So what was holding me back from saying YES YES YES!? Well there was the small issue that it was in fact a couples feature to which I would have to convince my boyfriend to come along and participate in. The magazine put out a call for interesting stories of how you met your other half, and I immediately replied with our life story. Within a few hours, a staff writer had replied loving our tale and inviting us to Dublin for a full-on photo shoot. It was then I called James, and broke the news to a sleepy lad, fresh out of his leaba. His response was to "call him back in twenty minutes while he digested what I had just told him". But of course, knowing how much it meant to me he couldn't but agree!
The timing all tied in nicely as the shoot was planned for the day after the OOHLALA blog awards in Dublin last month. James was warned about his pint intake the night previous, as we left Everleigh Gardens at a respectable hour to catch some beauty sleep before the main event the following day at midday. After catching a cab to McCall Studio, we were introduced to staff writer Lorraine and photographer Naomi. There I was transformed by sweetheart make-up & hair stylist from the LA Academy before the outfit dilemma started. I had been told in a previous email to dress 'casually' or 'smart causal' but at the shoot was asked did I have my 'first date outfit' picked? WHAT? NOOOO! I had put so much thought into my outfit for the blog awards that I had just thrown a few tees, skort and my cigarette pants into my suitcase and thought no more of my styling. Silly girl. James on the other hand was totally covered, bringing suit pants, shoes, trainers, chinos, polos, jumper, check shirt, smart shirt, casual shirt and whatever else fitted into his Nike holdall.
After ramsacking my suitcase I finally settled on my Kooples mustard skirt (similar here) and newly purchased Kooples galaxy tee (available to buy here). James was photographed firstly alone, then us together. We spent the majority of it laughing and messing as I couldn't believe how serious he was taking the whole thing and his lack of camera shyness! He then did his best to embarrass me as I posed alone for some singular shots, taunting and joking from behind the scenes. To say I was slightly anxious of how the whole thing would turn out would be an understatement. James' chinos are from Zara, his long sleeve mandarin polo is from The Kooples Sport and his Tommy Bowe lookalike trainers are actually from Penney's / Primark.
I've got The Princess Diaries 'foot-pop' going on! It must be lurve!
The Kooples A/W 2013
The Kooples A/W 2012
Behind the scenes
Having a height giggle with my make-up artist
The three key elements of the first night we met which inspired our Stellar feature; the Motel Rocks dress I wore, my admission receipt and my bank card of which he found.
This is my third national magazine feature (previously shooting for U Magazine last year and Xpose in April, so what's the secret for new fashion bloggers who want to get in on the editorial scene. The truth is I applied for all three shoots, I wasn't discovered or head hunted. I literally put myself out there hoping someone would like what they saw and they did. So mail, tweet or tag different magazines until they notice you. Remember, just because they're not paying attention to this outfit, doesn't mean they won't love the next.
I really love our shots from Stellar, the whole thing was really endearing and special. A big thanks to James who has always supported my blog and fashion adventure. I couldn't do it without you!
I'll be back Friday with a new outfit post and some exciting news guys. My Mum is presently buying-out every Stellar from Easons so catch a copy while you can.
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx
Disclaimer: I'm actually 25 NOT 27 :)