Beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog for modern, ambitious and career-driven women looking to have a balanced, contented and magical life.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

The Future Direction of My Blog - What To Expect Going Forward

the future of blogging

I love writing. Whether it is technical reports for work or posts for the blog. There is something therapeutic about it, and I see it as a way to tell a story. 

My journey and passion for writing will not have evolved to where it is now if not for the continued support from you who keep coming back weeks after weeks to this blog. To those who had taken the time to leave comments, thank you! The interactions and engagements give a sense of belonging and togetherness. It is what I truly enjoy being a part of this community. 

As with everything in life, we grow, change and evolve. It is all part of the process of moving forward. So today, I wanted to share with you the future direction of my blog and what you could expect from theflairsophy going forward. 

Format & Layout 

If you're a regular reader, I am sure you will have noticed that this blog had a facelift last week. It is the second time that I had changed the format and layout of this blog and it was done as part of its ongoing growth and improvement. But more importantly, I wanted to give you a more welcoming feel when you land here and a more enjoyable navigation experience as you explore its content, be it old or new. 

Contentwise, I have narrowed things down to three genres - Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle. Everything that I had written previously and will be going forward that relates to general life tips and advice, places explored and travel experiences will now be housed in the Lifestyle category. 

Posting Schedule

At the beginning of 2006, I made a commitment to posting on a weekly basis - on Sunday. Today, I am proud to say that I have successfully kept to this commitment (bar the very few times when I was away on holiday with the family). As my readership grows, it is only natural that I feel encouraged to write more so you have fresh content to come back to. 

But as you know, I run this blog on the side of my full-time career. While I don't want that to be an excuse or a hindrance, I need to acknowledge the limitation it posed in order for me to find a feasible solution so that I stay true to this blog's manifesto: 

"Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle blog for modern, ambitious, driven women looking to have a balanced, contented and magical life"

So from October onwards, I am moving my posting schedule from Sunday to Monday. I have debated and given this so much thought as I question the availability of time to read blog posts on the first day of the week. But I finally feel ready to give it a try. This change is all about wanting to give you more but without sacrificing content quality in the process of doing so. By shifting my posting schedule to Monday, it means I have an extra day at the weekend to simply to do so.

But I am also conscious that this change means I am taking away the weekly content that you could leisurely read on Sundays. So to make up for creating a hole in your weekend routine, from October onwards I will be posting on Saturdays too! The Saturday posts will be curated as a weekly round-up of news and articles that had caught my eyes during the week covering a wide range of topics. This means not only you will get your weekend content a day earlier, but also the breadth of materials to read will be expanded too. The format will be intentionally short, sharp and snappy, a perfect balance between giving you fresh content but without getting in the way for you to proceed with your weekend plans.

Giveaways 

We have now entered the final stretch of the year. It is often the busiest time of the year as we all want to hit the milestones that we set ourselves at the start of the year. 

But let's not forget, we also have Halloween, Thanksgiving and of course Christmas to look forward to. 

And in the spirit festivities and continuing on from the theme of giving, I will be hosting a number of giveaways leading up to the year-end. You can expect them to be announced here and if we are still not friends on the 'gram, let's be friends as there will be giveaway announcements there too. So watch the space!

I am feeling rather excited at these changes now that I've written them all out here. I hope you are excited as I am too! Feel free you leave any further thoughts you may have as I am all ears for new ideas. x
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Sunday, 16 September 2018

3 Easy Ways to Break Your Work Week

Easy ways to break your work week

One of the perks of having a full-time job is annual leave. It is certainly one of the benefits if not the benefit that I am grateful for and fully treasure as a working professional.

In the past, I often associate taking annual leave with going away for a holiday. I felt it is a total waste of my annual leave to spend it in London.

Don't get me wrong. I am completely on board with going away. It is great! Not only a change in scenery is great for relaxing, reflecting and resetting your mind but also a fantastic way of exploring new places.

But sometimes all you want and need is to be away from your office desk, break away from your daily routine but still want to feel that you've accomplished something useful. As you know, it is often the little things that make a difference.

So today I thought I'd share 3 easy ways to break your work week.

Sign up for a class to learn a new skill

Whatever your interests and passions are, whether to learn more about photography, cake decorating or mastering the wing eye-liner look, I am sure there are classes that you could sign up to. If you've been wanting to pursue a new passion, learn a new skill, but can't find enough time to squeeze all that at the weekend, take a day off and stop using lack of time as an excuse.

There are many short courses available out there. I learned tremendously about camera setting and photography over a 2-day course in London. I learned about the anatomy of body movements which helped deepen my Pilates practice in one day. Ultimately, this was the course that sparked further interest in me becoming a qualified Mat Pilates instructor. Heck, I've even taken a day off to sit for my Grade 5 Piano exam! Whatever it is, learning a new skill especially if it is not related to your day job, is a great way to keep the mind going.

Spend time with visiting friends

I am blessed that I have friends scattered all over the world but it does come with a challenge. While technology such as WhatsApp and FaceTime have been helpful to maintain the friendship and keep in touch, there is nothing quite like spending time together, face to face. So whenever my friends visiting from abroad, I am always more than willing to take a day off to spend time with them. We often start with brunch and simply wander around the city afterwards to fill up the day. Coffee and cake break often involves in this situation. 

Cafes and restaurants are less busy during the week which means we can take as much time as we want to enjoy our meal. There is no rush to leave the table for the next person in the queue. This quality time spent together, albeit, only a day, often leaves me feeling happy and contented afterwards, it almost felt like I've been away on a holiday.  

Book in a 'Me Time'

Whether it is a facial, massage or a personal shopping session. Do it. You, your body and mind totally deserve it. 

I once attended a personal styling session and was advised that the best time to shop and update your wardrobe is during the week. New stocks are in, shops are less busy, and the merchandise is neatly laid out in store. 

Weekday shopping will change your experience. You will have the mental clarity to stick with the fashion vision board that you've created. If you need ideas or opinions, you will also get more attention from shop assistance as they are not being pulled in multiple directions from other customers. 

What's your take on this? Do share below as I am always open for new ideas on easy ways to break my working week. 
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Sunday, 9 September 2018

What's in my everyday make up bag?


whats in my make up bag

You would probably have seen in the news this week what most people think of women who put on make up on the train. Who knew the majority of the public has such strong reaction, opinion and views about it!

The subject is debatable depending on who you talk to. To me, it is a personal choice. I personally don't put on make up while on the tube. Partly due to the short commute that I have and secondlyI'd like to look pulled together before stepping out of the house. However, I am always curious to see what products were used whenever I see someone doing so during my travel. 

So I thought if I am keen to know what other women carry day-in-day-out in their make up bag, you may be curious too about what I have in my everyday make up bag!
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Sunday, 2 September 2018

The Power of 'Asking' - How It Had Worked in My Favour and It Could Work for You Too

the power of asking

Just ask.

Two simple words which are not practised often enough.

I genuinely think that 'fear' is the main reason why people often don't ask for what they want or need. However, this fear is only a mind-game that is playing in your head, and what if I tell you, more often than not when you ask, the response tends to be a positive one. Even if the answer is not what you were hoping to be, what have you got to lose? At least you now know the answer and you could explore other options.

Today, I thought I'd share my experiences of 'asking' and how it had worked in my favour. Hopefully, it will give you the nudge and encouragement to do the same if it is something that you have been thinking about, but not quite have the courage to pursue.
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