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Red Carpet: CFDA Awards 2011

On Monday night, I went to Lincoln Center to watch the arrivals for the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards. I got to see so many famous celebrities, models & fashion designers including Zac Posen, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Jessica Alba, Lady Gaga, Tory Burch, Anna Wintour, Ashley Greene, Michael Kors, Kanye West, and so many more! I even got my picture taken with the one & only Betsey Johnson!

As much as I enjoyed all of the celebrity sightings, what I loved even more was the red carpet fashion. There is just nothing like seeing the red carpet fashion in person – a whole new experience. Here were some of my fashion favorites:

Ashley Olsen in The Row & Mary-Kate Olsen in The Row & Chanel Couture. (WireImage/Mazur)

Ashley Greene in Michael Kors.

Karolina Kurkova in Diane Von Furstenberg

Katie Cassidy in Behnaz Sarafpour.

Alessandra Ambrosio in Prabal Gurung.

How To: Pack for Your Summer Internship

Next week, I will be heading to New York City to intern at a fashion-based public relations company. As excited as I am to be embarking on this new adventure, the thought of packing 11 weeks of clothing in only a few suitcases seems nearly impossible. So what do you actually need?

DO find out what the work atmosphere will be like. If you interviewed with the company in-person, you should have been aware of everything about the office including what people were wearing. If you didn’t interview in-person (or were just too nervous/anxious to be observant), feel free to shoot your internship coordinator a quick email.
DO NOT forget about the weekends! Although you will be spending the majority of your time at the office, don’t forget to bring clothing for weekend activities!
DO research where you will be living. If you are staying in any type of dorm, you will need bedding and other miscellaneous items whether it is a desk lamp, towels or a shower curtain. Decide which of these items to will pack and which you will purchase when you get to the city.
DO NOT over-pack! As hard as it may be, try to only bring the items you absolutely need. For work, I would recommend coming up with a few outfits beforehand. This way you will be able to determine whether you need all of the clothing items that you are packing, how to style each outfit, and how many times you should expect to rotate your outfits. The more room you save for office attire, the more room you will have to bring fun weekend clothing!

So now that we got through all of the do’s and don’ts, what exactly should you wear to your internship? Below are three looks I am loving for a summer internship. Keep in mind that if your work environment is NOT business casual, you should stay more towards Look #3. You might be able to pull off Look #1 but I would wait until you are 100% sure of how everyone else in the office dresses. Better to be overdressed on your first day on the job rather than underdressed.

LOOK ONE: Calypso Butterfly Top; Z Spoke by Zac Posen Skirt; Chinese Laundry Heels. LOOK TWO: Elizabeth & James Blazer; Juicy Couture Bow Dress; Vera Wang Lavender Ballet Flats; Michael Kors Watch. LOOK THREE: Theory Jumpsuit; Theory Blazer; United Bamboo Belt; Black Pumps.

LOOK ONE: I am absolutely in love with this Z Spoke by Zac Posen skirt. I found this skirt at Off Fifth (which is where I score the greatest deals on designer clothing) and found this to be the perfect skirt for an internship. I have it in navy as well. The pink skirt I pair with an ivory top like this. With the navy, I pair it with it’s matching Z Spoke shell for a chic ensemble. These skirts look great with a variety of tops which is perfect for an internship because you can wear it more than once!

LOOK TWO: In a creative industry, you can easily get away with throwing a blazer on top of your favorite day dress in order to make it a bit more internship appropriate. Throw on your favorite watch, a few other accessories and you are good to go!

LOOK THREE: I was so excited when I found this Theory jumpsuit for $17 and Theory blazer for $20 (both at Off Fifth)! They look great when worn separately but are perfect for a more professional work atmosphere when paired together. Throw on a pair of heels, a black skinny belt and you are all set for a full day of interning!

OTHER TIPS & TRICKS

- For your first day or any day you know you will be running around or standing on your feet for long periods of time, wear flats or wedges. Your feet will thank you!
- If you invest in a few different style/color blazers and dress pants – you will be all set. These two items are so easy to mix-and-match and are 100% internship appropriate.
- Make sure to pack a notebook as well! You will want to bring it with you daily to take notes and keep yourself organized.

If you are interning in New York this summer, feel free to shoot me an email or connect with me on Twitter!

A Fashion Year in Review: 2010!

As the end of 2010 is upon us, I wanted to take this time to reflect on the past. As far as fashion, it is clear that this year three brands dominated my heart this year. These three brands include French Connection, Marc by Marc Jacobs & Wildfox Couture. Thinking deeper than that, I compiled a list of my favorite finds this year.

This list included a Theory blazer, Gucci sunglasses, French Connection dress, Michael Kors watch, Wildfox Couture sweatshirt, Marc by Marc Jacobs bag, Juicy Couture riding boots & the Marc by Marc Jacobs perfect purse. Although some of these items made the list because they were a killer deal, they have all become staples in my wardrobe this year.

But of course, this is a time for not only reflecting on fashion, but also on myself personally. 2010 was a major year in my life & I am thankful for everything – the good times and bad.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

-Served as the secretary for FSU’s Collegiate Merchandising Association, ran for 2011 President & lost by one vote but no regrets – everything happens for a reason!
- Became the Public Relations Director for FSU’s CLUTCH Magazine. Instantly began working on finding a way to publish an online version of the magazine (for free, of course!) & starting a blog.
- Completed my first internship with Intern Queen Inc. and will continue on as a campus ambassador next semester
- Met Andrea through my summer internship with Intern Queen Inc. & we collaborated in the fall to create the first-ever #CampusFashion Twitter chat – HUGE success!
- Became a campus ambassador for Kembrel where I began increasing awareness of this awesome website on Florida State’s campus while also saving up money to intern in NYC this summer

After reflecting on all that I have accomplished in one year, I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life & what all year 2011 will bring.

Happy new year everyone & thanks for reading! xoxo

Splurge vs Save: Kate Spade Glitter Pumps

Ever since Kate Spade came out with these New York ‘Charm’ Slingback Pumps, I have been obsessed with them. At a retail price of $325, they are a bit pricey for how often I would wear them. I have finally found the next best thing for one-eighth the price.

The Qupid ‘Neutral-20′ Stiletto Glitter Pumps, although differing in style, looks nearly identical in color. The Kate Spade’s have a bit more silver glitter while the Qupid’s has more pinks. I actually prefer the style of Qupid shoe over the slingback pump because it is easier to wear this shoe with everything. It looks great with skinny jeans and a nice blazer for a fun spin on the typical business casual outfit. You can score this fabulous pair of glitter stilettos for only $39.90 on AKIRA.

Blazer: 3.1 Phillip Lim; Jeans: Victoria Beckham; Top: Go Jane; Watch: Michael Kors

Must-Haves: Fall 2010

Here in Tallahassee, it is slowly starting to feel like fall. What are my must-haves this season?

1. Gold Watch - it seems like everyone is choosing a nice gold watch as their go-to accessory this fall. The leader of this gold watch trend? Michael Kors, of course!

2. Fur Vest – during these cooler months, I am loving the fur vest. Wear a fur vest over a simple long sleeve t-shirt for an ultra-chic yet simple to pull off look.

3. Riding Boots - since buying the perfect brown boots at Coach a few years ago, I have been craving a great pair of black boots. I finally stumbled upon these amazing black Cadley riding boots by Juicy Couture in New York.

4. Deep Red Nail Polish - I am a huge fan of pink nail polish for the spring & summer months but have decided to trade them in for a nice, deep red. If you have an Ulta Beauty store near you, try their brand name nail polish in 34 Plum Street for only $5.

5. Lace Up Booties – I found a pair very similar to the pair shown above at Nordstrom Rack and they are absolutely adorable. They are the perfect shoe to wear to pull off a more Western style look for fall.

6. Double Finger Rings – I have been loving the double finger rings ever since seeing Lauren Conrad’s personalized double finger ring but lately, this trend seems to be popping up everywhere. LF Stores had a great selection of double rings when I went in New York but online, I feel that Topshop has an amazing selection.

7. Long-Sleeved Lace Dress – countless numbers of FSU students showed up in a fabulous lace dress for the CLUTCH Magazine release party which has left me craving one of my own.

What are your fall 2010 must-haves?

Shop Local: Cole Couture

Cole Couture is one of my favorite boutiques in Tallahassee!  Last year, they were voted Best of Tallahassee for Woman’s Clothing.

Selection
Cole Couture claims to cater to the “professional and the professional party girl” and I agree! They have everything any fashionista could want all under one roof. They carry top brands including J Brand, Free People, French Connection, TOMS Shoes, Michael Kors, 7 For All Mankind & more!

Price
The prices vary. From what I have seen, you can spend anywhere from $20-$200.

Atmosphere

My favorite part of this store is the atmosphere. When you walk in, you immediately notice how unique the look of this store truly is. It is similar to walking into a cozy cabin full of everything you could ever want/need in your closet! On the end of the rack, they will put together a sample outfit and/or an accessory such as a scarf or a necklace that they recommend wearing. Whether I end up purchasing anything or not, I always leave the store feeling inspired.

Cole Couture is located at 1240 Thomasville Road.