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The Winter Boot

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New Look Heeled Casual Winter Boots

It’s that time of year again where you are on the hunt for a nice pair of winter boots but sadly for me, I can’t quite afford of a pair of Kurt Geieger’s so I had to look elsewhere. New Look have recently been offering 20% for students so I decided to utilise this offer and had a rummage through the shoe department. Lo and behold I came across these lace up boots with a small heel and I’m so glad I did. With the discount they only cost me around £23 (bargain!) and are really comfy to wear, the rubber heel means you can wear them in the daytime and they give you some extra height which is always a plus!

Where have you been shopping for your winter boots this year?

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The Casual Heel

New Look Casual Heels

New Look

I’ve always loved wearing heels and personally think they make any outfit look ten times better, but it’s not always practical to wear 5 inch heels when you are just popping into town. I wanted to find myself a pair of comfy, casual heels that I could just throw on with a pair of skinny jeans or cigarette trousers but as I’m a student I really needed to find myself an affordable pair.

I came across these chunky heels in New Look and fell completely in love with them, the chunky heel and lace up the front means these are so comfy to walk in and are causal enough to wear in the daytime. I also love the fact they are open toe as it makes these heavy, grungy heels quite girly. And for £25 you can’t really go wrong, can you?

I’ve been wearing these non-stop with my skinny jeans and will definitely be wearing them right up until it’s too cold to have my bare feet out.

So if you are looking for a comfy pair of casual heels, I suggest you snap these up before they all sell out!

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Homeware Haul: Bedroom

After having a very childish bedroom for the majority of my life, my parents finally decided it was time to re decorate and thank god they did as I’m not sure I could bare having any more friends round for them to see the state of my bedroom. So when I returned from university this summer, I was greeted by a lovely cream bedroom with a new fluffy carpet ready for me to accessorise. Having a plain room meant that I could go out shopping and pick out a colour scheme so here’s a post to show you what I picked out. Surprisingly, I found some really nice things in the cheaper shops such as Primark which shows that you can decorate on a budget and some of the things I found will be great for those of you heading to university in September.

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A Guide to the Perfect Cover Letter

The pressure to start looking for placements getting to you? No need to worry, I’ve put together the ultimate guide for the perfect cover letter! Things will have never been easier for you to get the placement of your dreams.

Writing a Cover Letter

Writing a cover letter has never been easier

Know the company
It sounds silly but this is really important! Make sure you know the ins and outs of the company you are applying to – a little bit of research can go a long way. Find out what the company is all about and more importantly, what the company will gain from taking you on. Pay attention to the skills required in the job description and write the cover letter according to that position in particular. Why would you make the perfect candidate?

Make a good first impression
Make that extra effort to find out who will be reading your letter. As easy as it is to write ‘Dear Sir/Madam’ this can look a little lazy. Ring the company and find out who is in charge of recruitment and direct the letter to them. Not only is this polite, it shows you are keen and proactive! It’s a win/win situation.

Don’t waffle
Don’t write your life story in your cover letter, get straight to the point! I would say about three or four paragraphs is enough. Tell them why they will benefit from employing you, and if you are applying for a magazine, why not give them a few ideas of articles they could feature in the magazine. This will show that you really know your stuff and that you are passionate.

Check for spelling mistakes… and check again
Don’t rely on spell check to correct all your spelling mistakes. Get your friends and family to read it through so that it is perfect! There would be nothing worse than a typo in the first line… you want to make a good first impression so this is really crucial.

These tips helped me get the placement of my dreams at heat magazine, you can read all about it here.

I hope this helps, good luck!

Behind The Scenes at Heat Towers

I was on my way to heat towers in the heart of London for two weeks work experience with Leicester Square and Convent Garden on its doorstep. As you can imagine, I was extremely nervous as I stepped on the tube surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the London rush hour, but this nervousness soon disappeared when I arrived and was greeted by the most welcoming fashion team.

Heat magazine

 

Junior Style Writer, Hannah Brimson was my supervisor for the week and sat at the desk next to mine with her friendly attitude making me feel part of the  team. I was shown around the office and told what I would be up to for the next two weeks and it didn’t include making the tea and coffee (hooray). My first task involved sending back clothes to PR companies after a shoot with Ferne McCann from TOWIE – to do this, I used a site called Fashion Monitor to look up contacts and ensure that all items were sent back to the right places.

Throughout the two weeks, my other duties consisted of researching current fashion trends using celebrity pap photos for inspiration, calling PR companies to request items for shoots (it was pretty cool answering the phone with ‘hello heat…’) and I even got to write some ‘who wore it better’ stories for heatworld.com which you can view here.

 

I even got my own pass

I even got my own pass

The Brit Awards were held during my work experience and a group of the heat team were invited to report on the red carpet and even got to attend the after parties! The next day I couldn’t believe how lucky they had been as they casually dropped in conversation that they were chatting to the likes of Kylie Minogue and Harry Styles to name a few. At that point I knew this was definitely the job for me!

When the two weeks were up I couldn’t believe how quickly it had gone – I really didn’t want to leave. It has made me realise how much I want to work for a company like heat as there genuinely wasn’t a task that I didn’t enjoy doing! They even gave me a goody bag full of lots of lovely hair and beauty products to say thank you which was completely unexpected as the work experience was a treat in itself!

Look at my lovely goody bag!

Look at my lovely goody bag!

I now hope to further my knowledge and skills I learnt from heat and gain more work experience in the media. If you have any questions about my time at heat I’d be happy to answer them and would also love to hear about any of your experiences!