IMG_5338I love all things fashion and beauty, so when the opportunity to spend my placement at Scottish Wedding Directory cropped up, I jumped at the opportunity. While my placement may have involved quite a bit of travel, it was definitely worth it. I spent the first week in the main DC Thomson office in Dundee before heading to Glasgow for my second week to work with the Editor and Online Features Editor.

If you’ve ever been inside the DC Thomson Kingsway office then you know that place is a complete maze, and I definitely got lost on more than one occasion. However, if you look out for the giant Dennis the Menace costume you’ll find the main office for most of the company’s publications. The office has a great atmosphere with so many different types of magazines and newspapers in the one place, from Shout magazine to The People’s Friend. And in one corner you’ll find the Scottish Wedding Directory team.

During my time in Dundee I got to develop my design skills working on fashion spreads and cover pages. Scottish Wedding Directory has a great look, and I feel like I learnt a lot from working alongside its talented designers. I also got the opportunity to assist the Fashion Coordinator in preparing for a couple of upcoming fashion shoots, with tasks ranging from developing themes to creating moodboards to looking at hundreds of model’s headshots online. The team was so welcoming; I was even invited to join their one-year in Dundee anniversary celebration and had a great evening!

IMG_5339I headed to Glasgow for the second week of my placement (and Dennis was still following me!) where I got to take on a more editorial role. As someone who enjoys both writing and designing articles, getting to do both during just a two-week placement was really exciting. I researched ideas and developed them into blog posts, wrote short reviews and even a full-length feature. The most exciting part of my week was when I got to attend a press event promoting a new YSL product and collection. I even got my makeup done by their head makeup artist for Europe, Fred Letailleur.

For my first ever placement I could not have asked for a better experience. The two weeks went above and beyond my expectations, and it was over far too fast. I would like to thank the whole team at Scottish Wedding Directory for letting me spend two fantastic weeks with them.

PS: I don’t think I’ve ever spent so much time on Pinterest without feeling guilty!