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A Milestone

Good evening guys. I hope that you all had a lovely Sunday. Today has been a pretty quiet one for me at home and whilst I’ve been enjoying some peace and quiet, I have also reached what you might call a ‘social media milestone’.

About two and a half years ago I started this blog as a form of therapy. At the time I didn’t realise that was what it was but it was what got me through having to cancel my wedding and a broken engagement. I will never forget the first message I received from a reader who was going through the same thing as me and with that I started my Instagram account. I wanted to share my story and to share my passion and love for fashion. Fast forward to now and I can’t quite believe that there are 10,000 of you who have hit that follow button 💕

Thank you for all of your support over the years. I can’t wait to share more of my journey with you.

Rebecca x

High Street vs Online

It’s no news that shopping habits of the British public have changed drastically over the years. Instead of shopping until we drop, we now can shop in the comfort of our own homes with our feet up on the sofa and order everything we need with one click of a button. But is the convenience of this online shopping world favoured by all?

When I was younger I spent all my hard earned waitressing money on clothes. As a teenager I would head into town and hit the high streets…every weekend. As an adult, I still do trip out to the shops on the high streets but my shopping habits have changed for lots of different reasons.

My priorities are different. I did the biggest clear out ever after I moved back to the UK from Munich and I donated pretty much half my wardrobe to the local charity shops. I wanted to start a fresh and to be honest, I realised I didn’t need that many dresses, jumpers and tops! When you have pieces in your wardrobe that you hardly ever wear, why are they in there?

When looking for new pieces for my ‘less is more wardrobe’, I took to Ebay and Amazon. Both are one stop shops. They sell pretty much everything including the weird and the wonderful. When I buy clothes on Ebay, my personal preference is to buy items that are brand new with tags to grab a bargain. I also buy a lot of my makeup and bits and bobs on Ebay and Amazon. In addition to saving the pennies, it saves a lot of time too! Next day delivery? Yes please!

Whilst all of the above are time and money savers, it does make me feel guilty about what is happening with the high street shops and the employees that are constantly losing their jobs due to stores closing. Will there come a time when there will no longer be shops on the high streets? I really do think that there is something to be said about the ‘experience’ of shopping – grabbing a coffee and a spot of lunch and browsing the shops. Sometimes all you need is a bit of actual retail therapy. Who is with me?

Finally, as a creator, I have had the chance to work with clothing brands big and small and it is fascinating to see how they use #influencers to help their products sell. This approach is still fairly new to the online retail world and a model that isn’t transferable to the high street. But will the social media world of buying and selling ever go out of fashion?

High Streets vs Online. What is your preference?

 

Time Management

Does anyone else feel like there just isn’t enough time in a day? Often I speak to other creators and bloggers about the topic of time management and how they deal with it. I have always been quite good at managing my time but that was before I was blogging and creating content. I start a new job in September, which I am super excited about, and I know I won’t be as active on social media. But that’s ok! I have lost count of how many times I have read the sentence ‘I am feeling burnt out’ or ‘I don’t know how to keep up with it all’. Here are my 10 top tips for how to manage your time on social media.

1. Cut yourself some slack. Remember you are doing your best and you can’t do it all.

2. Set yourself realistic targets and goals. When you are working full time it is super hard to take the time out to create content, blog and engage with others. I know that when I start working full time I will be posting and blogging a lot less. Go with the flow!

3. Only engage with those who you are really interested in. In one of my previous blog posts I talked about how I unfollowed hundreds of people because I wanted to see a feed I was excited about engaging with. Best thing I ever did. It saves so much time too!

4. Stick to what you know and love. Creating content is so much fun and you can be super creative. However, I don’t have the time to travel to beautiful fields full of flowers, stand on ladders for my flatlays, photograph myself sitting on doorsteps with beautiful doors behind and sitting in coffee shops looking glam. I wish…😍

5. Keep your readers and followers in the loop. If you need a break then just say so.

6. Set up a little chat group. One of the most amazing things about Instagram and blogging is you connect with other people. I have the best chats with other creators and you are all in the same boat too.

7. If it ain’t fun, don’t do it! If you are not enjoying creating content and writing, STOP. Give yourself some time and find some inspiration somewhere.

8. Use old photographs from your gallery. Honestly, this is such a time saver! I regularly use photos that I haven’t uploaded from weeks and months ago. It keeps the pressure off having to create content there and then.

9. Use the app ‘Preview’. I talked about this in another blog post recently. This is my all time favourite app for sorting out my feed on Instagram. The app allows you to upload the photographs you to see your feed before publishing it live. You can move your photos around, edit them and even schedule them to go out if you know you aren’t near your phone later.

10. Keep a level head. If content creating is not your full time job, you simply won’t be able to keep up with the level of engagement and reach that others can. 💕

In true ‘Twenty-Something and…’ style, I found a quote to sum this blog post up…’It’s how we spend our time here and now, that really matters. If you are fed up with the way you have come to interact with time, change it.’  Marcia Wieder X