So much for my plan to daily blog during my two weeks in the UK (oops). A LOT has happened and I can’t just sum it up in one post so… before I back track and actually post photos of my trip and breakdown what I did everyday for two weeks, let me catch up a little bit about what I’ve been up to since I’ve come back. 1. I took initiative
I messaged a Toronto YouTuber that I not only follow, but also bumped into on the street a while ago but was too shy to say anything- and now, we are meeting next week over some coffee!? One thing about me that I’m trying to fix is that I tend to overthink situations and bail before I get the chance to even start something. But here’s the quote that I tell myself when I notice myself beginning to overthink:
“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Nora Roberts
2. Yesterday, I attended my second Fashion networking event.
My friend has been encouraging me to step out of my comfy zone since summer 2016 and start going to events. So the first event I attended was at U of T through the eventbrite site where I attended a seminar about a Canadian Korean photographer (Daniel Kim @walkingcanucks) who balances his career as an IT guy, and his passion for fashion photography not just in Toronto but at Fashion weeks around the world.
Just hearing a different perspectives “making it into the fashion industry” while doing your own thing has been really inspiring to me. Since then, I was working full time at Nordstrom so I was getting some hands on experience for what it was like in retail. Now in March, I gathered up my courage and checked eventbrite again and found this free seminar from Ryerson for a “Fashioning 101” event. I invited a fellow fashion enthusiast friend of mine and we soaked up all the information and tips we could through the three speakers we were able to choose from. The speakers we were able to take the most away from were the girls from “The Store on Queen”- Valentina and Angela. They were SO Fierce and unapologetically expressing their style with so much confidence – it was so refreshing to see that! Through their business, they use social media to gain customers whereas a lot of people start with the opposite, where they try to get a following before establishing a brand. They were also very blunt in the best way and said if you’re in a buyer position or HR position, there’s no need to focus any of your energy on having a following. If anything, social media should be used as a tool for those positions to gather inspiration, new trends and what to buy.
Attending at least one networking event was on my personal checklist for 2017, so I’m really proud of myself for crossing that out early in the year – and I’ll make it a challenge for myself to go to even more.
3. Lookbook challenge
Another thing I’m going to do to get out of my shell is getting featured in my friends lookbook! We’re going to shoot a Spring Petite & Tall lookbook for her channel, and I’m still brainstorming what I want to be shot for my channel so- the plan is to shoot two outfits tomorrow and gather enough footage first! We have four different outfit ideas in mind so stay tuned for that! After yesterday’s event at Ryerson, it really got me thinking that things fall into place if you give it a chance. The two girls who own ‘the store on Queen’ met by absolute chance and now run a successful business because they gave each other a go as business partners and hustled to where they are now. I want this space and my future channel to be a place of collaboration and fun with my friends who want to express themselves creatively as well- and most importantly, I don’t want to overthink things and just want to have fun and see where my hard work gets me.
Thanks for reading and I’ll be back with UK trip photos soon!