With days filled with fashion, this London-based stylist knows a thing or two about where to shop in the heart of the Olympic buzz
"You know what - I love my job. No day is ever the same or boring. There has never been a morning I have woken up and dreaded going to work.. I just love it. Each day is so varied. I can be working from home on my Mac, scouring catwalk collections, building mood boards and creating concepts for shoots.
Then there are the days where I go out on press appointments to select clothes for my shoots and attending press events.. And then the shoots, they can either be in a studio or out on location. Last year I did a shoot out in Switzerland and Lake Garda. It was such an amazing setting. I get to meet so many different creative and interesting people with my job too."
Moving into this profession was definitely the right decision for her, she says. As far as advice to any wannabe stylists is concerned, "you have to be prepared to go the extra mile," she says. "Have confidence and believe in yourself and your style, get out and network, assist someone who you really admire, assist a great stylist! This is the best way to learn until your ready to go alone, however be prepared to do a lot of work for not a lot of money. But see your time as an investment to get to where you want to be. Keep a book for ideas and thoughts.. anything that inspires you. Also try to get internships at magazines you love, set goals and aim high, be happy.
I go to a lovely little beauty parlor in Victoria Park Village in East London, called Victoria Nails, I have been going there for years. They do such a fab job. They do gorgeous glitter gels, I love glittery nails! I get my eyebrows threaded at Benito Brow Bar in House of Fraser.. it's so much quicker and easier than plucking. Good eye brows frame your face, I like to keep them looking full and Benito Brow Bar always do a perfect job!
One of my essentials is Neils Yard's Wild Rose Beauty Balm. This product has been recommended to me by so many of the make up artists that I work with. It smells wonderful and leaves my skin soft and fresh looking. I use it before going to bed every night. And then I use Rimmel Black Liquid Eyeliner. I would say my black eye liner is my signature look. I wear it every time I wear make up and this one's the best, the nib is the right shape and it goes on like a dream.. tried and tested so many liquid liners and this one wins hands down. And Palmers Cocoa Butter - it smells like chocolate, works a treat and leaves my skin super soft!
Definitely East London for shopping! There are lots of great little shops around Redchurch Street and Bethnal Green Road and Brick Lane. There are lots of small independent designer boutiques, plenty of vintage which I love. I also like to find little charity shops.. some of the best pieces in my wardrobe are charity shop gems! I have a gorgeous red mohair cardigan that was £3!! I would also head to Westfield Stratford Mall, its virtually on my door step and opposite the Olympic 2012 stadium. It's so handy being close by and is full of all my favorite high street shops all under one roof, right in the heart of the Olympic buzz.