Friday, 27 February 2015

Moving to London: CV and Cover Letter Translations

First of all: this blog is still under maintenance! I'm working with a super-talented designer to bring a whole new look and feel to this site - exciting things ahead.

Now to the point. I've heard from lots of you asking me questions about moving to London, including how to find a job here. I've covered the topic here.

From today on, I am offering CV and cover letter translations - as quick as two days (yep, you read that right) to competitive prices.

Languages offered: from Swedish, Italian, Russian to English. I could try my hand at Norwegian as well.

Why you should go with me: simple. I'm not a translator agency so I'm cheaper :)

Why should you trust me to get the job done right then, if I'm not a fancy-shmancy agency? I'm pretty much a native speaker of four languages (my husband claims I speak Italian just as well as he does, and he was born in Milan). I have been offered seven work contracts in London since moving here two and a half years ago. Which means my CV and cover letter are working. And oh, did you see the two days part?

Most importantly: I am a professional writer with six years' experience. Which means that your CV and cover letter won't sound cold, clinical, rehearsed or amateurish. Instead it will flow effortlessly in a fluid, professional English. Nice huh?

So go on, email me at You'll be celebrating your new job in no time.

Picture from Pinterest

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Coffee and Heels is Under Maintenance

When I started this blog, I was passionate about it. It was my little space where I could create anything I wanted to create. This blog has been around for three years, seeing me through big moments and small victories. But lately, it's been a bit on the back burner.

With my new job and Vilda, finding time to blog has been harder and harder. And, as I've mentioned previously, Blogger is a disappointment and moving to Wordpress is a bit of a challenge. For a while, I thought of taking a break from Coffee and Heels.

But then I remembered I still love this blog. I can't imagine a life where I don't get to create my own content on my own space. And I feel I owe it to everything the blog has brought me - amazing friendships, work opportunities and the beginning of Vilda. So Coffee and Heels isn't going anywhere.

But it is getting a makeover, and I'm going to take a break from posting until it's all ready - all shiny and brand new. So I will see you when it's time to unveil the new Coffee and Heels. I'm already excited about it.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

I Love Girls, But it's Just Not Realistic

Girls is one of my favorite TV shows. It's spontaneous, well-written and two episodes in a go is nowhere near enough - I wish it could just go on, like  one of those annoyingly long movies, but one that you actually want to watch. I find Lena Dunham to be one of the very few truly genius people that currently occupy our cultural landscape. Her book Not That Kind of Girl was clever, honest, irreverent and masterfully written.

Even so, I have a problem with the way this show is marketed. At the time of the hype for season one, I remember it being advertised as "the realistic version of Sex and the City" and yes, it does have some things in common with our favourite glamorous quartet - the show's about a writer chick and her three BFFs living in New York City. But the "realistic" part is, as far as I'm concerned, completely taken out of thin air.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Common Misconceptions About Working in Fashion

I must admit, I had a few myself. Be it the Devil Wears Prada effect, or that time when Carrie Bradshaw was torn to pieces by the ruthless editor at VOGUE ("nobody cares about your agenda") - there are certain ideas rooted in people's minds about what "working in fashion" must be like. Myths that make little girls go starry-eyed quicker than you can say "magazine internship". Myths that make my parents sneer with disapproval and my friends sigh in envy, thinking I swan around LFW all day (nothing could be farther from the truth). After six years in the industry, with stints in three different countries, here I am busting a few myths and setting a few things straight.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Things I Love Books: How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are

I got this book from the library because a Vilda writer had included it in a Christmas gift special we did this year, not expecting much. I had never had the cult of Paris, or New York for that matter - they're stunning, amazing, atmosphere-filled cities, but, with all due respect, IMHO they both fade in comparison to London. Even so I must admit that Parisian women are very chic - at least those that I have met in person - and do have that nonchalantly, naturally dishevelled stylish appeal. I expected to find a bunch of style dos and don'ts and have a laugh. What I didn't expect was to find one of my new favourite fashion books.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

New Beginnings, Yet Again

You might have noticed that I'm blogging a bit less these days. This is mainly due to the fact that this week has been a whirlwind of people coming for dinner, friends coming to stay, new endeavours in yoga (hello headstand!), and, most importantly, a new job. Yes, AGAIN.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

2015 Resolution: Vow to Clean Up Cruelty

We're moving into a new year, and as resolutions are made, most of them are about getting into shape, moving ahead in your career, quitting smoking or other vows that are meant to make your life better. But what about, if for once we make a resolution that will make the world a better place? That might sound huge, but baby steps like substituting your cleaning products can make a huge difference. After a successful cruelty-free cosmetics campaign, Cruelty-Free International is now vowing to clean up cruelty in the household.