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Alicia Keys at the O2!!

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Confessions of a fashionista…

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Howdy!

This week I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Angela Clark, author of the hilariously funny “Confessions of a fashionista“. I literally read the book in 3 days cover to cover because I could not put it down. Not only were Angela’s takes on working in the fashion industry ridiculously funny, it also gave an intuitive insight into the wonderful world of fashion as well as tackling more serious issues such as debt management.

Confessions of a fashionista is a witty tale of a young undergrad who is thrown into the big wide world of work unprepared for what the future holds (we’ve all been there – at least I have!). The book takes us on a wonderful journey of Angela’s life from her first experience in the fashion world, friendship drama’s, fashion no-no’s, money hardships to what we hope is a happy ending.

This book is definitely a must read for all those interested in all things fashion related. Read my interview with Angela below. Sorry there’s no cool “What we were wearing” section nor “What we ate” section but I am wearing shorts currently and eating my last handful of chocolate covered peanuts (I’ve said that 3 times prior)!!

First and foremost, fashion…is it as glam as it seems?

When you’re in your finest designer freebie, your hair and make up’s been done by the pro’s, you’re strutting the red carpet toward a celeb filled VIP party and the paparazzi are photographing you, then yes. When you’re knee deep in rotting rubbish searching for a lost priceless necklace in a bin, then no. It’s surprising how many times in fashion you’re in the bin, so to speak.

What was your motivation for writing the book?

I wanted to write a book that demonstrated people who work in the fashion industry do have a sense of humour. All of the comic portrayals of the fashion industry – Ugly Betty, Absolutely Fabulous, The Devil Wears Prada etc – are all written by outsiders. I wanted to show you could work in fashion and see not only the attractions, but also the absurd elements of the industry. Plus I like making people laugh.

What are your 3 tops tips for anyone looking to get into fashion?

1. Use every contact you’ve got. Ask round all your friends and family, does anyone know someone in the industry? Would that person be willing to meet you for a coffee? Would that person be willing to take you on as an intern?

2. Be prepared to work for free. Moral issues aside, it’s probably your best shot at getting your stiletto in the door and the contacts you need. View a week’s work experience as a week long job interview: it’s your chance to prove how indispensable you are.

3. Don’t moan. Once you get your break make the most of it. Doing the Starbucks run may not seem like a big deal, but trust me the fashion industry would fold if caffeine was outlawed. From small espressos do great fashionistas grow.

One of my favourite parts of the book was the ” cake sniffing” what was yours?

Probably anything to do with Binky the diva/devil dog. Though I hated booking him first class flights, scooping up his poo and generally waiting on him hand and foot at the time – he does make a cracking tale (excuse the pun).

You were lucky enough to have support to help you pay off your debts do you have any advice for those who may be undergoing a similar situation?

I’m probably the last person in the world to ask about this, given my previous form, but I’d suggest doing the following:

  • Consolidate your debts. Put them all in one place so you can see them clearly. 
  • Cut up all your credit cards. Never get another (I haven’t).
  • Sell everything you can to pay off a chunk of it. (I’ve sold bits of my wardrobe in the past to pay off bills).
  • Take a proper look at your incomings and outgoings and come up with a reasonable budget, and an action plan to pay off your debt.*

*A quick note about fashion on a budget. Some of my best buys have been from charity shops. Some of my best outfits have been born when I’ve revisited and reworked things in my wardrobe. A non-existent shopping budget is the perfect excuse to let your creativity shine through.

Without giving too much away it seems that you over spent because you felt the need to fit in with others in the industry how did you learn to stay true to yourself?

I did overspend to try and fit in with others in the industry. I always want people to like me. It’s a weakness of mine. But I’ve learnt that sometimes you can try and do everything right and people still won’t like you. Better to put all that energy into the people who do love and like you. Better to put that energy into yourself.

Your book seemed to have a few ups and a few downs do you ever regret working in fashion?

No. I had an amazing time, some unique experiences, met some extraordinary people and made some wonderful friends. Working in fashion has made me who I am today. I wouldn’t be the same without it.

What is your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

Currently it’s my new pink and red Lulu Guinness Annabelle bag. I love its giant gold metal lips clasp. But the old favourite I always return to is a 1940s tea dress my American sister-in-law gave me. It used to belong to her grandmother. It’s black with deep purple rose shaped buttons and a tiny hemming of purple lace along the cuffs and down the front. It’s timeless.

And finally can we be best friends so I can borrow your wardrobe it sounds amazing!

Totes. I love lending my stuff out – clothes are meant to be worn and to gather more stories. They can’t do that locked in the wardrobe. Take your pick!

Thanks Angela!!

That’s it from me for now but if you would like to purchase Confessions of a Fashionista it is available at all good bookstores, iBook’s and Amazon.

You could also be in with a chance of winning a Lulu Guinness bag by visiting Angela’s Blog for Tesco and naming your worst fashion disaster!

Follow me on twitter and instagram for daily dosages @teawithleah!

x

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