see why. It is because many could relate to it. It is a simple, girl next door look and it works. I must confess, I didn’t think it was all that until the post went live and the comments started flying in both online and offline. It has become my favourite look for April.

So there you have them, my 5 outfits for the month of April.

What do you think of the looks? Which is your favourite outfit?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

THE HIGHS

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.

 

Freelancing

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.

 

THE LOWS

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.

 

 

 

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