Sunday, September 30, 2012


sunday portrait week 136



001. It's been a while since I've done one of these huh? I don't know why they've stopped. I post my face on this blog constantly so it felt like it was a bit silly doing this because I started it when I didn't show my face so much but hey. It's Sunday and I'm currently sitting at my laptop trying to plan the week ahead and try and get some solid thoughts and posts ready to post on my blog!

002. This week I've been to and from London once again. I went to a TresSemme event for the launch of their new Texture range on Tuesday night at the Heron Tower and we ate at Duck and Waffle which was actually incredible. The food was never ending and the wine was flowing. I'm sure a few of us a bloggers were nursing a sore head the next morning! I stayed at Emma's with Kate and then the next day we popped to a Clarisonic event. Then this weekend I went down again for some freelance work and to sort a few things regarding my new house (see point three!). I also ate a lot of food and was very very lazy, The best kind of weekend (:

003. Other awesome news from the weekend has to be the fact I have a new house! It's all signed and will be paid for tomorrow so all I'm waiting for is a move in date. Hopefully it will be about two weeks, but considering this week has flown by I'm hoping it will come around sooner rather than later! No more dreaming about storage or sleeping on floors! I literally can't wait to have all my nice things around me and access to all my stuff. I'm really struggling without my usual skincare, hair care, makeup collection and most importantly my lack of shoes! One pair is simply not enough.

004. Blogging burnout seems to have subsided a bit over the last week and I'm getting inklings about getting back to it. It's probably been a month now since I went a bit missing in action from the blogging world- and honestly I'm so happy I've taken a step back. It's refreshing in some ways to not worry about things like what time of day to take photos, if I'll have time to post before I go out, replying to PR enquires, making sure I have enough content for the week. I've been blogging pretty much daily for three years now and been doing it "full time" for the past year. It got to the point where I felt stale and although not forced I just didn't really wanna sit down and do it. I think it's so easy to get burnt out, uninspired and feel like you're not relevant anymore in such an over saturated and constantly changing "game". Honestly I can't say how inspired and refreshed I feel after taking a little leave and planning what's next for my two blogs and what I want to do next. What excites me most is that my new room has absolutely perfect lighting so I can't wait to set my tripod up and snap some images. I never really wanted to be a "full time blogger", it was just something that happened after I finished university. While I do a lot of freelance projects with various brands, I don't know if it is time for me to get a "real" job and stop living the blogger dream!

37 comments:

  1. Yay!! It has been sooo long since you did sunday portrait! You look beautiful as always! And congratulations on your new home :) xx

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  2. you look lovely ! congrats on the new house ! x
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  3. I enjoyed seeing this pop up on my news feed / dashboard, These were one of the first type of posts I remember reading on your blog. I know what you mean about blogger burn out. I think it's easy to go through phases of feeling like you're falling out of love with your blog. Sometimes it's nice to have a break and go back to 'real life'.. sometimes its so nice not to bother having to lug your camera everywhere or photograph your outfit every time before you leave the house . I often find after a nice little break away from blogging land, I miss it and then I actually enjoy taking photos and sharing them on my little piece of the internet. A tripod is a bloggers best friend after all! I hope these posts stay.. Its nice to see little personal snippets thrown in with outfit posts :)

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  4. You look super pretty Lily :)
    Congratulations on the new house, it's horrible not having all your stuff around!

    http://www.danielleyc.com/ xx

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  5. yay! love it!! I love your blog!


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  7. Ah a hisy week as always lily, I love these short posts. As to the question job or blog. Just do what feels right and what will make you happy xx

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  8. I'm stopping by London next week and I had to look through your topshop swatches to see what I'd be buying - lol! Love your blog, please keep posting :) congrats on the new house!

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  9. Lovely picture! What sort of job would you go for? Good luck with everything, I hope you get it all sorted soon!
    xx

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  10. I really enjoy reading these posts, glad you've managed to sort out your house! xx
    Ps. You look lovely in that photo x

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  11. Glad you're starting back blogging again!
    I really enjoy reading your posts & congrats on the house!


    Sarah x
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  12. I've missed your posts, but I understand that at some stage you will have to get a 'real' job. Whether the time is now, is up to you and how you feel, but whatever you decide I hope you keep posting because your style is great and so inspiring :) congratulations on getting your house sorted!

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  13. so glad you found somewhere to live! :) and yay i missed these posts!
    xxx
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  14. It's such a relief to hear you being honest about needing to back off from blogging for a bit. But I'm glad you back :). Oo where's the new house, still SW London? And good luck with whatever you decide on - full time blogger or 9-5er!

    e x

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  15. You look gorgeous! Good luck with your new house.

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  16. Congrats on finding a house, you look lovely as always! x

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  17. You look loverly! And congrats on the new house. Tbh I prefer bloggers to take a break when they feel uninspired rather than just keep posting something that feels half hearted. :) x

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  18. Lovely post, I think its great to hear what youve been up too!
    I hope the time does fly for you!

    x

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  19. I know what you mean about not having access to your make-up skincare and at least three pairs of shoes. I'm terrible at travelling outfits haha.

    Morag x
    moadore.blogspot.com

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  20. Congrats on your new place! So jealous, I'm still living at my parents-dying to move out soon! I'm glad you're feeling inspired about blogging again, your posts are always an inspiration :)
    Rachelle x
    http://inspiredbytheretired.blogspot.co.uk/

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  21. Congratulations on your new house :) I think taking breaks from certain things in life such as blogging is good as it makes me realise why I started it in the first place and gets you excited again :) xo

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  22. such an inspirational paragraph! Missed your posts, hope everything gets sorted! xx
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  23. Some good point made. But don't stop living the blogging dream until you have to.

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  24. Congrats on the new house!! xx
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  25. Congratulations on getting a new house sorted. I can empathise with lugging yourself back and forth from London to further up north as I've been doing the rounds to and fro from my home in London to Uni and work experience for the past month and it has given me a right headache. Aside from carrying bags of things that I deem 'essential' to start my day it does tire me out and make me step back from blogging. I think everyone does go through phases of loving their blog and also becoming slightly disheartened and tired out by it all, I too have recently gone through a phase where I started to see planning the same ritual weekly posts as a chore which of course it shouldn't be as for me blogging is what I always want to remain my hobby. I can't begin to understand how you manage to do it full time but I must admit I do love seeing a new post of yours pop up on my feed! I hope you've had a good old break from it all and I'm eager to see some new posts coming soon :) xx

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  26. Live the blogger dream for as long as you're enjoying it. Hey, you've earned it x

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  27. beautiful picture! its nice to have a break from the usual routine, it replenishes you with further great ideas!

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  28. You look lovely darling - fab news about the house, I just bought one and waiting for a date, researching interior ideas all the time lol! Anyway nice to see a post from you Lily!

    Eda ♥

    Candyfloss Curls, Cupcakes & Couture

    I'm on twitter ♥

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  29. I'm glad Sunday Portrait is back, it's such a great glimpse into your weekly happenings! Head over to my blog for my latest thrifting finds, DIY, and a give-away that's on now!

    xoxo
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  30. "The blogger dream" ... lol The life .. some people truly thrive in it.

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  31. yei!! sunday portraits are back! i really like this posts. and congrats for the new house!

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  32. Personally, I love working full time and blogging when and while I can. I think it's important to have a career plan and (while I fully believe blogging can lead to other things) it *is* becoming even more saturated each and every moment and I wouldn't feel comfortable planning my retirement off it. It's all a personal choice though, and I definitely love reading what you post so I'd hate to see you part ways with it altogether! Maybe just increasing the amount you freelance would be helpful, or taking on something part time? Whatever you choose, I wish you luck and can't wait to read the updates!

    xx

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  33. please, change youre eyebrows! They're too long, you should measure them with pencil.

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  34. What a lovely post. It's great to hear that you've had the opportunity to blog full time, make the most of it and enjoy your experience, who knows where it could lead. x

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  35. Why on earth would you want to stop living the 'bloggers dream'? And join the rat race like the rest of us?! I know what I'd choose...

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