While everyone is preparing for Christmas and creating those all important new-year-new-you New Year Resolutions, I’ve thinking about my blog. Today’s post should really be me reflecting on the year and my plans for PGF 2015. However this isn’t the case. After brainstorming blog post ideas for January 2015, it dawned on me that I’m not enjoying blogging as much as I used to.
I’ve been blogging since November 2011 which will make it four years in 2015 and it’s been an experience. Blogging has been an expensive, difficult but fun hobby. Initially my blog covered regular fashion news and went more niche in 2013 focusing on African fashion. I’ve been blessed to have worked with a number of well-known brands, attend events, meet other blogger and receive freebies. But in the mist of it all, the passion that I had when I started had vanished. Gone are the days that I would be on my laptop almost every day scheduling posts, researching ideas, taking part in blogger chats and reaching out to brands through email and Twitter. I had a desire to blog and build it into a brand but that is no longer the dream.
I though that this phase would wear off and even went to the extent of reading blogging related posts on how grow your readership, developing ideas for blog posts and even wrote a few myself . I’ve learnt that not all advice on blogging works for everyone and it’s all trial and error. Lots of lots of trial and error. I introduced various series on my blog only to scrap it in the end. I even deleted posts and changed up my writing.
To be brutally honest, the blogosphere is heavily saturated. Everyone is trying to get noticed and rack up those pageviews and get thousands of followers. There’s also jealously and gossip involved. You wonder why some bloggers who started the same time as you have double the readership and get opportunities while you’re just scraping by. The truth is only a few will succeed in the blogging world. Not everyone can a “famous blogger” and write books and launch makeup lines. Some say it could be timing while others say it’s hard work and dedication. I didn’t go into blogging to get famous, I just wanted a place where I could share my thoughts and build a readership I’ve worked tirelessly on my blog and feel that it’s not growing to its full potential. I also noticed that it’s not helped me grow as a person or made me confident or improved anything in my life whatsoever. Yes opportunities have come by but that’s just about it. Perhaps African fashion is too niche or my writing isn’t up to scratch. Don’t really know to be honest. I wanted to create something different as I didn’t want to be another blog that is owned by a 20-something-year-old girl who loves cupcakes and has a beauty addiction covering done to death content.
So I’m taking a break. Not sure how long I will be or if I’ll come back but I’ll keep you updated all the same. I know this is a sad post and not a great way to end the year but I just want to be honest. Thanks to everyone who has been reading my blog from the start or has recently stumbled across it. I appreciate every single one of you! Thanks so much! Will still be on Twitter and Facebook. I’m also on Pinterest too.
Merry Christmas and have wonderful 2015!
This is the last post for my Christmas Party Outfit ideas series and my final Shopping Trolley post for 2014! If you missed part one and two you can click on the links for inspiration. I hope you enjoyed all my Shopping Trolley posts throughout the year and there will be lots more in 2015 so stay tuned
There’s a new ethical luxury accessories label in the UK that wants to change perceptions of Africa through fashion called A A K S . The label is owned by Ghanaian fashion designer Akosua Afriyie-Kumi who has interned at a number of fashion houses including Peter Pilotto and Matthew Williamson before going at it on her own in 2013 when she decided to set up A A K S in Ghana. You’ll find an array of beautiful raffia bags handmade by a women’s cooperative in Bolgatanga, northern Ghana. The brand uses ethical processes and age-old craft traditions while placing craftsmanship as the main player. It takes approximately one week to complete a handbag and bears the fingerprints of the person who fashioned it and a signature tag to prove its authenicity.
Photo credit: A A K S
Here’s the second Christmas party outfit ideas post. If you missed the first one you can read about here. Enjoy!
Outift Three: 1. Topshop Embellished Black Plunge Jumpsuit, £80 | 2. Dorothy Perkins Green Stone Ring, £6.80 | 3. Adara Leigh London Green Tribal Monochrome Clutch, £140 | 3. Adara Leigh London Tribal Satin Leather Heels, £225
When it comes to umbrellas, it can go two ways: protect you from the rain, leaving you nice and dry or go in a hissy fit as the material isn’t windproof turning it inside out leaving you miserable and searching for shelter. Joyaux Marisol has come to the rescue to help brighte up rainy days with these gourgeous, luxury African print umbrellas. Each Marisol (umbrella) is cut, sewn and produced by hand in New York and available in limited editions throughout the year to make each women feel special. The features of the umbrella includes the steel frame and flexible ribs that can brave fierce winds, it’s 100% rainproof and comes with a Lifetime Limited Warranty. There are three sizes to choose from with prices starting from $395 (£253) and ship internationally.
Photo credit: Joyaux Marisol
A portion of profits helps women survivors of sexual violence in The Democratic Republic of Congo to rebuild their lives at The City of Joy, a revolutionary healing and training center created by women on the ground and sustained by V-Day, a worldwide activists’ movement to end violence against women. – Source
While going through my emails this morning, I came across an up and coming African fashion website called Mayasi. I had a quick browse and stumbled over this gorgeous African inspired wool coat. It’s on trend with the cape/poncho style that’s going on in the fashion world and would personally wear it myself. Styling wise I would team with jeans or a long sleeve bodycon dress with knee-length boots. It’s perfect for those who don’t like wearing lots of prints and would rather go for something more subtle.
Photo credit: Mayasi | Price: £150
Have you heard of Mayasi before? Are you a fan of African prints? Do you prefer full on African prints or just a touch?
First things first, happy new month. Can’t believe how fast the year has gone and we are officially weeks away from 2015! Christmas is all about giving, celebration and of course party season! I’ve styled up three Christmas party outfits that will make the ultimate statement whether you’re dancing the night away or simply dining with friends or work colleagues. Here’s a toast to fashion!
Coconsa‘s new handbag collection has landed on their website and I already have a couple of styles on my wish list. Titled Signature Collection, this range features the continuation of the marriage between luxurious West African fabric, Kente and Ankara with globally known authentic leather. Any woman who owns the bag will be fierce whilst still remaining simple and classy. A percentage of each item sold will go to Wash House Charity who had a mention on my blog a while back so it’s a great cause. Here’s the collection below!
Photo credit: Coconsa
Are you a fan of handbags? Which styles are your favourite? Do you own any African prints in your wardrobe?
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Christmas is only time of year where you don’t feel guilty for stuffing your face with food and drink while watching reruns of old TV shows. Just eat, drink and be merry and leave the gym until next year. This is my last Christmas gift ideas series and if you missed the last two be sure to check out the fashion and beauty guide. Enjoy!
1. Moet et Chandon Rosé Imperial Champagne Christmas Cracker, £18.99 | 2. M&S Swiss Collection Gift Bag, £20 | 3. BHS Connoissuer Rose Wine Selection, £15 | 4. Harvey Nichols Bubbleology Gift Box, £29.99 | 5. Hotel Chocolat Chocolate Wreath, £20 | 6. Debenhams The Biscuit Book Selection Tin, £8 | 7. Not on The Highstreet Fizzy Wizzy Sweets, £6 | 8. Biba Biba Gold Stem Martini Set, £35 | 9. Crabtree & Evelyn Preserve Trio, £8.50
One perk of being a blogger is attending events. From blogger meetups to press days, it’s an amazing opportunity to meet industry insiders, bloggers and to see how the fashion/beauty world works. Whether you’ve never attended an event or you’ve been to hundreds, it’s important to make sure that you benefit from each event you attend. Here are six tips to make the most of blogger events.
1. Decide if the Event is Worth Attending
When I first started blogging, I used to attend almost every event that came my way and after a while I realised that not every event benefited me and my blog. These days I’m selective with the events and only go if: a) the event is interesting b) fits with my blog and would be of interest to my readers (c) that are usually held on the same day. Since I don’t live in London, it costs me nearly £20 for a travelcard for an hours journey. If the event is for a few hours it’s fine as it will be worth the cost but anything less can work out to be an expensive journey for just a short period of time.
2. Find out Who Else is Going
If you know any bloggers that are attending be sure to get in touch with them so you can meet up beforehand. On the invite there’s usually a special hashtag to use to tweet about the event. You can use this to send out a tweet to find out else is attending so that other bloggers can see your tweet and reply back to you.
3. Get There Early
If you’re an introvert like me and find social situations a bit daunting you can always get to the venue early as it will be easier to make conversation as there’s fewer people. To break the ice you can comment on the person’s outfit, greet them with a smile and give out your business card and introduce yourself and your blog.
4. Don’t Forget your Business Cards
The more events you attend, you’ll start to notice that people will ask for your business card. It’s a great way to promote your blog and to use network with others. Be sure to make sure it’s a clean and eye-catching design with all your details. Popular business card services are MOO and Vistaprint.
5. Don’t Attend Events just for the Goody Bag Everyone loves freebies but that doesn’t mean one should take advantage of it. If the sole purpose of your blog is just to get freebies and to attend events to get goody bags then you’re wasting your time and it’s unfair to the company.
6. Save organisers contacts for future opportunities Once you’ve posted about the event, send the link to the organisers and mention them on social media with a thank you. Be sure to save their contacts for the future as it may come in handy for job opportunities and for blogger collaborations.
What are your thoughts on blogger events? Have you meet other bloggers/networked with industry insiders? Do you have any more tips to add to the list? How do you find out about blogger events?
Photo credit: House of Fraser
Cyber Monday is an online shopping event that commences the Monday after Thanksgiving (1st December 2014) where stores offer exclusive deals and discounts and has become one of the biggest online shopping days. In celebration, I’ve joined forces with House of Fraser to offer one lucky reader a £30 gift voucher to spend on Cyber Monday. It’s perfect timing as Christmas is around the corner so you can easily treat yourself or buy a special gift for a loved one. Below are the sales happening during the course of the day at House of Fraser so be on the look out!
Additional 20% off Hotel Collection Bed & Bath
Additional 20% off MW Accessories
Up to 15% off Makeup
Additional 20% off WW Outerwear & Knitwear
Additional 20% off WW Winter Warmers
Additional 20% off KW Knitwear and Outerwear
Up to 50% off Kylie Minogue Bed Linen
Additional 20% off Lingerie
Additional 20% off MW Outerwear & Knitwear
15% off Beauty Gift Sets
20% off Nespresso
Additional 20% off Handbags & Purses
To enter, simply follow the instructions on Rafflecopter and the winner will be selected at random next week Saturday 29th November 2014 at midnight. The winner will be announced on Sunday 30th November 2014 via my Facebook and Twitter page. Good Luck! UK residents only.
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Last week, I featured Christmas gift ideas for beauty lovers now it’s time to turn over to fashionistas. There are plenty of stylish gifts to choose from for all types of budgets. Be sure to check out next’s week’s post for another Christmas gift ideas edit. How’s your Christmas shopping going? Are you looking forward to Christmas?
1. Topshop Textured Check Coat, £95 | 2. M&S Christmas Sequin Embellished Bow with Bells Jumper, £25 | 3. Boux Avenue Chloe Balconette Purple Bra (£24) and Brief (£10) Set | 4. Jaunt Monochrome Clutch, £145 | 5. River Island Pink Block Padlock Purse, £18 | 6. Londonairobi African Print Stud Earrings, £12 | 7. Sapelle Kanga Print Reversible Snood, £15 | 8. New Look Dark Pink Holographic Block Heels, £19.99 | 9. Dune Gold Metal Oversized Bracelet Watch, £59 | 10. The Cambridge Satchel Blush Metal Keyring, £35