My top tips for social media

My top tips for social media

As I look to teach my second class on social media and blogging for businesses next month, I thought it was about time I backed this up with an actual blog on the topic! Time seems to be slipping away from me at the moment, but this is always one topic I find very easy to discuss and share with others. My biggest hope is that more people will get on board with the power of social media and blogging (especially in Jersey) so that together we can make some positive change and share inspiring stories together. From my time as a blogger and getting to grips with this ever-changing world, here's what I've learnt about social media that may help you.

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The year nipples got big!

I may be coming in a little late to the whole nipple debate, but this season they are so big (figuratively speaking) that its become very hard to ignore them. The Free the Nipple campaign was all to do with a woman's right to bare her boobs, but as someone keen to keep theirs firmly a mystery, I decided at the time not to delve deeper into the debate. Then I encountered the wonderfully stylish Trinny Woodall. Utterly fabulous, yet not a big fan of wearing bras. I started to wonder I am out of touch here? Is showing your nipples now the done thing? 

For those of you that didn’t know, myself included, the Free the Nipple campaign argues that women should be free to show their nipples in public as men do and that breasts have become unnecessarily sexualised so that we now consider their exposure indecent. Indeed Instagram and Facebook do not allow photos to feature female nipples, unless associated with breastfeeding. The political movement has caused quite a stir over the last few years and ultimately caught on in the fashion world as it became more en vogue to embrace our peanut sized friends than to squirrel them away under thick jumpers. 

2018 has been hailed the year of the nipple, surpassing 2017’s nip-flashing trends. While it isn’t unusual to see the modest chests of pre-pubescent models peering out of designer creations, this season was decidedly more about the nipple as accessory and less about the clothes, with many designers sending out girls completely bare chested. The rise of the sheer trend has a part to play in the phenomenon with sheer fronted jumpers at Calvin Klein, mesh dresses at Michael Costello, peekaboo lace at N.21 and layers of transparent gauze at Simone Rocha. No matter how you view it, showing your nipples is a rising trend! 

“Its a generation thing,” my friend advised me. “Twenty-somethings think nothing about going out braless nowadays, its more about comfort and free choice than the aesthetic.” Several celebrity millenniums would attest to this with Kendall Jenner asserting that she is is comfortable in her own skin and stating “I think it's cool to show off what's under your shirt — whether that's a cute bralette or just skin.” 

 Trinny Woodall

Trinny Woodall

Kendall may have been praised for her free thinking, but poor Trinny was not so lucky when she left her bra at home to appear on her This Morning television slot. Twitter went wild for the over-exposure of the 54 year old, exclaiming “I don’t want to see her nips while eating breakfast” and “buy a bra or warm up!” Trinny chooses not to wear a bra, simply because her chest size means she doesn’t have to and this is how she feels comfortable. But today’s trend seems to be reserved only for those with Hollywood-worthy breasts. 

Turns out the nipple craze goes so much further than just skin deep, with a cosmetic obsessive culture craving the perfect nipple. Just what is this you may ask? Of course it’s subjective, but cosmetic surgeons believe more people are looking for a pair that are symmetrical, with a nipple area covering 25-30% of the breast and a 1cm protruding nipple. 

 Urban dictionary

Urban dictionary

As a fashion lover, I have a whole drawer at home dedicated to various permutations of nipples coverings. Backless and strapless bras, nipples pasties, tape and silicone cups. All ensuring that I don’t run the risk of exposing some VNO (visible nipple outline). As someone with more than a handful up front, the question or whether or not to wear a bra is not one I need ever consider. But I admit I also prefer my fashion not to be marred by an unsightly nip-slip. Call me old fashioned or a prude, but I like to see nipples kept under wraps. 

Why blog?

Why blog?

It’s been a while since I talked about my new found career as a writer and blogger, and while there can’t be many left that haven’t heard me harp on about how much I love it, I thought maybe we were due a recap! Quite a few people have approached me about how to get into blogging and even more have asked me the secret of how to leave a career in finance for something more rewarding. I’ve been surprised and saddened to realise just how many people there are out there working nine to five in a job they hate. 

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Is there life after boxing?

Is there life after boxing?

So I’m completely done in. Emotionally raw, exhausted and burnt out. After a continuous stream of over twelve months training for a boxing bout that never materialised I feel lost and ready to give up on the sport altogether. With so much of my life involving sports and a need to always be driven by the next goal, its hard to contemplate life without that competitive edge. But I cant even remember the last time I just sat down and did nothing, just took in life around me. With a family, a new career and blogging in what spare time I have, is it time to give up on being the best at everything? Can my next challenge really be to live without a challenge?

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Sizzle down below

Sizzle down below

In these cold months, it's hard to give much thought to your underwear unless it comes with in-built heating or a thermal layer. But new Jersey brand, Hidden Beneath Underwear, is set to get everyone a little hot under the collar, no matter what the thermometer says. Minimalistic, risqué and with a erotic art following, the lingerie label created by Kate Sloan could be exactly what you need this February to stoke those fires. 

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The secret of our shores

The secret of our shores

Jersey Recovery College turns one year old this month, having helped 330 students during the course of 2017, all facing difficulties with their own mental wellbeing. Established as a centre of education, rather than therapy, the College looks to teach individuals methods they can use on a daily basis to help with depression, anxiety or social issues that come with mental illness. One of their most popular courses, the Sea Swimming programme, has enabled many to reconnect with society, offering them a safe environment to explore the benefits of swimming in Jersey's shores. 

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