Saturday, 24 September 2016

Liverpool Photo Diary


Liverpool in the sunshine? Say wahh?
A week or so ago me and my mum headed up to Liverpool for a 24 hour (ish) visit! And the sun was actually shining! The last 4 or so times I've visited the city the sky has been grey and the heavens have been well and truly open. As usual here I thought I'd document & share the trip with a good ol' photo diary style post! 
The original reason why we were heading up to Liverpool was for me to visit the Lush Spa. I've had treatments their before and they've always been fantastic, and this time was no different! I had The Spell treatment and it was absolutely wonderful, as was the trip as a whole. I also vlogged the trip and it was featured in one of my most recent weekly vlogs (check it out, here, if you're interested)













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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Videos, videos, videos

Videos, videos, videos.
Over the last few years, alongside blogging I've also gotten involved in YouTube. Creating content and videos for my YouTube channel was something that this time last year I was hugely passionate and really excited about. Yet towards the beginning and middle of this year the amount of effort and time I spent on creating YouTube videos went down and down as I tried to juggle university work, my social life, blogging and being ill, something had to give and YouTube was definitely it.

Over the last few months I've spent a lot of time watching YouTube videos, and have become so much more inspired than I ever was before! I have lots of new ideas and am feeling extremely passionate about creating content again. 
Today I thought I'd share some of my new videos with you all. Some people will have absolutely no interest in the videos I make or watching YouTube videos in general. But I thought why not share what I've created lately just in case someone is interested or enjoys a part of what I've been putting up on my channel.
 









If you have any video requests on anything you'd like to see on my channel, or recommendations of videos I could do then please let me know! 

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Friday, 16 September 2016

Comfort Food






Outfit 
Tshirt - Topshop  Jeans - Topshop
Sandals - Urban Outfitters  Choker - Primark 
Belt - Primark 
This outfit has become my go to as of late. In a rush? Feeling uninspired? No clue? This outfit is the one I reach for, and it works every time, and with any type of coat/jacket and any bag! I love how simple and easy this outfit is, yet how the added extra of the choker and detailing on the tshirt and sandals just bring that something different to the outfit! 
So just like comfort food, this outfit has become a firm favourite recently! 

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Sunday, 11 September 2016

That Intern Life


If you’ve been around these parts for a while, or follow me on social media then may know that I’m a fashion student and have just started my third and final year studying Fashion Communication and Promotion. For the past two summers I’ve spent a large portion of my time off interning at various companies. Over the last two years I’ve gained sooo much experience from living the intern life and had the idea to put my thoughts into a lil’ post for anyone who may be interested. My internships have all been at fashion brands in London (makes sense for a fashion student) but these thoughts and tips aren’t totally specific to fashion, so even if that’s not your area of interest hopefully there’ll be something you can take from this post. I am in no way an expert and am still learning and growing and interning, but I’ve found posts like this really really helpful over the last few years and hopefully one of you might find this helpful in some way too.



Be brave –
When it comes to bagging yourself an internship sometimes you just have to shove aside your fear, pull on your big girl pants and be brave! Whether that means emailing your dream company to see if they need any help, applying for something that you think is way out of your league or going to an event alone simply to try and grab five minutes with someone who could give you a foot in the door. Maybe the only internships you can find aren’t necessarily in the area you want or maybe you have to stay in and travel around a new city – be brave and push yourself, you’ll gain invaluable experience and get a lil’ more insight into what you do, or don’t like and what you might want to do in the future.

Be open –
You never know when something may come up or when an opportunity may arise, so be open!
An internship at a killer company arises, but you only have two weeks free before you head back to uni? Say yes! Two weeks is better than nothing, and could lead the way to further opportunities in the future. You’ve got an internship and they want you to help with an event or project in the evening or at the weekend aside from your agreed hours? Say yes! (But don't let them take you for a mug, take advantage, or treat you like crap - you're not a slave, so stand up for yourself if necessary) It’s more experience in the area you’re interested in, shows the people you’re working for that you’re committed and passionate and gives you even more and varied experiences to talk about in your CV, covering letters or in interviews. Things may go wrong, like they did for me this summer when an internship got cancelled a week before I was due to start, as the company had stopped trading. In situations like this being open to new opportunities and options is important (and something I’m still trying to learn to do) There’s always something else out there, sometimes you just have to search a bit harder or be open to something you may never have considered, whether that be in regards to company, department, time or even location.

Be positive –
Keep a smile on your face. The world isn’t perfect and therefore companies, bosses or internships aren’t going to be either, there really are rather a lot of nightmare intern stories out there!
Whether you’re getting bored all the time, have nothing to do for half the day, have to get up really really really early (like me), have just been asked to make your 100th cup of tea or are lost in the middle of London in the chucking it down rain with no signal - try and be positive. Being positive will make a good impression on whoever you’re working for and at the end of the day your internship won’t last forever and at the end of it you’ll have a better idea of what you do or don’t want to do and the direction you want to go in with your career/job.  Plus whether good or bad, experience is experience and gets you one step closer to a full time and paid position.

Be a foodie –
Snacks, snacks and more snacks! If I can give you one pearl of wisdom from my time as an intern it’s make sure you take snacks with you. Interning can be exhausting, and getting a hunger pang at 3.30 in the afternoon with nothing to help you out for the rest of the day is the worst! So take snacks, chocolate raisins have become a God send when the afternoon slump starts to set in.




Be techy –
Interning in London or another major city can get pretty confusing if you aren’t a local and have to navigate the tube, underground, tram or bus system. But I’ve got you covered! Citymapper has saved my life over the last few years when it comes to finding my way around the streets of London. It has up to date and time bus, tube and train information – need to know when the next bus is? It’ll be able to tell you. Need a different route home? Citymapper can give you 5! The fab thing is it doesn’t just have information for London! So whether you’re interning in another city or just visiting on holiday, it has you covered!

Be ready – 
Interning can be pretty dang tiring and full on. So be prepared! Plasters, water, an umbrella and a notebook and pen are essentials in my opinion! It might be bright and sunny when you leave the house but this is England, a down pour is always just around the corner! Think you’ve worn those shoes in? Plasters might just be needed after 10+ hours of living that intern life!


I hope those few thoughts and tips are useful to you in some way, and good luck to anyone who’s applying for internships or just starting them, we’re all rooting for ya sista! If you have any questions or want some advice about interning feel free to tweet (@Holl_JC) or email (hollyjanecooke@hotmail.co.uk) me! I’d love to help anyone out if I can, so get in touch if you think I may have an answer to a question or query you have!

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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Victoriana






Outfit 
Blouse - Primark
Skirt - Lefties
Boots -Ego 

Sometimes you spot an item, and just have to have it in your wardrobe! This was the case with this Primark blouse. At £15, it's at least half of the price that similar blouses are going for in ASOS, Topshop or Zara, it's just as pretty and the longer sleeves are perfect for this cooler autumn weather that we've been getting these last few days. So all in all, a winner in my books! 

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