INTERVIEW// FREYA FROM FRECKLE CLUB

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Heya! Round two of my blogger interviews is finally here! (You can have a read of my interview with Chessie in this post.)  Many of you have probably already heard of Freya, either through her lovely blog or her instagram. She's definitely a firm blogging favourite of mine, and her beautiful photos inspire over 13,000 followers across social media. Enjoy! x

1. Tell me a bit about yourself (name, age, how long have you had a blog etc)
I'm Freya (middle name Haley), I'm 16 from Perth, Western Australia. I'm an animal lover and wanderluster. I started my blog in July 2014.

2. Why did you decide to start blogging?
I wanted to upgrade from my tumblr account and because some of my instagram followers suggested it!

 3. What's your current favourite item in your wardrobe?
Probably either my camel coat from Dolly Girl Fashion or my striped shirt from Abercrombie (I wear it everywhere, it's so comfortable)

4. Where are your favourite places to shop?
Tigerlily, Urban outfitters, topshop, zara, reformation, sportsgirl

5. What advice would you give people who are thinking about starting a blog? 
Sort out everything before you post (the theme, header etc) make sure it's all in check, I didn't and my blog looked ugly for the first few months! Have a nice theme/colour scheme that all matches, don't use comic sans ms or papyrus :)



6. Where do you hope to be in 10 years?
Hopefully travelling the world + sharing my adventures with the internet

7. How would you describe your personal style?
I never can pinpoint one particular style because it changes everyday! Whatever is comfortable and looks nice I suppose- I really like brown, orange, peach kind of colours
or to quote my pal liv "My style ranges from classy homeless to pyjama chic"

8. Where do you find inspiration for your blog posts?
Instagram, tumblr, I go bike riding on Saturday mornings and sometimes I'll see a nice outfit or pretty place which sparks inspiration.


HOW I EDIT MY INSTAGRAM PHOTOS


Hello! This is by far my most highly requested post, so I'm not quite sure why it's taken me so long to sit down and write it. But here it is finally! 

I am a total instagram addict and I'm on it way to often. I really don't do that much to my photos, however I almost always adjust the brightness and saturation in the instagram app. It's a matter of personal preference, but I just prefer when my photos look lighter and brighter. Sometimes that's all I do, and other times I use a photo editing app to edit my photos. Here are my favourites!

VSCOcam- This is my most favourite editing app, and I use it for most of my photos. My favourite filters are C1, HB1, HB2 and A6.

Afterlight- I used to use this app all the time, however I don't use it that much anymore since I found VSCOcam. Now I mainly just use it if I want to brighten an image.

Whitagram- Again, I used to use this a lot more but now I hardly ever use it as I prefer my photos without white borders.

And that's it! I don't really do all that much to my photos so sorry if this wasn't very helpful, but hopefully it will be useful to some of you. Happy Tuesday! x

SECRET GARDEN

Wednesday, 24 June 2015




Heya! I feel like I haven't posted a simple old photography post in SO LONG, and it felt really great to take my trusty camera out for a trip today. My friends and I went to a little hidden garden that's recently been making the rounds on social media. Considering the fact that western australia is pretty much a dustbowl, it was lovely to visit somewhere so lush and green in our own city!

I'll be posting some more photos on my instagram if you'd like to see more. Much love x

5 EASY WAYS TO CLEAN UP YOUR BLOG DESIGN (BLOGGER)

Tuesday, 23 June 2015


Hold up a second- is this the third post in three days?? (yes) (omg) (is this real)

Happy Tuesday! It feels so good to be back into the swing of things blog-wise and I'm planning, photographing, and editing a whole new heap of content to make up for my past month of next-to-no posting. I'm on a roll, guys!

As many of you know I've been blogging for about 3 years, and in that time I've gotten more and more comfortable with coding. As someone who is extremely technologically un-savvy (for real- I didn't even know how to turn on a computer until I was 12) I totally sympathise with everyone who steers clear of anything even remotely relating to html. So the fact that even I am able to understand basic html coding shows that it really isn't as freaky as it seems, and the idea that only really experienced bloggers can design their own website is completely false. Here are 5 quick, basic ways you can use coding to clean up your blog design.

1// CENTER YOUR POST TITLE AND DATE HEADER
This is a matter of personal preference, but I definitely love the look of my blog with the centered date and post headers! Go to the template tab on blogger, click 'customise' under the 'live on blog' header. Scroll down to the 'advanced' tab, then go to the 'add CSS' tab and paste this code into the box.

.post-title {
text-align: center;
}

.date-header {
text-align: center;
}

2// REMOVE THE WHITE BORDER AROUND BLOG IMAGES
Some people love the borders, others don't. For those of you itching to be rid of them, again go to the template tab on blogger, click 'customise' under the 'live on blog' header. Scroll down to the 'advanced' tab, then go to the 'add CSS' tab and paste this code into the box.

.post-body img, .post-body .tr-caption-container, .Profile img, .Image img,
.BlogList .item-thumbnail img {
 padding: 0 !important;
 border: none !important;
 background: none !important;
 -moz-box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px transparent !important;
 -webkit-box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px transparent !important;
 box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px transparent !important;
}

3// MAKE ALL IMAGES THE SAME WIDTH
When all of the images are the same width and fill the post space, it instantly makes a blog look put-together and more professional. Go to the template tab on blogger, click 'customise' under the 'live on blog' header. Scroll down to the 'advanced' tab, then go to the 'add CSS' tab and paste this code into the box. Just be sure to change the width from 680px to however wide your blog is!

.post-body img {

width: 680px;

height: auto;

}


4// REMOVE THE BOX SHADOW AROUND YOUR BLOG (SIMPLE BLOGGER TEMPLATE)
I use the simple template on blogger, which comes with a sort of box shadow that makes your content appear as if it is in front of the background. To get rid of this, go to the template tab on blogger, click 'customise' under the 'live on blog' header. Scroll down to the 'advanced' tab, then go to the 'add CSS' tab and paste this code into the box.

.content-outer { -webkit-box-shadow:none; box-shadow:none; }


5// REMOVE THE GREY BACKGROUND FROM YOUR HEADER

This isn't a code tutorial, but I struggled with this SO MUCH when I was first making design changes to my blog so I thought I'd add this in here too. Don't you hate it when you've made an image for your header, on what appears to be a perfectly white background, only to upload it to the blog and the background to suddenly appear grey? 
To stop this, when you're making the image for your header change the background to 'transparent' rather than white. 

WINTER WARDROBE STAPLES

Monday, 22 June 2015



Here in Australia winter is well and truly upon us and this brings the inevitable shift from summer to winter clothing. Personally, I adore the colder months (obviously I don't belong in Western Australia??) and love pulling out my winter wardrobe favourites when it starts getting chilly.  Here are the items that I keep coming back to!

  • An old oversized denim jacket is a must
  • Black ankle boots
  • An oversized scarf
  • A turtleneck
  • A trusty beanie for those bad hair days
  • Jeans (of course!)

What are your winter wardrobe staples? x

CUT OUT & KEEP FEATURE// SCALLOP TOP DIY

Sunday, 21 June 2015


Hello hello! I AM BACK! You may notice that things are looking a bit different around here. The moment I finished cramming desperately for uni my mind went immediately to ze blog and I decided to have a play around with the general layout of things, and ended up giving B&L a facelift! I hope you like the new layout as much as I do, I would love to know what you think in the comments!

These photos are grossly overdue, and to be honest I completely forgot to blog about this collab when it went live in March! My scallop hem top DIY was featured on the amazing craft website Cut Out and Keep, which I am so so greatful for and excited about as their website is a constant source of DIY inspiration for me. If you would like to see how I made my top (minimal sewing skills required),  have a look here! Much love x