My Pet Story with Pet Plan

Unless you're new to my little part of the internet you'll know I'm one of those pet owners. The ones that talks about their pets non-frigging-stop. My one, aka Lopez The Best Dog In The World is my soulmate and fur-baby wrapped into one, like a brilliant BOGOF offer life decided to honour me with. This year we had our first proper "poorly" incident and I felt like my world was falling apart. It was absolutely torturous and despite me being convinced he understands everything I say, him not being able to tell me what was wrong was absolutely heart wrenching.

It taught me why pet insurance is a damn good idea. Lopez's breeder wouldn't accept owners who didn't take out insurance and at the time I thought that was a little over the top. However, having experienced him being unwell and the security our insurance policy gave me I couldn't recommend it more. We chose Pet Plan Insurance and we've found them to be brilliant, as do our vets. By coincidence, Pet Plan got in touch last month and asked Lopez and I to take part in a campaign with them.

Taking A Good Few Days Off

It's very nearly time for a well earned break. So, here's an outfit that I'll be living in over Christmas. Paired back make up (including no mascara which is why I look a little different than usual) my old faithful basics, a new cardigan and some new rings to add a little bit more to the look. Followers of my Instagram know that my goal is to have the ultimate boho hands; delicate and different rings on pretty much every finger, all probably gold as that's my favourite. Beady eyed Instagram followers will have already spotted my new additions, but here's a little more about they came to me...

Longer term followers will know that my really special piece of jewellery is from Monica Vinader, their Riva ring here. My late grandmother bought it for me for my 30th and I absolutely love it. It means an awful lot and it gets noticed all the time - if I had a pound for overtime I've been in a meeting and the person opposite me has had it on too, well, I'd own the whole collection. The brand fell a little off the radar for me, despite seeing lovely pieces of friends, so I was delighted when they got in touch and showed me their most recent collections.


A Few Thoughts On Being An Influencer in 2017

I've put off writing this post for about three weeks. Ask any of my friends and they'll tell you I'm as subtle as a ten metre sledge hammer and I tend to really upset people when I comment on something. I don't do well with delicate people as I always manage to offend them by accident but what’s come to light is that these delicate people are prepared to say really hurtful things about me and some of my peers - and I believe that if someone’s prepared to put something out there they should be prepared to take it back. There was one comment made about an influencer I spotted on Twitter that tipped me over the edge, so here's my ten pence on what’s going on in the world of influencer marketing right now. We have to have a really tough skin and although the perks are crazy-good I think it's important to show you a few home truths. Apologies if it gets a bit ranty.

coat, Hobbs here - often sells out so I found it with another retailer, here / boots, jigsaw

The influencer landscape is changing, moved as much by influencers as it their audiences. It's an enormous but necessary learning curve that only works with contributions from both sides. But here's the thing; any blogger who started before around 2014 didn't do it for the money. We did for the love of it. In fact making money wasn't an option when we started, we were doing it either as a creative pursuit alongside our careers or to strengthen our careers - e.g: I know quite a few very junior fashion editors who weren't given the opportunity to showcases their abilities in the magazines they worked on, so used a blog to demonstrate their talent. Ironically many of these people have since sacked in the editorial world and blog full time, because they're really pretty good at it.


Getting Ready For Christmas With The White Company

Somehow unbeknown to man it's December. Everyone is saying it and my reasoning isn't by any means unique, but wow hasn't this year gone fast? I barely feel like we managed a Summer and before we had the clocks going back and it's time for Christmas! Thank goodness The White Company asked me to work with them on my favourite Christmas essentials, as without them I don't think my lot would be getting anything this year as we're so busy right up to Christmas Eve.

As if it was meant to be, the same week we arranged this collaboration the team at Fantastic Services offered to deliver us a tree, complete with stand, in return for social media mentions. I had no idea this service existed! Very handy for Londoners who don't have cars, or like us, live on top of a very hill! Reasonably priced too, do check them out!

As you know through my posts with the brand throughout the year, there are a few Winter traditions where only The White Company will do. Cashmere socks? Has to be from them, here. Cold-weather home scent? My boyfriend and I are in firm agreement that the flat has to smell of The White Company's "Winter" scent, here. We have a bottle of the scent from last year which is sprayed around the place the minute the heating goes on.

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