What makes a successful woman? Success means different things to different people. For some women it might be achieving a high standing in their career, visiting a place they've always wanted to go, or even raising a family. Success can be hard to define.
But what definitely does not make a successful woman is the length of her skirt, the height of her heels or the amount of makeup that she is wearing.
That was the message given across by one of the 'contestants' in the new series of The Apprentice on BBC 1. Sarah Dales, an executive assistant for a top finance firm (according to The Mirror), took on the responsibility of project manager in the first episode that aired last night. It was her job to organise the teams' sales strategy.
Unfortunately, her sales strategy seemed to comprise mostly of making sure her team wore short skirts/dresses, high heels and lots of makeup. These things don't make you successful as a woman, and frankly I'm surprised at the importance she placed on them given her career history.
Of course it's TV and we can't forget that sometimes things are edited to show comments in a certain way, but I am still really unimpressed with her comments and her attitude.
Remember you define what makes you successful, no-one else!
So if you follow me on twitter (@smeethsaysfashn) or instagram (@smeethsaysfashion) then you will have already seen these photos, so sorry about the lateness of putting them up here!!
Now I'll own up, this wasn't today it was last week. Today is cold, wet & windy so I'm quite glad I took these photos on Friday instead!
I really love this colour from Bourjois, it was a gift from a friend & really cheers me up!
So tell me, what colour are your nails right now?
Stay warm & dry lovelies, x
So today I'm bringing you a one-off special feature called #FoodieFriday, and I am going to tell you all about Meat Porter, who are an online artisan meat delivery service, which I have been trying out for myself. Now before I start I want to make something very clear; I bought the items I'm going to tell you about today with my own money, no-one paid me to do it, I wasn't approached and asked to do this feature, I've chosen to do it entirely off my own back, so my opinions are 100% authentic (as always). Another quick note is to apologise for the quality of some of the photos, the camera has broken so I'm using my phone.. plus I have a dark kitchen!
At Meat Porter they are passionate about meat, and giving you the best meat you can buy. They source their products from producers who also supply top London restaurants and chefs, so you know you're buying quality. It is because of their focus on quality that they have decided to keep their overall offerings relatively small, if you "build your own box" you can choose from 18 products, but I think they offer everything you could want or need, I don't see that it is necessary for them to offer more than they already do.
Ordering from Meat Porter is so simple, it's actually very refreshing. You can either "build your own box" with their simple drag & drop process, or order one of their Surprise Me boxes which come in three sizes and involve them choosing the products you receive (if there's a certain product you really don't want you can mention this when you're checking out). If you order by 3pm (Mon-Fri) your box will be delivered by 4pm the next day (or whichever day you want), and you can track the progress of your parcel as well. Delivery is FREE (Tues-Fri), but there is a charge for Saturday delivery.
So you all know that I am still desperately hoping to makeover my bedroom (& the rest of my home, but one room at a time), and if you read my dustbuster review last week you'll also know that I love getting my house ready for Autumn and Winter. Because of this I've decided to combine the two for this week's #WishlistWednesday. The inspiration came when I saw the new George Home @ Asda advert on the tv (I've put it at the top of the page for you to watch), it really resonated for me because I can admit to having broken something I don't like just so I can replace it guilt free! So I've chosen 6 of my favourite products from the website, which you can see below...
1. Sherpa Bed Blanket (Charcoal) £18.00
Can you ever have too many blankets? I don't think so! The weather is going to start getting colder soon, so it's important to have everything you need to stay cosy, and this gorgeous sherpa blanket is perfect! It also comes in a lovely warm red, which is quite festive. You could either use this in bed, or snuggle up with it on the sofa watching tv at night!
2. George Home TV Lap Tray £5.00
As it gets colder, and as it gets dark earlier, I tend to find that I start eating in front of the tv a lot more. My living room is by far the warmest room in the house, and I like closing the doors & curtains with just one lamp on, it's really cosy! But it's not always practical trying to balance a plate of food, so when I saw this snazzy tray I knew I had to add it to the wishlist, and it's a bargain!
3. George Home Map Duvet Set £15.00 (Double)
So this isn't the most wintery of duvet sets I know, but I just really like the travel theme! I think it's really well designed and would keep me amused for quite a while. Also during Autumn/Winter I think things can get a bit dark so this should brighten and freshen up your bedroom! I wonder how many places I can find on it that I have been too?!
4. George Home New York City Images Canvas Wall Art £8.00
You should all know by now how much I love New York City, so I simply couldn't resist this canvas! I think it's a really nice piece of art, and a great price too. It's very versatile, so I think you could hang this in almost any room. For me I think it would look great over my bed, after all it is the City of Dreams.
5. Wax Lyrical Boxed Wax Fill Glass Gingerbread £5.00
I'm not sure I can even begin to explain just how much I love the smell of gingerbread. It's just such a cosy, warm, homely, wonderful smell. Perfect for the colder months as it will warm you right up (and possibly make you very hungry, oops!). Also candles really add to the cosy feeling of a room, so it's win win really.
6. George Home Support Pillow Pair £5.00
If you follow me on twitter and I know a few of you do, then you'll know I frequently struggle to get to sleep at night, which I think might be to do with my pillows! These extra support pillows have a special core which is designed specifically for people who sleep on their side (ME). Pillows can have such a huge effect on your sleep, so it's important to get ones which suit you. A new season is a great time to change your pillows, ready for those early winter nights!
Now if you've seen my previous #WishlistWednesday posts then you might have noticed that I've done things a little differently this week. Let me know if you think it's better this way, or how I did it before!
Also give me your thoughts on my choices, whether you agree or not, AND tell me how you get your home ready for Autumn/Winter!
You can get in touch in the comments below, twitter, instagram, email or using the contact form tab at the top of the page!
Stay safe lovelies, x
We're midway through the week which can only mean one thing, it's WISHLIST WEDNESDAY! This week I've found my favourites from asos.com and they are all gorgeous.
So those are my favourites, I can't stop looking at that jacket it's just so beautiful!
Which of my choices do you like the most? What is your must have autumn staple?
Let me know, either in the comments below or by tweeting me @smeethsaysfashn.
Stay safe lovely people, x
I think I've made it pretty clear by now that I love autumn, and by far one of the best things about a new season is doing a deep clean before winter arrives ( I realise this is possibly just me ). The main thing about an autumn clean is it means getting into all sorts of nooks and crannies that you ignore for the rest of the year, or at least since you did your spring clean. The reason you don't normally clean this areas is because they're awkward to get to, so why not make reaching them a little bit easier?
The Dustbuster Flexi Vac from Black & Decker is my favourite domestic appliance at the moment, and it has been since I got it back in May.
It comes with 3 different nozzles; the one pictured which has a flip out upholstery brush, a round showerhead shaped end with is great for curtains and picking up pet hair & a basic tapered nozzle.
I have both carpeted and hard floors at home which can make changing the setting on the upright vacuum from room to room quite annoying. With this flexi vac that isn't a problem anymore, I use my upright for the carpets, and the hand vac for hard floors & stairs. It's also fantastic if you've just spotted a sneaky spider crawling up the wall and you don't want to have to plug in, unravel and maneuver a big upright.
The only thing I would like to improve is the charging time, it can take a while if you run the battery completely flat, but at the same time the charge does last quite a long time, so I suppose it's not too much of a problem.
The Dustbuster Flexi Vac from Black & Decker will really change the way you clean your home & how long it takes! I use it to clean up crumbs, pet hair, spiders, cobwebs & just about everything else. It has really reduced the amount of time it takes to tidy up, and I'm not using my upright as much as before.
I love my flexi vac, which might seem like a strange thing to say about a hoover, but it makes life just a little bit easier & for me that's a huge bonus!
You can buy the Dustbuster Flexi Vac from Black & Decker either from Black & Decker directly from their website or from amazon.co.uk , there are quite a few different models to choose from!
So tell me, do you autumn clean & which is the task you dread the most? You can let me know either in the comments below or over on twitter @smeethsaysfashn.
Stay safe lovelies, x
So you may have noticed that we were offline since last Friday, I had some maintenance that I needed to do, which was much easier to do if I took the site down during that time.
I hope it didn't cause you guys too many problems, we're all back now & I'm hoping to bring you lots of content over the next few weeks.
I'm really loving the British weather at the moment, the air is fresh, the leaves are starting to turn and it's still pretty warm! Autumn is my absolute favourite season so bring it on!!
Hope you're all well, let me know what you've been up to x
Ask anyone who commits to a blog and they'll tell you that it isn't as easy as it seems. While to those on the outside it can look like a constant roll of new products, fancy events and luscious looking lunches.. for those in the midst it can be quite different.
Now first of all I need to say that there are absolutely loads of fabulous benefits of blogging and being a blogger; you meet some lovely people, get the chance to try out new products & experiences, and get the scoop before others.
But for most of us there comes a time when it can all get a bit much and we burn out. This is something I've been experiencing over the last couple of weeks and it's been driving me crazy! I've literally sat at the computer for hours, staring at the screen, knowing I should be writing but not knowing what to write or even being able to find the energy to try. I've got ready to take photos only to wonder "why bother?". I've left e-mails unanswered, mail unopened, phone calls unreturned and basically been the least productive person around.
Of course this has all been made a whole lot worse today when I was struck down by illness. Looking at the current British weather it's hardly surprising! It's freezing, raining and generally pretty gloomy. It's supposed to be August not November! So I'm now not only suffering from a lack of creativity, drive and can-do attitude, I now have a cold to boot.
I've forced myself to write this post in the hope that it will kick drive my writing again, and get me ready to bring you guys some more posts. Here's hoping it works, I miss you lovely lot!
So the next time you look at a blogger's instagram and think "wow their life is perfect" remember that while there are some fabulous benefits of blogging, there are some downsides and gloomy days as well!
Stay safe, and warm! x
For many August is a time for holidays, sun and enjoying summer. For me August is when I start looking forward to Autumn as it's my favourite season. It's the time when I start looking at the clothes that will take me through Autumn and Winter.
For #WishlistWednesday I've chosen my Autumn favourites from MRP. MRP is based in South Africa but their clothes are great value, they have a fantastic range & the delivery charges are pretty similar to what you'd pay on a UK based site.
My 8 favourites are:
Those are my 8 favourites for Autumn from MRP I'd have them all if I could!
Which is your favourite item and why? Is Autumn your favourite season too? Let me know!!
Stay safe guys, x