The Social Slot: Five Fabulous Up-And-Coming Blogs To Start Following

In my opinion, 2015 is going to be the year that everything changes. The bloggersphere is expanding at an incredible rate, with every week bringing the next hot new thing or site to watch – it’s hard to keep up. Today sees the launch of a new series I’m calling ‘The Social Slot’ which I hope will help readers navigate the social space, know which blogs and accounts to follow, as well as providing discussion and advice on everything blogging related. Everyone is a blogger these days, with the internet providing so much information it’s hard to know where to turn; this will be my own way of providing a helping hand on a weekly basis. What better way to kick off than with a list of five great blogs that are definitely on the right track to becoming big players in the bloggersphere? I read a huge amount of content, but these five sites definitely stand out by providing something a little bit different; they’re ones to watch and, more importantly, ones to start following.

1. Thumbelina Lillie
As cute as a button, Megan’s blog isn’t just review after review – it offers something fresh, exciting and for me embodies what blogging is all about. She’s recently been ‘shopping her stash’ and reminding herself of those fabulous forgotten about products, but older posts cover everything from fashion and shopping, to reflecting back and offering up tidbits of advice. Her makeup is always flawless without being intimidating, while the photography featured is inspirational without being generic. Her site is definitely one to watch.  

2. Mascara & Malteasers 
A blog I could spend hours flicking through, this site offers up a great combination of product reviews and reflection. Annabel’s writing style is delicious, really engaging you with what she has to say and putting her own twist on everything from nail varnish trends to clip-in extensions. She manages to combine the best of photography, the art of the written word and genuinely interesting content while everyone else is just peddling out the same old thing.

3. My Pale Skin
A very recent discovery of mine, Em’s makeup tutorials are simple but inspirational. I love the fact she freely showcases herself without a scrap of makeup (unashamedly putting herself out there despite her struggles with acne,) to show what makeup is all about – hiding imperfections, enhancing our natural beauty and having fun. It’s amazing to see someone so open and honest when the bloggersphere has started to become so photoshopped and airbrushed… Both literally and metaphorically. 

4. Beauty Edition
A great mix of tutorials, product reviews, fashion, food, playlists and general life updates, Beauty Edition is a refreshing read – I just wish she had time to update more regularly! The bloggersphere is so full of the same person and the same site multiplied, that it’s great to see a different kind of face and a more relatable approach. She doesn’t try to make out everything is perfect, so I feel like I can understand her point of view much better and really digest her content. I expect big things.

5. The Love Cats Inc
I adore Helen’s relaxed and uber cool sense of style, making me wish I was ten years younger and a million percent cooler. Her blog is a mixture of outfit posts, beauty reviews and lifestyle updates, as well as the odd piece of advice for up-and-coming bloggers. The featured photography is beautiful, while still having a unique twist and not looking like every other site going. I also love the fact she’s a fan of a designer investment pieces, like me, while still keeping the majority of her looks high street.  

Do you have any other favourite blogs you think are worth checking out?

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  1. TR's Thoughts
    March 22, 2015 / 6:47 pm

    I LOVE discovering new blogs to follow, this is such a great post!TR's Thoughts

  2. Anonymous
    March 22, 2015 / 7:18 pm

    Great recommendations ! Now following 🙂 With love, Hayley ♥

  3. Saloca
    March 22, 2015 / 9:30 pm

    Great post, I'm always on the look out for new blogs, I already subscribe to a few you've mentioned! 2015 is going to be THE year for blogging and I think it's going to make or break a lot of blogging hearts! The blogsphere is expanding at a rapid rate and gaining more and more exposure with each new product launch that uses it more and more. As great as this is to see, it's going to be a hard year for new/smaller blogs I feel too. Sarah :)Saloca in Wonderland

  4. Sam H
    March 22, 2015 / 9:39 pm

    I love finding new blogs! So many amazing ones out there! I follow most of these and agree they are fab :)Honey Go-Lightly

  5. Annabel B
    March 22, 2015 / 10:55 pm

    Eeek! Thank you so so much for mentioning me, especially in such good company of some pretty amazing blogs. You've made my entire weekend, so thank you Hayley!Annabel ♥Mascara & Maltesers

  6. Rhianna Bailey
    March 22, 2015 / 11:22 pm

    I already follow a few and I will be checking out the others for sure. Love this type of post, its always nice to commend bloggers when they are doing a good job, also a good way to discover new people!

  7. Kristy
    March 22, 2015 / 11:48 pm

    I love hearing about other people's favourite blogs and finding new ones to read myself. I too recently found Em's My Pale Skin blog and it is becoming a firm favourite of mine. I hadn't spotted the Beauty Edition blog so will definitely be checking that one out.Kristy |

  8. Rock without a reason
    March 23, 2015 / 9:40 am

    I love discovering new blogs and I really liked the My Pale Skin blog. She takes amazing pictures.

  9. Em Ford
    March 23, 2015 / 2:26 pm

    ohh you absolute babe! Hayley, thank you so much for the kind words and including me in your post. xxx

  10. Anonymous
    March 23, 2015 / 3:53 pm

    I love these kinds of posts! I think it is so important for fellow bloggers to share the love – I know what you mean about there being so many blogs around now, it can be a little overwhelming. I love reading these posts to get recommendations of blogs to look at – I do follow all of these except Beauty Edition but having just had a quick read, I am definitely following her now too 🙂 xBrenda BusyBee

  11. Hello Annabel
    March 23, 2015 / 6:26 pm

    Firstly I have to say I LOVE the title of this post, The Social Slot? Genius, I wish I'd of thought of it ;)I love sharing the blog love posts, there was a trend of them a couple of months ago but I haven't seen any since so I'm glad you're bringing it back! I shared my entire blogroll in my last blog love post so yay for discovering new reads!! I am checking all of these out :)Annabel x

  12. Lucy M
    March 24, 2015 / 9:06 pm

    Thank you for these recommendations, exited to give their blogs a read. I am already in love with Thumbelina Lillie and Mascara & Malteasers.Ooh La Luce | Beauty, Life, Fashion

  13. Shanna Madrazo
    March 28, 2015 / 9:45 pm

    I follow each and everyone of these gorgeous blogs!! I agree they are fab! Love and Support for all my fellow bloggers out there xxShanna Erica |EricaRosa

  14. ElleLux
    March 29, 2015 / 11:20 am

    Thank you for your recommendations! I hope one day you can check out my blog too :)Have a great weekend ladies!XX Elle

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