Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Next’s impressive splash in Sussex.

Recently I joined other bloggers and magazine editors at the launch of Next’s new flagship store in Shoreham, Sussex. 

The way it was organised right from the beginning should have been an indicator of how things were going to turn out. Next staff together with the PR Company organised one of the best events I’ve ever attended. From train tickets to coffee choices and lunch it all worked like a well oiled machine. 

At the shop I was astounded to see how well laid out it was with even the smallest detail taken into account. Next’s staff are amazing; their training programme must be so well thought through and delivered. I was there again last Sunday and the response I got when questioning some of the staff was simply fantastic. Customer service has been taken to a much higher level. Going to Next in Shoreham is a great shopping experience.

Prices are extremely competitive with other shops if not at times cheaper. I do not have green fingers but luckily am married to someone that is and so we spend a lot of money on flowers; the plants were of high quality and the Christmas trees were just the most beautiful I have ever seen – I had to touch them to make sure they were real.

But that is not all, Next is now selling kitchens, bathrooms, tiles, wallpaper, paint, furniture and so on. Yes you can kit your whole house just from one store, it reminds me of the US and Canada.  

I am truly impressed with the store and mostly with the staff at the front as well as the so called back office for putting together such a lovely event.

Next have been kind enough to donate a prize for me to run a competition. 

WINNERS – £50 Next vouchers 

With Christmas so close I am sure this will come in handy.


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Pictures via Next and my own.

Monday, 21 November 2011

A new concept in ocean design.

By pure luck I came across one of the most amazing and stylish yacht that I have seen in a while and it is being built in China by McConaghy Boats for a very lucky couple from Hong Kong.

I used to spend a lot of time and holidays on beautiful yachts so I suppose I am still hooked on them but that’s no surprise since they boast some of the most elegant, stylish and sophisticated interiors.

This beauty is the trimaran “Adastra”. It has taken more than 5 years of design and discussion with the owners; the end result is a yacht that fulfils their needs and that of their family.

The vision: provide a level of comfort and style with low fuel consumption, excellent sea keeping qualities and luxurious accommodation. The outcome: described by Boat International as "one of the world's most amazing super yachts, that could spell the future for efficient long range cruising", "Adastra" will take the power trimaran concept further than has ever been attempted before.

The main deck is comprised of a gorgeous, spacious salon area boasting superb views through a panoramic window while accommodating a lounge area, dining area and navigation station. Through the saloon there is access to a large sun bed on the foredeck. 

The garage door has been designed to fold out and create a large dive platform (hummm, I like the sound of that). Extra space has been created below deck to accommodate a full-width master cabin located aft with access from the deck saloon, two further guest cabins and accommodation for the crew. 

Adastra offers comfortable accommodation for nine guests and up to six crew members. Jepsen Designs did an amazing job designing the interiors of this stunning yacht.

And if you are looking to get yourself a luxurious yacht you might just have to go and see John ShuttleworthYacht Designs.


Pictures via John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Home project: a novel way to store your jewellery.

For a while I have been looking for somewhere to store my jewellery. The women readers among you will know how frustrating it is when your prized necklaces, bracelets and bangles get all tangled up.  No matter where I’d looked I just haven’t been able to find the right thing. So with that in mind I thought I needed to take matters in my own hands and DO IT MYSELF (no need for cringing, please). 

So here is what I assembled:

·         Two frames
·         Chicken wire
·         Pliers or scissors
·         Stapler

 And this is what I did:

One of the frames I liked had a picture so I proceeded to remove it and the glass.

I cut the wire to measure.

Then I stapled the wire in the back of the frame.

And voilà!

I now can display my jewellery (well nearly all of it, I might just get another frame) and makes it so much easier to find the right accessory. Yes I know... you are thinking I am vain!

Is this a good idea for a Christmas present or not?