Our August Goddess of the Month is London based stylist and model, Lauren Mitchell!
We are excited to announce that our August Goddess of the month is Lauren Mitchell. 27-year-old Aussie living in London, Lauren Mitchell is a model and stylist taking on London by storm. Our European correspondent and brand ambassador, Lucinda Dennis sat down with Lauren over a cup of coffee to find out a little more about her life, how to crack the styling industry and what it was like making the move from sunny Bondi to Notting Hill.
1) With your job, you are lucky enough to travel the world visiting amazing locations only some can dream of. What is your favorite holiday destination?
Travelling is one of my greatest passions but I love certain places for different reasons – depending on the time of year, who I’m travelling with and what kind of mood I’m in but having moved to London recently I would have to say France is my go-to holiday destination.
Particularly, the south of France. It is one of Europe’s top travel spots but having been lucky enough to visit numerous times over the past two years I’ve discovered a new love. With the perfect combination of indulgence; food, wine and relaxed hidden beaches and coastlines, the whole place oozes sophistication. The people, the language, the food, the way of life, the fact that it is totally acceptable to drink rosé
at 10am! It is literally heaven on earth and if I had to eat French fish, mussels and drink French rosé for the rest of my life I would live a very happy life!
2. You travel the world eating glorious food. What do you do to ensure you feel good on the inside and out?
Fitness and health is one of my life’s greatest priorities and I have always eaten healthy, kept fit and nurtured my body- in fact if I don’t eat well and exercise I am one grumpy woman!
My theory is not to over do it. I don’t spend hours in the gym, I never skip a meal, I treat myself once a week, I allow myself to drink but I do maintain some sort of routine. 80:20 is my rule of thumb. If majority of my life I eat healthy and do exercise at least 4 times a week then a bottle of wine or a tub of Ben & Jerry’s is absolutely allowed!
During the week however I train twice at the gym with a PT, I never drive but walk everywhere and eat every three hours eating a load of healthy foods – nuts, salads and fruit. I have had to learn to be flexible. Travelling as much as I do and working sporadic hours means that you have to adapt but living a life that is TOO strict is simply no fun.
3) Styling can be a hard industry to crack. Can you give any aspiring Naked Tan girls some tips to how to get into the biz?
NETWORK. The end.
Every job I have ever been given is because of my big mouth and my ability to speak to anyone. The more people you meet and the more you get out to events, the greater your opportunities. I have styled editorials for international magazines from fighting over canapés in a bar. I have landed entire PR and brand management opportunities from saying hi to people crossing the street. You never know whom you’re talking to or the positions you can find yourself in from simply being friendly! Remember jobs won’t come find you, you have to go hunt them down.
4) What is the best part about being a stylist?
Being able to ‘accidentally on purpose’ man handle half naked male models…?
Meeting people and being creative. I work with everyday people to models to celebrities to babies and animals! A variety of work is what stimulates me the most and constantly keeps it exciting. As well being part of a shoot it’s not just you and a model, It’s an entire team. I’ve met producers, directors, photographers, celebrities, all creative types, tattoo artists, magicians and musicians- every project involves many more people from all sorts of backgrounds to create the final picture.
Being a stylist you also have great license for creativity. Quite often the story or idea is given to you and it is your job to manufacture and bring it to life.
… Did I mention the male models?
5) Do you have a dream celebrity you would want to style and why?
If my boyfriend wasn’t reading this I’d say Brad Pitt. But he is.
As exciting projects go you can’t go past styling something like a Victoria’s Secret show. I’m quietly infatuated with the girls and being slightly flamboyant and girly myself I would have an absolute ball coming up with every look.
As a challenge: The Rolling Stones. I’ve loved them ever since I was 5 and being so far from any style I’m familiar with, paired with the fact you’re working with men who know EXACLTY what they want, would make for a very interesting job. Plus would look fab on my resume!
6) Also being a model, can you tell us about your most memorable photo shoot ever?
From the more trivial but extremely fun shoots like ‘Beauty and The geek’ and Miss Universe to working with MTV on music video clips, Oporto adverts and Vodafone campaigns I’d have to say I find the people working on the shoot who make the experience memorable.
If you get a great crew and a team who makes you feel comfortable, everything goes smoothly and you get a great result, but modeling for me is actually quit a daunting experience. As far as memorable goes my part in Underbelly working with famous Australian actors really pushed me out of my comfort zone- despite my role being referred to as ‘Slut 1’.
7) When do you use Naked Tan?
Being a born and bread Aussie I am used to always having that bronzed Australian glow but now I’ve moved to London I have become my worst nightmare. I’ve lost all tan lines and now live a life of constantly trying to find a fake tan that doesn’t rub off onto my white bed sheets.
I have literally been through every fake tan brand known to man and ‘Naked Tan’ is the only one that doesn’t stain my clothes, can be applied right before a night out and that doesn’t lead to dreaded fake tan pong.
I use it weekly for a subtle glow, before I travel, for a dinner date or even a major event. It just means I can look healthy all year round and don’t have to succumb to the ‘Casper the friendly ghost’ syndrome many women suffer with over here.
8) Any tips to Naked Tan girls wanting to make the move from Australia to London?
I am going to sound like an old Nike advert but just do it! London is not all that different to Australia. We are all part of the Commonwealth – so the government and people are fairly similar. Also the fact that we both speak English helps! If you are under 30 you can get a 2-year working visa, which makes it an easy transfer over so make the most of that if you can!