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Thursday, 30 June 2016

5 Essentials For A Beach Holiday

5 Essentials for a Beach Holiday

It’s holiday time!

Seeing as the UK doesn’t understand that summer equals the sun, I’ve been dreaming of beach holidays lately. I’m actually jetting off in August- not sure where to yet, but the one thing we know is that it has to be near a beach! Whenever I know I’m going off on holiday soon, I like to stock up on some summery bits and pieces to get me in the mood. So whether you’re heading to Bali or Brighton this summer, here are my top 5 essentials for a beach holiday. 

5 Essentials for a Beach Holiday

-Straw Hat-

This is one of the items I wish I had got into sooner. When I was younger, wearing a hat on holiday was seen as very uncool, all while my scalp was burning and sizzling away. And when I did end up taking one abroad, I always found the trilby one I had was too bulky to pack, so I ended up carrying it with me on the flight and then never actually wearing it during the holiday. Oh dear Georgie. 

I’ve teamed up with Kaleidoscope on their #KalOnTheBeach campaign and they sent me a couple of pieces ready for my holiday later this year. I’ve been on the hunt for a new summer straw hat, especially the floppy styles to shield your face from the sun…I’m known for my nose and cheeks to go bright red in the first glimpse of sunlight! The blue and white stripes on this one keep it French Riveria cool, while keeping you cool at the same time. As it’s so floppy, this will be easy to pack without losing the shape of it completely! I suggest stuffing items like underwear in the part where your head would go to save on space. 

5 Essentials for a Beach Holiday

5 Essentials for a Beach Holiday

-Layers-

Knowing how the weather can be unpredictable, even abroad, it’s always good to pack one or two light layers that you can throw on if there’s a little sea breeze in the air in the evening.  Be it a flowy top over your bikini, or a pair of light trousers to cover your legs up like these botanical floral print ones from Kaleidoscope. They are super comfy and lightweight, meaning you could also wear them as part of your travel outfit- keeping you warm while at home, but not letting you melt into a little puddle when you step off the plane. I adore the print on these jeans- they're a nice change from the usual big print floral trousers we've seen in previous years. 

5 Essentials for a Beach Holiday

-Sensible Sandals-

Before you cringe, I'm not talking the whole socks and sandals vibe. Luckily for us comfy footwear lovers, chunky sandals have become cool again thanks to the catwalks. Think big straps and thick soles. This pair kindly sent to me from Teva are the perfect shoes to go exploring in on holiday, and how cool that I have my initials on them?! I love a good personalised item :) These will support your feet on the go, and they have a whole load of colours and styles, including some awesome flatform ones...hello festival shoes!

5 Essentials for a Beach Holiday

-Long-Lasting Nail Polish-

Nobody likes it when they are on holiday and their manicure or pedicure starts chipping. But we also know the hassle of booking a nail appointment in, especially if it's a last minute trip, and how much gels and acrylics damage our natural nails. These new nail paints from Barry M cut out the salons and UV lights and use natural daylight to cure the polish to create long-lasting hi gloss nails that can be removed easily with normal nail polish remover. You have to buy the Sunset Topcoat for the polishes to work properly, but when you know you're going to be getting longer wear out of your nail polish, it definitely covers the cost per wear. They come in some fantastic summery colours, and who can resist rose gold packaging eh?

5 Essentials for a Beach Holiday

-Travel Notebook-

Whenever I've been on holiday, I've always kept a travel diary. I would write down a summary of what we'd done, where we'd been, and any funny anecdotes from the day. My wanderlust has really grown over the past year or so, and when it came to planning my next trip, I found myself planning everything in this little notebook. As well as it being so darn cute, the practicalities of having everything in one place is obvious! From booking flights to things to do and see (and of course, keeping a travel diary) having a little notebook with you is so important if you're an organisation freak like me ;) plus it will be fun to look back at previous trips and reminisce...

Sass & Belle have also kindly given me a discount code for you lovely lot! You can use the code georgie at the checkout to save £10 online when they spend over £40!

*Kaleidoscope Stripe Floppy Hat*
*Kaleidoscope Embroidered Long Sleeve Blouse*
*Kaleidoscope Botanical Print Jeans*
*Teva Original Universal Black Sandals*
*Barry M Sunset Nail Paints*
*Sass & Belle Vintage Map Notebook*


Hope this has helped some of you who are packing for a beach holiday and a big thank you for the brands who sent me these items to feature! Annoyingly one of the tassels from the beautiful top from Kaleidoscope came off in the wash (if you buy it do wash it in a net bag or hand wash it) but it's now in the sewing pile to be fixed. What are you essentials for a beach holiday?

Gx


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Saturday, 18 June 2016

Summer Boohoo Haul

Summer Boohoo Haul

The results of a little shopping spree at Boohoo! Including a cute dress, dungarees, bomber and some flippy dippy shorts (yes I just called them that)! 




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Monday, 13 June 2016

How I'm Changing My Blogging Mojo

How I'm Changing My Blogging Mojo

I’ve been thinking it’s time for a bit of change.

This month, I’ll be celebrating my 3rd blogging birthday. I still can’t quite believe that I’ve been writing nonsense on this little part of the internet for that long, but here we are. 2016. I never thought I would be where I am today, and even though I may not have gained major online success (never my intention really anyway), I definitely feel I’ve achieved a lot. 

But the blogging world has changed in a big way over the past three years. When I started, it was all about posting regularly, ideally daily, and getting your content seen that way. Now, it's more about the quality of your work, not the quantity, and networking the hell out of the industry! This change seems to have happened almost overnight, slowly creeping up on us and taking hold in one go, taking many by surprise. I've seen many bloggers and influencer's numbers drop and some swell well into the hundreds of thousands and, sometimes, millions!

So it's time to adapt. Change is good after all. I really love blogging and making my Youtube videos, and want to continue doing it alongside my acting, so I came up with a game plan that I'll be enforcing over the next few weeks, months and years to change up my blogging mojo. 

-BYE BYE SCHEDULE- 

To be honest I have had a love/hate relationship with my schedule. I've managed to keep to my Youtube schedule quite successfully, but my blog schedule... not so much. But I've noticed not many people pay attention to schedules anymore; it's more about posting amazing top-notch content whenever you want. People will find your content and be more attracted to it if you've put a lot of hard work into it, instead of sifting through a lot of half-hearted posts that you've churned out. So the schedule is going. I'll still be keeping to it myself, but I'll be a little more relaxed if I don't put out a post on a certain day. There are more important things in life to get stressed out over after all. 

-UPPING MY PROMOTION-

I've really noticed a change in social media promotion. Before, it was annoying and quite unheard of to see someone promoting themselves a few times a day. Now, it is essential. With how instant and quick the social world is, you have to reach out a good amount of times to catch potential readers eye. And this isn't just with new posts- now you have to keep your old content working hard for you to keep those readers. Expect a whole load more tweets coming at ya, and I've rediscovered my love to Instagram and Snapchat too (my username is georgie-mb).

-GET COLLABORATING- 

I have met many lovely people in my three years of blogging, and yet how many times have I collaborated with any of them? Not much. It makes perfect sense, creating fab content with people I love in such a supportive community, but I guess I've never had the guts to ask. Rather silly really. This is something that I've already been putting into practise recently and will definitely doing a lot more. If any of you do want to collab with me on anything, do drop me a comment or tweet and let me know! Be it outfit photos, challenges, post swaps or youtube collabs, let's do this!

-EMBRACING MY NICHE-

Back in 2013 when I started blogging, people could just put up a standard OOTD post and get a ton of hits. Nowadays, you need more than a new bag that you love to keep people engaged. Readers now want to read posts that will actually benefit them. Cue the rise of the 'how to' and 'top tips' that took the blogging world by storm and had us all hooked! They say you should blog about the things you enjoy reading, and that's what I need to do. But I can't just copy the content that's already out there. I need something different to stand out from the crowd. I never thought my acting would cross over into my blogging as much as it has, but when I saw that my most watched Youtube videos were videos on acting, I was quite shocked. I never knew there were so many people that were interested in my dilemma of whether to go to drama school or not. But this was something I couldn't ignore, and so I've upped the amount of acting content I'm doing, as well as keeping the fashion and beauty ones that I enjoy so much. 

-BUILDING A COMMUNITY-

Lastly, through listening to blogging podcasts and reading interviews with established bloggers, I've discovered the power of a community around your blog. The type of people that enjoy your content, and talk about it with you and others. Look at the likes of the Gleam influencers- they have a supportive and loyal following like no other! And even if you don't want celeb blogger status, you can still take note from what they've built up. I already have a crossover of people who know me in the acting industry- be it people I've worked with or those who have watched and enjoyed my work. But I want to grow and expand that community, getting people discussing things together as well as talking to me. I love and appreciate every comment, tweet and message from people about my blogging or acting work, so I'll be planning lots of content like discussion topics and even Q&A's that will get people talking, and bring back the discussion topic videos that I have done in the past.

How I'm Changing My Blogging Mojo

How I'm Changing My Blogging Mojo

How I'm Changing My Blogging Mojo

How I'm Changing My Blogging Mojo

How I'm Changing My Blogging Mojo
Photos c/o Josh

*Hat - Minimum*
Choker - Boohoo
Top - H&M
Jeans - H&M

So there you have it: how I'm changing my blogging mojo. I've been thinking about this for a while, and after seeing that others were adapting to these new blogging trends, I had to follow suit. If you're a blogger, have you noticed any of the things I've mentioned? Maybe you've changed your blogging habits, or seen a swell or fall in your numbers and what people want? Also if you have any suggestions of posts or videos that you want to see, let me know! I love hearing your requests!

Gx


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Saturday, 11 June 2016

You Beauty Box Unboxing with Latest in Beauty

You Beauty Box Unboxing with Latest in Beauty

I was lucky enough to attend the Blogosphere Magazine Cover Reveal party this week, and this was one of the things in the goody bag! I've always loved Latest in Beauty, so it was great fun rummaging through this little box of dreams! You can buy the You Beauty Box here and can check out more of Latest in Beauty's boxes hereAnd if you're looking for a Father's Day gift, they also do a GQ box which would be a great gift idea!



Gx


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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

What TV Shows I've Watched Recently

What TV Shows I've Watched Recently

HEY GUYS!! Hope you enjoy this little roundup of the shows I've watched recently. Thinking of making these a regular thing, let me know if that sounds cool! 

TV Shows:
The Good Wife- Netflix
Silent Witness



Thanks for watching!

Gx

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