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About Me


Hello everyone, welcome to my little space on the internet. If you didn't know already, my name's Roxanne, and I'm proud to say that I'm the face and voice behind beauty and lifestyle blog sprucenews.co.uk

I started blogging when I left university. At first it was an escape for me – I was missing home and I was starting a new life with Gary. I have always been a creative thinker and I love to write, but I was always told - especially at school - that I wasn't that great at it. 

Blogging has helped me improve my writing skills and I am more determined than ever to show people that I can make something of myself - even if it's just having a small space on the internet that's mine. I started out writing small features which as time went by, turned into big words and more in-depth focused pieces. 

I don't have it in my head that I am going to be a huge blogger. I think I am more realistic than that. I just want to inspire others. I write various posts from beauty, lifestyle, fashion and travel. I like to be open-minded and explore new avenues and I think that's what being a blogger is all about. Freedom of speech, a space to accentuate your differences and uniqueness and love who you are. 

Blogging has done that for me. I cannot lie, I would like to grow a bigger audience and really share my story and aspirations. I have such a creative mind with a wild imagination and my vision produces content with a cultural, fresh and inspiring perspective, featuring personal style, words, photography, reviews and videos. sprucenews.co.uk is a cross-cultural platform that aims to inspire with a distinctive combination of shared aesthetics and interests.

Here's the answers to some of the questions I have been recently asked, I hope this helps.


What camera do you use to film your videos?
In my earlier videos I used the GE HZ15 digital camera but when that I broke, I resorted to using my iPhone 6 with a selfie stick. My younger brother Ryan gave me his Canon IXUS 170 for my videos as it's light to carry, good quality and very good for vlogging. However, recently I purchased the Sony A5000 which is incredibly good. The zoom quality, sounds and overall appearance is awesome. Best camera I have had to date, and not only is it affordable, its a great option for first time YouTubers! 

What camera do you use to take your photos?
When I first started out, I used the GE HZ15 digital camera. However, now I just use iPhone 6 for pictures as it's easier to upload to Instagram.

What programme do you use to edit your photos?
I use Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Instagram.

Who designed your blog layout?
My previous blog template was designed by KotrynaBassDesign. However, more recently I purchased my template from Pipdig! 

What made you start a blog?
In 2013, I started Sprucenews to promote Gary and his budding modelling career. I have always been a great fan of fashion and beauty and after I graduated from university I needed something to preoccupy my mind whilst I job hunted. I love writing, whether I am good at it or not is a completely different topic of conversation. Sprucenews is my baby and I have always wanted to take it to new heights.

How do you get people to read and follow your blog?
I am still working on this, I don't have the answer you're looking for unfortunately. I just post as frequent as I can and I hope people enjoy it.

What do you ask for at the hairdressers?
I usually just ask for a trim, I want to grow my hair so that's what my hairdresser advised. Recently I drastically cut my hair to get rid of my dead ends. So I am currently sporting the shoulder length style until my hair grows again.

What do you use to read blogs?
I use Bloglovin' to read blogs. I think it's awesome! You can categorise blogs into different groups and even get the app on your phone so you can read blogs on the go. Or I just Google the type of blog I want to read and you always get a variety to choose from. 

How do you deal with internet bullies? 
I have been fortunate not to have any cyber bullies just yet, I am almost certain there will be someone at some point that will say something horrid. Honestly, I couldn't give a damn what people thing. I enjoy what I do, and I certainly hope my videos and blog bring pleasure to people. If you desperately want to make videos, and it's something you think you might enjoy, who cares what everyone else thinks. Honestly, if you listened to every opinion offered to you, you will never follow your heart and do what you want to do. Vlogging has been the scariest yet most invigorating step I have taken to achieve my goals. I have had so much support that it outweighs the negativity.

How did you decide what your first YouTube video would be? 

When I created my first video, it took me about 10 attempts before I stopped mumbling and waffling. I was nervous but determined. That's when I created my July Favourites video, I can't say it's great but I was proud of myself for finally doing it.
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