My morning routine as a fashion student

Wednesday, 24 March 2021 London, UK

I hope I am not the only one when I say that I absolutely adore watching morning routines on YouTube - I don't know what it is about them, I just find them really calming and relaxing to watch. These kind of videos always make me want to turn my life around and start waking up at 7 am even though I am 99% sure that will never happen. 

I decided to share my morning routine just so you can get a small peek of what a morning looks like living in London and being a fashion student (it's honestly not at all different than living anywhere else and studying something different - part of this is because of the pandemic :) so I have nothing to do in the mornings). 

Before I get onto the post, I'd just like to say that I'm sorry I've been MIA here. I had a lot of catching up to do with my university work and now that spring break is just around the corner, I can focus on both more - university and my blog.





8.00 am: Alarm goes off

I'm a 100% not a morning person (even though I try to be) but I (sometimes) like to wake up early. Usually when I wake up, I scroll through my phone a bit, answer some messages and I check my emails. 


8.20 - 9.00 am: Cleaning, skincare and coffee



After a 15,20 minute scroll through my phone, I get up and I make my bed. After that I change into something comfy - joggers and sweatshirt. Then I go to the bathroom and I wash my face with the Balea washing creme. After I do that, I go into my room and I do my everyday skin care routine.

The first product I put on my face is The Ordinary moisturizer "Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA". I've actually been using this product for a year now and I absolutely love it! It makes my skin so soft and silky and I think it really helps with blackheads and small scars. After that moisturizer, I use another one by Balea called Aqua Creme-Gel. This is super affordable in Croatia and it leaves me the glowy look I want. 

After my skin-care routine, I go into the kitchen and I make myself either a cappuccino or cocoa. I know, I know, who drinks cocoa in the morning? Well, I've been drinking cocoa in the morning since I started elementary school and my dad used to make it for me when I was younger (he makes the best god damn cocoa in the world) so I decided to continue the tradition here, all by myself, in London. 

9.00 - 9.45 am: Going through my planner, watching YouTube


After I get my hot cocoa, I sit on my desk and go through my planner. I write every task I need to do during the day and I write my notes and ideas there - usually blog post ideas and ideas for my uni work. The planner I am using is from Stradivarius and I am not exaggerating when I say that this brand has the best stationery supplies - cute and affordable (not sponsored lol I can only dream). 

After I do that, I just watch a few videos from my favourite youtubers. The ones I am loving at the moment are Claudia Sulewski (I think that my crush for this woman will never go away), Sophie Floyd, Sian Lilly.. Also can we talk about Hailey Baldwin Bieber starting her own YouTube channel? Literally in l-o-v-e.

9.45 am - 1 pm: Lectures, lectures, lectures..


From 9.45 to 10 am I just prepare for the lecture. I go through the notes and remind myself what we did last time and I check the website for any updates.

Because I am writing this post about my Monday mornings, I'll just mention that on Mondays I have Fashion Activism lecture that starts at 10 am and is until 1 pm. This is actually one of my favourite lectures so far because we're in groups and we have to do a lot of researching for brands which is so exciting! 





Thank you guys for tuning into todays post! I'll see you again on Sunday!

Comment below how your morning routine looks like and if it's similar like mine!


Let's be friends! Follow me on Instagram @bruna.haller


Stay safe!

Love, Bruna 

How I became less involved with fast fashion

Sunday, 14 March 2021

Last time I wrote a post about fast fashion brands I was literally banned from Instagram and had to change the name of the blog lol - but I admit I was a little too harsh. Now that I have learned from my mistake, I decided to write (again) about fast fashion in my personal life and how it has affected me. 



Now if you didn't know by now, fast fashion is a mass-producing fashion industry that sells clothes for inexpensive prices. To name a few fast fashion brands: Pretty Little Thing, Boohoo, Stradivarius, Zara and so on and so on..




Today, I'll be sharing with you how I slowed down myself from buying fast-fashion clothes. Just to clarify myself a little bit more - I didn't stop buying from them. I still sometimes buy from fast fashion brands but I definitely slowed down and now I realize how bad they are for the environment. My goal is to 100% buy sustainable clothing and I am working towards that goal, but it is a long process and I am still learning.

With that being said, let's get onto this post!


RESEARCHING


If you care about the environment (who doesn't?) you should definitely research more about the brands you're buying from. I know that their new clothing line seems really cute, but what is going on behind the curtains? This is something that I have never done until I started my course. I am beyond grateful for starting to see the "real thing" than to keep purchasing and purchasing from brands that aren't sustainable.

CHECKING THE TAGS


No, I do not mean to check the price of a piece of clothing haha. I mean to check from which fabric and textile is the clothing made from. This has helped me a lot in terms of guilt because when I go to the fast-fashion store I don't feel as guilty as I would. I am always checking the tags to see what is it made from. Here are some of the fabrics that are sustainable: organic cotton, hemp, organic linen - anything organic really, or recycled. Just a little thing I researched because I was interested to know if it is sustainable or not - polyester. Now polyester is nowadays used in so much clothes and is not good for the environment at all (it's not biodegradable). I would recommend looking out for polyester because it is proven to be one of the worst fabrics for the environment. 

BUYING SECOND-HAND CLOTHES

Not me wanting to write this paragraph just to flex on my new second-hand white Converse. Anyways... I must admit a huge part of this is thanks to my mum. She has been buying second-hand clothing for at least 10 years now and I loved going to thrift shops with her cause I would always find some boujee brands there. Now that I am in London (and stuck in lockdown) I buy from Depop. I never really used Depop before (I have but the Croatian version of it - MojeKrpice) but I find it really easy to operate and really easy to find what you are looking for. I recently just bought white low Converse that I have wanted for sooo long but didn't want to pay £50 for them so I found one pair for only £6. I feel like this is such a good way for not only being sustainable but to also save a lot of money and even earn some if you decide to sell something you're not wearing anymore.





SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES

This goes without saying. Small businesses are in need of support especially now during the pandemic because they can easily go out of business. I also think that they are more pleasant to talk to rather than to wait for heaven-knows-how-many hours to get in contact with customer support with big brands. Here are some of the small businesses you should follow: Grace Accessories Studio, Shandles, COVA, Sophie Maley, Grings.






Thank you for tuning into this post! Comment down below if you're sustainable in any way and what do you think about this post!


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See you soon! Stay safe!

Love, Bruna ♡


How I grew my page views in only a month

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

I cannot believe I’ve had this blog for over a month and in that little time I got over 2,000 views on it – seems ludicrous. I am so grateful for everyone who supports me and sends me messages and subscribes to my blog, you have no idea how much this all means to me!

Because of that I decided to share a few tips that helped me the most to get to 2,000 views in only a month and a week!

Without further ado, let’s get onto this post!

 


1. Social Media


You could’ve probably guessed that social media has a big influence on growing views, so I’ll just get on with it. The primary platform to me is Instagram. Every time I upload a post, I share it on my story and sometimes even make an Instagram post about it! Be sure to put the link to your page in your bio because most people who view my blog come from Instagram. The next platform I also use every time I post is Twitter. Now, some of you probably think that Twitter is so out of date, but I think it is such a good platform to grow an audience. I usually put up a link and tag other blogger platforms to retweet it so I can get more views. Besides those two socials, I link every post on Facebook! Also, when using Instagram and/or Twitter, don’t be afraid to use hashtags or to tag relevant people because it will get more views and more potential subscribers/followers!

 



2. Threads


Now, to some of you this is really unfamiliar, but it has helped me so much in the blogger community. To be more precise, I am talking about weekly/daily post threads. I mostly see them on Twitter but every now and then it can be found in groups on Facebook. Post threads are created by others blogger (can also be created by me) and you usually comment on the Tweet linking your blog and view other blogs and comment on them and they will return the comment. It is pretty simple to use and I’ve met so many talented bloggers using this and it really helps to grow views. Besides blog threads there are also Instagram threads where you link your Instagram account and also for Facebook and other platforms.


 



 

3. Mailing list


This is something very new to me so I am still learning on how to do it and what is the purpose of it but I find this so interesting and creative to do besides blogging. I am talking about the mailing list or an email subscription. By having this on your blog, you can create emails however you want and send them to your subscribers whenever you want – I usually do it when the new post comes out and when I have any updates or surprises! You can also do monthly round ups, freebies or templates – literally anything you want.

I personally use Flodesk for designing emails but as I said, I am really new to this so I’m not sure if it is the best website to use. Definitely research a little bit if you’re planning on adding this to your website.

 




4. Organisation


I know that to some of you this seems so bizarre – like, how does organization help in growing views and readers? Well, it’s quite simple. People find minimalistic websites more impressive rather than websites with too many colours, harder to navigate and harder to use. What I am trying to say is that minimalistic templates for blogs are much more attractive to viewers and much more effecting to grow the audience. When you think about it more, you’ll realize that you’ve probably done this already – did you ever followed an Instagram account because of the feed? It is the same for the blogs.

 



5. Facebook Groups


This engages meeting new bloggers, which is always a plus! I am currently in three Facebook groups that help with growing an audience either on Instagram, YouTube, Twitter or Blog! It has the same principles as threads. You comment below the post with the link to your socials and comment on others posts and they will return the favour! It is really simple to use, you just need to research a little bit to find those Facebook groups, but once you’re in, you’re it!


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Thank you so much for reading this Wednesday's post! Comment down below if you're using some of these tips and which of those listed above you find most interesting! 


Talk to you very soon!

Let's be friends! Add me on Instagram @bruna.haller

Stay safe!


Love,