I love working with my team. This is what FAJO is all about: group creativity.
Earlier this year, we started a hashtag on social media, called #FAJOgirls, posting images of our staff members during their travels, as well as at events, photoshoots and interviews. This eventually evolved into a series of articles, and today I’d like to provide you with some insight into the life of our Social Media Editor, Lacey Ward!
During a recent photoshoot, Lacey and I chatted about just a few of her favourite things.
1) What do you enjoy the most about working at FAJO?
Working at FAJO presents many opportunities that have made the past couple of years so memorable and exciting! One of the best things is the inspiring and ambitious people I have met that influence me to work hard and pursue this creative field. FAJO has such a great, supportive team that I am so happy to be a part of.
2) Why did you choose to work in the creative industry?
My initial plan wasn’t to work in the creative industry, but volunteer work and networking led me here, and I am so glad they did! I love that the creative industry is constantly changing and we are always adapting to it. It keeps you on your toes. You’re always thinking up fresh ideas and finding new approaches to your work.
3) If you had to create a hashtag to best describe your personality, what would it be and why?
#Curious. My presence often comes at the price of me asking you many questions about various topics. If I’m not asking you questions, I’m likely thinking about them and still too shy to bombard you, but in time, you would see!
Also, maybe #sarcastic.
4) How would you describe your personal sense of style? How has it changed over the years?
I like to keep it fairly minimal and curated with structured pieces. I find myself drawn to neutrals and classic silhouettes. Occasionally, I will add statement jewelry or something a little edgy to mix up the look, but I tend to stick to the “less is more” approach.
My sense of style has changed over the years in that I give in to the trends less than I used to, and focus on what works for my body and personal style. I once read about the 80/20 rule for trends that I try to follow: 80% classic and 20% trend pieces from the season.
5) Tell us about your biggest fashion or beauty catastrophe.
My biggest fashion mistake would be not dressing for my body type. It’s easy to see something styled on a mannequin or model and think it would look great on you but, unfortunately, that’s not always the case, and looking back on some old photos I have realized that. (I’m looking at you, acid-washed low-rise jeans.)
6) What is the most unusual item in your closet?
Not too long ago, maybe a year or two, I was given this floor-length heather grey and black cardigan that was my grandmother’s. It is outlined in thick fringe. At the time, I thought it was a bit much, but now I think I could get away with it. What seems unusual will likely come full circle and end up making its way out of your closet one way or another.
7) What is your favourite item of clothing and why?
A classic leather jacket has to be my favourite; it’s definitely worth investing in. Leather jackets can be styled in so many ways. They can add a cool edge to a classy outfit or just upgrade a casual look.
8) What is your favourite accessory?
You can’t go wrong with a nice watch. Some of my favourite accessories are vintage watches from my grandparents. When your iPhone dies as often as mine does in a day, it’s imperative to know if you’re actually on time (if you live in Toronto and take TTC, you’re probably not).
9) We can never catch you wearing ______?
My friends and family would probably love to answer this on my behalf and say colour, which is probably true. I don’t like to say I would never wear something, but more often than not I am not wearing bright colours. It’s safe to say my closet is all neutrals, with a couple of cobalt and red pieces shoved in a corner.
10) Who is the most memorable person you ever interviewed/photographed/met?
I once read a memoir by Marina Nemat, her journey and strength moved me so much that I decided to contact her. She was so kind to meet with me; I asked her a few questions for a presentation I was working on.
I often find myself reflecting on her quotes and persistence through hard times; she is nothing short of inspiring. Speaking with her was very memorable.