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New Year, New Job

As I explained before, I’m starting a new job. On Tuesday..

This time last year I was flu-y and bored, which led to much pondering on my life. I was resolute that five months after graduation it was time to really start getting known in the industry. [Although that may seem impatient to many, I should elucidate that my first internship was seven years prior to graduation.]

Well, 2011 was all I could have hoped for – and more.

I worked alongside Sasha at LibertyLondonGirl.com for the best part of the year – which has been an honour, a privilege and an education to say the least!
I attended London Fashion Week AW11 for Modabot.de and BLOW PR’s BLOWonline
I blogged for Hudson Jeans for seven months
I started writing for Ligature magazine
I consulted for Beaujais
I had my writing published in 1883 and SHOP magazines
I assisted Anna Trevelyan and Nicola Formichetti, during which time I suggested Obey My Demand lingerie, which Lady Gaga wore throughout her Born This Way video.
I began blogging for the Huffington Post and Dazed Digital
I went to Paris (for the first time!) with The Shirt Company – which was an adventure and a half.
I attended London Fashion Week SS12 with LLG – meeting and working with the fabulous Briony and Katie B.
I started trialling trainers and fitness classes, working predominantly with the fantastic Dean Callis
I started styling (including look books and a main fashion spread in Matchbook magazine) which culminated in some freelance work with the fashion team at Stylist magazine

Oh, and I got engaged! [See my Wedding inspirations here]

I have really worked and worked and worked – so much so that my only New Year’s Resolution this year is to stress less and have more fun! But you know what? It was all worth it, not least because I’m beginning 2012 with a very exciting new job which will no doubt bring more adventures and many a late night: I’ll be working at Fashion East with the fabulous Lulu Kennedy, who has just been awarded an MBE no less! I am so excited about 2012 and so grateful to everyone who made 2011 so fantastic! Happy New Year everyone.

Spoilt rotten

I’ve already been thoroughly spoilt and there are still **days** to go until Christmas day..

The reason for this premature indulgence is ultimately due to the fact that I am starting a new job in January*. As such I’ve had to say goodbye to arguably the two best bosses a girl could ask for in the fashion industry. Although as a freelancer my time during this past year has been spread out amongst various projects like Twin, Dazed, Ligature, 1883, etc. I really owe a lot to these two women who plucked me from obscurity and helped me make a name for myself, not to mention taught me multitudinous skills and gave me a regular wage. And although my new role is quite ad hoc and flexible, it is predominantly full-time, at least until London Fashion Week’s over, meaning that as of January I will have my hands full.

So I have given over my Christmas/Thank you cards and presents – small tokens of appreciation as much as Christmas presents, not even considering for a second that I might be getting something myself. (Honestly .. I’m not just saying that to sound modest!) But it seems that I did have some presents coming my way – and what lovely gifts!

The Shirt Company Christmas card

Donna at The Shirt Company took me on for one day’s work in August 2010 and I have worked with her ever since. At times I’ve spent the majority of my week there, dealing with everything from PR and marketing to the website and budgeting – it’s been a really hands on experience. Anyway, Donna sent me over a ridiculously indulgent present which I officially received by courier just today – I will be getting the Cowgroom Maintenance treatment at the Cowshed spa in Shoreditch House. The blurb goes something like this:

“Two therapists work in synchronised movements ensuring complete pampering and relaxation. All treatments begin with the feet and an invigorating exfoliation with peppermint salt scrub. This is followed by a forehead pressure point massage and a de-stressing shoulder massage to prepare you for your chosen Cowgroom.”

I’m having the Cowgroom ‘Maintenance’ – an all-encompassing MOT for tired bods like mine! A Cowshed Facial, Eyebrow Tidy and Cowshed Manicure (or Pedicure). I literally cannot wait!

Then yesterday I did my last day’s work with Sasha at LibertyLondonGirl.com, who clearly needs no introduction with her 40,000 odd Twitter followers and winning of awards. I was frantically beavering away not only trying to get all Sasha’s receipts in order (so that she can complete her tax return) but also surreptitiously ordering a festive bouquet of flowers from Rebel Rebel for her. At the end of the day when I was just about ready to start packing up Sasha started murmuring about Christmas presents and before I knew it not one, but two bags were thrust in my direction..

One contained the most chic, yet somehow also eccentric (green with a pink bookmark – I love it!) notebook from Smythson of Bond Street, the elegant stationery brand whose sleek notebooks I have always coveted but never dared dream I’d be able to lay my clammy mitts on. The front cover says ‘Dreams and Thoughts’ – highly appropriate for me considering I’m always either away with the fairies pondering or making lists! I may have to get my fountain pen out to scrawl in this bad boy.

And as if that wasn’t enough, the second bag contained – and this was most definitely too much – the most beautiful faux snakeskin bag in a delicious berry hue from Angel Jackson. I am beyond delighted with it – indeed, both gifts are so me – and I think I was so overwhelmed that I felt altogether emotional as I stumbled out of Sasha’s office for the last time to walk home smiling absentmindedly like a goon.

Thank you both so much!

*More to come on the new job soon..

Parisian Chic

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I’m writing this from The Shirt Company’s exhibition stand at Pret a Porter Paris. Working here means I’ve had a lot of time to check out what’s new on the scene and to people watch to my heart’s content. I’ve only ever been to France once as a child and I don’t remember much about it so coming to Paris has been an illuminating experience for me. Although I’ve obviously always been aware of a certain French style – Parisian in particular – it’s quite a different thing seeing these women in real life.

For starters I’m amazed at how many women seem to dress in cliched ensembles like Breton stripes. But my overwhelming feeling is one of jealousy – of their figures and amazing wardrobes. I can’t quite put my finger on what makes their style so special but I think it also has a lot to do with their tanned physique and general attitude to clothing. It really is all about blazers, skinny jeans, cropped trousers and rolling up the cuffs on your shirts.

This trip I’ve been reading Donna’s book Parisian Chic by Ines de la Fressange and am about to buy French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano. As we travel back to London tomorrow (after a good shopping spree and spa trip in the morning) I have a feeling I’ll want to take a little bit of Parisian style back with me to inject into my wardrobe, and my outlook.

Visual feast

At the moment I can’t get enough of ….

the So Much To Tell You blog by Zoe Walker and Natalie Smith

Melanie Crete’s This or That tumblr

and The Shirt Company tumblr, which I’ve been let loose on

If you’re looking for visual inspiration you’ll find it in these three blogs..

Posted: June 17th, 2011
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What’s new pussycat?

Well quite a lot actually.

For starters I’ve added some new jobs to my ever-expanding list.  (Check out my portfolio to see just how out of control it is..)

I’m now a blogger for a big American brand and have started writing features for Dazed Digital and Ligature magazine (which I fell in love with from the first moment I clapped eyes on it).  So more than ever I’m a busy bee on the look out for fab stories.  It’s all very exciting.

In other news I’ve joined Tumblr – not for myself mind.  But for The Shirt Company.  We wanted to start a blog and let customers have an insight into our day-to-day lives.  Check it out ——-> here

On a completely different topic – I’m over the moon today as I’ve discovered I’ve lost 5lb (intentionally, you understand, and boy, it’s not been easy!)

I’m counting down the weeks until I’m off on holiday to Berlin, where I once lived for a blissful year.  I say blissful… I was writing my dissertation at the time and gaining weight by the hour on a diet of Bratwurst, Frikadellen and Brot.  So I’ve sworn to myself I will not return to Berlin (the scene of the crime) with the same weight it made me put on.  I’ve got a little over 3 weeks.  Here’s hoping I can lose 5lb more.

Keep your fingers crossed for me and in the meantime gorge on some visual delights from Berlin circa 2009.

The view from the balcony in our old flat.

Posted: April 27th, 2011
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