Sunday, 22 January 2017

How Social Media Is Influencing My Daily Life

As I write this, I'm sat in my flat. I have a cup of tea, a couple of candles lit and Spotify playlist playing. Prior to writing this post, I was tidying my flat making sure everywhere was tidy and ready for its next photo opportunity. I love my flat and I love how Instagram it is. Thanks to the exposed brick walls and massive windows that let in so much light, I'm lucky to have a place that can hopefully up my Instagram game.

Part of me HATES admitting that, part of me doesn't. But what I do hate (or dislike, hate is such a strong word!), is that how Instagram, blogging, Pinterest, YouTube and social media in general is affecting and influencing my day to day life. They don't call Zoella and co influencers for nothing.

Before Zoella and YouTube, I only ever saw copper as a useful conductor of electricity, not as a stylish home accessory. But, because of Zoella and her love of copper, she's influenced me and thousands of other people. I now have a copper toaster, kettle, cutlery, candles, fairy lights and even a box file. There's more in my home, but that is just the stuff I can see from the table I'm writing this from. YouTubers, blogging and Instagram has made me fall in love with candles more. And tassel garlands, the colour mint, typography prints and anything white, grey, marble or mustard coloured.

If a YouTuber I like brings out a range of something, I'm there. Admitting I don't buy everything in the ranges, but I do have the Gabriella bedding, lights, cushion and eye mask she brought out with her Primark range. I have the Zoella back pack, candles, travel mug, keyring and some of her toiletries from her original range.

Retailers are also keeping all our homes filled with copper and mermaids with their homeware and clothing ranges. Primark's game is really high at the moment, they literally have anything copper, all the fake succulents you'll ever need and a mountain of candles. They're definitely keeping an eye out on social media and what the latest trends are on Instagram to cater their ranges and keep us all happy.

Instagram is a whole new ball game when it comes to how I'm influenced. Thanks to popular Instagrammers, I now make my boyfriend wait to eat his food before I can take a photo of it and think of how I can make some cutlery and my table centrepiece look more photogenic. I've tried to stick to themes before but A) it's so hard to do and B) ain't nobody got time for that. I can't be bothered to do flatlays  or position fairy lights next to a lipstick before I take a photo of it. I do still like to keep some kind of consistency when it comes to my feed, so it looks nice to scroll through. I usually use one of two of my favourite filters (Lark and Clarendon FYI) on my photos and I tend to post of a lot of photos of my flat, but apart from that I'm theme free. If you have themes and flatlays then that's totally cool, Instagram is big thing for people and I get that!

I'd love to know what your thoughts are on how social media, blogging, Instagram  etc has influenced your daily lives. If flatlays and themes are your thing, I'd love to know!
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Monday, 2 January 2017

How To Make A Rented House Feel Like A Home

I'm going into my third year of renting, after living in two student houses and now a beautiful rented flat with my boyfriend. I've found it really hard to really make a rented space feel like my own, without risking losing some of the deposit by blu-tacking or nailing photos to the wall.

I've learnt some tips over the past couple of years on how to put your own spin on someone else's decor style and I thought I'd share them with you. Some might be obvious, but some might find it helpful! I was kind of inspired by Anna at Don't Cramp My Style, who gives her readers some great help and advice on a lot of different aspects to renting and also has a really cool interior style!

Make the most of what's already in the walls
If it's in your contract that you CAN pin things or blu-tack things to your walls, then go for it! Unfortunately I can't, which means I have to make the most of what's already in the walls. If you have a look around your house/apartment, look for any pins, nails or hooks that are already in the walls and make the most of those. I've managed to hang a few frames and decor bits without having too put a single nail in the wall!

Command Strips are your saviour
These clever little strips are a life saviour in rented houses. We haven't got round to using ours yet, but my boyfriend used them to hang his Marvel canvases in his previous rented house. As long as you follow the instructions and use them properly, they don't damage walls or paintwork. For the time being, we've put the canvases rested on the radiator in the living room which I love the look of.

Bring in pops of colour
We got pretty lucky as the sofas, dining table and chairs are all my style. Rented properties are known for having dated and horrible furniture so I'm thankful for a little bit of IKEA in the flat! Since the flat is mainly brick walls and white walls, I like to add some pops of colour with my multi-coloured rug, cushions and throws. This really helps brighten up the flat and is renting-safe!

Fairy lights, fairy lights and more fairy lights...
I don't think I've ever been in Primark without coming out with a box of cute fairy lights. I love how lights can really make a place feel all cosy and more like a home. Make use of the space you have to put lights, we have a maisonette where one of the bedrooms is, so we've wrapped some LED fairy lights around the railing which looks really pretty on a evening.

I hope this has been useful for some people. I'm hoping to do some more renting advice posts, as I've had some positive experiences and negative experiences whilst renting.

Enjoy your day!
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