LOOK BOOK 05: The Little Black Dress

The ‘little black dress’ is such a classic look. This style started in 1926 when Coco Chanel used the colour in fashion. Before this time Black was really only used for mourning a death! All hail Chanel!

Whenever you’re struggling for something to wear, the LBD is always there for you! No matter the season, you can slip one on and feel instantly sassed up and ready to go!

Bought from: ORLATURA £20

I absolutely love this dress, it pulls you in in all the right places and the lace deep-v at the front really adds a special little detail.

This particular garment isn’t on sale any more so It got me thinking about what other types of beautiful LBD I could find on the market right now! Here’s three I picked out:

1: Pretty Little Thing- Ruched Bardot Bodycon

This is so dreamy 😍! Pretty Little thing have also took the time out to let is know this dress is perfect for an hourglass figure. The off the shoulder design really adds that feminine touch and £20 is a bargain!

2: Millie Modelli- Velvet Love Letter Midi – £48

Velvet makes you feel so luxurious! If you’re looking for comfort and style I would definitely go for this little number! The tie straps add something a little different to a classic body on.

3: Newer Than Now -Chloe Dress £38

The nude mesh torso and sleeves on this dress are so delicate compared to the, sharp hemmed cotton. I haven’t seen a dress quite like this before and I think it is gorgeous! The design gives all the style of a strapless dress without having to hoist it back up when it falls down, so top marks for that!

So there we have it!

I hope you enjoyed my top LBD picks today, if you liked the post hit the like button and follow the blog!

You can also find me on Instagram @loleihm

Lots of Love

L

100 followers and how I got them!

Today I woke up to my 100 follower award!

And I feel like throwing a party! I knew blogging would be hard work and take lots of commitment and consistency to get me where I wanted to be, but the reward of an increasing following is coming sooner than I expected, so that’s just great!

Some of you may have thousands of followers, and my number may be but a pinch of salt to you. On the flip side some of you might only have a couple of followers to your name so far and want to know more about how you can hit that 💯! So here are my three top tips for successful blogging!

1: Post consistently

As much as blogging is done for fun, if you’re wanting to build up a good following, you need to give something back! Regular posts will keep your followers interested. If you only blog every couple of weeks, your blog isn’t going to gain any momentum!

Set yourself the task of sitting down and working out how regularly you can write a good blog post. You might find you can write one every Monday, Thursday and Sunday. Or like me, you could blog daily! It just depends on your schedule and how you decide to fit blogging in! I wake up a little earlier than I used to now, so that I can make sure I have a good blog posted before I go to work!

2: TALK TO OTHER BLOGGERS!

I can not say this enough! Your blog is ran by you and you alone. But the blogging world is not a lonely place to live… it is rich with information and people that have the same interests as you, and indeed have something to share. Get out into the blogging community and share your thoughts on others posts, if you like the blog, give it a follow. It is that simple. I have picked up so many tips from my fellow bloggers and I have had fun reaching out to others to share a kind word.

If you’re not reaching out to other people, why should people take an interest in what you’re saying? We can all grow together, imagine how good it would feel if you rose to success along with the people who stuck with you from the beginning? HELL YEAH!

3: Make use of the tags!

This is a pretty simple one, when you’ve finally got to the end of your blog post, make sure you tag the topics your blog covers! If you write about fashion, tag fashion. This way people who are interested in he same subjects as you will see your posts! It’s no good blogging into thin air, you will find it a lot harder to gain readers this way! You can add up to 15 tags per post so USE THEM!

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As a final note I would just like to thank every single one of my followers! You’re awesome, and a special thanks to those of you that take the time out to read my posts and share your likes and thoughts! It means the world to me, and to say thank you I will be doing a 200 follower giveaway so keep your eyes peeled for that because I’m going to be choosing some great beauty related prizes!

If you would like me and maybe a few others to visit your blog then comment your link below and I will be sure to stop by!

If you enjoyed this post and want to see more then do hit that follow button! If Instagram is your thing you can find me at @loleihm

Lots of Love

L

Why being ginger rocks!

It is pretty plain to see I have ginger flowing locks. Admittedly my natural hair colour is a lot darker than the shade I’m currently rocking, but I just love having ginger hair!

*Insert sleazy Snapchat filter above*

Some people are repulsed by the colour and go to lengths to make it apparent. I’m lucky I don’t tend to care about what people think, as throughout my life I’ve had comments like

Do you think gingers will become extinct one day because no one wants a ginger baby’

‘I could see you from a mile away with that orange head’

Apparently gingers have no souls – this one I actually find pretty funny ! And apparently I’m ‘attractive for a ginger’ a comment my husband particularly dislikes as in his words I’m attractive for ANY woman!

Why is it that people feel the need to mock ginger hair? And why is it that ginger people have been excluded from the emoji community? 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏿‍♀️ I am left with this emoji to call my own: 🦁

I’m pretty thick skinned so I’m not writing this post for my benefit. I’m not too fussed whether people like my hair colour or not, because I sure as hell do! I’m writing this post for the people who don’t have that confidence, the people who have been downtrodden by constant comments and now hate their ginger hair so much that they have put colourant over the top of it because they feel that they couldn’t possibly be beautiful without it.

It just isn’t true!

If you have ginger hair, you rock! Here are some cool facts to prove it…

  • Red heads are more likely to be left handed.
  • Red Heads are more sensitive to pain- yet tolerate it better.
  • Men with red hair are 54% less likely to develop prostate cancer.
  • Less than 2% of the worlds population have red hair.
  • Red Heads can produce their own vitamin D

Now if that doesn’t make you feel pretty cool then I don’t know what will! I happen to think that being a little bit different is awesome, and generally now I’m an adult I have receive lots of lovely comments on my hair colour.

If you do find yourself in a situation where your ginger hair is being mocked, just let that ‘no soul’ attitude shine through and they will get bored in no time!

I would love to hear some of your comments on this subject, so drop a comment below!

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you did, make sure to hit that follow button and show some love on my Instagram page: @loleihm

Lots of Love

L

The Psychology of red lipstick 💋!

Red lipstick is a statement. We all know that. We tend to save this shade for a night out or date night so what is it about this shade that women love?

First of all, studies conducted by Psychology Today have found that both men and women find the opposite sex to be more attractive when they are wearing red or even standing against a red background. Red is seen as daring and sexy. So wearing this lip colour boosts the confidence of females because they instantly feel more attractive and assertive.

Some women say that this colour helps them to re-assert their femininity on days when they aren’t feeling their best. Others say it’s just plain HOT!

Red is well known as the colour of love, a red rose is signified as the ultimate valentines gift. So if you’re headed out this valentines make sure you put your red lipstick to good use!

I, myself don’t tend to wear a lot of red lipstick. I tend to go for more plums and nudes. With this blog post in mind today I went with the red theme and It did actually make me feel amazing and indeed confident!

What is your go to shade?

Do you think red is more attractive than other colours?

Let me know in the comments below! And if you enjoyed reading this post give me a follow!

Instagram: loleihm

What do you think of the new blog name!

I have stepped it up a gear with my blog profile and decided to give it a name/domain that better suits the topics I cover! I made a new banner to go with it that I’m really happy with also!

What do you think? I would love to hear your feedback!

I absolutely love fashion and beauty, but without lifestyle and psychology this blog wouldn’t be ‘me’ I will be sharing more family, fitness and psychology posts in the coming months along with my regular fashion and makeup updates! I hope that you will all enjoy these topics as much as I do!

3 Ways to stay motivated with blogging!

Hey there people!

For a few weeks now I have been focusing on things that make me happy in life. While doing this I realised that I would like to pursue my dream of being a blogger/instagram influencer.

I am on a roll with consistently blogging and producing content at a good rate on my Instagram page (@loleihm), so I wanted to share some of the things that help me to stay on the ball!

1: If you’re feeling de-motivated, have a shower.

If you wake up and immediately feel like you just want to laze around all day doing nothing but eating snacks and binge watching Netflix, have a shower! Wash your hair, pamper yourself and have a think about your blog topic for today… when you’re done, get dressed! When you do these things, you will feel fresh and ready to have a productive day! When I feel fresh and ready I get a lot more done. When I stay in my pyjamas all day it seems that I stay in sleep mode for the entirety of it, and if you have a busy schedule, every bit of free time counts!

2: Take advantage when you’re being productive!

If you are on a roll one morning and you’ve done your makeup, and you’ve picked your outfit of the day to blog about for example, don’t stop there! Take photos of your outfit, then change it, is there another style you want to blog about in the near future? Put it on and get the evidence so that when you have a busy day, you have your content ready to go! If you did your makeup, what products did you use? Is there a product you’d like to review? If so, get the evidence! This means that you already have multiple things to blog about from one morning and you have all the photographs to prove it. Then if you do have a pyjama day, you can still type away on your phone and get that blog posted!

3: Remember the reasons why you started!

When you’re feeling down In the dumps and you’re not getting the followers or readership you wanted, at the rate you expected, DO NOT QUIT! Remember the reasons why you started and focus on those! Make a list of reasons why you love blogging and remember that if you are consistent and pour genuine passion into your blog topic you will slowly build up a following of like minded people!

So! Give it a go and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Is it weird to wear your wedding dress twice?

My wedding day was absolutely amazing! It was beautiful and romantic, and I got to see lots of people of whom I don’t get to see all that much in my day to day life! That meant that I really wanted to soak up the good conversations and time spent enjoying the day, caring a little less about what the cake looked like and more about soaking up the love that surrounded me.

I had planned to wear my wedding dress until I went to bed, however I had only ever tried it on standing up and I realised at our wedding breakfast that I couldn’t actually sit down! I could get most of the way down but there was one last inch before I could comfortably sit on the chair haha! Apparently I chose fashion over common sense, but I lasted until 8PM (after the first dance) before I dashed off to change.

We got some absolutely beautiful photographs, thanks to the father of the groom (who was also our photographer) and we didn’t spend that much time taking them either!

So why wear the dress again?

I realised after I got all of the photos back, there was just one missing. It was a photograph of the back of my dress. Which I must admit I really did love. It may seem silly but I felt really quite sad that I wore such a beautiful dress, and would only have one half of it documented. I hadn’t thought to ask at the time and I really kicked myself for it.

I tried to think of possible ways of wearing it again without looking ‘crazy’ or like I wanted to keep reminding everyone of my recent trip down wifey lane. I kept telling myself off for being bothered about something so trivial. Then something happened…

It snowed!

The most snow I have seen in years in the West Midlands. I gazed out of the window for hours and I realised… This is the perfect day to get the photograph that’s missing! Again my mind flooded with, what if I look weird or crazy? What if people think I’m going to try and re-live the wedding day again for the rest of my life?!!!

Then I actually thought about it.

Why on earth should I feel bad about wearing MY wedding dress again? Why should anyone else’s opinion matter? And really, why would they care if I fancy prancing around in my wedding dress in the snow? That dress cost a hell of a lot, and if I want to get my moneys worth then I’m sure that’s my business! Am I right?!… I am so glad I did it!

I LOVE the photos! Thanks Mr Hemming-Marsh! I am so pleased that I broke through that familiar restriction of ‘what will people think’. I’ve decided that from now on if I’m worried about doing something that isn’t hurting anyone and is morally acceptable, I’m just going to go for it!

I would advise anyone reading to do the same! ✌🏻