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And Other Stories Rose Jumper

Social media is a funny old beast; sometimes it feels like your best friend and other it feels like it's totally forgotten about you and isn't returning your calls. This week it felt pretty good. It was my birthday, and I got lots of lovely message from people I really know, and people I really don't. It made me realise that these days the meaning of "community" doesn't mean your local area, it's the people who choose to be in your world, from wherever they are location wise. Scrolling through the comments I realised how many of my now close friends I met through social media too - and just as I was doing it, someone came up to me in a cafe and told me my content about this year's election really helped them out. Winner.


When I started blogging there was no Instagram, Pinterest or Snapchat. Twitter was the platform to be on, thats why you'll see a lot of influencers who have been doing it for longer tend to have bigger followings on there than those who started in the last two years. If I'd known how pictorial the world of social media was going to become I doubt I'd have ever started it; the internet felt pretty anonymous in 2011.


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outfit links = rose jacquard jumper / red shoes / jeans / brown satchel / earrings

It took me two and half years to put my face on the blog. It was a turning point; Instagram had started and it wasn't really acceptable to do the anonymous thing. Brands were beginning to pick up influencers, and the whole thing for them was a blogger was a person (rather than a mag being a publication). So in short, I had to get my head around it. I really didn't like it at first, but gradually I got used to it. 

Now, I really don't mind. I don't put all of my personal stuff on my channels (a lot of it is shared with people who aren't making a living from publicising their life), but I put enough to frame the situation. You guys know roughly who my friends are, who my boyfriend is, where I live and what I do - thats enough for me and probably enough for you as a lot of daily life is pretty, damn boring.

outfit links = rose jacquard jumper / red shoes / jeans / brown satchel / earrings

Is it stressful? Yeah sometimes. But other times you have to kind of laugh at yourself and go "I just stood in the street and had my picture taken and now I'm putting it on the internet." Most of the time it's pretty cool, the only thing now that ever really gets on top of me is other people on social media.

A friend told me a year ago she was thinking about turning her messages function off her Instagram and I couldn't understand why. Fast forward to now and I've been close several times. Honestly, you wouldn't believe some people! People hound you for details on something, and if you don't reply, they pester even more - and there really aren't enough "pleases" and "thank yous" going around in the DM section - do remember it's not an influencer's job to personally respond to your beck and call. I try to go through everyone, but I've reached a point that unless it's polite it's not being responded to. That seems fair, right?


outfit links = rose jacquard jumper / red shoes / jeans / brown satchel / earrings

That said, sometimes comments are unbelievably helpful. This week I got into a really sticky work situation and didn't know what to do, or have anywhere other than Instagram to talk about my feelings. I asked for advice, and I had loads of messages reassuring me that I was approaching it the right way - and help with what to do. When you work for yourself, thats invaluable. 

Also thanks for the "likes" on stuff. It feels nice. There are lots of ranty chats going on at the moment from influencers about Instagram's algorithm but in my mind the elephant in the room is that you guys have a hell of a lot more to choose from these days, and so if someone's content isn't awesome it won't get any praise. It's assumed that if you gain a follower then they should like your stuff - but I passively scroll through tonnes of things; I'm only gonna double tap it if I really, really do.


outfit links = rose jacquard jumper / red shoes / jeans / brown satchel / earrings

So thanks for liking my stuff because it feels nice and makes me feel like I'm doing something worthwhile. Not enough people admit that likes = validation. It's sad but it's true! If you don't follow me, here's my Instagram link, and if you do - thanks tell all your friends. Ha.

outfit links = rose jacquard jumper / red shoes / jeans / brown satchel / earrings

This post has become a bit of a ramble, which it wasn't meant to be - sorry! I was supposed to be raving about my rose jumper and the lipstick I'm wearing, because I never wear lipstick. It's from Charlotte Tilbury and I don't really know what to call it as it looks like a lip gloss packaging wise, but comes out like a matt lipsticks (*frantically googles and then discovers the name*). Oooh, it's called Rising Star - lets hope thats a sign! Seriously though, I struggle with lip stuff as mine get really dry and colour never seems to stay on. This one has been great. Ooh and as one last point, size down with the jumper because it's enormous!

Thank you very much for reading as always, I feel very lucky to "have" you. 
xxxx

outfit links = rose jacquard jumper / red shoes / jeans / brown satchel / earrings

Photography by Claire Menary
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