Why I Could Never Be A Full Time Blogger

I want to start by saying that I haven’t been given the opportunity to be a full time blogger. I have only been regularly updating my blog for the past few weeks, I like to think I can do anything I put my mind to but there are a few things stopping me from trying to make blogging my full time gig. Don’t get me wrong I love working on my blog and would absolutely love it to grow because I do put a lot of time and effort into it but I think it’s okay to not want to make a hobby (however much you may love it), a full time job.

It is also very important to mention that I think those who are full time bloggers are incredible. I love keeping up with my favourite bloggers and I am envious of their careers sometimes but I also do know how much hard work and dedication it takes.

I studied Journalism at uni and it was always suggested to me and my peers to create our own blog. My blog began with just being odd music reviews and interviews then I started branching out on subjects at the beginning of this year. In the past few weeks I have taken my blog a lot more seriously and I am dedicated to making it the best it can be.

So why wouldn’t I want to be a full time blogger? First of all, I don’t like to overshare.

I highly praise those bloggers who have that ‘nothing is off limits’ and ‘no topic too big’ view when it comes to blogging, but I’m just not like that. I’ve always been someone who only shares a lot with the people I’m closest with and it would make me uncomfortable to go into too much detail about topics in my life and share my opinion on risky subjects. However I personally love reading those blog posts that do do it, that content tends to be the ones I find most interesting, however much I love a simple beauty review.

I don’t want to share too much on my blog and social media, even if it is things that aren’t very deep. Don’t get me wrong I know some full time bloggers keep a good chunk of their personal life out of their blogging life but it does seem that those who do share a lot, tend to be the most successful. I actually have quite an ‘old-fashioned’ group of friends when it comes to social media. Not all of them have Instagram, none of them have twitter and not all of them have iPhones. I’m going to come out and say it, I sometimes feel silly taking pictures of my food in a restaurant, sometimes things are nice to enjoy without sharing it with social media and if I was a full time blogger I would be obliged to share everywhere I went and everyone I was with.

However, I am happy to do it on behalf of a company, I am pursuing a career in digital marketing and I love creating blog/social media content whether that’s writing or photography and I believe I have good knowledge of marketing and digital trends. It’s like I love doing it but not when it’s completely revolving around me.

I’m not the most confident person in front of a camera. Okay so again I know there are exceptions to this point (like all the points I’m making) some bloggers rarely show their face but with the large majority of bloggers, it is all about them. ‘Bloggers’ or ‘Influencers’ whatever you prefer to call them usually have a task to do, this is to influence their audience to buy something, that’s how they make a living. To do this these bloggers have to be influential in some way, a lot of this is done by posting picture after picture of themselves in beautiful outfits and sceneries. The common thing with most bloggers is that them, they are the brand, they are literally branding themselves so you can imagine you’re going to see their face a lot.

I like stability, in a lot of ways I am spontaneous but when it comes to my job I need to feel secure. I like to know how much money I will have at the end of the month and I’m not happy with that amount fluctuating often.

Social media can get a bit much sometimes, being a full time blogger, I can assume it is hard to switch off from social media, it is your platform for making your income. I know I just mentioned that I want to work in the digital world but I can switch off from it when I get home, because I only have to switch it back on when I want to.

I’d like to be able to switch off from work too, again doing it full time means you can never properly hang up your coat after a long hard day. You don’t have specific hours and if you want to grow, the more time you spend working the more likely you are to grow.

BUT, saying all of this, I don’t in any way want it to take away from my blog because I genuinely love doing it. I love photography and the whole creative process that comes with creating a photo for my blog or Instagram. I love writing and I love social media, (most of the time) it is a great way to get inspiration, share your creativity and to catch up with the latest news. I love the blogging community, one thing I’ve noticed is how supportive the community is, it is lovely to see so many people supporting each other.

A Day In The Life Of A Beauty PR Intern


How it started…

Back in June I applied online with a usual CV and cover letter, together with links to my social media and blog. I was then lucky enough to be invited for an interview in June where I was asked to create a content calendar for a weeks worth of Instagram posts. I came to the interview with my carefully thought out calendar and notes about the company and what I thought I could do to improve their social media. To my delight they loved my ideas and soon after the interview I was offered the position.

What it entailed…

My first day was the morning after my graduation, my journey began the same way it would everyday for the next 5 weeks. A 35 minute train ride and a short tube trail from Marylebone to Green Park. On a typical day I would arrive at my office building (Berkeley Square House) have a quick catch up with my colleagues then head over to the Boutique. Nails and Brows Mayfair is a high-end boutique specialising in a range of treatments and are home to their own brow products, Beauty Edit Mayfair. A big role of mine was to create content for the brand’s Instagram, so I would take photos in the boutique of pretty nails, videos of brow treatments and so on. Other than the random tasks like delivering a package to the oh so elegant Fortnum and Mason, I would oversee the social media engagement or perhaps design content on Canva. Sometimes I would use Hootsuite to schedule posts and get an insight into statistics, but this is just to name a few.

My internship has now comes to an end, no more passing by The Ritz every morning, no more popping into Joe & the Juice on my lunch break and no more getting squished on the tube. Above all else I had a lot of fun working at Nails and Brows, it was a lovely environment to work in and everyone was so helpful. Each day I arrived at the office I was excited to see what I would be doing because no day was ever the same.

The questions people may ask…Is it paid?  No, unfortunately most internships aren’t paid. How did you afford it? Nails & Brows contributed towards my travel and lunch, I live around 30/40 minutes away from London. Is there a job a the end? No, they didn’t have a vacancy available, the team was very small and I was made aware pretty early on that I wasn’t guaranteed permanent employment at the end of it. What did I get out of it? Besides confidence and experience, I gained contacts in the industry and a reference from my boss.

What now?

I am now looking for a permanent digital marketing role, Nails and Brows made me realise that not only was this sector something I thoroughly enjoyed, but also gave me the confidence to believe it is something I do really well. Wish me luck!

If you have any more questions please leave me a comment below 🙂

My Interior Lust List

I have recently moved into my new bedroom, walls are painted and carpet is fitted and  I’m now looking for decorative pieces. I love anything related to interiors and decor and I know I’m not the only one so I wanted to share a few things I have my eye on at the moment. I am going to do a blog post about my bedroom renovation from start to finish in the next few weeks as well so look out for that if it is something that takes your fancy.

Sass & Belle Boho Wall Hanging

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My style could be described as classy boho, I like a few odd hippie-esque pieces here and there but I don’t like to overdo it. I still want my bedroom to look clean and sophisticated so little details like this are exactly what I am looking for to introduce some little artsy pieces.  £16

H&M Yellow/Floral Duvet Set

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My current duvet set is made up of blue, mint and pink pastel stripes, it works well with my room but I think it may be a bit matchy-matchy with the walls. I am a big fan of neutrals and I think this bed set will add warmth to the space (especially as it’s edging into Autumn.) £39.99

Robert Dyas Gold/Ivory Table Lamp 

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I don’t know about everyone else but Robert Dyas isn’t the place that comes into my head when I think of where to buy pretty lamps but after simply searching “gold lamps” (I’m a sucker for gold) into Google, this popped up and at £12.00, down from £50.00, I was sold.

IKEA Bedside Table

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Not the most exciting of items on the list but you can’t go wrong with IKEA furniture and this tidy table will do the trick. It will serve as a home for my bedside lamp, a few magazines and a cup of tea in the morning. £50.00

ZARA White Flower Photo Frame

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The majority of the photo frames I have now (mostly from TK Maxx) I just don’t like much anymore. I love chunky frames like these ones and I thought the design was really unique and feminine. I don’t intend on spending this much on all my new frames though (this is £19.99), I recently bought a lovely frame from Dunelm for £3.

Diptyque Paris Baies Candle

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This candle is a blogger’s heaven, for one it is very instagramable and if you’re a “real blogger” you’ll have this. I’m half joking. Not only does this look pretty but it smells A-MAZING. The Berries scent is my favourite. £26.00

Anthropology Poppy Coasters


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I wanted a lot more on the Anthropologie website than just these, but I have to pay my rent too. For me coasters are essential, there is nothing more annoying that those round tea marks on your furniture. I love coasters that each have a different colour/pattern and again I’m a sucker for the gold detailing. £6.95 each

Jo Malone Pear & Freesia Candle

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Ah another blogger favourite, they just look so pretty on your dresser or bedside table. They also smell incredible, nothing too sickly or dull like a lot of candles, and another great thing about luxury candles like these is they last forever. £45.00

A Day at Champney’s Tring



9am – Breakfast

A couple of weeks ago, (as a graduation gift from my sister) I encountered my very first spa day. We arrived in the morning for our complimentary breakfast at around 9am, the buffet was full of pretty plates and even prettier prepared food. The dishes ranged from figs and cream cheese to bitesized granola and yogurt parfaits.

10am – Zumba

In regards to the fitness classes, they ranged from aqua aerobics to legs, bums and tums classes. The majority of the classes were free with the exception of a few. It was my first time doing a Zumba class and while it was far more intense than I had anticipated, it was also far more fun too. We were laughing almost the entire duration of the class, (60 mins).


11:30am – Tea

After the Zumba session, we needed to refuel with tea and cake. We sat in the sun in our white robes and slippers munching on delicious snacks, (I would highly recommend the carrot cake and the banana cake.) We then had a little stroll around the grounds and laid on the sun loungers.

12:00 – Relax

It was then time to take full advantage of the spa facilities. We took a dip in the pool and jacuzzi before dozing off on the water beds.

13:30 – Lunch

Champney’s is a health spa, so the buffet was clearly very healthy. There were lots of options for food (especially if you’re vegan or veggie). The buffet was full of lots of healthy carb varieties, veggies with some lean fish, chicken breast, tofu and more. Pudding was a choice of fruit, healthy crumble or yogurt (or both, you could get as much as you liked.)


15:00 – Jumpa

A little while after lunch, we decided to participate in another exercise class. Jumpa consisted of HIIT (high intensity interval training) circuits involving mini trampolines, the class lasted 1 hour.


17:00 – Facials

Facials are not included in the price of the day and you do need to pay extra for them, our facials were around £45 each. This involved a small face, neck, hand and arm massage for circulation followed by the therapist using a range of 5 – 10 Champneys products on your skin. This included a toner, moisturiser and exfoliator. At the end of the facial the therapist also gives you a skin consultation.


Overall I left the spa (at 18:00) feeling refreshed and revitalised, as expected. What was different was the amount the spa offered as part of the day package and the variety of activities and facilities available. I would highly recommend Champney’s Tring.


The Life of a Wedding Planner – Stylish Events

On Saturday the 12th of May I attended the ‘Introduction to Wedding Planning’ course hosted by Dominique Douglas (Stylish Events: Wedding & Events Management).

Established in 2002, Stylish Events is one of London’s longest running, independent, luxury wedding planning and event management companies. (stylishevents.com)

If you are looking for a Wedding Planner course, I would highly recommend Stylish Events. Dominique was attentive and eager to teach us everything we needed to know about the life of a wedding planner, I was shocked by the amount of detail and information she was able to share with us in just one day.

The course included:

  • The Journey of a Wedding Client
  • What do we do for our clients?
  • Wedding Services and Fees
  • Proposal
  • Event Budget
  • Venue Hunting
  • CV & Covering Email

While there was an abundance of information to take in, Dominique ensured we fully understood each element, especially the more complex content like the legal requirements of marriage and the fees & budgets.

We were also shown some beautiful examples of the creativity that goes into weddings. At Stylish Events, Dominique and her team are very hands on and even create many items that are used by their clients on their big day. We were also shown unique, bespoke pieces such as invitations, place cards and table settings that I had never seen before.

Most of all I learnt that there is far more to being a Wedding Planner than I had first anticipated. While it does involve cake tasting and attending posh lunches, it is very hard work. It is filled with organising seating plans, on-the-day schedules, negotiating with suppliers, taking care of clients budgets and some weddings/events call for 20+ hour days.

Overall the course taught me everything I needed to know as a beginner in the industry and made me even more excited and interested about being a potential wedding planner.

Why Writing Skills Are Vital To A PR Role

Due to my recent change in my career aspirations, I have spoken to various PR professionals about the difficulty of a transition from Journalism to Public Relations, (read my blog post about it here.) Every single one of them mentioned the transition being simple due to one vital skill both industries have in common: writing. Why is this?

1. Press Releases

The staple task of most PR professionals,  they are short, factual news stories written in the third person and given to the media to encourage editors/journalists/broadcasters to feature the story in their publications and programmes. A press release is not very forgiving when it comes to grammar/spelling errors and it must be clear and concise. If you can’t write clearly, put the story into context and write a newsworthy headline, your press release will get little to no attention.

2. Communication

PR is all. About. Communication. As well as verbal, written communication is vital. Whether it’s in an email to a client or a blog post, you must communicate your message clearly. You can’t expect something to gain publicity if your audience is unsure about what you’re trying to tell them.

3. Social Media

Social Media is a vital platform to many industries today, and PR is no different. With social media, when writing you should be asking questions, maybe use extra punctuation, avoid abstract titles and tell people what to expect.

4. Writing Styles

You should know how to adapt your writing style for different platforms. Brands can be a large part of PR, let’s say the brand you’re representing has a very specific personality, it is important to adapt your writing style to fit theirs. The way you email should be different to how you do a press release and so on.

Also, if like me, you have got into the habit of writing academic essays, practise writing in a more concise style, make your writing sound as if you’re talking to someone. Practise this by writing blog posts for example.

Writing styles also come in styles that can vary on different platforms: expository, descriptive, narrative and persuasive.

5. Persuasion

Many will argue, the most important writing style in PR is persuasion. Often your role will be to persuade: persuade journalists to write an article about your artist or product, persuade a radio to give your band some air time, persuade clients you are the right person to work with. Most of this is achieved through effective writing techniques.





Top Tips For Picking A University Degree

If you read my last blog post ‘A Change Of Heart : From Journalism to Public Relations’ you will know that I am about four months away from graduating with a Music Journalism Degree. I will admit I did rush into choosing my degree and although I don’t regret my decision, I do wish I had followed some of these steps:

1.Do your research

Looking at the University website’s course details isn’t enough. You should look into the industry you’re interested in working in too. For example if you’re interested in doing  a Public Relations course, visit PR Week, read books, visit prospects.co.uk to look at job roles, skills and challenges. This will help you to decide if you’re the right person for this industry.

2. Speak to people who are in that industry/ on the course you’re interested in

Getting advice from people who have been through it helps massively, some universities (like mine, Southampton Solent) do phone-ins where you can talk to students currently on the course you’re interested in. They can give you a real-life walk through of how the course will be, which should help to decide if it’s for you.

3. If you want to do a degree in Advertising, look into all the Communications degrees, and so on…

All degrees fall under certain job sectors, in communications we have Marketing, Journalism, PR, Advertising etc. You may have thought you wanted to do Advertising but after looking into other communications courses, you found yourself more suited to Marketing. This the same for all university courses, you may want to study nursing, then after a further look into the Healthcare sector, find yourself more suited to a Paramedic Science degree.

4. If your dream degree sounds really difficult, don’t let it put you off

University isn’t meant to be easy, it is supposed to be a big jump from college or school, the whole point of university is to challenge yourself and to learn, I say go for it.

5. Don’t let grade requirements put you off applying for a certain course either

If the course you’re interested in is asking for a number of UCAS points that you think you’ll struggle to achieve, don’t let that scare you. At the end of the day universities want students, in fact they need them. It has been known that many students get into their top choice university without reaching the exact UCAS requirements, sometimes universities are interested in more than just points.