Mermaid Tales // Family Time and a Hollywood Photo Booth

Awe you guys!! I have had such a lovely weekend, it has (as usual) flown by. My mum, her partner, Reg and my grandma came to stay on Saturday night and it was so lovely to see them all. Although I am regularly in Bournemouth, they struggle to get up to us in Bristol as often because of work, and grandma hasn’t been up since our first Christmas here.

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I spent the day on Saturday cleaning and sorting the house in anticipation for our guests arrival. They didn’t arrive until about 7pm so we sat straight down to eat the yummy spag bowl I had been preparing and I spent quality time catching up with my family, hosting in my own home. Grandma even grew to like Logan, which is great progress since he’s been the reason for her lack of visiting since we got him. She’s just not a dog person, which is fine (Puggy is about her limit) but she thought he was lovely by the time they left. We did ask him to be on his best behaviour!

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Yesterday morning we enjoyed a lovely walk through Leigh Woods, Logan spent most of his time flying through the forest (he’s my very own Jacob!) whilst we strolled through the trees over the autumn leaves covering the path under foot. We worked up quite an appetite, luckily Brad had stuck a chicken in the oven before we left so we feasted on a well earned roast dinner when we got back, before it was time to say our good byes. It’s always sad to see mum and grandma leave but I had a wedding to prepare for with the photo booth, so I took a nap, had a shower and got myself ready to head over the bridge to Forest of Dean for a remembrance Sunday wedding in Clearwell castle.

You know what they say a sunday well spent brings a week of content! I hope you had a great weekend and have a wonderful week!

 

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10 Tools a Blogger Can’t Live Without // Blogboss

It’s been a while since I did a specific business style post. This will be the first over here at Mermaid Gossip, but if you want more, there’s loads more here! I love blogging so much and it takes up a huge part of my working week, and there are some tools that I use that make blogging and youtubing a dream and could save you hours. I have put together a short five part series with a few tips of the blogging trade that can help you become your own #BLOGBOSS.

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1. Apple iPad Mini

I had the bigger older iPad and I never used it because it was too big and bulky to carry around and therefor it was never charged because I never used it. Since I got my iPad mini it barely leaves my side, it’s always in my handbag and it is such a good aid for blogging and youtube.

 

2. Apple Lightning to SD Card Reader

I love this little guy! This makes my life sooo much easier. I take photos and record videos on my camera and then I stick them in the card reader and import them on to my iPad.

 

3. iPhone 6

What can I say, (sad or not) the iPhone has changed my life! I can hands down say I wouldn’t have my business if it wasn’t for my iPhone. It makes working on the go the easiest thing in the world.

 

4. Afterlight

I can safely say I use this to edit 99% of my photos on my blog, I import any taken on my camera using my SD card reader and then edit them.

 

5. Nikon D3100 (and a 50mm f1.8 lens)

It’s so important to take great photos for your blog. For me, photography is such an important thing in life, I love taking photos and I love looking at good photos. I’m sure I am not alone. Be your own photography critic.

 

6. WordPress App

I compose my best blogs when I’m just sat chilling out on my iPhone 6 and not thinking about working. When it feels more like a hobby and like I am just writing to a friend.

 

7. Photosync

After all the editing of photos on the iPad, I always have to send them back to the MacBook to be size adjusted properly on photoshop and renamed before they’re uploaded. This app allows you to share any image on any device with any other device on the same wifi connection. I’m always sending images and videos back and fourth using this app.

 

8. Buffer

Makes scheduling tweets, facebook statuses, Google + a dream, in conjunction with Bulk Buffer you can schedule to your hearts content!

 

9. IFTTT

Use IFTTT to link over 50 different platforms, create recipes to make the Internet work for you. Here’s an example of how you can use IFTTT to create a spreadsheet of links of every post you make.

 

10. MacBook Pro

Everything has to be finished off on the laptop. I rename all my images and resize them using photoshop and upload them to wordpress. That allows me to set the file names with the meta data I want to set for that particular set of images. For example I might call an image “Bristol Fashion Blog Mermaid Gossip Things I Love Thursday”

 

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A Day in The Life #1 // Blogboss

A lot of people ask me what I get up to on a daily basis and my answer is never the same, because one day is always different from the next. There are some regularities I follow, like, I get up (around the same time) every day, I eat the same thing for breakfast everyday, and my laptop is usually heavily involved throughout any given day, but that’s where it ends.

I thought it would be fun to document a “Day in the Life of…” as a change from Vlogging (because I just can’t get used to vlogging everyday – nor do I want to!) so you can have a little nosey peak into my life, if your anything like me, I love being nosey in to other peoples lives.

For those of you that don’t know, I work for myself from home. The bulk of my business/income comes from my photo booth business, second to that is the design, branding and wordpress website building work I do for small businesses (website to launch soon) and then of course is this blog. Strangely, my largest income needs the least work daily on account of having built it up over the last 4 years, it kind of just runs itself these days. The blog being the newest of my business ventures, requires the most work as it so new, and earns me VERY little at the mo, although the dream is to have it as an equal part of my income in the next few years.

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So what did I do today?

8am

Got up.

Had coffee (black no sugar)

8.30

Took delivery of my glitterati box

9am

Walked Logan and Puggy with neigbour and friend Vicky and Logan’s gf Moscow.

10.30

Got home and ate breakfast, avocado and poached eggs is my new fav thing, since I ran out of bovril!

Showered and put on a face on.

12pm

Filmed aforementioned Crown & Glory Gliteratti Unboxing Video

2pm

Started work on building a WordPress site for a client, transferring her over from Blogger to WordPress and everything in between.

Got up and down, up and down letting the dogs in and out, with several “boys, quit it!”,  a few “Puggy, stop that!” and one last “WILL YOU BEHAVE!!?” before sending them to their bed for some time out so mummy can get some work done!!

4pm

Got my eyelashes “lifted” ( the new perm doncha know!)

6pm

Put chicken in for dinner and watched fireworks out of the window

7pm

Started Thursday’s blog post

8pm

Ate dinner (hot chicken baguette with lettuce and mayo!)

11.30pm

Almost finalised Thursday’s blog, sent a few emails, conjured a few new blog post drafts, came up with this awesome new series, closed laptop, went to bed!!

I can’t say how regular this little series is going to be, but it’s quite a nice little diary for me to look back on.

 

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How to quickly, simply and safely curl your hair

I discovered this little trick a few weeks back when I was just putting a few curls in through the ends of my hair whilst it was in a pony tail. It was so quick and rushed but when I took the hair bobble out and set my hair free, it looked surprisingly awesome!

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I got myself a curling wand, which is now a staple part of my weekly hair care routine. I wash my hair (usually on a Thursday or Friday) once a week, sometimes even once every two weeks. If I need it to look good that day, I blow dry and run through this method. (if I am not rushing out the house I try to limit the blow drying)

Note: because this is quick and easy it doesn’t last as long in my hair as if I spent time doing it, but it doesn’t matter for me because I can just top it up as and when I need.

Check out the video to see exactly how I curled my hair quickly and easily.

 

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Tuesday Treasures // Modern Rockabilly

Last night, I headed to The Kingsley Academy who was very kindly hosting the South West Bloggers frock swap. I wanted to wait to put together this week’s Tuesday Treasures #ootd, rather than planning it in advance, because I wanted to wait to see what treasures I would find last night. And treasures I did find indeed, I came home with more than I took with me! I will be filming a Frock Swap Haul video this afty so watch this space, but for now I have put together this modern rockabilly inspired outfit with a couple of items I picked up last night.

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This two piece vintage set belonged to the gorgeous Sophie from Saints on a Plane, I don’t usually do green but I loved the floral print on it and the cute little top. I teamed it with this Bonjour Paris metallic slogan t-shirt that I picked up in my last Primark haul (you can watch the video here) which I am yet to wear until now. With a floral twin set like this, the look could have easily been a really pretty pretty and classy look, but that’s not me! So instead, I rocked it with a leather jacket (also from Primark) and my Aimilita Dr Martens from their new AW14 Rugged collection. Also featured here is some bespoke earrings from Gauge Queen, my rockabilly skull necklace from Punky Pins and a couple of rings (right hand only) from Cheap Frills.

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