With several pockets of Japanese culture, Hyper Japan is definitely a colourful event on my calendar. I first became interested in manga and anime when my brother introduced me at around age 12. I watched Fairy Tail (and a few others) routinely until I was around 14. Although I'm no longer an avid anime watcher, Japanese culture still fascinates me, so Hyper Japan has become a highlight of my summer. It is a weird and wonderful celebration/market with good food and eccentric people.  

Please enjoy my photos of the day.

Check out a vlog of the day HERE or watch below.

I Like Fashion... And Shouldn't Apologise For It

It's been months since I've ventured into the previously familiar territory of an outfit post. I use the umbrella term of 'fashion and culture' to describe this blog, but I've ventured beyond those borders over the past few months. And I want to continue to do that, as my interests grow and views on the world develop. However I still really enjoy fashion. I sometimes worry that admitting that may lead some people to take my views on other matters less seriously than I'd like. I was flattered and thrilled while at CNN that my views on social media and millennials were sought after and taken seriously. I want to set a high standard for my content, whether it's fashion or politics or society. So I pose this question to myself, will putting together a 'What's in my bag' video will undermine any views I express on weightier issues? But the truth is I love fashion, I do. I think it's fun, creative and it is linked with so many other things I'm interested in like art and film. So I am going to continue to write fashion posts, alongside other posts, from travel to politics to society to gender issues to art and ethics. I hope I continue to have the confidence to write about the things that interest me, and hopefully interest those who read my blog.

My Week at CNN

I spent a week doing work experience at CNN (Turner Broadcasting), working partly in the business side and partly in the newsroom.  It was an incredible experience. I met smart people, sat in on fascinating meetings that gave me a real insight into the way the media business works, and was able to actively contribute.

I’ve had my blog for three years and have constantly asked myself questions about how to build an audience, what content resonates with people and what strategies work best for engagement.  It was fascinating to find that CNN/Turner Broadcasting, an organisation that reaches billions of people each and every week, routinely ask themselves virtually the same questions.  Of course the scale is much grander and the stakes higher, as they are a business and need to generate income, but much of the discussion was around content and audience engagement.  It was thrilling to gain insights into how it all works.

I’m pleased to say that the team put me to work while I was there.

One highlight was researching and curating my millennial thoughts on CNN's new internal startup, Great Big Story. It creates such good content, and tells fascinating and powerful stories, so I highly recommend checking it out. Below is one of my favourite videos they've created.

I spent a day (and one very early morning) working in the newsroom. One of the highlights was producing a piece on Brexit for the breakfast news show. I was asked to track down two under-24 year olds with opposing views – one who voted to leave the EU and one who voted to remain for an on-air debate. I managed to find them, pre-interview them, and then booked them to go on air the next morning. I volunteered to go to the studio just off Oxford Street at 6:30am to watch from the control room as the piece went out.  It also meant I could make sure that the two guys turned up and on time!  It was a very rewarding feeling, seeing something you organised go out on live TV. It was a great piece, see a screenshot below.

I went to a conference by Westminster eForum, and heard insights on the future of monetising digital content from people from CNN, Deloitte, News UK, Featured Artists Coalition, The Lad Bible and more. During the panel discussion I asked the marketing director of The Lad Bible, Mimi Turner, a question on misogyny. You can see the transcript of below. I was engaged throughout the whole conference, especially as digital content is something I invest a lot of time in.

One of my more lightweight, but very enjoyable, tasks was to screen cartoons for airlines for sensitive content (Turner Broadcasting owns Cartoon Network). I am well versed in the Power Puff Girls relaunch and We Bare Bears, which has honestly become one of my favourite shows.

It was a wonderful experience for which I am enormously grateful. Thanks to Greg, Natalie, Owen and the rest of the team for being so welcoming and generous. Thanks, too, for asking for and listening to my views; for giving me real insights into such an extraordinary business; and for the opportunity to contribute. 


3 Years of Blogging: Mattie

To continue my series celebrating three years of blogging I've asked one of my oldest internet friends (and now real life friend) Mattie to answer my questions. Mattie started as a young girl with long flowing blonde hair, writing about festival outfits and DofE. Today she is a blue haired punk princess, about to go to Uni and (possibly) start her roller derby career. Although she doesn't blog anymore, she has a twitter feed that never ceases to amuse me.

What do you remember about your early days of blogging as a teen?

I started blogging when I was about fifteen, purely out of love for clothes. Although my intentions were initially for blogging to act as a bit of a creative release, once I started gaining an audience it very quickly became the tight-knit, supportive community of bloggers and blog readers that made me fall in love with blogging! Making Internet (and real life) friends with girls with such similar passions to mine ALL over the globe, as someone who no longer blogs, is the lasting and fondest memory of blogging that I have (and will have til I'm old!). 

3 Years of Blogging: Khensani

 I have fond memories of my early days on the internet. There was a dedicated community of bloggers, all of us around the same age, who would religiously comment on each other's posts. All young girls, passionate about our new craft of outfit posts and mood boards, which were produced almost daily. It was such a tight knit network, and I still value it. One of the most beautiful attributes of it was the anonymity. We knew each other's first names, blog URLs, and roughly where in the world we all lived, but we didn't really know each other. Yet it still felt like we were friends, maybe even outsiders banded together like a teen cliche, all communicating digitally through our love of art. It was really special.

Things nowadays are a little different. Three years down the line, some of us still blog, most of us have grown up and are moving on to prospects such as higher education, three dimensional creative careers barely blossoming. But it's nice - we've grown up together. Through our small but special digital portals we've seen each other grow and change. I feel a sense of pride, even though we barely know each other IRL, watching us all move on in our lives. A good example of this was a recent article in The Tab, listing the 25 most successful fashion bloggers under 25. I was incredibly flattered to be on the list myself, but to be alongside so many other bloggers I've grown up with online or looked up to really was wonderful and a proud moment.

Despite the fact we are all going in different directions, and are busier and more distant, most of us are still in contact via some form of social media. To celebrate my anniversary of blogging for three years, I've decided to ask three of my long-term internet pals three questions. This week it's Khensani of Glitter Daiquiri. Between her clever words and coloured eyebrows, Khensani has a unique charm online straight from South Africa.

   A photo posted by Khensani, Khensani (@baddie.k_) on

What do you remember about your early days of blogging as a teen?

My early days were really silly. I think because I was certain that I was writing only to spam bots for the most part. I also didn't have a real sense of identity so my blogging was a cacophonous copy and paste of all the bloggers I admired and aspired to be. But it was probably the most fun, just stumbling around and making a mess and not worrying about having to maintain a certain message or constantly deliver a certain style and look and feel.


Recently, my dear brother Jack graduated from Cambridge University. Watch my account of the day below or click HERE.

It is still bizarre to me that he is now a fully fledged adult, who will start working in September, and that education (for the most part) is behind him. There are certain junctions of his life that I remember vividly, as a bystander. One is the day we went to buy him suits for sixth form, and I thought he looked so mature. I also a remember a week later, dropping him off at the tube station for his work experience, again, standing in awe of my sophisticated older brother. It's funny now I am at that exact same period of my life, and I don't feel nearly as grown-up as I thought I would. 

I remember going to visit Cambridge with him, and being incredibly jealous he got to start his life so soon, longing for the day I could leave school. Now, I am close to applying to university myself, and whilst it is still an exciting prospect, I don't feel such a desire to give up my teenage years. In fact, I'm starting to really enjoy them.

So now I wonder where Jack and I will be on the day of my graduation. It's daunting to even speculate how different our lives will be.

If you're interested in Jack and his Cambridge experience, he's followed the wise path of his little sister and started a blog. If you're interested in reading (highly recomend) check it out HERE.

Congratulations brother, I'm very proud.