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Monday, 15 August 2011

Look Magazine: Blogging competition


Growing up you are constantly asked what you want to be when you’re older. A doctor, a teacher, a dentist or for the more unconventional – an astronaut. I remember studying for my Art A-Level, when after submitting a written piece on my favourite exhibition; my teacher praised me on my writing ability. She enthusiastically encouraged me to consider a career as a writer.  Although I was shocked to receive such a compliment, I didn’t think for a minute that I could develop a career from it.  I’d always enjoyed writing and seemed to be the only one in class who actually got excited the minute we got handed extra written work to complete. I think that’s why I never truly believed that I would be a good writer. I never saw writing as a chore, it came effortlessly and I could go on for hours. I thought that surely everyone else felt like this but that moment when my art teacher highlighted my ability was when it sunk in – if I could earn a living doing something I loved so much – what was better? People often say that there are certain moments in their lives which they can point to and say “That’s when it changed.” It maybe cliché, but that was mine. Immediately after that, I applied to study Journalism at university and nearly three years later, I am about to go into my third year studying BA Hons Journalism with Communication and Popular Culture at UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire).Growing up you are constantly asked what you want to be when you’re older. A doctor, a teacher, a dentist or for the more unconventional – an astronaut. I remember studying for my Art A-Level, when after submitting a written piece on my favourite exhibition; my teacher praised me on my writing ability. She enthusiastically encouraged me to consider a career as a writer.  Although I was shocked to receive such a compliment, I didn’t think for a minute that I could develop a career from it.  I’d always enjoyed writing and seemed to be the only one in class who actually got excited the minute we got handed extra written work to complete. I think that’s why I never truly believed that I would be a good writer. I never saw writing as a chore, it came effortlessly and I could go on for hours. I thought that surely everyone else felt like this but that moment when my art teacher highlighted my ability was when it sunk in – if I could earn a living doing something I loved so much – what was better? People often say that there are certain moments in their lives which they can point to and say “That’s when it changed.” It maybe cliché, but that was mine. Immediately after that, I applied to study Journalism at university and nearly three years later, I am about to go into my third year studying BA Hons Journalism with Communication and Popular Culture at UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire).

Working on my course for the past two years has helped me develop the niche area of journalism I dream of getting into – fashion.  As much as I enjoy the fast-paced thrill of hard news, fashion is ironically my passion. I realize that phrase has been uttered by millions of other women across the globe, but it’s true. For my A Level media project, I filmed and created a documentary on a fashion makeover and people’s perceptions to what’s on the outside. Even further back, for my GCSE media project, I produced a fashion magazine which I savoured every minute of, although my male teacher didn’t seem to enjoy my positive view on fashion as much as I did but each to their own. After all, if we all enjoyed the same past-times the world would be a boring place. 

  


That’s a good question.  I first began blogging to have an outlet to practise my writing skills and pass time but as I got more and more involved in the blogging community, I became inspired by other blogs and bloggers.  Since fashion was such a big part of my life, I decided to delve into that which resulted in my blog: ‘Style speaks louder than words’. I publish articles on my own personal fashion, celebrity, news and reviews.  Fashion, like writing, never occurred to me as something that had become such a big part of my life. Living in a small country village, my fashion raises a few eyebrows but it doesn’t put me off. Yes, I dress up, wear heels most days and thrive off the latest fashion trends or new collections to enter high-street stores, but that’s me. Everyone is different. Fashion, I believe is incredibly important, as Miuccia Prada said: “What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick, fashion is instant language.”


If I was going off popularity or page views, I would lose spectacularly. Less than 6 months old, my blog is still very much growing. I’m not blessed with thousands of readers or dozens of daily comments but I try to not let that get to me. Even having one person reading my blog is enough for me. The fact that someone out there actually spends the time reading what I have to say and appreciating the effort I put into my work is rewarding.  I aim to be different with my blog, creating new and exciting articles while keeping a personal aspect by blogging my own fashion. I am hard-working, creative and driven by new experiences. When I saw the opening for the LOOK blogging competition I was in two minds of whether to enter. I’ve come across so many amazing blogs that I at first thought it laughable that I could ever stand a chance but then I thought why not? What’s the worst that could happen? That I’m not picked. Although that would be devastating, at least I would be a step closer in furthering my dream compared to not entering at all. My late nanna literally lived for entering competitions. I would visit her weekly and one of the first things she would always ask me was whether I’d entered any competitions that week, whilst clutching hold of her ‘Take a break’ magazine or ‘Woman’s weekly’ and listing all of the numerous ones she’d entered herself. My answer was often: “none.” I’ve been reading Look magazine for years but only in the past six months have I become acquainted with their website competitions and I have to say – I’m hooked. The prizes are consistently fantastic so I hold my hands up to whomever is in charge of organising such wonderful opportunities. I enter that many that I’m surprised they’re not sick of my name popping up.


Being front row at The Look show would be incredible. Getting to see the new season's looks and write about it? For the country's most respected woman's weekly? Yes please! 

Below, I’ve put together a short video of my blogging works (kind of like a mini CV I guess) and a little bit about me. Whether I win or not, I’d like to thank anyone who takes the time to read (and watch this).  I believe if I were to win, not only would I be incredibly happy and grateful, but I’d dedicate myself to doing the best I could possibly do. John Lennon once revealed: “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life” For me, writing and fashion are what makes me happy and although I didn’t know this when I was five years old, I know it now and hope to do whatever it takes to enable me to create a career out of something that makes me truly happy. 


(If the video doesn't work - click here to get directly to the youtube page)








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