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Why blogging is more than Freebies & Opportunities

This summer marks the fourth year of What She Did and in all honesty it’s probably the longest I’ve stuck with anything. It brings me joy and happiness and right now I can’t imagine a world without my blog. I feel it has grown with me and as the years go on all those nights of rushing home to my dressing table, tablet and phone instead of heading to social occasions finally feel as though they are starting to pay off. This year I have been so lucky to work with some amazing brands that 22 year old me would only have dreamed of, but in amongst all the “freebies and experiences,” there are a few things that have really stuck with me through blogging.

Finding myself

I have lived my blog through love, adventures and all that comes between, but I have also blogged in heart break and my lowest ebbs. It has been the imaginary hand to hold me steady when times have been hard, keeping me strong and my head above water. It has been my biggest champion when I can’t shout out my talents for myself, it has made me take chances, that little old me never would have taken all those years ago, too meek and mild. Through blogging I have found myself, my voice and who I would like to be. I’ve found something that finally makes me go “I’m actually alright at that,” and may it continue for years to come.

The community

People may shout “what community,” but I myself have been very lucky to ride what I feel are the highs of the blogging community. I’ve had endless support and people pushing me forward and helping me to see my strengths when I may have failed to see them myself. Something I will forever be grateful for.

Friends, friends and more wonderful friends.

I was always a bit of a loner at school. I was bullied and never really felt like I fitted in. The internet gave me somewhere I could finally speak and be myself without anyone making fun of me. I have gained such a wonderful support system in the past 4 years and though in times I have drifted in and out of circles, I know there will always be those people I can count on in a time of need.


Purpose

For years I felt as though I floated through life, not really knowing what I wanted. I feel my blog has given me a sense of purpose I never really had before. It’s the thing that drives me when I wake up in a morning and it’s the thing that’s buzzing through my mind at the end of a long day. It’s a love affair I can’t see losing anytime soon and I hope my passion for it just grows and grows with time.

My love of makeup

Believe it or not, before I started my blog, I didn’t really wear makeup. It was only with my love of YouTube and beauty bloggers that my passion started to grow. Through endless tutorials I finally found something to rid the stresses of the day and tap into my creative soul.

A sense of independence

A few years ago heading on a train, let alone a train to London terrified me. I hated the idea of having to do the journey alone and I’d put it off any way possible. Now I’m always hunting for the next opportunity to catch up with friends and hop on a train to the big smoke. I used to hate the tube, but now I find myself comfortably finding my way and planning my journeys without a second thought. Whilst I usually head to events with friends, the thought of popping along to one alone now doesn’t scare me.

Whilst none of us know how long blogging will last, I will always be thankful for the opportunities and the chances that it has provided me and the things I have gained and whilst the glitz and glamour of “freebies” and events may be enthralling, it’s the passion, love and the people I’ve met that will never really leave me.

Until Next Time

B x

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The Anti Perfection Pledge

Blogging started for most with grainy and badly lit images, hauls posted on plastic bags from boots, videos filmed on phones and quick thoughts from our heads. Nowadays blogging is big news and with big news comes big money. As brands caught onto the wave that is the blogging superstars, content became cleaner, slicker and more perfected. Bloggers have started to compete with magazines in creating glossy beautiful editorial style posts and whilst there is no problem with that, for the last few months I’ve seen the rumblings of “what happened to the old style of blogging,” echoing through the community.

I myself can be the worst. At one stage I told myself that if a photo I took couldn’t be seen like an advert  in a magazine, I wasn’t posting it. Selfies can take hours and Facetune has become my best friend, no photo making it’s way anywhere without a little extra magic. I’m not proud of it, but I felt I needed it to fit in.

I became with fixated with my face, every little hair, every little spot, every mark that I felt was an imperfection became intensified next to these beautiful women on Instagram and my blogger feeds. Whole days of shooting were scrapped, outfit posts deleted, videos binned all because I didn’t feel like I fitted anymore, I still haven’t quite got round to feeling comfortable enough to film again.

As much as blogging has made me, there have been days where it has almost broke me, every imperfection magnified for the world to see. Every bag under the eye, every spot on my forehead, every dry skin patch intensified in my mind.

The problem is that when we all strive for perfection all of the time, it just isn’t real. Whilst I myself love to escape from the mundane vision of myself in my pjs in front of the sofa again by browsing the latest, perfectly curated images of my favourite blogger, it is not the reality for most of us and we need to take a step back and learn to differentiate that whilst their content is incredible, inspiration and aspirational, it does not make us any less perfect in who we are.

From today I pledge not to over edit myself and my life for the sake of blogging and take away my imperfections that make me who I am.

Until Next Time

B x

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Shrewsbury Loves – Lyons Den

When I first started What She Did it was borne from the idea of finding great new places to eat and drink, over time it has transformed some What into a beauty blog, but I don’t want this blog to ever stray from its roots. Now I’ve moved back to Shrewsbury I’m lucky enough that there are lots of tasty places to experience and so over the next few months I’m going to post a new series called Shrewsbury Loves!

Today I’m talking to you about Lyons Den. Located in the heart of Shrewsbury the Gourmet Burger bar is the perfect treat for Burger lovers.

As you step down further into the restaurant, its rustic interior with quirky features adds to the friendly atmosphere.

Whether you want to treat yourself to a tasty milkshake or go all out and go for some of the amazing burgers on the menu you’re sure to be pleased with the selection.


The menu consists of a lot of choice, whatever Burger you’re looking for, whether it’s spicy or loaded with cheese and onion rings there’s bound to be something for everyone.

I opted for the Smokin’ South burger, but not being a beef lover, they kindly swapped it out for a breaded chicken burger instead. Loaded with streaky bacon, breaded mozzarella sticks, smoked Monterey Jack cheese and BBQ sauce this is basically my dream food wedged between a delicious brioche bun. Drooling yet?

My date went with the French Twist which is a 6oz burger, layered with Brie, caramelised red onions, sautéed garlic mushrooms, lettuce, tomato and Dijon mustard. I’m told it was delicious.

I can’t wait to head back to Lyons Den for my next trip, as I’ve already decided I need to try all of the things off the menu!

What’s your favourite burger?

Until Next Time

B x

*some photos in this post were provided by Lyons Den.