I had an interview with London College of Fashion.
The day before my interview I was quite nervous. I spent two hours trying on clothes at Zara Oxford Street looking for the perfect outfit to wear, but there was no way I could find it. My mum always says we only have one opportunity to give a good first impression, and for me, as I’ve had to give a lot of good first impressions for the past years, this is something I’ve stuck in my mind.
So I went all around the store looking for something to wear, but I couldn’t find anything I truly liked. And then I remember about this dress. I knew I was going to look good on it, I knew I was going to love it and that it would boost me with all the confidence I needed to nail my interview. I saw it on the website before Christmas, and I loved how the model wore it, exactly like me. My cousin Luisa wore it on January 6, and I loved it even more. And when I found myself with no ideas and nothing I liked by that time, after hours looking for something, only a day away from my interview… I said okay, it has to be this one.
So there I went, running a marathon around London again, cause it was out of stock and none of the stores had it. Until I got to Regent’s Street, and there I found it, waiting for me. It might not be the most beautiful dress in the world, it might not be the one that looks best on me, and it might even be the most basic thing you’ve ever seen. But I didn’t want the dress to make me look good, I wanted it to make me feel good. The most important thing when you have an interview, specially a uni interview, isn’t what they see, but what you transmit. I also felt I looked good in this dress, but let’s say this wasn’t my inicial objective, but something more like a plus. It made me feel comfortable, confident and with all the tools to make it happen.
As I said, the key is to have confidence in yourself, and there always little things that make this job a little bit easier, just like makeup, accessories or nail lacquer. The details.
I’m not going to tell you I’m a makeup fanatic and that I’m absolutely incredible at it cause I’d be lying, we’ve already proven that more than once. I’m a disaster. I always keep it very very natural -with my red lips, though- and more than a sexy woman, I’d say my super natural makeup often makes me look like a little girl, but well, that also has some advantages sometimes. Always choose a makeup with which you feel comfortable and 100% you.
Regarding the nails… I’ve always bit my nails, let’s not lie to ourselves. I suffer from Onicophagy, which is the cool way of saying once I start, I can’t stop. But a few years ago, when I started blogging, I realized that while I am a person that constantly looks at peoples hands -it’s either a virtue or defect, I can’t tell- then I’m probably not the only one. And what a shame then! My hands have always been worse than a builder’s. For an interview, they always have to be as cared and moisturized as possible, as in England specially, people care are lot about the presentation, and shaking hands is almost like a ritual already. They have to be perfect. I always wear red lacquer as it gives me confidence.
And above all these things, the thing you should always wear to your interviews is your smile. Be natural, fun and the very best version of yourself, we’ve already spoken about that before. You only have one opportunity to give a good first impression.
All photos were taken by Yann Mignonet in Notting Hill, it was my first photoshoot ever and it couldn’t have been more fun. Yann releases confidence, fun, professionalism and talent all at the same time and I couldn’t be any happier with the result 🙂 You can find him on his website, Instagram and Facebook.
Kisses and see you on next post! I love u.