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Is blogging dead? I don't think so!

The whole blogosphere seems to be having some sort of melt down at the moment. I've seen endless twitter threads with bloggers voicing there thoughts and opinions on how blogging is on its way out and how the once thriving community was now more jealous than supportive. It's so sad to see this and yet I suppose it was always going to happen. When I started blogging, almost four years ago, I had no idea it was something you could earn money from let alone turn into a full-time job. The community was smaller back then and people truly loved reading content and sharing opinions. Whereas now it's all about the likes and numbers, more quantity over quality. I'm not going to harp on about the Instagram algorithm, yes it's shit but there's nothing we can do about so it's pointless moaning about it...am I right? Anyhu, nowadays the term 'influencer' (a term that in all honesty, I'm not a huge fan of) is given to lot's of people, you don't need a blog - simply having a following on Instagram can boost your profile and give you 'influencer' status and so people are asking the question - why bother blogging? For me the answer is simple, I love it. Even though blogging is my job now and something I do rely for income, it is first and foremost a passion project. If the brand collaborations stopped and I had to go back to working full time at my job at the Barbican, I would but I'd still blog. Blogging wasn't something I got into for the money, I was oblivious to the fact you could earn money from it, it was something I started as a creative outlet and something I very much intend to continue.
Towards the end of last year I completely lost my blogging mojo and didn't post for weeks. I didn't force it because I knew if I did the content would not only be dull but it would be pointless. Thankfully a couple of months a go it came back and once again I started to love creating posts, writing, editing, styling and organising photo shoots. Now more than ever I am so excited to share all of my various musings with you guys and hope you enjoy reading them as much as I do writing them. Sometimes, I click onto my website and try to see it through the eyes on a new reader and I have to say I'm pretty proud of myself, something that I don't say to often but in all honesty, I love what I've created! As well as writing a blog myself however, I also still love to read blogs, yes Instagram and Twitter give quick bursts of content and small glimpses into people lives but I still very much enjoy taking in long-form content. I still read my favourite blogs each week, not only because I enjoy reading them but because I get inspired by them too. Some firm faves I enjoy reading come from the likes of Victoria at InTheFrow, Megan at MeganEllaby, Hannah at HannahGale and Hayley at FrockMeI'mFamous to name a few.
Jacket - Primark, Jumper - H&M, Trousers - Primark, Glasses c/o - Specsavers,
Bag c/o - Radley, Bracelets - Daniella Draper & Monica Vinader, Shoes c/o - ASOS
Photography - Zoe Griffin
I mentioned at the beginning of the post how the community has turned into a very jealous pool of people, know obviously this isn't said for everyone! There are some lovely, genuine bloggers out there some of which I've formed great relationships with, however there always seems to be so much blogger drama on Twitter usually involving people calling out other people, voicing their frustrations over someone else being picked for a brand campaign or how certain bloggers are faking there way to the top. I try to stay on the sidelines when it comes to all of that, I'm just not interested in it all! You do you and don't worry about anyone else.
As the fabulous Ru Paul says - "Unless they gonna pay your bills, pay them bitches no mind." A truer word has never been said!


So after reading so many articles on how the world of blogging is dead, I'm here to say that this one isn't!
Are blogs bringing in the same amount of views as the days before Instagram... perhaps not but am I bothered? Not one bit! As long as you have content creators who love doing what they do regardless of how the industy changes along the way you'll always have bloggers, great bloggers in fact! So please do me a favour - if you do read them and you do enjoy what they write/share then engage! Leave a comment, reach out, tell them what you'd like to see more of. I can't speak for us all but the majority of bloggers love getting feedback and love starting conversations that readers can join in with. And for those wanting to start a blog DO IT!
It's truly the best decision I ever made but start for the right reasons, because you love it and not becuase you want to make money from it, passion should always come first.

K x

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP #6

Guys! Welcome back and happy Sunday. How quick has this week gone? This year in fact, I'm trying not to panic but HOW is it already April...nearly May, like where the hell did the first quarter of the year go?! Today I'm back for another Weekly Roundup (I hope you're enjoying them) It's been lovely for me to sit down each Sunday and just recap everything I've been up to. It's also been quite therapeutic and keeps me motivated to write content each week. Along with this post I also wrote another beauty review on Wednesday so if you're yet to read it you can find it by clicking this link here and as always if you fancy reading any of my previous Roundups you can find them all here. With that said, let's get straight to it.
This week was lovely and we finally had some sunshine!! Word has it it'll be sticking around for the week ahead too, so I have my fingers firmly crossed for that. I'm pretty chuffed that I managed to back into my gym groove this week, I only did three sessions but I feel so much better for it and hope to get back to my standard four sessions a week very soon. I always find it easy in the lighter/warmer months, I'm just more motivated in general when it's not dull and rainy outside. Monday I did a boot camp class and the other days I did spinning (I'm becoming addicted to spin classes - I love them!) After the gym on Wednesday I was invited to the Wellness Clinic at Harrods to have a treatment with LPG endermologie. It's  a non invasive, 100% natural - slimming and anti-ageing beauty therapy. Basically it's a machine that lightly pinches (not painful at all) your skin to remove resistant fat as well as firming the skin and smoothing cellulite. The treatment can be used anywhere on the body but I had the facial treatment. It was fabulous and super relaxing. The wellness clinic itself was so chilled and definitely somewhere I'll look into going again...any excuse to go to Harrods!
 The rest of my week days were a mix of working from home on my laptop - I'm chuffed to have signed a contract to work with another brand on a really cool campaign... I'll share more when I can but it's a brand I've wanted to work with for a long time and I can't wait to shoot all the content! Other than home I've worked a couple of days at the Barbican Centre, I even managed to watch The Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson's latest film) which I loved! If you haven't seen it I'd definitely recommend it, it's really funny. So yes, all in all my week was pretty chilled leading up to the most delightful of weekends. Yesterday I met my besties Lee and Holly for coffee and brunch at Ozone in Old Street. The food was worth the queue, sadly we ate it before I had a chance to take a picture (it was that good) but trust me, the omelette's are crazy good. After brunch we headed to Kings Cross to meet my momma at the station, she's been in Paris visiting my brother all week and had a couple of hours before her train home so we grabbed a cocktail (just OJ for me) and caught up. Yes guys, I'm still going alcohol free, it's been six weeks and I feel great. Mum left and me Lee and Hol headed to Balans in Soho for more drinks and some light bites. I honestly can't even describe the friendship I have with these two, we just laugh constantly when together and I don't mean giggles, I big fat belly laughs. I just love when we're together!
That leaves us with today. Today has been such a classic Sunday, I slept in, I had a long bubble bath and I cooked a gorgeous dinner. I then headed to my favourite local coffee shop and sat with my flat white and lemon drizzle cake, watching the world go by whilst doing some admin and emails. I love days like this, where it's just so relaxed and yet still fairly productive. I'm now back in my flat, sat on my bed typing away and intend to write another couple of blogs before painting my nails and popping on a face mask. I have a super exciting day tomorrow but I'll save that for next weeks RoundUp. Hope you've all had a lovely week and I hope to see you back here again on Wednesday for my next post. See you soon!

K x

liz earle - skincare review

A few weeks a go I delved back into the world of beauty after having quite a long break and you guys seemed to love it! The Pixi Skintreats review got so much love and it made me so happy! So seen as  beauty seems to be a popular topic I thought I'd get right back to it, this time reviewing one of my all time favourite skincare staples - Liz Earle. Now I've been using Liz Earle skincare for ages! Where as Pixi was a fairly recent discovery dear old Lizzy has been a part of my life since I was a teenager. The three step cleanse, tone and moisturise has become part and parcel of my morning routine and one I expect to be doing for the rest of my life. I was first introduced to Liz Earle by my best friends Mum, she got me the 'try me' kit for a birthday one year, a kit with miniatures of all the Liz Earle hero products. I tried them and was converted from that day forward. So today I'm going to talk about my top three products, the ones I use all the time, twice a day, morning and night. There are so many other great products in the Liz Earle range so I highly recommend looking at their website if you're looking for something in particular.
A cleanser is arguably the most important step in any skincare regime. It allows you to give your pores a deep clean removing any dirt and pollution that may have hit your skin through out the day. The Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is probably Liz Earle's most raved about (and award winning) product and believe me guys, it lives up to the hype! enriched with cocoa butter to soften, smooth and moisturise, and rosemary, chamomile and eucalyptus to tone, soothe and purify. It's suitable for all skin types! The cleansing cream itself is rich and indulgent, deeply cleansing to instantly remove daily grime, pollutants and make up. I've used this on a full face of makeup and even stubborn mascara comes away which is amazing. My skin always feels exceptionally clean each and every time I use it and gives my complexion the perfect boost. I always use the cleanser with the Liz Earle facial cloths which gently exfoliate, lifting away dead skin cells to reveal smoother, clearer and brighter-looking skin. Honestly if you only get one thing, get this - it's a game changer!
 Instructions for use -
  • Step 1: Massage onto dry skin over your face and neck, finishing over your eye area.
  • Step 2: Rinse the pure cotton cloth in hand-hot water and wring out before gently polishing off the cream.
  • Step 3: Finish by splashing your face with cool water.
Price: £15
 Next up is the toner, for me a toner is a must as it lifts and gives my skin such a boost. I use a toner both in the morning pre make up and at night before bed. The Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic is excellent. It allows me to refresh, soothe and brighten the appearance of my skin. The scent (without being over bearing) is beautiful, a floral scent fragranced with an uplifting blend of pure essential oils, including rose-scented geranium, lavender and sweet orange. The toner is gentle and alcohol free (perfect for those with irritated, acne prone skin) and provides an instant boost of hydration leaving my skin looking radiant and healthy. Ingredients include aloe vera to hydrate, calendula, chamomile and cucumber to soothe and refresh, plus antioxidant vitamin E.
Instructions for use:
  • Step 1: Twist up cap. Pour a generous amount onto a cotton wool pad and sweep over face and neck. 
  • Step 2: Allow to settle into skin before applying moisturiser.
Price: £15.50
 The final step, the Skin Repair Moisturiser - I personally love to use moisturiser throughout the day, applying a light amount in the morning and afternoon and then lathering it on before bed allowing it to sink in whilst I sleep. I love when my skin feels properly moisturised and the Skin Repair always leaves it feeling bouncy and hydrated. It softens skin and protects against dryness for a naturally healthy-looking glow so on the days I decide to go make up free I know my skin is always looking fresh. Rich in naturally active skin-nourishing ingredients, including avocado oil (rich in oleic acid), borage oil, echinacea, hops and the natural source antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamin E, the non-greasy formula instantly hydrates to leave skin feeling instantly soft and smooth. I adore this moisturiser, it's the perfect end to my dream trio of Liz Earle products.
Instruction for use:
  • Step 1: Gently massage the moisturiser onto face and neck, morning and evening.
 Price: £21.00

So there we have it, yet another beauty/skincare review in the bag. I hope you enjoyed this one as much as the last and hopefully you'll give the products I've mentioned a try for yourself as I'd love to hear your thoughts too! If there are any other beauty or skincare products you'd like me to review, do let me know in the comments below. I love writing about my favourites and I'm finally getting back into the swing of things. I plan to move on to makeup pretty soon so again, any brands you like me to check out let me know. Hope you're all having a fabulous week, I'll be back on Sunday for the Weekly Roundup but in the meantime you can keep up with my day to day over on Instagram - @littlemisswinney hope to see you here again soon!

K x