5 Things I Failed Gloriously At This Week!








So sometimes the internet makes me feel like everyone but me is doing awesome at everything they turn their hand to, what with their Pinterest baking extravaganza successes (shared on Instagram and Facebook, natch), super amazing craftiness, and just general being good at stuff and sharing it with the rest of us plebs who some weeks can barely tie our shoelaces! Just me? This was a week where it felt particularly like everything I put my hand to went wrong, so I thought I would share my less than successful week for anyone out there feeling like they are not winning at life!

1. Baking: The Great British Bake Off (I think they do this in America too?) inspires many an amateur to dust off their rolling pins I think. Not that I own a rolling pin, because like other aspects of domestic goddess-ery, I am lacking. BUT if there’s one thing I can do, it’s make banana bread or muffins. It’s so super easy even non-Nigella types can do it! Except apparently not me this week. And yes, I blame Pinterest. Because rather than open a cookbook or dig out my tried and trusted recipe, I decided to wing it with my Kindle Fire open to any old random Pinterest banana bread recipe. Oh and I wanted to add blueberries too, which is where it all went a bit wrong – because the recipes were just kind of random/trying to be healthy. Somehow I ended up with one that added MILK, which only after I added it did I think “Huh that’s weird I don’t remember ever adding milk to banana bread” And right enough, the bread was just wrong. Heavy, claggy, and barely edible. We ate some of it but for us not to finish banana bread is pretty rare. Annoyed at this failure, I decided to make corn muffins – I had a box of Jiffy cornbread that I realized was slightly out of date (I buy American groceries on sale and forget about them). So I thought “Hmmm add blueberries”….and no, it was just kind of gross again, not sure why (possibly the out of date thing!). No baking gold stars for me!

2. Fashion Blogging: It amazes me how easy fashion bloggers make it look – now I just wish to dip my toe in now and again, to hold my shopping habits to account with the Buyer’s Archive, etc. But can I just say: Fashion blogging is flipping HARD. Finding somewhere pretty to take a picture, preferably on a sunny day, in Scotland seems nigh on impossible at times. Add to that my photographer has the patience of a gnat when it comes to taking pictures – a handful at best and we’re done, which results in no pictures that I am remotely happy with. Partly to do with body image, I've gone from a UK size 14 to a 16  (size 12 U.S.) in the past couple of years and in my head I'm not quite there yet with accepting it. But I see plenty of other bloggers my size who manage to take great pictures, I must study them! And learn how to dress/not to slouch, etc etc!

Most fashion bloggers seem to have partners who are either great at photography or willing to take hundreds of pics to get the money shot. I do think I will invest in a cheap tripod, for days when I want to take a picture: the thought of doing it in public makes me cringe, so expect many pictures of my back garden, but it’s all I can think of. Also taking pictures of stuff, when I have no large expanses of clean space or pretty backdrops just makes it harder. Even little things, like jewellery - here is a really bad picture of some new earrings, I have decided earrings are the hardest things to photograph ever! I think the ears should just be left out entirely....who wants to look at a giant ear?!

Earrings BHS



 3. Exercising: Two weeks ago I dusted off my Davina dvd’s and got busy with cardio boxing. I sweated, I struggled, my knees were a bit creaky the next day, but I felt good, motivated to get back into it. Usually this is enough for me to get back into the habit of moving my body. Not this time. I really need someone to just shout at me every morning to exercise, loudly, like a U.S. Army drill instructor (I think Eileen Brennan in Private Benjamin could just about whip me into shape!). Can someone do this for me please? ;-0

4. Eating Like a Grown Up: I find when I’m heavy into blogging I really slack off with eating a proper lunch, so by late afternoon I’ve consumed a bag of crisps, and maybe a piece of fruit and am starving. I need to prise my butt off the computer to make real food and also stop backache setting in. I get so intent on finishing something that I lose all sense of time, does this happen to anyone else? I really do need to work on organizing my allotted blogging time better: I read great posts like this one from the Krafty Owl blog and it goes in one ear out the other: I am going to try harder to block manage my time instead of falling down a blogging wormhole and emerging several hours later with twenty internet windows open and half a post written!

5. Technology: When doing our bi-weekly "big shop" for groceries online, I managed to order 2 of several items including:

2 watermelons
2 cantaloupes
2 bags of carrots
4 heads of lettuce (2 packs of romaine)
2 packs of beef mince

Which doesn't quite compare to that time I ordered 8 bags of apples by accident, but still! I caught the melon duplicates in time and was able to send them back but ended up giving the carrots and lettuce to our upstairs neighbour, who picked me some flowers from the garden as a thank you so it wasn't all for naught!

So there you have it, my week of glorious failures! And believe it or not I omitted a few! Some weeks are better than others, of course, but this week I am going to try to focus on the things that I "failed" at due to lack of trying, like exercise and diet, etc, because I know I feel better when I do try. The other stuff is water under the bridge :-)

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  1. The fashion blogging thing is one I found really hard to start with, but is genuinely something that you can improve on over time. Of course, it helps enormously that I have an incredibly patient photographer who, even when I'm throwing a tantrum because I think I look rubbish, will calm me down and continue taking shots. But yeah, for every post of about 4-5 use-able photographs I think Thomas must take about 80 shots! Just constantly snapping away until we find something that works. I've also learnt that they don't all need to be full outfit shots - the little details like shoes, the print on a dress, a brooch or necklace, are just as important.

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    1. 80 shots ha ha! If only, I'm lucky to get 10, and like you I then throw a strop and hate all of them! The thing is he's not inclined to do it, and rather than force him to do something he's obviously not into I am better off with a tripod I think. Honestly I've about lost the will with it. Thanks though, maybe someday I will get there! :-)

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    2. You can always just dress nice when you come to visit me! At least you've got a nice park nearby. :-)

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  2. We all fail and this technology just makes us to rely on them, once it is gone then we don't know what to do! For instance in order to find a photo that I can use in my blog I take like 20-30 photos and then it is struggle to pick one. Also like last nights as I was checking blog stuff, I started eating crisp at like midnight and think I have full time job so I shouldn't go to bed too late! So it wasn't a good idea to ear crisp at that time and go to bed at 2am and woke up at 6:30... How great...

    www.elabellaworld.com

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    1. It can be an unhealthy "profession" I think if we don't self regulate and time manage, not that I'm remotely a professional blogger (if I am I'm very poorly paid lol!). I've been falling into bad old habits that got me through college basically, just trying to get it done regardless of the hours spent when doing it piecemeal would leave me a bit saner I think! It amazes me how many pictures are necessary to get a good shot too! :-)

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  3. Sometimes I think some of the recipes found on pinterest or internet recipe sites are just made up "this sounds like it would be good" things that people posted without actually trying them out. Obviously not all, but some, for sure - and it is crazy how many claim to be "the best" of whatever they are. The best cookies, the best bread, the best cauliflower pizza crust, whatever.
    If it makes you feel any better, there is this one really popular fashion blogger who once did a post about how she does her pics and it was super involved. She actually had a whole room of her house as her "photo studio" and she hung up a white sheet on one wall for background and had bought tons of professional lighting equipment that she could position as wanted for the right shadow effect and she'd spent about $1000 on her camera and also had special equipment for it, including tripods of varying heights and also I know a TON of fashion bloggers just end up getting remote controls for their cameras. My point is: don't be hard on yourself, they are really going to town on it (and I prefer realistic pics anyway)

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    1. I have read some great posts about the work that goes into fashion blogging, I totally respect that it's hard work and in no way want to compete or try to match that level, but I am really self critical and don't want to put up crappy pictures either.

      Ha you are right about Pinterest, EVERY recipe is "the best "__" recipe in history" In my defense I was hormonal which makes me less even detail oriented than usual, I was just chucking stuff in a bowl and not thinking about it. I am determined to find a good snickerdoodle recipe though!

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  4. Hah, Steff this made me laugh. I can relate to most of it. If you are going to fail, I say fail gloriously! Your ear looks lovely, btw. I struggle with photos for most of the same reasons and outdoors is not an option for me so although I have a tripod I cant' get the lighting right along with a clean backdrop. My one time attempt at ordering groceries online I apparently ordered one mushroom. I can just imagine what the person who assembled the order was thinking.
    I enjoy your blog because you always give me a giggle. Photos are nice, but I'm here because of you. xo

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    1. Aw, thanks Shawna! I often wonder what the grocery pickers think too like "Hmm did this lady really want 8 bags of apples? I'll just add them anyway!" Apparently a lot of bloggers buy whiteboard and such to stage photos, which makes sense but just feels like a bridge too far for me (plus I have no storage space for blogging accessories!)

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  5. I once ordered like two pounds of jalepenos when I only wanted two individual ones. 2 pounds of jalepenos is a fuck ton of jalepenos.
    I accidentally downloaded a virus and they got into my checking account and charged 2000 dollars. (my husband fixed the virus, the bank refunded the money)

    fashion blogging IS HARD.
    baking SUCKS. i just buy the boxed mixes. did you know, that when boxed mixes were introduced, they were just one step but no one bought them, but then they added the step of adding an egg, and now people felt like they were "cooking" and the mixes became very popular? i thought that was funny. cause i do feel like i'm kinda cooking since it has more than one step. argh i've been manipulated by corporate! lols.

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    1. Holy crap, what did you do with them all?! I'm amazed I haven't broken the internet/ruined our lives with the computer yet! It's a minefield!

      It's only in the last couple of years that they have got (some) Betty Crocker mixes here, it's crazy hard to bake here! Plus all the recipes are in metric, and I can't even deal with that!

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