There’s been a little conflict going on in my head recently, which I would really love to share with you all and to get your opinion. It’s about bloggers: how we shop and how we potentially feed into over-the-top consumerism.

As a blogger I have to have (or at least feel I have to have) the latest things in store. Potential for regrams from the big brands are only possible if what you’re featuring is still in store, with a substantial amount of stock, which means I’m always after new items to feature. Haul videos are still as popular as ever, with some bloggers filming two haul videos every single week. But the thing is, this is part of our job, we’re often sent stuff, lent stuff and the items that don’t get worn (but are briefly featured in a haul video) are often sent back. And if I’m totally honest I have draped a jacket over my shoulder for a Instagram photo before returning it- not because I didn’t love the jacket, but because I have a few other ones almost identical, which I wouldn’t photograph as it’s from last season and therefore out of stock. I find that I give so much away to friends/charity at the moment because, if it’s no longer in stock I probably therefore won’t be able to use it again for social content.

I recently spoke about this to a friend, who asked, if we’re not spending our own money on each item or potentially returning some items then isn’t it misleading? I personally don’t think so. I’d love to keep everything I feature because I do honestly love everything I show on here and on social, but it isn’t possible due to cost/space/ not having enough opportunities to wear the items.

I think as bloggers we want to show you what’s in store, how it looks on and how you can style it, but it definitely isn’t an amount of shopping a regular non-blogger should be doing. Use Instagram and Haul Videos as inspiration but not inspiration as to how much you should actually be buying. Bloggers are gifted items, lent items and even those endless designer bags some bloggers have are bought with vouchers and hefty 60% discounts. I really worry that some people try to keep up with a bloggers buying habits which are usually excessive. Even I myself have felt the pressure to buy myself a designer handbag like very other blogger, even though I know I don’t really want one.

Outfit details: Shoes- old Primark, Dress- ASOS, Sunglasses- ASOS 

Just like a magazine picks the 10 must have shoes of the season we do the same. Except we may have bought a few, been lent a few and be returning the ones we’re not actually going to wear; however it appears that the blogger has bought it all, and maybe you should do the same.
It’s unrealistic and wasteful. You can’t do it in real life. If I wasn’t a blogger, posting a few new outfits every week on Instagram I’d buy 1/5 of what I do now- if not less. I’d swap with my friends, borrow off my friends and invest in more long term fashion.

I guess with this also comes the cool places bloggers get to eat/visit and the endless holidays some bloggers get to go on, use them as inspiration but its unlikely that a ‘regular person’ with an average income could realistically go on six 5-star exotic holidays a year and I think it’s important to remember that. I also want to point out that I’m not bringing up the free holidays and free clothes in order to brag, bloggers are often portrayed as entitled and braggy, but brands see an increase in sales and work with bloggers similarly to how they work with traditional press.

It’s not the norm to have a biker coat in 6 colours, two of which are almost identical, but one is in stock now and one isn’t. What I’m saying is that next time you’re scrolling through Instagram adding 56 new items to your mental Wishlist, just know that blogger’s shopping habits should not be a benchmark of the norm- it’s the excess and it’s our job; we take 10 outfits on our 3 day city break not because everyone should, but in the attempt that some people will like one of the ten and buy something in the photo.

Of course, you do you. If you want to buy half of ASOS/Topshop/Net-a-Porter on a weekly basis that’s your choice but I think it’s important to keep it real and remind you you don’t have to buy everything you see on Instagram.

Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments! Was a little bit of a scary post to publish if I’m honest!


I thought I would do this monthly updates of my life, thoughts and feeling- since it appears there aren’t may other updates on my blog. (But I’m trying to change that)

I’ve spoken a little bit about my blogging rut in the past, the whole industry has changed so much that I’ve really struggled to find my place and what I want to do. That said I really feel that January was a good month for this. I know a little more about the content I want to create and I’m excited about creating it but with the awful weather I couldn’t help but still feel a little unmotivated. I also find that I get really anxious about posting on here since it’s such a rare occurrence, I’m not going to say how often I want to post as I feel like that’s me setting myself up to fail but much more than I’m currently posting. January wasn’t the content filled month I had hoped but hopefully it served it’s purpose as a gate way to a content filled year. But I guess only time will tell.

As a whole January was a crap month, from being sick at the beginning of the month and family members being in hospital but I’m going into February with a positive mine. I’m feeling better, my family members are all better and the days are getting lighter. Bring on the rest of the year. Also, I’ve finished watching Friends on Netflix which means I can no longer use that as my procrastinating tactic!

I really don’t have too much to report this month which hopefully won’t be a recurring theme throughout these monthly updates but I’m of to Barcelona in less than two weeks. I can not wait. Barcelona has been on my list of places I want to visit for ages and I hope it’s a good as everyone says it is, although I am expecting it to be fairly cold as it is February! If you’ve been and have recommendation on what to see and do then please leave them in the comments!

My final last comment is about Instagram. I don’t want to dwell to much on it but the algorithm is currently nobodies friend, for me it seems I either get okay likes or an okay amount of new followers, never the two together. If you don’t follow me already then please check out my account @a_littleobsessed and if you do, then any love on my photos is hugely appreciated! I’m not sure I’ve ever pointed this out on here but I have a Shop page on here if you ever want to shop my Instagram outfits easily.

Oh and it’s my birthday in a few days! 26. But we’ll talk about that on Monday!

Hope you all have a fabulous February!

snapchat

As the days go on I get more and more obsessed with Snapchat! I can’t believe that my last post like this was back in October, since then it’s become an even bigger and better platform. It’s hard to decide who to add, as you can’t preview it so I’ve left a super brief description and links to their Instagram. I’d recommend adding the ones you might like and after a few days it might be worth having a small clear out. I’ve really tried to pick only the best, so here are 20 more of my favourites…

Emily, StyleLobster
Follow for: Everyday makeup talk-throughs, London life and the occasional drunk LOL.

Kate, TheGlowEdit
Follow for: Travel and beautiful London locations

Mimi, MimiIkon
Follow for: London life, healthy food, travel and now her pregnancy!

Tash & Dev, Tashandev
Follow for: The most beautiful beach and bikini shots. Their bodies are ultimate goals!

The Lean Machines, TheLeanMachines
Follow for: Fitness YouTuber banter

Byrdie, ByrdieBeauty
Follow for: Behind the scenes and the newest beauty launches

Madeleine Bitici, MadeleineBitici
Follow for: Urban outfit inspo and her booty

Eva Longoria, RealEvaLongoria
Follow for: Real life of the Real Housewife

Tati westbrook, TatiWestbrook
Follow for: The newest releases and real reviews

Alex Steinherr, Asteinherr
Follow for: Life of a beauty editor and Sunday DIY facials

Laura Carlson, TheLauraCarlson
Follow for: Dubai life, beauty purchases and Truthbombs

Alexia, FashionFilth
Follow for: Dog Walks, fast cars and highend bargain hauls

Gemma, OMGHelloGemma
Follow for: Country life and vegan inspo (even for non-vegans!)

Emma Hill, EJStyle
Follow for: Wearable fashion, travel and sooo many dogs!

Carter Marissa, CarterMarissa
Follow for: Fake tan goddess

Kourtney Kardashian, KourtneyKardash
Follow for: General Kardashianess and fitness inspo

Katie, Lusterlux
Follow for: Makeup and general fun with Desi Perkins (mentioned in last Snapchat post)

Amra, Amrezy
Follow for: Ultimate Instagram Makeup

Hazel Wallace, TheFoodMedic
Follow for: Fitness, Nutrition and travel

Also if you don’t follow me I’d love it if you did! My username is ‘alittleobsessed’ or simply take a photo of my ghost below using your Snapchat app. Let me know in the comments who your favourite Snapchatters are…

snapchat ghost

Admittedly I am probably a little unqualified to write this blog post but these are simply my tips, hopefully they will help some of you. Instagram just like blogging and YouTube requires that you put in lots of time and effort but is becoming more and more essential. If you already have a huge online following than Instagram is often but if not give some of my tips a go…

Taking the photos
1. Wipe the camera
You want the photo to be as clear as possible so make sure there is no makeup or else on your lens
2. Find good lighting
Natural is usually best but I often use a soft box too
3. Find a good angle
Wether you are photographing you lunch or taking a selfie you need to find the best angle. Food often looks great from above and most of us have a best side but have fun with it.
4. Find good composition
Use props such as sunglasses, makeup bits and more when photographing objects to make the photo more interesting. Play around when taking outfit photos too and always consider the background. 
5. Take lots of photos
You want to have choices so take lots, you can easily delete them after

Editing
1. Don’t feel you have to use a filter
It’s dated to think you have to use a standard filter, there are so many other choices nowadays. 
2. Use other apps
My favourites are; Afterlight, FaceTune and VSCO Cam
3. Make sure it fits with your other photos
Use a similar editing technique for all your photos so that they all look good together
4. Remember sometime less is more
Be careful not to over edit and end up looking more like a cartoon than a human. 

Building a following
1. Post regularly
Instead of posting six times in a hour spread them out throughout the day and make sure you post a few times a day 
2. Pre take photos
My days aren’t always very photogenic so I like to pre-take them and keep them for more boring days
3. Like & Comment
We all like comments and likes but it’s also a great way to get your username seen
4. Follow people that inspire you
It’s great for inspiration and to interact with people similar to you
5. Post during key times
Test different times and find which works best for you. Remember that people are less likely to like your photo late at night as they may have already gone to sleep and also whilst they are at work. 

Leave all your tips in the comments and let me know if these have worked for you 

Also don’t forget to head over and follow me on Instagram too if you enjoyed this post! @a_littleobsessed 

One of my favourite things about fashion week has to be meeting new bloggers and discovering their amazing style on Instagram. I don’t typically go to a lot of fashion events so it’s nice to meet bloggers I’ve never crossed paths with or even to just discover someone new on Instagram through the #LFW hashtag or some general Instagram browsing. Here are a few that I found recently that I think everyone should follow…
Toni Tran/I follow very few men on Instagram however Toni’s photos are far too perfect to not press the follow button. If you’re into men’s fashion he obviously dresses amazingly but even if you’re not, simply his table top photos justify a follow. 
Hannah Crosskey/A girl after my own monocrome heart. Her style is always beautifully put together but still very wearable making it the perfect Instagram for your daily dose of fashion inspiration. 
Chrissabella/If you are in need of some glam inspiration then look no further than Chrissabella. Every photo is thought out, colourful and theres a nice balance of food shots, outfits, accessories and beauty products. 
Russel & bromley PR Girl/Ultimate shoe porn which is actually affordable (just.)
Alex Steinherr/Potentially my ultimate woman crush, there is nothing about beauty that this woman doesn’t know and her Instagram proves it. Follow to see the newest products, hottest backstages and generally lots of beauty products. 
Monica Beatrice/Not a day goes by without a stunning photo from Monica wether it’s pretty flowers, inspiring outfit or a gorgeous pair of shoes. 
What Instagram account is your favourite?