Edita reports | Boohoo Christmas Party 2016

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A few of us gathered to attend the Boohoo Christmas party 2016. It was all about glitter, glamour and girl power. We danced, we partied and we wore Boohoo.

There was so much catching up to do among us bloggers. We talked about what we adored about blogging, and what changes we noticed in the industry.

We all have been blogging for quite a while – and here are some changes we’ve witnessed:

  • Some massive brands are not as massive anymore. I won’t say which ones we’ve mentioned, but the conversation included me saying: “Oh yeah, I remember now – is that still even going?”
  • Some massive bloggers are not as massive anymore. I remember a number of girls cooing at the sight of a big blogger back in the day, but a lot of them seem to have moved on and have either become smaller or stopped blogging altogether.
  • It has become more important to seem to be partying on Instagram, than actually partying. I am sometimes guilty of this: I go to an event, I photograph it and I am off to the next.
  • Blogger coverage is slowly becoming more popular than press coverage. I don’t hear questions such as “oh what press did you get”, it’s more about “blogger X is on the guest list and she is massive for our brand”. Certain magazines are not happy about it – you know who I mean.
  • While some bloggers are the warmest, most wonderful people ever, some may come across as cold. I keep seeing this point mentioned everywhere. Think about it this way, whatever party you go to, from a random house party to the biggest VIP gala on the planet, you will get a mixture of temperaments. Unfortunately we can’t all be Jennifer Lawrence. I don’t think it’s fair to say that this community is cold and pompous only because they amassed a large following. Some are, some aren’t.

Edita wears | Thigh High

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Dress: c/o Madam Rage, Coat: Shein, Boots: H&M, Bag: Chanel, Watch: c/o Abbott & Mosley
Images: Ahmed Fayed
Lord knows I wish I had a boyish figure, especially when it comes to my legs. I thought if I worked out, my thunder thighs would miraculously transform into elegant, Twiggy-esque pins. Instead I got the Britney thigh muscles and I felt utterly disappointed with my body. And I do understand that most people would kill for Britney muscles.

So my thigh journey continued. I lost a lot of weight and started looking skeletal, minus the thighs. They still thundered on, no matter how ridiculously small I turned myself into.

So I started option number 3 – 50s A line skirts and maxi skirts. I figured as long as no one can see my gross thighs, who can prove they are as bad as they are in my mirror? It’s like if you partied with the Kardashians, and didn’t snap a selfie with them – did it really happen?

Of course, sticking with option number 3 was starting to get hard in summer months and it made me feel extremely self-conscious. Any brand that approached me to model or blog for them would get radio silence from me as I was petrified they’d ask me to wear something above the knee. I still remembered the chills I’d get at the thought of that.

This all of course started at a single comment that perhaps I shouldn’t wear that skirt and that “if I worked harder on my legs, one day I could allow myself to try a mini skirt”. Don’t get me wrong – this comment is all I still hear in my head as I look at the images above. All I can see are thunder thighs and how my legs are awful compared to someone else’s. Anyone else’s, for that matter.

We all see our selves in different ways. Had I not mentioned what’s going on in my head, I doubt anyone would notice my legs or even think to comment on them.

So what has pushed me over the edge and drove me to face my fear of going for such a scandalously thigh revealing look? Being annoyed at myself that I had become a victim of a comment, of someone’s view, of someone’s dislike of my body part for 27 years. It had to end one day, right?

Wrong. A step like this is winning the battle – but the war still rages on. I’ve learned to be better to myself and distance myself from constant self criticism. Waking up everyday and feeling nothing but fixated on how disappointed I feel about my appearance is not a good way to start a morning. So this is what I started doing to boost my self esteem:

  • I stopped buying clothes that are too big for me. They made me feel smaller. Do I need to feel smaller? Nope. I need to feel comfortable. If not that, then just fabulous.
  • I stopped being fixated on my thunder thighs. This was really hard. But the second I let them be, I started feeling free. I suddenly remembered why I loved fashion and outfit creation.
  • I switched my mindset. So what that someone doesn’t like something in me? Do I have to follow suit and dislike myself? Of course not. Plus, I am surrounded by people who have zero problems with my legs. Or any other body part.
  • I faced my fear. Although I still have to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to be where I want to be in terms of feeling self-conscious, it was a step in the right direction. A few more mini skirts or daisy dukes – and perhaps I will get there.
  • I focused on happiness. Spending time with my boyfriend, friends and eating carbs made me happy. So I did just that, and I still do.

A massive shoutout to Abbott & Mosley. This brand brought that luxury feel to relatively affordable watches. Marble faces, beautiful leather straps and rose gold dials all made this particular watch true Instagram candy, not to mention lust-worthy accessories.

While I have your attention, a wink to Madam Rage, who sent me this dress. It inspired me to stand up and face my fears and self-consciousness. If that’s not a good dress, I don’t know what is.

Edita reports | Hermès Crazy Carrè

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Despite being a brand that is classic and serious (or at least costing some serious money), Hermès throws the most relaxed, irreverent and nonchalant parties. Crazy Carrè was no different.

Met with a plethora of rooms, all with completely different concepts, I could still plainly see the Hermès brand everywhere.

From rooms where you could throw paint around wearing a lab coat (yes please!) to chambers with imaginary tigers and dancing spaces – not to mention the epic dance shows – you could simply close your eyes and still know that these are all Hermès scarves brought to life.

The delicious food, the flowing cocktails, the option to get your makeup done and hair braided all added to the fact that your mind was being pumped with colours, prints and ornaments and you simply couldn’t get enough!

To sum up, Crazy Carrè was a trip and it got us all addicted.

Thank you so much for having me, team Hermès.

Edita wears | The Power Suit

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Blazer: Escada, Skirt: Yves Saint Laurent, Shoes: New Look, Necklace: Givenchy, Earrings: Oscar De La Renta
Images by Ahmed Fayed

While what’s in your CV is majorly important to get the job of your dreams, making a good impression sometimes can lead those who have less skill than you to take your place. Let’s talk about how to prevent that from happening so that you could start focusing on what’s really important: Choosing cool stationary for your new desk as well as your new office mug.

5 Ways to Maximise Your Chances at a Work Interview:

  • Wear a blazer. You don’t have to go for an 80s power blazer, like I did in my photos, but go for a classic black one and a white shirt or blouse. Don’t feel compelled to complete it with a pencil skirt, trousers will do just fine.
  • Heels or no heels? If you are going for an office job, I suggest beautiful and stylish flats. It’s best to be grounded and let your brainwaves do all the elevating at the meeting. Of course, if you are going for an interview to a modelling agency or a casting, throwing a pair of heels into your bag is a must.
  • In terms of colour scheme, I’d advise going for neutral, subdued shades. Always tone down your accessories, and don’t go for items with huge in-your-face logos. You may be remembered for your designer bag, but it’s much more important that the interviewer recalls your intellect, eagerness to hit the ground running and your ideas. Guess what candidate the HR department is going to call back, the one with bag goals or the one with actual goals.
  • When applying makeup before an interview, go for the no-makeup makeup look. This consists of foundation, concealer, mascara, eyebrow pencil/mascara and lip balm. Beautifully presented, yet natural. And of course smiling, always smiling.
  • Prepare at least three ideas that you’d love to start working on provided you get the position. Run the interviewer through them, even if they don’t specifically ask. You will come away from the interview looking like not only have you researched the firm but you will be an active employee from 9am on day one.

Repeat the process on your first day – it’s okay if you look slightly more formal than your colleagues. Step by step, you will inject more of your personality into your work wardrobe and you’ll start having fun with it.

As you climb the career ladder, you might opt for wearing a confident, colourful and punchy power suit. And no one can mess with a lady in one of those. If you are feeling particularly brave, look for style references from the 80s and 90s. This is why I opted for this emerald green Escada blazer and the paisley embroidered Yves Saint Laurent skirt. If you want a bit more office fashion inspiration, I say watch Working Girl, and be amazed at the size of those shoulder pads.

Edita wears | Autumn Hues

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Jacket: c/o Zaful, Boots: Toga, Scarf: Hermès, Jeans: Lindex, Clutch: Escada
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5 Reasons You Should Wear Autumn Colours Right Now: 🍁🍂

  1. Take inspiration from the falling deep red leaves. Wine or burgundy hues on the lips add a sudden punch of sophistication to any complexion at any age.
  2. Play with grown-up yellow shades. Leave canary and zesty citrus shades for the summer months and indulge in some serious mustards and luxurious ambers.
  3. While going for the same old black or grey coat is tempting, surprise yourself and opt for an emerald green one instead. Just like seeing a rich green leaf becomes a luxury as we go deeper into Autumn, you too will look like a true gem in a sea of grey and black outerwear.
  4. Orange is that one colour a lot of us tend to avoid as it is loud and attention-grabbing. Give it a chance by incorporating it into your accessories. Autumn oranges are grown-up and relatively muted but still pack a punch if styled with subdued jewelled hues or neutrals.
  5. When the temperatures cool ever so slightly, your neck will benefit from an additional layer. A fun Autumn-coloured silk scarf is the perfect solution before we transition into chunky knitwear.