Thursday, 18 August 2016

My Favourite Looks From Resort 2017 | #STYLEREPORT

Being a fashion student I'm always keeping up to date with the fashion shows, Vogue is by far the best platform to do this but because there are so many different designers and collections, I decided it would be nice to share my favourite looks/ designers of Resort 2017, and hereby the #StyleReport is born. My umbrella name for all posts reporting all my favourite looks from any fashion shows or celebrity red carpet events. The resort shows are one of my favourite as high class, luxury designers showcase more relatable/ wearable garments rather than creative statements seen at fashion week. Check out my favourites below (there's quite a few) including the likes of Balmain, Zuhair Murad & Alexander McQueen...
All images from VOGUE
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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

The Quick & Easy 2 Step Deep Cleanse.


About once a week I like to give my skin a good deep cleanse, sometimes if my skin is acting up I may give this a miss to avoid too much irritation/damage but if my pores are feeling clogged I will make sure I give it a thorough cleanse to release the badness. My skin is quite resilient but I have always suffered with spots, like most people have. Over the years I've got to know my skin very well and know what products work- sometimes it is better to keep it simple!My 3 trusted products for a thorough cleanse are the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish (this has been in my skincare routine since it made a big splash in the blogging world years ago) to remove make up and/or a first gentle cleanse with my hands. Then I get out my Magnitone Facial Cleansing Brush, which now looks a bit worse for wear and I'm desperate for a new head, to use along with Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Exfoliating Wash. Another I would recommend is Nivea Daily Essential Facial Scrub, as both are great budget exfoliators for constant repurchase! Because frankly I'm quite lazy, I like to do this whole process in the shower so it's a good thing they made this thing waterproof! I've never used a Clarisonic or more expensive facial brush but I have no reason to because this one does everything I need it too. I can understand how these don't work for some people however, because they're a lot harsher than using hands or a cloth, so if you have sensitive skin don't waste your money. For me though, this routine works perfectly for me, its quick, easy and effective at cleansing my pores deeper than anything else I've ever used. Afterward just remember to apply toner/ serum/ moisturiser to your freshly clean pores.
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Monday, 15 August 2016

Fragrance Favourites I'm Loving This Summer.

Describing scents has never been my strong point so I'll keep this short and sweet when breaking down my current favourite perfumes. In short, all you need to know is I love all 4 of these scents and they're all at very different price points! 

Yves Saint Laurent BLACK OPIUM [£84 90ml]
My all time favourite luxury perfume. I love this because its different to all my other perfumes which are very 'girly' scents. It's a bit more of a sophisicated 'sensual' scent. Notes: Black Coffee, White Florals, Vanilla

The Body Shop FIJIAN WATER LOTUS [£7.50 100ml]
This is a fragrance mist, not a perfume but I am in love with the refreshing, clean scent. Its great of everyday wear and lasts amazingly for only being a mist. At £7.50 this product can do no wrong. 

Dior POISON GIRL [£99 100ml]
Despite the name, this perfume has quickly become one of my favourites, since getting it for my birthday in June. This is the type of recognisable scent, that if I had to pick one forever, it would be this one because it is my ideal level of floral and fruity mixture.

Next JUST PINK [£12 100ml]
I remember having this perfume when I was young teenager in my school bag. It's feminine, affordable and doesn't break the bank if you smash the bottle. It's also now had a lovely face lift, with lovely updated packaging. I'll definitely be repurchasing when I've finished.
Whats your favourite perfume lately? 
Ailsa-xo
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Thursday, 11 August 2016

Luxury Beauty Wishlist | No.1

A list of all the luxury beauty items I've been lusting after for the past few months. Oh, how I would love to splash my cash on all of these beautiful items to test them out! 
What would you buy if you could have any luxury beauty item?

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

3 Miracle Hair Oils that REALLY work.


Having long ombre blonde hair is a challenge, especially when it’s not natural so I'm always conscious keeping it in good condition. You can check out my post on ‘how to grow your hair longer, faster’ if you’re struggling in the length department but today is a little run down of the 3 OG oils that impressively continue to resurrect my heat damaged hair.

MoroccanOil Treatment
I first used Moroccan Treatment Oil [£31.85] about 3 years ago after being recommended by my hairdresser, after expressing how desperately I wanted my hair to grow. Since then, it has been an essential in my haircare routine which I have repurchased countless times! I tend to focus the product on the ends of my hair, to target split ends, before blow drying which leaves my hair feeling so healthy, soft and manageable, with no oily residue. The oil claims to significantly speed up drying time but I’m not really a reliable source to confirm this, as I have thin and fast drying hair anyway. However, everything else they claim this treatment does, I agree with. I have definitely seen a noticeable change in the strength and length of my hair over time and it looks so much healthier and hydrated.

Coconut Oil
Biona Organic Virgin Coconut Oil [£11.49] is probably the one item I always have in my drawer, it doesn’t particularly matter which brand (preferably organic though) and there’s so many reasons why. Perhaps I will write an article in the future about the many benefits and uses of Coconut Oil but for now I’ll just focus on hair. I use this oil as an intensive hair mask and actually prefer it over more expensive hair masks because you get the same result for cheaper. [Superdrug £2.49] I cover my hair from root to end in the oil, leaving it on through the night, before washing my hair in morning. This oil is proven to stimulate hair growth, getting deep into the follicles, adds shine and softness, as well as fighting against scalp problems, such as dandruff. 

Mythic Oil
The L'Oreal Professional Mythic Oil [16.49] is a new addition to the hair favourites. This ones more of a love not a need. I could get away with just using the Moroccan and Coconut oil, but I think this one still deserves a bit of the spotlight because it is a very good hair oil. In short, it is lovely and nourishing, hydrating and very effective at keeping frizz to a minimum. Infused with vitamin-rich avocado oil and antioxidant grape seed oils, this oil feels very luxurious and I urge you to try it if you are on the look out for great hair oil, but don't want to spend £30 on it!

So there we have it... my top 3 hair oils that have genuinely benefited my hairs quality and hopefully will work for you to! Let me know what your favourite hair oil is and why you love it...

Thanks for reading - xo Ailsa

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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

The Etsy Edit Wishlist.

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Monday, 8 August 2016

How To Land That Killer Internship!

You may or may not know I am in my 8th week of a 12 week internship at the up and coming fashion brand Girl In Mind. This isn’t my first rodeo either as earlier on in the year I interned at the luxury brand Needle & Thread, so its safe to say I could tell a whole lot of stories and advice about the whole internship process, especially because I’ve lost count of the amount of time and effort that’s gone in to actually finding the right one for me. You see, when it finally comes down to looking for an internship everyone is different and looking for different things... some will take absolutely anything to make the experience easier, some care more about a name on their CV than actually learning anything valuable, some think London is the only way to make it into fashion in the UK, some think their life will finally be like a Mary-Kate & Ashley movie and some, well some are just thinking 'how the hell am I supposed to spend all my time working for no/little income and still live like a respectable human'. I, at some point of this year have been every single on of those people.  So to save this blog post from being very lengthy I’m just going to share the best tips I have for getting the internship that’s right for you and perhaps I’ll write about more in the future. So… How do you land that killer internship? The ones that’s going to give you exactly what you want and need?

First of all, it’s an obvious one, figure out what you want out of the experience. Do you need a paid internship? How far can you travel? How far away from home do you want to be? How much responsibility do you want? What sector of the industry do you want experience in? Once you’ve figured all this out you can begin searching and applying. I recommend using Fashion Workie, it's a great platform to find and apply to companies that have posted their intern positions. You will find London is the most popular place for fashion brands to home their head offices but you will be pleasantly surprised that if you dig deeper there are plenty more opportunities throughout the UK; Manchester (Boohoo, Misguided, InTheStyle, Label PR), East Midlands (Girl In Mind, Next, &Blanc, Studio LBW), Newcastle (Pink Boutique, Amour & Mer Swimwear, Trend Bible) and of course there are opportunities all over the world! If you can't do a long term one, the best time is Fashion Week because they always need the extra helping hands.

Application
Perfect your CV & Cover letter. Be clear about what you want and what you have to offer as an intern. I suggest you get your application looked over by someone already in the fashion industry if you can or even just an older student who has already done an internship. A good application is key to getting an interview!

Be Prepared
When you do get an interview get ready for those questions they always ask, like ‘why us?’ but also be prepared for those cringey (what they like to call quirky) questions. They’re rather popular at the moment because they put you on the spot and often get an authentic answer... once before even being offered an interview, I got asked ‘what would your pop star name be?’ and ‘what would the soundtrack to your life be and why?’ As if that affects my ability to perform in the fashion industry…
Do your homework, find out the companies mission statement from their About Us page and top up your knowledge about the company and it's history. It would also help to top up your knowledge about the side of the industry you will be working in, you don't need to know how to do everything because that's why you're there to learn, but it would help if you're familiar with related terminology.

First Impressions
First impressions are important, be early, on time but never late! Make sure you know who you're there to see as well. I was shocked to realise that women also do the awkward hand shake upon introduction.. granted we don't put the same pressure as men do onto it, so you certainly won't be judged if you have a weak ass hand shake like me.

Know Your Killer Outfit
Everyone knows their favourite items of clothes to wear, whether it’s an amazing pair of fitted jeans or a flattering top- we know what makes us look and feel the best. So instead of trying to wear brand new clothes that you’ve never even tried on or something that makes you feel out of your comfort zone, wear what makes you comfortable but is also fashionable. Plan your outfit from had to toe and try it on to avoid extra stress in the morning.

Know Your Reliable Make Up
The same applies to doing your make up that morning- don't decide today's a good day to try a brand new foundation or mascara that could betray you (no one wants clumpy lashes). Use the products and application techniques you know will work for you and will last on your skin. I highly recommend setting sprays for days you really need your make up to last all day! 

Be The Best Version of Yourself
Everyone always say ‘just be yourself’ but I like to say be the best version of you! Everyone has bad days, nobody is perfect but you obviously don’t want them to see the lesser side of you, so be the happiest, most positive version of you, without being fake! They need to see who they’re taking on and there’s not point acting amazing to then be late all the time, or not have the skills you said you did! I know many girls who have actually been fired from their internship for not stepping up.

Never Stress
You might think that this internship is exactly what you want/ need but sometimes, for whatever reason, the company doesn’t have mutual feelings but that’s ok! I always look at is, if I’m meant to get this, then I will! A lot of the time it has nothing to do with you, fashion brands get so many applicants and it all depends on the person whose decision it is. You need to remember that stressing about your interview will not benefit you in any way. My attitude to interviews changed when I realised all of this and it really does make me much less nervous.

If you don’t get this one there are plenty of internships out there! Your life’s career is never determined solely by one internship, just because someone interned at vogue does not guarantee a successful career in fashion. The key is to get an opportunity where you will gain the most experience and knowledge so that you can keep progressing.



What do you think about my approach to interviews? Do you have any extra tips?

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