Whats in My Bag? Spring 2016


It’s been a long time since I’ve done my normal ‘What’s in my Bag’ post but they are such a traditional and nice post to do, it feels like a shame not to do one. If you want to see previous editions including “What’s in My Compact Bag?”  or “What’s in my Festival Bag”  click on each one respectively, or check out all of my past ones here. I don’t think what I keep in my bag tends to change but I always think this is an interesting thing to find out what people lug around, do they carry their whole life in their bag or if they have such a streamlined organised bag and I can do nothing but look on in amazement.

whats in my bag - new look duffle bag

Let’s start with a little bit about the bag itself, I got it as a gift for Christmas and it was greatly received as I wanted a more slouchy type of bag but that was still a practical size and I love this. It is the New Look Pin Stud Duffle Bag, which is a suede type texture and obviously stud detailing it has a super long adjustable strap so you can really make it work for you. It has one internal side pocket and other than that is a good sized space to ram everything in. I’m not someone that has to carry everything but I need some space at least.

the essentialswhats in my bag - essentials

So first up are the usual bag essentials which we might as well get away starting with my phone and keys, my keys are huge so they are easy to find. Another must is my purse, which is a Primark Purse from summer 2014 and it just has everything in it from cards to receipts all in their own special section. I also keep a reusable shopping bag in there at all times, seeing as there is now the bag charge so it’s handy if I pick something up unexpectedly.

keeping organisedwhats in my bag - organisation

With a full time job and a blog I like to make tons on lists and note everything in order to help me stay on top of things. I have my personal planner with my pen attached so I don’t use it, I love this planner to death. (If you want to see an indepth view of my planner click here). As well as my planner I have my blogging note book, to help me make notes on current posts, post ideas and check my blog schedule.

 

just a little vainwhats in my bag - makeup

I keep thinking about getting a small makeup bag, but as I just carry powder and my current lip product is I just used the inside pocket for now. So I carry my Ruby & Millie Kabuiki Brush, Collection Pressed Powder in Ivory and an assortment of lip stuff. So with no rhyme or reason I have 5 different lip products at the moment including: YSL Volupte Rouge in Lush Coconut, BareMinerals Marvolous Moxie Lipstick in Be a Star, P.S. Love Matte Long Lasting Lipstick in Whisper, The Body Shop Lipstick in (I can never remember), Rimmel London Appocalips Lip Lacquer in Nova. Got a good mix of colours, finishes and budgets for once, and I can change it up during the day.

the bag of useful bits

Finally I have a little (or maybe not so little) Ted Baker Makeup Bag which holds all of my ‘essential’ or useful bits to have in your bag. Most importantly there is medication such as my inhaler, allergy medication and painkillers as well as the basics such as plasters (my friends love me for these) as well as tissues. The usual girly must haves such as hair ties and hair grips, although I tend to go for hair ties as I’m most likely to want to keep my hair out of my way. As well as the not such important but always wanted Peach Delight Hand Gel, Ted Baker Lip Balm, Ted Baker Body Spray and Molton Brown Coco & Sandalwood Body Lotion which to me are all pretty self-explanatory. As one pair never seems enough I have two pairs of headphones and finally a little random but I find them endlessly useful in the form of the Primark Footlets.

So what do you carry in your bag? Let me know in the comments below or link me you ‘what’s in my bag’ post I adore reading them.

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Productive Blogging

I am entering my second complete year of blogging and past the 18 month mark, which seems like such a huge achievement to me and I have been through some huge transitions since blogging moving from being a university student for the first 12 months of my blog and for the past 5 months I have been working full time. We all have such a variety of different commitments in our life from work, study, relationships and family which all need to be balanced with the blogs that we love creating and having our own little corner of the internet and the community it involves. So I thought I would share some of the ways I manage to be productive with blogging.

getting organised

Getting organised is key, planning it all out having a notebook or diary to help organise your thoughts. I’ve outlined how I am organising my blog this year from my diary to my blogging notebook with monthly overviews, checklists and space for notes for blogs. This may be a bit over the top for some people but make sure you have a way to keep on top of all of your ideas and what is coming up on your blog, no double posting and a definitive plan can really boost your productivity. See how 2016s blog organisation here.

Don't over commit

The first summer of my blog some one hundred plus days, I blogged daily and when I went back to university for third year I just couldn’t commit to blogging that much. Some people can blog every day or five days a week but not everyone can and that’s okay, if you over commit you can just end up feeling mad at yourself when you don’t meet these. Pick a schedule that works for you, I post twice a week at 17:00 on those days which works for me and I’ve managed to only not meet it once. Yet a schedule can be important when growing a blog and working with brands, as you have consistency and reliability and people can expect regular content that they want to see from your blog. Pick a schedule and amount of content that works for you but pick what is manageable for you.

make notes

Have a note taking method, whether it be your phone, a small notebook, or notepad just have something where you can jot down your ideas. Just don’t kick yourself because that amazing idea you had has now disappeared into thin air, so do what works for you to keep a note of your ideas.

effective time use

Use what time you have, sometimes sitting down and writing for hours at a time writing blog posts back to back is counterproductive. Often I do a little bit on my lunch break at work either writing a bit, or making notes on future posts etc. its making the time you have work for you as we all have other commitments in life. If you’ve noted down plans and ideas, you can use them as a start point when it comes to creating all of your posts.

dont force it

If the content isn’t flowing when you sit down to write, then don’t write it’s a waste of time and you may end up rewriting it all again later on. Write what you want to write at that time rather than what you have scheduled or planned you may end up with a completely unique and insightful post because of it, or just look at the posts ideas you have noted and you never know what you might find some hidden gem that you had completely forgotten about.

scheduling

We all know about scheduling our blog posts by now, no longer just uploading when the post is finished, this allows us to create consistency and the checking of the writing. Yet sometimes we don’t always think about scheduling other things which can really benefit us such as social media, instead of just using the twitter function on WordPress try using social media suites such as Hootsuite. Here you can schedule multiple Twitter and Instagram posts to promote your latest posts, find out beauty bits and show of your blog and photography skills, and you don’t need to remember to do actively post these yourself. Using blog photos and hashtags you can make the most of social media with minimal effort creating interest which runs alongside blog content.

bulk processes

Although bulk writing posts can make them stale don’t be afraid to take bulk actions on other items, I may spend some time each evening to work on blog stuff but winter nights with nothing but dreary lighting and awkward shadows so photos aren’t possible blog posts by blog posts. Therefore with some posts especially those in which you can prepare photos in a bulk like routines and reviews etc. favourites are slightly different as there is less preparation really. Yet some weekend mornings I can bulk take photos, edit phots and I have even bulk schedule posts and social media, these are all things where you can become productive by bulk doing these tasks when you don’t necessarily have something new to write.

Hopefully these steps are useful to you in order to become more productive with your blogging. How do you try to ensure productivity with blogging? Leave your hints and tips below.

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