#OfficeJoys – Working Home And Away

Whether you work in an office environment, or work from home, it has to be said, your work life is never perfect.  As someone who has been in both situations, I can totally see the view from both sides of the fence, there are pluses and negatives whichever way you choose. Furniture at Work, where you can find great quality  office furniture online, have produced the very tongue in cheek video featured above, to highlight that some days are a battle whether we travel to a work environment, or create one in our home.

Working in an Office

When I had my own office I was certainly more organised, with a place for everything and everything in its place. I could work in peace and quiet so I could really concentrate on getting tasks done, and everything I needed was immediately on hand. Coffee was only a phone call away, and there was always someone around who I could chat to.

It sounds pretty perfect, except…the stripe lights gave me headaches that developed into migraines. The office door was constantly being knocked by people passing their problems onto me or adding to my workload. The sterile environment was not really conducive to creativity and inspiration, and that office chair could be uncomfortable, And the phone never stopped ringing, I would hear it in my sleep.

Working from Home

Now I work from home, often, like this morning, with a netbook perched on my lap. I can work in pyjamas, in my slippers, I can start at what time I want, and finish at what time I want. I can take whatever breaks I like, and I have no need for childcare, particularly during the school holidays. No office chair is as comfortable as my sofa, and I never miss the postman. This is definitely more like it,

Except, its now the summer holidays and I have Joe swinging a ball around my head and demanding food while I try to work. I can’t find anything – someone has moved my notes once again, and when I do find them I can see something suspiciously like chocolate biscuit stuck to them.

The hubby, who goes out to work, leaves a long list of things to be done during the day, from washing up to going to the supermarket, all during work hours, so it looks like it will be a late one once again, and don’t even get me started about getting distracted by the television, I’m literally shouting at ‘The Wright Stuff’ as I become enthralled in yet another debate about Donald Trump.

Wherever you choose to work, in an office block or a home office, it seems like there will always be something to love, something to hate. But I think now is most definitely the time for a cuppa, so I’m going to put this laptop down and stick the kettle on.

FFX – Your Destination For Workwear

FFX, or Folkestone Fixings, is a one stop destination for power tools, handtools and work wear. Founded in Folkestone in 2003, the company has stores in the South East as well as an online store. The online business is one of the UK’s largest independent suppliers of power tools and power tool accessories, hand tools, fixings and fasteners, and general construction consumables. It is also a brilliant place to go for work wear, stocking brands like DeWalt, Makita, Dickies, Silverline and Snickers, all at very competitive prices.

My husband Pete is the perfect person to talk about work wear. In his job as a loft conversion specialist he needs protective, hard wearing clothing that will stand the rigours of a job that involves heavy lifting, climbing and working from heights. As well as these requirements, Pete still has to look smart and presentable as he is working in someone’s home, and is a public face for the company he represents. I asked him to test drive some pieces from FFX, and he was impressed with the cost and quality of the brands they are able to supply.

Pete chose three pieces of clothing from the work wear section. The Roughneck 95-155 Wind Blocker Fleece comes in sizes that go up to XXL, and is great for wearing when working on a roof as it is wind proof and water resistant. Unlike some fleeces that are baggy in cut, this has a more fitted look, and also has a another great safety feature in that it has reflective piping, this not only makes it look more attractive, but is good if you are working at night. It looks smart, but, as it comes in black, it is also a practical choice if you are working in a dirty environment.

Pete also chose a classic black t-shirt from the Snickers range. You may think you could literally wear any t-shirt for work, but the Snickers t-shirts cost less than £8 and have features that make them perfect for wearing everyday in a physically challenging environment. In short, they offer:-

  • For a long service life, reinforced at the shoulder seam and back of neck
  • Lycra in the neck rib helps maintain shape – wash after wash
  • Printed neck label to avoid itching

These are t-shirts that look smart and are hardwearing, very important when the work you do is physical, day in day out. You need your clothes to work with you, not against you, and that is exactly what the Snickers t-shirts do.

The final items Pete chose are probably the most important. A good pair of work boots has to be able to withstand the rigours of a building site/workplace, protecting the feet from scaffolding, falling masonry and power tools. But they also need to be comfortable enough to wear all day, and to be long lasting, you don’t want to be replacing them every few weeks.  Pete will only wear DeWalt boots, as he says they are the only brand that are instantly comfortable, you never have to wear them in first. The DEWALT Extreme 3 Safety Boot have a lightweight construction whilst also offering high levels of safety for the workplace, they are also, at under £40, brilliant value for a boot that are heat resistant and oil and slip resistant.


Stylish Succes – What Does A Fashion Stylist Need To Know To Succeed?

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The job of being a stylist is now, more than ever, one of the most popular popular emerging professions in the wide world of fashion. A fashion stylist is someone who selects clothing and accessories for published editorial features, television, print advertising campaigns, music videos, fashion shoots and any other public appearances made by models, public figures and celebrities.

This is truly a job that is not for the faint hearted!

Are you someone who is looking to start a career in fashion, or are you someone who is already a fashion stylist but are looking for ways in which you can further propel career? If so, then this is the article for you. Read on to find out more about what a fashion stylist needs to know to succeed in the industry!

Style Sense

 1. Stylish Success – What Does a Fashion Stylist Need to Know to Succeed?

If you are going to be a fashion stylist, you most definitely need to look the part.

No one is going to trust a fashion stylist who is decked out in sweatpants every other day of the week. This is where style sense comes into play. A good start when it comes to keeping in the loop with all things fashion related is to enrol yourself in the number of certified fashion stylist courses that are available in the market.

Through courses, you will be able to brush up on what is in trend, what is going to be in trend, and you may also learn a thing or two about how to dress yourself in order to impress your potential clients. Looking the part is key, so a career in fashion stylist starts with you!

2. Communication Skills Are Key

You may think that in the world of fashion, all you need to focus on is clothing, accessories, trends and so on. Whilst this is true, you will also need to focus some energy into developing your communication skills. During a photoshoot, it is crucial that a stylist is able to communicate with photographers, art directors and any other member of staff to capture the right style for a product.

Good communication skills are absolutely key in making this happen.

A fashion stylist also needs to have the ability to communicate their vision to a client in a way that is both easily understandable and acceptable, so developing communication skills is truly essential.

3. Networking And Attending Events

A large part of being successful in the industry is getting your name out there.

What better way to do this than by attending events, rocking up at fashion shows or even enrolling yourself in a fashion related seminar? Not only will you be opening your eyes up to different ideas, but you will also have the chance to meet new people in the industry and start growing your network. Other ways of networking would be to connect with like-minds on platforms such as LinkedIn. You never know, your next project just may come knocking at your door through someone you have recently met!

Stylish Success – What Does a Fashion Stylist Need to Know to Succeed?

4. Pay Your Dues

Almost every single successful fashion stylist have interned for other stylists in the past.

This is the circle of life in the fashion world. Most internships come without pay, but the knowledge and skills you acquire are priceless. Through your internships, you will be able to pave your way towards a paid job with the help of the references you acquire from your employers. This is why it pays to ensure that everything you do is with 110% of your effort.

5. Figure Out Your Specialty

There are so many different categories of fashion styling.

If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to try them all. However, most of the time, people have a specific area of interest that they would like to focus on. Whether you want to be a celebrity stylist, editorial stylist or a personal fashion stylist to the everyday shopper, find out what kind of work really speaks to you and then go ahead and pursue that to the best of your ability.


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Becoming a successful fashion stylist is something that can take years of hard work and experience to fully get into. With these handy tips in mind, we are certain that you will succeed in whatever field of fashion styling that you are passionate about.