Last free weekend...introducing the "break your neck wedges!"

Another random/ridiculous title to add to the list for you. Well, I'm've gotta give me that!
Considering this is my last free weekend for the next 10weeks...(ouch)...I had a bit of a family/friends get together. Basically an R.I.P/funeral for my social life!

I was planning to do a bit of foodie/coeliac post but unfortunately the restaurant we had in mind was fully booked so we ended up in, erm, ahem...Nando's (OK, that's a blatant lie, my heart was set on Nando's all along. What can I say? I'm a cheap date!)

Anyway, apart from saying goodbye to my weekends, I'll also be saying bye to my outrageous/unpractical shoes - working in TV means you're on your feet most of the time - so I thought I'd go out on a high. Literally!

Cue the outfit and 'pretty to look at...b*****d to wear' wedges...
This picture was taken about 2seconds before I turned round and booted the poxy pigeon out the way. (RSPCA or animal lovers out there it's a joke, I'm joking...I promise!)*guilty face*
I love the metallic look of this jumper, the picture does no justice (for a change) but I had to buy it as soon as I saw it. And of course it had nothing to do with the fact it was in the sale. Nothing at all ;)
Yes you can say it...I'm a tight arse!
Who the hell said wedges are easier to walk in? I'm pretty used to wearing heels but I'm not joking when I say these bad boys are lethal!

Jumper: New Look
Wax Jeans: Miss Selfridge
Watch: Michael Kors
6inch wedges that were designed to break somebodies neck: Office
'That girl' tottering along the road that you point and laugh at because she's about to topple over to the ground at any second: Yours truly!

Now ending my final day off by painting the nails, making a hot chocolate and settling down to watch X-Factor. Jesus, I need to calm down...I'm getting way to rock and roll these days ;)

Hope you enjoyed this post everyone, thanks for reading!!


Working in TV - the picture edit!

...I know I said this was "the picture edit" - and it is, there are quite a few pictures towards the end - but this is me and it just wouldn't be right to have a post without me rambling on for a bit first. So here goes...

I never actually intended to write about TV that much as I know most people reading my blog are here for the fashion or beauty side of things (although let’s face it, you’re probably extremely disappointed on the beauty side!) but a couple of nights ago there was a bit of a twitter explosion around the topic of needing to go to Uni to work in TV, which actually really got me thinking. (I know, me..thinking? I'll try not to hurt myself) So because I’ve been asked this quite a lot, and in the off chance that anyone reading this does aspire to one day work in TV, or even just fancies hearing a bit about my job, I thought that here was the best place to add my 2cents worth!

First of all I want to start by saying I am by NO means an expert, nor will I ever claim to be, but I have been lucky enough to work on a few big productions such as The X-Factor (and Xtra), Britain’s Got Talent and Young Apprentice to name but a few, so I’m just taking what I’ve learnt from that in the hope that my knowledge (Yep I do have some...unbelievable eh?) could in some way be useful, one way or the other. In my experience, Uni isn’t/wasn’t necessary. Now I’m not saying to you screw uni and try and get a job in TV straight away because the likelihood of doing that is highly unlikely - the majority of my friends all went to uni first and then went on to look for a job after – but what I am saying is that if you find yourself in the position where uni isn’t an option, or rather it’s just not what you want to do…then please don’t worry, you don’t need it!

The most important thing, in my experience, is experience. Whether that be interning, apprenticeships, work experience placements or just shadowing someone in the industry, the more you know about the way TV/the industry works and the more contacts you make, the better! The hardest thing for me was getting a foot in the door (I wrote literally 100’s of letters and emails before I finally landed my first placement) but once you have that - along with working as hard as you can, being polite (manners go a long way!!) and making the most of every situation etc.- the world is your oyster!...and if you can make a good tea or coffee, that doesn't go amiss either ;)

I could literally go on forever but no one deserves that punishment, so I thought it would be nice to leave you with just some (it would take years to upload all trust me) pictures from my 'TV journey' so far (wow, that has got to be one of the cheesiest phrases I've ever used!) Now I really don't want to put a downer on things, I am so incredibly grateful for the experiences I've had and feel so genuinley lucky to wake up happy to go to work every day BUT, remember that you can't take pictures of 20 hour days, pressure and just general stress. As much as I love my job its not easy, and one thing I will say is if its not 100% what you want to do/cant imagine doing anything else then don't bother, because all the hard times won't be worth it...luckily for me, they are!

Oh and just one more thing - I promise it's only one more - never ask for pictures while you're working. Its so unprofessional, there's a time and a place for that and for me and my friends, that just happened to be at gigs, in the bar, wrap parties and after parties...well you know what they say, work hard, play hard! ;) 

Working on 'This Morning'...the beginning :)


                      The X-Factor 2011, to which I still feel unbelievably lucky to have been a part of!

Another amazing perk of the job is being invited backstage at gigs, these are just a selection of when some of the crew and I were invited down to support some ex contestants perform at G.A.Y. In case you think the camera angle is a bit funny it's because we were actually ON the stage, which was weird to say the least. Can I just say I completely lived out my childhood dream up there, to be a popstar haha! Oh...and I had to add this because it just makes me laugh, can you guess who the idiot in the background, on her phone!!! is? Guilty as charged!
 We were lucky (unlucky for everybody who had to watch) to stand in for the judges every week at the dress rehearsal. Yes we did comment, and yes I did make a total twat of myself on a regular basis. Believe me there's only one thing worse than embarrassing yourself in front of A LOT of people, and that's Kelly Rowland telling you she's been watching every week playing her. say I died of embarrassment is an understatement!

I love this one! It just brings back memories of a really happy time in my life. So grateful and lucky!

Hope you enjoyed this guys. More than anything I really hope nobody thinks I'm trying to 'show off' or shove it in anyone's faces, but I get so many questions about my job that I thought it would be nice to share. It's also a nice trip down memory lane for me!
Thanks so much for reading :)

Loreal INOA and Chanel pop up shop

...and the award for the most random blog title goes to...erm, I think I win that one hands down don't I? I know what you're thinking, what the hell is she waffling on about now? Well I might as well just jump straight in and tell you. Today, after what feels (and looked) like years, I got my barnet chopped. And for anyone that doesn't understand that shocking South East London vocabularly (which i'm pretty sure is the vast majority of people reading this) it basically means I had my hair cut. Anti-climax of the century or what? Anyway, considering my roots were beginning to get as big as Samantha Brick's ego I finally "cut" to the chase and booked an appointment.

Don't worry, I'm not going to bore you with all the details of what I had done, but what I will say - in case anyone is in the same situation, is - I am allergic to 99.9% of hair dyes!! (I know what you're thinking, "not with those roots love!" but I am. And finally after countless reactions to test patches I chanced my luck and wandered into Covent Garden's Rush (Bedford St) where I met my lifesaver Jason who introduced me to INOA.

INOA is amonia free, odourless...blah blah blah, I'm not gonna lie, I have no idea about the technical side of it, or why it works for me, but it just does.

And that's where my peroxide story began. 2 years later I'm as bleached up and fake as ever...and I love it! Before and after pictures to follow but first, my completely unexciting OOTD to follow.
 And below...a shameful attempt of an OOTD used purely as proof that the roots are banished. At long bloody last!!
The nautical trend will clearly never die in my eyes!
Topshop Parma Violet nails
Blazer: River Island
T-shirt: Forever 21
Jeggings: Pull and bear, which I don't visit anywhere near enough anymore!
Isabel Marant Copy Cats (boots): New Look, who I love for their ability to copy high end for 1/10 of the price
Jewellery: Michael Kors watch, Etsy ring, Topshop Hamsa Bracelet.

Oh...and just in case you were wondering what the beauty obsessed do when they have a spare 5minutes....
The Chanel Pop Up shop. One word...heaven!
And now for the hair before and afters, which I kinda hate posting because it feels a little bit self indulgent but I'll suck it up and get on with it.


Amazing what hair dressers can do these days right? Although I think my face definitely looked better in the first one ; )

Hope you enjoyed this post everyone, thanks so much for reading!

Primark revisited!

In a bid to make the most of my last week off before going back to work (sob) I made another trip to the westend...for a bit of shopping...again!! Sorry purse/debit card/Mum!

And while I had to exchange a jumper that had a massive snag in it - doesn't bode particularly well - I thought I'd make the most of a slightly quieter Primark. Yep...out came the camera. David Bailey eat your heart out!

Just a little bit about the new Oxford St/Tottenham Court Rd branch first though, it is only a little bit I promise, the store is basically 3buildings merged into one. It's now the flagship store which surprised me because if you've ever been to Westfield Stratford or the other Oxford st store, it's unbelievable to think that they could make an even bigger Primark. Guess what? They did! It covers a ridiculous 82,400 square feet, has 4 storeys, a giant...and I mean giant LED wall containing 2.9m LEDlights (which by the way is an epileptic fit waiting to happen) and is basically a fashion lover/bargain hunter's dream. I happen to be both...who'd have known?

History lesson over, I'll let the pictures do the talking:
Above is the Oxford St entrance. Confession...this is only a third of it, my poor camera skills and a never ending stream of buses meant this was the best I could do. Useless...I know!
Primark should really put it out there more that they like their knitted jumpers. I mean, you'd never   guess would you? ha!

      Christmas jumpers anyone?

   The only problem I found was that they didn't have a massive colour selection of their jeans. 
                                       If Carlsberg did sarcastic comments....

Vajazzled Slipper shoes, I'm sure these will be a hit with the TOWIE cast!

And now that I feel like I've bombarded you with enough pictures, I'll leave you with one that shows two of my favourites items which I may* have purchased..

       * may means definitely in blogger language doesn't it? Yeah I thought it did!

Oh and just quickly, here's what I wore. Extremely grateful for the small, poor quality picture (taken on a blackberry...what a surprise!) nobody needs to see a tired, haggard, shopped out shrek look-a-like girl in HD!

Trusty old jacket: River Island
Shirt: H&M
Boots: TK MAXX
Jeans that shouldn't be looked out without wearing sunglasses: Primark

Hope you enjoyed this long, rambly, picture heavy post. Thanks for reading!

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