INFLUENCERS

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How To Successfully Collaborate With Influencers To Boost Your Business

Running The Blogger Point for over a year now has surely thoughts me so much about influencer marketing. According to emarketing, 48% of companies have decided to increase their influencer marketing budget in 2017, which is significantly higher than the previous years.

Influencer marketing is far from just working with every blogger in the industry and it is definitely not all about working with every blogger with the highest numbers of followers. [Scroll down to continue reading] View Post

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How To Create Attention-Grabbing Title For Your Blogpost

One of the biggest tricks to getting those clicks and boosting your blog traffic is creating an ‘attention grabbing’  blog title. A very interesting title that can catch everyone’s attention can spread your blog miles away. I never really put so much effort in my titles until some few months ago and since then, my stats have never been the same. So, without wasting much of your time, let’s get into this post and make sure you apply these tricks to your next blogpost. View Post

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Styling Co-Ord

A statement Co-ord is a must have in your wardrobe especially if you consider yourself a fashion savvy! Let me give you a quick introduction to Co-ord in case you are not so familiar with this 21st century ‘trendy terminology’: Co-ord in today’s fashion is what was called matchy-matchy or sets. 

Before now, Co-ords are seen as ‘too-much’ or let say ‘being extra’ as it’s a combination of same patterns or texture from head to toe. But lately, Co-ords has seen a huge spike both in women and men fashion industry. I know what you are thinking: Do men wear Co-ords too? Yes, they do. In fact, they have started wearing rompers which are called “Romhim” according to Metro Magazine (That’s another topic for another day)

If you’ve been following me for a while now, you know how much I love a nice set and one piece. Less is always more for me. So, having a two-piece I can rock 4 different ways is a winning affair all day. For this collaboration with the gorgeous blogger, Partner in success and great friend Demi from High Street Mania, we’ve decided to style a Co-ord giving it our personal style interpretation.

Demi went for a more “I am ready to nail this business meeting” look. A casual but classy striped co-ords paired along with her minimal pair of perspex heels and her gorgeous nude cross-bag from Aily official. What I love most about her outfit is the colour and style of her piece. It’s simple, casual but yet classy and perfectly suits any type of occasion.

On the other hand, I went all in with bright and colourful Co-ord with bold stripes. To tone the whole look down, I opted for a pair of casual fringe slides from Zara and of-course, as a brand ambassador for Aily Official. I crowned my look with one of their pieces: EMERALD cross-bag (Same as Demi but in mustard)

Don’t forget to check out Demi on Instagram @msdemi_akin

Hold on, did I tell you I started a YouTube channel? Well, now you know – Go support your girl. Search on YouTube: Itsmaryamsalam or click HERE

To see my complete look, head over to Demi’s blog – Click HERE! Here is a sneak peek (below)…

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My outfit details: TopHERE, TrouserHERE , Bag – HERE

Thank you for reading!

entrepreneurial

Lately, I have been doing lots of self-educating in terms of growing a business and staying motivated as a young entrepreneur. Apart from following several entrepreneurs and business guru’s on social media. I like to take time out daily to read about what is going on in the business industry in general and entrepreneurship.

I believe researching about your business or industry isn’t just a one-time task. This is something you need to continuously do every-day in order to keep growing your business, enriching your knowledge and improving your entrepreneurial skills.

I’ve just recently started getting into hard-copy books reading but most of my readings happen online as it’s more convenient and suitable for learners on-the-go. So, let’s go straight into it. My top 5 websites are:

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Entrepreneurial Inspiration

  •  Entrepreneur.com is great for start-ups and general knowledge about how to improve your entrepreneurial skills and think like a successful entrepreneur. My favourite section on their website is the ‘How to’ which is more like a DIY/easy to learn tricks on becoming a better business owner. Secondly,
  • Inc.comis similar to entrepreneur.com but more detailed in terms of business planning. Inc.com has categories such as Start-ups, grow, marketing, innovation etc. It’s great for days you really want to learn and research more about a specific sector of your business. Thirdly,
  • Quora: This can be described as twitter version for entrepreneurs. It is very interactive and active. This is a platform to ask questions about some topic or particular sector that isn’t very clear to you. You can read about people’s experience and opinion about a specific problem which is more relatable. Next one is,
  • Linked In: I know it is mostly known for networking but if you go to the home section, you can actually read about latest news and activities happening in your industry and sector. Depending on who you are following, it’s a great way to keep track about a particular person or company. Finally,
  • Business Insider UK: I love this one particular because it is focused on a smaller geographic. I am not sure if there a is business insider for every country but it’s a great platform to learn about your local industry and market. I believe as an entrepreneur, your target shouldn’t only be international but local and vice-versa. I might not have a business in the UK now but it gives you a local perspective of a particular business which you can get inspiration from to use in another country.

If you are building a business or wish to start a business soon, you should definitely check out these websites.


Please share your favourite entrepreneurial inspiration sources below, I would love to check them out…

Thank you for reading and please, don’t forget to comment + check out my last post where I shared a step by step guide on what you need to include in your business plan HERE


Maryam Salam (Instagram: @itsmaryamsalam)

*Link to shop my look is below (Scroll down) | Photography by: Demi (IG: @msdemi_akin) 

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Camera: Sony A6000 | Edited by: Me

Shop my look: (Click brand name to shop – direct link)

Blouse: Primark

Dungarees: Primark

Scarf & Under-scarf: Ebay

Bag: AILYOFFICIAL

Sandals: Ego (SALES)

Phone case: Ideal of Sweden

Please, don’t forget to comment and give any post suggestions…

How to start building your own business

Photographer: Instagram – @selmaabdull

(CLICK BRAND NAME TO SHOP) – Outfit details: JacketYourshores, TurbanBrothersandsisters, Bag Aily     

building your own business

Ever wondered why lots of qualified lawyers or doctors are musicians or comedians after spending several years in University? 

A year after graduating from university, spending 3 years studying Fashion Marketing and Branding (Ignore the word ‘fashion’, its was basically Business Development) which I loved studying and enjoyed every bits of it, got me thinking of how I got myself in this 9 to 5 Marketing Job I completely ‘Hate‘ (Marketing here is slightly better than in Nigerian but I still hate it).

Listen, I am not saying everyone practising what they studied hate their jobs but I am pretty sure a large amount of ‘Creative people‘ involve in either fashion, beauty, blogging, YouTube or entertainment dislike the 9 to 5 lifestyle. 

Oh, you think everybody hates 9 to 5? Well, you would be surprised some people actually love this lifestyle. They think it’s structured and at least they are sure of having a stable income unlike most creative people bossing it off out there.

Why You Seriously Need To Start Building Your Own Business As A Creative Person!

Obviously, everybody knows what you studied in class is different from the real-life workspace but that’s not the problem. Take a minute and think deeply? :”Why would anyone spend 6 years studying Law to become a full-time artist or YouTuber?

Boredom! Yes, If you have a passion for fashion, beauty or entertainment. Most jobs give limited space to be creative. You will get bored to the extent of questioning your whole educational years. I am not saying going to University most especially isn’t worth it because it surely is. But, you need to start building your own business on the side as early as possible because somehow passion always finds a way to overpower your qualifications in a long run.

Either you are still a student or already working, you need to start investing in your passion. It is NEVER too late. Stop thinking of it as just a hobby but how to turn your passion into a business. If you are really good at what you do and have a strong belief in it, why not make a living out of it?

Know what your strengths are and use them to build something major!

Don’t wait until the stress of waking up every-day at 4 AM to beat Lagos traffic for that 8 AM start and 10 PM finish knock you out!

Start  Now!


What do you think about today’s post?

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Thank you for reading.

Maryam Salam xoxo (Instagram: @itsmaryamsalam)

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Photographer based in Birmingham: Instagram – @selmaabdull

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Bag from AILY (Instagram: @ailyofficial)

Casually Confessing On The Blog….

Initially, I didn’t plan to say this but because it’s Ramadan (Holy month), I have decided to confess. If you follow me closely on Instagram, remember I mention how this jeans jacket casually became mine. Originally, belongs to my dad, but my #InstaFam encouraged me to keep it (Just kidding, not blaming anyone) but then fast forward, this black oversized jumper also belongs to him but he isn’t aware, unlike the jacket.

Every time I go back to France, it seems I always come back with my dad pieces and rock it like an old piece long forgotten. Funny how my sister always fold it after wash back in his closet but my dad will nicely bring it back saying it’s mine. He has no clue that is one of his jumper [Are you wondering where I got my love for fashion for? Well, wonder no more, visit my dad’s closet]. How can you forget such a classic black jumper?!

Unlike me, when I lost a simple pair of socks, I know. So, imagine my jumper disappearing. I will turn my room around to look for it. Just because I know my dad sometimes read my blog, I am confessing: This jumper was yours but it’s now mine! 

Thank You, Dad.


Make a ‘Fashion Confession’ Below (Don’t pretend to be innocent, we’ve all done it before)


Thanks for reading and don’t forget to comment, let me know your thoughts on the look too! (Previous post here)

Instagram: @itsmaryamsalam

Snapchat: Fashionbydaisy

Photographer: Salma (Instagram: @selmaabdull)

Outfit details (Click red links to purchase):

Bag: AILY (Instagram – @ailyofficial), Jacket & Jumper: Dad’s, Joggers: H&M, Sneakers: Adidas Original

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Ankara jumpsuit

African print jumpsuit

(Photography by Selma – Instagram: @selmaabdull)

Hey guys,

How are you all doing? Wow, it been a while and it feels good to be back on writing and most especially styling some interesting pieces. A lot has changed but so far, I am enjoying the NEW me and embracing everything that comes with the change.

Grass Fields:

Today’s post is focused on this beautiful ‘printastic African print jumpsuit from the popular Grass fields clothing (It’s currently on SALE). What I love most about this jumpsuit [Well, I love jumpsuits generally] is the colour and fitting.

Lately, I have fallen in-love with ‘tomato red’ (Like I call it). It’s perfect on dark-skinned and just let your skin pop out. Wide leg trend is back on trend for summer and suitable for the hot weather. 

I’ve heard about Grass Fields before they contacted me and their pieces are just unique. They mostly do limited edition pieces. So, when you are loving one of their items, mmake sure to grab it as soon as possible. You can check them out on Instagram @grass_fields when you can find all their details.

Connect with me on Instagram: @itsmaryamsalam

xoxo

Maryam Salam


Check out my previous post here about driving traffic to your blog.

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Hi, lovelies! Hope you are having a great day today? Sunday’s for me are spent mostly at home with the family and planning out my week. Part of planning out my week is finishing up this post and scheduling the week post. I am not the most organised person but I try my best to sort out the personal blog post on weekends. View Post