Ask Anastasia – Aberdeen, Photography and MORE!

Happy festive days, (or however else you’d call these days in between Christmas and NYE) everyone! I hope you had loads of fun these pastat Christmas, we most certainly did – playing Trivial Pursuit by the fire and eating delicious homemade food, all coupled with doggie cuddles freely given by Cruz all day round.

As this is the end of 2018, and this might be the last post of this year, I wanted to round up things by answering the most frequently asked questions on my Instagram! Very often people get in touch with me asking questions about life in Aberdeen, fashion advice (albeit I barely claim to be a fashion expert), dog tips and more. Even though I respond to each and all of the messages I receive, I noticed there is a pattern of themes that people are most keen on, so here today I will answer the most frequently asked questions hoping that I might give you a better insight…So here goes nothing:

WHAT’S THE COMFIEST PAIR OF WINTER BOOTS YOU OWN?

No brainer, the most comfortable pair of winter boots I own is the Dongara from EMU Australia (pictured below!). They literally feel like fluffy clouds and they are the best when it comes to walking on mud/sand/snow or when hiking up the Scottish mountains. I have them in Oak but they also come in Black and they are equally pretty.

autumn picnic photoshooting

(image by Simply Green Photography)

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE PARTS OF LIVING IN ABERDEEN? IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD CHANGE IF YOU COULD?

My favourite part about Aberdeen is that it’s a small city that combines the joys of city life and the countryside. You can go shopping and meet your friends for drinks in the city centre, but you can also be in the countryside within 20′. And then there is the beach option, who can resist to a walk down the beach? You also have the airport to travel anywhere and everywhere you fancy without going through the hassle of changing a combination of public transportation so there’s that too!

The downside is the weather and lack of colour; being raised in a sunny country like Greece I miss the sunshine and the blue skies, so if there is something that I could change that would be the weather (if only I could!). I miss having 4 distinct seasons. Most of the times it feels like we have two seasons; winter and something that resembles spring but is not as warm as the Greek spring…

I tell myself that I am lucky to have a home back in Greece that I can visit anytime I like and get my dose of sunshine, so I am not that bothered anymore 🙂

If you want more information about the ups & downs of the city, then read this post here, which basically has everything you need to know before moving to Aberdeen!

 

BEST AND WORST AREAS TO LIVE IN ABERDEEN?

OK, so I might be totally biased (and I hope fellow Aberdonians who read this will not get offended) but to me the best areas to live in Aberdeen are Old Aberdeen, Cults, Milltimber, the West End of the city and Rosemount. Having lived in Old Aberdeen, and now living in the West End, I know from inside out the benefits of these two areas, and there is not a single thing I don’t like about them. Cults and Milltimber are a bit further outside and they most certainly have the joys of the woods and the countryside. They both have gorgeous, big houses and a very strong community spirit! As for Rosemount, it is a beautiful area in the city centre with loads of independent cafes and shops, and the beautiful Victoria park nearby, so a great place to live if you have children or dogs.

As for the worst areas to live in Aberdeen (and again my apologies if my answer might offend anyone living in these areas) are definitely Torry, Blackburn, George Street, Mastrick, King’s Street, Seaton and Tillydrone. In saying that, these areas are by no means dangerous, they just lack character, beauty, architecture, sense of community and they have less places to hang around like parks and shops. The beach of Aberdeen is also one of the most underdeveloped areas of the city in terms of accommodation with loads of council houses, so I wouldn’t term it as an ideal place to live even though, for obvious reasons, some might think it would be a good option.

studying at the University of Aberdeen

 

HOW DO YOU MAKE MONEY FROM INSTAGRAM?

I should probably do a whole post on this (Joanne touched this subject a bit in her post here), because so many people are curious about this. But, the main ways that I make money from Instagram and my Blog are:

Paid partnerships: A brand will approach me to partner on a Marketing Campaign that involves me doing some kind of work for them let that be social media or a blog post (or both), an event attendance or a press trip. The fee I receive is based on how many days of work this partnership will require from my side, what is my Blog’s domain authority, and the number of followers and likes I get on Instagram (now you know why bloggers sometimes get obsessed with their numbers!). Arguably, Instagram numbers are vanity metrics that do not necessarily prove conversion in sales, however brands like to work with bloggers that have certain numbers so these numbers still determine how much work we get from brands!

As for how much bloggers get paid; the fee is always negotiated between the brand and the blogger as there is no set industry standard for how much to charge for collaborations based on your engagement and pageviews. I am pretty ruthless with my criteria and I turn down loads of collaboration including press trips, so everytime you read something that has been brought to you in partnership with a brand then you know that it’s something I TRULY like and something I would purchase with my own money too.

Giveaways, reviews: Other ways I make money on Instagram is through giveaways and hotel reviews. I started charging for hotel reviews only this past year as we felt we got approached by too many hotels asking us to review them on the Natbee’s social media/Blog without offering any compensation, which ultimately means we got nothing back in exchange for the exposure we offered them. Just because something is being offered to me (or the Natbee’s team), it doesn’t mean I am going to accept it!

DO YOU PAY TAXES?

Yes, I do! Natbee’s is a registered company and for every contract I have a percentage goes to the taxman, so nothing to worry!

DO YOU TAKE YOUR INSTAGRAM PHOTOS? IS IT WITH YOUR PHONE OR YOUR CAMERA?

I take all of my Instagram photos with my phone (it used to be an old iphone 5s but as in last week it’s the new Huawei Pro 20, talking about an upgrade!). If it’s a night shot or images taken during an indoors event then I use my camera (Olympus EPl7). All my outfit photos are shot with a tripod and my phone serving as a remote. It takes more time doing everything by myself than having someone taking the pictures for me but it’s working OK for the time being.

DO YOU SHOP FROM CHARITY SHOPS IN ABERDEEN? WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE ONES?

I was actually questioned this after posting on my Instagram about donating my clothes to charity shops and buying clothes from there a few times. To answer, yes, I do buy from charity shops as I am all about protecting the environment and giving back to the community. I am not a fan of cheap clothing and over-consumption, thus, you will see me wearing the same pieces again and again. My favourite charity shops are in Rosemount and the west side of Union street, but I will write an extensive Blog post detailing my thoughts on second hand shopping in the next month so keep an eye for it!

WILL YOU EVER CUT YOUR HAIR AGAIN?

I was thinking of getting bangs cut again but I am struggling with the ‘growing’ period when you get bored of them and want to grow them long but it takes them ages and you end up with bobby pins framing your face… Never say never though. I am definitely up for a haircut these days!

THAT’S ALL FROM ME NOW, UNTIL NEXT TIME!

Anastasia

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16 Comments
  • Melis Living
    December 28, 2018

    This is a lovely post and really nice to get to know more about you! I’ve never been to Aberdeen, would like to visit someday. Melis x

    • Anastasia
      December 31, 2018

      Thanks Melis, oh you have to, its a very unique place and if I am ever in NCL I will most certainly let you know x

  • Jessica
    December 29, 2018

    I imagine the climate change from Greece to Scotland must have been a bit of an adjustment for you! I moved from Sydney, Australia to Toronto in Canada and I’m definitely used to warm weather, so the winters here have been quite a shock for me! Anyway, I think a Q&A style post is a great idea and a nice way for people to get to know you a little better. 🙂

    • Anastasia
      December 31, 2018

      Hi Jessica, I absolutely agree moving places and having to go through an environment change can be a shock at first. I hope you enjoy your move to Toronto, I’d love to visit both Toronto and Sydney one day 🙂
      I am glad you liked it, happy 2019!x

  • Kinga K
    December 29, 2018

    it’s so lovely❤

  • Isabel
    December 30, 2018

    Would love to visit Aberdeen someday! Lovely Post hun!
    Isa xx

    https://www.lifestyle-trash.com

    • Anastasia
      December 31, 2018

      Thank you Isabel! You should, its a very unique place and I will be glad to show you around x

  • Joanne
    December 31, 2018

    I love the question about the hair because I, too, think you should have bang again, it really suits you x

    • Anastasia
      December 31, 2018

      I miiiight actually do it so wait and see 😉

  • Jessica
    December 31, 2018

    Who would even ask if you pay your taxes, this is beyond rude!!!!

    X
    Jessica.

    • Anastasia
      December 31, 2018

      I know, sometimes the things I am being asked are beyond the limits. It’s really nice that people feel comfortable to ask me direct (sometimes a bit more personal) questions but on the other hand I would never ask something like this, not even to my best friend. For what it matters, I do pay taxes so I hope this answers anyone’s curiosity about my financial situation.
      x

  • Helen M
    December 31, 2018

    Thank you for sharing this with us. I’d have to agree with the above commenter, how who would even ask if you pay your taxes, so rude and inappropriate.
    Lovely to read about how you make money out of Instagram too, I always see AD posts on Instagram and wonder how people get paid for these…

    Happy 2019!

    • Anastasia
      December 31, 2018

      Thank you Helen for your comment. You’d be surprised to read through my Instagram DMs and see all the good (and bad) things people ask me….
      Happy 2019 to you too!

  • Emma
    January 8, 2019

    I must say I am disappointed with your decision to list the best and worst parts to stay in Aberdeen. The places you list as being “worst” have some of the most close knit communities and the fact that you mentioned there are council houses reeks of snobbery and superiority. You have alienated any of your readers that live in those “worst” areas. Whilst I don’t want to censor someone’s true self, I think you should reconsider keeping that paragraph in your post.

    • Anastasia
      January 17, 2019

      Hi Emma,

      Thank you for your message and I am sorry to hear that you are so frustrated with my answer.

      I am always honest with my readers and, trust me when I say this, this is one of the most common questions I am being asked by prospective University students and people who are about to move in Aberdeen for work. I’d rather be brutally honest and express my opinion than say ‘all is good and well’ and direct them to take a decision that would perhaps not be well suited to what they were looking for originally. I don’t see how being honest and helpful makes me ‘reek of snobbery and superiority’. As a matter of fact, you saying this about me just goes to show how little you know me!

      I believe having lived in Aberdeen for 5 years I have formed a fair understanding where it’s best to live and where not. However, this by no means makes me an expert and anything I say should be taken with a pinch of salt as we all have different opinions based on our experiences, I am sure people understand this when they ask my opinion.

      If you have been reading the blog for a while then you would know my true self and you wouldn’t take such great offence to my words or ask me to rephrase something I wrote (for which I consciously apologised already twice since I wanted none to be offended). Next time I see you in a bloggers event I will be more than happy to discuss further and perhaps you will get a better understanding of who I am and change your opinion about me.

      Thank you for reading my blog and again my apologies for offending and potentially alienating you.

      Anastasia