Lipsy Dipsy Daisy

Oh lipsy, how I do love you. Have you ever noticed how a lipsy dress always seems to flatter you in all the right places? You walk around wearing it, feeling like a complete and utter sass-queen. But have you ever brought a lipsy dress… in the sale?!

Oh how much more exciting it is to wear that £65 dress that you brought for just £32. Especially with a handsome, suited & booted guy like Ben on your arm!

We had a wonderful time at our friend’s wedding recently – I adore having an occasion to dress up for. This embroidery lipsy dress was a last minute purchase after a tonne of panic shopping, and I am so glad I found it in the sale! The blue really stood out and was just absolutely perfect for the occasion.

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Katy xx

Pixel2Print: Bringing Instagram to Life

I recently had the opportunity to receive numerous free prints of my choice from printing company, Pixel2Print, to see if I could use them for my blogging – I have been so impressed by the experience, that I NEED to rave about it to you.

*Before I go any further, I want to make it super clear that I received the prints free of charge from Pixel2Print, in exchange for the opportunity to try them out – this review is entirely my own opinion and I’d like to thank Pixel2Print for the wonderful  opportunity!*

The Power of a Backdrop

A backdrop is powerful in your content. It’s completely underestimated, but completely vital for a good feed.

When you look at certain blogs and Instagram feeds, themed content is always more engaging – isn’t that just how it is? As a predominantly lifestyle-based blogger, I find it really difficult to create any sort of ‘theme’ in my Instagram and blog, purely because my life doesn’t have one! I don’t just wear pink clothes, or drink from white mugs, I don’t live in a white box, or have marble kitchen tops… Life isn’t always Instagrammable!

So I explored a way of using the opportunity with Pixel2Print to create more themed content which could look professional, whilst sticking to the type of content I wanted to share – By no means does my Instagram feed have a consistent theme, but I like to create splashes of linked content every now and again!

I chose three high resolution pictures that I thought would make cool backgrounds – A blue splashy effect, a pink splashy effect and of course, marble. To find these pictures, I wanted to make sure that I could use them, so I searched for copyright free images and discovered a few free pictures that I liked via vecteezy.com.

Pixel2Print then printed my backdrops in their three most popular print types and sent them to me. The delivery and print experience was super speedy – my prints arrived the next day in perfect condition!

Each type of print is different – some are glossy whilst others are more matte. I personally think I have preferred the glossy prints, but the matte are equally as useful, especially when combining the two together…

So what do they look like on my feed? Here are a few snaps of my Instagram feed recently…

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To fit into a lifestyle blogger’s feed, you don’t need to use the prints in every post. Instead, I have tied in the colours to a few photos that link e.g. the last few shots have a pink theme, in contrast to the blue theme which tied in from the print alongside my trip to the seaside! And it isn’t all about a ‘theme’ – its about creating neat and tidy looking content which engages with my followers.

Since using this more tactical approach to Instagram, I have seen my average likes soar from around 15 per photo to 30/40 per photo – isn’t that evidence enough that this works?! Here are a few shots of what my feed would generally look like before the prints…

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My feed was messy and inconsistent, and would drive me insane! But now, I make sure to incorporate the prints into my feed to help tie my content together more – they gave my feed a natural flow.

Thank you so much to Pixel2Print for sending me the free samples, I will certainly be looking into getting a few more different colours and styles to experiment with!

If you want to check them out, here is their website for all your printing needs –Pixel2Print!

Bye Bye Winter!

Springtime weather is definitely on its way and I am totally ready for everything that spring has to offer! But as the dark, cold winter days draw to an end, wouldn’t it be nice to take advantage of a few last minute treats that only winter really offers?  The cold season really isn’t all that bad… so here’s a list of things to do to make the most of the last few weeks of the cold weather!

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  1. Cosy Movie Day

You can have a movie day anytime of the year, but isn’t it just all the more cosy when the rain is falling outside your window, whilst you are safely cocooned in a duvet with your favourite film playing and a box of chocolates within arm’s length? Let’s grab our duvets and dedicate a day to our favourite films and worship the art of cosiness. Thank you winter for teaching me to be cosy!

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  1. A Walk in the Park

Ironically, a walk in the park is not the easiest thing to do in winter (it’ll be a walk in the park…haha I’m hilarious.) But, there is something just a little more magical about the outdoors in the winter months. The crunch of the leaves, the fresh cool air and the peaceful sound of people hiding inside (they’re probably having a Cosy Movie Day…) Parks get so much busier when it starts getting warmer, so lets take our gorgeous winter boots and coat down the park for a little piece of tranquillity. Besides, your winter style deserves to be shared!
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  1. Grab yourself a Coffee

A personal winter favourite of mine – sitting in the window of a coffee shop of your choice, watching the world go by. The big selling point to this one is that you a) get a hot drink and b) get to be cosy whilst having a front row seat to the town centre  – people watching at it’s finest.

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  1. Pamper Day

If you really are too scared to venture into the cold, why not make the most of your home comforts? Give yourself a pamper with a face masking, nail painting, blow-drying evening at home! After all, what better way to get over the winter blues than treating yours truly to a little bit of TLC…

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  1. Plan your summer

They say summer bodies are made in the winter, but so are summer plans! Book a holiday, book a festival – start planning your summer fun! From the wardrobe you’re going to slay, to the day to day adventures that you want to enjoy… Summer is made for adventure.

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Silence?

I’m super quiet at the moment and struggling to find time to blog… But I have a few things lined up for the next few weeks so please be patient and you’ll soon see me all over your screens once more! 

For now, make sure you’re following me on Instagram over at https://www.instagram.com/thatgirlfrom/ (I’ll give you a follow back too!) to keep up to date with me!

I’m also trying to heat my twitter back up again after neglecting it to become a cold arctic hole in the ground… so make sure you’re following me on Twitter @katyspiano15 and feel free to nag me on a daily basis, reminding me to tweet! I’ll also give you a cheeky little follow on there!

Happy Wednesday sweeties!

Katy xx

Why Some Bloggers SHOULDN’T Do Makeup Tutorials…

The truth behind every photo or video I post is this – my family and I have so much fun. We are all crazy and annoying but oh my goodness, we have such a laugh!

I was looking back through my camera recently when I found an attempt at doing my sister’s makeup when she came home a few months ago. The footage was absolutely hilarious. There is so much stuff I can’t show you because it wouldn’t make sense, and so much stuff I would find too embarrassing to post… and disclaimer: I’m so bad at makeup it hurts.

I really hope you enjoy this little video showing the truth behind a lifestyle blogger’s makeup tutorial – enjoy!

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Ideas?

I have so many content ideas right now, ah it is super exciting! The best (and worst) part of this, is that a lot of  my ideas will likely be done via video – omg interactive posting? Check me out.

The problem with this though, is that I work full-time… and it is winter… so it’s dark when I wake up and dark when I leave work…

Luckily for me, I have booked this Friday off work (more details on my Thursday & Saturday plans will emerge shortly, I’m sure…) So maybe… MAYBE…. you’ll have some new stuff on this little blog o’ mine shortly. Maybe…

But for now, here is a sunny island throwback on this glum Tuesday morning – have a happy day everybody!

Dealing with Exams

It’s that time of year again, where we emerge from our merry little Christmas coma to discover that we have an exam to study for and very little time to do so! I personally hate January exams, as I always feel that they creep up on me because I’m so excited for Christmas that the exam gets a tad forgotten until January 1st… then it’s a panic.

But do not fear my fellow examinees! Here are a few of my top tips for smashing your exams…

1. Start preparing as early as you can!

Make sure that you finish reading all the material as soon as possible so that you can crack on with making revision aids in good time for the exam. This will ensure that you can identify the areas you need more time on, whilst also allowing you to relax a little more in the days before the exam – cramming gives you far too much unnecessary stress!

2. Study little and often – break it up!

Again, please don’t try and cram it all into your head without taking a break! Cramming is unhealthy and counterproductive. I usually set myself “study days” in the run up to an exam where I try and revise as much as possible, but I take regular breaks throughout the day so that my head has a minute to actually digest what I have just revised. You wouldn’t eat dinner immediately after breakfast…would you?

3. Drink water – plenty!

Treat water like your kryptonite. Keeping hydrated is extremely important when studying as it makes your body function at its top form, helping you remember everything you need to. Plus it gives you lots of reasons to take a break – toilet break and top up, anyone?

4. Tailor your revision to you 

It would be completely useless for me if I just read pages and pages of notes without doing anything with them, because I learn best from summarising information into colourful spider diagarams and posters. I know this because I have tailored my revision over the years and noticed that this is how I learn best! In contrast, you might learn from reading pages of notes, or listening back to audio notes. The point is, tailor your revision to how you learn best – don’t just copy your friend’s method. We know our own minds the best, so study in a self-tailored fashion for ultimate success.

5. Don’t panic

Easier said than done, right? Keeping cool in the run up to an exam is essential in avoiding extreme procrastination! Try and relax. Instead of fretting, ensure you are revising as much as possible at any given opportunity. Take time out of your day to revise, even if it’s just for half an hour. Dedicate yourself to the exam as much as you can and you’ll find your nerves blossoming into confidence. Breathe! It’s all going to be ok.

6. Eat well

What a mighty fine reason to take a break – a girls gotta eat! Make sure you are fuelling your body with good food so that you have enough energy to absorb the information. A few veggies won’t hurt!

7. Sleep

Don’t do an all nighter, your brain will go bye byes before you realise. Get plenty of sleep near an exam so your head is wide awake and ready to learn!

8. Move about & turn off that phone!

Don’t sit in a chair all day thinking you’re actually taking a break by scrolling on Instagram for ten minutes. Take a stroll and get some fresh air in your breaks so that you aren’t turning into a stone statue, cowering over a book. If you ache today, you’ll ache tomorrow, and being uncomfortable is the biggest distracted when it comes to revising.

I hope you enjoyed my tips & are studying the hell out of January! Time for me to get on with me studies today… let’s do this!
*Cue cute picture of Me & Ben because I miss him already!*