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January 2013

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Snow Day

January 19, 2013

The best thing about snow? People panic and you get sent home early from work. This unexpected afternoon at home gave me a rare opportunity to get out and take a few outfit photos whilst there was still a hint of natural light (emphasis on ‘hint’).

Naturally having this opportunity, I dragged Jack out onto our roof terrace to take a few pictures in the snow – this was his first attempt at outfit photography so I have high hopes for many posts to come!

This faux fur gilet was my bargain of the season, down from £99 to £29 in the Phase Eight January sale. Not only is it incredibly cosy, but it’s also quite an unusual colour and stands out from the sea of black and brown fur gilets you see on the high street. 

I paired it with my usual uniform of standard Topshop skinnies and black buttoned-up shirt, and added an old khaki military jacket and chunky heels (potentially unsuitable footwear, however keeps your feet out of the snow). 

The blue varnish was mainly because I was feeling a little bit ‘snow queen’, but also brings out the blue in the gilet quite nicely and pulls the look together.

Ten minutes of posing in this weather and I was ready for the pub. How did you spend your snow day?

Em xx


Nine to five: Charlotte | Patrons Manager at the ICA

January 15, 2013

Charlotte is Patrons Manager at the Institute of Contemporary Arts – home to the best of new art and cultural thinking.

Describe a typical day 
My alarm goes off without fail at 7:30am. I’ll have a shower and always make time for breakfast at home, normally toast and marmite or a bowl of fruit and fibre. I get in to work for 10am and spend an hour or so checking emails and replying to anything urgent. I’ll normally do a walk around the gallery, checking that patron’s materials are well stocked and that the box office staff are briefed for the day’s events. 

The rest of my day will be taken up with meetings, either with directors of the gallery discussing potential donors or with corporate clients discussing sponsorship opportunities. A couple of evenings a week we tend to have events or exhibition openings – these are very busy and chaotic but almost always involve cocktails!

On an average day I’ll be home by 9pm where I’ll have a simple dinner of stir fry or pasta, and relax in front of the TV with my boyfriend and a glass of wine (we’re currently making our way through Breaking Bad). 

How did you get into this role?
I always knew I wanted to work in the arts, so during my final year at uni I applied for internships in London at most of the big theatres. Before I’d even sat my finals I’d secured a fundraising internship at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. I worked there for 6 months full time (juggling a part time bar job in the evenings) before starting a second internship at the world famous Bush Theatre.

Finally, I secured my first paid job at the ‘Rambert Dance Company’, where I spent a fantastic two and a half years working with their members and high level donors, organising exciting events across London and the UK.

When it was time to move to the next level I applied for the role of Patrons Manager at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), which is where I’m currently working.

What do you love most about your job?
Meeting amazing artists and working with creative people. In October 2012 we hosted the ‘Peace for 1 day AK47 Exhibition’ – where decommissioned guns were decorated by artists such as The Chapman Brothers and Damien Hirst, amongst other young British artists. An auction of the guns raised over £100k and was hosted by our charity ambassador Jude Law. That was a really great project to be involved in.

This spring, we’re launching a major exhibition for renowned fashion and art photographer ‘Juergen Teller’, charting the past 20 years of his career with raw and intimate photos of celebrities including Kate Moss, Vivienne Westwood, and the Beckhams, to name a few. During the exhibition he’ll take over the whole gallery, and I’m really looking forward to the events we’ll be hosting surrounding it.

What advice would you give someone wanting to get into the arts?
You’ve got to be willing to work hard and realise you’re not going to be on a lot of money to begin with – a passion for the industry should be driving you. A readiness to tackle anything that’s thrown at you is essential, and it really is all about experience – be prepared to intern to earn your place.

Want to know more? You can find Charlotte on twitter @CharlotteSurman

Em xx


Nine to five

January 13, 2013

Despite being AWOL recently (moving house and starting a new job on the same day proved to be trickier than anticipated), just a quick note today to introduce a new series of posts I’m writing for acid brights. 

Having recently started working for a company I could only of dreamed of a few years ago, it got me thinking about how hard it can be to break into your preferred industry – be that fashion, the arts, design, or PR, to name a few. With so many of us graduating university and wanting to work in similar positions, a lot of people are left wondering where to start.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m no expert on recruitment, but after working across a number of industries (from publishing and retail to fashion and media), I’ve learned some valuable lessons and met some wonderful people. It’s these people that gave me the idea for ‘Nine to Five’ – a section for anyone looking for inspiration with tips from those in the know.

I’ve interviewed close friends working in great roles across a number of different industries (from fashion to theatre), and have asked them the questions that really matter – ‘What are the best parts of your role?’ ‘What do you do on a daily basis?’ and most importantly, ‘How did you get into this role?’

I really hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as I enjoyed interviewing everyone, and that they’re of use to some of you! As its an ongoing series, please let me know if there are any roles or industries you’d like to see covered and I’ll make sure to include them.

Em xx


Filorga Optim-Eyes Eye Contour 3

January 2, 2013

From serums and moisturisers to toners and cleansers, there’s nothing more important than looking after your skin. Although I’ve always invested in products and thought of myself as someone who looks after their skin, I’m ashamed to say I smoked for the best part of 2 years, only giving up properly in September 2012, and was something of a sun worshipper for most of my teens. As I approach 25 however (how frightening!), I’ve started to take these things more seriously.

Whilst I’ve always moisturised religiously (something my mum taught me from a very early age) and have been told I’ve got good skin, I’m now looking more seriously into anti-ageing ranges. I know some of you might wonder why I’d bother in my mid-twenties, but for me it’s all about prevention rather than cure.

I received the Filorga Optim-Eyes triple eye cream at the #bbloggersxmas event (I know, the goody bags were amazing). Claiming to ‘restructure the eye contour’, this lightweight cream contains Hyaluronic acid along with 101 other ingredients, all designed to banish dark circles, under-eye puffiness, and act as an anti-ageing serum.

I was excited to give this product a go, being an absolute sucker for French skincare brands (as described in this post). I must admit this isn’t a brand I’d come across before, but after using this cream I’d now place it up there with the Caudalies and Nuxes of the skincare world. The packaging is sleek and almost clinical looking – something I always feel adds authenticity to anti-ageing products, like they really mean business – and the pump dispenser keeps the serum clean.

I must admit that I don’t really have wrinkles around my eyes yet (thank the lord!) but I do get the odd fine line if my skin is dry, and I often suffer from puffiness and dark circles if I’m tired. After using this product for the past few weeks I can honestly say the skin around my eyes feels firmer when I’m wearing it, and my under-eye area looks brighter after application.

I couldn’t say whether this product is a miracle worker as I don’t believe my wrinkles etc were bad enough to really put it through its paces, but it certainly works for me as a great moisturiser for the under-eye area, as well as giving the skin a bit of a wake-up call when I’m feeling tired.

Apparently you can purchase Filorga products from House of Fraser and Marks & Spencer, although they were all sold out when I checked! At around £38.50 for 15ml it’s on the pricy side, but in my experience so far it seems to be lasting well.

Have you tried any Filorga products?

Em xx