Tuesday, 28 November 2017

JAKE SHOES ALTRINCHAM


As a fairly new Altrincham resident I was very excited to be invited to attend the launch of Jake Shoes on George Street in Altrincham Centre! I am really impressed with the shops popping up in Altrincham and I think it is a testament to the re-generation of the area that retailers are taking spots on the main pedestrianised shopping street.

Jake Shoes is gorgeous inside, really quirky fit out and I was impressed with the sheer amount of shoes and boots on offer! From Hunter, to Dr Marten and Ugg there is something for everyone including men and the kids! If we have any aspiring trolley dolly's you can try your shoes on in the comfort of some airline seating towards the rear of the store.

I always appreciate stores and brands who take the time to welcome their customers and build a rapport with the locals and Jake Shoes have done so fantastically. Each time I walk past the store it is nicely busy and you can tell that the staff are really helpful and interested in creating a good customer experience. I'll definitely be back, thanks for having me!
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HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE

Life as an employee in a firm can vary in quality. Often, depending on how well the working satisfaction is at your firm in question, you might have an easier or a more difficult time of it to those of your friends. This might fool you into thinking you deserve less or more from your employment, when in reality you may fall above or below the working standard. You must always remember that in your job, you are contractually obligated to fulfill the role you are being paid for. You can leave at any time, but during your time there, your side of the bargain must be filled to warrant your future at the company.

However, this doesn’t mean you need to keep quiet about things which are troubling you. This could be defined as any HR issue, an issue with pay, or concern about your working health. This last option is arguably the most important, even higher than pay. If you’re subjecting yourself to dangerous circumstances in pursuit of a paycheck, that paycheck will mean little when you’re struggling with your health or injuries.

For this reason, it’s important to defend your health at all times when working. How can you do this? We’d like to explore that in this following advice:

Learn To Say ‘No’


As people hoping to progress in our field, we can find yourself taking on too many responsibilities at once. Working long, hard overtime hours can crop up during a busy period, and from then even become an expected or normal thing to carry out. Some professions are notorious for this, such as the chef trade. It’s not uncommon to see chefs working 16+ hour days during their ascent to the level they wish to work from.

While in some professions this is expected, that doesn’t make it any less worrying. Overtime can slowly drain you, and working exhausted is as dangerous as working when highly stressed. Combine the two, and you have a recipe for disaster, whether that's through physical or mental breakdowns. It shouldn’t take one of these for you to rectify your course. The most important thing you can do to turn the scales of effort in your favor is to learn the word ‘no.’ We mean really learn it. Sometimes, especially in front of a boss, it can be hard to say.

Still, it can save your working life. Working long hours is not always working smart hours. If you find yourself doing it out of a sense of obligation, even though your general tasks are being completed promptly, you may have been taken advantage of. Strike a fine line between giving your all and giving too much. After all, if your employer really wishes to utilize you to your full potential and take up all of your time, you are warranted the pay and benefits that requires.

Understand Sickness Rights


It’s important to know exactly your rights for taking time off work. Maternal, paternal leave and sick pay all have time allowances. Companies follow strict legislation and should detail the terms of sick pay in your contract. For long absences, often verification through medical means is required. Your statutory sick pay guide can be found here, and it should help elucidate the more complex issues surrounding sick pay.

After all, when you truly need to heal, earning an income should be the last thing on your mind. It’s always best to heal when you know your financial blanket is there for you. However, you can only make use of this if you know your rights, know how to claim, and know which parameters you can fall into.

Health Insurance


Your health insurance is something you should know like the back of your hand. If your place of employment offers it as a benefit, you should know all intricacies of that plan, and what it provides. If you need to, top up that plan with your own funding, and discuss with payroll and your manager about this. Make sure that your plan covers you for all workplace eventualities. If you work a dangerous job, it’s important to triple check that all potential injuries or dangers are accounted for. Become familiar with your health and safety officer, and develop a keen understanding of your safety responsibilities.

Health insurance isn’t always in the form of a financial protective plan. Sometimes, it can be as simple as enrolling in optional courses your firm puts on to refresh your safety knowledge, or secure that extra qualification (such as first aid.) Doing so might not give you any financial benefit, but the knowledge gained could help you save yourself or another person in a difficult and dangerous situation. That, from the very start, is priceless.

Report Bad Behaviour


You never have to tolerate being put in danger from ineptitude. Sometimes, it can be as simple as making sure you report bad behaviour displayed by your colleagues. Negligence on their behalf, whether that’s chemical handling, fire safety or other careless actions can end up hurting you, so don’t feel like a ‘tattle tale’ for giving it the light of day. Whatever makes you feel comfortable and protected at work is worth mentioning. If your employment is worth its weight, it should take on your complaints through confidential and professional channels, observe and inspect the allegations, and resolve the issue thoroughly and quickly.

Foster Good Relationships


Of course, part of health is fostering a good support network. This can be in your work or outside of it. If people are there to help you when you need it, be that a covered shift, a car ride, or something more significant, good health can be as simple as having someone around you when you need it. Don’t downplay this in your own mind. We rely on the people around us to keep us progressive and moving forward. If something occurs that threatens your life, the people around you should be your first port of call in resolving the issue, be that a ride to the hospital, helping remind you of medication requirements, or defending you as a witness in a workplace claim.

With these tips, your health at work is sure to be protected, hopefully to the point where you can forget all about it.
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Saturday, 18 November 2017

BLOW DRY AT BLOW LTD IN DEBENHAMS MANCHESTER


BLOW LTD: AT HOME AND IN SALON BEAUTY TREATMENTS
One of my surefire ways to feel pampered and relaxed is to go for a blow dry and you guys may have read my review of the Blow Ltd 'At Home' Services where you can book on-demand beauty treatments and have them in the comfort of your home. Blow Ltd has recently also opened a salon within Debenhams in Manchester and I was fortunate enough to be invited along to experience it!

In prime position on Market Street, Blow Ltd is geared up for all the quick turnaround beauty treatments you might need. I opted for a quick blow dry and was in an out with a lovely bouncy blow dry in record time. Blow Ltd use Kerastase Products which were a real treat for my hair and I was really impressed with the service overall and will definitely be making use of the salon over the festive season and beyond!

Also! Blow often do discount codes and promotions so be sure to check out their social media and/or website so that you can take advantage 😊


Blow Ltd: Twitter // Facebook // Web // Instagram

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

FLIRTY THIRTIES



Once you turn thirty, you’ll find that you get a new lease of life. Your confidence will improve and you will certainly know yourself a lot better than what you did during your twenties. Now that you feel great, you will want to look great to match!

Unfortunately, once we’re in our thirties, there will be some signs of ageing that start to become quite noticeable. But that doesn’t mean you’re past it just yet! Follow these beauty tips, and you’ll look like you’re still a young twenty-something!

Start To Fight Wrinkles


Unfortunately, our thirties is when we start to notice wrinkles and age lines. Sadly, we can’t stop the ageing process completely, so this is something that you need to get used to. But there are ways you can slow down the development and appearance of wrinkles, you’ll be glad to hear! Anti-wrinkle creams can really be beneficial and you should also choose the eye cream for wrinkles that start to appear around your eyes. It’s important that you don’t just stick to budget creams and serums - these won’t do your skin any good. Ideally, see your skin care as a worthwhile investment.

Never Forget Sunscreen


Your skin will be extra delicate now that it is starting to age, especially when it gets too much sun. You might be surprised at how little sun it can handle, in fact. So, it’s necessary to wear sunscreen every day. Yep, you heard that right - every day. This daily application makes sure that you never suffer from any sunburn and that your skin remains full of moisture. There are some scientific studies that show daily wearing of sunscreen can help to keep wrinkles at bay for longer too!

Invest In A Good Hairdresser


Now that you’re a grown woman, there really is no excuse for bad hairstyles anymore. And you shouldn’t blame it on your poor hairdresser! If you don’t like how your current hairdresser styles your hair, then you need to start looking for another one. You might need to visit a few different ones until you finally find your perfect one, but trust me, all this effort is worth it. You’ll always be happy and confident when you step out of the hairdressers, and you won’t have to rush home in shame!

Wash Your Brushes


Did you know that your makeup brushes are breeding grounds for a whole lot of germs and bacteria? If you keep using them without washing them on a regular basis, then you’ll be wiping all of those germs and bacteria onto your face. Pretty disgusting, right?! That’s why you need to make sure you are washing all your makeup brushes every two weeks. You can do so with some warm water and Fairy Liquid. Simply wet the brushes and then lather in some of the Fairy before rinsing them thoroughly. You can then leave the brushes to air dry.

Once you follow all these beauty tips, you’ll start to notice that your beauty confidence really improves and that you’ll find your thirties a lot funner than your twenties!


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Monday, 6 November 2017

A GOOD FOUNDATION


WWW.UKLINGERIE.COM
With Christmas Party Season approaching, the hunt begins for the perfect outfit and I think we all know what a stress that can be! As someone with a bigger bust, I often write things off if I think sourcing underwear will be tricky, which can be a shame as I undoubtedly miss things which could look really nice!

Like building a house or doing your makeup, a great base or foundation is what will make the end product look much better. So this is where getting the correct lingerie and shapewear comes in! I've posted before about getting measured properly and the benefits of doing so, but if you are looking for a one stop shop for your lingerie needs then please do yourself a favour and check out UK Lingerie where you will find many brands, shapes and sizes.

Firstly, get your boobs where they should be sitting on your body and this comes with a good bra. Then you can smooth out any lumps and bumps with Spanx or other control wear pieces. I can see the widened eyes and raised eyebrows and thoughts of 'Bridget Jones' flicking through your mind.. but control pants don't need to be ugly if you are worried about it stopping you getting lucky! 😂


I absolutely hate the feeling of something bing too tight and that horrible breathless feeling you get if your control wear is sausageing you in. Yes that is a word I have just made up. What I love about Spanx is that they are tight but not uncomfortable, you can move around freely and they don't make you all hot and bothered. I can't promise that the process of getting in to them will be all that dignified but we can't have everything now can we!


The brands sold on UK Lingerie are premium and therefore at a higher price point but I do think they are a solid investment so definitely check them out.


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Sunday, 5 November 2017

GETTING MY CRAFT ON WITH STAMPIN' UP

STAMPIN' UP CARD MAKING KIT
Bullet journals, scrap booking, crafts, even blogging, at home creativity is becoming increasingly accessible and I for one wholeheartedly support this!

I love personalisation and when I was contacted by Stampin' Up challenging me to make my very own greetings cards I couldn't say no..

Containing everything you need to make your own cards, the Stampin' Up Sets are the PERFECT christmas gift for the person who has everything (or won't tell you what they want) but who likes to be creative. I got to play with the 'Oh Happy Day' Card Making Kit and it was so fun to make my very own notecards to send to family and friends.

It's super easy to use and I would highly recommend the kit- I have been perusing the website and have quite the shopping list! My family should probably prepare for an influx of handmade cards!
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