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    BLOGCON LDN 2018

    BLOGCON LDN 2018

    Earlier this month, I attended BlogCon in London for the first time and I had no idea what to expect!  I asked a few of my blogger friends if they had been before and the general response was that it was ok but they didn’t think they would go again.  I asked a friend to come with me (no one likes attending events on their own! – or is that just me?!)  I decided I really did want to go as I was extremely curious what it was all about.

    I left it til the last minute.  The night before, I realised that tickets would be taken off sale in a few hours, so I rushed to book mine.  I texted my friend to ask if I should book her ticket too and she ended up telling me she wasn’t feeling well at all.  I sat there with a sinking feeling inside me.  On one hand, I could cancel the whole thing but my curiosity wouldn’t allow that.  On the other hand, I could attend alone and it might be really awkward walking around on my own and feeling silly all day.

    In the end, I decided to suck it up, book it and go alone!

    The venue was quite out of the way.  I had to get a train (30 min), tube (60 min) and then a bus (20 min) meaning getting up super early to curl my hair and do my makeup…

    I arrived and saw a couple of other girls on the bus walking towards the venue.  I said hi and asked if they were going to BlogCon to which they both enthusiastically replied yes and then proceeded to compliment my dress.  Turns out, they were exhibitors at the event.  For some extremely odd reason, I thought the event started at 12:00 noon so I was there at 11:50am, super keen and eager (lol).  Turns out, the event didn’t start until 1:00pm!  The horror!

    So I ended up walking with them all the way to their stall and standing around awkwardly while I mentally planned out what I was going to do for an hour.

    The girls started to get busy with setting up their stall so I said “I’ll leave you to it then! Lovely to meet you!” and walked off (dying inside from the awkwardness of now being on my own).

    I decided to visit the bathroom since I had about an hour to kill.  I took my sweet time touching up my makeup and taking bathroom selfies (of course!)

    I came back outside and was told that the event had not started yet so please wait in the lobby (haha I had somehow sashayed into the event without a ticket).  I started to get my phone out ready (so as not to stand around looking awkward) and walked towards the lobby.  There were two other girls sat on the sofas so I sat down opposite them.  Immediately we started talking about BlogCon, introduced ourselves and followed each other on Instagram.  Turns out, Anne was a BlogCon veteran, having been for the past 5 years straight.

    We ended up chatting for a good 30 minutes before we were allowed entry to the event.  I was so surprised at how friendly and easy it was to talk to these two girls.  I ended up spending the whole day with them, looking around BlogCon, attending the blogger workshops with them and even going out for a girly dinner on the Thames in the evening!

    At BlogCon, there were a large variety of different brands exhibiting, from electronics, to fashion and beauty to food and personal care.  I loved meeting some of the smaller indie brands that I hadn’t heard of before and learning about what they do, as well as chatting with the bigger sponsors there too.  It was so heartwarming to learn how so many brands these days are conscious of their carbon footprint, using organic materials and helping out local charities and causes.

    Overall, I would recommend BlogCon to anyone who has not been before.  I plan to go again to the next one!

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    MY FIRST EXPERIENCE AT THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW LONDON 2018

    MY FIRST EXPERIENCE AT THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW LONDON 2018

    Top: Miss Selfridge, similar here | Skirt: Liz Lisa, similar here and here | Shoes: Coast, similar here and here | Necklace: Claire’s Japan, similar here

    So a few weeks ago, I received a text from a very good friend of mine asking if I had seen all the beautiful storefront displays in Chelsea London.  Turns out all the stores around that area were participating in a competition to see who could put on the best display.  And it wasn’t only this year, this had been going on for the past 13 years!  How could I be so oblivious?!

    Anyway, I received that text on the Friday.  I had heard about the Chelsea Flower Show here and there but I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I went on the website to check and found out that the very next day was going to be the LAST DAY that the displays would be up!  Oh my goodness, cue mad panic to find someone to come out with me to take photos!  Thankfully my friend and fellow blogger Sophie was available to come out with me.

    The weather on Saturday was beautiful and we both felt so lucky that we had been able to make it out to London to get these photos that day.  Some of the stores were already dismantling and taking down their displays as we made our way round to all of them.  The storefront floral competition was different from the actual Chelsea Flower Show – I think you have to pay to go into the actual flower show.  But I was content just exploring all the beautiful shopfronts!

    I would definitely recommend going on the first day, or as early as you can.  All the shopfront displays were real flowers so a lot of them had already wilted on the day we went as they’d been up for the past 7 days.

    If you have hayfever, I would approach with caution!  Me and Sophie both don’t have hayfever but we found ourselves sneezing with an itchy nose and eyes due to all the crazy amounts of pollen floating around the streets!

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    FEYA CAFE – LONDON’S MOST-INSTAGRAMMABLE CAFE OF 2018?

    FEYA CAFE – LONDON’S MOST-INSTAGRAMMABLE CAFE OF 2018?

    Last Friday, I found some time to visit the newly-opened Feya Cafe near Bond Street in London, and it did not disappoint!  We arrived punctually at 9:00am when it opened and were surprised to find that the entire cafe was free of any other customers.

    Every part of this cafe has been designed and created with the modern-day Instagrammer in mind.  From the marble tables, to the rose gold accents, fresh flowers and of course, the much-loved millennial pink velvet seats.  If you’re an Instagrammer, this place is a must-visit ASAP before everyone finds out about them and they get packed and busy!

    I went to order the lavender lemonade and my partner chose a hot chocolate.  We wanted to order the Rose Avo Toast (gluten-free toast with beet hummus, avocado rose and sprout) and the Pastel Rainbow Smoothie (two coloured smoothie bowl with pineapple, banana, spirulina and pittaya and coconut milk, topped with granola, banana and mango flowers – what a mouthful! But does this sound delicious or what!).  Both sounded absolutely amazing and since we’d just travelled in from Surrey without having had breakfast, we were starving!

    Turns out, their chef who normally prepares the food was stuck on the underground and hadn’t made it into work yet…  We were disappointed to say the least.  I thought we’ll just order our drinks for now and wait to see if the chef will arrive soon.  While we were waiting for our drinks, we started to take some photos and the waitress came over to us to apologise, saying that she’d like to offer us any two cakes we wanted free of charge!  We very gratefully settled on the very pretty raspberry macaron cake and the coffee and walnut cupcake.  (What a lovely surprise!)

    I’d had lavender-flavoured ice cream before somewhere else, which was delicious and I thought lavender-infused lemonade sounded interesting.  But turns out the lavender is quite bitter and strong.  The cakes and hot chocolate were lovely though.  This cafe is cosy, classy and has a beautiful atmosphere – I’d say it would be most perfect for a date with one of your girl friends.

    Overall, I would recommend this place for the beautiful decor and incredible service.  I visited at 9:00am on a Friday morning and it was empty.  But since it is still quite new, I don’t reckon many people know about it yet.  As it gains popularity, I wouldn’t be surprised if they become as busy as Elan Cafe on the weekends (I recently arrived at Elan’s at 8:30am on a Saturday and it was already 3/4 full of people!).

    Let me know if you’ll be visiting this place and what you think of the photos!

    A huge white blossom tree extends across the ceiling of the back of the cafe, accentuated by flitting gold paper butterflies.

    The cafe really is a sight to behold and if you came early enough, you could even come and enjoy your morning breakfast and coffee with a calm and peaceful start to the day.

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    ​8 SURE-FIRE SIGNS YOU’LL SUCCEED AS AN ENTREPRENEUR

    ​8 SURE-FIRE SIGNS YOU’LL SUCCEED AS AN ENTREPRENEUR

    “According to Bloomberg, 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18 months. A whopping 80% crash and burn.” – quoted from Forbes

    The statistics are alarming.  Yet, I’m hearing every day, more and more people becoming entrepreneurs.

    Sure, it seems attractive.  You get to make your own hours, be your own boss and work when you want.  But there’s always a flipside to the coin.  I’ve seen a lot of entrepreneurs start and fail during my time.  I’ve been successfully running my own business LoveJojo since 2012 and recently started my second one.

    Besides the technical side of things, here’s my list of 8 things you need to succeed as an entrepreneur:

    1. PERSEVERANCE

    This is the number one reason for failure in my opinion.  I’ve seen so many of my friends and acquaintances start businesses, only to give up within 12 months.  The truth is, running your own business takes hard work and perseverance.  You will rarely see significant results in the first year.  Listen to your heart; if this business is true for you, do not give up!

    2. STUBBORNESS

    Similar to perseverance, although I’d say this is probably one of my best traits.  I’m naturally a very stubborn person and I always saw this as a bad thing.  But after running my own businesses, I realised what a strength it was.  Being stubborn means you don’t give up easily.  I tend to stick it through with most things all the way to the end, until I get a result out of it.  I love to prove myself right and others wrong!

    3. NOT AFRAID OF REJECTION

    When you run your own business, there’s no boss to hide behind.  You must take everything that is thrown at you.  Negotiating, requests and applications are all processed and communicated by you.  You can’t be afraid of someone saying no to you.  It’s all about moving on when faced with rejection; reflecting on what can be done and taking necessary action.  Don’t let your emotions get in the way.

    4. DEDICATION

    Are you obsessed with what you’re doing in your business?  Oftentimes, I see people are hugely passionate about one thing and they start a business with it, only to get bored of it after a short space of time.  To reach success, you need to be obsessed with what you’re doing.  You have to be faced with it every single day – can you take that?!

    Of course, dedication also means time.  Are you willing to put in the time commitment to make it work?  I remember working 16 hour days, 7 days a week to get my business to take off.  And people around me would always think that I worked less than them and that I had lots of free time.  They don’t see the sheer amount of work that went into it.

    5. PATIENCE

    Like I said, it’s not an overnight thing.  You will need to be dedicated to the cause and put in the necessary commitments to make it work.  Don’t give up just because you aren’t seeing results or because of a few setbacks.  (Setbacks are inevitable and you just have to brush it off, get over them and strategise with what you’ve got.)

    6. INTUITION

    When it comes to your own creation, there really is no secret one-size-fits-all formula.  Your business will be unique to you and like a mother to her newborn, only you know what your business needs.  Sometimes, it can be about a potential collaboration, a new product line or a huge investment.  But listen to your intuition before diving in.  Sometimes, opportunities are disguised as distractions.

    7. GOOD NETWORKING SKILLS

    Ever heard the phrase “it’s not what you know, but who you know”?  This is definitely so true.  I remember when I was starting out and feeling my way around my business, I would go to lots of networking events and seminars.  I’d meet so many other people who were on the same journey as me.  I’d get recommendations from them (insurance brokers, graphic designers, SEO etc), as well as being introduced to people in their network that they recommended.  So many of these recommendations were integral to my business’ growth.  Not only that, but there’s a saying that you’re much more likely to succeed in something if you’re surrounded by other people who are also on the same journey as you are.

    8. CREATIVITY

    This one goes without saying.  Creativity comes in the form of many things, but most important in my opinion is being able to think outside of the box.  Don’t try to copy someone else and don’t try to be someone else.  Be yourself, but realise how much potential there is!

    Share with me your thoughts in the comments below!

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    12 IMPORTANT LIFE LESSONS TO LEARN BEFORE YOU TURN 30

    12 IMPORTANT LIFE LESSONS TO LEARN BEFORE YOU TURN 30

    A few days ago, I entered the 3rd decade of my life (!)

    If you had asked me 10 years ago, what I thought my life would be like at 30, it would have been a completely different story to what is actually happening.

    Life and your perspective definitely change with each decade and year that passes you by.  When I was 18, 21, 25, I thought I knew everything.  I thought I knew where my life was headed and what I would be doing with my life.

    But now I realized that the true beauty of life lies in the fact that the future is unknown.  And this is what makes it so mysterious and interesting!

    Here’s my list of 12 things I wish I knew before I turned 30:

    1. DON’T BE AFRAID TO CUT OUT TOXIC FRIENDSHIPS

    I was always the type of person who didn’t like to say goodbye to things.  I attach a lot of nostalgia and sentimentality to people and things.  I was very naïve and thought that everyone wanted to be friends with everyone else; that people would treat me with the same level of care and respect that I showed them.

    I invested a lot of time into my friendships, carefully nurturing them.  I refused to let go of the friendships that were toxic to me because I didn’t want to lose them.

    It took me all of 30 years to realise that at the core, most people have their own interests at heart.  That not all friendships are permanent.  That just because you grow up together in childhood, doesn’t mean your friendship will stay that way all the way through adulthood.

    Because, let’s face it, you can’t force people to stay if they just don’t want to.

    Friends will come and go.  Look out for the genuine ones that really have your back, rather than spreading yourself too thin and trying to be friends with absolutely everyone.

    1. DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

    The problem we all face when we look at social media is that it makes us feel good (dopamine) while at the same time, makes us feel inadequate.  For me personally, I tend to post only the best parts of my life.  For example, I won’t post the boring day-to-day parts of my life, I don’t post any arguments I have with family or my other half.  I don’t post the times when I’m feeling down.  Essentially, most people are also like me.

    It’s easy for us to feel down when we look at someone else’s “highlight reel” of their life because it makes us feel bad about the boring parts of our own life.  But we have to realise that it is just that – a highlight reel.

    We don’t know another person’s full life story, so we can never judge them.  We don’t know what hardships they have been through.  For example, a lot of people I went to school with, only see my successes on social media and think I achieved this overnight.  The reality is that it took 5 years of literal blood, sweat and tears to get to where I am now, plus many sleepless nights and working 15 hour days back-to-back to get my businesses running to the level they are at today.

    1. YOU HAVE YOUR OWN PERSONAL TIMELINE

    Growing up, I thought that there were “deadlines” on important milestones in my life.  I thought that I needed to finish university by age 21, get a job immediately, meet my life partner and be married by 28, kids by 29.

    Nothing has gone according to that plan.  In fact, I dived into entrepreneurship straight out of university (which took my 6 years to graduate from), and have been working for myself ever since.  I don’t feel the pressure to be a young mother and I don’t allow myself to feel pressurised to marry early either.  I realised that these things were other people’s values.  I now choose to live my life according to what I want, rather than feel pressured to follow strict invisible “deadlines”.

    1. DO WHAT YOU LOVE AND DO IT EVERY DAY

    I worked at a restaurant during my time at university.  I remember very clearly the managers used to give me so much praise and encouragement that I worked myself even harder, to earn more praise.

    One day, I collapsed at work.  In that moment, something that had been in the back of my mind, suddenly came to my attention.  I was working so hard to make someone else’s dreams come true.  They were never going to give me a payrise and my efforts and hard work wouldn’t be reflected in the amount of money I put into my pocket; rather it will go into the pockets of the managers and restaurant owners.

    I feel very blessed to have realised this during my university days.  Being somewhat of an ambivert (but mostly introverted) and having only one scheduled class per week (my degree was mostly coursework and I had zero exams), I spent my days allowing myself to freely follow my heart and do what I loved to do.

    I found that I got a thrill and a high from selling online (on eBay).  No matter what the item was, I would get a rush of adrenaline each time I sold something (I was selling old junk that I didn’t want anymore from my room).

    One day, I fell in love with a Japanese toy I saw online and knew I had to get my hands on one.  I decided to approach the company and bought a wholesale batch with the intention of selling them online and keeping one for myself.  I thought: even if no one buys them, I can keep them for myself as they’re so adorable!

    This was the start of my online business LoveJojo which has now been in operation since 2011.

    1. IN 10 YEARS’ TIME, THIS WON’T EVEN MATTER ANYMORE

    I’m talking about the little things here.  The things that get you down.  The things that eat away at your self-esteem, self-worth and self-confidence.  Those petty arguments, the need to be right (rather than happy), that anger, frustration or annoyance at something not turning out the way you wanted it.

    Will it really matter in 10 years’ time?

    1. STOP WORRYING ABOUT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK OF YOU

    As human beings, we are hardwired to try to “fit in”.  This is because back in the days of survival, it was easier to survive predators if you were in a pack rather than on your own.  Instinctively, we try to fit in to “survive”.  But we are past all of that now and in modern-day society, we are actually free to make our own choices.  Staying true to yourself and being who you really are, is what will make society move forwards.

    Stop worrying what other people will think of you.  Their opinions are not what matters.  What matters is that you have lived this life to your fullest without any fear of regret.  When you are laying on your deathbed, will you be thinking about all those things you didn’t do because you were so worried what people would think, or would you be filled with regret for having not taken those chances?

    1. TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN

    When we’re young (and reckless), it’s easy to just neglect and take our skin for granted.  When we’re still young, our skin naturally looks good and it is easy for us to become lazy in applying SPF every single day!  Same goes for skincare creams and serums.  Plus, remember to take off your makeup every single day before bed no exceptions!  Your skin will thank you for it when you’re older.

    1. BE MINDFUL OF WHAT YOU’RE PUTTING INTO YOUR BODY

    When you’re young and you have no health issues and your metabolism is high, it’s easy to get carried away eating junk food.  Not that I, ahem, do that.  Try to choose non-processed foods whenever possible – go back to nature.

    But you need to think long term.  You’re going to be living in this body (hopefully) for the rest of your life.  It’s good to set it up in the best possible state to see you through to the end.  Eat the food you enjoy by all means, but make sure you’re being mindful of consuming enough fruits, vegetables and vitamins.

    1. FIND OUT WHO YOU ARE

    So many people are engrossed in finding The One early on in their young adult lives.  But the secret is to spend time being by yourself; find out what you enjoy and like; find out who you are.  It’s kind of like tunnel vision, if you spend all your time seeking out The One, you won’t be present in the moment enjoying yourself.  And what’s more attractive than someone enjoying themselves to the max?

    1. BE MORE ACTIVE

    A healthy body will see you through to old age.  Many elderly family members I know (some nearing their 100th birthday) are still fit and active to this day because they stayed active during their youth.  I solemnly believe that the more you keep your body fit and active, the healthier you will be into old age.

    1. DON’T LISTEN TO EVERYTHING YOU ARE TOLD

    It’s so easy to get sucked into believing things at face value.  How many times have you been told something and you accepted it without questioning, only to find out later that it was utter rubbish?

    Learn to question things and find things out for yourself by doing your own research.  Especially don’t take anything newspapers, media, TV, radio tell you for face value.  Go out and find out information on your own and choose to live your own life.

    Do not let others dictate how to live your life.  Don’t just listen to music because it’s being forced upon you by the media.  Don’t spend your time obsessing over celebrities because it’s being presented to you in magazines etc.  Don’t let the news scare you without researching properly first.  This is how gossip, rumours and false news is spread.  Don’t allow someone or something else to govern your way of thinking or how you live your life.

    1. STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES

    This one is so important.  I never realised the power of a gratitude journal.  Even if you don’t have one, it’s empowering to spend a few minutes each day reflecting on the things that you’re grateful for.  It doesn’t even have to be big or obvious things, it can be the really small things – small things all add up to form the bigger picture in the end!

    So there you have it!  It’s a rather long post but I felt it was important to mark this important milestone in my life and also share with you what I’ve learnt in my 30 years being on planet Earth!

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