Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Manchester Cat Cafe

Manchester has it's very own Cat Cafe! Being a cat-lover it wasn't long before I'd booked a visit. We went as a family for my Mum's birthday treat on a cold and drizzly day in November. When first hearing about a cat cafe opening in Manchester I was nervous. I wasn't sure it would be the best environment for animals that love the outdoors, open space and peace and quiet. I had visions of cats being harrassed by the cafe visitors all day everyday and not allowed alone time. But I had a look on the Manchester Cat Cafe website which helped to ease my worries and I felt reasurred that all the cats were well cared for and saw that the cafe rules were quite strict. After visiting for myself I can honestly say that I'm very impressed with the cafe and felt all the cats were happy, loved and living in pure luxury!

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Change is Good...

I've been blogging for over five years. This blog has been a space on the internet where I can express my creativity in outfit posts, crafty tutorials and reviews. For a long while I have been thinking about making some serious changes when it comes to blogging. I no longer feel the name 'This Fashion is Mine' is a true representation of what this blog is anymore. I will always have a love for fashion, but there are a wide variety of topics I write about and even more topics I'd like to include in the future. My blog has taken a back seat while work life has become my main focus and priority. I don't want to give up on blogging. But my attitudes towards it have changed and my goals aren't what they once were. I'm not interested in working flat out to grow my blog into a business. It's always been a lovely little side-earner bringing in a few pennies and some freebies here and there. Now I have the business to run, Photography by Gwen, which I see as my 'real-life job' (even if some people might not!) I love my job and throw all my passion and energy into. I get to take photographs for a living, what can be better!

For now, all that is changing is my blog name and url. Which is actually a bigger step than you might think. Anyone who blogs will understand the importance of their domain name and how after blogging under one alias for many years, the idea of changing your url is a very scary and uncertain step. Think of all those broken links! Yes, it was daunting. And for ages I kept putting it off and talking myself out of it. I learnt to get on with This Fashion is Mine, a name I picked back in 2011. I didn't hate my old name I just felt it didn't fit with my blog content and it didn't give me the confidence to take on a new direction with blogging. Say hello to Hello Gwen. Not the most original blog name, I know. There are many blogs and websites out there using the 'hello' prefix but I can see why. It's simple, it's personal and it leaves your blog open to many topics. It's also really lovely to have a simple two-word blog name! I can't tell you how strange it feels to refer to my blog with only two little words, when This Fashion is Mine was always a bit of a mouthful!

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Beautiful Simple Silver Jewellery

Anyone who knows me, knows I love minimal, unique and unusual silver jewellery. I can't help but add to my collection. Being a blogger helps, if a PR team contact me about jewellery I jump at the offer! And I'm lucky to have friends and family who gift me shiny silver things for birthdays and special occasions too. I have a few favourite pieces I wear every single day (some I don't even take off) but recently I've acquired some new items that I'm trying to rotate into my normal selection so I get a chance to wear and show love to everything. We are now into November (where has the year gone!?) so we are officially ok to talk about Christmas. And speaking of which, I think any of the below items would make wonderful presents for loved ones. But we warned, you will end up shopping for yourself too...
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