Spoils of a networking evening: Books + Antler Suitcase = Happy Me!

Hey guys,

How’s it going? Hope you’re having a super Sunday! In keeping with one of my New Year’s Resolutions (yup, there’s a list as long as the queue outside Apple for the iPhone 6), here is my second blog of the week.

Weightless Purple SuitcaseAs mentioned in an earlier post, I had the good fortune to attend a media BlogShop hosted by Carat in Manchester. Amidst informative presentations by the digital gurus at Carat, networking with fellow lifestyle bloggers and munching on yummy cake (Sarah’s Blueberry Surprise was like a little piece of heaven), I also snagged a few goodies on the night. These included gift packs from Kaleidoscope, Matalan, Dr Organic and an Antler suitcase from their fantastic Revelation range (super light, 2.4kg) in a magnificent mulberry hue.

Now, this suitcase is THE Grand-Daddy of all suitcases. It is compact yet spacious as hell. Anything that can hold my weekend’s getaway garb which usually includes circa 7 outfit changes, 4 pairs of shoes (not including boots), laptop and treasure chest of cosmetics is a force to be reckoned with. And my God does it move with ease. The large bearing wheels make manoeuvring super easy and the pockets (the best invention ever) are great for storage. I wasn’t relishing checking out new suitcases for my impending trip to Cannes later this year with Gal Pal L (more on that later), so a massive thank you to Antler for solving one of my problems.

Richard BransonI also won Richard Branson’s ‘Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur’ (BSB) which is an anecdotal inside track on Richard’s rise to fame and how he runs his businesses. Now, our Richard has always intrigued me and I’ve been meaning to read his books for a few months now. It can only be serendipity that I happened to land a copy of one of his best-selling books. I usually review work for new authors and send critiques directly to them, but one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to write more book blogs. BSB isn’t new (it was published in 2008), but I still think it’s worth a read and review. Hence, 2013 will kick off with Richard’s wise words of wisdom (I’m also reading Marlon Brando’s autobiography and 11 other books but more on that later). Going forward, I’ll read a chapter of BSB and write up a short post about it; stand out bits, what advice I think hit a nerve, worthwhile snippets (you get my drift). Have you read the book and if so, what did you think of it? What else are you reading? Any recommended reads? I’d love to hear from you.

Laters guys!

Ax

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