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Natasha Steel

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Fashion Journalism Masterclass

Monday, November 25th, 2013

On Friday I had a little coach trip to London for a Fashion Journalism Masterclass. I had to be at St Peters for 5:45am to get the coach down for the event, so as you might expect, I had a little snooze on the way down.


We arrived in London around midday (earlier than we’d expected) and had some free time to wander around the Canary Wharf area before the event started at 2pm. As I’d taken my oyster card with me, just in case, I hopped on the DLR (a bit like the metro) with Emily and Sophie to Canary Wharf which was two stops away from South Quay.

It was so busy and I’d never been to Canary Wharf before, so I was amazed at how tall the buildings were. Sure, I’d seen them on TV and in the distance when I’ve visited London before, but when you’re standing looking up at them it really is something else.

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After getting some food and having a little look around we headed back to South Quay to Sunderland Uni’s London Campus for the masterclass which was only a couple minutes walk away.

We heard from Lucinda Chambers, the Fashion Director of British Vogue, Zoe Beaty, Features Editor at Grazia, Victoria White, editor of Company Magazine and Louise Gannon, a celebrity interviewer who has written for Fabulous, Elle and the Daily Mail. It was amazing to hear from four incredibly inspirational women.  I could have quoted everything Lucinda said; the way she spoke felt almost poetic and she was so passionate about what she said.

I didn’t have a chance to speak to them all at the end but I did have a quick chat with Victoria about blogging and mentioned Hello Freckles and Lives Online then gave her my business card – I don’t know what came over me, some sudden confidence I guess?!

It was a long day, especially the 4am wakeup call but it was completely worth it and I left feeling so inspired and motivated, which is exactly what I needed!

Durham Lumiere

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

On Sunday I went through to Durham to see the Lumiere, a light festival that takes place every two years around the city centre.

Sunday was the final of four nights and unfortunately, we didn’t get to see everything but what we did see was really good and despite the rain and cold I really enjoyed it!

Manchester: Yellowcard, Christmas Markets & Breaking Bad Street Art

Saturday, November 16th, 2013


So on Thursday I headed down to Manchester to see Yellowcard play a sold out show on their Ocean Avenue Acoustic tour. I saw them earlier in the year, in March, funnily enough also in Manchester but we got stuck in really bad traffic on the way down and consequently missed the support band and part of their set. I knew I had to see them again so when they announced their tour dates for Ocean Avenue Acoustic, I had to sneakily buy a pair for my boyfriend’s birthday and I managed to get us front row seats too!

I had a lovely time in Manchester, it’s a great city, their Christmas market is huge (as you’ll see in the video) and I made a new friend, Bernard, a seven year old pug! It’s only around 2.5 hours from Sunderland  to get to Manchester and if you book in advance you can get cheap train tickets there too, I’d really recommend going!

A trip to London for the RTS Craft Skills Event

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Last week I headed down to London with seven other media students for an RTS (Royal Television Society) event. We were chosen to attend based on our skills and it was an incredible opportunity to network with some industry professionals in the big city!

We got the train down on Tuesday evening ready for the event on Wednesday which was held at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden (it was lovely and they even had REN soap and hand cream in the toilets. A bit of a strange thing to mention you may think, but as I blog about beauty amongst other things on Hello Freckles, seeing a high-end brand like that reminded me where I was and the exclusivity of the event)

It was a fantastic experience and if you’re looking to study any form of media degree, networking is essential to getting your foot in the door and securing runner jobs. I don’t think you need to have your own business cards, it helps, but when you’re just starting out and still a student, just being confident enough to walk up to someone, speak to someone and maybe ask for their card is always a good start.

You can see what I got up to in the video below where I’m vlogging on the streets of London.

I already can’t wait to go back and do all the touristy things, starting with finding platform 3/4 in Kings Cross station!

Interviewing Don Broco

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

I was really lucky to be picked by ASOS to interview Don Broco as part of their #TodayIs scheme they’re running on twitter (and indeed their website) The #TodayIs scheme has a different subject each day varying from fashion to beauty to music to lifestyle (basically everything that I blog about over on Hello Freckles!)

As soon as I saw their tweet just over a month ago asking for any music bloggers to get in touch, I knew I had to be involved. I was lucky I guess, that they liked my blog and the way I wrote about the topics that interest me.

Don Broco were great guys to chat to, really funny and down to earth.  They’re brilliant live and have so much energy on stage, I’d really recommend you see them if you get the chance! Hopefully I’ll get to speak to them again soon and add more bands to my interview list!


For reference I’m on around 20 minutes in!

  • Name: Tasha Steel
  • Age: 21
  • Studying: Media Production (Video and New Media) BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Sunderland
  • Ambitions: I want to have a creative role within the media industry. I'm keeping my options open right now and just trying to get as much experience as possible.

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