31 Jan 2016

Inspirational Quote Of The Week: 310116

'Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.'

-Will Rogers

27 Jan 2016

My Business Story

For Today's blog I wanted to share my Business Story for anyone who is starting a Business or thinking of starting a business hopefully this will be helpful and inspire you to take the next step. 

I decide to start my own business in January 2015. After graduating University with a Business Management degree i struggled to get a job, I ended up in dead end jobs and I was miserable. So I made the decision to start my own eBay store.

I have always had a creative side, painting, sewing, and really just making crafty things from what I had in my stash. So I Started making accessories and selling them on eBay, at the beginning it was slow and i wasn't getting a lot of sales, so I bought stock to sell to subsides my Handmade items. This gave me a chance to earn money that I could put back into my business.

 It was hard going at first I worked 7 days a week doing everything I could to make my business work. I watched several You Tube videos looking for ways to do this and I put what I learned into action. I paid for sewing lesson so I could improve the quality of my work, which I still have now. 

After about 6 months I started to see my hard work pay off, I was getting regular sales, repeat customers and I could see trend patters in my products what was more popular and what wasn't to popular which helped me to narrow my niche. I stopped purchasing accessories to sell and stocked only items I have made. 

In October 2015, i decided to open an Etsy shop, things had been going so well on eBay I felt it was time to have a second sales platform. I'm still working on my Etsy shop but so far so good. 

My advice to you if you are thinking of having a business or have a business and you believe in what you are selling then take the risk, it might not pay off but if you put the work in and learn from your mistakes you have a bigger chance of success. Setting up my own business was the best decision I have ever made I basically created my dream job. 

I have had a business for a year now and I am still growing it, it's hard work but defiantly worth it. I will be posting some more blogs covering the topic of starting a business so stay tuned. 

I hope this was helpful!

D'Atra Paris

25 Jan 2016

January Favourites 2016

As its near the end of January I thought I would blog my beauty favourites.

1. No7 Night Cream - Beautiful Skin - Normal/Dry

I got this cream for Christmas and i have been using it every night since and my skin is so smooth and soft. usually in the winter months my skin becomes dry and chapped but this year that hasn't happened. I apply it at night after i have cleansed my face when i wake up in the morning my skin still feels moisturised. 

2. Body Shop - Hemp Foot Protector 

I have used this product for many years i must be on my 4th tub, it lasts along time and my feet feel amazing, plus it smells really good too. 

3. Superdrug - Coconut Oil - For Hair and Skin

I bought this product in December my hair was really dry, i have curly hair and it was so frizzy. so i thought i would give this product a try, i bought the small size but when it runs out i will definitely be buying the larger tub. You warm it in your hands until it turns into liquid and apply to your hair or skin. i haven't tried it on my skin but it works amazingly well on my hair. 

4. Nivea - Lip Butter - Vanilla & Macadamia 

This was another Christmas gift, it came in a set and this one is my favourite, it smells incredible and my lips feel so soft.

5. Tangle Teezer 

This has to be the best hair brush i have ever had, like i said i have curly hair which always gets tangled and it can be a job coming through it but this makes it so easy, i have less breakage and it doesn't pull on my tangles. 

Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what you thought! 

D'Atra Paris

24 Jan 2016

20 Jan 2016

15 Things To Do For Free

Its the first month of the New Year why not kick it off buy doing some money saving activities over the weekend. After Christmas money can be a bit tight I have put together a list of things that you can do for free.
  1. Check out your local Community Center - They often have activities or classes you can take part in free of charge.
  2. Clear Out - This is one of my favourite things to do if I find myself at a loose end or want to pass some time doing something useful. Clear out that dreaded cupboard, wardrobe or CD collection.
  3. Teach Yourself Something - Last August bank holiday I taught myself how to quilt, why not teach yourself a skill you have always wanted to know how to do.
  4. Start A Blog - Start a blog about something that means something to you, whether that's Beauty, Fashion or a topic you find interesting. 
  5. Cook For The Week - If you know you have a busy week ahead why not cook your meals in advance, this will save time and give you something to do. 
  6. Throw A Dinner Party - Invite your friends round for a dinner party, you could have them bring their favourite home cooked dish and you could all try each other's. 
  7. Work Out Your Finances - Not the most exciting thing to do but we all have to do it. Work them out and set a plan of action for the year.
  8. Themed Film Day - My boyfriend and I often do this, chose a theme and watch films relating to it. For example: Old movie day or Action movie day.
  9. Have a Sale - Have a sale in your garden or local community Center, you could even list unwanted items on eBay. This will generate some extra cash for a day out or something special.
  10. Get Things Done - I hear people so often say 'I don't have enough time' well use this time to get those jobs done, whether that be tidying the garden, washing the car or going to the gym.
  11. Get A Head Start - Get a head start on DIY gifts for birthdays or even next Christmas have them ready and wrapped this way it saves time and you won't forget.
  12. Help A Friend - Got a friend who is moving house or doing some work they need a hand with, help them out they will be very grateful.
  13. Spend Time With A Pet - Take a dog for a walk it doesn't have to be yours ask a neighbour or a friend if you can take their dog, or play with your cat, I have a laser pen which my two love to chase. 
  14. Volunteer Your Time - Volunteer your time within you community or your local church, helping others will give you a feel good feeling. 
  15. Take A Long Walk - Go for a walk this will clear your head and you can start the next week feeling fresh. 
I hope these tips were helpful, if you give any of them a try let me know! 

D'Atra Paris

18 Jan 2016

Homemade Meat And Potato Pie

Mince Meat
Baby Potatoes
Pastry (ready made)
Beef Stock Cube

Slow Cooker
Pie Dish

Step One: Chop up the Onion and add to the slow cooker along with water and beef stock cube.

Step Two: Dice the Mince Meat add add to the slow cooker, allow to cook for 1 Hour or until Meat is Brown.

Step Three: Chop up the Potatoes, peel and chop the Carrots add them to the slow cooker and stir every thing together. Leave to cook for 3 Hours.

Step Four:  Add the gravy granules until the water becomes a thick gravy, you can make the gravy as think as you like. Add Salt and Pepper.

Step Five: Prepare the pastry, I use ready made pastry because it saves time and I often make this meal in the week, however you can make your own pastry if you prefer.

Step Six: Scoop the pie filling in to your chosen dish and place the pastry on top, score the pastry to allow the steam to escape. Egg wash and place in the oven, cook according to your pastry shop instructions.

Step Seven: Serve Hot or Cold.

If you give this a try let me know what you think.

D'Atra Paris

17 Jan 2016

Inspirational Quote Of The Week: 170116

'All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them'


15 Jan 2016

Beat The January Blues


Its the middle of January, Christmas seems a lifetime ago and it's cold and went outside so I put together a a list of things to do to beat the January blues.

  1. Get Cooking - Try out those new recipes you have been dying to make, take up baking or even start a health kick and get your beach body ready.
  2. Catch Up On Work - Mid January is often a quiet time for me, I use this time to finish any work or get those time consuming jobs that I have been putting off done.
  3. Make Plans - Summer will soon be upon us so make holiday plans or plans for how you want to spend it, this will give you something to look forward to.
  4. Holiday - If you have the funds kick the year off with a Holiday, get away from the wet weather and head for the beach.
  5. Read A Book - Get lost in a great book, this will give your mind an escape and boost your spirits.
  6. Re-decorate A Room Or Your Home - Spruce up your space, no better feeling that coming home to a fresh house.
  7. Have A New Year Clear Out - Clear out any clutter or donate/sell anything your bored off, you will feel so much better for it.
  8. Walk - Blow away the cob webs and go for a winter walk, this always helps to clear my head and boost my spirits.
  9. Save Money - Money can be tight after Christmas so use this time to save money, cut down on unnecessary items and make a plan of how you want to spend the money you will have saved.
  10. Make A 2016 Checklist - Write down everything you want to achieve this year and start working on your goals.
  11. New Hobby - Take up a new hobby, whether that's Sports, Baking or Sewing find something that you love.
  12. Make A Play list - make a play list of your favourite songs that make you feel happy and uplifted and play it while you potter round your house, it's sure to lift you up.
  13. Throw A Dinner Party - Use this time to catch up with old friends and try out your new recipes, you could even take it in turns to host, Come Dine With Me style. 
I hope this helps anyone that is feeling the January Blues and if you have any other suggestions of give any of these a try let me know.

D'Atra Paris 

13 Jan 2016

Dolce And Gabbanna: La Roue De La Fortune - Favourite Fragrance

La Roue De La Fortune - Number 10
Dolce And Gabbana 

Available at Amazon 

This is my favourite fragrance of all time, I am yet to find one I love as much as this one. It has been out since 2009 and am on my third bottle. It's part of the Dolce And Gabbana Anthology collection which are based around Tarrot cards. 

It's a very soft fragrance it's perfect for during the day as its long lasting and not over powering. With Vanilla, Patchouli and White Floral it is a really girly, sweet Scent which is what I love. The perfume is a unisex scent but to me it smells sweet and cosy. 

100ml bottle, which is rectangular and chunky which feels nice to hold, however just difficult to take in your handbag with you but lasts a long time.  I have not tried any of the others in the collection but hopefully I will do one day. 

D'Atra Paris 

11 Jan 2016

Tall Clothing Online Stores

My Favourite Online Stores For Tall Clothing

I have put together a list of my favourite online websites to buy tall clothing from. Being 6 ft tall I know how difficult it is to find clothes that fit well, especially long enough pants! So I hope this helps for anyone else struggling. 

1. Simply Be - www.simplybe.co.uk – I buy some of my clothes from Simply Be, they often have jeans and pants in with a 34” inside leg. Most of them have large hems which makes it easy to take down if needed. The prices are reasonable which is great on the bank balance. 

2. Tall Girls – www.tallgirls.co.uk - I love Tall Girls clothing, they have a really good selection of jeans ( up to a 38" leg) and they also sell footwear. The prices can be on the higher side compare to simply be, but I find the clothes keep up with the latest fashion and there is something for every age range. 

3. Long Tall Sally - www.longtallsally.com - I have bought a few items from Long Tall Sally and they have been really good quality, they are on the pricier side but worth it for those items like coats and jeans that you will have for a long time. Aimed at women over 5'8".

4. Asos - www.asos.com - Asos have a range for tall women, I haven't purchased anything from them yet but my sister has and she loves their clothes so I thought I would mention them.

I hope this is helpful, if you know of any other online websites for tall clothing please let me know as I am always looking for other places to shop.

D'Atra Paris

8 Jan 2016

10 Tips For Working From Home

As I run my business from home I know how tricky it can be to stay motivated and productive, so here are 10 tips to make working from home easier. 

  1. Set A Schedule - Setting work hours helps you get in to a routine, I work from 9:30 to 6 Mon - Sat and have Sun as my day off. This way it feels like a regular 9-5 Job and you know that between those hours you will be working. However working from home does give you flexibility and somethings even I have to veer from my schedule, if I need a Wednesday off I will swap it with Sunday, but I have the schedule there as a guide.
  2. Set A Finish Time - Have a clocking off time, I finish at 6:30pm this way I know I have a certain amount of time to complete the days tasks and I know that from 6:30 I can relax and do non work related tasks.
  3. Dress For Work - Have a work uniform, I know that's strange as at home you can wear anything but having a uniform will make you more productive as your less likely to get back in bed or lounge around.
  4. No Distractions - When I first started working from home it was easy for me to put the television on as I worked but I found that I ended up watching the TV and getting no or little work done. Now I turn my phone off and occasionally I will play the radio if I don't need to concentrate as much.
  5. Office Space - Have your own work space would be my next tip, sometimes it's impossible to have your own room as your office but just a small area where you can work will make you more productive. 
  6. Designate Days - Set certain task for certain days, I do my Accounts on a Thursday and list my items in my shop on a Friday. This way you can batch your work and work more efficiently.
  7. Keep Your Space Organised - There is nothing worse that trying to work in a cluttered space, have a place for everything this way it's easier to find what your looking for quickly so you can get on with the job at hand. 
  8. Notepad and Pen - I always keep a notepad and a pen handy just in case I need to write something down or have an idea that I want to implement this way your less likely to forget it and can refer back to it when you have chance.
  9. Planner - Have a planner or a diary to keep track of your tasks, I organise mine like a to-do list. 
  10. Have Time Off - When running your own business it can be difficult to take time off as there is only you to solve any problems but I make sure I take one day off to recharge my batteries and relax. 

Hope this helps! 

D'Atra Paris 

6 Jan 2016

My 2016 Reading List

One of my New Years Resolutions is to read a book every month, so I went through my book collection and pulled out all the books that I have been meaning to read.

I have listed 12 of them below, some are ones my mum has lent to me because she loves them and some are ones I bought with the intention of reading. Hopefully I will have read all 12 by the end of the year and then I can treat my self to 12 new books for next year and may be even up my goal to two books a month.

1.  Girl Online - Zoe Sugg
2. The Gift - Mia Dolan
3. Changing - Phillipa Gregory
4. The Cavender Game - Kate Ellis
5. My Sweet Audrina - Virginia Andrews
6. The Family - Martina Cole
7. Life Of Pi - Yann Martel
8. Betrayed, House Of Night - P.C and Kirsten Cast
9. Chosen, House Of Night - P.C and Kirsten Cast
10. Red Queen - Phillipa Gregory
11. Gates Of Paradise - Virginia Andrews
12. Sister - Rousmound Lipton

I will do a book review style post when I have read one before moving on to the next and let you know what my thoughts were about the book and if I would recommend it. If you have any suggestions of must read books let me know!

D'Atra Paris 

4 Jan 2016

New Years Resolutions 2016

New Years Resolutions 2016

As it's the start of 2016 I thought I would share my New Years Resolutions.

1. Read 1 Book A Month – I love reading but I never seem to have time so this year I want to make time to read. If you have any suggestions let me know.

2. Be More Organised – This year I want to work on my organisation, I’ve bought a new planner which I hope to write daily to do lists in which will hopefully improve my productivity.

3. Cook More - It's so easy after work to pull something out of the freezer and stick it in the oven but it's not the most healthiest of options, this year I want to cook my meals.

I have only set myself 3 in the hope that I will stick to them, have you got any New Years Resolutions?

D’Atra Paris

3 Jan 2016

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