GLASTONBABY 2017

Whether you’ve been getting glittered up or just glued to the coverage over the last weekend, Glastonbury fever took over. Aaahh freak out! 

GLASTONBURY

Le freak, c’est Chic. 

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The weather was hot and the music was on fire! I thought my eyes had fallen out of my head, but no – it was just Katy Perry’s eyeball dancers, rolling around the pyramid stage. In an insanely enviable, crystal catsuit –

She is my Queen!!!

It was a trippy, euphoric, sing-along mash up – exactly what a festival should be.

It hasn’t quite hit me yet that I’m no longer in the beautiful, hippy paradise which is Pilton Farm. I’m still buzzing and playing the coverage back non-stop. Must ride the waves in my earphones forever…

For everyone that was there, and for those of you that weren’t – here’s my favourite throwback moments from the weekend.

TOO HOT TO HANDLE

8am Wednesday – fresh off the coach from Manchester; OK, less than fresh, and stiff from attempting about 100 different sleeping positions, but so happy to have made it! After busting an awkward body roll over a queue barrier, we successfully beat the long queue, and within 20 minutes had our wristbands on.

The quest across the site to meet our friends was intense. Temperatures soared; weighed down with epic amounts of booze & clothes, it felt like a BBC 3 SAS boot camp survival challenge. I may have done some mild whinging…

Eventually we made it – cheered on by stewards, and arriving to a great spot in the field next to Arcadia. The world’s only loveable spider.

INSTRUMENTAL SNOOZE

After a wrestle with the tents and stripping off to as little clothes as possible, we went to explore. Temperatures now at 32° – we headed to the Greenfields area for a nap in a hippy tent. Curled up with loads of random cool instruments; tambourines and pan pipes for pillows, it was weirdly snug. I woke up confused; seeing loads more limbs of people sprawled next to us, and was greeted with a lemonade ice lolly. MMMM YEAH

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I LOVE LAMP

I think I can safely speak for my friend Lundy, when I say his birthday reached peak when he was sung to by a talking lamppost near to the circus tent. “Happppy Birthdaaaay-I-don’t-know-what-your-name-is!!”

QUITE CONTRARY ON TOUR

I was proud to see that a homage to my bedroom had been built in the south east corner near to the Truth stage. An even bigger pile of clothes than I think-even-I-could ever achieve. I wonder how the statue makes it to their ensuite?!…

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WORLD’S BIGGEST PEACE SIGN

Thursday breakfast = a can of Cider on the way to the stone circle field; Energy to attempt forming the world’s biggest peace sign. It felt amazing to be part of the huge crowd, about 15,000 people had marched up to the sacred field overlooking the festival, standing together to spread love not hate.

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“I’M ENGAGED!!”

The best phone call ever came from my friend Gem. Her fiancé TJ took her up to the Ribbon rainbow tower next to the Park Stage, overlooking the whole festival, to get down on one knee.  My response went something like: “Whaaaaaaaaa??!!!!” Cannot compute!!! We ran up to meet them and danced around to Manchester classics.

Could Glastonbury get any better??!

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Engaged at Glastonbury 2017

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STONE CIRCLE 

Thursday night – was a journey into Middle Earth – sat next to someone in a tipi-bar that I was convinced was Gandalf’s younger brother. (He had clearly borrowed his robes..) We drank shots of the most potent – homegrown peach flavoured alcohol, before climbing the hill to sit next to camp fires above the stone circle. The trees were lit with an eerie-awesome-green, and I had a camel back filled with more rum than Jack Sparrow’s wildest dreams. We watched the sunrise, hugging each other, only looking away from the sky to spy on some people urinating on one another in the trees…it didn’t take any of the magic away!

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KATE TEMPEST

WOW. Kate blasted out bars beyond anything I expected to hear at Glastonbury. Taking on social injustice; racism, marginalization in every aspect of society, before the ultimate take down of Therasa May. In every direction we saw people standing in silence, captivated by her every word; inspiration for the nation. We saw her later in the bar next to the Glade, and told her how amazing she was. She smiled gratefully, putting her hands together, bowing them to us – WHAT A WOMAN.

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ARCADIA METAMORPHOSIS 

Catching the end of Dusky’s set on Friday we saw dancers drop from the spider legs and fire spurt out of the beat-beast that is Arcadia!!! The famous fire blasted out from each angle; feeling like complete sardines in the rush of people, but it had to be seen.

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OHHH JEREMY-CORBYN- OHHH JEREMY-CORBYN

The chant became so popular around the site it felt like I was waking up chanting his name. Keen to see him introducing Run the Jewels, we ran down to the pyramid stage. He did not disappoint…a few tears were had! Although at one point he felt dangerously close to entering school of rock-Jack-Black-territory, “I BELIEVE CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE..”

Nevertheless his words felt incredibly sincere, inspiring, and his hopes for what should be – a fairer world, where nobody has to sleep on the street, and we look after one another; to build bridges, not walls – “Looking at you Mr Trump”. It was everything I’ve ever wanted politics to be, and what he says is really about “everyday life”; being kind to one another.

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Jeremy Corbyn Sign - glastonbury 2017 - quite contrary styleKATY PERRY

 

I had no idea what a huge Katy Perry fan I was until I was dancing around, like a plastic bag; California girl, A-L-I-E-N, extra-terrestrial, SWISH, SWISH, BISH, Another one in the basket!

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NADIA ROSE

From one girl-crush-to-another, Nadia Rose got everyone going crazy. Her set was so much fun – dipping in and out of Daniel Beddingfield-“I GOTTA GET THROUGH THIS” it has to be watched again and again #SKWOD -I’m also extremely happy to have made the BBC coverage for this set…

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STORMZY’S MUM

The award to the cutest-most-sweary-rapper has to go to Stormzy. His mum must have been off-the-scale-proud, as he packed out the Other Stage, getting everyone going crazy, “YOU’RE NEVER TOO BIG FOR ADELE!”

OUR INFLATABLE CAR 

4AM VIBES – You know when you can’t remember where you’ve parked your stolen inflatable car? Then you have to walk around the whole of shangri la to find it….and the stewards mislead you around their confusing one-way-system, and no one seemed to understand, “Where’s dead babies??” – The creepy-chucky-style-larger-than-life-babies which decorated the Unfairground area.

Yeah. Luckily we found the car! Then drove it to the stone circle before witnessing about 10 stewards rumble some fence jumpers – which was extremely sobering…time for bed!

DUDE WHERES MY INFLATABLE CAR

RAG’N’BONE MAN

Thank god for sunglasses so no one could see me bawling like a baby when he played- Skin!

“WHEN I HEARD THAT SOUND, WHEN THE WALLS CAME DOWN, I WAS THINKING ABOUT YOU”

It may have been a rum hangover…but it was also one of the most amazing voices I’ve ever heard live..

STAYIN’ ALIVE

Barry Gibb’s vocal chords kicked off Sunday Funday, in true shrill style. I was instantly transported back to my Gran’s house, throwing some shapes to Saturday Night Fever!

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MY NAME IS JACK BAUER

AKA Kiefer Sutherland…24 legend!!! When does he ever sleep??? He is unbelievably american, in case you were wondering.. In the most american setting – the Avalon Field, he played drinking songs and told us about one summer where he and his twin sister to have the best time ever with their Dad – Donald Sutherland; no rules or regulations – just pure fun, listening to Bob Dylan, “KNOCK KNOCK KNOCKIN ON HEAVEN’S DOOR”, on repeat on his 1966 red ferrari.

GET LUCKY 

I wanted to see Chic – but I had no idea how lucky I would feel – to hear all of their hits-which-I-didn’t-even-know-were-their-hits, that legendary Nile Rodgers has written, blasting out in the sun, “WE ARE FAMILY, I GOT ALL MY SISTERS WITH ME” 

Having been triumphant over an aggressive cancer battle – there he was, the godfather of music with 400 million-records-sold, telling us how he was up all night to get lucky!

SAMPHA 

I was too tired to stand, so we just collapsed and lay back on the grass to let Sampha soothe our souls with his soulful tones at the Park Stage. Perfect Sunday sounds.

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JUSTICE

My favourite Frenchmen took over the West Holts stage on Sunday night. Not much can beat singing, “WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS, WE’LL NEVER BE ALONE AGAIN”, with your friends – at the headline closing act of Glastonbury.

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Sorry but, Ed who??

DANCIN’ IN THE TUBE LIGHT

This is how I want to commute from now on. If only all undergrounds / trams were portals into a rave. It only got better when we saw some real life glitter-disco-tits waiting in the queue!!

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NYC DOWNLOW

A literal “Angel” saved us from the epic queues which snake around the wire fences to NYC Downlow. We had wanted to go in all weekend…but only made it as far as dancing outside the spectacle, laser-show, outside stage – GenonysDrag queens serenaded the crowds, and fake meat hangs from the edges of the building whilst techno pumps out into the yard filled with people chilling from the heat of the club. By far the best late night venue in Shangri La!

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Until next time Glastonbury!

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THE GLITTER WON’T STOP. 

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the ultimate festival wardrobe

**BEWARE CONTAINS SH**LOADS OF SEQUINS.**

**MAY CAUSE EXTREME SPLURGING..**

The excitement is reaching crazy-take-me-to-disneyland-like-levels-for Glastonbury next week. I’ve downloaded the EE line-up app, compared my line up to my pals, and been mind-blown by the amount of music choices to make.

Rewind back to 2008: my first & last time at Glasto. I was smug AF to be skipping sixth form with my friend, blasting out Dizee Rascal all the way down in his car-

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Thinking we were mad cool in our customised- ‘GLASTO 2008’ paint splattered Tshirts. There were some unforgettable memories watching Amy Winehouse perform, and Jay Z blasting out Wonderwall-as his opening track, in a massive F U to Noel Gallagher. I can’t believe it’s taken 9 years for me to be going back…

This time -I’m ready to dance around the million different stages and cover everything in glitter. (I might need a rhythm / old lady stick to help me walk after last week’s walking marathon though…) With the sheer size of glasto, it’s basically a festival town, so it’s impossible to see everyone. That’s where the bbc coverage saves lives. I’m booking an extra day off to relive it all on the red button – probably crying that it’s over, maybe even re-pitch the tent on top of the inflatable crocodile in my living room, and use my last £10 on deliveroo. Beautiful scenes ahead.

This week I’ve been on a mission to get sparkled up in style. I’m hoping that the sun has big plans for us, because there really isn’t enough cool waterproofs out there.

GRAB THAT PLASTIC !!…..

WATERMELON PRINT T-SHIRT £12.99
I BEEN DRINKIN WATERMELON

WATERMELON PRINT T-SHIRT £12.99 tshirt

WATERMELON PRINT T-SHIRT £12.99 front
Watermelon print t-shirt, Zara -12.99
white sinner high waisted sequin frayed hem shorts £30.00 missguided
SEQUIN CROTCH PLZ
white sinner high waisted sequin frayed hem shorts £30.00 missguided BACK
white sinner high waisted sequin frayed hem shorts, Missguided – £30.00

Skinnydip Round Sunglasses in Marble Print £30

Skinnydip Round Sunglasses in Marble Print
Skinnydip Round Sunglasses in Marble Print, ASOS – £30
Stolen Graphic Choker Tee £13
STEAL DEM SHAPES

Stolen Graphic Choker Tee £13 back

Stolen Graphic Choker Tee £13.00

Pink Metallic Skirt £22.99
loove this – cheaper version of Topshop’s 😉

 

 

Pink Metallic Skirt £22.99 back
Pink Metallic Skirt, New Look – £22.99
Love Will Save Us Applique T-Shirt
Spread the love – STILL LOVE YA TOPSHOP
Love Will Save Us Applique T-Shirt £18
Love Will Save Us Applique T-Shirt, Topshop – £18.00

Frilled shorts 19.99 h&m

Frilled shorts 19.99 h&m model
Put them hands up for some Frilled shorts, H&M – £19.99

MERMAID TEARS BODYSUIT 32.00

 

MERMAID TEARS BODYSUIT 32.00 back
Mermaid Tears Bodysuit, Shop Genoa – £32.00

Frilled satin shorts h&m

Frilled satin shorts h&m 29.99
Frilled satin shorts, H&M – £29.99

blue paisley slinky flared jumpsuit £25

blue paisley slinky flared jumpsuit £25 missguided
Blue paisley slinky flared jumpsuit, Missguided – £25
KIVA PALE BLUE SCALLOP EDGE CROCHET CROP TOP £10 PLT
CROCHET-ME
KIVA PALE BLUE SCALLOP EDGE CROCHET CROP TOP £10 PLT BACK
Kiva pale blue scallop edge crochet crop top, Pretty Little Thing – NOW on Sale £10.00

ASOS Tie Dye Shorts with Ruffle £20.00

ASOS Tie Dye Shorts with Ruffle £20.00 BACK
ASOS Tie Dye Shorts with Ruffle, NOW on sale £20.00
Shimmy Shimmy Holographic Blue Bodysuit £85 easy tiger
Blogger Tiger Lilly – 1/4 of my fav rainbow girl squad – Confetti Crowd
Shimmy Shimmy FUSCHIA Bodysuit £85 easy tiger BACK
Shimmy Shimmy Fuschia Bodysuit, Shop Easy Tiger – £85
Frida Kahlo Vintage Denim Jacket elsie & fred £48
Frida Kahlo Vintage Denim Jacket, Elsie & Fred – £48.00

Keep Ya Head Up Re-work Denim Jacket Elsie & Fred £68

Keep Ya Head Up Re-work Denim Jacket Elsie & Fred £68 front
Keep Ya Head Up Re-work Denim Jacket, Elsie & Fred – £68
Faith George Leather Biker jacket Elsie & fred £105
Well I guess it would be nice
If I could touch your body
I know not everybody
Has got a body like you, uhh
Faith George Leather Biker jacket Elsie & fred £105 front
Faith George Leather Biker jacket, Elsie & Fred, £105
MELLA CAPE-PLAYSUIT - AMETHYST
Mermaid Dreams
MELLA CAPE-PLAYSUIT - AMETHYST BACK
Mella cape-playsuit – amethyst, Rosa Bloom – £185

New Look Strawberry Embroidered Denim Shorts

New Look Strawberry Embroidered Denim Shorts back
New Look Strawberry Embroidered Denim Shorts, ASOS – £22.99

 

 BERRY COOL

Strawberry Applique Triangle Bra
Strawberry Applique Triangle Bra, Topshop – £22.00

 

Light Before Dark Holographic Rain Mac Jacket £55

Light Before Dark Holographic Rain Mac Jacket £55 back
Light Before Dark Holographic Rain Mac Jacket, Urban Outfitters – NOW ON SALE £55.00

Perruzza Aldo sunglasses

Perruzza Aldo sunglasses side
Perruzza, Aldo – 
 NOW on Sale £7.98
Sequin bomber topshop £150
FLUFF GOALS
Sequin bomber topshop £150 back
Sequin Marabou Bomber Jacket Topshop – £150.00

Sequin bomber topshop £150 black

 

Sequin bomber topshop £150 black full length
Also Topshop – £150.00 in Black

 

Mamacita rainbow crochet dress £80

Mamacita rainbow crochet dress £80 shop fluffy
Another 1/4 of the Confetti Crowd babe -Lulu Trixabelle’s brand Shop Fluffy. Mamacita rainbow crochet dress, £80

 

ROSANA MULTI DISCO SEQUIN SHIFT DRESS £45

ROSANA MULTI DISCO SEQUIN SHIFT DRESS back £45
Rosana multi disco sequin shift dress, Pretty Little Thing – £45.00

Park Lane Lace Up Ankle Welly asos

Park Lane Lace Up Ankle Welly asos front
Park Lane Lace Up Ankle Welly, ASOS – NOW on Sale £26.00

ASOS Resin Flower Tassel Drop Earrings

ASOS Resin Flower Tassel Drop Earrings model
ASOS Resin Flower Tassel Drop Earrings – £12.00

Playsuit poplinPlaysuit poplin £39.99

 

MULTI TIE DYE HALTERNECK PLAYSUIT £15

MULTI TIE DYE HALTERNECK PLAYSUIT back £15
Multi tie dye halterneck playsuit, Pretty Little Thing- £15

nude half metal round sunglasses missguided

nude half metal round sunglasses missguided £8
Nude half metal round sunglasses, Missguided – £8.00
pastel dreams slash dress
!! KEEP IT BRIGHT: Manchester mega babe Zara Khalique’s positive vibes brand !!
pastel dreams slash dress keep it bright
Pastel dreams slash dress, Keep It Bright – £24.00

heavenly denim jacket £140

heavenly denim jacket £140 product
Heavenly denim jacket, Keep It Bright – £140
LILAC IRIDESCENT SEQUIN SHORTS £45
Lilac iridescent sequin choker tee, Jaded London – £55.00

LILAC IRIDESCENT SEQUIN SHORTS back £45

LILAC IRIDESCENT SEQUIN SHORTS side £45
Lilac iridescent sequin shorts, Jaded London – £45.00

 

ADRIANE SEQUIN LACE PLUNGE JUMPSUIT £60

ADRIANE SEQUIN LACE PLUNGE JUMPSUIT CLOSE £60
Adriane sequin lace plunge jumpsuit, Pretty Little Thing – £60

 CRESSIDA STUDDED MINI BACKPACK

CRESSIDA STUDDED MINI BACKPACK £32
Cressida studded mini backpack, Skinny Dip – £32.00
RAINBOW GINGHAM LACE UP CATSUIT £50
JADED LONDON – AAAAMAZING STRETCHY CATSUITS

RAINBOW GINGHAM LACE UP CATSUIT back £50

RAINBOW GINGHAM LACE UP CATSUIT front £50
Rainbow gingham lace up catsuit, Jaded London – £50.00

PINK FLUFF BUMBAG £16

PINK FLUFF BUMBAG £16 model
Pink Fluff Bumbag, Skinny Dip – £16

ASOS GIANT Watermelon Wellies £20

ASOS GIANT Watermelon Wellies £20 model
ASOS GIANT Watermelon Wellies
£20.00

 

 

***KEEP IT PEELED FOR SOME GLASTO BEAUTY LOOKS COMING THIS WEEKEND***

Wembley Wembley Wembley

Do ya do ya do do ya yaaaaaa! Oh woh oh wohh oh wooohhhhh!

(I saw Ricky from Kaiser Chiefs sat a few seats down from me..) It made up for my lack of football chants.

Bank holiday Sunday – Monday was amazing – I won a competition to spend a night in the Hilton Wembley, followed by a tour of Wembley stadium, dinner in the hospitality area with football legends “Uncle Razor”, AKA Neil Ruddock, and holmes under the hammer’s Dion Dublin. Then tickets to see Huddersfield v Reading in a play off final.

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Both guys were hilarious. This was all thanks to Prostate Cancer UK – organisers of the March for Men, where Jeff Stelling will be walking an epic 15 marathons in 15 days! I’m going to be taking part on June 8th, Day 7. My route is going from Wigan to Manchester City – via United, and I can’t wait to be doing it in beautiful Manchester. It’s for an amazing cause – raising money to help stop prostate cancer being a killer. 1 in 8 men will have prostate cancer, which is crazy numbers.  Hit me up with those sponsors if you can here pleeeeeeease!

What do you wear to a hospitality football game??

I had no idea what to wear or expect from my first football match experience – but I figured when you’re in hospitality you need to represent. I decided to go all black eeer thing. (Pretty safer than usual.. no sequins in sight.)

Scroll for outfit deets….

LBD goes to Wembley for Play off Final- Huddersfield v Reading

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Duck parfait mmmmmK
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Fillet of cod, scallop, and peas with mashed creamy potato
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Cheesecake with white chocolate ice cream. I think I ate mine and everyone else’s too.

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Steam coming off some of the players – go figure

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1 minute silence was held to remember the victims in Manchester’s horrific attack last Monday 22nd March.
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Rapunzel in front = hair goals
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Really glad they didn’t ask me to take this one…
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Who’s got the biggest arm on the pitch??
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Confetti time! Well done Huddersfield – I’m now a huge fan!!

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OUTFIT..

Dress – Primark – £5. Sale. SORRY NOT SORRY

Shoes – Topshop – £10 (SS16) VINTAGE BABY

Bag – LVM (ssssh ok maybe it is, maybe is isn’t)

Favourite line of the weekend. Hilton staff upon checking in: “Are you with the footballer party?” 

10 things I learned at Drapers’ Next Generation Event 2017…

What is Drapers Next Generation??

The event is designed for people in the early stages of their careers within fashion – from newly hatched graduates all the way to management level, first, second and third job stages. It’s an action packed schedule with talks from up-and-coming talent across the industry, sharing their secrets and experience which has progressed them to their current positions – to leading figures looking back at their career highlights. It’s a roller coaster of fashion-inspiration and exciting discussions set in London’s Euston Square.

How often do you get to hear a CEO tell you what they would go back in time to tell their twenty-something-self?!

Ok so it’s that classic”Best day ever” and we missed it – grrrrreat..

No worries- I went to town with my note taking – like Hermione Granger without magic and an out of practice writing hand. Now I’m serving up all of these wisdom nuggets to share.

There’s a vast amount of information to eat up so let’s break it down:

1…… Be realistic with your timings.

Don’t expect to go from 0-success in 2 years.

You need some good experience on board before you can make your way up to the top – and that takes time. When asked what her secret was to becoming CEO of East – Erica Vilkauls said: “Patience.”

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I remember heating up a certain fashion-designer’s soup because she apparently didn’t know how to use a microwave. We all have to start somewhere. 

(Allowing yourself some extra time for the tube always helps.) Obvious maybe for some, but I learnt that the carefree: “I’m only 5 mins away”, doesn’t cut it in front of a 30min tube ride. Something I take for granted in Manchester… 

2. Celebrate the small wins.

Like when you do make it on time! It’s easy to focus on the big things and get frustrated when they don’t seem to be happening fast enough. By congratulating yourself or your team around you on the small things, it’s a feel good boost to keep working towards the bigger goals. Who doesn’t need some encouragement along the way?!

(My waxer is brilliant at this…)

3. Find yourself a mentor and don’t be afraid to ask for advice. 

I literally asked someone for advice in the jacuzzi the other day.  We kind of know each other but we’re in completely different roles and businesses – I was surprised this didn’t even matter. An objective viewpoint can sometimes make all the difference to guide you towards making the best decision for yourself. 

4. Don’t underestimate the power of branding…

When the Marketing Director says he doesn’t like the word ‘Marketing’, I was confused. Really it’s the push tactic nature of marketing which Simon Lee at Matalan has a problem with. He described how his career has been concentrated on helping brands to create a world for their customers to become a part of – the “pull tactic”. The Leeds-born-advertising entrepreneur drew us into his world, speaking about his adventures state-side; flashing the Justin Beiber -Lara Stone campaign on screen #MyCalvins, and regaling the impressive campaign results in his down-to-earth, not your usual-director-like-style. His drive to innovate brands like Matalan, is what the CEO of Jack Wills would call an acknowledgement of brand as a living breathing thing.

5. Obsess about the customer you want to sell to..

So this sounds creepy. It’s also quite necessary. It’s easy to get lost in other brands’ campaigns sometimes working in marketing – dreaming of copying campaigns which are actually irrelevant to the customer you’re trying to reach, just because they look pretty. Knowing more about who you’re targeting to makes it easier to connect and understand what they’re going to want to see.

6. Have a broader approach to your role. 

A few years ago when I started, fresh on the scene and terrified by the never ending office space, it was great that I had a manager who really guided me through every step of the way. I wanted to learn everything, but he was often the safety net which helped me avoid doing tasks that I didn’t yet feel confident enough to take on. The support was amazing but it was only really when he left – 6 months in, suddenly I was forced to take on a lot more responsibility and had to step up to what he had been working on. The jump paid off. This experience really taught me the importance of doing the job you’re aiming for, before it’s given to you on paper.

7. Use social media to get instant reactions.

I love the idea of social media now influencing product designs and buyers. It makes sense to have a conversation with your customers about what they want before you place massive orders. Social media platforms’ advertising revenue is also soaring. It’s not just paid for advertising, it’s brands themselves recognising the ability to use their presence to connect with their customers in the fastest way – building a targeted audience and influencer network. It’s much more personal seeing one of your favourite bloggers wearing a new brand.

8. Be resilient. Be positive.

Easier said than done when a bird shits on your head, just minutes before an interview (this happened to my friend last week!!) She’s always a positivity inspiration outside of work- so I know she will have bossed her way out of the mess! It’s so easy to just whinge whinge about stuff, but after a while it takes it’s toll and it makes it so much harder to keep pushing for the things you want. Oliver Proudlock said inspiring his team behind Serge DeNimes is key: “Always be positive and full believe in what you do….no one is going to be able to sell your brand better than you.”

And for those less positive days – bird shitting or otherwise, its important not to just have a mediocre day. If you’re going in – do it properly, have a terrible day or have an amazing day.

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9. Establish what makes you unique.

Understanding your strengths but also your weaknesses, and being comfortable with those is key for Negin Yaganegy, Net-a-porter/YNAP’s eccomerce director. Weaknesses aren’t typically dwelled upon during this type of event. So it stood out to me in a way that was powerful and showed a strength towards being confident in what you are not. That self-awareness is integral both at a personal and brand level. It can define what your focuses should be for your customer, rather than trying to be everything to everybody. We all know a social chameleon, and they’re often hard to trust, just like an everything-brand.
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10. TAKE RISKS. 

It’s lucky we weren’t playing a drinking game for every time this was mentioned… I wouldn’t have made the after-event drinks!! Draper’s next generation event is like a testimonial of RISK TAKERS. Everyone mentioned it because it’s so important – yep saved the best until last.

Taking risks also comes with making mistakes. To quote Erica Vilkauls again: “If you’re not making mistakes, you’re probably not learning anything.” I’ve constantly been afraid of making mistakes – not speaking out in case you say the wrong thing in a meeting. Well, time for that to change! Life is too short, and there’s so much to learn, so bring on the mistakes!

And finally To wrap up – if you want to attend next year’s event (hellaaaa yeah!), keep a look out for the application for 2018 on Drapers.

Thanks so much to Drapers and headline sponsors Matalan, for making the day so good – keeping us going with coffee, lunch, snacks, and topped off with wine and canapes – the perfect toast to end the day, and kick off some networking!

 

#DRNEXTGEN 2017

BOHO MEET BIKER

BYKER GROVE – YEAH

HA-HA HA-HA ha-ha.

A post-newsround guilty pleasure, byker grove was a staple of my early TV addictions, along with the Queen’s nose, Bernard’s watch, and my parents are aliens.

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Head to to ankle -H&M
Sandals -Topshop 

 

Oliver Bonas – Manchester store

Is literally giving me a bonas. I want to own everything in there.

In fact, I’ve probably spent enough time in there to qualify for squatter’s rights. So it may officially be my new home…

TO THE WINDOWS

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TO THE WALLS 

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It’s a great place for cards – Scribber & Waterstones are usually my go-to, but Oliver has done it again.

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INTERIOR GOALS..

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Fancy some Cat Bingo?

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A pineapple cocktail??

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#RAISEABROW

‘Bold is Beautiful

EMPOWERING BIG DREAMS AND BOLD MOVES’

LAST friday, walking around Manchester, super smug to be out of work for good friday – I found an all pink-errrythang store of dreams. Like the spice girls on steroids, it was girl power to the max. The music was blasting out, with neon pink lights, rails of clothes, and pink camo netting hanging from the ceiling. I went in to explore only to find it was a pop-up charity shop from Benefit.

POP-UP WHY?? Please stay!!

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ON WEDNESDAY’S WE WEAR PINK…

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Benefit’s charity shop collaboration is to raise money for charities: Refuge & Look good feel better – supporting women with cancer. The charity shop has now left Manchester (sob!), but If you’re around Glasgow’s St Enoch Centre, you can still catch PINK DREAMLAND until Sunday 23rd April.

ALSO.

If you go for a brow wax at Benefit until 30th April – 100% of the profits will go to Refuge & Look Good Feel Better. #RAISEABROW

Find out more about the project here