Hey, I’m back at my desk!
It’s been six months since I’ve written anything here. Apologies for dashing off without prior notice but I’m sure you all know that life has a tendency to get in the way sometimes. Despite the radio silence right here on the blog, I’ve had quite a few things happening. Some more exciting than others, but all very interesting nonetheless. If you’re following me on Instagram and AtMine, then you may have noticed that I’ve become more focussed on developing my skills as an interior and prop stylist. I’ve been doing plenty of styling and photography behind the scenes, and as I was having so much fun, I decided to take a little break from writing so I could devote more time to that for a while.
As if by magic, all this styling I’ve been doing already earned me a few rewards, one of which I will now share with you here. So, earlier this year I received an email from the Deputy Editor of an interiors magazine, requesting to do a tour of my home for one of their upcoming issues! I was most excited, especially because this was no industry ‘hook-up’! She had just found images of my home on AtMine.com, liked what she saw and decided to get in touch. After doing Google searches of her name a few times to be quite sure this wasn’t a hoax (I just couldn’t believe this was really happening), I replied to her with a resounding YES! Those who know me personally are fully aware of how I am about this stuff, so of course she didn’t escape me gushing about how I’ve wanted my home featured in a magazine since I was a little girl. Ha-ha! After a few email exchanges and telephone conversations, we agreed on a date for the photoshoot and which month’s issue I will appear in. It turns out I got the August issue which comes out next month; fingers-crossed I’ll get the cover! 😉 I’ll let you all know when it hits the shelves.
The photoshoot itself was quite an amazing learning experience! They sent a professional photographer who has over 16 years of industry experience, and let me just say, I was like a sponge, soaking up all the wealth of knowledge he was unknowingly spilling everywhere around my home with every word he said and every move he made! Nothing I could ever learn on a course! I did ALL the styling for the entire shoot, and it was my perfect ‘A full day in the life of a stylist’ experience. It’s not nearly as glamorous as it sounds, and it’s certainly not for those who are ‘on the fence’ about this stuff, but I would do it again, everyday, all day from now on, if given half the chance. That’s how passionate I am about it, and that how much I enjoyed it. We were both responsible for postponing lunch break a good few times…you know when you get to that ‘sweet spot’ where you just want to finish before taking a break? Apparently I was the record breaker, as he’d never spent such a long time on a shoot for a home tour! Yep, That’s what you get when the photographer are the stylists are both stickler for details I guess! 🙂 I sometimes annoy myself with how meticulous I can be about these things! I’m working on that too…
Now, before all that fun and exciting stuff, I received a big pink letter from HM Court Services…JURY SUMMONS! Yes, I had to do it. I got a pretty serious case that lasted a whole week and I’m pleased to say that justice was served thanks in part to me fulfilling my civic duty. I was fortunate enough to see how things work with both outcomes as we arrived at different verdicts for the two on trial. Goodness me, it’s no joke to watch! It got pretty intense when the verdicts and sentencing were being given! Ah well, if you do the crime you’ve got to be prepared to do the time…right? Overall I found this stuff quite traumatising really, and I sincerely hope that I’ll never be summoned for jury service ever again.
To end on a more positive note, I’m very excited to be back here blogging again and I look forward to sharing interesting and useful content with you as I have done in the past. Thanks a million for your patience with me while I took a break!