My Secrets To Creating The Perfect Blog Post


There’s a vintage Louis Vuitton note book which sits next to my bed each night, on top of my desk each day and precariously balances on the sofa arm rest every evening. It’s the place where my ideas begin, illegibly scrawled across each page, scribbled out and rewritten numerous times over. Not every idea materialises, many fade into the pages.

Perfection is, of course, subjective but what you will find here is a fool proof guide to achieving the level of content you desire. Right. Now.



You Will Need:

Self Motivation

A Strong Sense of Self

Good Equipment i.e. Clothing, Camera etc etc.


A sprinkle of Creativity

A dash of style

and Patience






Styling 101

The beauty of blogging is that your style is very much your own, even when replicated it is never quite the same, trust me, you’re good! Your style transcends through the life of your blog, growing, evolving and establishing it’s self year on year. What I wear now is certainly not what I wore when I started nor should it be expected to, but the principles of my style most definitely remain same;


  • Dress how YOU feel best.
  • Key accessories and classic twists
  • Flirt with silhouettes
  • Dress for the occasion


I like to showcase my outfits for different life scenarios, Day to day, the perfect mile high outfit or playing with the idea of Power dressing. Your outfit has the ability to make you walk taller, hold your head higher and throw your voice across a room of 1000 people so what you wear is incredibly important.

For this outfit I decided on a pair of Tailored culottes which clinched me in at my waist whilst maintaining a contemporary and professional finish. A classic white chiffon blouse, because, of course and a full length grey marl coat to pull the monochrome look together, all from Karen Millen.








I am most inspired by blogs with beautiful imagery and  and I have my own little selection of two of three that I check regularly, they are the blogs that inspired me to explore the world of photography. Back then cameras were big, bulky and impractical, they most certainly didn’t fit in your handbag. But fast forward to today, where the brand new Olympus PEN E-PL8 has launched with a more streamlined design, and a variety of new functions from video clip editing straight to your phone to faster processing.

The Olympus PEN enables you to create editorial content wherever you are with the change of a lens which, might I add you don’t even need someone behind in order to get the shot. With the camera linking via wifi direct to your phone transforming the view finder directly into your hand.

The best and most affordable lens for creating beautiful imagery with gorgeous blurry depth of field is most definitely the 45mm 1.8 Olympus lens, but whilst this is the most effective kit for giving your photography that polished finish, my advice is always to learn your way around the camera to get the most out of this effective and rather on trend bit of kit.










There are a number of factors with contribute to getting a great image aside from the equipment you use and here is where I really give my most utilised tips and tricks for ensuring I get THE SHOT without freezing my butt off.


Image composition 

I like to ensure the outfits I am wearing are as fitting as possible to the location, i.e. stilettos in a field aren’t the usual attire unless shooting a Porter editorial which I can’t say I’ve done just yet. If I’m dressed for a day of meetings then the streets of Embankment provided a perfect background for this Professional Polished look from Karen Millen.



What really makes an image work, is you and how you work the camera, it’s not easy and I have my fair share of ‘Off Days’ where I simply have nothing to “work” with in front of the lens. But I love those days when I’m able to let loose in front of the lens and play with my confidence and comfort zones.


Image Selection

I try to keep image selections to between 7 and 10…usually! And I aim to include a variety of images that show the texture, tone and movement of an outfit, not just the ones where I’m feeling myself, as difficult as that may be sometimes. A structured collar or a pleated trouser leg, I want to ensure the full outfit is visible from the images I create.


Nail Power dressing this Autumn/Winter with the beautiful new collection from Karen Millen and discover more from the campaign. I will also be holding my first ever meet up in conjunction with Karen Millen x Olympus PEN on October 20th from 6pm at their BIRMINGHAM store where we can talk all things Fashion and Photography. I promise it will be lots of fun so visit here for more info and to secure your place.


Shop THE Look







This Post is a Sponsored Advertorial with Olympus Pen x Karen Millen.


  1. Ashley 7th October 2016 / 8:05 am

    Being you is the most important think me thinks, aside from beautiful looking pictures. May I ask one thing though! Have you ever had the 50mm/1.4 lens before? And if yes, do you prefer that one or the one that you’re currently using right now?

  2. Adele 7th October 2016 / 8:38 am

    I adore your picks Lydia, the grey coat is super gorgeous!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  3. Adriana 7th October 2016 / 8:50 am

    This post looks incredible! Thank you so much for the awesome and useful tips Lydia!

    What’s on my vanity – The Black Blush

  4. Megann Mckinley 7th October 2016 / 8:55 am

    Love the look of this photographs,they are stunning . and i am so glad that your blog is growing p.s. i need this grey coat

  5. Patricia 7th October 2016 / 10:51 am

    YOU look awesome. Since I’ve seen that you away with olympus the new Pen PL8 is on my waiting list, the pics are stunning and so clean and crisp. Just ah-mazing.

    Bisous from Berlin, Patricia
    THEVOGUEVOYAGE by Patricia Petite

  6. Sophie 7th October 2016 / 11:36 am

    These photos are absolutely stunning! Unfortunately I don’t have anyone to photograph me so I do all my shooting myself…

  7. La Bijoux Bella | by mia 7th October 2016 / 11:43 am

    Simply a beautiful look for Fall. A great post tips for the fashionistas in all of us! (Oh and you forgot to mention a good Photographer too!) 🙂
    Very nice! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  8. Hayley 7th October 2016 / 12:05 pm

    Girl you look incredible, as always! That coat is just so beautiful on you and I love the boots too – SO dreamy!! Some great tips here too, I completely agree with dressing for you; so many people want to keep up with trends but if you’re not comfortable it will shine through!

    Hayley xo

  9. Marshalee 7th October 2016 / 1:47 pm

    Awww! I wish I could come to your meet up! But I live in New York . By the way these photos are beautiful! You are very inspiring.

  10. DAD 7th October 2016 / 2:40 pm

    luv dem shoes – haha – n u r looking fresh and lovely as ever, love DAD xxx

  11. Eva 7th October 2016 / 2:58 pm

    i always love your photography! really enjoyed this post, and it was super helpful!

  12. Jennifer Helen 7th October 2016 / 4:43 pm

    I love the patience thought – I definitely need help with some of that! Looking fab as always Lydia 🙂

  13. Snigdha 7th October 2016 / 4:50 pm

    Lydia I love this look, you are so creative and gorgeous x

  14. PrettyBasicEtc 8th October 2016 / 2:58 pm

    Wow this post looks like an editorial for a luxury magazine. I am new to blogging literally started today so these tips are really helpful. Granted my images will likely be handrawn. I follow you on YouTube so I couldn’t help reading this blog post in your voice lol.

  15. Llana 9th October 2016 / 4:55 pm

    Ahh, Lydia. You’re so stunning and I just love the Karen Millen coat! Thank you for constantly inspiring me! Keep being you!

  16. Caroline 9th October 2016 / 5:48 pm

    Lydia, you look absolutely amazing in this pictures and the shots are just perfect. (as usual!)
    Some great tips. I’m sure all bloggers have a notepad very similar, I also have way too many ‘drafts’ saved, with many just being titles, that have never materialised!


  17. Lia 10th October 2016 / 9:01 pm

    Thank you beautiful lady for not only sharing gorgeous fashion post but also some blogging tips.
    Xx from Paris


  18. Hayley Larue 11th October 2016 / 9:32 am

    I can always tell that you put a lot of thought and time into your blog posts. And your photos are ALWAYS so beautiful! I need to get my hands on this camera. Especially so that I have one I can easily lug around! Also LOVING your lip color! <3

  19. Kristen Robin 11th October 2016 / 7:55 pm

    I have been looking in to investing into a new camera. I have the Sony A5100 now and love it, I wouldn’t mind trying out something new though. | luxury. fashion. lifestyle.


  20. Isabella 17th October 2016 / 1:39 am

    Absolutely love your work! You are by far my biggest blogging inspiration!

  21. jordan kelsey 18th October 2016 / 1:34 pm

    This post is super uselful lydia, also always. I have the Sony A5100 and I really cannot get to grips with it after having the Olympus. I might have to revert back after looking at these pictures! Also really enjoying your new way of editing, looks so great against your white theme!

  22. Miki 21st October 2016 / 1:25 am

    Great post and outfit. Love your tips! I find the hardest part of blogging is getting consistent lighting especially since I travel quite a bit. Having a select number of photos is a great tip. I try to keep a minimum of 5-6, but never really stuck to one. I’m always playing with the functions on the camera, so sometimes I get more good photos and others, a lot less. Thanks for sharing! I’m always watching your YouTube videos and caught up. haha. They’re all great!


  23. Armita 22nd October 2016 / 8:03 am

    Hi Lydia, thank you for a very useful post. You normally post a discount code for the Olympus…does that not apply with this one please? Thank you xx

  24. Karin Bohn 22nd October 2016 / 8:07 pm

    Hi! I love that you’ve switched up your photography and that your showing a more vintage aesthetic. It looks great on you!

    You are one of my favourite bloggers to follow because of your aesthetic, but also because whenever I come to your blog I feel like I’m getting real value out of the written content and I also feel like I’m getting to know YOU.

    I do have a question for you though – have you ever thought about what this journey looks like for you headed into the future? Like, headed into your 40’s and 50’s, say. Or is that just too far down the road? This might be a really weird question, or a personal one, but I was just wanted to ask.

    You’re killing it and I absolutely love following you!

  25. Megane 1st November 2016 / 6:16 pm

    Love this post, very inspiring for the new blogger that I am.

  26. Lauren 4th November 2016 / 1:20 pm

    You mention you have a selection of blogs that inspire you, your blog is one of my go-to’s for inspiration. I love your imagery and your styling is always on point. I have to agree about the 45mm lens as it has dramatically improved my images. I just wish I had more time to dedicate to my blog…maybe one day!

    Lauren xx – bylaurenjane

  27. Catherine 6th November 2016 / 6:15 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures as usual! I haven’t really mastered the fashion/outfit shots yet, but these are some great tips! x

  28. Cendana 30th November 2016 / 1:23 am

    Wish I could meet you in person, these photos are just stunning, very editorial, very chic. I also now seriously wanting the Olympus camera, a gift for myself!
    You are definitely one of my inspirations.

  29. Molly 22nd January 2017 / 5:32 pm

    I recently discovered your Youtube channel and your blog, and quickly fell in love!
    You are so gorgeous inside and out, and you are definitely motivating me to be the
    best person and blogger I can be in 2017. Much love, and keep up the amazing work!
    xoxo Molly

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