3 January 2017

2016 on Girl From North London

I'm not one for reflecting on my year in my personal life, but as I approach my third year of blogging, I wanted to look back on my favourite posts of the year. Hopefully this post will serve as a snapshot that I can return to in the future to remember what my 2016 looked like. Hope you enjoy as well!
P.S. All the images used are linked up, if you'd like to click through :)

JANUARY
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flat lay fashion blogger calvin klein
My amazing Topshop faux fur coat came into my life, inspiring two outfit posts and I set about mastering the 'art' of the flat lay

FEBRUARY
NYFW new york fashion week street style
NYFW New York Fashion Week street style
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In February I was drooling over street style from across the pond during New York Fashion Week. I also worked more on my flat lay skills when I reviewed the 'Love Me Beauty' subscription box

MARCH
links post round up lifestyle blogger
OOTD outfit post fashion blogger, street style, long line knit midi skirt
zara black suede cross body chain bag
In March I wrote my first links round-up, and shared my favourite look at the time - a long-line knit paired with a midi skirt - when the sun miraculously decided to show up. The OOTD also featured my new cross-body bag, which I also did a first impression post on during the month.

APRIL
hedi slimane for saint laurent
wish list fashion blogger light neutrals
street style spring fashion blogger ootd outfit post
It was the 1st of April when we received the devastating news that Hedi Slimane was leaving Saint Laurent. Naturally I took to the blog to share my grief, and looked back at all his collections for the house. Regular readers of Girl From North London will know that I do a monthly wish list, and I particularly like the Light Neutrals edition I did for April 2016. Finally, to mark the arrival of Spring I put together a seasonal street style post.

MAY
summer resolutions, flat lay, lifestyle blogger
The Liebster Award, blogger tag
public desire black lace up heels
In May, I thought it was about time that I gave an update on my original post on Public Desire, by sharing the new additions to my PD collection. I also made Summer resolutions and did my first blogger tag when I was nominated for the Liebster Award.

JUNE
wrap choker, fashion blogger
OOTD, outfit post, fashion blogger, blouse and leather skirt
current beauty favourites, blogger
I was obsessed with my wrap choker in June (and still am) and apparently it was warm enough to wander round London without a jacket and bare legs?! I also put together a rare beauty post, and I still highly recommend these products so check it out.

JULY
vegetarianism, salad, lifestyle blogger
city break guide to bath, travel lifestyle blogger
my most worn items, asos black heeled boot
July marked 6 months of vegetarianism for me, so I wrote a post all about why I chose to change my diet, and struggles/points of interest that I discovered in the first 6 months. I also visited Bath, and created a guide to the city. Finally, I talked through the most worn items in my wardrobe and came to the realisation that I need help for my addiction to black.

AUGUST
20 Things for 20
Japan 2016 tokyo travels
Japan 2016 Back To Tahara
Japan 2016 Day Tripping
August is my birthday month, so to mark the occasion I put together my 20 Things for 20 post, where I discussed 10 things that I learnt at 19 and 10 things that I want to achieve before 21. I also went to Japan that month, which was incredible, and created a 3 part series on my travels.

SEPTEMBER
Alexandra Palace, Ally Pally, OOTD, OOTN, street style
Leather choker, lace slip dress
Mirror mirror ootd outfit post
I was loving my area of London in September, featuring Alexandra Palace (one of my favourite spots) and a tumbledown garden in my outfit posts. I also styled my Harajuku choker in 4 ways, which I'm really glad I did because I still wear it all the time!

OCTOBER - NOVEMBER - DECEMBER
Temperley London, LFW
The Blogger Tag, flat lay, fashion blogger
faux fur street style
Ok so can we please ignore the fact that I had to put the last 3 months of 2016 together because 3rd year hit me like a tonne of bricks. Anyway, from the end of September to the beginning of October I interned at Temperley London, an amazing experience that took me to London Fashion Week and Paris. In November I did The Blogger Tag, and my last post of 2016 was a street style round up dedicated to faux fur (my fave). 

I'm going to wrap this up with a quick thank you for reading my blog - if this is the first post you've read or if you've stuck with me through 2016 - and here's to a fabulous, fashionable 2017!

Lots of love,
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26 December 2016

STREET STYLE: Faux Fur

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All images sourced from Pinterest

Sorry for the silence on here for a while... I could write a looong post all about 3rd year stress and writer's block and lack of inspiration but I won't bore you with that. Instead I've decided to return with a street style post focused on my all-time favourite trend: faux fur. I can't leave the house without a faux fur element to my ensemble and I've noticed that other girls can't get enough of it either! 

My tips for styling faux fur:

1. Wear with confidence
The faux fur coat is a sassy piece, there's no doubt about it. So put on those huge sunglasses, add a bold lip and own it. 

2. Style with streamlined pieces
Faux fur is quite bulky, which gives it's warmth and makes it more attention grabbing. But to avoid it making you look bigger, it's best to style with slim-fitting jeans or skirt. One of my current favourite outfits is pairing my faux fur jacket with skinny jeans and over-knee boots.

3. Choose your faux fur wisely
We are lucky that the high street offers a plethora of gorgeous faux fur options, but nothing looks worse than poor quality faux fur. The worst looks matted, fake and sheds so make sure you've checked out the piece in person before purchasing!

As always, I've created an accompanying Pinterest board for more faux fur street style inspiration, and follow me while you're over there for fashion, beauty and other pretty things!

Let me know if you want more faux fur posts... I'm thinking of putting together a wish list and possibly an OOTD. 
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5 November 2016

THE BLOGGER TAG | Girl From North London

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The lovely Gemma, from justsaygem, tagged me to do The Blogger Tag which she helped Abbie Chic create, in order to get to know other bloggers better.

1. How tall are you?
I'm between 5'6" and 5'7". 

2. Do you have a hidden talent?
I don't think so... but I can play the cello if that counts?

3. What's your biggest blog-related pet peeve?
Repetitive e-mails from companies that I've politely turned down, and getting added to mailing lists that I didn't sign up for! The latter is against the law in the UK so please don't do it!

4. What's your biggest non-blog-related pet peeve?
People that are unnecessarily rude and cat calling. Actually nothing rubs me up the wrong way more than creepy men that deliberately intimidate girls. 

5. What's your favourite song?
As I'm really into music, I don't think I can give a single answer. But at the moment I've got Mac Miller's latest album The Divine Feminine on repeat, and Dang! is my current fave on that. 

6. What's your favourite social media?
Probably Instagram, but I've gone back to an old favourite, Tumblr, over the last month. I wrote a post on my Favourite Fashion Blogs on Tumblr a while ago, so check it out if you're into Tumblr too.

7. What's your favourite time to spend free time when you're alone?
Hmm... I'd say curling up in bed with a vanilla latte, good music and a magazine. I also love putting my headphones in and going on long walks in the summer... but I always end up calling my boyfriend or bestie to join me after a while - I love experiencing stuff with people.

8. What's your favourite junk food?
Ice cream! My favourite flavour is coffee, especially if it's strong.

9. Do you have a pet?
No, and I never have apart from a couple of goldfish that didn't last long. I desperately want a dog, perhaps a Rottweiler or an English Bull Terrier. 

10. What are your favourite fiction and non-fiction books?
A hard one, but I'd have to say either Atonement by Ian McEwan or The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. For non-fiction, I loved Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes - it's really nice to dip into.

11. What's your favourite beauty product/tool?
My Beauty Blender. I use it for foundation and concealer, and nothing else blends liquid products so easily and flawlessly. The result is so natural - I can't go back to brushes!

12. When was the last time you were embarrassed?
Ugh, I constantly embarrass myself!

13. If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?
It would have to be coffee, I can't go a day without it... Plus the fashion industry runs on the stuff!

14. What is your favourite film?
Oh god, too many! I'll narrow it down to 3: Pulp Fiction, Battle Royale and Springbreakers. 

15. What was your favourite subject at school and why?
In GCSEs, it was textiles because fashion (duh) but I wasn't too fond of my teacher for Textiles A Level, so I preferred French during sixth form. 

16. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
I want to try living in Japan, perhaps in Tokyo or Osaka. But I think I'll always come back to London, I do love this city, hence the name of this blog.

17. PC or Mac?
Mac

18. Last romantic gesture from a crush/ boy/girlfriend/ spouse?
My boyfriend sent me a postcard from Dublin. 

19. Favourite celebrity?
Lana Del Rey

20. What blogger do you secretly want to be best friends with?
Bryanboy because he's fabulous and I love his sense of humour, and Hannah Louise as her style is an edgier version of mine, so I'd always steal her wardrobe. 

21. Who is your biggest inspiration?
Leandra Medine of Man Repeller.

22. What is your favourite blog to read?
Man Repeller is a constant (see above) but I'm currently loving Shot From The Street (love her YT as well). 

23. What is your favourite high street shop?
H&M or Topshop or Zara. But I've been loving Missguided recently.

24. Are you in education or do you work?
I'm a third year (ew) uni student, studying BA Fashion Management.

25. One thing that you are proud of?
My housemates! I'm always bragging about their achievements and we're helping each other get through the horror of third year. 

I tag:

If you're a blogger reading this - why not do this post too? And if you've already done this tag, link it below so I can check it out.
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16 October 2016

Interning at Temperley London

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In my last post, I mentioned that I had recently been interning at Temperley London. I thought I'd do an entire post on my internship as it was truly an amazing experience, and I wanted to document it!

How I got it:
My friend, fellow fashion management student and blogger Freya, interned at Temperley in June. She really enjoyed it and asked to come back, so when the team asked her to recommend a second intern, she nominated me! I went in for an informal chat with two of the Sales Executives, and got the internship for September.

What is Wholesale?
My internship was with the wholesale team, who's purpose is to sell (and manage) the collection to different department stores and boutiques across the world.  In the first week of my internship, we were creating training packs for these retailers, and making Excel documents on past annual sales of different wholesale accounts (retailers). I'll get onto the selling in a bit :)

London Fashion Week
An exciting part of the internship was the fashion show! In the lead up to the show, I updated the wholesale guest list (as guests were RSVPing during the week) made a FROW face sheet (got to be able to recognise those VIPs) and hand-delivered invitations. I also helped out on the day of the show and got to sit second row to watch it! (Watch the show here) After the show, we had the task of moving the collection from the venue to the showroom. It was quite special to be hanging up the collection in the showroom just hours after it had been premiered.
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London Appointments
Now the show is over, the wholesale team needs to sell the collection. So, in their beautiful London showroom, we assisted appointments with clients such as Selfridges and Net-a-Porter, as well as international clients who were in London for LFW. Our tasks were to make drinks for the clients, dress the models and re-merchandise the collection.

Paris!
We then went to Paris set up a showroom there during Paris Fashion Week, in order to catch the buyers and press that would be there during that time. The company rents out a gorgeous apartment near the Louvre, and we spent the first day setting up the space. Our tasks in Paris were similar to those in the London showroom but it was a lot busier, and there were times where we had to juggle several appointments at once! It was pretty hectic but meant that I learnt how to maneouver the new space fast.

Press appointments also were held in the Paris showroom, which meant magazines and TV stations came to visit for interviews and photo shoots, which was interesting even though I wasn't involved. It also meant that I got to meet Alice Temperley herself, which I wasn't expecting after hearing about friends' internships in other luxury fashion houses who never met the designer.
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Overall, I really enjoyed my time at Temperley London and I'm now considering a career in luxury wholesale once I've completed my degree. I got to experience a variety of tasks, from working at the show to setting up and merchandising the showroom to emailing in French! I now understand how the wholesale side of the fashion industry works much better and I got to know some really lovely people.

I'd definitely recommend getting an internship if you're thinking about it, especially if you want to go into fashion. And if you've done a fashion internship then share your thoughts in the comments! I'd love to know.

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