Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Great Deals at LatestDeals


The leaves are starting to change colours and there’s an autumn chill to the air. Before we know it, Christmas will be here. Even though we’re a couple of months out, it’s not too early to start planning out your Christmas list. When I am planning my list, I have a think about the different people in my life and I think about what they like. It’s always fun when you can find something that they’ll actually like rather than yet another pair of socks.

A good place to start is LatestDeals.co.uk. LatestDeals is a great resource for discounts, special offers, vouchers, coupons, freebies and some of the best deals around. This website is a one-stop shop to find some of the best deals on a variety of products, including fun things for the tech lover in your family.

LatestDeals currently have a number of deals, voucher codes, etc. from retailers like Amazon, Argos, and Currys on Garmin tech products. This includes sales on Garmin watches, fitness trackers, sat navs and dash cams.

Garmin is known for good quality products at a reasonable price. They are most well known for specializing in GPS technology such as sat navs. These can be used not just in your car but also while you are out and about hiking in the hills, boating on the water or taking part in sporting activities,  They also produce dash cams which can be a very useful tool on today’s roads,

Garmin also compete in the wearable technology market alongside Apple and Fitbit, producing a number of fitness trackers and smartwatches for both the amateur and the more accomplished athlete. They can help you track your progress against your fitness targets and provide insight into the amount of calories you burn or steps you take while exercising,

So, if you are seeking gifts for the fitness lover in your family or the tech savvy devotee or if Uncle Joe just needs help finding his way around town, then LatestDeals is a great place to start your Christmas shopping!

Gift-giving is a wonderful part of life. We take note if we can of what our loved ones enjoy and the thrill is in finding just the right thing to genuinely surprise them or put a smile on their face, The cherry on top of the cake is finding a resource which can point you in the right direction during your quest for that special gift. 

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Fall 2018


One of my favorite seasons is arriving this weekend...Fall aka Autumn!!! (By the way, my other favorite season is Spring.)

I love all of the vibrant colors in the trees and the way the fallen leaves scatter across my path as I walk along. There is so much beauty.

I've written about Fall a lot on this blog, even if it's just sharing a photo or two. Here are a few of my Fall-ish posts over the years if you'd like to check them out:








I hope wherever you are in the world...whether it's Autumn where you are or Spring in the southern hemisphere, I hope that you enjoy the renewal of this new season.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Starting a Clothing Brand

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Creative people come in various forms. They may like one or many of the following pursuits: writing, painting, making music, dancing, singing, or sewing, along with many other ways in which they may choose to express themselves. At the centre of many creative lives, is the need for self-expression. If the creative person is lucky and dedicates themselves, they can possibly make their creativity into a brand which they can share with the world.

As the saying goes, if you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life. There is work to be done certainly and it may be a challenge, but working on something that you love gives you the drive and the determination to see things through when things get challenging. As I mentioned at the beginning, there are many ways to be creative. One way that really sounds interesting to me since I love fashion, is taking a love of sewing and putting that entrepreneurial hat on to start a clothing brand. With the combined power of a more entrepreneurial society, the rise of social media, and the existence of companies such as Sewport, who can help you find apparel manufacturers,  it has never been easier to make the dream of starting a clothing brand come true.

 


Sewport is an excellent resource for clothing manufacturing, which can help designers bring their designs to life. They have created an opportunity where anyone who may not have connections in the industry, can find the best matching manufacturing partners.

Before you embark on this journey of starting your own clothing brand, here are just a few of the things which you may want to consider, such as:

1) Fulfilling a Need

Even though starting a clothing brand is very centred within self-expression for the designing creative, there is also a market need to be considered, from a business standpoint. Successful businesses often build upon a foundation of fulfilling a need for their customers. How many of us have had a thought of something that we’d like to be able to have in real life, in order to serve a purpose, but that particular item doesn’t exist? Or sometimes we may discover a product in a shop and we may recognize that we’ve had a similar idea but didn’t pursue it or we may say to ourselves, “Why didn’t I think of that?” These thoughts could have possibly been the seed of an idea, but perhaps we didn’t see how our ideas could be taken forward. If you have an idea about creating a brand, perhaps think about the need that it fulfils. This also can help in the development and can help generate ideas of how to market the finished product.

2) Self-Belief and Seeing How It Can Be Done

Sometimes when we come up with a great idea, we can be our own worst enemy and shoot the idea down before we even get going. The doubts might start to creep in and the ‘what ifs’ may start rearing their ugly heads. When we are going for our dreams, this is the time when self-belief is of the utmost importance. We have to believe that we can do it and visualize along the way while we are working, to help ourselves truly see that it can be done. One of the prohibitive thoughts, which is actually a very practical one when thinking of starting a clothing brand, might be the worry about costs. The thing is, you don’t have to be rich to start your own clothing brand. There are so many resources out there to help you along, such as Sewport, which can point you in the right direction to bring your ideas to life. 

3) Thinking About Who Your Customers Will Be

This can go along with fulfilling the needs of customers. It is important to identify who might be your “ideal” customer, but this doesn’t have to be a limiting condition. This can be an opportunity to think about what you or your friends would like to see available in the marketplace. Do you want to make leisure wear, evening wear, or something in between? Will there be a particular demographic which you will be skewing your clothing towards? Or do you want to create products which have a wider appeal? These are all great things to consider and this can help to focus your vision about what you want to create. And ultimately, it’s important to craft what you want to create and to produce a product that you can be proud of.

4) Find a Production Source

This is definitely where a company like Sewport comes into the picture. As I mentioned earlier, they can offer the tools which are extremely vital in finding the right sources to bring your clothing designs to life. Their current focus is on the fashion industry, but they aim to scale to other products such as accessories, furniture & decor, arts & crafts, cosmetics and machinery as they go along in the upcoming quarters. Sewport solves some of the problems of users by removing the complexity and by guiding designers through the process of sourcing and manufacturing their fashion products.

 


5) Find Your Village

Even though you may be creating designs on your own, it never hurts to have people in your corner. This may take the form of perhaps having a partner. However, even if you go it alone, it is important to have support along the way. Find other people who are like-minded. Connect with others who are interested in clothing or setting up their own clothing brands…those who are starting out and those who have already embarked on what you are pursuing. They may be able to give you some insight into what starting a clothing brand entails and they can be valuable sources of connectivity and information. Also, it's good to find people who can support you in your dreams while you support them also.

 6) Introduce Your Product to the World

This is where the marketing begins, after you’ve put the work in and turned your creativity into garments. This is just as important as the creating, because you have to let the world know what you have to offer. It’s a great idea to have been building some amount of a social media presence in the background whilst you’ve been creating your products. Using your own social media accounts in order to drop little hints about what you have coming, is a good tactic. Once you launch your clothing brand, you can go all out with promoting the beautiful designs which you have created. Also, it is important to contact lifestyle and fashion influencers/bloggers and other news outlets, in order to enlist their help with getting the word out about your clothing brand. Sending a few sample garments out and negotiating with influencers can possibly help get your creations the coverage which they need out in the wider world.

7) Think Like a Business Person Even If You Don’t Feel Like One

You may have a designer’s heart, with creativity coming out of your pores and this is great. However, you must also put on your business hat. Once you create something and put it up for sale, you are a business owner. Embrace this. If you think that you’re simply not great at the business side of things, then ask for help and learn as much as you can. This goes back to finding your village. When you have people around who have your back and who are willing to point you in the right direction, this is invaluable.  

8) Enjoy the Process

Enjoy the journey and the process of creating your clothing brand. Learn from it. Grow from it and you will improve as you go forward. And remember… enjoy the fact that you’ve started your very own clothing brand and seen your dream come true.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Happy September


Happy new month to everyone!

I love September because it's a gateway into one of my favorite seasons...fall/autumn. Sidenote: my other favorite season is spring.

As you may know if you've visited me here before, I love trees. So I thought that I'd share a bit of both. I took this photo a couple of weeks ago when my hubby and I were taking a walk.

May this new month bring good, great and wonderful things into your life!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Product Spotlight: Paperless Post

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Communication is very important in connecting with those we love and care about in our lives. In the past, a handwritten letter was mostly the only way to communicate and later emails came along. Nowadays many of us keep in contact through social media, alongside emails and also on some rare occasions we still write handwritten letters.

Paperless Post brings together some of the best attributes of the various ways in which we can communicate. They design customizable online stationery, to show that communication can be personal and well-designed, regardless of the medium.

With Paperless Post you can use their beautiful designs to celebrate the most important occasions in life, from birthdays to weddings to parties and more. There is a wide variety of cards to choose from. They have re-imagined invitations and use excellent technology and creative designs to give customers a way to beautifully celebrate the times of their lives.

Take a look for yourself and reach out to your friends and family in a truly special and beautiful way!

Book Spotlight: Curses Come Home

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine. 


I love short stories. There is an art form to writing such an intriguing story within a limited amount of words.




Curses Come Home – Stories from the Dark Side of 21st Century Society
by Morven Watt, is a fantastic new book, which is the first in a series of short story collections. There’s a great variety of stories which present vivid, interesting characters. There’s a frightening virtual reality prank, a story of child custody, and so much more. This is a clever collection of stories which have an underlying theme that examines how we live our lives in the modern world. This is a journey through the dark side of the 21st century world. The stories are interestingly unsettling and yet ring so true that you can’t put this book down. They make you think and it is an enjoyable read throughout.

I thoroughly enjoyed all of the stories. A few of my personal favorites were: “Virtual”, “Forgotten”, and “Theory 2.0”. “Virtual” tells the story of a teenage girl being in the middle of a terrible virtual reality prank. “Forgotten” tells the story of a father who is desperate to get his young daughter away from his estranged wife. He has quite a decision to make and I kept asking myself what I would do if I were him. And then there’s “Theory 2.0” which explores what it would be like if we had a social media app that showed us the road that we didn’t take in life. It’s tempting sometimes to think of ‘what if’. This is a great idea to analyze in short story form.

The author has a fantastic imagination and her skill takes you into a world that is brimming with intriguing situations. Her descriptions are vivid and this makes the stories even more interesting to experience. I love it when a book can be entertaining and thought-provoking at the same time.

I really enjoyed this book! It was a great read!

You can get your copy here.

About the author: Morven Watt: Born and brought up in Scotland, Morven now lives in Arizona with her five dogs and spends any time she isn’t writing doing yoga, running marathons, wild water swimming and climbing trees. She loves travel, adventure, words and animals. One of her life goals is to open a canine rescue. Curses Come Home is the first in a series of short story collections by Morven Watt. The stories in Curses Come Home are set in Scotland (The Shetland Isles and Edinburgh), London and in the USA.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Enjoying This Moment


Looking out the window and enjoying this beautiful evening light....
Recharging to face a new day tomorrow...💗

Monday, July 23, 2018

Film Spotlight: The Old Dark House

 Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this film for review. All opinions are my own.

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Eureka Entertainment has recently released The Old Dark House, James Whale’s atmospheric and entertaining horror starring Boris Karloff and Melvyn Douglas as part of The Masters of Cinema Series in a dual format (Blu-ray & DVD) in the UK. It is a new restoration of the chilling classic from the director of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and The Bride of Frankenstein.


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The Old Dark House is the story of a group of weary travellers who come upon a spooky mansion filled with mysterious occupants. There's a madman on the loose upstairs just to make it even more interesting. The Old Dark House is one of the best horror films of the 1930’s. There is a distinctive atmosphere throughout the film and there is no shortage of thrills and chills. This classic film was considered lost for many years, but is now being presented from a stunning new 4K restoration.

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The story opens with our travellers caught in a terrible storm whilst journeying through a remote region of Wales. They end up taking refuge in a sinister mansion inhabited by the bizarre Femm family and their mute butler, Morgan (played by the iconic Boris Karloff) . Trying to make the best of a bad situation, the group settles in for the night, but the Femm family have a few skeletons in their closet, and one of them is on the loose.

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As a film lover, I've always wanted to see this film, since I heard about it some years ago in a film documentary that I was watching. I love a classic horror film and when I found out about this film I looked forward to seeing it one day. When I finally had my chance, I was not disappointed. It has all of the ingredients for a fun film night at home...a spooky old mansion, a stormy night, and eccentric characters. Another treat of this film is seeing a young Gloria Stuart (veteran of many films and probably most famously the elderly Rose in Titanic).

Above: Gloria Stuart - Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment


The Dual Format Special Features include:

•    Optional English subtitles

•    An exclusive video essay by critic and filmmaker David Cairns 


•    Feature length audio commentary by critic & author Kim Newman and Stephen Jones


•    Feature length audio commentary by Gloria Stuart


•    Feature length audio commentary by James Whale biographer James Curtis


•    Daughter of Frankenstein: A Conversation with Sara Karloff 


•    Curtis Harrington Saves The Old Dark House - an archival interview with director Curtis

Harrington about his efforts to save The Old Dark House at a time when it was considered a lost film.

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The Old Dark House has an incredible cast, including Melvyn Douglas, Gloria Stuart, Boris Karloff, and Charles Laughton. This is a fun movie to watch and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

THE OLD DARK HOUSE (Masters of Cinema) Theatrical Trailer can be seen here.

This classic film is available to order from Amazon here .