The Day My Dreams Came True
Today was by far my most insane moment since living in Paris. Never in a million years when I was packing my suitcase to leave my little country town in Ireland would I have imagined that I’d get the opportunity to work as a model in the fashion capital of the world.
It really is at moments like these in my life where I just feel so grateful for my decision to follow my heart and leave home. When I was in high school and particularly in my first year of college, the image I had of my body was so negative and so low that it would often stop me from going on nights out with my friends and even the thought of taking a photo was enough to make me want to shy away from any social event. Whenever I looked at myself in the mirror I just felt so disappointed about who I was. I was doing a degree I didn’t like, I wasn’t taking good care of myself and above all, I was ignoring my calling in life. It wasn’t until I started to cultivate my love for fashion and pursue the passions I had waiting to be unleashed from my soul that I really started to appreciate the person I was and become my own best friend, even in spite of all my insecurities. If there’s one thing I learned since then it’s that when you start to pursue your goals, no matter how impossible they may seem in the beginning, the moments you accomplish them are the moments that you look in the mirror and feel like your best self. I’ve wanted to be a model ever since I was a little kid but I never felt good or confident enough until I started my blog and until I started to experiment with what I was capable of doing in my field.
Since moving to Paris and seeing what the city has in store for me, I’ve been so blessed to have had so many amazing opportunities come my way and today was one of the moments in my life I just couldn’t believe was real. I got to tick off something that had been on my bucket list since I was six years old and I swear, nothing has ever felt better.
Honestly the experience of working with a professional photographer and of having an assistant to give me a hand with my bags, making sure the clothes fell neatly over my body and adjusting my hair between photos felt so surreal to me. As a blogger I’m used to doing everything myself between styling the looks, capturing my best angles, choosing specific locations etc. (I’m even used to directing my friends and helping them out with the camera whenever they give me a hand with my outfit shoots!)
When it comes to creating an editorial I love letting my ideas flow into every single aspect of the shoot so not gonna lie, the loss of that control did feel a little bit discomforting to me in the beginning but the people I worked with were so talented and so reassuring that we really had so much fun during the shoot and the photos turned out better than I ever could have imagined.
The main goal of the shoot was to market some winter coats for an independent boutique called Alessandro Style located in the 19ème Arrondissement of Paris. Honestly some of the pieces were just so beautiful and soft to the touch. Each coat is cut by hand in Paris and made from some of the finest quality leather I’ve ever worn. If you’re looking for a coat that’s going to last a lifetime it definitely might be worth checking out this boutique.
My absolute favourite thing to wear during the shoot was of course these long, dark trench coats. The entire style felt like it was perfectly cut to elongate my body and each coat I tried on really created such an elegant silhouette while still maintaining an edgy vibe all at the same time. I swear this is the type of outfit I would feel so badass in if I wore it everyday, especially because it has some serious glam-rock vibes to offer. Strutting my stuff in these trench coats literally made me feel like I had just walked into David Bowie’s closet and chosen the best jacket I could find -which of course is everything I’ve ever dreamed of.
The next items that I had to model were a little more out there for me but I enjoyed embracing a new style nonetheless. When I was given these aviator jackets to try on, I actually wasn’t sure about whether I’d be able to pull them off. The style of these jackets was actually pretty intimidating at first because I had never worn anything like an aviator jacket before or even seen how it was going to look on me. Not gonna lie, in the end I really loved the bad-girl vibe that they gave off even though they aren’t really what I’d usually wear. If there’s one important lesson I learned from modelling today it’s that you have to go into this with an open mind and be open to the fact that you’re not going to be able to have full control over the way you look. Brands want to sell a certain style that may not necessarily correspond to your own person dress sense and that’s completely fine. You just have to learn to embrace what you’re wearing even in spite of your comfort zone.
The final thing I had to photograph was this big bubbly jacket which in french is called une doudoune. I loved the touch of the faux fur on the front of it and how it was lined even all throughout the inside of the hood. It definitely was the perfect coat for braving the cold November weather, especially after standing outside shooting in it all day!
Modelling was honestly one of the funnest jobs I’ve done up until now. It was great getting to see the latest outerwear trends for the winter season and learning to work with each new look in every photo was just such a great experience. My day spent modelling was really a day that I’m truly grateful for and that I can’t wait to do again. (Fingers crossed.)
That’s all from me for now. Thank you guys so much for always being so loving and supportive of our blog. I really wish you the best this weekend and I hope that you do something today that brings you one step closer to getting your dream job. You 100% deserve it.
That’s all from me for now. Thank you so much for watching and I’ll see you very soon in our next post.