Fashion blogging is tough. We spend hours standing in the cold so we can get a great shot, we constantly chase the ‘golden hour’ and we’re always more careful than necessary over what we wear. Here are some things fashion bloggers (and fashion lovers) will understand.
Candid no longer means candid
Oh, that’s great light!
Perfecting your pose
The struggle of never repeating an outfit
All the selfies
The heels or flats dilemma
That feeling you get when the postman arrives
When someone has heard of your blog
Crafting the perfect outfit for a photo only to swap it for pyjamas as soon as you’re done
Whether its beautiful hair accessories, natural products or extensions, Etsy is the place to go for something truly beautiful and unique. Here are our top picks of items from Etsy.
This gorgeous hair slide by LeChaim is perfect for all sorts of looks. From hippie-chic to a romantic, feminine look.
This is a great bridal look from ShesAccessories but it’d work equally well for black tie and events, christenings and any other event where you want to accessorize an up-do.
A hairband that’s a bit different to the norm. This is a great way to keep your hair out of your face or to accessorize a ballerina bun. Great for those days where you want to dress your hair up without too much effort.
These skeleton hair clips aren’t just for Halloween. They’re great for a punk look or could just add a bit of edge to your usual style.
Looking for a range of waxes for all your hair needs? Look no further than this set. You get light, medium and heavy hold as well as the amazing Goon Grease – great for rockabilly quiffs.
Dinner and a movie are all good and well but maybe you want to do something different this year. Here are some ideas for alternative dates that are sure to bring you and your loved one closer together.
Go on a ski trip
Image credit: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
Depending on where you live, this might be an easy weekend away or it might take a bit more planning. Regardless, a snowy vacation can be romantic and exhilarating. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know how to ski or snowboard as you can learn when you’re out there!
Take an impromptu road trip
Hop in your car and just drive. You can learn so much about someone on a long journey and you can see so many fantastic places when you have a vehicle that can take you anywhere. Here are some tips for planning a road trip in the UK.
This is a particularly refined way to spend an afternoon. It’s a typically British way to spend some time but you’ll find cafes and restaurants all over the world that offer their own take on afternoon tea. Bitesize sandwiches, cake, scones and a pot of tea between the two of you is definitely the way forward. If you’re feeling really indulgent, order some champagne too.
Get stuck in a locked room
Not just any locked room but a puzzle room. These started in Europe but you’ll find them across the globe. You literlly get locked in a room and have a certain amount of time to solve puzzles in order to get out. It’s a great way to work on your teamwork as a couple and it can be great fun too! Puzzle Break has its own locked room games in Seattle and San Francisco.
Experience a wine flight
This is a little more than just dinner. Depending on where you go, you’ll get to try anything from three to 10 courses along with perfectly matched wine that will take your around the world. This is a romantic and decadent way to spend an evening with the person you love.
Create your own cocktails
A cocktail making masterclass is a must for any couple that loves to create their own drinks. You’ll no doubt be able to find one of these in your area where you can learn the tricks of the trade.
If you love fashion then you’ve probably thought about how it would be to be snapped by a street style photographer (or even approached by a modeling agency). Here are some tips for getting noticed at fashion week, taking advice from the biggest bloggers and the people behind the camera too.
If you look confident then people will flock to you. Fashion photographer Francisco Marin says: “For me, confidence is probably the biggest determining factor for what makes an interesting street-style photograph.”
Own the sidewalk like it’s the catwalk and you’re more likely to catch the eye of a photographer.
A statement item that makes you stand out is a great strategy for getting snapped. Choose one item, be it designer or high street, to model your outfit around. Dress it up with simple accessories and other basic garments to bring your whole outfit together.
Don’t overdo it
Quirky is good but some people take it too far. This splash of green hair and the nineties vibe is great but some people take the quirky look a little too far. While you might still get shot, you won’t necessarily be commended for your style.
It’s easy to put on a few nice items of clothing but can you accessorize? It’s only the truly trendy who are able to accessorize properly and it’s these people who get snapped during fashion week.
Lead image by Sam Wilson. All other images via the amazing Streetgeist.
Have you ever had your photo taken for a street style blog?
Spring is on its way and that means a whole new host of trends and products to think about. Here are some old favorites along with some products you might not have come across before.
This is, without a doubt, one of the best mascaras out there. It might be expensive at $30 but it really does the job. I have tiny eyelashes but this makes them look long and full (see the lead image).
Now’s a great time to perfect your base routine with a new set of brushes. These will cover everything from powder, blush, foundation and contouring.
This Stila palette is perfect for carrying on journeys so you can top up your makeup. Give your face a healthy, natural-looking glow that will leave you feeling confident and radiant.
The smokey eye is back. This Too Faced palette gives you the choice of browns, purples and blacks. It’s a fantastic palette that gives you a huge range of looks. You can pile on the different shades for a really dramatic eye or you could keep it simple for a nice daytime look.
HD Brows are the way forward and this tinted brow gel is the solution to any eyebrow problems you may have been having. The gel contains vitamin E, which slicks the brows without stiffening them, the result is a natural looking finish. If you want something more dramatic, wear it over an eyebrow pencil.
Whether or not you watch football, it’s difficult to get away from the excitement of the Superbowl (I’m British and it’s inescapable). Here are some of the staggering statistics from this year’s event.
$300m total advertising spend
$4.5m for a 30 second advert
118m viewers for the half time show
3.4 million tweets regarding Katy Perry’s half time show – a 52% increase on last year!
You’ve probably all heard that The Partiots won by by now but here are the real stars of the show.
This has been all over Tumblr. During Katy Perry’s half time show there were two sharks (well, backing dancers dressed as sharks). The right shark had some serious moves but the left shark just didn’t seem to be feeling it. It’s already turned into a number of memes. The whole world loves that bumbling left shark – he’s probably the reason the half time show got so many tweets!
Chris Pratt and Chris Evans’ bet
Before the Superbowl began, there’d been some banter between Marvel stars Chris Pratt – a Seahawks fan – and Chris Evans – a Patriots fan – over Twitter and it turned into one of the cutest bets between the rival fans.
The bet called for the loser to visit a Children’s hospital in the winner’s city wearing the winning team’s jersey over their superhero outfit. As the Seahawks lost, Chris Pratt gracefully admitted defeat and will be heading to Boston soon. The pair also promised to visit children in Seattle too. True heroes.
This Esurance commercial had me (as a Breaking Bad fan) giggling with joy. The Superbowl seems to put out some of the most fantastic ads each year and it’s no wonder considering how much it costs for an advertising slot.
Celebrity photo bomb
Jimmy Fallon, Chris Pratt and Chris Evans enhanced fans’ Superbowl pictures by photobombing them as part of a Tonight Show sketch. This whole video is fantastic and it just furthers my Marvel cast obsession…
(Also, can we take a moment to appreciate that leapfrog? Just watch the video.)
We love pets here at Shoplinkz and we’ve been searching Etsy for some of the coolest pet accessories, clothes and practical devices out there. Here are some of our favorites but you can see more over at my Shoplinkz list.Elegant, modern and it’ll stop food going everywhere too. Designed for big dogs, this double bowl comes in a number of colors and definitely looks way more stylish than the usual plastic bowls we’re so used to.
For Apple fans, there’s a bed for your cat made from this old iMac monitor.
Pet portraits make great gifts, or you could just decorate your home with little bits of art just like this.
A cat cave. You know your cat wants one.
For the dapper dog in the family, how about a bow tie collar?
We were inspired by this amazing post over on Mashable and thought we’d take it one step further to show you just how you can get this sixties look. These high school students and teachers from the 1960s are super-stylish so if you want to get the authentic look, take some pointers from them.