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The Fashion Designer Dream

I once had a dream to be a fashion designer many years ago. Fashion and Style has always been my thing, so naturally I had a fashion designer dream. Along the way, I discovered I didn’t have what I needed to succeeded as a fashion designer. Loving fashion and creating fashion designs are 2 different things. I need to know how to sketch, sew, make clothing adjustments and more. Being a fashion designer is a dream for many young girls, but to succeed as a fashion designer, you need certain skills.

 

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Life as  a fashion designer didn’t happen

Once I realised fashion designing was not for me, I moved over to fashion styling. I didn’t need the sketching or sewing requirement for a successful fashion designer. All I needed here was an eye and love for fashion. I found the London College of Style Styling Course very exciting. It was a distance learning course I took for a few months in 2012, and I graduated with a good mark. However, midway into the styling course, I realised it wasn’t quite what I want. The reality of my life as a fashion stylist wasn’t appealing so I decided to pursue the personal shopping route which I did for awhile.

 

The fashion styling journey led to a different destination

My dream of becoming a fashion designer then a fashion stylist led to the birth of Fashion and Style Police. Having a fashion blog was a requirement for the styling course at London College of Style. This blog started off as fashion blog required to finish off my course but it led to a whole new career. What this has taught me is that life is complicated and sometimes what we want is not what we need. It has also taught me that the destination we are aiming for is usually not where we end up. We end up where we are meant to be.

 

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My love for fashion and style continues

I am happy where I am. Fashion and Style is still very important to me. I enjoy writing about fashion but the whole fashion designing/styling career no longer appeals to me. Life as a fashion designer won’t have worked for me long term if I am being completely honest. I have also stopped the personal shopping. I did that for some time and it worked great when it did but it is not a career I want for myself anymore.

 

I have gone through many career changes but every change takes me to a better place. I am about to embark on yet another change and this is a big one. Very different from anything I have ever done but it is so me. I will be shedding some more light on this career in the next couple of weeks, so keep reading.

Have you had any major career changes? How did you find it? I would love to hear your thoughts. Please drop your comment in the comments section below. Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

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Why I Won’t Be Attending London Fashion Week

When I started blogging in 2012, Fashion and Style Police was purely a fashion blog, and I was super crazy about fashion. I still am crazy about fashion. It is one of my first loves, but I have other loves as well, and I have found a way to creatively write about them all, which works amazing well.

 

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Back then, fresh from London College of Style, all I was breathing was fashion. And the only blogs I was following then were mainly fashion blogs. I noticed many of these bloggers attended fashion week, so I was determined to attend one of the shows, especially the shows in London. But I never had the chance in the early days because I was a new fashion blogger. Which brand would want to waste an invite on a fashion blogger with no strong following? Well not many, if any at all. And I was not prepared to hang around the fashion show location (like many fashion bloggers do) just to get my photos taken. Not trying to shade those who do, but for me, it was all or nothing. So I got nothing but kept hoping for the day when I would get an invite from one of the fashion designer houses.

I have been blogging for over 3 years when I got my first invitation to New York Fashion Week (NYFW) and London Fashion Week (LFW), and guess what? I turned them both down.

 

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I turned down both invitations because I decided earlier on in my blogging career not to go out-of-pocket for nobody. That means I won’t attend events, including fashion shows just because I am invited. I will need my travel expenses (and accommodation if necessary) sorted at least before I can even consider attending any event.

Many brands/PRs find this difficult to understand and I am not sure why. The same way they won’t got o work for free is the same way I won’t work for free. It is the same way I won’t attend a fashion show and blog about it without my expenses and fees being paid.

Even if I was living in London or in New York, I would still turn the invitation down if my travel expenses were not sorted. I am a blogger not a magazine editor with a salary. I create my income, so every penny counts in my world.

I do hope I can attend one of the big 4 fashion shows – London, Milan, Paris and New York, but I won’t settle. I have gotten to a point in my life where I refuse to act a fool.

 

What are your thoughts on this?

 

Happy 4th Anniversary Fashion & Style Police

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Today makes it exactly 4 years since my first blog post went live on Fashion and Style Police. And I can’t believe I am still here doing what I know how to do best. It has been 4 long years, full of ups and downs, opportunities, regrets, meeting great people, dealing with trolls and everything else in between. It has been a hell of a ride but I don’t see myself ever giving it up. I see myself evolving as a blogger (and I have evolved, still evolving) but quitting my blog has never ever crossed my mind. I am obsessed with the adrenalin rush I get every time I get a lovely comment, every time I hit publish on a new blog post, every time my post gets shared on social media and every time a fab opportunity lands in my inbox.

Me setting up a blog was a style course requirement for my fashion styling course at London of College Style (LCS), but it became my escape spot long after my course ended, and I lost interest in pursuing my style career. I was spending so many hours on social media and on other blogs, so putting that time towards Fashion and Style Police was easy. I am happy with how far my blog has come and I am looking forward to what the future holds for us.

To celebrate this 4th anniversary, I have a few giveaways running, so have a look and make sure you enter anyone that interests you. I am also sharing a few facts and funny stories that have happened to me, in these last 4 years, since I became a blogger.

 

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Publishing Outfit Photos Everyday

In the beginning, I used to take outfit photos and publish them everyday. I would get up extra early to make sure I could get some outfit shots before heading to work. I did that for the first year or so, and now when I think back, I wonder what I was thinking. I don’t know of any fashion blogger who takes outfit photos everyday. Some fashion bloggers publish daily outfit posts, but majority of them take many different outfit shots in a day, to achieve this. And many of them can afford to have full-time professional photographers at their beck and call (aka boyfriend/husband = photographer).

 

Missing My Train

Still on the daily outfit photos, I was so obsessed with publishing daily outfit photos, that I once missed my train to work because I was taking outfit photos outside the train station. Can you imagine the craziness? I live in Cheshire, and my job was in Manchester. I use to have a daily commute to and fro work of over 2 hours and it was killing. Missing a train meant I had to wait an extra 45 minutes for the next train but in my head then, all I cared about was getting the outfit photos taken, lol.

 

32 Days Radio Silence

I gave birth to my twins in November 2013, and for the first time I didn’t  blog for a very long time – 30 days. I was blogging for just over a year then, so I didn’t have the readership I now have, so it was easy to stay away. Plus I really couldn’t be bothered to talk about fashion and style, I was barely sleeping.

 

A Second Blog

I was feeling quite adventurous in 2014, and decided to set up a another blog solely for reviews. That didn’t work out and it has now been deleted. The only reminder I have of what a bad decision it was is the Facebook page of the blog I still have. If you have any ideas of what to do with it, please let me know. And yes it was a bad decision then because I had no time for the blog, no direction and no passion for the niche. It was a bore.

 

No Pregnancy Outfit Photos

I stopped taking outfit photos once my belly bump began to show because I didn’t want to share that part of my life with the whole world. I doubt I can get away with doing that now but I did then. I did post some pregnancy photos after my delivery though, if that counts.

 

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So here is to many more blogging years. I hope Fashion and Style Police continues to entertain, inspire and educate.

Thanks for flying with me.

 

 

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