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1 Sep 2014

Agency casual



Let’s call this outfit of the day, “agency casual”. I have been working in the digital design field for about 10 years and if I had to choose an office uniform to define how I have dressed over that time, this would be it.

The accessories get updated every now and then but the core of it – the client-facing blazer with a nice top and jeans – always remains the same.

You’d think I would be absolutely sick of this look by now but if ever there were a clothes comfort zone this would be it!

Blazer: Zara (old)
Top: Topshop – Link!
Jeans: Paige – Link!
Shoes: Zara (old)
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban - Link!
Bag: Alexander Wang (similar colour – Link!)

While we are on the work theme, I often get asked whether I am a full time blogger – or whether I would like to be. Although the thought is sometimes very appealing the answer to both questions is a no. 

I think there is something nice about reserving blogging as a creative outlet and a hobby – an adjunct to something else that’s going on in life. It feels good/healthy to have that other dimension.

Much of my point of view probably stems from my age. I am not quite pension-collecting but the older I get the more I worry about sustaining my future. In this respect I always wonder about the full-timers. As cool as their lives seem I can’t imagine the anxiety levels associated with the reality that income is dependent on popularity. I should probably wise up in this regard though - I know that most of them are laughing all the way to the bank while I slave over a poxy PowerPoint presentation for pittance!

What do you think about blogging full-time?  

51 comments

  1. As much as I'd love the idea I think in the long run it would make me feel very empty and shallow. Reading too many blogs makes me feel like that sometimes so I can't imagine having to keep up with the trends and the pressure as a blogger. You'll always be one of the originals that has remained unspoilt, keep doing your own thing, that's why we like you! x








    P.S. if only you made a little video once in a while to keep us happy... seeing you on Simone's vlogs is just not enough! :P #fangirl

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  2. You are completely right about dependence on popularity, I think it's very smart to only use blogging as a creative outlet, and have an actual career. (Even though I am dying for you to come back to YT and make a video :))

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  3. One of the main reasons that yours is the first blog I click each day (aside from the fact that you have great taste/sense of humour/the cutest dogs) is because I know the review will be 100% honest. It’s refreshing to know that when you write something it isn’t necessarily because it’s sponsored or because this is your job. As much as there are “full-time bloggers” that I really enjoy, it does make me more sceptical of their reviews .When you know someone is relying on the affiliate commission or sponsorship to pay the bills, it sort of blurs the lines between blogging and just clever advertising. Most of all, it’s great to see that you are writing purely because you want to – and for me at least that’s why I keep reading your blog religiously. Plus it’s reassuring to know that I’m not the only make-up hoarder :)

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  4. This is totally my "weekend, I have no idea what to wear so I'm going for something that I know and love" outfit! :) you just can't beat it!

    With regards to blogging, I think you've hit the nail on the head. Sometimes (mostly when I'm having a bad day in my full-time job!) I feel like that I'd love to do it full time, but then I would worry that I wouldn't be able to constantly come up with great ideas on a full time basis and that a lot of my views and opinions stem from being in a full time job and going to work everyday. I work in recruitment so every day is very different!

    Lis x

    www.elisabethrilatt.com

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  5. I agree, blogging full time sounds a wonderful concept and I imagine 'what I could do with my blog if I had more time' but I enjoy my job (most of the time) and love the camaraderie that comes from working in the office and would miss that if I was sat at home behind a laptop all day. I'm lucky I have the best of both worlds, a job that provides the benefits and securities of full time employment and the pleasure of being part of the blogging world.

    Victoria x
    FlorenceandMary.com

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  6. I was very excited to see another commenter posting that you were in Simone Scribes' vlog and went to check it out immediately! I miss your YouTube days!

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  7. i totally agree with your point about keeping it as a hobby & using it as a creative outlet. I love switching off to think about my next blog posts and what to share and how. its a real stress buster for me. I work in digital too and I ditto your outfit styles. I love my work gives me flexibility to be edgy with clothes, rather than just, plain old 'office wear'. thanks for sharing

    doris.

    http://www.worldbydoris.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. I sometimes feel that 'full time' bloggers grasp at the straws! I actually like that you only post 2/3 times per week, it keeps things interesting, You are one of the only bloggers I ALWAYS click :)

    I'm doing the same, full time worker/ new mummy / new blogger

    katiedujour.blogspot.com

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  9. I'd love to be a full time blogger but I agree I could never do it as I would be too worried for my future and its sustainability. It's such an unrealistic career path for most

    Love this outfit x

    Tilly Enn // A Beauty and Fashion Blog

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  10. I agree, As much as I love blogging, I think i'd need another job. Or something else to do along side blogging, just to keep it interesting. But props to those who are able to live off their blogs, I think it's an awesome achievement.

    P.S, that's a perfect casual outfit!

    Wahiba

    http://wabie-daily.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. I agree, as I much look at the bloggers and think "Thats so cool, not having to go to work" I could never live with myself. This is the reason I drifted from the entertainment industry, because i think in someway its shallow. Besides having it as a creative outlet instead of something you HAVE to do keeps it fun and light.

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  12. Well, I don´t think it is shallow or easy being a full time blogger. But I chose a different career way before I started blogging and I really love my "real life job". Although I wouldn´t be to worried about my future, it is all about using the money you make now wisely. If you blow it all off on makeup and clubbing, you will end up having to worry no matter what your job is.

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  13. I love this post and mirror your sentiments exactly since venturing back into full-time career/work. No one wants to admit the stress behind fluctuating freelance income; the pressure is on to appear that you have an awesome life and that there are no bills piling up. Been there. Blogging as a hobby is MUCH more fulfilling!

    mars | beauty

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  14. Dear Laura,
    I wanted to ask you to some questions regarding your job/ blogging and so I think this post is perfect for this.
    1) I always wondered if you ever considered blogging full time (now I know the answer is no). But since your writing is so smart have you ever considered becoming a writer/author?
    2) I think this is the first time you indicate the field you are working in. I understood you had a law degree but then built your career in a different field. How did you knew that digital design would be the field for you? Was it easy to make the change? I have just finished my PhD in Life Science and I am struggling in the choice of what to do next (since I know that research is not for me!)…
    3) Beauty and shopping however ;-)…I have been thinking about starting my own blog for quite some time now and do it “on the side” like you. But I was wondering, do you think/find that having your face on a blog could somehow prejudice your “real career”?

    I would really appreciate if you took the time to answer to my (I hope not too personal) questions.

    I love your outfit! Perfection as always,

    Laura

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  15. Totally agree with you on this Laura, whilst I do follow a few of the bloggers and you tubers I do occasionally jump over yet another GRWM video or loves and hates!!! As they do get on in life and cover weddings and babies, will end with them 'testing the latest commode' or 'choosing a nursing home' !! I'm jesting of course as I bloody well hope not ;-)

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  16. I think not relying on a blog for an income helps avoid the "my opinion on this product is 100% honest but I just so happen to been given diamonds and a pony by the company that makes it" type reviews.

    In other words, in your case not relying on sponsorship certainly seems to mean that you are able to keep your feet firmly on the ground, your integrity intact and your voice your own.

    That said, I think you write so well that perhaps you could use those skills in another way to earn enough to imminently retire to the Maldives to a house built from peachy pink blushers.......Perhaps you have a novel in you?!

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    1. Hahaha "diamonds and a pony" - spot on.

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    2. yes! i would buy that novel! laura you are funny and i can imagine a sell out book if you ever write one .. about shopping of course!

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  17. At first I thought I wanted to be a full time blogger, but it's just not for me .. I like it (as you say) for a hobby and the friendly connections that I've made.

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  18. i am with you there laura, i don't think I could be a fulltime blogger/vlogger. there was one point in time when my YT channel was active and getting noticed (circa 2007) and i thought i will like it but i panicked and quickly stopped it and decided to do blogging instead then i had some downtime and now back and still stand by my grounds of not becoming fulltime even if it would probably work well schedule wise considering i've got a little one but i still need that security of getting income on a regular basis. i think it's age too hahaha and this blogging thing has become now my "me time" away from the little one and the husband and i will keep it like that. something i do on the side and completely different from what i do in my normal work life... it's refreshing :)

    loving your glowing tan!

    ps. we are going Fiji instead for our honeymoon hahaha

    xx
    www.mschikee.com

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  19. I agree with you as well! I started my blog as a fun, creative hobby, and I don't think I would want to add a work-pressure aspect to it.

    Melissa | M is for Melissa

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  20. Love the outfit! And quite interesting discussion you bring at the end. I'm risk averse and would want to keep an option of being able to do something else in case blogging didn't go well... Best wishes.

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  21. Love the outfit! And quite interesting discussion you bring at the end. I'm risk averse and would want to keep an option of being able to do something else in case blogging didn't go well... Best wishes.

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  22. I blog full time in that I don't work, but I wouldn't call myself a blogger. My husband works and I'm raising our child, blogging while consistent is really a hobby for me. Maybe it's why I'm not making money at it, but I'm also not worried about it.
    I adore this outfit and it's definitely a good place to be if this is your comfort zone.
    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

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  23. I've been always contemplating whether to turn my hobby/past time into something that brings in money, to make a living off it. It always sound so wonderful (with all the successful stories and examples happening every now and then) and seems like a good idea to be your own boss. But a part of me isn't too confident in making it big.

    I mean, in order to earn enough to feed, 1st you need a huge following and popularity is just a must. I know my limits and understand that I couldn't pour in too much time/energy to grow my blog with me working full time. So, after several years of blogging, its still remains as a leisure thing and happy with that ^_^

    Nice outfit by the way. Semi casual, my kind of style.

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  24. Great post Laura! Can I ask what you do specifically in the digital design field? Are you more of a designer (UX/graphics/content..?) or more on the corporate side? I'm thinking of going into the design field after years of working in a corporate setting to and finding that it's not the cup of tea that I want to be drinking for decades. :) Thanks!

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  25. I found your open discussion on full time blogging refreshing Laura. At 42 I could never blog full time as like you would worry about my future security. Also being realistic, most of the top bloggers are in their 20s (the internet, & emails let alone blogging werent even around in my 20s!!!!), most have model looks & are also signed up with model agencies.
    Love your look, they are great staples you can always rely on.
    Hugs xoxo
    Http://www.intotheblonde.com/

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  26. I completely agree with you! (The outfit and the blogging full time points).

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  27. I love the idea of blogging full time but I'd definitely want to make investments in other things for a bit of security! I can definitely understand why others wouldn't want to though!

    www.peonyandpeach.blogspot.com

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  28. love this simple look! I like the idea of blogging as a job but so long as with it came all the exciting opportunities i've seen bloggers doing!
    alice x

    http://alicelester.blogspot.co.uk/

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  29. I reserve blogging for "me -time". It is my creative outlet for sure. It is so different from what I do at work that it is refreshing. Great outfit, love the blazer.
    http://palsywalsyblog.blogspot.ca/

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  30. Your work "uniform" is pretty much the same as mine. When I was younger and worked in an office I did the whole pencil skirt and heels thing to death, but now I'm based from home it's mostly jeans. As for blogging, it's my creative outlet, and while I love the idea of making the most of any opportunities it may bring, I would never rely on it as my sole source of income. I just feel that it's such a relatively new industry and I wonder what the future holds for it and for those who do it full-time. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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  31. Classy, but relaxed and not stiff! Beautiful!

    Hugs, Thea / http://maedchenvommeer.blogspot.de

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  32. I love this look. Classic casual is what I try to achieve most days.. Usually fail though!

    www.emandthem.co.uk

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  33. Your style is so effortless and lovely. It's really inspiring to see your OOTDs!

    RE: Full-time blogging... I think it's a scary risk to take and not one I will be taking in a hurry! I don't think people can necessarily be in it for the right reasons if they're using it as a primary source of income. Some posts just seem forced, y'know? But yours never do, Laura, and I think that's why I never tire of reading your blog! I wish you would come back to YouTube!

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  34. Compare to the whole Gleam team and the careers of this new breed of celebrity, no, scrap that, none of them can compare with you Laura, because quite frankly, people who write "I love this perfume cos it smells so good" can not archive what you have, ever. They might label themselves as " I am so lucky, I can combine my passion and career together", well, they don't know what career is and the Gleam team and the lot need to wake up and smell the coffee.

    You, on the other hand, are truly one of the the most intelligent, funny person I have seen, you really are a great role model for teenagers out there who want to have a meaningful life, and speak better English that is.

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    1. completely agree, GLEAM will be the ruination of bloggers:)

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  35. This outfit is lovely :)

    http://champagnelifestyleteabudget.blogspot.co.uk/

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  36. I love this classic look, so super stylish. I'm also older than the average fashion blogger but I just blog as a hobby and I'm happy with that.

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  38. I honestly don't think I would enjoy blogging as much if I made it my full-time career. For me, it's always been something I do after a normal day to wind down my thoughts.

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  39. Old standbys, or "uniforms," can sometimes be the best option. Wearing what you know looks good and you feel great in gives off an air of confidence!

    Emily
    Life of Emily

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