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Black Friday! Is everyone already a little bored of it? Blink and you sort of well, missed it? That's certainly how it feels. We've only adopted this little sales festival over on the UK for a few years now but it quickly reached its peak where everyone waits for the big sales to hit, having held back with all of the smaller discounted deals we've been teased with throughout the week. Who cares about 10% off here when I can wait for a possible 30% that hits on Friday?

Not this year. It feels like the online shopping world has been scrambling, shouting BLACK FRIDAY at you since, well, last week, with the same promotion running all week long. No, actually, it feels like one site decided to come to the party early by announcing all of its deals - like jumping the queue at an all you can eat buffet - but just totally blag it anyway, and everyone else has splashed their discounts too in order to try and compete. It's a bit confusing.

All I see on my socials from bloggers and influencers right now is about Black Friday (myself included! Hello blog post AND a YouTube video) - yes, it gets a bit blinding but at the end of the day, but many of us make a portion of our income from affiliate sales so it does make me feel a bit uncomfortable when others openly slate us for it. But then again, I can see how the overexposure is an overkill - it's like everyones giving a hard sale, and it comes back to my post on how I feel like a saleswoman in this job all too often. Although ultimately, it feels like a mutual thing. Bloggers and influencers are trying to help others (providing discount codes and direct links to sales) whilst also helping themselves make a bit of extra cash. What's ze problemo?!






Time to show my age now: do you remember January sales? That you know, started in... January?! Which slowly crept forward to Boxing Day, which slowly eked forwards to Christmas Eve to drive that extra bit of footfall - now they feel a little bit pointless.

Anyway, for all of you who are simultaneously a little fed up/ confused about the blur of this Cyber Week we've found ourselves in BUT ALSO excited and wanting to spend some cash, the best deals are below, and so is my latest YouTube haul where I'm showing you all my new winter pieces that I sadly paid full price for last week because I am not a savvy shopper. Oops. And please please, subscribe to my channel!

Plus, this post gave me the perfect opportunity to share some incredible photos from my trip to Japan. Incredible skills - not because they have me in. You can read more about my trip and how I managed to switch off for once in a lifetime here. 




BLACK FRIDAY DEALS
LUXURY - BAG YOUR DESIGNER BAG WITH A DISCOUNT! 

DEPARTMENT STORES: 



I KNOW WE'RE ALL BORED OF BLACK FRIDAY NOW...







Black Friday! Is everyone already a little bored of it? Blink and you sort of well, missed it? That's certainly how it feels. We've only adopted this little sales festival over on the UK for a few years now but it quickly reached its peak where everyone waits for the big sales to hit, having held back with all of the smaller discounted deals we've been teased with throughout the week. Who cares about 10% off here when I can wait for a possible 30% that hits on Friday?

Not this year. It feels like the online shopping world has been scrambling, shouting BLACK FRIDAY at you since, well, last week, with the same promotion running all week long. No, actually, it feels like one site decided to come to the party early by announcing all of its deals - like jumping the queue at an all you can eat buffet - but just totally blag it anyway, and everyone else has splashed their discounts too in order to try and compete. It's a bit confusing.

All I see on my socials from bloggers and influencers right now is about Black Friday (myself included! Hello blog post AND a YouTube video) - yes, it gets a bit blinding but at the end of the day, but many of us make a portion of our income from affiliate sales so it does make me feel a bit uncomfortable when others openly slate us for it. But then again, I can see how the overexposure is an overkill - it's like everyones giving a hard sale, and it comes back to my post on how I feel like a saleswoman in this job all too often. Although ultimately, it feels like a mutual thing. Bloggers and influencers are trying to help others (providing discount codes and direct links to sales) whilst also helping themselves make a bit of extra cash. What's ze problemo?!






Time to show my age now: do you remember January sales? That you know, started in... January?! Which slowly crept forward to Boxing Day, which slowly eked forwards to Christmas Eve to drive that extra bit of footfall - now they feel a little bit pointless.

Anyway, for all of you who are simultaneously a little fed up/ confused about the blur of this Cyber Week we've found ourselves in BUT ALSO excited and wanting to spend some cash, the best deals are below, and so is my latest YouTube haul where I'm showing you all my new winter pieces that I sadly paid full price for last week because I am not a savvy shopper. Oops. And please please, subscribe to my channel!

Plus, this post gave me the perfect opportunity to share some incredible photos from my trip to Japan. Incredible skills - not because they have me in. You can read more about my trip and how I managed to switch off for once in a lifetime here. 




BLACK FRIDAY DEALS
LUXURY - BAG YOUR DESIGNER BAG WITH A DISCOUNT! 

DEPARTMENT STORES: 








A few weeks ago when I was in Tokyo, someone replied to my Instagram stories asking if I was going to do a blog post on the coolest spots to go to. I had totally considered it after I'd booked my flights there - I’m a blogger, what I do is ‘capture and create content’ and overshare my life on the web, so how could I miss an opportunity like that? Plus it's a photographers paradise! But after thinking about it (and not even for very long) I thought nah - not today Satan.

For once, I wanted to remove that pressure from myself. I wanted to switch off. And switching off in a city that seems so damn ON seems so damn, well, kind of wrong? It’s such a centre for tech - everyones glued to their phones more than anywhere and there's a photo op on every corner.




Holidays are never holidays anymore when you're in this line of work. I mean, if you didn't post a hot dog legs pic did you even go to Ibiza? If you didn't post a photo of you drinking a coconut on the beach did you even go to Bali? I think not. There's always something to photograph and share, and your mind is constantly switched on. With most holidays, you pack so much in to your time whilst your there that it's photo opportunity overload. Must. Make. Memories. Must. Photograph. Everything.

It would be waste not to take photos, so every day I left armed with my iPhone, Google Pixel2 and Olympus Pen so that I could shoot and capture if I wanted, but I removed the pressure of having to actually do a post recapping it. This time I wanted to take a break and actually enjoy myself. Who cares if I only post once a day to Instagram compared to my usual 2? Who really cares if I'm not uploading everything to stories? Sometimes it really is better to just embrace it and live in the moment - and god, yes, I am so aware of how lame and #inspoquote that sounds.





I'm pretty sure it swings back to my perfectionism - I want everything to be so perfect, that if I mentally commit to doing something, like a blog post on a trip, I'll want it to be the absolute best and I'll pile on so much pressure to do that it basically sucks all of the fun out of the holiday. Every time I've been away lately, I’ve applied this pressure and buckled and worried and been totally unable to enjoy it, unable to switch off like others usually do because I’m in storyteller over sharer mode.







But I guess, obviously... I wasn’t totally able to switch off. I booked a photographer so that I could get some great shots, and remove Instagram boyfriend responsibilities of the pal I was staying with (although not entirely. Those cute candids gotta be taken y’know) - but it allowed me to put my work in a little box, create a separation between work and life, and leave me to just enjoy a really really fucking cool city for what it is, not what I'm trying to show it to you as. I could enjoy it, for once just for me, not for my blog.

But then again, if you don't post a photo taken with all of the crazy lights in Akihabara, did you even go to Tokyo at all though?

Photos by @akiraharigae

Switching Off In Tokyo






A few weeks ago when I was in Tokyo, someone replied to my Instagram stories asking if I was going to do a blog post on the coolest spots to go to. I had totally considered it after I'd booked my flights there - I’m a blogger, what I do is ‘capture and create content’ and overshare my life on the web, so how could I miss an opportunity like that? Plus it's a photographers paradise! But after thinking about it (and not even for very long) I thought nah - not today Satan.

For once, I wanted to remove that pressure from myself. I wanted to switch off. And switching off in a city that seems so damn ON seems so damn, well, kind of wrong? It’s such a centre for tech - everyones glued to their phones more than anywhere and there's a photo op on every corner.




Holidays are never holidays anymore when you're in this line of work. I mean, if you didn't post a hot dog legs pic did you even go to Ibiza? If you didn't post a photo of you drinking a coconut on the beach did you even go to Bali? I think not. There's always something to photograph and share, and your mind is constantly switched on. With most holidays, you pack so much in to your time whilst your there that it's photo opportunity overload. Must. Make. Memories. Must. Photograph. Everything.

It would be waste not to take photos, so every day I left armed with my iPhone, Google Pixel2 and Olympus Pen so that I could shoot and capture if I wanted, but I removed the pressure of having to actually do a post recapping it. This time I wanted to take a break and actually enjoy myself. Who cares if I only post once a day to Instagram compared to my usual 2? Who really cares if I'm not uploading everything to stories? Sometimes it really is better to just embrace it and live in the moment - and god, yes, I am so aware of how lame and #inspoquote that sounds.





I'm pretty sure it swings back to my perfectionism - I want everything to be so perfect, that if I mentally commit to doing something, like a blog post on a trip, I'll want it to be the absolute best and I'll pile on so much pressure to do that it basically sucks all of the fun out of the holiday. Every time I've been away lately, I’ve applied this pressure and buckled and worried and been totally unable to enjoy it, unable to switch off like others usually do because I’m in storyteller over sharer mode.







But I guess, obviously... I wasn’t totally able to switch off. I booked a photographer so that I could get some great shots, and remove Instagram boyfriend responsibilities of the pal I was staying with (although not entirely. Those cute candids gotta be taken y’know) - but it allowed me to put my work in a little box, create a separation between work and life, and leave me to just enjoy a really really fucking cool city for what it is, not what I'm trying to show it to you as. I could enjoy it, for once just for me, not for my blog.

But then again, if you don't post a photo taken with all of the crazy lights in Akihabara, did you even go to Tokyo at all though?

Photos by @akiraharigae



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