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Life Update

I’ve finished another semester at FIT and it feels strange. I’m in a very exciting yet slightly scary place in life right now. Technically, I’m a college graduate having achieved an Associate’s degree. Of course I’m going to return to earn my Bachelor’s but not before taking a semester off.

I’m somebody who values real experience over books. After high school I took almost two years off from education to work, both in an office job and in retail, with internships along the way. Heading back to school full time last summer was kind of scary for me, just because I’d forgotten what it was like to sit in a classroom for hours at a time. That, coupled with the fact that I wasn’t going to be earning my own money for the first time since turning 16, was tough for me. However, I adapted into the college life pretty quickly. It’s amazing to me that that very short chapter of my life is over already.

The next few months are going to be pretty crazy for me actually. I’m slightly worried but also extremely excited because, for once, I’m going to be doing something that I really want to do. I’m interning with for the summer whilst also working retail (with the job title of stylist too). I’m beyond excited to start to gain this experience in my internships, even if it consists of a lot of returns and pick-ups, carrying clothes, and steaming. That’s what an assistant does.

I’ve found that since moving to New York I’ve had a real shift in attitude and it is probably the opposite of what you would expect. Instead of becoming more and more stressed about “making it” and needing to have achieved a certain level of success by a certain age, I’ve relaxed. I now want to focus on the bigger picture, on life as a whole. I no longer feel this great urgency or huge rush to achieve everything instantly. I was getting ahead of myself before and would’ve ended up tripping up. I’m ready to assist people, work hard, and learn the ropes from people who know best. I’m so young, something that I often forget.

On the topic of styling and careers and that whole area, Fashionista.com have been publishing some great articles recently on their careers series. In particular, I enjoyed the guide on “How to Make It as a Celebrity Stylist in 2017”. They also published an in-depth chat with Rachel Zoe who is perhaps the most prominent (former) celebrity stylist of my lifetime which I spoke about in a previous Weekly Words post.

The point of this post was to give a brief update on how things are with me and what I’m going to be doing over the next few months. If content on this blog drops off I apologize. I’m going to be working 6 days a week with little free time so I may not have much time left to dedicate to this. I’m enjoying writing the Weekly Words posts because I’m just summarizing/commenting on any news stories that I’ve come across in the past week and talking about it as if you’re my friend. (I don’t have anyone in real life to discuss these stories with!!) However, I might not be able to keep up with that schedule and it may become bi-weekly words. Regardless of what happens, I’m still here. I still love writing on this blog. I still love posting random compilation videos on YouTube. I still post on Instagram all the damn time. Stick around!

MY LINKS

Instagram – personal @bigbabyeve

Youtube – Eve Gardiner

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Personal Update

Hi!

I just wanted to make this post to give a little update on what I’m doing, my planned posting schedule and whatnot.

For the past 6 months or so, I’ve been studying full time but I’ve also managed to find the time to post quite a lot (well, when I am motivated/inspired to do so anyway). Now I’m moving into another full time position, this time a 9-5 job. This might mean that I post less and less, I’m not really sure how it’s going to pan out. Come the end of August and I’ll be studying again – this time part time – on top of working a full time job, so if everything goes to hell by then, I really do apologise.

A photo from inside the Barbican conservatory in London where I went a month or two ago. The Barbican has my favourite exhibition space and it's where I seen the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition last year. Did any of you get to see it too? Let me know.

A photo from inside the Barbican conservatory in London where I went a month or two ago. The Barbican has my favourite exhibition space and it’s where I seen the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition last year. Did any of you get to see it too? Let me know.

I just do my blog for fun. I enjoy compiling fun shopping finds and sharing my Polyvore sets and explaining why I used what and giving cheaper alternatives. I also enjoy writing longer length pieces, but recently that has become more difficult for me. I don’t know if it is because I’ve been busy with other things that by the time I have some free time, I don’t want to spend hours writing about something else. (I did a lot of essays last term…). Or is it something else? Sometimes I just struggle to come up with things to write about. I really don’t want to bore you all by talking about stuff that nobody cares about, including myself. Occasionally inspiration hits me and I want to write until I have nothing else to say: case in point, my American Apparel post. The whole situation going on in that company is so fascinating and it seems like the saga is never going to end. Maybe in another few months, once more drama has unfolded, I’ll do a follow-up. Anyway, I want to take this time to apologise for all the shopping posts as of lately. When I started this blog, I never intended for it to be a style blog (and I still don’t). I’m not exactly into the whole OOTD stuff, I prefer just looking at that on Instagram. The first post I did on this blog, I think, was a runway review (but don’t quote me on that). Of course, fashion month only comes twice a year and often I don’t actually have that much to say about things. I don’t want to write a whole post just saying “ooh I loved that” or “omg that was so pretty”, even if that’s what I’m thinking. I don’t mean to intellectualise fashion, because it is just clothes, but I do want to add a little bit more depth than that. I want to try and show why a runway show by Givenchy is so much more exciting and substantial than if Marks & Spencer decided to put on a catwalk; sometimes it’s tough to do.

As for my posting schedule, which may be a bit all over the place in the upcoming months, I plan to do around 5-10 posts per month, depending on how much spare time I have. I guarantee you a “Fashion Flashback” post on the 1st of every month. If you’ve not seen these before, I just either insert images or a video of a fashion show from the past that I love and want to share with everybody. In the past, these have been from the likes of Versace, Chanel, and Dior. It’s an excuse for me to trawl YouTube and watch fashion shows for hours at a time. Another post that you can expect to see is a “Shopping Find”, I usually name it “Shopping Find of the Week” but I think I should maybe retitle it month, because once a week is a hell of a lot, and who can afford to shop that much, am I right? These are usually a high street item and a designer item that look similar, so you have the option of either. Apart from these two which are pretty much a constant, the rest all comes down to what I’m thinking about at that time. Come runway season and there will be runway reviews (I like to do one post per city), and perhaps at Couture Week there will be a post too (because come on, the designs are divine most of the time). I also like to highlight stand out editorials if I see any that I love too. And of course, some Polyvore posts because I love styling sets. If there’s anything else that you’d like to see from me, please let me know.

I’m not sure if there’s anything that I’m missing, but if there is I’ll just add it on to the end of this post. Thanks again for reading my blog when you do. It’s so cool that I’ve had visitors from all around the world and, most of the time, I have no idea how you come across my blog, but I’m so glad that you do.

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Update

I have taken a long leave of absence which has most likely gone unnoticed. During this time I decided perhaps WordPress wasn’t the platform for me, maybe I should try something new so on an impulse, I created a blogger account. I hated it ten times more. The layouts were terrible and I think WordPress definitely has a nicer setup. After deleting my blogger hosted blog and deciding to return to here I thought I should address a few things.

I have gone back on this blog and deleted almost all of my old posts. I’m not sure why, once again another impulse move. For one of my new year’s resolutions I am going to keep up this blog and do it regularly as opposed to the slacker attitude I’ve had towards it this year. On many occasions have I started a blog and after a fortnight, gotten bored and given up. Year beginning 2014, I will not give up.

For the sake of content, I am going to paste over a couple of posts which I posted on my aforementioned, now deleted, other blog. Hope you enjoy the read.

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