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Anna Nuttall Bloggers Link-up 10

Bloggers Link-up
Welcome back to my Bloggers Link-up. I absolutely love reading a wide range of blog posts, and that could be everything from home decor, cookery, travels or just hearing what you’ve been up to. I’m a nosy parker! So with that said I’ve created this link-up as a place you can show off your latest posts, share the love and discover other amazing bloggers!

The rules: It really easy and fun to join in! If you have written a blog post this week then please share it using the below linky. Your blog can be about anything – food, travel, beauty or fashion, as long it’s appropriate. Also if possible please share your posts with the tag: #anbloggerslinkup so we can find each other! (The an in the hashtag stand for Anna Nuttall.)

Commenting: There are no ‘rules’ about commenting, but please if you have time do check out some of the other bloggers who have linked up and leave them a comment on their post.

That isn’t it kids – there is more. I want to give you as much exposure as possible to bloggers, so I will be sharing your posts across my social media and every week, so I will be choosing just one bloggers that have caught my eye to feature on every week’s link up. It will be completely random and I don’t accept tips – well if you really want to give me that £5 I ain’t complaining.

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Marketing & Blogging

Blogger Vs WordPress – Which one to use

Blogger Vrs WordPress  Which one to use

I’ve been wanting to write a post about Blogger vs WordPress for quite some time as it obvious through reading various blogging forum that a lot people still don’t know what the different is. I understand completely if you’re a newbie and learning everything, but if you have been around for a while, then surely you must know the different between these two blogging platform. But anyway…

First of all, I work with WordPress 9 out of 10 time. This blog for example is hosted on WordPress, and I also do websites for businesses using WordPress. I’ve been using self-hosted WordPress site for over 10 years and I have been using Blogger before that so I’m not completely against either of these two platform.  There seem to be a general conscience that for a blogger (not Blogger the platform – I can see this being very confusing!) or a business to be taken serious you need a WordPress site – and yes I do completely agreed. However if you just want a platform to write and to have it as a personal diary or an SEO blog then Blogger is fine in that aspect.

Here let me explain:

Blogger offers a free service where all of your content is stored on the Google servers, so you don’t have to worry about hosting fees, or even bandwidth. There is a limited amount of customization, but you can control the layout and design through Blogger’s simple editors and see your changes in real-time through the Template Editor. The actual writing editor (where you write the post) offers all of the basic functions you need to write the posts, as well as an HTML area for more advanced users. Photos are uploaded through Google Picasa, which is stored on your own Google account and not on your own servers. It also very easy to backup your blog and content through the Settings screen.

WordPress is a more complex platform. Before you install it, you will need to search for a web host that offers the space and bandwidth that your site need at a reasonable price. If you’re not familiar with web hosting,I suggest you read up on it and ask around for a good web host. My one advice is too choose a country origin host, IE; If you live in the UK choose a UK web host or if you live in USA choose a USA web host, I find if you encounter a problem then someone is more likely to help you straight away rather then waiting for day or two for a response.

Once you got a web host and a domain and you have also installed WordPress (this is usually done with a 1 click option your domain control panel); you’ll be greeted with a standard, basic WordPress template. Here is where it can possibly get complicated if you don’t know what you’re doing. If you want a different theme/template to make the site your own then may I suggest themeforest as they have thousands of different theme to suit every site, but this does come at a price.

Let look at actually creating a post, as that the whole point of setting up this site. From a newbie point of view, this can take some time and you could find yourself getting a little confuse with  HTML additions and CSS codes. I wouldn’t worry too much, as there are thousands of WordPress plugins that you can add to your site, some of which include extra add-ons to save you the hassle of weird looking blog post. Plugins is what I consider to be the biggest beneficial to WordPress. You can pretty much find anything from SEO plugins to games.

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WordPress is an amazing platform if utilized properly and by somebody who has the knowledge to use it. I do tell my clients that It can take a little getting used to, but is generally easy once you get the hang of it. I personally recommend it to all my business clients – but for someone who jumping head first into blogging without any real ideas, then Blogger might be for you.

WordPress does take a lot more time to customize and tweak, and if you don’t have any experience in this department and want your blog to look good, you might find yourself lost. The last thing I will mention with WordPress is it susceptible to hackers, now I don’t want scare you but It has happened to me. My last website which was part of my uni project was hacked into making me loose everything. It was a nightmare and taught me a big lesson. There are evil nasty bots that like to root round WordPress sites and attempt to crack an user passwords. It’s a pain in the ass to fix, so when you see an update notification on your dashboard/admin area – update it as soon as possible. Install the latest security patches and versions each time they come out, and make sure your passwords and do regular backups.

I ended up writing a lot more about WordPress then Blogger, so my advice is – go with Blogger if you’re looking for a free, easy customization solution.But if you have the experience and looking for a platform where you are serious about blogging and your business then go with WordPress.

If you start with Blogger and then find yourself wanting more control, you can always easily move over to WordPress.The decision is yours, but take the time to research both so you know what is the right platform for you.

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Beauty Hair

Loving Red Hair

Loving Red Hair

Today we going to talk about red hair – why? Because I’m obsessed right now! As I love the red hair look so much, now you might even argue with me that the red hair trend is so dead and I should get over it. But I won’t. Since I was young I always hated my natural hair colour – a rather dull brown that has no life to it.

So as soon as I started to earn money in my teen years (my mum before that wouldn’t let have or buy me dye in the house) I went out and dyed my hair, it was round that stage that I wanted lighter hair so I dyed it blonde. While it covers my dull brown hair it did made me look a complete washout, it didn’t really go so well with pale pasty complexion and had people calling me the ‘ghost girl’. It then I discovered the red hair look, not exactly a groundbreaking discovery you might think, but for me it was. As I got older and experimented with different shade to see what suit me the best – trust me I’ve been all kind of colours a real Rainbow Bright.

It was a light bulb moment in the sense that I finally found a colour which suited me and gave me a healthy glowing complexion. But as soon as I feel in love with red hair I was faced with a block in the sense of my workplace.

As some of you know, I worked in retail and my job had strict instruction that no dyed hair was allowed – yes seriously! It was in their word, not business minded. A woman who worked with me dyed her hair pink  – like bright pink! She was doing it in aid of cancer research, so a noble cause would surely bend the rule a little bit, right? The next thing I knew she was crying her eyes out over the facts she was on discipline and had to dyed it back to ‘more business-respectable’ colour to keep her job. I really felt for her.

So while I worked there I couldn’t dye my hair, well I still did when I was on holiday. Once a rebel always a rebel.

A year after I left I was all about the purple, a vibrant bright purple which shouldn’t be a surprise to people as purple is my favorite colour. My hair didn’t like it those and could never hold the colour properly. So I decided to give up and go back to my original long loving colour – red. And this is where I am right now.

My hair right now look terrible – urgh the dull brown root is looking even more lifeless than usual and the colour I had on it is fading and turn into a murky blonde. I need help! So the past month I have been oooohhh and ahhhh over red hair again. I need to colour as a matter of life or death  -ok not quite so extreme but still at it most important. I see every time I take a selfie or look in the mirror and I can hear every strand in my hair screaming at me ‘colour me, bring me back to life’.

So yes, this has turn into a rant about my hair but none the less I wanted to share you my big love for red hair. I now need to book a hairdresser appointment asap and a lie down.

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Fashion

This Summer Retro Swimwear Rundown

This Summer Retro Swimwear Rundown

If you’re a long-term visitor to this site you would have figure out by now know vintage inspired clothes is a huge passion of mine. I have venture into proper vintage shop but often come away empty-handed and it not the right fit for me but I do buy a lot of retro/vintage inspired stuff. However as we’re now in summer and thinking about going on holiday (well you lucky lot probably are – sadly I’m not!), I’m now thinking a lot about retro swimwear. My rule of thumb when it comes to retro swimwear,  If it’s polka dotted, ruched and contains an outrages print it’s likely to find its way into my swimwear ‘collection’. I really need to find a pool or at least a spa to wear these swimwear.

So here are some of my current favorites that are easily available in the UK.

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For Luna The Carmen -Exotic Flower Retro Swimsuit By Esther Williams £68

Bring some glorious colour to the beach with this exotic retro swimsuit. The vibrant tropical flowers stand out beautifully against the dark background, ensuring that you will be noticed for all the right reasons. Perfect for channeling your inner Carmen Miranda while sipping on a Pina Colada in the shade of a palm tree!

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Green Gingham Vintage Swimming Costume by Esther Williams £65

You may look cute, but you’re not so innocent in your gingham vintage swimsuit. Your true home is the ocean, where the sun and the sand and the sea all seem as though they were made just for you. Prancing in the waves in your gingham vintage style swimsuit, everyone’s positively green with envy.

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Unique Vintage Black & Pink Floral Bow Top & High Waist Bottom Two Piece Set £58

Remember to water this flower, dames! A pair of bewitching retro swim bottoms in an eye-catching floral set against black, this high waist vintage swimwear is a permanent poolside piece!

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Retrovixens 1950s Style Polka Dot Bikini Set £19.97

Stunning 1950’s inspired bikini that oomph vintage style and glamour.

Which one will you be picking up for your holiday?

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General

Taking Time To Refresh

Taking Time To Refresh

When you become a freelancer and end up working from home, it become so easy to get stuck in the same routine. Trust me my days consist of doing the same things over and over again to the point where everything can feel like a groundhog day. I’ve always got plenty to do, and my list of projects never ever ends (I’m currently working on 12343 millions things at once). While it’s great to get to the finish line and feel accomplished to what you have been working on, I’ve found it can actually be a little bit of a damper and a millions question start to arise; What do I do next? Should I keep going?

As you might have guessed from the title, I need time to refresh and a break from my routine. I have always found that taking a break from what I been focusing on is so necessary. If too many things are going on at once, my mind get too crammed and I’ll  loose the motivation to work on it as I know it will only end up being really lousy. And when you work for clients and for yourself, lousy work isn’t exactly something to be proud of.  So I really do need those refresh moments.

I’m currently working on a blogging program (that will be available on my business website), among everything else I ‘m working on for my clients. This project has been in my mind for quite some time now and it feels so good to finally put my plan into action. While it may seem like I have absolutely no time to even tackle this idea, I do. I separate my personal project from my clients projects  so there is always time to work on each one. I suppose working on this blogging program is kind of part of my refresh time since it’s a different type of process and I’m doing it only for me. It’s calming in a way, and takes me away from all the other projects I got going on. Those personally I think going on a spa break is so much more relaxing and refreshing.

Here a tip for you all: If you ever feel overwhelmed, or if your work just isn’t measuring up to your own expectations, I assure you that you probably just need a break. There is always time to finish something (unless you’re a uni student and leaving it to the last moment – sorry you will have no sympathy from me!), and time for you to refresh and to clear your mind. Honestly it will be so worth it and can only result in good results for yourself.

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Bloggers linkup

Anna Nuttall Bloggers Link-up 9

Bloggers Link-up
Welcome back to my Bloggers Link-up. I absolutely love reading a wide range of blog posts, and that could be everything from home decor, cookery, travels or just hearing what you’ve been up to. I’m a nosy parker! So with that said I’ve created this link-up as a place you can show off your latest posts, share the love and discover other amazing bloggers!

The rules: It really easy and fun to join in! If you have written a blog post this week then please share it using the below linky. Your blog can be about anything – food, travel, beauty or fashion, as long it’s appropriate. Also if possible please share your posts with the tag: #anbloggerslinkup so we can find each other! (The an in the hashtag stand for Anna Nuttall.)

Commenting: There are no ‘rules’ about commenting, but please if you have time do check out some of the other bloggers who have linked up and leave them a comment on their post.

That isn’t it kids – there is more. I want to give you as much exposure as possible to bloggers, so I will be sharing your posts across my social media and every week, so I will be choosing just one bloggers that have caught my eye to feature on every week’s link up. It will be completely random and I don’t accept tips – well if you really want to give me that £5 I ain’t complaining.

Share the love
Please share the love and add my button to your blog sidebar or posts! This is a new link-up so spread the word, the more bloggers we can get on board the better it will be.
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Copy & Paste this badge to your own site and please link it back to here. 
 Add your links below, and make sure to come back soon for the next installment of #anbloggerslinkup! Have fun.

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Fashion Ootd

My Lindy Bop Purple Peacock Print Mac

My Lindy Bop Purple Peacock Print Mac

Have you ever come across a piece of clothes that is able to make your eyes popped out and your mouth drool? Well that what happen to me when I saw this Lindy Bop Florence Purple Peacock Floral Print Mac, it was quite frankly love at first sight. I almost felt like a cartoon character with the heart emjoi eyes and the tongue out. This mac was going to be mine! It doesn’t matter if I needed to add another mac to my collection or another coat If I need to raid a bank for that matter – I had to have it!

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This look more like a dress then a coat” was my husband reaction when he saw it, he was right off course and with my short figure I had to wear high heel boots so it wouldn’t drag on the floor. However that doesn’t stop me loving it – as it was every bit beautiful on the website as it was in real life. It fit like a charm apart from the sleeve which was a little bit long – but nothing I can’t fix. The skirt was long and gave me plenty of room to move about in and I also liked how it hid my apple figure and gave me a slimline. As it so beautiful I would be a little bit scared of wearing this out due to it getting damage or even rained on, and also for that matter what occasions would I wear it? But I don’t care if I just wear this round the house and stand in mirror admiring myself, I will think of it as my own personal Technicolor dream coat.

So what do you think and will you be buying this for yourself?

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