All posts filed under: Writing

Life // Why blog in 2016?

Blogging has shifted from being a place to house an online diary to becoming a massive industry that’s presenting ordinary people as cover girls and those to aspire to become. I started this very blog back in the summer of 2010 to build a portfolio of work, articles rather to showcase in future job interviews. To prove that I hadn’t let my journalism degrees go to waste. It did become rather useful and helped me land my first copywriting role in 2012 – the same career path I’m on now 4 years later.  In my current job I’ve learnt to  code and my writing skills have strengthened over time – both massively helpful when I’m re-designing and updating my blog so it remains ‘current’. It’s quite funny actually as my boyfriend is a trainee computer science teacher and coding is one of his modules. When he tries to get the kids at his secondary school to understand how they could use these skills in the future, the girls get it when he says they can …

Loving your own life

Sometimes it’s so easy to lose perspective. To get dragged done by the day-to-day stuff you’ve got to do, to take a step back and appreciate what you have. As much as I lust after the latest designer handbag, gorgeous nail varnish colours and basically the entirety of my ASOS Saved page, they aren’t necessary the things that make us grateful. It’s the little things that do that. A phone call with the friend you haven’t spoken to in ages, visting grandparents, getting positive feedback at work. Those are the things that put a smile on my face.  Be in love with your own life. I get to visit nice places, have weekends away, go out to dinner, get dressed up for a night with friends, curl up in my duvet watching Netflix ( Sons of Anarchy at the minute, holy Chicago, it’s amazing/intense/so fucking good), going getting my hair did. Just a handful of things I do on the daily/weekly/monthly.  So, yeah, it’s not egotistical to enjoy how you spend your free time. In …

Tomboy – what’s the male equivelant? 

Tomboy. It’s a phrase that gets widely used and one that’s accepted when referring to young girls who prefer to wear dungarees to dresses. But what happens when the roles are reversed? Little boys, aged 10 and under who want to imitate their mother, carry her handbag or wear lipstick. When these events occur, the child is considered gay yet he’s only doing the opposite of a tomboy. When a little girl is considered a tomboy she isn’t name called, it’s acceptable. It’s praised that the child can truly be herself, but why don’t we have a male equivelant?  This opinion was sparked from a conversation at work about one of the girls daughters who openly asked if she’s a tomboy. To which her mother replied, yes. Without any worry or doubt over the use of the term. Yet we don’t have a male equivelant, which is sad and such a shane. I don’t know what the answer is or the outcome but it makes for an interesting debate, don’t you think? 

My Stationary Fix

I can’t believe its the end of January 13 already. This month has kinda dragged but kinda flown for me, an odd one but quite a good month all in all. However, that’s not what I’m here to talk about on this fine Thursday eve. I have something to get off my chest. I heart stationary. There I’ve said it, phew. Notebooks, pens, folders, staplers- my desk at work looks like a corner of Partners (RIP chidhood fave shop). Papers, countless notepads, an assortment of highlighters, post-it’s and such- I’m never happier than when I’m underlining and jotting things down in my planner. I’ve posted about ‘Not on the high street’ before, but that site continues to blow my mind with it’s oh so perfect bits and bobs that I just need! Below are a cute selection of my faves, that I need to add my ever-growing mess of a desk at work!

My Dream Writer’s Space

When it comes to blog content, my inspiration for posts can never be pinned down to one ‘thing’. Articles I read in magazines, the newspaper, the Metro on the bus, news articles I catch on the 6 0’clock news. Conversations with friends, rediculous Facebook status updates, tweets that make me think. Having WordPress on my Blackberry is fantastic as it enables me to jot ideas down in drafts that I can always come back to later, but when it comes actually sitting down to write posts, I wish I had a desk, a study, a room to write if you will. I’ve wanted to write for as long as I can remember. When I was a little girl I asked for a typewriter for Christmas, and the day I opened it I was super excited. I re-wrote the old classics I grew up with, Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl and The Wizard of Oz. I dreamt of being an author and as I grew older that passion never faded. Studying Journalism at Uni taught me alot and working …

Writing online copy: Hints and Tips

As you all know from my tagline I earn my crust by working as an Online Copywriter for a British retailer as part of the E-Commerce department and I gained my degree in Magazine Journalism in 2010. I love my job and talking fashion and home everyday, well what’s not to love, but sometimes you need that reassurance that the copy your writing is, well, right. So that said on Friday I took a trip to London Town, (and battled the snow!), to attend a one-day Online Copywriting course and thought it would be fitting to pass on a couple of the tips I learnt in the process. Audience Now, I know the opinion is divided when writing ‘How I got my job’ posts and ‘How to write online copy’, but I personally love them. I think it is a great idea to pass on industry knowledge to the blogging community, as every blogger comes from a different walk of life and may not be directly involved in the Marketing/PR/Social Media world, and that in itself I …