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Friday, 26 August 2016

*NEW* Feature Friday - Talented 26th Of August


New Feature Friday!
Featuring Talented

Happy Friday everyone! And welcome again to another edition of Feature Friday; This is a business which I couldn't have been more thankful for. 
I recently held the NottsAlzheimersMeet-up which you may or may have not known about, and they kindly donated their gorgeous tote bags for the ladies to take all their goodies home with them! With great customer service, friendly staff on hand to answer any questions or in my case worries some may have they did a brilliant job and it's my pleasure to welcome them to you.

I shall be doing a separate blog post in regards to my meet-up so keep an eye out for that as I've got plenty of posts to upload soon. Shopper bags this day and age have become more essential to us as we all divert away from the 5p carrier bag, alternatives are tote bags which I have a vast selection of at home and have found them handy when it comes to meetings, shopping and days out! Talented are a company that provide eco-friendly bags with all different types of designs and gifts for occasions. It was a pleasure to find out more information about this lady behind the brand and her future goals as a businesswoman!

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Interview with Julia Gash l Company Director of Talented


1) What has been your key inspiration to your current career?
I draw map like illustrations, called Cityscapes, of places around the world, to commission and these are printed onto ethically made and eco-friendly tote bags, giftware and stationery. Travel and culture around the world is my inspiration! I love discovering new places, whether its through my work or in the flesh.  My other two design inspirations are my cats Bobby and Jimmy who keep me sane every day: http://www.madebytalented.com/collections/the-adventures-of-bobby-jimmy and Facebook page – Bigbobandlittlejim

2) What do you enjoy the most about your job?
I love the creativity of illustrating a place and seeing it come together on product. The best thing is when I actually walk into a store and see it on sale or even better, see it swinging from someone's arm in some far flung place!

3) To date, what has been your 'proudest' moment?
Winning the National SME Business Leader Award at the Institute of Directors was a significant achievement, visiting Buckingham Palace and having a visit to our print studio from Princess Anne are other amazing memories.

4) Where do you see yourself in the future?
Cityscaping my way around the world. Spending more time designing, travelling and mentoring start ups and small businesses that are focused on growing internationally.

5) What tips/advice would you give to someone who wants to go down the same career path as yourself?
Life and work is a journey with many, surprising twists and turns. You have to be prepared to give 100% and more and be able to pick yourself up and dust yourself down time after time.  Do what you are good at and enjoy – because you are going to spend lots of hours doing it!

6) Which would you say is your favorite item from the Talented website at the moment?
The New York Tote Bag. I am going there to a trade show next week and this tote bag is tormenting every day as I just want to be there!   http://www.madebytalented.com/products/new-york-medium-tote

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For more designs and styles feel free to check out their vast arrange of items over on their website or you can find them over on social sites which I shall post the links below!
A big thank you to both Hal and Julia for their support for my event the attendees loved their bags!


Friday, 29 April 2016

*NEW* Feature Friday - Gifts And Home Boutique 29th Of April



New Feature Friday!
Featuring Gifts and Home Boutique

Hi my lovelies! It's been long overdue for the regular Feature Fridays and I'm happy to bring it back this year; As you know, my feature Fridays were created to give awareness on small businesses, bloggers and creative minds. To give them a boost of well deserved views and I'm glad it has helped thus far. This week's feature is a lovely store that I came across called Gifts and home boutique ran by friends Sarah and Maz, They sell all things special for the home with personalized and sentimental options to choose from. 
I think when it comes to finding a gift for someone on a memorable occasion that my usual go to would be for example Etsy, but since looking at this small online store it has really opened up ideas for future gift giving to come! Under categorized tabs, the web page helps you select the exact occasion your looking to buy for, including home decor ideas too! With quirky ideas that you can't find on the high street, Gifts and Home Boutique is a store to sure swoon over!


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Interview with Sarah l Owner of Gifts and Home Boutique

1) What has been your key inspiration to your current career?
We started our own business knowing we both shared the love of Personalised and thoughtful gifts for everyone and the home. We love shopping for all pretty little things that make great accessories and gifts for all occasions that offer that personal touch. we were both at a similar point in our careers and family lives to take this on and give it a go.

2) What do you enjoy the most about your job?
Getting to do something we truly love, we both enjoy sources new and beautiful personalised products for every occasion and add that extra special touch with most of our products been personalised, we generally adore everything we sell in fact that is our one rule "if we don't completely love it we don't sell it."

3) To date, what has been your 'proudest' moment?
As we started with a small shop on Facebook and as word spread and demand quickly grew we decided to open our own online store giftsandhomeboutique that you see today.

4) Where do you see yourself in the future?
We hope to maintain this for as long as possible or until we reached such a point that we can perhaps take on a shop of our own.

5) What tips/advice would you give to someone who wants to go down the same career path as yourself?
If its something that you long to do and have an opportunity to do it then give it a go, wherever we end up in the future we know we will never look back and wonder what if, we can both look back and say we tried.

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Gorgeous right?! Big thanks to the lovely Sarah for participating in this week's Feature, all the best to her and Maz for their future!
If you'd like to take a look at their online store simply go to 


Sunday, 17 April 2016

Events To Check Out! Lou Lou's Vintage Fair #2


Lou Lou's Vintage Fair Nottingham
My experience at the award winning fair that covers the UK!



Hey there loves! I'm thrilled to be bringing to you another of my experiences at one of the UK's popular events; Lou Lou's Vintage fair! Now, some of you may or may not know that I'm like a kid in a candy shop when it comes to vintage stores, that's because I have a passion for the 1950s fashion, beauty and morals. It's been a style that I've developed over time and find it my most comfortable look to have. The 50s was known for their poodle skirts and pin curls and I find it such a beautiful and glamorous era that a little find is like treasure to me.

I've heard a lot about Lou Lou's as they usually take place in cities all over the UK and because Nottingham is the city I tend to most visit, seeing that they had one arriving there this month was something I couldn't pass up.

The event took place in the stunning Albert Hall in Nottingham, where like minded fans gathered, stalls were covered in all things vintage and they played music that would make you do a happy little jig through the speakers. 


For this event, there were two floors of vintage stalls from furniture and china teacups to handmade bespoke hats and children's dresses. From arriving at the ticket desk, there were small tables where you could have a nice cup of tea and homemade cake from Lil's Parlour to even a pop up salon with the Diamond Diva's on hand to make those gorgeous victory rolls come alive!

It was pleasant to see lots of handmade crafts too, with flowing conversations of their passion and ideas which I give them all my very best to. 




I did bag some bargains too! My go to stall had to be Minimum Mouse where I purchased some quirky brooches and 50s cat eye shades which I can't wait to model! 

I would definitely recommend any vintage enthusiast to attend one of these fairs, just to collect inspiration or add to their collection. 
I'm sure this will be the first of many fairs I'll be going to this year that's for sure! 











For more details on when there is a Lou Lou's fair in your area, just check out their diary here

Until next time guys and dolls..

  

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Events To Check Out! Clothes Show Live #1


First of a new series;
My thoughts and experiences on events in the UK

Clothes show live is held yearly at the NEC in Birmingham UK

Hi my lovelies! While being a blogger, I've come across many different events that I have found either through socializing through Twitter or doing my research. Events vary from fashion to car shows for all ages and hobbies and I'm focusing on Beauty and fashion events that I feel would benefit to my readers both new and old!

Today's post is about the event I aim to attend per year, The Clothes Show Live. 
FACT - The first show launched during 1989 in London by Gavin Brown and June Barker, 25 years ago on the back of the then popular television programme. Due to overwhelming visitor turn-out since 1990 the event has been held at the NEC, in Birmingham, UK.

The Clothes show usually runs during December each year, that brings together many fashion and beauty brands and influences with famous faces and young designers all under one roof! I've personally attended the show about 5 times now and each time it just gets better and better. It's perfect for christmas shopping or just treating yourself as brands such as Rimmel London and Barry M put together one off bargain bags with tons of products in it's the best time to stock up on all those key essentials and fashion pieces.
My last visit was the 6th of December 2015 and one I will never forget; It was this time that I was honored to be granted a press pass for UniqueLoveStyle and came face to face with Louise Pentland and Jules Heptonstall! It's been a nightmare trying to sieve through all the photos I captured that day but I'd love to share my favourites with you. 
I'd like to personally thank Good Results PR for their helpful staff who were a pleasure to work with and Olympus which allowed me to use the Olympus-Pen camera during my visit and believe you me, that camera is on my lust list!
Without further adieu here is my experience through pictures of one of the most talked about Fashion events.








Meeting my blogging inspiration, SprinkleOfGlitter!

Presenting Louise with one of my handmade ring collections from DaisyMayBoutique

Meeting the ever so lovely, Jules Heptonstall!

Using the amazing Olympus-Pen in the Fashion theater




Ella Eyre Performing live in the fashion theater



















If this is something you'd be interested in attending then do feel free to check out http://www.clothesshow.com/ for more information!

Look out for the next installment of this series soon!