Sunday, 19 February 2017

I'm a brand ambassador & social media person! (for Mangobean)

I have a new and exciting announcement. Well probably not mega exciting for you.. but for me, very cool. As the title sums up, I'm going to be running the social media accounts for Mangobean in Darlington as well as being a brand ambassador. 

Happy days.

But really very happy days. Mangobean is definitely one of my absolute favourite places to go for coffee. Not only is the coffee extremely good (we're talking super smooth with no bitterness or weird after taste at all mmmMMMmm) but they also have every coffee syrup you could possibly imagine, they sell WAFFLES (with all different toppings), healthy smoothies, cakes, coffee cocktails and frappé's. Oh and they also stay open until 9pm which is so fab because there's not enough coffee places where you can get your fix in the evening.

I'm really excited to theme the Instagram and immerse myself in all things coffee! It would be much appreciated if you guys would give @mangobeandarlo a follow on Instagram and Twitter, as well as liking the Facebook page - then you guys will get to see all the stuff I'm posting which you really don't want to miss out on ;)

Friday, 17 February 2017

Quilliam Brothers' Teahouse, Newcastle

I went to another coffee place!.. well actually a teahouse. I can't really argue with it being a teahouse when they offer 60 loose-leaf tea varieties. Shockingly I'm really not a big fan of tea at all. EVEN more shockingly, I didn't order a coffee either. I needed something refreshing so I went for a chocolate milkshake. Lowkey wish I have forced myself to have a coffee because the latte art looked ever so majestic. The chocolate milkshake was sooooO chocolatey and great though. My friend ordered a chai latte which in the past I've not been a fan of, but this one was so sweet and delicious and coated in cinnamon. Yum. 

We also both ordered a honey and lemon chicken sandwich (or 'stottie' as they called it -  which I've never come across in my life). The sandwich was delish and It also came with new potatoes!!!!!!!!!!! Any variety of potato or carb for that matter is a yes from me. They have a student discount so it only came to around £8 each. What a bargainous time to be alive. 

I wish I'd got more pictures of the actual teahouse because it is literally so hipster and #edgy. To be honest I'm still a bit shy when it comes to taking photos in public. I am getting there though. Definitely didn't stand on a chair to get the perfect flatlay the other day :). 

Friday, 10 February 2017

b.tempt'd lingerie

So apparently I just blog about pretty underwear these days... 

Can we just talk about how gorgeous this red set from b.tempt'd is though. SUPER GORGEOUS and very in line with the Valentines vibes at the moment. When b.tempt'd said I could choose a set from their collection, it was quite the task. They honestly have the most beautiful range of underwear. However recently I discovered that red is 'my colour' and now I feel like I must have everything in red - so this set that is part of the b.sultry collection was the clear winner. 

The quality is absolute 10/10. I feel like red underwear can sometimes look a bit cheapy and tacky - which this set doesn't at all. Wearing a matching underwear set always makes your life feel that bit more put together, but a matching RED underwear set. Well. It makes my life feel more put together but also makes me feel like a sassy queen (I recommend teaming with heeled black boots (and obviously the rest of your outfit, lol) and power walking down the street. Sassy queen levels will be off the scale)). I need to stop using the phrase sassy queen before I vom a little bit. 

Where's your favourite place to buy pretty underwear?

Monday, 23 January 2017

When Primark start selling the prettiest of underwear

I was just browsing the Primark underwear section the other day when this beyond gorgeous black and red rose bralette set caught my eye (along with many others which I wish I could have bought too but alas I am so poor). 

The set is soooO pretty and to be honest, I haven't seen anything quite as nice in any other shops. Very surprising considering it's Primark and I'm really not normally a fan. Shoutout to Primark for stepping up their underwear game! 

Both pieces came to just £12 which is just fab-u-lous. Although I do miss the days when Primark was shockingly cheap. 

I'll definitely be back soon to buy some of the different styles/colours. 

Sunday, 15 January 2017

A fragrance fit for a Princess (Vera Wang)

I was just having one of my chilled, supposed to be doing uni work but not really doing uni work days when a parcel arrived for me. I hadn't ordered anything so I was like???? As you can probably guess it was the brand new Vera Wang Princess of Hearts fragrance.


Obviously I was so shocked and excited. I think the only thing better than deliveries arriving is when unexpected deliveries arrive. Being the ultimate girly girl myself, I absolutely love the super girly and princess esque vibe of Vera Wang. Every time I'm in a department store, Vera Wang fragrances are always the ones I go to use the testers of (as well as Chanel of course). So this is pretty exciting for me. 

First of all, can we just talk about the bottle. I mean how gorgeous? And I can assure you, the fragrance smells just as pretty as the packaging. Maybe even prettier. What I love about more expensive perfumes is that they're never specifically sweet or fresh - you always get notes of both. I think explaining a fragrance is practically impossible but this is what the scent actually comprises of... 

Top: watermelon, wild strawberry, bergamot
Heart: star jasmine, lily of the valley
Base: musk, vanilla cream, cedarwood

What a delicious blend of smells !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would describe it as being quite girly but not overly sweet in the slightest.

The fragrance is available to buy nationwide in February (I'm feeling super special that I have a Vera Wang exclusive right now) priced at £50.00. Obviously the fragrance has a very Valentines Day vibe so maybe the perfect thing to hint about to your other half.. or just, you know, TREAT YO SELF. 

Friday, 13 January 2017

Some pretty pictures of doors/buildings in York

If you don't like looking at aesthetically pleasing doors, then this blog post will have no interest to you. 

And to be honest, I don't really think anyone else shares this interest so this post is really just to please my own aesthetically pleasing needs I use the phrase aesthetically pleasing way too much, sorry!! (and also just so I can store these photos somewhere nice and all together lol). 

Door and building pictures look great on insta so feel free to use any of these and tag me @r_achelmarie ;))))))).

Monday, 9 January 2017

Getting an internship

So I landed myself a digital marketing internship - woop woop.

I thought I would write a post just to give advice to anyone who wants to work in the marketing field or find themselves an internship or whatever really.. this probably won't be mega helpful. 

So basically my aim is to work in digital marketing (if you haven't already guessed) and after looking at job options, it seemed pretty clear that I needed to get myself some experience. I swear experience is so difficult to get when every job REQUIRES experience. Even a lot of unpaid internships state that experience is desirable.. I mean, seriously? Thankfully I've had some marketing experience working for my parents and of course, my blog! I've kind of just accepted the fact that I'm going to have to work on an unpaid basis in order to get where I want to be. So it's basically an investment in my future anyway.

Location is a big thing when it comes to getting experience. If you live in a big city you're probably sorted as there will be plenty of marketing opportunities. I live in the middle of nowhere and my nearest city is Darlington.. which let's just say isn't exactly the most opportunity laden city. There's lots of marketing agencies in Darlington so I emailed all of them and asked if they offered any work experience opportunities. Annoyingly all of them said no or just didn't reply.. which is understandable since they probably don't have the time to basically train a new member of staff and all the planning that would involve. 

I ended up looking for internships which are SO hard to find in the North. Honestly, I'm so jealous of people that live in London because internships are everywhere - although there is more competition so swings and roundabouts. The nearest internships that I could find were in Leeds which is basically a 2 hour commute from where I live. The commute costs a lot but I get part of the commute expenses paid which is very helpful.

Something else worth considering is the actual company you're working for. When applying for marketing opportunities, I found myself applying to so many that I wasn't even aware of what the companies exactly were. Since starting my internship for a brand that I love, I've realised how important it is to be working for a business that I'm actually interested in. I mean it's hard to be creative and motivated to work towards marketing something you're not really that interested in. 

Lastly, something that I think would be beneficial (and that I haven't actually done yet) would be to complete some form of online digital marketing course. Obviously you can research a lot of the skills and techniques free of charge, but I think a course would lay it all out in a much clearer way. Skills like SEO, SEM, Google Analytics (and lots of others) are things that employers ask for and if you're able to demonstrate them it will most definitely make you a more attractive candidate. A digital marketing course is definitely something I am thinking about doing this year.

At the end of Feb when I finish my internship, I'll definitely do a little update post on my experience of working in a digital marketing role.