Five things that bloggers no longer do

Today marks five years since I decided to start (and stick to writing) my blog. Five years of making friends, challenging myself to be creative with style and discovering lots of different things. Five whole years!!

To make this milestone there’s no giveaway (sorry) no cute photo shoot with a cake or balloons (not that I didn’t want to, I just wasn’t organised enough) and no imparting of wisdom of how to do anything amazing in the blogging world (how I wish I had this wisdom to use). Nope. Instead, I’ve written five differences I’ve noticed since I first streaked claim on a little patch of the internet. I wonder who else remembers and has noticed some of these… (I’ve also peppered a few more throwback blog post pics throughout, enjoy)

1. Bloggers no longer….simply write about an outfit – why they like it, how they styled it , what it’s like to wear etc

My first ever blog post was literally me sharing 2 very ad-hoc photos of what I’d worn the weekend before. It certainly wouldn’t cut the mustard now!

Even with a lot of fashion bloggers and featuring styled outfits, the content of the post is usually something that feels a bit profound, imparting wisdom or an opinion on a key topic. The fashion is just kind of there to break up that chat a bit. That’s probably ended up being so due to the rise of the micro influencers in Instagram (not to mention Instagram Stories and IGTV) and YouTubers, which are much easier outlets to share this kinda stuff on, but I sometimes worry that I don’t have the opinions or the wisdom to keep up with this developing trend.

2. Bloggers no longer…title their posts with something profound or cute

I’ll give you examples using some of my previous post titles – Mono-magic, Peachy, Hot weather cold shoulder, summertime sadness, snug as a fashionista in a blanket cape.

As a marketeer, I’m a huge advocate of something quirky and maybe verging on a bit click-baity, so I still think there’s a place to do something along these lines. However, if you’re calling a spade a spade then people will come and read because they have a more explicit idea of what to expect.

3. Bloggers no longer…have whimsical blog names

I include myself in this one! My blog was called ‘Curious Alice Loves…’ for the first three years, I changed its for a few reasons but the main was because PR messages kept coming to me starting “Hey Alice, how are you?” (That’s very sloppy on the PR’s part for not ready the bio, or e-mail address correctly). I know quite a few people who gave their blog a more quirky name when they first started but then evolved/re-branded down the line to being ‘just them’ (does anyone remember Sarah Ashcroft’s That Pommie Girl?. I admire those who have kept hold of their original name and have a kind of ‘gal behind the blog’ approach as that’s the identity they’ve built, like the fabulous Dorkface.

4. Bloggers no longer…write “PR friendly” in their bio

Never understood this one, never did it myself. I mean, what blogger isn’t?!?

5. Bloggers no longer…engage with each other’s posts in the comments section

This one is the key – everyone used to leave comments directly on a blog post, but I honestly can’t recall the last time I had any of mine. I don’t know whether this just means that people are reading things quickly and can’t be bothered to log in to leave one, whether they’re just looking at pictures or whether they don’t feel they have anything of value to say, but I do find this a real shame. Let’s all make sure we encourage and engage with each other, the hustle is hard!

So, for this post and any others you’ve read over the years, thanks for joining me. I really appreciate it.

J xx


LIFESTYLE/ 5 Things for 2018: the home stretch

The final quarter of the year is officially in session…well THAT came around fast!

I haven’t posted in what feels like forever (in reality I think it’s been about 3 or 4 weeks, but in blog years that kind of is forever), there’s kind of every reason and no reason why I haven’t, but I can say it’s made me more than a little sad to have left it such a long time. But I’m posting now, so yay me, and here’s a bit f an update on how I’m getting in with my 5 things for 2018

Find a new home 🏑

As I said in my last update back in July, this is most definitely a goal achieved for the year. I’m in a home I really lovely, with a boy I really love, in an area I’m growing to love more all the time. Even though we’ve been in since May we’re only just getting around to starting on the decorating side of things – partly because because I was out of work for a little bit (more on that later), partly because a lot of the rooms are decorated to a very liveable standard, and partly because we’ve been a bit too lazy! I’ve made a start on a couple of the easier areas for now (like the hallway) but my first major project is going to be our bedroom, which I’m hoping to have done before Christmas.

Smash my new job πŸ’»

I also shared in my last update that I’d left my job at end of June, however I’m really pleased to share that I’m now back in employment within a role that suits me far better. I’m getting to do more of the good stuff and less of the not so good stuff, I can’t really ask for any more than that. I’m looking forward to where this adventure may lead.

Get back to my happy weight βš–οΈ

Definitely can’t tick this one off my list, definitely won’t be ticking it off before the end of year. I still feel like absolute s**t over how I look at the moment, but I’m learning to feel better about stuff and trying my hardest to concentrate on being in the moment and enjoying myself as much as possible. After a hectic few weeks I’m getting back into regular activity again and eating a lot better about 80% of the time, which is having the right results (albeit slowly) so I know I’ll end up somewhere I’m HAPPIER with even if it’s not the complete end goal.

Have eyebrows on fleek πŸ’‰

This summer I finished my final course of microblading treatment (which you can read about here) which has left me feeling much better about my brows, mainly the thickness and their overall shape. Since then, the ‘bulb’ areas have faded which is really annoying. I’m not sure if it’s the sun or just the fact that my skin didn’t seem to like the pigment too much, but it’s making me want to get a refresher treatment a lot sooner than before the recommended 12 months which isn’t ideal when you’ve spent the best part of Β£400. I’ll hold off until the new year before I start looking into this as it looks ok for now.

See more of the UK πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

Does traveling around the country for work count? If so then I’ve so nailed this one! I’ve done a LOT of driving this year and have seen sights from the stunning North York Moors to the glamour of Farnborough and the M1! Now that I’ve used up all of my annual leave I’m unlikely to be heading anywhere too far away, but I’ll definitely be seeing where I can manage to get away to for a weekend break.

What else has been happening?

I went to Santorini πŸ‡¬πŸ‡·

If you follow me on Instagram then you can’t fail to have missed that fact that I spent a week on this stunning Greek island this summer! I did a few posts on this of you fancy going back for a read – a guide to the island, a few things you should definitely do, what I wore and a guide to Greek food.

I helped to launch HEY Bloggers 🐝

This is one of the biggest and most exciting things I’ve done this year, and the response it has gotten so far has been amazing. Between myself and five other fabulous babes, we have launched a community that aims to unite bloggers and creatives in the Hull and East Yorkshire. We held a launch event at Hull Monster which went really well and are currently planning a great Christmas party, so make sure you head to the HEY Bloggers social media pages to find out more about this and everything else we’re doing.

I went to London 🍹

I didn’t include this in the ‘see more of the UK’ section because that’s for places I haven’t visited much or at all around the country, and I’ve been to London dozens of times. However, I have written a blog post on this particular visit, which I’ll be sharing soon.

I saw Joe Lycett live πŸ˜‚

One of my current fave comedians came to Hull as part of his ‘I’m about to lose control and I think Joe Lycett’ tour (he has great names for his live sets – the last was ‘That’s the way a-ha a-ha, Joe Lycett’). I really wanted to to write a review post on it, but I left it far too long and was worried I wouldn’t remember it well so it would be a bit boring. I promise you it was absolutely hilarious though, and you should definitely pop along and see him if he’s somewhere local you you.

So that’s what I’ve been up to since we last spoke, pretty quiet eh! Hehe. I’m hoping to get some more lifestyle, travel and fashion posts in over the emit couple of months before I try my hand at #blogmas 2018, which I’ve already started planning.

Also – I’m currently taking part in the Positive Insta Challenge throughout October (as are HEY Bloggers) so head over to my Instagram to check that out.

Thanks for reading,

J xx


Say Whaaat…?/ Lessons I’ve learned from the ORIGINAL Alice

“I don’t know about you, but blog has just turned twooooooo…..”

As of yesterday Curious Alice Loves… is officially 2 years old! To mark the occasion I’m doing a couple of things, starting with this post, in honour of my blog’s namesake. 

As children we found Alice in Wonderland delightfully kooky and a bit silly. As adults we’re more likely to view it as dark, maybe a little bit sinister and totally off its head. However as a curious (naturally) English grad, I’ve dug a little deeper and found some real wisdom within the madness that we could all benefit from. Behold…

Surrounding yourself with genuine and positive influences really is the only way  

Toxic people are detrimental to your wellbeing. If the Mad Hatter has the clarity to see that, we all should. We all need to ditch the badness where we can – and where it’s not quite possible, make sure you can escape to something that’ll give you positive vibes to hold on to. Remember, a bad day doesn’t mean that it’s a bad life.

Imagine the impossible…and the possible

We have to use our imagination – if we don’t, how would we ever be able to realise what we wanted to do in life, what sort of person we wanted to be, that we could ever accomplish what may seem impossible to us now?

 5 years ago, I seriously doubted that I was capable of gaining a degree, but last year I did. This time last year, the thought of driving a car scared the crap out of me, but I finally passed my test 3 weeks ago. I made the things that felt impossible to me, possible. We could all do that with a commitment to making an effort.

Practice what you preach

I am sooooo with Alice on this one! I dole out advice when I feel I have something valid to add but I’m not always great at heeding what I say. For example- ditching the toxic forces for positive vibes, sadly I’m not great at doing that. Could be that it feels an impossible task? I need to work on making that possible. 

Look  to the future 

The past is what made you who you are, but the future is where who you are will grow and change. It can be lovely to pay quick visits to the past now and again (that’s  the what Facebook ‘On this day’ app is for, right?) but moving forward is where it’s at. Or where it’s going to be. 

Lacking direction doesn’t mean you’re a failure

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realised something: I’m not a person who has or will ever have a lightbulb moment about my dream career. I can’t imagine thinking “this is what I want to do for the rest of my working life” because I have an extremely active mind that’s interested in lot of different things. And I’ve accepted that about myself and learnt that it’s ok to feel this way. It’s a great opportunity to experience everything I enjoy and have an interesting and varied work history. The fact that it may not all be the same profession doesn’t matter. 

I’m lucky that my current job has exposed me to a lot of different things that are really interesting and that I’m good at, and I can’t wait to explore some of these further when my role ends in a few months.

Dream.

Dreaming is sooooo important, and NOT just for children. Firstly, to dream is to imagine the impossible that may become possible (see what I did there?). A lot of the best things in life start as a dream which could develop into a reality if you’re willing to invest effort and self belief in finding out exactly what you need to need to do to get there. And then do it, of course. 

Secondly, to dream is to escape. In a dream world we can be whoever and do whatever we want without consequence, and that’s totally liberating. A bit like BeyoncΓ© when she became Sasha Fierce.

Embrace who you are

Conforming sucks! Alice danced to the beat of her own drum and made no apologies for who she was, and I admire that so much. I’m not the same as everyone else, I am a lil’ 50 shades of cray, and that’s not a bad thing. Hell I’m delightful, caring and hysterical, just ask Mr Alice! I acknowledge that there may be times when adhering to certain standards is necessary, but you can find a way to do this on YOUR terms so that you don’t lose your sense of self. The white rabbit once told Alice that she had lost her “muchness” but I’m determined never to lose my muchness ever again for the sake of anything.

One last point… 

Can I get a hella YEAH?!

The next couple of weeks of posting will see my birthday summer box giveaway, more Balmain-ness and #holiday packing. Don’t miss it!

Stay Stylish…and much-ey πŸ˜‰

J 😘xx


You went MIA…AGAIN??

  
Blogging to you live from my sick bed, so this time it’s really not my fault! 

I’ve been poorly for a ridiculous 11 days – yesterday I was finally diagnosed with an infection hiding in my respiratory tract. Everything hurts – the only things I’ve been able to do have been lay down, watch tv and eat foods without hard edges…like chocolate and pizza. Yup, I’ve been so weak and greedy that I’m going to look awful when I can finally get out and shoot outfit pics again!

I’m hoping to be fighting fit again by next week, so thanks for bearing with me! In the meantime feel free to catch up with some other recent posts- some popular ones have been the Topshop everything stick, my sassy Clueless tee by Rock on Ruby and Things my blogging self worries about (which I’d love to hear more thoughts on)

Stay Stylish,

J 😘xx


BEAUTY/ The nude lip giveaway

  
I’ve been MIA for a little while – So to kick start April I’m giving away 2 of the most sought after nude lip products:

NYX soft matte lip cream in Cairo
Kiko double match lipstick & lip liner in Cool Rose

Both have been swatched but never used – as they’re such fabulous products, I want someone to enjoy them properly!

Enter via Rafflecopter using the link below – you have until Sunday so go go go!

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Stay Stylish,

J 😘xx


Where have you been??

  
Good question: where HAVE I been? Why haven’t posted properly for a while? A few possible reasons…

– The weather has been crappy and I haven’t been able to shoot #ootd pics

– I’ve not felt amazingly great about how my figure looks more often than not lately

– I don’t want to post too much ‘non-fashion’ stuff as I don’t feel like that’s true to my blog’s asthaetic 

– I’ve been finding work and life a little bit tough lately and don’t want my negativity to come through in writing, nor do I want to portray any kind of false happy as that seems just as bad.

So that’s basically it. If you’re reading this, thank you very much and I have some awesome posts in my archives to keep you amused until I post more pictures of pretty clothes! I may not be blogging it but I’ve still been shopping…hehe.

I the meantime come over and say hey on Instagram and Twitter, and browse some previous looks for sale on Depop.

Stay Stylish,

J 😘xx


The Evolution of Curious Alice

Welcome to the newly improving Curious Alice Loves…!

Starting with my gorgeous new blog header created for my by the lovely (and ridiculously patient) Jemma, who some of you may know as Dorkface. There’s a new layout to match (the old one was great but didn’t match quite as well as I’d hoped) that’s moved my ‘About’ and ‘Contact’ info into the top right corner (the top left takes you back to the main page)

And finally, as so many people mentioned this to me, I have my social media icons (under construction at this stage) and pic/bio on my home page!

You’ll notice I said ‘improving’ that’s because there are still a few kinks to work out with the new layout and widgets to get them all working and exactly perfect, and also because I’m planning a few more lil changes too…stay tuned!

Thanks for visiting and I hope you like the new look

Stay Stylish,

J 😘xx