Thursday, August 28, 2014

Nicky Hilton's style 365 book

Nicky Hilton, the younger sibling of Paris and heir to the Hilton hotel dynasty is launching a style book. I actually came across this news on Vice, and was a little perplexed at how it was marketed.

The book is marketed to, in Nicky's own words, "really encourage women to dig deep and find their own sense of style—their signature thing that sets them apart from everyone else." Ironic, I thought, considering a social media promotional campaign for the book launch revolves around winning pieces from Nicky's own wardrobe, where the impetus to win Nicky's wardrobe is surely to dress like Nicky?!

Don't get me wrong -I'm a sucker for any celeb style book, I'm sure a lot of us are. It's the reason that celebrity sells consumer products and household names are endorsing brands -to make us want what they have.

I just found Nicky's words a little ironic?


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

4 rules for dress down friday...

The office dress down Friday is becoming a thing. More of a 'get ready for the weekend' non-school uniform-type benefit for us workers. And it does save on the cost of a 5th work outfit. However, don't go thinking flip-flops and shorts are good to go, there are rules for the unwritten 'dress down Friday' code.

1. Flip-flops are not okay. These are for the beach or extremely hot weather. The should be removed before entering the office on any day. Full stop. There is no flouting this rule.

2. Ripped, frayed, worn or any other kind of affected denim are a big no-no. Out of the office, there isn't any problem with a ripped jean, they are my jean of choice, however in the office, jeans should be a block colour of any denim with out rips or tears.

3. Crop-tops. I am a little bemused as to how and why these are even back from the 90's era. But they are, and there really shouldn't be any naval flashing in the workplace. Sorry cool kids.

4. Slogan t-shirts. You may have 'guns' but your t-shirt doesn't need to spell it out. Keep the slogan tees for personal time and the gym please.

Yes it's a day that you don't have to wear stuffy suits, but you a. are still in a professional workplace and b. have to look mildly presentable.....but still enjoy your Friday-yay!


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday inspiration....

There's nothing quite like a long bank holiday weekend. 
I'm positively smug at the thought.

Long weekends always send me into a brainstorming frenzy. What am I really doing? 
This quotes always gives me a little push to try something new...

Spending the weekend wishing away the perfect lounge inspiration. Comfy greys, picture walls and country flowers can't be beaten by much.

Happy bank holiday weekend - enjoy tomorrow as much as you can!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The websites that any PR girl or guy should know!

If you work in PR or are looking to work in PR then we are giving you a run down of the 'bible' sites you should already know and if you don't....better get reading quick-sharpish!

PR Week - Well this one's kind of a given, if you work in PR and you don't know about PR Week - dare I say you probably should find a recruiter and a new career path! Its basically the bible, not just for the UK but it has international sites too. The best selection of industry jobs and hires are released in PR Week and online here. PR Week has the rundown of who's who in the industry, any major appointments - great material to career track anyone you are interested in and also news regarding legislation, press regulations and current affairs.

PR Couture - this is one for all of you fashionistas out there. PR Couture, founded by Crosby Noricks who started her PR career in-house for a jewellery brand. Since then Crosby has endeavored to banish the typical fashion PR stereotypes with her cheery blog and continues to work on freelance PR for brands. PR Couture has quite an extensive agency directory on the site here - it's a great place to be if you are starting up on your own and want international presence!

CIPR - This one is a little bit serious. It's the industry body, offering membership, professional qualifications and it recognises the best practice in PR. If you take your profession seriously, want to learn your trade and have some letters to prove it, the CIPR website should be on your favourites bar.

I Work in PR - if you need a cheer up now and again, give this site a visit. You will be able to relate to everything that at one time may make your blood boil, but it all seems ironically hilarious when viewing these GIFS. You can thank you lucky stars there is someone out there spending their precious free time (or work time)

Crosby Noricks
Crosby Noricks

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

F is for... (A to Z of Fashion, Beauty & Entertainment Careers)

Continuing the new weekly blog feature, an A to Z of careers in the Fashion, Beauty and Entertainment industries.

Fashion Designer
This is a general term of career path for those who want to work in fashion, however this title encompasses many roles. Do you want to specialise in initial design or embellishment design or fabric design? Or do you want to work as an overall designer working up from a studio assistant? Head designers tend to start as design or studio assistants and can work up to become creative directors of the top fashion houses such as Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen.

Financial Director
This might sound like it is completely un-fashion related, but a business doesn't run without funds! A financial director would look after the ingoings and outgoings of the business from everything to stationary to salaries. In order to undertake this career, you would usually need a degree and Accountancy qualifications.

All A to Z entries will be compiled in a little ibooks download in a little while, including further career suggestions, tips & insider information & a contacts list. Watch this space for the download link...


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Victoria Beckham x The Outnet for Mothers2Mothers

Fashion designer, mother and style icon Victoria Beckham has selected 600+ pieces from her personal wardrobe to sell exclusively at THEOUTNET.COM 

Register now for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to shop pieces from Victoria’s wardrobe from August 20th.

All proceeds from this sale will go to mothers2mothers.

"The funds that are raised will help m2m’s Mentor Mothers reach even more HIV-positive mothers with critical health education and support, to stay healthy and protect their babies from HIV infection. HIV infections in children and maternal and infant deaths from AIDS are unnecessary and unacceptable. With the right education and empowerment, no baby should ever be born with HIV and no mother should die of AIDS." - Dr. Mitch Besser, Founder, mothers2mothers


Monday, August 4, 2014

9 to 5 Fashion...

Let's face it, 9 to 5 style is far more tricky for us girls than the boys. You can't really go wrong with trousers and a shirt, collar and tie where necessary. For us there aren't such fool proof rules, more guidelines when it comes to 9 to 5 dressing!

When it comes to trousers, a tailored skinny or slouch work well with a fitted or bright blouse. Tucking a top or blouse into the trousers defines the waist and also gives a smarter look to the outfit. If you can last the day, add a pair of heels to complete the look a la Oliva Palermo (even if its just at your desk!)

Midi skirts with romantic blouses are a great summer alternative to trousers, pencils can work with this look too, but I'd always go for a loose blouse to balance out the look. Pencil skirt and skin tight blouse it a bit OTT for the office - don't you think?

Skirt lengths are always a point of contention for me - if you are going for something above the knee, tights are a must (corporate office dependent here people!) Anything knee length or longer, I think is fine without tights, unless it's board meeting day!

I try to keep a jacket or blazer with me just in case I need to smarten my look up for a meeting or I get caught in a shower! There's always an umbrella not too far away either - you can never count on the UK weather.

As a fashion SOS I always keep a few essentials in the desk draw - a spare pair of tights (just incase!), flats -for the day I brave heels and flip flops - there will be a day you won't be able to walk in a new pair of shoes!

What are your 9 to 5 fashion must haves?


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