Why I’ve Started an Arbonne Side Hustle

I’m a hustler babyyyyy. Side hustles – we hear about them all the time but what does it mean and why do I want one? And why Arbonne? I think we have a lot to catch up on…

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Why did I want a side hustle? Aka multiple streams of income make sense!

You will have hopefully read my post Moving to Scotland – A New Chapter for Just Hollie and know all about the fact that I’ve recently upped sticks and moved 400 miles from home to start a new life with my husband. All is well (aside from the CONSTANT rain) but it struck me when job hunting that to move so far, you kinda have to start again career wise. Whilst I willingly left my old job and I wanted to move here, it kinda sucked having to begin again at a new company and settle into a whole new working environment. I’m not the best at working in an office 9-5 anyway, it never has been very me, so I started to think about my options. Many of you may know I dabble in copywriting and am studying to grow that part of my life, and until I can make an income from that I am stuck in the corporate wheel. Or so I thought. I first head about Arbonne a while ago when a friend started using the products and I knew it was something I could get involved in; I love making connections through blogging and through socials, which is a huge part of being a consultant for a social marketing company, and I also love the wellness products which Arbonne sell. The company aside, that’s a different reason I started which I’ll speak about below, I realised I could build something which could be portable and mine. If I moved, Arbonne would move with me, and I would never have to interview/go into the office to work/restrict my life based on my job! So the plan is to build Arbonne up alongside my current full-time job and hopefully one day use that income to support my writing career and give up the office altogether. I’ve always wanted to be my own boss and work from home, and I get very bored doing just one thing all of the time, so this is a real light bulb moment for me. Diversify your income, because you never know when you too might move or heaven forbid, lose your job. It’s not nice to think about but it’s true!

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Arbonne products are bloody fantastic!

So I decided I didn’t want to work for somebody forever and I knew I would need to do something besides writing to get the income I wanted, the next part was choosing a business which worked for me. There are so many multi-level marketing companies out there I had to choose something which I 100% believed in. Cue Arbonne. In their range is skincare, makeup and body products which are all amazing and have SO many benefits, but its the nutrition range which I’m the most excited about. I’m currently taking daily a mix of collagen and hyaluronic acid which is making my skin so glowy, and also the infamous fizz sticks which are an energy and vitamin boost which make you feel fab! I’ve got my eyes on the 30 days to healthy living plan which is all about cleansing your body in the healthiest way and also the range of essential oils are a piece of me. Basically, I’m my own products biggest fan and that’s exactly the way it should be. I won’t be flogging the hell out of a load of makeup I don’t even wear as that’s not me – I’ll just be sharing what I’m up to and helping other people to feel fantastic – happy days! The other big thing which made me choose Arbonne is the fact that I don’t have to order a load of product in and start delivering it myself, people literally just sign up online to become a preferred client of mine (which means discounts from srp prices), shop the products through my website and get it delivered as if they were buying through any other online shop. It couldn’t be simpler to be honest!

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Support, support, support

Arbonne reps mean business. It doesn’t matter if it’s someone who’s just started or the person at the top of the chain, the energy is so infectious and it’s a big part of why I joined. There is nothing better than having motivated, driven people to surround yourself with to give yourself a kick up the butt. The products themselves promote a positive mindset however so do the people promoting them! There are training sessions, podcasts, blog posts and much more just to make you feel great and feel ready to take on the world – it’s not all sales and product knowledge, it’s building an entrepreneurial mindset. There are reading recommendations and trips to fabulous countries – it sounds SO cheesy but it’s a lifestyle change becoming an Arbonne rep and such a healthy, positive one at that. I’m enjoying it so much more than I thought possible and if you need a little boost (alongside a boost for your wallet too) then I’d recommend getting in touch about joining as I feel the best I have in a long time right now. Long may it continue!

I hope that gives some clarity as to why I’m doing what I’m doing and I’ll thank you now for your support. I know not everyone is interested in or supports social marketing businesses but it’s the future baby! I’ll also pop the link to my Arbonne shop below if you want to take a look at the products further (highly recommend the Body Cleanse sachets, I’m currently drinking one and it tastes like sherbet lemons!).

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My Boden New Season Favourites

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know by now that I was lucky enough in October last year to be chosen to be an ambassador for the gorgeous British clothing brand, Boden. When I received the email inviting me to be a part of the #BodenBrandPartner clan I literally couldn’t believe it! I don’t have the biggest following on socials and wouldn’t really call myself an ‘influencer’ by any means, but actually it turns out this was exactly one of the reasons I found myself in the situation at all. Boden and also a PR company of sorts called Zyper (I’ll link them here if you’d like to know more) got together to find women who, like me, were true brand fans and actually had passion for their clothes – sounds simple really doesn’t it?! In a world where there are lots of people online promoting any products they can get for free, it was nice to be recognised as someone who genuinely wanted to share fab finds with their followers. Yes, we as brand ambassadors for Boden get to choose a few pieces for free once a month and that is beyond anything I ever hoped for when I started Just Hollie Blog, but actually, I would’ve bought half of it anyway…
So that’s what this post is really – me sharing my favourite pieces from the new season collection of my favourite brand Boden. Enjoy!

PS. I do have a personalised link which I’ll pop below, meaning you can get a discount on most things on the Boden website, and they’ll know you found them through me. I don’t get paid or anything like that – it just proves to them it’s worth giving me freebies each month I guess! Enjoy the discount and I hope you like the luxurious feeling of wearing Boden as much as I do.

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And without further babbling from me, these are my favourites for the next couple of months. Transition pieces if you will.

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I have this jumper and there are a couple of reasons I love it:
– It’s called the Norwich jumper. Need I say more, I am truly representing my roots up here in the highlands.
– It’s pink, and pink is everywhere right now. I’ve never actually worn pink too much despite being a very feminine person, however this hue is so perfect for Spring (which in my head is only a few weeks away LOL).
– The detail. I love a jumper with large cuffs like this, I find it very flattering. The back has really nice gold button detailing at the neck too which is a bit fancy.

You will be seeing this on the ‘gram v.soon! Also comes in mustard and navy and is £70 before discount.

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New Year, New Goals – Looking ahead to 2020

 

Happy New Year/Decade everybody! Doesn’t it feel special when not only do we creep into a new year but also a different decade? 2020 – how the heck did that happen? It doesn’t seem two minutes ago I was raising a glass of Lambrini with my Nan to see in the Millennium (I was 8 and felt trés chic with a glass of bubbles!) but when in fact that was 20 years ago, time really does fly when you’re having fun.

I always reflect like hell at the turn of the year and this one isn’t any different – if you haven’t read any of my previous posts you may not know I am a proud New Year’s Resolution maker, but this year I wanted to put together a list of goals rather than a single resolution. The idea being that I can look back in a year’s time and see if my plans worked, if they varied somewhat or if something drastically different happened. This past year has taught me that life throws surprises at you which you could never predict, so all we can do is set the best intentions but if you get a chance to do something which was never even on your radar, that’s equally as bloody brilliant (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you may want to read my last post on moving from Norfolk to Scotland). So without further dragging it out and blabbering on, here are my goals for the year of 2020.

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Finish my Creative Writing Level 3 course, and begin my Level 4 Proofreading qualification.

I don’t think I’ve spoken about my home studies on the blog before, but they do exist! You probably wouldn’t know that I’m a keen writer in a capacity outside of this blog and plan to launch my own freelance business in the New Year (alongside my 9-5 unfortunately until it can pay the bills!). I plan to offer SEO optimised blog posts for businesses without the capacity or skills to do it themselves, I’m putting together social media courses for beginners, I’m offering written website content, articles for print, press releases and social captions – basically if it can be written, I want to be able to offer it as a service. Hence where my home study courses come in; I’ve nearly finished my Creative Writing Diploma which has been a lot of fun as well as helping me develop my skills- it has meant writing fiction and poetry as well as non-fiction genres and I haven’t done that since school! When that is finished I plan to enrol straight away on the Proofreading course, meaning this too can then be offered on a freelance basis, expanding my services. Realistically I won’t finish both courses by the end of the year but if I can be nearly there, I’ll be chuffed. Home study isn’t for everyone but personally I love learning, and as a writer I think the more you do and the more you expose yourself to different mediums, the better you get. I don’t think I’ll ever stop wanting to add to my skill set, which is something I’m proud of.

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Moving to Scotland – A New Chapter for Just Hollie

Merry Christmas one and all! Can you believe that it’s the 24th of December as I write this – where has this year gone?! If you read my blog post about my recent wedding you’ll already know there has been a lot of change in my life, but I have more to tell you about, so grab a cuppa (or mulled wine) and let’s catch up.

Just Hollie, moving home

I’ll start from the beginning; around this time last year my husband started travelling up to Glasgow for work around once a month, sometimes less. I won’t tell you exactly who he works for and where for obvious reasons, but he’s in the corporate world where travelling for work isn’t uncommon so we didn’t think too much about it at the time. He was enjoying his work and liked going up on the odd occasion to Glasgow and that was that really. Fast forward a couple of months to around the March/April time and there I was cooking dinner for us both one weekday evening, when Hubby comes home from work with a rather unexpected question. ‘You know I’ve been working with the team in Glasgow a lot recently and going up there for work, well how would you feel about moving to Scotland together permanently?’ – he’d been offered a job in the office he’d been visiting and wanted to take it. It was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up and would be great for his career – the only hurdle for him was convincing me! To be honest, it wasn’t completely out of the blue or a huge surprise, we had a feeling his job was heading that way but all of a sudden it felt real and actually, really bloody exciting. I had no hesitation in saying yes to the move because I had felt that my 9-5 wasn’t right for me any longer for a while and I was really ready for a life shake up too. So that was that, it had been decided quite easily and we were moving to Scotland! I don’t think he could believe how easily I had said yes and that I was willing to move to a different country for him, but we were getting married and I love him to bits – it was a good move for both of us and a chance for us to carve out our own little piece of the world away from where we grew up. Continue reading

Book review: Reader, I Married Me!

What would you do if you took your dog for a walk and he unceremoniously shit out another woman’s g-string? I personally would’ve throttled my boyfriend with it and had a quarter-life meltdown, but then probably would’ve picked myself right back up and cracked on with my life, probably lunging into another relationship within weeks because I have always been a ‘boyfriend person’. Obviously, I’m happily married now so it has worked well for me, but my first thought when it came to reviewing Sophie Tanner’s fabulous book ‘Reader, I Married Me’, was that I never really was single after getting my first boyfriend in high school. Chloe Usher, the main character in the fantastically feminist plot, didn’t do the obvious. Instead, she married herself on Brighton beach in a kitsch ceremony full of self-worth and happiness – sounds pretty out there, no?

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In her semi-biographical debut novel, Sophie Tanner writes about the story of a young woman called Chloe who has had enough of men, had enough of the seemingly perfect couples who think anything other than the ‘normal’ family set up is obviously not what a woman wants and she had certainly had enough of people telling her what she could and couldn’t do.  I found ‘Reader, I Married Me’ a funny and charming way to put the microscope over the way we live our lives, obsessed with finding the perfect partner and almost always losing a piece of ourselves in that process. The book makes you want to celebrate YOU in all of your glory but not only that, it reminds you of the importance of friendship as a form of love and that it is one we should value just as much as romantic love. Continue reading

Reclaiming Interiors

The end of a job, a wedding, and an imminent move – it’s safe to say that I’ve had quite a lot happening in the past few weeks and there aren’t any signs of it slowing down. It’s likely that I will have relocated from Norfolk to Scotland by the end of the year (if you don’t follow me on Instagram you may not know this, but we are moving North for my husband’s job). I’m one of those people who really embrace change, and I’m really excited to begin this new chapter in our lives. And that is what this is, a brand new chapter as husband and wife, out in the world by ourselves making a completely new life just for the two of us. Preparation for this new life for me is not only practical things such as bills, finding a new job and anything else a big move entails but sorting out my possessions too, and thinking to myself ‘what do I want the new Hollie to own’? I don’t know the reason why but I really feel like shaking life up and using this as a chance to be the person I really want to be – a new and improved version of Just Hollie if you like. I’ve always known how I want my life to look but now I really have had a kick up the bum to not settle for less.

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Wedding series, 4: THE WEDDING!

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Credit to a wedding guest – our photographer is doing her thing in the background!

Hi, hello, bonjour. Just me, Hollie, a married woman here. Yes, you read that right – I GOT FUCKING MARRIEDDDDDD!!!!!!
To say I’m still not over it is an understatement, newlywed highs are 100% a thing. I thought I better round off my wedding series by letting you all know how the day went and I also really wanted to give a shout out to my amazing local suppliers – so if you live in Norfolk/Suffolk and are getting married I hope you find this helpful (list and links at bottom of post).

I’ll begin with a little play by play of the day, because we were the luckiest couple ever and everything went perfectly. This includes the weather as the very next day it absolutely TIPPED it down – I’m sure you saw the reports of flooding last Sunday and probably had a back garden like a pond yourself. Could you imagine if that was the weather on your wedding day, someone was definitely looking down on me for sure!
I got ready at my home with my mum and my best friend who was also my bridesmaid – I had one adult and two gorgeous nieces walk down the aisle with me, the little ones met me at the church as my sister in law is an absolute legend and got them ready for me. The morning was chilled and calm, with me surprisingly a lot less nervous than I had anticipated being, I think when it came to the day I was actually just really excited to get going and see Daniel at the church. They won’t thank me for saying it but I think my mum and bridesmaid had more nerves than me – I found myself trying to assure them that it was going to be a fabulous day and nothing to worry about! I feel honoured that so many people close to me cared enough to have such strong emotions about our day, something I will never forget. Continue reading

Off duty ‘Luxe’

Some women are glam through and through – you could cut them open and they’d bleed diamonds. Some women, aka me, are slightly more informal and relaxed in their style and try as they might pretend they like to get dressed up, are casual to the core.
Bearing this in mind, I wanted to share with you my latest favourites from Femme Luxe Finery. You may have seen my previous post, and as part of my ongoing collaboration with the brand, I absolutely could not wait to show you my latest goodies.
This sweatshirt whooshed straight into the #1 spot in my wardrobe the second I tried it on, how amazing is this! Worn ironically into the office on a casual Friday it definitely prompted loads of compliments – I need one for each day of the week! I would recommend wearing with leggings for a comfy weekend outfit or glam up with maybe some leather trousers and heels for a bit of a different night out vibe.

The second item of clothing I wanted to speak to you about is these jeans. Now we all know how bloody hard it is to find a decent pair of jeans and I’ll be honest, when I chose these for part of this post I wasn’t expecting to love them – as nearly every pair of jeans I buy from a fast fashion website don’t quite cut the mustard. However, these are the one. Thick denim, really nice colour and they fit my waist perfectly. I don’t feel like they’re going to wear out around the crotch/inside leg like so many flimsy jeans I’ve had before have done and they’re the perfect length. What can I say, I urge you to give them a go! As you can see from the pictures, I wore these all day at a music festival and they did me proud – bravo Femme Luxe Finery and their jeans! Continue reading

Bee Natural Wax Melts, Suffolk

I had absolutely no idea what a wax melt was until the start of this year, but then I started following Mrs Hinch on Instagram; Like many others, I instantly went out and bought a burner, I was hooked. I bought a couple of Yankee Candle melts to begin with and I also purchased some of the infamous Ava May Aromas melts, both lovely but I really am trying to buy local where possible, and knew there were a few small companies in the area making gorgeous wax melts. Like some sort of internet magic, one night whilst scrolling through the ‘gram, I came across Bee Natural Wax Melts. Bee Natural instantly drew me in, they made a product I wanted, were local (Lowestoft) and their branding is absolutely a bit of me!

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Holkham Country Fair

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Horses, shooting, classic cars, tractors and delicious food – what’s not to love? This is what I was lucky enough to be surrounded with when I visited Holkham Estate recently for their annual country fair! Held over the weekend of 20th and 21st of July, the yearly spectacle of Norfolk’s finest did not disappoint on my first ever time visiting, despite the downpour of rain we were unlucky enough to have on the Saturday of the show! If you’ve never been to Holkham Estate I highly recommend it, the grandeur of the hall and the beauty of the grounds never disappoint me – belonging to the Earl of Leicester, the 25,000-acre estate really does take your breath away! Continue reading