“So how did you get into blogging?” is a question that pops up every time I meet someone new and they ask me what I do. I’m writing this blog post so I can share the link with them when we get to that point in the conversation.  Just kidding! I thought you guys might want to find out too. And since you’re already reading this, then most likely you do.

Early Years

I didn’t just wake up one day with the idea of having a blog. My fascination with fashion started way back when I was a little girl in pre-school. I wanted to be a fashion designer and my parents signed me up for this course. There I was a young Maria Grazia Chiuri in the making. I was into couture as most of my ‘designs’ were glamorous dresses fit for a red carpet event. Oh, I wish I could find these sketches now. My father is an artist so I definitely had potential. But as you can imagine my ambition didn’t last very long.

Studying Journalism at University

Fast forward to 2011 when I moved to the UK to study journalism at university. Apart from writing, I explored photography during my first year. I even learned how to process a film in the darkroom which maybe doesn’t sound so impressive right now but if you’re reading this in 2028.. What is even a darkroom? In my second year I focused a lot more on fashion magazines and obviously working at Vogue became the ultimate goal. I did an internship at a small independent magazine where I got involved in the entire creative process. From photography, to writing, to layout and design. Following that internship, I managed to create an entire magazine by myself in my final year. I would have certainly done things differently with that magazine now but if you really want to see it, I can show it to you upon request.

At the beginning of my second year, I was asked to create my very first blog on WordPress. I honestly hated it and had absolutely no idea what I was doing. Of course I left everything until the very last minute and I was far from impressed with the final result. Later that year, I went to my first fashion week and it seemed like the perfect time to start fresh. So I gave blogging another go. The whole purpose of that blog was unclear at the time. I looked at it as a creative outlet, where I could practice my writing skills, share insights from my journalism course and the fashion events I was attending at the time. There was no clear direction, so the blog itself didn’t last very long.

In my final year, I was writing my dissertation on fashion magazines in the digital age. At the time everyone was questioning the future of fashion publications and whether people are still interested in flicking through a magazine that consists of 80% advertising. I compared actual magazines to their websites and mobile versions. Thinking about how much has changed in the course of the 4 years since I graduated is just insane! That was the first time I came across case studies on blogs and realised the huge potential they had but there was still a sense of uncertainty in the air. The journalism industry was portraying bloggers as this uneducated and uninformed bunch of people who had no clue what they were doing.

Life after graduating

By the time I graduated I knew I wanted to have a blog but I felt like monetising it would be hard. I had no access to the amount of information that’s available out there now. As soon as I graduated, I moved to London and started looking for an internship at a magazine or a job as a writer but I got a job in retail instead. That was very exciting at first. I got to communicate with a lot of people and felt like I was doing something significant. As a creative person I was constantly exploring different aspects of that retail business and even got involved with social media. However, I still needed an outlet to express my individuality and I felt like starting a blog would be the best thing to do.

There was a clear vision in my head, but I was lacking the confidence, the time and the resources to make it happen. I couldn’t commit to writing a 600 word blog post, 2 or 3 times a week. That’s a struggle even now when I don’t work full-time. Who was going to take my pictures? I didn’t even have a camera. Instagram at the time was gaining a huge popularity with people sharing their outfits and style. It was the easiest way to get started without having to invest a huge amount of time. My audience started growing slowly and I kept saying to myself that once I reach a certain amount of followers, I’d start a blog. The truth is I was just making excuses but I always kept it in the back of my mind.

Making baby steps

It took me months if not a year to make that first step. I launched Note by Michelle on the 1st of January 2017. Wrote 3 entire blog posts the same month, another one in February and I had my first collaboration in March. In April, I got my Olympus PEN Epl-7 which is the camera I’m still using for some of my photos today. I shoot a lot on iPhone and sometimes with a DSLR. The following months were very quiet as I was trying to figure my life out. I took some time off to travel and had a fresh start in September. That’s when things really changed for me and I started collaborating with brands and earning some money. It’s not been an easy journey but I wouldn’t change a single thing about it.

I rarely write blog posts these days but I’d love to get back into writing. That’s why I got into blogging in the first place. If you enjoy reading my posts, please comment , share and show your support. I appreciate any feedback, good or bad. It’s the only way I know if you like what I do.

Michelle x

The dress I’m wearing in this post is NA-KD and you can get 20% off on their website with code Mihaela20.

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First of all let me start with a little disclaimer. I’m by no means an Instagram caption EXPERT, so if you’re here for the professional stuff, I just wanted to tell you earlier on that this post is meant to be a little humorous rather than your  tidy little guide. Also, any resemblance to reality in this post is purely coincidental. Or maybe not.

Below you will find some of the phases a modern Instagrammer goes through in an attempt to think of the perfect caption and some situations they have to face in order  to catch people’s  attention. Because let’s be honest here, without a caption that gives your Instagram feed life, it’s like you’re only posting half a picture.

So let’s start, shall we?

There are various types of captions in a bloggers life. As I was going through some Instagram posts, I managed to distinguish three main groups.

– The funny spontaneous caption

– The inspiring quote caption

– The ‘what day of the week is it and how far is the weekend’ caption

Of course there is so many other groups of captions that can be identified throughout an Instagram feed. However, it’s best to keep things simple and focus on the most important ones.

The funny spontaneous caption

Example:

“If looks could kill, you’d all be dead by now. I wish I could explain the look on my face but there isn’t anything I could possibly say that will make me look like less of a serial killer right now.”

The funny spontaneous caption is usually a result of the person writing it being in a silly mood and seeing something in the photo they’re about to post that makes their brain click. After the click, everything pretty much falls into place. It takes less than a minute for the caption to be put together and there’s no Google search involved.

The inspiring quote caption

Example:

“I’m only looking back to see how far I have come and I’m slowly learning to love the sound of my feet walking away from things that were not meant for me.”

Add a photo of the person walking away but looking back over their shoulder so the quote makes even more sense. There you have it! The action of writing an inspiring quote caption typically involves a Pinterest quote search because Pinterest has the best ones. The person writing the caption usually has a board with witty and inspiring quotes to choose from. In case he/she doesn’t find anything in there, they would look to expand their collection and find new additions to the aforementioned board. Also, to create an outstanding caption, they might merge two quotes together to create their own version that they can then claim credit for, instead of giving credit to someone with a fancy name like Aristotle.

The ‘what day of the week is it and how far is the weekend’ caption

Example:

“Now that Monday is out of the way is it okay to focus on the weekend again?! And since I can’t deal with countdowns and stuff, every day will be called Friday.”

There is so many variations of that caption and quite frankly they all mean the same thing. But Instagrammers like to change the wording so it looks like a different caption every time. Some common examples include, but are not limited to:  “is it the weekend yet” and “where did the weekend go” but those are just way too simple for us bloggers to use, so we like to quirk it up a bit, if that makes any sense.

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“Is it spring yet? Can I take my coat off? Maybe not just yet… Oh, I’ll take it off, I’m feeling too hot! Oh, no, it started raining again?!?”

I mean, literally, this weather has been more than confusing in the past month and understandably so. It’s March after all. But let’s face it – one sunny day a week doesn’t supply a sufficient amount of vitamin D to get us through the transitioning spring season. It’s been such a long winter in the UK and I really feel like I need to spend more time walking, getting more fresh air and making the most out of every opportunity to be outdoors. But when the weather is changing by the hour, I find it hard to decide what to wear and where to go.

I had my eye on this place for a while. After discovering it on the DOJO app, I naturally stalked it on insta and before I knew it, I was hooked. I met my lovely friend in the early hours of the afternoon and we had a nice walk before spending the next two hours in the absolute heaven that is Bourne and Hollingsworth. I must say we’re spoiled for choice here in London and there is far too many beautiful and quirky places that are worth a visit but this place got me obsessed with the interiors the moment I walked in.

The space is so bright, airy and full of light, thanks to the huge windows and high ceilings. The sun was lending a helping hand and the place was very well lit. Apart from a small birthday celebration in the greenhouse area, we were more or less the only people there, which of course was perfect for taking out my new Olympus camera and getting some snaps of the interior.

One of the highlights for me was the gorgeous velvet sofa in green which adds a sophisticated touch but makes for a quirky little snug area. A good amount of plants hung from the high ceilings, create quite an impact and the floral prints on the sofas add a botanical feeling throughout the entire space.

My friend’s partner is a chef and, as you can imagine, she is not easily impressed and can be very picky with her food. But all she kept saying was how delicious the food is and how everything was cooked to perfection. And my inner foodie couldn’t agree more. The staff kindly accommodated all our requests and they didn’t mind us being all over the place with our camera at all.

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Hello world and welcome to this special little project of mine!

I wanted to start this blog for a while now and always seemed to have an excuse to postpone things a little longer. The moment never seemed to be right and the easiest thing was to leave things for tomorrow. And tomorrow wasn’t coming. So I decided to make it TODAY.

I don’t think there is a better time to start than the present moment. Whatever it is you want to do in your life, do it NOW. Whatever you need, to get where you want to be, just get it. Start taking baby steps but do it today. Never leave things for tomorrow.

I’m also a firm believer in doing things with true passion! When you’re passionate about what you do, your hard work and commitment pay off. And to be able to share your passion with other people is one of the greatest things of our time.

So let me tell you a bit about who I am…

I started blogging over 3 years ago while studying journalism at university but as some of you know, student life can get a bit overwhelming. There are all sorts of different projects you want to be part of and that makes it harder to decide what’s important and leave what’s not to one side. I worked with magazines both abroad and in the UK, helped a couple of friends out with their blogs and eventually moved to London and started working full time which took over my entire life and all these fun little activities were left behind.

I kept one thing going throughout the entire time though – my Instagram account. And this is where I was able to express my creativity and share exciting things that were happening with my life. We started travelling a lot with my boyfriend and I kept thinking I need a platform to share all the exciting news and show all the great places that we visit and the idea of that just kept me going. Until one day I did a bit of research, registered my domain, bought a pipdig template and here I am, sharing my passion with the world one little note at a time. Well, this one isn’t exactly little but I promise to keep it short and sweet, so you can enjoy not having to read an entire essay.

I hope you like the idea of being part of my adventure. If you wish to receive notifications of my new posts you can subscribe via the form on my landing page and also follow me on social media via the links below.

Michelle x

P.S. Please forgive me if I do things wrong. I’m still new to this.

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