Back to work with Aura Print

After over a year of some people working from home, for many people thoughts are now turned to getting back to the workplace. For some people this means a new suit or a smart new work bag. But equally as important when setting that first example is your business card, which through design and quality can say an awful lot about you and your business. Some of the brightest, best and most luxurious business cards around are those produced by online company Aura Print. Their designs incorporate a range of over 40 handpicked papers and also give you the choice to finish your cards off with unique additions such as painted edges, rounded corners or double thickness– really giving your business cards that extra-special look and feel.

Once upon a time business cards seemed to belong to the Yuppie businessman. Who can forget Patrick Bateman in American Pyscho, planning the death of a colleague who had the perfect, minimalist card. But these days, many people find that a stylish card is the best way to keep all your relevant details in one place. It is a great way of sharing your details, and many events I attend have business card draws and use cards rather than signing into events.

As a blogger and writer I find I attend a lot of events where it is useful to have a business card, and I started with a very simple one which I purchased in 2010. But as the blog grew, and I joined new social networks like Instagram, the details on my card needed to be expanded on and updated (a new mobile phone led to a new number, so that made old cards obsolete). So I was very excited when Auraprint offered me the chance to update my business cards with a new, bespoke design.

Aura Print really offer you the choice of having EXACTLY what you want for your card. You can upload your own design, images and photographs if you wish, but they also have a wealth of perfect designs to fit any business, from fashion and beauty, to technology, cars…basically anything you require. They can even create your design from scratch, working from the brief that you give them, so the card you envisage can become a reality, a true bespoke design. You can match your outlay to your budget by choosing whether your card is printed on one or both sides, you can choose your size and orientation, and you can make your choice of gloss, matt or soft-touch laminate.

I gave Aura Print the brief for my fashion-mommy card. I wanted something glamorous and sophisticated with a clear link to fashion. I opted for a double-sided design with all my relevant details on the back. This included my email and mobile number, as well as Twitter and Instagram details. One of the brilliant things about Aura Print is that it very cleverly lets you check a proof of the design so you can add and adapt details whilst showing you how this would look on the card, this allows you to keep the card from being uncluttered – you can see if you’ve added to much detail, or made a spelling mistake and amend it accordingly. My cards also have a beautiful gold metallic foil finish for the most important detail – my blog name, this is a luxurious touch which I believe helps that first impression.

The ordering process is very simple, and also allows you to add extra that may be useful for your business promotion, from promotional material, to stationary and invitations. You cards can be with you within two days of agreeing your design, so it is a fast and pain free process.

I was really pleased with my finished cards, which look professional and elegant. The quality of the cards is second to none and they are just perfect, totally what I was looking for.

 

Elle Style retrospective – Get the Look with Next.

February 13th sees one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the style calendar. The annual Elle Style awards attract a gaggle of gorgeously dressed stars, all showing off their most fashion forward looks on the Elle Red Carpet.

Last years ceremony was a vintage one in terms of style. Thandie Newton, Helena Christianson and Sophie Ellis Bexter all showed serious style credentials, but my personal favourite was the icon that is Emma Watson . Does this girl ever have an off day?

Next are the sponsors of this years Elle Style awards and they have set bloggers a challenge. Could you recreate your favourite Elle style look using pieces from the Next Spring/Summer collection?

Emma’s gorgeous dress was from Hakaan. With her cropped hair and wide-eyed, dewy make-up she reminded me of 1960s icon Twiggy. The dress was styled with minimal jewellery for a paired down look that was both sophisticated, but totally age appropriate.

Get the look

This beautiful dress has the same shape and style as Emma’s Hakaan number, but updates the look with a veneer of lace.

Lipsy Lace Embroidered Skater Dress £55

Nude shoes help to elongate the legs and an added platform makes them more comfortable than a stiletto heel.

Patent Island Platform Court Shoes £26 

Jewellery is kept to a minimum. A gold cuff style bracelet is all that is needed for this look.

Gold Twist Cuff £10 

To see all the Next’s new season range, click here.

 

 

 

Selfridges Birmingham – Lust Haves and Must haves!

I was part of a very special bloggers evening at Selfridges, Birmingham on Thursday evening. Along with a host of lovely ladies who I am now christening the Brummie Bloggers Collective, including Sunni from WardrobeMag, Sian from teaantoast, Lou from The Style Kaleidoscope, Emily Jayne from EmilyJayne.com, Laura from The Doll on Fashion, Sarah from The Diva Diaries and Clare from Pinklittlebean (from Sheffield, but so lovely she is definitely a honorary Brummie Blogger).

After enjoying a quick slide show highlighting some of the Spring/Summer trends that I will go into in further detail over the festive period, along with sumptuous glasses of champers, we were treated to a special store walk where we were able to look, touch and photograph the most luxurious items Selfridges has on offer for the festive season. This was truly the lust haves and must haves..imagine compiling a money is no object Christmas pressie list. Well, here, in pictorial form, is mine. Feel free to buy me whatever you wish, I love EVERYTHING!

Iconic Lady Dior bags

Gucci 1970s inspired shoes

Victoria Beckham dress as worn by Kate Winslet

More Victoria Beckham..so simple, so elegant.

STELLA MCCARTNEY Sequinned dress £745.00 click to visit Selfridges

ALICE BY TEMPERLEY Mini Ella sequinned dress Was £455.00 Now £320.00 click to visit Selfridges

Vivienne Westwood. click to visit Selfridges

ONLY AT SELFRIDGES VIVIENNE WESTWOOD Dotted dress £3,155 click to visit Selfridges

ONLY AT SELFRIDGES MULBERRY Alexa croc satchel £885.00 click to visit Selfridges

 

Look out for further Selfridges post including details of my fabulous Laura Mercier makeover.

With thanks to Rachel Dyson of Selfridges Birmingham and Emma Roberts from Browse Bullring.