Happy Saturday Everyone! It’s a very exciting one as moving day has FINALLY arrived! It will be a busy weekend ahead packing up everything and trying to get settled into our new apartment, which I already love so much! I definitely think this move will help in my journey to making NYC feel a little more like my home, for the moment at least. I’m dreading the actually moving part though, the new place is on a fourth floor of a walk up building so there’s going to be an uncomfortable amount of heavy lifting BUT on the plus side I couldn’t be more excited to start decorating. I’m so pleased to be working with furniture company Living Spaces to furnish the new place, and to celebrate our partnership, I wrote a guest blog post for them which you can read here. Here are a couple of other great things I came across on the internet this week, for your weekend reading perusal!

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Happy Thursday Everyone! I know I say it again and again but I can’t believe we have another week nearly done and dusted! January and February have legitimately been the fastest months of my life and I can barely believe that Spring is just around the corner! Lately I find myself thinking a lot about how hard women tend to be on themselves. I for one, will be the first to admit that I’m never 100% satisfied with anything I do, and the older I get the more I’m realizing that needs to change! Even if I go to X amount of workout classes each week, I still feel like I should be exercising more, even if I’m keeping up my blog with a full time job, I still sometimes feel like I’m not doing enough and even though I quite literally have a job I could never have even dreamed of, I still wonder if I’m doing the best I can do! There’s this constant self induced weight on my shoulders to always be trying to do more and from talking to friends about it, I don’t think I’m the only one who feels this way.  I think this “tough on yourself” mentality comes from two places. Firstly, I almost think in a warped way, that thinking you’ve done enough is never how successful people think! You know what I mean, like no successful person ever sits back when they achieve something and says “ok I’m done now.” Secondly, I think growing up in an Irish culture is another reason why I’m a little hard on myself. Irish people (women in particular) tend to very rarely praise themselves (for fear of the “who does yer one think she is” chitter chatter.) I was reminded of this on Monday when I wrote my blogging post tips. I had so many kind emails and snaps from readers about it, but two in particular stood out to me. Two lovely girls wrote to me saying that they would absolutely love to start a blog themselves but are scared about what their friends and acquaintances will think of them and that was the main reason they were holding back, and honestly I wanted to just shake them and say “You do you, honey!”

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The one thing I love about blogging, is that it’s a constantly evolving industry and that there’s a never ending amount of things to learn about how it works and how to be successful at it! I started my blog over 4 years ago when I spent my very first summer in New York! I was living in a tiny apartment in West Harlem with 6 boys for the entire Summer! We spent the weekdays working hard but on the weekends we would explore every inch of Manhattan and something inside me said I need to share this with people and I need some way of documenting all of the amazing experiences I was having! For years, Life of a Lady Bear was a hobby for me, and still is of course, but over the past 12 months it’s become so much more than that! I think many people start a blog for many reasons like the hopes of making a lot of money, getting recognised and getting free stuff, all of which are wonderful and positive things. But I think people forget that having a blog can also be a huge benefit to your career if you want to work in digital marketing or fashion as I talked about in my career journey post! Over the years, there are a couple of things that I have learned when it comes to blogging and I wanted to share some of those lessons. In no way am I insinuating that I’m an expert or do I think I’m some big shot blogger, but maybe one or two of these tips could help you if you have a blog, or are thinking about starting one!

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Happy Hump Day Guys! We’re nearly through with New York Fashion Week and what a whirlwind it’s been so far! Whenever fashion week comes around, it’s the one time of year where my stamina is really tested trying to fit in as much as possible into each day. That said there’s also been a lot of wonderful memories made so far this season (even if there was a snow storm on day 1!) Fashion Week is an occasion that always makes me really appreciate the opportunities that NYC has given me, sometimes there will be a moment when I’m backstage at a show or sitting a few feet away from someone famous and I’ll catch myself thinking is this actually real life? As stressful as the week can get sometimes, I hope I never become jaded to moments like those!   On that note, I wanted to share my fashion week essentials with you guys, all of the things that help me survive the crazy week. Continue Reading