From Fashion to High Tea – Tea & Tiaras Event

What does one think of when imagining high tea? How about proper English fellows in their fancy clothes, or muted pastels lingering upon tiny decorations, a sense of high-class Britishness you couldn’t exactly put your finger on—and perhaps cucumber sandwiches (with the crusts cut off).

The disdain for crusts will never cease to amuse me, but one thing I can say is that the passion and flair for high tea exceeds expectations and is known around the world as a function of luxury and charm.

I have been back in Ottawa, Ontario (from London, UK) for over a year now and can say that I have finally acclimated to my Canadian-hybrid life here. Once you get back into the groove of working and (trying) to maintain a social life, things slowly start falling back into place.

I’ve been working in between a blend of marketing/communications and events with some work in a shoe boutique on the side; and find that I’m getting a good mix of what I loved back in London with all of the glitz and glamour of fashion shows and the hectic nature of the events world that so heavily saturated London there was even an app to book job placements all around the city.

With the population contrast of 8.9 million to 994,800; the London to Ottawa ratio drastically emphasizes the lessened demand for such technology.

But what a pleasant surprise to be working a high tea event along with a fashion show here in my city!

The proceeds from this charity event would be going to the Starlight Foundation, an organization that helps children with chronic and terminal illnesses.

Starlight ambassador, 5-year-old Madison, who lives with cerebral palsy and nephrotic syndrome, designed a cute ‘Super Bear’ – a stuffed animal with a cape to show how she is her family’s very own super hero in dealing with her own obstacles life has given her.

 I had the pleasure of meeting her at her station – confidently owning the place with her bears! You can read more on her story here.

I also got to do some photography which has always been a passion of mine. Bringing back the creative aspects really got me thinking that this city does have some cool events and I do love to get to be a part of that, especially when they take on some international influences in design. 

Along the event I photographed some of the models – you can check out content creator and stylist Ornella Kondo as well as stylist and marketing maven Melissa Guenette

I would definitely like to go to more events related to other countries, and look forward to what’s to come in terms of content. 

What kind of events draw your attention in your city? What about when travelling abroad? Would you ever consider going to events while knowing no one? Let me know! It’s definitely all part of the adventure.

 
Madison & the Super Bears
Ornella Kondo

Melissa Guenette
Feel like royal-tea

One Month In | London 2016

So much has happened over the past few weeks here in London! I’m happy to say that I’m no longer homesick and am in love with the city!

Summary: I now have several different friend groups, adults to talk to whom I’ve met through volunteering, designers to keep in touch with, tourist attractions checked off the bucket list and an excellent internship that’s progressing wonderfully!

—This is where I remember to breathe.

I distinctly remember the first night that changed everything:

Friday, September 16th: The Mary Martin London Fashion Show

This was the first event I decided to go to alone. Completely by myself, I went to this fashion show hosted at the Kensington Close Hotel, which was a stunning venue with glass chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.

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No. 41 inside the Kensington Close Hotel

Before this event, I questioned my ability to meet people on my own.

It’s true what they say about when you’re by yourself: you’re forced to talk to others! But just in case this plan failed, I did do a little prep work. I may have read articles on how to talk to people on the tube ride to the event.

They had a few good tips!

One article was How to Network When You’re an Introvert, which emphasized making connections online and not overthinking things.

So I posted in the Facebook event that if anyone was thinking of going to the show, but had no one to go with, I would be walking around with a camera taking pictures for my blog. This lead to a few direct messages from people attending the event.

Through my Google rendezvous, I also stumbled upon the concept of standing by the bar. People are always ordering drinks which requires waiting time! Genius.

So, after changing into my confidence-boosting heels in the washroom (where I briefly stumbled into two models and the designer herself), I stood by the bar and had my camera slung around my neck like the professional photographer that I am.

There was a small group of guys at the bar; I introduced myself to someone which was followed by many more introductions, and before I knew it, I had met a over a dozen people.

I never expected people to be so nice to me! The sense of feeling welcome was a great shock to how I thought people would be at fashion events. (Devil Wears Prada, anyone?) I took over one hundred photographs, yet the highlight was knowing I could be fine on my own.

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Marie Martin London 2016

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Two gentlemen in the centre, requesting an appearance on The Blog

So that was the first event of many! I met some amazing people from all over the world; it was a very exciting experience and an absolutely amazing show!

I have many more events to write about; I think I’ll try adding a ‘Fashion’ segment soon! Slightly more formal posts with tons of pictures (approved by the designers beforehand). Let me know if you think that’s a good idea!

Guess I should try to sleep now? 3 a.m. sure does come fast!

xx

Adapting to London

I have been in London for a few days now and am slowly getting better at finding my way! I haven’t tried the tube yet, but I plan to within the next few days.

I also got around to asking the front desk how to work my stove. I can now successfully cook pasta in a pot, though I still don’t have a strainer so it’s been an adventure.

One thing that I have noticed is just how stylish everyone is on the streets. No offence to Ottawa (Canada), but this place is much more expressive!

I haven’t seen one poorly dressed person yet, which makes me glad that I decided on two suitcases instead of one.

My internship has also been excellent so far; everyone is really nice and the tasks are interesting. Being allowed to look at clothing websites for research? Yes, I can do that.

As for brands that I’m loving, MANGO and COS seem amazing! MANGO originated from Spain, and COS from Sweden, but we don’t have either in my hometown.

As for working in fashion, these are my Day 2 and Day 3 outfits:

Day 2
Top: Guess | Cardigan: American Apparel | Pants: Smart Set | Purse: Guess

3rd Day
Top: Guess | Cardigan: American Apparel | Leather leggings: Dynamite | Purse: Guess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I guess I should try to sleep now, seeing as it’s 3 a.m. Does jet lag ever wear off?

Also, Sainsbury’s or Tesco? I am out of food…

Officially an Intern

So a few days ago I was informed of an interview that I would be doing today at 5 a.m. (10 a.m. in London) via Skype. Despite the early call-time, I was super excited and nervous about it for the past few days! It was with this cool fashion trend forecasting agency, and I am happy to say I landed the internship position.

I might go more into detail about it in a future blog post—for now I am not sure how much I can really say about it. What I will say is that it is exactly what I was hoping for!

I have always been interested in fashion/beauty/lifestyle articles and brands, so it is amazing that I am getting the opportunity to see some behind the scenes action.

That’s all I’ll share about it for now, but there will definitely be more posts to come as I get ready for London fall 2016!

 

Plans for 2016

Anyone who’s been keeping up with my posts since the beginning might notice that I’ve been quite absent over the past few months! Well, let me tell you, I’m back. I’ve been keeping myself very busy with working full-time, taking online social media courses, volunteering with my university’s alumni association as a Social Media Officer, and developing my Twitter profile. I am officially accepted into an internship program for public relations in London, England for the fall, and I have many exciting things planned over the next few months.

Let me start by out by outlining what I intend to do with this blogging platform:

  • Create fashion/beauty/lifestyle posts every Tuesday
  • Create travel posts every Thursday
  • Post occasional updates on anything else happening in my life (on Saturdays, perhaps?)

I have always possessed a particular aesthetic for images, products and scenery. I enjoy collecting and storing these things in a database, and different media networks allow me to do so. I have also always wanted to travel abroad, and I am greatly looking forward to getting this chance come September. I plan on posting any travel tips I come across, along with stunning photos that other travellers have taken along their own journeys.

I will be creating content by next week, so hopefully by February I am posting regularly! I also plan on developing my Pinterest account and my Instagram account. My Twitter page is devoted to fashion, beauty, media, and travel; essentially, it’s the micro-version of my ideas for this network. For my Instagram, I plan on fully committing to a white theme comprised of mostly fashion and beauty photography. I will provide links to them here when I feel they are worthy…

Lastly, I hope to use both this network and my others to get to know other bloggers interested in these same areas of focus. From social media to fashion and travel, there are endless avenues to pursue that are all equally beautiful and exciting.

Any beauty/fashion/lifestyle or travel bloggers out there have any tips? How did you start blogging? I’d love to hear in the comments!