A Conscious Blog

29 Oct 2013

#NBN Workshop

 Yesterday, I attended the Next Blogger Network (#NBN) Workshop. As I have never been to a blogging event, I was beyond excited.
 For those of you wondering what the Next Blogger Network is, it's basically a platform that allows bloggers, brands and Next to collaborate together. Need more information? Or if you think you'd like to join, then head over here!
 The day ran from 10am-4pm, and there was lots to get involved with and lots to eat (but we'll have more on that later)! We were split into groups and given blogger workshops which were hosted by industry experts. The 'Photography and Film' workshop was hosted by Lily from What I Heart Today, Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup and Kit from Style Slicker, whilst 'SEO and Web Design' was run by Britt Soeder, SEO Campaign Director of Green Light and Faye from Fashion Beauty Etc. Last but not least, the 'Brand and Advertising' workshop was hosted by Emily from Fashion Foie Gras and Abi from Abimarvel.
The workshops were very informative and I definitely learned a lot of useful tips and tricks that I'll be incorporating into my blog. Here are some 'Three Top Tips' that I'd like to share with y'all:
  1. SEO and Web Design- Make sure your page is as user-friendly as possible. Don't clutter your sidebar with icons, or use pale writing on dark dark backgrounds (e.g. white font colour/ black background), as although these may appear cool, they can be quite hard to read and off-putting for visitors!
  2. Brand and Advertising- Aim high. The sky really is your limit. You never know where blogging can take you. Lily Pebbles and Anna are self-employed bloggers who are now earning a living through their blog!
  3. Photography and Film- Kit says: "Pay attention to lighting and weather" as these can have a massive impact on the quality of pictures produced.
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 Here's a cheeky snap of myself, Demi and Miranda which we took in the DIY photo frame for the #NBNWorkshop Polaroid Competition. Say Cheese :)
 The Next team were all very helpful and super friendly, and we were wined and dined until we were full to the brim. There were croissants, muffins, tea or hot chocolate for breakfast, pasta, chips and salad for lunch. To top it all the fridge was fully stocked with Coke, Sprite, water and more. Anyone that knows me knows I'm addicted to Coke (of the liquid variety mind) so I was in absolute bliss! As if that wasn't enough off there was afternoon tea, a free sweet tuck shop and cocktails at the end of the day.

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  How gorgeous are these biscuits? Might I just add these biscuits taste as good as they look too! #AbsolutelyScrumptious
 Next was kind enough to give us all goodie bags, each goodie bag contained a white pleather notebook,  a luxury candle, one pair of fluffy socks, and a mini photo frame. Each of us got different socks, so it was kind of like a lottery draw as to which pair you got. How cute are my faux fur socks?
My luxury candle is in the scent Jasmine and Tigerlily and smells amazing. I can't wait to try it out soon!
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 Here are me and my new friends. From left to right, we have Demi, Miranda, me, Nicole and Rupinder. Might I just add we were the last ones to leave?  We didn't wanna go, as The NBN Workshop was too much fun!
For all new and upcoming bloggers, if you ever get an invitation to a blogger's event, try and go, as it's a great place to network, start collaborative ventures, and great exposure too!
That's all for now m'lovelies. As always until next time, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo

24 Oct 2013

#ThrowbackThursday- Celebrity Edition

Hey Dolls,

Guess who this beautiful baby is?

Well Done if you guessed it was Queen Bee (Beyonce) as I would have never guessed it was her in a million years!

As always until next time, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo

17 Oct 2013

#ThrowbackThursday: Black Model Was Cover Star For Elle

Hi Dolls,
Anyone remember this? This is a throwback of Elle Magazine's November 1997 issue, which featured the beautiful model Alek Wek as a cover star. I love that Elle (US) was bold enough to take this move, especially as many magazines that cater to European women have pointed out that when women of colour are used as cover stars, there is a big decline in magazine sales. We live in a multi-cultural world, and one day I do hope that the world and all its institutions i.e. beauty, magazine industry, media, etc.) will equally respect and value all humans regardless of their race, social class, nationality, gender and religion.

As always until next time, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo

12 Oct 2013

#ELAF- Magazine Freebies November 2013

Hi Dolls,

Y'all know I always like to keep you in the loop of the best freebies out there. Have a look at my shortlist below to see what treats are on offer for November 2013.

Company Magazine- £2.50
Cover Star- Lucy Hale
Freebies- Company Nail Polish 5ml x 2
(Available in 4 shades: Berry (RITA), Lime Green (LANA), Red, and Blue)
Rating 3/5

 InStyle Magazine- £2 (Special Price)
Cover Star- Drew Barrymore
Freebies- REN (Mini) Skincare Set
(Evercalm Global Protection Gentle Cleansing Milk-10ml
Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream-10ml
Vita Mineral Active 7 Eye Gel- 3ml)
Rating 4/5

Marie Claire Magazine- £3.90
Cover Star- Zooey Deschanel
Freebies- L'Occitane Hand Cream 30ml
(Available in 4 scents (3 of which are limited edition): Passionate Jasmine, Rose Tenderness, Shea Butter, and Subtle Violet
Rating 4/5

Red Magazine-£4
Cover Star- Yasmin Le Bon
Freebies- This Works Skincare Product
This Works Real Rich Firming Lotion OR This Works Daily Boost Body Scrub
Rating 5/5 *Best Deal*

FYI, Cosmopolitan Magazine is offering St Tropez Face and Body Instant Lotion Tan (50ml) this month!

As always until next time, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo
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