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Laura Hartley

About Me

I’m Laura, a blogger from London and recent graduate from Oxford University. I studied French at uni and ever since my year abroad in Paris, I’ve had a serious case of the travel bug. Now I love to share tips and reviews on the best reads, eats and destinations on my blog. I’m now studying law in London so when I’m not blogging, I’ve got my head stuck in law textbook (ahem, Netflix). I’ll be starting my corporate career in 2019 but before that I’ll be taking 6 months out to focus on my blog and explore the world!


About the Blog

What’s Hot was created way back in 2011 and is now a popular culture, travel & lifestyle blog. In 2015, I headed off to Paris for my year abroad. I spent the year interning for two major social media agencies, Ykone and We Are Social. I was lucky enough to get to post on the Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts of brands such as YSL Beauty, Essie France, Piaget, Gemey Maybelline and Paule Ka. This is where my love for blogging and social media was really born and I started to take What’s Hot seriously.

You’ll find a little bit of everything here because I like to try a little bit of everything, but my specialities are books, travel and a combination of the two – literary travel. I’m on a mission to find the best literary places to travel and the best literary experiences all around the world and share them here on my blog. Expect regular book, film and Netflix reviews on here as well as travel tips, lifestyle posts, listicles and more! 

In 2015, What’s Hot was shortlisted for lifestyle blogger of the year by the Bloggers Lounge. In 2018, What’s Hot was shortlisted for arts & culture blog of the year in the UK Blog Awards. The blog was highly commended, coming second in the category. Then in May 2018, What’s Hot was shortlisted for lifestyle influencer of the year in the Blogosphere Magazine Awards. I am also currently ranked at number 3 in the HIBS100 list of Top 25 bloggers under 25

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