So, I was born in London in 1985 and although I have been blessed with many vacations across the world in my time, the longest I have actually lived abroad is a grand total of 3 months in India. Not long, I know.
I never thought I would have it in me to relocate to another country, it may sound odd to some – most of my friends are beautiful souls who have in fact relocated to London from all over the world, and some are able to just, well…kind of “get up and go” to the next city that they want to explore. It’s just I’ve always loved London, its my home and I’ve worked in the west end for the last 12 years of my life.
I know it like the back of my hand, and I’ve been lucky to also learn of some of the hidden gems from my dad, who has worked most of his life in Central London. I have my favourite hangout which I fell in love with 10 years ago at an industry event – Sketch. I’ve figured the best place to take a garment to get it fixed; worked weeks on end with no salary to style and assist at LFW; and lived in the smallest studio flat you can imagine, when I first moved to Earl’s Court 9 years ago.
As much as I love the slightly dishevelled rock & roll style Londoners have adopted – you have to admit the women here have a fiercely beautiful yet androgynous quality and the men have mastered the art of balance – off duty biker/on duty sartorial tailoring with buckets of sex appeal…for the first time in my 30 years, I feel as though I have fallen out of love with London.
There can be a real intense energy when working in the city – especially over fashion week which is usually the busiest time of the year for me, but I feel as though I’ve been consumed by this concrete jungle. So in the realisation that I am no longer happy in London, I’ve made the decision to relocate…to Dubai! Don’t get me wrong, I won’t be leaving the industry I’m in. I love fashion far too much to walk away and I pretty much feed off of anything, or any place, that I can find sources to manifest my creativity. I just need new surroundings, new challenges…and a new start, I think.
Whilst I will still be working in fashion, I know I have to adopt the mantra ‘work hard, play hard’ (it’s a 6 day week in Dubai), I’ll also have sun, sea and sand (I’m seeking all three). Nerves are getting the better of me at the moment – How will I settle in? What if I don’t like it out there long-term? Also I cannot put into words just how much I will miss my family, but I’m lucky to have my sister and her husband out there. Lucky for me, they moved out there late last year!
There is excitement running through every inch of my body – the strolls along the beach, meeting people and making new friends from all walks of life, you know… shake things up a little…yes I’ll try some adrenaline-inducing sport (sky Dubai and zip-lining are at the top of my list!) and well, live a little more! I want to start living and loving life more, and whilst I’m sat here with a glass of my favourite Red in hand, so possibly slightly braver than usual, I have come to the conclusion that relocating is something I need to do. For me.
This blog is to not only share my love and views on Fashion, but also share my experiences, my travels – which I’m hoping to do more of, and I hope you enjoy my journey with me. Whatever has happened over the past year, I’m thankful for where it has brought me. I’ve learnt lessons, lost some, gained some – but I know where I am is where I am meant to be, and I’m excited for what the future holds. I hope you enjoy this with me!
With love… Me x