Everything you need to know about Twitter Chats

Around ten months ago I was sat on Twitter, scrolling through various life updates from people across the pond and favouriting just about any photo that contained some form of baked good and/or baby animal. I had been tweeting for what seemed to have been years, but the only people I had ever actually spoken to were either real life friends or famous people who, for some reason, never seemed to reply back to me. I like to think it was simply because they were having issues with their Twitter. Either that or they didn't fancy talking to someone whose profile picture was of a cat wearing a Victorian gown - I can't quite work it out.

Anyway, what I'm getting at here is that I'm generally really crap at Twitter. 140 characters to say what's on my mind? Have you lot even noticed how much I talk on here!? You're lucky to get a blog post made up of 140 words, let alone 140 letters. But I guess the main point of this susprise tip Tuesday (on a Saturday) is that - despite what you might initially think - you don't have to be great at Twitter, to seriously reap the benefits of a Twitter chat.

So what exactly is a Twitter Chat? Well, it's pretty much exactly how it sounds. You talk to one another about various topics, and you all use the same hashtag to follow what everyone is saying. More often than not these chats will have a host who asks a bunch of questions over the course of an hour, and - as a community - you simply pitch you ideas and voice your opinions. It's seriously fun, but also really beneficial to you and your blog, as you can bounce ideas off one another, inspire each other, and even make some friends a long the way. And on top of all that, you might even gain a few new followers at the end of it, huzzah!

In all seriousness though, Twitter chats can actually be an incredibly underestimated traffic booster if you use them in the right way - even more so if you actually manage to host your own successful chat. Wondering how to get involved? Just ask the people that run your favourite chat! Hosts are always looking for people to take over every once in a while - and you'll be able to reap the benefits of new followers and top notch ideas. Wanna know more? Here are a few extra tips and tricks to get you well on your way..

Create a routine

Twitter chats run at lightning speed, and it can be seriously overwhelming if you show up unprepared. So, come prepared! Arrive on time, minimise those tabs and focus your attention on all the tweets that are about to fly your way. You can also use TweetChat or TweetDeck to help track those tags!

Get involved in conversations

I swear Twitter chats are one of the only times it's fully acceptable to interrupt other people's conversations (but of course, in a polite way). I've met so many people from dropping in on their chats, and no one has ever been rude about it - in fact, quite the opposite! If you want to talk to someone, now's the time to do it.

Share your thoughts

Whether you know nothing, or know it all, Twitter chats are the best place to voice whatever is on your mind. If you have a question, ask it! If you have an answer, tell it! It might seem daunting at first, but trust me, Twitter chats are one of the most supportive places you can be as a blogger! You'll leave feeling inspired, that's for sure.

Anyway, that's enough from me for now, but if you want to listen to me ramble on for a bit longer (ahem, why wouldn't you?) then be sure to tune in to the #fblchat Twitter chat today at 3pm GMT. The topic is all about how to make money from blogging. If you're not a millionaire by the time the hours up, then I have failed you. You can find me at @cocochicblog - hashtag shameless plug.

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[Note: Timings are all GMT]

Monday

#blogtrends (2am)
#BDIB (7pm) 

#ambitionista (9pm)
#fbloggers (8pm)

Tuesday

#askablogger (7pm)
#fblchat (8pm)
#bloghour (9pm)

Wednesday

#lbloggers (7pm)
#careerblogchat (7.30pm)
#bbloggers (8pm)

Thursday

#crazybloggers (7pm)
#fbloggers (8pm)

Friday

#gbloggers (7pm)
#bdib (8pm)

Saturday

#fblchat (3pm)
#socialbloggers (6pm)

Sunday

#lbloggers (7pm)
#bbloggers (8pm)

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Five fashion trends (you can actually wear!)

UK Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog
UK Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog
UK Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

I love fashion (she says as she types a blog post whilst sitting in her PJS), really, I do, but sometimes it can all get a little bit too much to keep on top of. There are trends, then there are micro trends, makeup trends..even thinking about it gives me a bit of a headache. But like I said, I have this on-going relationship with fashion (you know, writing a fashion blog and everything..) so I've decided to narrow down some of the best trends that look good on pretty much anyone, whether you go all in or just a touch.

Cropped flares

Don't the words 'cropped' and 'flares' just sound completely wrong together? I think of cropped flares and my mind instantly goes to being an awkward teenager who's legs grew far too fast for her school trousers. Yet, here I am wearing a bright blue denim pair for the entire internet to see. And you know what? I'm kind of obsessed. To me, they're pretty much this season's take on last season's culottes. Cropped flares? Check. Denim? Check. Frayed hem? Check. That's basically three trends in one. Hello multi-purpose!

Denim, denim, denim

Okay sure, denim is kind of an on-going trend throughout every season, but this season it's all denim everything. Hell, if denim underpants were a thing (and I pay they're not) they'd probably be in Vogue too. Thankfully, right now it's all about denim dresses and, well, denim cut offs a la above.

Say it with suede

If denim isn't your thing, the next best fabric on the fashion menu is suede. Again, it kind of sounds like something your mum would have worn in the seventies, but oh how times have changed. Now it's all about updating your basics (cami tops, biker jackets - you name it) with a soft suede - or suedette - finish, It feels good too. So fluffy I wanna die etc..

Lace up details

This is probably my favourite trend of all, and I'm sure you've all seen it floating around somewhere on Instagram. Basically, imagine just about anything that could require some form of zip or fastening, and swap it with a bit of cross-lacing. I made a post all about the best lace up shoes on the market a while ago and it went down a treat. If you're gonna get laces on anything, make it your feet. Hope you take the time to appreciate that little rhyme I made just then.

Give the cold shoulder

Another trend you've probably already seen all over Instagram, but another one of my personal faves. The idea of wearing a gypsy style bardot top can be a little daunting, but oh man, the floaty torso? It hides everything. And f there's one part of the body that pretty much never gains weight, it's the shoulders. Why did I not realise this sooner!?

What are you favourite trends for the upcoming season?

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ASOS long sleeve bardot top *
ASOS denim wide leg cut offs *
ASOS cat eye sunglasses *
ASOS pointed flat shoes *

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(PS stayed tuned for an INSANE giveaway coming soon..hint hint..)

Fashion Fades, Style Is Eternal

Fashion Fades Style is Eternal YSL
Fashion Fades Style is Eternal
Farfetch Fashion Fades Style is Eternal

I think it's pretty safe to say that a lot has changed since the birth of my blog, but throughout those two years, one thing has remained consistent: my love for simple, classic pieces that go the distance. And so to celebrate the opening of the Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal exhibition, I've decided to pay homage to that in the form of this outfit, featuring some of my all-time favourite pieces to date. Some I've had for years, some I've had for just a few months, but all of them have made their way into my every day wardrobe. And chances are, you'll be seeing a lot more of them on the blog for years to come.

Now I don't know about you guys, but for me, fashion is something that I look to in magazines and runway shows. It's an industry that's so indecisive that it changes it's mind every six months, and it's something that can both bring people together and tear them apart. The fashion world evolves so often that it's almost impossible to keep up with. I mean, just think about it - the entire industry operates one season ahead of itself just to keep up with, well, Itself.

Style however, is like that one old friend who's relationship with you never changes. It's a relationship that you work on over time until you just wake up one morning and you no longer have to try anymore - it all just comes together naturally. We always hear others talk about how style is a reflection of who we choose to be, but in reality I don't think we ever get a say in how our style evolves over time at all. It's almost as natural as learning how to speak. For example, a pink frilly dress on my body is just completely foreign to me, and something I'll never quite understand. But a pair of leather trousers? Consider them my native tongue.
 

How do you guys define the word 'style'?

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Saint Laurent 'Iconic' Smoking Jacket
Saint Laurent Skinny Leather Trousers
Saint Laurent Classic Shirt
Saint Laurent 'Sac du jour' tote
Saint Laurent 'Paris' Pumps
Saint Laurent 'Classic 51' Sunglasses
Saint Laurent Belt

Here's how to wear culottes (and actually look good)

Culottes are like the ugliest but coolest wardrobe basic out there. They're kinda like shorts, kinda like trousers, and kind of the most comfortable things you'll ever put on your butt (at least, to my knowledge anyway..ahem). But let's face it - they're not exactly the easiest thing to pull off sometimes unless you're an eight foot model with legs the size of..really tall legs..yeah.

Anyway, I wrote a little 'piece' on how to style them up for this season, along with a few other pictures of lil old me wearing the culottes in question. Head on over to the Shopstyle American Express Style Inspiration Hub to shop the look and lemme know what ya'll think!

H&M Leather jacket (sold out but similar here)
Monki culottes 
Filippo Loretti Rome Gold watch *
Ash leopard slip ons *

Fool-proof ways to look more fashionable

So this blog post idea stems from something that happened a few days ago. I was out with a  friend when they told me I looked cool whilst I was wearing these Ønsker sandals (AKA my orthopaedic shoes - and I say that so lovingly). Me. Looking cool? Never thought those words would appear in the same sentence. But I'll roll with it. You know, just to be polite.

Anyway, in reality I've never thought my style was overly, well, stylish, but since I've made somewhat of a career for myself just by the way I dress (still not 100% sure how I wangled that one) I've decided to share whatever knowledge I might have on tricking people into thinking you're way more stylish than you actually are. Yup.

Mix 'ugly' shoes with a cute outfit

I love ugly (but pretty!) shoes - I think we're all learnt that about me by now. And knowing that sandals and sliders are hot this season makes doing this so much cooler. I've never been one to get fully dressed up (I didn't go to my prom because I refused to wear a big ball gown) so for me shoes like these Ønsker North sandals are a way of bringing an other wise fancy outfit down a peg or two. Plus, if you can pull off a pair of orthopaedic style shoes, you can do just about anything in life. PS. They're comfy too.

Wear baggy tees and tops

I don't know what it is about oversized tees, but when tucked into a pair of jeans they just give off this effortless vibe that makes me feel like some sort of model off duty. Hey, I might be about three foot shorter than needs be, but I'm nearly there, right? Right?!

Wear a jacket on your shoulders

Because who actually uses sleeves any more? All the Parisian editors do it so it must be cool. It might not be the most practical thing in the world (note: wind will send them flying) but who wants to wear a jacket like a 'normal' person? Ew.

If in doubt, wear a leather jacket

This is something I've stuck by for years, and you've probably all noticed judging by the amount of times I've worn a biker jacket on the blog. I don't do it because I actually own any form of motorcycle (my folks would never let me get on one of those) - I do it because it makes me look edgy and cool. Throw a leather jacket over your shoulders and, well, mind = blown.

Show off your ankles

I've never been one to show off my boobs all that often, and sometimes the idea of shaving my legs just to wear a skirt really isn't all that appealing, so if I ever want to show some skin I like to get the ankles out for the ladz. Again, if the Parisian editors do it, why shouldn't you?

Wear red lipstick

Ugh, why do people always look so cool with red lipstick on? I'm trying so hard to work on this at the moment, but as an avid food scoffer I can't help  but get it all over my face and teeth within 0.7 seconds. If you can actually keep the stuff on your lips throughout the day, do it - it instantly makes any outfit look more put-together.

Wear statement sunglasses ALL THE TIME

Okay so maybe all the time is a bit of an overstatement, but man, sunglasses really do make someone look so much cooler. This must be why all the badasses in old Hollywood films did it. I mean, do you really think the sun is shining in ever photo of me wearing sunglasses? Come on guys, I live in England. I do it because it looks way more stylish than those not-so-designer bags I have under my eyes 24/7.

So I guess the secrets out! Woops. Do you have anything to add to this list?

eBay khaki jacket
Bershka off shoulder top
Miss Selfridge denim button up skirt
Ønsker North sandals via FootAsylum