Monday, 30 January 2012

About Being Inspirational

Being inspirational is never really a way that one might describe themselves, and I certainly wouldn't say I am inspirational. However if I think harder about it, I suppose the whole reason I set up a blog was to inspire people? Isn't that why we blog? Any way, the point of this post is to mark the occasion that someone, in fact some people, told me that I was inspirational. The Princes Trust invited me to present an Inspirational Talk to a group of young entrepreneurs.

I have received some mentoring from The Princes Trust to help me set up my business, which is now going strong. It's been a year since I first met with The Princes Trust, so they feel I am a good example for other youngsters looking to set up on their own and become self employed.

I was invited in to talk to the group a few days before the course. I was so excited at the invitation, I forgot to ask what I should talk about. I also forgot to ask how long I was expected to talk for. As it got to the morning of the talk, it dawned on me I was totally unprepared! I figured I do like to talk a lot so I would be fine to talk for 10 minutes, and wrote a few notes on the palm of my hand (yeah, super organised me!)

When I got there, I got a warm welcome and joined the group just as they were about to have a break which gave me a chance to ask the group leader what to talk about. Phew! However, I was a little shocked to hear I had 25 minutes to fill!!!!! I was really nervous but managed to string together pretty much my life story, which luckily the audience found interesting. They had lots of questions for me and were impressed by what I have achieved in a year. It was such a great feeling that not only had these guys listened but also trusted my opinion on things!

On the way home I pretty much skipped to my car with glee as I have been invited back again next month when a new group starts. I might have told a few of my friends a small white lie that I now work for the Prince....


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Sunday, 15 January 2012

Vintage afternoon tea at MetroDeco

 One of my lovely friends recently celebrated her 30th birthday with a vintage tea party. This was such a nice idea as it was a chance for everyone to meet during the day and do something a bit different from just having drinks.  The party was at Metrodeco in Brighton, currently the only vintage inspired tea room in the city.
 Afternoon tea consisted of lovely towers of salmon and cream cheese, and cucumber sandwiches, petit fours and pastries and some interesting loose leaf teas, all served with vintage cutlery and crockery. We were sat on some beautiful furniture which was for sale. I was a little nervous about sitting on a chair that was priced up at £625!

The food couldn't be faulted - it was perfect. However, one tiny gripe I have about MetroDeco, having visited several times recently, is the grumpy service and lack of space. For such a popular tea room with fantastic food you would hope the service would suit the experience, but sadly I had my plate whipped away while I was still chewing my sandwich and my quarter full coffee cleared before I could finish my mouthful to say I hadn't finished it... come on MetroDeco, train your staff in the etiquette appropriate to the vintage tea room environment and you're on to a winner.

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Monday, 9 January 2012

A lovely vintage charity shop find - cabinet

I love charity shopping, finding vintage bargains. Particluarly the second hand furniture warehouses that are full of retro wares! But this little bargain for my dressing table was found in a standard charity clothes shop. A snip at £5. I'm going to restor the top of it as a small piece has snapped off, however, I'm really pleased with the cabinet which is sitting on my much loved vintage dressing table and fits in perfectly with all my jewellery inside it.

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