Monday, 22 September 2014

She Inside

Chloe wants more clothes... What a shocker! Today I thought I'd share with you all the things I'm wanting needing from She Inside. She Inside is one of those websites I always find myself on but because its packed full of amazing items and its so reasonably priced I end up wanting everything!

If you've been reading Lost Arrows for a while now (big thank you if you do!) you'll notice that my style is always changing but there's so much chocie from She Inside that there's something for everyone! 



        
1 Stripe top. I probably own about six stripey tops. There's just something about them that makes them effortlessly cool. I adore the oversized style of this one. Skinny jeans, boots and a bright lipstick and you're good to go.
2  Colour block swester. Although I'm loving monochrome I think its fun to add a pop of colour to a neutral outfit. I think the yellow looks amazing with the grey of this sweater!
3  Little black dress. I love the casualness (is that a word?) of this dress, I think it would be so easy to dress up too and it would work just as well in summer as it would with a cardi and tights in winter.
4 Earrings. I'm really into statement earrings lately and these ones are perfect and how cute would they look with the sweater?!
5 Necklace. Funnily enough in contrast to my love of statement earrings I really like simple necklaces like this one, I especially like the mix of metals on it!
6 Stripey dress. Because what's more effortlessly cool than a stripey top? A strpiey dress of course! I'd wear this with my leather jacket!       
7 Black jumper. How cozy does this look? It makes me want to snuggle up with a hot chocolate and and fluffy socks, bring on winter!
8 Yellow bag. A girl can never have enough bags and this one would look great with my navy pea coat. As much as I like neutral outfits lately who says accessories can't be colorful? Also I think this would cheer up any dark wet wintery day!



Have you ever browsed on She Inside? Or ordered anything from them? Maybe you've got a wishlist as long as your arm like me? I'd love to hear from you! Let me know in the comments below!


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Monday, 15 September 2014

Blogging 101 - The Educated Blogger

I recently made friends with Lauren on Twitter and after we got talking we decided it would be fun to guest post for each other. I thought long and hard on what post I wanted to do for Lauren and as I'd just started to write a few blogging tips (which you can find here) I decided to put together some tips for her as she's both a blogger and a school student so here's today's Blogging 101 tips for you all to enjoy! I hope you can apply them to your blog if you aren't in education too!




If you read a bloggers bio these days, 9 times out of 10 they will be in some form of education! So how do you keep on top of blogging and exams and revision and homework? Well unfortunately there is no rule book to follow but I did come up with a few tips that you might find useful! Personally being a uni student, blogging is a creative outlet for me, a place to share my ideas and thoughts with like minded people. Sometimes school, college, university can be stressful. Most of the time it is! And I'm not alone when I think that blogging can be a great release from that. But the last thing you need is more added pressure on yourself from the blogging world!

1. Schedule posts, this is fairly simple on blogger! Scheduling posts can be a great way for you to get your ideas down when you have no other commitments and posting won't interfere with anything else!

2. As much as you love blogging, don't let it come first. Yes some people might be lucky to blog for a living, but not us. Chances are you're going to need your qualifications one day, so keep that in mind!

3. Bulk take photos, especially on a day the lighting is good. This is something I want to start doing myself although I'm far too lazy at the minute! Photos make up quite a bit of your blog so having a stash of photos you can pick and choose from will speed up the blogging process.

4. Have a life outside of blogging. Although I love blogging and I've met some great people through it, don't neglect people in real life. Go have fun, visit a friend just do something where for one day blogging isn't on your mind.

5. Share your experiences on your blog. If it fits within your theme, a lifestyle post about your revision techniques may sound really dull and boring but you never know how many people may benefit from it! You might even motivate someone to revise and they could do amazingly well on an exam.

6. You will be out of education one day and people do say that your school days are the best days of your life. I for one don't think that's particularly true, I would however say they can be some of your most simple, straightforward, less stressful days. Some people absolutely hate school, and one day you will look back at all the petty arguments you had with your friends and realize how insignificant it all was. It might seem so important at the time but as you experience more and more you'll see the world is a massive place and there's much more to it than what she said about you behind your back.

7. Never give up on your dreams. Never ever. Even if they change. Set goals and work hard to achieve them, in your blog, education, social life. Stop making excuses only you have the power to do something for you.

8. Its okay to take a break. Got a big exam next month? No problem, your readers will probably understand, if you're that worried reach out to other bloggers and arrange a guest post or collaboration over Twitter. There's lots of bloggers willing to help each other out!

9. Be positive. Don't feel bad for neglecting your blog. I do this from time to time sometimes I'm busy or sometimes I'm just lacking motivation. And if I haven't posted in three weeks, guess what? My blog is still there! You might get a couple of unfollowers but think of all the followers you will gain down the line!

10. Have fun. Your blog is for you alone, do what you like with it! Don't feel the need to compare it to others! So what if someone manages to post every single day, good for them! But for most of us that might not be realistic but that's okay. Take your time and don't rush a post for the sake of posting one. Be proud of your blog and all its achievements. 


And lastly good luck! Good luck with whatever you decide to do, if blogging becomes part of your career or you become a vet or a nurse or a teacher just remember to be happy. Wherever you go in life make sure it leads to the road of happiness. 


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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Asos haul

I've been a busy bee this week, with working and playing house with Ellis, watching Netflix and spending money on Asos. It's a hard life isn't it? 

I thought I'd show you what I got with the 25% student discount and the amazing sale they had on! 



I'm actually quite proud I managed to buy so much without any colour. In an earlier post I said how I wanted to change my style so the monochrome trend seemed like the best way to start!



* following images taken from asos.com 


I've worn this dress twice so far and I love it. I got it in the sale and I actually ended up ordering it in three sizes until keeping the smallest size. Its really oversized which is great cos its soo comfy!


I adore Cheap Monday and I got this sweat shirt in the sale as well. I just couldn't resit it and with the days getting shorter it won't be long till I'm living in it soon!


This is by far my favorite purchase. After seeing it online I fell in love with this blanket scarf and the name doesn't dissapoint, its literally a blanket, its so cozy and I'm actually looking forwardto cold days so I can snuggle into this!


And finally after seeing grid print everywhere on the high street I decided to get one for myself. This one has balloon sleeves and I've never worn the style before but I can't wait to wear it with bright red lipstick and skinny jeans!

Have you taken advantage of any sales or discount codes lately? I'd love to hear what you think of my recent buys!



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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Meet the Blogger

Hello friends! I hope you have been enjoying my Meet the Blogger feature lately? If you have then you're in for a treat as its time for another installment! Today we'll be seeing what makes Lauren's blogging world go round! Enjoy!


Hi I'm Lauren and I run Britton Loves. I've had my blog since 2010 but have started focusing on it more since July 2013, blogging my final year in art college and my photography diploma which led to more fashion + beauty features and my publication in COMPANY magazine this March. I post every other day about beauty+skincare, healthy nutritious recipes, lifestyle advice and personal style+fashion, and hope to inspire people with my work!
1. What are your favorite posts to write?
My favourite posts to write are my healthy food, skincare and How/What/Why posts; my whole aim through my photography and blog work is to inspire so I hope I can help someone through some of my thoughts and years of studying.

2. What inspires you to write your blog posts?
For food and healthy living, it's been personal experience. I've had ups and downs with diet and exercise and am now in a place where I understand how important healthy lifestyle is, so I'd love to help others with it too ! Also, it's things I'd like to read and enjoy personally so I write as if there's 100 clones of me reading.

3. How did you get into blogging?
I have been doing creative subjects for years so naturally people blogged to share their ideas. I started back in 2009 but I was so focused on school and education I didn't continue (it still annoys me I didn't). When I was coming to the end of my diploma I started to find focus and routine in blogging and I liked sharing my life with others - I've always been interested in people and making friends so instead of uni, I shared my likes with the internet.

4. What sort of blogs do you enjoy reading?
A wide range really, I love beauty blogs which make me want to buy more lipstick than I need (ViviannaDoesMakeup, LilyPebbles and AmeliaLiana are my faves), fashion always gives me ideas on how to change up my style (Llymlrs, weworewhat) and lifestyle for general life envy and inspiration (TheLondoner and Zoella)

5. What do you do to keep on track with your blogDo you ever suffer from a lack of posting?
I have a schedule plus I work from home ! I plan ahead my posts and always take photos even if I don't use in case I run out of time and can just pull a picture up from a while ago. I don't have a paid job at the moment and am an intern so this is my job - I'm happy to do it for free.

6. What's the biggest challenge bloggers face?
 I think it would be competition and if people are just doing it for money - the success of Zoe, Tanya, Lily and Anna etc is amazing and we'd all love to blog for life but people shouldn't blog solely for that it's meant to be a place to share your passion and be appreciated and inspiring.

7. What's the biggest change you've found since beginning blogging?
My 'niche' and posts have completely changed. I started as a photography fashion blog, posting my original work but I found it hard to keep coming up with photography ideas (I still love it and want to work as a photographer but I didn't want to run out of steam) I've eneded up posting more advice and health posts which is exciting and I love it so much.

8. What do you want to achieve with your blog?
 I'd love to be successful obviously, but if I can build myself into a person who people turn to for advice on lifestyle and nutrition - even if only 100 people - I'd be smiling 24/7

9. What other passions do you have?
Photography and Food are my #1 passions - I love cooking ! Photography has been the longest running one and I was published in COMPANY magazine for my fashion photography work which was absolutely amazing, never been happier. My other passions are styling, social media and I also love just chatting with people. I really want to find people to be friends with and share passions, so I love to find people who will engage with me over some healthy snacks

10. How have the people in your life responded to your blog?
My mum is a big supporter, and the rest of my family know I blog but don't read it really. My creative friends have read it and think it'll do well whereas others just skip past my tweets - it's okay, I just want those who appreciate to enjoy it :)

11. When you're not blogging what are you doing?
I'm reading other blogs, eating, exercising, planning posts or listening to some good music - I love to chill out a bit when I can. Currently I'm interning so I have tasks to complete between blogs

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!)
Mine is a mix of simple and classic with a bit of East London art student and some blogger influence - need my #bblogger inspired make-up on ! I don't usually buy into trends much but I love seeing what's coming and how I can make my wardrobe fit

13. Any future goals for your blog or yourself? 
I want to have a successful blog of course ! I'd like to be making youtube videos featuring vlogs and healthy baking, and to in 5 years time be a self-made brand that people look up to.

14. Will you still be blogging in the future?
OF COURSE !

15. Anything to say to people wanting to get into blogging?
  Do it because you have a passion to share and inspire, no matter how little or big your following is, do it because you love it. People will come if they love the content and person behind it ! I'll send you a hug too because I like to welcome new people




You can find Lauren's amazing blog here!

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