Friday
Dec192014

Rockalily Style - Plum and Pigeon

 

It's the month you have to try and make your festive jumpers earn their keep. I wore my robin jumper over my Plum and Pigeon dress.

I got rid of my blue hair today, so watch this space to see what colour I've gone next!

Thursday
Dec182014

Should your business have more than one instagram account?

Over the years I have taught and talked to other small businesses about their social media strategies, whether in a 1-to-1 twitter tutorial, or a talk at Blogstock about the need to define and create a niche for your brand.

I often get asked about the need (or not) to have multiple social media channels, for example should a business owner have a separate twitter feed, or a separate instagram account.

I tend to come to my answer in a rather backwards fashion. What reason would your customer have to follow your twice? Will each stream have a definied and different narrative from each other? What can the second stream offer the customer that is different from the first? You want to add, not dilute.

I work quite hard to create separate but equal narratives on my multiple streams. I thought I'd look at my two instagram accounts as an example. In this first picture you can see the 10 most liked pictures from @Rockalily, the account that follows me, as a person.

These are the ten most liked photos from @RockalilyCuts, my business' account. Three of these photos are actually of my hair, but the crucial difference is that photos don't get replicated.

I'm a big believer that replicating content is a surefire way of irritating followers, and gives them no incentive to follow both. They're mostly likely to unfollow one, and just stick to one stream of content.

Having mulitple social media streams is a lot of work, particularly if you want to create a solid narrative for people to engage in, and so working out whether it's even worth it, is well worth while before you start!

Thursday
Dec182014

Rockalily Style - Vintage length skirt

 

I've sold or donated a lot of my vintage skirts, but have always liked this one.

It deserves nicer shoes though! My scruffy work shoes don't do it justice.

Wednesday
Dec172014

Why I'm glad my ex moved far far away

He wasn't my boyfriend for very long, and I had only started falling in love with him, so as break ups go, it wasn't the worst. However, with him close by, we remained pretty enmeshed for months afterwards. Logically I understood why we weren't a smart choice (or maybe more just wrong timing) but I seemed unable to give 'us' up completely. It felt so easy and comfortable with him, and we had fun, pure and silly fun, even after the breakup.

He moved across the world, and it's exactly what he needs, and actually it's what I needed. We seemed unable to let each other go, even though we weren't what each other needed.

It's odd that we can make choices that we are know are wrong; yet make them all the same.  

The dangerous part of holding onto something that isn't for you is that you won't have space for the right thing to find you. 

This isn't just about holding onto people, but jobs, or habits too. We need to create space so that the right or next thing can find us. It was advice my mother gave me years ago, and it's really stuck with me.

When I quit my job, I started working part time to help bridge the gap to self-employment. It can be really hard to tell when it is the right time to quit the part time job too. It's super scary to give up the security blanket of a part time job, but the part time job holds you back from advancing in your new path. I wasn't sure what to do, and my Mother advised me that I needed to make the space for more opportunities to find me, and that it was time to make the leap, and let go. So I did, and here I am. Sometimes we need to just let go, and allow the space to just exist for a while. And that's the scary part.

Wednesday
Dec172014

Rockalily Style: Entertaining at home in pom pom slippers

 

Look at me getting all fancy trying a new camera angle. 

I'm entertaining at home today, so I'm in slippers, not shoes. I always half wish these were shoes though.

I wonder if I could get sponsorship to get my legs finished in ;-)

Sunday
Dec142014

Suits for men for under £100

I love a great suit on a guy, but understand that sometimes they come at quite a price! If budget is more of an issue, how about these 5 great suits for under £100?

This tartan jacket and trouser suit is £79.98 at New Look. It takes a bold man to rock a print, but I do love a plaid.

This navy skinny fit suit is from Topman, and is £100

 

This M&S suit is from the Big and Tall range and is £79

This navy slimfit suit from Next is £99 (and you can add the waistcoat for £35 more)

 

This burgundy suit from asos is £85 and great for winter.

Saturday
Dec132014

Retro (but new) telephones 

We use our salon phone rather a lot (obviously) and we've been through a few recently. Our initial phone was the Wild and Wolf silver one, which I bought from Amazon over two years ago. It gots lots of compliments from clients, who were often surprised to find out it was brand new. I liked the real bell ring tone as well. However, the line was often crackly and quite quiet. Not great for a busy hair salon!

The lips phone are from the second salon, which we borrowed when we'd finally had enough of the poor quality line from the silver one recently.

We were then contacted by PMC Telecom who wanted to send us a new retro phone. We went for the 1929 Carrington Push Button Telephone in red.

It's quite a cheap phone, at just under £35, and so you can't expect it to look super expensive. If I'm honest I prefer the quality of the finish of the silver phone, but the red phone has a lovely loud and clear line, which is much more practical for us! Cute as a gift idea too.

What do you think? Tweet me your favourite out of our phones!