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Interview with Celebrity Fashion Stylist Courtney Smith

Courtney Smith is by far one of the most renowned and well respected stylists in Ireland today. Not only is she in demand in Ireland, she is in demand on an international scale. She has worked with high profile clients such as H&M, Life Magazine and Tommy Hilfiger, just to name a few.

I caught up with the famous fashionista to find out what life is like as a jet setting, celebrity stylist and get some helpful career & styling tips from one of the best women in the business..

You are arguably Ireland’s most in-demand stylists, to what do you attribute your success?

Honestly it’s all down to collaborating with brilliant people and working really hard. I am 7 years freelance this year and I still work 6 days (sometimes 7 days) a week.

You studied fashion design at Sallynoggin College of Further Education and are living proof that PLC courses do lead to successful careers. Do you think it is important to study styling or is it simply a talent that you are born with?

I don’t think it’s important to study it at all. I just never had an interest in doing anything else other than fashion in college. It definitely taught me a lot though, but there are many different ways to learn about fashion and hone your craft. Everyone has different routes to get into fashion and styling.

However, I don’t think it’s really something you can be really ‘taught’, you need to have a creative eye in the first place to make it as a stylist. It’s not just putting a few clothes on someone. I would actually describe my job more as stylist, creative director, creative consultant and pr, because being an editorial and commercial stylist requires all those attributes to do it successfully.

If I could turn back time I would have tried to maybe do a business or entrepreneur type of course because that’s what I struggled with most at the beginning of my career, running a business was completely new to me and I really had to teach myself the ins and outs of business, including things like invoicing, tax returns, bookkeeping etc etc.

Describe a typical day in the life of Courtney Smith:

It really doesn’t exist. I always get asked this question and my answer is always the same.

The only routine I have is that I get up at around 5.45am and head to the gym.

I’m usually set for my day at 7.30/8am and could be on my computer replying to emails or creating mood boards for clients, researching shoot ideas, looking at model portfolios for shoots or jobs, I could be on location on a photoshoot, I could be attending a fashion show or press event, I could be travelling to London for meetings or press events, I could be abroad on photoshoots, I could be in meetings and viewings all day, I could be casting models, I might be filming for Xpose or Ireland AM, I could be pulling clothes for a shoot or returning clothes, writing credit lists for magazines, the list is pretty varied and usually a combination of a lot of the above.

What do you think the biggest fashion trends will be this Summer? 

White lace and Summer suedes are the biggest trends to look out for this summer, as seen at Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino and Roberto Cavalli.

Do you think Ireland is becoming a more stylish/fashion forward country?

Absolutely, the more international brands that come over here and open shops the more options we have clothing wise. It’s opening up people’s eyes to new styles and brands and therefore we are becoming more conscious about what we dress like.

Which project has been your favorite to style?

 That’s like asking a mom to choose a favourite child! Every shoot holds a special place in my heart, one of my most recent ones which was featured in Hunger and Life magazine.

It was a creative collaboration between myself and Lee Malone and I adore it because it’s a little different in comparison to other shoots I have done.

Where are your favorite places to shop in Ireland?

I adore boutiques like Folkster, Havana, Costume, Divine; also Brown Thomas for the cute french labels and for highstreet it has to be H&M and River Island.

What key pieces should every woman have in her wardrobe? 

 Denim shirt, great fitting pair of jeans, statement go-to heels, ankle boots, oversized white shirt, classic jumpsuit.

(And if you are like me, some killer vintage jackets and kimonos.)

What fashion trends do you wish would go away/have never existed?

Culottes! Never have and never will get them!

What is your advice to budding stylists, who want to get their foot in the door of such a competitive industry?

Put your head down and work hard. It’s a tougher industry than ever before. You’re only as good as the work you put out there so continue to do test shoots with up and coming photographers and hair & makeup and really hone your skills as a stylist.

Follow Courtney on Twitter & Instagram @CocoSmithStyle

Photographs courtesy of Lili Forberg

STELLAR Shine Awards 2014!

Last night I attended the first ever STELLAR Shine Awards in the Spencer Hotel, Dublin City. The Shine Awards is dedicated to recognizing young Irish women aged 18 to 35 in categories such as best actress, singer, t.v presenter, sports star, author etc. I was truly honored to be nominated in the Best Blogger/Vlogger category, which felt like such an amazing achievement.

I was nominated alongside some of the best and brightest female bloggers in Ireland. I come from a small rural town, so being recognized at the Shine Awards really was a dream come true for me.

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The event was sponsored by John Frieda and drinks on the night were provided by Stolichnaya Premium Vodka. Needless to say I had a few beverages, I can never say no to a cocktail, especially if it’s free, Yum Yum! Before the awards were announced I mingled with a few other guests and met some lovely people. It wasn’t long before the awards were underway and STELLAR editor Susan Vasquez took to the stage to announce the winners from each category.

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The room was buzzing with excitement and everyone was cheering and clapping as each winner took to the stage. Unfortunately, I didn’t win in the category I was nominated for. My category was filled with big names in blogging, so I knew I wasn’t going to win, to be totally honest with you.

I was just glad to be there, experiencing the event and knowing that it was an achievement in itself to get this far. Being at the Shine Awards among such talent has only made me even more motivated to become a better blogger/vlogger and hey, you know what? There’s always next year!

SAM_4173There was so many wonderfully talented women at the event, it really was hard not to be inspired. During the night I met some really great people, including a lovely woman named Caroline Finnerty who was nominated for Best Author. She has written three books titled ‘In a Moment’ & ‘The Last Goodbye’ & ‘Into the Night Sky’. Check out her published work at carolinefinnerty.ie

At the end of the night we were given a goodie bag filled with beauty products. Which of course featured some hair care products from John Frieda. I must admit that I was pretty chuffed with the Real Techniques brushes, I can’t wait to use them. They match my hair, haha! I’m so lame.

DSC_0562.jpgdoneI’d like to thank STELLAR for inviting me to such a wonderful event, I had a blast! A special thank you to Susan Vasquez and Kirstie McDermott, two wonderful women who have been nothing but kind & generous to me. I am delighted that I was able to achieve my goal of being featured in STELLAR this year and to somehow mange to be nominated at the Shine Awards 2014.

Thank you so much to everyone who nominated me and voted for me. It means the world to me.

Who knows, maybe i’ll be luckier next year? 😉

 

I’m in Stellar Magazine!

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I am so excited to announce that I am featured in this months issue of Stellar Magazine! The feature is all about Irelands Top Female Vloggers and I was lucky enough to be apart of it, along with brilliant vloggers Suzanne Jackson, Melanie Murphy, Clare Cullen and Hazel Hayes.vloggers

I am so honored to be featured along side such influential and inspiring Irish women. Being featured in STELLAR has been a long term goal of mine & the fact that it has become a reality for me just goes to show that dreams do come true when you work hard and don’t give up!

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You can buy STELLAR in all good newsagents right now!

Make sure to check out the STELLAR website for behind the scenes action.

 

I’VE BEEN NOMINATED IN THE STELLAR SHINE AWARDS 2014!

 OH WOW. I’ve been nominated for a Stellar Shine Award!

The Stellar Shine Awards 2014 was established by Stellar Magazine to celebrate talented Irish women aged 18-35 in various categories such as athletes, authors, fashion designers etc and I am nominated in the Vlogger/Blogger category. I want to thank everyone who took the time to nominate me, it really does mean the world to me. I have the best readers/viewers! I am so honored to be nominated alongside some of the most talented ladies in Ireland.

The next stage is the voting stage. You can vote for me here in the Vlogger/Blogger category!Fotor081119035lala

Thank you so much for all your amazing support!

Ellie. xoxo