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Friday, May 18, 2018

Bloggers have the most inspiring Instagram feeds. Whether it be a mouth watering food pic, a breath taking landscape shot or a beautifully arranged flay lay, Instagram is a gold mine for photo inspiration. It's so easy to lose yourself in the scrolling and sometimes I get so immersed in the app, I find it near impossible to exit out. For today's post, I thought I'd focus on how to create your very own Instagram theme. Obviously having an Instagram theme isn't for everyone but if you are keen on the idea and just don't know where to start, hopefully you'll find this post helpful in some way! 

Establish a Colour Scheme
In most Instagram themes, colour is what brings the feed together. Settling on an appropriate colour scheme is, in my point of view, the most important part of creating your Instagram theme. If you're wanting to work with a group of colours, you want to make sure that you have a strong understanding of the colour wheel. Complimentary colours will create a much stronger visual effect especially when they're in such close proximity. If you're choosing to focus on one colour, make sure you're passionate enough about it so it doesn't become restrictive. 

Plan Before Uploading
Photo planning apps are a lifesaver when it comes to finding your perfect arrangement. The fact that you can shuffle your images around before uploading them is a great tool to have. Especially because it can give you an indication of when or if you should post an image. The order of photos can really affect the way your feed looks as a whole. It's so easy to post a picture that throws off your entire theme. Photo planning apps just allow you to make sure you know what you're getting into before putting it out into the world. 

Reuse Props
Finding new things to photograph can be tricky, especially if you're having to consider how it will match your feed. Having a common photo subject can make your life a whole lot easier. Don't be afraid to reuse certain photo props. Especially if they work well your theme. It can unify your photos in a completely new way. 

Be Consistent With Editing
If you like to edit your photos, you should try stick with the same settings each and every time. Filters can really change the feel of an image. If you're not really into colour schemes, filters are a great alternative. Depending on what kind of theme you're hoping to achieve, you want to make sure you're using filters appropriately. It's okay to experiment a little bit, just don't stray don't far from what you're used to. In order to have a cohesive feed, it's important all your photos give off the same feel. 

Thanks for reading! Do you have an Instagram theme?

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Friday, May 11, 2018

This week I went to talk to a designer about design in the workplace. After my session with him, it hit me just how much I wanted to be doing the things he was doing one day. It was such a cool realisation to have. I think everyone has what it takes to be a designer and that's what I'm wanting to prove in this week's quiz. Based on what you enjoy and your current perception of designers, I'm going to see whether or not I can guess what type of design job would suit you best. Hope you enjoy! 

1. The two hobbies I wouldn't mind making a career out of are...
A) Blogging and photography. 
B) Sewing and knitting.
C) Tidying and organisation.
D) Sketching and journalling.

2. To me, a good designer...
A) Is always wanting to develop on what they already know.
B) Isn't afraid to stand out from the crowd. 
C) Is constantly looking for new ways to be inspired.
D) Is empathetic and understand's the client's needs well.

3. I believe the aesthetic of a design...
A) Should coincide with the function.
B) Is good to think about sometimes but not all the time.
C) Is the most important aspect.
D) Shouldn't be a priority at all.

4. If I were to create something, my dream would be seeing it...
A) On a billboard.
B) In a store.
C) In a magazine.
D) On TV.

5. I think it is important a designer knows how to...
A) Overcome creative block.
B) Deal with plagiarism.
C) Handle criticism.
D) Communicate their ideas.

6. I've always been interested in...
A) The hidden messages behind different company logos.
B) Where my clothes have come from.
C) The different design eras and time periods. 
D) Famous inventions and how they came about.

7. I think a designer should do what they do because...
A) It makes them happy.
B) They love creating things.
C) It showcases what they're good at.
D) They want to make a change.

8. If I were to sum up design in one word it would probably be...
A) Collaborative.  
B) Empowering.
C) Satisfying.
D) Influential. 

9. I find I'm always losing my...
A) USB stick.
B) Socks. 
C) Home key. 
D) Eraser.

10. If I could work at any workplace in the world, it would probably be...
A) Google.
B) Vogue.
C) Dezeen.

You Could be a.......

(Mostly A's)
Graphic Designer
You're a tech savvy. You have a strong understanding for all things digital. When people have a problem with their device, you're the first person they'll go to for help. Your experience with technology will allow you to go far as a graphic designer.  

(Mostly B's)
Fashion Designer
You're a fashionista at heart. You love shopping for clothes and being experimental with different patterns and materials. In your eyes, putting together an outfit is like creating a work of art. The fashion industry could really use someone like you. 

(Mostly C's)
Interior Designer
You're obsessed with spaces. You love going to homeware stores and paint shops, finding unique decor and picking up colour swatches. Your eye for layout and colour matching would make you a perfect fit for this role. 

(Mostly D's)
Product Designer
You're constantly questioning the world around you. You have a strong appreciation for the smaller things in life. The things most people take for granted. Your curiosity and ability to think outside the box would make you an incredible product designer. 

Thanks for taking the quiz! 

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Friday, May 4, 2018

I think I'm a pretty organised person. Efficiency is really important to me so in order to keep things running smoothly, I'll try to keep the mess and clutter to a minimal. My phone is definitely a good example of this. For me, I think keeping your phone tidy actually improves the functionality of this device. Not only does it speed up the phone's reaction time, it also makes it easier to find the things that you need when you need them. Let me know if you found this post helpful in the comment section below! I'd love to hear what you think!

Transfer Photos to Computer
It's always a good idea to regularly check the status of your storage as this will give you a good starting point for your decluttering. When it comes to a certain app weighing down your phone, the gallery is a common culprit. Photos are so easy to accumulate, It's understandable to overlook the amount of storage these photos are actually taking up. While it's okay to keep your favourite photos at easy reach, it doesn't hurt to transfer the rest. Making it a regular ritual will also make sure that you're not losing out on any of that valuable storage space. 

Use Folders to Group Apps
I don't like having too many pages on my phone because it can make it really difficult to locate a specific app in a short amount of time. At the moment, I've limited my page number to two only. The way I achieved this was by grouping my apps in folders. Categorising your apps is a really useful thing to do. I have several themed folders including a "Social Media" one, a "Photography" one and a "Games" one. Especially with the apps you don't often use but still need, folders are a good way to keep them in one place and off to the side a little bit.

Go Through Notes
I love using notes. If I don't have a pen and paper, the notes app is the next best thing. Most of the time, I use notes to write down any thoughts or ideas I have on the go. I used to keep my notes for ages. Most of the time, these notes didn't need to be there anymore. Either I had executed the task or recorded it somewhere else. I think it's nice to go through your notes every once in a while. You can delete any unnecessary ones as well as check for any ones you may have forgotten about. 

Check Your Recents
I'm always conscious of my recent apps. I used to make a habit of clearing them to save battery power until I heard it has absolutely no affect on the lifespan of your phone. Nowadays I like to keep the recents of my favourite apps so I'm not having to restart them every time I use them. I'll still discard tabs, just not all of them. Even though it doesn't really make a difference to your phone, it's still a good idea to keep your recents under control. 

Thanks for reading! 

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Friday, April 27, 2018

As you can probably tell through my various social medias and blog design, I love my pastel colours. But it's only recently that I've started expressing this love through my clothing choices. My draws and wardrobe used to very monochrome with very few pops of colour. I feel like I've definitely come a long way since then. In honour of this, I thought I'd share four of my favourite pastel coloured fashion items at the moment. Today's post is a photography type post since I feel like I haven't down one of these in a little while! Hope you enjoy!


Knitted Sweater




Thanks for checking out today's post! What colour do you like wearing the most? Do you prefer your blacks, whites and greys? Or do you believe the more brighter and bolder, the better? 

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Friday, April 20, 2018

A few months ago, I gave my blog a little makeover. I didn't want drastic change, I just felt the need to tweak a couple of different things. I'm someone who really enjoys working on Photoshop so for me it was a really fun and creative process. As much as I love the photographic and content creating side of blogging, I enjoy the web design aspect just as much. For today's post, I thought I'd share the steps I took in revamping my webpage. If you're wanting to update your blog design, hopefully this gives you a little bit of inspiration! 

Making a New Header 
My header is top and centre so I made sure to take my time redesigning it. When considering different fonts and graphics, I decided I didn't want to stray too far from my original design. The composition of the old and new header are very similar/ almost identical with my profile on one side and the text on the other. Since I'd already established a certain colour scheme on my blog, with the pastels and pale shades of pinks, I thought it'd be a good idea to carry it through. As I said before, I didn't want to make any big adjustments, I just wanted to renew or slightly improve on what I already had. I was really happy with my new header because I felt like it was a lot more modern and mature and also a lot easier to read. 

Creating a Profile For my Home Page
While I was editing my blog design, I was doing a lot research on what makes a good webpage. This was where I came across the idea of placing a profile image in your sidebar. I realised this was something that I'd thought about in the past but just never got around to doing. I think profile pictures are great because they allow you to put a face to the blog. I'd added one to my "About Me" page but not to my actual home page. When creating my profile image, I decided on a recent photo and made sure to attach a link so that when readers clicked on it, they'd be taken over to my bio anyway. I really liked how my profile turned out and thought it was a very functional addition to my home page.  

Decluttering/ Editing my Sidebar Widgets
The last step in my blog makeover process was going through my sidebar and getting rid of anything that didn't necessarily need to be there. For some reason, I'd initially had two Bloglovin' widgets that connected to my Bloglovin' account. I figured that one was enough so I got rid of the other and replaced it with my profile image from above. There's nothing wrong with removing widgets to make room for new ones. That way, you can be sure you're making the best possible use of your sidebar space. I then edited my "Email Me" graphic so that it followed the aesthetic of the rest of my edits. 


Thanks for reading! Are you planning on changing up your blog design anytime soon? Or are you really content with your webpage at the moment? Let me know in the comment section below! 

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Friday, April 13, 2018

If there's one thing that I've been obsessed with recently, it's watching Disneyland vlogs on YouTube. It's impossible to not feel happy watching a video located at the happiest place on earth. Since I've been on YouTube quite a bit lately, I thought I'd base this month's quiz around this video sharing platform. I'm going to see if I can guess what category a majority of the videos in your subscription box fall under. Let me know if I got it right or I got it completely wrong!

1. If I could be part of any reality TV show, it would probably be...
A) The Amazing Race.
B) Project Runway.
C) Britain's Got Talent.
D) The X Factor.

2. This year, I really want to... 
A) Travel more.
B) Create more.
C) Laugh more.
D) Exercise more. 

3. The three emojis that best describe how I enjoy spending my free time are...
A) πŸŒΏπŸ“·πŸš—
B) πŸ–Œ✂️πŸ–
C) 😜✏️πŸ““
D) πŸŽΆπŸ’ƒπŸ—£

4. If I were on a movie set, I would be...
A) Starring in it, of course!
B) Helping with the set design.
C) Part of the scriptwriting team. 
D) Working on the soundtrack.

5. The one item I carry with me wherever I go is my...
A) Camera.
B) Lip balm.
C) Favourite pen.
D) Earphones.

6. If I were to make my best friend something for her birthday, it would be a...
A) Photo scrapbook. 
B) Creative pop-up card.
C) Funny video featuring all her friends and family. 
D) Playlist of all our favourite songs. 

7. At high school, my favourite subject is/was...
A) Drama.
B) Art.
C) English.
D) Dance.

8. If I were to make a YouTube video, it would probably be a...
A) Q and A video.
B) Workspace tour.
C) Reaction video. 
D) Cover of a song.

9. I am most likely to subscribe to someone if...
A) They upload regularly.
B) Create content that interests me.
C) Have funny video ideas.
D) I like the aesthetic of their videos.

10. The main reason I go on YouTube is to...
A) Keep up to date with my favourite YouTubers.
B) Learn something new.
C) Be entertained.
D) Discover the latest music.

You Like Watching.......

(Mostly A's)
Daily Vlogs
There's nothing you like more than waking up to a new vlog in your subscription box every morning. You love showing support for your favourite vloggers by staying on top of their daily videos. 
(Mostly B's)
DIY Tutorials
You're a maker at heart so in your eyes, there are no better videos on YouTube than Do-It-Yourself tutorials. Whether it be a fancy makeup look, a room decor piece or a yummy recipe idea, you're willing to give it a go 100%. 
(Mostly C's)
Comedy Skits
You can always count on a good YouTube video to lift your spirits. The more relatable the video, the better. You're subscribed to some hilarious creators on YouTube and you love the production that goes into their content. 

(Mostly D's) 
Music Videos
When it comes to what music/artist is trending, you're always in the know. You love listening to your favourite songs through YouTube because you're able to appreciate both the music video and the track itself. 
Thanks for taking the quiz! Who's your favourite YouTuber? Let me know down below! 

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Putting my goals to paper are an essential part of my goal setting process. If I don't write or type them out somewhere for me to see, there's little to no chance of me completing them. At the start of 2018, I posted my New Year's Resolutions on the blog. You can find them here. I then copied them out into my bullet journal so that I'd have a physical copy of them as well. Since we're pretty much a third of the way into the year, I thought I'd do a little update post on how I've been progressing with my goals. Let me know how you guys are going with your New Year's resolutions in the comment section below! 

1. Drink More Water Throughout The Day
I'm not going to lie, this resolution has been a lot harder than I had initially thought it would be. I've been drinking from my drink bottle a lot more but somedays I still struggle to get through the whole thing. I'll probably have to take a different approach to getting the recommended amount of water each day.

2. Get my Restricted Licence 
Yesterday was a very exciting day for me. After a total of four lessons, two unsuccessful attempts and six months of procrastinating, I was finally able to get my restricted! Achieving this resolution felt like a huge weight off my shoulders. For anyone else preparing to sit their driving test sometime soon, good luck and I believe in you! It may take a little more practice than you anticipated, like it did with me, but I promise you'll get there in the right way and at the right time.  

3. Commit to my Bullet Journal
Writing in my bullet journal has become a part of my daily routine. I record everything in it! So far, I've been having no issues with this resolution and I'm feeling pretty confident that I'll be able to maintain this consistency for the rest of this year. 

4. Learn How to Cook
I think I've made a pretty good start on this resolution. I can't make a full meal yet but I've been trying to master a couple of side dishes. My wedges, in particular, have been a favourite in the household. I've made them so many times, I've even memorised the recipe. I still have a little while to go with this one but I'm definitely making progress.  

5. Time Manage my Blog Posts Better
The fact that I'm writing this post the day I'm supposed to be uploading is a pretty good indication of how I've been going with this resolution. After a year and a half of blogging, I still have yet to use the schedule tool on Blogger. Having that time pressure at the end of the week almost takes the fun out of blogging. I'm hoping to make more of an effort on this one just because it's starting to really affect the way I feel towards writing my posts. 

6. Be More Active on Social Media
I'm pretty happy with how I've been going about this resolution. Since Uni started up, these accounts have definitely been harder to maintain but I'm still checking them daily and keeping up to date with what's going on in the blogging community. I've also been getting a lot more enjoyment out of these social media platforms so that's definitely a plus as well. 

Thanks for reading! 

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Friday, March 30, 2018

As strange as this may sound, I actually really enjoy tidying my room. I find it almost therapeutic. It not only puts me in a positive headspace for the rest of the day but the end result is always so worthwhile. Once or twice a month, I like to do a thorough tidy of my bedroom space. In today's post I thought I'd share what this process involves. Here's how I like to clean my bedroom. 

Change The Sheets And Make The Bed
When it comes to cleaning my room, this step is a must. There's something really revitalising about new sheets. They just make my room feel instantly fresher. I like to make my bed every morning, just to start the day off right, however it's usually only a quick straightening of the covers and plumping of the pillows. When I have one of my major cleans, I like to set it up as though it's part of a store showroom. I'll arrange the throw pillows nicely and drape a fluffy blanket off one corner. I know that it can only look this way temporarily, but I find the whole process really enjoyable so I don't mind as much.

Wipe Down Any Surfaces
The next thing I like to do is take a dry cloth and dust off all the hard surfaces in my room. This includes my desk, windowsill, bedside table and vanity. There are certain corners and hideaways, like at the back of my drawers and shelves that are quite dust prone which is why I not only have to wipe down the visible surfaces but the less noticeable ones as well. Sometimes there are areas you wouldn't expect to collect dust but upon further inspection, are in fact need of a clean. For example, the row of books of my shelf, the tops of them tend to get quite dusty. Also the lids of my candles usually require a good wipe down. The last things I'll use the cloth for are my windows and vanity mirror. I'll also bring out the spray bottle for this part. 

Organise my Wardrobe
Out of my entire room, my wardrobe is probably the area I find hardest to keep tidy. Alongside my clothes and shoes, it's also where I keep random things like my Christmas room decor and my old exercise books from my primary school days. I like to keep my wardrobe door closed throughout the day just because I find it really detracts from the rest of the room. I know there's that concept of "out of sight, out of mind" but I always find myself coming back to this space whenever I do a big clean up. I won't necessarily remove anything, I'll just shuffle things around in attempt to make the space look neater somehow. I have yet to discover my perfect arrangement. This is probably why it's still a step in my bedroom cleaning process. 

Vacuum And Mop The Floor
My bedroom has wooden floorboards which I find quite hard to maintain at times. Cleaning the floor in my bedroom is a two step process. First I'll vacuum to get rid of any surface dust lying around, then I'll use the mop to remove any residue that may be left and get into all the tight spots the vacuum can't reach. I always save this step for last because the mopping requires drying time. 

Thanks for reading for about my bedroom cleaning process! Do you enjoy tidying your room? Let me know in the comments below! 

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Finding your ideal phone/laptop case can be a mission and a half, especially if you're like me and always have a very particular design or pattern in mind. When it comes to accessorising my gadgets, I want something that really encapsulates my own unique style and taste. I think you can tell a lot about a person from the exterior of their device which is why the concept of customisation really appeals to me. Luckily for me, I discovered online store CaseApp, a company which also believes in the customisation of your phone/laptop to reflect yourself and personality. I want to say a big thank you to CaseApp for allowing my to try out their products. I picked out one of their pre-made laptop skins as well as an iPhone 7 case that I personalised. Here are what they look like! 

I'm really happy with how my custom iPhone case turned out! I decided to go with glossy over matte and really like the overall finish of this case. Initially, I was afraid the plastic might crack as I was attaching the case to my phone. This was because I wasn't used to such a rigid material. My previous cases have been made of a much more flimsier plastic. This was definitely a misconception on my part because it secured to my phone perfectly fine. It seems to be a very durable covering and I definitely feel reassured that my phone will be protected. 

For my laptop skin, I decided I wouldn't tamper with the design. I really liked the minimalistic pattern as it was. It was very easy to apply and I had no problems with positioning the sticker. I love the way it looks! It doesn't function as a case however if you want to add a little bit of interest to your laptop, laptop skins are the way to go. 

To conclude this review, I'd just like to mention how impressed I was with the efficient shipping. I'm not actually based in the UK therefore I wasn't expecting my products to arrive in the time that they did. My envelope came before the estimated shipping date which I thought was very good service! Overall, I've thoroughly enjoyed working with CaseApp. Not only are their products very good quality but the entire process from choosing your case to receiving it, is very fast and easy. 

If you'd like 20% off your order, use the code THEANNIE20 at the checkout (valid until 2/4/2018). 

CaseApp has kindly let me run a giveaway where you can win one free product from their site! Check out my Instagram if you'd like to get involved! 

Thanks so much for reading! 

* I received these items in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own. *
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Friday, March 16, 2018

Three weeks ago, I officially started Uni. I was planning on writing this post after my first week of classes but since I was feeling a little uncertain about things, thought I'd give myself a few more weeks to find my feet. For just a little bit of context, I'm staying at home for my first year, studying at a design school in the city and hoping to major in graphic design. I'm really enjoying my classes and the work involved however this is only a newfound feeling. When I first started out, I didn't feel the least bit optimistic about design school. In fact, I even doubted whether Uni was right for me. 

Looking back I think that had to do with the fact that I felt quite alone during that first week of classes. Going into Uni, I didn't really know anyone. All my high school friends had either moved away or taken a year off to work or study abroad. I'm really happy with the institute that I'm at but during that first week of classes, I felt so out of place. After spending five years at high school, I was so used to getting assignments where the teachers were very clear on what they wanted and how they wanted it. I was used to being surrounded by the same group of people six hours a day, five days a week. Uni is very different. I expected this much but that doesn't mean that it still didn't throw me off a little bit. There's so much freedom and artistic license at design school. You're encouraged to interpret the assessments in your own unique way. As well as this, getting fully accustomed with every person in your class is almost impossible. There are so many people and when you're only seeing them once or twice a week, that doesn't leave much time to properly get to know them. Everything was just so overwhelmingly unfamiliar and the fact that I didn't know anyone prior to starting Uni made me feel even more lost and confused. I now know that many of my fellow classmates were in a similar situation to me however during those first few days where I had little to no interaction with anyone, it felt like I was the only one feeling this way. 

Three weeks in, I'd say I'm in a much more positive headspace now. I know the hardest part of the transition from high school to uni is over and I've begun to look forward to the rest of year and what's to come. I almost feel silly for ever thinking I was alone in feeling alone. I've been able to connect with a couple of people from my classes and instead of focusing on getting to know everyone, I'm going to work on getting to know a few people really well instead. Did you feel a similar way during your first few weeks of Uni? How long did it take you to get settled? I know that's everybody's different so I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading!

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Online store Coconut Lane offers the trendiest products around. From tropical prints to celebrity illustrations, you're sure to find something that captures your attention. I sure did! Several somethings actually! I'm so happy I stumbled across their site. I love their shop and the message they're wanting to convey through their products. As I recently became a Coconut Queen (Brand Ambassador), I thought I'd base this month's quiz around Coconut Lane and the items they sell. Feel free to tell me what you got in the comment section below! I love hearing your thoughts on these monthly quizzes!

1. I can't live without my...
A) Bed.
B) Sweatpants.
C) Watch.
D) Phone.

2. My fashion style is very...
A) Casual and laid back.
B) Fun and quirky.
C) Smart and sophisticated.
D) Simple and sweet. 

3. When it comes to shopping, I'm drawn to anything that...
A) I think will suit the theme of my room. 
B) Has a cool quote or design. 
C) Sparkles and shines.
D) Is cute or knick-knacky. 

4. My favourite part of my room is my...
A) Window seat. 
B) Closet. 
C) Vanity table.
D) Desk. 

5. The song lyric I am most familiar with is...
A) "Mr Sandman, bring me a dream."
B) "We never go out of style." 
C) "Diamonds are a girl's best friend"
D) "So hello from the other side." 

6. A majority of my things are...
A) Rose gold.
B) Black and white.
C) Silver.
D) Pastel coloured.

7. The last thing I purchased was a...
A) Pretty notebook and matching pen.
B) Pack of novelty socks. 
C) Set of earrings. 
D) Pair of sunglasses.

8. I personally believe, that when it comes to relationships ___________ important.
A) Trust is
B) Cuddles are
C) Small acts of kindness are
D) Communication is

9. The most recent txt message I sent said something similar to...
A) "I'm so tired!"
B) "Meet you outside the mall!"
C) "It's so pretty!"
D) "Call me!"

10. When I'm reading a magazine, I'll flip straight to the...
A) Product reviews. 
B) Fashion section.
C) DIY page.
D) Celebrity gossip. 

You Should Buy...

(Mostly A's)
This Rose Gold Cushion...
Rose Gold Marble Cushion
...Or Something Else From Their Home, Gifts And Stationery Range

(Mostly B's)
This Blogger Sweatshirt...
Blogger Sweatshirt
...Or Something Else From Their Clothing Range

(Mostly C's)
This Arrow Ring...
Arrow Ring
...Or Something Else From Their Jewellery Range

(Mostly D's)
This Marble Nude Colour Block Phone Case...
Marble Nude Colour Block Phone Case
...Or Something Else From Their Accessories Range

Definitely check out their store if you like what you see! You can take my recommendation on board or you can look around at some of the other products they stock. As a Coconut Queen, I get to share a discount code with you all! To get 20% off your total price just type ANNIE20 at the checkout. Thanks for taking this quiz! 

* Coconut Lane provided me with this affiliate code. All opinions are 100% my own. *
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Friday, March 2, 2018

When it comes to blogging, platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest play such an important part in bringing readers to your site. Social media can really do wonders for your blog however maintaining several accounts at once is no easy feat. If you struggle with managing and being active on multiple platforms here are some tips to hopefully point you in the right direction!  

Keep on Top of Notifications
When notifications are left unattended, they can really begin to clog up your device. The trouble with this build up is that you're more likely to find yourself out of the loop. When you have an overwhelming amount of notifications to go through, it's understandable to want to skim through them quickly. However this means you're more likely to dismiss something you actually have a strong interest in. Make sure to keep an eye on the comments, messages and follows as you receive them. If they're easy to check off then don't hesitate to do so. When you constantly have notifications coming through, it definitely helps to get as many out of the way when you can. 

Have Daily Goals
At the start of each day, tell yourself what you hope to achieve on each platform. It could be joining a blogger chat on Twitter, starting a new board on Pinterest or commenting on five people's photos on Instagram. If you find you're putting certain platforms over others, give yourself reasons to tend to those accounts you're less loyal to. It's all about finding that balance and having a task for each social media site will really help motivate you to evenly spread your time across all accounts. 

Track When You Post
It's a good idea to make note of when you post online. Use a planner or diary to mark when you've shared on a certain platform. That way, you'll be able to see which sites you need to engage with more. It's easy to forget when you last posted on an account so it definitely pays to have some kind of record to refer to when this happens. A big part of engaging on social media is having a consistent posting schedule. Regular tweets, pins and shares are essential in order to connect and interact with your followers. Use your planner/diary to establish a good posting schedule. It'll really benefit you in the long run. 

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