Tuesday, 14 October 2014

What's happened?

I'm sitting here at 20 past midnight on a Monday typing this in my mess of a room thinking about the last few weeks. I no longer know which clothes on the floor have been freshly cleaned and which are dirty, it's getting ridiculous now. These lasts few weeks have definitely not been the most brilliant for me, granted they were full of such potential yet it was not meant to be. In these weeks I've left two jobs, being unemployed, broken two teeth, my grandma's in hospital and I topped this all off this evening by treading on a frog. I've added frog murderer to the list.

I'll start with the whole job thing! I was so happy I'd finally landed myself a full time job, I can finally be one of those smug idiots on facebook like "Yes, real job!". I left my lovely job at New Look for a nice, sitting down, tea drinking office job with weekends off, a dream for anybody working in retail. I lasted less than two weeks. I felt useless and knowing I'd be stuck in the job, which I already hated, for at least two years sucked the life out of me so after a few hours crying about how much I hated it, I left the next day with no back up job. I felt better instantly but with no savings I'm still very on edge about the future.

However, I am seeing this as a blessing in disguise. Like I mentioned my grandma has gone into hospital so with my lack of job, I am not burdened by explaining to a boss why I'm not coming in like everyone else.

In the weeks following I broke one tooth, which I got over. I hate the dentist so any teeth related issues make me sob like a baby, thinking I may have to see the dentist. However this week, I broke another! I broke it on a pizza slice! I can never trust pizza again now.

The final thing being my grandma's in hospital which sucks for obvious reasons that don't need explaining in this rambling blog post.

So this is my rubbish past 3 weeks summed up in a handy little blog post for you. I am an unemployed frog murderer with the teeth of a drug addict and practically living in a hospital.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Little treat

Topshop- £18

After leaving my new job I've put myself on a spending ban, not knowing when im next getting  some extra money, I was not spending anything. But yesterday I managed to get myself a temporary Christmas job so I treated myself. 

I'd lusted over the black one of this top from topshop for a while after my size in this one seemed impossible to find. But in my local outfit I found a size bigger which fit nice and slightly oversized. So I snapped it up instantly and I'm so happy with it! 

Friday, 3 October 2014

The hat

A little while ago I decided I needed a hat. It was definitely a need rather than a want, it was essential that I had one. Flicking through pinterest at the endless stream of fashionable people in nice hats, there was no choice, the hat had to be mine. I loved one in H&M but at £14.99, I couldn't commit in case I ended up never wearing it. I've had a hat before you see but it has been banished to the back of my wardrobe after an idiot shouted "nice hat!" at me in the street and I immediately felt that Leicester wasn't ready for fashion hats.

This beauty is primark. At £7, it was half the price of the H&M one and looked exactly the same. I tried it on, put it back and let the shop only to walk straight back in again and buy it. I am so glad I did! It's also 100% wool, so I'll be toasty and fashionable in the chilly winter months. 

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Things to remember when job hunting

If you're like me and have just finished university, then you'll have started the dreaded job hunt. I knew all the way through uni that the hardest thing would be finding a job at the end of it all but I didn't realise how hard and disheartening it would be. So I thought I'd make a little lists of things to remember and keep in mind when looking for the dream (or just essential to survive) job.

1. Apply for everything
Ok, not everything but I would say if it's generally the job you want and you're not awesome of photoshop like the job asks or actually rubbish at maths, apply anyway. The worst thing that will happen is they will gloss over your CV but you also might get an interview! Things can be worked on!

2. No one answers
Applying for millions of jobs, hear nothing back. It's so infuriating when you don't even get an automated email to say you weren't successful especially if there was a long application process. I recently did 6 online tasks just to apply and hear absolutely nothing, which I think is completely unfair. Just remember, there's plenty more jobs so move on and keep applying.

3. Don't lose self-respect
When you want a job, you're suddenly an object to be commented on whether that be good or bad. This is fair enough but don't lose respect for yourself by letting recruiters take it too far. A recruitment consultant talked to me by phone for 20 minutes for an alright but not my dream job only to start insulting my answers.  So I declined her offer of a meeting because sometimes, being insulted over the phone just because you want a job isn't what you need when you're job hunting.

4. Don't quit your current job
If like me you've already got the job you've already had through uni, stick with it. It may feel like you've outgrown it and just want to get out there and do the job you're trained to do but finding a job might take some time and driving around to interviews costs money. Stick with your current job until you get your new job.

5. Take a break.
A recently took a week off from looking for a job, I went away and forgot about it. I got two rejections during this week from interviews I'd gone to the week previous which did ruin my week off a little but It felt great to not feel the pressure for a week and something I looked forward to.

6. Focus on yourself and don't get disheartened.
I feel like a failure when my friends are getting jobs and I'm not, like why am I not getting one too? But I just remember to focus on myself and use that thought to motivate me more to get a job.

These are just a few things I keep in mind while I am job hunting but might not work for everyone. I think the main thing to do is remain positive, you will get a job eventually! So good luck!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Outfit post #51

Top- Miss Selfridge
Skirt- Ark
Sandals- eBay

I never go out. Not that I don't want to but no one ever wants to go out with me. I partly blame my awesome moves that have no regard for the sexy little shuffle that everyone else seems to do, I am too much. But on Tuesday I actually managed to drag someone (yes Jenna) into town with me for a spot of Mosh Tuesday action. When going out I have to think about what allows me to dance with ease but also allows me to be a sweaty mess so I picked this. I felt like a spice girl, it was brilliant! I love this crop top from Miss Selfridge and at only £8 it's a steal. I am not a crop top kind of girl, I am a size 12 who likes cheese so I definitely don't opt for crop tops but with this scalloped edge skirt from Ark, it looks great and reveals nothing of my burger eating. 

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Battening down the hatches for Winter

I'm not going to lie, I'm excited for Winter. Obviously not for the freezing weather and the snow making getting to work impossible but the fashion, more precisely coats and boots. I'm so eager, that during a heatwave a couple of weeks ago, I bought two coats in a week and the week after a pair of coats. What's wrong with me? I should be outside enjoying the heat but instead I'm in stuffy shops purchasing ridiculous amounts of coat (for a week, anyway).

This first one if for casual outfits with jeans and converse. Days that require walks outside or maybe popping to the shops. Everyone had these last year and I've been peering up at one on the top rail in the stock room at work wondering if it was my size. However when I saw this one for £19 in the Matalan sale, I thought I'd buy it rather than see if the one at work was my size.

This beauty is my amazing, fantastic, magic coat. Well...I think so. My mum told me about this in a biege colour but when I got there this blue one won me over. This is like my formal winter coat, going to work (when I get a super duper job to suit it) and going shopping type coat. It's so beautiful and I have my eye on a baby pink fur snood to go with it. This amazingly was £23 and after it didn't take much persuasion from my mum before I was at the till with my card in the reader.

These boots are from New Look. I'm finding a lot of New Look boots are Vagabond type dupes and I would say these are as well the the vagabond double buckle boots. At only £24.99, they're a bargain I think and although they're are wide fit and my feet aren't, a gel cushion has made them fit perfectly.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

For the love of stripes

I don't know what's with me. All I am attracted to lately is stripes, more specifically striped tops. My pinterest fashion board is full of them and so is my wardrobe, I just can't get enough of them. I peruse shops and have begun ignoring my safe florals in favor of beautiful horizontal stripes. I collected jumpers, long sleeve sleeve jersey tops, navy, black, white and red, as long as it's a stripe, I'm on board. They're just such a timeless print which always look effortlessly chic especially when paired with black jeans or trousers, it's a look that can never be wrong.  I just can't wait for A/W14 to crack them out!