Saturday, 31 January 2015

10 things to do on Valentine's day

Valentine's day can be an expensive time of year if you're not careful with money. If you are planning on spending the evening with your boyfriend or girlfriend, why not do your research before you break the bank. 

Myself and Gary choose not to make a big deal out of Valentine's Day because we are firm believers that you should show your love everyday. This year, we haven't made any plans, but I have suggested some ideas which I thought I would share with you all today...

10 Things To Do On Valentines Day
  1. Cook a romantic meal for two at home with candles and then run a bubble bath with some prosecco.
  2. Go ice-skating or somewhere fun. Valentine's is about what you both enjoy, it doesn't have to be soppy.
  3. Go for a massage. You can usually find some great deals online and if you book early you should get it at a cheaper price.
  4. Book an evening away! If you want to spice things up and get away from everything research hotels. 
  5. Chocolate... it's a given really! 
  6. Roses! Gary usually buys me roses, our first valentines he bought me a dozen roses which was incredibly romantic as I was not expecting anything. Every year since he a bought me a single rose. 
  7. Dress up and make a dinner reservation. It doesn't have to be expensive, it's just nice to make the effort.
  8. Go to the cinema. If you want to do something casual that gets you out the house then make a date of it. 
  9. Re-enact your first date.. whatever that may be
  10. Indoor picnic.. nobody said that Valentine's Day has to happen in the evening. If it's a nice day, go for a picnic in the park. If it's a lousy day, have an indoor picnic with chocolate covered strawberries and champagne. 
What are your plans this Valentine's? 

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Top tips for mastering a job interview

If you're anything like me, you have a full time job. Yes, I am a Miss 9-5 (what a way to make a living) and I have a very busy (and budding) career. 

As much as I would love to blog for you guys on a full time basis, it isn't feasible and I have bills to pay plus if I am being honest, I enjoy doing both. I remember the transitional period of leaving university and hunting for a full time job. It can be stressful and there are days where you will feel like you're useless and untalented. Do not fret! 

There are thousands of other people in the same situation that feel this way - I don't know if that's comforting but what I am getting at is, you are not alone. 

So, today I thought I would offer my advice on how to master a job interview. It's rather a random post for my blog, but I thought it sits well under my lifestyle posts.

I have been asked frequently what I do for my day job, how I got my job, what my skills are and also whether I am a full time blogger. Now, you all know I am a businesswoman - or try to be. I have a background in digital marketing and content and I champion these two areas (or should I say try to). I am an enthusiastic blogger who enjoys offering my advice on a regular basis and I would like to eventually merge everything I have done in my past and what I currently do right now to make one incredible opportunity - where that will take me I am unsure, but I am positive it will be awesome. 

I am always learning, and that's the beauty of working somewhere that helps you to excel. 

I cannot say that my suggestions will 100% get you the job you seek, but I hope it gives you more confidence in your interviews. 


Monday, 26 January 2015

Why I Became A Blogger

I know this isn't my normal style of post, however, I wanted to share with you all the reason I started blogging in the first place. 

There are so many bloggers that say the same things and you more than likely feel as if you're reading the same post repeatedly. However, we all have our own reasons and stories behind why we express ourselves in this way. Which is why I wanted to share mine.

I have always loved writing. I am a writer at heart, I know that's rather a bold statement - although it's true. When I was first introduced to blogging platforms, I immediately took to the idea of this little space on the web which I can design and use as my very own release. 

I also found that blogging helped me in other ways. As much as I hate to admit it, when I first began writing my overall style and grammar was poor. I am not saying it's perfect now, because I am sure if a proof-reader scanned through my work they would immediately pick up on errors. 

But, what I can say is that I have improved dramatically on my writing technique whilst at university and blogging enabled me to really build on that skill. 

When I initially started out, it was all fuzzy - I had no clear direction and quite frankly I was trying too hard to be like everyone else. It only occurred to me a few years ago that maybe, just maybe, people will love my work because it's my style, my clear direction and my own opinion. 

Writing beauty related posts felt right for me. I am extremely and utterly in love with makeup. The way that makeup can make you feel, the mask that it represents for some and the confidence that it builds for others. I love playing with makeup and the diversity of it. It has always been a big part of my life. 

I remember when I was around 8 years old and my sister used to dress me up. She would use her makeup on me which of course my dad hated (he thinks we are beautiful without it). This memory and quality time is definitely hands down one of my fondest childhood memories and I have continued to have a love for beauty products ever since. 

I began writing on Sprucenews in 2013. It was originally a space for me to share my opinions on fashion and modelling, which was once a topic or area that I adored. However, as I began trying to understand where I could take my stance this beauty direction shone through and eventually took over this space.

It just felt right, to write about something that puts a smile on my face.

Over the past few years it has grown beyond just a small space to share my thoughts, it's now an open site where I share reviews, opinions, videos and images. 

Blogging offers me a means to escape. I lose myself in blogging, writing beauty reviews and producing videos. It's become such a large part of who I am and I love it. 

I would recommend to anyone who is either looking for a hobby or a way to lose themselves. It's almost like a diary out in the open to express who you are and what you enjoy. 

I hope this offers you more insight into who I am and why I love writing articles for you all to read. 
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