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Monday, 16 March 2015

Clashing Time talks Snug Bar Bloggers Event

Last week I went to an event at The Snug Bar for a bloggers cocktail making class! I joined a small group of bloggers from Cambridge and we were let loose on the bar...big mistake. We were free pouring like you've never seen before (unintentionally of course). We were treated to 4 cocktails each and were given the opportunity to make them ourselves if we wanted to - I should have left it to the experts. A strawberry daiquiri kicked off the evening and put us all in an excited mood for what was about to happen! Check out my video below to find out what happened...
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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Clashing Time talks #CambMeetUp Outfits


For the #CambMeetUp I wanted to buy a cute new outfit so I could feel a little bit special! I wanted to make sure that I ordered something early enough so that if it didn't fit or just didn't look right then I would have enough time to send it back and get something else. Luckily enough Boohoo came to the rescue and I managed to get something for an amazing £22!! The Tasmin Monochrome Woven Fit and Flare Dress is lightweight and perfect for a day or night time event. I had not bought from Boohoo before this and I have to say that I was quite pleasantly surprised. Although the dress was too big, I was able to put a belt with it and I am really pleased with the look. 
As it was a day time event, I decided to wear my Russell and Bromley boots that my mum picked up from a charity shop for an incredible £15. They look almost brand new on the outside and I just had to add some new leather inner soles from Clarks as they were a little worn down. 
I added a copper bag that I got for £3 from Primark and I feel like this really completed the look. With a monochrome colour scheme, it is sometimes better to not accessorise too much as it can ruin the look. What do you think? I'd love to know your opinion!
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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Clashing Time talks #CambMeetUp

On the 7th March 2015, a hell of a lot of planning came to life. Although I never thought the day would come about, the Saturday of the #CambMeetUp arrived! This event was for around 50 bloggers from all over East Anglia to come together and talk about all things blogging. I got completely sick of going back and forth to London for blogging and networking events, so I decided to do some research into how many bloggers are in the local area and then brought them all together! I was overwhelmed by the positive response I had from local and East Anglian bloggers and was blown away by how many people actually attended. 
The event was held at Revolution Cambridge in the Cuban Bar between 3:30 and 6:30, and the space was fantastic! I couldn't have asked for a more helpful team of people to work with as they really brought the room to life for me. Throughout the day the emotions in the room were changing all the time, they started with massive nerves (most of the nervousness coming from me of course), then lots of excitement and then finally it ended with genuine happiness - who knew that a group of strangers could bring you so much happiness? I am so glad that all the people that did come were able to as it really did mean the absolute world to me - to see so many bloggers together in one room was just incredible and it made me so proud to know that I had made that happen.
I wanted to provide the guests with a present to take home at the end and The Blogger Programme kindly provided some amazing branded tote bags with '#CambMeetUp' written on the side. When I received the package with these bags in it, I honestly felt so thrilled, what better way to remember your event then with a bag you can use every day?
I worked with some incredible brands for the event and they helped me to fill the goodie bags for all the guests. These brands included Sniffy Wiffy, Hairy Jayne, Lush, L'Occitane, Neals Yard Remedies, Belvoir, Lisa Angel, Jilly Jilly, Claireabellemakes, The Snug, Ankh Rah, Mint Velvet, Kryptik Rose, Chocolat Chocolat,Kettle Chips and Coppa Feel.
I want to take this moment to thank all the lovely brands, my beautiful friends and family, and then of course the blogging community. Without blogging, my life would be so different, and I am so grateful to blogging for that. It has brought me out of my shell, has given me the confidence to try new things and most importantly I am grateful because blogging has introduced me to a bunch of people I never would have met before. If you are short on content ideas or are feeling uninspired, talk to others - we are all here to help!
Please check out the rest of the images here.
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Saturday, 7 March 2015

Clashing Time talks #CambMeetUp preparation

I decided to do a quick video on the preparation for the #CambMeetUp! Cannot believe that today is the day - it has come round so quickly. Watch my video below to see what i've been up to...
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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Clashing Time talks Cambridge Etsy pop-up shop

Through my work I get to be involved in some pretty cool things and bringing pop-up shops to Cambridge is one of them. For Cambridge Style Week I was tasked with finding an unusual venue to hold a pop up shop and I chose one of the most beautiful and oldest buildings in Cambridge. The Round Church managers had never used the venue for anything other than as an exhibition space and I thought that it would be perfect to display some of the beautiful items made by the Cambridge Etsy Team. Last Saturday the 28th February, this crazy dream turned into a reality and all the sellers turned up with their stalls and stock to trade for the day. We are truly blessed to have such incredibly talented people in Cambridgeshire and this was very clear throughout the day. Each seller had at least one, if not two things on their table that I would love to have in my new place - but I had to refrain myself for the sake of my bank balance! Here are a few of my favourite images of what was on offer from throughout the day...
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For more information on the sellers in Team Cambridge please see HERE.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Clashing Time talks the truth about blogging...


Every so often I can imagine that lots of bloggers become a little bit exhausted and lack in motivation when it comes to blogging. For me, I feel like there are never enough hours in the day and although I am bursting with ideas, I just don't have enough time to get it all down.

Five and a bit months ago I started my first full time job since university and travelling. This job has changed my world and everything in it - I am excited when I get up in the morning, I look forward to what challenges come my way and in a sense, I have never felt more alive. All this excitement sure does come at a price though, and unfortunately my blog is the key thing that is taking a beating.

As I work quite ordinary hours for an office job it means that after work I feel like I need to make the most of the few hours I have before bed. Sometimes I like to lie down on the sofa with my other half and catch up on all our favourite TV shows, and sometimes I have the urge to visit lots of friends or catch up with my loved ones - whatever my choice, it involves living. 

When I first started my blog, I posted when I wanted and about what I wanted. Now although I am only at 600 followers, I have got to the stage where I feel like my originality and desire to post about anything has disappeared. This is because in the modern world of 'blogging', it can feel like if you don't have a set area to categorise yourself under then sometimes you can be seen as not taking it very seriously. Of course if I lived in another world, I would love to spend all my life blogging and taking pictures and generally living my life behind a camera; but that isn't the real world for most people and I unfortunately have to earn a living by going out to work Monday to Friday. As a result of this, my life consists of lots of different things - work, love, fashion, beauty, food, family, technology, cars, animals.....the list goes on, and this means that I could never 'categorise' myself as a blogger with just one topic to talk about. 

I want to go back to September 2009 when I started my blog and tell myself to not worry about the pressures that may come along the way and to ignore the rude or hurtful comments - but of course, that is not possible and I need to live for the now and learn from the experiences of the past. From now on I want to post when I can and I will not allow myself to feel like a failure if I don't receive any page views or comments as it's unrealistic to expect the world to come to you if you do not go to them. I may from time to time just post a picture and not say anything about it, or even just a post with my thoughts that day - essentially I want to strip my blog back to the very basics and explore how it feels to just type...like I am now.

I completely understand if this might not be your thing and I get it that I have just typed quite a lot...but I think in some sort of therapeutic way, this will be helpful for me. Every so often I think it is beneficial for people to take a step back and appreciate life for what it is, rather than what it could be and I think this is something I need to acknowledge a hell of a lot more. My life right now is pretty damn good and although there are always bound to be some speed bumps along the way, I should be incredibly grateful for my family, my boyfriend, my friends and colleagues, and I should be grateful for the things I have achieved throughout my life. 

I think what I'm trying to say is - the blogging world is incredible, some people achieve a lot financially, some people achieve a lot emotionally, and some people don't achieve anything at all. The fact that I am even in this community part time is enough for me and I hope that if anyone does actually read this, then they will realise that you shouldn't put pressure on yourself to blog as it will take away the fun like it did for me. 

If you have something you would like me to read then please do let me know as I'd love to check out some new blogs. For now, its 22:09 and I am going to be good for once and go to sleep - unheard of!

Love to each and every one of you. 

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Friday, 30 January 2015

#CambMeetUp

After traipsing back and forth to London for events one too many times, I decided it was about time we had a bloggers meet up/networking event in Cambridge! I have taken it upon myself to organise a #CambMeetUp for bloggers throughout the East Anglian region and I would love for you to be involved!
The #CambMeetUp will be happening on Saturday 7th March from 3.30pm to 6.30pm at Revolution Cambridge, Downing Street and I hope you can all make it!
I have confirmed three speakers to come along and I couldn't be more excited about them. Sarah comes from a fantastic company called Sniffy Wiffy, she is a local Cambridge business woman with a range of 'self-examination' beauty products to ensure that men and women are clued up about cancerous signs. Please do have a look at her website if you get the chance (www.sniffywiffy.com). 
 We have also just confirmed two lovely ladies called Imogen and Julie from Cision UK, a media and communicated company, to come along to provide some blogging and PR tips (www.cision.com/uk). After the event you have the option to continue talking to all the lovely attendees by venturing into the main bar - I will be there if you want a chat!
This event will be publicised through blogs, social media and as a fringe event to tie in with Cambridge Style Week (www.cambridgestyleweek.com) which is a fashion based week of fashion shows at Quy Mill Hotel between the 2nd - 8th March.
I have teamed up with the fantastic company that is 'The Blogger Programme’ (www.thebloggerprogramme.co.uk) to help support the event and they will be providing some gorgeous tote bags for each attendee. 
I will be working with some great range of brands such as Belvoir and Neals Yard Remedies to provide the attendees with a bloggers goodie bag to take away and review!
Each blog post and social media post will be promoted by The Blogger Programme and will include the hashtag #CambMeetUp so please do tweet with the hashtag!
I really hope that you can all make it and I look forward to seeing you there!
Head to the eventbrite page to register your interest in attending HERE.
If you have any questions send me an email on clashingtime@hotmail.co.uk or tweet me at @Pippa_CTx.
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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Clashing Time Goes Shopping

Yesterday I went shopping in Cambridge and spent a little bit more than maybe I should have done! I think it was the freedom of having no one with me, it just meant that I was able to walk in and out of shops and try whatever I wanted on, talk to the sales assistants about what looks good and what doesn't, and it felt like I had absolutely no responsibilities what so ever! I know it's crazy as I am only 22 and it's not like I have loads on in my life at the moment, but sometimes if you've been quite good with money and you've made no plans on the weekend then it can be amazing to be a bit frivolous! Let me know what you think of the video and give it a thumbs up.
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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Clashing Time Says Goodbye to 2014 & Hello to 2015


After the amazing Bloggers Hub #BHTWITTERPARTY I spent the whole of the evening searching through all of the amazing links that were sent to me. This was such an amazing twitter chat and I looked at new brands I'd never heard of before, found out so much about bloggers locally and got advice from other bloggers about a whole variety of things! If you were involved, I'm sure you would agree that there was this fantastic  felt sense of support for one another. I'm definitely getting involved in the next twitter party with Bloggers Hub and am keen to check out any others!

Whilst searching through all the blog links that were sent to me I came across JodieJo and read her post on saying goodbye to the previous year and looking forward to the year ahead. I don't really believe in making new years resolutions as I never ever keep them, but I think it is important to look back on the year you have just finished and see what you did well and what you should be proud of and then look forward to the next year with ambition, belief and positivity about your potential! So here are mine...

5 Positive Things of 2014

1. I went to go live and work in one of the best countries in the world - Australia. I was lucky enough to go away with my boyfriend to Australia for 6 months and it was the most incredible trip I have ever been on. Being able to go to work, socialise and complain about life in the same way as a local would makes a trip away so much better and you feel like you're making the most of your time in that country. If you get to go to Australia, especially Melbourne then definitely do...and tell me about it so I can get all jealous! (T: Pippa_CTx)

2. I became an au pair to the two loveliest girls you could meet. Whilst working in Australia for an Australian branding company, I also worked with a family to look after the two young girls and it was hands down one of the best experiences I have ever had. Of course we argued like sisters as they were only 9 and 11 at the time, but I walked away from my experience as an au pair with so many amazing memories of laughing, gossiping, shopping, beautifying...the list goes on. If you are feeling a little bit stuck in life and want to get away and explore another country, whilst having the security of a job then au pairing is definitely for you! I used Au Pair World to find my family, check it out HERE.

3. I went on a trip of a life time round Australia and South East Asia. Although I was on my own down the East Coast of Australia, I felt so at ease because I used an amazing company called Backpackers World. They help you pick all the hostels, trips, adventures you would like to do and put it into a big package so it is easy for you to follow as you travel through each town and city. Definitely recommend doing the East Coast if you get the chance, there are so many beautiful sights to see. For my trip to South East Asia I used STA Travel and G Adventures to book my group tour and again, although I was on my own, because I joined a group of like minded travel enthusiasts, I got to explore 4 beautiful countries in safety!

4. I got the job of my dreams. A few months ago after applying to quite a few jobs (about 250) I was accepted to work as a Marketing & Projects Executive in Cambridge. I know it sounds like a cheesy thing to say but I genuinely enjoy going to work as my projects are all so much fun. I never thought I would be lucky enough to enjoy my job so much at such a young age as I know a lot of people to struggle; but I feel so fortunate and definitely want to try and progress as much as possible within my company.

5. I celebrated three years with my man. Being in a relationship isn't always the easiest thing because everyone has their ups and downs; but I can easily say that through everything we have been through in life over the past three years, I am happy to have gone through it with him. We are both at such exciting times in our lives right now and I can't wait to see how things progress in the next three years.

5 Things to Look Forward to in 2015

I am going to keep these short and sweet as I don't know what will come from this list, but hopefully good things!

1. I am working on an amazing project at work called Cambridge Style Week - imagine London Fashion Week, but on a much smaller scale and with lots of Cambridge retailers. Going to be a great opportunity to network, gain experience and also blog! I have been selected as one of the bloggers for CSW so will be blogging on here and on their site. 

2. I will be blogging/vlogging a lot more. They are both my passion, but finding the time to do it is really difficult. When you work 9-5 monday to friday, all you want to do when you get home is slump somewhere in your pjs - but I have decided that I am not going to do that anymore and i'm going to get organised!

3. I will be moving out at some stage this year! Not sure exactly when as it is completely dependent on funds, but I think it is quite an exciting thing to look forward to as it will be my first proper non-uni style place to call my own.

4. I am going to attempt to get healthy. Now everyone seems to be talking about this at the moment and to be honest, I am struggling to even think about it, let alone actually do it! My motivation is that although people say 'you look fine', 'you don't need to lose weight', 'you look the same as always'...underneath it all, I don't look the same or fine and I would like to spend some time toning up. I need help, I will hold my hands up to that, but I am hoping that this goal will be successful for 2015!

5. I'm being proactive and getting myself invited to and involved in interesting projects. I need to get my name out there and network and make sure that people know what I am capable of! Being invited to PR events is amazing for so many reasons, mainly being...you get to meet people, you get exposed to new things and you get to relax in a situation where you are a guest and that is all! The combination of those three is just perfect for me and I can't wait to get myself out there! (Even if there are some knock downs on the way).

Let me know your thoughts from 2014 and for 2015! I'd love to know.
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Monday, 12 January 2015

Clashing Time talks holidaying in Madeira


Hi All!
Hope you're all doing really well and all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year break. I have had the loveliest past month and have been a bit of a jet setter! My first trip was to the portuguese island of Madeira and this was certainly the most relaxing week I have had recently. I spent the whole holiday sunbathing, eating gorgeous foods and drinking great drinks. Sometimes you just need to get away and relax for a few days to make you help you get your head straight and come back to reality with a clear mind. Madeira is such a beautiful country and it only has about 260,000 people in the whole country, so it is definitely a lot more peaceful than England! If you need a little break away then definitely have a look at Madeira as a potential holiday destination. Worth a visit!
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