Friday, 28 August 2015

Life: Dreams of Italian Interiors

A lets her mind drift off back to Italy for a while.

I was momentarily distracted from my work this afternoon by my Mum asking if I thought a gold shower curtain might be just the thing. I suggested it might look very Italian, and go nicely with our new stone soap dish we recently brought back from Florence. 

One thought of Italy, and my mind is back there, lazing in the sun on the terrace, cooking and enjoying the coolness of the tiled kitchen floor, revelling in the distressed grandeur that so typifies many Italian interiors. So on this rainy Friday, I'm indulging myself with some beautiful Italian interiors in which to lose myself, while I dream of sunnier climes. Why don't you join me?

You're welcome. And yes, there's always wine.

A x

P.S. All these images and more can be found on Pinterest if your appetite is only whetted!

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Life: E Goes Freelance

E shares what she's learnt so far, from going freelance.

Little did I know what 2015 had in store for me and oh, boy, what an adventure its been so far! I decided to go freelance in photography, shortly after moving to the big smoke and it's been pretty scary but also very worth it. I thought I'd share a few practical (and a few whimsical) thoughts about what I've learnt so far. 

First things first - Sort your diary out!

Most people that know me, will know that scheduling isn't my strong point. So a big challenge for me has been learning to put EVERYTHING in my diary and being strict with time management. This can work both ways, if I have a long to-do list, I prioritise it daily - I've learnt to dare to deal with the most urgent, scariest and hardest tasks first. 

Time management is also important when it comes to taking time off. Working for yourself can be tough and it's tempting to sometimes not take a day off but if you don't, no-one else is going to make you. Busy is great as a freelancer but don't burn yourself out. Especially when you're trying to fit in a photo-shoot and editing from your last shoot, in the same day. So learn from me and be realistic with when you should stop, otherwise you'll be eating into your next day's work. Balance is key and more importantly in your in control! 

Staying positive

Working for yourself can be very rewarding, everything you sew you reap and therefore when things go well, it's all down to you. - Yay! However it's tough when you make a mistake and again, it's all down to you. As a freelancer you need to be able to stay positive and move on. You're going to 'fail' at some point there's no doubt about that, so just make sure you learn from it rather than resent it. 
Stay connected and social

Something that is probably very obvious is remembering to stay connected. It's important to keep your social media platforms up to date. That way if you still need to update your website, people can still see your recent work. Get to know clients your working with and more importantly, it shows that you're busy. 
Try not to worry

At the beginning finances can be tough, and I'm still learning, but really do try not to worry. Take each day as it comes, however cliche that might sound. I've realised that freelance work comes usually when you least expect it. Sometimes I won't feel that booked up, then suddenly there aren't enough days in the week! So make sure you make the most of those quiet days, they're a blessing in disguise, trust me. Why not take the opportunity to update your website, contact potential clients or learn a new skill. That way there's no time wasted.

I'm still learning all of these things and more, so do let me know if you have any top tips of your own. If you fancy having a look at any of my photography work then you'd be very welcome, on my website

E x 

Friday, 21 August 2015

Thought: R~A~J~E Book Club - Down to Business

A's must read business books.

I spend a lot of my time reading, reading for pleasure, reading for information, reading to learn... so I thought I'd share some of my recommended reads of late.

Lean In - Sheryl Sandberg

Best for: Women in Business

Common sense comprises a lot of Sandberg's hit book, but common sense we still need to hear. The stories she shares are at once revealing and encouraging. Everyone should read this book, whether you think you need to or not.

To Die For - Lucy Siegle

Best for: Ethical Fashion

Having followed Siegle's career with interest, and having dipped in and out of her writings, I can say that she is truly one of the most sensible voices on ethical fashion out there. She has a no-nonsense, yet relentlessly optimistic approach to the industry and is continually well-informed.

Venture Deals

Best for: Investment Rookies

Surprisingly witty and engaging for a book about investment, Feld and Mendelson prove venture capitalists are humans too. Supplemented with insights from real-life entrepreneurs, this is an invaluable no-stone-unturned how-to of investment.

The Lean Startup - Eric Reis

Best for: Startups

I haven't actually read this one yet, but it is sitting proudly atop my to-read pile right now. After stumbling across it in almost every list of recommended reading, I thought it only prudent to order it. Reis explores how startups become successful by remaining lean and agile. 

Thrive - Arianna Huffington

Best for: Your Mental Health

Subtitled; The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-being, Wisdom and Wonder, this is the antidote to myth that success is money, busyness and status. Huffington draws on experience, hard science and many world philosophies to present a convincing case for re-assessing our success measuring sticks.

A x

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Life: Inside Inspiration

E shares some pretty interiors for our end of summer blues...

As always a house move inspires and exhausts you and finding my restful place in that brought me to looking at some interesting interiors. As we start to depart August and enter into September, I've found some spaces that might help give you that much needed inspiration! 


I hope you enjoyed my moments of calm. 

E x

All images via Pinterest.