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Thursday, 17 April 2014

In the land of dreams

Good morning everyone!

Another week has almost gone by already and May is coming toward me closer and closer meaning various rings such as then end of the semester and time to move away and start a new chapter.
But first of all, May means home as I will be in Italy for two weeks and I honestly cannot wait.
After these months of hard work and horrible weather I really need a brake, some days to switch my brain off completely and just think of what to drink at aperitif (not even, I might get someone to order for me instead…).

Yesterday was particularly miserable as after spending hours and hours editing my final documentary (you'll see it very soon!) I realised that there had been a problem importing the clips in Final Cut pro and I basically had to do it all over again.
But despite being outrageously exhausted after spending all the afternoon in the editing room, I am now finished and I found the strength to go for a run in the canal, which turned my day around completely.
The light was just so beautiful, the air was chilly enough to run in my short sleeves without freezing and everything around was so relaxing I suddenly felt on holiday.

But speaking of beautiful and speaking of something else that made me very happy today I want to show you the backstage photographs from an absolutely fabulous editorial we did last week end in Connemara for Flawless Magazine.
Let's start from the beginning: do you remember the interview I told you I did with fashion and celebs photographer Nicky Johnston during London Fashion Week?
Well, that was probably one of my favourite ever but it also lead to some interesting planning for future collaborations, and the Connemara shoot was the first one of those and the first official fashion editorial Flawless has ever had.

I must say, planning it hasn't been easy at all, and at some point I thought that everything seemed like the perfect recipe for disaster.
But not giving up and fixing every single thing that went wrong initially repaid and we all ended up having a wonderful experience.
Everything was perfect: the model, beautiful Chloe from Catwalk Models, agency based in Galway, came out with her agent Mandy and they were both so lovely that I just cannot wait to work with them again.
Sandra, my gorgeous friend and talented make up artist came all the way from Dublin with me, providing fruit and crackers for the endless bus drive and bringing an extra smile to the team.
The hotel we were staying in, chosen absolutely randomly by Nicky amongst Clifden's many guesthouses, ended up being so nice and cosy that I would actually recommend it to anyone travelling to the West of Ireland.
The staff of the Connemara National Park, then, was just lovely as well, giving us the key of a room inside of the visitor centre in order for us to to make up, hair and chance of clothing in a close and relatively warm environment.
Nicky, then, was just fabulous: him and his assistant Matt were not only enjoyable to work with, but also a great company.
At some stage during the second day of shooting, when we went around with the car looking for locations, I had to remind myself that I was actually working and not having a trip with some friends, because that's actually how I felt most of the time.

How unprofessional?
Well, I must say that this was one of the occasions that made me realise one more time how enjoyable is our job and how much I love to do it.
No matter if we have been jumping from cliff to cliff, stones, woods, waterfalls for all the day.
No matter if the wind was blowing, the skirt was falling, the hair was not staying as it was supposed to, the smoke pellets were not lighting up…
In the end, the search for beauty provided great results and even tho I cannot show you the official pictures as they need to be published in the magazine first, I hope you'll get a glimpse of how fabulous everything was from the backstage photographs.

Honestly, it was the best working experience I've done until now.
Exciting, enjoyable and successful.
Plus, it gave me the chance to discover a part of Ireland I had never seen and which absolutely shocked me.
I've been living in this country for three years now and I had no idea that a bit further away toward the West coast there is a completely different land.

A land of mountains and deserts, a land of fairy tales and waterfalls, where the woods hide promises they wouldn't disclose and the trees are trying to brake free from the ground in crazy stretches.
A land of dreams, the Ireland of dreams, as many of you might imagine it but which you really wouldn't understand if you don't see it.

Everything there is magical, and looking at that landscape from the bus window on the way back to Dublin I couldn't help but feeling a deep connection with these places.
Maybe that's because I've been building my own home in this country for the past three years and the thought of living soon is finally hitting me.
Maybe because there's so much magic that I couldn't pass through it without noticing…

I am very happy that Nicky captured some of that mystery in his photographs, and I thank him for being so amazing doing that.
Now, let's all wait for the next issue of Flawless!

Stay tuned…


Photographer: Nicky Johnston
Assistant: Matt Monfredi
Designer: Linn Marie Karslen
Make up/Hair: Sandra Rakasova
Model: Chloe Colstello @Catwalk Models
Fashion Editor/Stylist: Carlotta Buosi 

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