Sunday, 31 July 2011

A day at the 'boot


This is just a quick one to show you a few things I got at a car boot sale this morning.

I went to Gisburn's (the village mocked by Renault Megane! There was quite a stir, let me tell you) car boot sale with my mum and dad this morning. Having my parents' motivation was good because I actually went last weekend and came away more or less empty-handed because I'm too lazy to get up in good time! I didn't get there 'til gone 11am, not good bargain-hunting practice.

I picked up a few great bits; my favourites being these vintage suitcases:

P.S. Sorry about the pictures, I'm moving tomorrow and my camera charger is packed away so these were just taken on my phone.

They were just £2 each! Even the huuuuge one (which the guy said was 60s). I was so pleased to snap these up as I'm constantly envious of people picking them up for next to nothing (Sadie is a devil for this!) when all I seem to find are over-priced ones- I've seen ones like the small one on sale for £45 and £60 for ones similar to the cream one!

I was drawn to them as we were on the lookout for a vacuum cleaner for my new house in Manchester (moving tomorrow, eek!) and the seller had one stood on top of the cream case. Naturally I was far more interested in its podium.

We did in fact snap up a vacuum cleaner from another seller for £12 which seemed like a bargain as it was a reasonably new Vax one. Sadly, upon getting it home we found that the brushbar inside was completely ruined and had melted so doesn't spin round. I'm going to have to order a replacement one- annoying as these are about £12, so just as expensive as the machine!

I think I'm too trusting of people. The guy seemed a bit reluctant to let us take it out of the box but he insisted that it was in perfect working order and had only had it a few months. He seemed really nice and I guess I thought that he wouldn't rip off a young girl about to move into her own place (yes, told him the back story!). Sigh.

On a more positive note, I got all these great earrings!

I'm totally an earrings (and rings) girl and constantly lose my earrings so like to keep the stock up! Cheap, gold 80s ones like these are my faves so happily picked up five pairs for 50p a set.

I also got a great checked blazer/jacket which I think I'll do an outfit post on when the time comes as I'll probably wear it to an interview. Those of you who follow will know I'm on the hunt for a job in Manchester after graduating.

Here is where I'd insert a picture of me in a black gown throwing my cap in the air but alas, my ceremony isn't 'til Feb/March next year! It's pretty ridiculous and I'm getting jealous of seeing all my friends' pictures of theirs- I guess by then I will at least be able to afford a nice new dress! I got a First by the way; so, so chuffed, I worked really hard in my last year so happy it paid off.

So now I just need a job- or my new apartment won't last long! I have an interview on Wednesday for a paid PR and Marketing internship and will possibly be receiving a call tomorrow about another interview for a PR Account Executive role. Cross your fingers for me!


Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Whoahh stop, wait a minute, Mr Postman...

Not the most thrilling of posts, but this one's mainly about what I received in the post today!

The first item being a copy of the fabulous Rookie magazine...

Rookie is due to be an online magazine (there's a countdown to its launch on the website!) but my fellow blogger and BCU'er Laura was kind enough to send me a free copy ahead of the launch.

Also an aspiring journo like myself, Laura's done so well to land herself the role of Fashion Editor at Rookie.

** Job hunt update- promising stuff for a position as Social Media Assistant for a start-up fashion company (similar to ASOS apparently!) and I also have an interview for a Revolution bar! Not the media dream but it's a job nonetheless.

Anyway, I was really keen to read Laura's fashion pieces because she's an amazing fash writer (she wrote a piece on vintage shopping for me which was printed in Trashion). The magazine contains lots of fashion stuff which was good to see!

Some fashion pages
You may also notice a rather lovely ring I'm sporting in the second picture; is it an Arty you ask? Of course not!

Excuse the 'doing nothing day' lack of effort that's gone into my appearance today

I call it my 'farty' ring! (fake + Arty, geddit?). It's a pretty good copy to be honest, well worth £15 from eBay.

I decided to get it after seeing one in a post from Kavita's i heart vintage blog. When the YSL ring first hit the scene I scoured eBay (and everywhere else) for a copy- hey, I'm not paying over £100 for a ring that ain't even gold and tries to pass off glass as a real stone! Though it seems that now they've been around a while there are loads of fakies cropping up.

It's all good for a brassic graduate like me!

On that note, something else I'm due to receive in the post is my uni results! My friends who live in Birmingham got theirs today and all got firsts and 2:1s so I'm very proud! Though because I'm back in Yorkshire, I couldn't really justify 'popping in' to Birmingham to collect them so I guess they'll take a few days to arrive. I'll tweet my results as soon as I get them, or if they're worth bragging about I might even mention them in a post ;)



Thursday, 7 July 2011

Travelling about- Dublin


I've been busy, busy, busy applying for jobs since graduating- no luck yet! Will also tweet my results when I get those!

So since leaving my flat in Birmingham (*sob) I've been more or less between North Yorkshire and my boyfriend's in Warwick. I've been living out of a suitcase for a few weeks now so thought I'd show you what I've been up to.

For Chris' birthday I bought us a trip to Dublin- neither of us had been to Ireland before and I loved it! For some reason I thought it would be more or less like England but it had a real continental feel to it and there are loads of independent shops, restaurants and cafes- I only saw one Starbucks.

The best day for me was a trip to the Guinness factory, followed by many more pints of the black stuff into the night!

The view from the glass bar at the top of the factory
Playsuit- Blue Rinse, Leather jacket- Topshop, Bag- vintage, charity shop

My poor attempt at a Guinness 'tache- just looks like I have a mucky face!

There were a few vintage/handmade/quirky shops in the city centre. The first I came across was The Harlequin.

Unfortunately, there were big signs around the shop stating, 'NO PHOTOS'- so I have none. Though this isn't a great loss as I would not recommend this one anyway. The Harlequin (13 Castle Market) is bloody expensive! Though apparently there were some offers on upstairs; though with the boyf tugging on my sleeve I left to explore elsewhere.

The 'Antiques Quarter' on Francis St. was a bit of a let down. I passed a shut down vintage shop (boo!) then mainly overpriced antique shops. I popped into a few that looked promising (ones piled high with all sorts of junk to rummage through) though the prices were seriously too high- I guess that's what you can expect in a capital city.

This one was interesting...

Industry sells old, industrial-type items and re-markets them as trendy pieces for the home.

Pretty cool stuff, you need a pretty heavy wallet to get a look in though. I'm not sure you can make out the price of these metal filing draws below, but I think they were around 1200!

I also spotted another vintage shop, with little time to get back to the hotel and then to the airport. I've searched high and low to find the name of this one- but can't. If anyone recognises it, do let me know! It was by the film institute I think...

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