Oh my goodness, what a week. It may have just been more unpredictable than the last one- and that was pretty crazy, let me tell you. To begin with, the lack of summery weather in Sydney really did get me down. Blame the cold, the rain and the odd thunderstorm here and there. You’d best believe I went nowhere this week, apart from an outing over the weekend. I don’t know where I’ll be tomorrow but hopefully I’ll feel much better and can get back to lessons. In the meantime though, I’m soaking up the peace and quiet, finding pockets of joy in my days. So far, quite a few of my dilemmas sorted themselves out, coming to a natural resolution and saving me the heartache and hassle of fighting for answers.
I’m now back on a roll with brand work and am enjoying a boost in confidence. I’ve settled a few new jobs and am pretty sure I qualify as an official skincare and wellness influencer. If you read last week’s update, you might remember a brand called real-u who’d I contacted and heard no response from. As it turns out, outlook, my email provider, wasn’t sending my emails correctly and they couldn’t be received by other parties. To think that all this time I was missing critical information and feeling down about my lack of job turnout for nothing. Once the email reached real-u, the process was simple once more. Their social media team was lovely and decided to send me their signature green three step kit. I’m excited to try the products and share my results with you all as real-u are leaders in the skincare and beauty game with their science backed range! My next goal is to expand my reach and interact with brands outside of who I’d usually work with. Being a busy influencer, I have a set initial message I sent to brands I’m interested in. I’ll introduce myself, my photography, the blog and demonstrate why I’d like to be partners. While the majority of this message is general, I’ll reword where necessary, add in appropriate details and reserve a short paragraph for my tailored sell. This system works like a charm. I’d love to be in a place where I can approach higher end clothing sustainable clothing boutiques. This feels unrealistic for someone in my position however. I may be able to afford the clothes on my own but I can see why a brand would have reservations about me as a promoter. After all, it’s about image and target audience. They aren’t exactly marketing to teens and young adults!
Anyhow, I digress. Moving on- I finally received a much awaited depop parcel and am working on styling the top I bought. I’d purchased this item two weeks ago and found the seller to be difficult to work with in further communications. I opened up a paypal case against the seller after two weeks of waiting. The very next day, I received the parcel. As it turns out, the seller had shipped the top a week after my purchase and found it unimportant to notify me of this. A prime example of how a lack of communication can cause disagreements. On a nicer note, the top fits perfectly and will look absolutely darling with a pair of jeans and sandals. It’s the hazel and folk kimberley cami in white. They are one of my favourite ethical brands so I was quite pleased to pick up such a steal! The top was being sold for less than half its original retail price and was in tip top condition. On top of this, I finally made another sale and broke out of that dreaded dry spell. It was a local pick up so I didn’t need to go to the post office- quick and easy. My depop shop is where I sell a mix of higher end and casual clothing for bargain prices. Feel free to check that out if you’re interested or looking to update your wardrobe.
This weekend has been a decent one. Today was quite relaxed- I spent many hours watching you, me, her on netflix with my mum and grandma. I also completed some initial planning on my college portfolio. I’m hoping to get things together fully in three weeks time. I need to have submitted my resume to Billy Blue College before applications for the interior design course at tafe open. I need to have options on the off chance I’m not accepted into the private college. It’s more of a precaution rather than anything else though. The course manager I spoke to over the phone called the resume a formality which definitely set my mind at ease. For the resume I’ll need to submit six pieces of original work, whether digital or hard copy. I’ll include links to my blog, instagram page and show the development of my style over time through room tour posts. I plan to create a moodboard with room inspiration, fabric swatches, paint samples and the like. My uncle owns a vehicle trimming store and may be able to spare samples! Here’s to hoping.
Yesterday was quite busy. I had brunch at the cutest spot in Auburn- a turkish cafe called Cook and Co. It had so many plants and the best set up! My brother and I ordered pancakes and my mum and dad opted for savoury breakfast spreads. Think smoked meats, many varieties of cheeses, roasted vegetables, turkish bread, dip, avocado toast and more. As pictured above, I felt like indulging and had a passionfruit and mint mocktail. Never too early in the day for that! Afterwards, my family and I headed to Moore Park Entertainment Quarter in the city. We saw the Van Gogh Alive exhibition and many trick or treaters as there was a halloween event on. Overall, It was incredible and so eye opening. It really promoted deeper thought for me! Later on, we felt peckish again and stopped for a quick margherita pizza and banoffee pie at Fratelli Fresh. A nice, decent meal but the place was terribly noisy! We left soon after and headed further into the city before stopping at the beach. The conditions outside were unfavourable to say the least- I didn’t brave the outside and just relaxed inside the car while my dad and brother got some fresh air.. and likely a cold too. Anyway, that’s quite enough details! A proper travel diary will be up soon xx