How to find your signature style

It feels good to post today. Still strange (I don't think I'll ever get 100% used to posting pictures of myself on the internet) but still, pretty good. Now I'm sure you geniuses out there have noticed a bit of radio silence lately - especially in regards to my oh-oh-tee-dees - and I thought it was about time I did some explaining. I promise you - honestly, I do - I haven't been slacking in the picture taking sides of things. It's just that every time we go out to shoot I've come back, shoved the memory card into my laptop, scrolled through the snaps...and then felt like I was looking at a completely different person. I've been trying so, so hard to look how I thought I wanted to look. And you know what? That was my problem all along.

I think it's safe to say that my style has always remained pretty monochromatic, from the clothes I wear, to my home decor tastes - even to my choice of transport (okay, so my car might be more silver-blue than monochrome, but still, I'm dreaming of a new all-black DS 3). Just one Google of my name (don't try to deny you haven't done this) and pretty much every outfit through the ages (yes, even those embarrassing Tumblr selfies from 2012) has consisted of black and white basics. You know that saying 'a girl can never have too many shoes'? My life revolves more around the idea that I can never have too many white shirts and/or black jean combinations. Sure, I've tried to do colour (and failed), I've tried slinky dresses (and failed) and I've tried to systematically copy other people's style in an attempt to find my own. Think it's safe to say that that one was a big fat fail too.

See, when it comes to finding your signature style, chances are it's already right under your nose (literally, just look down and see what you're wearing!). If you find yourself gravitating towards a certain look, or if you have that fail-safe outfit that you go to after over-sleeping, then that's more than likely your style. During the past few weeks I've fallen in love with so many looks on the catwalk. I've loved the ruffles, the frills, the flared cropped jeans and - yes - I've even loved the sequins. Will I be first in line for the full AW16 collection? Maybe not. But will I incorporate these trends into my own look? You bet ya. Just because the latest 'it' designer sends a floor length sequin gown down the runway, it doesn't mean you need to don h-t sparkles as well. If you like it, go for it, if you like it in moderation, that's perfectly fine too.

A lady on the complete opposite style spectrum of me is the lovely Iris Apfel. She's all about opulence, I'm all about minimalism. She rocks colour from top to bottom, I feel adventurous if I wear navy. She has her style, and I have mine, and it's great.

I'll always remember one quote from Ms. Apfel, and that is: 'you have to look in the mirror and see yourself. If it feels good, then I know it's for me.' If it doesn't feel good, then it isn't, no matte how many models or celebrities rock it. Your style is yours - whether you choose to wear a feather boa out to the supermarket or if you sit comfortably with me at the 'all black errythang' table. Pull up a chair! You’re all welcome here.
 


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What I'm Wearing:

L'Academie shirt from REVOLVE *
Boohoo western belt
River Island cropped flare jeans
Primark leopard bucket bag
Dune London ankle boots *
 

Braun Silk-épil 5 review #breakfree

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Braun Silk-epil 5 epilator review
Braun Silk-epil 5 epilator review
Braun Silk-epil 5 epilator review
Braun Silk-epil 5 epilator review

I'll be the first person to admit that I am a hairy, hairy girl. And sure, this seems to have benefited me in terms of (head) hair growth and the general density of my brows, but - where everywhere else is concerned - its been more of an annoyance than a blessing. Can we get a #hairygirlproblems trending over here? Man, I'm glad we're all friends here. Could you imagine how awkward it would be telling complete strangers about my hairy limbs? Oh, wait..

Anyway, I know I'm not the only one out there struggling with #hairygirlproblems (seriously trying to plug that one eh?) so when I was given the opportunity to try out the Braun Silk-épil 5 Wet and Dry Epilator* I couldn't exactly say no - especially with a holiday coming up in the next few weeks. I mean, I don't know about you guys, but stubbly legs and a five o clock shadow (again, on my legs) doesn't exactly scream 'beach babe', does it? Something had to be done.

So I guess I should talk a bit about epilating, which is basically really, really fast tweezing that keeps body hair at bay . I've had a really cheap epilator for a few years now, and it worked, but it also hurt like crazy and took multiple 'sessions' to fully de-hair my fuzzy female body. After a while I would just give up and go straight back to my disposable razors. Hello, ingrown hairs and goodbye money. However since trying Braun's little variation I'm basically a changed woman. No, seriously. The amount of hair on my body has decreased to a level that I can actually pass for a woman now, as opposed to some form of mystical wildebeest. 

So what makes it so special? I'll tell ya! With twenty eight individual tweezers the Braun Silk-épil 5 picks up near enough every hair on the body, including hairs that are 0.5mm in length. Like every other epilator, It's not completely painless, but it's a lot more bearable than any other that I've tried in the past and - since you're able to use it in the bath or shower - it means that beginners (or wimps like me) can use it with ease. Better yet, the more you use the Silk-épil 5, the more comfortable it'll feel on your skin. Not only that, but - with constant use - this little miracle worker can actually help to slow down your hair growth, which means less hassle and more super soft legs. How did I survive the entire summer without it?

This post was sponsored by Procter & Gamble, however all thoughts are very much my own!

What I'm wearing:

Forever 21 faux leather jacket
Miss Selfridge 90s crop top *
Forever 21 side split skirt *
Miss Selfridge Cuba heels *
ASOS cat eye sunglasses *

I'm giving away a Kenzo Tiger clutch bag!

Win a Kenzo Tiger bag

Um, last week I hit 3,000 followers on Bloglovin', and I have no idea how that happened. Could you imagine being in the company of three thousand people that actually cared enough to listen (or read) to what you had to say each day? It's completely insane, but in the best possible way.

See, in the past two years of blogging I've constantly felt as though what I had to say never really mattered, and that everything I did was almost like a ticking time bomb. Surely, at some point you guys would get tired of lil old me..surely!? But here we are reaching 3k on Bloglovin (and 5k on my Youtube channel, ahem). Lord knows what I've done to deserve having you guys come back each and every day, but whatever it is that I'm doing, I'll make sure I keep on doing it.

So I guess what I'm trying to say here is thank you. Thank you very, very, very much. I know I might not always blog as often as I'd like to, and I know I'm seriously crap at replying to comments (I'm about to reply to everything tonight!), but I really do appreciate each and every one of you. I'm not an established blogger by any means - far from it in fact - but you lot have seriously changed my life. If it wasn't for you, I'd still be miserable, I'd still be working in a job I hated and I wouldn't have made half of the friends that I have today. You. Guys. Are. AWESOME.

So awesome in fact, that I think it's only fair that I give away a pretty awesome prize as a thank you for being so damn great. So uh, how about a Kenzo bag? Will that do? No? Well how about some exciting news to top it all off? Here goes..

As some of you may have seen on my Twitter already..I'm going to be publishing a book! Now this isn't going to be a typical blog book about my life - instead it's going to be a bloggers planner that's affordable (yay!), good looking (double yay!) and filled with loads of unpublished tips and tricks to help you and your blog. I'm currently in chat with the printers, and it looks as though everything will be ready around Christmas time (hello, Santa), but before everything gets finalised I want you guys to get involved, so if you have any ideas about what you'd like to see in the planner, let me know! Exciting times eh?

So more about that Kenzo bag, because we all know that's what you're hear for (no shame). To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is:

Follow Cocochic on Bloglovin'
- Leave a comment down below including your name and email
- Let me know what you'd like to see in the new blog planner!

The winner will be chosen at random in one month (on October 18th 2015), and will be contacted via email. This giveaway is international. One entry per person. The winner will have three days to claim their prize before another winner will be chosen. I love you and good bye.

The end of blogging as we know it?

Is there a future in blogging
Is this the end of fashion blogging
The future of fashion blogging

Do not ask me what has prompted this post on this particular day, because I really have no explanation (do I ever?), but this has been something that's been on my mind for a while. Grab a cuppa, maybe take a quick power nap or something before hand, and buckle up, because chances are - just like most of my other posts - this is gonna be a long one.

So for any of you that have been following me since last year, you'll know I was part of the Creators of Desire network, alongside a handful of amazing fashion gals from across the globe, I loved it there, but we decided to part ways a few months ago for various reasons. Anyway. Just a few weeks ago the CofD team announced that the majority of bloggers were leaving the site, and the website has since turned into a platform for various trending stories. Not only that, but a few days ago one of my closest bloggy friends Camilla from Into The Fold decided to turn her ridiculously sexy blog into a just as ridiculous sexy online magazine, featuring a handful of her looks throughout the month alongside articles from other people. But there's more (do you see where I'm going with this?). In the last year some more of my faves have turned their personal blogs into magazines, networks, and collaborative websites - and some have even shut their blogs down completely *sad face*. Some of these babes include the likes of Yara from Chapter Friday (previously This Chicks Got Style), Elin Kling (whose blog is no more!) and even the big shots at Conde Nast, who announced earlier this year that they were shutting down the Now Manifest network, which housed Rumi Neely, Bryan Boy and even Ms. Anna Dello Russo. Wow this is a long paragraph, I'm just gonna make a new one now to save your eyes..

There we go. So, moving on! Basically what I was trying to say in that horrendous essay up there, is that blogs are changing. I mean, I may be wrong here, but doesn't Chiara from The Blonde Salad have like twenty people working for her now? That's not a blog, that's an empire! And she's not the only one doing it either. I've been following blogs for years and years now, and I remember some of the most famous bloggers starting out with snaps of their outfits in their bedrooms. And - chances are - they weren't earning a penny from doing it. Now? Who knows how much work goes into their blogs, and who knows how much they even earn. Who. Knows.

Now, when it comes to earning, I've made it pretty clear that I blog as a full time job, and these days that's not the most unheard of thing on the internet. I mean, don't get me wrong, my grandparents probably think I sell my body on the internet for a living when I tell them that I 'get paid to post photos of myself online', but, er, that's an entirely different story. Either way, payment is now a huge part of the blogging industry. And with payment, comes complications.

I remember a year ago I was keen to take on just about anything that was paid or free (I mean seriously, free shoes are enough to make any girl delirious, right!?) and it was probably one of the worst things I could have done for my blog. Why? Because once you're getting paid or gifted to talk about something, you feel almost obliged to talk about it positively, even if you don't exactly love what it is you've been given. Us poor bloggers, eh? Please detect my sarcasm.

These days I like to think I'd only accept payment for something that I'd love regardless, but I know there's been a ton of media speculation that can sometimes question the ethics of bloggers no matter how big or small. I mean, surely once a blogger starts taking on work that's just for the money, their 'personal blog' becomes more of an online magazine. Maybe? I don't know. I think I've written far too many sentences to even understand what I'm writing myself any more.

Now obviously you also have the other way of looking at things, in that perhaps blogging is picking up the pace more than ever. I mean, if we take the 'super blogger's out of the equation for a minute, just look at how many girls (and guys!) are killing it in the blogging industry with their own little niches. And that's exactly what it is that I think the blogging world needs more of: niches. Last year I was trying so hard to compete with some of the top notch bloggers and it was never going to end well. Now? Well now I've decided to actually share who I really am and - correct me if I'm wrong - but a lot of people seem way more interested than actually getting to know me rather than just finding out where my jacket's from. Maybe 2015 is the year of the not-so-super-but-a-bit-more-normal blogger. Catchiest name, ever? I think so.

So, is blogging really coming to an end as we know it? I guess my real question to you guys is, where does blogging start, and where does it end? Is a blog still a blog if it turns into a collaborative website? Is it still a blog if the content is paid for? Or is there a whole new style of blog forming? So many questions. I wish I could have had the brain power to write down every single thought in my head, but I don't (that mid-week madness is kicking in), so instead, let's carry on the conversation in the comments below, shall we?

In other news though, look! I'm actually in a dress! I've been obsessing over denim skirts and dresses this season, so when I saw this little button up number from Miss Selfridge I couldn't say no. I love that it gives off a sort of retro vibe but also fits in with my minimalistic style. And for once, I'm not in black and white! Although I would like one in black too..

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Miss Selfridge Denim Shirt Dress * (Now on sale!)
Miss Selfridge Block Heel Sandals *
Triwa Nevil Watch *

How to be a more productive blogger

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How to be more productive with your blog

Being told I need to relax more is pretty much a daily occurrence. I'll be honest with you, if there's one particular thing I pride myself on (apart from my ability to nap just about anywhere) it's that I'm pretty darn productive. In other words, I get shit done.

I won't lie, being a workaholic definitely has it's flaws (and that's something I'll be going into in a future, more personal post) but today I want to share the upsides of getting things done, and all the tips and tricks I use to do approximately 4,0758.6 per day. Give or take.

So for those of you that don't already know, I blog full time as a job, which is pretty awesome (you can find out how I became a full-time blogger here). On top of that I'm also a full time journalism student, which again, is good. On top of all that I'm also a freelance writer, multi-media content creator, Youtuber and a generic human being with basic hygiene needs etc etc. I'm not blowing my own trumpet here, because I'm actually bloody exhausted, but like I said, if there's one thing I'm good at it's getting a lot of things done in one day.

Last week however was a completely different story, and I pretty much sat around for days looking at my computer screen doing absolutely nothing. So in order to stop that from ever happening again I decided to make a little list in my diary featuring ways to get my mojo back. They worked, and I'm finally back on top of everything again, so I've decided to share a few of my not-so-secret secrets. Brace yourselves, it involves minimum sleep and a lot of coffee.

Make a list the night before

I make lists for pretty much everything I do, but every night I like to make sure I jot down all of the stuff that needs to get done the following day - even if it's something as simple as 'do the dishes'. Not only does this help me sleep better without having 500 things on my mind, but it also means that I don't have to mock up a new to do list the following day. Am I the only person in the world that puts 'make a to do list' on their to do list? Maybe.

Develop a routine

This is probably one of the most important ways I stay productive. As you all know, every Tuesday I do a Tip Tuesday style post, which helps give me a guide to stick to every week. I also post my Youtube videos on specific days each week, which gives me another routine I can rely on. As well as all of this, I tend to do a lot of my 'admin' work on Sunday afternoons. I'm not completely organised just yet, but I am getting there.

Plan in advance

Basically, I could pretty much tell you every blog post I'm uploading for the next month or two. This isn't always possible depending on what it is you actually blog about (for example, travel etc), but for me I find I work so much better knowing that I've got the next however many blogging days covered. It can be a little easier said than done sometimes, but I find that having a bunch of my posts already scheduled really takes a load off. It does mean you need to be seriously on the ball with blogging for a few days though. But once you're ahead it feels so darn good.

Be (fairly) realistic

I'm really, really bad at this. But I do try. Basically, if you're looking to get a month's worth of Uni work done in one day - amongst a slew of other things - think again. Even now I still find myself over-filling my to do lists, but I no longer bully myself if I don't get everything done. That being said, don't get lazy with your lists. If you're looking to push you productivity a little more it might even be beneficial to you to be ever so slightly unrealistic. Just, you know, don't expect to build Rome in a day.

Work in bulk

Since I have so many different things to do each week I usually try to designate a different day to various tasks. This is a little more difficult when I have loads of deadlines, but even so I still like to get lots of things done in one go. In fact, when it comes to me filming Youtube videos I normally do them in bulk throughout the day, depending on what I'm doing. A few weeks ago I made a makeup tutorial video, a lookbook video and two skincare videos in a few hours. It saves me time in the long run and gives me back-up content to use over the next few weeks, just incase I get ill or busy or something!

Take a break

I don't know anyone that can work well for hours on end, so taking a break every so often is a must, even if you don't think you have the time. I always used to feel like I was too busy to take some time out of what I was doing, but when I finally got into the hang of it I started utilising my time a lot more. I tend to work for an hour then give myself a quick ten minute break. If I don't, I just end up getting lost in the weirder corners of the internet. Don't go there.

Prioritise

I mean this in two different ways. First of all, instead of just doing the easiest thing on your list first, do the most important. It sounds so easy but hey, who really wants to start their day with a 4000 essay? Not me. But hey, it's gotta be done. The next way to prioritise things is perhaps a little controversial, but I will be doing another post on my experiences with it. Basically, I like my blog a lot more than I like University. I earn money from blogging, I pay for University. Since I have to pay for my rent I prioritise blog work over University any day. That isn't to say I don't get my work done on time, and to the best of my ability, but my attendance there really isn't great. It would be impossible for me to do everything perfectly, 24/7, so I have to let something slide on the odd occasion. It's not for everyone (and I'm sure my parents are rolling their eyes as they read this) but hey, it's what works for me.

Start now

FYI, tomorrow never comes! It's like when people say they're going to go on a diet tomorrow. Why not just start now? If you want to do something (or you know, have to do something) but feel like putting it off, don't! If you have the time to do it just do it. I'm not saying cancel all of your life plans just to write a blog post, but if you want to do something you may as well start now. 

Create a personal space

To some of you that watch my Youtube videos, you'll know I had an on-going issue in my old office with my crazy neighbour (long story short, she has loud sex, a lot. It's gross). Since then we've moved my office/desk area into our bedroom, and have turned that room into what is essentially a walk in wardrobe (#bloggergoals). My little corner of the room is so much quieter than it was before, and I now find myself getting more done than ever before. It also helps if you tell people in your house that you're going off to do some work so that they'll let you work in peace. Basically, just tell everyone to leave you alone or else.

Don't multi-task

Don't ask me the scientific stuff here, but I've read on countless different smarty pants websites that our brains weren't built for multi-tasking (yes, even us girls). So these days I try to focus on just one task instead of five - unless of course it's the sort of multi-tasking that involves doing the dishes and catching up on my favourite Netflix shows. Doing this means I can put 100% of my effort into whatever it is I'm doing, as opposed to half-assing a selection of tasks.

Get healthy

Gah, isn't healthy talk just so BORINGGGG?! But alas, generally being healthier will make you work a lot more efficiently. When I was going to the gym and drinking more than a teaspoon of water a day I had so much more energy and my brain woz a lot more gd at finking. It'll seem like such a chore at first if you're a bit of a non-fitness-fanatic, but once you realise how much more you get done when you do feel good, you'll wanna do it more.

Let me know your favourite ways to stay productive!

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Lily Lulu Odessa Cut out Midi Dress *
3.1 Phillip Lim clutch bag *
Steve Madden SANJOSE boots *