Sunday, 14 August 2011

Floaty and Rainy...OOTD

So I notice that this autumn/winter floaty dresses are to stay with a lot of Topshops influences LINK from the swinging sixties pretty collars and cuffs nipped in at the waist and skirts that allow a good twirl! :)
Popping into town for a few bits and bobs I decided it was a dress day! So I pulled out this little number from h&m last year. At the time I loved the button up detailing and the ruffles as well as the fact that it was long sleeved. The leather looking beige jacket was my sisters also from h&m - my little poppet has an amazing wardrobe that I frequently borrow from, felt it made the outfit less girly.

I finished the outfit with a sweet little silver stoned bracelet my Mum bought me on holiday,black tights and a pair of black pumps ( hate that word but shoes implies the type you wore to school ha ha)

Just as I closed the clasp on my bracelet the heavens opened but I wasn't for getting changed! Off I went wet feet, soggy tights...sighs the sacrifices made for fashion...x

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Was it Worth it?

This is perhaps a very different topic and a more controversial post than is usual for me but its something i've given alot of thought to recently and when I sat down the other night to read through the latest issue of Company I was suprised to see the above article.

With so many graduates unable to find jobs upon finishing university this piece interviews three girls who either did not choose further education or complete a chosen degree. Instead they got themselves jobs and worked their way up within the companies.
One is now a Topshop buyer, one in customer relations for Innocent and the third a project manager for a London advertising agency.

I went to University when I left high school and studied for 5 years in total - 3 for my degree, 1 my honors year both in Glasgow and the final a post graduate diploma in Aberdeen due to limited places at home.
Graduating with a degree in the subject I had always wanted to study was the best feeling in the world but three and a half years on I still haven't secured a job in my chosen profession. I have a job in retail, with the same company I worked with as a student and I have joined the development programme to become a manager here.

My intention in this post is not to complain, I am very grateful to have a ful time job in these hard times of recesssion and a struggling economy, I only wish to discuss my thoughts and hindsight if you will. I was interviewed by a journalist for the Sunday Herald link back in 2009 and was shocked at some of the statistics revealed in the article.

I just often wonder has my degree done much more than cause me debt that I am now attempting to pay back?

The job that I have at the moment does not require my degree and if I had started the same management programme in my student years then I might now be my bosses boss!
I quite often run into people on the same uni course as me and so many of them are in the same situation. A small number have secured jobs and I am in no way envious of this and wish them every success! :)

My student years were great I met some amazing people, lived away from home and learnt alot about myself and my abilities. Alas sometimes when I worry about paying back the money I have borrowed and consider all the years I spent with my nose in books till 2 in the morning or sitting numerous exams I think if I could could go back knowing what I do now would I do it again? ...... I'm really not so sure.

I am in no way discourging anyone from pursuing further study or going after their dream job, I just wondered what everyone else thinks on this topic? Are you in the same situation? Has your degree enabled you to land an amazing job?
Either way i'd love to know....

Monday, 1 August 2011

A Westend Story...

On Sunday my best friend and I took a trip to Glasgows Westend. We both lived there last year with another friend in the most amazing flat! We all live in different parts of the city now and like to visit every now and then because we miss it so.
So we met for a cuppa, a twice through of her Scottish Wedding Directory - she gets married next year still cant quite believe it - and a wander around our favourite parts.
The Sunday Market was on in Ashton Lane with a selection of stalls selling handmade items sweets, jewellery and vintage clothing.
Ashton Lane is one of my favourites parts of Glasgow especially at night when its all lit up it looks magical and there loads of great places to eat and have a glass of something - the three of us quite often did :)
I love to people watch in the westend as there are so many people with such a unique sense of style!

We then had a look in some of the vintage shops on Byres Road where I picked up this little find.

 Its a near perfect fit although I may alter the length slightly not sure yet.

I love the colour and print and this was from a shop called Vintage Guru.

Link to website here :)

We then went to a quaint little cafe called The Chocolate Emporium where we had tea in a gorgeous little vintage teapot and I indulged in a delicious chocolate brownie!

So, a lovely day out with my bestie to a trendy part of Glasgow I love and miss......x