Follower migration to my new site

Hi again you lovely people,

This is a quick note to let you know that those of you following me via email will be migrated over to my new blog in the next few days, anyone following via BlogLovin or WordPress please find me over at my new home printsandpostcards.com or https://www.bloglovin.com/blog/12889127 and resubscribe.

Thank you!

Vicky x

New home for Prints and Postcards!

Hi guys!

I know it’s been forever and a day since I posted, and firstly I want to say sorry for that, but this year has been crazy busy as I bought my first house!! Not only that, but I’ve working on moving my blog over to being self hosted and I have now finally managed to figure it all out myself thanks to YouTube and googling ‘idiot’s guide to migrating your wordpress’.

So I hope that not only will you let me off for my long hiatus, but that you’ll also now join me over at my new home printsandpostcards.com!

Finally a big, huge THANK YOU for following me in the first place! See you at the housewarming!

thank you sherlock

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2014 Resolutions

I know the resolutions posts are doing the rounds at the moment, and I wanted to add mine to it to make my promises more concrete. This year I didn’t want to go for the obligatory ‘get fit’ or ‘lose weight’ and wanted to think a bit more about what I could really stick to, and would make the best year.

2014 new year resolutions

1. Learn Photoshop

Last year I got Photoshop, and whilst I can use it for the basics I’d like to be able to use it properly for more complex editing so will be enlisting the help of a friend at work to teach me all the tips and tricks!

2. Make more time for blogging

Over the past few months the blog has unfortunately taken a bit of a back seat as things like holidays, sickness and a lot of things going on at work have meant that I’ve really struggled to find the time or motivation to get up quality posts. So in 2014 I want to get back my blogging mojo and make sure I really try to make time and put in the effort to make the blog the best it can be!

3. Always try to have a positive outlook

It’s fair to say 2013 had its ups and downs, and in general I’d say it was a pretty crappy year. So in 2014 I want to banish the negative and focus on the good things in my life and do less moaning!!

4. Make 2014 the best year it can be & 5. Be Happy!

Along the same lines as resolution number 3, I want to go full steam ahead in 2014 and make sure that when it gets to Dec 31st 2014 I can look back and think what a great year it’s been!

So that’s mine in a nutshell, link me some of your resolution posts below I’d love to know what your goals are for 2014!

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All I want for Christmas is…

I know there are a few of these posts around at the moment, but it’s Christmas and I’m constantly being asked by those around me what I’d like for the big day. So for anyone asking, here’s some of my top choices!

asos cat watchAsos cat ears watch £25

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Asos Michael Kors dupe £22

new look necklace

Gold tassle necklace New Look £6.99

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Elephant coin necklace Asos £12

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Nail art brush kit from Topshop £10

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Pure Evoke Mio DAB digital radio in Seagrass

remington

Remington AC9096 silk hairdryer approx £30 from Boots

phone case

Marimekko Unikko iPhone 4 case £34

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Tess Gerritsen novels – part of the Rizzoli & Isles series

nail rock nail wraps

Nail Rock red and gold metallic moon nail wraps approx £6

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You look lovely today canvas pouch £18

flake away

Soap & Glory Flake Away body exfoliator £7.50

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This Works Deep Sleep Heavenly candle £25 and the rest of the Deep Sleep range 

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Mulberry Primrose – well a girl can try!

So that’s what I’ll be having my fingers crossed for in just over a weeks time, what are you hoping to find under your Christmas tree?

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Jo Elvin – Women at One Lunch Series

It’s not very often that invites like ‘who wants to come and see Glamour editor Jo Elvin speak at a women’s lunch event?’ pop into my inbox, so when this one got circulated by one of the girls at work I immediately jumped at the chance to attend.

‘Women at One’ is a lunch series which enables the women of Guernsey to get together to socialise and network over some lunch, whilst also listening to the inspiring stores of guest speakers from around the UK including magazine editors, CEOs and founders of women’s Leadership Academies.

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All photos from Women at One Facebook page

The November lunch was particularly popular as it was hosted by long-running editor of Glamour Magazine, Jo Elvin. Now whilst I am not an avid Glamour reader, I thought this would still be a fantastic chance to hear first hand how someone like Jo got to where she is today and what pearls of wisdom she had to bestow upon the rest of us (I also wanted to hear if she had any embarrassing celeb stories, which she definitely did!).

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Australian-born Elvin started her magazine career doing work experience at girls magazine Dolly, where was offered a full time job before moving to the slightly older Cleo. As well as working in magazines Elvin also had a brief stint as an Aussie cliche (her words, not mine!) when she worked as a publicist on Neighbours, and no, not during the Jason and Kylie years. She then took the huge decision to move to the UK with dreams of making it big in the UK magazine industry.

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As careers go, Elvin’s has been one of working incredibly hard, always using her initiative and putting everything into every job she’s undertaken, including taking the several knock backs she encountered on arriving in the UK. In fact she recalled a story of sitting in a greasy spoon in Notting Hill back in the early nineties and thinking it was maybe time to cut her losses and go back to Australia and even seeing a Quantas plane flying overhead – surely an even bigger sign?! It was at this low point that she was offered a job at Sugar magazine, and has since gone from strength to strength having been editor of women’s magazine Glamour, which she describes as being ‘glossy with grit‘, for over a decade.

jlaw coverAttributing her success to her Aussie determination and never wanting to give up, some of the highlights of her career include drinking a Vodka and tonic with Tony Blair on board a private plane and being papped with Terri Hatcher in the Hollywood Hills. But the life of a magazine isn’t all glitz and glamour as Jo also recalled a time at an awards ceremony when she was drafted in to hold up a certain female celebs dress whilst she went to the loo as it was so tight she couldn’t do it herself!

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So what’s her advice for a successful career? Firstly she advocates internships, but more to demonstrate the hard work you’re willing to put in, and if you’re looking to get into fashion that doesn’t mean only interning at fashion magazines. All experience counts, and in fact one of the current Glamour staff had never worked on a fashion magazine when she applied and was working on a car magazine, but the fact that she has immersed herself so fully into the world of cars really impressed Jo who decided to give her a chance, which she says absolutely paid off.

My personal favourite piece of advice Jo gave was straight to the point – ‘say yes and then figure it out later.’

Unfortunately we had a meeting to get back to at work so were unable to stay for questions after lunch which was pretty disappointing as I had wanted to find out Jo’s opinions on bloggers and whether they’re having a positive or negative effect on the magazine industry. But we did have just enough time to scoff the amazing cheesecake that came for dessert, although I’m pretty sure I shouldn’t have eaten the whole thing so quickly as I felt super sick on the drive back to the office!

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All in all though this was a great event, Jo was incredibly warm and funny and although I’m sure she’s a totally formidable woman in the office her career stories and advice helped many of us around the table to understand the most important areas to focus on to really impress the people around you to drive your career forward.

Thanks to Jo and the organisers of Women at One for such a great afternoon out with the girls!

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Me encanta México

I love Mexico!

This is the third time we’ve been to Mexico, and although we said we’d probably never come back as it was time to explore some other countries we were booked to go to Egypt when it all kicked off so decided to cut our losses and come back to the beautiful Riviera Maya, which is about an hour south of Cancun. Staying at El Dorado Seaside Suites, which is billed as one of the most romantic hotels in the world we once again had a fantastic time in the gorgeous tropical surroundings this part of Mexico has to offer.

I took my trusty DSLR with us and here are some shots from in and around the hotel, as well as a couple from Isla Contoy. Enjoy! x

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Always Exploring

Hey everyone!

Sorry for my super long hiatus, I’ve been on holiday in Mexico which has meant the blog has had to take a little break, but I’m back now and rather than sunning myself in 30 degrees I’m back to the crisp Guernsey winters. This weekend I had a great little treat when I ventured out with my sister, brother-in-law and my two gorgeously mischievous nephews to do a little island exploring.

Now having lived in the island for 26 years (except when I went to uni for three years), and given the small size of Guernsey you’d be forgiven for thinking it likely that I know everywhere there is to know here, and that there’s no where left to explore. But as much as it pains me to admit it, you’d be wrong. There’s one place that I’ve seen in many photos over the years but have never known where it was, and that would be the half-moon hole in the wall at Saints Bay Harbour.

So after donning my big winter coat and wooly hat, I let my sister and family lead the way until we got to the cute little harbour that still has moorings and is used regularly by local fisherman. As it was my first time there I thought it would be rude not to grab some shots of the area, so here are a couple I took on my wander.

Enjoy!

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