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Trying Something New & Why You Should Too

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Trying Something New & Why You Should Too

Admittedly, I sometimes find myself just sticking to what I know works, social media wise, posting similar content to everyone else. It doesn't matter 'who started it' because now everyone is doing it and it is working for everyone. Reposting memes, sharing the images you took for your latest shoot.. Yeah everyone is going to like it and that is fine for some but for me I always just wanted to do something different! Truth be told however that my brain isn't the most creative and I leave so much of the really out there and crazy ideas to my best friend Lizzy, until last Wednesday in college I had a brain wave.
I love video and have seriously contemplated a creating a YouTube however with the lack of time that I have on my hands, it just isn't possible. Some of my favourite modules in college involved video editing, something I could sit there for hours and do and I can appreciate a well edited and put together film or YouTube video when I see one.

I am well aware that video content by far gets the most reach on Facebook and I know I'm nowhere near funny enough to make and post sketches, so then somehow, this idea popped into my head.

Mini lookbooks, 30 (or so) seconds long to post on both my YouTube channel and Facebook that go along with a blog post. The videos will be just a filmed version of the photos I'm going to take and then included in the blog post.

So here it is! I'm SO excited to share this exciting little project and I hope you enjoy the content that I make even more now. I know this isn't my best work, but you have to start somewhere and (hopefully) these little videos will improve over time.

Trousers / Top / Scarf- Urban Outfitters (very old) / Shoes- Penney's


Keep testing and challenging yourself.. You never know where it might take you!



How Your Blog can Enhance Your CV

Monday, 10 April 2017

How Your Blog can Enhance Your CV
As the final few weeks of college are upon me it is time to brush the cobwebs off that old CV of mine and get updating. It has been a long time since I looked for a job so when I was updating my CV I was very surprised about how my blog enhanced it. I found it tied into so many jobs that I wanted to apply for so I was very impressed that in fact, this corner of the internet can be a serious asset in a job hunt. If you are in the digital media sector like me, than the blog can be a definite deal breaker but for every sector, this post may be able to bring to light how you too can use your blog to enhance your CV.

TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS

You can run a blog while being in full time education whilst holding a part time job? Props to you girl! I couldn't even imagine holding down a full time job and running a blog at the same time but people do it and it is an amazing skill to note down.

IT SKILLS

If you have a blog and reguarly post online, you'll most likely have a good grasp of the computer and all things that come with it.. Microsoft programmes and the general workings of the web? You got this.

DIGITAL MARKETING

Now this one is quite specific but if it is a marketing job you're going for then don't hold back. From bits like SEO, Google Analytics to social media management, these blogs of ours are generally a one man show so flaunt all of the knowledge you have gained. 

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

From networking at events to working with brands, in this industry you gotta communicate! This is an essential part of the job so it is one for the CV. 

DEDICATION

If you have been sharing your opinions and talking about your interests online for a while, it shows a bit of commitment and dedication don't you think? You can be extra sometimes too!

ADVANCED DIGITAL SKILLS

Again quite a specific one and not for everyone, but myself I know I have gained skills in Adobe Software like Photoshop and even HTML skills. 

CREATIVITY

Writing, photography and all that embodies blogging holds creativity. Anything you create shows a form of creativity and so much innovation.


I hope this post was of some help but if you have any more to add, let me know them on my social media channels linked below!


The Truth About Irish Blogging Industry

Thursday, 6 April 2017

The Truth About Irish Blogging Industry
So many things come to mind when I think of the Irish blogging community and blogging in general however since the drama unfolded during the week as the CEO of Cocoa Brown Tan, Marissa Carter publically bashed bloggers on the radio (hear the full interview here) I felt compelled to write this post and give my thoughts and opinions about the Irish blogging industry in general.

Truth be told, the blogging industry in Ireland especially is so saturated. Everyday there are emerging fashion bloggers looking to be the next top influencer with their follower count growing by the day on Instagram. The worst comments I get are always 'but do you know how saturated the industry is these days?!' YES I do and I don't care is my answer. 

We need to think about why we started these blogs in the first place. Yeah some people may just see the freebies and want the lavish lifestyles of some top (extreme emphasis on top) influencers and want in. It is not all sunshine and rainbows would you believe and it takes hard work, so much time and patience to actually get a few readers. I can only sigh when people comment on how many bloggers there are these days and how hard it is to 'make it' but at the end of the day that is not why I started and that is not what keeps me going. Sure, if I got to the stage where I could make a living from this I would be over the moon, and it would be so nice to know that you have thousands of people who enjoy your content but that wasn't my reasoning for starting a blog anyway. I started because I enjoy writing, fashion, beauty (at the time) and photography and creating content was something that I loved to do, and still love to do. It was a hobby initially and although I have a much more serious attitude towards it now, ultimately that is still what it is. 

Isn't that a good thing that there are so many people doing it too? The ones that actually stick to it are sharing an amazing interest with you and how exciting is that? 


I won't deny, some of the Irish blogging scene can be intimidating, so much of it is who you know and what you can do for me. I have gone to several events that I have felt so intimidated by others around me, call that what you want but I personally think it was because I was a small blogger, and I was no help to anyone. There are social climbers, all they want is to be at the top but you're going to get that in every industry and every job because that is just the way some people are. Some think there is almost a hierarchy and what you have to say isn't valid enough which I have noted in Facebook groups but at the end of the day you just have to laugh opinions like that off and keep doing what you're doing.

That is only the minority though, I could talk for days about my blogging friends and how amazing they are doing. Some of which I have never even met before but when they put up a great post or are celebrating a milestone I feel so proud of them, we are each others biggest cheerleaders and supporters. It isn't even fellow bloggers that can show that kind of love too, when you get the odd message from a reader it can be the most heartwarming thing. I see more support from the community than anything else and it is amazing to see it absolutely booming. 

Marissa Carter's opinion on beauty bloggers really disheartened a lot of people, me included. Saying that they aren't worth endorsing because they had their moment is a bit rich as her brand wouldn't be half it is today without them. It is a bit of a contradiction as just last week Sarah Ashcroft posted a paid ad for Cocoa Brown on Instagram but Marissa's true colours have finally shone through and has lost so many customers because of this, me included.



Well I hope you enjoyed this post, I'm not going to lie I'm a bit nervous to post it but it is my opinion and I felt like I had to give my 2 cents on the topic. Have a great weekend and let me know your opinions on my social media channels linked below!


The Gal Behind the Blog | 25 Facts About Me

Sunday, 2 April 2017

The Gal Behind the Blog | 25 Facts About Me
On reflection of this little blog, although I have a tendency to rant and ramble, I don't think you all know that much about me personally so I thought I'd share 25 facts about me.

  1. A quick introduction for number 1.. I'm 21, live in Dublin and in my final year of Digital Media in Maynooth University. 
  2. I have had this blog since 2013 however didn't really share it until 2015. It was always something I loved to do but admittedly I was a bit embarrassed about it. It has had several names over the years, from comichellex being one but I think from here on out we'll stick to Michelle Alice!
  3. When I was younger I was painfully shy, I never spoke up or talked to anyone. Even in secondary school I was very quiet and just kept my head down but from about 15 onwards I started to come out of my shell and now I'm like a new person. My 15 year old self would not believe it if she saw me going to blog events all by myself knowing nobody!
  4. For years (literally since I was 5 or 6) I hated the nickname Shelly. When I went to San Diego last summer my best friend Lizzy said 'how funny would it be if I got that nickname to stick' and as we had never met anyone there, she got it to stick and now thats what so many people call me. 
  5. I have a tendency to rob others cats over the years.. The only cat that we consciously made the decision to get was Harry, my current cat but over the years a lot of my neighbour's cats have decided that they prefer our house haha. If you follow me on Snapchat (michellealicex) you'll have seen the little ginger cat that I have plans to steal, which I have named Sharon.
  6. Speaking of cats, I won an award for 'most likely to be a crazy cat lady' at my debs when i was 18 and it is one of my biggest achievements to this day (as sad as that sounds haha).
  7. I have always wanted to live in America, ever since I was young. As I'm getting older I appreciate more how difficult it is to actually live there, but hopefully I can make that dream a reality in 2017 or 2018 by moving to San Diego on a graduate visa. I had a psychic tell me once that I would be very successful there so lets see how that goes! 
  8. 2012 was the year I was obsessed with One Direction (Harry Styles in particular). I used to use Twitter to find their whereabouts when they were in Ireland and met them three times as a result.. I met Niall Horan on Grafton Street, the whole band outside the radio station Spin 1038 after waiting 12 hours for them to arrive and in the airport when one of the girls ended up hopping on Harry's back haha. Not to mention my mother drove us to Niall's house in Mullingar one day while he was home. I was an extreme fan girl I know!
  9. I have never had glasses, or even needed them but I have always wanted them! Not so much the restricted eyesight, just for the aesthetic haha.
  10. Dinner is my least favourite meal of the day. I have such a fear (you could say) about eating it and if I can I'll avoid it. I could eat breakfast or lunch meals all day but just hate dinner. It could be due to the fact that I have a very good knowledge about the nutritional value of foods and I'm always so aware of how healthy a meal is for you. I'm in no way a healthy person, I could eat toast and Malteasers for days but the meals that I usually eat for breakfast and lunch are quite healthy so when it comes to dinner I dunk and roll out. 
  11. I hate having all of the attention on me, so I'm very surprised I even had a 21st haha. It wasn't too much fuss though, just pre drinks and it was with Lizzy so I could deal with it! It is a weird one seeing as I post so much content online.
  12. I think I had every colour of O'Neills tracksuit bottoms when I was younger, you know the ones that had the zips up the side? What can I say I was destined to be a fashion blogger.
  13. I can't smile with my teeth- I look absolutely ridiculous!
  14. When I was really young, I'm going to say 4 or 5 I attempted to run away.. I shoved my 101 Dalmatians bag full of Kit Kats and decided to hit the road. I knew if I went out the front door or left the side gate open my parents would be on to me so I got my dad to give me a boost over the side gate (because I couldn't hop it myself even though it is only about 4 foot) and I went on my way, my dad didn't even bat an eyelid! I basically walked to the Phoenix Park which is luckily very close to my house, ate all of the Kit Kats and decided nahh this life isn't for me and walked home.
  15. Like so many others my age, I didn't discover eyebrows until I was about 16.. It was a hard time for us all.
  16. I had quite unimaginative names for all of my past pets.. Tammy the tabby cat, Sandy the hamster, Snowy the rabbit, the list goes on and I think you can imagine what they all looked like haha.
  17. I have never broken a bone or damaged any body part really and have only been in the hospital a few times for myself.
  18. Dun Laoighre is my favourite place to go, the sea makes me feel so at ease and it helps that Scrumdiddlys is there too!
  19. I made a booklet all about Shih Tzus to give to my parents to sell them the idea of getting a dog and it worked! Now I have a nine year old pup called Daisy (also known as Dosey because she can be a bit slow at times).
  20. It took me so long to actually like pizza but now I love it.. I was also late to the Spice bag game but once I had one I was obsessed!
  21. I'm an only child.
  22. I only got my first Netflix account this year.. I used to use my cousin's friend's account for months and apparently she was really freaked out because she didn't know who was on it haha.
  23. I always flick my hair over to one side, it doesn't matter what side though. I always think my hair is too flat when I leave it in a middle parting.
  24. I'm addicted to acai bowls.
  25. I used to have my nose pierced but now I don't have any at all. I don't have any tattoos and I don't want one either.

Well I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little better! Don't forget to tweet/ comment a random fact about yourself too. Happy Sunday everyone!

21 Things I Learned in 21 Years

Sunday, 26 March 2017

21 Things I Learned in 21 Years
So today marks my 21st birthday. I'll no doubt be spending it hungover with the people I love the most and I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm writing this post in advance but lets hope McGowans didn't defeat me last night and I just danced the night away into the early hours of my 21st year of life (check out my snapchat- michellealicex to see if that was the case haha).

As last year I wrote a very emotional Letter to my 18 Year Old Self, this year I thought I would share 21 things that I learned at 21. Grab a coffee, this is going to be a long one!

Before I head straight into the post, I thought I'd quickly share with you what I wore for my 21st! I took these photos yesterday before I headed out (priorities haha) because I just couldn't wait to share my outfit with you!




YOU DO YOU
Say what you feel and don't hold back. Communication is key in life and expressing what you love can be so fulfilling. Starting this blog has been one of the best things I could have ever done and sharing it is even better. If I had have shyed away like my 15 year old self probably would have done, I really don't know where I would be today. Nobody cares about what you're doing as much as you think, as harsh as that sounds it is true. Everyone has far more things to be worrying about.

CATS ARE THE BEST
It definitely didn't take me 21 years to learn this, but the crazy cat lady that I am just feeds off their love. My cat Harry although stunning, can be a little cold sometimes (breaks my heart really) but his little face makes you so happy.


DON'T LOOK FOR LOVE
-It'll find you. I am a huge advocate of loving yourself before anyone can love you and one thing I learned over the years is that don't look for love, because it will find you. It comes when you least expect it (heck, even when you don't want it) and don't let it pass you by. Looking for love, in my opinion, only gets you something that you're settling for. Enjoy your time single with no ties to anyone, it is SO FUN however if someone comes along that can make you very happy, embrace it with open arms and see what happens!

EXPLORE MORE
I'm definitely well travelled but I want to see more, I just want to see the world. Spending last summer in San Diego taught me that I'm still so young and that I should enjoy myself and travel while I still can. Even travel Ireland more, I have grown to appreciate our Emerald Isle and I need to see more of it because there is so many beautiful places only two hours down the road.

SET YOURSELF GOALS
-and exactly how to achieve them because that is how you see results.

CELEBRATE EVERYDAY
Life is short and so unexpected. If my school years thought me anything, it would be that you never know when your world can be flipped in a second. When I was in fifth and sixth year in secondary school, two girls died on two separate occasions, quite unexpectedly. The deaths of two girls was a slap in the face and the reality check we all needed. Even though I only knew these girls to see, they both had such an impact on my life that I can't fully explain. All of the petty drama is ridiculous, do all of the school/ college work with a smile because at least you have the opportunity to do it. Celebrate everyday you have here with your health and tell everyone who you appreciate that you love them because who knows when they could be snatched away from you.

YOU'RE SHIT AT KEEPING IN CONTACT
As you go through life, it is destined to happen that you'll drift apart from friends but I'm the worst at keeping in contact with people. I can be just so focused and caught up with what I'm doing and time just goes by in a flash. It is something that I really want to work on about myself.

TIME MANAGEMENT IS KEY
Less Netflix and scrolling on Instagram, you'd be surprised how much you get done!

POST THE BLOODY INSTAGRAM 
-and stop being such a fecking perfectionist!

STOP MIXING YOUR DRINKS
Mixing cocktails with wine and all the vodka on offer never ends well haha.

YOU'RE IN CHARGE OF YOU
With so much hatred in the world (looking at you Donald Trump) you need to be in charge of you and you can't control anything else. Throughout that whole time in history, between the US election and Brexit, I found the world to be a very negative place with everyone complaining about how useless all of the world's political systems are and about how the world is essentially doomed. That time thought me that at the end of the day, we may have powerful people above us that decide what we can and can't do, however you can't let them dull your sparkle. You are in change of whether you're going to make this world a happier place to live and that will not go unnoticed.

YOU CAN READ PEOPLE
I have a very good intuition about people but at the same time it takes a lot for me not to like someone, which I think is a good thing. I'm not one of those people who get irritated very easily by those around them so I tend to like most people I meet however trust your gut, when you meet someone and you don't have a good feeling about them, it is generally true.

EAT ACAI BOWLS ALL DAY EVERYDAY
My love for them started in San Diego and I will never look back.. Healthy and tasty- you can't go wrong 💕

DON'T HOLD BACK ON THINGS YOU WANT TO DO BECAUSE OF OTHERS
Luckily I feel like I actually don't do this very often.. Some could call it selfish but at the same time, you need to do what you want to do and letting someone else hold you back from that will only lead to regret.

COFFEE ISN'T THAT BAD
And you have 2 and a half years of working in a pub to thank you for realising that one.

JUST IGNORE THE DRAMA
It is too draining and life is too fecking short, but at the same time..

LET NO BITCH PUT YOU DOWN

You shouldn't let anyone treat you like shit and talk down to you. There is a difference between constructive criticism and letting someone talk crap about you, even if it is to your face.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN
Taking off your makeup every night and moisturising can be a pain but so worth it in the end. Brushing your teeth after a night out is a pain on another level, but I have to keep working on it haha.

NOBODY HAS A CLUE WHAT THEY ARE DOING
It's not just you. As I come into my final weeks of university, it is safe to say that although some may look like they have a plan, they are just as terrified as you.

YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT WILL COME IF YOU JUST ASK
Chancing your arm can never be regretted, the worse they can do is say no and you never know what can come from it!

DUN LAOIGHRE IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA
It is my favourite place in Ireland and it always makes me so happy. Plus, Scrumdiddly's is there which makes it so much better!

I find it hilarious even looking back at the letter I wrote to my 18 year old self last year, even since then I have faced so many obstacles and have grown up so much more than I could imagine. I know that I'll look back laughing at this post too because I have so much ahead of me and so much more growing to do. These are my favourite posts to write and I hope you have enjoyed reading this one.