You don't really need a lot to start blogging, a camera phone and an internet connection will do. Thats all I had when I started my beautiful little blog way back in 2013! But if you have a taste for tech or just want to build up your equipment list, here are the things I use and what I would recommend buying.

- Laptop -

MacBook Pro - The only thing I really use to write and put together blog posts now is my MacBook. I've occasionally written posts on my iPad but nothing beats actually typing on keys. I also edit my photos and videos on my MacBook too, which I can't do on anything else I own. I love my MacBook Pro but it is very expensive at not something you need to own as a blogger. There are many other cheaper laptops out there that will do pretty much the same as a MacBook just without the price tag. 

- Cameras -

Canon G5X - This is now my main blogging/ vlogging camera. You've probably seen me and lots of other bloggers go on about it because its just great. Its lightweight, fairly compact, works well in low light, and importantly for me it has a viewfinder. You won't get the same quality images as you would with a DSLR but if you want something you can take on the go with you this is perfect. Its another expensive piece of kit however, coming in at around £600. That being said I think a good quality compact camera is a necessity for a long term blogger.

Nikon D5300 - This is my second DSLR, and the camera that carried me through my HND. Its a great lower end DSLR and great for someone just starting out in photography that doesn't want to spend thousands. If I want to take some really high quality, crisp photographs for my blog this is the camera I reach for. Although I can take some great shots with this camera, its big, bulky, heavy, and I can't just point and shoot with it. I would recommend a lower end DSLR camera like this one for bloggers who want quality photographs and don't mind lugging a big camera around.

iPhone Camera - Yes I still use my phone from time to time. I take a lot of photographs for my Instagram using my phone and on days I don't have a camera, my iPhone will do the job. 

Fujifilm Instax Mini - Every now and then I also include images taken on my Instax mini camera on the blog. The quality of the images obviously aren't great, and the refills are fairly expensive to buy too. That being said I do love using my Instax, it is not however something I would advise investing in for blogging.

- Lenses - 

Nikon 18 - 55mm Kit Lens - I'm pretty sure this lens comes as standard with most Nikon Cameras. Its an okay lens for just starting out, but not something I would really go out and buy if I was to break my current one. I only use it from time to time, and its not something I would recommend investing in.

Tamron 18 - 200mm Lens - This is one of the best all round lenses I have come across. You can just about take selfies on it if you want and the zoom is just incredible. For me this is my travel lens, or it would be if I still took my DSLR on holiday. If you are looking for a lens that you can just leave on your camera all the time this is it. Nikon does its own 18 - 200mm lens that costs around £300 more than this one, so I'll let you decide which one you'd prefer.

Nikon 50mm Lens - So this is probably my favourite lens, and the one I've used the most in the last year. It is perfect for outfit photos as it allows you to create that nice blurry background you'll see a lot. There is no zoom on this lens however so that is something to bare in mind. I would absolutely 100% recommend investing in this lens if you plan to take a lot of outfit photos.

- Software & Apps -

Photoshop - Pretty standard, I think most bloggers have photoshop now but its something I couldn't blog without anymore. I don't edit my photos to excess but I do like to play around with the colours and filters a lot. I pay for photoshop monthly to make it more affordable as it can cost quite a lot to just buy. I'd probably recommend investing in photoshop once you are confident taking photographs.

iMovie - Just the video editing software that comes with my MacBook but so far it does everything I need it so. I'm sure its fairly basic but as I don't make videos all the often I don't want to spent money on a better software.

Facetune App - I mostly use this app for its 'whiten' tool which, you guessed it, makes things whiter. I think the tool was created to whiten teeth but I use it on pretty much everything I want to look whiter.

VSCO App - A lot of bloggers and Instagrammers use this App because its just great. There is a lot you can do on there, however I only use it to apply one filter to my images before I upload them to Instagram. I always use the same filter so my images are consistent, HB1 if you must know.

Light Meter App - Pretty sure I'm exposing myself in some way by admitting I still use a light meter when I take photographs. Well I do and it means the lighting is usually correct. If you use a DSLR or any other camera you can use manually I'd recommend getting this free App. Just takes the guessing out of things and can make a shoot go a lot smoother.

- Props -

I also use a range of props including mirrors, plates, magazines, white paper and marble slabs. The right prop in a product shoot can make it look just that much more professional. You don't need to run out and buy these however, most of the things I use can be found dotted around my house anyway! 

So that is pretty much everything I use to keep this little blog running! Like I said, you don't need a lot to start a blog, but good equipment does help. I would love to know what items you need for your own blog!

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We've all been there; desperate to create some new content but the inspiration just isn't present. I post twice a week every week at the moment and I'd be gutted if I missed a post because I couldn't think of anything to post about! Well if that's how you feel too, fear not because I've got us both covered! Here are 30 blog post ideas for when inspo is low...

1. Face Of The Day - Similar to outfit of the day but a little bit easier as you don't need anyone else to take your photo! I've done plenty or these in the past, here is my latest one if you need a bit of inspiration.

2. Restaurant Review - I love reading a good review of someone's dinner and I definitely love writing about my own experiences! You can read my most recent review here.

3. Your Own Recipes - Can't afford to go out or don't want to? Whip up your own food and talk us through it step by step. This is especially good if you cook up something a bit different!

4. Product Reviews - Have you been using a product you are absolutely smitten with? Or did you buy something you bitterly regret? Tell us about it! I write reviews literally all the time, here is a recent post about a product I just couldn't get on with.

5. Blogging Tips & Tricks - If you've been blogging for a while you might have learnt a few things along the way. I lap up blogging tips and I know a lot of others do too! You can read some of my blogging tips here.

6. Whatever Is On Your Mind - Have a rant, talk about something you are passionate about! Get it all out and let the opinions roll in. I can't get enough of honest raw content, I think it's something blogging is slowing losing..

7. Your Day Out - Been anywhere fun lately? Write it up, tell us a funny story about it.

8. Photo An Hour - I've been meaning to do this since forever but life has just been getting in the way. Just take a photograph every hour for one day and tell us about it.

9. Floor Outfits - If you don't have anyone to take your outfit pics just display it on the floor. Fold your clothes neatly, add accessories and snap away. These kind of photos do really well on Instagram so don't forget to upload it there too!

10. How You Take Blog Photos - Images on blogs are always a big thing for me. If your photography is good I'm probably going to stick around and if you have a post telling me all about how you do it I'm definitely going to read it!

11. Your Collections - Do you collect anything? Lipsticks, books, ornaments or even stamps! Show us your stash. Tell us about how your collection started, why it started and if you have any favourite pieces!

12. Daily Routines - Do you have a skincare routine, fitness routine or just anything you do on the daily without fail? People are nosy, they want to know.

13. Travel Diary - If you've been on holiday lately you should write a day to day diary of what you did. If your blog is more image than text based do a photo diary! If you fancy a butchers at my travel diaries you can find them here.

14. Travel Plans - If you haven't been away tell us where you would love to go! Write a list of places you can't wait to visit or plan an imaginary holiday in a blog post.

15. Seasonal Posts - Is Christmas coming up? Or is Valentine's looming? Do a gift guide, tell us what you are planning to do on the day or if you hate that particular holiday tell us why!

16. Pets - Everyone loves a cute animal, I know I could spend hours looking at puppy pics! If you have a pet I'm sure you have a thousand funny stories you could tell about them.

17. £20 Outfit Challenge - Grab your friends and a little bit of cash and head down to your nearest charity shops. You have £20 with which to find a whole outfit! Blog or Vlog about it! You get some funny content and the charity gets a bit of money, everyone wins!

18. Room Tour - I literally love room tours! I think its because I'm super nosy but I can't get enough of seeing how other bloggers live!

19. Go For A Walk - Get out, leave the house, take your camera with you. If that alone time doesn't help you think up some new content then post the pictures you took, you can't lose.

20. Wishlist - I post a wishlist every few weeks packed full of all the things I'd like to buy. I know I'd never be able to afford half the things on there but it's nice to dream.

21. Storage Ideas - I really like to see how others store their makeup, jewellery and other bits and bobs. It's easy to let things get messy so I occasionally scour the internet for storage tips. You can see my jewellery storage ideas here.

22. Collaboration Posts - Struggling for ideas but have a few blogger friends? Get together and brainstorm. You could do one collaboration post together or even make a series out of it. You might have seen my latest collab with the lovely Amanda which we love posting every month.

23. Theme Makeup - If you have an obsession with makeup but don't really try new things out that often, why not give a themed makeup look a go? A few months back I tried my hand at some pokemon inspired makeup and although it's not my best look, I enjoyed doing it!

24. Events - I post a lot about events or days out and I do love reading about a good blogger event too. I know not everyone will be able to go to one of those but I'm sure there are lots of other things happening near you. 

25. Do A Challenge - There are always new fads to try out online, why not give one of them a go and blog all about it? I recently tried to go vegetarian for a month and if you've read my posts you'll know how that ended...

26. Tags - I'm forever being taged in new things and honestly I really do love taking part in them. If you haven't been tagged in anything don't worry, just make you own tag up!

27. Hotel Reviews - If you've stayed in a hotel/ hostel/ campsite or anything similar lately you could review it! Just make sure you have a couple of good images to go with the post. I recently posted about my hotel in Warsaw which was just gorgeous.

28. Hauls - Everyone loves a good haul, we all just like to be nosy and see what people have bought. If you've picked up more than 4 or 5 items in one go, snap some pics and show us what you got.

29. Budgeting Ideas - If you are pretty practical with your weekly wage or if you just know how to get some good deals tell us. I really like to see how people budget and I'm always looking for discounts online so if you know a few tips, tell us!

30. What's On Your Phone - Do you have apps you can't live without or is there a game you're addicted to? Tell us about it. Sometimes I think these kinds of things would be easier to talk about in a video but a blog post could work just as well.

So I hope these ideas will come in handy for any fellow bloggers facing the dreaded writers block. If you have any other post ideas I'd love to hear them, either leave them in the comments or tweet me!

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I've been blogging for almost four years and in that time I've been lucky enough to have worked with some fab brands. Whether it's been reviewing a new product, being featured on their site or putting together a style guide for them, I've worked with all kinds and I've learnt a lot in the process.

It's okay to say yes

There's been a lot of opinions on bloggers getting 'freebies' or being paid for sponsored content lately, but honestly who cares? If you want to try that new product out or you could do with a little bit of cash go for it! As long as you are always honest and it's relevant to your style of blog I don't see the problem. Bloggers put a hell of a lot of time into their blogs so I don't see why they shouldn't get some perks.

It's okay to say no

Sometimes a brand will get in touch and they don't quite fit in with your style. It's okay to turn down their offer. They will find another blogger and you won't feel like a sell out. On the other hand a company might ask you to work on a project you like the sound of but their budget might be a little low. As a blogger you have to understand that sometimes companies look at us as a cheap way of advertising and it's not always worth spending hours on a blog post for pennies. I've been asked to write posts for as low as £4 and honestly I think its a bit of a piss take.

Treat PR people like friends

PR people spend a lot of time looking for the right bloggers for a campaign. They might have looked at hundreds in one day and if they send a personalised email to you I think it deserves a reply. They won't expect to hear back every time if they've sent out thousands of generic emails but if they've took the time to address you specifically or even mention a particular blog post, you should take the time to email back. I also don't think it hurts to be nice and ask them how their day/weekend/ holiday has been as well. Building business relationships is important but it's just as - if not more - important to be friendly and polite.

Stick to your word
If you've been gifted a product to review or feature on your blog/ social media, you should do just that. PRs will be nagged by their managers if they've sent products out without results. They might send you a friendly email asking when you will feature that product and you should always be honest with them. If you can't feature it for a couple of weeks, let them know, at least then when their manager asks they can say you've been in contact. You might not be given opportunities by the same PR company in the future if you go AWOL after getting 'freebies'. Along the same lines I always drop the company a little email when a post featuring their product goes live, they might not care but it's good to keep them in the loop.

Read the small print

Lucky for me I don't have any horror stories to tell but I always think its a good idea to read the terms when working on a campaign. I'm working on something right now which, when it goes live, the company has the rights to use any photographs featuring the product. I agreed to this at the start but if you don't read through things properly when you sign up, you might have a nasty surprise later down the line.

Enjoy it

Even though us bloggers do spend a lot of time and energy on our content we are lucky to be given some opportunities. I think it's important to enjoy the experience and take pride in the work you create whether it's paid or unpaid. 

So that's about everything I can think of right now. I don't claim to be an expert blogger but I've been on the scene long enough to have picked up a few tips that you guys might find useful. Just a side note, I've put the word 'freebie' in quotations as we all know there as nothing free about products gifted to us for promotion.

I really hope you liked this post and I'd love you to get in touch if you have any tips when it comes to working with brands!

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Lately I've been in a funny place with my blog. Don't get me wrong, I still love it, but I can feel the passion I once had slowly fading. Blogging has changed a lot over the last few years and while I probably missed the golden years of the early 2010's I can still feel the difference.

I started my blog in mid 2013; I was getting ready to leave college and honestly I was terrified of starting a boring job and not having anything creative to do. I've always been a bit artsy and photography had always been a big thing for me too, so to leave all of that behind to work full time was such a shock. I needed a creative outlet, something of my own to put my time and passion into but now I'm not so sure what I'm doing anymore.

I loved posting hauls, telling you all about my holidays and maybe snapping the occasional outfit photo and while I still post those kinds of things I feel my little corner of the internet and blogs in general is changing rapidly. Bloggers are making magazine quality content now, with photographs you'd mistake for something out of Vogue. Their posts are written in such a professional way and I can't help but wonder what happened to diary style blog posts? Where did all the basic bloggers go? Don't get me wrong I love looking at content I know someone has spent hours on but sometimes I just want to see something a bit more raw.

Daily vlogs are probably one of my favourite things right now. Youtubers like Helen Anderson record every aspect of their lives, the ups, the downs and even the arguments. Thats what blogging was about, sharing you life with the world. I still love the blogging community and I've never had any negativity shown towards me or my blog but I can feel it getting a bit more catty. Bloggers are changing from friends to competitors. Now that money is involved, and its not pennies either, bloggers seem to be climbing over each for opportunities and jealousy is rife. 

I'm still a small blogger, I'm probably not known enough to warrant nasty comments about my content but it does make me wonder what could happen if I do get a bit more popular. I'm quite sensitive about this site, I put so much effort into it and I'm not sure I could take negative comments. Would it make me quit? Most of my friends don't even know I blog.

I've noticed a lot of really unnecessary comments on Gracie Francessas videos lately, granted a lot of that has come from Youtube users and not other bloggers, but it could make her lose sponsors. She even commented in a recent vlog about how worried she was that so many people reacted negatively to a sponsored video she put out and it made her concerned that she would no longer be given paid work from that brand. That's her bread and butter, she needs to do sponsored work so she can make the content that people originally followed her for. When did it become okay to be so horrible about peoples work, sponsored or not?

This year I was also given my first ever press pass for The Clothes Show. I was over the moon. I'd been going for the past couple of years and now to actually be invited as a blogger was just incredible to me, and all of this was just after my weekend in London at The Vuelio Blog Awards. I was on a high, my blog was taking me so far and I can't even explain how happy it was making me. The day was quite nice, I handed out a few business cards and chatted to a few other bloggers but honestly I left incredibly disheartened. 

I didn't look like the other bloggers, I was fatter than most of them, I didn't have half the followers, I hardly had an Instagram theme and my blog didn't look as professional as theirs. My confidence was knocked like it never has been before and I just didn't feel good enough. I know you shouldn't compare yourself to others but its just so easy. When everyone else looks like they've got it all together and you can barley find time to slap up a blog post how do you go on?

My blogging mojo has been wobbly at best lately. I'd never publish anything I didn't love 100% and this has left me with pretty basic content recently. I really enjoy writing product reviews and my latest OOTD post was my favourite yet but I still feel like there's something missing. I wan't to write more honest raw posts like this, I wan't to talk about things that are important to me, not just makeup and clothes. I wan't to express my opinions on Brexit, health, sex, politics, feminism and anything else that I feel passionate about.

If I died tomorrow I wouldn't want my legacy to be Asos Hauls and Eye Shadow Palettes. I want to make a difference. I want my blog to be positive, make others feel good and talk about the important things.

I know this has been a bit of a ramble and if you got this far well done but I just needed to get this all out. Lets take blogging back to its roots and write for ourselves again.

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I'm lazy, it's a fact. It's not something I'm proud of but it does mean I try to find ways to make my everyday life easier. Beings as I spend a hell of a lot of time blogging I thought I would share my blogging hacks for lazy girls like me!

1. Keep photos - You never know when you might need a photo of a lipstick or a beautiful holiday shot. I never delete old blogging photographs as they might come in handy for a post later down the line!

2. Write titles and save them - I'll usually have an idea pop into my head and I cba to write about it then and there, so I just write down a rough title. I'll more than likely come back to write it later and this way I won't forget it.

3. Keep a blogging notebook - If you don't have access to your computer write your ideas down in a notebook or in your phone. I've covered this before but its important to remember your little bursts of inspiration.

4. Use your phone camera - Can't be bothered to get your good gear out or are you on the go? Just use your phone camera. The quality will probably be good enough and you won't be wasting time or missing out cause you're playing around with camera settings!

5. Make wishlists using specialised programs - I love making wishlists but sometimes it can get a bit tedious. Lately I've been using a program called Shop Style Collective. Not only does it let me put together really easy wishlists, it also tells me when a product is out of stock and lets me easily swap that product up for something similar!

6. List posts - Running short on blogging ideas? Write a list post...

7. Nail Polish Wheels - Want to review a new nail varnish but can't be arsed to paint your nails? Just paint these handy little things and everyone will think you are sooo professional.

8. Use RT Twitter Accounts - If you don't have time or a huge twitter following find some blogger retweet accounts to help share your tweets. Accounts such as @BloggersInTheUK@FemaleBloggerRT or @BloggerBees will retweet your blogging tweets to their followers so you can easily get more traffic to your blog. 

9. Buy Pretty Bedsheets - I can rarely be bothered to set up a nice background to take product photos on, I do however have a gorgeous selection of bedsheets. I simply place said product on top of my pretty bedsheets and it looks like I purposely chose a gorgeous floral background, or at least I think it does!

So those are my tips for lazy/ short of time bloggers. I hope these help all you lazy girlies out a little bit. If you have any hacks I'd love to hear them too!

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So this is something that I have been thinking about for quite a while now. I'm a big girl, there's no way to hide it - not that I would want to anyway - but it's pretty clear. I'm generally around a size 16 now and I don't mind talking about it, but being a blogger and taking outfit photos fairly often means I'm quite conscious of it. Although I'm a bit chunky I don't really know where I fit on the spectrum; I'm not thin enough to be a regular blogger, but I'm not sure if I'm big enough to be classed as a plus sized blogger either. 

The older I get the less my weight matters to me. If I'm happy and healthy should I really care about what I weigh or if my legs jiggle? Some days I do and some days I don't but being on the internet I feel as though I have some sort of responsibility to represent girls who look like me - girls who are a bit wobbly. 

I openly refer to myself as fat, I'm not offended by it, it's just a word I use to describe my body type. A lot of other plus size/ body positive bloggers call themselves fat too and I think it's so liberating to be able to take a once offensive word and own it. But this doesn't stop a hell of a lot of people getting upset about it. To many people it holds so many negative connotations, but it is just a word. If you own it and disregard it, you take away its power.

So onto the actual point of this post. Am I a plus size blogger? As much as I want to say no, because I don't feel any different to other girls on the internet, I probably am. I am bigger than the majority of bloggers out there, I do sometimes have to buy clothes from the 'Curve' range on Asos and I'll never squeeze my thighs into a pair of standard wellies. But I kind of don't mind. In my eyes I am plus and I should probably start branding myself as such.

One thing I do worry about though is referring to myself as a plus size blogger. Although I'm clearly bigger than average I'm not as big as some of the popular body positive bloggers and I wouldn't want to be seen as trying to jump on the bandwagon just because I have a bit of a tummy. Where do you draw the line between blogger and plus size blogger? Would a plus size blogger be offended if a slimmer girl claimed she was plus size and would a girl the same size as me be offended if I started calling myself fat, would it give her hang ups about her own body?

Body confidence is such a difficult thing to talk about, especially nowadays when everyone seems to be offended by something. I'd never want to upset someone especially when it comes to how they see themselves and thats partly why I'm struggling to brand myself as anything other than just Grace, the blogger. At the end of the day this all comes back to labels and trying to put ourselves into categories and I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about that. I'm not even sure where I was going with this blog post, I guess I just needed to have a little ramble but I would like to hear your thoughts on this. 

What do you think, would you class me as a plus size blogger? Let me know, I won't be offended. 

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I'm writing this on the train home from London after a fab night at the Vuelio Blogger Awards. I'm ridiculously hungover and ready for my bed, but I have a couple of hours to kill so I thought I should make something positive out of the mess I was last night. I'm in the typical 'I'm never drinking again' mindset at the moment so I wanted to write down a few things to remind myself not to get white girl wasted next time I'm at a sophisticated social event. 

1. The more you drink the more you wee and you can't have fun when you're running off to the loo every 5 minutes.  

2. Everyone loves a free drink but let's be honest, no one wants to be seen as the person taking the piss completely. I'm 100% sure I was that person last night. 

3. I love wine however I do not love hiccups. 

4. I think my life is really interesting, hence why I share it online; but not everyone gives a shit. When I'm drunk I want to tell everyone all of the things and I don't realise how much rubbish is spilling out of my mouth until I see people running for the door! 

5. Being a Brummie is a pretty hard thing to hide at the best of times, but after a few drinks I get on a whole new level. I don't hate my accent but when I'm drunk it just sounds like I'm taking the piss and I can't turn it off. 

6. I lost most of the business cards people gave to me. I met so many lovely blogging girls that I'll probably struggle to find now as I've managed to misplace their cards! 

7. Blogging events are really fun but they are also great for networking and helping your blog grow. There's lots of important people at these events and really no one wants to come off as a binge drinker/ alcoholic to the SEO of an important company. I definitely managed to get that profile down to a T. 

8. Trying to get back to my hotel (it was deffo a hostel but whatever) in a city I'm not familiar with it is a little bit scary, but team that up with a bit of wine and I suddenly turn into a perfect target for a serial killer. 

9. I was sick. Whilst walking to my station, which was very definitely closed by that time I spewed my guts all over the pavement. It was literally so red I can't get over it. Unfortunately for me this happened next to a lad who had volunteered to walk me there as I didn't really know my way. He owns a business that works with bloggers and I'm sure I left a lasting impression, just not the one I was going for. 

10. Being in London is a nightmare but being in London with a hangover is so much worse. 

I've learned my lesson and hopefully next time I get invited to a nice event I will be a classy grown up woman who doesn't need to down champagne like theres no tomorrow! Did any of you guys get to go to the Blogger Awards?! 

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