Twenty Questions with Jessica Thomson
Welcome to Twenty Questions!
Every week I invite a twenty-something onto the blog and share their responses to twenty quick-fire, intimate questions. No one featured on Twenty Questions is a public figure, and most of these people I don’t know very well, or at all. My hope is that by taking a peek into someone else’s soul you will realise that, despite our fundamental differences, we still have similar insecurities, make similar mistakes and have fought similar battles to become the people we are today.
What is your full name?
Jessica Suzanne Thomson.
How old are you?
How old do you feel?
I have always felt a bit older than I actually am. I’ve always been surrounded by people who are older than me. I am by far the youngest in my family on both my mother and father’s sides and my parent’s are comparatively older than my friend’s.
Where were you born, and where do you live now?
Born and raised in Auckland, and I now live in London.
What do you do for work?
I am the Visual Merchandising and Projects Manager of Space Brands Ltd. We are the sister brand to Space NK (a gorgeous beauty apothecary retailer here in the UK). Space Brands Ltd is the owner of EVE LOM, Kevyn Aucoin and Lipstick Queen. I do the visual merchandising and project management for all three of our brands globally, this also includes all 68 Space NK stores across the UK. We work in the same office as Space NK and are the essentially the same team, but multi-faceted. I also work with international retailers such as Le Bon Marche in Paris, La Rinascente in Italy, El Cortes Ingles in Spain, Sephora, as well as MECCA Cosmetica and Maxima in Australia and New Zealand. UK is huge for us too, which means working with department stores such as Selfridges, Liberty, Harrods, John Lewis and Debenhams. I am so lucky that I get to travel to so many wonderful places with my work.
What do you do for fun?
Without a doubt, vintage shopping. It’s my favourite thing in the whole world. Getting lost in second hand clothes on a Saturday with a coffee in hand. I also adore listening to music. Sometimes I can sit on my bed after work, pop my headphones in and just listen to music for hours, organising my playlists. My collection of taste when it comes to music is extremely varied, spanning across many decades and genres. Suffice to say, plenty of music on my playlists to last me for hours.
Did you go to university? If so, what did you study? If not, why?
I studied Fashion Design at AUT. I majored in Female Tailoring in my final year, creating a collection based off the YSL ‘Le Smoking’ suit. At the time, I was desperate to be a fashion designer but I quickly realised that although I love the fashion industry with all my heart, designing clothes is not the right space for me. I believe there is no such thing as “wasted learning” (something my mother taught me), and even though I now work in Beauty VM I still learnt so much through my degree. Above all I made some of my dearest friends through my time studying and for that I am so thankful.
What is your favourite movie of all time?
That is a really difficult question for me to answer because I just love watching movies – they are the ultimate escapism. Sometimes I feel like I have seen every movie ever made (she exaggerates). Recently I saw ‘Call Me by Your Name’ and I couldn’t stop thinking about it for like a week. A classic for me is ‘Ferris Buellers Day Off’ for the fashion, general 80’s fabulousness of it all and the LOLs. But gun to my head favourite movie of ALL time: ‘Forest Gump’.
What is the biggest risk you have ever taken that has paid off?
Moving to London, starting a whole new life, new friends, new job, new home… I don’t think I even realised I was doing it until I was on the plane? Best risk I ever took though. I needed change in my life and some time to see the world and discover myself, which London has totally done for me. It was my biggest risk but also the best decision I have ever made. I was very lucky to have my boyfriend Ari with me for the move and we now live together here in London. It’s fab.
Hardest moment of your twenties so far?
Leaving New Zealand for London. Particularly leaving my parents. They are amazing and so supportive, but that made me sad because I feel like I am missing out on valuable time with them. I was also so stuck in my routine and lifestyle in NZ; I loved my job, my friends, and general existence, so moving countries really shook everything up for me.
Best moment of your twenties so far?
Travelling Europe and the UK with Ari. We have so much fun together when we are abroad. We laugh, marvel at the sights and eat, eat, eat!! What I love about living in London is that we can come home and leave again within the same week to go somewhere new. It’s so easy and outrageously cheap!
Who do you miss?
I miss my friends back home so, so much. I see something and think that they would love it, or maybe I hear something funny and wish I could laugh with them. It’s those little moments that we take for granted when we’re all close by.
What do you like the most about yourself?
My style. Being unique and my “true self” is really important to me. I also like to think I have a wicked sense of humour.
What do you like the least about yourself?
I would describe myself as mostly an extravert, but sometimes if I am feeling down, stressed or anxious (which can happen a lot), I can become extremely introverted and insecure, resulting in keeping to myself for periods of time.
If you had toget a tattoo, what would you get? If you already have tattoos, which is your favourite and why?
I would love to get a little tattoo at some point in the near future actually – it’s been on my mind! Something no bigger than my thumbnail. I think it’s more about the meaning of the tattoo as opposed to the actual tattoo itself. For example, I would love to get one of my close friends, Makaira Lee, to design it for me (she is a super talented graphic artist and has so many epic tattoos). I would want to do it when I’m somewhere special, maybe travelling, that way whenever I look at it I will be reminded of a special time and place, and the person who helped create it.
How would your friends describe you?
Silly, funny, caring, laid-back and a little bit flaky when it comes to plans…
How would your parents describe you?
Hard working, hilarious, sensible, mature.
When was the last time you cried?
Watching Bohemian Rhapsody at the cinema last Thursday.
What are you afraid of?
Loss and not being successful/not doing something big with my life (big by my own standards).
If you could start your twenties again, what would you do differently?
Trust myself more, just throw myself into more things and be more confident within myself and my style – although my twenties are still very much in the early days, so I am living by these wishes as we speak. I’ll let you know in six years how I got on!