Twenty one year old Flinders University student Lauren Reid topped the vote for your favourite style and fashion look in a very tough month to win – November! Lucky Lauren, from South Australia won a fabulous $300 voucher from popular Adelaide Designer Liza Emanuele together with a fashion shoot at Liza’s eponymous boutique in Adelaide’s fashionable Hyde Park. On top of that Lauren also won a large and colourful bundle of Happy Socks that were sent to her directly by Happy Socks in Sweden.
We spotted Lauren at the Adelaide Fashion Festival where Lauren was about to cover one of the shows for Feud Magazine. She did a great job at that, by-the-way! As Lauren tells it: “I was waiting outside for Sharmonie – Feud’s Editor – to arrive, when I was approached to have my photo taken. To say I was taken aback would be quite an understatement!”
Even though I work in retail fashion and also write about it, I still feel quite on the outer of the industry. At 5 ft. tall and a size 12 I certainly don’t have that fashion blogger or model ‘look’, and being on a student budget so many of my outfits (like the one I was wearing that day) come straight from op shops or chain stores. So you can imagine how chuffed I was to be chosen for a street style pic by Cocktail Revolution, and even more blown away when Sharmonie messaged me on Facebook to say that I had actually won! I think I just laughed in disbelief!”
While Lauren was very much looking forward to her shoot, it had to wait for her return from a family holiday over the festive season, to visit ancestral roots! “My ethnic background is quite mixed (but very European), with the last three generations of my family either being born here or coming to Australia from England, Ireland, Scotland and Sweden. I’m still not entirely sure how those genetics gave me such dark features!”
As soon as she was back, she let us know and the shoot with Liza Emanuele was on!
Imagine being styled by your fashion icon!
“I was really excited when I first heard that part of the prize, along with the Happy Socks, was that I was going to be doing a fashion shoot with Liza Emanuele. I was so nervous, I arrived 15 minutes early. But I loved the whole experience and I felt like a princess.”
Because I don’t look like a model I don’t usually wear the kind of outfits they chose for me. I wouldn’t have chosen them for myself. But I have to say that I think they (Liza and her team) knew what suited me better than I did. They – Liza and her assistant Xuan, and Rosie from Regina Sole Queen – made me feel wonderful, and so did wearing those beautiful clothes.”
Liza had so many choices ready for Lauren to model, we’re including just a few of them here. We’re doing a second post of Lauren’s modelling assignment for Liza Emanuele! 😉
NB: Until 28 February 2016, Liza Emanuele Boutique’s offering Cocktail Revolutionaries and fashionistas a generous 10% discount off ALL stock including those already discounted! Just enter COCKTAIL at checkout.
Lauren is wearing: maxi dress animal print – Rebekah – By Liza Emanuele
Sequin Panel Dress in Black Sandy by Liza Emanuele
Thrill black heels by Regina Sole Queen
Photoshoot at Liza Emanuele Boutique, King William Road, Hyde Park, (Adelaide).