I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. This stuff is SO GOOD.
Zara Home is my new found love, I am obsessed. I’m equally obsessed with lanterns, so when I saw this stunning Arabesque lantern I couldn’t be happier. At £33.99 it’s probably more expensive than I’d usually pay for something like this (you’ll find me in TK Maxx getting in on the bargains) but I can’t say I wouldn’t be tempted.
After more homewear browsing I stumbled across this sweet floral set of 4 drawers. I’m always in need of more storage, and when it’s as pretty as this it’s kind of the real deal. They’re £45 from Next, which is not bad at all for a set of drawers. Perfect size for product storage and bits and bobs.
So I thought I should probably introduce myself, my name is Phoebe, I’m 21 years old and currently living in a little town in North Hampshire. I battle the daily commute to London with the men in suits to my (freelance/contractor) job at BarChick. I run all things social media as well as some admin shizz which I won’t bore you with now (although it’s pretty fun). I graduated last year after studying a degree in Journalism and English Language. I’m still desperately missing the uni lifestyle, watching daytime TV, eating pasta for dinner every night and casually missing lectures for the sake of sleep. Bliss.
I just started this blog as I’m constantly reading other people’s and thinking how I would spin it, so I decided to take a shot at it. So far it’s just really addictive and am posting like 5 times a day, GO ME! So yes this is my outlet to share all my awesome new beauty finds, bargain buys and lifestyle chat.
So up until a week ago I was subscribed to Birchbox. Don’t get me wrong I loved it but there’s only so many samples I can fit in my storage boxes so I had to say goodbye. ANYWAY, it just so happens that in my last box I received a sample size Urban Veda Radiance Exfoliating Facial Polish. I love a good exfoliator and had just run out of my budget-buy fave (St Ives Blemish Scrub) so I gave this one ago, and OH MY GOD it was insane. It’s such a gentle exfoliator but really effective, some have a habit of leaving my skin red and feeling tight, not this one! It also has a beautiful smell that lasts a little while after use. I’m so glad that I’ve been introduced to this range and will definitely be buying it in full size. I may try out the other products in this range because the Tumeric & Botanics scent is just stunning. Super affordable too. All-rounder.
Pay day is just about in sight so obviously I’ve started mentally spending my money before it’s even reached my account! Check out what I’ll be purchasing as soon as that beautiful day comes:
I’ve lusted after Jo Malone products for long enough now, it’s about time to take the plunge and get in on it. I’ve always been tempted by the Pomegranate Noir cologne but just couldn’t justify the price. However whilst in a meeting recently I couldn’t help but ask the lady I was chatting with what perfume she was wearing, she smelt amaaazing – and what do ya know it was god damn Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir! She was so surprised that I could smell the fragrance as she had applied it hours and hours before, and perfume that lasts all day is the BEST! I’ve gotta do it.
I’ve been on the lookout for a high quality organiser that’s actually pretty (and not a gazillion pounds). I don’t want a plain black or brown standard notepad, they’re just so …meh. I love the Mulberry and Kate Spade organisers but considering the health of my bank balance I guess I should settle for something a little less extravagant. I like the look of the Filofax Finsbury Organiser in Raspberry but am looking for something a little more bold – any ideas?
Great quality, comfortable boots that will never go out of fashion, I’ve already started planning what I would wear with these. They’ve been on my radar for some time, and if I’m gonna buy them it’s gotta be soon as to get the most wear out of them before summer arrives and the sandals come out (hopefully). It’s happening.
They are just so cool! Such a statement piece in any room and something I genuinely think I would get a lot of use out of. Duck egg blue is my favourite but the red is just such a classic?! Decisions, decisions.
Photo Credit: notjustpowder.com
I just can’t understand why some beauty brands aren’t maximising their entire social presence to aid their marketing! It’s SUCH an amazing tool to connect with consumers and reinforce your brand ‘personality’. Pinterest is huge in the US, and yes it’s definitely pretty huge here in the UK but it’s growing rapidly and the beauty industry is so rich of stunning imagery and photographs that it seems crazy not to share them through Pinterest! I LOVE the site (check out mine) and can easily waste an evening pinning images of my dream home, beauty wishlists and exotic resorts.
Check out these top tips for Beauty Marketers/Bloggers to making the most of your Pinterest account:
Drive Traffic: Encourage people to pin your content for you
– Add Pin It buttons to your blog or site so that people know they can pin your content to their Pinterest boards and automatically share it with their followers
– Pinning helps to magnify your exposure: pins and repins link back to the source, so this helps your content get distributed to a global audience and drives more traffic from Pinterest back to your site
– Hover Pin It buttons show up whenever a reader has their mouse over an image on your site. This variation of Pin It buttons performs really well and many top bloggers and publications have adopted them
Follow Me: Remind your readers that they can follow you on Pinterest
– Place a Pinterest icon on your social media section of your site. Most sites prefer to make sure the Pinterest icon matches the colours and theme of their entire site, so you’re welcome and encouraged to customise your own (or download a set online if you’re not Photoshop savvy)
– You can also embed board widgets or profile widgets in a sidebar that update automatically to showcase your most recent pins, check out how to install one on your site!
– Post about your Pinterest account on your other social channels, especially if you’re pinning content people might not see on your site, it’s worth reminding them why they should be following you!
Be Unique: Pinterest is the place to show off your unique taste in many topics
– Create boards beyond your chief focus: Some of the best Pinterest accounts showcase the creator’s many interests in an authentic way. For example, Garance Doré pins her favourite inspirational quotes, graphic design and food,despite the fact that she’s a fashion blogger
Get Certified: Switch to a business account to get more out of Pinterest
– A business account is free and doesn’t alter the fundamentals of your account, Check out how to switch
– After switching to a business account, you get a verified check-mark on your profile and access to analytics to see what people are pinning and the impressions, reach and traffic from Pinterest
– Use the most pinned and re-pinned reporting to learn what people value most from your blog. Use this as a strategy for increasing your community
Get Discoverd: Ensure your boards and pins are more discoverable
– Name your boards with keywords you think would be popular search terms. For example, “My Style” isn’t a common search term that people use whereas “Summer Outfits” has much more purpose. Also add board descriptions to further boost your boards in search
– Write helpful captions for your pins. Describing a pin as “fun” or “love it!” won’t help it be found in search. Be more specific, such as writing: “I love this pencil skirt
– You don’t have to use hashtags in pin descriptions or board titles. Hashtags aren’t given special consideration in search results
– If you upload images, make sure you add a source-link so you don’t miss an opportunity to drive traffic back to your site
Check out Not Just Powder for how to incorporate Rich Pins in your Pinterest social strategy