FREEDOM HUNTERS EPISODE 6: EMILY JOHNSTON

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Today’s inspiring guest on Freedom Hunters is Emily Johnston, blogger, columnist and digital content creator. Originally from South Carolina in the US, Emily moved to London straight out of university to pursue her dream of forging a career in the art world. Early on, she found a role at an art auction house and worked her way there into a PR role for the auction house.

But it was when she started her fashion industry news blog in her spare time, that life started to change for Emily.  Continue reading “FREEDOM HUNTERS EPISODE 6: EMILY JOHNSTON”

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Why I’m Embracing Pink as my Workwear Power Colour

Have you ever watched one of those films from the 1980s like Working Girl or Baby Boom and really looked at the corporate style of the main female characters? You wouldn’t be wrong for noticing how much the style was influenced by menswear. All boxy, broad shoulders, pantsuits and pinstriped.

Nowadays, the corporate dress code at many workplaces is a lot more relaxed. Women feel more free to express themselves through what they wear. And that masculine aesthetic has much less of an influence on our corporate wardrobe.

I’ve decided to take this further. To eschew the boxy and boring aesthetic of traditional corporate wear, I’m totally embracing pink in my work lewks. But this rose-hued display stands for so much more than a gorgeous pink, sparkly sweater with pink stripes crossing through my trousers. It comes from a full embrace of female strength and recognition of its value in a work context. Continue reading “Why I’m Embracing Pink as my Workwear Power Colour”

Freedom Hunters Episode 5: Lucy Beard

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Today’s inspiring guest on Freedom Hunters is Lucy Beard. Originally from South Africa, Lucy started her career as a lawyer in London city law firms, followed by several years as an in-house lawyer for the UK’s largest commercial TV producer and broadcaster, ITV. She then spent two years as general manager of the broadcast technology company, SDN. It was during a grown up gap year of travelling around Europe that Lucy and her husband Leigh, also a lawyer, were struck with the idea of starting a gin distillery.

This led the two back to their native South Africa, where they started up Hope on Hopkins, Cape Town’s first artisanal gin distillery. Continue reading “Freedom Hunters Episode 5: Lucy Beard”

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Christmas Party

The weather has turned frosty. The Christmas decorations were up in the shops weeks ago. And there’s sequins everywhere. I can feel it already: the tidal wave of Christmas parties, get togethers and drinks, headed straight for us. I do love a good drinks reception followed by karaoke. But this year, my first as a freelancer, what happens to the work Christmas party? And more importantly, what am I going to wear? Continue reading “Christmas Party”

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My Multi-Hyphen Style

Nearly one year ago, I left my full-time legal career to transition into life as a travel writer and editor and fashion blogger and stylist. What I’ve learned in that time about work, life and style could fill a book. The flexibility that comes with a freelancing mutli-hyphen career. The freedom from office politics. The new perspective on life. And, most of all, the increased room to play with my style choices. Continue reading “My Multi-Hyphen Style”

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Leap of Faith – Making a Career Change

Six months ago, I left full-time employment as a lawyer to embark on a career change that I should have started years ago. I’m now in that transitional period of working part-time as a lawyer and every-other-waking-minute as a writer and blogger.

Since starting this career change, I’m fascinated by the whole process. I’ve spoken to a lot of people who are contemplating a career change, or who have already taken their careers in totally new directions. What is clear from all these conversations – the what-ifs and the I-wish-I’d-done-it-years-ago’s – is that the decision to change one’s career isn’t one that’s made over night. It’s a process that can take months or even years.

Three very fascinating people I have spoken to about their own career changes are: Jennie Hogg, a former insurance lawyer, now founder of Lois Avery Italian made cashmere scarves. Katharine Paterson, a spa therapist who branched out and started her own beauty business, KMP Skin. And Bola Marquis, an IT programme manager who founded Okun an African-inspired beachwear fashion label.

Between the four of us, it seems there are definite stages that were common to each of our decisions to change career. And those stages lead us all to that point of making a (well-researched and informed) leap of faith…

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Designer Interview – Ella Sanders

Danielle Sanders is the creative and business mind behind the Australian fashion label, Ella Sanders. Since Danielle started it in 2011, Ella Sanders has developed a cult following for its timeless designs and beyond-beautiful knitwear.

Danielle is in the midst of her busiest time of year in the run up to Christmas. She is also starting producing on her summer line for 2018 (keeping in mind that the Australia summer is this time next year) and already designing her winter 2019 collection.

On a sunny December afternoon, she took the time out from her hectic schedule to meet with me for a coffee near her store in the bayside Melbourne suburb of Brighton to talk all things fashion, career and inspiration. What shone through from our conversation was Danielle’s passion for and knowledge of textiles, and letting the construction and flow of the textile itself inform the design of each garment. Continue reading “Designer Interview – Ella Sanders”

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Following a Dream

Today I embark on the first phase of a major career transition. And while I know in my heart of hearts that it is the best thing I could ever do for myself, it’s bloody terrifying.

Last Friday, I finished up my role as Legal Director for an international media company. Today, I start the whole freelance thing as a legal consultant. It’s the first step in my transition from lawyer to (eventually) doing what I love – fashion, travel and writing – as my full time gig… Continue reading “Following a Dream”

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Casual Friday

When I was starting out in my career as a lawyer in a large Australian law firm, the dress code was uber-conservative. Suits. That was basically all you were allowed to wear. God knows how I managed to get dressed each morning without falling asleep. I got on board with it nevertheless, believing that a nicely tailored, navy pantsuit would be the key to my career success. I tried to mix it up a bit and add my own flair, but back then when it came to a strictly corporate dress code there was a limit to what fabulous shoes could do to an otherwise boring outfit. Surely Casual Friday would have been my chance to bridge the yawning (literally) chasm between my workplace-lawyer self and my real self… Continue reading “Casual Friday”