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Work experience

Dec 2012Present

Beauty, Style & Travel Blogger & Founder

A Life With Frills

I founded this stylish beauty, style & travel blog, and I publish content 5+ times weekly. My readership has grown steadily since starting. I handle all the SEO and HTML/CSS coding aspects of the website myself, along with the social media channels that work alongside this blog.

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Feb 2003Present

Freelance Beauty, Style & Travel Writer

Various Clients

I have written various articles for print and online publications, such as The Scotsman, Mail Online, Marie Claire, The Huffington Post, Groupon Glasgow City Guide, Le City Deluxe, Gap Daemon, MSN Canada, and What's On Stage etc. For further writing samples please visit my portfolio.

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Sept 2016Present

Beauty Writer

Fashion Fix Daily

I write fortnightly beauty articles for this online magazine, on topics such as new skincare treatments, skincare ingredients and makeup trends.

Oct 2017Present

Beauty & Style Columnist

Caledonista

I write a fortnightly column sharing my favourite looks, products and news; alternating each fortnight between beauty and fashion.

May 2017Sept 2017

Skincare Writer

The Pretty Pimple

I write several in-depth skincare articles per month on everything from ingredients to treatments and trends.

Jun 2017Aug 2017

BBC Scotland The Social Video Content Creator

BBC

I make and present DIY and crafty tutorial videos for BBC Scotland's The Social social media and YouTube channels.

Jun 2017Jun 2017

Stringer/Freelance Reporter

Sky News

General Election 2017

Jan 2016Mar 2017

Beauty Blogger

Metro.co.uk

I write  5-10 beauty listicle-style pieces monthly.

Jan 2016Dec 2016

Fashion and Beauty Columnist

Stylenest UK

I write and put together the weekly 'New In This Week' fashion shopping gallery and a weekly 'Beauty Bulletin' beauty news column.

Sep 2010Dec 2016

Brand Consultant

Various Clients

I work with brands advising them on their social media presence, and in working with bloggers and the press. I also work with brands on creating and maintaining their retail presence; ensuring that stores are displaying brand campaigns and products effectively. This work requires excellent communication skills, and knowledge of social media and blogger/press relations. It also involves using my visual merchandising skills. Clients can be discussed privately, but include various beauty, lifestyle, feature films, technology and food brands.

Jul 2015Jan 2016

Style Columnist

The Scotsman

Fortnightly style column online, covering my life, fashion, beauty and lifestyle.

Mar 2014Jun 2015

Digital Magazine Editor

Stylecation

Stylecation is a re-branding of Twinkle Style & Travel Magazine. Stylecation now focusses on UK travel and dining for the luxury and style-conscious. 

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Apr 2015Jun 2015

Style Columnist

The Glasgow News

Fortnightly Style Columnist in this Glasgow print newspaper. Ended as newspaper went bust.

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Sep 2010Mar 2014

Digital Magazine Editor

Twinkle Style & Travel Magazine

I founded this digital fashion, beauty and luxury travel magazine to be an online glossy magazine for 25-40 year old style-conscious readers. The majority of the content is written by myself but I also manage other select writers who contribute articles to the site. I built the site myself.

Nov 2003Sep 2010

Drama Script Consultant & Script Editor

Various TV & Film Companies

I developed a strong knowledge of television drama and feature film script construction, and of working with writers during my time working in this area. In my various roles, I assessed drama scripts and treatments for their merit and suitability to the broadcasters, production companies and literary agencies I was employed by. I also worked directly with writers in editing their scripts to get them ready for production- targeting required dialogue changes, production cost changes and scene order changes etc. Companies I worked for include BBC Drama, CBBC, Ecosse Films, and Scottish Screen (now Creative Scotland) for example.

Sep 2008Sep 2010

Experiential Marketing Event Manager & Brand Ambassador

Various Clients

My roles were to set up and run experiential marketing events for brand's current campaigns, or be the public face of the brand at these events in stores, train stations, high streets and shopping centres. Brands have included Vodafone, The Guardian, Proctor & Gamble, George at Asda, Brother's Cider, McDonalds, Disney Parks and HTC etc.

Jun 2002Aug 2008

Assistant Director & Assistant Production Coordinator

Various TV & Film Companies

Straight from school, and during and after university, I built up a career in television and film production from a Runner to 2nd Assistant Director and Assistant Production Coordinator. I started out in children's television (Nickelodeon and CBBC etc) before moving into light entertainment television (Win, Lose of Draw and Deal or No Deal etc). I then worked extensively in television drama (Coronation St, Sea of Souls and Taggart etc) and feature film (Harry Potter, The Da Vinci Code and Doomsday etc). 

Education

Oct 2015Oct 2015

Digital Marketing MOOC

University of Southampton
Sep 2002Jun 2006

BA Honours

University of Strathclyde

WRITING SAMPLES

Skills

Writing
Social Media
Beauty / Skincare / Makeup
Brand Marketing
TV/Film Production & Development

Objective

Always looking for further writing opportunities. I also appear on TV and radio as a guest commentator.

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Interest

I love writing, hence why I am such a 'content machine' when it comes to my sites/clients. I am also a social media junkie, and you are more likely to get hold of me on Twitter than you are on the phone. I am an avid reader of blogs and entertainment news, and have a bit of an obsession with 'Chick Lit' novels and audio books despite my classical Englsh Literature degree. I am a keen watcher of television (especially soap operas and US dramas) and feature films, and I enjoy crafting as a hobby.

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