Thursday, 29 October 2015

TARTAN SHAWL


Shawl: River Island (similar here and here)
Dress: eBay (similar here and here)
Bag: gift
Pumps: Topshop
Scarf: eBay
Belt: New Look

As the weather is getting colder I have revisited my biggest love of layering up my clothes. Its my favourite part of autumn/winter! I just love being wrapped  up super warm. It also means that I don't have to sacrifice my summer wardrobe for the colder months.Unfortunately the weather means bare legs are a no-go from now on.

I still don't seem to be able to neglect this dress at the back of my wardrobe (even though its lack of sleeves isn't winter friendly) and I don't think I ever will. Its a dress I love unconditionally (and by unconditionally I mean a little tight around the chest).

Tomorrow marks the end of a particularly hard placement- and onto completely new challenges. I feel a bit sad about leaving a team I get on so well with, but at the same time I can't wait to free up my evenings from researching. I completely miss blogging more regularly.
Jodie x
P.S. sorry about the slightly blurry photo :(

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

BLOGSTOCK




At the beginning of September me and April packed up my little Micra and headed to Blogstock at Borehamwood for a weekend of blogging delights. After hearing about last year’s event on Megans blog I was gutted I didn’t attend so entered Reeree Rockettes IG comp and was over the moon I won! Topping it off with winning VIP camping courtesy of Hertz! I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect but it exceeded my expectations none the less.





After wrapping up and a quick walk around the campsite to find the toilets and showers (which felt amazing to wake up to in the morning) we were allowed into the main area. After signing in, orientating ourselves and grabbing some free Thai we spent a few minutes confirming our plans for the weekend (because making two list prior to arriving wasn’t enough for me). Starting the weekend of talks off with Lela was perfect. I felt inspired to write with more of my voice and branch out with different ideas. You can already tell I took advice on blog design from Becca and transformed it into a lot more fun (and hopefully easier to navigate). I’ve spent the previous fortnight redesigning and learning a very small amount of code which I am really quite proud of.




The first few hours or so really set the tone for the rest of the weekend- we had a blast! Once we had settled into our tipi provided by Hertz UK (which was seriously amazing and comfortable) I filled my Hertz cup with cola and we were ready to mingle.



My heart truly belonged to Affilinet and their endless supply of hot chocolate and herbal tea as it was FREEZING! As well as being friendly individuals they offered some fantastic advice for the future of Be A Goddess and I can’t wait to work with them more.






Although mainly organised with Travel Bloggers in mind- as plus size fashion bloggers me and April were clearly the niche of the weekend- I was shocked with how much I learnt coming away from the weekend. The only downside (which we couldn’t help but agree about) was the emphasis on making money from your blog all weekend. I am honest in saying I haven’t even earned £100 in the 4 years I’ve been blogging and wasn’t entirely bothered. But we felt the pressure in selling our souls a little bit- which prompted a very lovely conversation on the drive home about our blogging ethos (thank you for the tip) where we both decided to ignore pretty much all the financial advice we had been given-ha ha ha. It firmly placed where we held blogging in our lives (as a creative outlet surrounded my individuals with the same ideals) so even our least favourite part became a learning opportunity.




It’s hard to pick the most informative talk of the weekend (although the most alcohol fuels must have been the final debate and the “tweet for a drink” idea) but I especially liked Reeree’s peep talk on “Why blog at all?” and Maria's photography tips have already been put into use. I only wish the weekend ended a little warmer!


Jodie x