Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Insider Interview: Amber Wood


In our latest Insider Interview, we chat to Emslie Creative's Director, Amber Wood, about a career in Fashion PR and building her own successful agency.

What’s your usual working day like?  

I like to get up early to catch up on any news breaking over night in the fashion and celebrity world.  I cycle to my office on Brick Lane and plan my day ahead.  My days vary from meeting press for breakfasts, catching up with clients to visiting stores for the wholesale side of the agency.  We have many press and celebrities visiting our showroom to borrow clothes to wear for upcoming TV appearances or photo shoots.  Ultimately we are communicating all of our fantastic brands to the media and selling our wholesale brands to key stockists around the world.

What was your dream job when you were younger?

I knew I always wanted to work in fashion, I was just not sure in what area.  I always dreamed of being a fashion designer (now I am older and wiser I realise this could never happen!).

What's the best piece of career advice you've been given?

What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.  Wise words from my old boss Leila Fataar

What's your number one style tip?

Your style is an extension of your personality so experiment and enjoy what you wear.  Being comfortable in your own skin is rule number one.

If you weren't doing the career you are now, what do you think you would be doing?

Following my dads footsteps and working in the restaurant business.  He runs his own pubs in south London and I couldn't be more proud of his achievements.

If someone was looking for a career change into your industry, how would you propose the best way is to start?

Try and gain as much experience and talk to any friends in that industry.  Ask a million questions!

What's the best thing about your job?

I have built my own mini empire at Emslie Creative and I have worked with some incredible clothing brands. 
 

What's the toughest part of your job?

Everything rests on my shoulders; the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly... however I wouldn't change it for the world.

Most proud career moment to date?

I am still running my business after three years of hard work.  I am really proud of that!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

Hopefully still building the mini Emslie Creative empire!  I am really enjoying the wholesale side of the business too which will continue to grow.  The PR industry has changed so much in the last five years so I am looking forward to adapting my ever evolving agency! 

Read more from other Insider Interviews and we'll be getting some more industry insight next week.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The motions of payday weekend and feeling like a boss...


Splash out on a posh breakfast. Of course I'll buy one Pret croissant when I could get two in Tesco's for less - I've been paid.

It's just fact that lunch now consists of an M&S sandwich and a Starbucks coffee.

Of course the Friday drinks are on you. Your sub-conscious reminds you, you will regret this in week 4, but hey, drinks. More drinks. Doh!

Asda who?! It's all about a Saturday Ocado delivery.

None of this Simple malarkey. I am an independent female who has just been paid, it's Estee Lauder or nothing.

It's the last day of the month and you start to think you can rule the world. Then reality sinks in and all your bills come out on the 1st.

You come to the realisation that you've spent all you have on Pret breakfasts, Waitrose tomato soup, Primark ballet flats in rainbow colours and a bathroom cabinet of Estee Lauder cosmetics.

Panic sets in and you frantically try sell your life on Ebay to supplement the next three weeks.

Then, you can't wish the next three weeks along quick enough. 

When is payday again!?!?


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Monday, February 23, 2015

Music Monday 001


This weeks' music selection is courtesy of the dulcet tones of Ben Howard, Angels & Airwaves and George Ezra, enjoy and have a little listen to the tunes in the side bar of the blog.



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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Bourjois happy & healthy skin


A flawless base is the desired day-to-day look for skin care enthusiasts, but it doesn't always come naturally, so now and again cheating it is the only option. The Healthy Mix Foundation has been my go-to base for a little while now and I've restocked twice - but the Happy Light Concealer is a new addition to the base routine. I use a concealer brush for under eye full coverage to get rid of any bags and blemishes too. The foundation is build-able and leaves a dewy finish to the skin, so I set with a loose powder that fixes the concealer too to last all day. As a lighter alternative, if full-coverage isn't what you're looking for, try the Healthy Mix Gel version of the foundation. It's a lighter 'little sister' of the Healthy Mix and leaves the same dewy, glowing finish to the skin. Something I've been taking for granted with foundations lately is the pump dispenser, neither of my other favourites, the Estee Lauder Double Wear and Mac Studio foundation, come with a pump dispenser, so for fuss free morning rountines, the Healthy Mix is a dream. What's more, it's a bank-friendly £9.99, compared to the MAC upwards of £20 and the Estee Lauder upwards of £30 is a steal!
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Insider Interview: Susie Amy

 
In our first Insider Interview, we get to know Susie Amy, actress and new brand ambassador of ARK Skincare. We chat all things worklife, the best career advice she has ever been given and of course all things beauty and style.

What’s your usual working day like?

My days vary hugely. It all depends on whether I'm doing a play, The Wright Stuff, reflexology, beauty blogging or working with ARK Skincare in my new role as their beauty ambassador. My favourite place to sit and do my work is at Shoreditch House in East London. I sometimes sit there all day and get things done. As work is so varied I try to make my own routine - or days can be unproductive as I always find something to distract me at home!

What was your dream job when you were younger?

To be an actress, without question. If I had gone down an academic route - as my school would have encouraged - I would have liked to be a lawyer or a writer.

What's the best piece of career advice you've been given?

I used to say no to a lot. Actually saying no can feel safe but taking what's in front of you and trying it can be really rewarding

What's your number one style tip?

Embrace your own style - what suits Angelina Jolie will not suit Scarlett Johansson - we are all built differently, and need to work with that. Anything that doesn't show the waist can be unflattering on me. I am also a believer in being experimental - there is nothing worse than never trying anything outside of your comfort zone!

If you weren't doing the career you are now, what do you think you would be doing?

Something in the field of health and beauty. The only magazine I read on a regular basis is Women's Health. I love reading and learning about fitness, supplements, nutrition - and my main passion skincare.

If someone was looking for a career change into your industry, how would you propose the best way is to start?

In terms of acting, it's a difficult industry. I've learnt that more and more over the years. It isn't just rumoured to be a difficult industry it truly is one. Having said all of that I wouldn't change a thing - I've done things, and been to places, and met people through that work that have made life so fun and interesting. I would say to anyone to be thick skinned, it can be fairly brutal, and to realise what you feel disappointed about today - you will be over in a weeks time.

What's the best thing about your job?

The best thing about my job is the variety. My newest job is working with ARK Skincare - I have been supporter and keen follower of the brand since being introduced to it in 2012. It made sense for them to work with someone who was already passionate about the products. These are professional grade products - they contain active ingredients that are of a high enough level to actually make a difference to the skin. Currently I'm learning the formulation of each product - and why specific ingredients are selected for each.

Most proud career moment to date?

I did Frederick Knott's play 'Wait until Dark' - I played a character who was blind, she also never leaves the stage. It is known to be one of the most exhausting theatre roles, and after the first performance I thought to myself - 'I will never get through 150 of these'. I did, and it was pretty rewarding and a lot of fun. My favourite job however was 'La Femme Musketeer'. We filmed in beautiful Croatia for 4 months - working with swords and horses - and the most fantastic group of people.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

Wherever you see yourself - you won't be. Life is full of surprises so I try not to think ahead too far. I would like to see more of the world. Travelling is my favourite thing.


Next week we will be discussing more 'Insider Interview' careers and questions.


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Monday, February 16, 2015

Gloss & Go Kisses....


The Clinique 'Gloss and Go Kisses' Set is the perfect little handbag companion. Unlike other lip glosses, I find they can be so tacky when wearing, they aren't comfortable at all - god forbid you could wear lip gloss when there is any slight wind in the air! These superbalm glosses leave a moisturizing gloss without any of the tackiness in an array of colours. The shades aren't highly pigmented but do leave a subtle hint of colour on the lips wearable for everyday and perfect in the spring time to accompany a fresh-dewy look. I think they are also the perfect gift, the pink cosmetics bag and 'on-the-go' clasps are a novel idea too. 

If you didn't treat yourself to a little something this Valentines, why not try this?


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Saturday, February 14, 2015

K is for... An A to Z of fashion & beauty careers



Continuing the new weekly blog feature, an A to Z of careers in the fashion, beauty and entertainment industries.
 

K IS FOR... Knitwear designer
If you are a creative and pay careful attention to detail then a career as a jeweller or jewellery design might just be for you. You can train a places like The London College of Fashion who offer specialist jewellery degrees, or you could study a more broad art degree and specialise in smaller 3D work. It sounds a little like a broken record, but in this role, like journalist, if you can get experience working with a jewellery designer or jewellery this will really kick start your career. This will give you first hand experience of working in a studio or store and is a great way to get your foot in the door if you are looking to work for a large, established jewellery, even if you are looking to work for yourself, experience with a professional will be invaluable in the future.

K IS FOR... KEY GRIP
In all areas of entertainment and motion picture, a key grip is in charge of all camera operations, booking all camera and recording crew. If you are interested in video production and are technically minded and organised this might be the career for you. A degree or higher education study in media or production would be useful, but above all experience in the industry is a must. Getting work experience at a TV station, video production agency or film studios is the best way to learn your craft and understand the use of equipment too. Getting experience in different industries such as TV, film, documentary, news and the arts might be great to help you decide what area of production you would like to work in.

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...



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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD


The GLAMGLOW Supermud is quite simply amazing, there's not denying this, but it's on the very pricey end of the skincare spectrum. Is it worth it? Usually I'm all about the high street, but with this there's nothing I have ever used that is as skin clearing. The day after I use this over all of my face or on certain areas, blemishes are dried out and absorbed out of the skin. Simply, I'm hooked. Just rather sparingly as you can get about seven full face applications out of one pot!


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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

What to buy yourself for Valentines...because a girl's gotta treat the one she loves...

Okay, so I'm not one for Valentine's. But I am one for treating those you love, and when I say love, I mean you love yourself right?! You should therefore, logically, buy yourself something for Valentine's. Am I right?!    You can't go wrong with a Diptyque candle. Fool proof.


Lists? Pretty prints? Surely, you have to have a Cath Kidston notebook?





You mean you don't own the Lauren Conrad Beauty book?!
You owe it to yourself...surely?



Finally, some flowers ?
You don't need anyone to buy these for you...



Make sure you get something in time to treat yourself before the big day!

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Ten signs you know you've gotta get the hell out of there...


In a job there are ups and downs, sometimes you love it, others, not so much. So how do you know if  you've got to head for the exit?

These ten signs that show it's definitely time to hit the road and move on....

1. Procrastination has become your middle name between the hours of 9 and 5.
2. You've stopped making small talk in the kitchen - disinterest is your middle name.
3. You're out the door dead on 5pm - ain't nobody got time to hang around.
4. Your refresh your Linkedin every five minutes expecting in mail.
5. You have no desire to attend pay day drinks - get out of here now!
6. You start to consider a lunchtime tipple to help the afternoon along. Hello cans of M&S G&T.
7. Projects with timescales over four weeks go over your head - what's your notice period again?
8. Your new nickname is 'Moaning Myrtle' - that or you're silent. All day.
9. Whenever out of hours events are mentioned you want to quit, there and then. Just no, not another minute.
10. You've started applying for other jobs in your working day.

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Laura Mercier: Foundation Primer

I am a sucker for a great base primer. With oily/combination skin, foundation on it's own just doesn't cut it for a day. I used to be an avid Benefit 'Porefessional' fan, until I found this Laura Mercier wonder. There's been a lot of hype over the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer so I knew the brand was coveted within the industry and I predict this primer will follow in the concealers footsteps! It leaves the skin feeling 'baby soft' that allows foundation to be applied evenly over the skin, if you aren't using a foundation and go for a concealer and then blush, it evens the complexion and I feel removes some redness too. Yes this primer is pricier than any high street brand, but when you compare it to the 'Porefessional' primer it's not that dissimilar in price. Whenever my purse strings allow, this Laura Mercier primer will be in my beauty bag.

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Simple ways to de-stress



We are going to pretend that life is all-things rose tinted, sometimes over little things or major things stress levels can go sky-high and here are some simple ways to help de-stress.

1. Put the kettle on.
In scenario's of stress, putting the kettle on can take you away from a situation and give you a little break. Taking 10 minutes with just yourself and a brew can give you a little head-space to compose yourself.

2. Start an active hobby.
As more of a long term stress buster, starting an activity can physically relive your stress. Going for a run and pounding the pavement can work out internal stress, if you have a little more bent up aggression why not try a kick boxing class and get in shape at the same time.

3. Take a bath.
There's nothing quite as relaxing as a soak in the bath. Light some candles and pour a glass of wine and slowly turn into a prune.

4. Count to ten.
Obviously bath's aren't necessarily readily available in moments where stress peaks - so try counting to ten. Clear your thoughts, breathe deeply, count slowly to ten and regain a sense of control. 

5. Get 40 winks.
If you are feeling stressed this can be heightened by your sleeping pattern, sometimes the two seem like a vicious circle, tiredness can lead to stress, stress can lead to poor sleeping habits. Breaking the cycle isn't easy. Take naps when you feel tired can give you more energy and clearing your mind before you go to sleep can help. Turn off your mobile devices, steer clear of caffeine for a few hours before sleeping too.

Here's hoping some of these little ways can help you alleviate stress - if you have some of your favourite tips comment with them below!


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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Benefit: Roller Lash Mascara


The Benefit 'Roller Lash' mascara launches shortly and Benefit have been giving ELLE readers a sneak preview with tester. Since the March issue of the magazine launched accompanied by the little lash product, social media has been a-blaze with mentions of the mascara. The product is designed to lift and curl lashes and claims to stay put all day. So I jumped on the bandwagon and tried it too. The brush has, what I can only class as very minature 'tangle tease' style, bristles that are designed to curl the lashes, the brush has a curve to it too to mimic the eye lid - I'm not sure the curve does much but the bristles do load on the product to lashes. Lashes are extended and curled slightly, but it won't ever replace using eyelash curlers, but as a time-friendly mascara it's pretty great. Will I give be swapping it and giving up my oh-so-coveted Bobbi Brown, no smudge mascara ...I'm not so sure...



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Monday, February 2, 2015

J is for... An A to Z of fashion & beauty careers



Continuing the new weekly blog feature, an A to Z of careers in the fashion, beauty and entertainment industries.

J IS FOR... Journalist

As an journalist in the fashion and beauty industries you need to be first an foremost an excellent writer and have a way with words. If you work for a short lead titles like a national newspaper, you'll need to create interesting and well written content on a daily basis. You'll also need to be good at working to deadlines as the printers won't hold the press for you! A degree in journalism, english or another subject with extensive with large quantities of creative writing would stand you in good stead for this career, however nothing can compare to on the job experience. Try writing for your student newspaper, start a blog, or get as must magazine and newspaper experience as you can to show you are serious about your future. With the emergence of digital and online websites acting as a news platform, understanding basic hmtl or java code would help you when creating online content. Online journalist is closely linked to social media now too, magazines and online blogs use social media channels to drive traffic to their sites, so being well-versed in social media use will stand you in good stead too!

J IS FOR... Jeweller

If you are a creative and pay careful attention to detail then a career as a jeweller or jewellery design might just be for you. You can train a places like The London College of Fashion who offer specialist jewellery degrees, or you could study a more broad art degree and specialise in smaller 3D work. It sounds a little like a broken record, but in this role, like journalist, if you can get experience working with a jewellery designer or jewellery this will really kick start your career. This will give you first hand experience of working in a studio or store and is a great way to get your foot in the door if you are looking to work for a large, established jewellery, even if you are looking to work for yourself, experience with a professional will be invaluable in the future.

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...


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