As a blogger and advocate of style, I make it my duty to get the inside scoop on what's going on in the fashion world so I can dish to you guys on all the latest trends and shopping steals. Between attending Sephora's Sweet 15th, shopping for my latest must haves, and more shopping at Alice + Olivia's sample sale, I'd say my day's been fairly eventful. Check out what what trouble I got myself in...
SEPHORA'S SWEET 15th
I kicked off the day by taking part in Allure's celebration of Sephora's 15th year of being open this morning at their store location in Union Square. I had a great time at all the stations they had set up (nail bar, Urban Decay makeup makeover, Clarisonic demo, and St. Tropez spray on tan, and photo booth for post makeovers), not to mention all the freebies I got to take home. Allure's beauty editor even stopped by to share some of her summer beauty tips (I couldn't resist complimenting her on her adorable fuchsia DVF dress), saying sea salt spray was one of her summer must haves for that perfect beach wave. (Click here to learn how to make your own!) Other trends include a coral lip and silver eyes. Not to be worn together necessarily.
The first 20 people at each station received a goodie bag filled with lots of things that would make a makeup lover gush with excitement. Here's what I took home! (Urban Decay eye shadow primer, eye pencil, and makeup setting spray, sample Naked foundation, sample Marc Jacobs perfume, St. Tropez self tanning lotion...and more.)
FREE PEOPLE SHOPPING
After the party, I headed to one of my absolute favorite stores, Free People. Back home, we don't have (m)any FP stores (only stores who carry the line) so you better believe I'm up in all the FPs NYC has to offer. It's such a tranquil place to shop to get away from all the city chaos, not to mention the incredible pieces that never cease to please me. Love it!
ALICE + OLIVIA SAMPLE SALE
I found out from my new Pulsd app that Alice + Olivia was having a sample sale today until 4pm. I was not about to miss out on up to 70% savings! The isles and open fitting room were tightly packed with tons of garments and scavengers ready to pounce...I was shamelessly one of them. But not in vain, I scored a pair of black suede ankle booties that are as unbelievably comfortable as they are high. My other find was a pair of extra long navy flair denim that looks killer with extra high heels (got them for $48- originally $198).
Needless to say, my arms were aching from all the bags I had to carry home on the subway...but let's be real...it was totally worth it!
When I was growing up, paying a friday night visit to the movie rental store was what I looked forward to all week. Feeling a bit nostalgic (as I often do), I walked into a video store in Brooklyn the other night, coming across some old VHSes that reminded me of that excitement I had felt as a kid. You're probably wondering how this relates to fashion. Well, 90s style has made quite a comeback this season. I may still have been a fashionista in training during this decade, there are some looks that will forever be etched in my mind. For example, remember Cameron Diaz's first ever film role as Tina Carlyle in the 1994 film, The Mask? Of course you do. She was the epitome of all things a girl wants to be and what every man wants. Let's be honest. When thinking of how iconic her wardrobe was in this comedy, one look has always stood out to me, her black and white vertical striped dress. Interestingly enough, I've noticed a bit of similar looks resurfacing and decided to put together STS's very first 'fashion fast forward' post, taking a look at popular outfits from past decades, and how they can be translated to today's fashions. For a more updated approach to Diaz's long sleeved dress, I found this fitted pencil skirt by Nasty Gal. Pair it with a trendy bustier and you're sure to get noticed this summer.
Embracing the summer in a sleeveless ombre top and adorable detailed shorts. Heading to Pride this evening to support!
Ombre chambray button-up top, Necessary Clothing
Shorts, Forever 21
Necklace, Francesca's Collections
Chunky heel booties, Charlotte Russe
Check out the new claws! Treated myself to a mani/pedi this morning after the gym. Might have to pay the nail salon more frequent visits after doing all this city walking everyday! I've been growing my nails out for a bit and filing them in a fresh, sharp almond shape. I decided to give triangles a try and I'm loving it!
THE LOOK Leather pencil skirt, The Row, $2,024 Pointed toe pumps, St. Laurent, $1,075 Goat hair jacket, Emilio Pucci, $2,835 Clutch, Michael Kors, $108 Black and white bustier, Sass & Bide, $150 Spiked bangles, Boohoo, $8
The first step is networking. If you're not a social butterfly it's time to step out of your cocoon. Surround yourself with like-minded people and people you aspire to be like and always carry your business card with you. Never miss an opportunity to self promote and ALWAYS dress to impress. You never know who's watching. A quote that has seemed to resonate with me since a young age-
“I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little - if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.” -Coco Chanel
Research the company you're interested in interning with and start looking for ways you can connect with someone who works there or who knows someone works there. Reach out to that person and let them know you're interested. Before the interview Rehearse your elevator speech (this is your 30 second or less pitch to sell yourself) and try on your interviewing outfit beforehand to avoid any potential wardrobe malfunctions. When you're prepared, you'll feel at ease and your confidence will be able to truly radiate.
What you need to succeed: Persistence, ambition and passion.
When I applied for my current internship I had to go through several people to assure my portfolio had been received and reviewed. My professional, yet friendly approach got me referred to someone in a higher position, ultimately leading me to the right person I needed to connect with to land me the interview.
Most people do over the phone interviews if they live out of the area. While this option was offered to me, I didn't like the idea of not letting my potential future employer get to see the real me. This provoked me to fly to NYC, where I was able to show off my style, personality, and skill level to prove I was the right girl for the job. I'm a firm believer that going the extra mile sets you apart from the rest.
If you're serious about a career in fashion (or any career for that matter), you won't let anyone or anything stop you. Life is too short not to do what you love. Have a career that makes you want to get you out of bed everyday.
Reflect on what makes you different and capitalize on it.
We all want to fit in, but what about standing out? Whether it's your shining personality or your innovative personal style, don't be afraid to show off a little. At the end of the day, it's you you want them to remember.
Don't worry about what everyone else is doing. FOCUS ON YOU.
I started taking on extra classes back in the fall (22 hours, with new classes (year round) every 11 weeks and only 1 week break in between) because I had planted a seed in my mind and set a goal- I was going to be in NYC this summer- do or die. While other students compared themselves to me thinking they should be doing an internship this summer as well, it was my lack of social life they were overlooking. What may be best for one person isn't necessarily best for someone else. We're all on our own paths to success, so comparing yourself to another person doesn't make you any more or less successful.
After your interview, be sure to send a thank you card letting your interviewer know you appreciated the time they took to speak with you. This is just another chance to impress, so take advantage!
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About to brave the subway for the first time? It can be pretty intimidating if you don't know what you're doing, but I'm here to put your mind at ease! As a first timer myself only a week ago, I have quickly gotten the hang of it. So, have no fear, just read these helpful tips I've come up with for you all and you'll be riding the subway like a pro in no time!
The Hopstop app on your smartphone will become your new best friend, so be sure to download it! You just plug in your start and end destinations and the app will tell you which trains to take and the total time. While it's fabulous, you won't have connection underground so be sure to look up your destination before you head downstairs. If you're an iPhone user and don't mind spending a couple bucks, I'm a first hand witness of the awesomeness that is the KickMap app. Also, a simple map (which you can get for free at any of the station's booths) really comes in handy! For the most part the city is not hard to navigate. That's coming from someone who is terrible with street names and uses landmarks to give directions. 4 tips to not falling on your face on the subway
1. Wide stance
2. Shift your weight to your feet and stand firmly
3. Lean slightly forward
4. Hold on
Even if you get lost, ask someone who seems credible for directions. I have met so many helpful and friendly people since I've been here. The best thing you can do is be assertive, quick on your feet, and quick at making decisions. If you're not comfortable asking someone on the street a question, I advise you to step inside a business and ask an employee. Hotels are use to tourists and know the city well.
Other helpful tips
1. Enter and exit the train quickly
2. Keep as many of your things in your lap as possible. You'll feel better about keeping your things safe and out of the way for other passengers.
3. Always carry hand sanitizer. Need I say more?
4. Don't wear your heels on the subway if you can help it. Most women wear more comfortable shoes on their commute and put on their heels when they've arrived at their destination.
5. Band-aids & gel inserts will help soothe your aching feet from all that walking. Click here for all your purse must-haves.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below!
My name is Mollie and I am currently working on my BA in Fashion Marketing and Merchandising, living in NYC. I have a huge love for styling and getting my creative juice flowing. I shamelessly eat, sleep and breathe fashion. My biggest aspiration is to help women find their inner beauty by providing relatable style tips and advice. I aim to make the world a little more fabulous...one outfit at a time.