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For £25 the crowd got a Q&A session with the fashion industry’s top-notch professionals – including Company editor herself, Victoria White, as well as a drinks reception and an amazing goody bag!
The session which ran from 6.30-8.30pm saw Victoria White and the crowd ask questions to the panel, from how they got to where they are today to what their advice for the audience was.
Victoria, who was wearing a black leather jacket, white shirt and blue and black polka dot trousers, said that the biggest change in journalism was that everything is moving to digital, and that she found it really exciting and it was the most fun she had in a long time. Hey, with the recent news that Company’s weekly edit is shortlisted for the ‘Digital Innovation of the Year (Consumer)’ award at the PPAs, who wouldn’t be excited?
Sat on Victoria’s left was Associate editor fashion Oonagh Brennan, who initially didn’t know what she wanted to do, and worked her way up in the magazine business. She stressed that if you want to get into a magazine that you have to get in there somehow and work your way up. When asked what’s more valuable, qualifications or experience, Oonagh replied that she wouldn’t care about a degree in fashion, but about fashion experience with a magazine. It just goes to show that experience is key if you want to bag your dream magazine job!
New Look’s fashion PR team were also there at the event, and dished out loads of advice! They stressed that you should never turn down an opportunity and to pick something which is right for you.
Amazing stylist Karen Jones Russell told the crowd how she got from working behind a desk to freelancing for four years as a stylist and finally how she set up her own business. Her top tip? You’ve got to live and breathe fashion if you want a job in the industry.
A panel wouldn’t be complete without a top blogger. Cue Jen Holmes from A Little Bird Told Me, who gave the Manchester crowd some hope in the fact that you don’t have to move down to London to get a career in fashion, and that there are plenty of opportunities arising in the North.
Was it value for money? For a Q&A session with the editor of one of the best women’s magazines ever, definitely!
Did you go to Company’s event? What did you think?
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SHE’S the girl that has the best wardrobe in the world – I mean, who wouldn’t want a digital outfit-making machine for a closet? And aside from her incestuous romance with the gorgeous Josh (Paul Rudd), Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) also has the enviable fashion sense to match. With ‘the 90s’ being back on trend, The Live Scene shows you that you don’t need to be Clueless to channel your inner Cher.
Harlequin prints are huge this season, as seen on the runways of Balmain and Joe Fresh, so why not invest in this gorgeous skirt by Missguided? Pair it with a Miss Selfridge sheer peplum white shirt and you’ll be ready to rock or fail as in Cher’s case, your driving test!
Think monochrome is too boring? Then red may be your colour of choice! This colour is making its way through the best dressed lists with celebs such as Rihanna, Adele and Jennifer Lawrence all sporting this in-your-face colour at the Awards shows. This £12, yes you read that right, £12 River Island dress will be sure to make you a winner on the red carpet. If tartan is more your thing, grab this skirt from Sohos! Team it with a Topshop black crop top, an Amazon beret and some knee high socks from Motel Rocks!
And finally, finish off your Cher style steal with a pink feather pen. Now all you need is the cute nerdy boy…
Who is your favourite film fashionista?
SPRING 2013 beauty has gone back to the future with space age metallic lids, as seen on the catwalks of Giorgio Armani, Gucci and Versace. The make-up may seem reminiscent of Alien vs. Predator, but who can’t turn down a shimmering silver smokey eye?
If you can’t resist looking like It girl of the moment Cara Delevingne, then The Live Scene’s version of Chanel’s ultra-modern trend will make sure you’ll reach Top Model status in no time.
Apply 17’s BB cream for flawless skin – the added SPF 15 will also give you protection against the sun (or lack of it)! Now onto the brows! This season strong eyebrows are the go-to, with celebs such as Lily Collins, Camille Belle and The Vampire Diaries Nina Dobrev all leading the bushy brow brigade. Fill in your brows with Benefit’s Brow zing to get clean, smooth brows – but don’t go overboard, we don’t want to look like the cast of Desperate Scousewives!
Once you’re all browed out, sweep Daniel Sandler’s silver eye shadow across your lids, and up to the base of your eyebrows. Build up the colour until it turns into a dark metallic tone. To make yourself look more awake, try placing the shadow on the inner corners of your eyes. Then line them with Rimmel’s soft kohl pencil in Jet Black to make your peepers stand out. Finish your futuristic eyes off with two coats of Rimmel’s Volume Flash Scandal’Eyes mascara.
Will you be joining the space-age tribe this season?
SO you’re probably wondering where the hell has Sarah been? Well here’s a little catch up on the life of a third year journo!
These past three months have been so hectic! Most of you will probably know or have an idea about what it’s like being a third year at uni, and I can definitely say that it’s hard work! Aside from the assignments, it’s hard to find the balance between uni, other commitments, having a social life and of course blogging! So here are a few things that I have been up to!
For our magazine assignment we had to create a B2B magazine, so our group chose to do a bakery one! After a month of blood, sweat and tears (okay, maybe not the blood bit) I present to you The Baking Sheet (pictured above)! As well as making the magazine, I have also been a busy bee working on the Style section of PR1, our uni’s magazine. Our February theme was all things Spring, and what better person to feature on our beauty page, than my ultimate girl crush Cara Delevingne?! Of course, it can’t be all work and no play, so me and Ali went to see Benga and Example at the Manchester Evening News arena as a cheeky celebration for getting our uni work done!
Ali applied to be Media Officer at our university, so we got our friends together and all went out campaigning for him! By this time our consumer magazine project, Guilty Pleasures was in full swing, and the March edition of PR1 was done and dusted, so I decided to go to Sheffield to see my two best friends. If you’re ever in Sheffield, stop by Fancies on Ecclesall Road – this place makes the best cupcakes and a decent hot chocolate too!
After printing troubles, and with 10 minutes to spare until the deadline, here is Guilty Pleasures (pictured above)! To celebrate the end of term and finishing our magazine projects, we went to an End of term Mad Hatter tea party, I of course went as a Mad Hatter! It was a nice send off for Easter, and it suddenly dawned on me today that we only have two months left of uni! Cue more work, exam stress, and trying to balance everything!
Lyrics: Rihanna – Where have you been
LAST month I moved to London for two weeks to intern at fashion business magazine Drapers. I thought that I should share my London photo diary with you, here goes!
A group of us from uni had work experience lined up in London, so after our first day we decided to meet up at Pizza Express in China Town (unusual, I know!), for a meal and a few drinks. I have to say that I have never laughed so much in my life – the things we were discussing at the table was definitely not restaurant-friendly to say the least! Most of us had a really good first day, and we were eager to see what our internships had in store for us next! But not before a cheeky trip to Oxford Street with Gemma!
I love Oxford Street at Christmas time – the lights brightened up the area, and for some reason (probably due to the fact it was Christmas), everyone seemed to be merry – I bet it was their post work drinks! After spending a while in Topshop, I decided to deter myself away from the clothes, and buy myself some of Lola’s famous cupcakes instead! They were so nice and I would definitely go there again!
As an intern at Drapers, some of my duties included working on the Indicator, picture sourcing (as seen on the Show Calendar photo above), and I got to write for the website! It was a good experience as I have never written for a business publication, so it was good to know how it differed from consumer magazines.
Being in London during December also meant that I could celebrate my 21st birthday early! My boyfriend decided to take me on a shopping trip on Bond Street and Oxford Street as a present. We stopped at Wasabi, our new favourite Asian restaurant for a chicken yakisoba and sushi! It’s so cheap and filling – I would definitely recommend it!
The celebrations continued on our final night in London. We headed to Yates for a few drinks before heading to TGI Friday in Covent Garden for free cocktails and dinner. It was again, another good night! Playing ‘I have never’ in a family-friendly restaurant was weird, but good fun at the same time! I also got a free chocolate cake slice for my birthday! (Which is always a bonus!)
Overall it was an amazing experience and it did make me realise that I could live in London if I did get a job there. It was good as well that my friends were there with me to share this experience! And I cannot wait for the next adventure!
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IT’S that time of year again ladies! Here are The Live Scene’s top three party dresses for your New Year’s Eve night out!
1. Embellished Bodycon Dress, £89, Miss Selfridge – It’s the final day of Autumn/Winter 2012, so why not go out with a bang in this elegant embellished dress from Miss Selfridge? Embellishment is popular this season with Balmain’s collarless jackets, Jenny Packham’s shoulder encrusted dresses and Mark Fast’s intricately jewelled cover-ups turning heads at Fashion Week. Wear this dress with these nude heels from Bank to elongate those legs of yours, and finish your outfit off with some Barry M lipstick in Chestnut Red.
2. Light Purple V Neck Peplum Dress, £25, River Island – Designers loved the two P’s (that’s Peplums and Purples) this Autumn/Winter, with Prada, Gucci and Christopher Kane waving the purple flag, whilst Nicole Farhi, Mary Katrantzou and Burberry Prorsum took the peplum trend one step further with their exaggerated hip-line pieces. This River Island dress seems to emulate both of these trends – so for only £25 what more could you ask for?
3. Foiled Lace Skater Dress by Dress Up Topshop, £50, Topshop – Skater silhouettes were huge this season with Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen including this cut in their A/W collections. Complete this look with these black Topshop platforms and some sexy smokey eyes, courtesy of Models Own.
What outfit will you be wearing this New Year’s Eve?
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Last month me and the boyfriend went to Glasgow for the weekend to take a break from uni, here are the belated ‘a weekend in Glasgow photos’ – better late than never eh?
Regular readers may know that I went to Glasgow last year in May with the boyf, and we loved it so much that we thought we might as well have a winter weekend away there this year! Last year was pretty swanky – we stayed in the Marriott Hotel and had quite a luxurious trip. This year, we opted to do it the budget way, and enjoy the bits and bats we couldn’t do last year – such as The Style Mile, local football and of course, Yo Sushi! Sumo Sundays! (You know how much I love Yo Sushi!)
We stayed at The Ibis Hotel, not exactly the Marriott, but it was perfect for our short weekend stay! The next day, we went to the National Stadium at Hampden Park to watch Scottish Cup Football – I know, I know (football?!), but I enjoyed it, even though we were sat in the away end by mistake! We then spent the evening chilling in the hotel – the boyf watching TV, and me getting all Christmassy by painting my nails.
Although we’re both students, I can’t help but shop! And Glasgow’s Style Mile is like heaven! After taking a few posy coupley pictures in the hotel’s mirror (soppy, I know), I decided to do some window shopping, with a soup and sandwich break obvs!
Then it was the moment we were waiting for, it was Sushi sumo time! As you can see, we made our way through a lot of dishes before hitting the House of Fraser Beauty Hall! Overall it was nice to get away from uni and assignments to just relax in one of my favourite cities!
Have you been away recently?
Christmas jumpers; love them or loathe them. They always seem to pop up when winter arrives. But will I be buying into the hype?
We’ve all seen Bridget Jones’ Diary, where Bridget and Mark Darcy first meet at her mum’s turkey curry buffet wearing atrocious Christmas attire. It was love at first fashion faux-pas sight! Bridget was sporting a hideously patterned sack made out of her mum’s carpet (some may call it a dress), and Mr Darcy was wearing an emerald green knit with a massive in-your-face Reindeer’s head on it – not exactly Christmas chic!
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So when I heard that Christmas jumpers were back in fashion (aren’t they every year?), I instantly dismissed the idea of even looking at one. That was until I saw my friend wearing her aptly named ‘Granddad jumper’. Not only was it actually her Granddad’s ‘annual Christmas jumper’, but it was a fashionable Fairisle ‘Granddad Christmas jumper’. Has fashion finally hit the Christmas jumper jackpot?
From online retailer ASOS’s fabulous Fairisle jumper, to popular high street chain Miss Selfridge’s subtly starry Christmas number, it seems that Christmas jumpers are now leaping into the latest trend books, leaving peplums and leather stranded in the ‘that’s so last season’ universe.
So what are your thoughts on the Christmas jumper? Third year UCLan student Terri-Ann Williams thinks: “Some can look really cheap! But then some are super itchy. It’s usually the itchy ones which look the nicest too!” Whilst another third year student, Ben Nielsen, doesn’t get the Christmas jumper hype. He says: “Like a great many things, I just don’t get it. Especially the really obvious ones with reindeers etc on. Why?!”
Even though the high street has finally designed some decent Christmas jumpers (I’m still not so sure on this River Island ‘Kiss me’ jumper), maybe it’s time that I kiss goodbye to the Christmas jumper hype and settle for next season’s must-have – the potato sack!
What are your thoughts on the Christmas jumper hype?