Victoria Magrath, 25 is a fulltime Fashion Retail Lecturer at the University of Manchester and an acclaimed fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger at She lives in Manchester with her flatmate.

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I usually wake up around 7am, reaching straight to check social mentions, tweets and statistics from the previous day. I then spend time answering any early emails before I get up. How I dress depends on what I’m doing that day. If I’m teaching or have meetings, I like to dress fashionable but smart. If I don’t, I’m far more casual. I love putting on a playsuit as they’re so comfortable – with heeled boots recently.

For breakfast, it’s usually low fat yogurt with a Berocca or water. Then lunch is either salad, fruit or a jacket potato with tuna. I try to snack only on fruit or nuts and I only drink water throughout the day. Then when I get home, I usually indulge a lot more- I tend to eat out around 3 to 5 times a week, it’s my favourite thing to do.

A typical day would be to wake up and check my social mentions and write a quick blog post before getting ready for work. Both at work and at home, I have to have my working space neat and tidy. Everything has to have its own space or I feel unorganised and can’t relax. I walk to work, then check emails when I get there. Once that’s out the way I’ll work on some research, my PhD or a lecture before spending lunch watching Youtube videos. Then I’ll work until 5.30, head home and work on my blog until around 12.30 with a bit of food and a shower in between.

The most satisfying thing in my job as a lecturer is knowing that your students enjoy how you teach and what you teach. For my blog, the most satisfying thing is reading the comments and knowing someone was interested in what you had to say that day.

The challenges are the day to day trials you can face when working in education; writing a difficult journal paper, dealing with an upset student who needs advice and also the ones that come with finishing a PhD. With regards to my blog, the challenge at the moment is just finding the time to get it all done!

For my role as a lecturer, I did a degree in fashion retail and a PhD in mobile commerce, so moving into a lectureship after this was the obvious route. For my blog, I just sat down and started writing. I don’t collaborate very often with other brands or bloggers at the moment but this is definitely something I’d like to do more of.

To unwind, I like to watch Youtube videos as they are a bit of an escape and help me to chill out. I dont watch TV anymore, apart from American shows that I stream online. My favourite thing is to go out to a restaurant to eat, so that I can forget the stress of working at home.

I definitely hope to still be working on my blog in five years from now – I adore it. The lecturing, possibly. I love what I do, it just depends where everything else takes me! If I wasn’t doing this I think I’d be working in Fashion Marketing or PR as that’s where my passion is.

My advice to anyone looking to pursue lecturing, is just to get your head down and work hard to ensure you get good grades. It’s also important that you’re passionate about teaching. If you can keep working and motivating yourself to achieve, you’ll get there. For a career in blogging, it can be hard to get yourself known and things aren’t just handed to you on a plate but again, just keep your head down, work hard and as long as you don’t take it for granted, you’ll be on the right path.

You can view Victoria’s work over at or follow her on Twitter @inthefrow


Beth Gladstone

Beth is a Writer and Digital Marketer who founded The Full Agenda as a place to talk about the things that kept her and her friends up at night. Currently working as a Marketing consultant to various SMEs she is a big fan of the startup market and loves technology, apps and anything social media related. When not obsessively checking Google Analytics, she can be found reading, writing or relaxing with a glass of Prosecco.

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