Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Signs You Are Ready To Quit Your Day Job

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Signs You're Ready To Quit Your Day Job

- you are overwhelmed by working two (or more) jobs
- you are making as much money from your business as from your day job
- your business won't progress or grow until you quit
- you know your product or service is popular enough to sell
- you have saved 6 months of living expenses
- you have written a business plan
- you have evaluated the risks
- you have a back-up plan
- you know it could all go wrong
- it doesn't scare you anymore

Monday, October 20, 2014

The First A/W Purchase: T-Bar Loafers

Monday, October 20, 2014
T-Bar Loafers
Wills T-Bar Loafers

I have had my eye on these t-bar loafers for a good couple of months now so I am super pleased they are finally part of my wardrobe and are every bit as dreamy as I imagined. I was a little cheeky and purchased these about a week before my autumn/winter budget came into effect.. but who cares, they were totally worth bending the rules for.

The loafers are well made, comfortable (although require a little breaking in), and true to size; I picked these up in a four and they have a little bit of wiggle room meaning breaking them in isn't quite so eye watering. The shoes have a regular fit with a short flat heel; the style is beautifully classic, smart in appearance, and pair well with the rest of my wardrobe.

I would be lying if I said I hadn't been eyeing up my next shoe purchase.. these oxfords are just too gorgeous.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

5 Mantras To Remember

Saturday, October 18, 2014
5 Mantras To Remember

1. Just Start
2. Don't Fear Failure
3. Ignore Everybody
4. Stay Curious
5. Be Bold

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sick Day Make-Up

Friday, October 17, 2014
Sick Day Make-Up

If you're properly sick I hope you take the day off, tuck yourself up in bed, watch old movies, catch up on a bit of reading, or simply snooze the day away until you get better. You shouldn't be putting make-up on when you're genuinely "I can't get out of bed" sick. Seriously, that's ridiculous.

Unfortunately sometimes we can't avoid the inevitable like having to get out of bed and get things done, which requires making ourselves presentable. These are the products I'd recommend using to take you from "did she just crawl out of a grave?" to "almost human."

Soothe with Homeoplasmine, Almond Hand & Nail Cream, and Natio Daily Moisturiser
Conceal with Shu Uemura BB Perfecter and NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
Brighten with Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Palette, Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight, and Tarte Dollface

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dealing With Downtime

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Dealing With Downtime

No matter what industry you work in, there will always be moments of quiet where the workload lightens. Make the most of your downtime to work on those usually low priority tasks that can help boost your business once things start picking up again.

| Tidy and organise your work space
| Carry out a stock check
| Work on expanding your product line
| Remove any dead stock
| Update your media kit/wholesale catalogue
| Improve existing services or introduce new ones
| Approach new potential stockists and email old ones
| Get your accounts up to date
| Create a business plan for next year
| Or a marketing plan for next month
| Clear out and organise your email inbox
| Update or overhaul your website's front page
| Work on permanent pages ('About,' 'Policies,' 'FAQ,' etc.)
| Refresh product listings and photographs
| Work on your social media marketing
| Write blog posts and work on your blogging schedule
| Or consider starting a blog if you don't have one
| Schedule newsletter mail outs
| Invest time into SEO
| Take a well earned break

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Book Additions #4

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
New Book Additions #4

I'm really trying hard to refrain from adding too many new additions to my book shelves, I already have a lot to get through.

| Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller
| Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
| The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
| Voyage in the Dark by Jean Rhys
| Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
| After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie by Jean Rhys

| Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

{ more books to read }

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Working When You’re Sick

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Recently I got hit by some nasty throat virus that wouldn't go away, although I was physically able to work I suffered some pretty nasty symptoms and decided to scale back my work load until I got better.. or at least until I got my voice back.

When you get sick you have three options: carry on working and risk being sick for longer (or even getting worse), scale back your workload, or stop working and risk the workload getting heavier. No matter what always remain professional and never use your illness as an excuse when dealing with clients and customers.

Take the Day Off
Don't feel guilty about taking time off; if you're sick, it's better to take a couple of days off than continue working at a less productive rate. You're more likely to make mistakes and the end result probably won't be to the same level of standards. If you're too sick to work, don't even think of switching that computer on or you'll be lured into your regular schedule. Unless it's a super urgent task - forget about it. Put your phone on 'do not disturb' to prevent emails and notifications interrupting you while you marathon through your new favourite TV series. Forget about everything and focus on getting better - that means sleeping for twelve hours straight, eating whatever you want, and watching Netflix.

Scale Back
If you feel not so great but you're still able to work, scale your tasks back. Aim to get all those niggling little jobs that you never have time for completed, things like reorganising files, sending boring emails, and even brainstorming new ideas. Sit somewhere comfortable, take regular breaks, and don't feel guilty for not achieving your usual workload; you're sick, congratulate yourself for getting anything done at all.

Keep Working
Pushing through might make you feel like you're a hero but it's a pretty dumb thing to do if you're genuinely ill and could make the situation a whole lot worse. Sometimes, however, it's unavoidable; if you can't bring yourself to take a day or two off or there is a big project you just have to get done, make sure you take care of yourself. Eat well, get enough sleep, and don't push yourself too hard. Take more breaks than usual, try to make your work surroundings as comfortable as possible, and keep emergency medical supplies (painkillers, tissues, cups of tea and chocolate) at hand. If there are things that can wait, make them wait; focus on anything important and don't do any unnecessary work.

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