13/07/2013

The hugest news ever!




I have the biggest news! Even as I type this, I'm nervous and excited at the same time.

Every year, Marie Claire magazine here in the UK offers a fantastic programme, the Inspire & Mentor Scheme, that pairs women with mentors that will help them further their careers and help them take their ideas forward. Mostly it's an entrepreneurship programme, even if that's not its sole purpose. I have always thought this to be a fabulous opportunity to take your career in the right direction.


So...a couple of months ago, I submitted my idea to the scheme, with no hopes whatsoever, "just in case". It felt strange to type it onto the Marie Claire website, sharing what was until now my brainchild with someone else. Strange and very exciting at the same time. 

I forgot all about it until Miranda, Marie Claire's associate editor, called me in for an interview with herself and Poppy Dinsey, web entrepreneur, blogger and founder of What I Wore Today, the outfit social network. She would, in the highly unlikely event of success, be my mentor.

The interview was very nice. Miranda and Poppy were both very pleasant and seemed genuinely interested in my idea. Only when exiting the IPC media building did I notice that I had sat through the entire meeting with an undone button on my shirt. Oh well. It's not like they were going to choose me anyway. I literally just moved to London, have no money whatsoever and want to start this HUGE thing that I have no idea how to get off the ground. So I went on with my life, putting this window of opportunity behind me, on my "at least I tried" list.

Until this Monday.

When I got the email, I wanted to reply and say, "are you sure?"

Out of "very strong competition", for some crazy reason ("tremendous potential" was the words they used), Marie Claire and Poppy Dinsey had chosen ME. 

And now, I'll be getting help starting the world's first click-and-shop vegan fashion and beauty magazine.

Next May, I'll be featured in Marie Claire as one of the winners of the Inspire & Mentor Scheme, hoping my project will be up and running by then!

Every time I say it, every time I write it, every time I think it, I still have to pinch myself. Sometimes, things don't turn out as you planned. THEY TURN OUT WAY BETTER.





29 comments:

  1. Congratulation! And your idea sounds amazing!

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  2. Congratulations, that's very exciting news! Look forward to reading your magazine.

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  3. So very proud!!! You deserve it to day the least! now go conquer the world :-) lots of love!

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  4. Congratulazioni!Te lo meriti davvero!Sono contenta che qualche volta il talento e la determinazione vincano!!!

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  5. Congratulations! That's amazing news. x

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  6. Super grattis igen!! Det kommer bli suuuuper :D

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  7. Hey, great news! How exciting! Well done!

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  8. Fantastic news! Congratulations!!! I love the click and shop vegan fashion idea. It is so frustrating to see gorgeous shoes and bags and clothes in magazines and then find out they are not vegan or spend ages online to find a pink sparkly pair of high heels that is cruelty-free. All the best with your new endeavours.

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  9. Brava!!! Congratulations! " Sometimes, things don't turn out as you planned. THEY TURN OUT WAY BETTER."

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  10. Brava!!! Congratulations! 'Sometimes, things don't turn out as you planned. THEY TURN OUT WAY BETTER.'

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  11. Congrats, the universe supports you!

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  12. Det är ju HUGE!!!!!!!!! GRATTIS!!!!! SÅ himla häftigt!!!!

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  13. Ottimo lavoro!
    È bello vedere che chi si impegna raggiunge il successo!

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  14. Amazing (and absolutely unsurprising)! Congratulations - very, very deserved win! :)

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  15. That's wonderful! So exciting! I just wanted to tell you how much I love your blog. This is my first comment, but I always love reading. Congratulations, it's well deserved.


    Suppose Anything Goes

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  16. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
    Or was that too much? No!
    Oh my lovely friend, I just wanna hug you so tight right now! SO much want to share this with you but I know that you know I am with you ( well, that did sound strange)
    So is it next magazine or this one? I am shore is buying it! Sascha, I am so proud of you, you are so much reaching your dreams!

    love and hugs

    Miss you :(
    Milena
    zavage.blogg.se

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  17. That is so exciting and what a wonderful idea, congratulations! Please include worldwide shipping options so my side of the world can get some too :)

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  18. OMG! Congratulazioni! Sono felicissima per te, non oso nemmeno immaginare cosa voglia dire essere scelta! Tantissimi in bocca al lupo! UN BACIONE!

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  19. Omg this is amazing!! Well done!
    http://golddustk.blogspot.co.uk
    x

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  20. Oh my that is incredible news! Huge congratulations to you! x

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  21. I love your idea of a click-and-shop vegan magazine! Congratulations on being chosen! Fantastic!! Consider me one of your future readers!

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  22. OH my goodness - I love your idea too! There is a huge vacuum in this space, and it is extremely frustrating for women that not only want to make a fashion statement but an ethical, political or otherwise social statement with their fashion and beauty choices (whether they be overt or just in daily practice). Kudos to Marie Claire for seeing the potential in your vision, and to you for having the courage to propose it! I'll be stirring up the vegan community that I live in to follow both your blog and your adventures with Marie Claire. This is truly phenomenal!

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  23. That's amazing! Biggest congratulations to you! :) xx

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  24. Ooh this is fab news, well done! If you need any beauty writers I am here lol! :) xx

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    1. I absolutely will need writers! In a while I'll advertise here on the blog for all kinds of contributors. Beauty is an area I'd like to focus a lot on, so that's great!

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