The Strategies I Used To Grow My Instagram Following…That Appear To Have Worked!

Give it a year they say don’t they?

The “give it a year” thing seems to be a wide spread philosophy that can be applied to all walks of life when it comes to a goal that we want to achieve.

I gave my Instagram a year. Not in the way of an ultimatum as in “Grow damn you or I’ll break up with you!”

It was more of a “I promise to nurture you and see what happens M’kay?”

I didn’t set out to more than double my following – I honestly didn’t think that was possible. But I did want to put in a concerted effort, apply a little strategy and see what fruits such an approach might bear.

And if memory serves, I think the algorithm came in about just over half way through my experiment so I have a view from both sides of the interference fence…

Style Stalker | Anine Bing

So I may be a little late to the party here but I have a new style crush. Enter the insanely beautiful Anine Bing.

Danish, a former model since the age of 15, mum of two and LA resident, Anine launched her own contemporary women’s label in 2012.

Anine’s uber cool brand has stepped away from the seasonal collection approach, instead launching new pieces each month. Hooray for instant gratification I say!

She describes her label as simple with an edge – a combination of rock n’roll and bohemian chic.

I describe it as Oh My God – I Want It All Now!

Five Reasons Why An Impulsive Trip Is Good For The Soul

I’m pretty sure there are way more than five reasons why an impulsive trip or holiday is good for the soul.

But for the purpose of this post, I’m focusing on those that sprang to mind following our trip to Majorca.

When you consider the practicalities such as affordability, work and the commitment of having kids at school, impromptu holidays all of a sudden feel like a distant memory.

Then there’s securing last minute dog care, trying to find accommodation that fulfils your family’s needs and wants (air conditioning is a non-negotiable for me!) and the task of getting flights that match up at a fairly reasonable time of day. And that don’t cost an arm and a leg!

Oh and don’t forget that moment of horror when, as you’re all celebrating that you overcame all of the above successfully and efficiently, you realise that your daughter’s passport runs out two weeks before you’re due to fly…

The Importance Of Having Time To Create

Last week felt like one of those wading through treacle weeks.

You know the ones. You begin with the best laid plans, a carefully crafted To Do list and a new found balance (finally!) between completing your immediate priorities and getting around to some tasks you’ve been meaning to do. Forever!

And then the same old shizzle happens. One of the tasks you thought you could complete in one day ends up taking two and half days. On top of that, an unexpected freelance deadline lands in your lap.

Oh and you haven’t created any blog content for over a week and the jitters are starting to set in. You’re soon going to be launching your newly re-branded blog and you didn’t really want to disappear off the face of the content earth ahead of this momentous event.

You get to Friday. The frown lines have deepened. You’re not sleeping well and you feel like you’ve completely lost your mojo. What the hell happened to skipping to the desk in the morning humming the “I love my job” mantra in your head?

Win A Colour Cut And Blow Dry At Josh Wood Atelier!

Back in March, whilst staying in London for a couple of days, I got to try out the amazing Josh Wood Atelier colour and cut experience.

Tucked away in amongst the mews of Notting Hill, stepping into this super sleek salon through a very un-hairdressery (sshh…its a word), front door almost feels like you’re being let into a secret club.

A secret club of REALLY good hair let me tell you!

So I’m really excited to bring you the chance to win your own free pass to the Really Good Hair Club  – aka a colour, cut and blow dry treat at Josh Wood of your own!