A WEEKEND IN PRAGUE: IS IT WORTH THE VISIT?

You think Christmas is pretty over here in England? So did I until I visited Prague.

Even though it feels like a lifetime ago…I flew over to Prague in early December with my boyfriend for a long weekend trip, mainly for a weekend full of fun, exploration and to see some new sights.

However, when I was approaching Old Town Square, little did I know that I would be faced with a 31 metre high Christmas tree. It was breathtaking. A row of little stalls were behind this tree too, which smelt divine. They sold a lot of Prague delicacies, such as dumplings, potatoes and pork.

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As well as Prague being aesthetically pleasing, they also had on offer a lot of ‘different’ attractions that we could not resist going into. The first excursion we did was going to a sex museum. I was a tiny bit apprehensive as to what I was going to be faced with… and yes, it’s exactly what you think it is. Hundreds of different and obscure sex toys and instruments back from hundreds of years ago. Despite giggling throughout most of it, it was actually very interesting and now my sex toy history knowledge is tip-top!

To top this peculiarity off, we then went into a little theatre type room which was right at the back of the building. We then sat down with the other tourists who looked just as bemused as us. A few minutes passed and then we found ourselves watching a 19-40- something porno!! We couldn’t not watch it, it was hilarious watching genitals in black and white. I left that place a different person.

We then went to a different museum which I feel more in touch with… the beer museum! Even though I am not a great fan of beer, it was still fun to gain a knowledge about the background history of Prague beer and, more importantly, got to taste lots of it! It’s safe to say I left that place feeling a bit more jolly!

*FYI – The nights out in Prague are amazing, we did a bar crawl and it was so much fun, unlimited drinks in the first bar for 3 hours, which meant only one thing… A very drunk Ellen!*

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Above all of these wonderful experiences, Prague is such a beautiful city. Every angle had something new to deliver, after every hour the sky would turn another glorious shade of blue. Although I felt as though I did a lot during my time in the Czeck Republic, I would definitely return to Prague simply because there are so many more wacky museums and brilliant new experiences that need to be explored.

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Plus, I visited Hamley’s for the first time and I have never seen so many toys under one roof before in my life! There was even a carousel in the middle of the shop, (seriously) and a slide! I couldn’t quite contain my excitement.

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All in all, Prague has definitely been one of the most interesting cities i’ve visited, and would definitely recommend going.. there’s something here for everyone!

Have you ever visited Prague before?

Much Love,

Ellen Grace X

HOW PINTEREST CAN INCREASE YOUR BLOG TRAFFIC

There’s nothing more frustrating than spending hours on a really well thought out, interesting blog post for only a few people to read, right? You think you deserve more traffic for all the effort and hours you put into your blog. Well I may have the answer – Pinterest.

Pinterest is different to Twitter and Facebook as it is not a conventional social media platform. Instead it’s a way for promoting your blog through enticing photos and bringing more traffic through clicks.

Here are 6 ways Pinterest can help boost traffic to your blog…

1- Your account type

I recommend creating a business account on Pinterest, as opposed to a personal account. It’s free and means that you can look at analytics and what photos appeal to your audience the most, and what is classed as a ‘rich pin’. If you just have an ordinary account, that’s fine, you can easily change it to a business one, and it does not affect your boards or pins.

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As you can see from my analytics page, out of my top pin impressions, three of the photos here are my own content. This shows what my audience enjoys the most, which is beauty related pictures regarding what products I enjoy the most. Because of this, I can adapt my photos and titles as this is what appeals to my audience.

2- Create a ‘My Blog’ board

Creating a ‘My blog’ board with interesting photos that show off your blog and what it has to offer, will entice your followers to click the board. This means putting fun, colourful and interesting photos that promote your blog and encourage people to click on it. This is mainly done by uploading photos that have a clear instruction of what you’ll get out of clicking this photo.

For example, this photo clearly states what this blog post will be about, due to the text and the relevant image behind it.

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3 – Have a clear bio

A key aspect to Pinterest is to be straightforward and clear in your bio. Let your followers know what you do, what your blog is about, and where they can find it. This way, it allows your followers to get clear, concise information about you and what you’re about, which in turn will encourage your followers to click the button!

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4 – Link photos

Whenever you are uploading a picture, always remember to put in the ‘destination URL’ box, your website link. That means if somebody clicks on the photo, it’ll go straight to your blog/website, and brings in more traffic.

5 – Make your pins easy to find

The most important way for your pin to get ‘out there’ is to use relevant key words in the description of your post. I stress the term relevant, as if there are random, irrelevant photos to what you’re looking for, people won’t click on them. That means if somebody searches for example, ‘sunsets’, they will find your content and save it to one of their boards if it fits the description. If you find it easier, hashtag in the description to ensure you are being concise.

6 – Position your boards at the top

One of the most important features on Pinterest, is to put the boards you want your audience to see at the top. That means having whatever you’re selling or promoting at the top of your page so your followers see them.

For example, on my blog I have ‘My blog’ and ‘my travel endeavours’ as my top two boards, as they are boards with my own content on that my followers will see and be interested in. This means my followers are more likely to click boards that are at the top of my page, and save the pins.

Also another handy tip is to have clear titles for board names. You don’t want to confuse your followers with an ‘out-there’ board name. Instead be concise and straight to the point as to what your board is about.

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I’ve only had my Pinterest account for a short while, but as you can see my average monthly viewers of my account is 401. This means that my blog photos can be seen by a lot of people, and therefore increases my traffic!

 

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Have you found that Pinterest adds more traffic to your blog too?

Much Love,

Ellen Grace X

 

 

HOW TO GET THE PERFECT BROW

Eyebrows can be tricky to get right. I know how it goes, one of them looks perfect. Like if they were a person, they’d be someone who wakes up at 7am every morning and goes for runs and eats smoothies. Then you do the other one… which looks as though it represents someone who gets up at noon and slobs around all day and looks a shambles. I know the feeling too.

After years of having such mediocre slugs across my face, i’ve realised there’s a knack to eyebrows, which I wish someone told me all those years ago.

So, let me take you back to where it all started.. back in 2015, when I was a naive young girl who thought drawing on your eyebrows just meant finding the darkest product possible and using as much product to make them really stand out was a great idea. Well I was most definitely wrong. Here’s a snippet of what I looked like (yes I did used to go out in public like this) –

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But here are my current brows..

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I don’t know about you but I see a major improvement in the second picture! Here are my steps to how I’ve improved my eyebrows:

1- Brush Them Brows!

Brushing your brows is so important! Spooley brushes are very inexpensive, and are great for using to determine your eyebrow shape. They also help to determine where your brow begins, the arch, and where they finish if you are a beginner and aren’t sure where to fill them in.

With spooley brushes, they can create an unruly, messy brow look which can look really great, or they can be used to tame your wild brows for a more casual look, which can also look just as pretty.

I also use spooley brushes after i’ve applied product in them to distribute the product and make it look more natural.

2- PLUCK PROPERLY!

That’s right, get some decent tweezers and pluck hairs that look a bit messy. This does not necessarily mean plucking every single hair under your eyebrow so that it leaves you with tiny eyebrows. Sometimes plucking less is more. Trust me. You do not want really thing, sperm-like eyebrows! I recommend filling your brows in the way you want them and then pluck around the unruly hairs, so then you know which eyebrow shape you want and which hairs are good for the shape, and which ones are a bit sparse.

If you have natural, big eyebrows, just tidy them up. Over-plucked eyebrows aren’t that great, and when they start to grow through loads it look super obvious.

If you are stuck trying to find the perfect shape eyebrow for you, go to a professional! Even if you get them waxed once, you can then see which shape the technician waxed for you, so then you can simply pluck them hairs away when they start to grow back and will stay in perfect shape! Trust me, they’re professionals for a reason.

3- Use Light Strokes!

The key to getting the right brow is to make it look as natural as can be! Honestly, you do not want to look like the first picture, I used to use a really dark pencil shade and would use so much pressure when applying the product, which is WRONG and naughty.

Instead, if you find it easier, use a makeup brush, apply a tiny bit of product and start really light. Use short strokes to mimic actual hairs and build the product up to as much as you desire.

It’s better to start off with less and then keep applying more, instead of putting tons on and then trying to brush it out.

4 – Find the Right Product!

As you can see from the first picture, I clearly was using a shade about 4 shades darker than my actual hair colour. For some this can look good, but because my brow is all the same colour, it looks completely false.

Once you’ve found your perfect shade that matches your hair colour, start off with less product at the beginning on the brow for a more natural look, and then make it a tad darker in the tail.

Also, the type of product best is completely personal preference. My favourite eyebrow products are either ABH Dip Brow Pomade in Medium Brown, or Rimmel London Brow This Way, which have quite thick consistencies, but glide beautifully on the brow!IMG_0894img_5421

 

5- Follow Your Natural Brow Shape!

Your eyebrow has a natural shape that if you follow, will be a lot easier to apply product and will look really natural.

I used to overdraw my eyebrows so much and you could clearly see where my brow finished and started and it looked quite ridiculous.

Instead, I prefer to start off with the tail of my brow, and build that up, following my eyebrow where my natural arch should peak which is normally just above the corner of your eye, and then determine where your brow will end. You want your eyebrow to frame your eye, and keep gently follow your natural brow line until the end. Then with the remaining product, use it to fill in the beginning of your brow for a natural finish.

I still fill them in slightly over the natural hairs over the top, but now I use less pressure and build upon the product it looks so much more natural and not as crazy!

Here are just some tips i’ve found that have helped me create a better brow! Have you got any more?

Much Love,

Ellen Grace X