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Saturday, 31 December 2016

Stepping Into 2017.

I genuinely do not know what has happened to this year.  2016 just started...then ended.   I recall seeing a video on Facebook this week, I'm sure some of you have seen it, where a guy involuntarily bounces down a waterslide, each bounce indicating several months throughout the year, and then as he approaches the end of 2016, he is catapulted into 2017!!  It's brilliant, I loved it.   This totally describes my year. 


The passed few years I admit I haven't particularly made any new years resolutions, but for me, for 2017 I would like to:

Save a bit more money.  This means not spending money on crap, and keep up with my money jar technique.  Basically I have taken some money out and put it into a jar to stop me from using my bank card and forgetting what I have spent my money on.  I only take the cash when I need it, like for petrol etc.   It's working out ok so far.

And really, the only other thing I have come up with at the moment is I would like to start baking more.  I watched The Great British Bake Off again tonight, and it has definitely rubbed off on me this year.  So I would like to do a bit more of that.  Apparently, I have heard, it can be very therapeutic!

I think I will leave it at that for now.  The last few years I have made New Years resolutions I haven't been able to keep any of them.  Last year I was dead set against making any I seem to recall.  So I will just go with the two I think.  I like to keep things simple.   I am thinking about making some blogging 'goals' as well, which I actually have never, ever done before, but I think I will start off with some little monthly goals, instead of making some really huge yearly ones that might not work.... So I shall have to see what 2017 will bring.

Now I just need to locate my new diary, because I have put it safe somewhere....

Happy New Year everyone!

Thanks for reading!

Sarah x

Friday, 30 December 2016

Why Thrift Shopping Appeals To Me.

This is probably the first fashion related post I think I have ever written in my entire blogging experience.   Working full time in retail, you would think I would be a bit more fashion orientated but I am not really.  It might have something to do with the fact I work on a Homewares department.   However I do shop at New Look and Dorothy Perkins quite regularly.  I love colourful dresses and patterned trousers, and funky T. Shirts that I mainly get from Primark!!

However, I am a really big fan of thrift stores and boutiques.  There is a store in my town called Ruby Red , and that has some really stunning dresses in there.   Several of the dresses I have in my wardrobe are from there.  And for between £15 to say £30, you can get some really beautiful, and often quirky dresses.  So you could find something very similar to what you may have seen in New Look or Next, in one of these stores for a fraction of the price.  And I love bargains!  Who doesn't love bargains?!  But the main reason why I love thrift stores is, if you are willing to go on a bit of a hunt, you can find some really unique outfits from them.  I have two favourite dresses from thrift stores, one is a blue dress with butterflies, and the other a red dress with black cats.  And I also have a dark green, wool checked waistcoat with multi-colour buttons on.  It's really cool.  It's very fitted.   And it's not just clothes, you can get some really nice shoes or bags from there.  And gifts.  Anything really.  I love quirky gifts at bargain prices.

This year most of my Christmas presents that I bought for people were from the internet, but I am thinking for next year, I might explore a bit more and see what I can find in an actual shop, for gifts and for myself.  I might be able to find some pretty vintage dresses or tops for myself perhaps....And at the fraction of the price.  Plus, I reckon they would last longer than if I bought all my clothes from Primark!!! Although Primark is good for some things.  Like boots for work.  So this is why thrift store appeal to me, and I think I shall start exploring them a little bit more.  I can imagine the treasures that could be found are endless.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x


Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Why I Find It Is Important To Leave Online Feedback.

Leaving online feedback I am finding is growing ever popular as each year passes.   I have worked at House Of Fraser now for thirteen and a half years now, on the Homewares department which also includes our Buy and Collect service.  One of the most important things I have learnt over the passed few years is what we call 'the voice of the customer'.   So sometimes a customer will ask to speak to a manager about our service, or write directly to a manager about the (hopefully) fantastic service they that have received whilst in store which is great.  But what has also become very popular, certainly in my opinion this year, is a lot of customers have started to leave online feedback about a product they have bought either online, or in store, and sometimes, on the service they have received purchasing that item.  

Going with the positive notion on this one, I think it is so important to find out how happy your customers are, with say that tea set they bought their parents for Christmas this year.  In my experience as well as my own opinion, I feel that really has a positive effect on how any retailer designs and markets their products, in order to keep up with the current and ever changing trends in retail.

As we do live in a world of technology, it can be just so easy to leave feedback online to a retailer, or  send that particular store and email, even if you have physically purchased the item in a store.  But sometimes it is really nice to write in a little letter to say how happy you are with someone's service as well, but I find that most people will generally send an email.

One of the things that has happened to me this year is I had a lady come into the store a few months ago, who was after a small bathroom cosmetic mirror which she had seen on the website.  Unfortunately the website had ran out of stock but she came in with the line number of the mirror ( I swear to God, I at the time thought she was a mystery shopper!!) to see if we had it in store instead.  So the lady approached me and I looked online to see what it looked like (always best to know what you are looking for...) and then went on the hunt for her.  And I found it.  I was actually quite ecstatic that I had found this little mirror, nevermind the customer.   Anyway the lady bought it, and then a few days later my store manager received an email from the customer stating hour happy she was that I had found this little mirror for her, despite being the only one left.  And I had gone 'rooting' in the stockroom for a little while for it too.  But I found it.  The thing is, is it meant so much to me that afterwards, this lady took a few minutes of her time to write and send a little email to say how happy she was with the service she had received from me that day, also stating in the email to say how happy I was as well that I had found this mirror for her... which I was.  That was a great day in work!!!

So as I have done most of my Christmas shopping online this year, a huge majority of it from Amazon I must say, and...they all came on time...I have given feedback directly to them for getting everything here in time for Christmas and all in great quality condition, which is what you would expect.  I think it is always so important to feedback to a company on how their product has been received as well as the service they receive.  And for any company, good feedback can give them the opportunity to innovate and grow even bigger.

That is why I think it is important to leave online feedback.  After all it only takes a few minutes of your time.  And just with the click of a button, it is so quick and easy to do.   And it means an awful lot when it is done.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x


Tuesday, 13 December 2016

10 Things About Me.

I am finding it quite strange starting a new blog knowing I have had three previous blogs before this one.  I am wondering whether doing a lifestyle blog will be easier than doing the other types I have done before, which were movies, which I still do and I still very much enjoy doing.  I also did a blog on celebrity news, which to be fair is quite easy because you just search on the internet for it and write about it, although I did get bored with it in the end, and a blog about making and managing money which at the time I was very interested in, however in the end it actually started to annoy me because it just didn't work the way I wanted it to.   So far I have enjoyed writing on this blog even though I have only a few posts on here at the moment.

So here are 10 things about me.

1)  I love movies.  I really love movies, I am slightly obsessed with them.  I will generally watch any type of movie, action, comedy, romance, horror, and especially Disney movies.  I love movie collectible too.  And still to this day, from the age of fourteen my favourite actor of all time is Leonardo DiCaprio.  I still think he is gorgeous!!

2)  I love unicorns.   I have unicorn pictures, I have a unicorn dreamcatcher, Myth and Magic unicorn ornaments, unicorn tops and accessories, and a unicorn tattoo.  A real one, on my right upper arm.  It was a 21st birthday gift.

3)  My favourite colour is purple.  Most of my room is decorated purple.

4)   I drive and I passed my test on my fourth attempt in 2005.  I currently have a slate grey Ford Focus, and prior to that I owned a green Nissan Micra (my very first car) and a blue Ford KA.

5)  I like to write in general.   I have written a few short stories in the past and one day I would love to write a book and get it published.   And then turn it into a bestseller.  That would be really cool.   For the time being I just write on my blogs which I really enjoy.

6)  I do like to read too.  I mostly read thrillers from various authors, but I do enjoy the odd 'chick-lit' every now and again, but my favourite author is in fact Stephen King, and my favourite book of his is 'IT', followed very closely by 'The Shining'.

7)  I love American TV shows, my favourites include Supernatural, American Horror Story, How To Get Away With Murder, Criminal Minds and The Big Band Theory to name but a few.  But there are loads more that I love, past and present shows.

8)  I work in retail and have done since I was seventeen.  I am now thirty-three.

9)  I like to colour and paint although I actually can't draw.  I do paint by numbers instead which is actually really very relaxing.  And I am a really big fan of all the different types of adult colouring books you can get now too.

10)  I write a personal diary and have been every day since the 18th of September 1995.  It is probably one of my greatest achievements since passing my driving test!

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x


Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Why I Have Decided To Start Another Blog.

I have been blogging for some time now, and so far I have really enjoyed my blogging journey.  The truth is, just recently I have been turning my previous blog into a bit of a chore.  As it was on movies I have found that nine times out if ten as you can imagine, I have to watch a movie before I could write a post, but it's not always the easiest thing to do particularly as I work full time.  Basically, I have decided I want blogging to be fun again.

So I have decided that this blog will be all about me and what I love, movies included of course, and everything else as well, and just be a bit more lighthearted in general.   I am even finding the prospect of writing different types of posts exciting.

Blogging is meant to be fun as well.   I love this message because for me, I really do want to create a new me that is happier, and healthier, and blogging, and even painting, provide me with that escapism that I so badly crave.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x

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