Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A new step: Scriptoeris

I've been hinting at an upcoming project that I've become involved in for a week or so now, and now is the time to share my news with all of you lovely readers. A few years ago, one of my close friends Scarlett Clark launched Scriptoeris - an international lifestyle magazine aimed at empowering females. The brand has been developing gradually and has made a real splash online (retweeted by Kristin Davis aka Charlotte from Sex and the City!) so when Scarlett approached me and asked me to be the head editor of the new Beauty section of the site, I simply couldn't turn it down. So what does this mean for Isobel Rose? Nothing really! I will continue to post every other day on here, but twice a month I will also be posting on Scriptoeris about anything and everything beauty. My first post is set to be released on the 2nd December, but until then I seriously encourage you to go and visit Scriptoeris and see what it's all about. There's posts with advice about travelling, careers, university and fashion, and soon there will be a brand-spanking new Beauty section for you all to check out.

I hope you are all as excited as I am for this new adventure, and I hope you enjoy taking a look at Scriptoeris because it's an incredible resource for ambitious women. 

Isobel x

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Monday, November 24, 2014

My Blogging Process


Blogging is much harder that people may initially think - even as a super organised person (if I do say so myself!) I often have a bit of trouble keeping up with my thoughts. Ideas appear at the most random times, and if you're not prepared to write them down or do something about them at the moment that they strike, they they can disappear just as suddenly as they dropped into your lap in the first place. Basically, what I'm trying to say is that it really pays to be organised if you're serious about blogging. 

I talked about my editorial calendar in a previous post (which you can see here), but that is just one step of my blogging process. The first step for me is this rather snazzy notebook that you can see in the pictures above - this is where I brainstorm ideas, keep track of and plan series on the blog, and write lists about what posts still need to be written or still need a photo. However, if I'm already on the computer I will usually skip the notebook and add it straight into my calendar to save time and space. Then once the idea is out there I head straight for my beloved DSLR camera and get shooting. As a creative type, I've always loved the photography aspect of my blog, so I almost always get my image done and edited before I start writing as I find it helps to keep me inspired throughout the entire process. Basically, the general structure of my blogging process is as follows;


(Notebook) --> Google Calendar --> Photograph --> Write content --> Schedule + publish


Saying that, occasionally an idea will come to me and I will have written it up, come up for an idea for the picture (if I don't have my camera on me) and have it pretty much ready to go within 30 minutes. It honestly can be so random so I just like to go with the flow, but have the above structure to keep me organised when miraculous blog ideas aren't dropping out of the sky.

Do you have any specific blogging process or do you just roll with the punches? Do you think it's important to have an organised system or do you prefer to just make it up as you go along? Tell me your thoughts!
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Charmed

I've always been a fan of charm bracelets - I think they're a lovely way to piece together different memories, and it's amazing when the combined bracelet has been made up of charms from different people because it will always remind you of them. I only have one charm bracelet which is from Thomas Sabo, and I absolutely adore it, so today I thought I'd walk you through what makes up my charm bracelet and what all of the individual pieces mean to me.

The Bracelet (£29.95):
If I recall correctly, this gorgeous black bracelet was given to me for my 17th birthday by my best friend at the time. Thomas Sabo has a wide variety of bracelets to adorn your favourite charms with, but the classic black had always been my favourite by far. 

'Te Quiero' (discontinued, but similar linked):
The 'te quiero' ('I love you' in Spanish) charm was the first part of this ensemble that I actually received - at least two or three years before I had the bracelet itself. My eldest sister Lauren got it for me for Christmas one year, and said that she chose it because she knew how much I loved learning Spanish (and she was right!) I've actually never seen this one anywhere else before, so I'm so glad she got it for me as it really represents a large part of who I am.

The Dog (£50):
This gorgeous little dog was gifted to me by my younger sister, Evie, on my 18th birthday. It means an incredible amount to me because - although I think it's a Scottie dog - it looks incredibly like a miniature Schnauzer. She got this for me because sadly, a week before my birthday our little miniature Schnauzer had passed away, so this is so that I never forget his mischievous little self. 

The Chinese Knot (£19.95):
Last but not least we have the Chinese Knot, which was part of my 21st birthday present from both of my sisters. I have to say that I did have a part in choosing this because they asked me for gift ideas, but the reason I wanted this was to represent the ten years of my life living in Hong Kong, and that although I'm British by birth and blood, part of my heart will always lie in Asia. 

Are you guys big fans of charms? Do you have any meaningful ones? Do share!
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Budget 'Kylie Jenner' Pout

Kylie Jenner's 'miraculous lip development' (... shall we call it?) has really brought around a new hype in the beauty business - the return of the overdrawn lips. Bloggers and makeup artists alike have been searching left and right for the 'perfect' lip liner to do the job - from MAC 'Soar' to the oh-so-gorgeous 'Pillow Talk' by Charlotte Tilbury, but let's face it, 'ain't nobody got time to be spending £15+ to achieve that extra pouty pout - especially when I've stubbled across the perfect drugstore dupe. Enter Rimmel's Exaggerate Lip Liner in 'Eastend Snob', the answer to all of your oversized cravings, and for the incredibly bargain-ous price of £3.99 - less than a quarter of the price of its high-end competitors. You're welcome. 

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Blog Post That Changed Everything

I'll tell you a little secret. Before I read this marvellous post by Gwen over at This Fashion is Mine, my blog organisation started and ended in the 'drafts' and 'scheduled' folders of my Blogger dashboard. I mainly blogged day to day, having one or two post planned ahead of me if I was lucky, because I couldn't really find a way to organise my ideas in one place. That was until Gwen introduced Google Calendar to me - something I'd heard of, but had never really looked into or utilised. Gwen's idea was an extreme one - that with the right tools and approach to things, you could quite easily plan a years worth of blog posts. That's right - a year. It isn't really realistic for any blogger to plan a year in advance as new releases show up, and you have new ideas all the time, but the idea was that it's entirely possible if you know how. As soon as I have an idea, I slot it into my calendar where it sits waiting to be moved/adjusted/developed until it's ready to be published, and really it's as simple as that. Earlier this month I decided to take a screen shot of my calendar (which has now changed quite a bit) just so you can get an idea of how I use it...


Key: Ideas, Started, Completed + Scheduled, Series

What I like about Google Calendar is that I can colour code events, move them around as I please, and I can access it anywhere. In fact, you can even set it up to email you however many days before a post to remind you to have it ready which can be great if you're super busy or a tad scatter-brained. This is only one part of my 'blogging process' (more of which I'll talk about in a week or so...) but it's become an invaluable tool for a busy blogger like me.

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