Tuesday, 31 December 2013

2013 New Year's Resolutions

I make them every year but rarely ever stick to them.

Let's take a look back at my resolutions from last year and see how many were kept...

1. Health and Happiness

I vowed to become healthier and happier in 2013 both physically and mentally. I lost nearly 2 stone and have made huge progress in my recovery from my anxiety disorder.

2. Get A Life!

I wanted to get out of the house and socialise at least once a month. We haven't been particularly good at this one simply because we haven't had the money but we have been going our and doing things (even if it's just going into town for lunch) considerably more this year.

3 . A For Effort

This one was business related. I wanted to put more effort into my business and set myself targets that included.
- Get online shop up and running.
- Build brand.
- Blog more.
- Attend one event as a business.
- Gain a stockist.

We'll I've done all of these things and more, including winning 3 small business competitions. I think we can safely say that this one gets a big fat tick next to it.

4. My Dream Home

I aimed to save at least 50% of the deposit needed to buy our own home.
This one was a big fat fail as money circumstances have not allowed us to save a single penny. Oh well, maybe next year?

5. Be True To Yourself

This one was about embracing myself and making more of an effort to show my personality.

I have definitely made more of an effort to show my rockabilly edge with the way that I dress and it's something that I plan on continuing to do.

All in all I think I did pretty well at completing some of my resolutions from last year and I'm pleased to say that I continued to work on them all throughout 2013, not just the first two weeks of January.

What were your resolutions for last year? Did you stick to them and will you be making new ones this year?

Hayley x

Monday, 30 December 2013

2013 Wrapped Up.

I thought I'd take a minute to reflect on everything that has happened in the past year. 

I had actually forgotten about quite a bit of it which is why I'm so grateful that I have a blog that I can read back through.

So here's my 2013 in summary...


I shut down my old jewellery business and officially launched the Poodles and Pompadours website after months of wishing, hoping and scheming.

I made a real commitment to making positive changes in my life. I started to focus on my path to recovery from anxiety and agoraphobia and continued on my weightless journey which started in November.

For most of the month I was very unwell with viral meningitis and also developed some infections from complications from the viral meningitis. It wasn't very fun, but once I was better I launched our first online shop and Etsy shop.

We launched our feeding sets, celebrated my Mum's birthday and booked an anniversary trip to Disneyland Paris.

We started offering our dog sitting services again for the first time since moving from London and gained some new clients.

I went on an amazing holiday to Disneyland Paris. It was amazing!!

We won Ingenious Britain's Small Business of The Month award. This was the first small business award that we have won and it was super exciting.

Bambi and Bear were sent some lovely pet shampoo from Precious Pets to review for the blog. They loved it!

We held a competition to name our Pinup girl and poodle from our logo. The winning names were Betty and Lola.

We attended our first ever event as a business and had a stall at Croydon Tattoo Convention with the lovely Vicky from Stars and Scars.

We launched a Crowdfunder campaign to raise money to enrol on a dog grooming course in order for me to expand my small business to include more services.

We won a Pawsome Service for Pet Businesses Award from Truly Pawsome.

We attended our second event at Maidenhead Relay Marathon.

We reached 100% funding on our Crowdfunder goal and raised enough money to enrol on a dog grooming course.

I brought a car and started to learn how to drive (for the second time!)

I blogged about my journey with positive thinking.

We welcomed a new addition into our family but sadly lost him a few days later due to a pre-existing illness.

We welcomed another new addition into our family. His name is Ziggy and he is still hopping astound our home very happily.

I went to my first ever dog show. Windsor Dog Show was really fun and I loved looking at all the lovely doggies.

We held our third stall at Maidenhead Festival. This was probably out biggest event to date and it was really fun.

I blogged about a lovely lady from Australia who got a tattoo based around our logo design.

I also blogged about the winning streak I seemed to be having as I won a succession of competitions one after another.

We had a surprise family birthday party and lots of summer fun.

I got a drastic haircut and started to make a bit more of an effort with my appearance.

My best friend moved to Australia.

I got some work experience at a local dog grooming salon that later turned into a paid job one day a week.

I celebrated my 25th birthday and went to a lovely little burlesque show at Norden Farm.

I enrolled on my Dog Grooming course.

We got a new stockist in Eton for our handmade products and we celebrated Bambi's 5th birthday.

October was fairly quiet.
We celebrated Halloween, took a trip to Bournemouth to relax and focused most of our energy on completing assignments for the dog grooming course.

We outlined our intentions to stop selling on Etsy.

Bambi and Bear reviewed ScruffyChops shampoo.

We welcomed Cat as a regular kitty blogger with special guests Louis and Marie.

We attended a Christmas shopping event at Holyport Primary School.

We entered a Vodafone small business competition to win a 4G makeover.

We won Startacus' Self Starter of The Week award.

We won the Vodafone 4G makeover competiton.

Sadly, we lost Sandy the hamster as she passed away peacefully in her sleep.

We started winding down for Christmas and worked 2 weeks full time at the grooming salon which was bloody hard work!

What a year!

What did you achieve in 2013? Take a minute to write down at least 5 things that you are proud of yourself for achieving this year and put it somewhere you can see it everyday. When you're stressing about reaching your goals in 2014, just take a minute to look at this list and appreciate everything that you have already achieved.

Here's to an amazing and happy 2014.

Lots of love!
Hayley x

Friday, 27 December 2013

Sale Shopping

So today I'm off to Reading to brave the shops (for the first time in years!!) and try to grab some sale bargains but I though I would share with you my ASOS haul that I got online in the sale yesterday.


In total I spent £56 which I think is pretty good considering I got 4 items including some winter boots.


I've been after some winter boots for ages. I only I have one brown wedged pair and wear them every day so I've been looking for some black ones to alternate. I also desperately needed some new day dresses as I usually wear a dress and leggings on a normal day and most of my dresses are either now too big or are too summery. Here's what I picked...


Candy Knee High Boots - £18 was £45
£23 saving.


Leopard Print Skater Dress - £10 was £25
£15 saving.


Body con Animal Print Dress - £10.50 was £30

£19.50 saving.


Ganno Striped Jersey Dress - £18 was £90

£72 saving.

Total saving of £129.50!


Hopefully I'll nab some more bargains in town today. Happy shopping!


Thursday, 26 December 2013

Festive Fun

I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas. I was lucky enough to have 2 Christmas Days this year as I celebrated once with my own family and once with my partners family so I feel well and truly spoilt.


I thought I'd share with you some fun pictures from the last few days. As you can tell, Christmas for me is mostly about stuffing my face full of food that I shouldn't be eating!











Merry Christmas!


On behalf of everyone here at Poodles and Pompadours we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas. I hope you have had a relaxing a enjoyable few days filled with lots of love and laughter.

I would like to take this opportunity to send out a huge heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our customers, friends and family who have supported us this year. We have achieved so much in such a short time of being open and we couldn't have done any of it without you.

Some of our achievements in the 11 short months that we have been open include winning 3 small business awards, completing our Crowdfunder project and enrolling on our first dog grooming course. We have gained a stockist in Windsor, expanded our product ranges, attended our first events as a business and won a Vodafone 4G small business competition to name but a few things.

Wow! What a lot of things! I don't know how we even managed to fit them all in.

To celebrate this festive season and all that we have achieved this year we would like to offer you a FREE SHIPPING code for our website to say thank you for supporting us this year.

To redeem your discount just enter CHRIMBO13 at the checkout at www.poodlesandpompadours.com

On January 1st we will be celebrating our official 1st birthday so we hope you will join us then for some more festive celebrations.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Onwards and upwards!

Hayley x


Saturday, 14 December 2013

Barkarama Christmas Gift Guide

Ooh! We've been featured in Barkarama's Christmas Gift Guide with some other lovely doggie gifts.

Head over to Barkarama's website (barkarama.co.uk) to read the full guide and get some great ideas for your Christmas shopping list.
Whilst you're there make sure you have a mooch about the rest of their site. It's awesome!

Read Barkarama's Christmas Gift Guide at http://www.barkarama.co.uk/entry/2013-festive-gift-guide-christmas-dog-collars-accessories

Friday, 6 December 2013

So long, Sandy.

Sadly, Sandy our hamster passed away during her sleep last night. We have had her as part of our family for about a year and half, but as we adopted her we aren't entirely sure how old she was, but we so know that she lived a happy life for the time that she was with us.

She was such a loving hamster, and not once has she ever bitten any of us. She was great fun and loved cuddles, running around on our bed, playing in the garden and climbing on Bear's back. He treated her like she was his little puppy and would heard her back if she tried to venture too far when we let her loose on the floor or in the garden.

Over the last few weeks we had noticed that she was becoming less active (usually she would be swinging from the roof bars all night) and was also losing her sight but we put this down to old age. We kind of knew that she might not have long left due to her age and her decreasing mobility so it didn't come as too much of a shock.

Although we are sad to have lost her, we take great comfort in knowing that she went peacefully whilst she was sleeping.

We had a little ceremony in the garden today to say goodbye and we buried her under a plant and left her food bowl with her. The circle of life continues.

Goodnight Sandy. Your tiny heart touched ours in ways that you probably weren't even aware of. Or maybe you were.

Hayley x

Thursday, 5 December 2013



You know the Vodafone 4G Makeover competition that I entered and asked you to vote for?

We'll I've only gone an bloomin' won it!

To enter, I had to send in a photo of what ‘sharing’ means to my business.

This is the photo I chose to send in as I think it quite accurately shows the values and everyday nature of what my small business is about.

Everything we do in life is shared with our pets. We share our daily lives with these amazing animals and get so much back in return. I think this picture of Bambi, Bear and Sandy sharing the bed just really summed that up for me.

"Share the love."

Thanks to you guys' amazing support I won the competition and my prize is a 4G contract for 24 months with 4G-enabled devices. Plus I’ll feature in Vodafone's ‘Day in the Life of British Business’ national advertising and be Vodafone’s ‘face of 4G’.

I can't believe it!

Thank you again to everyone who voted. You'll be hearing a lot more from me now that I have 4G ;)

Lots of love,

Hayley x

P.S to read more about the competition you can go to: http://www.yourbetterbusiness.co.uk/4gmakeovercompetition/#yyt1hP2kWIBRf4FW.99