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The Ugly Side of Freelancing

Hey friends. It feels like it’s been ages I wrote a post straight from heart, and it feels great writing this. Believe it or not, I drafted this post on my iPhone whilst feeding my kids dinner and listening to my African playlist on Spotify. Yes I like to multitask like that!
Life has been busy. From dealing with endless cold symptoms, stress, annoying clients, and everything else in between. These last 3 months has been one hell of a rollercoaster in the dark. I have hardly had the time to write as much I would love to. If you have noticed, I have only been managing to post once a day which is unlike my usual schedule, but what can I say, life happened.
I have now decided to get rid of anything and anyone that would put me under unnecessary stress, I don’t have to deal with. Life is too short to spend the time stressing. The first quarter of 2017 is almost over, and I feel like it has just passed me by, which is kind of frustrating. I have spent more time sorting other people’s business, and I let mine to fall behind.
One thing I have discovered is that there is definitely a very thin line between love and hate, and I am crazy in love with my life and working conditions, I won’t let anyone make me hate it. Which is clearly what I see happening if I continue dealing with some of the clients I am working with. Some of them are just impossible to please.
Without giving too much away, the main issue I have with these people is that I manage their expectations a bit too much. So I won’t let them build castles in the air, or let their expectations exceed their reality, or allow them to expect to get more than they should, if that makes sense, and that is where our worlds collide. Some people are happy leaving in a fantasy world, and expecting everything for nothing, but I am unable to function that way.
However when it comes down to it, the ball is in my court. I have to decide who I am happy to work with and what conditions I am willing to accept, and stick to it. I also need to avoid using certain websites to source for jobs. The crazies all seem to be on certain platforms, so they are best avoided.
I guess that is the ugly side of freelancing no one tells you about. The great expectations from clients looking to pay the bare minimum for the job that needs doing. The chasing of invoice is another annoying part of being a freelancer but I think it all comes down to the client. Some clients are just very difficult to work with, and are best avoided, while some are truly amazing!
My advice to any newbie freelancer would be to try as much as possible to cut out the middleman websites. The cuts they take are a lot and the clients you find on there are usually not worth the hassle. You could get lucky but I am yet to see any good in them. Instead, make the most of social media, word of mouth and offline recommendations if possible.
Do you freelance? How are you finding it?
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Product Review – Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Bloom Eau De Toilette

I had the opportunity to try out the new Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Bloom Eau de Toilette, and I was blown away by the lovely fragrance.

I am a huge fan of Viktor&Rolf perfumes; I have used all of them, and reviewed a few on Fashion and Style Police, so I was super excited when this Flowerbomb Bloom bottle dropped on my doorstep. This new fragrance is known as the ‘Bloom of Spring’ is defined as fruity floriental, and I think the timing of the launch couldn’t be anymore perfect!

Flowerbomb Bloom was developed from our desire to create an airy fragrance with a burst of fresh flowers, one that was synonymous with a bloom of spring – Viktor&Rolf.

The new eau de toilette continues the iconic addiction of the Flowerbomb floral bouquet, adding in a breath of fresh air with a burst of fresh spring flowers to bring a fresh, sparkling and sensuous tone.

Here are my thoughts on this fragrance:

PROS

  1. It has a fresh, sparkling, juicy fragrance, which smells divine, and slightly lighter than the original Flowerbomb, so great for the spring/summer months.
  2. The fragrance is quite long-lasting for an Eau de Toilette. It stayed on for hours.
  3. I love the glamorous bottle. It is the shape of a diamond grenade, and features the trademark – wax Viktor&Rolf seal. It looks so pretty on my dressing table.
  4. The fragrance is quite memorable, like the other Viktor&Rolf fragrances I have tried.
  5. It can be purchased in most beauty shops, so it is easily accessible.

CONS

None.

I can’t fault this Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Bloom Eau De Toilette. It is a great spring fragrance to try this season, and I recommend to anyone in need of a new airy scent. This is definitely the scent of the season.It is an explosion of fruits and flowers!

You can grab a 30ml bottle for £45, 50ml bottle for £57 and 100ml bottle for £80.

What are your thoughts? Have you tried any Viktor&Rolf fragrance?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing. Have a lovely day.

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Christian Dior Vintage Crystal Earrings

I have slowly fallen in love with shopping vintage, and I must say, I am loving it. Digging out stylish rare gems is now my new best thing, and I really enjoy styling them as well.

I recently came across an online store – Rock my Vintage, which has quickly became my online spot for all things vintage. Rock my Vintage stocks original and inspired vintage dresses and accessories, at amazing prices, so it is worth having a look at this website if you are into vintage pieces and accessories.

I was on the hunt for some stunning vintage jewellery as a twinkling treat for myself (Yes I like to get myself presents regularly), so I went browsing on the website. There were so many options with a varied price range, so it took me some time to make up my mind, but I finally settled on this gorgeous Christian Dior Crystal Vintage Earrings, and I am glad I did.

 

 

I am head over heels in love with the sparkly earrings. I have never had a Christian Dior jewellery before, so it feels good to rock these super sparkly beauties.

These 1980s diamante clip on earrings by Christian Dior feature a curved crossover design with a double row of crystals for maximum shine. All of the original crystals are intact and are in a gold setting. The hinge fastening is marked with ‘Chr. Dior Germany’ and these earrings measure 2cm. Condition – Excellent.

 

 

I am saving the earrings for special occasions only, when I need to ooze some 80s glamour. But if I was to style the earrings for a regular day, I would probably match it with a nice stylish vintage inspired dress like the beauty below.

 

 

This 1940s vintage inspired Faye Floral Midi Shirt Dress from Sugarhill Boutique, would look amazing this spring, styled with the vintage Christian Dior Crystal Earrings and a black pair of sandals.

I love shirt dresses; they are very comfortable, easy to style and flatter most shapes. What is there not to like?

What do you think of both items? Are you a vintage fan?

 

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