I've not been the best person for keeping up with emails in the last few months, but over the last couple of weeks, I've been even worse than usual. You see, it's been Fairtrade Fortnight, here in London (and the UK) and work's been hectic. However, luckily for me, work isn't all stress and grind. We had a couple of producer partners coming over to show people how to taste coffee, and tell everybody about their lives and the way that Cafédirect and Fairtrade makes a difference to their lives.
There were heaps of fashion and music people, and I even got to ask Pink (above with Stella) if she wanted a coffee.
The whole event was amazing. i was serving coffees backstage and started at 6 (after three of the guys I was working with had been setting up since 4) making espressos backstage. There was this massive dressing room that was filled with models, dressers, photographers, hair and make-up people, assistants, interns and us in the middle of it, serving drinks.
A few of us were serving coffees out the front to the press, once they arrived for the show and got to serve coffees to Salma Hayek and Beth Ditto. Apparently Kanye West and Paul McCartney were also there, but backstage I mostly talked to models and photographers and generally had fun.
We also managed to have Sunday afternoon in Paris. Simone, Yasmin and I walked around the left bank, went into the Notre Dame and saw the Louvre.
Because it was a work trip, I also had a completely different experience from my usual travels - we got to eat in lovely restaurants and stayed in a nice hotel.
I can honestly say that (even without Paris trips) that I have never enjoyed a job so much and really felt like I'm doing something meaningful and challenging.