Hello my lovelies, today I’m talking to 33-year-old blogger Lynsey MacGregor, who lives in a town called Wick in the very far North of the Scottish Highlands. Lynsey talks about her one woman business from home and how her favourite part of blogging is sharing her experiences with her audience.
What were you doing before blogging and how did you get in to it?
I did and still do run my own small business, Lark & Lily Designs, and it was just a natural extension of my love for fashion, beauty and the behind the scenes of what I get up to outside being my own boss.
Whats the best thing you’ve done so far within your blog?
I had a blog on my old business website but when I redesigned my current one I decided to start one via WordPress. This one has only been going 8 months so it is very early days, I feel like I can do so much more with it but it is finding the time as I work so much!
Who is your biggest influence?
I have so many influences in design and blogging. I love Leah over at Devoted to Pink, she also runs her own business, has great tips and advice on her blog, looks amazing and is also very down to earth.
I find where I live also a big influence with regards to design. The scenery is just amazing and brings me inspiration for textures and colours, so I guess that flows through into blogging/images too.
Lark & Lily is who I am, it is my life, so inspiration from business to blogging just all merges together.
Best advice you’ve ever been given?
Always do your best, no one can take that away from you.
What do you do in your spare time?
I am a one woman business working from home so spare time is few and far between but I am getting better at carving out ‘me time’. I just love to chill with my two dogs, Hugo and Mabel , and my husband. (you will see them featured on my insta from time to time). Relax in our garden watching the birds or we love to travel the Scottish Highlands when we get the chance, attend a concert in the city or hop on the back of Garry’s motorbike and take a run out to John O’ Groats for a coffee and blow away the cobwebs.
What is your favourite and least favourite part about blogging?
My least favourite part until this week was my old slow laptop. It meant I avoided using it when I could but now I have the new one I’m sure I will get back to blogging now, hopefully more regularly. Also the comparison of others to myself. I’m my own harshest critic, I look at my blog and feel it is not quite up to scratch as others, feeling the pressure to post more regular.
My favourite part is sharing an experience with my readers, whether it is a trip away, using/wearing a new product or explaining a bit more about my work. I love getting how I feel typed out, it can be relaxing for me.
Favourite beauty brands?
I am loving B range micellar water and facewash from Superdrug, quite a few Ordinary products, Makeup Revolution Chauffeur Lipstick & their eye palettes.
What is a typical day in your life?
My days vary so much from meeting a client for bespoke jewellery/headpiece, sourcing new materials, online marketing, designing to taking images of my work or answering customer enquiries. Now with my new laptop I will be squeezing more blog writing into that.
What one product wouldn’t you live without?
My Iphone. If I didn’t have that I wouldn’t have a business as I am mainly based online. Over on Facebook is my biggest revenue for orders via my business page, so I need that for answering emails, messages, taking pics etc.
Three words to describe you?
Chatty, curvy, creative.
How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style slightly changes depending on my mood. I can go from glam when I need to be or more casual when I am working. I do love getting the chance to get dolled up and I do love a print, especially leopard print.
Drugstore or high-end gal?
Definitely drugstore. Most of my eye makeup is by Revolution Makeup, I use Primark foundation & nails, I use a lot of Collection Cosmetics too. I have a local Superdrug and Boots so I tend to buy beauty products from there. I’m not always a big fan of buying foundation or concealers online so I have to wait until I have a trip to Inverness to try things out in real life if I am spending on High End.
Best advice to bloggers?
I would say for blogging and in life, be yourself. Go with what feels natural and right for you at that time. I have always felt I never fitted in but I have seen this as a good thing as I have grown up. That is your niche, your selling point, making you stand out from the flock of sheep. Trust your gut!
Thanks for reading my lovelies, tune in tomorrow for my interview with Beth Costin.
Sophie Joan x