GLOBETROTTING IN STYLE

April 20, 2011 at 7:42 pm (Uncategorized)

So It’s been forever since I’ve blogged, but amazing things are happening- I’m a half of a country away from most of my loved ones and this is the best way I can share my life with you.

Since interning at ELLE and working at the global PR firm, I learned a few things- I wanted to travel, live on the east coast, and plan events. Me, being me, made it happen.

I moved to DC for me, for love, for thrills, for a new chapter, for a powerful city, and for my career.

As you know, I started doing events for the Department of Defense. It was good for a first gig, made a lot of connections with powerful people, but it wasn’t what I wanted. I knew I wanted more. I’m now planning meetings/conferences and events for the Taxation Section of the American Bar Association– a total dream.

After two weeks there, I went to New Orleans for a week- the conference was a success, and I ate all the oysters, alligator and beignets I could. The conference was at the Ritz Carlton. My first day, after pre-con with the hotel staff- I walked into my room where I discovered a chocolate sculpture and lovely note welcoming me.

Even though I was working long, hard days, we always ended them exploring- Bourbon Street, hurricanes (a drink), Pat O’Briens, the Columns and more..

We left no stone unturned and I left NOLA exhausted. Having the hotel staff bring me slippers and sugar free redbulls helped me make it through the week too : ) Being in NOLA was also amazing because it gave me a chance to meet up with an old roommate from NYC who lives there. Of course, she showed me a good time.

I came home to my man, flowers and a clean apartment. Then I had two weeks of work back in DC to get ready for our next conference- which happened to be in PARIS.

So I’ll get right to it. The morning before I left for Paris I got a bbm (Blackberry message) from my boss- “Can’t wait to see you! Paris is waiting and we’ve saved the fun for you!”- I broke down. God has blessed me in so so so many ways. I have so much to thank him for, and I don’t even know where to begin…I pray that one day I can bring God as much happiness and satisfaction in my life as he has so graciaously given me.

…after some tears and a long prayer, I continued packing- a multiple hour long ordeal for me, as you can imagine how many shoes and cute dresses I wanted to bring. That morning, my boyfriend’s dad, a pilot for United asked me what seat I’d be in on my flight. He wanted to ensure I was taken care of. I began to board and a flight attendant approached me, said he would be taking care of me and bumped me up to first class.
I had a day of work ahead when I got to Paris, so I tried to calm my excitement and get some sleep. I woke up to a delicately wrapped bottle of wine and a note to call the United staff if I needed anything in Paris… things only got better from there.

The conferences we plan are top of the line, first-class-all-the-way. We make sure our attendees are happy and we enjoy the rest. So naturally, the hotel I was put up in was the best hotel in Paris—LUXURIOUS, to say the least.

A colleague and I had breakfast; I had my first decadent French croissant and went up to my room- with a walk-in closet, huge marble bathroom and my own terrace.

I had meetings sporadically throughout the week, but the conference was only two days- so we had time to enjoy the city- and WE DID!

My colleagues are amazing, fun, hilarious, caring and wonderful to be around. We spent time exploring taking pictures and dining in the finest of restaurants, drinking more Moet (champagne) than water. I had frog legs, veal, duck, foie gras, goat, lamb, steaks served with bone marrow….and more!

Vegetarians don’t know what they’re missing and the food network can be so educational. Thank goodness we walked everywhere we could and I power-shopped for exercise- or each three course meal would’ve added up.

The conference was another success, Paris was nothing short of a dream and I left with the most gratitude in the world for my hard-working boss and the American Bar Association. I also left with a new designer bag- which you all should expect of me by now. I was sad to leave the pleasant people, the French designer fabulosity, the food and the hotel, but there’s nothing like a couple mimosas and great company in the airport to ease the pain of leaving Paris.

I slept most of the 7 hour plane ride home and woke to my boss- thanking me for my hard work, letting me know how happy she was I could come to Paris, and gifting me with jewelry from her favorite French designer- incredible, I know.

Now I have a month in DC (but plan to visit NYC sometime again in that time frame), one major conference at the Grand Hyatt, and then I’m off to MIAMI for a week in June…. So stay tuned.

Thank you all for always supporting me, letting me dream, allowing me to live, and for simply being family. I love you!

Keeping my eyes on the stars and feet on the ground,
Brit

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My summer in the city cont…

July 9, 2009 at 2:43 am (Uncategorized)

OK, OK, so I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything new, but I’m busy people- busy, busy!

ELLE is still fabulous, as are my friends and NYC family. ITMG, the global PR firm I’m at, is so great. I’ll begin where I last left off, my birthday.

I was working at ITMG the day of my birthday, and because we are located on Madison Avenue (famous for high fashion and shopping), my boss allowed me to shop for a birthday outfit on my lunch break. Yes, I know I’m lucky, and yes, I love my life here. Once I found a dress for my birthday, I came back to the office, where I was presented with a chocolate cake while my coworkers sang happy birthday in Italian, French and English.

Work there is awesome. I sit at my own mahogany desk, next to the CEO, where I contribute, in a positive and productive manner to ongoing projects. I work hands on with our already reputable clients and learn something new each day. Go to www.itpublicrelations.com to find out more about ITMG.

At Justin Timberlake's restaurant on my birthday

At Justin Timberlake's restaurant on my birthday

For my actual birthday, I went to eat at Justin Timberlake’s restaurant, Southern Hospitality, with about 20 friends. There my friend Molly, who happens to waitress there, brought me free appetizers and desert. We sat at a table next to Diem and Joanna from the Real World/Road Rules show on MTV.

Aside from work, I’m just enjoying all the city has to offer: late night sirens, the soothing hum and vibrations of the MTA subways and the sea of men in business suits in the morning outside Starbucks on 49th and Broadway (ELLE is at 50th and Broadway).

Central Park

Central Park

I’ve also started frequenting my favorite places in the city. Central Park is perfect to run, clear my mind, and catch some sun. The piers along the Hudson River bring fresh air straight to my nostrils. And of course I’ve found delicious restaurants that offer fairly priced drinks after a long week of work.

Me at the Met with one of my roommates

Me at the Met with one of my roommates

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the Met, is also a favorite spot of mine.

I must also mention the fourth of July here was incredible. Google “Macy’s fireworks 2009,” and click on the first thing that pops up. There you can read about the “40000 shells exploding at a rate of more than 1500 per minute,” over the Hudson River for about 30 minutes. I watched the glorious and patriotic display on a blocked off section by the river where I was so close each explosion felt like a deep thump on my chest. The bright lights, loud crackles and subtle reverberations gave me chills that can only be described as incredible.

I have about 4.5 weeks left here in New York City, and I’m trying to savor it like an overpriced, yet delicious and succulent bite of shrimp risotto in Little Italy. It’s going to be hard to leave this place.

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New York City Summer Cont.

June 10, 2009 at 3:24 am (Uncategorized)

So far my internship experience at ELLE has been phenomenal. It’s surreal, glamorous and hard work. Because of the number of us and the somewhat long work hours, most interns are part-time, including me now. Consequently, I’ve picked up another internship at ITMG, a fashion-forward public relations firm. I start working there June 11.

I am dealing with confidential editorial content on a daily basis at ELLE, and I’ve signed a contract stating that I will not blog about my internship there. As a result, I’ll tell you more about my time at ITMG, if they allow it, and I’ll continue to talk about my time in the city.

In New York, there’s always something to do, and there is always something new to see. So, to make the most of our time here, my friends and I have made a list of everything we want to do and see while we are here. For the past week, in our free time, my roommates and I have been making check marks on our list.

South Street Seaport

South Street Seaport

We went to the South Street Seaport, which is on the water. It provides a spectacular view of the Brooklyn Bridge, and the seafood there is delicious. We’ve gone to Central Park on various occasions to tan and cool off in the fountains. And we have tested out various night clubs, where girls get in free, of course. At one hot spot, The Pour House, a bar close to my area, my roommates saw Whitney Port from the MTV shows, “The City,” and “The Hills.”

Living in a dorm here was the best decision I could have made. I have a meal plan, so I don’t have to worry about starving or money for food, and I’ve met so many people here going through the same things as me. We’ve all moved away from home, we’re all on our own, trying to get ahead in life. Because of that shared experience, we’ve formed a bond, and the people I’ve met have become my family away from home.

A down side to living in the dorm is that when one person gets sick the entire floor seems to be infected. One guy, living down the hall from me moved in sick. Within days he went home and was hospitalized with a high fever. He came back to the city on Sunday, and he along with our NYU family went to a movie together. We saw “The Hangover,” which I highly recommend; it’s hilarious. That night, as we were walking back to the dorm, I realized I didn’t feel well at all. One guy offered me medicine, and another offered me vitamin C and a thermometer. I had a temperature of 101.7.

Even though I was sick, I still attended work on Monday, because I didn’t want to make a bad impression by missing a day my second week at ELLE. Around 2:00 p.m. an editor went home sick. Then I found out an intern went home sick the week before, and then, I was sent home early enough to make a stop at the NYU Health Center. There, I was told I had a virus, I was contagious, and I was advised not to return to work for at least 48 hours. And so, I’m spending most of my day today sleeping and recuperating. My friends and roommates are taking good care of me.

I hope to be well for work tomorrow morning, for my first day at ITMG Thursday, and for my birthday on Friday. Although I wish my loved ones in Nebraska could be here, I can’t wait to celebrate turning 22 with my New York family and friends.

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A New York City Summer

May 28, 2009 at 4:11 pm (Uncategorized)

ELLE Magazine

ELLE Magazine

I just moved to New York City for a summer internship at ELLE Magazine—a total dream. For all you reading this right now, hard work pays off!

June 1st will be my first day interning at ELLE Magazine.

Although I lived in NYC for a short while in high school, and have visited numerous times, moving to the city alone for the summer has been a different sort of adventure. I am excited about the journey I’m about to embark on, but I’m also sad and already missing my loved ones at home.

I had to fly here, because after all, parking in NYC is crazy expensive and what Nebraskan could drive in Manhattan anyway? Flying forced me to pack 300 pounds, or three months of clothes, shoes, bedding, towels and necessities, into 6 suitcases. Items that could be purchased in New York but couldn’t be packed stayed behind in Lincoln.

Lucky for me, there’s a K-Mart right down the block from my dorm. I’ve already taken advantage of the prices and purchased a fan, hangers, an iron and other items I couldn’t fit in my luggage. But now, I’m faced with a dilemma. How will I ever get everything home? Ship it or toss it?

I arrived in the city May 23, and so far I’ve unpacked, mastered the subway, gotten familiar with the beautiful neighborhood, and gone out for sushi and sake with my fabulous roommates.

I’m living in NYU for the next 12 weeks. When I got my room assignment, I didn’t know if I would have zero, one, or two roommates. When I moved in, I discovered my four roommates: Lauren from Pittsburg, who is interning at MTV, Faye from Chicago, who is interning at Tractenberg and Co., a fashion PR company, Katie, from New Orleans, who is interning at Marie Claire Magazine, and Catherine, from Canada, a dancer at the American Ballet Theatre.

I can’t seem to get over how cool all of our internships/jobs are. We shall conquer the city together!

The view outside my window

The view outside my window

Our apartment style dorm is huge, and we all have our own walk-in closet — thank goodness—even better, outside the three oversized windows in my room is a stunning cathedral.

This weekend, my roommates and I are either headed to the Hamptons, Jersey Shore or Saratoga for sun and some fun. Stay tuned and I’ll tell you all about my summer in the city.

Note to family: The city is only as expensive as you make it. You’ll be happy to know that good deals aren’t hard to find, and having friends here helps. Love you and miss you.

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Donations make prom possible

May 4, 2009 at 7:08 pm (Uncategorized)

It’s prom season, and a local event has made prom possible for high school girls of low-income families.

Jean Kamrath, a nurse at Columbus High School, started and organized the “closet extravaganza,” which provides girls living in the surrounding area prom dresses, shoes and accessories when their parents cannot afford to buy it all for them.

“Every girl deserves to look like and feel like a princess at least one day in her life,” said Kamrath.

Kamrath, 57, has been at Columbus High for about 20 years. Two years ago, Kamrath had a student with diabetes in the nurses’ office numerous times a day checking her blood sugar levels. Kamrath said, “I noticed that she had ratty jeans and no coat, and frankly, looked like an orphan.”

Kamrath said she felt badly for the girl and asked her daughter, Molly, a senior at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, to dig through her closet for clothes to donate to the student. “I had asked her about some good dresses knowing that she (the Columbus student) would not be able to go to the prom- or any dance for that matter.”

Kamrath also had her daughter ask friends to donate clothes via Facebook. “I called some parents, talked to the principals, organized some helpers and the event began,” said Kamrath.

Last year, Kamrath was able to collect about 100 dresses for donation and about 60 girls showed up.

About a month ago, Kamrath hosted the event for a second time. This time, there were about 1,000 articles of clothing, 300 pairs of shoes and a few tables of jewelry. There were about 20 volunteers and students who owed community service time came to help set up. The extra clothing went to local charities.

Abby Gross, a friend of Molly Kamrath, donated clothing to the event. She said, “For many girls, prom and homecoming is such an exciting time. It takes months to prepare for, and some dread it because they can’t afford a fantastic dress. For a lot of people this is their only option.”

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Lincoln Salons say business is good

May 4, 2009 at 6:18 pm (Uncategorized)

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The economic outlook might be grim, but Lincoln residents are looking good.

“Even if I lose money, I’ll find enough to make sure I don’t look like crap,” said Britney Batt, a senior, pre-med and Spanish major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The recession might be creeping in on Nebraskans, but Lincoln salons are thriving. In a time when jobs and income are being cut, people still get their hair cut.

“We’re growing at an even more rapid pace than we were last year,” said Jason McLaughlin, the owner of I?S Studio Salon, a high-end salon in Lincoln.

He said they are fortunate to have clients willing to consistently pay more than $100 for a haircut and color. “We’re very blessed to be in Lincoln right now,” said McLaughlin. “We might be less affected than other places.”

McLaughlin said that in economic hardship, going to a salon might be a way to lift gloomy spirits. “Having their hair done is an enjoyment to them, so (clients) are willing to make some sacrifices for beauty,” he said.

Sherry Rybij, co-owner of Utopia Salon and Day Spa in Lincoln, said after comparing figures, her salon is also doing better than previous years. Rybij said Utopia is a middle of the range salon when it comes to prices. Clients pay about $70 for a haircut, color and style.

Lower-end salons are doing well too. Rich Barnes, director of salon services and marketing at Cost Cutters in Lincoln, said, “We’ve seen an increase in value-minded customers lately.”

Barnes said the increased business is because of a growing cliental. “I think high-end salons have definitely taken a hit.” He said Cost Cutters has “caught” the people coming from high-end salons.

Rybij disagrees. She said, “I think we are in a different league; we don’t really have to compete with them.”

Out of the area salons interviewed, none have adjusted prices, and only Cost Cutters said they increased marketing strategies.

Barnes said Cost Cutters increased the number of TV and radio ads. They have also incorporated direct mail into their marketing strategy. He said, “We try to get it out there that we offer services at good prices.”

At Cost Cutters, customers pay about $50 for a haircut and hair color.

Barnes said the increase in business at Cost Cutters could be because of a shift in image. He said some people think, “Well, they’re cheap so I’m going to get a cheap haircut. And that’s definitely not what happens.”

“Right now we’re really customer service oriented. We’ve made it a point to try and keep the customers coming from high-end salons,” said Barnes. “Quite frankly, they receive the same haircut at our salons.”

Rybij said she is optimistic and doesn’t think her salon will be affected by competition or the recession.

Batt regularly goes to a high-end salon in Omaha, but she said, “I’ll probably always go to the same place to get my hair done. I’m picky and know they do a good job.”

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Local visual merchandising and the economy

May 4, 2009 at 5:27 pm (Uncategorized)

Visual merchandising is like makeup. If woman wears makeup every day people might see her as eye-catching, but won’t notice her makeup. If the same woman goes a day without makeup, people notice, and might see her as less attractive.

“Whenever you incorporate visual merchandising, you increase sales,” said Sandra Starkey, a professor of visual merchandising at UNL. She said engaging windows and displays will increase consumer traffic and in turn will boost sales.

Awesome Louis Vuitton window in New York City

Awesome Louis Vuitton window in New York City

Visual Merchandising, or the process of subliminally leading a customer from the shop window to a product, just might be the key to staying afloat during the recession as a retailer. Consumers don’t directly notice the efforts of visual merchandisers, but without them, retailers might suffer in the sales department.

“It’s particularly important for smaller retailers because it can give them a competitive edge,” Starkey said.

Bottega Veneta window in New York City

Bottega Veneta window in New York City

Visual merchandisers are responsible for the well designed windows that catch the attention of potential customers walking by and for the strategically placed products that consumers find easily accessible. But in tough economic times, visual merchandising has gone out the window at places like Westfield Shoppingtown, where Starkey used to work as a freelance visual merchandiser.

Since her time there, the mall is under new management and does not hire outside help for visual merchandising assistance.

“They’ve eliminated a lot of services they offered the merchants and customers,” Starkey said. “It definitely had something to do with the economy.” For example, the service kiosks are gone.

Starkey said, “Everyone is trying to do all they can to do things in house. And sadly, it’s not done well.”

In an article on VMSD.com Steve Kaufman, the editor of a visual merchandising magazine said, “Struggling retailers are blaming the economy—tight credit, the threat of rising joblessness and plunging consumer confidence. All are fair concerns. But perhaps they mask other operational or strategic mistakes these companies have been making all along.” He went on to say, “Smart retailing is smart retailing, in good times and bad.”

Once place benefitting from visual merchandising right now is Wilderness Ridge Golf Club. There sales are currently up about 3 percent from last year. Joanna Engleman, the visual merchandiser at the Golf Club, said this is unusual because competitor’s sales are down. She said, “Most golf shops in Lincoln don’t have visual merchandisers though.”

At Wilderness Ridge Golf Club Engleman is in charge of the creative visions for all the displays including a window in the restaurant, an outside window and set-ups in the store. She changes all the displays every two weeks to maintain consumer interest. Engleman must also adjust the displays if a customer purchases merchandise directly from the display. She said in that case it’s good because it means she’s doing her job.

“The clothing we have in the shop is a huge part of our annual income and profit,” she said. “We have a lot of out-of-towners coming in for events, and they want something from the shop with our logo. So, I have to make (the merchandise) presentable to make it sell.”

Starkey said, “(Customers) notice the product just not what brought their attention to it.”

“I just stopped at American Eagle because I saw they had new stuff in the window,” said Krysta Bialon, a senior nursing major at UNL. “I spent about 200 dollars.”

Starkey said, “(Visual merchandising) is like a lot of advertising, it’s hard to directly calculate the results.”

She said visual merchandising is like dressing for an interview. “It’s your first impression. You wouldn’t go to an interview dressed in a scruffy t-shirt. It’s all about presenting yourself in a way that sells.”

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Local discount store thrives despite recession

May 4, 2009 at 5:05 pm (Uncategorized)

Bargain hunting is more than a hobby during a recession. For some Lincoln residents, it’s become a lifestyle, and local clothing stores are noticing the change.

“If my mom’s paying for it, I’ll buy it full price. But If I have to pay for it, I look for a good deal,” said Elizabeth Sand, a senior nutrition science major at UNL.

As consumers search for ways to save, secondhand stores and discount stores may have an advantage during times of economic hardship. An article on istockanalyst.com suggests that Americans are “showing an enthusiasm for thriftiness.”

The Black Market

The Black Market

The Black Market, a local secondhand store, is currently up 25 percent in sales compared to last year. People can bring their gently used clothing in to the store and exchange it for new items. Consumers are
drawn to the store because of the low prices on barely worn apparel.

Looks from Two 64

Looks from Two 64

Two64, a hip menswear store located in downtown Lincoln, just closed. The owners were unavailable for comment, but Juliane Glasco co-owner of Stella, a Lincoln based clothing boutique said, “Two64 didn’t have a strong niche in Lincoln as far as merchandise and price points go.”

Rialto Extra, a vintage clothing boutique located in Lincoln, also recently closed. In a Journal Star article the owner, Ericka Flanders, said she closed the boutique because she was ready to move on to something else. There was no mention of financial hardship.

Glasco is optimistic about business at Stella despite a 5 percent decrease in sales compared to a year ago. She said, “I think once the market evens out a bit people won’t be so scared to keep shopping and doing what they were doing before the recession.”

Glasco attributes the recent decrease in sales at Stella to the store’s reliance on college students. She said students’ parents are likely to be saving right now, and the effects are trickling down to her business. To challenge the trend she said she tries to keep the price points at Stella “as low as possible.”

“I’ve never walked into Stella because I heard it was pricy,” said Sand. “I tend to think about prices more now; I’m a discount shopper.”

“During these times people want the best value for their money,” Toby Burnham said. “When the economy turns around we’ll do just that much better.”

Burnham, the manager of The Black Market, said the store first opened in October of 2004 and has experienced great success since. This month the store is already up 5 percent compared to March. “And it’s only the beginning of the month,” Burnham said.

The Black Markets former north store location

The Black Market's former north store location

The store hasn’t always seen sunshine and rainbows though. April 6, The Black Market closed its second Lincoln store less than a year after opening. It was located at 2808 N 48th St.

Burnham said the north store location first opened in July. “It wasn’t quite the right neighborhood,” he said. “And with bad economic hardship it wasn’t the right time to jump into something like that.”

The merchandise that filled the north location will be moved to the downtown location. The staff at The Black Market is currently rearranging the downtown store to make room for the influx of inventory.

Burnham said they relocated the merchandise instead of having a sale to encourage buyers because they knew the articles would sell just fine at the downtown location. He said, “We would take a handful and bring it downtown and we didn’t even have enough time to get a price on it and it’d sell.”

Burnham sees a bright future ahead for The Black Market. “I definitely think we are progressing,” he said. “The longer we’re here the more we know. And we’re getting better about getting in what people want to buy.”

Burnham believes by helping the planet they are also drawing in a wave of environmentally conscious customers. The Black Market encourages consumers to use reusable shopping bags. The store also provides unique services such as screen printing and alterations. Burnham thinks distinctive services contribute to the success of The Black Market.

Glasco said she’s not worried about the future of Stella even though she’s seen other local boutiques go under. She plans to combat the recession with email blasts. She said this will drive traffic to the boutique’s new Web site and will constantly update her clients on promotional items or sales.

“We just have to stay on top of it with good customer service,” Glasco said. “As long as we stay on top of what our customers are wanting to see, I think it’ll be fine I’m not worried.”

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New Media in the Fashion World: Blogging, Twitter and Facebook

April 16, 2009 at 8:04 pm (Uncategorized)

Jane Hirt, the managing editor of the Chicago Tribune and former founding editor of RedEye, recently visited UNL.

She showed this awesome video that put my future career path into perspective.

We are living in an era age of change. The journalism industry, the fashion-journalism industry, creative industries and the job market is changing. So our (everyone smart enough to read this blog) best defense right now is to be marketable and get familiar with technology.

As our president would say, “Yes we can,” adapt to this change. Jump into the industry and compete! Jane Hirt, in talking about the success of RedEye, said, “Competition makes people better.”—So, here’s my advice to you: get your running shoes, or sky high Manolo Blahnik stilettos on and, join in the race of this fast paced, ever-changing job market.

Here are a few ways to start making yourself marketable!!—“You can tell a story in many different ways,” said Hirt.

Blog: Blog often, and publish meaningful, relevant content. Don’t start a blog if you don’t plan on updating it, and don’t start a blog if you are going to clog a search engine with empty chatter. Include links and pictures. Think in terms of interactivity and visuals.

Here are a few good fashion blogs. Check them out!

http://fashionarchives.wordpress.com/
http://blog.chickdowntown.com/?gclid=CJXwiZyT9pkCFQkzawodGFudQg
http://iamfashion.blogspot.com/

Twitter: Figure out what Twitter is if you haven’t already. Follow the right people, and get in the know. This social networking Web site is genius for journalists because it provides millions of stories and new topics regarding issues you care about (you chose who/what topics to follow). The information at your fingertips is invaluable; take advantage of it.

As a side note, you can join to simply follow other people or topics, but I challenge you to tweet. Tweet about something with substance and significance.

Here are some good people to follow on Twitter for fashion related topics and links:
@womensweardaily
@elle_com
@teen_vogue
@fashioncareers

Facebook: Create a profile on Facebook. Be careful though, as with all online content, once you put it on the Web it’s out there for good. Keep your profiles clean and classy if you’re using it to market yourself professionally. If you’re not up for networking on the site, consider creating your own website. This is a great way to show off an e-portfolio filled with all your glorious work.

Feel free to find me, Brittney Schuessler, on Facebook!

My only other advice is to not be afraid of technology. Embrace it, and learn all you can, while you can. Learn about videography and find access to editing software. Check out your school’s computer store and find great deals on Adobe Creative Suite products.

And lastly, network, network, network.

This is what I’ve learned. Go out there and learn something for yourself. Knowledge is power.

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Interview Attire

April 2, 2009 at 5:08 am (Uncategorized)

As I prepare to embark on my own set of interviews for internships. I realize that finding something to wear for an interview is challenging. Finding something to wear when you want to work in the fashion industry is even harder. The bar is raised because you are expected to be knowledgeable of the latest trends, on top of have some awareness of general interview attire.

My advice to anyone about to dress for success, do your research. Find out the company’s aesthetic and consider the current employees’ day to day garments.

About.com provides a very, white and black, nondescript guide.

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Women’s Interview Attire

• Solid color, conservative suit
• Coordinated blouse
• Moderate shoes
• Limited jewelry
• Neat, professional hairstyle
• Tan or light hosiery
• Sparse make-up & perfume
• Manicured nails
• Portfolio or briefcase

Ann Taylor has a beautiful suit collection, for people who are looking to find something listed above.

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Men’s Interview Attire

• Solid color, conservative suit
• White long sleeve shirt
• Conservative tie
• Dark socks, professional shoes
• Very limited jewelry
• Neat, professional hairstyle
• Go easy on the aftershave
• Neatly trimmed nails
• Portfolio or briefcase

I admittedly know less about men’s fashion than I’d like to, but theguidetomenssuits.com will help any of you men reading my blog right now.

Dressing for an interview is more complicated than a simple list though. Really, interview attire is all about the job you want. About.com’s lists might work for an accountant position, but if you work in a creative field, you might want to, well, get creative.

Collegefashion.net provides good sample outfits in addition to advice. For example, the site says, “When you’re interviewing for a job in a creative field, you can usually dress a little more creatively for the interview. Unless you’re sure that the office will be very casual, dress fairly formally, adding personal touches like a bright handbag to your outfit. Don’t be afraid to show off your personality, but keep your look chic and classy at all times.”

As if you don’t already have enough to think about, color is something else to consider.

Color-wheel-pro.com says, “Red is a very emotionally intense color.” You should probably avoid it for interviews. “Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation… Bright, pure yellow is an attention getter… Blue is a masculine color; according to studies, it is highly accepted among males..”

You should also use common sense when getting dressed for your interview. Make sure you aren’t showing too much skin, your clothes are pressed, and your nails, hair and make-up are neutral and not distracting.

Happy job and internship hunting, and good luck on the interviews.

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