I’m Miss drifted Snow White aka Maria, running this UK fashion blog. Well it’s really also a beauty blog isn’t it? Beaushion? Fashuty? I like Beaushion haha. So yeah I’m a fashion blogger, style blogger, beauty blogger, lifestyle blogger. Name it whatever you want!
I’m am the most typical Aries you can find (assuming you believe in that kind of thing?):
I’m originally from Germany where I lived the first 20 years of my life until I moved to the UK on my own as I had decided when I was 10 that I was meant to study in the UK! LOL! No clue where I got that from. My moving day to the UK was my first day in the UK! Of course at naive 20 years old, I assumed the UK will be like Germany – just with a different language!
Boy, was I wrong! Hahaha.
I can safely say that I had a very different life as a child and teenager than most:
I grew up in the east of Germany, when Germany was still split from after the 2nd World War: I grew up in the communist/Russian area of Germany, which was completely different from the world as we know it now. And while I was 6 when the Berlin Wall came down, I do remember stuff from back then very vividly:
- I was forced to drink coffee before each gymnast session (Russians are very big on gymnastics) when I was little until I was 8 and so I hate coffee.
- But school was a lot better: 8 weeks of summer holidays and the teacher did a lot more than just teach! They actually cared about you as individual and did a lot of unpaid outside-school stuff!!
I didn’t have full-time school so from hitting puberty I had too much time to do stupid things like smoking and drinking and playing with boys. I met the Backstreet Boys, Nsync and loads of other celebrities of the late 90s when I was younger as I (and sometimes my mum) travelled around Germany to meet those celebrities. So I spent loads of time alone in Hamburg and Germany when I was under age. I had my first mobile phone when I was 12 because of that. Because I just didn’t really listen to my parents and didnt really come home when I was meant to.
When I wasn’t following around random celebrities, I spent my time glued to the computer. For those who know what IRC is know that I’m old school. I remember the days before Google existed. Fun times with Altavista! I remember when videos were of so crap quality that you couldn’t really tell whether it was a person or a tree. I remember the days when the fastest available in town was a 56k modem and I blocked the phone line 24/7. I had more friends all over the world with BSB pen pals and on IRC than in real life.
I taught myself English and Web design. And pretty much everything else I’m good at. I have this thing when I’m really passionate about something, I wanna get it right!
So I started running a Dawson’s Creek website, and then went on to run the biggest German Roswell fan site and later ran the biggest German Supernatural fansite, which I sort of made merge with other sites. I also had loads of other little fan sites, called ‘fan listings’ and had personal websites and stuff. So much stuff!
So I moved over to the UK in 2004 after finishing my Abitur in Germany and started working for numerous Au-Pair families looking after kids ranging from 2 to 14 in Cambridge, London and Oxford until 2006 before my degree at Aston Uni started in 2007. There I’m studying International Business & Management (or was until I changed just before my final year to Management & Strategy)
Toward the end of my 2nd year, I spent loads of time ‘on the road’ following Take That, who were touring their Circus tour. I made some wonderful friends then – but again, friends from all over the world! Oh yes, my dream came true and I met the lads! Well, I had conversations with Howard and Mark! After that I took a year out and that brought me to beauty blogging. But back then I had little money and lived 2+ hours away from any high-end stores and counters, so my blog died with like 80 followers.
When I got a job as part of my uni degree, I had some good cash flow and could afford taking up blogging again but I started all over again :)
After struggling financially, emotionally and mentally in final year, I’ve finally graduated with a high 2:1 in in Management & Strategy and have been looking for a job since mid May, but since no one seems to want to give me a paid job, I’m going to have to go the sell-myself way (no, not THAT way) and do unpaid internships.
After 18 years of having done EVERYTHING I possibly could to become really employable (speak 2 languages fluently, being highly IT literate, having abroad experience, having a high degree result from a top uni, having 8 years of work experience), it really kinda hurts having to do unpaid internships.
12 months of unemployment and emotional devastation later, I’m now in a job where I love what I do and I do what I love. Amazing company, where I can run around barefoot all day and call my boss stupid for not knowing what good music is (he doesn’t like Muse, eeeek!!!) Where people call me crazy and appreciate me for it. Where people like the fact that I have such much experience from all over the place rather than just from doing one thing alone.
I’ve fallen in love with Manchester unexpectedly after hating on it ever since the day I found out that the boy got a job here after his graduation, which is a total relief.