Author Archives: TheOnlineStylist

Working With Brands | Design Your Own Media Kit

Want to know the blogging question I’m asked the most often? “How DO you go about working with brands?” The short answer would be, how much time do you have…as my answer will be L O N G!

Before the advent of bloggers freely sharing advice on their own blogs, this was definitely the question I asked the most often…both of others and myself! So I thought I’d kick off a new series here in Hints & Tips to cover some of the most common points about working with brands, all broken down into bite sized pieces.

Whether you’re just starting out as a blogger or are a bit more established and ready to take that next step towards generating an income, the question as a whole can honestly feel a bit daunting. I had no clue and so just tried a number of things over the years to see how they worked out.

Some fell flat, some flew and I aim to keep figuring out better approaches and strategies as the landscape continually shifts… but honestly, I don’t see it as a one size fits all secret formula…

The Weekend Starts Here…

I think that’s quite enough for this week. Rain, the dog at the vets for an op, broken central heating and then water dripping down through a light fitting? Yup. We’ll have no more of that!

It’s amazing how quickly January schmizzle can sap your enthusiasm for a fresh start!

And so to the weekend and the application of that famous divide and conquer technique when you have a family but still lots of things to achieve. Saturday is Mr’s DIY day and Sunday is my clean out the closet day – Woot Woot! Can’t wait!

Stepping Out In Side Stripe Trousers

Confession time. I’m in the midst of an ongoing obsession with all things H&M.

This generally surfaces every year around the end of October when I start investigating their online home section for Holiday Season decorations. Or whenever I check in with Alex from The Frugality’s Instagram feed – she just has a knack for finding the best pieces.

I don’t tend to go in store at my local branch very often as it seems to get a bit messy but whenever I pass one in London I always stop in. And nine times out of ten, I’ll leave with another style gem. Or three.

During a recent online festive shop I happened across a pair of side stripe trousers and this sweater.  There are so many reasons why I’m living in these trousers, not least the soft silky feel and lets be honest here, the elasticised waist. Yes… I’m looking at you cheese.

Interiors | Coffee Table Must Haves

This time last year, we were excitedly planning the living room makeover and gathering all sorts of pieces with which to furnish and finish it.

Actually, scrap that. Mr OS was doing the planning – i.e. how much paint we’d need, how to get the radiator moved etc. and I was the one doing all the gathering of everything else. Gathering is my forte.

Whilst we gained a foot stool and a small side table, we did lose a coffee table in the new layout and I have to say, it’s one of the things I miss. Not least because it’s once more space on which to style up a vignette or two.

6 Organisation Tips For A New Work Year

After taking a suitably long break from blogging and all it entails over the Christmas holidays, I was more than ready and raring to jump back into the hot seat come January 2nd.

But this year, rather than give into my normal habit of making blog post production my first priority, I decided to suppress my inner content monster urges (never easy!) and figure out what I actually need to do to get the year off to an organised start.

In a fit of demob happiness and with just a pinch of naivety, I’d earmarked a few tasks to be completed prior to downing tools for the Holidays. But we all know how that one goes on the time front when there’s the small matter of a family Christmas to bring to fruition.

My saving grace was that I did manage to make a back to work plan/To Do list before I finished – otherwise there was serious danger that any goals and ideas for 2017 would have been lost in the cheese and wine haze that followed…