Top Picks #56

Here’s what I’ve had my eye on recently. It’s weird to think that I can actually afford a few of these things now. What a novelty!

Jumper, £65 – Cath Kidston*

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This jumper is so twee but I love it so much. It would go with everything. Perfect for both work and just hanging out.

Pinafore, £30 – Monki @ ASOS*

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It’s a pinafore. It’s polka dot print. How could I not want this? I’d wear it with brightly coloured t-shirts.

Headphones, £25 – Urban Outfitters*

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I desperately need some wireless headphones for the gym. These are both stylish and functional. Plus they’re in the sale – score!

Cushion, £35 – Bombay Duck

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We definitely have enough cushions right now but how cute is this one? I love things that say hello.

Necklace, £37.14 – Wanderlust + Co

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This necklace is just so pretty. Shame it’s currently sold out. Though it looks like it might get restocked at some point so fingers crossed. It is still available in silver however.

Dress, £118 – Anthropologie*

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I’m living for this dress. The detailing is perfect – I love the shape, the print, the button down front and the two-tiered skirt. Shame about the price though!

Poster, £25.08 – Posters Garage @ Etsy*

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Topher and I are starting to consider what posters to buy and frame for our living room gallery wall. We’ve both agreed, Disnerds that we are, we want a Disney park map poster. This one is gorgeous – the close up detail is so pretty.

Lunch Bag, £11 – ASOS*

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So at the moment, I bring my lunch in a plastic bag. Classy, no? I think this would be a reasonable replacement. It doesn’t even look like a lunch bag which I love.

Top, £19.99 – New Look*

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I’m really feeling the colour yellow at the moment. How pretty is this top? It would be perfect for work.

Bag, £340 – Kate Spade*

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I was so sad to hear about the death of Kate Spade recently. I always loved her style and always aspired to own some of her pieces. So far I’ve only managed a watch and her book. I need a black bag for work. This bag is expensive. But it sure is pretty. Maybe if I went to an outlet I’d have a chance at finding something similar at a cheaper price?

What’s on your wish list this week?

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Five Interview Tips for Job Hunters

*Post in collaboration with TMI Recruiting

So summer is here and you might be looking for a sparkly new job. Or you might be a soon to be graduate hunting down your first full time role. Either way, TMI Resourcing are currently doing a campaign on interview techniques so today I’m going to give you some top tips to make sure that you can ace any interview that comes your way. Because everyone deserves an amazing job!

As I said in my last post, I recently bagged myself a new job so here’s how I did it.

 

Do your research

There’s nothing worse then showing up unprepared to an interview. At the very least you need to know what the role entails and what the company does. I personally like to check out the company history, what they’re all about and what they’re up to now. Then I focus on the job role itself. It’s quite useful to go through each aspect of it and think of examples you would use to show that you have the relevant skills. Interviewers love examples. Always show evidence of how awesome you are.

Also it’s a good thing to prepare answers to competency-based questions. These can be like showing examples of when you had to deal with a difficult customer or what you think makes a good team member. Use the Internet to find lists of these types of questions and practice answering them.

 

Think of questions to ask beforehand

Nine times out of ten, near the end of an interview, the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions for them. Don’t be that person who stares blankly back at them – be prepared. Ask questions that show you’re interested in the role and the business. These can vary from questions about the business culture to what a typical day is like for the department. If you’re not sure what to ask, the Internet is a great resource for finding these types of questions. And definitely don’t have your first questions be about benefits and salary, let them bring it up if you’re going to talk about it.

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Look the part

Gone are the days where you had to wear a suit – now it all depends on the business that you’re interviewing for when deciding what to wear. However don’t forget that no matter who the interview is for, erring on the side of caution and dressing too smart is better then dressing too casual. I always take interview outfits on a case by case basis. It all depends on the kind of company and industry you’re hoping to join. Dress the part.

 

Be passionate

Interviewers want to see passion. Sometimes you may not tick all the boxes of the ideal candidate but your passion can see you through. My job I just got was in an industry I hadn’t worked in before but because I had transferable skills and a heap of passion, I got the job. Show them how much of an asset you would be to the role and the company and don’t forget to smile!

 

Stay calm

Interviews can be super nerve wracking but try to stay calm. If you’ve followed the first four tips then you’ve got nothing to worry about. Just be yourself and remember that the interviewers are people too. Put things in perspective – what’s the worst that can happen? You don’t get the job? That’s ok – just try again. It’s all you can do. The more interviews you do, the more confident you will be.

Good luck!

 

What’s your best interview tip?

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Yet Another New Beginning

So things have been pretty quiet around here lately. I mentioned that I was waiting in limbo for some news. Well I received the news and it was good. Things have changed considerably. I went and got myself a 9-5 job.

It has been a decision that I’ve been toiling with for months now. And ultimately though I have enjoyed being a freelancer, it’s best for my mental health to have a 9-5. A good 9-5 mind you. Not just any role in any company. I wanted to find a nice company and I’m 99% sure that I’ve found it. The job is stimulating, the people are lovely and the money is good among lots of other things.

I’m about to start my third week and I’ve felt my mental health problems melt away into the background. I’m happy to get out of bed every morning and I feel like I have a purpose again. My overeating has stopped in it’s tracks and I’m filled with hope. This will be the first time that Topher and I are in a financially stable position. We’ll actually have disposable income and be able to save. That takes a great load off my mind and we can just enjoy living.

As well as the job, Topher and I have rejoined Slimming World and the gym. I weigh the heaviest I’ve ever weighed and feel so uncomfortable moving around but now I know I’ve got control again and can get back to my happy weight. I’m tired after these two weeks but a satisfied kind of tired.

I can’t wait to get the house under control (as it’s pretty messy at the moment with both of us working!) and planning our new life. We’ve already decided to move our Japan trip forward to Easter 2019 and planning is fully under way. I can’t begin to explain how happy I feel. There will be random times of the day and I’ll find myself just smiling away for no reason. It’s awesome.

So even though freelancing wasn’t for me long term, I’m so glad I gave it a go. It was quite a ride. And I would definitely still recommend people giving freelancing a try as it could be an amazing option for you. I just realised that I wasn’t happy with having to solely rely on my creativity to put food on the table. I love being creative and I’d much rather do it without any pressure behind it. Maybe I’ll finally be able to get some scrapbooking done.

So that was my little update – I will try to do my best to get back to regular posting around here. Because this blog is going nowhere!

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4 Things You’ll Want To Finish Every DIY Project

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If you have a lot of DIY going in your home, you are probably keen to make sure that you can do them right in every circumstance. Even if you only turn to DIY every now and then, you probably want to try and make sure that you can get it right, and tis means knowing exactly what it takes to finish every DIY project as smoothly and as effectively as you can. The truth is that there are a number of things you will want in order to be able to complete your upcoming DIY tasks, and that is what we are going to look at today. As long as you have considered the following, you should be able to finish any DIY project without any hassle, so make sure you’ve thought of these things.

 

The Tools

Without the right tools, it is practically impossible to make sure that you are finishing off your DIY projects, so this is the number one thing to think about. It is a good idea, in fact, to make sure that you stock up your home on the right tools, as if you don’t you won’t know what you need until the time comes around,and then it is often too late to get hold of exactly the right tools. However if you can go and get some of the tools that you are always likely to need now, then later on you will find it much easier to complete those projects in good time and with full effectiveness. There are a huge range of tools you might need to consider, ranging from cordless glue guns to the good old hammers and nails, and it’s absolutely worth going for one big shopto nurse that you have it all. Just having these things in the house will make you feel much more ready for any DIY project that might crop up in the future.

 

Time

You always need to try and be as patient as possible with any project that comes your way. You are always going to need a lot of time to complete projects, and it is better to bear that in mind than to pretend otherwise. Fortunately, as long as you prepare yourself in that way, you will be able to make sure that you are always going to complete your projects more effectively, and patience is one of the most vital things that you can possibly harbour as you hope to finish some DIY projects. With enough time, you can be sure of any project been completed, so this is actually one of the most important ingredients of all which you will need to consider. If you don’t think you have enough time for a particular project, you will need to try and find to create it, as otherwise you can’t expect your project to go well at all.


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Instructions

Whenever you are trying out something new, you will generally always want to make sure that you have the right instructions, so that you actually know what you are meant to be doing. Without that information, it will be much harder – and in some cases, impossible – to be able to finish the project in the right way. So the first thing you will need to do is always seek out some instruction on any project which you might be trying to complete, as without it you won’t be getting very far at all. It’s also important to make sure that you find instructions which you feel you can trust – and that is something which can itself be quite difficult to find. As long as you manage to, however it will make all the difference in the world, and make for a much easier project on the whole.

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Help

You might not always need help automatically, but it is also likely that there will be many times when you do need it. Bear that in mind, and be prepared to always go out of your way to try an find it – as long as you do find it, you will be able to make much more of the situation, and be able to ensure that the project gets completed much more easily and quickly. As long as you get that right, you can hope to complete your projects with more success too, and that is definitely something which we are going to aim for in every DIY project. As long as you have the right kind of help, you can be sure that it is going to go particularly well in the long run.

 

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Hanging out in Limbo

Have you ever found yourself hanging out in limbo, waiting for one piece of news that might change your life?

I am right now. For now I’m going to have to be mysterious and not say exactly what I’m waiting on, as I don’t want to jinx it. But for now, it’s just waiting. Limbo sucks. I don’t know what to do with myself.

I’m trying to keep busy, keep myself distracted and just hope for the best but it can get hard at times. The sunny weather is definitely helping though. After saying in my Home Decor Plans post that I wanted to get my garden under control this summer, I’m actually taking steps to achieve that.

Once I’ve finished this post I’m heading out there to get my hands dirty and pull up a load of weeds. The “flower beds” are definitely not flower beds anymore so I want to pull up everything and start from scratch. See, projects. I’m distracting myself. Plus if this news goes my way, I won’t have this much time on my hands again to work on it. So now is the time.

I might even do another car boot this weekend. Get my decluttering on. My dream is to have my airing cupboard be clear from all my car boot stuff and be able to just store the usual stuff in there, along with our smaller suitcases.

Every time my mind wanders back to this news, I just can’t stop thinking about how great it will be if it goes my way. Topher and I’s quality of life will definitely skyrocket and I’ll actually have more to talk about on here. I don’t even want to think about if it turns out to be bad news. It won’t be the end of the world but it would be such a bummer.

I really hope it’s good news. Wish me luck.

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