On The Hunt.

I know it's been a while since my last post and you'd be forgiven for thinking I'd been caught up in festive hysteria which led to the abandoning of my blog but unfortunately that's not been the case.

The company I was manager for went into liquidation last week so, as of last Monday, I have been without a job.

I loved the company I worked for and I know my boss would have done everything in her power not to let the closing of the business happen but it couldn't be avoided and as a result I have been left on a major job hunt right before everyone's Christmas and New Year close down period.

Redundancy isn't new to me, I chose a career in a luxury sector - fashion; and while people have to continue to buy food no matter what the economic climate, they don't have to continue buying new clothes every month so I've been in this position before.

But this time it's hit me a little harder; I'm not sure if it's because it's just before Christmas, because I was so happy there or because it's called into question where I will be living in a matter of weeks (moving back to my family home is seeming increasingly likely) or a combination of all three but I've been feeling a little blue about it.

I've been on a strict regime of up early, shower, eat and crack on with job applications. No daytime TV for me!

I'd love to stay in sales but I've also got experience in buying, merchandising, product development and marketing so where I'll end up next is anybody's guess - and really quite exciting.

I'll keep you posted (excuse the non-intentional pun) but if the frequency of articles dips a little please forgive me - I will be back to full capacity in no time, I'm sure!

Now, where did I put that mince pie...?

On the Front Row.

Yesterday I received a very exciting email indeed.

I'm always very flattered when anyone, be it someone I know or a complete stranger, speaks to me about my blog. I am still a little overwhelmed that anyone, other than myself and my Mum, voluntarily takes time out of their day in order to read my stream of consciousness (Hi Mum!) But apparently they do and for this I will always be grateful.

As I said I find it very complimentary to receive messages about my blog and last night I got a lovely surprise in the form of an email from Front Row Society. FRS are a website and company with a difference. They work in a way that allows new artists and designers to submit their designs to the FRS team who then make them up into a style/collection and showcase them to the public. I love the idea behind this - it really feels as though the folk behind this site are doing their bit to help the economy along by keeping the designers and consumers firmly at the front of their minds. They even donate a percentage of every sale to the Ethical Fashion Forum. I mean, c'mon! These guys are ace!

In what I can only imagine was a bid on their part to have me faint with flattery they went on to say they'd seen my blog, loved it and are sending me a lovely scarf of my choice so a few clicks later I'd selected my favourite which should be winging its way to me any day now.

Here's just a few of the beautiful products available on their website and with a range of prices it looks like there may well be something for everyone.

neon clutch

kong fujon print

isaura scarf

acid print clutch

pretty lights scarf

fragments handbag

anna print

The prints, I'm sure you'll agree, are just fantastic and really original - nice to see at this time of year when the high street seems to be united in turning everyone's wardrobes into places that house dark, sombre colours and over-warm knitwear. And I think I'm more than a bit in love with the neon clutch.

Right, I'm off to chase the postman down the street to see if he has mine - as soon as I get it expect another post on these beauties.


A Royal Bump.

A huge congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the announcement of her pregnancy!

Before The Wedding I didn't class myself as really 'interested' in the royal family but since Prince William and Catherine tied the knot and old Queenie's celebrated her jubilee, with all the wonderful hoopla that went with it, I've found myself quite enamoured by them and this is just lovely news.

Here's wishing them a healthy, happy pregnancy and baby to follow.