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.
Jumpsuit: Beyond Retro, Sandals: Pedro Miralles, Sunglasses: Dolce&Gabbana c/o Sunglasses Shop, Necklace: c/o Jewelry Coco, Hat: Partica, Ring: Saint Laurent
Images by Ahmed Fayed
Location: Goodwick, Wales
Breathe, breathe in the air.
Don’t be afraid to care.
Leave but don’t leave me.
Look around and choose your own ground.
Long you live and high you fly
And smiles you’ll give and tears you’ll cry
And all you touch and all you see
Is all your life will ever be.
Pink Floyd – Breathe
The transition from summer to fall for me is in the added crisp freshness in the air – it is the time when I feel most alive. The images above have been taken on a short break in Wales, where all my boyfriend and I wanted to do was breathe in that cool fresh air and switch life off. Believe me when I say that in my mind I am still in Wales, looking at the sea from our hotel balcony.
As today is the first day of London Fashion Week, aka #LFW, I would like to celebrate the whole of Fashion Month with you. By that I mean showering you, my readers, with some awesome giveaways. Two items from this outfit will be given away – can you guess which ones? Come back on Monday and find out!
Meanwhile, please vote for pret-a-reporter at the Zalando Blogger Awards! The chance of winning it will not only make me smile but also dance around the room. So please give me a reason to cha-cha-cha.
Dress: c/o Tmart, Sandals: Antik Batik, Necklace: Fashuun Village, Headband: Accessorize, Vest: Monton, Bag: Handmade (by mum & I), Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane, Ring: YSL
Images by Ahmed Fayed
When the truth is found
To be lies
And all the joy
Within you dies
Jefferson Airplane – Don’t you want somebody to love
The only thing that’s missing in the background is a Mystery Machine. As the festival season is upon us – I decided to go for a very boho outfit with peasant white lace, generous eye liner and sandals by Antik Batik. The result? Time travel to 1969. Just add Janis Joplin, Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead to your playlist.
Dress: Beyond Retro, Boots: Prada, Coat: Vintage, Bag: Louis Vuitton, Ring: YSL, Floppy hat: Failsworth
Images: Ahmed el Fayed
Oh winter. You are way too long. No matter. I can still wear great clothing and hats. That’s the thing, though. Why do we wear cool hats only at Royal Ascot, a wedding or funeral? Come on, people, hats are fun. They add romance, playfulness and elegance, not to mention keep your freaking scalp warm. You can even hide the fact that you were far too lazy to wash your hair for the last two days.
So pop a hat or fascinator on and absorb the relentless attention. You can also equally pretend to be way too VIP for this whole shit by hiding your face ever so slightly (Evidence: the last picture).
Dress: Daniel Hetcher, Ankle Boots: Carnaby, Watch: Adidas, Ring: YSL, Sunglasses: Gucci, Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane, Bag: Chanel
Images by Agata Bosak
Avatar legs anyone?
On a serious note, I’d like to introduce you all to Painshill Park, one of the most beautiful landscape gardens I have ever been to. If you are ever in Surrey, it is the place to visit provided you are looking for tranquillity or just something to please you aesthetically. Take this irresistible Turkish tent, which has been recreated from the original one; apparently these were a big deal back in the 18th century as were replicas of ruined buildings. Why build and destroy? Just build destroyed.