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25.7.17

Floral dreams, all in a bottle.

Fleur Musc by Narciso Rodriguez, eau de parfum.

Fleur musc, by Narciso Rodriguez is filled with dazzling notes. The spice of pink peppercorns against the elegant rose notes allow for an alluring scent. Find the bottle here: Boots

Notes

Top notes
  • Boquet of roses
  • Pink peppercorns
Heart notes
  • Heart of musc
Base notes
  • Amber
  • Patchouli
This fragrance is superbly bold, yet wearable. It's not overly floral, as the amber and base notes compliment beautifully. A romantic and sophisticated perfume that can be worn all day, or for that special dinner date. A real statement to make you feel glamorous.

Packaging

The bottle is feminine and reflects the "bouquet of roses" theme. It's not one to be missed on the shelf, standing out in my little collection. It feels slightly weighty too, which I love. Even though it isn't a classic design, the bottle says luxury to me and evokes Spring/Summer.

Longevity

People say, if you can't smell a perfume on yourself then it suits you. This perfume does not wear off during the day and I can smell the subtlety on myself. You only need a couple of sprays and you're good to go.

21.7.17

Tips to calm interview nerves


Interviews may seem daunting, but most of it is being afraid of the unknown. It's actually a fantastic thing and interviews can seem a challenge to get invited to in the first place. So, the first thing to realise is "well done". An employer has chosen you as one of the candidates, so be proud.


One: Prepare

Get absolutely everything ready the night before. That includes: underwear- such as lighter bras if you're opting for a white shirt, tights, makeup, shoes and any other bits and bobs you're going to wear. Have a notepad and pen ready in your bag too.

Side note: Dress accordingly to an interview and their environment. Look the part.

Know the company. Make sure you've done your research on the place you're going to be interviewed.
  • Who are they?
  • Are they independent/ a chain?
  • Their opening hours
  • Anything unique, have you seen them in any events or news articles?
  • Their services
  • Their competitors
  • Their audience
Anything like that really and make sure you're passionate about where you are being interviewed. Make notes if that makes you feel better or draw diagrams. You don't need to know everything about the company, just up to five key facts about them and why you would fit in. 


Two: Relax


Take time for yourself the evening before. Have a bath, eat some chocolate or watch a good film. If you've done your research, (you may feel like you know nothing now), but it will all come back when you're asked a specific question. That's when your brain isn't in overdrive and puts things into context.


Three: Recite

  1. Role play and have a practice interview perhaps?
  2. Read things aloud, but don't sound robotic
  3. Have a look through any notes
  4. Maybe glance over their website or social media one more time to really get up to scratch

Four: Breathe


Finally... BREATHE.

It's good to be a little nervous, but being too nervous might hinder you. Ultimately, a company is going to hire "you" and you really want your personality to shine. It can be scary, and I've been stupidly panicky before interviews before. Take deep breaths, reassure yourself "I am good enough, I can do it, what's the worst that can happen."

I always giggle at the Miranda episodes, thinking well I haven't quite sang or offered tea and cake at an interview yet...

The best case scenario: you get the job, worst case, you don't and you find the right job for you in time.

18.7.17

Baking with what's in- Nutella cookies


(Makes 12)

What you will need: ]
70g plain flour
One large egg
275g Nutella

Baking parchment
Baking tray

Method

1) Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and grease a baking tray or line a baking tray with baking parchment.

2) Mix the flour, egg and nutella in a large boxl until no lumps of flour are left.

3) Roll the dough into balls, around 3cm thick. Press down the mixture slightly.

Not quite even, the second batch came out better...

4) Bake the cookies for ten minutes. Make sure they are still slightly gooey in the middle.

5) Cool on a wire rack until set.

Extra: Incorporate any ingredient you like in the mixture. I opted for a dollop of nutella and a thin wafer on top instead.



Find the original recipe here: All recipes 



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