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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

#TIPSTUESDAY: HOW TO SHOOT A FLATLAY

This year seems to have been the 'year of the flatlay' for me - everywhere I look bloggers and Pinterest are posting beautiful arrangements of makeup, clothes and pretty items! Last year I had no idea what a 'flatlay' was and for those of you who aren't sure, it kind of is what it says on the tin, a flat lay of products typically shot from above. I love creating flatlays and getting creative with my images, I've recently received a few lovely comments saying how much people love my flatlay images so I thought I'd share a few tips on how I shoot mine!

Colour co-ordinate: I always tend to opt for a colour theme when shooting my flatlays, this isn't essential but I think it always looks nice in the image when you stick to a colour. My favourites to shoot have to be rose gold, monochrome or pastel pink. 

Fill the frame: I set my camera on square so it's ready to take my Instagram snap then I tend to either create my flatlay in a square so it fills the frame or shoot it at a more creative angle like above, but always making sure there isn't too much space. 

It doesn't always have to be relevant: When I first started seeing flatlays containing slightly random objects I never really got it but now I always have props to use as gap fillers such as watches, jewellery (especially rings or nice bracelets), flowers, cacti and many more! It doens't always have to be relevant or stick to a theme - if it looks good, shoot it!

Are you a fan of the flatlay? Any tips for taking yours?
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Saturday, 27 June 2015

THESSALONIKI WITH #BLOGTROTTERSGR - DAY 2


On our second day in Thessaoloniki we woke to cloudier skies but we were off on lots of walking tours so this didn't affect our beach day which was great. We started with a gastronomy tour around Thessaloniki's local market; Kapani. We tried lots of delicious local good such as cheese, nuts, red wine and much more - the trip was an incredible experience and it was great to see the local culture and explore the town this way.

The lovely Becki from Borders of Adventure snapping away!
An old photo of a market stall owner who we were lucky enough to meet, he still works at the market!
Bloggers doing what they do best!
Colourful fruit stalls were brimming with fresh produce!
Top: Primark (current season) | Jeans: River Island | Sandals: Mango | Jacket: Quiz | Necklace: Happiness Boutique | Bag: Bershka

Once we'd finished at the market we had a few hours of free time so me and a few lovely bloggers hit the pool for some downtime before getting ready for the evening. We met up again around 5pm and embarked on a Handpeak tour where we visited five different creative spaces across the city, from a photography studio to a fashion designers workshop. It was a really interesting afternoon learning about the incredible creatives based in the city, my favourite stop had to be our visit to Make - a creative workshop where they can 3D print and laser cut just to name a few!
  

We ended our day by taking a trip to the top of the Opera House where we could see the beautiful views of the city, then we went for dinner in a huge function room which was great as we drunk lots of great wine and chatted for hours. We were all awarded with medals and there was lots of group blogger shots - an amazing end to an incredible day! 

Stay tuned for my final instalment of our last day in Thessaloniki and Halkidi! 

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*A huge, huge thank you to Discover Greece & BlogTrotters for an amazing trip!

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

THESSALONIKI WITH #BLOGTROTTERGR - DAY 1


If you follow me on social media (@Frockmeimfamous) you'll know that last week I went to Thessaloniki for four days with Blogtrotters - there were 45 lifestyle, travel and fashion bloggers who all set off to discover why Thessaloniki was young at heart. We had an absolute blast and I fell head over heels for the cultural city that had a vibrant nightlife and engaging community.

As there were so many of us we were split up into different hotels, I arrived at my hotel; Les Lazaristes with my group around 9pm on Tuesday evening, we all dumped our bags off in our rooms then headed down to the pool for some canap├ęs and cocktails (which I can vouch that they did taste as good as they looked!). It was a really great way to meet the incredible hotel staff and lovely bloggers that I was staying with, we sat up swapping travel stories and sipping on cocktails before retiring to our rooms for the night.


On the second day we headed to the harbour to meet the rest of our group before we had a fun workshop learning all about Thessaloniki and what makes the city tick. There are 120,000 students living in Thessaloniki due to it's five universities, which has resulted in the city being voted the 'Youth Capital of of Europe 2015' which is amazing! On our last night our local tour guide took us to some incredible bars and we witnessed street parties, gay pride celebrations and lots of dancing in the street - this is the place to go for incredible nightlife with some of the friendliest people you'll ever meet!

Top: New Look | Dungarees: *Missguided (the best £20 you'll ever spend!) | Sandals: Mango | Bag: Bershka | Sunglasses: *Carrera via Sunglasses Shop
We had the most delicious lunch at the harbour in a restaurant called Kitchen Bar!
 With my beautiful lady Megan!

After lunch we all headed back to our rooms for a few hours down time and a quick change before our evening adventures. First of all we headed to the White Tower which is a famous monument in Thessaoloniki and has been adopted as the 'symbol of the city'. We climbed to the top of the White Tower and managed to get some great views and snaps of the city (whilst getting blown away in the process - see a very windswept me and Megan below!).

#FromWhereIStand with Megan and Amelia!
This umbrella sculpture was beautiful!
 Top: River Island | Jeans: River Island | Sandals: Mango | Bag: Bershka
Megan snapping away!
 The view from the White Tower!

Our first day was full of so much exploring, laughter and excitement! It was instantly recognisable why Thessaloniki is the city that's young at heart and I can't wait to share the rest of my snaps with you all! Stay tuned for day 2 & 3's picture-heavy posts on this beautiful city! 

Have you ever been to Thessaloniki before? Did you love it as much as I did?

SHOP MY HOLIDAY OUTFITS:



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*A huge, huge thank you to Discover Greece & BlogTrotters for an amazing trip!
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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

#TIPSTUESDAY: BLOGGER CHECKLIST - 10 THINGS ALL BLOGGERS NEED

Sorry I've been a little MIA lately - I've had a few personal issues (which I blogged about here) but I feel ready to get back to blogging now. I have so many ideas for content which is great to take my mind off things and get back into the swing of everything! I thought I'd come back with a #TipsTuesday post from my series and today I'm talking about the 'blogger checklist' - this isn't something to live by but just things I wish I knew when I'd started out blogging to make life easier in the long run, ya know?! Hope you find this helpful!...

1.) Business cards - great for networking and self promotion
2.) A clean blog design - make sure it's easy to navigate and nice to look at
3.) A diary - to keep on top of blog posts, events and meetings!
4.) Good social engagement - make sure you post often on your social channels and engage with your followers.
5.) A weekly desk planner - to help plan your schedule ahead and keep on top of posts
6.) A voice - know when it's okay to say no, and when to accept opportunities or products
7.) A decent camera - you don't need tonne of equipment for a blog but just one decent camera that you can shoot everything from outfit pictures to product close ups on. 
8.) A schedule - create a schedule that you can stick to and find inspiring (not too grueling!)
9.) Organisation - to stay on top of planning, emails and scheduling content
10.) Passion - the most important factor, it's such a shame to see people starting blogs for 'free stuff' all the time, you need to have a genuine passion for what you're blogging about and that will shine through to your readers and pave a way for a successful blog.
What are your checklist tips?
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