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“The Difference Between Style And Fashion Is Quality” – Giorgio Armani

Consider this little quote from Giorgio the start of me weighing in on the current street-style debate. The phenomenon of fashion bloggers and those photographed for their street style has gotten carried away on it’s own momentum; we live in a time where everybody assumes they can be a fashion blogger and matter to the fashion editorial world just like that, the same applies for street-style kids thinking they are models.

Gone are the days of pure fashion editorial, instead we are subjected to the realms of Instagram hash-tags such as #WIWT (what I wore today) #OOTD (outfit of the day) – are we now congratulating people on getting dressed for the day?

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“You Must Welcome Change As The Rule But Not As Your Ruler” – Denis Waitley

So, for a while now – almost a month – I have been absent from my blog. I haven’t meant to be, but with the stress of starting a new job in the run up to Fashion Week and bending over backwards for that job, time just somewhat got away from me.

Anyway, this is my welcome back post! I will still write about Fashion, PR, New York and all things me, for anyone that might like to read them. Big Apple Dreaming, we’re back.

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“The World Needs To Stop Being Boring, Boring Is Easy, Anybody Can Be Boring” – Kid President

Sometimes everyone needs a pep-talk to realize that they can rather than they can’t…

“I Think It’s Healthy For A Person To Be Nervous. It Means You Care – That You Work Hard & Want To Give A Great Performance” – Beyonce Knowles

Having now done the hardest hurdle and actually gotten myself a full time, salaried job, I find myself absolutely terrified about starting said job tomorrow morning. However, so many people have told me that nerves are a good thing; it would be more worrying if in fact I wasn’t nervous and felt overly-confident about what I’m doing.

I don’t want it to sound like I am completely clueless and blagged myself a job, it isn’t like that. Instead, it’s more like ‘sure, my internships have prepared me for this’, but now instead of someone else being accountable for me making a mistake it’s all on me.

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“Haute Couture Should Be Fun, Foolish And Almost Unwearable” – Christian Lacroix

Day two of Spring Couture 2013 and some more beautful pieces were on display. My favorites from today were Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino and Elie Saab; beading, detail and embroideries were laid on like no other and all 3 collections were cohesive but elegant and unique.

Jean Paul Gaultier seemed to merge South of France with Bollywood chic in the best way; silk and chiffon flowed on the runway whilst beehive hair and tribal earrings brought a vintage bollywood vibe to life.

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Elie Saab showed his take on timeless elegance. Beading, embroideries and lace were forefront as the collection gracefully moved through a length and color spectrum.

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Valentino was the final favorite of the day, floral stitching, polka dots and peplum made it playfully girly without being too frou-frou. It was clean cut but detailed perfection.

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“You Miss 100% Of The Shots You Never Take” – Wayne Gretzky

More often then not New York throws you a curve ball, the way that you deal with it is what defines you and your ambitions in life. I would have said that back in the UK I wasn’t really a risk taker; but making the decision to move to New York and attempt a whole new life  has made me one. Risks can lead to rewards but also to failures, in my opinion, dealing with both is what makes you a strong person…

Wayne Gretzky is correct, if you never take the risk, you will never find the opportunity. Risks vary in this city, it can be to go to a bar that’s not your usual (will the new bartender like you enough to offer you a buy-back?!), or it can be the decision to alter a career path from what you think you wanted or a life goal, say to lose 35 lbs with a lifestyle change that will keep it off.

I’m not someone that preaches you should take risks everyday to feel alive; that the best achievers in life are those that risked everything in order to become everything. Instead, I would say be open to taking a risk if you truly believe you have the drive to make it pay off. Taking a chance brings a new energy into the mix, and it may well be that energy that ends up being the driving force to where you need to be!

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“Slavery Has Evolved, It’s Called Unpaid Internships..” – Anonymous

New York is the city of great internships – whatever field of interest you may have, there is an internship you can do for college credit or to build your resume. However, no one quite tells you about the entrapment quality to these internship ‘programs’ especially in the fashion world.

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There comes a point in every fashion intern’s life where you want to progress into the ever elusive full time job, but the problem is when you’ve been interning for so long, people come to believe you should intern for life. This leads into my current dilemma, I have interned at 2 major fashion houses, an events website, 2 major fashion/lifestyle PR agencies and people seem to still suggest I should intern…

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‘Why Do We Overeat When All We Want To Do Is Be Slim?’ – Zoe Harcombe

There is something about New York that makes the average woman feel desperately inadequate. I am someone who is definitely overweight, and at this point in my life, I am determined to do something about it. I don’t currently have the budget to join a gym, hire a personal trainer, or buy myself the finest proteins in order to completely cut out carbs, but I am 100% behind my decision to make a change.

Perhaps my need to write this post is also down to the fact that the nationwide broadcast of Miss America (Miss New York totally won!) has obliterated my self esteem and made me realize what I am up against in this world. Is it a true basis for comparison? Absolutely not. Has it given me a kick up the proverbial ass to get started on my own image? Definitely.

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“Success Is Often Achieved By Those Who Don’t Know That Failure Is Inevitable” – Coco Chanel

After being in New York for over a year now, it would seem as though many people would judge my success on whether or not I have a job and a stable life. I however, disagree with this view and measure my success by what I have achieved to date and what this gives me the opportunity to do in the next few years.

Wanting a career in PR, namely fashion PR, has it’s difficulties. Everyone seems to want you and adore you but nobody seems to want to pay you or make you permanent. I have been lucky enough to have internships with some of the most amazing fashion houses and PR agencies and am still, like a lot of people at the moment, struggling to convert that into a salaried position.

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“England & America Are Two Countries Separated By The Same Language” – George Bernard Shaw

First up, full disclosure: I am not from the United States, I am from the United Kingdom – yes, the land of tea, crumpets and the Queen.

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People know about the ‘special relationship’ between the United States of America and the United Kingdom. However, since moving here, I am starting to think this is a far cry from reality. Sure, America might count on British support at a G8 summit here or there, but this is where it seems to end. Out here I am almost a novelty, people never stop chuckling at the way I talk and I have been asked many times if I have high tea with HRH the Queen of England herself.

Proving yourself as a Brit abroad certainly isn’t the easiest.  I have been questioned at job interviews about my residency status (fair enough), the potential for sponsorship requirements (obviously) but also whether I am homesick and really do love tea (huh?).

After having great internships where people don’t really mind why you’re here due to their transient nature, the difficulty is crossing over into full time work. If anyone tells you that your accent will work a treat at getting you that job you want, they are fibbing. It takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears – quite literally if you’re trying to be in the PR industry…