FASHION: 6 annoying things about being a fashion blogger
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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Fashion: 6 annoying things about fashion blogging

6 annoying things about fashion blogging 

Well, if you want to hear me have a rant about issues fashion bloggers face, then this is the post for you, by Rosa Fairfield.

Photographs by Linda Smith

Don't get me wrong, I love blogging, if I didn't I wouldn't do it. It's just sometimes there are things about fashion blogging that annoy me. Most of the time, I just find them funny though.

1. Hecklers

From time to time, I'll be standing there, having my photograph taken for a post and someone will shout an annoying comment at me. Like... "you ought to smile love." Well, that's helpful, considering that's not the vibe I'm going for. I'm standing there, posing, feeling like a complete nitwit anyway, then having someone heckle you feels so darn embarrassing.

2. When Instagram Pod Groups get nasty

On the whole, I think this is a great idea - where bloggers can share their content directly with each other. It's when people turn nasty, I don't like it. When people start having arguments with each other, and saying not very nice things, if they miss a post. I mean really, it's not the end of the world.

3. When you get ridiculous numbers of people unfollowing you everyday

This is another Instagram problem. It gets so disheartening when you go into the app and find 20 people have unfollowed you. I used to get really obsessed with it and check it every 30 minutes. Now, I don't look at it so much, which makes me a lot more relaxed.

4. When people address me as OH! on emails 

This really makes me laugh. I'll receive emails from people saying, "Hi, OH!" I think they must be those automated emails, programmed to use the first word of your website name. At least I hope so because who in the right mind would think my name is OH? I wouldn't mind if they had just used my full website name.

5. Battling the elements

Maybe this is just an English weather one? I'll plan the perfect photoshoot... and, oh no, it's raining... or it's super windy. (I actually like a bit of wind as it adds movement to the images but I don't want to look completely windswept.)

6. When people judge me

A lot of people tend to think I'm confident, vain, have a big ego or am very superficial because I have a fashion blog or that I'm very comfortable in front of the camera. I actually get quiet shy, I think that's what attracted me to blogging, it's a career with minimal contact with other people.

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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Travel Guide: Top 5 things to do in Venice Italy

Travel Guide

Top 5 things to do in Venice

Want to learn how to do Venice like pro? Then check out my tips, by Rosa Fairfield

Wander & Get Lost

This is the best thing to do in Venice. Stray off the main paths and walk down the narrow side streets. You avoid the large crowds and get to have a more authentic experience.

Eat Gelato  

Who can go to Venice and not eat Gelato? (Well, unless you are vegan or have an intolerance.) My favourite place has to be Gelateria Ca' d'Oro. I found their ice-cream had a great smooth and creamy consistency and no icy bits. 

Visit the Old Town

This was where some of the narrowest streets were and the best mask shops. The buildings were crumbling and look as though they belonged in a different type, (well, of course, it is the old town). It was very quiet to walk around too, I only ever bumped into one or two other people.

Best in the Daytime

I was disappointed with night time Venice. I like sparkling lights like the New York skyline but this was not the case and most things were closed up. The street lamps reflected in the water looked pretty like the Van Gogh painting: Starry Night over the Rhône.

Stop in an Apartment

I stopped in a tiny, quaint apartment, which had this traditional Italian feel to it. Sure, 5* hotels are nice but this had so much more character and started to feel like home after a while.

The Dress

This is another dress from VIPme. The site has recently become one of my favorite places to order clothing from. I feel reassured that the items I order will be high-quality and I will receive speedy service.

They have sent me this dress as part of a collaboration and I have previously collaborated with them a few times. They have always been professional and respected my work as a blogger, which I feel says a lot about the company. This isn’t always the case; I have worked with some other companies previously (and will not be working with them again) who have been very rube to me.

It’s funny, I had my reservations about ordering this dress at first. When I saw the picture online, I wasn’t sure it made a statement. Then I tried it on for the first time and fell in love with it. The dress has a skater style shape, which meant it fit nicely to my body shape. A lot of clothes tend to be too big on my waist and small on my bottom so are comfortable to wear but the skater style of this dress meant it fit perfectly.

The material is thick and has an almost spongey quality to it, which means it feels great against your skin. That also means it doesn’t get too creased, retains its shape in the wind and offers some warmth.

Styling tips

I’d probably recommend wearing long hair in an up do because of the high neck, with some statement earrings and a bracelet. It works well with black shoes – either a chunky heal or a boot.

Outfit from VIPme

Use this code at VIPmeRosa550, to get $5 off orders over $50

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Travel and Fashion: How to be an explorer

How to be a modern-day explorer

Dreamed of exploring the world? Here are some simple tips to help you with your quest, by Rosa Fairfield

"... so one day my mother sat me down and explained that I couldn't become an explorer because everything in the world had already been discovered. I'd ben born in the wrong century, and I felt cheated." - Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Most things have already been discovered - although, I think it would be ignorant to assume people have discovered all the world's secrets - but there is something exhilarating about discovering a place you have never seen before. It is my goal to see and experience as much as I can in my lifetime.

How to be an explorer 

You don't have to travel a million miles

You don't always need to travel to another country. There are amazing things to be discovered where you are. Sometimes you just have to get on a train... or even just start walking and see what you stumble upon. 

See things with new eyes

Have an open mind. We sometimes can be so used to seeing things that we just dismiss them, instead of seeing their beauty. One of my favourite moments is when I'm in a car and the road around me is surrounded by trees and dappled sunlight is shinning through them. 

Engage your senses and be present in the moment

If your mind is somewhere else, you will never truly appreciate the world around you. A great way to centre yourself is to engage all your senses, think about what the air smells like, even what it tastes like. I find sound works best for me, as it's my strongest sense. 

Keep a journal

Write down your discoveries. If nothing else, it is a great way to empty your mind. To let your last adventure go so you can find the next one. 

It's about the journey not just the end result

Exploring is never just about discovering the wonderful place, it is how you get there and sometimes this can be more exciting. There have been many times where I have ended up lost or in crazy situations, trying to get somewhere, that is all part of the fun.

Fear is your friend

It can be scary to do new things, to go places on your own... embrace it. I get really bad anxiety sometimes... but in a weird way I kind of like it. There is something exhilarating about feeling a deep sense of fear and then over coming it. To feel is to be alive.