Brand Profile: Ladykerry Designs!

Edinburgh, Review

Hi team!

So this week I am talking about one of my favourite brands – Ladykerry Designs!

Kerry is a fantastic artist who is based in  Edinburgh who creates pieces of magic. She says on her website that her loves are ‘I LOVE unicorns, mermaids, fairies, dinosaurs and sugarskulls. And, of course, puns.’. She creates many products from these including enamel pins, stickers, giclee art prints and greetings cards.

I first saw her at the Edinburgh Biscuit Factory and wanted everything. I think had a nosy on her Etsy store (linked below) and she has so much fun stuff! I have included some products that I have on my wish list and really show her fun unique style.

Here are examples of her work below:

 

 

Want to get your hands on her stuff? There are many ways.

Her Etsy Shop.

Her Not on the High Street page.

Her other stockists.

Want to keep on top of what she is up to and all the great new products she is putting out?

LadyKerry Facebook

LadyKerry Instagram

LadyKerry Twitter

LadyKerry Website

T xx

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I Gave Blood Because I Am A Big Brave Girl

Life

Hi team!

So this blog is about donating blood!

I am 31 and I have never done this, and wanted to 1, try it, and 2, do something good. Giving blood is so important and especially if you have a rare blood type as it is relied on for so many things, such as surgery, births, the list goes on.

I booked in an appointment with the Blood Donor Centre in Edinburgh. I filled in a form (you have to make sure this is 100% correct otherwise you may risk giving blood to someone who might contract something as a result. I had a few drinks the night before but that didn’t affect my blood giving, but I wouldn’t recommend it!

So the nurse popped me into a room and took a test of my blood to  make sure I had enough iron. It felt like a staple going in and sounded like it too, but wasn’t too bad at all. I then learned that I had a great amount of iron, which was amazing as a few years ago I was on iron pills to try get my levels up so that was good news!

I think went through to the other room and lay down on a bed. I was pretty nervous but they made me feel at ease immediately. I have had a few tattoos but was still not overly cool with the needle. However it wasn’t too bad, they then attached a bag and the donation began. The donation in total took ten minutes, very easy, and I was allowed to stay there for a minute while I recovered a bit. Then they popped me through to the cafe where I had a coffee and a Tunnocks teacake (what a world) and I could chill out for a bit until I felt better.

I really enjoyed my experience, and it really took no time out of my day. I however still don’t know what my blood type is (lol). You can give blood every three months and considering how easy it is, I really think I will keep up with it. There are still stipulations on who can and can’t give blood, however it would be great to start the process and then at least you know if you can or can’t at that time!

Have you donated blood? How did you find it?

T xx

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Iolla Opening Party in Stockbridge!

Edinburgh, Fashion

Hi team!

So last week I had an invitation to attend the opening of Iolla, an eyewear shop who also have a branch in Glasgow. They were opening in Stockbridge, and I had been walking past the shop when it was being put together, wondering what it was going to be!

Walking in, it is a great space. You had glasses to the left, on beautiful wooden shelves, with green plants. It felt very relaxed. The range of glasses frames were excellent, with an extensive range to suit everyone. I headed out to the back room and there was a whole room dedicated to sunglasses, with some great options.

Some background on the company. Iolla in Gaelic means ‘sight’, and originally started in Glasgow. They wanted to bring a more affordable price point for glasses, whilst not compromising on style. The designs are all done in house, and are very unique and fashionable.

Here are some pictures from the event below:

As you can see, I’m a complete clown, but I seriously did love the pink ones with leopard in the first picture (called Muir, and have several colours). They had cake, cupcakes, prosecco and a DJ, and it seemed like a lot of staunch supporters of the brand were there to support the owners for the opening. The staff were all really nice and introduced themselves to me when I came in the door. There were a lot of bloggers there I recognised, and it was a really fun atmosphere with everyone really impressed with the selection and trying on their favourites.

I definitely recommend heading to them, just get your prescription up to date and then go in and ask them to style you with the  best glasses for you! I also recommend their blog on the website as they explored Stockbridge when they came to town and named their favourite places they found.

www.iolla.com

T xx

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I had a major career change. But is it any different?

Life, Retail Life

Hi team!

The answer is YES, btw.

So I am coming up to another full week in my new job while working out the last of my notice at my retail job. There has been a lot of adjusting to my new career (in a good way) and I have noticed some differences between the two industries and the two environments.

  1. Snacks. I can’t snack as much as I do already, because I will be very unhealthy. I am already unhealthy, but the benefit of being on your feet all day in retail and walking ALL DAY means you burn off so much. You are constantly on the move, and your 10,000 steps is usually in the bag by mid afternoon without having to try. In the office, you are sitting down for most of the day, unless you get up to go to the printer, get a coffee, pop to the loo, or go and get lunch. I have the Activity app on my Apple Watch that tells me to stand every half hour, and it’s only coming into play now. I am finding that walking to work there and back closes my Exercise ring, and the Move Goal closes alright, but it’s the stand one. Now I get why they put this on the app. I am also struggling to do 10,000 steps a day now, so I will have to find an alternative longer way home, or horror of horrors, go for a run after work.
  2. The dynamic. On the shop floor it is like you are on a stage. You can’t get into the nitty gritty of conversations, you have to watch what you say, and you have to maintain a customer voice at all times. However, in the office, as it isn’t customer facing (but still talking to customers on the phone from time to time) you really can get into a conversation while tapping away at your keyboard. Plus because I work for a beauty salon it’s not uncommon to see a video being show of skin tags being layered off. Yummers.
  3. Fashion. This also may differ office to office and shop to shop but I now can dress a bit more comfortably, wear proper shoes, and not have to worry about wearing makeup if I don’t feel like it. Being retail means makeup, clean, tidy, and fashionable clothing, and sometimes heels (puke). Some mornings when you feel like crap you still have to doll yourself up to look acceptable for the general public but somehow manage to look worse (under eye bags for real). Whereas if I am feeling a bit crap, a big jumper, comfy shoes and hair shoved up is fine.
  4. Food. Again. I can have my lunch WHENEVER I WANT. I don’t have to wait for someone to get back from their break, I don’t have someone telling me I am 1 minute late (true story). This is good for a hungry girl like me.
  5. I don’t have to tell anyone I am going to the bathroom. Enough said.
  6. Mental Health – Both jobs can have the opportunities to have stressful situations. The intensity of a busy shop floor can have an effect on stress levels and anxiety. You are pulled every which way by customers, other staff, management, you name it. In the office, the stress lies with workload and time. I have to make sure I plan out everything in advance to make sure my job is done and everything keeps running smoothly.
  7. I will miss the camaraderie of staff working together to get through a busy day. I will miss the awesome customers and talking to people from all walks of life. I am happy to be now in a job that utilises my skills in a different way while still helping women feel good about themselves.
  8. So far in my new job, I have not found any ‘soiled’ garments discarded around the workplace. But that’s a story for another day.

Retail will always have a special place in my life as it’s been the place where I have grown up, climbed the ladder, and made friends for life. I have had the pleasure of working with many great people, and hiring people who have gone on to shine bright in the company. I will miss it a lot, but am excited for my next career!

Next week I will be publishing a blog on stories from retail! Please let me know if you have any great stories, and keep it to a sentence as I will be putting them into bullet points! I am looking forward to sharing my own and other’s stories about this crazy and fun industry.

T xx

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My Favourite IPhone Apps!

Review, Tech

Hi team!

So this blog is all about my favourite apps. I have realised I am actually quite techy, and I love being organised. I also love to play games on my phone as well. So I thought I would review a few of my favourite apps and I hope that they help you too!

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Asana

Asana is my most favourite app on my phone. I love being organised and this app is amazing. I got recommended it by one of my good friends and a fellow blogger Kayleigh (her blog linked here) and it helps me day to day.

The best thing about it? When you complete a task a unicorn or a narwhal flies across the screen. I was sold, obvs.

So you can set up a team or yourself, and then set up individual projects. I have Blogging, Business, Weekly Tasks, and my New Years Resolutions. I can then fill in my tasks and log them into each projects. If you have a team you can assign people to different projects as well, and keep an eye on how everyone going.

I set my tasks to Daily, Weekly, and Monthly. This helps me to keep a track on what I am doing and if I am ahead, I can start tackling tasks that don’t have a date or are in the future to complete.

You can use this for work, personal, project planning, and so much more!

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Preview for Instagram

This app has started to become one of my favourite apps to use in partnership with Instagram. I recently started organising my feed by colour, and this app is perfect for doing that. You upload all your pictures to the app, then organise it by however you would like to organise it, by colour, or blocking, or however Beyonce does it (how cool is her feed?).

It has a range of filters so you can make every photo have the same filter. This means you can attain uniformity so your feed looks great. It also gives you great editing tools also to fine tune your image before you publish it.

You can schedule via the app, and also post via the app, however I wouldn’t recommend this, as the scheduling will remind you to post the item, but if you aren’t around your phone at that time, you will miss the opportunity to post at the opportune time. And with posting direct from the app, it doesn’t give you the opportunity to tag people in it or set your location. So I would recommend pulling all the pictures in, sorting it into the feed you want, then posting as you go. It really helps as sometimes you have a little trouble on what to post that day and it really helps to make sure you are constantly engaging with Instagram.

neko atsume app

Neko Atsume

Here is the history of the game before we launch into this fantastic game: “Yutaka Takazaki, the developer of the game, said that his goal was to create a game that even children could enjoy without a significant investment of skill or time.[9]While he loves cats himself, he has said that “to be honest, I do not know why this game is so popular.”[9] The game “was made between the development of other applications”.[10] Originally it was a software of the “just look and enjoy” style for players who like cats, and could be completed in 2–3 weeks for free.[11] Takazaki says, “We’re not going to put cheats or complexity in it, and we would like to pursue a game that can be enjoyed with only simple operations.”

This game was released in 2014, and I had heard a lot about it, but never played it. Well, what a journey. This game is so simple, yet so satisfying. In a world where games are getting super complicated, annoy you all the time with notifications, and take a lot of thinking to play, it really is refreshing to have a game you can just zone out and play when you want your mind to rest.

Basically you get a backyard, and a food bowl. and some silver fish to spend. You also get gold fish too, to purchase rare items. All you need to do is buy some items from the store that you think the cats would come into your backyard for, place those items in your backyard, purchase some cat food, fill up the bowl, and wait!

It takes a little while, and you can even exit the app for awhile and pop back in, but your cats should start to come. The cool bit on this app is the Catbook, so you can keep a track of what cats have come into your yard. You also have an option to take photos of the backyard which are then saved to your phone, so you can look back on it. You can also take photos of individual cats, which is good when you get rare ones. You have to just play around with what furniture and items you put in your yard. You also get left silver and gold fish by the cats. If you are lucky, you might even get a momento from a cat! You lucky lucky thing. There are 62 cats to attract, with 22 of them being rare. It also has fun music and really is a great game to play.

Have you tried any of these apps? What are your recommendations?

T xx

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I got a job!

Life

So I have some exciting news this week…

YA GIRL GOT A JOB DOING SOCIAL MEDIA

An actual company hired little old me to take over their social media and marketing y’all.

So this is a long journey to get to this point, and really started when I reached my high point as a Store Manager of a shop in London. You are getting a cup of joe and listening this old woman ramble on darnit.

I had a complete burnout breakdown. It was the hottest summer in London for a long time, I was drinking wine like it was going out of fashion, with a 45 hour week and four hour commutes daily.

I fell out of love with retail.

I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew after years in retail, this wasn’t it anymore.

We moved back to Edinburgh and I got another job in retail, and it was lower down the career ladder, which was a lot better. Another job in retail followed, and in the space of two years, I suffered two major burnouts/breakdowns.

On the side of working retail, I had started a blog. It started out as a hobby, and it really has formed my writing skillzzzzz (see) and also provided an outlet. I also found that mental health really resonated with my audience so it was a great way to start talking with people and get it more out in the open. I also started to try to get into social media, I wrote for a couple of companies, covered an event, and also helped out with an events company I am proud to be of (EBC/BBE whoop). I also made some great new blogger friends who really supported what I was doing and helped me get my blog out there.

I started going on courses to reacquaint myself with marketing and also get the best knowledge of social media other than what I had figured out over the years. I ran my own blog’s social media, also helped run other peoples ones and did consultations.

I started believing in my skills and knowledge and my unique place in the industry. Then came the job hunting. What a soul destroying thing it is to fill in a million applications and get back nothing, or a pretyped letter saying thanks, but no thanks. It is a really hard process and I hunted for a job every single day for months. Over time I did get better at it (will post a blog on some tips) and my writing helped me create some great cover letters.

I applied doing social media and marketing for a beauty salon. It sounded fun and was close to my house, so I put my application in and forgot about it. I got a phone call from the boss asking a few questions about me, then got another phone call a few weeks later from the current marketing assistant asking a few more questions. I then went in for an interview with the assistant, then an interview with the boss. After that, I went in for a couple of training sessions to check I was happy with everything, and then I got the job!

Going from a retail environment to an office one is quite a big change. I manage my own time, don’t have to let anyone know I am going to the bathroom, and I can snack anytime I want. Plus I get discount on beauty treatments fulfilling my lifelong dream to be one of the Kardashians. I’ll be Karyn, obvs.

The most exciting and scary part is that my dream that I have worked hard for has come true. It’s only part time, but it means I can now go freelance and help people with their social media in Edinburgh and beyond. I can work for myself, finally get my dog, and project manage my house renovations. It means that I can work hard at a job that I love, walk home (20 minute walk) and work 9-5 with WEEKENDS.

Life will still be by no means perfect, but it is nice to know that my hard work has paid off and that I can really now enjoy the rewards of my hard work. I will still strive to rise in my new chosen profession and do the best work I can for my job and my clients.

If you are on the same journey, please let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear how you are going!

T xx

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