Monthly Archives: December 2016

Behind the SOLE: Personal Assistant to the CEO

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Our Personal Assistant to the CEO loves spending time with her new puppy, would love to meet J.K Rowling and dreams of a shopping trip to New York. We caught up with 21-year-old Rebecca Hall to chat about her love for animals, how she unwinds after a stressful day and all things Christmas.

What did you study at University?

English Language and Communication at The University of Hertfordshire.

How did you get this job?

I found the job online and thought it suited me well. I applied and was invited for an interview which I thought went well. I was invited back for a second interview but didn’t hear back for a couple of weeks so assumed I didn’t get it. I then got a call one Friday afternoon offering me the job. It was also my University Graduation Ball that evening so I had two reasons to celebrate!

Did you always want to pursue a career in this field?

I was never too sure what I wanted to do. I wanted to go to university and English was a subject that I always enjoyed at school, so I studied for three years and found this job straight after.

What does a typical day involve?

No two days are the same. There’s always a lot to do and I have to always be really organised and keep on top of everything that’s going on.

What’s your favourite part of the job?

The job is very varied which I really like. Also, being surrounded by loads of great shoes is definitely a big bonus!

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What’s the biggest challenge your job role presents you with?

Managing my time; there is always lots to be done and I’m often working on several tasks at once so I’m constantly writing myself notes and lists to ensure I don’t forget anything. It’s also pretty difficult to go to work in the morning and leave my puppy Henry as I could happily spend all day with him – he’s only four months old!

Where is your OOTD (outfit of the day) from?

Christmas Jumper – H&M
Jeans – Topshop
Boots – SOLETRADER

What’s an interesting or quirky fact about you?

I’m a vegetarian – I had no turkey or pigs in blankets on Christmas day!

What’s your favourite way to relax after a stressful day?

I love going home to see Henry. He always runs to the door when he sees me coming in and welcomes me home, he’s always so happy to see me.

Who/what inspires you?

My mum and dad; they’ve always worked so hard to support myself and my sisters.

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What’s your favourite thing to do over the festive break?

I love spending time with my family over Christmas. This year was mine and my boyfriend’s first Christmas with Henry which we were really excited about. Watching Christmas films, listening to Christmas songs and drinking mulled wine are all good ways to enjoy the festive period!

If money was no object, what would be your dream Christmas present?

A shopping trip to New York, a holiday somewhere nice and warm, a new car… The list could go on and on!

What’s your favourite piece of advice/quote?

Not sure if this counts as a quote but it’s something I always say:

“It is what it is”

I say it all the time because you can’t change what’s happened so I just think that you have to get on with it and make the best of whatever has happened. We often say this after Henry has had an accident in the house or has chewed up one of our belongings!

If you could invite three people to a dinner party, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?

The Queen because I’ve always wanted to meet her (or any member of the Royal Family), J.K Rowling because I’m a massive fan and would love to discuss all things Harry Potter and Noel Fitzpatrick (The Supervet) so we could talk about dogs and I could introduce him to Henry.

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Last Minute Gift Guide

It’s only four days until Christmas (where has the time gone) so it’s about time we face the fact that somelot of us will be rushing around in the coming days trying to pick the perfect presents. Fear not – we’ve got you covered. How? Order by 5pm tomorrow (Thursday 22nd December) for delivery before Christmas, so just call us your Fairy Godmother. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got a whole list to tackle or just need to get the last few little bits, we’ve got everything covered from magical main presents to sweet stocking fillers. Ready, set, shop…

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Get snug with UGG by letting your loved ones slip into something seriously comfy this Christmas. This tempting yet timeless classic is diverse enough to suit any family member and comfy enough to be a present to remember. In black and brown leather or chestnut suede for men, these UGG slippers are bound to be a crowd pleaser – that, we’re sure of. Whether you opt for the classic chestnut, bold black or elegant espresso for a lady in your life, the water resistant suede and luxurious natural wool trim is the go-to loungewear BFF.

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You can’t go wrong with Calvin Klein and the 3 Pack Low Rise Boxers are guaranteed to go down well. Also available in other colour combinations, they’re crafted from soft stretch cotton ensuring a timeless design that offers comfort and exceptional fit. Alternatively, opt for a luxury travel essential in the form of the Metro washbag. Featuring a simple yet practical design with ample room for toiletries, the complete branded dust bag offers zip closure, embossed branding, a side handle and internal zip pocket for safe keeping.

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UGG accessories are both luxurious and long-lasting and this little beauty, better known as the Claire Box Zip Cross Body Bag, comes with a fluffy fur outer, an interior pocket and adjustable strap. The Shearling Wired Earmuffs mix modern technology with soft suede and sheepskin lining, with a convenient headphone connection and wire. Another washbag, but this time a quintessentially British drywax piece from Barbour for the travel addict in your life. How about a Lambswool tartan scarf? A vintage classic essential for your winter wardrobe.

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They say good things come in small packages, right? Well, say hello to the cutest little furry friends you’re likely to lay eyes on this Christmas. For the person who loves all things small and cute, these Joules animal keyrings are the perfect stocking fillers. Featuring a branded fob, these little beauties will be sure to bring smiles to faces. Offering a tartan hound, a not so spiky hedgehog, a cute yet colourful hare and a super soft sheep, they’re ideal for the animal lover in your life. A small gesture with a big impact.

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Fancy getting festive with Ted Baker?

While Christmas has dreamy connotations of sinking into your sofa, nursing a food baby and drinking a little too much mulled wine for three days straight, it also has a striking connection with festive fashion – particularly metallics. A trend that doesn’t seem to want to budge, its statement yet sophisticated finish allows for a seriously strong style game. Ted Baker has released two exclusive metallic styles specifically for Christmas this year, honing in on the hype surrounding the metallic trend and most importantly, taking it to new heights.

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Ted Baker is one of the fastest-growing leading lifestyle brands in the UK and everything produced under the Ted Baker name has his personality woven into its very heart. From the beginning, Ted has had a very clear and unswerving focus on quality and attention to detail, as well as a quirky sense of humour. These qualities are consistently present throughout the designs and we’re lucky enough to have EXCLUSIVE access to these beautifully crafted and exquisitely designed styles. We’ll warn you now, these will be a catch this Christmas.

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The women’s Ted Baker collection is thriving and these two new additions will follow suit. While rose gold is a key colour for Ted, the sophisticated silver adds a more classic festive dimension to the collection. With detailing to die for, these trend-driven designs feature leather uppers, a suede tongue and chunky soles. The prominent metallic detailing adds a touch of elegance and class, featuring a textured lace trim, metallic eyelets, engraved plaque branding and mini bow detailing on the heel tab – a simple yet strong design we’re desperate to slip into.

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With attention to detail being one of Ted’s specialities, the importance of this is reinforced by the gorgeous floral print lining, adding another dimension to both colours. The iconic floral print brings the design together and creates a striking silhouette, indicating a relentless focus on design and detail. With rose gold being the more desirable and sought-after colour this season, the silver will certainly make heads turn too. A simple style with a beautiful finish, it epitomises this season’s sports luxe trend. Fancy getting festive with Ted Baker? We do!

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This dreamy duo which is EXCLUSIVE to us can of course be purchased in either rose gold or silver, and is £94.99 a pop. A Christmas treat too shiny to shy away from – don’t you think? For our full range of shoes, head over to our website. If you’re after the latest styles as and when they drop, like us on Facebook and follow us on TwitterInstagram and Pinterest – we don’t bite!

Fancy WINNING a hamper worth over £850 this Christmas?

With Christmas just around the corner we’ve decided to join in with the festive spirit of giving. Like the sound of one big bundle of freebies? Keep reading. While you’re busy buying everyone else presents, we’re giving one lucky male AND female winner a great big whopping hamper of goodies. We’ve hand selected the best brands and the most stylish shoes and accessories to make sure it’s a Christmas to remember. We’re not kidding when we say EACH hamper is worth over £850 and it could ALL be yours in a few simple steps. Sounds too good to be true, right?

Guys, if you fancy trying your luck then you could win:

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Ladies, prepare to go all heart-eye emoji because you could be the proud owner of:

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We’d also like to say a big thank you to our friends at Barbour who have kindly provided Carsten Earmuffs (£29.95) for the women’s hamper and Shotley Socks (£12.95) and an Aspen Tartan Scarf (£39.95) for the men’s hamper. We’ve also treated you to a little Hotel Chocolat stocking because Christmas isn’t Christmas without chocolate – is it?

Now, time for all the entry details you’re probably dying to know. This competition will be running throughout our stores AND online. For in-store entries, all you have to do is provide our store staff with your email address when making a purchase. OR, you can fill out this online entry form.

The competition opened on Friday 2nd December but it doesn’t close until Sunday 18th December, so you’ve still got plenty of time to enter. We are only permitting entries to win the hamper for yourself, and both winners will be drawn and notified via email on Monday 19th December.

The winner will have 24 hours to respond and provide the necessary details in order for the hamper to be delivered in time for Christmas so be sure to keep an eye on your emails! In addition, by entering this competition either in-store or online, you are agreeing to be subscribed to our marketing emails. Of course, all the Ts&Cs can be read here.

So there you have it – in a matter of weeks both of these luxury hampers will be sent to a loving home just in time for Christmas. Good luck!