Monday, 30 November 2015

Free Opinions!! : Advice from a Neutral Perspective

I have had an epiphany! It may fail miserably, it may help someone that needs it, so here goes....

Ever since I can remember I have been fascinated by people and relationships. The way their minds work, the little patterns in behaviour, right and wrong and how opinion affects that. For years friends have asked my advice on life decisions and / or problems because they feel (I'm told) that they can trust me for an honest answer... whether it's what they want to hear or not.

I've spent endless hours listening to almost every problem you could think of and I've come to realise, I am never bored of giving my opinion. No matter how big or small a problem is, I seem to have some kind of straight talking (cough) wisdom, to throw into the mix!

And so I thought I would try opening that up to the world wide web! I can't promise I will always be right... what is 'right' anyway, its all opinion! I don't have a degree in Psychology but I have watched 1000's of episodes of Judge Judy!!!

But in all seriousness... what I can promise you, is an honest view of someone outside of your situation. Whether it's settling an argument or finding a solution to a problem, or if you just fancy talking to someone and blowing off some steam... write to me at tarawemail@gmail.com .

An example of my style/take on things, here's an advisory blog post I've written in the past http://bit.ly/1YEQbFa

Your problem and my answer will be shown on this blog, however, it can be anonymous upon request. I'm actually playing with the idea of making them all anonymous, but we'll iron out that detail later.

Give it a try, there's nothing to lose and you are under no obligation to take my advice!! Always remember, it's just an opinion, not fact. You are the only person in your actual situation living your life, so if what I say doesn't feel right, go with your instinct. However, sometimes I think even hearing someone else's view and deciding its not what you want to do, can helo you get things clearer in your head of what you do want!

So, I can't wait to hear from you, no problem too big.... or small

Speak soon hopefully!

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Tuesday, 17 November 2015


I've just entered the UK Blog Awards #UKBA16

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Sunday, 13 September 2015

An Idiot's Guide to Owning Your Blog Domain



Right, let's start with.... for a blogger, I'm an absolute fail on the tech front! If you want to know about SEO, code, web hosting etc... I don't even know what any of them mean, let alone what I should do about them.

After reading the Facebook group wall of a blogger group, I realised that if I wanted to work with more brands, companies and other successful bloggers, I needed a DA (whatever that is!) of at least 15+ (again, not a clue).  I scrambled about trying to find out what mine was, only to realise that because my blog is hosted by Blogger, I can't have my own unique DA. This was a little bit of a blow seeing as all my work thus far did not count towards it but I realised I needed to sort out my own domain ASAP.

If you , like me, feel lost in a sea of tech savvy bloggers then this mini guide is for you. It won't solve all of your problems but if I could get my own website up and running you can too!


1.Buy a Domain - It's Not Expensive!


Had I known how cheap it was to have my own domain I would have bought a long time ago! I bought mine through GoDaddy that happened to be having a sale, I picked an available domain, paid £1.99 and voila!! www.tarasfrostedplanet.com was born!


2. Point it Towards Your Blog

Now if like me, you thought buying the domain would be the end of it, you, like me, are very very wrong. You then have to direct your blog to that domain. GoDaddy has guides for this (you can google it for Wordpress also) and I used one of them but let me tell you this.... it is written in terms that are probably very straight forward to some people. To me, I was utterly confused. Here;s a super secret tip. The instructions seem to ask for things you have no idea about e.g. Edit the www CNAME record for the domain name - Er, what is a CNAME when it's at home???
The key is to have the actual website window open at the same time. Every overcomplicated thing they ask you to edit is written right there in front of your eye balls, so it's not actually as complicated as you think. This is the guide I used for Blogger 'Map Your Domain' If you have any problems at all just comment below and I'll try to help you out.


Bob's your uncle! You now (or within 48 hours) should have a fully functioning domain that shows your blog pages.

I'm planning on doing some research into improving my DA and SEO although I still have no clue of either. when I do get the hang of it, I'll be sure to pass on my knowledge to any other technophobes like myself!

Hope this helped guys! Any tips you have for me let me know!

Tara xXx
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Sunday, 6 September 2015

The Top 5 Apps Every New Youtuber Needs When Starting Out!





Recently being back from a sunny summer holiday.... this week I have found myself with a renewed vigor for all things Youtube! I have to admit, with all of this year's changes I have neglected my channel and yet it has kept itself ticking over, steadily climbing in subscribers (currently 546) and views (currently around 9,000 per month).....

This is a far cry from how things were when I first started out, you can slog for hours working on videos and social media just to scrape together a few views and one or two subscribers. So I thought, I should give back a little and give all you brand new vloggers and gurus, just starting out. With some super secret startup advice to catapult you a bit further along the food chain.... cutting down a bit on all of the trial and error you have to go through.

Before I start, I should point out, I am not an expert, nor am I massively successful, I have made money on youtube but definitely nowhere near enough to give up the day job. I do think that's mostly down to me not having enough time to dedicate to it, if you have lots of time and enjoy what you're doing you certainly can easily become more successful than me with some help from thes great Apps I've discovered along the way...


Tuesday, 4 August 2015

I'm on the telly tonight! Itv1's 'Cilla '

So in an earlier blog post I revealed to you guys that I am actually a professional actress... So in line with that I thought I better drop you a quick note to say that I will be appearing on itv1 this evening playing the role of 'Pat ' all b guide Sheridan Smith in 'Cilla '.

Cilla Black will be sorely missed by the nation, this drama tells of her rise to fame in her younger years and it really is a great watch (though I am biased) a legend of her time and a true talent, I met Cilla last year and she was as lovely in real life as you saw in public.

Love to hear any comments from anyone on it, enjoy... X

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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Revamping My Blog!!

I have a confession to make...

I am finding it harder and harder these days to get my creative head on and write posts for my blog. All I have done so far, I have absolutely loved but I'll admit... the love has gone for me in the past few months.

I've come to the realisation that this is because, my life has changed course so drastically in the last year, the content of frosted planet doesn't relate to my life anymore. And so, I've come to the conclusion that I have changed, and therefore my blog should change. I realise this may lose me a lot of readers, I realise those who have followed me so far, do so for a certain style of content, but this blog is more personal to me than pumping out posts that don't reflect my life, thoughts or personality.

That doesn't mean I won't be uploading the occasional beauty, fashion or lifestyle post, I'm a girly girl, trained in beauty therapy and still have favourite products and opinions etc. But here is how my life has changed recently...


1. I'VE MET SOMEONE NEW
September last year I met my current partner Peter. He has a beautiful daughter (aged 5 at the time) which in itself was a big culture shock to me. I have never dated anyone with a child before, I love kids but it definitely made me evaluate how seriously I felt about him very early on... and I decided I was definitely serious. Which lead to....



2. I'VE MOVED CITIES
After an earlier break up I had spent almost a year living back home with my parents. I cherished this time with them as an  adult and I'm glad I got to spend such an intense period with them because Peter is based in Leeds. With his daughter already in school there and the distance becoming a bit of a problem, we decided it would be best I moved too. We now have a house together and just had a huge housewarming party this weekend which was fantastic. No doubt I'll be uploading a post on that soon. But of course living together has brought the biggest change of all...


3. I'M NOW PARTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR A YOUNG CHILD
From my mum doing all my cooking and cleaning to me now washing uniforms and helping with homework. It has been difficult to adjust to my new role, not a mum, not even a step mum really, but having my actions directly affect a growing, impressionable little person has been both terrifying and amazing. I'm learning as I go and trying my very best. I'm very lucky she is such a lovely, loving little girl. Which probably means this blog may take on a few child related subjects in the near future too!


4. I NO LONGER PRACTICE BEAUTY
Moving city has not been that much of a stretch work wise as I am now a self employed singer and actress. My acting career has taken an upward turn this year and although I haven't really spoken about it before, I feel comfortable now opening up a little more about it and so I will be letting you guys know things coming up that I will be in and things I have done in the past. My most recent appearance was in Coronation Street this May, which was a great experience.
UPDATE: Another big change.... I now am back in the salon part time. All the stars aligned and I kind of just fell into it. It's lovely as it's not many hours but I still get to keep my hand in and make some new friends in the area!


5. I'M LOOKING FOR NEW HOBBIES AND FRIENDS
Moving to Leeds means that I am completely starting from scratch. Work wise, everything I do is freelance and so I don't get the opportunity to make friends with work colleagues. Therefore, I 'm going to be trying a few new things in an attempt to start building a little life here. I'm also looking into maybe starting my own business and meeting people that way, eg teaching dance or holding dance competitions. I'm one of those people that always has ideas for new ventures everyday, whether they stick or not is another thing entirely!!


And so, I hope this shows you why I will now be changing the style of my content, and probably my target audience etc.

If you're interested in beauty, parenting (ish) trials and tribulations, working for yourself and finding your way after moving then subscribe here or come over to bloglovin and find me there

Youtube channel wise it's more than likely some of this new content will seep in too but I will also keep doing beauty videos there.

Hope you guys are still interested and I'm very excited to share my new life with you all!

All my love

Tara
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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Just So Everyone Knows....

I need a bit of support....Many of you know, and some of you don't, that I have a Youtube channel! Tara frostedplanet

I am sooooo close to 400 subscribers and it would mean the world to me if my readers could pop on over and subscribe. It's very similar content to over here but a little more personal and you can get to know me a little bit more.

I cover a huge range of subjects including book reviews like this one...







Tutorials on everyday make up, hairstyles and tricks eg :



And Monthly favourite and tags




So come join my subscriber family, would love to hear any requests about topics you would like me to cover so pop in and say hello!!

Love

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Monday, 9 March 2015

Beauty on View! Salon Launch Party Liverpool...





This Sunday I attended the launch party of the fabulous salon Beauty On View in Rainhill, Liverpool and I couldn't wait to tell you all about it. Owned by local entrepreneur Charlotte Pollock, 


I love a good salon visit and what took me back the most was the high quality feel to this one. The treatment rooms upstairs scream luxury and it's a place you would really enjoy coming to for a relaxing facial or massage. I would say the whole package had a spa feeling at salon prices.... it would be absolutely perfect for a mother's day treat.

Beauty on View provides all the latest and most effective treatments including semi permanent make up, Elemis facials, HD and FaceFrame Brows and not forgetting the exclusive Chic Mink Lashes!




Charlotte has the unique advantage of actually running her own online beauty wholesale company, Chic Salon Supplies, for which she has created her own branded semi permanent eyelashes. I have never seen a more natural yet glamorous result.



Charlotte has been running her own salon for the last 4 years over in Ireland while she lived there with her partner, Danny, where her reputation had her overrun with clients and I have no doubt in my mind she'll do just as well here on home soil. The appointment booked filled up fast during the two hour launch so I'd book your appointments now ladies for your next big occasion! I'm already down for my spray tan and brows!

Find the salon here: https://www.facebook.com/beautyonview/timeline
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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

A Behinds the Scenes Look at a Bloggers Meet Up : What #NWBLOGGERSMEET was really like....










So this week I was one of 30 bloggers with and invite tho the North West Bloggers Meet Up in Liverpool, organised by the love Katie from Curvaceous Beauty.

This is the second meeting I've attended and the first one I've ever even heard has been held in Liverpool (although I must admit my research into meet ups is somewhat lacking). It's something that has always been a little out of my comfort zone as although I probably look quite a confident social girl to the outsider... meeting new people is actually one of my big dreads. If I'm in a good mood, I can turn on the smile and put the effort in to try and come up with something interesting to say but if I'm feeling a little out of sorts I find it so difficult to talk to anyone and become a social disaster!

So needless to say on Saturday morning I had had exactly 4 hours sleep after working at a singing job in the North East the night before and felt more than a little anxious!!

I absolutely needn't have worried.... I can't tell you enough how much I enjoyed this event! Being in a room with like minded people... many of whom probably feeling exactly the same as me, all sharing our passion for creating content felt amazing. But I don't want to get ahead of myself... let's start with



THE VENUE.


 The Button Boutique on Brick Street in Liverpool is like something out of a dream. I am completely shocked that I never knew of it's existence as it's everything that I love all in one. Beautifully decorated and owned and run by the lovely Gemma Longworth, who looked after us all with tea and cake in the most beautuiful little teacups. The button boutique provides craft workshops and classes for both children and adults. There are weekly classes and clubs along with private packages for children's parties and Hen dos! My partner has a five year old daughter and I will definitely be taking her along to a class in the Easter holiday.. but ssshhhh! Don't tell her, it's a surprise treat! Next on the list is



THE GUEST SPEAKER


What can I say about Georgina from She Might Be Loved. She gave a talk that was not only inspiring and made me want to grab my laptop immediately but also really helpful. So many people fill you with fluff that is just talk and not actually useful for anyone, this girl gave tips we could all go home and use straight away and answered any questions we had honestly (both before and after the event) . Not to mention the fact that she has the best eyebrows and lipstick I have seen up close in real life. Am I going to far with my girl crush???? A great blogger doing amazingly well and so down to earth that even I felt comfortable to go over and have a chat with her with my lack of sleep and nerves. Go check her out and follow her blog if you don't already, she deserves it. And then we come to



THE BRANDS




If you haven't been to a Blogger Meet before, some (not all) invite brands along to set up a display and have a chat with the attendees about their product and do some demonstrations.
 I personally think this idea is great because it is win/win for both brand and blogger. At this event the brand were Tropic Skincare by Susan Ma (and Alan Sugar) and boutique style accessories company Stella & Dot.



 I had vaguely heard of tropic before. I am a big fan of the apprentice and Susan Ma is the only non winning candidate that Sir Alan Sugar has invested in after the show. The line's main selling point is that they are cruelty free and organic. The actual packaging is very similar to the Liz Earle range I feel but I have heard great things since leaving the event when researching this brand, particularly their new make up range. I was impressed by the demonstration of their brow define palettes. The ease of use and quality of result was great for anyone a little nervous about defining their brows with make up.







Then there was Stella & Dot. I have to say I was super impressed with this brand. Elizabeth Cooper was the brand ambassador that chatted with us about the products and brand background and her relaxed, no hard sell approach was really appealing. The accessories and jewellery were right up my street, so much so I have debated becoming a stylist of theirs myself! You can buy their jewellery online or you can host a trunk show which in a nutshell is a similar concept to an Anne Summers Party where you invite your friends round to view and buy some products and you as a hostess can get products free! There's also opportunities to become a stylist, like Elizabeth. Since the meet I've been in touch with Elizabeth to host my own trunk party and maybe some other exciting things for the future... watch this space!!











And finally...


THE GOODY BAG



Everyone wants to know what kind of things you get in the goody bag... well this blog post is getting a little long so I've decided to show you!! I will be posting a video on my youtube channel TaraFrostedPlanet later this week so pop on over and subscribe so you don't miss it!

Overall, this event couldn't have been more enjoyable. The other bloggers there were fantastic and I encourage you to go and follow them all. I've listed them in this twitter list.

Big thanks to Curvaceous beauty for organising, I don't know how she did it but I very glad she did! Any questions let me know and as always lots of love lovelies xXx


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Thursday, 8 January 2015

5 Things to Think About Before You Split With Your Long Term Boyfriend!






Hi guys and girls!!

Happy 2015 to you all! I hope you had a wonderful year and are having a great start to this one. On reviewing my 2014 I found there were many ups and downs (mostly ups thankfully) but one major glitch was a break up with my boyfriend of 5 years. It happened early on in the year and without going through all of the ins and out I feel like I fully experienced all of the pros and cons and have come out pretty unscathed the other side. I learnt what and what not to do, mostly through natural intuition.

And with that being said, I thought I should share my tips with you on how to really decide sensibly what your course of action in a flailing relationship should be. This is intended for people that are in long term relationships that have been good for the most part, serious incidents of abuse etc not included!


1. GIVE IT TIME

First and foremost I think this is the most important piece of advice I can give you. Sometimes when we feel a little stuck in a relationship our first instinct is to get out of it as soon as possible... this is easier said than done if you have been with someone a long time and have been mostly happy. If this is the case I would suggest marking the current date on your calendar or diary and giving yourself at least a month (I suggest 2 months) and see how you feel then. Many factors can affect relationships, stress at work, money issues, health... don't throw out a good thing because of a couple of weeks of bickering, no one is perfect all the time. If at the end of two months you are still as unhappy if not more so then it's a pretty safe bet it's time to move on...


2. ARE YOU THE PROBLEM?

This may be a little controversial but are you sure that you are not a little stressed, depressed or angry at the moment and therefore taking it out on your partner? Is he responding to your attitude? Or is it both of you? Either way it can't hurt during the 'give it time' phase to try to be a better, more understanding partner. As hard as it may seem to try to be nice to someone that is driving you round the bend.... sometimes that is all a person needs to shake off their bad moods etc. You making more of an effort can inspire him to do so too.


3. WORK OUT THE REAL REASON YOU DON'T WANT TO SPLIT UP

If you are so unhappy in your relationship at the moment you are looking for advice, but still cant make the decision to leave, ask yourself why. Don't make up excuses, really get to the root of why. There could be lots of reasons, all very valid but if deep down you know the reason is simply 'I don't want to be alone' I think you know that isn't a good enough reason... be brave.... push through your fear. Alone isn't really as bad as you think, in fact, it can be liberating. And if you are super terrified of it you can soon meet someone new if you put your mind to it. My mantra has always been... I'd rather be alone than in an unhappy relationship... you can't find Mr Right if you're wasting time with Mr Wrong. You deserve someone you love who loves you, if that's the only reason and you don't love him, leave.


4. ARE YOUR PROBLEMS SOLVABLE?

Do you argue on a day to day basis about little things? Is one of you a bit stubborn. Can you accept the aspects of your partner you don't like? Don't try to solve things outside of your relationship (ie cheating or escaping with alcohol etc) work on thinking up compromises, or if you can't compromise work out if this is going to affect your life as a whole? How much does it mean to you eg. 'I don't want kids' could obviously be a far bigger problem for you than 'I don't do dishes'  weigh it up.


...and finally....


5. KNOW THAT THINGS ARE NOT GOING TO DRAMATICALLY GET BETTER

This absolutely is key. I know a lot of women (and men) that tell themselves 'it will get better when we (move in/ get married/ have a baby)' delete where applicable! I'm sorry to tell you that just isn't true. All of the above bring with them new challenges and less time for each other. Everyone is on their best behaviour at the start of a relationship and although I don't think things get worse... your mate will always be who he is, flaws and all. If you can't deal with his flaws now (or he can't deal with yours) the likelihood is you will find it even harder once you throw family life into the mix. If you love him and can see the bigger picture and let the small things go while still maintaining your own happiness then I think you can definitely make things work and recapture what you had when you started out.


Whatever you decide, go into it with your eyes open... don't jump ship too soon but don't kid yourself either. I hope this helps some of you out there to gain a little perspective... go with your gut and I promise whatever you decide, it will all turn out well in the end. Break ups are hard and the weight of our decisions is heavy but no matter the path you can find happiness.

Lots of love my lovelies





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