Monday, 26 December 2011

Random Quirks boxing day sale!

So Random Quirks is cleaning out it's closet ready for the new year. The Boxing Day sale is here! Grab yourself some bargains! The sale will only end once everything is gone, so take a look and see if your favourites have been reduced.

Was $10
Now $7

Was $12
Now $8

Take a look at the sale section here

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Merry Christmas! A present for you...

Merry Christmas (yes I know it's only christmas eve, but for me it counts)! Just a quick one to wish you all a happy christmas!

So, in terms of presents. I have MASSIVE plans for Random Quirks and Toast Rack for the new year. So to begin, I am having a sale on Random Quirks starting on Boxing Day. Yes, I am finally cleaning out my old stock to make room for all the shiny new things that will be coming starting January the first. And there may even be an extra discount for my blog, twitter and Facebook followers on anything in the shop. 

Stay tuned!

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Doing something useful

So, since the only vintage fair I was attending this christmas was cancelled last minute, I decided to do something useful with the day. I finally got around to taking all possible measurements for the vintage clothes that I have for Toast Rack. Half of them I already have photos for so I really need to get them on the shop. Can't sell them if people can't see them right?

So, keep checking back to Toast Rack. There will be some dresses, a skirt and a little jacket listed in the next week or two. Here's a taster:

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Image update: Week 3

This week was all about the weekend. I am settled down at work and had an awesome with the bf and friend. It was all about Christmas. Christmas market, christmas food and christmas decorations. I am shattered and stuffed!

My beloved unicorn necklace (Accessorize) and heart jumper (Next). This was my outfit I wore to work on Friday.

Was a tad bit late in buying an advent calendar but finally got one yesterday. They had pretty much all sold out!

The christmas tree at my bf and my friend's house. Shiny shiny shiny.

It's Martin from Coronation St! This stall was at the Manchester Christmas market (on King St). And no I did not know he made cheese.

Me being rather childish and pretending that a large bauble and christmas tree branch was a cartoon bomb. 

Gingerbread cookies. Nom. Thank you Claire!

One of the 4 sets of lights put up. The living room looks like santa's grotto.

Rose is going to get square eyes. 

Anyone else do anything Christmassy this week? Put up your decorations perhaps?

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Image update: Week 2

This was a really good week where I was quite busy starting my new job and seeing family and friends. I survived my first week at my new job and so far am enjoying it.

My week:

The computer systems at work appear really complex so I have been taking plenty of notes so that I can make sure I remember everything that I need to do. Am learning pretty fast.

Went to see Billy Bailey with the bf on Tuesday. It was AMAZING! Loved every bit of it. Bill Bailey is a legend!

My favourite work shoes. Black lace ups with a mid heel. Love them. My feet don't hurt when wearing them and I can drive easily in them.

On Saturday I went to Sheffield where I saw my grandma, brother (who you can see in the pic) and my mum. I had a really great day and loved seeing my family again. Meadowhall is still my favourite shopping centre.

My grandma's new "friend" Molly. She is motion sensitive and meows and purrs when you stroke her. Slightly creepy, but my grandma enjoys telling her to shut up.

Went to my friend from New Look's house for Sunday lunch. She is an awesome cook so the food was just nom! The yorkshire puddings went a little crazy in the oven. Very tasty.

A shot of my awesome river island bag and my wedge shoe boots from New Look. Love!

Off to enjoy the remainder of my weekend with the bf and watch The Amazing Race! I missed this programme. 

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Image update: Week 1

The last week I worked at New Look and the run up to starting my new job. I love looking at other blogger's "A week in photos" so here is my own homage.

My week:

The red line is where I was a year ago on brain academy. The blue is where I am now. Oh my, better sharpen my brain back up!

<------------My breakfast. Nom.

I love anything that tastes sweet so this toffee nut latte was just the ticket while I waited for my train. Brrr!

Rose, one of my housemates' cats. Isn't she gorgeous?!
Axl looking like a little person (Rose's brother)

And a bad picture of my new grown up bag for work. No cookies allowed!

Really getting nervous for tomorrow but we shall see how it goes. I'll survive. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Food and Wine festival om nom nom

Ok, as promised, a bit of my holiday. One of the reason's I wanted to go to disney this time of year was for Epcot's food and wine festival. Me and the bf LOVE trying out new foods so since each stand represents a country, it was ideal. I had a silly idea to get a pic of each stand we went to so here is a mash up of them all badly done on photoshop (I apologise!)

We had a blast trying out everything and getting stamps from each country in the free "passports" they give out. I would definitely do it again. My highlights were the lamb burger from New Zealand and raspberry wine from South Korea. I also tried snails from France! Not that bad if you pretend they aren't snails (and don't look at them either, that was the bf's mistake!)

That's all for now folks, more adventures coming soooon!

Sunday, 13 November 2011

A new beginning

Well, it's been over a year working at New Look and a couple of weeks after receiving the "dreaded letter" of would you like to join the New Look pension scheme, I can finally say that I'm free. I got a job. A career job. The kind of job that I've been searching for, for the past 2 years. 

I will finally be happy to go to work in the morning, have regular hours, weekends and all the trimmings. It will also be a job where injuries are not the norm - goodbye shoes falling on my head and bruised knees! 

It's really weird because I'm really happy and excited, but it doesn't feel real. Maybe I'll feel it on my last day at New Look (this thursday), or driving to my new job for my first day (monday - one week - eek!). I'm not sure yet, but it's a new beginning, a new chapter in my life. 

Though I have not fully enjoyed my experience working in retail, I learned a lot and I will never forget it (the scar on my arm from an accessory prong definitely won't let me!). I have experienced the best of this sector - helping people, polite and happy customers, learning where products end up, how fashion companies run etc, as well as the worst - rude/stupid customers, budget cuts (where are all the staff?) and a lack of respect at times. I have a huge respect for those whose careers are on the shop floor. I would not be able to do it myself, it requires a strength and patience that I don't have! 

I am really looking forward to my future experience of behind the scenes retail. Seeing what goes on in a head office and the merchandising side. On the shoe department, a lot of the time, there has not been the stock that customers are after. I am really interested to see why that is the case. Though my new job is for a home-ware company, it is still the same theory. I really can't wait to start. 

There is also a nervous feeling I have about what kind of people I'll be working with. I have a feeling I may be around the youngest (the opposite at New Look) and I hope that they will get my quirky nature and not just write me off as a freak. I feel like I'm a kid again, starting a new school (I went to a lot of different schools as a child) looking forward to learning, but also hoping people will like me. I will remember not to talk too much which is what I do when I'm nervous. Last time I did that, when I started school in Cairo when I was 10, I got ditched, lol. In fact, I think I remember being ditched starting in Nottinghamshire as well...definitely keep my mouth shut then!

I just need to think motherly thoughts to myself: "Don't be nervous" and "Be yourself", etc. Think of other things. Ah yes, I just came back off holiday didn't I? I will have to devote a few blog posts to the best bits. It was amazing! I went to florida again and visited Harry Potter world (my other home). 

Well, enough rambling, in conclusion, I have a new job and I am looking forward to starting. :)

There's a lot of text isn't there? Better add in a pic for good measure:

There, sweets. Who doesn't like sweets right?

Friday, 14 October 2011

The happy things of happiness

Pretty things I got recently:

The happy dress

From New Look which I bought for uniform. Couldn't resist!

The happy skirt of happiness (it's full name)

From ASOS. I officially love this skirt.

The happy winter coat

Finally something that isn't double breasted. Got it from work as well and I thank the fashion gods for my discount. Especially love the skirt bit because it twirls and I like things that twirl :)

The happy bag

This beauty is from River Island. My obsession with  polka dots continues...

Have you bought any happy things recently?

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

In your honest opinion...

These are some of my oldest Random Quirks necklaces that have not sold. I think it is because of the chain. Seems a bit too chunky for the pendants. They have a lot of favourites on them but I don't know whether to just take the plunge and switch them to some more delicate chain to see if I can sell them.

What do you think? Is it the chain or something else that I've missed?

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

I just couldn't help myself...

Really should't spend my wages before I've got them but in my defence, I know how much I will be getting and they are for my work uniform at new look. I'll just keep telling myself that!     


I seem to have a thing for blouses (and for polka dots!). The shirt on the right has a faux leather trim which is very in for A/W.

I also got this dress. Look familiar? It's exactly the same as my burgundy granny dress I got a couple of weeks ago. It's beige with a brown sausage dog print. Very cute :) I think that if you find something that fits you really well then you should get it in another couple of colours or patterns if you can!

Got a couple of necklaces that really weren't New Look's usual style and so mine so they might have fallen into my basket as well....


One more thing I'm afraid. Poor credit card! But I couldn't say no to this. New Look sell wellies online. But not in store for some reason. As an employee, I can't use my discount online so no wellies for me. I haven't had a pair since I was a little girl but I really could have used them the last couple of winters. Anyway, how lucky was I when I found in our stockroom that a customer had returned a pair of wellies from the website that just happened to be polka dots and in my size. It was fate! Mine. :)

Felt a bit guilty considering I got all that and a shrug and some shoes for a wedding I'm going to this weekend but my mum says you're only young once so fair enough!

Monday, 22 August 2011

The mother of all cheesecakes!

Check out this bad boy:

It's from Patisserie Valerie on Deansgate in Manchester where I went with the girls from work. Took me a couple of hours to consume. Finished it with a mixture of pride and urghhhhh. Very tasty!

Have you had any good cake recently?

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Ditzy girl reads tolkien-esque series. Part 1

Right, here's something you don't see every day. My bf is a massive fan of fantasy fiction like Lord of the Rings, The Dark Tower and The Wheel of Time. I am a fan of chick-lit and adored Harry Potter.

I ran out of things to read and have been wanting a good series that will give me the same enjoyment that Harry Potter gave me, so I am giving The Wheel of Time series a go. I have just finished the first of I think 13 books? 

The Eye of the World

Overall I liked it. A teenager called Rand and his friends Mat, Perrin and Egwene (Rand's lady friend wink wink) go on a journey with a gleeman (entertainer) Thomm, an Aes Sedai (kinda like a witch) Moiraine and her warder (bodyguard) Lan. There is something special about Rand and his 2 friends which this bad guy Ba'alzamon is interested in so they have a load of bad guys after them. That's kinda the gist without giving too much away. I can see WOT fans cringing reading this, I apologise.

Robert Jordan likes to describe things. He likes to describe things a lot. It is like you're actually there which is good, but at times the story can drag. I really enjoyed it and have started the second one The Great Hunt. 

Will the ditzy girl be converted to fantasy series? Watch this space. 

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Random Pic

Check this out. Found in a cafe in Portugal. Watercress cake. Hence the green :)

It actually tastes quite nice. Surprising since watercress is usually used in salads. Just a random photo for you. 

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Oh the prettiness!

Look at my pretty new dress! I’m in love. Got it from work so it can be counted as my uniform :) It's more of a burgundy colour than in the pic.

My mum said she had one similar in the 70s (which is a bad thing for her as she likes new things) and my dad said it looked like a granny dress. Ah well, I don’t care. I’m going to rock it with my black wedge laceup boots and black tights with small white hearts for a quirky factor :)

I also got these three blouses. I'm really loving blouses at the moment. For work I tend to wear them tucked into jeans.

Pretty, no? Have you been wearing out your credit card recently?