Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Brushstrokes

 
Top, Primark (similar here) | Shorts, Urban Outfitters (similar here) | Heels, H&M (similar here) | Bag, Primark 

I think this is the first time my legs have seen the sun this year and these pictures have only made me realise one thing.  I definitely need to fake tan! (Frantically places a Fake Bake order) 

I picked up this longer length crop top in Primark about a month ago, as mentioned in this post here, as I loved the Celine style brushstroke pattern and the fact it was a thicker scuba material. I saw in Fabulous magazine that there’s also a matching skirt, but like the illusive pink Primark coat I haven’t seen it anywhere in-store yet.  I took advantage of the sunshine last weekend and paired it with these old Urban Outfitters red shorts, to highlight the red in the top and black accessories to keep it simple.  Excuse the frowning face yet again, it was ridiculously bright.  

Amy x

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

New In: Mules

 
 

If you read my spring wish list post last week, you will remember that I was lusting after these black mules from Next.  Well, at the weekend I gave in to temptation and went and bought these little beauties from my local store.  I nearly left with about three other pairs of shoes as Next is one of those rare places that do half sizes.  I’m realistically a 5 ½ and most of the time I either have to squeeze my feet into size 5’s or let them flap around in a 6, so Next shoes are a blessing.  I gave my mules their first outing on Sunday when I went for lunch and they were really comfy to wear and are probably the comfiest pair of heels I own!  If you’ve read a fashion magazine lately you'll be aware that mules are going to be big this spring/summer and at just £34 these are a cheaper alternative to the popular Zara mules I’ve seen some bloggers wearing.  I’m already convincing myself I need them in camel too!

Amy x

Thursday, 20 March 2014

A career in PR


A career in pr, tips for a career in pr

Although my blog is called ‘Secrets of a PR Girl’ I realised that I haven’t yet posted about my job in public relations (PR), how I got it, and what I do on a day-to-day basis. I see a lot of people on twitter saying that they dream of working in PR, so I thought would start by posting a bit about how I got my job and share a few of my own recommendations for anyone who is looking to do the same. 

So how did I end up working in PR? Well, after graduating from university with a BA (Hons) in Fashion: Media & Promotion, I wasn't 100% sure what I wanted to do. I knew I enjoyed marketing and PR, so thought I would pursue these as career options. After returning from travelling in 2011, I started applying for some work experience to build up my CV and secured placements at Look magazine and Snow PR, where I helped out during London Fashion Week. After getting some experience in fashion PR, I then landed a three-month internship at a local PR company, which wasn't fashion based.  After my three months was up they offered me a job and the rest, as they say, is history!

After about 11 months with the company I decided I wanted to get some solid PR training and study for an industry body (CIPR) accredited qualification to help me develop my skills and enhance my career opportunities and I signed up to the CIPR Advanced Certificate in PR. The course was part-time, which meant I went up to London on certain Saturdays throughout the year for lectures and meetings with my course tutors and the rest of the course consisted of reading and assignments, which were both done in my own time. 

If you are looking to get into PR I would definitely recommend studying for a CIPR qualification, but if you haven’t got the time, or money, to enroll yourself on a course, then these would be my top tips to help build up your CV:
  • Get as much experience as you can. Being in a live PR environment will help you understand exactly what a career in PR includes and you can then decide if it’s for you or not. 
  • Stand out from the crowd. PR is the second most popular industry graduates now want to work in after teaching, so it can get competitive. Think about what will make an employer remember you after an interview. Maybe start a blog or YouTube channel to showcase your writing skills and personality.
  • Practice writing press releases and remember to check your grammar and spelling carefully. My grammar wasn't my strong point when I started my job, but I took the time to teach myself all of those important little lessons. 
  • Learn the relevant skills. Knowing how to write a press release isn't enough anymore and a PR professional now needs to know how to run a campaign across various social media channels, film and edit a video and have an understanding of design. 
If you’re interested in PR I hope you found this post useful and if you've got any questions feel free to email, or tweet me using the links below.

Amy x

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

White Jeans

Topshop White Jeans, poolsliders, gingham top
Topshop White Jeans, poolsliders, gingham top
Topshop White Jeans, poolsliders, gingham top
Topshop White Jeans, poolsliders, gingham top
Topshop White Jeans, poolsliders, gingham top
Topshop White Jeans, poolsliders, gingham top

Gingham Top, Topshop   White Leigh Jeans, Topshop  Poolsliders, Topshop  Bag, Primark

When taking blog photos at the weekend I some how convinced myself that I didn't need to wear sunglasses. Big Mistake, huge! The result is these photos where I appear to look somewhat confused about the whole situation. Anyway, lesson learnt. The sun came out to play last weekend and so did my new Topshop white jeans. The good news is I managed to get them home in one piece without any blood, mud or red wine all down them, but it's early days yet and come September I'm sure it will be a different story. As tempted as I was to go 'all white everythanggg' with these jeans, I'm loving the monochrome trend at the moment and decided to pair them with this Topshop gingham top and my new white poolslider sandals, which I know I'm going to be living in this summer! The best thing about this outfit is that I paid for it all with some bonus bond vouchers I won at work! #winning

Amy x

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Spring Wishlist

Spring Wishlist, Triangl Swimwear, ASOS, Topshop, Boohoo, Next
1. Hype Basketball Top, ASOS
2. Mules, Next
3. Felt Tip Top & Skirt, Topshop
4. Blue Wrap Front Bralet, Topshop
5. Winnie Bikini, Triangl Swimwear
6. Floral Jacquard Two Piece, Boohoo
7.  Chelsea Sunglasses, House of Harlow

With the lovely weather we've been having, I've been getting so excited for summer and my holiday in May.  It definitely still feels too early to even think about bringing out the denim shorts just yet and we're in that annoying period where you don't want to buy anymore winter clothes, but at the same time don't want to look like a crazy person stocking up on bikinis and flip flops in Primark!  So, to find a happy medium I have been storing up my online baskets with summer clothes just waiting for the right time to purchase.  I've fallen in love with Aussie brand Traingl Swimwear after seeing them plastered all over Instagram and all of their bikinis are amazing! I've also got my eye on these Topshop & Boohoo two pieces and some gorgeous House of Harlow sunglasses.  Hurry up payday!

Amy x

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Pinstripe Trousers

Pinstripe trousers, Zara, Phoebe Philo, slip-ons
 Pinstripe trousers, Zara, Phoebe Philo, slip-ons
Pinstripe trousers, Zara, Phoebe Philo, slip-ons
Pinstripe trousers, Zara, Phoebe Philo, slip-ons
 Pinstripe trousers, Zara, Phoebe Philo, slip-ons
Jumper, Primark | Trousers, Primark (similar here) | Slip-ons, Bertie | Bag, Zara 

Don’t you just love it when you go to pay for something at the till and for some unbeknown reason it comes up at half the price it should be? Well that’s exactly what happened with these trousers. They were only £12 in the first place, so it wasn’t exactly like I saved a bundle of cash, but it did make my day when the lady on the till scanned them and they came up at £5! I’ve been wearing my bargain pinstripe trousers to work with a grey knitted jumper and black court heels to smarten them up. However, I’m also loving how casually tailored trousers can now be worn (thank you Phoebe Philo) and have thrown on my black slip-ons with them here for a more laid back look.  What do you think?

Amy x