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24.9.21

I DON'T KNOW WHAT TYPE OF BLOGGER I WANT TO BE...

Oh, here she goes again with another excuse as to why her blogging game has been terrible recently! ...Well, actually maybe not, this isn't an excuse and I don't think this is even going to be an explanation as to why I've been so terrible, just more and rambling of what my next steps could even be? 

Truth be told, I found myself growing more and more via instagram recently and I think that's actually distracted me from working on any other content! I'd spend my weekend going out shooting or grabbing quick shots of my outfits while out with J, and eventually I'd stopped pulling this content for a blog post and instead focused on the short-form of blogging through my phone.

I'm still one for incredibly long captions and very personal stories about my life and mental health, but over the last year it's felt easier to share on one app than on the million others - and we all know that blogging requires so much more work, especially if I wanted my account to grow. 


Truth be told, I don't know what to share online anymore, specially not knowing what to write on my blog. I don't have enough interests to share those with you regularly, I don't do enough activities to share my *days out* with you and I don't believe I can share my voice for anything with enough knowledge, understanding or sustainability to what's 'important'. So I simple just, stopped. 

Last year I was sharing with you my tips and tricks on blogging and photography but soon realised that once I'd written one post, I'd written them all. My lifestyle and travelling had pretty much dried up (...like everyone else's) and well my mental health was shattered to a point that I didn't have any words to describe it to you. 

So I stopped being any type of blogger and have since realised, I now don't know what type of blogger I want to be anymore. 

...And I guess that's the point we're at now. Figuring out my next steps, deciding what's *more me* and what I can talk about online that will provide any interest. 

The craziest thing is, I'd spent so many years as a 'beauty blogger' because it felt like my easier option, I've gravitated towards lifestyle even though I think my life is extremely boring and this year have found myself leaning more towards *fashion blogger* which for years, I wish I'd had the courage to do but finally, when I have that courage, I still don't think I fit in. 

Over the course of the last year, I've not only been completely supported by J who's willing to take some snaps for me while we're out and about (...at the price of a coffee) but I've also made friends within the community who I can meet with regularly and surrounded by people who will help me get content but the girl who started her blog in 2013 dreamed of having this support to get your outfits snapped, is now mostly concerned that maybe, the fashion aspect wasn't all it was cracked up to be after-all. 

Oh jeezh, I just don't know - life has been wild the last 6 weeks and will continue to be for a little while longer, so while I catch up with my own life, just don't mind the weird patch my blog is about to undertake also, I'm thinking more carefree, more fun posts and just generally trying to figure out where I belong... 

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17.9.21

TONIGHT, JOSEPHINE.

PR EVENT:
TONIGHT, JOSEPHINE LAUNCH PARTY.

With the world slowly getting back to normal, it was so nice being back in the busy city of Birmingham and getting to experience the launch party at Tonight, Josephine. 

In the middle of the summer myself and a number of other Birmingham bloggers were given the opportunity to check out Tonight, Josephine for their official launch party and boy, what a fun evening it was...Apologies for the lack of updates and the fact that this post is coming 2 months later than expected, but I had a whole drama with my laptop being out of action for the entirety of August, so we're catching up, okay? 

TONIGHT, JOSEPHINE LAUNCH NIGHT - SARAHLAUBLOGS
TONIGHT, JOSEPHINE LAUNCH NIGHT - SARAHLAUBLOGS

The Tonight, Josephine nightclub is based central of the city, just opposite the Grand Central train station, so an easy find! From the outside looks like any normal bar within the city, but upon entry it's like a hidden underground spot and a new favourite of mine. 

We were welcomed by the team and lead down to this underground bar, where you'll see three sections of the club - with plenty of private booths and seating areas, but be quick to find that perfect spot with your pals as those booths fill up pretty quickly. 

Upon entry into the club we were given complimentary tokens to use for our drinks for the evening and I really did use this as an opportunity to test their range of cocktails and boy, they were just too good! 

TONIGHT, JOSEPHINE LAUNCH NIGHT - SARAHLAUBLOGS
TONIGHT, JOSEPHINE LAUNCH NIGHT - SARAHLAUBLOGS
TONIGHT, JOSEPHINE LAUNCH NIGHT - SARAHLAUBLOGS

The staff were super good with us, service was obviously very busy as *everyone* wanted to trial their cocktails but they we're so upbeat! After a few drinks I used this as the perfect chance to get some photos in their iconic photo spots, the neon walls are definitely what they are going to known for! ...Also, don't miss out on the photobooth because that was stupidly fun (and you can download your images for those of you needing to share pictures with friends).  

TONIGHT, JOSEPHINE LAUNCH NIGHT - SARAHLAUBLOGS
TONIGHT, JOSEPHINE LAUNCH NIGHT - SARAHLAUBLOGS

Throughout the night we were constantly entertained from their hosting drag queen, poppycock and the best Britney impersonator. We also played Bingo and had some fabulous lip sync battles, honestly it was a full evening of fun and I just didn't want the evening to end. 

TONIGHT, JOSEPHINE LAUNCH NIGHT - SARAHLAUBLOGS
TONIGHT, JOSEPHINE LAUNCH NIGHT - SARAHLAUBLOGS

The night made me realise how lucky I am that I've found a bunch of girls through blogging and my instagram life, who I can share these fun moments with and to not feel completely judged because I want to get a quick photo or two for *content*. 

It was fun for us all to spend the evening together having a few drinks and just kind of switching off from life's problems...so for anyone in the Birmingham (or London) area looking for a care-free evening - Tonight, Josephine might be exactly what you're looking for! From their evenings similar to mine but also their themed bottomless brunches, I'm sure you'll find something you're going to love! 

...Now, if you don't mind me, I'm going to spend my day wishing I had an evening like these planned for my upcoming weekend! 


30.8.21

What I've Learnt Being a Content Creator This Year

As someone who loves to see her creative mind come to life, trying to keep yourself constantly creatively motivated and inspired is quite simply exhausting and it's no surprise that I've struggled with it over the years, and this year has been no different but I wanted to talk about it and share some thoughts I've had recently in the hopes it re-ignites my lack of ideas right now. 


Although this blog has been ticking over since 2013, my energy for blogging hasn't always been around. I've dipped in and out of content creating more times than I can count, but there's always something that pulls me back in. At the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, I decided to use my days in lockdown to my advantage and honestly, I think it was the first time since starting my blog, that I *finally* saw some kind of pay off, I was some how constantly inspired, my engagement was at it's best and I was actually seeing some genuine growth with my accounts for the first time in years. 

And although my blogging days have since dried up (trust me, this draft was deleted 3 times before I finally found the right words), I've not limited myself to only being able to write a blog. Instead I've been more active on instagram, being more creative with my shoots, creating videos and generally having a much more successful time than I ever have done with blogging itself. 


But I miss writing, I miss putting photos together and sharing my feelings. Lets be honest, I'm a bit too much of an over-sharer for instagram captions, so blogging desperately needs to make a comeback! 

Right, instead of more ramblings, let's actually get on with todays post...so, what have I learnt? Let's make a trust-y list, shall we... 

PLANNING IS MY FAVOURITE PART OF CREATING. 
No joke, planning really is my favourite part of creating. I love the days when I've got music on full blast, I have a pen and a notepad and I'm just jotting down ideas. The last few months I've been winging it with my content, getting snaps of outfits on my weekends and not really getting to focus on what I want to share or how I want to share it and I can really feel the difference in my dedication to it. 

I've had annual leave this week and it's honestly the first time in a long time I've felt like I've had the time to plan and I've loved it!

KEEP TRYING UNTIL YOU FIND YOUR STYLE 
Personally, I hate the term 'find your niche' - I understand 100% how beneficial it can be, but I don't have a niche and I find it such a mental battle to limit myself to one area, so if you're anything like me - just don't! But for the most part, I am constantly trying to figure out what works for me, whether it's figuring out how to share my outfits, wanting to share more flat-lays or figuring out how to create more video content, it's all about trial and error! Somedays pay off and somedays don't but eventually it'll fall into place!  

DON'T BE AFRAID TO MAKE FRIENDS. 
One of the best things about my corner of the internet has been the friendships I've created, from the girls in my earlier blogging days to the girls I can consider my best friends now - making that connection with new people and simply just asking 'can we be friends' has been much easier than I expected. If it's something that you worry about, let me tell you a secret - make that first move with leaving comments on their instagram posts, react to stories or just re-share their posts. These simple gestures have created so many genuine relationships with pals online and it's only a matter of time before I'm asking if they want to have a content day or just meet for coffee! 

IT'S OKAY TO HAVE A BREAK. 
Seriously, repeat after me - it's okay to take a break! I'm sure you've all noticed I've taken a fair few in my time, my blog needs dusting off more often than I'd like to admit and occasionally I find myself needed to hit pause with instagram - and it's completely okay. I've taken some time out recently due to being off sick and taking that step back from everything in my life made a huge difference when I was ready to come back again. 

Don't worry, taking a blogging break used to make it shit scared too - but over time I've realised that taking that pause actually helps rejuvenate my overall creative energy. I can't wait to comeback and be better than ever! 


FAKE IT UNTIL YOU MAKE IT.
Now this one might sound a little bit silly, but one question you'll be asked from any new content creator is about confidence, in yourself, your style, your photography or going out to take content with other bloggers and to be honest, it's taken me until this last year to get confident myself and even then, most days I'm faking it! 

Most people will remind you that the people seeing you in the streets won't see you again and tbh it's facts. Remembering that they won't see you again or that's probably not even the weirdest thing they've seen all day is a phase that I'll repeat to myself while I'm having my photos taken. 

ENJOY YOURSELF. 
...okay, now this is the most important fact. Enjoy yourself is such an important part of being a content creators. I honestly spend so much of my spare time working on my content and why would I waste that extra time on something that I didn't love? I've always gravitated towards hobbies that allowed me to be creative and doing this 'online thang' has meant I've been able to focus on something I love but has also given me another income and honestly, if I didn't love it as much as I do, I'd pack it all in tomorrow. 

If we're being completely honest, I do often feel cringe calling myself a content creator/blogger and there's no way I'd ever consider myself an influencer - but finding this creative outlet way back when has been the most beneficial thing for me, I've grown in confidence, I've grown as a creative person and to be honest, I just love how I spend my free time. 

...now if you don't mind me, I've got a couple ideas that I've been avoiding that I think after writing this lil post, I finally feel inspired to do. 

See you all soon x 



16.5.21

ACCEPTING IT'S OK TO SWITCH OFF ON MY DAYS OFF WITHOUT FEELING GUILTY.

Hello, my names Sarah and I'm the worst at taking time off...but I think y'all already know that already.


I've had this blog post idea sitting in my drafts for months, probably since August last year. As much as I wanted to share my thoughts on this...I also didn't want to write a post that probably wasn't 100% accurate or made me out to be an absolute hypocrite, because truth be told I was still struggling it to switch off and simply r e l a x.  

Thankfully since then, I've *finally* found the joy in taking a step back, switching off and actually enjoying my days off - we'll just ignore the fact it's taken me 9 months to figure it out. 

Honestly, It's shameful how much time it's taken me to accept it's okay to switch off on my days off, and even longer to accept it's okay without feeling guilty! You may not be aware that I'd found it so difficult to take the days off, that between September & December, I was working two jobs - for future reference Sarah, don't try this again... 


Let me explain this a little more though, back in September I was offered a position as Digital Marketer - a dream job, a job I've spent several years prior trying to get, but at the time was working a part-time job as a Cast Member at The Disney Store...and I was kind of hoping to have the best of both worlds, oh okay, yeah that was a little lame, I'll stop! As much as it sounded like the dream situation, it just didn't work for me. 

I mean I've always known that taking time off just wasn't I did naturally, even on my days off, I always felt like I needed to be doing something, whether it was; seeing pals, going shopping, creating content...you know the drill. For example, prior to this I'd spent majority of my time in 2020 focusing my days blogging or content creating - but seriously thanks lockdown for that opportunity! 


Explanations and excuses aside, I don't really know what's changed my mind about taking that time for me, but seriously, I love it. 

Personally, I've found that my change in routine has really helped me take that time for myself, even if it's only one day over the weekend! Typically spending Saturday's creating content or socialising, I like to spend my Sunday's in bed, in my comfortable clothes and doing as little as possible and it's fab! 

I don't think I knew the direction I wanted to take this post and I think after all this time, I just wanted to write something new. SO, let this be a reminder to not only myself or to anyone else struggle, remember that taking a day to switch off, taking the day to be alone or needing to take a break from what's happening in the world, that's okay! 

...Right, so I've promised I've found a routine where I do nothing, I take that time for me and I've spent the day editing content, planning future content and writing my posts. So I'm going to switch off and watch some Netflix before I'm reminding that it's Sunday evening and we're back to work tomorrow... 

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