Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Why taking a gap year was the best option (for me)

I'd always decided upon starting my course in fashion that I was going to take a year out having read that it's great for employability, gives you knowledge, experience and gives you the edge on other graduates I knew it was what I wanted to do. 
I had no intention of going straight into 3rd year whatsoever in fact the thought scared me a crazy amount. 

So initially and this is way at the beginning. I'd thought about going away abroad but having only been twice (at the time) I didn't feel confident or savvy with being out the country. Without using that as an excuse really going abroad wasn't for me and I knew that from the beginning. Don't get me wrong I love travelling I want to see so much of the world as I can but for this year I didn't want to and that's fine. 
So for a while and throughout my 2nd year London seemed like the perfect idea. I've always wanted to live in London; to lead a London lifestyle. So I applied for many places there and spent all summer getting depressed not hearing back from places, spending hours writing cover letters, working on my portfolio, researching companies; to still hear nothing back. I'd have a chat with friends and Jay who'd tell me 'Don't get down about it, stay hopeful' 'Your works amazing someones definitely going to pick you' so I would get my hopes up then watch them fall again. 

After a while of applying I started thinking about whether London was really do-able at the time. It wasn't an easy way out, or a way to give up but I really had to think about the practicality of it I only wished I'd researched the expenses and everything sooner. When finance becomes involved it can be a tricky situation. 
On your year out if you decide to take one student finance doesn't pay out well so my advice is work if you can throughout your 1st and 2nd year and save hard which seems ridiculous to say being a student but you will have next to nothing on the year when you need it most ironic but true. Universities work differently obviously but mine, for students wishing to stay in the UK and take a placement like I said the money isn't great. If you wanted to go abroad however the loans seemed more lenient and offered more money. 
During my time applying it wasn't all bad I did get offered an amazing opportunity down in London for a brand I was obsessed with. However the brand never got back in contact once I told them where I was located and again with another when I told them I couldn't start immediately. After a few emails sent to them I kind of knew it wasn't meant to be. I know I could have worked harder to get them to give me an interview but I didn't because I just couldn't promise them anything I mean how could I say I lived in London and it was accessible to get there when really it wasn't. 

So ultimately I decided to take a 'safe' option. I call it safe but it was the best decision for me and still one I'm glad I chosen. 
I've chosen to stay close to where I live and work for a brand that I adore just for a few months enough to get me on my feet and then think about doing London next year. However if I'm honest at the moment I'm still not sure what'll happen next year but at the moment I'm loving my placement I'm doing what I love and what I'm good at. Not only that but I'm being able to freelance and do filming for my own brand so it works out perfectly for me. 
Your year out is to not only to get experience but really work out who it is you are and what you want to do. Where your abilities lie and ultimately what you really do not want to do. 
My advice is be ballsy, do what YOU want to do, go where YOU want to go and if you don't enjoy it its okay to hold your hands up and say you don't like what it is your doing but try them first!
Your year out is your year so make the most of it. 

For now I'm working for a brand called Bottle Blonde a brand I'd followed for a while from where they began selling in a shop to where they're out now. Making amazing and completely badass outfits. I'm doing the web design, admin and marketing side, uploading products to the website, photographing products, designing the website, doing blogger outreach and interaction on social media. I even spent yesterday DIYing shoes, but more on that in the next post I'll do for my year out. My placement is everything I love doing and everything I want to go into doing. 
As I mentioned at the moment I am working on my own brand at the same time. I do videography on the side of blogging and YouTubing doing a lot of behind the scenes for fashion brands. I also shoot videos beauty and fashion related. 
Recently I did some work for the Gypsy shrine. Filming 'how to' videos for the launch of their YouTube channel. Which you can find here 
I'm hoping to go more into fashion films and short films. It's something I'm working on this year and something I'm excited about getting into. 

For part of my project I have to keep up with blog posts which I do anyway but these ones I will be focusing on my year out and what I'm getting up to. I could have kept it a separate blog but all of my blog is my journey through uni, work, my experiences and solely my life in fashion. So I want it to be something I talk about and tell everyone about on my blog. This post was really just to fill you in on why I decided to do a year out and what you can expect from me over this year. If any of you reading want to know more about it I'm happy to do a Youtube Video or another post going more in-depth but for now I think i've covered most of the basis. 

This years exciting and I hope to keep it busy. I'm also planning on going to a lot of blog events, and fashion events whilst I have the time. So I hope to be able to share those with you too!

If you want to keep up with my year out obviously I'm on Instagram and Twitter but I have a page for my videography work you can find by searching: Paige Rhianne Videography or by clicking here
Also all my year out posts will be under this page 'My Year Out Entries'

Until next time take care all!

Friday, 9 September 2016

Reading Festival | Photo Diary

For those that follow on Instagram, or me in general. (Not literally, in a online sense I mean) will know I went to Reading Festival Bank Holiday weekend. I couldn't go the whole year without going to a festival honestly, I just think it is my life now.
I had an amazing weekend and ticked off so many artists on my list that I've wanted to see for ages.
Still not enough to beat the amount my boyfriend has seen, not that it is a competition or anything no of course not..

So really Friday was my favourite day we seen Foals so that was just the icing on the cake. I could have packed up Friday night and been a happy girl. Obviously I didn't do that, I'd payed enough as it is.
Joking aside I wouldn't have missed Red Hot Chilli's and Biffy Clyro for the world.
Not only that but we swapped Disclosure (we seen a little bit of them at the beginning) then went over to Twenty One Pilots which I don't regret for a second I am OBSESSED with them right now. Their show was so incredible I'm still getting over it now.

I think Friday was probably my favourite outfit day too, I wore a dress from a brand called Bottle Blonde ahem, the one I'm interning at seriously I love it. And I went for a shooting stars look for my face. Obviously the tent was covered in glitter all weekend much to my boyfriends enjoyment. 

Saturday we seen some more rad bands. One I really want to point out was one called Haus, they were on the introducing stage, and the voice that came out his mouth was unbelievable not only that but hearing them on record it really doesn't do his voice justification. They are so raw and edgy, I urge you to go and listen them. 
Saturday was obviously the night of the Chilli's however I didn't really get to take many good photos of them, so this is the part where I lead you over to my Youtube.. here

I put together a vlog of the weekend, if you stick it out the end there is a prize.. honest.
You'll find a link also at the bottom of this post! I'd honestly love you to go and watch. 

My outfit for Saturday was a Star top from Primark that I totally picked on a whim and then ended up being one of my main outfits for the weekend. Then the shorts were just a no brainer really, they are actually the sequins that are double sided and you can stroke them up and down. One side black. one side green. As soon as J realised this that was it, marched to the checkout I was.

My makeup wasn't amazing that day I have to say but I went for a gold superhero like feel.

Sunday was so insane, I nearly cried twice. Once for Blossoms and once for Biffy Clyro. I've waited years to see Biffy and to have them close the weekend with fireworks and the whole shebang really just did it for me that will be a moment I will never forget.
And Blossoms I've loved for months and they dedicated a song to a girl in the audience and it just felt so emotional. 
Not only that but I got to see Fall Out Boy too, which I just didn't have the expectation to be so bloody good. Like it was a real teenage dream and they just blew me away if I'm honest. 

My outfit was another little number from Bottle Blonde. Some shorts and a cray Oh My Love Fringed Jacket that I've wanted to get out for ages, and really there is no better place than a festival 

So as mentioned above I did a vlog over the weekend on my Youtube Channel you should definitely go and check it out. I'm being more regular with my channel and have loads of videos I'm currently editing to go up so stay tuned there, make sure you subscribe. 

Hope you enjoyed this post! And let me know if you'd like more music based post because I can't decide whether to keep my music blog (i've neglected for a while) or just do them on here now instead.
 Decisions, decisions.

Until next time take care! 

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

You are surrounding, all my surroundings

Last Friday I went to London for some freelance work. I'm starting a mini series on my blog as I've mentioned a few times to talk about what I'm doing over my year out and everything so i'll explain more then. 
Whilst I was in London I had my first Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino of the year (i've only had the latte before but the frappuccino oh my god) anyway that obviously wasn't the most exciting thing that happened whilst I was in London but what the moral of the story is, is I feel like autumn has begun.
 It hasn't, because its still SO hot and it doesn't officially begin until September 22nd but at the moment I can really feel it coming about. I've decided to just embrace the seasons now instead of hate on them. This is the transition I don't like the most from Summer to autumn but I do love autumn and its a fact that you can't change so its best to just roll with it. 
I thought this outfit post was really fitting for the beginning of September the colours are warm and still hold an warm glowy element of summer in them. 

This bodysuit is really everything I need in my wardrobe. I struggle to slip in colours to my outfits and colours like this work really well because it's not too hard to pair with other things and it just gives that real pop and contrast from my usual blacks and dark colours. 
Like I said its still quite a summer colour and going through this really annoying traditional phase in my wardrobe this colour carries through really nicely. 

I'll tell you a little story about my skirt too. I didn't really intend on buying it if I'm honest. I went to work a few weeks ago in a pair of dungarees that I thought were fine... they wasn't I don't know if my legs have grew or i've got taller or what but all my clothes seem to have got shorter on me. My dungarees being one of them so taking either the choice to wear them and show my underwear off to the world or buy a skirt (this one) for £5 in the sale in Primark it really was a no brainer.
Still this skirt has a split right up the front intentionally obviously but still right in the centre so it still has the ability to ride up my leg so I have to wear it more to the side, still beats showing my knickers. 

Outfit: All Primark

Until next time, take care!

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