Sunday, 15 December 2013

Working at COSMOPOLITAN: Week 3

I can't believe I've finished my third week at COSMO, it is going so quickly and I'm loving every minute, I am going to be so sad to leave :(. I've learnt so much more this week as well, I'd go as far as saying this is the best work experience I've had so far! I think I've quite possibly found my place where I can fit into the industry. I've been trusted twice this week to man the office on my own as the other ladies were all on shoots, and I've been told I did a really good job! And I even got to pick out the high street version of the outfit we have on the front cover which was really cool. I'll post a picture when it comes out but unfortunately I can't say anything now. 


DAY 1





What I wore: Dress: £35, River Island, belt: £7, Republic, necklace: £8.99, Accessorise, pumps: £4, Primark, tights: (more to come on these later), pink beaded bracelet: £4, New Look, other bracelets: presents. Makeup is all Clinque.

Favourite part of the day: Picking out the high street version of the outfit on the front cover.

Tip of the day: If you're asked to do something with a big responsibility, don't panic, take a deep breath and get on with it, this is you're moment to shine.


DAY 2





What I wore: Jumper: £10.99 OYISIS, shirt: £16.99 New Look, pink chinos: £3.00 F&F, studded pumps: £12.99 outlet on eBay. Makeup all Clinque 

Favourite part/parts of the day: being told I'd done a good job the day before :)

Tip of the day: If you're asked you're opinion on something don't say what you think they want to hear, be honest but obviously polite! They'll appreciate you honesty more than you lies.


DAY 3





So I had a bit of a comfy day, we all need them from time to time and converse are a must!

What I wore: Jumper: £25 River Island, navy chinos: £21.99 Zara, trainers: £39 Converse. All makeup is Clinque

Favourite part/parts of the day: Being asked my opinion on the front cover by Louise Court, Editor-in-Chief.

Tip of the day: If another department needs a hand, then help them out, they'll really appreciate and its good to know more about other sections of the place you work at.


DAY 4:





What I wore: Cardigan: £16.99 New Look, necklace: £8.99 Accessorise, shirt and belt: £12.99 Miss Selfridge, skirt: £7, H&M, pumps: £4 Primark. All makeup Clinque

Favourite part/parts of the day: Arriving at work to find this on my desk from Sairey Stemp, Fashion Editor :)
Also over hearing one of the girls singing my praises to the others!


Tip of the day: If a company is complaining to you about something, don't panic, be patient, even if it is about something from before you was there take it on the chin, NEVER say "it's not my fault" apologise and take the time to look into it to see if you can sort out the problem, if not don't be afraid to pass it on to someone else but make sure you have done everything in your power to rectify it first to avoid putting extra pressure on those that are already busy, you never know you might surprise yourself with how you manage!


DAY 5





What I wore: Polo neck: £7.99 eBay Outlet, jeans: £7 New Look, boots: £69 Dorothy Perkins. 

Favourite part/parts of the day: Beauty sale, never been given so much in my life, I still donated despite being told I'd get it free purely because it goes to charity and I felt it was unfair and I didn't want to take the mick. Oh and thank you Sairey again for my giant Lolly Pop! Also my leaving/thank you presents from Alex Lunt, Junior Fashion Stylist, so grateful although I'm sure it should be me saying thank you as I've had such an amazing time and experience!!

Tip of the day: It's nice to receive a gift, but it's always better to give back!


Before I go I also just wanted to wish my beautiful nephew, Finley, a HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY, love the cheeky little fella so much and he deserves a shout out, especially as I couldn't be with him on his birthday <3

Here he is:




Super cute isn't he?! :D

SJ
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Sunday, 8 December 2013

Working at COSMOPOLITAN: Week 2

I finished my second week at COSMO on Friday, and I'm still really enjoying it. Each week I meet new members of the team from different departments and everyone still seems lovely and friendly, in fact they're a little bit bonkers as well, so I fit in well haha!

I've never felt so appreciated in a job, they give me lots of goodies, they are all so polite and someone says thank you to me before I go home every night, I completely love COSMO.


DAY 1




What I wore: Coat: F&F £35, shirt: Misguided £25, skirt: Primark £12, tights: New Look £6, boots: eBay outlet £16.99. Makeup is all Clinque.

Favourite part of the day: Seeing the results of the photoshoot from the previous Friday, they looked so cool!

Tip of the day: When you start your day take a five minutes to see what needs doing so you can prioritise the most important bits, it doesn't look like you are being lazy not setting off straight away it will just make you work more efficiently.


DAY 2





What I wore: Coat: £35 F&F, top: £95 All Saints, skirt: £7 H&M, trainer wedges: £15 Primark, tights: £6 New Look, watch: £95 DKNY, bracelet: present. Makeup all Clinque 

Favourite part/parts of the day: Getting given some bits to review :)

Tip of the day: If you're commuting a long way set your alarm for your stop and sleep on the train, the power nap really helps!


DAY 3





What I wore: Coat: £15 Primark, top: £22 River Island, skirt: £35 Red Herring, tights: £4 Primark, shoes: £4 Primark, watch: £95 DKNY, necklace: £20 Warren James, bracelet with jewels: £10 River Island, rings and other bracelets: presents. All makeup is Clinque

Favourite part/parts of the day: Finally completing all the goodie bags for Cosmo Ultimate Woman Awards, and then being given one of the awesome goodie bags packed full of extras.

Tip of the day: Stay that extra five or ten minutes to clear your desk of any paperwork, it makes it easier to start work the next day and it always leaves a good impression with your employers.


DAY 4:





What I wore: Short sleeved jumper: £20 Republic, necklace: £8.99 Accessorise, jeans: £15 H&M, boots: eBay outlet £16.99, watch: £95 DKNY, bracelet with jewels: £10 River Island, rings and other bracelets: presents. All makeup Clinque

Favourite part/parts of the day: Being able to see what outfits were being packed for the Maldives shoot and also having a cheeky McDonalds at my desk.

Tip of the day: If you are getting up to get yourself a drink, ask if other people want one to!


DAY 5





What I wore: Cardigan: £10 Internacional, dress: £22 Next, belt: £5 TK Maxx, tights: £5 New Look, shoes: £4 Primark, necklace: £5 eBay Outlet. 

Favourite part/parts of the day: Having a laugh with the girls in the office.

Tip of the day: If you have a problem, or you think there might be a problem getting home or even if you're feeling ill, let them know! They would sooner send you home then you suffer, if you're worrying or feeling awful you're not going to work as well anyway.


I've been asked a few times "Is it glamorous?" "What's it like?" "Is it like Devil Wears Prada?". Well it is nothing like The Devil Wears Prada, that is a film and isn't real! I'm sure there is a fair people in the industry that are nasty and horrible but everyone at COSMO is the best! It isn't glamorous, it is just fun, it is hard work and long days but if you have a team like they have at COSMO it can be a good laugh, and why shouldn't it be like that? Fashion is fun!

I'm loving it, I would quite happily work for the Fashion Department at COSMO everyday, they are just one big happy family, possibly a little bit crazy but who isn't? :)

The only downside to it is I don't get in till very late, I don't have any time to do anything else except eat and go straight to bed. When I eventually get a paid job, if it is in London I'm sure I'll end up moving closer to make it all a bit easier. My kitty isn't impressed with the late nights either!!



SJ
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Sunday, 1 December 2013

Working at COSMOPOLITAN: Week 1

It's been a while since I posted as my poor little Macbook has given up on me and is awaiting repair, but I've managed to steal my boyfriend's iMac so I'm back and right in time for COSMO :)

I've completed my first week at COSMO this week and it was so much fun! As I'm limited with what I can tell you, I figured I'll show you what I'm wearing and give you a few intern tips.

Apologies for the awful photo quality I'll be using a better camera next week :). 


DAY 1



What I wore: Jumper: OYISIS £10.99, white blouse with broach: F+F £16.99, tartan skirt: Next £15.99, tights: Primark £3.00, slipper shoes: Primark £4, Glasses: Gok Wan at Specsavers £125.

Favourite part of the day: Seeing their amazing wardrobe for the first time, I want it in my house!

Tip of the day: When you first start any job it can be an information overload for the first hour or so, don't panic, stay calm and ask if you're not sure, they understand it can be a lot to take in in one go.


DAY 2




What I wore: Dress: TU £21.99, necklace: Accessorise £8.99, tights: Primark £3.00, studded pumps: Outlet store on eBay £12.99.

Favourite part/parts of the day: Meeting the rest of the fashion team. Running over to a PR company to be greeted by a really cute bull dog.

Tip of the day: If you can't find anything else to do, don't be afraid to ask for more work, it doesn't annoy them it just makes you look keen!


DAY 3




What I wore: Dress: Internacional £16.99, belt: Primark £2.50, cardigan: New Look £15.99, tights: Primark £3.00, red beaded bracelet: Warren James £30.00, studded pumps: Outlet store on eBay £12.99, Fox ring: Accessorise £5.99, the other rings are presents or passed down from family.

Favourite part/parts of the day: Free cakes arriving at the office, YUM! Seeing some beautiful new samples arrive. 

Tip of the day: Always reply to every email, you never know who they might talk to.


DAY 4:




What I wore: Coat: Primark £15.99 down from £25.99, Jumper: Primark £12.99, white blouse with sequin collar: New Look kids £16.99, high waisted jeans: New Look kids £7.00, studded pumps: Outlet store on eBay £12.99, bag: River Island £29.99, Large flower ring: Next £6.99, the other rings are presents or passed down from family, bracelet: present, Glasses: Gok Wan at Specsavers £125.

Favourite part/parts of the day: Getting given lots of awesome goodies from the Fashion Editor, and Managing Editor. Being asked to go on a photoshoot the next day!! :D

Tip of the day: You are never above making tea, you are there to be helpful and set a good example of what you can do and sometimes people just need tea.


DAY 5



What I wore: Pinafore: Blue Inc £15.99, white tee: River Island £9.99, cardigan: New Look £15.99, tights: Primark £3.00, necklace: Warren James: £19.99, rings are presents or passed down from family, studded pumps: Outlet store on eBay £12.99.

Favourite part/parts of the day: The whole day! Meeting a professional fashion photographer and getting work experience with him after I finish at COSMO!!

Tip of the day: No job is ever too small, make sure you help everyone around you as well as the people you are working for as you never know where it might lead :)

It's been a fantastic week, I've learnt so much! My favourite day of the week was Friday being on the shoot, it was such a laugh, everyone was absolutely lovely! Although to be honest everyone at COSMO is lovely, they a such a friendly easy going group of people, I love working there. I look forward to being able to do more photo shoots and seeing what next week brings :)

If you want to read more about the latest stories, see the latest fashion or just want to see more about the place I'm working at click here

SJ
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Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Working with Betsey Johnson

A while ago now I got chatting with Robin Avidor from Rockin’ Robin’s Red Nest and it turns out she used to work with the fabulous Betsey Johnson! As I’m sure so many of you do I have always loved and admired Betsey so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to find out more, and what working with the incredible fashion icon was like.


The wonderfully quirky Betsey Johnson.

Sarah Jane: When did you first start working with Betsey and how did you get the job?

Robin: I started working with Betsey in 1982/83, I had been working at FCUK and wasn't too happy. I had loved Betsey's designs but never thought I would end up working with her.

I was browsing Women’s Wear Daily and there it was, an advert for a job at Betsey Johnson. I almost died! So I called and I got an interview, I was ecstatic! Then came the panic! What do I wear? After going through every possible combination of my wardrobe, it hit me! I had bought the best Betsey Johnson "suit" at Trash & Vaudeville. I decided that was what I would wear and I did. The interview day quickly came and I walked into the tiny showroom and knew I was exactly where I wanted to be.

Sarah Jane: Why did you not liking working for FCUK?

Robin: There wasn't any design or opinion, when the line came in all we did was show it, so it wasn't creative. Also, we didn't get the small boutiques as much so showing the line was always very corporate.

In the background: Robin is seen in a velvet purple dress.

Sarah Jane: What was your roll within her company? And what did you do during that roll?

Robin: When I first started working with Betsey it was a very small operation. We were in a tiny two-room place. The first room was the showroom and the other was our office. We all shared the office, which wasn't too bad because there were only four or five of us.

I did anything that had to be done including painting! My hubby and I actually painted the show room Betsey’s signature pink!

We all worked together as a team brainstorming in design meetings, making cold calls to boutiques all over the states to promote the line. I remember calling potential buyers who had never heard of Betsey then, but as we all know the company quickly grew and grew! Next thing we knew we were moving into a big new showroom. I was even given my own office, well cubicle, but it was all mine!

As the company grew so did my job. I became what you would call the northeast sales rep and the public relations rep. I travelled every six weeks and could have even more but I turned it down. In retrospect I should have travelled more.

I also showed some of our collections to top magazine editors, and picked out outfits to send them when they couldn't come to us. I worked with stylists and assisted in dressing Downtown Julie Brown, one of the first video journalists for MTV.

In addition to all of this, there were plenty of times I was thrown in front of a camera to do interviews and did photo shoots. I still have all the footage of me on a VHS tape.

Part of my job was also to be seen in her clothes. So for the 6years I worked there that was all I wore.

Sarah Jane: What were your favourite and your least favourite part of the job?

Robin: I guess the best was being in designs meetings. It was a great experience to work with such a talented team lead by Betsey Johnson. But when we insisted on a design being in the collection we were expected to sell at least 300 pieces of it, so there was a lot of pressure too.

In the background: Robin wearing a purple velvet Betsey Johnson dress.

Sarah Jane: What was Betsey like?

Robin: Betsey was great to work with. She was as kookie as you could imagine but kind and open to our opinions and ideas. She was very energetic and lived and breathed creating and recreating her designs all of the time. When under pressure she was very intense and persistent. 

Sarah Jane: Why did you leave? Would you go back?

Robin: I know I am so lucky to have had the best possible career for me during the time I was with her. I left because I couldn't see raising kids and working in such an intense and involved job including travelling.

Oh yeah, I am ready to go back now When I left working there I left my whole life behind to start a new one. I just didn't know how to incorporate both.

I had to rediscover myself without her, I didn't own any clothes other than hers; I didn't even own a pair of jeans.

So I packed up all of my clothes and memories and put them in the attic and didn't look back for a long time. I really wish I would have not been so strict with myself and allowed myself to stay in touch with my former life. But I just couldn't figure it out, how to do both. So I immersed myself in being a "super" mum for many years and never looked back.

Big mistake because after a few years I really missed my old life. I felt I had closed a door behind me and that I could not open it again.




To find out more about Robin and what she does now you can find her lovely little fashion blog here

SJ
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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Beta Fashion

Well I've been busy designing again and this time I have entered the Beta Fashion competition. This project brief was called "Dreaming in Colour" for Spring/Summer 2014. After a little while playing around in photoshop I came up with this funky design named "Geometric Summer", inspired by muddled dreams that blend into each. I chose fresh light colours ready for spring, which I also picked to generate a floating feel, which is often felt in dreams.





I hope you like it, and if you do I'd really appreciate it if you took the time to vote for my design here, you'll need to register to vote but it takes less than 2 minutes, once you've registered you can then rate my design out of 5. Don't worry the site doesn't bombard you email address with offers unless you want it to. 

Thanks :)

SJ
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Monday, 29 July 2013

EXCLUSIVE VIP OFFER: Mallzee

We all love a bit of online shopping but it never compares to the real thing, a day out with your friends, having a laugh setting the world to rights, and being able to nip into a cute little coffee shop for a cheeky slab of chocolate cake, or a creamy McFlurry to cool down before continuing with your shopping marathon is so much better than being sat at home clicking away at your computer.

However, although you'll never be able to quite get that same experience from the comfort of your own living room, there is a way to add more of a social experience to your online shopping, and its all from the same website.

Mallzee is a new online shopping website that allows you to connect with your friends without all being in the same room, it is not too different to Stylefruits, perfect for when you're too busy to meet in person or on a long boring train journey home.

The site allows each user to generate their own online Mall with their favourite brands, your favourite clothing items can then be saved to your "Wardrobe" where you can bring items together and figure out whether they will work as an outfit, this section of the site is also designed to suggest other items that might go with the items selected. The suggestions aren't always that great but it does come up with one or two good ones, I also think this will improve as the amount of times you use the site and the number of people using the site increases.





Mallzee then also allows you to share outfits or items of clothing in one place in the "Ask My Friends" section where you can get your friends opinions and they can vote which item of clothing or outfit you should buy.



The site is new, so it has still got a lot further to go, I must admit I'm a not a big lover of the design and layout, but the basics are there and from what I've seen of the site it runs fairly smoothly and is quick to load each section.

I do like the idea behind the site, having just one place where you can set up your own personal shopping experience pulling every brand or style you love together. It definitely beats having to faff around going to several different sites refining every search to the same thing, ending up with endless internet tabs open that just slow your computer down, or you ending up in a flap because you don't remember where you saw that amazing dress or shoes you fell in love with, so the site definitely has its perks.

Mallzee has also been named one of the "11 best startup concepts in Europe by Google, Bizcamp Telaviv and The Next Web" and I do like the concept I just think it needs a fair amount of tweaks, and it does have a some better features and ideas than sites like Stylefruits, but then Stylefruits is a lot more pleasing on the eye and has a nicer layout, however with more work Mallzee could be just as good if not better.

I'll let you make up your own mind up on the site, you can find it here: Mallzee

**If you use that link above and sign up the team at Mallzee have agreed to give a percentage of my reader's exclusive VIP accounts, this will give you access to special promotions and VIP bonus features (This may take a few days to activate). Why not take a look? It's got to be worth a try!**


SJ
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Friday, 24 May 2013

Weekly Fabric Contest - Mods!

That's right it has been a week now since my last one of these, I know I can't believe it either! I didn't win last weeks, but it has generated interest in my design and I've been asked to sell it a few times (which I will do when I get enough designs on spoonflower to order a swatch bundle), so even without winning it still had a good outcome, which I'm very pleased with.

Anyway... I might not have won last week's one but that isn't going to stop me and I have an entry in this week's competition, and now I'm more determined to win! So if you could take the time to support me again by voting for my design I would really appreciate it.



I was never entirely happy with last weeks design, I felt it was missing something, but some how me just submitting it and hoping for the best (which I don't think designer should ever do) still worked, perhaps I just got lucky. I do think last weeks had potential with a bit more work, which is why I entered it. However this weeks one I love and I hope you do to. It is based on the mod subculture and is named "Mod Culture" and looks like this:


To vote just go here: http://www.spoonflower.com/contest_voters/new?contest_id=190 you have to click through the pages until you find mine, select it then click through to the end, go to the bottom of the page, type the characters into the box, click "I'm ready to review my votes, then you need to type the characters again and click I'm ready to vote. It'll only take you a minute, so please do it!

Thanks in advance!  Oh and don't forget to check out my handmade jewellery giveaway! You can find it here
SJ
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Thursday, 23 May 2013

Roberto Cavalli Fashion Illustrations

While I was a Fashion and Textiles Design student I was forever looking for the top designer's fashion illustrations, as I always found them so inspirational. I've recently stumbled across some I really love by Roberto Cavalli, so I thought I share them with you.

This first two are designs made for Cindy Crawford and Georgia May Jagger, and they are amazing.

Copyright of Roberto Cavalli

This one below is for the lovely Sharon Stone. The snake back detail will look incredible, and adds a perfect little twist to the classic strapped back/backless dress.



The next one was designed for Liu Wen, and it's my favourite. The colour and the indication of the pattern are beautiful. I love the expressive lines of the design and how subtle shading shows how the dress will fall. You could only expect the best from an amazing designer like Roberto Cavalli and he definitely delivers.

Copyright of Roberto Cavalli

There is no need to try and imagine how the finished dress would look as you can see it below. The outcome is just as stunning as the illustration. Like in the illustration, my favourite part of the dress is the colour and the pattern, it is gorgeous! I also adore the way the edges of the dress are finished, it is unusual to see dresses on the red carpet finished in such away and it works beautifully, I have to say I think it's one of my favourite finishes.


Which is your favourite design? Why not comment below and let me know.

Oh and don't forget to check out my handmade jewellery giveaway! You can find it here

SJ
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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Celebrating 200 Followers: Handmade Jewellery Giveaway!

It appears I've reached two hundred followers across Bloglovin and Google Friend Connect, so in order to celebrate this I'm giving away two beautifully handcrafted necklaces made and designed by myself, to two different readers. Would you like to get your hands on these beautiful pieces of jewellery? Well continue reading to find out how!

Triple Button Necklace - Can also be worn as bracelet

Firstly up for grabs is this triple stretched clay button necklace. It is made from buttons I crafted in ceramics whilst working on my Retorta Conscientia collection you can see the whole making process here: Process 1Process 2 and Process 3




Glass Droplets Necklace - Can also be worn as bracelet

Secondly up for grabs is this single drop glass necklace. It is made from one of the glass droplet buttons I also made in ceramics whilst working on my Retorta Conscientia collection you can see the whole making process here: Process 1 and Process 2




How To Win

All you have to do is comment below with your full name, email address and which design you prefer and why. Once you have done this I will enter you into my competition database with everyone else and two of you will be selected at random. 

If you are worried about privacy, you can email me your details to sarahjane05@gmail.com

EXTRA ENTRIES
If you would like to improve your chances of winning then follow me on GFC, Bloglovin, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest (each one is linked except GFC which you can find in the right side bar). The more platforms you follow me on the more times I will enter you into the competition database, just add to your comment what platforms you are following me on to make sure I don't miss you! Don't worry if you are already a follower it still counts, just comment/email letting me know. Don't worry I will be checking so no one can cheat :)

Additional InformationI will post internationally. Although items will be well packaged if they do happen to be broken or lost in the post unfortunately they will not be covered. You can only win one item per person and address. If both winners have put the same necklace as their preferred choice, the person who was randomly selected first will receive their preferred choice. Winners will be contacted via email, if you do not claim your prize within 1 week a winner will be chosen again. Entries can still be made until all necklaces are claimed (this post will be updated then) winners will be announced on here and twitter after being claimed by email.

GOOD LUCK!

SJ
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Sunday, 19 May 2013

Weekly Fabric Contest

This post is to ask you all to do me a big favour... I entered this week's spoonflower fabric competition with one of my designs, it looks like this below. It had to be inspired by Greek myths so I picked the story of Medusa, I didn't want it to be the typical obvious design as I knew lot of people would pick that, so I chose to draw a bundle of interlocking snakes and turned it into a mirrored repeat, so that it would be slightly distorted but still fit the theme. Here it is... 




To vote just go here: http://www.spoonflower.com/contest_voters/new?contest_id=190 you have to click through the pages until you find mine, select it then click through to the end, go to the bottom of the page, type the characters into the box, click "I'm ready to review my votes, then you need to type the characters again and click I'm ready to vote. It'll only take you a minute, so please do it!

SJ
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