Tuesday, 26 June 2012

FASHSPIRATION: Natalie Joos

Ultimately, the British Summer thus far can be described in three words: Dismal, depressing and wholly  pathetic. I don't think we've even had 24 hours of sunshine in the entire month and, quite frankly, I'm utterly disappointed. However, in 9 days I'll be Asia bound - stopping first in Hong Kong and then in Thailand. Cue copious amounts of sunscreen, fruity cocktails and hours of making up for lost time in the sun. Paradise.

Although this should have happened months ago, I'm only just planning my summer wardrobe - what with my exhausting weekend schedule chockablock with Big Brother reruns, pub grub and reclining on the sofa - and looking for more inspiration (last Friday I chose Caroline Issa) from none other than Natalie Joos.


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Sunday, 24 June 2012

Where Do I Belong?

Yesterday, I went to see the play Belong by Bola Agbaje which had come to the Theatre Local Peckham from The Royal Court. The material itself was absolutely phenomenal and the performance was beautifully staged and produced. Although it was the last showing, I strongly urge you to at least read the play or even keep your eyes peeled for any possible revivals in the future. Agbaje is definitely one to watch.

I was in a very classic mood and wanted to go for off-duty, old Hollywood with a modern twist. I styled my pleated midi skirt from ebay with a slip from one of my Mango dresses. The studded fur coat from River Island added a fierce edge to an otherwise very girly outfit. Lastly, Charlotte Olympia-alike heels from Nelly.com finished off the look with a top note of ladylike finesse.








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Friday, 22 June 2012

FASHSPIRATION: Caroline Issa


Ok, it's always been apparent. I love sharp tailoring, I love androgynous chic and I love fashion with a tomboyish charm. Therefore, I love Caroline Issa. I feel like I'm in a bit of a fashion rut lately: Blazer. T-shirt. Ankle boots/Midi heels. Jeans... Boring. So, I'm taking some inspiration from the Montreal born executive fashion director of Tank Magazine. P.s. Can you believe she started out in finance? Hashtag unbelievable!
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Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Before The Sun Goes Down...

It's the end of PR Internship Day #9 and I'm loving it more than ever! It was sad to see the end of the Meadham Kirchhoff SS13 show but I've been so busy that there's always something else to put my mind on. For the past 2 days, I have been pleat obsessed (I'll show you yesterday's look at some point this week) and am loving the feminine charm of midi hemlines. Definitely my new default.

Today I wore a black pleated midi from Ebay with a breton top from New Look, pointed flats from River Island and my Romwe sunglasses.




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Monday, 18 June 2012

Watch this Face


As most of you will have heard the London Collections: Men weekend has sadly come to end but these thronged three days will be talked about for a very long time. It was the first ever MFW(eekend) that London has ever had, it brought tons of fashionable excitement to an otherwise dreary week - yes, I am referring to the gorgeous army of suitors handing out The Porter Post - and has seen an influx of great talent from both designers and models. Speaking of models, moreover, there have been some dapper new faces cropping up on the radar - even Benedict Cumberbatch tried his hand at catwalking for Spencer Hart {read more on Glamour}. However, in my opinion, there's a face with much more potential that we should all be watching.

At 6'3, 19 year old James Burke towers above the average model with the gentlemanly grace and urbane charm expected of an editorial/catwalk clothes horse. His porcelain skin, delicate features yet unexpectedly rigid jaw line make him the epitome of the ever coveted androgynous look. A flash of auburn hair means he won't be a face that you'll quickly forget.
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Sunday, 17 June 2012

10 Things Every Fashion PR Intern Should Know

So far, I've done two work placements with PR companies (Snow PR and Black Frame PR) through which I worked on the PPQ AW12 show and the Meadham Kirchhoff Menswear SS13. From my experience, I think it's safe to say that internships can often be the most intimidating and daunting placements of all, especially in the beginning. I've learned a thing or two about coping in the fast-paced world of public relations so here are my top ten tips on how to dive in at the deep end and still keep your head above water:
  1. Know your place: More often than not you'll make at least one friend on the job. In fact, you might even get on splendidly with your boss but you need to know when you've crossed the line between being friendly and being outright inappropriate. If you find yourself discussing the colour of your pants, your risque dream about David Beckham or the results of your spicy curry dinner last night with anyone in the office - you've crossed that line. Don't take advantage of people's kindness or welcoming attitudes. In the end, you are still an intern and will always be just an intern until you prove that you're worthy of more than that. 
  2. Take note from Mr Happy: Do you remember the Mr Men books? There was Mr Nosy and Mr Sneeze, Mr Noisy and Mr Grumpy. Then there was Mr Happy - the big, fat yellow guy with a perma-smile. Now, I'm not suggesting canary yellow is the colour of success but I am saying that  a smile will go a long, long way. Never frown. Never complain. Never let on that you're tired, hungry, bored, confused, angry, etc. If you don't understand something, ask a question but you must always do it with a smile. Enthusiastic people get the job done and they stand out as personalities that people want to be around. I mean, let's be honest. Mr Happy's pretty popular around Misterland.
  3. Remember that chic comes from within: Ok, so that's not 100% true. You can't rock up to work in tracksuit bottoms and think that, if you channel Coco Chanel, no one will notice. What I mean to say is that, although your clothing says a lot about you, confidence is key. If you're anything like me, walking into an office for the first time (and maybe even the second or third) can be really intimidating. It feels like all of the other women are much better dressed than you and they're so much more "fashion". Even if you spent hours picking out your outfit and you know you look good - suddenly, you feel like you may as well be wearing a bin liner. Don't make that mistake. If you feel chic from within, it doesn't matter what anybody else is wearing. If you believe it, so will everybody else. Note: this trick does not work if you are wearing 3/4 length leggings, Uggs or anything else that's equally offensive in terms of fashion.
  4. Just add water: So, I'm sure you've all heard of the typical intern stereotype. Running around in the pouring rain, making deliveries, fetching designer clothes and, most importantly, making coffees. In my experience, I have never been asked to make someone any kind of beverage. Maybe, in comparison to other people, I have been lucky. However, sometimes it's acts of kindness that get you far. Even if no one asks, just offer. It's as simple as just adding water (where I've worked, nobody takes milk with their tea). Going on tea runs or helping with personal favours in your spare time can only put you on the right side of the right people. Always  hold your dignity tight but don't get it confused with arrogance or pride. Thinking you're above tasks like these can bathe you in a very ugly light and, if my imagination is anything to go by, that's really not a good look.
  5. Note that perfection is not what they're looking for: Obviously, in an ideal world, everyone would employ perfect people so that nothing would ever go wrong but that's not the world we live in and, therefore, not what your boss will expect. Of course, you must always try your hardest. The more you minimize your mistakes, the less you'll be to blame for any failings. Nevertheless, you can't beat yourself up over things that you don't do flawlessly. It's human nature to feel like a complete sap when you've done something wrong but, if you spend time dwelling on one error, you'll probably make 10 more. Don't let your focus move to things that aren't a priority and rest assured that you most probably won't be fired on the spot for forgetting to ask "who's calling?" on the phone.
  6. Learn how to read a map: I can't stress this enough. I am TERRIBLE at directions. In fact, no, I'm SHOCKING, HORRENDOUS, [insert another extremely negative adjective here]. I know they say that you learn from your mistakes, which I did, but it never hurts to be given a heads up on how to avoid making them in the first place. If you have a GPS system on your phone - that's great - but that's not enough. You need to practice reading it and you need to familiarise yourself with being able to make up your own route in case the one on your screen seems unnecessarily long (as they often are on SatNavs). At some point, you will most probably be asked to deliver or go pick something up and it might be in a location that you've never been before. There isn't time for messing around or getting lost because you'll most probably be under a time constraint. Even if it isn't set in stone, don't think that it won't be noted if you take a ridiculous amount of time to complete a task that, in the eyes of your employer, could easily be done by somebody else. Do. Not. Skip. This. Step.
  7. Disregard the saying 'It's not a fashion show': How many times have you heard that said? Maybe by your parents on your way to church, by your school teachers in reference to 'Own Clothes Day' or possibly even your boyfriend whilst ranting about how you always take so long to get ready for everything! Well, in this scenario you can completely ignore the fact that those words have ever even been said. Yes, you're just an intern and, yes, a lot of PR offices have a really chilled out atmosphere but you are still trying to impress. If you want to be kept on or maybe even offered a paid job, you've got to show that you have a great sense of style. If they think you're a slob or that your wardrobe consists solely of plimsolls and jeggings, I highly doubt they'll see you as somebody their firm can't run without. You wouldn't buy diet pills from McDonalds so why would you buy clothes from someone badly dressed? It's pretty simple, really. You don't have to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe but make sure you always present a fashionable, well-groomed side of yourself. I agree, it's completely unfair, but attractive people are more likely to get the 'yes' they were looking for. And that's the way the cookie crumbles... {Source on why attractive people are more successful} {Another source}
  8. EAT: I know that sounds like such a silly tip. I mean eating is natural, we do it everyday. How could we forget? Well, the truth is, when you're busy it's really easy. The thing about doing your job well is that you focus so much on what your tasks are that you forget to do things like eating and drinking. Now, before you think about those jeans you'd like to fit into by next month or the really pretty girl sitting at the desk over there, you're going to be working extremely hard. In turn, you will get extremely tired. If you don't nourish and hydrate yourself, there's no way you'll be able to keep up that level of effort which could mean losing out on work opportunities to other people. We've all felt insecure at points and probably even considered trying the baby food diet to get legs like Jennifer Aniston (it was a moment of lunacy, don't judge) but 'get fit quick' plans like that just won't cut it. If you're feeling like your insecurities are magnified in an industry environment, refer back to tip #3 and, if you really do want to make changes to your fitness/health, do it the right way. There's nothing cute about jaundice and overly-sunken cheekbones. 
  9. Don't forget to look out for number one*: It seems like the greatest feeling when you start a new placement and you make friends with all of the other interns. You hang out, have a good time and actually consider staying in touch with them after you've all left. There's nothing wrong with that. You may meet people you really like, just as I have (in fact, I think I've made some really good friends), but you have to remember that you're all after one thing and, unfortunately, there won't be room for all of you in the long run. Although I'm not one to shy away if I feel like I've been treated wrongly, I don't like to cause confrontation and, therefore, also hate to be seen as someone trying to elbow my way to the top. Truthfully, though, there isn't really many other ways up. That's not to say that you should stab anybody in the back or only do things to help yourself but you have to grab every opportunity you possibly can. If there's a task that only requires one intern, volunteer first no matter how big or small. There's no point taking a back seat and watching everybody else score points for themselves. Be friendly, be genuine and be helpful but don't forget to be savvy.
  10. Network like a pro*: I know the last tip on a list is normally something corny and cliché like 'just enjoy yourself' or 'carpe diem' (cringe) but I really think that this point is much more important. Of course, you must always be professional. Never do something like using contact information that is available to you through the company's systems to get ahead because that's pretty much stealing. If it's a phone number or email that you couldn't find on the internet then it's private and reserved only for callers/writers that work specifically with them in mutually beneficial relationships. That information is not for you. However, in the industry, as I'm sure is similar in many others, it can be about who you know. Networking can help you to get jobs and placements much quicker and easier than you would have on your own. Talk to the other interns - you'd be surprised what their experience is and how they could help you. Don't just become friends with people for their contacts but if you genuinely do hit it off with somebody you'd be surprised how much they might be willing to do to help. Getting on the good side of your bosses and other colleagues will always help too. Even after you've left, aim to stay in their good books. You never know when you might want/need to come back. Keep in contact with the people you've met and, if you've got something like a blog or fashion related business, share it with them. You can never tell where you could go based on who you know. 
*Note: Never confuse being business savvy with being a superficial person. I have made some wonderful friends in my experience that I really hope to stay in touch with. Don't use people to get ahead - it's fake and it's wrong. Remember, if you step on too many people on your way up, there'll be no one to catch you when you fall.
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Saturday, 16 June 2012

Glad Rags

You may or may not remember me mentioning the fact that I was headed to Berwick Street last week to buy some fabric for my long list of DIY projects. Well, if you're following me on Twitter, you'll know that I came home without an inch of fabric but not empty-handed no less. Whilst having a wonder, I stumbled upon the Bang Bang Clothing Exchange a cosy little shop stocking some of the best vintage clothing I've seen around the Oxford Street area. My magpie senses kicked in and I went straight for a little, black, beaded beauty hanging in the far corner and - once I'd seen the £25 price tag - I was sold. I don't have a specific occasion for it but it's so beautiful that I just couldn't resist. It feels very demure, highlighting the glamour and understated sex appeal of the 1930s flapper. Plus, with detailed beading like that, I think that dress and I were meant to be.





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Thursday, 14 June 2012

Ciaté Paint Pots

I'm on the hunt for a nail polish that's chic, feminine and easy to wear all at once. As much as I love neons and brights, they can give you the hands of a scruffy, free-spirited teenager once they've started to wear. There's been a lot of hype about Ciaté Paint Pots and since seeing the gorgeous lavender colour that came free with this month's Marie Claire, I really can't wait to get my hands on some. My favourite colours are (from top left) Couture, Cutie Pie, Beach Melba, Unrestricted Glam, Twinset and Pearls and Vintage. So many colours, so little time!


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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

PR Internship Day #3

What  is that? That beam of warm light coming from the sky that's gone a funny light blue colour?

I'm so used to the English weather that I almost didn't recognize 'that light' as the sun and had forgotten that the sky is, in fact, blue (not grey) when I woke up this morning. I'm in a really chirpy mood today so I thought I'd wear my pastel pink jeans from Oasis to make a statement about how I'm feeling on the inside. A lace shirt buttoned all the way to the top and slick quiff top off the look giving it a quirky, geek chic vibe. I feel a bit like a rebellious librarian! Of course, I've finished off the outfit with my ankle boots from River Island to add to the androgynous look. 





P.s. I look pretty angry in most of these pictures because the sun is shining in my eyes! #moodymodel

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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

PR Internship Day #2

Today I'm wearing a turquoise floral top (worn backwards) and a maxi skirt both from Primark. I've styled them with my ankle boots from River Island and leather jacket from H&M. Have a happy Tuesday!







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Monday, 11 June 2012

PR Internship Day #1

Hi guys! It's miserable this morning. It's rainy and grey - quite frankly, it's an excuse to stay in bed - but I'm (very excitedly) on my way to my first day at Black Frame PR - a briefing on the events of this week {what I wore for the interview}. Last time I visited the girls there were all really laid back and very friendly so I'm not as nervous as I thought I would be. I've opted for a smart casual look for the day. Monochrome stripes and spikes add a little edge to my basic jeans and t-shirt combo. Wish me luck!








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Sunday, 10 June 2012

Tailor Maid

I've been watching episodes from G Girls, a show from the early noughties about the the team at Glamour Magazine, and I think it's safe to say that it's become a guilty pleasure. Although most of the clothes are now really dated and it's not up to the minute with what's going on in the fashion world, It gives viewers insight into the fast-paced and glamourous world of the fashion girl. Suits me!

On the very first episode, we see a feature called 'Tailor Maid', a story on sharp tailoring with a feminine twist - which inspired me to seek out some key pieces to compliment the androgynous silhouette.

Of course, Zara is always great for a structured blazer and Mango are almost always stocking tailored separates, however, Nowhere's SS12 lookbook has got my head in stitches (pardon the pun). The cool, sporty, androgynous vibe of the collection is relaxed enough to make it wearable for summer but chic enough to score you major fashion points. Don't believe me? Take a peek at my favourite looks below:

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Saturday, 9 June 2012

The Princess and The Sea

Now, although most of us will be spending our summers by the seaside (or at least dreaming of it), the aquatic trend wasn't the only one cropping up on the SS12 runways. Glimpses of the new girl on the block cropped up at the likes of Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Ellie Saab. Who is she, you ask? Let's call her Clementine. She's got all the purity of Sandy in Grease and the grace of a 1950s Elizabeth Taylor. Her go to fabrics are tulle and lace - pastels, of course, are her signature colours. She always smells of lavender and tuberose and writes her own poetry. She is the ultra girl.

If taking tea in white gloves and attending debutante balls all seems slightly intimidating to you (don't worry, my curtseys need some work too), then you can try the super socialite trend in small doses. I'll be giving it a go through charming accessories like peter pan collars, jewellery classics and maybe even an understated tiara for a special event. There's a high society lady in all of us and, so long as Prince Harry's still single, there could even be a princess. You never know!

For door knocker earrings, pretty crystals and ladylike pearls head straight to Asos. Topshop is stocking bonny beaded collars and River Island has got some delightful rhinestone headgear to make you feel like fashion royalty.

1, 4, 8, 9 and 11 - Asos
2, 3, 5, 6 - Topshop
7, 10, 12 - River Island
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Friday, 8 June 2012

Cover Corner: July

Normally, I choose my favourite magazine cover each month as part of my Cover Corner feature. However, today I'm going to go that extra mile and bring you a whole editorial. Hold on to your seats, I know it's exciting news. Drumroll please...

Barbara Palvin for Numero
Miss Palvin's sweet, doll-faced looks are enough to make me want to buy just about anything she's posing in but this time she's taking beautiful to a whole new level. Shot by Vivanne Sassen, the whole story reminds me of a Spanish socialite's fall from grace - she may not be on her feet by the end of the night but she will undoubtedly always be impeccably turned out. This makes me want to slick back my hair, lose my inhibitions and legally change my middle name to Fierce. That's a keeper then. 

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Thursday, 7 June 2012

Get 20% Off and Free Delivery at Philosophy!



Good morning, Blogosphere. I have some fantastic news for you. You can now get 20% off £50 or more at philosophyskincare.co.uk from 6/6/12 to 18/6/12. shop today!  All you have to do is use the voucher code 'friends20' so get cracking!

If you're not yet acquainted with their products, I suggest you read on. Philosophy offers luxurious fragrance, skincare and bath/body products that represent the beauty of life and 'of the human spirit'. In such a fast paced world, we often forget the importance of living our lives to the full and enjoying every moment. We neglect our need for inner serenity and hardly ever stop to give ourselves some much needed TLC. Ring any bells? Then you need Philosophy. On the other hand, don't worry if you can't relate to the toils of running the rat race, these products will work just as well for you. So long as you're hankering after a little indulgence, the online shop will be your one-stop destination for relaxation (no rhyme intended).

If you're not drawn in by the simple, chic packaging, you will not be able to resist the gorgeous array of yummy infusions on offer. Try the  Cinnamon Buns or Vanilla Birthday Cake shower gels for a tasty treat. Throw a spa party with the girls, get your cossies on and fill the bath with Mimosa and Melon Daiquiri scented bubbles. Dinner date with your beau? Spritz yourself with the Falling in Love fragrance spray to remind yourself of just how gorgeous you truly are. After all, 'you have to love yourself before you can truly love another'.
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Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Using Your Indoor Voices.

The bank holiday weekend has come to an end, everything is going back to normal and it feels like the world - which seemed like it almost paused on it's axis - is back in motion again. In a way, it's a little depressing, thoughts of overflowing inboxes, public transport and going back to work creeping out from where they were shoved in the back rooms of our minds. On the other hand, I'm glad to be back to life as we know it. The shops are open and public transport isn't heaving with rowdy patriots. Basically, it gives me an excuse to dust off the debit card and indulge in some much needed retail therapy.
I'm headed to Soho to do some fabric shopping wearing a pastel pink jumper and powder blue denim dress (both from Primark) with my monochrome Underground Creepers. 




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Tuesday, 5 June 2012

What I Want This Month: Strappy Sandals

Fashion is having a skinny moment right now and nothing - not even the temperamental British summer - will stop me from pitching in on the trend. I remember when thin strap sandals were "cool", then they were extremely dated and I felt almost guilty for still loving them. Well, somewhere in the back of my wardrobe (most probably in a bin bag for one of my charity hauls) my old babies are solemnly collecting dust... 

I could wear them with track suit inspired bottoms, jeans, floaty skirts and even denim shorts for tomboy chic.

Break free, my darlings! It's your chance to shine.

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Monday, 4 June 2012

You'll See My Face on MTV

It's bank holiday weekend! To be honest, it's been quite a miserable one weather wise and it rained all throughout the Jubilee boat pageant yesterday (which I watched comfortably from my sofa). Such a shame!
However, I haven't let the lack of sunshine get me down. I woke up this morning with an overwhelming urge to be creative so I'm making crowns (get yours now off of Asos) and cupcakes all for the street party we're having tomorrow in honour of HRH.
I really hope it brightens up by tomorrow but, for now, all I need is black velvet and an umbrella to get me through the day.








I'm wearing an MTV t-shirt from the menswear section in River Island, my brand new trainer wedges from Boohoo and - the brand new love of my life - sunglasses from Romwe that are just like a pair from Prada.

P.s. I think my Nan's really into the Jubilee spirit!

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