Saturday, 17 August 2013

My first week interning at LOOK Magazine

I have to be honest.. this week has been one of the busiest, most stressful, but fun weeks I've ever had! As I'm originally from the South West of England, living in London for the last week has been crazy hectic for me, although by the end of the week I looked no different from all the casual commuters on the tube!

I started my work experience with LOOK magazine on Monday. I was actually quite nervous as I had no idea what to expect, but as soon as I met a couple of the other girls who were doing it took, instantly put me at ease!  I've actually had a really good week, although working full time from 9.30 - 5.30, whilst an hour commute each way (when you're usually a lazy uni student not getting up till midday) has really put my body under strain, but I'm relaxing all weekend at home to recharge my batteries! Also seeing my boyfriend is something I've been looking forward to all week, I've missed him so much!

Everyone I've come across at LOOK has been really friendly! I was worried I'd be put into a 'devil wears prada' situation, but all the fashion team are lovely, and have said I can ask any questions I like. I've seen the editor in her office and walking about, but I dare not speak to her as she's obviously the top dog!

The office is much smaller than I imagined, and takes us just a small section of the floor. There's also Women & Home magazine, nuts magazine, and marie claire is based on a couple of floors below. The office is based in sections with different girls doing different parts of the magazine. There's also 4 fashion cupboards and a couple of beauty cupboards too. (I've had a peek in the beauty cupboards and there are boxes and boxes labelled full of 'foundations' 'concealers' 'mascaras' and anything you can think of!) 

So, what have I been doing? My duties as an intern are mainly based around returning press samples. Clothing, shoes and accessories are sent to the LOOK offices, they are used for photoshoots or features, and then need sending back to the correct brand/PR companies. This involves sorting the items into brands, looking for the right place they need to be sent back to, and wrapping up the bags ready to be sent off. It's not the most exciting job in the world, but it needs doing! It's also great fun to rummage through all the different clothes, a lot of which hasn't been released to the public yet! 

One of the fashion cupboards.. clothes galore!!

Other small bits I've been doing involved sending emails to designers about reserving tickets for London Fashion Week for the editor, which I had to personalize each and every e-mail with names and dates so that took a while! I've also been calling up brands for prices for items they're using in the magazine, and looking up links for items that are featuring for the digital versions of the magazine (where you can click an item you like and it will take you straight to the page where you can buy it). I've also been doing filing where I had to go through the most recent issue of LOOK and cut out certain sections and file them for when the editor wants to look through previous sections of issues. 

The other girls have been set a few exciting things to do, such as doing research on a trip to New York they are taking for a shoot, picking out dresses to go on their '50 top evening dresses this weekend' on their website, and even doing 'the test factor' where Becca got given 3 products to test, and her photo taken to go in the magazine! Lauren got to go on the 'high street hottest' photo shoot this week, which she said was really fun. We've been told we'll all get the chance go to on one, which I can't wait for!

The Blue Fin Building where LOOK magazine is located is amazingly modern. The canteen (which contains some amazing food choices!) on the top 11th floor has incredible views! On a warm day we sat outside on the balcony, and you can see over London!

There were 8 interns altogether this week (which I've head is alot for the amount they usually have!) and we all got along so well! A couple of the girls go to the same uni as me so that was lovely to have that in common, amd a few of the girls were alot younger too. We're all from different places and educations too, and it's been so great to meet so many different people, and towards the end of the week we realized we've all become good friends. Two of the girls left on friday which was sad, but it's made the first week full of gossip and laughs in our little intern office! 

I'm absolutley shattered with half 6 starts every morning, but had a great week! All I can say is that I've learnt NEVER to get an 'early train'. It never seems to end well for me! (This is after a couple of close shaves running for a train in Waterloo.. I won't go into it!) I'm really looking forward to seeing what other jobs about the office they'll give me, and to see what the next 3 weeks will bring! It's been so hectic I haven't taken any outit photos, which I need to start doing to show you guys! Hope you've enjoyed this post and I'll keep you updated!

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