Sunday, 5 July 2015

The Sunday Post: Preparing For An Interview


As someone who has worked since I was 15 and someone who has gone through the UCAS university application process twice, I've done my fair share of interviews and let's be honest, they aren't nice. Many people will have just graduated from university or college these past few weeks and we know what that means. Yup, it's time to adult. It's time for many of us to face the big world of work after leaving education and that most likely means attending at least a few interviews. So I've teamed up with City Calling to write this post about my interview tips and I hope you find them useful!

STAY CALM
This is the thing that I usually struggle most with, despite it being the most important in my eyes. Try and remember that the interview isn't the be all and end all and worrying about it and getting wound up won't accomplish anything except making you feel worse. This is definitely one that is easier said than done but I find that it helps to think - what's the worst that could happen? You don't get the job. That's it. Nerves are completely normal but try not to let them get the better of you!

REMEMBER, THEY'RE JUST NORMAL PEOPLE
When I think of the word "interview", I think of big faceless people sat over the desk from you, scrutinising every word you say. That is definitely not the case. The people who are interviewing you are just that: people. They aren't out to get you, they're just people at work doing their job and chances are, they're extremely nice so don't worry too much about talking to them.


DRESS APPROPRIATELY
We all know how important first impressions are and as a fashion blogger, this is a tip I had to include. Think about the job you're applying for. Does it need a suit? What kind of activities will the interview entail? For me, an interview outfit should be simple, professional but still include a bit of you. Smart black dresses are always a fail safe in my eyes but really you need to think about the type of job you're applying for and what the interview may entail.

PREPARE
Preparation is everything. I went to an interview once when I was a lot younger (one of the first interviews I'd ever been to) and I didn't prepare at all. Let me tell you it was hell. Usually you'll be able to think about the kind of questions you may get asked depending on the job you're applying for. You can basically guarantee the generic interview questions such as "why would you like to work for us?" "Give me an example of when you have worked in a team." "What qualities could you bring to the workplace?" It's great to know the answers to those inside out but don't forget to think about the job specific questions! 

STAY POSITIVE
There are two things you should stay positive about in the interview. Firstly, keep a positive mindset. This could be a fantastic opportunity for you leading to a great job if you're successful. If you're unsuccessful, think of it as an oppotunity to learn. There are always other jobs and you'll know where you went wrong. Secondly, focus on your strenghts to the interviewer and sell yourself to them. Remember, they'll be seeing a whole variety of people and you need to show them why you are better for the job than anyone else. Tell them why you're great!!

ASK QUESTIONS
This is probably the tip I get told most often. Even something as small as "when can I expect to hear back from you?" will show you're really interested and enthusiastic about the job. Also don't be frightened to ask anything you're unsure about - linking back to my previous point, they're just ordinary people!

If you're currently looking for a job then be sure to head over to City Calling to search and be matched up for jobs online!

What are your biggest interview tips?

Amy x

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Saturday, 4 July 2015

Sunflowers







*BLACK POOL SLIDERS: C/O SHOE ZONE / RIPPED JEANS: TOPSHOP / BLACK TASSEL BAG: H&M / SUNFLOWER SHIRT: MOTEL ROCKS

I know the UK's weather has been pretty darn good this week but I can assure you when I took these photos it certainly wasn't! Isn't it just typical that as soon as you plan to take a set of summery outfit photos, the sun seems to disappear?! Anyway, I've been itching to get these Shoe Zone sliders onto my feet for so long; sliders are THE most comfortable shoes that ever existed and are so great for both wearing with jeans and a shirt, as I have done here, or on holiday with a cover up and a bikini. I think they're such a great alternative to flip flops and the like as they don't give you that awful burn on your skin between your toes from too much walking and we all know how awful those little cuts can be. 

This sunflower shirt is the first thing I've ever bought from a seller on depop and I'm so happy with it! I thought that it would be fab to take on my jollies with me to wear during the day as a bikini cover up with a pair of ripped denim shorts. Oh how all this talk of holidays makes me realise how much I need some sun, sea and sand in my life!

Amy x

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Metropolitan












 *BROWN SUEDE JACKET, *BROWN TASSEL BOOTS: C/O ASOS / STRIPED TOP: ASOS / SKINNY JEANS: TOPSHOP / AMY WATCH: MARC BY MARC JACOBS

This was my second outfit from my city break in York last week and this one is a bit of a fail safe. Jeans, stripes and a vintage style jacket. I can't think of a better combination! I'm such a stripe addict and think I need serious help to stop me buying yet more striped items - I have a whole section in my drawer dedicated to stripes! I pushed the boat out a little with this striped top and instead of going for the classic black/navy and white stripe, I went for a very seventies style multicoloured combination. The colours contrast so well against the brown of the jacket and the boots set it off again. I've also got a little bit of a thing about high necked tops at the minute too so this top was literally a dream for me. ASOS have so many heart eye emoji inducing things on their site at the minute and although my wardrobe may be thanking me my bank balance certainly isn't!

Amy x

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

True Blue

















 NAVY CUT OUT DRESS: GLAMOROUS / *BUCKET BAG: C/O ZATCHELS / *BOSA SILVER WATCH: C/O FILLIPO LORETI / LACE UP SANDALS: ASOS / RINGS: PANDORA / 

This outfit has got to be one of my favourites in a while. It's one of the outfits I wore for my trip to York last week and I think it's perfect for that city chic kind of look. The navy in the dress is so classic and although it is a casual jersey dress, the simplicity of it gives the whole look a kind of elegant twist. The shoes are a pair I ordered from ASOS last week and I absolutely adore them, although I do have one problem - I cannot for the life of me get them to stay tied up my leg for more than half an hour! If anyone has any tips for getting them to stay on let me know in the comments - they drove me absolutely mad!

The beautiful bag was kindly sent to me by the guys over at Zatchels, a company which makes a huge variety of handmade leather bags, including this beauty. If this bag wasn't made for me I don't know what was. It is absolutely right up my street; it's the perfect size and the bucket style means it's modern but still classic due to the leather material. The colours and the material combined give it a real high end feel - you'd seriously think it was much more expensive!

The watch is also another classic piece and I found it matched this outfit absolutely perfectly. It's from Italian brand Fillipo Loreti, founded by two brothers who create watches inspired by different places in Italy, including Bosa, Venice and Rome. Their watches are truly beautiful and make a timeless accessory for any outfit and any style and for me watches are an accessory must-have. 

For me, this was the perfect outfit for exploring the city and I can see this dress fast becoming one of my most worn. Have you picked up any key pieces for your wardrobe recently? 

p.s. if you enter the code saltandchic at the checkout on filippoloreti.co.uk you can get 15% discount from their watches!

Amy x

Monday, 29 June 2015

Totally Unimpressed

















SLOGAN JUMPER: TEE AND CAKE @ TOPSHOP / CHUNKY BOOTS, RIPPED SKINNY JEANS: TOPSHOP

Aren't I just a walking ad for Topshop today!? This was one of those accidental outfits I threw together and suddenly I realised that everything I was wearing was from the same place. Oh well, Topshop is one of my favourite stores so I can't complain. Anyway onto the outfit. I picked up this jumper in the sale a few weeks ago for £18 (bargain alert!) and think it's so great for those down days where you just want to wear something comfortable but still stylish. It also matches my resting bitch face perfectly (the reason why Karl said I should buy it!) despite the fact that I look a lot happier than usual in these photos - typical ey! 

I seriously don't think I could live without these ripped jeans. I instantly reach for them on those "give me something comfortable" days and they have been well worn and I'm sad to say they may be on their way out. The holes just keep getting bigger and bigger every time I wear them and soon enough my whole leg may be on show through the rip. I'm no where near ready to part with them so I'm definiely putting that thought to the back of my mind for now - Topshop jeans have been my saviour over the past few years!

Amy x

Sunday, 28 June 2015

The Sunday Post: A Trip To York With #SantanDeREAMS

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram (if not my username is @A_daawg on both - get following!) you may already know that Karl and I were lucky enough to be sent on a few days away in the beautiful city of York with Santander as part of their #SantanDeReams campaign! I'm now at the age where it's time to start thinking about the future and of course that includes moving to my own place. I live in the countryside at the minute in the North East and although I know a lot of people are country bumpkins, I really don't like it. I'm a city girl at heart and much prefer a bustling city, where the streets are always lively and busy and activities and shops are just a stone's throw away. That's why I chose York to vist as it's a city I would absolutely love to live in. It's not too far from my hometown but is still a beautiful and big city and Santander mortgages can help to make moves like this possible. They have 160 years of mortgage experience and whether you're looking for a first home like I will be or a new home, they have something to suit everybody. Check out their site HERE for more information and I'll get on with the rest of my post! 









THE APARTMENT

First things first, the apartment. It was absolutely beautiful and I can fully imagine Karl and I living in one of these type apartments in the city. We stayed in the Lawrance Luxury Apartments and they were everything I could ever dream of. Situared right in the city centre of York, the aparment was spacious with modern but cosy decor - it was right up my street! If you're looking to stay in York I would highly recommend these apartments as I seriously didn't want to leave! 









 THE CITY AND THE HOUSES

York was one of those cities that we could have just walked around for hours (and we did!) because the architecture and the buildings are so beautiful. York is an extremely old, traditional walled English city, with hundreds of old town houses and buildings at literally every turn. The River Ouse runs through the centre of the city and the houses that run along the river front are simply beautiful. I can only imagine what it must be like to wake up to such a view every morning! It has a boat load of old yet stunning buildings including York Minster and Clifford's Tower, both of which we visited. Overall the city is an absolute dream whether you're looking to live their or you just want a city break somewhere traditional and full of character. 









THINGS TO DO

Karl and I are the type to try and do as much as we can while we're away and we managed to squeeze a lot in during this trip. York is full of things to do, whether you're young or old, whether you're interested in museums or the nightlife. York is renowned for it's nightlife and with everything from old English pubs to nightclubs on the river front, there are certainly a lot of places to choose from! Karl and I aren't big drinkers so I can't really comment too much but my mum and dad vouch for it! The highlight of the trip for me was probably holding this adorable little Tiny Owl called Bert. Just look at his grumpy little face! I could have just ran away with him he was that cute! After that we headed to the Yorkshire Museum, which was relatively small but full of interesting little exhibitions including one about Richard III. Of course, we couldn't visit York without a trip to the Dungeons which were absolutely fantastic! I'd never done anything similar before so didn't know what to expect but it was great! There were plenty of scares and laughs and I'll be honest some of the shows were a bit frightening! The streets were absolutely jam packed with cute little boutiques and stalls, selling things from homemade lemonade and chocolate, to vintage clothes to flowers and ornaments. There were also the standard big stores too including all of the big brands we know and love. We also squeezed in a cruise down the River Ouse and trips to Clifford's Tower and the minster - it was definitely a jam packed trip!








THE FOOD

And we've saved the best until last. The food. Oh my days it was amazing. The streets were absolutely lined with cute little cafes and restaurants and we were absolutely spoilt for choice on where to go. We first headed to Kennedy's, a restaurant somebody recommended to me on Twitter and we weren't disappointed. They had an offer on for half price burgers so I opted for the veggie halloumi and mushroom stack while Karl had the traditional beef burger. All I can say is YUM. The streets were also full of cute little stalls selling homemade food and drinks so I of course had to try some of the freshly squeezed lemonade which was perfect for a stroll in the sun! York has a huge reputation for being one of the most haunted cities in the UK meaning that we just had to have lunch in one of it's haunted pubs. We went to the Punchbowl, York's fifth oldest pub and one of it's most haunted, with reports of sightings and strange happenings occuring all the time. The food was great and the atmosphere was lovely and cosy despite the alleged hautings! York has definitely been one of my favourite places I've been for it's food - I'm going to miss it!

Well there you have it - our trip to York with Santander. It's fair to say that after our few days away, York is definitely somewhere Karl and I would consider living in the near future - watch out Santander mortgages, we may be coming for you!

Amy x

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