How To… Make Social Media Work For You

This is my first ever “techie” post, so please bear with me and let me know what you think! (Just, please, don’t be too brutal.)

Last weekend I signed up to HootSuite and thought that now would be the perfect opportunity to explain how I make Twitter work for me and for my blog:

I have been on Twitter for about a year now and have always used it as a social media tool for this blog. It is a dilemma that, I believe, many bloggers face, the dilemma of whether or not to open up a personal social media account to your blog readers. So far, I have chosen to use Twitter for my blog and keep Facebook for my personal use*.

However, keeping my Twitter account professional doesn’t mean that it can’t also incorporate a personal twist:

– as I meet more bloggers, more of my followers become friends;

– my blog can be pretty impersonal at times (I’ll be the first to admit that) and Twitter allows me to be a little more frivolous without it encroaching on my blog; and

– it also helps to engage and interact with others if you give your Twitter feed a little bit of the personal touch.

Just last week, I read Christen Rochon of Divas & Dorks‘ post on IFB, Twitter Content, Frequency and all that Jazz… in which Christen writes that she has tried to limit [her] tweet frequency to the following categories, Informational, Epithetical, Resourceful and Basic Banter”.

With this in mind, I decided to give some thought to how I tweet and then to share these thoughts with you:

  • Keep it personal: I like to ensure that some tweets are about my day – what I’ve been doing or where I’ve been – maybe mentioning a company/friend/other blogger.
  • Mentions: I like to engage followers/those I follow – it helps to get a blog noticed and to maintain interaction with other social media users.
  • New blog posts: as a way to promote blog and new posts.
  • Interacting: I endeavour to respond to tweets and to engage in conversation with followers, etc.

Do you use Twitter or Facebook or both to promote your blog and to engage with readers? Do you use a social media platform like HootSuite? If so, which one and why that one? If not, thought about it?

Finally, techie post: hit or miss?

*My Facebook account remains my personal account and, as much as it feels stupid to admit it, there are still friends who do not know that I write this blog.

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Weather To Wear: Cardiff Wed. 20/04/2011

At a recent event in London I met the lovely Kate – the girl behind i am not a celebrity. A couple of week’s ago when reading Kate’s blog, I discovered a new project she’s become involved with, Weather To Wear: London. This new site offers daily outfit suggestions based on the weather forecast in London – such a fabulous idea, I thought! So I decided to have a go at producing my own outfit suggestion for the weather in my home town of Cardiff for tomorrow:

With the sunny weather continuing this week in the Welsh capital, I chose:

A Miss Selfridge playsuit – the perfect piece that takes you straight from work-to-beer garden;

Miss Selfridge sandals;

A straw clutch from Warehouse – don’t know about you but straw bags are completely all I want to carry in the warm weather;

And, of course, the obligatory pair of huge designer sunnies like these by Gucci.

What do you think of the site? And my attempt at a similar post? Hope you’re all enjoying the sunny weather and not too cooped up in an office (like me!).

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Thank You Handpicked Media and Asos and Nivea

When Asos and Nivea decided not to hold the usual London blogger event to launch their competition to celebrate the new Nivea Invisible deodorant and instead invited bloggers to hold their own event at home last night, with the help of a bottle of something lovely:

And some fabulously yummy brownies (with my own addition of some ice cream, naturally):

And, of course, it isn’t a party without party rings, in my humble opinion:

Whilst Asos were kind enough to offer a gift voucher to add a little retail therapy to the evening:

Thank you Handpicked Media for organising the event and Asos and Nivea for providing the goodies that made the evening so fabulous! And a particularly big thank you for allowing those of us not always able to get to London easily to participate too.

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A dress fit for a Princess: Part II

This post is a part of the Royal Wedding series, featuring on here during April.

Anyone tired of the talk of the Royal Wedding yet? I’m not and I’m not sure I ever will be. A wedding is just so exciting and a wedding of a real life Prince to his soon-to-be Princess is just too exciting to tire of, don’t you think?

When researching last week’s post, I discovered the rather fabulous blog, modern vintage bride. This modern vintage bride is to wed in 2011 in London and is charting the planning of her wedding in her blog posts. She had posted the photo below which carries on a theme from my previous post in which I waxed lyrical over Carrie’s vintage wedding suit in the Sex and the City movie:


I love the idea of a shorter, less conventional and obvious wedding dress like this one. (I also happen to love the shoes, particularly the low heel height!) It seems that a shorter-style of dress is what excites me – personally – most. In last week’s post, I also posted this dress which I thought could be a very stylish wedding dress:


I think there is something of a ’60s feel to both of the dresses above and yet there is also something timeless about each of them. Whilst not wishing to go the conventional wedding dress route, I am conscious of having a dress which would date too quickly as I would like my wedding photographs to look classic.

What do you think of these two dresses? Must a wedding dress be floor length?

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WIN a collection of LBDs and LWDs courtesy of ASOS and Nivea!

To celebrate the launch of Nivea’s newest and innovative deodorant, Invisible for Black and White, Nivea has teamed with Asos to create an exclusive capsule collection consisting of two LBDs and two LWDs:

Nivea’s new deodorant is the first anti-perspirant from Nivea that protects both black and white clothes from those yucky deodorant stains that result in your summer tees ending up in the charity-shop bag and you changing your LBD for the third time before a night out!

To coincide with today’s launch Asos have launched a competition to win one of the four dresses. All you have to do is play stylist and team the right dress with the right accessory for the occasion. Here’s how I got on:

Now it’s your turn to go play stylist and try for your chance to win one of these dresses! You have until 31 May to enter the competition and if you do enter, let me know, won’t you?
*LBD = Little Black Dress and LWD = Little White Dress

**This post is sponsored by Nivea Invisible for Black & White
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BARGAIN OF THE DAY: Care Bear Uniqlo Tees

Looking for a bargain to brighten up your Monday? Well, how about one of these adorable Care Bear t-shirts from Uniqlo which launched today?

For only £7.99 they really are a bargain!
Not sure how to wear them? Well, I’ll tell you how I’d style this cute t-shirts up so that you don’t look like you’re about to head out to kindergarten:
Team the top one with a plain chiffon skirt, like this one which is currently on sale at Uniqlo:

Add a skinny belt in a bright colour and some ballet flats and you’re good to go.

For the second tee, go for a modern look for summer and team with a pair of bleached out skinny jeans like these:

And finish off the look with a pair of brightly coloured Converse high tops.

How would you wear your Care Bear tee?
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Monday Morning Pic-Me-Up

This is where I spent a part of my time last week when I was in Scotland: at Loch Ordie in Perthshire.
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