Friday, 10 November 2017

Diary of a Cosmo Intern: Week 1

My Dad had already done a flying visit on the Friday afternoon to collect the majority of my things to help me move out of my Wakefield flat, so all I had left was one week's worth of clothes in a suitcase ready for my first week in London. Well, when I say 'one week's worth', I'm totally lying. There was enough to kit out my whole street BUT it's always better to have too much than too little. I'm not gonna lie, as it was getting closer and closer to the time that I would be needing to leave for the station, I was SO close to chickening out and just missing it. I do this allllllll the time- work myself up so much and just bail last minute. But I am about to go intern at THE Cosmo. Off to LDN I go!

My heart-wrenching leaving card from Beth
DAY ONE! My stomach was in knots because I was so excited/nervous/every emotion ever. Lucy met me downstairs and gave me a tour, and showed my to my desk. We get PR deliveries twice a day so you can imagine what the beauty cupboard looks like, it is HEAVEN. I spent the whole day transcribing an interview with the Co-Founder of Deciem, Brandon Truaxe. He is such a inspiring man and I love the whole concept of the brand, but oh my GOD does he talk! Also treated myself to a salad from Whole Foods for lunch...It was £12.50. that's me on scrambled eggs for the rest of the week.

Today I was attending a product launch breakfast for Lipivir, so I headed over to the gorgeous Covent Garden Hotel. I was slightly nervous because I was going solo, but the other PR's/journos/freelancers/bloggers were soooooo lovely! The breakfast was served afternoon tea style. Mini bacon sandwiches, goats cheese and spinach croissant, mini eggs Benedict and eggs Royale, so good!

Headed to another event at Mortimer House to meet with the founder of Neom Organics, Nicola Elliott, and two PR's. She presented the brand new skincare product, launching next year, and a it was only me there (!!) I had the opportunity to ask as many questions as I wanted. Oh, and there was catering from Tanya's- a raw superfood cafe in Chelsea. The salted caramel millionaires shortbread was INSANE. After work I attended a Moroccan Oil launch at THE Duck & Dry. It's the most Instagrammable salon in the world, I mean it has a swing chair inside! The launch was packed, and I met the lovely Tori from PopSugar who I'm looking forward to seeing again next week!

I started my day with a job interview at a luxury lifestyle and beauty PR agency. Although interning provides the best experience, it doesn't guarantee a job at the end, so if I'm serious about living in London then I need to get applying! *crosses all limbs* I nipped out to the Aisle 8 press day in the afternoon. One of the beauty PR's, Laura, is an absolute babe and it was so good to see her again! (She was also at breakfast on Tuesday) After work I had an event at the swanky Cirque le Soir for Latest in Beauty. Also, Beth was in London!!! She came in with me and we spent the evening with the lovely Hannah and Sophie, aka the Spectrum Sisters, before nipping for some pizza before she got the train home.

Woke up to a million messages from people replying to my Instagram stories saying how much it looks like I'm enjoying myself and living the dream- I feel like I am! This has genuinely been the first time I've been gutted for the week to be over because I've met so many influential people that I plan to stay in touch with. I feel like everyone in the PR/editorial industry knows each other or has worked together at some point, so I'm trying to network like mad while I've got such a good opportunity to. I've got some very exciting events coming up next week, so stay tuned!

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