Sunday, January 09, 2011


sunday portrait week 58


my lashes look utterly ridiculous, never wearing girls aloud sarahs again!
 
001. Another day, another dissertation session. My first draft has to be handed in tomorrow, It has to be at least 2000 words (whole thing is 8000, but its just to check your writing style!) and although I've done over that I'm just trying to get as much done as possible before then! My essays on social media and web 2.0's effect on branding and advertising. Working within social media is the sort of career path I want to go down in the future, I don't actually want to work in graphics, which is what I do at university or fashion.

002. This week I've become obsessed with this song, I've probably watched it about 100 times since I discovered it! I love Auto Tune the News, specifically Bed Intruder & Backin' Up. I have such a mad crush on Michael Gregory though. Something about nerdy guys that I just LOVE!

003. My new baby brother was born on 3rd January, He weighed 7lbs 10oz and still doesnt have a name! Hes absolutely adorable, So small and warm! I get so broody when it comes to babies. Not that I could cope with having one I just love them so much!

004. ~*blogging tipz of the week~*. I always think you should be as original as possible. Not saying I'm 100% unique, but I try consciously post things that I know no else has posted about. Yes I did the Primark S/S 2010 collection (like everyone and their mum!), but my posts like that come along once in a blue moon! My biggest gripe is when people say "I've seen this all over the blogasphere... but Ill post it anyway". Whats the point, it offers nothing new to your reader, and if they could find the same thing elsewhere what makes them want to read yours? The original and unique blogs (ie. the popular ones) are the one that give you new information, share things with you and interact with you (I've been doing too much social media research!) What it comes down to is just post things that haven't been done before, or at least ones you've not seen before, and if you have seen it before, Try and put your own spin on it. I think thats the beauty of fashion blogs, is that when it comes to personal style its not something that can be replicated, But this theory can be applied to other types of blogs, even beauty ones. Beauty reviews are notoriously samey, But theres always a way to make them unique to you, you just have to figure it out how.

005. Five to Follow: Bekah, Monica, Coury, Emma & Melanie

72 comments:

  1. Couldn't agree with you more. A personal spin on things is well important. You're gonna nail the 'diss girl x

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  2. Love the lashes, what kind are they ?

    Congrats on a new baby brother :)

    Least you are a head of the game with your Dissertation, I'm back at college tomorrow and so not prepared xx

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  3. what great advice, i love reading new things :) congratulations on your new baby brother - how exciting :)

    xx

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  4. Yay for your new baby brother! ^^
    + yeah the girls aloud lashes are pretty mad but they do look good in your photo! xx

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  5. I think you're more obsessed with those songs than I am! Hahaha... I love the double rainbow one too.

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  6. Hiya love,

    Love your wee face in this! pure babe alert! about point 4 i couldnt agree more, I'm sick to death of seeing the same things regurgitated all over the blogging world. If a blog has nothing new to offer me I'm not inclined to follow at all. I quite often see your outfits,posts and blog format etc regurgitated quite often, your posts are always excellent so I'm not saying this is necessarily a BAD thing, but I'm not inclined to follow because I get everything I need in that respect from LLYMLRS.:)

    I don't know if I'm expressing myself properly here but I've just noticed it recently. I hope this doesnt sound wrong. xx

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  7. this is a great picturepf you!!
    So beautiful!! :)))
    XX

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  8. oh that's supercute, congrats :)
    i think the lashes look quite good in the photo!
    and i also share your opinion!

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  9. i never bought any of these girls aloud lashes, but the cheryl ones loo quite nice.

    ahaha, i love 'bed intruder' it made me laugh so much the first time i heard it and i can't get enough of it!

    congrats on the baby bro ♥

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  10. Good luck with the dissertation, I need to get back to writing mine, it's on a similar sort of topic as I genuinely find it interesting. Definitely agree about putting your own spin on things, even if I do like things other people have posted about, I try and incorporate it in a different way or just post it on my tumblr.
    Wish my siblings were still babies, so cute!

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  11. I think you look pretty with those lashes, even if they are different. Love your adorable hat too.

    Congrats on your new baby brother! Sounds cute! Good luck on your dissertation...and I agree about originality of fashion blogs being key. Yours is a great example of individuality.

    www.TheFancyTeacup.com
    much love.

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  12. Congratulations!

    (And yay for posting! I was getting more and more worried as the evening progressed that you were not going to post a Sunday Portrait!)

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  13. That's weird that you don't like the Sarah lashes, they are my favourite out of the GA ones! Nadine/Kimberley ones are nice too. I know what you mean about not wanting to carry on with graphics, I think I wouldn't mind doing it forever but I've lost the spark lately! Baba is so cuteeee! Little squish!

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  14. congratulations on your new baby brother! i dont think the lashes look too bad actually! you look very pretty as usual! and i also agree about having a 'original' blog :-)
    xx

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  15. Oh I love Michael Gregory!I have the same mad crush. There's a woman that always comes in to the shop i work in that looks identical to the backin up woman, i always end up singing it when she's in haha. Love it! xx

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  16. You have a lovely hat face (when a person suits hats very well) lol. You're dissertation sounds so interesting. I'm doing mine on fashion blogs and how they can effect the in which people buy things blah blah blah and so on. Love what you said about blogging, I try to blog clothes I haven't seen another blogger wear or if they have worn it I'll style it differently.

    x x

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  17. You look fantastic! Like always fantastic :>

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  18. Congratulations on your new baby brother!

    And props to you for saying something about that issue- it really is exhausting to see the same things over and over! Thanks for being original and refreshing~

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  19. you new baby brother is adorable! i would have loved to have a younger sibling. and the lashes look lovely, imo! :)

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  20. "hide yo' kids, hide yo wife"
    ^ Been in my head for weeks, haha. And i completely understand about how blogs should be completely original, hopefully i achieve that, but then its nice to be inspired by what other bloggers do! :) x

    p.s theres a 'christmas intruder song' ;)

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  21. Congrats on your new baby brother!! x

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  22. great blogging advice. originality is so important :) x

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  23. hmmm, interesting tip Lily - been having a wee thing about what you're saying and well, guess it's harder for a beauty blogger to feature completely different items - as essentially we're reviewing something that is very often mass market. but then we can still do 'face of the days' and show personal style through makeup (love beauty's bad habit for this - that girl is really talented!) - or give opinion, and well, so many folks cross over both fashion and beauty so as long as they've got a voice...

    kelanjo blogged something rather lovely t'other night - about blogging like you've never read another blog - it shouldn't really matter if other folks are featuring the same item, if you're passionate about it - go for it!

    everyone's blog is their very own little space to have fun, and express themselves. ... opinions differ, and that's what make blogs a much more honest read than magazines (in my opinion, of course!)

    gorgeous portrait - love this series of photos - and keep meaning to comment that I also love the new wee outfit videos - remind me of the catwalk style videos on asos etc - really quirky and such a fab design feature. love it!

    x

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  24. Being unique is the best way to be :).

    Congrats on your baby brother :).I completely melt at the sight of babies (not that I want one just yet!)

    http://teacupsandbuttondrops.blogspot.com

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  25. Lovely picture!
    And so nice of you to give blogging advice! I'm new with the whole blogging thing, but it's so much fun! :)

    Have you given more advice in the past? I'm also new with following you lol
    x

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  26. Great tip there Lily! I try to be as original as I can thats why I've started adding fashion illustrations to my outfit posts as I'm trying to eventually become a full time fashion illustrator. Mixing interest with talent is a good way of ensuring originality.
    Congrats on the baby bro!

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  27. I think you look gorgeous! & congratulations on your new baby bro, I wish him nothing but health & happiness. Oh! and I completely agree w/ the blogging tips, I try to keep the content on my blog strictly about my life, whats more original than that?

    xx
    www.lluviaforallseasons.com

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  28. I love your opinions on life Lily, I could read and listen to you for hours and hours. I totally agree with the the fact blogs have to be kept original. As I'm 13 I just write about what happens to me as school and some outfit posts. A blog should be for your own benefit and not for anyone else, and that's why I enjoy blogging so much, :)
    http://enilythebrave.blogspot.com

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  29. congrats on your brother! i think your eyelashes look fab.
    great tips! x

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  30. Good tips, I find the best blogs have the owner's original photos on them. Congrats on your brother btw, he's so cute!

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  31. Great blogging tips and congrats on your new baby brother. I agree Sarah's lashes are a pile of junk its all about Kimberley for me! x

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  32. You always post such gorgeous photos!

    xo sarina

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  33. Hey this is the first I've seen of your blog, and I definitely agree with your advice! I've just started my own blog and I did a lot of research beforehand and I must say a lot of fashion blogs out there are just regurgitating the same thing! I've tried to make mine as unique as possible and aimed to write about the sort of thing I would love to read on a blog. My friends say it's very unique and me, I just need to get some followers now! Do you have any advice on how to get your blog noticed? Also you are gorgeous and I love the lashes on you- I couldn't live without the Cheryl lashes, I've been wearing them every time I go out since they first came out!Your face can definitely carry off OTT lashes! My blog is Porcelain Princess- would love if you could check it out!

    http://chloetheporcelainprincess.blogspot.com
    Thanks, Chloe xxxxx

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  34. thank you for that post! You look pretty :)

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  35. Congratulations on your new baby brother, he's adorable!
    I've tried to be as original as possible in my blog but I'm only just starting out so hopefully I'll get some more, original ideas soon!
    Good luck with the dissertation, I have 5000 words to write in 2 weeks :\

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  36. I always wear Kimberley's or Nicola's lashes, I find that the others make me look like a drag queen!

    Good luck with your dissertation! It sounds like a really interesting topic. My draft is in tomorrow as well, but I've stuck resolutely to the +/- 10% so mine is the bare minimum!

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  37. May I offer my congratulations, he is adorable! And thank you for those wonderful tips, they will be used extensively on my blog :)

    lyndseymoon.blogspot.com
    x

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  38. First of all, congrats on your little brother! (: Secondly, great tip! Though there's one sentence, that reminds me why I don't comment on your blog as much as I probably want to.

    /Whats the point, it offers nothing new to your reader, and if they could find the same thing elsewhere what makes them want to read yours?/

    I always scroll through the comments and quickly read them. Finally, when I reach the bottom and should be leaving you a comment - I stop. I feel like I don't have anything new to say to you that you haven't read in another comment. So I cancel my mission of leaving that comment and never get to share my thoughts on your blog entry. It's kinda foolish. I know... especially since you probably appreciate every single comment you get.

    Anyways. Just to make it clear - You are definitely one of my favorite bloggers! (:

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  39. i cannot actually believe i've just stumbled across your blog..

    i've completely fell in love with your cuteness, outfits, style, hair, nail varnish taste, videos and photographs.

    i work at new look too! well i'm assuming you still work there, you had a team member tag round your neck in one of your photos!

    i'm babbling now, just thought i'd leave a comment telling you that you're literally my new favourite blogger!

    i'm going to try your method of ombre hair dying soon - wish me luck! hahaha.

    love sophie.. (http://war-at-the-roses.blogspot.com/) x

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  40. I think this is one of my favourite sunday portraits of you! I am really liking how you are doing your make up at the moment!
    I could not agree more with your 4th point! I have only just started my blog, however i have been following you for a long time! The whole reason i want to blog is to really get to grips with my own style, and not be too influenced by what's 'in' as well as to have fun!! It should be personally rewarding!

    Congrats on the baby brother! I get the broodiness too! haha

    x

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  41. well, I'm just going to come out and say it, you look gorgeous! The hat really works.

    Congratulations on the baby brother as well :)

    x x x x x x

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  42. Your dissertation sounds so interesting! I done mine on sexism in advertising but I ended up so bored with it after a while! I can imagine yours being much more fun to research and write.

    I think most of the GA lashes looks ridiculous - Eyeko are much more flattering. You still look lovely though!

    xx

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  43. Your baby brother is the cutest! and gosh, how wise you are.
    xxx

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  44. love the pic and
    congrats on baby brother. thanks for the advice on blogging...you are so right!

    love roc
    xoxo

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  45. TOTALLY agree with you when you say being original is important.

    I would love to hear of anyone who is blogging about making their own clothes (& therefore own style) like I am... Eik!!!

    Please tweet ( @madeittweet) or mail me on by blog…

    x

    http://thecapsulewardrobeproject2011.blogspot.com/

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  46. Love that picture. The Backing Up song cracks me up and the Bed Intruder one - I even have them on my iPod! Saddo I know but if I'm in a bad mood they will make me laugh!

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  47. Your baby brother shares my birthday!!! Well done for him - being a Capricorn is rad.

    What about Felix? I think that's a cool name for boy.

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  48. I actually think you look very cool & pretty!!
    The picture is beautiful!
    Xx.

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  49. You look absolutely gorgeous! I like the hat! :) xo

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  50. Love the song, and your blogging tips are great, def agree. Hope your baby brother is happy and healthy xx

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  51. I remember those years of writing papers. Oh, my so much work!

    Congrats on your new baby brother!

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  52. Yes, yes. I get tired of reading the same posts over and over. It happens so often in the beauty community especially.

    Amy

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  53. Your eye make up looks great! And congrats on the new baby brother, don't spoil him too much :)

    visit heyrecklessmind.blogspot

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  54. Thanks for the thoughts :)
    Love Lois

    http://lisforlois.blogspot.com/

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  55. You don't like those lashes!? I was just going to say they look fabulous on you!! Work it girl! :)



    Please enter my Stila/MAC blog giveaway!

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  56. Congratulations on your new baby brother! Also, I love Bed Intruder- I crack up every time I hear that song! haha

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  57. I think you've totally hit the nail on the head. There are SO many blogs, and SO many popular and good ones that if it's not original, at least with a new spin on the same old, then it's not going to get any attention.

    Happy to hear about the new little brother, how did Jasper go down with the family?
    R x

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  59. I agree with you that you have to be original. The only problem is that sometimes there is so much of the same thing out there that its hard to see what is original and whats not. I mean, even if you do something original- especially if you're a well known blogger like you- then people copy you anyway.

    And wow 8000 words is so many! The most I have ever done is 3000 and that was difficult enough. Luckily you have been doing it bit by bit though.

    Grace x
    secretly styled.

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  60. I know what you mean, sometimes I'll scroll through my reader and see about 7 posts all on the same. Whilst it's nice to get a different view from different bloggers, some don't even give their opinion.
    I guess my blog is beauty related, but being more about one subject, hair, it helps me stand out a bit more. I think so anyway!!

    Congrats on the little bro, I get incredibly broody when I give little babies a cuddle, not sure I could cope with having one though. :)

    The Nicole lashes are pretty good, the Sarah one's are too spiky for my liking.

    xx

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  61. Michael Gregory is weirdly hot, like Michael Cera! And congratulations on becoming a sister again.

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  62. Cross my fingers and hope, one day to become one of the "Five to Follow"<3 .

    http://jemappellebecky.blogspot.com/

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  63. Gorgeous picture, congrats on your new baby brother, how cute :) xox

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  64. This picture is, quite frankly, stunning and i like the lashes! I've never used fake ones before but am definitely tempted now - are the girls aloud ones any good?

    God you're doing so much better than me with the dissertation, good luck with the rest of it :)

    Danni
    xxx

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  65. i love your photos! you are so pretty <3

    http://hello-its-nici.blogspot.com/

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  66. Oh my goodness, congrats on the baby brother! That is so exciting! My mom had my sis when I was 17 and I love the huge age gap! Being older, I get to enjoy my little sis so much (and be a built-in babysitter). I'm so jealous that you have a little new one in your house. He is adorable!

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  67. You're beautiful and I love your blog.

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  68. I would recommend Girls Aloud Nadine lashes, I swear by them. They're just the right side of OTT lol! Aw congrats on your new brother that's brilliant news! You must be so excited :) x

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  69. Gorgeous picture!
    You're blog is wonderful.

    www.themoptop.com

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