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A Taste of My Future – Hopefully!

By  22nd December 2015

Hello Everyone,

Long time no see, again. I recently had an incredible evening and I wanted to share it with you.

A few weeks ago I received an email from much beloved charity Rays of Sunshine asking me to present their new, beautiful, heart pendant by the Diamond Store to a number of magazines. For every necklace that is sold, £15:00 will be donated by the Diamond Store to Rays of Sunshine. My dream is to be a journalist so of course I jumped at the opportunity. On Wednesday evening I travelled to London and visited the first two magazines, the Mail on Sunday ‘You’ Magazine and Elle Magazine.

First up was You. We arrived at the headquarters for the Mail on Sunday, Northcliffe House, and were met by the lovely Sarah-May from Rays and Debbie from the Diamond Store. We were welcomed into the beautiful building and taken up the escalator where we were greeted by Philippa Bloom, the Style Editor for You Magazine who took us through to the Fashion/ Style offices of the magazine.

She showed us round and explained to us what everybody did and how everything was put together, including how every magazine is printed in miniature form weeks before its print date and displayed on a large wall to make sure everything looks good together. She took us to the fashion cupboard where all the gorgeous clothes for photo shoots, look books and articles are kept. As you can see, the recent theme was powdered pink and coral.

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It was so exciting and interesting to see behind the scenes of a magazine that I read so often. The entire time, I kept thinking to myself, ‘this will be me one day.’ Philippa was amazing, so kind and lovely and exactly the kind of person I want to be someday.

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After my tour of the office, I was invited to have some lovely tea and cake with some of the members of the team. My welcome was brilliant and I felt like one of the team! I then presented the editor of You Magazine, Sue Peart, with  the Diamond Store Rays of Sunshine Pendant.

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The whole experience  really opened my eyes to the long process of creating each issue of the You magazine. Next time I turn its glossy pages, I will think about all that I have learned. 

I will hopefully be travelling back to You Magazine for work experience in the summer. I can’t wait to learn more about behind the scenes of the magazine!

Next stop was the Elle headquarters. This too was very exciting – who hasn’t heard of Elle magazine? 

Much the same as my visit to You, we were introduced to a member of the team who took us to a small boardroom in the main Elle office. Then Lorraine Candy, the Executive Editor of Elle magazine came in. She explained to me the way in which the 32 members of Elle staff work. They do something called ‘hot-desking’. This means that no one person has a set space or desk in the office –  everyone (including the Editor herself) sits somewhere different every day,  next to a different matter of the team.. It’s a great, new way to work as it means that members of the team get to know each other really well and understand the varied roles clearly.

Next, Lorraine took us to the Elle Fashion Cupboard. This was very exciting. I was shown all of the beautiful clothes that Elle are sent to work with. Samples come from famous, top designers all around the world, some worth tens of thousands of pounds. The cupboard stays firmly locked at all times and every item is tracked by a full time team who organise the arrival, storage and return of everything in the cupboard. 

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After that I was given a tour of the small office floor and introduced to some members of the team, including the Graphic designer, in charge of laying out the pages of the magazine.

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After my tour, I presented Lorraine with the Rays of Sunshine Pendant. 

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I thought I would also show you the Board of Inspirational Women. I thought this was a great idea. POWER TO WOMEN!

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My experience was truly amazing and I feel so privileged to have been given this opportunity by the amazing Rays of Sunshine. Hopefully, it won’t be the last time I find my self in the offices of a magazine, although maybe next time I’ll be working there. 

I’d like to say a huge thank you to You Magazine by the Mail on Sunday and Elle Magazine for welcoming me and showing me around. I would also like to thank Rays of Sunshine for inviting me to present these amazing people with their beautiful Pendant by the Diamond Store. It was a truly wonderful evening. 

Please do have a look at the Rays of Sunshine Pendant. For every one sold, £15.00 goes to Rays of Sunshine. Click Here.

To check out the Rays of Sunshine website to see what you can do to help this amazing charity grant magical wishes for sick children. Rays of Sunshine Website

Thank you for reading. See you all soon.

I hope you’re having a brilliant advent period.

Cecilia-Joy

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