HI

Lots and lots has happened recently. Lots that you guys don’t know about because I have been neglecting my poor blog. Well, brace yourselves; the time has come for an update and a half.

Where to start. I’ll start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.

Shortly after my last post I got invited for an interview for a start up company, Group Commerce. An American company specialising in e-commerce, they’d come over to London (and moved into a very nice office in Leicester Square [with a fully stocked drinks fridge]) to take over the daily deals market.

As an avid Groupon hater, of their writing style that is, I was sceptical of the position GC was offering – a copy writer. If you haven’t read Groupon copy you will get the jist from the great article below ->

http://www.interbridge.com/weblog/2010/07/12/the-worst-writing-job-in-the-world/comment-page-1/

But I went for the interview, in which I was given a laptop and 15 minutes and instructed to write a deal for a French restaurant. Using the word finesse and a joke about it being cheaper than a Eurostar ticket landed me the job! (I was also flattered to hear they’d been searching for a long time, so were happy to have finally found me too ;)).

So I have spent the last three months making some great new friends, having a lot of fun, becoming an independent woman, quitting smoking (two weeks clean bitches) and writing for Nectar, Evening Standard, Telegraph, OK magazine and Daily Express. I turned 22, drank a lot over Christmas, I had all my hair cut off on stage, travelled around the country, I partied a lot, met Borris, kind of joined a gym and I’m super excited about 2013.

Here are examples of the stuff I’ve been writing for those DYING to see. And more importantly, here’s some pictures of my last three months. (with some of my winter outfits too).

http://www.nectardailydeals.com/deal/west-london/25227

http://www.nectardailydeals.com/deal/west-london/28412

http://www.nectardailydeals.com/deal/west-london/26187

http://www.selected.telegraph.co.uk/deal/london/20414

http://deals.express.co.uk/deal/28891/berlitz-language-learning-software-collect-24-points/national

STUDENT STYLE

A sneak peak at one of my posts for Swift London, enjoy!

University is the ultimate make-over. And whether tweaking or completely reinventing your style, every student has to think carefully about how to fill that tiny new wardrobe. Suddenly without a school uniform, sports kit, or even a dress code, picking what to wear can seem dauntingly exposing.  And with nerves as popular with freshers’ as alcohol, let your style be the first to speak.

That isn’t to say that your university defines your style. If you go to Oxford you don’t have to wear Jack Wills, and just because 90% of the time you are hungover or slobbing about, Ugg boots are not the only student shoe. You can go to lectures wearing Tom Ford glasses with a knitted sweater, walk around campus in a velvet jacket with a leather-bound book, or go to Sainsbury’s in a dragon onesie. Find your style, in between all that ‘work’, wear it with confidence, and the friend requests will come pilling in.

But just in case you don’t feel like being completely independent straight away, here is a little help/inspiration for A/W 2012 students looks.

Don’t want to make too big a jump from school to university whilst looking the part in the library? Team sharp tailoring with girly socks to make a great ‘first-day’ impression. Plus if you’re in your second or third year and have realised the cost of heating, roll-neck jumpers have hit the runway just in time to keep you warm and complete any geek-chic outfit.

  We’ve already seen the army jacket take over festival season, now team with skinny jeans or leather trousers, bulky shoes and a beanie to take the indie look to campus. Prints are hot at the moment and don’t be shy with mixing them. Layer’s and padding are key this season, so you don’t need to be too picky with what you choose to wear, wear it all!


Lace and velvet are stable fabrics this winter and compliment leather-bound books perfectly. For those philosophical roll-up smoking bohemian eccentrics, team your disheveled yet classic style with the timeless shoe – the brogue.

http://www.office.co.uk/mens/ask_the_missus/thorn_brogue_lace/70/9564/25122/1?fs=9564

To top it off, being a student means getting a good deal.  Uni-days has great discounts and offers and your student card will get you 10% off at most high-street shops. You’ll also find yourself with a lot of free time whilst at university, despite never having enough time to write that essay, so why not be creative. Buy a plain white t-shirt and experiment with tie-dye, or customise an old shirt with cute collar tips. Most importantly, have fun! x

https://www.myunidays.com/

https://marketplace.asos.com/listing/collars/collar-tips/531537

UPDATE

I have been really busy recently, so apologies for lack of posting. Apart from doing invoices (new office job), watching too much TV (revenge and homeland) and preparing to put my old wardrobe on ASOS marketplace (so I can buy a new wardrobe), I have been writing. Working for the new fashion company Swift London, my job is to blog about anything fashion or beauty related. The website isn’t quite finished yet, but i’ll post a sneak peak of some of the things to come – university fashion and nails! Plus I get to keep anything they ask me to review, which will hopefully be these Dior glasses I’ve got my eyes on at the moment.

PS If you’re doing Stoptober, good luck, me too! 

PPS My Recent Recommendations:

Wetherspoons just outside Liverpool Street Station – The decor and opulence of the place doesn’t suit the drink prices! Enjoy a cheap pint in luxury, (nb. luxury in comparison to all other Wetherspoons)

XOYO, Shoreditch. My friends and I ended up in this cosy underground bar/club the other week and although being the few just on alcohol as our drug of choice, a great place to go wild and have a dance. See http://xoyo.co.uk/ for gigs and what’s on.

Hell’s Kitchen, Brighton. Like sandwiches? Man do they pack them well in this deli in the lanes! Generous with the filling and with a large bread selection, make sure you pop in for some lunch. http://www.hellskitchendeli.co.uk/

And if you don’t watch homeland, click here: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/homeland/4od

PPPS I don’t Recommend:

Putting vitamins in punch. It doesn’t prevent a hangover, it just makes it taste a bit funny.

What I Wore This Summer

Summer is officially over. I am following a Christmas Count-down on Twitter, mince pies are readily available to buy at most supermarkets and I’m making space in my wardrobe for padded, chunky items. But before I dig any fur number out, here is a tribute to my amazing Summer 2012, and the clothes those happy months allow you to wear!   And whilst we’re reminiscing, here is my band and maybe even song of the Summer.

First Aid Kit

The girls that made Paul Simon cry. One voice by two sister’s Johanna and Klara Söderberg that can’t help but touch and move. I accidently heard these girls at Bestival a few days ago and I am so glad I did. Their recent second album, The Lion’s Roar, was No. 1 in Sweeden and I don’t think it’ll be long until these two young, wild Sweed’s take the rest of the world by storm. They can probably teach us brits how to perfect the boho look too!

I was quick to label them a duo Laura Marling but these girls have so much more to give. With a bit more of an alt-country bite and hauntingly real and mature lyrics, these girls have a confidence that’s entwined with the delicacy of Florance Welche’s hands! They are hypnotising to watch. With barely any make up, their hair long and loose they command the stage. Whether their own song or a cover, their honest harmonies, which only when you’re fully immersed in their sound remind you that they are two singers, mix Swedish blood and American influences into the perfect blend of modern-country music. Have a listen, I think everyone’s going to be wearing lumberjack shirts or poncho’s soon in tribute of this magical new talent!

I will be making sure to book a ticket to their next gig! *****

Here is their website for more information

http://thisisfirstaidkit.com/home/tour.php

x

My Week at LOOK magazine

 So I’ve just finished my week work-experience at LOOK magazine. I did a lot of researching, writing, emailing, editing, interviewing and transcripting. And the office was right next to Pret so I ate a lot of sandwiches.

The team were lovely and I now know for definite that I want to write for a magazine. I was working with the News and Features department and was given a lot of responsibility in the form of writing my first piece for a national magazine. Centered on Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie’s pre-wedding regimes, I was told to find a celebrity dermatologist who could give me some quotes to integrate into my mini-article on the celebs bizarre treatments. After working out how to use the phone on my desk, I managed to get hold of three skin specialists. This is when I went through my first hurdle/learning curb: how to tell someone you’re not using their quote. Luckily everyone was understanding due to the strict-time deadline I was under, but thank god I listened to my boyfriend who reminded me that if you’ve forgotten to send an email in the day, save the draft and send it in the morning, not at midnight!

The finalised version should be published in this week or next weeks LOOK, so when I get a copy I’ll be sure to post a picture on here. I made sure I gave them lots of heads, but I’m hoping they chose ‘Jen’s Pore-Performance’, punny.

As the Rob Patz and Kirsten ordeal has blown up and taken up most of the recent media coverage, LOOK decided to do a feature on celebrity affairs, ‘How Other Celeb Affairs Fared..’ I was in charge of finding celeb couples that had survived affairs, couples who had broken up due to affairs, and couples who had tried to make it work but in the end separated. As soon as I see the edited version in the magazine I’ll put a picture up of that too! But let’s hope it means people will start going a bit easier on Kirsten.

On Thursday I went to a LOOK cover shoot with Millie Mackintosh.  Of course Millie looked cover-shoot perfect thanks to the uh-mazing wardrobe and hair and make-up. And with a beautiful location and an amazing team, I’m sure the final pictures will look stunning. It was amazing to see such multi-tasking and whilst Millie was interviewed on her beauty secrets, hair extensions were being put in, make-up was being applied, breakfast was being served and her new dog Herby was being watered. The day went smoothly, and be sure you get a copy in a couple of weeks! (I didn’t get any goss about Stephen, aka Professor Green, but I did get a tasty Salmon lunch, ooh and a few sneaky pictures…)

The location – Stone House

Of course the bathroom had a piano in it…

Herby & Chris, Millie’s doggy and the lovely fashion intern

I rushed from the shoot in Lewisham to Soho as I was interviewing Alesha Dixon that evening at her Impulse Fragrance Launch! After topping up my lipstick and making sure I knew how to use the dictaphone, I walked past the paparazzi and into Soho House. There I was greeted by a group of middle-aged guys in hoodies who made a few flirty comments then asked if I wanted to join them for some champagne…After kindly refusing (and later realising it was Greenday, damnit) I walked into the Picture Room which was styled like an old-school sweet shop, filled with cup-cakes, champagne and all things pink. Although I didn’t have time to get my nails done courtesy of Impulse, I did get a goody bag with lots of treats inside. Alesha was looking gorgeous in a green shift dress accessorised with neon yellow belt and heels and was so lovely to chat to. My interview went great and when it’s published in LOOK i’ll put up the copy. I will exclusively say though that she said she likes a guy with a good bum….get crunching boys!  Oh, and I bumped into Hustle’s gorgeous Matt Di Angelo and Made In Chelsea’s Proudlock on the way home, which was a great end to a great evening.

I spent my final day typing up my interview and interviews with Danny from The Script and Tara Reid about the American Pie reunion, all of which you have to look forward to reading in the up and coming weeks. All in all, I had an amazing experience and I can’t wait for the day someone gives me the opportunity to do it as a full-time job!

Holidaying in England

So this year my parents dropped the bomb shell that was we were holidaying in England. My initial thoughts concerned my pasty skin colour, but I was comforted from the realisation that I wouldn’t need to fret over my phone bill, we wouldn’t need to go through the ordeal that is the airport, and I wouldn’t feel like a cast member of Benidorm ordering a burger or chips in a restaurant.

Of course money is a huge factor in the decision too. I’m not saying I prefer a ‘staycation’ to lying on beach in the Bahamas with a cocktail, but in the current economic climate and with the tension of the Euro, I can see why holidaying on home turf is becoming increasingly more popular with Brits.

We seem to always require a plethora of things to do while on holiday but when we get there we will only move off the sun lounger to top up our drink. England has beautiful coastlines, Michelin starred restaurants, great walks and cultural gems. Not to mention if you wanted to go bungee jumping, rock climbing, or absailing there is the opportunity to, and more importantly there will be a voucher on Groupon that will let you do it for half the price!

Here are some pictures from our holiday in Cricket St Thomas in Somerset. With a population of 50, this sleepy town let us relax in its beautiful surroundings but a car enabled us to go and explore the rest of the region at our convenience.  Combined with the Olympic fever, I couldn’t feel more proud to be a Brit!

INTERVIEWS

So I’m in that horrible transition limbo-like state between graduating and finding a job. Jobs and internships are scarce and so when you get an interview the last thing you want to do is mess it up. As an expert of this, I thought I would share my know-how of what not to do or say and then by doing the opposite perhaps we can uncover the secrets of landing the job. But first, some wise words from someone who sounds like they know how to handle an interview…Sound’s like being key as that is all you need to be able to do. It doesn’t matter if you’re a quivering wreck behind the phone or on the inside, put on a smile and sell yourself!

‘Paint a convincing word picture of yourself. To start remember the old saying: ‘No one really listens; we are all just waiting for our turn to speak.’ With this in mind, you shouldn’t expect to hold anyone’s attention for an extended period, so the picture you create needs to be brief yet thorough. Most of all it should be specifically vague – specific enough to arouse interest, to make the person you are talking to prick up his or her ears, yet vague enough to encourage questions, to make him or her pursue you.’

Although I don’t know how much I like the idea of being pursued in an interview, I agree that your confidence, poise and nerves will be tested and you need to have lots of tricks and amazing answers ready at the drop of a hat to make an impression and be remembered.

My Tips

  1. Don’t be too rigid. Tell stories and give examples. If you’re going to list you’re favorable attributes, explain how you’ve actually used them in a situation or how they have benefited you. They’re just empty words otherwise that the employer hears far too often.
  2. The  question most companies will ask is- the ‘Tell us about yourself’. Don’t just add superlatives to the empty words (see above). This is the time to forget you’re in an interview. If, like me, this question has been a realisation that you have no hobbies are are quite boring, don’t lie that you’re in the trampolining society, it is fine to say you enjoy socialising, you read, you use social media!
  3. If you feel like you cant answer the question or have a complete mind blank, mold it to suit you. I was recently asked, ‘What was the last thing you read?’ I was honest and started talking about what was trending on twitter. Remember there are no right or wrong answers.
  4.  For most jobs you will need to have a good telephone manner. Be friendly but not too colloquial. Do NOT say like every other word and try and keep ums and ars to a minimum. Remember they are thinking that they may need you to give a presentation at work or phone their clients and this interview is what they are judging those skills on.
  5. No one is going to hire someone who they don’t think they can get on with. Be polite and always ASK QUESTIONS. If you don’t, how can you come across passionate? It sounds like you’re confident that you could see yourself in that job and need to know how things work.
  6.  If you’re going for an internship, you don’t need to  state everything you know in that field of work or how amazing you are. Be humble – they know you want to learn. Flatter them, say why you want to learn from that company, how it will benefit you. And most importantly, remember to say how much you would value and appreciate their teachings and how you would work to the best of your ability every day to make sure that that shows.

LETS PUT OUR MIDDLE FINGER UP TO UNEMPLOYMENT! x

Disclaimer: [there is no empirical evidence that these tips will be helpful, will work, or are  even valid.]

Real Reality TV

Although clearly parodies, the twitter accounts of some soap stars has recently got me thinking. Why do we watch soaps? Are the characters even acting anymore after playing the same role day-in, day-out? Do they make us feel better about our lives? I’ve just watched the Eastenders omnibus and all I’ve concluded is that Cat is still, excuse my language, a slut, but that’s fine with Alfie because Alfie’s always played the nice one,  pregnancy and marriage are once again depressing, and Ben is still there – why? As the audience do we mind that the same themes are recycled again and again, or do we push it to the back of our minds because, well, what else would we do in that half an hour every day? It’s not just themes now though, Hollyoak’s got desperate apparently and Jacqui Dixon from Brookside is now their Diane O’Connor. Although seemingly ironic as that so blatantly underlines the artifice of the show, is this real reality TV?

We firmly believe that Jeremy Kyle is a bad reflection of our nation, but Eastender’s have consciously chosen to portray these  character’s lives that really are no better.

If this is our ‘reality’ it sure is depressing, I don’t know why so many people are hooked. I mean, I’m only watching Eastender’s to see Ian Beale come back looking like this…