Produced in association with our mates at TONI & GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe.
Fashion blogger, photographer and prolific contributor to numerous style and beauty mastheads – from countless international iterations of Vogue to Net-A-Porter and PEDESTRIAN – Jessie Bush of We The People could tell you a thing or two about the art of balancing work with travel, all the while keeping her hair, wardrobe and personal brand thoroughly intact.
It’s for those reasons that Bush is perfectly placed to hand down to you some sage Hair Meet Wardrobe wisdom in the form of the following questionnaire, canvassing the harmonious marriage of her hair and innate sense of style and how to manage both while expatriating from one corner of the globe to the other.
How do you think the style of your hair and wardrobe has changed since you moved overseas?
I wouldn’t say it so much has changed – more evolved with the climate. There’s a whole lot more layering involved, which I actually really love. Pulling on tailored trousers, knitwear and an oversized coat is a lot more satisfying that just slipping on a simple shirt dress.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about the summer months… I just have a love of serious, dark colours and winter layers.
What do you take with you in your carry on? What styling aids would you never leave out of your luggage?
As a blogger my carry on will forever be ridiculously overpacked. Without a doubt, you will always find my Canon and two lenses, at least one hard drive, my MacBook, my diary, various chargers, and a few key hair and makeup products (Pawpaw, face wipes, TONI & GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe Wave Memoriser and Shine Gloss Hair Serum).
What are you travel essentials in regards to styling your hair and wardrobe?
I’m a serial over-packer, so whenever I’m preparing for a trip I try to just focus on what I use on a daily basis. Black skinny jeans, a simple white tee, black ankle boots, TONI & GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe Shine Gloss Hair Serum, Medium Hold Hairspray, Dry Shampoo.
When I’m away from home I always reach for the easiest pieces in my suitcase – so there’s no need for shirt which requires ironing or uncomfortable heels.
How do you prefer to style your hair?
I generally try to be as gentle as possible on my hair and let it air dry. Usually when it’s almost dry I run a good pump of TONI & GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe Shine Gloss Serum through the ends, as well as a generous spray of Sea Salt all over. Then, as my hair is quite fine and wavy, I finish off with a few shakes of Sculpting Powder when my hair is completely dry to add a bit of volume and texture.
If I was to only use one product on my hair, it would be the powder for sure. It’s the magic tool for creating undone, natural hair.
How much does your hair influence what you’re wearing?
A lot actually! Since living in London I have been brave enough to veer away from my usual blonde and give both pastel pink and blue hair a whirl. When my hair was pink I found myself drawn to other pastel shades (particularly pink – I really embraced the matchy-matchy vibe). And when my hair was blue I was wearing a lot of navy and white.
Whose hair and wardrobe do you envy?
Daria Werbowy, she’s my complete alter ego but the girl has got it going on.
How do you think you’ve changed separate from the way you dress since moving?
I’m not sure I can perfectly articulate all of the ways I have changed since leaving New Zealand in 2010 or Sydney in 2012. But I guess the most significant thing that comes to mind is how much I enjoy change.
I’ve always loved to travel and meet new people, but I definitely find that since living in London it’s one of the things which defines me most. London is a huge place and I’m constantly meeting new people who interest and inspire me – both through work and social situations.
And of course being able to travel pretty much anywhere in Europe at a moments notice is enough to give anyone a travel addiction.
What do you miss about life in Australia? What don’t you miss?
So many things! Sydney is my spiritual homeland. The weather (obviously), the endless summers, the abundance of healthy food and good coffee, the amount of time people spend outdoors, smiling faces on the street.
To be honest there’s nothing I don’t miss. Not that I’m in any rush to move back just yet!
What advice would you give someone who’s thinking of making the leap?
Do it! Life is short and you never know where your journey is going to take you. Of course there’s no harm in doing plenty of research and saving hard before you leave, but you’ll never know what else is out there until you try it.
And no matter where you go there will always be other expats looking for new friends and people to hang out with. You would be surprised how easy it is to end up at a dinner party on the other side of the world with someone from the same town as you.
Where would you recommend we do some credit card damage when in London?
The newish Céline store in Mayfair is pretty dangerous if you’re feeling like dropping some serious cash. And the same day delivery from Matches Fashion is always pretty great too.
Where would you take friends who were visiting for the perfect weekend?
Broadway Market on Saturday morning for coffee and people watching, followed by brunch at The Laundry in Hackney. The afternoon would be spent hanging out with beers at London Fields (weather permitting).
On Sunday we would make our way to Columbia Road Market for a little flower shopping, then into Dalston for (more) brunch at Jones & Sons followed by dinner later at my favourite Mexican spot, Vivas.
What’s London’s best kept secret?
I’m not sure I have the answer to that one yet – if anyone out there knows feel free to share!