Thursday, 28 August 2014

Meet the Blogger

Today on Meet the Blogger we have the pleasure of getting to know Alexis from Chicademics! 

1. What are your favorite posts to write?
 How-tos. They are easy for me to write, as I am offering tips out of my arsenal of advice. I'm getting into DIYs as well, but they definitely need fine tuning.

2. What inspires you to write your blog posts?
 Everyday experience. I am constantly evaluating my days and thinking, Can I write about this? Can what I have to say on this subject impact someone positively? If the answers are yes, I start writing.

3. How did you get into blogging?
 I discovered this awesome little site called Tumblr. I became obsessed with all of the blogs, as it was my first real exposure to them. I fell in love with the idea of having a space on the Internet that was all mine in a way different from social media profile. I could express my thoughts in more than 140 characters, and feed my addiction to fashion and style. After I got the hang of posting to Tumblr, I set up a Twitter account, where I was exposed to every kind of blogger out there. They are all my role models.

4. What sort of blogs do you enjoy reading?
While I love OOTDs and fashion blogs, my true guilty pleasure is are lifestyle and wellness blogs. Any post having to do with food, grocery shopping, or domestic life in general I love. I guess it's because I'm getting my own apartment soon. I gravitate toward blogs and posts that I can apply to my life. 

5. What do you do to keep on track with your blog? Do you ever suffer from a lack of posting?
 I started blogging in the summer, which meant I was free to write and post when I felt like it. School is starting back soon, so my plan is to use Google calendar religiously, planning out my posts. As for designated writing times, that probably won't happen. When I get the inspiration to write, I have to do it or it will leave my mind. I'll have to invest in a notebook. 

6. What's the biggest challenge bloggers face?
 Blog promotion. It can, at times, take up more time and effort than posting itself. However, it's a necessary part of having a blog if you want anyone to read it. If you don't let people know you're out there, your blog can get lost in the forest of the Internet. 

7. What's the biggest change you've found since beginning blogging?
 I have definitely changed the way that I write. I am more conscious of how my voice is translating. I want my posts to read like a letter from myself, with a personal not preachy voice. 

8. What do you want to achieve with your blog?
 I just want to be able to offer a different perspective for those seeking it out. Everyone has different ways of doing things and of dressing and styling. If my way is better, please adopt it. That's what I post for. 

9. What other passions do you have?
 I love helping people in any way that I can. It was an unofficial job of mine freshman year. Also, music. It's my personal motivator, and I usually need it for whatever task I'm doing. My goal is to attend at least one music festival before I graduate. 

10. How have the people in your life responded to your blog?
 The three friends that I have told were very supportive, and even helped me come up with the name. I haven't told any other people in my life. I was pretty convinced blogging would be a phase.

11. When you're not blogging what are you doing?
 I'm doing school work, hanging out with friends, online shopping, thrifting, or I'm just out and about, discovering something new that I can possibly write about later. Breaks from blogging and promoting are a must for me. Burnout after only three months would be a tragedy.

12. Since Lost Arrows is a personal style and adventure blog, what is your personal style and your favorite place to visit? (Oops two questions!)
 My personal style is unpredictable. I love to dress up, but I'm also lazy. I usually procrastinate to the point where I'll throw on anything just to get out the door. School's coming up, so my style will be mainly normcore aka sloppy chic. 

13. Any future goals for your blog or yourself?
 My blog is good. My site is launched and that was my main goal. Personally, I have a little list for back to school. I want to set a designated study time, go to the gym daily, get a job, get a good sleep schedule, only watch TV during primetime, coupon, those kind of life improving things. I have high hopes for this year I'll stick to my back to school resolutions.

14. Will you still be blogging in the future?
 For right now, the answer is yes. I am, however, a college style blog, so I will have to figure out what I am and if I still want to blog once graduation rolls around. Until then, Chicademics is here to stay!

15. Anything to say to people wanting to get into blogging?

 Do your research. Know what kind of blog you want, whether or not you want a following, and how bad you want to work to expose yourself to that following. Oh, and don't forget to have fun. That's what blogging's all about.

You can find Alexis' fabulous blog here!

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Holding on to Summer

Hello everyone!  Hope you're well!  Just a quick post from me today, very quick as I'm using my phone!  Shock horror!!
I wore this today to go shopping with my momma, she took the photos for me! Apologies for the quality by the way, I had to use my phone!  Double shock horror! Although it's getting colder and closer to Autumn,  I refuse to give in to Summer being over,  so today may of been my last chance to wear my Summer dress and who am I to let that chance pass?

Jacket - New Look
Dress - Primark
Boots - Topshop
Bag - Holiday

What do you think of this outfit?  Let me know in the comments below and feel free to leave your link! I love to find new blogs!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Blogging 101

A different kind of post today, lately I've been reading a lot of blogging tips and I've been getting quite a few questions on Twitter. By no means am I a blogging expert or have any clue on what I'm talking about but I've been blogging for over a year now and I thought I'd share with you what I've learned!

1. Blog for yourself. Blog what you like. Don't worry about numbers.

2. Blog when you want to blog. Can't blog everyday? That's cool there's no blogging rule book.

3. Twitter chats are great. Join in if you want to, everyone is really friendly and supportive!

4. Bloglovin' is a good way for people to find and read your blog.

5. Gaining followers take time, hard work and patience, but you don't get anything back without giving something first so follow other blogs. But don't just follow for the sake of it; there's loads of brilliant blogs out there!

6. Don't feel pressured by anyone at any time. Keep your individuality, its the most valuable thing.

7. Don't worry if you're not at Zoella's status over night. Success, any success takes time and lots of hard work.

8. Do keep trying and don't give up! Giving up is the easy part, if its something you love doing you should keep at it, whatever it is.

9. Support other bloggers and make friends! Blogging is a great way to find other people with similar interests!

10. Instagram and Pintrest are great ways to find inspiration, but remember to quote the source!

Like I said I'm no expert but if there's anything you want to know just comment below!

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Monday, 25 August 2014

Make up wish list

I'm always on the look out for new makeup. Always. I have about four bottles of foundation on the go at the moment. I;m just never satisfied. And don't get me started on eyebrows. Just don't go there! Now I will admit since starting blogging my opinion on make up has changed completely, I mean I even own a Mac lipstick and a couple of Benefit products! So once my student loan appears in my very poor bank account this is what I would really really love to buy!

make up wishlist

Clinique spf makeup - Clinique do amazing skin care, as much as I love my Estee Lauder and Revlon Colour Stay this is so much lighter and evens out skin tone perfectly. The Real Techniques Eye shadow brush set - is very much needed in my collection, yes the face brushes really are as good as everyone says! Vichy Spf foundation, - gives amazing coverage, I've heard brilliant things so I'd love to try this out.  Nars cosmetic blusher- cos these are very much needed, like a Mac lipstick but for your cheeks! Anastasia Beverly Hills eye makeup, - This dipbrow seems to be one of the best on the market so I can't wait to have beautiful brows everyday! Urban decay eye makeup, - Naked Basics pallet, need I say more?  Maybelline black eye makeup, - cos sometimes my eyes need a break from "They're Real"  Maybelline liquid eye liner - My friend says this is the best eyeliner ever, bold claim I need to try it! 

Do you have anything you're just dying to buy?! 

If you've heard anything about the products above please let me know in the comments below!