Wednesday, 31 August 2016

5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Starting a Blog

I have now been blogging for well over a year. I can tell you that during that time I have learnt a lot. From how to promote blog posts to tips on how to make sure I organise myself more. Of course, hindsight would be a wonderful thing and it would be amazing to have the knowledge I have today back when I started. Which got me thinking. This is why I thought I could share with you some of what I wished I knew about blogging at the beginning of my journey. Maybe it will help someone who is just starting out, or prompt existing blogger to make some changes. I hope it inspires you! :-)

Blog for you
Blogging is a great community to be part of. The one thing you can get engulfed in is other people's blogs. What you must remember is never to compare you or your blog to anyone else's. We are all at different points on the blogging journey and it could make you feel disheartened about your little space on the net. Remember to always blog for you.

The power of social media
Social media and a great online presence are essential for a blog. It's a way of interacting with your readers and followers while also giving you a platform to promote your posts. With social media, it can be difficult to build up a following at first so it can take time and a lot of perseverance. Facebook, in particular, can be tough, but once you have a more established presence you can get your blog and page in front of other like-minded individuals. This is why it's sometimes worth it to buy Facebook likes cheap. It's always about considering the long-term and engaging profile. Not only on Facebook but throughout all your social media platforms, can have huge advantages and impact in the future.

Promote your posts
It's easy to get wrapped up writing a fabulous blog post, but then without promotion, it could be sat there looking very lonely. This is why promoting your posts is vital to getting your content out there. Don't be afraid to shout about your work. You have worked hard on creating that piece and it may relate to others.

Stick with quality content
While it's important to keep your blog regularly updated it is essential to stick with quality content over quantity. This ensures that your readers remain interested in what you have to say and continue coming back to your blog to read more. One bad post, be it something not of interest or grammatically incorrect and full of errors, can put off a reader.

Share the love
Finally, make sure you continue to share the love. That means keep reading other blogs. Commenting and sharing posts throughout social media. Some blogging communities have set up groups on Facebook or chats on Twitter specifically for this. Another great tip is to make use of linkies. This helps get you some backlinks that can work well for your behind the scenes statistics.

I really hope these tips help you once more! :-) x

There's also this great guide with tips for newbie bloggers!


Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Tips & Tricks for Blogging + 900 Followers Giveaway!

It's finally been that point where I've reached 900 followers on Bloglovin'! I still can't believe it!! And for that special occasion I want to share some of my blogging tips and tricks with you but also host my first ever giveaway to give you the chance to win a gorgeous WordPress template from Bites to Brand!

But first I want to share some essential advice for newbie bloggers and for those who want to constantly improve their blog - like I do!

1. It takes time
When I first started my blog about one and a half years ago, I thought I would be "successful" right away. After a few months of not receiving many comments or earning many new followers I thought I was doing something terribly wrong. But then I realised that blogging is something that takes time. Some bloggers might get more followers faster than others, some might just update their blogs twice a week and still not reach the goals they've set for themselves. It will still work out at some point.
For this year, for example, I've set my follower goal to 1,000 and all I want is to have fun and meet lovely new people on the internet and do what I love.

2. Make sure to want to improve your skills
Again, blogging is about improving skills and the most important part to me is to improve your writing and photography skills. I'm definitely not an expert when it comes to writing perfectly in English or when it comes to taking photos of objects, people, etc. yet. I'm still learning but I also want to improve especially these two skills of mine because they're essential for me as a blogger. Of course I would love to take amazing photos or write so fluently that people won't realise that I'm not actually a native English speaker, however, I do try my best and I do want to improve so I can be best at what I love.
Also just realised there's lots of love in this post, isn't it? haha :-D

3. Connect with other bloggers
It's so important to connect with other bloggers or social media users because it will be so much easier to become a part of the community if you do so. I barely connected with anyone and I'm still at a very low level at doing so but it's one of my new major goals for this year to meet as many new people on the internet and maybe even bloggers in real life as possible. I think it's just amazing to get the chance to talk to people who are just as interested in something as you are.

4. Never let anything or anyone get to you
Of course there will be people on the internet who won't like what you write about or how you design your blog whatsoever. But it shouldn't really matter to you because as long as you're happy it's all good. If you want to write about your favourite eyeshadow palettes, write about them. If you want to change the colours of your blog from green to yellow, nobody will stop you. Just do it. Everything you do and write has to be of your liking and only to your liking. If you're happy with your blog and everything around it: p e r f e c t!!

5. Stay organised and be aware of dates
When I began blogging, scheduling posts never came to my mind. I only blogged when I thought I had a good idea for a new post but never really thought about a set day or time to upload. After half a year or so, and being indulged in so many amazing blogs, I reorganised my blogging set up and now I always plan ahead - as far as it's possible since the last year of school is already being a pain in the a$$ *sorry for that* - and make sure to update regularly twice a week. Also, make sure to never get lost of what you first wanted to blog about.
Lilies Beauty was intentionally meant to be a beauty blog and nothing else because I wasn't really into fashion or lifestyle stuff when I started it. Now, however, I would love to do more fashion posts and more exciting beauty posts but I somehow think that it's not yet possible for me to do so. I will try, though, to post more exciting things in the coming months!

6. If there's something you don't like, change it
It's almost the same as point 4 on this list. As you may or may not have noticed, I changed the design of my blog just recently and I'm so happy with it! However, I do have the feeling now that the content doesn't fit in with the new and fresh design so I want to do kind of a "restart" and plan, organise and write new and better posts with better photos, etc.
So if you don't like the design of your blog anymore, think about getting a new template or think about some new topics to write about that you think your readers would really enjoy!

Do you have any other tips and tricks when it comes to blogging? x

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Monday, 22 August 2016

Spa Experiences to Try

Everyone needs a bit of pampering every now and then. There are salons and spas up and down the country offering a range of different treatments; it can be difficult to know what to go for. You could have a luxury massage or an entirely different sensory experience. There is so much to choose from! Check out the list below to decide which treatmen is right for you, or will be on your wishlist for you next visit to a spa or salon!

Himalayan Warm Salt Stone Massage
The treatment involves using pink Himalayan warm salt stones, mined from 250-million-year-old crystalline deposits. It will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed. The stones are heated and massaged across the body to balance the central nervous system. It is also perfect for bringing the mind, body, and spirit into alignment.

Fire and Ice Experience
Many spas offer this treatment which is based on the ancient ritual of bathing where the body is treated using hot and cold experiences. The aim is to take you on a sensory experience with the goal of achieving ultimate relaxation. By increasing your temperature, you can prepare for massage therapies. Afterwards, the ice experience awakens your senses and leaves you feeling full of energy.

This is a spa with a difference. Medispa offers a great alternative to a traditional spa, while still providing the relaxing surroundings you would expect.

Hopi Ear Candles
A non-invasive way of removing any impurities from the ear using natural ingredients. Afterwards, you will notice the release of pressure from your head and ears meaning you'll feel much more relaxed. You will also be able to hear much better and saves the hassles of trying products at home with mixed results.

Release the stress with acupuncture
Acupuncture involves using fine needles to stimulate or suppress the energy in your body. It is an ancient way of reducing stress by restoring the balance of Chi in your body. The results are amazing, and people report feeling deeply relaxed after the treatment. Acupuncture can also be used to relieve pain and curb cravings.

Lava Shell Glacial Detox
Using glacial shells, one heated and two chilled, the detox combines the two temperatures to stimulate circulation through massage, As it is applied in long flowing movements, it is said to help eliminate toxins, break down fatty deposits and even ease emotional stress. It can also be used as a non-invasive colonic.

Don't forget the finishing touches
Spas aren't all about the fancy treatments, as most offer a full range of services. It could be the ideal time to indulge in a soothing pedicure, or try out a spray tan for the first time. Have a look around to find the right spa for your needs, and find your bliss!

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Florida Room

Plants, Blue's and lots of Decor!

Lately, I've really been enjoying interior posts to read on other blogs but I also enjoy writing them for my own blog as well!
Today, I've got a post with some useful tips and tricks on how to decorate your room to make it pretty and cosy all year round!
Together with Douglas Elliman Real Estate, I have come up with a few interior bits and pieces that I would for sure buy if I had the chance to decorate my own "Florida Room"! My house would probably have to have many rooms so I can decorate them all differently! :-P

But for today, I will talk your through the process of me planning a "Florida Room" and how I'm planning the decor for my bedroom at the moment! Here's also some gorgeous Florida real estate for continued inspiration!

So first up, I would definitely paint the walls white, if they aren't already painted. White makes the room look bigger and more open and I really like that, especially when there are huge windows! For the windows, I would pick white flowly curtains to add a bit of extra white!

For the furniture, I would probably pick a turquoise or lightblue sofa. It would be the staple piece of furniture in that room and it would definitely be an eyecatcher!
For the decor and everything else, I would go for lots of plants, little bits and bobs everywhere and basically everything that would fit in with the theme of the room!

Down below, I've listed my three top tips when it comes to decorating your room, that I've found to be very usefuly, especially when it comes to decorating for the Holidays! :-)

1. Set a theme
When I was a little younger, I just bought whatever decor I think looked pretty and put it somewhere in my room. Nowadays, I think about it first and write down a few ideas how I want my room to look like! For the Holidays, I always try to go with the usual colours, etc., for example, red, green and white for Christmas or orange, yellow and brown for Autumn.

2. Keep it tidy and organised
Most of the people I know are not very tidy and their rooms mostly look like a complete mess; don't know how they manage to do that and even live with that, but oh well! :-P Personally, I like to have my room all organised and tidied because it automatically makes my room look bigger and prettier. It's just a fact and it doesn't really take long either to put a few bits and bobs away every day, does it?

3. Change it up every other month
At some point, the decor in your room will not be to your liking anymore and you will probably want something new. So just change it up! You don't have to buy new decor everytime, there are lots of cute and easy DIYs on YouTube to try and maybe you'll like those even better!

What are your tips and tricks when it comes to decorating? x

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Family Summer Holidays

Last month, my family and I went on a trip to the North Sea together. Basically, it was the first holiday that we've ever spent together, but it was probably the last as well...

We went to Nordstrand for about a week and the house we stayed in was just beautiful! However, there was one thing that bothered me the most: we didn't have Wifi and the mobile internet connection sucked!! #TeamInternetProblems :-P

These are just a couple of the photos I took during that week; I think there are about 500 or something. You know I love a good selection of photos to choose from haha :-)

I hope you like them and let me know how you spent your summer holidays this year!

Lots of love x

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

30 Days Detox with TeaMi

It's now been a little more than a week since I ended my 30 Days Detox Pack from TeaMi*. And today I want to give you a full review and a quick overview of all the things I've noticed during that time.

I had both the skinny loose-leaf tea and the colon cleanse tea bags and I may as well just mention that they definitely didn't taste like I imagined them to taste - if that makes sense - but I was positively surprised because they were actually delicious! 

I drank the loose-leaf tea twice a day and the tea bags every other night before going to bed. Honestly, I knew that I would have to use the toilet much more often, but I never thought that I would have to go that often! hahah :-P It was good, though, because it made me drink more water which I always seem to forget during the day.

Weight-wise I've actually lost almost three pounds, which is quite a lot despite the fact that I only go jogging twice a week! I was more than happy to see actual results from this, I will definitely do another detox anytime soon! :-)

If you have any questions regarding this detox with TeaMi, don't hesitate to drop me a message! 

Lastly, I want to mention the calendar that comes with this pack! It's soo useful to tick off every cup of tea you've drunken and it's also quite satisfying to see the results in the end!

Like I said, if there are any more questions, I'd be happy to answer them!

Lots of love x

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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Skincare Tips for Summer

I'm definitely a little late with this post, but I think you can never go wrong with some essential skincare tips when it's the season of summer, can you? After being introduced to Dollar Shave Club's razor team and their summer skincare essentials, I thought I would just share some of the products that I basically use on a daily basis throughout the summer months and that I think would be worth sharing with you!

Although my skincare routine doesn't really change a lot during summer, I try to adapt some products to the warm weather. Which means SPF, moisturisers, face masks, etc. 

For me, SPF is just the most important skincare product during summer. As I've been suffering with rosacea on my nose for about four years now, I have to be really careful with the products that I use and especially with the sun as basically everything is a trigger for rosacea to get worse! So I always use SPF 50 on my face as well as on the rest of body. 

Throughout summer, I tend to opt for a lightweight moisturiser for my face, mostly because I don't use a primer before I apply my foundation. However, the moisturisers I use on my body - lotions, butters, etc. - do have to be a little 'heavier'. I don't know but why but my skin tends to get a lot more dry during summer and I hate it! So as I'm aware of that, I always moisturise my skin before I put on my clothes in the morning and I'm good to go for the rest of the day!

Also in the warm months of the year, a lip balm is an essential for me. As well as my skin, my lips also get really dry most of the time, and I do hate that, but I also do know what to do. So I always have a lip balm with me!

Face masks and body mists have become the most essential products for me during summer. Both are refreshing and especially the masks have proven to be a Holy Grail for my skin! Both the masks and the mists are also great for travelling and when you're on the go as well!

Last but not least I just want to mention a favourite of mine during summer! Not sure if this has anything to do with skincare, but oh well! :-P A refreshing shower gel to use in the morning or after a long and hot day is just the best feeling ever, I can tell you! I currently use the Original Source Lemon & Tea Tree Shower Gel and it's the best and most refreshing shower I've ever used! Love it!

So these were all the products that change during the summer months. I don't self tan or anything because I just don't think it will 'suit me' very well! haha :-P

What are your essential skincare products during summer?

Lots of love x
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