Instagram vs. Reality 

Recently I’ve been having a serious love/hate relationship with Instagram. There will be some people reading this post thinking that I need to get a life but with the blogging aspect I actually rely on it to interact with my readers and share my blog posts. Normally I enjoy social media platforms that are mainly image based like Instagram and Pinterest (I’ve never been a fan of Facebook) but sometimes I find we get caught up on the fakeness of it too much. Seeing everyone’s picture perfect live placed beautifully within a square box and a pretty filter can give an illusion that they live an amazing life 24/7 – this couldn’t be further from the truth! 

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Its been a while …

You may remember that at the start of last summer I shared my experience of living with Chronic Anxiety (you can read it here). It took me quite some time to open up about it as I was feeling embarrassed. Eventually I built up the courage to talk about things and I sought help. Once I received my diagnosis I spent further time building myself back up and moving into a more positive place. After sharing everything with all of you I felt a huge sense of relief and gratitude as you were all so kind.

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How To Blog Effectively

It has been five glorious years since I first started up my blog, Niamh Kelly. I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for so long and more importantly, stuck with it. It takes a lot of passion, planning and perseverance to maintain a blog and hopefully build it into a brand. I originally began blogging to build up an online portfolio but overtime it became my baby. I can’t imagine my life without my blog or what I even did with my spare time.
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Why I love blogging…

Being a blogger can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can achieve in life. It brings me great satisfaction and has allowed me to work with talented people and beautiful brands. That said, it has also been a testament. In life we all go through times when we don’t feel our best and unfortunately in the blogging world, particularly fashion, that can effect your confidence and therefore have an impact on your blog. We’ve all been there (well I certainly have) and even now I’m still trying to get back to a place within myself that I am completely comfortable with. For me, taking OOTD posts can be a challenge as I don’t feel naturally comfortable in front of a camera. There are times when it doesn’t bother me and times when you can see in certain shots that I’m uncomfortable. I have definitely went through phases when I’ve envied others for just how photogenic they look in their pictures.

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I think that’s only natural though and I’m sure that even the most established bloggers go through the same process. I have been lucky to build somewhat of a name for myself and everyday I’m working hard and meeting with new people in the hope of turning it into a more permanent fixture. The creativity and planning that goes into maintaining a blog is what I find most enjoyable. It’s also a great way to build your writing, networking and interpersonal skills. I love nothing more than finding inspiration from different social media platforms, fellow bloggers, industry professionals and life itself. (Image credit: Alexandra Pereira from Lovely Pepa and Irish stylist, Clémentine MacNeice).

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I’ve also met a lot of new people and some have turned into friendships that I cherish. There is no better feeling that getting together with a group of like minded people talking all things fashion, beauty and lifestyle all the while snapping that essential Instagram coffee or lunch shot. Things don’t happen over night, even after four years of blogging I still have so much to accomplish. I’m not going to lie, there are times when I have thought to myself that things were never going to work out, however everyday is a step closer to my dream and I am looking forward to the future.

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Today’s post was a little different from my usual features but I just wanted to share my thoughts. Please feel free to leave a comment recommending any other bloggers to check out or your own blog!

Nx

Happy Bank Holiday Monday

Happy Monday, lovelies! There is no better feeling than waking up on a Monday morning and remembering you have the day off. The old faithful Bank Holiday has returned and I hope you’ll all enjoy your day and don’t wake up with too bad of a hangover.

Whether you’re spending the day brunching with friends, taking a road trip to the beach, heading to a beer garden for cocktails or in my case catching up on some blogging, have a fab one!

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I’d love to know how you all plan on spending your day so feel free to leave me a comment. See you soon.

Nx