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Let's get one thing straight: working in fashion is not an 'easy option'.

There is this massive misconception that working in the fashion industry is easy. It stems from a generation of girls growing up watching TV shows like The Hills and seeing FROW's and glamorous parties. Yes, fashion has more perks than most industries, however ask anyone in a creative industry and they will tell you that they would swap those ''perks'' for a non-sucky salary any day.

Now we've got that out the way, if you are looking to try and start a career in fashion then GET READY because it's a bloomin' hard hustle.

I came out of university with a degree in a completely different industry with only this blog as ''fashion experience'', which let me tell you, helped a whole lot. A blog is basically a place to show off your passions, talents, commitment and personality. Giving you a platform and a portfolio to show employers what you are capable of achieving, especially if you have no other relevant experience.

You will have to do internships. 

Like any job in the creative industry it's very much, "started from the bottom now we're here' typa thang.

The first issue with fashion interning is that it's hella hard to get your foot in the door. A lot of fast paced fashion publications won't hire an intern unless they've had previous fashion interning experience, which makes infiltrating the industry near freaking impossible.

Have guts, contact as many people as you can and don't let the rejection get to you. I had a ton of false starts with my first internship.

Numero uno: The big internship I had secured months in advance to start straight after uni through my only contact fell through THE DAY BEFORE. 

Numero deux: I then sent so many emails to publications and fashion assistants and finally got a interview for another publication, which I prepped my arse off for, only to get turned away because I had no previous interning/ fashion cupboard experience. 

Third time lucky: A few weeks later I managed to get another interview, by this point I was getting VERY disheartened but also strangely motivated to break the barrier. It was for a menswear internship, which wasn't what I had initially planned but I went in, proved myself and GOT IT (and it actually turned out to be my favourite internship EVER and made me want to go into menswear instead of womenswear). 



I did three internships in total, each internship can last anywhere from 1 month - 3 months. Once you have your foot in the door it gets a little easier, as if you make a good impression fashion assistants then usually suggest you to another fashion assistant at a different publication and you just keep on going.

So, what can you expect from a fashion internship?

- No you will not be going on glamorous photoshoots - out of all of my months interning I went on one shoot, where I basically just organised travel, steamed clothes and had to carry copious amounts of Nando's for the whole crew's lunch. 

- I spent 2 months stuck in a fashion cupboard (like literally, a cupboard) in a basement with no natural light acting as a glorified post man/ secretary. 

- You will spend most of your time unpacking and repacking returns and organising dockets - on average you will be wrapping up and returning 20-50 parcels a day. Sometimes more if there's a editorial or international shoot.  Check out 'fashion intern problems' for more info, it got me through many a day in the cupboard.  

- Or you will be running errands - either returning or pulling pieces from PR's, going on the hunt for items such as ribbon of very specific measurements, or fetching a fashion assistant fresh mint leaves for her latest cleanse. 

By my third internship the fashion editor came in and called me 'Simone' I thought "Simone? That's close enough #MADEIT!"

The key is to just get on with it, don't complain, be positive, energetic, use initiative and do everything to the best of your ability. Yes, at times it may feel demoralizing, but also remember that the fashion assistant who is giving you these tasks was probably doing what you are at some point. Fashion internships are kind of like a right of passage and a test to dwindle out the weak and unmotivated.

Now, let's talk ''payment'' - YOU WILL BE BROKE AF

It's not so much 'getting paid' as, "how little can we get away with paying for it to still be legal?"

I mean I guess if you live in London it's not too bad, but I was having to buy a £25 railcard each day and park my car at the station at 6.30am, only to not get home until 8pm every day.

Luckily, whilst I was at uni I had saved money, knowing that I would have to do internships and I spent it all, a couple of grand POOF gone. Other interns I worked with were working in Tesco's on the weekend to be able to afford to work for free. I was also working on the weekends on my blog and trying to gain writing experience - IT WAS HARD.

In fact my sister sent me a photo the day I started a new internship which said, "Here's hoping that your new part-time job as a stripper pays better than the internship you went to college for." - AINT DAT TRUE.



What I learn't

Although I didn't think I was learning much at the time, I did learn a lot about how to communicate with PR's, how publications are run, what each role involves, and it made me prepared for the industry. It also made me stronger, more resilient and thicker skinned as a person, because in fashion, you have to be.

The way into fashion is a long old road. In fact, whilst I was on my second internship I got a call from my sister who was elated as she had just got her first job, which was extremely well paid and in the field she wanted to go into. I just wanted to burst out crying, in that moment I felt like one big failure, like I was getting nowhere with life and made me question if I was just wasting my time, money and energy.

... BUT THEN I SHOOK IT OFF AND MY MOTIVATION KICKED BACK IN.


Words of wisdom: DONT NEARLY KILL YOURSELF WORKING 

I knew that there were hundreds of other girls who would love to be in my intern positions. I SO badly wanted to do well and prove myself. And I also felt pressure from my family who thought I was just wasting time and that there was no way I was going to get a career in fashion.

So, in between the stress of the internships, draining commute, sleeping on friends floors, being broke and with my anxiety through the roof. I pushed myself too hard. One morning I woke up on my friends floor, stood up and then quite literally collapsed. I couldn't feel my body, I had never felt so faint in my life and couldn't even lift my head - it pretty much terrified me.

I had exhausted myself. Quite literally, and was suffering from exhaustion. I had burn't out both mentally and physically.

This was two days before the end of my internship at my biggest publication to date. I rang in sick for the first time ever during a internship and had to lie there, unable to leave my friends room as he had the keys. That evening my mum came and got me after she had finished work and my friend had to half carry me down the stairs.

Shirt: Zara
Hat: Camden Market
Boots: ASOS

The next day another friend came and drove me to the hospital for tests and I was told to GO HOME AND REST. However, the magazine rang and asked if I was going to be in the next day as if not, they would have to replace me as the returns were piling up.

I don't even know how I did it but white as a sheet, clutching my Lucozade and Maryland cookies (as that was the only thing I could bring myself eat or drink) I did the commute, adrenaline pumping from motivation I made it in, got through my last day and said my goodbyes. 

On my last day, the publication offered me the next step up, but I knew I wasn't happy (or healthy) there. Plus, on my first day there i'd seen the girl in that job crying behind a rail in the fashion cupboard - NOPE, I was outta there. 

Internships are a mixed bag, you will quickly discover that the same job at different publication = VERY different experiences. My internship experience's concurred that I did in fact LOVE fashion and knew I wanted a career in it.  However, you will find you fit in at some publications more than others.  I did not care how 'big' the publication, I just wanted to do my job and not be a anxious mess, after all no job is worth losing your health and happiness for. 




The 411 on Fashion Internships: 'The Devil Wears Prada' Life

3.11.2017


Let's get one thing straight: working in fashion is not an 'easy option'.

There is this massive misconception that working in the fashion industry is easy. It stems from a generation of girls growing up watching TV shows like The Hills and seeing FROW's and glamorous parties. Yes, fashion has more perks than most industries, however ask anyone in a creative industry and they will tell you that they would swap those ''perks'' for a non-sucky salary any day.

Now we've got that out the way, if you are looking to try and start a career in fashion then GET READY because it's a bloomin' hard hustle.

I came out of university with a degree in a completely different industry with only this blog as ''fashion experience'', which let me tell you, helped a whole lot. A blog is basically a place to show off your passions, talents, commitment and personality. Giving you a platform and a portfolio to show employers what you are capable of achieving, especially if you have no other relevant experience.

You will have to do internships. 

Like any job in the creative industry it's very much, "started from the bottom now we're here' typa thang.

The first issue with fashion interning is that it's hella hard to get your foot in the door. A lot of fast paced fashion publications won't hire an intern unless they've had previous fashion interning experience, which makes infiltrating the industry near freaking impossible.

Have guts, contact as many people as you can and don't let the rejection get to you. I had a ton of false starts with my first internship.

Numero uno: The big internship I had secured months in advance to start straight after uni through my only contact fell through THE DAY BEFORE. 

Numero deux: I then sent so many emails to publications and fashion assistants and finally got a interview for another publication, which I prepped my arse off for, only to get turned away because I had no previous interning/ fashion cupboard experience. 

Third time lucky: A few weeks later I managed to get another interview, by this point I was getting VERY disheartened but also strangely motivated to break the barrier. It was for a menswear internship, which wasn't what I had initially planned but I went in, proved myself and GOT IT (and it actually turned out to be my favourite internship EVER and made me want to go into menswear instead of womenswear). 



I did three internships in total, each internship can last anywhere from 1 month - 3 months. Once you have your foot in the door it gets a little easier, as if you make a good impression fashion assistants then usually suggest you to another fashion assistant at a different publication and you just keep on going.

So, what can you expect from a fashion internship?

- No you will not be going on glamorous photoshoots - out of all of my months interning I went on one shoot, where I basically just organised travel, steamed clothes and had to carry copious amounts of Nando's for the whole crew's lunch. 

- I spent 2 months stuck in a fashion cupboard (like literally, a cupboard) in a basement with no natural light acting as a glorified post man/ secretary. 

- You will spend most of your time unpacking and repacking returns and organising dockets - on average you will be wrapping up and returning 20-50 parcels a day. Sometimes more if there's a editorial or international shoot.  Check out 'fashion intern problems' for more info, it got me through many a day in the cupboard.  

- Or you will be running errands - either returning or pulling pieces from PR's, going on the hunt for items such as ribbon of very specific measurements, or fetching a fashion assistant fresh mint leaves for her latest cleanse. 

By my third internship the fashion editor came in and called me 'Simone' I thought "Simone? That's close enough #MADEIT!"

The key is to just get on with it, don't complain, be positive, energetic, use initiative and do everything to the best of your ability. Yes, at times it may feel demoralizing, but also remember that the fashion assistant who is giving you these tasks was probably doing what you are at some point. Fashion internships are kind of like a right of passage and a test to dwindle out the weak and unmotivated.

Now, let's talk ''payment'' - YOU WILL BE BROKE AF

It's not so much 'getting paid' as, "how little can we get away with paying for it to still be legal?"

I mean I guess if you live in London it's not too bad, but I was having to buy a £25 railcard each day and park my car at the station at 6.30am, only to not get home until 8pm every day.

Luckily, whilst I was at uni I had saved money, knowing that I would have to do internships and I spent it all, a couple of grand POOF gone. Other interns I worked with were working in Tesco's on the weekend to be able to afford to work for free. I was also working on the weekends on my blog and trying to gain writing experience - IT WAS HARD.

In fact my sister sent me a photo the day I started a new internship which said, "Here's hoping that your new part-time job as a stripper pays better than the internship you went to college for." - AINT DAT TRUE.



What I learn't

Although I didn't think I was learning much at the time, I did learn a lot about how to communicate with PR's, how publications are run, what each role involves, and it made me prepared for the industry. It also made me stronger, more resilient and thicker skinned as a person, because in fashion, you have to be.

The way into fashion is a long old road. In fact, whilst I was on my second internship I got a call from my sister who was elated as she had just got her first job, which was extremely well paid and in the field she wanted to go into. I just wanted to burst out crying, in that moment I felt like one big failure, like I was getting nowhere with life and made me question if I was just wasting my time, money and energy.

... BUT THEN I SHOOK IT OFF AND MY MOTIVATION KICKED BACK IN.


Words of wisdom: DONT NEARLY KILL YOURSELF WORKING 

I knew that there were hundreds of other girls who would love to be in my intern positions. I SO badly wanted to do well and prove myself. And I also felt pressure from my family who thought I was just wasting time and that there was no way I was going to get a career in fashion.

So, in between the stress of the internships, draining commute, sleeping on friends floors, being broke and with my anxiety through the roof. I pushed myself too hard. One morning I woke up on my friends floor, stood up and then quite literally collapsed. I couldn't feel my body, I had never felt so faint in my life and couldn't even lift my head - it pretty much terrified me.

I had exhausted myself. Quite literally, and was suffering from exhaustion. I had burn't out both mentally and physically.

This was two days before the end of my internship at my biggest publication to date. I rang in sick for the first time ever during a internship and had to lie there, unable to leave my friends room as he had the keys. That evening my mum came and got me after she had finished work and my friend had to half carry me down the stairs.

Shirt: Zara
Hat: Camden Market
Boots: ASOS

The next day another friend came and drove me to the hospital for tests and I was told to GO HOME AND REST. However, the magazine rang and asked if I was going to be in the next day as if not, they would have to replace me as the returns were piling up.

I don't even know how I did it but white as a sheet, clutching my Lucozade and Maryland cookies (as that was the only thing I could bring myself eat or drink) I did the commute, adrenaline pumping from motivation I made it in, got through my last day and said my goodbyes. 

On my last day, the publication offered me the next step up, but I knew I wasn't happy (or healthy) there. Plus, on my first day there i'd seen the girl in that job crying behind a rail in the fashion cupboard - NOPE, I was outta there. 

Internships are a mixed bag, you will quickly discover that the same job at different publication = VERY different experiences. My internship experience's concurred that I did in fact LOVE fashion and knew I wanted a career in it.  However, you will find you fit in at some publications more than others.  I did not care how 'big' the publication, I just wanted to do my job and not be a anxious mess, after all no job is worth losing your health and happiness for. 




 
 For the last few months we've all seen trousers under dresses try and sneak their way back onto the scene. And I think I speak for all of us when I say our initial reaction was, "AH HELL NO!"

Although I am an avid fan of all things 90s, there is no denying that even I was slightly hesitant about the trend. The only time I have ever fully accepted the use of trousers under anything is in the Lizzie McGuire Movie when Lizzie wears *that* incredible outfit for the ICONIC "sing to me Paolo" moment.

However, without realising it, I think that scene subconsciously inspired my London Fashion Week day 1 outfit....  


Photo: Andrew Barber/ Omnistyle
Photo: Andrew Barber/ Omnistyle


Basically, I dressed like a low key princess, so it was a good day. However, let me talk you through my styling process and give you a few pointers on how to make trousers under a dress look on-point.

Choose Jeans

If you have no idea where to even begin, I would suggest you start with a pair of jeans. As we all know it's pretty hard to make jeans look bad, even when pairing it with a dress.

I opted for vintage mom jeans for a more relaxed look, helping to make the combo look casual and give my girly pastel pink dress a tomboy edge. 



 Wear Tulle

If you don't know that tulle is HUGE this season then where have you freaking been!? In fact it's kind of the fabrics fault that this trouser under dress trend is back in the first place. 

So, trust me, a sheer dress over jeans is a foolproof look. 




Choose Complimentary Colours 

If you stick to one or two hues then the trousers are bound to look more subtle. 

You can either go for all one colour, which can actually look chic AF. Or tie in the trouser colour in other ways such as I did by adding a blue jacket.

Jeans: Ragged Priest (similar here)
Dress: Vintage (similar here)
Shoes: Daisy Street  (similar here)
Coat: Boohoo (similar here)

JUST WERK IT GURL 

But my top tip: Just freaking give it a go, wear it with confidence and you are sure to rock it.

I now much prefer wearing trousers instead of restricting tights because I'm not constantly worried about ladders, I can actually walk properly and they are SO much more comfy.  Plus, I feel like a 90s kid again and that's always a bonus in my book.




How to wear trousers under a dress (without looking like an absolute idiot)

2.26.2017

 
 For the last few months we've all seen trousers under dresses try and sneak their way back onto the scene. And I think I speak for all of us when I say our initial reaction was, "AH HELL NO!"

Although I am an avid fan of all things 90s, there is no denying that even I was slightly hesitant about the trend. The only time I have ever fully accepted the use of trousers under anything is in the Lizzie McGuire Movie when Lizzie wears *that* incredible outfit for the ICONIC "sing to me Paolo" moment.

However, without realising it, I think that scene subconsciously inspired my London Fashion Week day 1 outfit....  


Photo: Andrew Barber/ Omnistyle
Photo: Andrew Barber/ Omnistyle


Basically, I dressed like a low key princess, so it was a good day. However, let me talk you through my styling process and give you a few pointers on how to make trousers under a dress look on-point.

Choose Jeans

If you have no idea where to even begin, I would suggest you start with a pair of jeans. As we all know it's pretty hard to make jeans look bad, even when pairing it with a dress.

I opted for vintage mom jeans for a more relaxed look, helping to make the combo look casual and give my girly pastel pink dress a tomboy edge. 



 Wear Tulle

If you don't know that tulle is HUGE this season then where have you freaking been!? In fact it's kind of the fabrics fault that this trouser under dress trend is back in the first place. 

So, trust me, a sheer dress over jeans is a foolproof look. 




Choose Complimentary Colours 

If you stick to one or two hues then the trousers are bound to look more subtle. 

You can either go for all one colour, which can actually look chic AF. Or tie in the trouser colour in other ways such as I did by adding a blue jacket.

Jeans: Ragged Priest (similar here)
Dress: Vintage (similar here)
Shoes: Daisy Street  (similar here)
Coat: Boohoo (similar here)

JUST WERK IT GURL 

But my top tip: Just freaking give it a go, wear it with confidence and you are sure to rock it.

I now much prefer wearing trousers instead of restricting tights because I'm not constantly worried about ladders, I can actually walk properly and they are SO much more comfy.  Plus, I feel like a 90s kid again and that's always a bonus in my book.





Super simple hairstyles for those days where you just can't be f*cked. 

Because we all know the struggle to get up in time to actually do something fancy with our hair is SO REAL (don't worry, we all snooze that alarm clock at least 3 times). 

5 EASY PEASY HAIRSTYLES

2.09.2017


Super simple hairstyles for those days where you just can't be f*cked. 

Because we all know the struggle to get up in time to actually do something fancy with our hair is SO REAL (don't worry, we all snooze that alarm clock at least 3 times). 


January: It's cold, we're broke and Netflix has just bought out the ENTIRE series of The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air - I ain't movin'.

Hey girl, I get ya, this month makes all motivation go out the bloomin' window.

However, it's easy to get in a bit of a winter rut, so if you find yourself doing a few of the things below SHAKE IT OFF GURL, you got this - the hardest thing is just getting out that door...

The harsh but honest reality why your life is so boring right now

1.25.2017



January: It's cold, we're broke and Netflix has just bought out the ENTIRE series of The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air - I ain't movin'.

Hey girl, I get ya, this month makes all motivation go out the bloomin' window.

However, it's easy to get in a bit of a winter rut, so if you find yourself doing a few of the things below SHAKE IT OFF GURL, you got this - the hardest thing is just getting out that door...

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