Nick Knight : #mysecretcity

Trellick Tower

So remember last week, I told you I was part of a project with American Express to find some hidden gems in London ’cause most of us walk around our cities on ‘urban autopilot’? And then American Express took all these places recommended by some pretty hip bloggers (myself included) and made an awesome map so you can check these places out for yourself? Yeah, well here comes the third and final piece of the puzzle. To bring all this to life, American Express brought on badass photographer extraordinaire, Nick Knight, to snap shots off all the recommended places. Over the course of the day, he captured images of hidden inspiration he sees in the places he passes every day. These were then shared in real time on Twitter via @AmexUK and the #mysecretcity hashtag.

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on July 14th, 2014 No Comments » Tags: , , ,

Half Way Check Point

Half Way Check Point

Hi five y’all! We made it to mid-July. This year’s been rolling along all cool. This summer of actual sunshine and heat in the UK has thrown us all for a bit of a loop, but we’re coping. And everyone got all swept up in Wimbledon and World Cup fever. But my question to you is this: how is your life going? Remember back at the beginning of the year, you may have made some resolutions about what you wanted to achieve in your life this year or changes you wanted to make (or if you’re like me, you set yourself some themes). So where are you at with that? Let’s take a look!

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on July 14th, 2014 1 Comment » Tags: ,

Are You on Urban Autopilot?

Hyde Park London

One great thing about having a dog and recently moving to be closer to work, is that I walk more. I walk a lot. I’m now on my feet an average of 6-8 miles a day (according to my fancy fitness tracker, the Misfit Shine). I am seeing more of the beauty that is London and it’s been quite the eye opener. It’s really made me realise how much I wasn’t paying attention to before. It turns out, I’m not alone. According to research recently done by American Express, tons of us are operating on ‘urban autopilot’

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on July 7th, 2014 No Comments » Tags: , ,

How to Allow Friends Room to Grow

Flowers

Watching those around you grow, learn, explore and win at life can be awesome or hard, depending on your mental state at the time. I guess everyone has their own rules or boundaries when it comes to inviting people into their life. One that has become increasingly important to me as the years go on is allowing your friends the room to grow – being accepting and supportive of whatever their chosen path. This is often easier said than done, so how can you achieve it?

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on June 30th, 2014 No Comments » Tags: ,

The Power of Pacing

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At the weekend, I paced a couple of the girls I mentor through the Hackney Half Marathon. It became about so much more than pacing. What’s funny about being a mentor is that you often learn more from those you mentor than you could ever teach them. Once again, running turns into a metaphor for life! Check out my post about what I learned in the race over on my Spikes & Heels site.

Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on June 25th, 2014 No Comments » Tags: ,

Fail Better

Fail Better

I played host at an excellent speed mentoring event for young people last week. As myself and other mentors worked our way around tables of inquisitive students, imparting all the wisdom we could in five minutes, one thread seemed to work its way into each conversation I was having – that it’s OK to fail. At every stage of life, failure is something we fear. We have it in our heads that there’s no coming back from it, it’s the end of everything. As someone who has failed a whole heap of times I say, that is not so, amigos! In every failure, awaits a great opportunity – you just have to know how to cease it.

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on June 24th, 2014 2 Comments » Tags: , ,

Friday Motivation

Motivation

You know what I realised recently? That really, a pretty basic human need is for our efforts to be recognised, for someone to take note of how hard we’re trying, to feel appreciated. That serves as great motivation to keep going.

So today, you should know, you are doing great. And though you may have had a tough week, where you felt like giving in, you didn’t, you haven’t. You’re still here. It may feel like no one is noticing the energy you’re putting out, but trust me, someone, somewhere is. And even if they aren’t, rest assured that just by simply being you and putting your best out into the universe, sooner or later the universe will thank you in some way.

So keep on truckin’. Keep your good vibes. Don’t let the daily grind wear you down. Just little by little, keep fighting your corner.

You are loved, you are appreciated.

You’re doing great and it’s gonna be OK.

Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on June 20th, 2014 2 Comments » Tags: ,

On Fair Pay For Bloggers

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I really don’t like to be negative on this blog. I like the vibe to be all about positive, uplifting, sometimes tough but ultimately rewarding experiences that we can really learn from. But every now and then, something really tests my rainbows and unicorns outlook on life. That thing happened last week when I was approached by an agency who wanted me to do 11 days work for them for £100. As someone who has been blogging for seven years and is approached daily by agencies with opportunities both good and bad, I thought this would be a good moment or me to weigh in. While I don’t want to rain a crap storm of criticism over this incident (I say that right before I’m about to rain a crap storm of criticism over it), I just want to highlight how this can be a teachable moment in relation to fair pay for bloggers.

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on June 15th, 2014 21 Comments » Tags: , , ,

Lazy Sunday Reads

Boston Terrier

Don’t have much on today? Well may I suggest taking a lil time out, getting comfy on the sofa and catching up on some reading? I’ve even picked out some top Interweb reads for you. You’re welcome!

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on June 8th, 2014 1 Comment » Tags: , ,

On the Culture of Misogyny

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In the week that’s passed since Elliot Rodger went on a killing spree, I’ve been trying to find the words to adequately describe how I feel about it. I wasn’t shocked it happened. It has before and it will again. I spent the week reading and absorbing pretty much any and every article I could find on the incident and the general culture of misogyny. I am exhausted. I’m not just weary of reading it all and the emotional energy it has drained from me, I am beyond tired of living it – simply of being a woman and having to navigate this endless mire of bullshit we have to put up with. We can talk about it all we want – but what are we actually going to do about it? How, when and where does the culture of change actually even begin?

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on June 2nd, 2014 4 Comments » Tags: ,