Why I'm over the blogger follow/unfollow game | The LDN Gal

The follow to unfollow saga: the ugly side of blogging

If you blog often, you will know exactly what I am talking about here. The follow to unfollow game is a tedious affair to say the least. So, here is why I’m over the blogger follow to unfollow game.

So many bloggers work so hard to organically increase their following and engagement, interacting with others in their niche and producing killer content time and time again.

The follow to unfollow saga is simple. Select bloggers will follow on mass, await for you to follow them back and then remove you by unfollowing within 24 hours. Most go unnoticed and almost cheat others out of a follow.

Follow to unfollow on social media? You are part of the problem…

If you have experienced this, it leaves you feeling a bit rubbish. Blogging is as much about content as it is community. If you love someone’s content, you follow them to read, embrace and even share it from time to time. However, the follow to unfollow saga diminishes the blogging community and this mutual respect, tarnishing organic growth.

Of course, you don’t have to follow others back that don’t speak or relate to your interests, that is absolutely fine. But for those who follow just to unfollow again – it’s really not cool.

Instagram tends to be the social media platform that falls victim to the follow to unfollow game the most. Leaving many a blogger keeping an eye on their social following each week through third party tools that track unfollowers. It isn’t a numbers game but it’s never nice to see your counts dip up and down relentlessly.

If you love your community and fellow bloggers, share your fabulous content, engage with others and follow with intention. It’s really not all about the numbers and quality should always trump quantity.

#rantover

What do you think of the follow to unfollow saga? Have you fallen victim to it?

Stephanie xox

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Blue tartan check trousers Topshop | The LDN Gal

Boohoo Oversized Shirt – Topshop Trousers – Zara Heeled Boots

OOTD: Blue Tartan Check Trousers with Topshop

I have to admit, this weekend gone was fabulous minus the little bit of drizzle. Me and the better half finally got some quality time together and decided to go exploring in Oxford for the Oxford Open Doors event.

Oxford Open Doors is an annual event that allows people access to many an Oxford University treasure across the city, with free entry to its many beautiful buildings.

We decided to take a stroll through Christ Church, enjoying the cathedral, Tom Quad and great hall – with many a lovely photo opportunity. 

So, what did I think of the blue tartan check trousers?

This weekend also allowed me the perfect opportunity to embrace my Summer-meets-Autumn wardrobe with these oh so gorgeous Topshop blue tartan check trousers.

I love these trousers for three main reasons – any many more, let’s be honest. One, they are vibrant as, the blue stands out beautifully against the contrasting red and yellow. Two, they are high waisted and thus super cosy and a flattering fit. Three, tartan – it’s Autumn, so tartan! 

Teamed with a Boohoo oversized shirt and Zara heeled boots, this OOTD defines bright and bold meets smart-casusal. It is perfect dressed down in the day or up at night. These blue tartan check trousers are an all-day transitional dream.

What do you think of these blue tartan check trousers from Topshop? What’s in your autumn wardrobe? 

Stephanie xox

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Spellbound exhibition witch, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford - The LDN Gal

Spellbound exhibition, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

The Spellbound exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, features a quirky and eccentric collection of oddities, thwrawt in superstition. The exhibition illustrates over eight centuries of magic, ritual and witchcraft.

As a country, we have always been wary of magic and Spellbound illustrates this fear, showcasing many a mystical and fascinting object and artwork to entice discussion and reflection.

It looks at our ongoing and emotional relationship with magic, superstition and ritual – ever avoided stepping under a ladder or putting new shoes on the table? 

Within Spellbound, discover a collection of “spellbinding stories, fascinating objects… from crystal balls and magic mirrors to witch bottles and curse poppets.”

Spellbound: Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft exhibition

Exhibition highlights include a witch in a bottle, a heart in lead and silver casing and a copy of The Discovery of Witches by Matthew Hopkins, 1647.

You will explore the history of magic, ritual and witchcraft over 800 years. The objects and artwork on display highlight people’s superstition, witches practice and the tools used to eventually condemn them.

Magic and the unknown has always historically caused people to be fearful, and when married with religious views, it was linked closely to devil worship and ultimate despair.

Once inside, you will discover Medieval texts, binding jewellery and crystal balls, as well as magical objects aplenty alongside contemporary art instillations. If you are a fan of magic, the supernatatural, the cosmos and the occult, this enchanting exhibition is for you.

To book tickets for the magical Spellbound exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, please take a look here. The exhibition runs until the January 6, 2019.

Are you fascinated by magic? Which exhibition highlight would you be most intrigued by?

Stephanie xox

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LOTD fashion trends 2018 | The LDN Gal

Five lotd.com fashion trends 2018

LOTD.com is relatively new on the scene but their vibrant, affordable and trend-savvy collections are starting to have some serious impact.

This online store features everything a girls wardrobe needs, following the trends closely to suit any personal taste or style.

LOTD is also purse-friendly, allowing fashionistas to get their hands on the latest clothes without fear of dipping into that dreaded overdraft.

It’s this fast fashion and conscious price point that really seals the deal for me, it makes fashion accessible for all – and we need this in the marketplace.

The online fashion brand regularly has sales, runs a host of competitions and really embraces their customers through their bright, friendly and inclusive social media channels.

Trends lotd.com are killing right now

Each week, LOTD has a host of new items in. Here are five reasons why LOTD.com are killing fast fashion:

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The floral trend

Flirty floral prints never fail to make a statement. Go all out with a floral jumpsuit or add a touch of summertime to your outfit, teaming your floral clothing with a simple tee or jeans. Dress the trend up or down, be it at work or for cockatils with the girls one evening.

LOTD cycling shorts trend 2018 | The LDN Gal

The cycling shorts trend

So, is it me or does every girl seem to be rocking cycling shorts right now? These comfy, cute and oh so practical bottoms can be worn wherever you fancy. Plus, they make your legs look incredible. It’s a win win.

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The prints trend

Prints are everywhere at the moment. Every girl needs a vibrant dash of prints in her wardrobe to brighten her day. So, think floral, checks, paisley and baroque and add some bright and bold patterns to your outfit of the day.  One particular print that is hot on everyone’s lips bodies at the moment is stripes.

LOTD bodysuit trend 2018 | The LDN Gal

The bodysuit trend 

Bodysuits have had a makeover and are the starting point for many a gorgeous outfit choice. Go sultry with floral lace, get quirky with asymmetric necklines or go all out with padded details. Opt for a high neckline in the daytime and get daring with a plunge at night.

LOTD denim trend 2018 | The LDN Gal

The denim trend 

Let’s be honest, who could live without denim? The denim trend is on fire at the moment, with the traditional skinny, bootcut and mom jeans getting a makeover. Think embellishment with distressed elements, patches, sequins and cut-outs galore gracing our go-to wardrobe staple.

Use the code TREAT50 before the end of Sunday 9 September, 2018 at LOTD.com for 50% off site wide*.

*excluding sale, naturally

Have you shopped at LOTD.com yet? What is your favourite trend at the moment? 

Stephanie xox

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ZOE QYKSonic facial cleansing device review

Zoe QYKSonic facial cleansing device review

I have to admit, this is the first time I have tried a facial cleansing device. So, I wasn’t overly sure what to expect with the Zoe QYK Sonic facial cleansing device.

The Zoe is as vibrant in colour as it is beautiful – but does it actually work?

Its unique petal-shaped design may be pretty, but we’re here to find out if it packs a punch. Available in five gorgeous colours, the Zoe’s silicone bristles work at over 6000 pulsations per minute, to target every nook and cranny.

The gentle massaging bristles ensure no irritation to your skin and work in motion to clean and minimise pores, eliminate blemishes and target wrinkles. This super swift circulation movement works to gently cleanse your face, exfoliating any make up, dirt, or oil that may clog up your pores and cause imperfections.

The Zoe offers 300 uses in a single charge, alongside 15 alternating massage settings when in use. It is perfect for all skin-types due to its medical grade and hygienic antimicrobial silicone exterior.

So, what did I think of the Zoe QYKSonic facial cleansing device

Using a sonic facial cleansing device ensures that no nasties are touching your face. It can be used easily alongside your favourite skin care cleansers, serums, masks and moisturisers. Using it with my favourite cleanser, it certainly made a difference – shifting away my daily make up and grime.

Not only is Zoe effective, but she is packaged beautifully. Sealed within a magnetic box, the facial cleansing device is presented alongside a matching drawstring bag and USB charger.

Its compact size also means it’s great for on the go – so you never have to miss out on your nightly skin care routine! 

So, if you are looking for a product that offers deep and effective cleaning, look no further than the Zoe QYKSonic facial cleansing device.

Have you used a cleansing device before? What is your skin care regime like?  

Stephanie xox

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The Diamond Store 9 Carot Gold Emerald Earrings UK | The LDN Gal

Why every girl needs emerald earrings

What girl doesn’t love gemstones and a bit of sparkle?

Let’s face it, anything that glimmers is a girl’s best friend and I was lucky enough to get my hands on a pair of emerald earrings from The Diamond Store.

Of late, colourful gemstones have been increasing in popularity, gracing red carpets, parties and publications globally. So, here is every reason why every girl needs a pair of emerald earrings.

The Diamond Store 9 Carot Gold Emerald Earrings | The LDN Gal

The history of emeralds

Emeralds are celebrated for their vivid colour and contextual meanings, having been worn since ancient times, emeralds were introduced to Europe in the 1500s.

As expected, green connotes nature and the emerald is believed to encourage a myriad of enhancing properties including balance, fertility, growth, healing and peace. The precious gemstone therefore looks after your mental, physical and spiritual well being.

Not only is their meaning so special – and the emerald so unique – but these bold and bright gemstones add a touch of class and sophistication to any outfit, alongside a splash of calming colour.

The Diamond Store 9 Carot Gold Emerald Earrings Close Up | The LDN Gal

When worn, emerald earrings are simply enchanting. These traditional gold earrings featured offer set emeralds that are subtle in their size but nevertheless stunning.

Whatever you may be looking for, The Diamond Store have you covered for all your glitz and glamour needs, whether you are seeking out colourful gemstones, the perfect diamond or ornate costume pieces.

Let’s face it, diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but emeralds are her partner-in-crime.

You can get your hands on these affordable emerald earrings here.

What is your favourite piece of jewellery? Do you prefer emeralds to diamonds or vice-versa?

Stephanie xox

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