THE NEW GIRL .
Hey guys, I’m Ashleigh Ilton! If you’ve been following my journey via my online video diaries, you’ll know how amazing it has been. I’m super fortunate to have been mentored by digital and associate editor Skye Ross, who has taught me the ins and outs of everything digital, social media and Miss FQ. After graduating from AUT with a degree in Communications majoring in advertising, I knew I wanted to work in the magazine world. I could not have asked for a better start to my career than interning at Miss FQ, thanks to Holden Spark. Major highlights include assisting in sourcing and styling looks for Fashion Quarterly and Miss FQ, writing Lip Service (page 88), and interviewing fashion designers Elle Hong of Ellis and Friends and Claudia Billinge of Sibed for Missfq.co.nz.
FYI, something to know about me is I love macarons and coffee!
I was nervous getting ready for my big day but I chose an outfit that I felt confident in, and it made me feel way better.
One coffee in and I had already had a full tour of Bauer Media, Miss FQ’S parent company. Then it was time to meet the Miss FQ and Fashion Quarterly team. It was pretty nerve-wracking because everyone I have looked up to since forever was there. Imagine meeting the people you follow on Instagram IRL. Eep!
In the afternoon, I had a meeting with Skye about the plans for this issue. I then took the Holden Spark out for a spin before heading home, tasked with brainstorming some online content ideas for the website. I spent the first morning of week two at several leading PR houses, picking up beauty products for the afternoon’s shoot. FYI, the Spark is a zippy wee number and makes parking around the city a total breeze.
Then I went behind the scenes at the photoshoot for Bloomin’ Beauty (page 87) and Lip Service (page 88). It was an eye-opening experience to see how the images are created — so much work goes into making them perfect.
I spent week four in the office alongside the team, honing my digital skills. Skye taught me how to craft, format and publish articles for the website, and she gave me some tips and tricks on interview etiquette. I was lucky enough to conduct a few interviews on my own for the online ‘Girl You Need to Know’ series, after Skye gave my questions a once-over. Visit Missfq.co.nz to read my Q&AS with owner of Ellis and Friends online boutique, Ellis Hong, and fashion designer Claudia Billinge of Sibed.
I also attended some top-level meetings regarding upcoming Miss FQ events and campaigns. There are so many cool things to come ladies, you are going to love it all!
This week was the best and busiest so far! Editorial and fashion assistant Jess Thomson and I jumped in the Spark and whizzed out to Sylvia Park to find some #trendy activewear. Back at Bauer, we pre-styled everything for the following day and loaded the outfits, shoes and accessories into the Spark.
At 8am the next morning we photographed Fit for Purpose (page 66) up at Auckland’s ‘K Road’. I was a proper stylist’s assistant, you guys, and boy it was full on! An ensemble I styled myself has made it into print (page 69). So exciting!
Working at Miss FQ has truly been a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I’m super grateful to the lovely team who have taught me so much during my time here.
On my last day, the team treated me to frosé and nibbles at Gypsy Caravan in Ponsonby, which was so sweet!
I don’t want my internship to be over *crying emoji*, but I’m super proud to say I’ve been offered a job in Bauer Media’s digital advertising department! At least I’ll still see Skye and the team around the building.
If interning sounds like a bit of you, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV and a passionate cover letter. Good things come to those who hustle!
GH A B T I D W ! N G A SN H EI OH KGT CTY AAR LHE BTV E CO ST MF YL Y& HE ISH EL S EARRINGS MADE BY MY FLATMAT E
YFIRST M D A Y B L A C K & W H I T E J U M P S U I T Prepping my outfit the night before saves me time in the morning for more important things… like coffee!
MY TO Y EN KE LD HO AR K SP
From top left: Just time for an Insta-shot before the workday starts; Ashleigh with her daily coffee; Ashleigh’s first meeting with Skye to get the low down on the current issue.
Q& A WITH JESS
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST DAY AT FQ LIKE?
It was very overwhelming and I was nervous but it was super exciting as I’d literally found out I had the job three days before!
Our immediate team, and the incredible contributors and lovely PRS who bring daily joy to my email inbox!
The life of a miss fq intern
Unpacking beauty samples #beautyhaul Spark sing-a-long #bestplaylist Gypsy Caravan sendoff #flamingcheese
Choosing the best image #Ididthat On a fashion shoot #styleassistant Packing up the Spark #somanyclothes
Research/writing tools #internessentials Parked up at Miss FQ HQ #myworkplace First day starts with a spark #newholden
This baby’s zippy acceleration has been ideal for nipping between fashion stockists. I can easily pop down the back seats (no Tetris skills required) to reveal a spacious interior fit to hold a whole fashion shoot’s worth of clothes and props. And the Holden has definitely delivered on fuel economy and easy phone connectivity too!