The first time I was invited to a fancy London press event, I felt a little bit lost. What is a press day? What is press day etiquette? WHAT should I WEAR to a press day?! Cue a frantic, fruitless google search, & a fair bit of social anxiety.

So, for the panicked or the curious, I thought I would share some answers.

If I’m honest, i’m still not sure I really belong in the glitzy press day world. I always feel like I’m sneaking about amongst infinitely more capable & shiny-haired people – albeit in my very glittery gold Lotta clogs, so I can run super-fast should they ask me to return my champagne & goody bag.

So anyway, I made a little vlog; a vicarious trip to London with me & Spud.

I’ve never made a video of any sort before, so apologies for all the rubbish bits, and that awkward attempt at talking to the camera in the middle. Also, the second half is mainly just indulgent clips of Orla being adorbs, and I’m not even sorry.

All that being said, please watch it anyway, because I spent actual hours figuring this crap out, and I’ll probably cry if nobody clicks…

HOURS, I tell you.(thanks x)

64 Comments

  • Jeffrey L. Rosson

  • September 25, 2021

Every blogger should aspire to be like you. I, and I’m sure many others who read it, will benefit greatly from your wonderful expertise. Thank you so much for what you’ve done.

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  • Laura Kish

  • August 13, 2015

The video was lovely. I love Boden (just ordered a couple Breton shirts!) and the music was perfect. My heart aches for London now though. πŸ™

  • ZoΓ« Power

  • August 10, 2015

Oh this is brilliant – so worth the effort! Lovely to see a peek inside your world, and “meet” you πŸ™‚ Would love to see more xx

  • melwiggins

  • August 10, 2015

I clicked it! I watched! Well done – haven’t ventured to vlogging yet but feeling the call! xo

  • Holly

  • August 08, 2015

Thanks!!! xx

  • BritW

  • August 08, 2015

I really loved your video. πŸ™‚ No crying allowed please.
Also, I don’t know how you filmed yourself walking without falling or bumping into someone and spilling scalding coffee/tea all over your breasts. Because that’s what I would have done.

  • Sophie

  • August 07, 2015

oh wow, this is just gorgeous, if this is your first vlog then all others can only be amazing, well done.

  • Emma

  • August 07, 2015

I know how long it takes me to write a post, so holy cow that must have taken AGES! Well done chic.

  • LJ Yuill

  • August 07, 2015

I really enjoyed watching this – just lovely. You executed it brilliantly-definitely worth the sweat and tears that went into it. Big well done ?

  • Myrna

  • August 06, 2015

And I have 2 granddaughters Ella 2 yrs 4 mo and Emilia 4 months. So much fun being a grandmother! I wish I could comment on Ig but they block my comments when someone has over 50k followers. I’m myrnaphotography if you have a chance to take a peak. Nice view of Manhattan from my 31 floor balcony.

Are you on fb?

Xx

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 06, 2015

Yay! Thank you Katy, this means an awful lot to hear! x

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 06, 2015

hehehe! Oops, must try to stop leaving glitter and confetti everywhere I go… πŸ˜‰ Thanks Lisa, you’re the sweetest x

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 06, 2015

Thank you Myrna – this means such a lot! x

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 06, 2015

I don’t think praise comes much higher than that! I definitely need to make more with that kind of lovely feedback! xx

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 06, 2015

πŸ™‚ thank you so much! Yes, Orla surprised me with her camera-readiness – she’s definitely more of a natural than I’ll ever be! xx

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 06, 2015

πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ thanks lovely! x

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 06, 2015

Yay! Thanks Lou, it was a bit of an experiment so it means a lot that you think it turned out well. The camera is a Canon G7 I think! A few of the shots were done with my big Canon DSLR, but only towards the end once the G7 ran out of battery as I forgot to bring the charger… oops! xx

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 06, 2015

Thank you Holly! The camera strap is by Sail Handmade – everything they do is gorgeous & I definitely recommend checking them out. The sponsor in my sidebar – ‘the future kept’ are a stockist, too! xx

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 06, 2015

Thanks Autumn! Based on this experience I say definitely do it – I was so nervous, but everyone has been lovely! x

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 06, 2015

Oh thank you lovely Stacy! Wish I could see our little girls skipping away together! x

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 06, 2015

So glad you liked it, and the totally-illegally borrowed music! πŸ˜‰ x

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 06, 2015

Oh, have a lovely time you! it makes all the difference when the sun shines. Thanks for the kind words x

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 06, 2015

This comment really made me smile. Thank you Basia! x

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 06, 2015

Such lovely praise! Thank you Clemsy πŸ™‚ xxx

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 06, 2015

Thanks lovely Kate! With encouragement like that, I just might πŸ™‚ xx

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 06, 2015

Yay! Thanks Megan! I totally didn’t think about people hearing my voice for the first time… I’m going to have to watch it back and check what I sound like now! haha x

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 06, 2015

Thank you Julia! This comment makes me feel much better about the whole thing :D. I’m sure Boden would love to see you at their next event – give me a nudge if you want me to share an email address.
Yes, the clogs are remarkably comfy – and I say that as someone with extremely feeble & blister-prone feet. I have another pair in the aubergine colour and they are the softest & comfiest, like suede on the inside. The gold are a stiffer leather due the finish I guess, and needed ‘breaking in’, but I can now do a decent amount of walking about in them! Both my pairs are the ‘high heel’ which isn’t all that high and does’t cause me any pain or problems. Basically, you need at least six pairs.. πŸ˜€ xxx

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 06, 2015

Thanks Jeska! Her bedhead is epic, no? πŸ˜€ x

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 06, 2015

Thank you Johanna. That makes it all worth while! x

  • Johanna Anez

  • August 06, 2015

I Loved it. You did an amazing job ?

  • JeskaHearne

  • August 06, 2015

Beautiful! Lovely music choices too, love Orla’s wake up hair! xxx

  • Basia Szyca

  • August 06, 2015

I love your blog! And i really like this vlog. Impatiently waiting for more

  • Clemsy May

  • August 06, 2015

It’s so beautiful! I loved it and the music is gorgeous. I look forward to seeing more vlogs from you and Orla x

  • Julia Smith

  • August 06, 2015

Oh what a brilliant video!! Like spending the day with you, lovely to hear your voice again. So Orla, apart from being the most beautiful girl has epic bed hair, epic, and very good dessert choice in the middle there. Love her. Nice to see inside a Boden press day, my children have worn their clothes since Millie was born 13 years ago, the bunny print is already in Anna’s wardrobe waiting for winter. You look perfectly well suited to press days lovely and are your clogs comfortable to walk in? That’s the only thing that stops me buying any, are they comfortable.
Just love this post x

  • megan

  • August 06, 2015

I needed this tonight…I loved it! The music fit perfect, little Orla is adorable and it was nice to put a voice to the face.lol…thank you so much for sharing

  • Kate | Netherleigh

  • August 05, 2015

Oh, this was so wonderful! Lovely to get a little peek into your day in a different and quite beautiful way. Keep it up! xx

  • EleriSyd

  • August 05, 2015

Delightful … Thank you for sharing .. Love the music .. Orla is a natural video star … And nice to ‘hear’ you

  • Myrna

  • August 05, 2015

Sara, Loved the video with you and Orla! β™₯️

  • Lisa

  • August 05, 2015

Oh, you guys are adorable!! ps. Did you leave those footprints on the steps? Not sure if thats the proper etiquette πŸ˜‰

  • katyatapartmentapothecary

  • August 05, 2015

What a beautiful film. I loved it. I want to see more! Xx

  • Bianca Paşcu

  • August 05, 2015

This is the nicest video I have seen in years! Brightened up my night for sure!

  • Shrads

  • August 05, 2015

Lovely. That is all. Oh, and you should definitely make more x

  • lou @ Littlegreenshed

  • August 05, 2015

Utterly magical. You are good at this stuff! Honored to be included in it!!! That little mini camera shot some ace footage. What was it again? Xx

  • Holly

  • August 05, 2015

I love this! And Orla makes it extra special πŸ™‚ Can I ask, where did you get the camera strap? I’ve been looking for one just like it. Great job on the video πŸ™‚ x

  • Collette

  • August 05, 2015

It was lovely. You were darling and Orla made it that much sweeter. x

  • Sheona

  • August 05, 2015

Impressed! Did you try any of that ‘raw’ stuff? x

  • Autumn

  • August 05, 2015

The video was gorgeous!! I am wanting to start vlogging every once in a while too πŸ™‚

  • Stacy Blair

  • August 05, 2015

What an inspiration! I enjoyed every single second! Absorbable Orla skips down the street just as my Olive does! #heartmelted!

  • Light Rust Studio

  • August 05, 2015

The video was such a lovely addition (and the music was honestly incredibly calming). What a great way to capture your stay!

  • Old Fashioned Susie

  • August 05, 2015

I liked it! It felt authentic and “you”. You made London look very pretty too! I’m off down there on Saturday x

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 05, 2015

oh, thanks so much Judit – this is just the vote of confidence I needed to hear! Maybe i’ll make a second one after all πŸ™‚ xx

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 05, 2015

Yay! Thanks Nicole! Of course, it’s easy to make you miss the city when I carefully avoid shooting all the wheely bins, traffic noise, pollution & in-street drunks… πŸ˜‰ xx

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 05, 2015

oh, thanks so much Rach! xx

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 05, 2015

Thanks Natalie – it’s an even bigger compliment from you as you clearly know what you’re doing. I always think I sound like a pre-pubescent boy, so you’re not alone in that concern! haha! xx

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 05, 2015

Oh, thanks Kathi! Such a lovely compliment. There were so many great moments I missed – it’s not easy recording video with a squirmy toddler holding your hand – so I’m glad you still felt like it captured the mood I wanted πŸ™‚ xx

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 05, 2015

Thanks Hannah! The music is by Priscilla Ahn and She & Him. It did take a fair while, but that was more do to with my inexperience and techno-issues than the actual task. I think next time I could do it much more quickly! (if there is a next time!) xx

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 05, 2015

Thanks Siobhan! πŸ˜€ The cheeks are a definite winner. I hope she keeps them forever! x

  • Hannah

  • August 05, 2015

Wow such a great video- love the music too. This must’ve taken so long!

  • Siobhan Watts

  • August 05, 2015

Love it Sara, great job! Orla’s little cheeks get me every time πŸ™‚ x

  • Kathi

  • August 05, 2015

Wonderfully real and dreamy at the same time… I love how you captured what seems like a magical little adventure in the big city. And the shots of Orla totally made me smile : )

  • Natalie@littlejampot

  • August 05, 2015

I love making movies and I love this one, looks like you had so much fun and you’re braver than me for speaking on camera. I sound like a chap! Haha. Lovely post xxx

  • Rachael Smith

  • August 05, 2015

It’s wonderful! Well done!

  • Nicole

  • August 05, 2015

Love this! Well done!
Makes me really miss the city tho πŸ™ xx

  • Judit

  • August 05, 2015

First video you’ve ever made?! It looks that the hours spent on in paid of! I’ve totally LOVED it, but for the next one more of you talking to the camera -totally not awkward.

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