Update: The Grind

Posted on Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Yes, I am still alive.

Tartan scarf: Primark
'Leather' (it's actually denim) jacket: H&M
Black skort: Missguided | Slip on shoes: Topshop
Stripey top: Oasis (old)
So what exactly have I been getting up to recently? 

The title pretty much explains it - staying on 'the grind'. And for those of you who don't know what that means; hustling, working, making my own luck, opening doors.

I've mentioned before that one of my goals in this gap year is to intern. And I can finally say that I bagged a second internship - finally! I'm really really really enjoying it so far!

But that also means I need to figure out where my priorities lie.

I want to do everything on this gap year; blog, intern, do photography but I do need to organise my time even more/be super super super disciplined if I want to do everything to its fullest potential. This is one of my goals for 2015.

On a positive note I do have an exciting photoshoot coming up which I should be sharing on here veryyy soon yaaaay. Until next time...and enjoy the GIF! :-)

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Berlin: Zalando Blogger Photoshoot

Posted on Monday, 17 November 2014

So if you didn't already know, I went to Berlin a couple weeks ago as my friend Edita won the People's Choice prize for the Zalando Blogger Awards (see my day 1 OOTD here)!

We did a photoshoot on the second day - here are some pics from the set; we got to choose our own clothes and our hair/makeup was done by a professional:

Now here are the photoshoot pictures:

with Edita

My outfit (styled by yours truly! ) - Jumper: Vero Moda | Trousers: Comma, | Shoes: Buffalo London
Grateful is not even the word to describe it!!!!! I came into this gap year thinking I'd be doing fashion photography, blogging etc and more but to be able to go abroad was just surreal!!! I'm so thankful to Edita for choosing me as her plus one but also to the Zalando team for being so welcoming when we arrived! And can we get a round of applause to Edita for winning the award too!

Cheers to more amazing things like this happening in my gap year,
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'Cause we never go out of style

Posted on Thursday, 13 November 2014

And I'm back with another OOTD woooo!!! I've been wearing this outfit pretty regularly recently - all courtesy of the high street, would you believe?

Jumper dress: H&M | Trench: Primark | Bag: Topshop | Loafers: Dune
I never thought I'd be one for a turtle neck but apparently I am...and it happens to go perfectly with my Primark trench I got a few weeks back, my sister's brown bag and an old pair of loafers which I never wear!

You could also count the invisible tights I'm wearing lol....

On a side note, you don't know much potential your local area has as a shooting location until you try! The lamp-post/colours/nature perfectly complement my outfit, and I'll definitely be doing more OOTDs here as a result! 

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P.S The Zalando photoshoot images from my Berlin trip have now come in, stay tuned for those :-)

Berlin OOTD!

Posted on Tuesday, 4 November 2014

So first of all, can I just apologise for the lack of posts recently...I've been so busy applying for internships, had to go Manchester recently as well to visit family and then the next thing you know, it's been 3 weeks since I put up a blog post! *hides face in shame*

Anyway, for the millionth time in this gap year, the impossible happened...

I got to go to Berlin, courtesy of Zalando, the German online retailer!!!

How, may you ask?

My lovely friend, Edita from www.pret-a-reporter.co.uk won the People's Choice Award for the Zalando Blogger Awards! Well done to her! The prize was a 2 day trip to Berlin where the awards were presented, a photoshoot and dinner with the other bloggers from France and Spain. Edita was able to bring a plus one and she chose me! :') #forevergrateful

Now for a quick OOTD from my day 1 outfit:

Sweatshirt: H&M | Leather shorts: H&M | Shoes & bag: Topshop | Fur jacket (above): Primark
H&M's new Autumn/Winter collection is pretty good! I did a bit of high street shopping before I went and I was surprised by the goodies that H&M had to offer (in this case the shorts and sweatshirt), at decent prices as well!

We also did a professional photoshoot with Zalando on the second day, the photos should be available soon, so stay tuned for those :-)

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Primark Haul + Blogging Masterclass!

Posted on Sunday, 12 October 2014

So in the run up to LFW, I was searching for fashion week opportunities to get involved in. During my search, I discovered the 'Oxford Street Fashion Showcase', where a selection of shops on London's famous Oxford Street hosted different fashion events. I applied to a variety of different shops (Primark, Topshop, Oasis...can't remember the rest...), not really thinking about it.

On Friday 12th September, I found out I got into the Primark showcase which was a blogging masterclass with Victoria from In The Frow, a bag of AW14 Primark goodies, a chance to see the new AW14 collection and an £100 Primark gift voucher! I actually got the email on the train, on the way home after the first day of fashion week!

Shocked was an understatement. 

To have an amazing start to LFW, then to get the email that I had won this (especially considering I applied on a complete whim) was surreal...I'm just SO grateful!

Victoria on the right
About a week or so after, I splashed the cash (or voucher should I say) in Primark! I spent about 2 hours in there but boy was it worth it! Here are a variety of outfits from the past week which feature my Primark purchases:

Firstly, I bought a longline blazer...

Blazer & Crop Top: Primark | Shoes, jeans and bag: Topshop
a fur jacket and boots...

Fur jacket & boots: Primark | Dress and bag : Topshop - how perf are the shadows/lighting in this?
and lastly a 'floppy' trench coat...

Trench: Primark | Jumper: Zara | Boots and bag: Topshop
Overall, I'm rather happy with my purchases! I realised soon after that they're all jackets/coats, but they are necessary, especially now the weather's dropped suddenly after the 'Indian summer' we had in September.

I plan to do a few more OOTDs/posts with highly visual outfit content now I've found the perfect place to shoot them in my local area. Until next time!

My TV Appearance!

Posted on Saturday, 4 October 2014

Hello! During the summer, I decided to enter the #FashionHappy film competition hosted by Westfield and the Evening Standard.

I first found out about the competition when Lily Melrose (blogger and YouTuber) uploaded a video about it. I actually met her at Fashion Week!

Lily: http://www.llymlrs.com/
The brief was to create a short film to show what makes you #FashionHappy - this could be about your personal style, your fashions icons etc....Anyway, I decided to do a film on the Fashion Media (fashion blogs, magazines, fashion promotion stuff....) :

Click here to see more of my photography work!

Although I didn't win, I was featured on LondonLive a few days ago, as part of the competition TV series! I was in the episode where the judges talked about some of the entries - you can watch the episode here: http://www.londonlive.co.uk/programmes/westfield-by-shop-london/ea7d2698

On the other hand, it was NOT easy to get on TV I'm telling you!! First of all, I was using Windows Movie Maker for Windows 8 and it crashed about a gazillon times, I almost lost my work and even when I finished it couldn't save my file to MP4 format. I was this close to giving up!! But I found a solution 'cause I kept on going! And look where I am today? (see link above). So it just goes to show that any sort of success is not easy, I had so many setbacks with this project...and my mum wouldn't even let me use her Mac for iMovie :( But it did work out in the end due to much perseverance....

LFW SS15 Day 5 - Digital Talk ft. Henry Holland, More Street Style & H by Hakaan Yildirim Show

Posted on Tuesday, 23 September 2014

I didn't have any activities planned for Day 4 of LFW (Monday 15th September) so the final day I went was Day 5 (Tuesday 16th September). It was another amazing day - I met some great people, learnt about the fashion industry and got to see the last show of the season (woohoo!)

The first activity I planned was the '#LFW Digital Talk: Where do you draw the line between commerciality and creativity?' featuring Henry Holland, Sasha Wilkins from Liberty London Girl, Remi Paringaux from Meri Media and more! It was extremely informative for me, considering that I aspire to work in the creative industries (fashion/fashion photography).

Taken with my iPhone 4S
I met up with Edita again and we did some street style, hung around in the courtyard for a bit and did some outfit photos!

Clothing items: All H&M | Bag: Topshop
Not gonna lie, I chose this outfit in about 1 minute the night before - but I guess it looked sort of decent in the end? I also took a few street style shots for Edita too:

We both happened to be wearing pink and black coincidentally!
The next event that happened was another miracle...I got into H by Hakaan Yildirim - the last show of the season! Seeing as I got into a presentation without a ticket on day 2, why not try the last one in the BFC Courtyard Show Space? 'Cause if you never try, you'll never know! 

Edita had a ticket already so I queued with her. Funnily enough, some other people without tickets came behind us in the queue in the hopes of getting in as well. The security guards began to usher people in but were explicitly saying 'invitation only'. They pulled me to one side as I didn't have an invitation, along with the people without tickets behind us.

Long story short, one guy without tickets managed to sweet talk one of the security guards and I was in! It was an intense 3 minutes, but it just goes to show you can do anything even if the odds are against you LOL.

The clothes in Hakaan Yildirim were very structured as if they were inspired by shapes or patterns in nature. For instance, the hexagonal structures on the dress on the right were seen on many of the garments in the collection, similar to a bee hive pattern.

I also liked the hats that the models were wearing - in particular the long baseball caps seen on the models in the centre. We'll probably be seeing more of this trend in Spring/Summer 2015! Funnily enough, I also saw Louise walking in this show, who I met backstage at Kristian Aadnevik (as seen in my last post, a few days before). What a coincidence!

Last picture taken in Somerset House courtyard
Overall, it was an AMAZING London Fashion Week!! I miss it already :(( I met so many great people, networked, promoted myself, went to incredible shows...it was probably one of the highlights of the year! Some of what happened I planned for (volunteering at Kristian Aadnevik, booking the LFW digital talk which was open to the public and doing street style) but I never, never expected to meet my favourite bloggers that I've followed online for years, go to 3 shows (thanks to Edita, who I just thought I'd meet for coffee and that would be it) and more...writing this now, I still can't believe it! I'm just SO grateful!!! They say that the best times in your life happen unexpectedly...well this sure did!! I also want to say thank you for everyone that's been reading/commenting on my posts! 

During LFW, I also found out I won a blogging masterclass with Victoria from @inthefrow and was featured on TV! This sounds crazy writing it out! So stay tuned for more blog posts on those events :)

LFW SS15 Day 3 - Backstage at the Kristian Aadnevik Show

Posted on Friday, 19 September 2014

I was actually supposed to be on an internship this month (as mentioned in my Burberry AW14 Campaign post), but that got pushed back to October. Therefore, I began to search for LFW opportunities instead. One opportunity which arised was to be a volunteer at the Kristian Aadnevik SS15 show. Tasks included; assisting the PR team, unpacking/packing the collection away, filling goody bags, dressing the models and more! I arrived at 5.30pm and met a group of other volunteers - most of whom were lovely! I had my iPhone in my back pocket (I couldn't exactly carry around my heavy DSLR when I was doing a job) to take  some snaps of the event.

I recognised one of the models here - Cheyenne Carty (third from left) from ASOS, the Westfield campaign and more!
The evening started off with goody bags - straight from the Moroccan Oil headquarters! The artistic director of the company was also there assisting with the hair department. However, our role was to fill the goody bags with specific products and arrange them on the seats:

If only the volunteers were able to take home these too :(
After using my initiative and trying to be as helpful as possible to the Kristian Aadnevik team (hint for anyone interning), I was luckily chosen to be a dresser for the models (all from Elite)! Now this is where the fun began! My model was Shea Thompson-Blake, a mixed beauty from Manchester. She had three outfits (all white/gold themed) - a babydoll dress, a heavy, Chanel-like jacket to go with it and a long, white sweeping dress. 

The gold parts were metal - this made the jacket, in particular, quite heavy!
If I'm completely honest, most of the evening was spent waiting around for Shea to come from hair/makeup to try on her clothes but this is where I learnt the most because I was in the heart of the backstage madness.

Love these iPhone panoramas ;)
When other models were trying on their clothes, all attention was upon them, and the specialists rushed to them in case anything needed adjusting.

There was a specialist team going around with small pieces of fabric, pliers and more for these adjustments. Let me tell you - they were very good at what they did! It's like they changed the sizing of the garment - and allowed the model to breathe if it was constricted. As this work wasn't necessary for my own model, I was closest to this when the model (Louise Byrne) next to me was getting fitted by her dresser.

I got talking with Louise and her dresser and they were both lovely! It's so interesting how such a wide variety of people from different backgrounds come together for one event.

Louise Byrne (I got her to do a 'model' pose haha)
After much chatting with other volunteers, taking photos and waiting around, I finally fitted my own model, Shea, in each of her three garments. They all fit perfectly, but it was the shoes that were the biggest hassle (despite them being a size too large for her apparently). 

Chey (Cheyenne) and Shea
Finally, all the models were fitted and ready for the show! There were cameras snapping away everywhere (including my own iPhone 4S), the atmosphere was buzzing as the models were ready to walk! I would actually wear all the dresses myself - they all looked gorgeous!

All the models with the artistic director of Moroccan Oil in the middle
Here's a final video clip of the models queuing up for the catwalk:

This part was particularly stressful as you had to make sure the model changed into her next outfit as fast as possible. I'd watched this on TV for so many years and I was finally doing it myself! Crazy! All I had to do was put a jacket on Shea (thank God) and the heels were already on her so the change was easy.

So that was the evening of day 3! I had to wear all-black so no fancy outfit for me today. It was an incredible experience - I felt like I learnt more there than I would've at any fashion school or course. I also met fellow photographers, stylists, makeup artists, models and people in my industry, you know?  The next LFW post up will be day 5.

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Stay tuned!