I’m Vanessa and I like to think that I’m the Voguish part of Voguish & Calamity. I call my husband Calamity because of his innate ability to find and create disasters and get into all sorts of calamities.
I love fashion, he loves chess. We both love food. Quite a lot. He has no part in writing or creating this blog, apart from giving me some amusing material to write about.
I learned to make dresses at a young age thanks to growing up with two wedding dress makers (grandmother and mother). This meant I was designing my own clothes from the age of eight, because there was always someone willing to make it for me. It definitely was not much of a surprise to anyone when I went on to study clothing design at Elizabeth Galloway’s Academy of Fashion.
As a Product Developer and Buyer, I was constantly in the shops doing competitor shopping, looking for inspiration and being aware what other brands were doing. Apart from my love (some might say obsession) for shopping, I have been doing it professionally for many years. In 2009, after having the first of my two offspring, I did a personal styling course in order to adapt my skills from working with brands to working with individuals.
Calamity says that our house is one big Dress-up Box (like this is a bad thing?). Many friends look at me and say: “you have so many clothes, where do you put it all?” (under the bed, in the loft, any free space I can find), but he truth is that I can find things in my wardrobe that work with the new trends, always finding ways of making old items look new. You don’t need to spend a fortune or buy an entire new wardrobe to be fashionable. If you are looking for help with your styling, have a look at my personal styling page.
Growing up, I was an avid reader and alongside working in fashion, had dreams of being a writer. I am combining all my skills and passions in the pages and posts of this blog.