London UK bound

trips — Danielle on September 21, 2010 at 4:34 pm

St Paul’s Cathedral and London Eye by J. A. Alcaide

I am moving to London UK on November 18, 2010. Got my VISA in hand, flight booked. This is real. I have never been to London before. A grand move into the unknown. What am I doing there? The same thing I do here, even grander, and without a plan.

At the beginning of 2010, I said 2010 seemed like a year where things would happen – and I had no idea how right I would be. In June, my eight-year relationship ended. If posting seems to have dropped off a bit over the last three months, this is the reason why. Heartbreak is hard enough, and at the same time, all certainties evaporate. From another angle, it was an unexpected opportunity to radically re-evaluate my life and my career. I felt determined not to spend the rest of my 20s (just 2 years) with a single regret. Knowing I had to make a move, I thought I would make a big one. One thing I have always wanted to experience is living in a fashion capital. Getting a VISA for the UK is fairly easy as a Canadian under 30, so it really seems like now is the time to go.

Of course, this is just the catalyst for so many other changes. For the blog, my plan is to get much more personal. I would really like to be able to document with candour the experience of pursuing a career as an independent creative in the fashion industry, which I think is the real essence of Final Fashion. Less posts, more purpose. Better.

The transition will be a gradual one, and it starts now. Thanks to all of you, always.

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    1. Big news! Giant well-wishes from the ladies at Shopgirls!

      Comment by Ashley Winnington-Ball — September 21 2010 @ 4:45 pm
    2. Oh Danielle! This is so exciting. I’m totally going to be living vicariously through your journey (through your blog) — thanks for being so brave :) You’re just going to adore London! xo

      Comment by Emma — September 21 2010 @ 4:54 pm
    3. That is amazing news!! I’m sure you’ll find lots of opportunities there and traveling around Europe will be so much easier. Much luck to you Danielle, I enjoy your blog and am looking forward in hearing about your adventures in the UK. Best wishes!

      Comment by Dahlia — September 21 2010 @ 5:12 pm
    4. I don’t really comment much but I have to big up my home town. It’s a wonderful city and I welcome you to it!

      Comment by Starry — September 21 2010 @ 5:34 pm
    5. you know how excited i am for you. i can’t wait to come visit. you’re going to love it!

      Comment by joi (stereoette) — September 21 2010 @ 5:45 pm
    6. Although it took the end of your relationship to help you get to this point in your life, I’m really excited for you. This is going to be an amazing adventure, and I can’t wait to hear all about it!

      Comment by Ellie Di — September 21 2010 @ 6:25 pm
    7. Wow! I’m so jealous! Congrats on making a big and gutsy decision – I’m excited to read your blog in the future, but I will miss seeing you at fashion events in Toronto.

      I hope this will help you get through the heartbreak – it’s never easy. Take care of yourself, I hope we get to meet up before you leave!

      Comment by Tiff — September 21 2010 @ 6:39 pm
    8. Change is good! Good Luck Danielle.

      Comment by Patricia — September 21 2010 @ 7:35 pm
    9. I’m sending my well-wishes your way, as well. I hope that you really enjoy your time in the UK.

      Comment by Christy B. N.! — September 21 2010 @ 10:32 pm
    10. Congrats! :D

      Comment by Nadia Lewis — September 21 2010 @ 10:43 pm
    11. Wow, Danielle what an amazing experience this will be! Wishing you the very best!

      Comment by Ali de Bold — September 21 2010 @ 10:48 pm
    12. waw! This is big! Good luck!
      And remember – it’s never too late to do what you want to do :)))

      Comment by Nadia — September 22 2010 @ 1:15 am
    13. What a foreboding picture of London! Hope you have a great time moving there- I’m sure that you will (but then again, I’m from London so I’m hideously biased). Make sure that once you are settled in you take the chance to visit other cities in the UK. There really is so much to see!

      Comment by EJ — September 22 2010 @ 4:59 am
    14. Congratulations Danielle! You will be missed. I look forward to reading about your adventures.

      Comment by Ashley — September 22 2010 @ 9:03 am
    15. Hi Danielle
      It seems we are off on the same adventure. I have lived in Toronto for the past 5 years and I am now on my way to London, England. It is good to know I am not the only one crazy enough to pick up my life and move it to the Centre of the Universe.
      Anyways my point was, 2 friends of mine who are Canadian fashion photographers made the big move in may. Check out their website, perhaps you can collaborate with some fellow countryfolk when you get settled.
      Good Luck.

      Comment by Elizabeth — September 22 2010 @ 9:36 am
    16. A world fashion capital is the place for you Danielle. Go do great things and we’ll follow your journey.
      Ones physical location gets less and less important in the current fashion age.. but we’ll miss you for lovely things like having lunch together.

      Comment by leah Barrett — September 22 2010 @ 9:42 am
    17. Danielle, I seriously admire your guts. I hope you find what you’re looking for in London! Best of luck!

      Comment by Nelia — September 22 2010 @ 10:03 am
    18. Although I am sorry to hear of the rough times you have faced recently, I am super excited (and jealous!) of your big move. I had the pleasure of visiting London back in University and it was awesome. I wanted to move there the instant the plane touched down! I think it’s wonderful that you have seized the opportunity and created positivity out of sadness. Good luck and of course, I am excited to see the big change in you as reflected in your blog. Good luck!

      Comment by Christy — September 22 2010 @ 10:31 am
    19. Congratulations! It certainly is a big step, but you’ll be able to look back without regret. I’m sure your readers, myself included, will all look forward to your posts from London!

      Comment by m. — September 22 2010 @ 5:43 pm
    20. Congratulations and good luck Danielle! I’ll miss seeing you on the “scene” but I’m sure you will do big things in London.

      Comment by Septembre — September 22 2010 @ 6:45 pm
    21. Thanks everyone for the well wishes – I worried a bit about posting this because, well, its still T minus 57 days until liftoff, and it feels like everyone thinks I’m leaving tomorrow. Well. Not. But. Soon.

      Comment by Danielle — September 22 2010 @ 8:04 pm
    22. Good luck with the move. London, UK was one of my favourite cities to visit and be in. I’d like to go back for 2 weeks some time.

      57 days is not that far away, but the excitement must be building.

      I am also really sorry to hear about your relationship ending in June. It’s not easy to have to go through something like that, and it explains a lot (about your posting that is).

      Comment by FB @ FabulouslyBroke — September 23 2010 @ 7:55 am
    23. Amazing! Congrats Danielle – how liberating to make such a big move!

      Comment by rachel — September 30 2010 @ 6:22 am
    24. i’ve been a lurker for a while now… i came across this post at exactly the right time… thank you.

      wishing you all the best on your new adventure

      Comment by J. — September 30 2010 @ 10:12 pm
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    26. WOW! Well good for you! I grew up in London and LOVED it. Still miss it. Good luck with everything.

      Comment by — October 6 2010 @ 4:20 pm
    27. Hi Danielle,
      I found your blog thanks to twitter months ago and enjoyed reading your entries. You are going to love London, it’s exciting, different and oh there are so many things to be inspired by. It’s my home away from home!
      Don’t belive ppl if they tell you it always rains there, it doesn’t! It actually has pretty amazing sunny days.
      So good luck and can’t wait to read about your advantures in your new home!

      Comment by Solmaz — November 2 2010 @ 2:47 pm
    28. hi danielle… it has been a long time. i noticed traffic to the interview i did with you and decided to check in. as usual, i love your writing, your honesty, your courage and your intelligence… and, of course, your creativity. indeed endings are hard. but i wish you so much happiness with your new beginnings. xx/jill

      Comment by jill danyelle — November 22 2010 @ 2:31 pm

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