International Women's Day

The rise of empowerment and support at Solent’s Winning Women Workshop today was the perfect way to celebrate International Women’s Day, 2019. 

Lee Pycroft

The day opened with a refreshing lecture from, renowned make-up artist turned psychotherapist and well being advocate, Lee Pycroft. AnonStyle took the opportunity to chat to Pycroft after her talk about self care in today’s day and age. Pycroft enforces how “more is expected than it was ten years ago and you’ve got to have ten thousand followers to be considered valuable”. Though, whilst acknowledging the pressures today’s technological advances have brought us, Pycroft also highlights how “every generation has their different stages and all stages make you who you are”. The difference, in a well being sense, Pycroft says to be “being conscious rather than absent minded. Make your own opinions. Decide for yourself”. 


At what point in your career have you felt most empowered? 

“When I created my initiative charity and started getting letters from people. I realised, we’re making a difference here. Also, my hero award from help for heroes. Wow. That was so unexpected. I left school at sixteen with no qualifications, only O levels. But with sheer grit and repetition I got to where I wanted to go”. 


Do you still experience anxiety, even with the practise and success you’ve attained? 

“Oh god yeah. I still get it today. But you’ve got to try and exercise and move your body. Get the adrenaline out your system, try to stay cool and calm and conscious of your dialogue. I was very sensitive as a child, an introvert, no parties! I knew I was going to have to live with uncertainty”. 


Pycroft sheds some light on the topic of anxiety for all of us, enlightening us with the comfort that even experts in their field like her suffer with mental health – 

“Faith asks us to believe in something that’s not tangible. You have to be mindful. What’s next is we grow through the pain. Try to implement coping skills to calm the stressed or anxious feeling down”. 


Tracey Lea Sayer

AnonStyle also had the amazing opportunity to talk to social media influencer and Fashion Director at Fabulous magazine, Tracey Lea Sayer. 


We were keen to find out who Tracey aspires to in the realms of social media - 

“I look for somebody really different. Individuality is quite important”.


As Sayer mentions you should try to “always enjoy your job, day-to-day, AnonStyle asked for further advice on this positive outlook - 

“I don’t think self doubt ever goes away. Just get over yourself, just go and do it!”


We also got an insider’s opinion on where to shop as we approach summer months - 

“I think the high street looks terrible at the moment and I’m not afraid to say that as a Fashion Director. My favourites are & Other Stories, Topshop boutique range and Whistles”. 


What do you enjoy about your new Instagram infused, social media influencing? 

“I love fashion and I want to communicate it. The great thing about social media is that the emotional content it there. I have quite a realistic feed. I talk emotively about how I’m feeling at that time. That gets the best response and engagement anyway. People wanna know your story, to be part of something, to know you’re not alone”. 


*If you haven’t followed Tracey yet on Instagram, do it now! Her handle is @trayslounge and we are living for her personal captions and stylistic outfit-of-the-day posts!*


Overall, Sayer’s love for her work was clear – 

“I love fashion and creating images with my friends. Building teams, people you like. Community is important”. 


Advising young creatives starting out in the fashion industry, Sayer also highlights – 

“Do you job really well. Just don’t overtake someone else’s job role”. 


Sayer ends our interview with some encouraging words on mental health, which she has too struggled with, that can be related directly to our creative industries and career building – 

“If you’re very anxious, push yourself. Don’t distance. Engage in public speaking or anything you want to do, regularly. Practice”. 


Thank you Tracey for your words of wisdom! 

Interviews and words: Laura Wilcox

©2020 by Laura Wilcox. 

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