Figleaves Christmas Preview '14

Last week I was invited to attend the Figleaves Christmas Preview event at Claridges. I felt so strange, walking through those doors in a summery dress and sandals, feeling as though I should have worn heels and a ballgown. I was lead up to a suite where the event was taking place, and greeted by the smell of winter candles and Christmas decorations.

The whole event made me feel like this was my hotel room and my underwear...especially the walk in wardrobe with gorgeous pyjamas and underwear hanging from the rails. There were also rails in the bedroom and living room (can I call it the living room?) so I got a really good peek at what Figleaves will have to offer this Christmas.

I have to admit, I've never shopped at Figleaves. It's always been that tiny bit too expensive, but on looking at the underwear, I began to realise why. The detail in some of the bras, and the fabrics used made the sets so much more luxurious than what you'd think when looking at a picture on the website.

I was lucky enough to have a free bra fitting and take home the set I tried on. As always, I was a pretty difficult customer, as it turns out I was wearing completely the wrong bra size. Obviously different brands have different sizing, but I was really shocked to hear what I was meant to be wearing, and has urged me to think about going to get measured in a few other places where I buy my underwear from.

All in all it was a fab event, and I felt like a princess being able to walk around this gorgeous hotel suite and look at beautiful underwear sets. Thank you Wingfield PR, and Figleaves!


Interning with GQ Magazine #3

Blouse - Topshop / Skirt - H&M / Shoes - New Look 

Sometimes, we want to stand out. Hell, most of the time we do. That's why we spend stupid amounts of time doing our hair, make-up, fake-tan, going shopping etc. It's why we try one outfit on, throw it off in disgust, and repeat the process. We are all trying to impress someone, be it ourselves, our boss, our friends, or the man on the train you see once every 4 days because today, today he WILL notice you...

...or notice that my fake tan is almost as neon as my skirt.

But if you can't wear an almost neon yellow skirt in Summer, then when can you? Or so I said to myself when justifying yet another purchase in Oxford Circus. No I didn't need it, no I probably won't wear it next year, but we live in the now, right? 

If only I could apply that mantra to all of my thinking departments. 

Interning with GQ Magazine #2

Top - Missguided / Skirt - Asos / Shoes - River Island / Necklace - Forever 21 

I feel like I'm interning for MI5. No, I don't mean there's Aston Martins parked outside, or underground gadget showrooms, or Piers Brosnan walking around (Sorry Daniel, you just don't do it for me). But because I'm can't discuss anything i've been doing in too much detail as we're working on the next couple of issues.

A lot of my time so far has been spent doing press returns, in which I am so grateful for my PR internship as it meant I could just get stuck in rather than be taught from scratch how to do everything. I've also been doing the bog standard emails and telephone calls, but I think that goes without saying in any internship. 

But the best bit so far has been researching people and subjects, as well as writing transcriptions from interviews. This has been really interesting as I've felt like I'm learning something and actually doing some journalism! And it means I've had a sneak peek into potential articles, as well as hearing exclusive interviews first hand. 

I wore this skirt this week. It's just from the Asos sale so was such a steal! I love their reclaimed vintage section at the moment, the patterns are so beautiful and I'm eyeing up their co-ord sets so much! But because this skirt was in the sale, I had to get it in the size up, and this meant as I was walking around London it kept turning round and the zip was at the front! Not a great look for someone that's trying to pose as being a professional! ;)  I paired it with my white River Island flatforms and a plain Missguided tee. I've really been enjoying wearing skirts to my internship, rather than jeans, so hopefully i'll have a few more, slightly different, outfits to show. 

Interning with GQ Magazine #1

Blouse - Topshop / Skirt - H&M (it's slightly more orange in real life) 

Disclosure: I did not leave the house without shoes on. 

When you know you're about to intern for GQ magazine, lot's of potential problems arise in your head; 'what do I wear', 'how will my bank balance survive being in Oxford Circus every day' and of course 'will I be good enough?' (that one should probably come first). But seriously, picking an outfit for my first day took hours. I didn't want my usual black jeans combo, nor did I want to be too suited and booted. This is my only skirt that isn't dressy or suit-y so I settled with this, and considering it took me around four months to find this little number, I was pleased to show it off. 

Note: It really did take four months. I spotted it in the Newcastle store around Feb/March and thought it was way too early to be buying an orange skirt. I went home and couldn't stop thinking about it. It consumed my every thought. It's my unwritten rule that if I can forget about something I've seen, it clearly wasn't meant to be. But if I let the item take over my life, pairing it up with different tops and shoes in my head as I'm trying to sleep, I have to have it. 
So I went back. No skirt. 
I went back the next week. No skirt. 
I dragged my friend into that shop every week for two months. No skirt. 
I had to forget about it. 

Then June 2014 comes around and I take my sister shopping. There it is. Two sizes left; one being mine. It was meant to be. 

So here I am at GQ. My hour and a half morning journey has begun. My nerves are in tatters. My wardrobe isn't fashionable enough. But hey, it's awesome.