Brand Profile: Box of Goth!

Fashion, Hobbies, Review

I love getting stuff in the mail. Anything that is not a bill is definitely a treat, and I love the range of monthly subscription boxes out there! One I wanted to focus on today is the Box of Goth.

Box of Goth is a monthly coffin shaped subscription box full of gothic and horror inspired goodies. Great right? I love skeletons, bats, black cats, and this is definitely up my alley. I love that it is so different and really touches a chord with a lot of people, as some of us are still going through our goth phase after high school. There really is a strong community out there that are bonded by the love of all things macabre.

Here a few shots of the insides.

 

The last coffin was the Skulls and Skeletons box, and had so many great goodies in it, from pins, to stationary, to patches!

It is the one year anniversary of Box of Goth this month (May 2018) and being a small business they have developed loyal supporters by providing great customer service. They also write a fantastic blog themselves, which features their customers wearing or using their products!

The coffin boxes all the goodies come in are made up by Nikki and Lucy, the brains behind the brand, and curated in themes, like the RIP box, which Nikki has stated as her favourite so far.

I asked Nikki what we can look forward to in the future and she replied with “More coffin boxes of gothic goodies!” Can’t wait for this! She also revealed there are some very exciting things coming up that she can’t say yet but its going to be very exciting for the customers!  She said the best way to get all the news and updates is to follow them on Instagram and you will get the first teasers – I have linked their Instagram below.

The lovely extra touch they do is if you subscribe to get their Boxes, just tell them your birthday to get an extra goodie on your birthday month!

This company is a really nice small business, who work hard and do their best for the customer. They also have a real eye for curating, and they are open to suggestions from their customers! I am waiting for the June box to come out as I write, very excitedly!

Want to get your Goth on? Here are all the links you need to know.

Both of Goth Website

Box of Goth Website

Box of Goth Twitter

Box of Goth Instagram

T xx

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The Life of a Social Media Manager

Life

Hi team!

So this week I am talking about behind the scenes of my job. I am a self employed Social Media Manager, and I manage  social media for a client three days a week.

My job is very fast paced a lot of the time, and hours can go by without me noticing! It is a great job to have, and I really enjoy it.

Being a Social Media Manager is a fast paced job. You have to react quickly, know how to write content that’s appealing, navigate your clients requirements, and analyse data. There are so many facets to this job, and it really isn’t easy. On your days off you may still be monitoring what your clients accounts are doing, and also finding time to handle your own social media to keep bringing in new clients.

I came into this job from retail, and had been training for a long time to get to a good point to get into this industry. I started my own blog, and managed the social media for this. I wrote content for businesses of friends of mine, and I managed two friend’s social media for them.

I made the decision to start it as a business when I became self employed. This was a very big decision and also meant that I ditched my job in retail and started this new venture, with a vision of making my career goals comes true. My current work sees me an office 3 days a week. Here is a run down of my work day!

So I get in at 9am, check my emails, and sort out any things that need addressing straight away.

Then I spend about an hour on Facebook and Instagram. Great right? I post 7 posts over Facebook and Instagram for 7 accounts, like and comment on followers posts, and post posts, usually from our brands we stock on Facebook.

I also comment on the home feeds as well, targeting people that might follow us, and watch some of our followers stories and non followers stories. If I have a story to post,  I will do this also as we get a huge viewership from it.

The next thing will be to start working on the content for the month. Producing a months worth of content for 7 accounts is no easy feat, and I have a content calender to help me plan for latest offers, products of the month, before and afters, and treatment focuses. I will write all of those and get them approved, and then schedule into Facebook and Instagram.

After this I focus on our emails. We tend to send out two a month, one with the Latest Offers, and a Membership one as well, getting people to join. I make them up and then get them approved and scheduled

I then update the Online Shop with all the discounts that we are doing this month, as well as putting on the Special Offers that are on that month. This can take a long time but it’s worth it as it looks great when I am done!

I post content up to our 4 Google pages as well, talking about our offers and encouraging people to get booked in.

This usually takes about 6 – 7 days to all complete, and there is some back and forthing and make sure that the client is happy with my work and ready to publish. I then schedule it all, and have to choose the opportune times to make sure that the content is scheduled for the right people to see it.

All of this can take up to two work weeks, and this means I have two weeks to concentrate on other things, such as launching a treatment, or working on our website. I tend do a full report on our social media channels, analyse our competitors, and see what is needed to be worked on for the next month.

I have a set of S.M.A.R.T goals that I use against the reports to determine how I am doing in terms of getting our social media up to the standard I want. This is a really great tool that I use in my own personal blog social media as well, and it really helps you get a focus on what is important and also helps you prioritise.

At the moment i am working on the ecommerce website. It is something that will not only push the business forward, but bring more money in for the client as well.

Being a Social Media Manager is really enjoyable. I love being autonomous, working towards goals, and interacting with people over social media!

T xx

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Brand Profile: Punky Pins

Fashion, Review

Hi team!

So this week, I am talking about a brand that I love, called Punky Pins!

I love that enamel pins are back in fashion. I love shopping small for these as there are so many great pins to chose from! I have my favourites that I wear, and then I definitely am going to get a display for the others. Its such a fun update and a fashion statement.

Here is an edit of my favourite pins!

 

I am in love with all of these pins. They are so fun, some have a great message, and they fit in so well in my wardrobe. There literally is one for every occasion. With prices starting from 7 pounds, it also means you can switch up your pin game often for not much!

Punky Pins also do a great range of keyring, patches, stickers, and jewellery!

Want to see the full range and also their amazing social media? Here are all the links you need to know!

Pinky Pins Website

Punky Pins Facebook

Punky Pins Twitter

Punky Pins Instagram

Let me know what pins you get!

T xx

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Goals for Summer!

Life

Hi team!

I am sooooo loving that Summer is coming. The weather is getting better and better and I can definitely feel the Vitamin D waking up my skin! With that in mind,  I am going to be working towards my goals for this Summer. If you have read my Goals for Spring, you will now know that some goals are eternal and ongoing. Or I am lazy. HAHA

  1. I have gotten my bathroom done. Hooray! So much better. The next stage is getting my lounge and hallway done, and finish off my kitchen, and plant more plants in my garden. I will be a busy bee this summer, getting my hours ready for a cosy winter (can’t think of that yet tho!)
  2. Establish a workout routine that works. Everyone needs to find some kind of fitness that they respond to, whether it’s running, mountain biking, or pole dancing! Anything that gets you in the mood to exercise and look forward to exercising is good in my books. I do like to run, however it sometimes doesn’t motivate me, so maybe I might make a killer playlist and that might help. Wish me luck!
  3. I am going to be healthier in my food choices. I have already cut back on alcohol so I want to concentrate on drinking more water and eating more fruits and vegetables. It really can be hard but I am going to do my best to be healthy this summer.
  4. Say ‘no’ more often. In the past I would take on more than I could cope with, and that would result in stress, burnout, and the inability to set my own boundaries. This Summer I want to relax on a Sunday, and not have a to-do list. I want to spend quality time with my friends and do what I would like to do. All work and no play is no good, so this Summer I look forward to playing a bit more!
  5. Get my house ready for a dog. By this Christmas, I want to have a dog in my life, and I want to get my building site of a house sorted so I can get it! I really am looking forward to it, and can’t wait to hang out with my new friend.

What are your goals for summer? Share with me in the comments!

T xx

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Brand Profile: Home Bargains Flowers

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Hi Team!

So this week I am doing a Brand Profile on Home Bargain Flowers!

I love flowers – there is something special about them. A lot of us aren’t fortunate to have our own flower garden, and there is something beautiful about having flowers in your home. I love to give flowers as gifts to my friends, as it shows I care and want to make them smile! Flowers make anyone feel special, valued, and cared for. There is no wrong occasion to send flowers to someone, and you certainly don’t need an occasion.

 

I was sent the ‘Sunny Garden’ flower bunch from Home Bargains from their premium range, and skipped home from work to open it! It comes in a very sturdy box that I am sure my mailman was confused about what was in it, and opening it, the flowers were immaculate. They were so fresh, the scent instantly filled my home. I popped them out of the box and was surprised to see a vase included – which is one of their extras that you can add on – what a great idea. I don’t have any vases currently so when I get flowers as a surprise they have to go in a hodge lodge container, so this is a great idea if you aren’t sure that your recipient has a vase suitable – especially if its a big bunch!

It includes food for your flowers to get the best out of them, and wrapped up beautifully with twine. I popped them in my new vase and popped it on the windowsill, then wrapped the wrap that was around it, around the vase to maintain the look of the bouquet!

The ‘Sunny Garden’ bouquet includes avalanche roses, iris, fragrant freesia and hypericum. It is a lovely gathering of blue, orange, yellow and white and expertly arranged to compliment and showcase each flower. Some of the buds opened up over the week, so every morning when I went into the kitchen, the bouquet had changed again!

There are so many great flowers available from Home Bargains. My favourite is their Tulips range, and they do a wonderful range of Roses for all budgets. You can also add on vases, teddy bears, balloons, cakes, and chocolates to go all out. The bouquet also comes with a card to write your own sentiments in. They do next day delivery and free home delivery!

You can also gift someone something a little more permanent, or even to start their own little garden. There are orchids, succulents (my fav), lilies and roses. I am definitely going to get the lilies as I love the splashes of colour they bring.

Overall, I am super impressed with Home Bargains Flowers. Often it’s hard to find flowers that look good for a good price. As said before, they are expertly arranged, and quickly delivered, especially if you have forgotten an anniversary (right Gordon) or to send a new mum some flowers. They also provide advice on how to look after your plant, and suggestions on bouquets. Have a look through this link http://www.homebargainsflowers.co.uk/, and tell me your favs!

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T xx

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Job Hunting

Life

Hi guys!

So a lot of what goes on, especially in the first few months of the year is a lot of New Year New Me, fitness goals, and for some people, job hunting! It can be needed to kickstart a career or change up your current one. I have currently settled in a job that I love, and wanted to share some tips to get an interview. Then the rest is up to you!

So there were a lot of hurdles to getting my job. I went to see a careers advisor and got some great help from them, but then I still found it quite a struggle. You have perhaps heard of job hunting being a full time job? Yes it really can be. Here are all the ways:

  1. Networking Events,
  2. LinkedIn Page setup/update/networking
  3. Internet job hunting
  4. Face to face CV giving
  5. Talking to friends and family about jobs that are around

All of these are great methods which I will go further into.

  1. Networking Events

These are great for getting to know people in your community and get in front of people. When you are talking to someone you can talk about how your skills might help them and broach the idea of if they need anyone. Never think you have to get a particular contact, you might find someone knows someone that isn’t at the event that can help you.  They are a little nerve wracking but everyone is in the same position and you just have to talk about yourself and ask questions about the people you are talking to. Plus take business cards if you have them and offer to email your CV over if someone expresses interest.

2. LinkedIn Page Setup

LinkedIn is a great place to start meeting people from all over the world, but for yourself its great to start looking at who your friends, family, and former colleagues you know. You have to set up a full profile with picture, cover picture, full employment history, any volunteering you have done, and then what your interests are. LinkedIn will guide you along the way. Now you have to add friends which means you can access everyone that they know through LinkedIn. This is best done with Facebook and then go from there. You can get in touch with the right people and also show off your skills for potential employers. Plus it has a great job search feature and is really easy to use. Often you can just apply for a job with your LinkedIn profile.

3. Internet Job Hunting

So I have a few favourites, and no doubt you will as well. Here are my fav ones and why:

Indeed – This one was a little weird to me at first but I have grown to use it as first port of call when I am job hunting. It has a great feature where you can save jobs, tell it when you have been offered or interviewed for a job, and it means you can keep a track of all of your job hunting because believe me, it does get super confusing to keep track! They also have a salary checker so you know what your job is worth.

Mediargh – This one is great as it is for media jobs in the United Kingdom and very simple to use as there isn’t an overload of jobs on it, but the ones they have are quality. It also has a lot of ‘dream’ jobs that are amazing. Working for Inside Soap magazine? What a world.

Adopt an Intern is a fantastic website, and again with not much choice, but quality positions. Be prepared to face stiff competition.

Charity Jobs – This one is great if you want to work for a charity and make a real difference. There are many paid jobs on the site and for all different sectors and experience. It is a great way to marry up your values and your skills.

GoodMoves is another great charity job hunting website also, full of really great jobs!

4. Face to Face CV giving

Sometimes it pays to get in front of people. Of course it can be hard if the company you work for has a strong reception but if you can, ask if you can hand in your CV and if the manager is around for a quick chat. You never know the opportunities that might arise!

5. Families and Friends.

Who do you know? Chances are you might know more people than you think. And they know people. Use your contacts to see whats out there. And because they are your friends and family they want you to succeed and be a part of your journey, so take advantage of it! You might realise that your town or city is very close knit, especially when it comes to certain industries.

Are there any more tips that you want to share? Please comment below!

T xx

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Brand Profile: Lazy Flora

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Hi team!

So this week I am highlighting a brand that I love, called Lazy Flora.

Lazy Flora is aimed at people who find it had to keep up with having a garden, perhaps have no garden of their own, or would like to start learning more about planting and growing.

I am very amateurish when it comes to gardening. I acquired a garden when I bought my house, with rose bushes and a few plants out back. However I really want to learn how to grow and look after plants. I have some succulents and indoor plants that I am managing to keep alive also. I also have inherited a garden shed with tools that I have never seen before.

So far, I have planted some daffodils, tulips, and crocuses. I have some sunflowers to plant also. However I have some plant pots that look a little sad, and want to pimp out my garden this summer. This is where Lazy Flora will come in.

Lazy Flora was started by Claire, who realised that she couldn’t feasibly create a garden in her city flats she was living in. She moved to a new place with a balcony and could start to create her own oasis. However it was hard to get to garden centres and get access to quality plants. Hence she started Lazy Flora, to deliver plants to people that are limited on space but want a garden of their own.

You can get many different kinds, for both indoor and outdoor, with a succulent selection  for people obsessed with them (me). You can subscribe and get individual plants, or do a seasonal plant collection also.

What I also like is that they give you a free calendar to show when your plants will be blooming. They also send you reminders to water your plants – how helpful is that?!

You can see what they are going to send out each month, and also buy gifts for friends! Who wouldn’t love some beautiful flowers at their doorstep that last beyond a few days!

Here are all their details below:

Lazy Flora Website

Lazy Flora Facebook

Lazy Flora Twitter

Lazy Flora Instagram

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Burnout: Story of my life.

Life, Mental Health

Hi guys!

So I have been off the last few weeks (unplanned by the way) as something reared it’s ugly head. That word is BURNOUT.

A few weeks ago I definitely started to feel burned out. We had an event coming up, I was working a little more at my day job, I wasn’t making time to do fun stuff, and I was also at the mercy of my to do list. I started to get tired and irritable, and lost all joy for life. Luckily we had a holiday booked, which was a cabin in the woods in Yorkshire. We had this holiday a few years ago when we were both burned out from the life we were living in London, and taking that time out to get back to nature. We love to tramp through forest and hike through the countryside, and we got that in spades. This time was the same, except even more magical. I will document and show pictures in a blog coming up, but I want to concentrate on what I did to work through my burnout. Now it was lucky that I had a hot tub also at the cabin (that always helps) and we had a few nights under the stars watching bats nip around.

While I was at the cabin I made room for relaxation and fun. Sadly, this involved me watching Homes under the Hammer every morning (my utmost favourite show) and planning what we were doing that day. We would go on a hike, then come back for lunch, spend some time in the sun, and then get into the hot tub. I tried to stay off social media as much as possibly other than work I needed to do, and I brought books to read which I love to do. My doctor talked about me doing 1 thing a day, and scaling my life back to a simple routine. This I had done last year, and while it was very difficult for me, it really helped. The only thing I maybe had to do was food shopping, or putting washing on, or finishing a blog. This was very easy to do when I was away as all I had to do was plan our walk for the day and that was it.

Burnout affects many people on many levels. Its something that you consistently have to monitor, and more people are prone to it than others. Multitasking is very harmful and only pushes you to burnout faster, and I would be doing this all the time – watching something on Netflix while checking on social media etc. It is important to be in the moment (and while I am writing this blog I am listening to a podcast, old habits die hard), and not be focused on the next thing or the next thing.

Since I came back from holiday I have made another appointment with my therapist, just to get it sorted before it gets any worse, but I also found I was much happier. Happy to go back to work, generally genial with everyone, and also much more relaxed with setting boundaries and reading more. I am hoping this means I have more of a grip on it, but like depression and anxiety, it is something I will have monitor consistently.

Have you ever had a burnout?

T xx

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