When you see someone successful it’s easy to think that its all come effortlessly to them. Why is this so? When that’s rarely the case, especially with professional women. In this series I hope to explore the professional realms of different working women, how they’ve got to where they are today, and what nuggets of wisdom we can be empowered by moving forward with our own careers.

This is a monthly catalogue of question and answer interviews, called the Working Woman Series. I hope you enjoy reading these pieces, as much as I enjoyed interviewing these inspiring women.

February brings us such an exciting installment of the Working Woman Series, well it certainly is for me anyway, as this lady is someone I’ve looked up to and followed for an awfully long time.
Rebecca Warriner is a 27 year old photographer and blogger who resides in the beautiful Nottingham countryside. Lesser known day to day by her full name, if you know Rebecca you’ll know her by her online alias, From Roses. As Rebecca is a full time beauty and lifestyle blogger, she dedicates her days creating beautiful online content for the everyday girl. From skincare to style, and even to mental health, collaborating with brands on campaigns and projects. Rebecca shares with us her insights into the day to day, and everything that life may throw at us.

Now time to geek off a little; Rebecca’s skills as a photographer don’t just come down to a keen eye and beautiful styling; She graduated from University with a first class honors degree in Photography with Editorial & Advertising. Now anyone could know this (as she does tell us so on her website) however, I know all this as Rebecca and I actually graduated from the same University, from the very same course, just one year apart.
It’s a real treat for me to have her as part of this series, as following her career develop over the years since Uni has been such a pleasure, and she’s been such an inspiration to me. I’m not even sure Rebecca knows about my girl-boss crush, but what a time to tell her ey?

All embarrassment aside, Rebecca tells me more about her career has developed and changed over the years “…When I came out of university I went to work with my sister as a classroom assistant… During that time I had some health issues flare up leading me to take 11 months out of the work place, and due to complications I became self-employed. I did little photography jobs and then started up an online magazine with a close friend which we ran for a couple of years. During that time I was constantly blogging still and building up my audience. When we closed the magazine that’s when I decided I wanted to run the blog full time.”

And if all the reasons above aren’t enough to compel you to keep reading, have you heard about her gorgeous pooch Josie..?

If this doesn’t get you reading, I don’t know what will.

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What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever been given?

Your job isn’t to answer e-mails’. I’m an absolute slave to my inbox and can get lost in it for hours but that isn’t the only thing I have to focus on. Everybody seems to constantly talk about e-mails but it’s not my full time job. 

What’s your on-the-go snack for when you’re out and about on a busy day?

Right now, I’m really into apples. Last year I stopped eating fruit for health reasons and I’m so slowly working it back into my diet and thoroughly enjoying it.

How do you balance your personal life with work?

To be honest, I don’t. It’s still something I struggle with and having a boyfriend who on average spends a good 9/10 months away from home it’s meant that I’ve developed an odd work pattern as I’ve become so used to having my time completely to myself. This year saw a big change though and I’ve struggled striking a balance, so each day I try to have at least 1 hour where I’m not sat on a screen. It’s something I’m constantly working towards and it changes constantly but I certainly struggle.

What maxims do you live or work by?

‘You do you’ – for so long I was so consumed by what other people were doing it controlled my life and was such an unhealthy pattern to get into. Focusing on myself and letting other people do the same has made me so much happier.

What is your favourite Instagram account? Why?

I mean, obviously my dogs Instagram is one of my favourites because she’s the light of my life (@josiethewhippie) but as that’s completely biased. I have to say right now @rebecca.kathryn, she’s somebody who I’ve connected with as we both have whippet crosses and they’re totally unique, she’s an illustrator and just a generally lovely person to speak to.

Do you feel there is inequality in the workplace in 2018? If so, what can be done to inspire young people to break this?

As I don’t work in a traditional environment I feel like I can’t answer this properly. But in the blogging world, certainly not. There are so many issues in this industry that have to be tackled, issues with being paid, spoken to and treated like absolute garbage by the vast majority of people and so many more things to deal with on a daily basis. As a predominately female industry in general it seems to be treated as an easy life, a simple career that is a luxury.

How do you respond to other people’s reaction to your career success? Whether it be positive or negative?

In general, I think whenever people find out what I do their response is generally pretty similar. They ask me how I make money, is it real job and then just general queries of how it works. As it’s still something that is so new, people are fascinated.

What career set backs have you had to overcome? And what have you learned from them?

One of the biggest ones is to make sure you can pay your bills. In 2016 I made a big financial loss due to companies going bankrupt. That made me realise when you’re your own boss and you’re in charge of everything, you have to be smart with your money. 

What are three things in your work arsenal that you just couldn’t live without?

My camera, my MacBook and probably my phone. Without them I wouldn’t be able to do my job, if I can add in a bonus one i’d say it’d be a notepad, as I’d also be lost without my lists.

What’s your biggest goal for the next year ahead?

Probably to find a little more a balance and take more time away from my work. And also just to embrace work and keep on doing what I’m doing and make it as awesome as I possibly can.

Inspired by Rebecca’s career? Reach out to her on Instagram.
@fromrosesxo

All photographs are credited to Rebecca herself.

All Rights Reserved - Georgie Glass 2018 ®

I remember when I first got into blogging; it was about 18 months ago and it was after a succession of my friends had been telling me that I’d love it. That it was influencer’s who were going to take a-hold of advertising, the way we learn about what products we use and clothes we buy. Boy, were they right.

Now, I 100% prefer the way I am marketed to as a buyer in 2018; I am comfortable with the fact that bloggers are usually ‘endorsed’ to tell us about a product or brand they may like. I’ve pretty much finished mourning over the fact I no longer need to reach for my Vogue or Cosmo to learn about what beauty treasures I should be looking to for the months ahead. Instead I watch vlogs to teach me all about what should be included in my skincare routine.

However, sometimes the line between honesty and endorsements becomes clouded. I know I find it hard as a young woman on a modest freelancer’s wage not to gulp in shock when being advertised the best skincare out there is La Mer, when their smallest pot of Creme de La Mer retails at a whopping £120.

Now, I must point out, I am no beauty blogger. I am however, I young homeowner with responsibilities, bills and the everyday pressures of life. I have a budget, but I don’t want my skincare or make-up bag to suffer because of it. If I’m purchasing a more mid-range to expensive product, I want to know that it’s going to last a good few months and that the results are truly going to reflect the price bracket.

I have comprised a list of 5 items below that I have bought time and time again, and would recommend to my Mum, best friends or to you lovely lot. Just because we’re not all prolific bloggers doesn’t mean we should miss out on the good stuff, and trust me, there are brands out there that aren’t going to make you bust open the piggy bank.

La Roche-Posay Micellar Water 200ml – £12

An old favourite – this item has been in my kit bag for at least 2 years. La Roche-Posay are one of the godfather’s of Micellar Waters. Now you can’t walk 100 yards in Boots without seeing various products containing the stuff, even face wipes. But sometimes, it’s best to stick with the brands that were onto it from the very beginning.

La Roche-Posay boast on their website that they’ve been working in partnership with dermatologists for 30 years, and that their aim is to ‘bring the efficacious yet highly tolerated products to those with sensitive skin’. But you know what, I have combination skin and I wouldn’t say this brand is strictly for those with sensitive pores. Instead, it is for women who actively take an interest in maintaining a balanced skincare routine.

A 200ml bottles retails in Boots at £12 (but watch out as they’re often 2 for 1 offers in-store!)

Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser – £19.50

The newest item to my skincare routine; When I bought my house back in August, I literally could only just about afford food. My skincare suffered, and I was living off my micellar water and Nivea soft, shudders. Mama Glass to the rescue; she arrived, like an angel in the night and delivered the Essentials Try-Me Kit by Liz Earle. It saved my skin, literally, and brought me back to dewy-life. This kit retails at John Lewis for a neat £25, and it a perfect starter pack for those of you out there desperate to delve into Liz Earle’s world, but not ready to finically invest.

For me the stand out item in this kit was the Skin Repair Moisturiser – it’s light in it’s density but really soaks in an nourishes your skin. It doesn’t just sit on the top layer like some moisturisers. It’s effects last all day, and my skin still feels refreshed when I go to bed at night.

A 50ml tub retails in John Lewis for £19.50

Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Primer £38.50

About a year ago I went to Selfridges to visit MAC, and somehow ended up in the chair at the CT stand. Colour me disinterested, but Charlotte Tilbury has always been a brand that just never grabbed me, but maybe that’s my own disillusion, as I know she has a big following.

Wonder Glow Primer was the first thing the MUA used on my face before my foundation, and it changed my world. I am not a primer girl; I have normal to combination skin, so my makeup doesn’t really slip during the day, therefore primer is not for me? Wrong. This primer contains ‘breakthrough Fluorescent Core Light Diffuser that cleverly steals UV light from its surroundings and re-emits it as skin luminosity to disguise and transform drab, sleep-deprived skin…’ which translated means it gives your skin a natural dewy glow underneath your makeup, and it’s results shine through.

It retails at a slightly steeper £38.50, but it’s so worth it, and used sparingly (as you don’t need a lot) could last you 6 months or longer.

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick – £42

Foundation is a minefield; you never know which way to go, and bloggers are constantly changing their ‘favourite’; so you’re breaking the bank to try and keep up and instead have over 15 half used bottles of foundation, only 50% of which are your true shade.

I have two foundations in my arsenal; just two. An everyday foundation from L’Oreal and then this little beauty. Only ever called upon for date nights, weekend outings, weddings and/or christenings, Hourglass’s Seamless Foundation Stick is the most beautiful of all the foundations I have ever used. It’s lightweight, but quite full coverage, you can either use it sparingly for a more natural look or build it up to look more chic-glam. I’m always complimented on this foundation whenever I wear it, and I’m always surprised when people have never heard of Hourglass.

One of the more expensive brands, as this products retails at a hearty £42, but it’s really worth the investment. My stick usually lasts me around 6-8 months, and I try and coincide its purchase time with a birthday or Christmas.

You can find Hourglass products at Space NK.

Oribe ‘Gold Lust’ Hair Oil – £48

We’ve all done it, walked into a retail store and let the sales assistant sell us something we love when we’re in-store and then go home, unbox it and think “when the hell am I going to us this?” Well that’s what I did when I came home from Space NK with the Oribe hair oil.

I did gasp when I saw the price of it – I was planning a trip to Israel in the August of 2016 and I knew I needed something to keep my hair nourished in the dry heat. The lovely sales assistant at Space NK sold me this under the guise that it would last me forever and that even though it was a lot of money it was one of the best oils out there, even more so than Moroccan Oil.

As you can see from the picture, my bottle is well loved and nearly finished, but I’ve got something to tell you… this is the same bottle from August 2016! That’s right, it’s lasted me a whole 16 months. Baring in mind I don’t use it everyday, but i’d say I use it 4 times a week as least. It’s beautiful, smells lovely and isn’t too heavy on your hair. It doesn’t have that greasy look of some oils, and for those of you out there who do suffer with frizzy hair like me and have to wash it 3 days in advance of any function, this oil is definitely one for you.

Worth the investment, a 100ml bottle of the Oribe ‘Gold Lust’ Hair Oil is available at Space NK for £48

Have you tried any of these products, if so, what’re your thoughts on the brands and items mentioned? Or got a favourite yourself, I’d love to know! Let me know in the comments below.

All Rights Reserved - Georgie Glass 2018 ®