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Why Recommendations Matter!

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Let’s talk about recommendations! They play such an important role in our society. Everyone has something to say about anything and everything! Influencers, bloggers v-loggers and many other creatives and public figures make a living out of telling us what they think about products, services and experiences. Research has proven that we are less likely to make a purchase without reading reviews or checking ratings (impulsive buyers, I’m talking to you). Recommendations can make or break a brand.

According to Forbes, 84% of people trust an online review just as much as a personal recommendation. I think we can all say that recommendations matter!

Here’s why I believe recommendations are important:

The Authenticity – No recommendations are ever the same. Everyone has an opinion to share and even if a product or service has 200 4-star ratings, the experiences of the consumers will differ. Recommendations also allow people to share their experiences wholeheartedly. In addition to sharing praise, a reviewer will also feel obliged to let other people know if there’s anything they need to be aware of. For example, if you travelled and stayed at a luxurious hotel that was in the heart of a certain city but discovered it wasn’t child friendly, you’d want fellow parents to know. With Brexit rumoured to send the U.K into another recession by 2020, I think we will all be interested in reading recommendations before we make a purchase.

The Easy Access – Even if you are interested in something and there are no recommendations available, you can always utilise your social media platforms to ask your followers what their thoughts are. There is power in personalization and reading about someone else’s experiences will definitely help you put your mind at ease. Another way you can gain fast access to recommendations is by using an app, which I’ll be telling you some more about later in the post…

The Visuals – We live in a social media age so we have become obsessed with sharing everything that happens in our lives. Recommendations have a lot more value when they are accompanied by pictures or a video. They also help to tell a better story than recommendations that have text alone. Knowing how the person is using the product/service, who they’d recommend it to and particularly if the product has changed something in their life are all crucial to the impact of any review.

The Decisions – We’ve all been there. Picture this. You are bored, relaxing in your room and you decide to do some online shopping. Before you click on the ‘order’ button, you review your basket and you may head back to the main page to check out what people have said. We have all done this (myself included). Recommendations are a great help during the decision making process. As consumers, we consider a variety of things such as value for money, features and benefits. We all want to feel important but we want to save money at the same time.

Imagine a place where you can ask or share personal recommendations from the comfort of your own phone? Well, that’s where Rekit comes in.

Rekit is a brand new app where you can ask for recommendations about literally anything – whether it’s health, events or the latest developments in fitness and even cuisine. The app features interests that will appeal to everyone! You receive recommendations straight away and you are even able to like the ones that appeal to you. In addition to this, all recommendations can be shared too.

Rekit is free can be downloaded on Android and IOS devices.

Where do you go to when you need a recommendation? Are recommendations important to you when deciding to make a purchase? Do you think influencers are overpowering the views of the modern consumer?

I hope you have enjoyed this post.

I always want to hear from IKS readers so do feel free to leave a comment.

Kel xo

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Tips for Creating Content For Your Blog

Last week, I asked fellow bloggers how long it takes them to write a blog post.

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Here are the results:

Everyone is different and content creation isn’t something you’ll get to grips with immediately. You will toy around with many ideas/themes before you find the one that is right for your blog. In this post, I’m going to share some tips about content creation with you all. You don’t need to follow them intently but these are some things that have worked for me.

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Ideas – As soon as you have an idea for a post, don’t start blogging. Take some time to think about it. Think about what you will say, whether you need to change your writing style and most importantly, if your readers will be able to relate to your content. I think as bloggers we sometimes need to remember to focus on the quality and not the quantity. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started to write a post and decided to trash it soon after because I just felt it wasn’t particurlarly something that my readers needed. Stats are also a great way to determine what your readers like. Check them regularly so you are aware of which posts are outperforming others.

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Plan – Once you have an idea for your post and you are confident that your readers will be enticed, you need to create some sort of plan. Think of it like writing an essay (yes, I know no-one wants to remember their uni days). You’ll need to introduce the post and share what your intentions are. Now, this is where you need to be honest with yourself. If you are a rambler (we all have a tendency to be from time to time), then I highly recommend using bullet points. For example, if you are reviewing lipstick, you may want to focus on longevity, colour, price and packaging. By focusing on specific points, you are able to get a better understanding of what you would like to let your readers know.

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Word count – What I’m not going to do is tell bloggers how many words their blog posts should have. It is completely up to you, however, depending on the type of post you create, you may want to think about your word count. In my case, when I’m reviewing a product, I try not to exceed 500 words (550 max). If you’re reviewing a destination, like I have done with BerlinParis and most recently, Venice, you’ll feel inclined to write more because obviously there is more you’ll need to share. There are exceptions but trust me when I say, keep your content concise. Think about the topic and your niche and plan whatever it is you want to share (only if you need to).

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Stay worry free – We all aspire to be the world’s best content creators. In a perfect world, we’d be spending a LOT more time on our blogs, creating content, sharing it 24/7 and receiving an immense amount of comments and likes. The reality is that none of this is possible (unless you are a full time blogger and many of us are not). You can do the absolute most but your blog will still take time to grow. Trust the process, connect with others who are on the same journey as you and be patient. There are so many groups out there for bloggers, my favourite is this one. If you have any concerns or queries, you can leave a post on the group’s wall and someone will get back to you in no time. The blogging community is a very special one. You’ll be surprised at how many supportive bloggers there are out there.

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Do you have any challenges when it comes to creating content? If so, then what are they? Maybe you have some words of wisdom to anyone who wants to develop with content creation? I always love to hear from you so please do leave a comment below.

I hope you have enjoyed this post.

Kel xo

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Travel Tales – Venice

Last month, my friend and I took a trip to Venice. I’ve always wanted to go to Italy but I never thought Venice would be the first Italian city I visited. I always thought I’d go to Rome or Verona.

We took our British Airways flight from Gatwick, which took about an hour and 30 minutes. It was delayed so we didn’t get to Venice until 4pm. On arrival, we immediately planned our route to our hotel. It took about an hour overall as we were told we needed to take a bus and a boat. If you struggle with sea sickness then I don’t recommend visiting Venice because boats are literally the main mode of transportation, come rain or shine.

We stayed at the Hotel Ambassador Tre Rose in San Marco which is at the heart of tourist attractions in the city. It’s home to many iconic sights including the Doges Palace and St Mark’s Basilica. San Marco is such a beautiful area and there is so much to see and do. One of the things I love about Venice is that most attractions/shops etc were in one place so you could just walk to different places with ease. I would recommend taking lots of flats and not doing what I did on the first evening: thinking I could walk in heels and do it successfully (What was I thinking?). As my friend and I were walking around, looking for restaurants, we discovered very quickly that San Marco is quite pricey. Thanks to a helpful shopkeeper, we were told that all the reasonably priced places to eat are by Rialto Bridge.

As I was in so much pain (and yes I’ve learnt my lesson), we decided to stop at Al Vaporetto for dinner. The food wasn’t extraordinary but their wine was absolutely amazing. I’d never had bruschetta before so it was nice to finally try it. It’s a very tasty appetizer. One thing I noticed while dining in Italy was how expensive calamari was, and this restaurant was no exception. If you follow me on my socials, you will know how much I love calamari so that was a bit of a shame.

On our way back, we discovered what I think is possibly one of the best ice cream places in the world, Venchi . My favourite was the Raspberry Sorbet. It tasted divine. They also sell chocolate too.

The next day, we decided to tour the local area. Our first stop was Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge). Rialto Bridge is definitely one of the most popular tourist attractions. I’ve visited a few cities in the past year or so and I don’t think I have ever seen people take such interest in one place. If you want to see the Rialto Bridge, I would recommend going between 6-7pm. It’s worth it because you get to see such a gorgeous view of Venice.

The view from Rialto Bridge

Venetians are very talented artists. There were so many lovely stalls and I couldn’t help but admire all the portraits.

Later, we had lunch at a nice Chinese restaurant. It was decorated with beautiful red lamps and lots of leaves. After lunch, we went to San Giacomo di Rialto. It’s a gothic church dating back to circa 1071 CE and it has a large 15th century clock on its facade. I always visit at least one church when I’m on holiday. I’m always fascinated by the decor and the history of churches in other countries.

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There are so many fresh juice stalls selling juice for 2 euros. It was very hot in Venice, so dehydration isn’t an option. By day two of our trip, temperatures had reached 35 degrees.

Fresh berry juice from a juice stall near the Rialto Bridge

On Day 3, we decided to tour the surrounding islands. In the morning, we spent some time in Piazza San Marco, browsing local shops and grabbing a quick bite to eat before we had to go and catch our boat. Our tour guide was lovely and well informed, which always helps. We visited three different islands: Burano, Torcello and Murano. In Murano, we had the chance to see an artisan at work at a glass making factory. He created two beautiful objects. There was also a store on the top floor of the factory where we were able to see more beautiful creations. Phones were banned so I have no pictures or videos from the shop unfortunately.

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Beautiful pieces of art from the glass factory in Murano, Venice

After that, we got on the boat and headed towards Torcello. Torcello is a beautiful island. There doesn’t appear to be a lot of residents. We had about 30 minutes to spend there so we walked by the canal and visited some old buildings which was really nice. Almost every building in Venice has such a rich history so you’ll definitely learn a thing or two about your surroundings.

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Once we were done in Torcello, we made our way to Burano. Burano was about 30 minutes away from Torcello. I was so excited because I knew that’s where all of the colourful houses are. I’m sure this island is one of the most colourful places in the world. Apparently, the residents painted their homes in bright colours so fishermen could see them in thick fog.

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Houses in Burano

On Day 4, we decided to spend some more time in the area surrounding the Rialto Bridge. We went to stalls, got some souvenirs and treats and we had such a great time. One thing I wish we had done was gone to different areas in Venice but San Marco was THE place to be in because everything was there. It wasn’t until we were on our way to the airport that we discovered there was a Sephora in the city. I’m glad we discovered this at the end because I did some serious damage to my bank account when I went to the one in Paris.

Overall, I think that Venice is a lovely city to visit if you fancy a short break. The weather is good and there is so much to see and experience. I wouldn’t recommend travelling to Venice alone because finding your way around can be challenging and it’s not as commercial as other European cities such as Paris or Amsterdam.

One thing I wasn’t happy about was how some Venetians received women of colour. As I mentioned earlier in the post, it was 30+ degrees for the duration of our stay. Within hours, my complexion started to change and this actually bothered me for a moment in time as people were constantly giving my friend and I very strange (and sometimes dirty) looks. I actually thought my friend wouldn’t get as much looks as I did because she is mixed race but that wasn’t the case. As black women in Venice, we were either looked down on or fetishized and it was quite appaling. I’m sharing this with you all because I owe it to myself and my readers to be honest. A few incidents did threaten the enjoyment of our stay but I would consider travelling to another Italian city again.

Have you ever been to Venice? Have you been to another Italian city? What did you like? What were your favourite sights? I love to hear from you all so don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

Thanks for reading this post. I’m still getting used to creating travel content hence the excessive detail but I hope you enjoyed reading. Please don’t forget to like and subscribe.

Kel xo

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How To Have The Perfect Cosy Night In

As the sun makes an exit and we all start to embrace our winter jackets, many of us will be choosing cosy nights in over fun nights out, and you know what? That’s perfectly o.k. To celebrate the launch of the new Oled TV from Panasonic, I’m going to be sharing tips on how you can have a cosy night in. Being a millennial doesn’t always revolve around  going to every party possible and downing every drink or shot in sight. Sometimes, we owe it to ourselves to just stay indoors, with no explanation needed!

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A show or two is involved – There is nothing I love more than to watch my favourite TV shows, especially after a long day. Whether I log into Netflix or sit down on the sofa to watch some TV, there really is no greater pick me up out there. I’m a self confessed old soul so I love The Golden Girls – I think they’re all amazing and unique in their own special way and I admire the writers too because they touched on so many stigmatised issues during the shows 7 year run such as disability, sexuality, mental health and even relationship do’s and dont’s.

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When I’m not watching my favourite comedies, I’ll watch Power or Greenleaf. Before I forget, no winter is complete without watching Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor on a Saturday night (no matter how bad the latter gets!).

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Snacks, snacks and more snacks – A cosy night can never be complete without your favourite snacks by your side. As some of you may know, I’m a sweet and salty popcorn enthusiast, I just love the stuff! I really like Metcalfe’s one. It’s sweet but not too overpowering and it has 114 calories. What’s not to love?! What are your favourite snacks?

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Cool company – Great company makes those cosy nights in extra special. Perhaps you want to relax with your family or invite a friend or even your significant other over. All you need to do is put your feet up, keep warm and have a lovely time.

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Transform the ambience – Get yourself a reed diffuser! I love the combination of essential oils with powerful fragrances. They are environmentally friendly and they don’t require any smoke in order to work. Reed diffusers will leave your home smelling amazing. I love floral smells so this lavender one from Holland and Barrett would be just perfect for me. What are some of your favourite scents?

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What are your essentials for a cosy night in? I love to hear from you all as always, so do leave a comment below.

Kel xo

 

 

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How To Stop Comparison From Stealing Your Joy

Comparison is defined as ‘the act of looking at things to see how they are similar or different. When you think about it, comparisons do play a role in our day to day lives. We are always looking at things, developing perceptions and then acting on them (if need be). In this post, I’m going to be focusing on comparisons from a different angle.

I created a poll on Twitter asking my readers what they wanted the next post on IKS to be and the majority of tweeters voted for this one. As we live in a ‘social media’ age, it doesn’t surprise me at all that most millennials (myself included) can fall under the spell of making comparisons. A wise man once said ‘comparison is the thief of joy’ and they were right. There is honestly no joy to be found when you compare your life to that of another. We have all been created for a reason, we all have a purpose and we all run our own individual races. Nobody’s journey will ever be the same.

Here are some ways that you can stop comparison from stealing your joy.

Understand that you have a choice

It’s easier said than done, but when you are comparing your life to someone else’s or wishing you looked like your favourite influencer on Instagram, you are choosing to deprive yourself of joy. We live in a social media age where everyone wants to brag about their achievements or tell the world that they are ‘living their best lives’ on any given occasion. This is the unfortunate state of our society. Channel your energy into focusing on you. Think about what makes you happy and how you can stay positive.Take a break from social media if that’s the source of your dissatisfaction. Sometimes, if I find myself spending a bit too much time on social media, I’ll write something up for the blog or I’ll listen to some music. I’m also a huge fan of meditation. It’s fantastic for promoting a sense of inner peace and calm. If you like the idea of meditating, check this out.

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Focus on you

Sometimes, we spend so much time worrying about what others are doing and saying that we forget to focus on ourselves. It’s O.K to feel like you are stuck in a rut when it comes to certain areas of your development. Instead of trying to keep up with people around you, think about some personal goals you would like to achieve. Is there a course you’d like to do? or Maybe you need to watch a inspirational video or listen to a podcast that relates to your vision? Constant comparisons do rid you of one of the most important elements of being: time. Spend your time on things that are important to your wellbeing.

Be grateful

Gratitude is so important. It is hard to be grateful in a world that is constantly telling us we need more, particularly in the material sense. In times when I need to practice gratitude, I remind myself of how far I have come and what I have achieved. Once I think about the gift of life, I’m reminded to stay present and that what God has for me is for me. Another thing you could do to practice gratitude is to keep a journal. Write down the things you are most grateful for every day. Alternatively, you could write your achievements down on small pieces of paper, keep them in a jar and then look at them as a reminder. As I’m more of a writer, I find it easier to keep a journal. There’s never one fixed way to be grateful, so do what is right for you.

Avoid triggers

Triggers are ever present and sometimes all it will take is a certain image, post or article to make us feel a certain way. If you are able to identify your own triggers, then try and distance yourself from them. For example, if you know you aren’t in the greatest of moods, you may decide not to use social media for the day. Taking the time out to ensure you are OK is not a crime. Another way to avoid triggers is to develop a routine. Instead of checking your phone first thing in the morning, why not pray or meditate or just simply spend a few minutes planning your day.

Ceasing to compare yourself with others has become one of life’s most difficult challenges. We live in a world where everybody wants to ‘keep up with the Joneses’. In the midst of the madness, always remember to focus on you. If there’s an account you need to unfollow: do it. If you need to take a break from socialising: do it. Your inner peace and happiness is paramount to your wellbeing. Don’t take it for granted.

Lastly, I’d like to add that nobody’s journey will ever be the same. Embrace your lane, slay in it, be thankful for it. There is a reason for your season.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, please feel free to let me know what you think.

Also, don’t forget to like and subscribe to Its Kelle’s Space.

Kel xo

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5 Things I Have Learnt About Blogging

I’ve been blogging since 2011 so I’m not really new to the game, however, I have noticed that the blogosphere has changed so much since I first started blogging.

In this post, I’ll be sharing five new things that I have learnt about blogging since It’s Kelle’s Space was launched in December 2017.

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Never stop promoting your material

Yes, it’s pretty self explanatory but promoting your material is key to increasing your blog views. You never know where your next follower or collaborator may come from so always spread the word, whether your content is 4 weeks old or 4 months old. Most of my views are generated via my Twitter account so I aim to promote at least 4-5 different posts on there a day. Also, when you promote your posts, don’t forget to use hashtags and tag pages which promote content from bloggers. Get involved in blogger threads or conversations and just do your best to stay active, even if you decide to take a blogging hiatus, like I did in May this year.

Create a media kit

Many bloggers are embroiled in a debate about this but in my opinion, a media kit is absolutely necessary. If you are approaching a brand or a fellow blogger, you’re probably going to end up writing huge paragraphs as to why you should work together which is a little pointless. A media kit summarises your successes and what you expect from different opportunities and it’s also a much better way to present any information you’d want a potential collaborator to know. I created my media kit on Canva. There are so many wonderful templates you can choose from. If you don’t fancy using Canva, there are other websites you can use such as Adobe Spark for example.

When it comes to content, don’t force it

This has been one of the hardest challenges for me because when I had my first blog, Fashion, Love and Life, I blogged about everything (well, in my defence I was 21 years old so I had the time) and anything. Making sure your content is relevant will make or break your blog. If you have what I like to call ‘lightbulb’ moments on a regular basis, that’s amazing, but take time to think any potential post ideas through and if you discover an idea has no substance, leave it be. Something else that can help you determine what content to create are your stats. I’m obsessed with checking how well my posts perform by the week, month and quarter. This helps me to get a good understanding of what my readers want.

Support other bloggers

I’m a big advocate for bloggers supporting bloggers, influencers supporting influencers and so on. There is enough room for everyone to succeed so don’t hesitate to follow other blogs, regardless of their popularity. Also, share or retweet posts from other blogs too. If you do make an effort to share the work of others, people are more likely to share your work too. Make conversations with other bloggers, direct bloggers to opportunities, attend events etc.

Be consistent

Again, another challenge in the world of blogging. Consistency is so hard to conquer but it’s a must if you really want to establish yourself as a blogger. Right now, I’m trying to post at least twice a week. I plan my content well in advance. The majority of blog platforms allow you to schedule and edit posts so do take advantage of that. I also find that being consistent involves keeping informed. Pay attention to what people online are talking about in regards to your niche. Also, don’t forget that you can find inspiration for a post anywhere. Don’t limit yourself.

Lastly, I’ll just say that the key to successful blogging lies in being true to yourself. As long as you’ve found your niche, you will be able to produce amazing, thought provoking content. Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through too. Create a calendar for content scheduling if you need to and most importantly, don’t forget to use data and hyperlink.

I hope you have found these tips helpful.

I’d love to know what you have learnt about blogging so far.

Please feel free to leave a comment below.

Kel xo

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How To Put On Lashes: For Beginners

I’ve been meaning to create this post for ages because whenever I’m out and about, at least one person will ask me how I apply my lashes. If anyone told me last year that I’d know how to apply lashes independently, I would have laughed in their face!

It is actually quite easy to apply lashes but it will take a few attempts before you get it 100% right so don’t give up! In this post, I’m going to share some lash application tips with you. I’m not an expert, these are simply some things that have worked for me, that’s all.

Lash bands are everything – I find it easier to apply lashes that have thick lash bands. When the lash band is thick, I feel like I’m able to have a firmer hold on the lash. I do struggle with lashes that have thin bands. So for first timers, I do recommend buying lashes with a thick band. Kiss Cosmetics sell some lovely ones. I’m not affiliated with the brand in any way, I just think their lashes are awesome. If you missed my review, you can check it out here.

Mirrors – In order to apply lashes, you need a mirror. Even the pros can’t apply them without one. Personally, I prefer to use the mirror in my room to help me. I can’t hold a compact mirror with one hand and apply a lash with the other. My poor coordination skills won’t allow me to do that. You may find this works better for you as well. Stand close to a large mirror in your bedroom or bathroom, tilt your head up slightly and then place the lash just above your lash line.

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Getting your lashes to stay put – This is the hardest thing to do. I’ve seen so many comments from beauty enthusiasts who have given up because of this. If you have tried to apply the lashes before, make sure you remove any glue residue. Also, place the lash where you want it to go (without glue) before you actually put it on (with glue). This will help you because you’ll know exactly where you want it to be. Lastly, I try to hold the lash at either end (separately) for about 10 seconds. After that, I don’t touch them, I just wait for them to dry (approx 3-4 mins). It’s important to let your lashes dry so try not to touch them as they are drying.

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Style does matter – I would definitely recommend researching different styles before you buy lashes. Also, do take your face shape into consideration. There are styles that have been made specifically for a certain face shape. In addition to this, you can always look for reviews on lashes that you may be interested in. Sometimes reading or listening to the views of others can help you make a choice.

Patience is a virtue – As I said in a earlier point, you’ve got to be patient. If it’s your first time wearing lashes, don’t try and apply them when you’re in a hurry because you will probably get it wrong. Take your time, use a good amount of glue (not too much) and ensure you can see what you are doing properly and I’m sure you’ll be applying lashes in no time!

My favourite lashes are from Oh Your Lash – I’m wearing style 901 Silk Lashes. If you do see anything you like on the Oh Your Lash website, then use the code ‘KELLE15’ for 15% off your purchase.

As always, I love to hear from you all and I do hope you have found these tips useful.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment and I will do my best to answer them.

Kel xo

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The Trouble With Dating In 2018

In this post, Josh, a relationship blogger, will be talking about what he believes are the challenges of dating in 2018. Although It’s Kelle’s Space is a blog aimed at women, I think it’s refreshing to have a man’s perspective on the topic of love and relationships. I hope you all enjoy reading this post as much as I did.

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Unrealistic Expectations

One of the biggest dating challenges in this society is unrealistic expectations. I think that a lot of people want to experience the love they see in the movies and on social media and expect it to happen immediately. Some people are almost oblivious to the fact that true love is a process, not an entitlement. You cannot find or maintain great relationships, they are built over time. Unrealistic expectations make finding true love challenging because people are looking for perfection and not suitability or potential.

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Unlimited Options

Dating apps becoming more and more popular, so there’s no denying that people on the dating scene are spoilt for choice. The option to date as many people as you want without having to commit has an instant appeal. All you need to do is swipe right or click ‘like’. The fact that dating has become so trivial is definitely to blame for people feeling entitled, in my opinion. Nobody seems to actually think about what they want first, before they put themselves out there.

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The Wrong Focus

Too much emphasis has been placed on looks or perception, and with the rise of social media, this is only set to get worse. We live in a society that is obsessed with looks. We are constantly told how to maintain our looks and also how to improve things we are not happy about. The world is teaching us that as long as you look great on the outside, you will be fine, but whatever happened to making sure we are beautiful on the inside too? Physical attraction will always fade away so it’s important to seek substance so you can connect with someone beyond a physical level.

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Final thoughts

Finding the relationship of your dreams is possible. What you want does exist! Patience and timing are everything. Also, remember that it’s just as important for you to mirror the qualities/traits you would like in a significant other. Have something to bring to the table. We all go through different seasons in life and this is why it’s important to know what you want. You may be ready to settle but you may get a completely different vibe from the person you are dating.

You can’t hold on to anyone who doesn’t want to be held. Don’t compromise on your self worth and respect just because you want someone to lay next to at night. Actions do speak louder than words, so pay attention to what you see. The eyes don’t deceive. Commit to the person who is on the same level as you and wants the things you want in life and love. Find someone that accepts you the way you are and is willing to build something solid with you. This kind of relationship is truly worth the wait.

Waiting is never easy, whether you are single or dating, so use this period in your life to focus on being the best person you can be so when the time does come for you to settle, you are ready.

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I hope you have enjoyed this post.

You can follow Josh on Twitter.

Josh is also ½ of the Rants and Talks podcast

If you are on Twitter, you can join in the conversation every Sunday at 8pm.

Kel xo

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Tips For Travelling Solo

Solo travel is on the rise. More people are now opting to travel alone and women are actually more likely to travel alone than men. Last week, I took my first solo trip to France. As nervous as I was, I pushed all my doubts to one side and ended having an amazing trip.

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My main reason for wanting to travel solo was because I felt like it was time for me to step out of my comfort zone. I’ve always travelled with friends and I do tend to rely on them a little so I knew it was time to put my desire for travel to the test and step out alone. If you missed my post about my solo trip to Paris, you can check it out here.

Travelling alone isn’t for the faint hearted but if you, like me, enjoy your own company then it should be a pleasant experience. I’m going to share some tips that I think you may all find helpful:

Be confident

Confidence is everything, especially when you step out on your own. You don’t want to give off an obvious tourist vibe as it may attract some unwanted attention. I was quite lucky to have familiarised myself with France’s travel system quickly so even when I did lose my way a little, I was back on track in no time.

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Familiarise yourself with routes/surroundings

Look for things that will help you remember where you are, especially if your navigation skills aren’t great (like mine). Remember that monument or take note of how long it took you to walk down that hilly road. It’s the little things like this that will hopefully stop you from getting lost.

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Plan ahead

Try to create an itenary a few days before you travel. Think about what you want to do, where you would like to go and how long it will take you to get from one place to another.

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Be aware

When I was in Paris, I went to The Louvre. As I left the museum, a man began to follow me. He stopped me and insisted on buying me food and then proceeded to follow me as I walked around. I felt so uncomfortable and was able to run into a nearby shop and stay there for a while. The sales assistant did tell me that men regularly approach women in the area surrounding the museum. Thankfully, this individual stopped following me and I was able to get on with my day.

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Prioritise

Once you have landed in your destination, try to sort out your travel for the duration of your stay first. It sounds obvious but you’d be surprised how many people go on holiday and don’t do this.

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Start your day early

When travelling alone, try not to be out too late. Wherever you go, try to be back at your hotel or where you are staying before it gets dark.

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Take lots of pictures

Don’t forget to capture memories. I love to take lots of pictures whenever I’m away. It’s always nice to have something to refer to when you are reminiscing.

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Get insurance

Of course this applies for when you are travelling with someone but in the excitement of planning, it can be very easy to forget insurance.

I hope you’ve found these tips helpful. Do feel free to leave a comment and let me know if you’d like to see more travel content on the blog.

Kel xo