Sunday, 15 December 2013

Working at COSMOPOLITAN: Week 3

I can't believe I've finished my third week at COSMO, it is going so quickly and I'm loving every minute, I am going to be so sad to leave :(. I've learnt so much more this week as well, I'd go as far as saying this is the best work experience I've had so far! I think I've quite possibly found my place where I can fit into the industry. I've been trusted twice this week to man the office on my own as the other ladies were all on shoots, and I've been told I did a really good job! And I even got to pick out the high street version of the outfit we have on the front cover which was really cool. I'll post a picture when it comes out but unfortunately I can't say anything now. 


DAY 1





What I wore: Dress: £35, River Island, belt: £7, Republic, necklace: £8.99, Accessorise, pumps: £4, Primark, tights: (more to come on these later), pink beaded bracelet: £4, New Look, other bracelets: presents. Makeup is all Clinque.

Favourite part of the day: Picking out the high street version of the outfit on the front cover.

Tip of the day: If you're asked to do something with a big responsibility, don't panic, take a deep breath and get on with it, this is you're moment to shine.


DAY 2





What I wore: Jumper: £10.99 OYISIS, shirt: £16.99 New Look, pink chinos: £3.00 F&F, studded pumps: £12.99 outlet on eBay. Makeup all Clinque 

Favourite part/parts of the day: being told I'd done a good job the day before :)

Tip of the day: If you're asked you're opinion on something don't say what you think they want to hear, be honest but obviously polite! They'll appreciate you honesty more than you lies.


DAY 3





So I had a bit of a comfy day, we all need them from time to time and converse are a must!

What I wore: Jumper: £25 River Island, navy chinos: £21.99 Zara, trainers: £39 Converse. All makeup is Clinque

Favourite part/parts of the day: Being asked my opinion on the front cover by Louise Court, Editor-in-Chief.

Tip of the day: If another department needs a hand, then help them out, they'll really appreciate and its good to know more about other sections of the place you work at.


DAY 4:





What I wore: Cardigan: £16.99 New Look, necklace: £8.99 Accessorise, shirt and belt: £12.99 Miss Selfridge, skirt: £7, H&M, pumps: £4 Primark. All makeup Clinque

Favourite part/parts of the day: Arriving at work to find this on my desk from Sairey Stemp, Fashion Editor :)
Also over hearing one of the girls singing my praises to the others!


Tip of the day: If a company is complaining to you about something, don't panic, be patient, even if it is about something from before you was there take it on the chin, NEVER say "it's not my fault" apologise and take the time to look into it to see if you can sort out the problem, if not don't be afraid to pass it on to someone else but make sure you have done everything in your power to rectify it first to avoid putting extra pressure on those that are already busy, you never know you might surprise yourself with how you manage!


DAY 5





What I wore: Polo neck: £7.99 eBay Outlet, jeans: £7 New Look, boots: £69 Dorothy Perkins. 

Favourite part/parts of the day: Beauty sale, never been given so much in my life, I still donated despite being told I'd get it free purely because it goes to charity and I felt it was unfair and I didn't want to take the mick. Oh and thank you Sairey again for my giant Lolly Pop! Also my leaving/thank you presents from Alex Lunt, Junior Fashion Stylist, so grateful although I'm sure it should be me saying thank you as I've had such an amazing time and experience!!

Tip of the day: It's nice to receive a gift, but it's always better to give back!


Before I go I also just wanted to wish my beautiful nephew, Finley, a HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY, love the cheeky little fella so much and he deserves a shout out, especially as I couldn't be with him on his birthday <3

Here he is:




Super cute isn't he?! :D

SJ
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Sunday, 8 December 2013

Working at COSMOPOLITAN: Week 2

I finished my second week at COSMO on Friday, and I'm still really enjoying it. Each week I meet new members of the team from different departments and everyone still seems lovely and friendly, in fact they're a little bit bonkers as well, so I fit in well haha!

I've never felt so appreciated in a job, they give me lots of goodies, they are all so polite and someone says thank you to me before I go home every night, I completely love COSMO.


DAY 1




What I wore: Coat: F&F £35, shirt: Misguided £25, skirt: Primark £12, tights: New Look £6, boots: eBay outlet £16.99. Makeup is all Clinque.

Favourite part of the day: Seeing the results of the photoshoot from the previous Friday, they looked so cool!

Tip of the day: When you start your day take a five minutes to see what needs doing so you can prioritise the most important bits, it doesn't look like you are being lazy not setting off straight away it will just make you work more efficiently.


DAY 2





What I wore: Coat: £35 F&F, top: £95 All Saints, skirt: £7 H&M, trainer wedges: £15 Primark, tights: £6 New Look, watch: £95 DKNY, bracelet: present. Makeup all Clinque 

Favourite part/parts of the day: Getting given some bits to review :)

Tip of the day: If you're commuting a long way set your alarm for your stop and sleep on the train, the power nap really helps!


DAY 3





What I wore: Coat: £15 Primark, top: £22 River Island, skirt: £35 Red Herring, tights: £4 Primark, shoes: £4 Primark, watch: £95 DKNY, necklace: £20 Warren James, bracelet with jewels: £10 River Island, rings and other bracelets: presents. All makeup is Clinque

Favourite part/parts of the day: Finally completing all the goodie bags for Cosmo Ultimate Woman Awards, and then being given one of the awesome goodie bags packed full of extras.

Tip of the day: Stay that extra five or ten minutes to clear your desk of any paperwork, it makes it easier to start work the next day and it always leaves a good impression with your employers.


DAY 4:





What I wore: Short sleeved jumper: £20 Republic, necklace: £8.99 Accessorise, jeans: £15 H&M, boots: eBay outlet £16.99, watch: £95 DKNY, bracelet with jewels: £10 River Island, rings and other bracelets: presents. All makeup Clinque

Favourite part/parts of the day: Being able to see what outfits were being packed for the Maldives shoot and also having a cheeky McDonalds at my desk.

Tip of the day: If you are getting up to get yourself a drink, ask if other people want one to!


DAY 5





What I wore: Cardigan: £10 Internacional, dress: £22 Next, belt: £5 TK Maxx, tights: £5 New Look, shoes: £4 Primark, necklace: £5 eBay Outlet. 

Favourite part/parts of the day: Having a laugh with the girls in the office.

Tip of the day: If you have a problem, or you think there might be a problem getting home or even if you're feeling ill, let them know! They would sooner send you home then you suffer, if you're worrying or feeling awful you're not going to work as well anyway.


I've been asked a few times "Is it glamorous?" "What's it like?" "Is it like Devil Wears Prada?". Well it is nothing like The Devil Wears Prada, that is a film and isn't real! I'm sure there is a fair people in the industry that are nasty and horrible but everyone at COSMO is the best! It isn't glamorous, it is just fun, it is hard work and long days but if you have a team like they have at COSMO it can be a good laugh, and why shouldn't it be like that? Fashion is fun!

I'm loving it, I would quite happily work for the Fashion Department at COSMO everyday, they are just one big happy family, possibly a little bit crazy but who isn't? :)

The only downside to it is I don't get in till very late, I don't have any time to do anything else except eat and go straight to bed. When I eventually get a paid job, if it is in London I'm sure I'll end up moving closer to make it all a bit easier. My kitty isn't impressed with the late nights either!!



SJ
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Sunday, 1 December 2013

Working at COSMOPOLITAN: Week 1

It's been a while since I posted as my poor little Macbook has given up on me and is awaiting repair, but I've managed to steal my boyfriend's iMac so I'm back and right in time for COSMO :)

I've completed my first week at COSMO this week and it was so much fun! As I'm limited with what I can tell you, I figured I'll show you what I'm wearing and give you a few intern tips.

Apologies for the awful photo quality I'll be using a better camera next week :). 


DAY 1



What I wore: Jumper: OYISIS £10.99, white blouse with broach: F+F £16.99, tartan skirt: Next £15.99, tights: Primark £3.00, slipper shoes: Primark £4, Glasses: Gok Wan at Specsavers £125.

Favourite part of the day: Seeing their amazing wardrobe for the first time, I want it in my house!

Tip of the day: When you first start any job it can be an information overload for the first hour or so, don't panic, stay calm and ask if you're not sure, they understand it can be a lot to take in in one go.


DAY 2




What I wore: Dress: TU £21.99, necklace: Accessorise £8.99, tights: Primark £3.00, studded pumps: Outlet store on eBay £12.99.

Favourite part/parts of the day: Meeting the rest of the fashion team. Running over to a PR company to be greeted by a really cute bull dog.

Tip of the day: If you can't find anything else to do, don't be afraid to ask for more work, it doesn't annoy them it just makes you look keen!


DAY 3




What I wore: Dress: Internacional £16.99, belt: Primark £2.50, cardigan: New Look £15.99, tights: Primark £3.00, red beaded bracelet: Warren James £30.00, studded pumps: Outlet store on eBay £12.99, Fox ring: Accessorise £5.99, the other rings are presents or passed down from family.

Favourite part/parts of the day: Free cakes arriving at the office, YUM! Seeing some beautiful new samples arrive. 

Tip of the day: Always reply to every email, you never know who they might talk to.


DAY 4:




What I wore: Coat: Primark £15.99 down from £25.99, Jumper: Primark £12.99, white blouse with sequin collar: New Look kids £16.99, high waisted jeans: New Look kids £7.00, studded pumps: Outlet store on eBay £12.99, bag: River Island £29.99, Large flower ring: Next £6.99, the other rings are presents or passed down from family, bracelet: present, Glasses: Gok Wan at Specsavers £125.

Favourite part/parts of the day: Getting given lots of awesome goodies from the Fashion Editor, and Managing Editor. Being asked to go on a photoshoot the next day!! :D

Tip of the day: You are never above making tea, you are there to be helpful and set a good example of what you can do and sometimes people just need tea.


DAY 5



What I wore: Pinafore: Blue Inc £15.99, white tee: River Island £9.99, cardigan: New Look £15.99, tights: Primark £3.00, necklace: Warren James: £19.99, rings are presents or passed down from family, studded pumps: Outlet store on eBay £12.99.

Favourite part/parts of the day: The whole day! Meeting a professional fashion photographer and getting work experience with him after I finish at COSMO!!

Tip of the day: No job is ever too small, make sure you help everyone around you as well as the people you are working for as you never know where it might lead :)

It's been a fantastic week, I've learnt so much! My favourite day of the week was Friday being on the shoot, it was such a laugh, everyone was absolutely lovely! Although to be honest everyone at COSMO is lovely, they a such a friendly easy going group of people, I love working there. I look forward to being able to do more photo shoots and seeing what next week brings :)

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SJ
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