My blogging tips and tricks

I’m obviously not a professional blogger but I do believe that everyone has something to offer. So here are my best blogging tips! Maybe you’ll get something out of them!

  • Purpose

When starting a blog know what you want from it. If blogging is a way for you to vent and talk about things that interest you, you can be really laid back about it. On the other hand if you are hoping to someday make an income out of it you have to be a lot more focused and consistent.

  • Content  

Your blog’s content must be something you are passionate about. Something you’ll feel proud about once you hit that little update button. Don’t try to write about something that you believe people will like. It won’t work out.

  • Photos

Ok you have the great content. Now what? Most people will NOT click on your post if a photo doesn’t accompany it. We are visual creatures. Always make sure your blog has some great pictures. If you’ll only keep one thing from what I’m saying  this is it! 

  • Socializing 

Even if you are the greatest blogger in the whole universe if people can’t physically see your blog they cannot engage. Make sure your blog is out there. Comment,like and socialize on social media. Don’t forget though to be yourself. See other people as meaningful connections not just as another follower. 

  • Theme

Choose a theme that represents you and is easy to navigate. The technicalities of running a blog are definitely hard but with time things will be sorted out. No one started from the top!

  • Subscribe button 

If people have to search for it they WONT click it. So make sure it has a pretty good spot on the layout of your blog. 

  • Advice

Always listen to others. You might get something from them. When you read a successful blog don’t just look at it. See what they are talking about, how they are saying it and their layout. Everything should be a source of inspiration!

  • Followers 

What I like to do is set a goal of new followers everyday. This should be adjusted to your blog’s needs. Mine right now is ten! Some days I get it and some I don’t but looking at my chart of follower goals helps me stay focused and inspired!


What are your blogging tips? Would you like to see a photo editing post? Let me know in the comments below!

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Ridiculously easy ways to spice up your braids!  

Put a ring on it

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Courtesy of the lovely Shay Mitchell an amazing idea to give your braids something extra. Just put a ring on it! (Or a lot of them!) No one can stop you. You can go crazy with it but I do love the subtle and sophisticated look Shay has opted for. My braids will never be ringless!!

Cuff it


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Hair cuffs are really easy to find and use. They can turn even the most simple ponytail into a put together, unique look. You can even find them embedded on hair elastics. Same amount of effort for a gorgeous look? Yes please!

Braid it!


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No I haven’t gotten crazy… Yet! While braiding your hair you can add a ribbon making them a lot more unique!

Do you have a different way of spicing up your braids? Let me know in the comments below! Which one is your favorite???

Project Empties

I’m not the person to go crazy on the minimalistic lifestyle. I’m really envious of the people who can do that but I’m not one of them. That being said I would love to minimize my possessions and subsequently ways in a reasonable way. What I found the best and easiest ways to start is by using all of my products before I buy new ones. Even if I don’t love them I have challenged myself to use them up before going out and buying new ones. This way not only I save money but it is also an incentive to make smarter choices when buying products. I’ve started with my skincare products and hopefully my makeup. 

Do you have any tips about how to reasonably minimize your belongings? Let me know in the comments below!

Pomegranate Salad 

Especially during holidays pomegranate is something that’s probably laying around your house!! So what better way to make use of it rather than making a salad? This recipe is really easy to make and very good looking… ( Hey new Instagram picture). It’s really sweet and a really great idea for making when having people over. So let’s get started! 

You will need:

For the Salad

  • Green Salad of your choice 
  • Pomegranate seed
  • Feta cheese 
  • Oranges (at least two) 

As far as quantity is concerned the vinaigrette is enough for a huge bowl so decide accordingly.

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For the Vinaigrette (we’re getting specific here so if you want to make less or more make sure the quantity of the ingredients is proportionate)

  • 1/3 cup orange juice 
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar 
  • 1/3 cup olive oil 
  • 1 tablespoon honey 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper 

  
Mix all of it separately and pour as much you need in the salad. You can skip or add ingredients and generally do what you like. But I can guarantee it will look cute af. And it’s healthy. I might be wrong but it’s a win win here. If you try it make sure to send me some pics! 

  

By the way here’s how to cut an orange. I couldn’t do it but whatever. Next time maybe!!! 

   
   

    3 Ways to Practice Self-Care

    Hi, everyone!

    During times when I am stressed, I often push my body and mind to the limit. My focus shifts from self-care to accomplishing tasks. Self-care involves exactly that – taking care of yourself. This is achievable using different methods. I’ve decided to highlight three below:

    1. Treat yourself 

    It is sometimes easy to deprive yourself of the treats you enjoy. During busy university semesters, I am guilty of this. I skimp on those little treats I enjoy – things like Starbucks coffees, manicures, and even sleep. Taking time to indulge in activities you enjoy is one way to care for yourself.

    2. Spend time outside 

    Fresh air does wonders to clear the mind. There’s something about nature that helps you refocus, recharge, and unwind. Spending time outside is a great way to relax and devote a little time to yourself.

    3. Take a break when you need to 

    It’s okay to take a break. It may seem impossible with looming deadlines and papers, but it’s important to recognize when you need a break. Sometimes you may feel physical symptoms, or maybe you just feel like you’re burning out. Stress affects everyone differently. Recognizing when a break is necessary is your cue to care for you.

    How do you practice self-care? Let me know in the comments below! 

     

     

    Eurovision: Bringing us together?

    Since the beginning of Eurovision there have been talks, speculations and rumors about the fairness of the results. They might be true. Or not. But despite all of these Eurovision for me is something amazing. Here are the reasons why:

    1. We get to hear amazing music that we never knew we liked.
    2. Young and old artists, mainstream and unique have the chance to represent a major European country and introduce their work to people.
    3. We get to find out about different cultures and get educated about each country’s traditions.
    4. The fact that the show itself is live means that at this moment of time a whole lot of unique, different and amazing people are watching the EXACT same thing, which is kind of amazing.
    5. As far as my home country is concerned (no 15 😉) Eurovision night is a big deal. People get together, order in and watch the show together. Friends cozying up on couches, pizza places running like crazy and every single person having an opinion on literally everything. It’s not perfect but it’s lovely! 

    So I love Eurovision and I hope it goes on for a long time. Do you watch it? How? Let me know in the comments below!

      Does long distance work?

      My boyfriend will be leaving the country next year for studies. Long distance is something that has come up. Is there anyone who has experienced long distance relationships? What are your thoughts? Advice? It sounds really hard. Please let me know in the comments below!

      The weirdest DIY “photography studio”

      Most normal bloggers have to deal with crappy lighting and mediocre phone cameras. So do I! So people definitely ask me “how do you get semi presentable photos?” Unfortunately if you don’t own photography lights the only other chance for a good shot is natural lighting. So a sunny day is your best ally. But unless you want to look like a crazy person shooting a flat lay in the middle of the street you have to do it inside the house. You will need:

      • A big sunny window
      • A cute (preferably white ) blanket 
      • A big surface 

      Set your blanket as your background on the area that the window is overlooking and use your phone to take the photos. Some editing and the photos are ready to be posted.  If it works it’s not stupid!

        How do you take photos for your blog? Share your advice in the comments below!

        A scent to remember 

        I love the idea of people smelling a particular smell and immediately connecting it to me. With a billion of amazing fragrances in the market you could wear a different one every day for your whole life. It is tempting to say the least. But it’s really amazing to think my friends, my family, my boyfriend are somewhere smelling a girl wearing the same cologne and instantly think about me. I love walking out of a room knowing that whoever walks in next will know I was there. I love when my boyfriend says I miss your smell I know exactly what he talks about. It took me years to find a smell that I loved and suited me, my character and I what I wanted to show the world. And I found it. That smell for me is Dior Addict.

        Dior Addict Eau de Parfum unleashes fresh and captivating top notes that blend Mandarin Leaf with Tunisian Orange Blossom. 

        Intense and vibrant, it reveals a powerful heart of Jasmine Sambac Absolute that blossoms with soft femininity and sensuality. The base unfurls in the deep and exquisite warmth of Bourbon Vanilla. 

        A soft and seductive trail tinged with light. 

        Although it is the perfect smell for me I unfortunately realized that although amazing for the colder months it was to heavy for Greece’s hot summers. So I had to make a compromise. I decided to wear my favorite perfume for as long as it’s cold outside and switch it when the weather starts to get warmer. So I went in search again for the perfect summer scent. I chose Armani Code,  a fresh, sexy, feminine blend of zesty blood orange, ginger, and pear sorbet softened with hints of sambac jasmine, orange blossom, and lavender honey, warmed with precious woods and vanilla.

        There is definitely a theme! Everyone is different some people have a signature scent and some don’t. Either way check these two out. You might fall in love like I did or maybe you’ll have to keep searching a bit longer. Your perfect scent is out there. 

        What is your favorite scent? Let me know in the comments below. Maybe you’ll be the reason I’ll decide to switch things up!!!

        Pampering day

        We all have those days when we feel like everything sucks! When you feel awful and everything that can go wrong does! Our immediate reaction is to stay in bed all day. So here are some better ideas to brighten those days. Ideas to unwind and destress from a tiring day (or month). Don’t forget to pamper yourself!

        • Adult coloring books are in the spotlight! I suggest you invest in one. I don’t know what it is about them but they can definitely clear your head!

          

        • Put on a face mask. It’s beneficial, funny and good selfie material. Shhh…
        • Make a bubble bath and light up some awesome smelling candles. You’ll definitely feel more relaxed. A hot shower can also do the trick!
        • Do your nails. I don’t know what it is about painting my nails but it honestly makes me feel like my life is in order. Sadly it isn’t. A girl can dream! Right?
          • Read a book that you love
          • Binge watch your favorite show. Procrastination at its finest!
          •   Listen to music!

          • Order your favorite take-out. Yeah I ate it all myself. Don’t judge! 
          What do you do when you feel down? Let me know in the comments below!