Whether you will be sharing Valentine’s Day with a loved one or if you are flying solo, here’s a little last minute gift guide to either treat your loved one or even treat yourself!

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Burgundy Faux Fur Pom Pom Beanie, Burgundy • Missguided • £10
Saskia Short Badge Faux Fur Collar Parka • Boohoo • £40
Matilda Large Scale Boucle Check Scarf • Boohoo • £12
Maison Scotch Breton Stripe Long Sleeve Top • Maison Scotch • £44
Even&Odd Sweatshirt black • Even&Odd • £16.99–17.99
Asos Long Tassel Scarf In Supersoft Knit • Asos • £12
Of Life & Lemons Typographic ‘Gin Bunny’ Women’s Sweatshirt • £27.99
Khaki Dip Back Fashioned Jumper, beige • Missguided • £18
Sugarhill Boutique Lena Stripe Love Jumper, Navy/White • Sugarhill Boutique • £29

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Guerlain Météorites Pearls Powder • Guerlain • £41.50
Viktor & Rolf Viktor & Rolf Bonbon Eau De Parfum 30ml • Viktor & Rolf • £50
Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Palette – Neutral • Hourglass • £56
Charlotte Tilbury – Filmstar Bronze & Glow – Fair/medium • Charlotte Tilbury • £49
Kat Von D ‘Tattoo Liner’ liquid eyeliner 0.55ml • £16
Tom Ford Beauty – Lips & Boys – Demsey 62 • Tom Ford • £28
Urban Decay All Nighter Full Coverage Longwear Liquid Foundation • Urban Decay • £24.30
Guerlain Terracotta Pause D’eté Bronzing Duo • Guerlain • £50
Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Matte Eyeshadow Palette • Urban Decay • £38.50
Kevyn Aucoin – The Sensual Skin Enhancer – Sx02 • Kevyn Aucoin • £38
Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder • Laura Mercier • £29
Kevyn Aucoin – The Legacy Palette – one size • Kevyn Aucoin • £135

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Busy B 2017 Stripe To Do Diary • £9
Grey Metallic Knit Faux Fur Pom Pom Beanie, Grey • Missguided • £12
Charlotte Tilbury – Legendary Party Eyes – Black • Charlotte Tilbury • £20
Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser, 150ml • Origins • £13.50
Mustard Sweet Stripe Mini Highlighters Pens • Mustard • £10
Design Project by John Lewis No 079 Bathroom Tumbler, Grey • £12
Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette • Pixi • £15
Charlotte Tilbury – Printed Cotton-canvas Cosmetics Case – White • Charlotte Tilbury • £15
THIS WORKS Sleep Spell Gift Set • This Works • £10
Kate Spade New York Dipped Initial E Notebook • Kate Spade • £12.80
BATTOP Knitted Mermaid Tail Blanket for Kids – Blue • £19.99
Fringe Best Day Ever Small Tray • Fringe • £12.54
ghd Split End Therapy Bauble • ghd • £15
Johanna Basford Colouring 2017 Planner • £11
Yankee Candle Classic Small Jar Mandarin Cranberry • Yankee Candle • £8.99
Anthropologie Homegrown Monogram Mug • Anthropologie • £8

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So today I thought I would take you ‘behind the scenes’ into my little office space and the place where I blog from. It’s nothing too over the top or crowded, in fact, it’s pretty simple and understated. My theory is that with less distractions, the more blogging I get done (definitely wishful thinking!). From my iMac that I bought towards the start of the year, I write and research all my blog posts. I am very easily distracted by the internet though! I need some serious motivation and willpower to not get waylaid into a world of memes or online shopping.

Anyway, behind the scenes, here’s a little idea of what I get up to on the blogging front…

Brainstorm and write new content

In my office I have a whole stash of books and notepads where I like to write about any ideas I have for future blog posts. Ideas will come to me at the most weird and wonderful of  times and so it’s always important that I put pen to paper otherwise I am bound to forget. I also tend to put a bit of research and planning into my blog posts so I will take note of any key facts I need to know.

Visit and comment on my favourite blogs

I can spend literally hours trawling the internet and reading the latest posts from my favourite bloggers. My current favourites include Victoria from Inthefrow, Hannah Gale and Rebecca from From Roses. They are all incredibly inspiring and I love to keep up to date with their latest posts which always acts as a kick up the arse for me to write and produce content.

Take blog photos in bulk

My setting and environment for taking photos is far from glamorous. There aren’t many natural lighting spots in my house and the task of taking photos has become even more difficult now it’s getting darker much earlier. I have to try and bulk take photos on a weekend when the lighting is half decent. I would definitely like a better area for shooting photos.

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Social Media

Now I can easily spend time on social media and get absolutely nothing done. Literally just scrolling through countless feeds just to pass the time. It’s a terrible habit and one I wish I did a lot less. However, not all time spent on social media is a waste of time. I’ve failed to show up for the last few weeks but there are some really great Twitter chats to get involved with and to share your thoughts with like minded people. This is also a really good way of discovering new blogs and letting others know about your own blog. I currently use Instagram and Twitter, I personally prefer Instagram at the moment as Twitter is still relatively alien to me but I’m hoping to learn the ropes!

Scheduling posts

I would be lost without the ability to schedule posts! I tend to go through different phases of enthusiasm and love for blogging and so the ability to schedule posts is incredibly helpful! I tend to schedule the following week or two’s posts at the weekend. Whilst this does mean I tend to slack mid-week, it also relieves the pressure of blogging if I’ve had a really hectic and long day at work and simply can’t face being at the computer when I get home. Scheduling is also really helpful on Twitter and I’ve recently discovered Tweetdeck which is a great tool to schedule tweets about your latest or most popular blog posts. You can tailor your tweets to the most popular times so that you don’t have to be online all the time.

What do you get up to behind the scenes of blogging?

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