Astonishingly, I started SpareOom a year ago today. It was born from a deeply unhappy place, providing me with a place to focus my energy and distract myself. My very first blogpost was a rather embarrassing March Favourites, with some particularly poor photography and lots of inane rambling. The rambling is still a feature, but I like to think I’ve upped my photography game. I don’t think my blog has actually changed that much in the year I’ve been working on it. There have been peaks and troughs of content, both in volume and type. Autumn featured a lot of book reviews and an increase in content generally; Summer had lots of day trips and Boots hauls; and Winter was pretty quiet, as I upped sticks and moved back to Manchester.
The year I’ve had SpareOom has been tumultuous, to say the least. A rough break up and months of misery led me to where I am now: happily in a relationship again, this time a healthy one, and in a job I enjoy. Sure, my life isn’t perfect; I have less money than I did this time last year, and my plans for the future are far less concrete, but mentally and emotionally I am far richer.
In the last twelve months I’ve read some incredible blogs and begun to chat to some amazing people,and while I’m a bit rubbish and lax about things like Twitter chats and interaction in general, I think I’m getting a bit better at the latter. After all, it’s all about engagement, or so I’m told. Going forward I really want to try and participate a bit more. I’m working hard at my instagram and attempting to check in more and get involved with Twitter. The only problem I find is that by the time I’ve stumbled in from work and wolfed something down, all the Twitter chats seem to have ended! I think I need to start scheduling them into my evenings as actual things to do because then I might actually remember to join in.
SpareOom ha provided me with a creative outlet to help alleviate writer’s block when working on other projects. It’s also served as an emotional dump, enabling me to talk about my feelings openly and without judgement (which surprised me, because the internet is famously unforgiving). SpareOom is still pretty small, which I don’t mind at all. Like all of us, I‘d love a wider readership, but it’s not my focus. So long as I’m enjoying what I‘m writing and I’m getting something out of it, SpareOom will continue.
|NYX Cannes swatched above, Charlotte Tilbury Very Victoria below|
To celebrate a year of SpareOom, I’m hosting a giveaway. I decided I wanted to give away some of my absolute favourite products, which is why many of them you may have seen featured over the last year or so. It also made swatching and things much easier as I could just swatch my own and leave the winner’s version pristine! It’s everything you’ve seen in the pictures throughout this post, but in more concrete terms that‘s the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria, which is a gorgeous nude tone that I adore; the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes, which is my failsafe pink lip; Smith and Cult’s Nail Lacquer in Bitter Buddhist and a cute little trinket dish from what is possibly my favourite shop in existence, Oliver Bonas. The giveaway is UK only, unfortunately, and will end on the 30th of April. Good luck!
I hope you enjoyed this post and make sure you enter the giveaway below!