Cyran

Cyran is the founder and editor-in-chief of Corporate Style Story. She loves good pyjamas, good food and good company.

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The Best Coffee Table Books Every Guy Should Own

The Best Coffee Table Books Every Guy Should Own

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The stuff on your coffee table says a lot about you and your coffee table books are a huge part of that. I see them more as decorative pieces that lets guests to your home learn about what kind of person you are with a quick glance at the titles.

Coffee table books are as decorative as they are practical and make great gifts. Ideally, coffee table books should be hardback, with large titles, great photography and be stacked from big to small and piled 3 – 5 books high.

Rules for curating the best coffee table books, guys:

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7 Things to AVOID Buying on Black Friday

7 Things to AVOID Buying on Black Friday

I have been shopping Black Friday since before it arrived in the UK back in 2009 and has been going since the 1940s in the US. Amazon introduced us to Black Friday deals back in 2010 and since then the UK market has been gathering momentum offering us deals on so many things that it’s hard to resist.

 

I have been shopping Black Friday since one of my best friends, who runs The Candy Company, told me that she was flying to New York for the weekend to shop Black Friday sales. I soon copied her by flying the following year myself and the rest is history.

 

However, in an age where consumerism is considered to be getting somewhat out of hand (have you watched the Stacey Dooley documentary?!) and the more responsible among us is society making a real push for sustainability in both fashion and retail and food industries, I have compiled a list of things that you should AVOID buying on Black Friday, so that:

  1. You hopefully make more responsible buying decisions.

  2. You don’t get sucked in to the hype of Black Friday and just panic buy things because they are on sale.

  3. You know the best times that you should buy the things you want so that you get the best deal.

 

7 Things to Avoid Buying on Black Friday:

 

avoid-buying-bloack-friday-sales-corporate-style-story1. Furniture

New style furniture is typically released in January and February as people redo their homes in the New Year with renewed enthusiasm (we all have bucketloads of enthusiasm in January, right?!). So it’s advisable to wait until then. Typically in the UK, Boxing Day sales were the time to buy furniture as furniture shops were the only stores open (remember that?!) However, you will still be buying old stock even if you buy on Boxing Day.

If you want to shop new trends and new pieces and hopefully keep that furniture for longer, then you’re advised to wait until January and February when new style are released and you can be one of the first with it for a great price.

Suggested buys on Black Friday with great deals, home furnishings:

 


 

2. Fitness Equipment

I mean. Fitness Equipment on Black Friday. Whilst of course there are more enticing things to spend your money on during Black Friday, I can totally see the appeal. Not wanting to subscribe to the cliche that is ‘getting fit in January’, you may be encouraged to get a head start or even buy something as a gift for Christmas, but again, January is the time to buy fitness equipment for obvious reasons. Sales of workout gear and fitness equipment and fitness DVDs increases exponentially, you’ll only need to look out for advertising and online content immediately after Christmas to get the idea.

The best deals are to be had in January for fitness equipment, unless of course you’re buying it as a Christmas gift for the health conscious person in your life!

 

3. Christmas Decorations

This goes without saying. I know plenty of people who buy Christmas decorations after Christmas because they go on massive sale. It’s the best time to buy decorations of course. So it’s best to wait until then. However, if you need Christmas decorations then you can find some good deals on Black Friday, the deals just won’t be as good as after Christmas.

 

4. Children’s Toys

Yes you will get good deals, but the best time to wait for children’s toys is the first couple of weeks in December. Also remember that toy retailers deliberately do not release enough stock of popular toys in the run up to Christmas so that they create a shortage and delay some of their sales for January. So if you’re after a cult-toy this Christmas then go for it on Black Friday.

If you’d rather not have a disappointed child instead of saving money, then throw caution to the wind and just buy it now. But if you’re after the best deal, do wait if you can. Also children will get so many things, that you can include a note from Santa to say that the toy its on its way and get it in January. 

 

5. Winter Clothes

Some people probably can’t believe I’m saying this as a fashion blogger, but I would suggest you avoid buying Winter clothes on Black Friday. Yes, there are great deals to be had on clothes, and if you are going to shop the Black Friday sales I’d suggest that you buy Christmas outfits and sparkly party outfits and things you’ve wanted for a while that are on sale on Black Friday.

If you’re just looking for something that takes your eye, then you’re advised to wait until January when the real sales start on clothes. Retailers will get their new clothing collections in in February (yes, Spring/Summer ’19 will start in February. Ugh!) so they will be getting rid of everything Autumn/Winter in January. So wait if you can. But get good deals on party dresses and investment pieces for your wardrobe on Black Friday.

 

6. Jewellery

The jury is out on this one. The reason why experts advise avoiding Jewellery on Black Friday is that typically deals on jewellery deals have usually be reserved for Valentines Day (of course) and Mothers Day (yessssssssss!). However, more and more jewellery brands are giving us Black Friday discounts, so I don’t think you necessarily need to avoid spending on jewellery on Black Friday if there isn’t a more appropriate gift for someone, or yourself of course!

 

 

 

7. Beauty

The best deals to be had on beauty is on gift boxes. Hands down. Usually Black Friday deals exclude gift sets. That being said if you can find Black Friday deals that allow you to spend on beauty then you’re good to spend. Another great deal is if you can find a ‘gift card with purchase’ deal which means you can buy gifts on Black Friday and treat yourself in the January Sales. Stick to gift sets and you’re golden.

 


 

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These are REALLY the Best Beauty Advent Calendars for 2018

These are REALLY the Best Beauty Advent Calendars for 2018

I personally think that anytime past mid-November is holiday season. I know some stores have had Christmas decorations up since July (no names, Selfridges naughty!) and if you’re in the fashion or press industry then you will know that “Christms in July” is a real thing but for those among us who didn’t have to explain the Christmas tree to a child in the middle of Summer and doesn’t work in fashion, I think mid-November is the time when you have to start getting yourself into gear for the holidays.

So this is my list of all the beauty advent calendars that I have come across and that are available to buy now, I will add others as they are made available. One thing I will say is that they sell out very quickly so have to be quick. They’re usually such great value that you really can get such great products quite economically, plus when the children are all eating chocolate before 9am with theirs, you have a gorgeous new product to add to your bathroom shelfie.

I’ve also noticed that this year there are more “12 day countdown” advent calendars which look amazing. They are cheaper than the usual 25 day beauty advent calendars and still allow you to get involved in the festivities, so take a look at those too. 

On the pricing, some of the calendars included are in excess of £300 (we’re looking a you Diptique and Fortnums) whilst there are others that are £45, and some of the 12 days calendars are around £25 so take a look and see what works for you and your budget.

Some tips for choosing your beauty advent calendar:

  • Take a look at the products included in the advent calendar, don’t just buy the brand you know.
  • Are any full-sized products included? These make for the best value for money.
  • Look at the product value vs the cost of the beauty advent calendar.

Space NK Beauty Advent CalendarSpace NK, The Space NK Advent Calendar  (£250)

 

ASOS Face and Body Beauty Advent Calendar

ASOS Face and Body Beauty Advent Calendar (£55.00)

Also check out the ASOS 12 Day Countdown Calendar (£25.00)

 

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Maybelline Christmas Advent Calendar, £33.50 (Amazon) or £49.99 (ASOS)

 

Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar

Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar, £40.00

The 2018 Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar contains a mix of 24 products from some of our most-loved beauty brands such as Elemis, Pai, Percy and Reid and Real techniques. Includes lots of full-sized products as well! One our favourites.

 

Marks and Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar (£35)

You can only get your hands on M&S’s advent calendar when you spend £35 or more on clothing, home or beauty in store. This was my advent calendar of choice last year, fantastic value for money, same goes for this year, check your stores availability online.

 

MAC Shiny Pretty Things Advent Calendar (£125)

This is the first year of MAC’s beauty advent calendar, so we’re very excited. From perfect skin prep to dressed-up lips and statement smoky eyes, get ready to indulge in our treasure trove of shiny pretty things.

 

Beauty Expert, 12 days of Christmas (£100)

A 12-day calendar of full sized hand wrapped products, uncover a selection of classic products and new beauty must-haves, ranging from skincare and bodycare to makeup. Brands include Molton Brown, Elemis and Illamasqua.

 

Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar (£250)

At the more expensive end of the beauty advent calendars out there this year, but the Huda Beauty, NARS and Acqua di Parma goodies inside Harrods‘ beauty box are worth £680.

 

NYX Advent Calendar 2018

 

NYX, Beauty Advent Calendar (£50) from ASOS

A limited edition collection of NYX products that include the soft matte lip cream and butter gloss, as well as eyeshadows, highlighters, powders and blush. Available at Boots and Inside you’ll find fan-fave formulas in 24 new shades, a limited edition collection of NYX products that include the soft matte lip cream and butter gloss, as well as velvety eyeshadows, highlighters, powders and blush, available at ASOS and Boots.

 

Sleek Advent Calendar 2018 - The LDN Diaries

Sleek Make-up, Can’t Wait Another Day Advent Calendar, £35.00

This one is worth it including full sized products from favourite Sleek Make-up, great value at £35.

 

 

 

Decleor, Glow Advent Calendar, £78.00 (Amazon)

Decleor reminds me of leisurely spa days pure pampering, this calendar has been going for some time and each year the calendar is filled with customer favourites all of which are under 100ml so they’re perfect for travelling with.

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7 Apps I Can’t Live Without

7 Apps I Can’t Live Without

7 Apps I can’t Live Without 

I’ll admit, I’m that person that often offers up weird and wonderful software and apps to colleagues and friends that I’ve heard of if they’re asking. As far as I’m concerned, more often than not there will be technology that can help us manage day-to-day life better if we just know what’s out there and try it.

As I work in the technology industry, I really enjoy checking out new software to see how I can improve what I’m doing, be more organised or more creative, so here is a list of the apps I can’t live without and those which I use on pretty much a daily basis. Some you’ll have heard of an others you may not have. Enjoy!

P.S. I haven’t included social media apps, because that’s just a given! 

 

7 Apps I Can’t Live Without

1. EVERNOTE

As the saying goes, “an elephant never forgets” and Evernote is top of the list of 7 apps that I can’t live without. Think of this app as your external brain. I’m a huge list-making fan so I really like how customisable the list-making  functionality is in this app, although it’s not solely used for making lists.

You can copy and paste parts of websites to go alongside your text, add photos, squiggle in a list or project – anything you want to make your notes come to life for you.

I have the Evernote app on my phone, I use the web version on my Mac and I have the Evernote shortcut on my bookmark bar and they are all synced which I love. I use Evernote throughout the day, its the default app I use to take notes on anything, I love how customisable it is without being our complicated. My external brain indeed.

2. AUDIBLE

I started binge-listening to audio content about 5 years ago now, which rather unsurprisingly corresponds with when Poppy was born. Like most mothers, being a new mum means that:

i. its like you don’t have any spare hands available to hold a book and to hold your baby and,

ii. plus, as a new mum who has the time to sit down and read?!

But being a new mum didn’t mean that I stopped reading, I have been avid reader my entire life and since having Poppy, it just meant that I needed to find a different way to consume books. Audible is it.

Nowadays, I usually read about 20 books a year and the majority of them are non-fiction – you can take a look at my top 10 books here: Books I Love

Audible is my favourite way of consuming books that otherwise you wouldn’t have time to read. I listen whilst on the tube, driving, cooking dinner, tidying up and when exercising. Audible works with Alexa too so you can play through the Echo devices too – which is GREAT – “Alexa, play my book on Audible”, and it will pick up where you left off on your phone, I love it.

Audiobooks are a brilliant way to use otherwise ‘dead’ time and everyone from Tim Ferris to Holly Willoughby use Audible. If you’ve haven’t tried it yet, you can choose a book of your choice for free, below and the membership options start from £7.99 per month. I get the 2 books per month plan (which is £14.99) and you can roll over any unused credits.

 

3. EXPENSIFY

Who really likes having a purse full of receipts?? I definitely do not. It doesn’t help that I can’t ever find the receipt I need because there are usually so many to keep track of, and if you don’t have a system you’re bound to lose them if they’re just scrunched up at the bottom of your bag.

Expensify means that I can take a photo of the receipt and store it in the app so that I can attach it to an email and send it to whomever needs a copy of it – the finance department, my accountant, or even HMRC (hopefully not!). You can also create reports and the Expensify app also has other expense management tools. The basic plan is free and does exactly what I need it to and I’m confident that my documents are all stored in it safely, but to be on the safe side, I download the PDF each month with the information and send it to my accountant. Its clearly another app I can’t live without.

4. SPRIZLET

Spritzlet is a speed reading app that helps you to ‘spritz’ the internet. This is how I read long-form blog posts, usually think pieces without many photos – Sprizlet really will change how you consume information online, especially is you read a lot of blogs or long-form content on the screen.

Download Spritzlet to your bookmarks bar and when you go to an article or a piece of content you want to read, click the Spritzlet app. The Spritz widget will pop up with the full text and you can read it however fast you choose, between 250 – 1000wpm. The red letter is intended to help your brain to actually ‘comprehend’ what its reading instead of just consuming individual words. I’m not sure of the science, but it works.

Apps.I Can't Live Without Spritzlet

5. TOGGL

Time recording. Possibly the bane of most lawyers’ lives or anyone else that works on a time-basis for that matter. I haven’t had to record my time for a long time, and in all honesty recording time was one of the many reasons I moved away from working in private practice so early on in my career. However, now as a freelancer I think its good-practice to understand where the bulk of my time is spent and to record my time for my clients’ peace of mind.

An unexpected benefit of using Toggl is that, funnily enough it makes me more productive. I’m aware of the clock and what I do and don’t want to charge my clients for. I want to spend my time doing valuable work and toggle makes me more aware of that. 

Toggl has free and paid-for options, I currently use the free version which works well enough for me and it’s  definitely one of the apps I can’t live without.

6. WAZE

Now when I tell you that an app has got me out of more situations than I care to remember, it’s Waze. I hate traffic, can’t stand traffic and would rather drive around the ‘back-doubles’ than sit in traffic.

Was works by tracking other drivers’ journeys once they’re logged into the app and presents to you a journey planner that takes into consideration what is happening on the road, including how fast other road users are travelling and therefore detecting traffic, if there has been an accident etc – its fabulous. Users can also report what is happening on the roads, such as car accidents, road works,  even police sightings and speed cameras. It’s the Facebook of sat-nav! Super easy to use too and you can store home, work and favourite journeys. 

7. UBER

Last but by no means least, love it or hate it the last app on this list has got to be Uber. Uber is available across Europe and of course the US. It has got me to the airport on time when other transfers have let me down. Uber has got me across the City when there are no black cabs to be found and its pouring down with rain or my shoes are killing me (come on we’ve all been there, right?!) and Uber has got me safely home after a rather late night out on the town with friends.

It even helped us on the school run when the car had a flat tyre one morning. Poppy now considers Uber a normal method of transport – “I think that’s our Uber Mama”, *points to random Prius in the road*. She does make me laugh.

Knowing how much your journey is going to cost you before you get in your cab is a bonus, as is sharing your ETA and location with someone you know if you’re travelling on your own. I haven’t used the ‘Uber Pool’ feature and I’m not sure if I would. 

Find out how to share your location in an Uber here.

It’s not without its issues sometimes, but in terms of contingency planning and for ease of not needing to travel with cash or even a card – Uber is perfect, it’s definitely an app I can’t live without. Even if you prefer getting a black cab, public transport, for contingency purposes Uber is a must-have app on your phone. It also helps that I can use it in most countries when I travel too, oh and lots of Uber drivers use Waze – win:win.

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5 Reasons Why I Blog and Why You Should Too

5 Reasons Why I Blog and Why You Should Too

5 Reasons Why I Blog

Before I started CorporateStyleStory.com I had some variation of this conversation with myself a number of times…

There are so many fashion bloggers out there, who wants to see another one? If I can even call myself a fashion blogger….

Why am I going so niche, who really cares about what they wear to work? 

Ok, say there are a handful of people that do care about work wear, they are probably already following the super established work wear bloggers, why would they follow me?

I’m not a writer, my blog posts will be awful.

Ok… so imagine a handful of people read my blog, what if they don’t like what I have to say?

Do I really want to put pictures of myself on the INTERNET?!

I don’t know how to ‘do’ social media…

I have a demanding job, a young child and a husband, do I have time to blog?

Ok…. let’s say I put some photos out there, I manage to find some people who care about what they wear to work, they decide to follow me and read the blog; I enjoy writing and I’m happy with my style; I create content people may actually like….after all of that – blogging is really hard work, will I just throw the towel in after a while? Which probably means that I shouldn’t even start….

Since I started CorporateStyleStory.com back in 2016, it’s certainly been a roller coaster of a journey; I’ve learned so much, I’ve created content people really loved, I’ve met so many amazing people and had some great experiences but it hasn’t been without it’s challenges, times when I’ve struggled to motivate myself and steep learning curves.
Lot’s of people have asked me what made me start my blog – Is it my hobby? Is it for professional reasons? Is it just for fun that has now turned into something?  Do you want to be a “full-time blogger” and quit law?
The answer is probably ‘I don’t know’ to all of these, because I didn’t exactly know what I wanted to be when I started it, I just knew I’d enjoy it…
Cyran Field-Bampton editor in chief of Corporate Style Story

So Why Start a Blog, Cyran?

To rewind slightly, the brief history is that I started my first blog when Poppy was a year old, it was 2014 and I’d returned to work full time, so I couldn’t attend baby groups and NCT coffee mornings like I used to (and I really loved my maternity leave, Poppy and I got up to so much). I loved that time besides being a new mum, to chat to other mums, socialise, share experiences and feel like a normal person. When I returned to work, I knew I wanted to do something that was “all mine” besides work and toddler schedules and household stuff.
I’ll call that first blog a “parenting” blog, but I really didn’t feel inspired to create ‘parenting’ content, I didn’t feel comfortable posting content of Poppy back then and I didn’t want to share her milestones. I was juggling work and motherhood and to write about it back then was too much.
I was more interested in connecting with other mums in the evenings and unwinding a bit. It worked, I made lots of online mummy friends whom I still speak to today and they are now successful bloggers because they kept going. They are social media aficionados that I can ask questions of, brilliant writers and business women. They support me and I support them, nearly 4 years later and having not met IRL (yet).
Being a “mummy blogger” at that time kept me sane when motherhood was making me feel isolated – I’d moved from South London to North of the river (which is almost like moving to a different place entirely) and my South London friends were obviously no longer local. Blogging, catching up with other mums during Twitter chats and reading their posts, commenting plus adjusting to life as a working mother came together for me because I had an online community I could tap into whenever I needed to. 

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Why Having a Child was the Best thing For my Career

I also realised at that time that blogging about being a mother really wasn’t something I wanted to do in my spare time. So I stopped. I focussed on my career. I always knew I’d return though.

What did I want?

Fast forward to 2016 and I’d reached where I wanted to career-wise, I’d worked hard, I’d advised the business through lots of change and big strategic deals, I’d learned lots, I’d been recognised for doing a good job and I’d been promoted. 
At the same time, I’d decided that I wanted to help the next generation of young professionals coming through the ranks and to pay it forward the way the more seasoned lawyers I’d looked up to as a student had with me.
I knew I didn’t really want to talk to students about the academic stuff – there were much better placed lawyers to help them with that – I wanted to help them with the soft-skills; the stuff nobody openly talked about, but was still an incredibly important component of success. If I was going to give up my (very limited time) I time wanted it to be enjoyable for all involved and not too serious if I could help it.
I also want to share my passion for dressing well for work or business with other women regardless of where they were in their careers or which career they had chosen. So I set myself some new goals.

What is a Work Wear Blogger, anyway?

I’d struggled to find “work wear” bloggers when I was returning to work after having Poppy – judging by the fact that fashion bloggers at that time only dressed in outfits that were appropriate for the weekend, suggested to me that their audience and readers were clearly more concerned with how they looked when work was over.
Nevertheless, I thought that there MUST be other women who, like me, wanted outfit inspiration on how to dress for work and a place where the dos and don’ts were collated and so I decided I would start a fashion and lifestyle blog about, well, how to dress for work and the corporate world. CorporateStyleStory.com was born in late Summer of 2016.

3 things I now know about starting a fashion blog:

1. You need GOOD photos (that neither me nor Hubs knew how to take).

2. Presuming your fashion blog features you (as opposed to other people), you’ll need to put those photos online – ON THE INTERNET. FOR ALL TO SEE. (Scaryyyyy.)

3. People may or may not like those photos and yet THOSE PHOTOS WILL DETERMINE YOUR BLOGS’ SUCCESS. (Even scarier.)

 

So anyway, with all of these scary, self-imposed obstacles, I have managed to build and start my blog, grow my readership to tens of thousands of people, gain a social media following of about 20k, work with some great brands, meet amazing people and also be a Finalist in the Brilliance in Blogging Awards by Britmums twice in two years. I have continued to work full time and spend quality time with my family. 

So if that wasn’t enough, here are the 5 reasons why I blog:

The 5 Reasons Why I Blog

Reason Why I Blog #1
To Share What I’ve Learned and to Learn from Others
I Google everything pretty much. When we search for something on Google, the search results that come up have been created on a blog or website. Google decides how high up in the search results that post comes up based on a number of things.
If nobody had blogs or created content, how would we all get the answers to those very important-but-oh-so-very-random questions? The internet is designed to encourage us all to create content and to share it. That is what the World Wide Web is made up of – other peoples’ content. 
I want to share my personal style and curated work wear pieces with as many people as possible, the idea is to make women’s lives easier – not sure what to wear to work? Have a look at my Instagram feed, get some ideas put your outfits together – done. Read a blog post and shop what’s on there. I’m creating content that I wanted but couldn’t find. This is why I share and support other bloggers in my niche. We’re all trying to do the same thing hopefully, so why not?
Reason Why I Blog # 2
For Creativity
There are many reasons why people have hobbies outside of work or education, they want some RnR, they want to get fit, they want to exercise creativity. I blog because secretly I’ve always wanted to be a “creative”, I toyed with the idea of going into fashion before deciding on law. In all honesty, it was an easier career choice to explain to my family and I know lots of people will understand that.
I decided to go into one of the traditional “professions” when I embarked on my career and my university choices. At that time, choosing to be a doctor, banker or lawyer; these were all reputable careers and what most of my peers at university now do as their day job. I am proud to be a lawyer. Although when I blog, I feel like I use a totally different part of my brain than when I am working day-to-day for my clients on legal matters. 
I didn’t know the fashion world at all and my academic studies had been preparing me for an academic career so that’s the direction I naturally went in. I didn’t have a burning passion for fashion, I had a healthy interest in it which wasn’t enough for me to go to art school. I don’t regret my decision, I love my job and I’m good at it. Now I get to do both.
My blog is a representation of what I want to write about, what my readers have asked for and is related to me and what I want to say. However, the skills required to blog are insane, whether thats to get a post in front of one thousand people, or to even get a particular post to come up on the first three pages of Google -it’s an incredible amount of time and effort and knowledge. There is a science to it and it’s an entire career path in and of itself.
But I try to do everything required for my blog because I enjoy it. I like SEO, I like taking photos, I like visualising what the content should look like when its finished and its a creative release for me. I talk to my readers and followers about what content they want to see and then I get creative about how the content will capture their attention. It’s fun.
Cyran Field-Bampton editor in chief of Corporate Style Story

Reason Why I blog # 3

To Have Great Conversations

When people say that social media is ‘toxic’ or that it creates the ‘comparison trap’, I have to say that that hasn’t been my experience, but then I didn’t grow up with social media. I hadn’t used social media for personal use much before I started my blog; I didn’t even have a Facebook account!
I do understand however, that with the explosion of social media influencers online and their perfectly curated feeds the impact (whether positive or negative) that this has on our own lives. For me, any negativity I’ve heard about is outweighed by the amazing people I have met online and subsequently in real life.
They are real people, with real lives and challenges and when you make a connection with people they do tend to share that. Finding people that support you and cheer you on when they haven’t met you is incredible. That’s when there is an opportunity to help each other and learn from each other and make genuine relationships that transcend the ‘toxic’ social media.
View Social Media through Rose Tinted Spectacles
I see Instagram especially as a ‘business card’ – a show reel – people whip it out and hope you’re impressed. the numbers, the images, the aesthetics. People are deliberately sharing what looks good to get our attention so that we can appreciate those things and hopefully enjoy them. Behind those pretty images are usually real stories that motivate or resonate with us. Even if they are superficial with no real depth, I can appreciate the time taken to put the outfit on, do the make-up and strike a pose. I like the effort.
I’ve been fortunate enough to make real friendships on social media. I met Mel, from www.polished-professionals.com and since then we’ve met in London a few times, created a chart-topping podcast together and she has given me such amazing career advice that I don’t know where I’d be without her. We met on Instagram.
The bottom line is that I don’t compare my actual life to any bloggers’ on Instagram because it is indeed the show reel. It’s like any shiny thing in the window. Do not think it’s real life and instead connect with the person in the image or video and see how much you have in common. Use social media to be sociable!

Reason Why I Blog # 4

To Learn New Skills and Build New Habits
I majorly underestimated the technical, strategic and organisational skills required in order to create a blog that people want to read and to grow it. I knew from that first blog that it wasn’t as easy as just writing on a page and hoping that people stumble across it, love it and share it with all of their friends.
I think I have read at least 6 books about blogging in the last 2 years and listened to countless podcasts and read lots of online content to understand the blogging world. And that’s just about blogging. That doesn’t include learning how to understand (simple) code, how to use a DSLR (still learning , how to edit photos, how to record and edit a podcast and video content and even how to use the 4 social media platforms I use regularly.
The learning curve has been steep and there is so much more I want to learn. Social media changes regularly as do trends in blogging and how search engines work – but it’s all a process so I make sure that I continue learning so that I can adapt to the changes. I do this because I enjoy it. This is a huge undertaking if you aren’t blogging because you love it.
Reason Why I Blog # 5
To Challenge Myself
I remember seeing the ‘big’ bloggers back when I started my first blog and hearing about The BiBs and I was soooo impressed by their blogs that I followed them and asked them for advice. I wanted to win a Brilliance in Blogging Award one day.
This year is the second consecutive year of being a Finalist in the BiB Awards and I am blown away. I’d love to win this year. Since I started working after becoming a mother, I wanted to highlight the niche that really represented me; a professional woman who is serious about her career and who really takes pride in her appearance and enjoys perfecting her corporate style. A woman that, of her own volition, has returned to the workplace after having children. A woman that still wants to climb the corporate ladder and be successful in business and be a good mother. I’d like to think that I’m sharing work wear style alongside my journey as a working mother and hopefully I’m doing it justice.
Thank you all…
So many of you have said that you’ve voted for me and wished me luck and I am so grateful for your support. I often feel like I have thousands friends that share the LOLs and the stress and challenges when I post what is going in my life online. Friends that respond to my Instagram Stories and who participate in polls (even if you guys are undecided on kitten heels haha!) Friends that respond to my random musings on Twitter and send me emails asking questions and say how much you enjoy my blog. I’m beyond flattered that you seek my opinion.
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To conclude….
I’m grateful for the opportunities, lessons and connections blogging has brought me and I think that everyone should be able to experience it if its something you’re interested in. If you’ve ever wanted to start a blog and write about what you’re passionate about or interested in you should.
If you’ve wanted to engage in conversations with other like-minded people, now is definitely the time to do it. Don’t wait until you have all the skills and the equipment and until everything is “just-so”, just do it now and learn as you go. You’ll be glad you did.
Let me know when you’ve started your blog, I’d love to see how its going.
If you’re interested in learning how to start a blog, let me know in the comments and I will create some blog posts around that, otherwise just get to it!
Thanks for reading and following guys, I really appreciate it. Honestly.

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Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick
Riva Diamond Hoop Pendant – Monica Vinader
Victoriana Shirt – The Shirt Company
Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick
Riva Diamond Hoop Pendant – Monica Vinader
Victoriana Shirt – The Shirt Company

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Cyran is the founder and editor-in-chief of Corporate Style Story. She loves good pyjamas, good food and good company.

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