WINNING WOMEN MAKEOVER
The rise of empowerment and support at Solent’s Winning Women Workshop today was the perfect way to celebrate International Women’s Day, 2019.
The day opened with a refreshing lecture from renowned make-up artist turned
psychotherapist and well being advocate Lee Pycroft. AnonStyle took the opportunity
to chat to Pycroft after her talk about self care in today’s day and age. Pycroft enforces
how “more is expected than it was ten years ago and you’ve got to have ten thousand
followers to be considered valuable”. Though, whilst acknowledging the pressures
today’s technological advances have brought us, Pycroft also highlights how
“every generation has their different stages and all stages make you who you are”.
The difference, in a well being sense, Pycroft says to be “being conscious rather than
absent minded and following people just because others are.
Make your own opinions. Decide for yourself”.
At what point in your very successful career have you felt most empowered?
“When I created my initiative charity and started getting letters from people. I realised,
we’re making a different here. Also, my hero award from help for heroes. Wow.
That was so unexpected. I left school at sixteen with no qualifications, only O levels.
But with sheer grit and repetition I got to where I wanted to go”.
Do you still experience anxiety, even with the practise and success you’ve attained?
“Oh god yeah. I still get it today. But you’ve got to try and exercise and move your body.
Get the adrenaline out your system, try to stay cool and calm and conscious of your
dialogue. I was very sensitive as a child, an introvert, no parties! I knew I was going to
have to live with uncertainty”.
Pycroft sheds some light on the topic of anxiety for all of us, enlightening us with the comfort that even experts in their field like her suffer with mental health –
“Faith asks us to believe in something that’s not tangible. You have to be mindful. What’s next is we grow through the pain. Try to implement coping skills to calm the stressed or anxious feeling down”.
You can read more about Lee Pycroft, her work and coping strategies at http://www.leepycroft.co.uk. Thank you so much Lee!
TRACEY LEA SAYER
AnonStyle also had the amazing opportunity to talk to social media influencer and Fashion Director at Fabulous magazine, Tracey Lea Sayer.
We were keen to find out who Tracey aspires to in the realms of social media -
“I look for somebody really different. Individuality is quite important”.
As Sayer mentions you should “always enjoy your job, day-to-day", AnonStyle asked for further advice on this positive outlook -
“I don’t think self doubt ever goes away. Just get over yourself, just go and do it!”
We also got an insider’s opinion on where to shop as we approach summer months -
“I think the high street looks terrible at the moment and I’m not afraid to say that as a Fashion Director. My favourites are & Other Stories, Topshop boutique range and Whistles”.
What do you enjoy about your new Instagram infused, social media influencing?
“I love fashion and I want to communicate it. The great thing about social media is that the emotional content it there. I have quite a realistic feed. I talk emotively about how I’m feeling at that time. That gets the best response and engagement anyway. People wanna know your story, to be part of something, to know you’re not alone”.
Overall, Sayer’s love for her work was clear –
“I love fashion and creating images with my friends. Building teams, people you like. Community is important”.
Advising young creatives starting out in the fashion industry, Sayer also highlights –
“Do you job really well. Just don’t overtake someone else’s job role”.
Sayer ends our interview with some encouraging words on mental health, which she has struggled with too, that can be related directly to the creative industries and career building –
“If you’re very anxious, push yourself. Don’t distance. Engage in public speaking or anything you want to do, regularly. Practice”.
Thank you Tracey for your words of wisdom!
THE CLOTHING CLOSET
Fashion Styling students were also offering ‘The Clothing Closet’ services on the day, where by students can gain access to free professional outfits for industry purpose.
So, if you’re tight for cash and have an interview approaching – you can book an appointment with the clothing closet at succeed@careers on SOL. When your appointment is booked, not only will you gain access to the closet but you’ll also get to speak to a Solent Futures adviser about the best look for your needs!
SOLENTS MAKE-UP SOCIETY
For their own input on the day, the Solent Make-up Society organised an event to present the women within the university the opportunity to have a pampering in a ‘Winning Women Makeover’. Charging only £5, the team used their talents and products to enhance the natural beauty of all the clients with a mini facial and fresh-faced makeover.
Prior to the event, all the girls taking part in the make-up team for the event were trained by Beth Kabuga in the delicate art of hand massages, as an extra optional treat for all the women. This little something different was definitely a well-received addition – the products applied, made by Kabuga herself, used all-natural ingredients, smelled divine, and left the skin feeling brand new. Post make-over, everyone had the opportunity to have a new headshot taken, as the Society had provided a small photography set up and photographer to capture the glowing aura within the women.
Overall the event was a success – simple but with much consideration, the team created a great atmosphere and left the women feeling positive and pampered – something that’s perfect for International Women's Day.
Interviews by Sasha Westlake & Laura Wilcox
Words by Deanna Ward & Laura Wilcox