Monday, 30 March 2009


So I'm going to be graduating this summer and most likely will be moving back in with my mum and dad, and on coming home for Easter i have realised that i have two rooms full of my belongings.

My room in Nottingham has as much stuff, if not more as my room in my mum and dad's house. For example, i have stacks of magazines. I don't know why i keep so many, because i always go back to the same ones to refer back to old trends or look up any designers etc.

They have taken over both my rooms taking up A LOT of shelf space. I remember being told in my first year at uni that i should shave all magazine cuttings and different magazine supplements as they will be useful, but to be honest I no longer really use them to reference!

But when i look at all my magazines lined up all neatly i think how much money i have spent on them and i think its such a waste to throw them away!! I do still really enjoy buying magazines and looking at the beautiful photographs and reading about the amazingly talented people in the world, but they really do take up so much space and money!!

So now I'm thinking the way forward is online magazines. Since these take up less space and most are free!! And then you always have the option of going out and 'treating' yourself to a magazine instead of feeling that you have to subscribe to them and have a direct debit worth £20 every month just on magazines!!

I'm sure I'm not alone on this point, sure if i had unlimited money and a huuuge library in my house where i could hold all my precious mags i would...but at the moment i simply don't have the space, nor the money so may have to start letting some go!

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Charity Shops??

So for my final project I'm working with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) as i wanted to try and raise the profile of charity shops and remove the negative stigma that is associated with them.

I think a lot of people are unaware of how the items are treated in the store as from completing my initial research it became clear that consumers thought that the clothes smelt and just put straight onto the rails once they have been donated. However this is not the case, the BHF makes a conscious effort to steam all their clothes before putting them onto the rails.

Many consumers also stated that they don't know what to look for inside the store. I want to try and remove this problem, what if there was a form that could be completed so that the employees could look for the items for you? What if it was made clearer in the store window what new items they have in stock?

Charity shops also help generate a sense of community since there are many familiar faces that come into the store and know the employees by name. I want this type of relationship to be promoted since in many high end stores their customer service is quite poor, even when the products are high end.

If any of you want to leave any feedback or comments on this idea it would be great as it may help me generate new ideas to uplift the Charity store, or even if you agree with what i am trying to do, or disagree, i am open for all feedback and just wanted to get some of you thinking about charity shops and what they have to offer...

Monday, 2 March 2009


So i recently arrived back from a short, sharp trip to Tokyo, Japan. I went with my course and had a bloody good time.

I didn't really know what to expect when I arrived but what i did experience i loved. It is a city that offers so much of everything...for example you don't just have a standard stationary shop in Tokyo, you get a 9 floor mass of all things paper related! My friends and i were so impressed in there that we spent almost 2 hours inside the store!

Some areas within Tokyo i felt were not too far from the same vibe you get in New York; really wide roads and pavements with high rise buildings. But then there are the parks with the temples in which remind you that you are actually in Asia. The temples are beautiful and like nothing i had seen before.

I loved the food that we ate out there, didn't really go for sushi, which isn't as big out there as you would imagine. The noodles and chicken dishes went down very well with the odd tub of haagen dazs meeting our sugar cravings!

The people of Tokyo are very polite, as i had been told, except on the tubes during rush hour when you are physically shoved onto the train whether you like it or not and women are told to go onto the women only carriages to prevent wandering hands invading your personal space!!

I saw some crazy buildings as well as stumbling across a small student run art gallery which was cool as got to see some of the local talent and something that didn't feel as corporal and business like as the rest of the country. We also went into a private showing of the new Dior collection in the Dior store on Omotesando standing in the doorway and peeking in, but felt that we may outstay our welcome and quietly left.

Overall Tokyo is a place i will definitely return to, but maybe in a few years when i have some more cash to spend out there since it is so expensive! Topshop in Tokyo was similar to shopping in Paul Smith over here, since, (part due to the exchange rate) canvas pumps which sell at about £15-£20 over here were almost £80 out there! It is an exciting city with lots going on, and where karaoke is a must! I would recommend it to pretty much anyone. It is a long way to go with not many 'tourist' sights to see but the traditional areas are beautiful and the city centre is alive with a whole different culture which is completely different to any culture i have experienced before.

I went for 6 days but only really had 5 days in Japan, which wasn't a lot but crammed enough in to make me want to go back! Back to reality now and to the drawing board with my final project for my degree! Onwards and upwards...
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