Life is Messy

After fourteen years of schooling, stepping out into the adult world can be quite a shake up to ones routine. It’s been five months since I finished my course and  still I struggle to deal with the lack of routine. Working in retail does not help. Receiving rosters week by week, also, does not help. In fact I feel that my life recently has been very topsy-turvy, and not in an ‘exciting-rollercoaster-adventure” sort of way. What’s worst is the hours- they tend to be awkward-plunked-in-the-middle-of-your-day shifts, like 11:10am-4:10pm, which results in wasted days of: waiting to go to work, driving to work, actual work, driving home from work, then ‘recovering’ from work (which usually just involves me eating whilst trawling the web or a book for an hour or so.) There is time. But it’s awkward time that seems to flit by in chunks, usually revolving around meal times. This lack of routine also affects my exercise regime, beauty regime and general ability to plan! Making matters worse, it has also taken a kick out of my self-esteem, so I am constantly feeling messy, unpolished and unorganised.

At this point I have no solution- I suppose this is part of the transition to an ‘full-time working adult,’ and that it is just something I will have to work out as I go. I have the time, even though I constantly declare I don’t, I just need to be more flexible.


So if you had read my last post, you probably have assumed that Sauron defeated me. He didn’t. But the merriment of Christmas and then New Year did, and saw my goal to ‘blog everyday!’ crumble. Even one of my NY resolutions was to do just that and yet it has taken me… 21 days to start that one. However not all has been without resolve. I have been applying for a job near daily the past week, minus weekends because there are simply not enough VM, nor retail related jobs around. How have I kept myself motivated? By editing my resume to suit the job.
Sounds fun I know. But before you judge me, I mean visually (although you should really alter the information too) and there is little more I enjoy than creating colour themes. My idea was inspired by a teacher, who once suggested adapting the fonts to match the clients and a pop of a corporate colour, to form an association between the company and your resume. To try and capture how the company stationary may appear and therefore as if your resume was one of their own documents.
I always thought it was neat idea, whether it works, I have no idea, as no news of success of yet but time shall tell. Nonetheless when your applying to jobs like Sportsgirl or Alannah Hill, who have such a strong image, it is super fun to recreate those signature stripes or eye drop that dark burgundy red curled font.
ENTHUSIASM LEVEL: looking good & feeling better.


One does not simply get a job.

Because, clearly, I’m a 12 year old boy, I spent my afternoon playing the Lord of the Rings lego app. Remember that highly successful VM who changed the face of Australian retailers? Nope, because she spent all her time scrolling the internet aimlessly looking at celebrity Christmas trees and playing LOTR. I wish I could say I have achieved something in the last two days, but I haven’t. Granted I worked both days, (and then spent all my pay buying our latest products,) yet I still could have applied to at least ONE job. But it’s nearly Christmas and to have fun isn’t criminal, so don’t beat yourself up, if you, like me, catch yourself doing so.
However remember what Lorde wisely states “All business all day, keeps me up a level.” I mean she’s sixteen and dominating the world. Clearly she’s onto something. So Saturday I will implement my new mantra, but tomorrow, I’m defeating Sauron.
ENTHUSIASM LEVEL: Excited! But for all the wrong reasons.

Oh and one more thing if you usually hate electronic games because you always die and have to start over again, the lego games are so much fun! You just run around getting coins, not dying. What’s more to love?


Remember when Dumbledore stated to Harry “I sometimes find, and I am sure you know the feeling, that I simply have too many thoughts and memories crammed into my mind.” Well I entirely understand and truly wish that I had a pensieve. Today I got in such a state of stress over jobs it was ridiculous. Let’s just say it’s incredibly frustrating when you search Visual Merchandising jobs and yield only sales assistant & store manager positions. I believe that is not what I searched for. So here’s a niche idea for any business orientated people- a visual merchandising recruitment agency. This would be truly wonderful.
Tip of the day: If you’re anything like me- a major stress head, it’s so important you find a release, otherwise you end up wasting the entire day, creating even more stress! In risk of sounding cliche, music works for me, but it may be yoga, puzzles or simply writing a list, although the latter is usually another form of procrastination, inducing even more worry.
ENTHUSIASM LEVEL: overwhelmed.

Piece of Paper

As everyone knows a resume will make or break your opportunities, so the pressure is on when you sit down at your computer and open a blank document. You need to capture the reader, then hold them for at least 10 seconds to have a chance at an interview. It cannot be too long, nor too short and must explain your skills and attributes without being too arrogant, but neither too meek. Further if you’re in the creative industry it should reflect your flair and pazazz; so layout, colour and font procrastination is inevitable.

Surprisingly I made a fair bit of progress today after days of colour theme and font deliberation, (I find choosing fonts such a painful process.) What’s more I managed to fit it all nicely on one page. One page! So neat! Mind, then you think about it and it feels somewhat depressing that your life can be whittled down to a single piece of paper and that this paper is you.
However I am so glad that this process is done and with just a few final tweaks to be made, I should be ready to begin applications in a few days, allowing for folio creation. The joys of tomorrow.
ENTHUSIASM LEVEL: meh, I could be doing holiday activities.

Because we all want to know how to write a killer resume, there are so many articles on getting it right. Here’s a couple I referred too.
Blue Sky Resumes
The Simple Dollar
Oh and check out these unique resumes, I simply love them!


Suddenly Older

As a teenager it is inevitable that you will be asked “So what do you want to be when you grow up?” at least 3 times per family event. Forget the fact that you will be asked exactly that, once again in another two weeks, by the same relation.  I always had two major problems with the question, firstly when  does one actually grow up? Secondly this is the most impossible question to answer when you have absolutely no clue. On the upside, a mumbled generic “uh something creative?”  should cut the conversation short. Unfortunately  however, it would often result in a 30 minute pitch on what you should do.

Fortunately I have passed these days and am super keen to at least begin my career as a visual merchandiser, but I will admit it’s just as overwhelming as it was two years ago. Where do you even start? The last few months of my course sped past at such a pace it felt like a constant race to get things done, then it’s over, and your left feeling as green as a year seven on their first day of high school. I have learnt an incredible amount over the last two years, but now my course, totalling off fourteen years of schooling, is suddenly over and I am suddenly older!



Exciting news! So after endless months of job hunting, admittedly not religiously, but still after A LOT of job applications, I was recently finally rewarded with a part time job in retail!  Understandably I was entirely ecstatic, extra excitement points due to the fact that it’s fashion involved and at a personal favourite store. Jewellery discounts. Check. Styling customers. Check. An attractive store, involving VM opportunities.  Check. Sounds wonderful on paper, and don’t get me wrong it is thrilling and I am so fortunate to have this opportunity, however I admit that your first (real) job is not a glorious as you envision.

What I always was taught in High School business was the importance of induction and having just had mine, I can see why. Whilst certainly I gleamed an insight into this busy environment, I was left feeling very unsure, an uneasiness which seeped into my demeanour and ‘bubbly’ quality. Being ‘bubbly as a can of coke’ is key in the world of retail, and whilst as customers we have all scorned lacklustre staff, I could see how difficult it actually is to maintain this soft drink quality. After being reminded to be more ‘bubbly’ for the fourth time, I could feel my heart drop and the genuine smile I commenced with being replaced with more of a grimace than a smile.  I felt insecure and this showed in my quiet and slightly mumbled words of greeting. The silence I was met with, as quite a few failed to hear me, was awkward and not very reassuring. No doubt as the days progress this easy light manner will become second nature, but to begin with its difficult struggling with the negative thoughts, that you are failing their expectations and your own.

To make matters worse I was expected to style customers without any advice or key product knowledge. Certainly I have a strong love of fashion and had done personal research into our products, but with jewellery, a product I have less experience with, I was left feeling confused and daunted. I have always been a hair piece-single necklace-earring kind of gal, so to be expected to style with no clues or tips a 5-way combo of headpiece, necklace, ring, wrist and ears, and then to encourage doubling of necklaces and tripling of bracelets was terrifying.

However my enthusiasm, though slightly battered, is not beat. I look upon this as, an experience and what it is, a first job.  You have to work from the bottom to get to the top, and the fact that I now have a foot in the door is not an opportunity I am going to let slide. At the end of the day you may have to fake it. Fake ‘bubbliness.’ Fake confidence. As a customer I don’t enter a store thinking I am an expert. I am pleased to hear the staffs’ advice. If it’s bad? I am not going to verbally challenge their product styling, just put it down to bad taste. I mean, no one can get it perfect every time.

So I have my first job and I am excited, even if I did go home afterwards and cry. Who hasn’t?  I am ready for this challenge and I will use it as the first step on the ladder of success, learn everything there is to learn and grasp every opportunity, no matter how small.

Photo 3-11-2013 9 51 40 pm

So after many months our fashion police expo is finally complete, admittedly my coverage of the many stresses and lessons have been few but once I have time to breath I will share some of the experience. So please check out our website or Facebook page and if you happen to be in Prahran, Melbourne feel free to pop in within the next few days. There are also a few competitions, online and at the expo with some great prizes up for grabs. Finally we have been running a small blog, so likes and follows are welcome!
Fashion Police Expo
Prahran & Wantirna Swinburne Visual Merchandising students
David Williamson Theatre,
Prahran Swinburne Campus
Melbourne, Vic.


Riding Bicycles

“I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike” This was how I felt when I saw how wonderful the GIANT bike, we were to use in our window display was! Gleaming turquoise with perfectly pumped tires, it took all my will not to jump on it and ride off into the glorious sunset. Thankfully I didn’t because it looked fantastic in our window. I was very pleased with this display- the careful paintwork teamed with the matching accessories and mannequin worked well and we felt were able to strike the right balance between chic and urban. Though simple in prop creation and execution, it was an eye catching, clean display, which focused attention on both the bike and branding. LESSON: It is a tense feeling, not knowing how your key product looks. We had to wait till the day of the bump in to pick up the bike. Unsure of colour and size, we waited with fingers crossed for its arrival. When it showed up 2 shades darker than expected, I was surprisingly overjoyed, it looked even better against the chosen wall paint. This easily could have gone the other way, but thankfully for us our lucky stars were shining!