I came of age this week. Well in that I think I can call myself an adult now. I turned 30. I have been going through a period of reflection this week and I have concluded that 29 was the year for me so far. So much happened, so much changed, and so much positioned me to move towards a direction which , at 21, I was only dreaming of. There have been many highlights that I couldn’t fit them onto one page but I thought it would be nice to take a moment to look back. In no particular order:
The career move – November 2011
I used to sit at my desk in my job about a year ago and let my mind wander so much that hours would pass and I wouldn’t have noticed. It was these periods of daydreaming that forced me re-examine what I was doing. I was creative, ambitious and hungry for a move. My routine at the time was home from work, and sit down to job number two which was my blog. It was my favourite time of the day despite being exhausted. I would read through press releases, pick out favourite items, do up mood boards and stay up until all hours playing with my fashion fuelled imagination. Come November things started to happen. Some regular opportunities came my way and it was now or never. I did it, I moved, in a recession, to something unreliable but nothing could ever describe the feeling of self-belief and renewal that accompanies doing something you love. This was the beginning.
London Fashion Week – February 2012
Fashion week is like the World Cup of fashion, except there’s no trophy at the end. Well I suppose a standing ovation is a pretty nice symbol of gratification. Being in London, the buzz of the press room, the bloggers taking pictures of people, copious cups of coffee in Tom’s Café at Somerset House, meeting new friends and catching up with old ones, interviewing designers and taking the odd cheeky pic with a celeb. It all forms part of the experience, it’s the circumference of the fashion circles, in which, lies the best design and stylish minds our world knows. I’m in my element there and this year for the first time I didn’t feel like an outsider, I was there to do my job.
The Green Magazine April 2012
I spend a lot of time in London now and most of that is attributable to the work I am doing with The Green and The Westside Magazines. They are a great team and I am only too happy to be writing their fashion features. Having never commissioned an in house shoot before, the magazine put their trust in me to come up with a solid concept and mood board to show of the seasonal offerings from some of the areas best boutiques. Taking inspiration from tropical shoots, in the wonderful surroundings of Chiswick House, we produced, as a team, a colourful and summer inspired story of fashion. Print, pastels and feminine styling was our theme and I look back on that day with very fond memories of work with a great team. Here’s to more next season!
The Agent – April 2012
I’ve had a model agent, but never an agent to helped me manage my career. I started working with a creative and supportive agency, TalentBase , in April who have my interests at heart. I can say now that I have an agent and I am delighted to be part of a team that works with some great names in the industry and now I get to be one of them too.
BAFTA TV Awards 2012
Well this was just the icing on the cake. Covering the event from London for my column in The Advertiser, I melted in the London heat on a jubilee inspired carpet awaiting the best in the business to come and give a few minutes of their time. The style was crushing and thankfully I was alongside other fashion journos in the media pen, keeping me company and sharing opinions. Emilia Fox, Zoe Hardman, Katherine Kelly and Gemma Chan were all fashion superstars and of course chasing Sherlock down until he stopped for a picture with me is a story I’ll tell my children.
Ireland AM – June 2012
Live TV is not as scary as I thought it would be. I had the pleasure of representing Lifestyle Sports as part of Euro 2012 day on Ireland AM. We styled up some great looks with jerseys and some more feminine looks too for the Summer and I had a blast. I think this might be my new addiction!
Turning 30 – June 2012
Yes I am one week into 30 and so far so good. I haven’t started using anti aging cream just yet but I find myself peering at the lines under my eyes just a little more than usual. 29 was a pretty great year and now at 30, I want this to continue but I have so much more I still want to achieve. I have a big project I am working on but its early days yet and I am unsure as to whether it will go anywhere but if 20 taught me anything is that hard work pays off. So I’ll give it a go.