Project information
a person whose job it is to write material for someone else who is the named author.

I've always considered personal style to be an art form, from the goth days of my youth to my current life as a cubicle dweller in my late 30s. For the past decade, my day job has involved hiding in other peoples' shadows, but I've never actually blended in. To me, ghostwriter ≠ wallflower.

I'm not fond of style labels, so I guess you could call my professional aesthetic a blend of corporate badass meets dapper dame, with a touch of geek chic and a generous splash of whimsical fuckery. My motto is: Wear what makes YOU happy.

I started documenting my daily office outfits on my personal Facebook page in November 2016, with the goal of never repeating a combination. Over 300 looks later, and I'm still on track. (If you're good with numbers, that total will seem low; I work from home one day a week, and in-office the other four days.)

At some point in 2017, I started using ridiculous alliterative or rhyming themes, to give this project some semblance of structure:

- Tie Tuesday
- Witchy / Whimsical / or Wibbly-Wobbly-Timey-Wimey Wednesday
- Thursday Birdsday
- Fierce / Fabulous / Feline / Floral / or Sci-Fi Friday

I can only hope that this photoblog inspires you to be bold, be confident, and SHINE, you beautiful weirdos!

Follow this series on Instagram: #VanessaTheFriendlyGhostwriter

Style notes
I'm one of those fiercely brand-loyal kind of people. My office wardrobe mainly consists of the following:
Blazers, dress shirts and other corporate goodness
Maison Simons; Twik, Contemporaine, and Icône collections
Dr. Martens
Jewellery and accessories
  • Cabin + Cub
  • Curiology UK
  • Shameless Envy
  • Shovava
  • Su Owen Textiles
  • Vanessa Laurin (hey, that's me!)
  • I'm also partial to vintage things, via Etsy
  • Makeup
    NYX Professional Cosmetics
  • Magnoli Clothiers; 10th Doctor reproductions
  • Maison Simons; Le 31 collection
  • Vintage pieces that were brand-new when my daddy bought them
  • T-shirts
  • Akumu Ink (worth a mention given the size of my collection, although not entire office-appropriate!)
  • RedBubble
  • Society6
  • TeeFury
  • Threadless