Blogging Niche | Why is it so hard?

"Finding a blogging niche, am I the only one that is struggling?"

So far my blog has become jack of all trades and master of none, finding a niche is something that I have struggled with for a long time now. 

When I first started Brunette in Louboutins I wanted it to be a fashion blog, however I have come to accept that I am just not creative or patient enough with photography for that to be my bread and butter. I have also discovered that there are lots of other things that I like to talk about and as life develops there are things that change like buying a house made me swap fashion for furniture when it came to priorities!

My most popular posts are a mix and that is something that also confuses me in terms of where to head. They stem across Food/Recipe posts and list posts like “things you don’t appreciate about your mum” 

I think I want to head into a more ‘lifestyle’ branded way, but what exactly do people want to see? How personal do people like to see the bloggers they read? Do people want factual food posts that provide what you want to see or do you also want personal recommendations on books and films as well as the odd list post that we have become so accustomed too (thank you Buzzfeed!)

It’s hard to understand who you are supposed to be writing for sometimes. I normally tailor my content to bloggers subconsciously and it wasn’t until this weekend when my boyfriend asked what about the rest of the world that it hit me that I did it. He also asked why I didn’t stick to ‘food and recipe’ when it’s so popular but selfishly there are still things I enjoy writing about (list posts)

How much do you let your niche define your consistency? If people are always coming back for food posts, does it alienate them when they see things that are different lie books or interiors?

Readers I NEED you!
What do you like to see/read?
Do you struggle with finding a niche and what are your tips?
What makes you go back to your favourite blogs?

Chilli & Sesame Chicken with Quinoa | Healthy, Quick Recipes



With everyone creating there 2015 New Years Resolutions and people pledging to eat better I thought I would share a quick and easy recipe that I take to work for lunches. This Chilli & Sesame Chicken is a quick, delicious and filling meal packed with goodness. Despite being simple, this is packed with flavour! Even the boyfriend liked it despite having reservations when I cooked Quinoa. 

Ingredients:
- 1 Chicken Breast (Makes 2 Portions)
- A handful of Quinoa (you can also use brown or white rice if Quinoa isn't for you!) 
- 1 Chilli (of your choice, I prefer the Very Lazy jars)
- Asparagus (you can also use spinach)
- Sesame Oil

1. Marinate chicken breast for as long as possible in sesame oil and chilli.
2. Once ready slice the chicken and cut the asparagus (to your preference).
3. Cook chicken breast in a wok or frying pan, once cooked add the asparagus and cook for a couple if minutes.
4. Cook Quinoa as instructed by the packet.
5. Season as you like! 

This can be re-heated or ate cold! 

The health benefits:

Quinoa 
- High in fibre
- High in protein 
- Contains all the Amino Acids we need

Chilli 
- Very high in Vitamin C (contains 7 times the amount of an orange!) 
- Aids digestion

Asparagus
- Packed with anti-oxidants 
- A good source of fibre
- A good source of Vitamins A, C, E and K

Sesame Oil
- High in Zinc (great for your hair and skin) 


2015 & Brunette in Louboutins



Hello everyone, 

Just wanted to come online and say Happy New Year! 
I spent my New Year with my mini family (Rich and his kiddies) and have had a lovely, relaxing day... hopefully an omen to how 2015 will be? (fingers crossed!) 

I have a few resolutions which are fairly standard... drink more water, use my gym membership but my main focuses are this blog and making sure 2015 is lovely.

For this blog I have a long list of lots of exciting content and I feel I am starting to find my 'niche' my main focuses are content aimed at 20 something, some may feel I am limiting my demography here but I can only write about what I know! Also I am sure that other audiences will be able to take something! There will be a lot more sharing of advice from other bloggers, authors, business wo(men) etc about life and career experience as well as serious chats and more jokey posts that everyone seems to be enjoying (and I love creating!) 

Thank you to everyone who has read my blog in 2014! 

What are your resolutions?



#BEBOPROBLEMS


With talk of Bebo being back this week, I thought it would be fun to reminisce about one of the very first social networks that started a generation of stalking and started the arguments with your 14 year old S/O and BFFs!

1. Having some awful bio that involved ♥[[x.∂єу šнσυт.x]] Georgina, and then went into details of what you were 'lurfin' when you 'came into de world' and other TMI related slang statements. 

2. Only ever being as popular about the amount of 'luvs' you received and it being the pinnacle of the social hierarchy at the time.  

3. Typing With The First Letter Of Every Word Being Capitalised.

4. Or WoRsE, TyPiNg LiKe ThIs. WhIcH bEcAmE So PoPuLaR tHey CrEaTeD a WeBsItE tHaT dId It FoR YoU! GoD fOrBiD a TyPo Or A mIsSeD wOrD. (god that took to much concentration - i'm not 15 anymore you know...)

5. Finding the perfect Bebo skin to express your emotions at that time, or better yet having a bespoke one created to personally declare your love for your significant other! 

6. Not being able to believe your luck if you made it to a 'Hot Boys' or 'Hot Girls' page and eagerly refreshing that page 100 times to see what 'rating' you were given. 

7. Having to be-friends the 'hot arrow' page and strategically choosing which friend to position it against! 

What other 'Bebo Problems' did you come across?

17 THINGS YOU DO NOT APPRECIATE ABOUT YOUR MUM UNTIL YOUR TWENTIES.


My mamma bear! ��

1. Her food is amazing. Remember before you left home, when you were bored with her homemade lasagne/casserole/insert other standard mummy dishes and whined that you wanted to go to McDonalds/Dominos/insert other standard fast food restaurants? Yeah. Now you crave that home cooked food every time you have one of your own semi-edible stir fry packet dishes. And even if she doesn't cook, beans on toast is so much better with her.
2. She's generally right about things. Boys, jobs, houses, hairstyles, whether that dress really makes you look slutty — basically everything. Mums are genius.
3. She’s psychic. How… Hoooooowwww do they always know where your stuff is?!! “mum have you seen my blue ripped jeans” “yes they are under you're bed next to the 50 day old sandwich your hiding that you didn’t eat in your packed lunch” HOW?!
4. She's fun to talk to. On the phone. For three hours. Every mum has a billion opinions, and people with opinions are the most fun to chat with.
5. She is an expert of the kind of cute little homey accents that make a house a home. My skills in wading through TK Maxx’s home wares section were not a gift from god. They came from the master of sniffing out the perfect scented candle and photo frame that upped my lounge game!
6. She listened to all your secondary school drama bullshit as if they were things that would actually matter in five years. With such solemnity and care that it's almost like you are talking about the state of global warming instead of a Bebo fight you're having with a girl.
7. Decisions she made about raising you, even though they seemed super strict, you’re so thankful for now. If she hadn't forced me to eat my greens and empty the dishwasher, you’d of become a lazy in-polite spoilt child and now you can take great merriment on gloating when you see said people.
8. She'll give you reality checks when necessary. Honey, you don't water plants and eat canned noodle soup, this is not a good time for you to get a dog.
9. When you don’t listen and get said dog. She’ll still dog sit whilst you take a holiday which you paid for by saving money only eating canned noodle soup!
10. She knows every method of stain removal. She’s smarter than the whole vanish tips forum in the art of stain removal, and she doesn’t even ask why you still are getting grass stains on your clothes in your mid twenties.  
 11. She indulged all the passing childhood phases/obsessions you had. Ice skating phase? (£). Ballet phase? (££). Karate phase ($$$) I bet she wishes loom bands had got their act together and came out 15 years ago.
12. You know she'll always be there for you. Even if you do some dumbass thing like splurging your rent money on new sofa cushions or killing a person. (proud to say I have done neither)
13. She's the best drunk ever. Because it’s so much better when the child is picking up the parent for once and she pukes all down the side of your car (sorry for repeating mum!)
14. She didn't yell at you 24/7. I mean, kids are FRUSTRATING. There is only so many times a human can tolerate the words ‘I want’ in a supermarket!
15. She always caught whatever gross playground PoxMumpsCold contagion disease that you brought home as a kid. And took care of you just the same, even though she felt equally crap.
16. She will always put you before her. And that takes a pretty strong human being if you ask me!
17. She's a real, multifaceted person. Until you reach adulthood, your mum's name is Mum and her job is also being your mum. Suddenly, in your 20s, you notice that she is a human being with interests outside clothing and feeding you.

Coming Soon:
Things Bebo users will remember!

THIRTY THREE FLAT TUMMY FOODS


1. Almonds
Not only are almonds packed full of skin-boosting vitamin E and protein, but their high fibre content stops you feeling hungry. In 2007, researchers at Purdue University also reported that – despite the fact they are relatively high in calories – almonds themselves do not contribute to belly fat. Swap out your usual mid-morning snack for a handful and see if it makes a difference. Here is my recipe to make almonds a little more yummy!

2. Leafy Greens
The quickest way to flatten a stubborn stomach? Include a portion of leafy green vegetables at every meal. Kale, spinach and romaine lettuce are all extremely low in calories, full of fibre and offer several vital vitamins and minerals that help to ease water retention without causing the bloating and discomfort that some other vegetables might do.

3. Oats
Oats are filling, which makes it hard to believe that they can help you lose weight. But eating a portion in the morning for breakfast as part of a low-calorie diet is a great way to provide your body with slow-release, natural energy throughout the day, which keeps you feeling fuller for longer and can even lower your cholesterol.

4. Olive Oil
Mad but true – fat CAN help you to lose weight. Poly unsaturated fats like those found in olive oil can stave off hunger pains, while olive oil itself contains a naturally-occurring chemical called oleic acid, which aids the breakdown of excess fats in the body.

5. Beans
Each tiny bean is packed with nutrients, including protein and fibre, while remaining low in calories and full of slow-release energy. This means you’ll feel fuller, while the high protein content will help firm up your muscles and keep you toned. Swap out burgers for burritos, and beef chilli for bean chilli.

6. Peppermint
Peppermint is known for its potent healing and calming digestive properties, so if you’re looking to slim down your stomach, it makes sense to start including it in your diet. The easiest way to do this is to drink it in tea form, so pick up a box from your local supermarket (organic if possible) and try drinking three cups a day. Great for clearing the skin, too!

7. Green Tea
Addicted to your builder’s brew? It may be time for a change. Swopping to green tea has been found to assist the body in flushing out excess fluids, helping to calm bloating around the stomach caused by water retention. What’s more, it has been found to speed up the metabolism, which can aid the burning of excess fat in the body.

8. Cranberry Juice
As well as high levels of antioxidizing vitamin C, cranberry juice has fantastic diuretic properties. This means that it encourages the body to get rid of excess fluids through excretion (going to the toilet). Swap out your morning OJ for a glass of sugar-free, all natural cranberry instead.

9. Asparagus
Asparagus is often considered a luxury vegetable, and not without good reason. Each spear is packed full of vitamins A, B-complex, C and E, as well as containing high levels of skin-clearing zinc and potassium, which assists the removal of excess fluids from the body. Asparagus has long been used to treat inflammations such as arthritis and rheumatism too.

10. Tomatoes
Delicious, full of antioxidants, AND they help you to lose weight? Tomatoes are definitely among our favourite fat-fighting foods. Tomatoes have been found to reduce inflammation and water retention in the body, as well as reversing leptin resistance. Leptin is a type of protein which helps to regulate metabolic rate and appetite, so our bodies rely on it to shed those extra pounds.

11. Garlic
It might make your breath smell a bit, but each clove of garlic is packed not just with toxin-battling antioxidants, but also a naturally occurring chemical called allicin. When digested, allicin reacts with the blood to create a product capable of killing off many harmful bacteria and viruses that your body may be harbouring – including in the digestive tract. A healthy gut it essential for achieve a flatter tummy – try adding a few raw cloves to your food just before serving to get the most out of it.

12. Chilli
Adding chilli to your food is a great way to boost your metabolism, which helps you to burn fat faster. A single chilli pepper also contains a full day’s supply of beta carotene (which is great for maintaining healthy skin, hair and nails) and twice your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C – an essential antioxidant that helps to battle toxins and foreign bodies in the blood stream.

13. Bananas
Contrary to what some people believe, bananas contribute to weight loss NOT gain. Eating a banana is not just a great way to provide your body with skin-healing zinc, brain-powering slow release energy and filling fibre, but can also help you to relieve water retention thanks to the high levels of potassium they contain.

14. Melon
Half a melon contains almost twice as much potassium as bananas do, making it a low-calorie, high-antioxidant alternative that can aid the removal of excess fluids around the body. Cantaloupe melon also offers twice the recommended dose of vitamin C too, which will help to support your immune system and keep your skin in tip-top condition.

15. Cucumber
Believe it or not, cucumbers are actually a member of the melon family, and therefore have very similar slimming properties. It is a natural diuretic, which means consuming it eases water retention and bloating in the body. Why not make a slimming watercress, bean, mint and cucumber salad for a powerful tummy flattening lunch?

16. Fennel
This liquorice-flavoured root vegetable is packed with vitamin C, potassium, and manganese and has long been used as a remedy for digestive problems. Thanks in part to its high dietary fibre content, it promotes healthy digestion, reducing swelling in the body, flushing out toxins and excess fluids. Fennel tea can also help to stave off hunger pangs, so pick up a box from your local health food shop and get slurping.

17. Berries
Tiny but mighty, berries are stuffed full of antioxidants and fibre – just one cup of raspberries contains a whopping 6g. Plus, they’re low in calories too. Add a handful into a healthy smoothy or sprinkle over your breakfast cereal.

18. Cinnamon
A sprinkling of cinnamon could be all that’s standing in the way of you and those washboard abs. The sweet spice helps to regulate soaring blood sugar levels by stimulating insulin production. There is some evidence to suggest that cinnamon extract also makes fat cells more responsive to insulin, which means they’re much less likely to hold on to excess energy, and far more likely to burn existing fat stores instead.

19. Ginger
Ever wondered why your sushi comes with a side of ginger? The spicy root has been used for centuries as a digestive aid, because it possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea and antioxidant properties. It also contains an enzyme called zingibain, which helps digest proteins.

20. Brown Rice
If you’re looking to flatten and tone your belly, you should aim to eat a complex carbohydrate that is rich in muscle-strengthening protein and vitamins, like brown rice. It’s better than white rice, because it contains a rich supply of energizing B vitamins, which could help you burn calories faster.

21. Peanuts
Peanuts get a bad rep in the diet world, but eating a small handful as a snack in between meals could stop you from overeating, and give you the protein you need to carve a lean, flat stomach. Peanuts are rich in omega 3 fatty acids and fibre, as well as skin-conditioning vitamin E.

22. Avocado
There is a reason why guacamole exists beyond it being darn tasty! Avocado is often paired with spicy food because it soothes the digestive system after it is irritated by the heat. Avocado also contains potassium, which helps to regulate fluid balance, as well as magnesium, which prevents constipation.

23. Quinoa
Did you know that, when she wants to get into shape for a shoot fast, Kate Moss eats quinoa instead of cereal for breakfast? That’s because it’s what is known as a complete grain, combining protein, fibre, B vitamins and complex carbohydrates all in one. Eating grains like quinoa will help to boost your metabolism, and burn belly fat faster.

24. Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds contain a bountiful supply of dietary fibre, which could fill you up for longer and keep sweet cravings at bay, while easing digestion at the same time. They are packed full of antioxidant vitamin E, too, which is essential for skin health, as well as protein and complex carbs.

25. Pistachios
If you’re looking to trim down your belly, then pistachios, together with almonds, are one of the best nuts you can snack on. They are lower in calories and fat than most other nuts, while remaining high in protein, fibre and other essential vitamins and minerals.

26. Pineapple
Pineapple boasts a digestive enzyme that helps to ease bloating, settle your stomach, and even relieve heartburn. It’s high in natural fruit sugars, or fructose, which could stave off sweet cravings.

27. Black Pepper
A simple way to prevent bloating and discomfort after eating? Add a bit of freshly ground pepper to your meal. It’s a natural digestive aid, and helps to relieve bloating at the same time.

28. Celery
While it is a myth that celery is a minus-calorie food (that it takes more calories to digest it than it does to eat it) it is still a detoxing stem that can reduce water retention and help to purge your body of toxins.

29. Red Peppers
Red peppers, like their hotter chilli cousins, are thought to have a soothing effect on digestion, while giving the metabolism a kick in the process. As a sweet vegetable packed with vitamin C, too, they can also fend off sweet cravings when they strike – the perfect weapon against belly fat.

30. Pears
The high pectin (natural fruit sugars) content contained within pears makes the juicy fruit a strong diuretic and good at fending off unwanted water retention. They are high in fibre, too, which encourages a feeling of fullness and healthy digestion.

31. Lemons
A well-known detoxifier, it’s a great natural weapon against water retention and could help you achieve a flatter stomach.

32. Peaches
Peaches are great for restoring balance to an upset or bloated stomach, as they have both laxative and diuretic properties due to their alkaline nature.

33. Liquorice
It’s better for your flat stomach drunk in tea form than eaten as sugary confectionary, but the digestive and anti-inflammatory benefits of liquorice are not to be sniffed at.

The Christmas Tag



1.When do you start getting excited about christmas?
I've been pretty excited generally for a couple of months, however putting the tree up last Sunday was very exciting and I think the 10 days before will really up the anti! 

2.Do you still have an Advent Calendar?
No... I'm not a chocolate fan. However, I did make my mum one full of beauty samples and little treats! 

3.What is your Favourite christmas films?
I like the kiddie ones, Elf (STILL cant believe that its Zooey Dechanel) and The Grinch. However I think my all time favourite is Santa Claus! I love how traditional it is. On Christmas Day I like to watch It's a Wonderful Life and Some Like It Hot (despite having no Christmas relevance) my guilty pleasure is Fred Claus (Vince Vaughn will always have a secret place in my heart) 

4.Favourite festive Food?
Obviously you can beat a Christmas dinner, Pig in Blankets for the win. However on Christmas Eve my only request is Hoisin Duck Pancakes (its been that way for years!) 

5.Talk us through your typical Christmas day
This is a tough one as its my first Christmas living away from my mum and my first Christmas with Rich! 
Our plan is to wake up, have a nice breakfast and some champagne and open presents. We'll then be going to my mums for lunch and doing presents there. We then want to come home and spend time together in our home watching films. Boxing Day is going to be a second Christmas Day as Rich's children are coming over for there Christmas with us - exciting!

6.What do you eat for Christmas dinner
Mum usually makes Roast Beef with all the trimmings, then on Boxing Day (kids Christmas) we are having Gammon with all the trimmings! 

7.Do you have any Christmas traditions
Yes, some form of Chinese Food on Christmas Eve. I also like to go into town in the morning for a coffee and then spend the afternoon/evening at home with Mulled Wine and films. I also like to open a small present on Christmas Eve... however Richard is against this! 

8.What are your favourite christmas songs
The Pogues - FairyTale of NewYork
Santa Clause Is Coming to Town - Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi
All I Want for Christmas is You - Mariah Carey 
Sleigh Ride - Hilary Duff
Santa Baby - Marilyn Monroe
Driving Home for Christmas - Chris Rea
Baby It's Cold Outside - Jessica Simpson
Last Christmas - Wham 
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday - Wizzard

9.What is the best Christmas present you ever received 
A Mulberry Bag or Christian Louboutins, I am however the most excited to give Rich his Christmas present this year as I've managed to keep it a secret!

10.Real or fake Christmas tree
My family always had fake ones, however Rich was adamant we got a real one and I am totally sold, I just love the shape!