Posts Tagged ‘summer’

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!

How To: Dress Cute in This Hot Summer Heat

Classes are officially back in session & with the temperature in Tallahassee well into the 90′s, finding something cute to wear to class might seem like an impossible task. So what do you wear? How can you transition these summer staples into the perfect fall weather attire?

OUTFIT 1: Top: Wildfox Couture; Shorts: Current/Elliot; Jacket: Soul Cal; OUTFIT 2: Romper: Pins and Needles; Shirt: American Eagle; OUTFIT 3: Top: Sunbijou; Shorts: American Eagle; Skinny Jeans: 7 for All Mankind

1. Be Casual. Pair a racerback tank with boyfriend shorts. The racerback is perfect for summer because it is lightweight & breezy. Dress the outfit up with some fun bracelets and let your personality shine through. Transform this outfit into fall by throwing a jean jacket on top of it. You can also try a denim vest for another fun summer outfit option.

2. Be Girly. Find a romper that looks great on you & sport that in the summer heat. Pair it with a great bohemian bag, a belt & jewelry & really make this trend your own. How do you sport this trend in the fall? Layer a long sleeve shirt underneath. Another option is to pair it with lace leggings & a jacket.

3. Be Comfortable. In this summer heat, you can get away with a baggy shirt (or lightweight sweatshirt) and a pair of shorts. The bagginess will allow your skin to breathe even though you have more clothing on & you will look chic. Throw away your short shorts in the fall and trade them for skinny jeans & killer pumps.

What are you wearing to beat this summer heat?

Must-Haves: Summer 2010

Summer is here & in full swing! So what are my must-haves this summer?

  • Bright colors
  • Flowy tops
  • Fun nail polish
  • Aviators
  • Denim shorts
  • Gladiator sandals
  • Frilly summer dress with matching clutch
  • Denim vest
  • High-waisted shorts
  • Statement ring

 

What are your must-haves for summer?

Top Five: Summer Accessories

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Summer 2009 is all about making a statement. Stand out of the crowd with these summer accessories.

1. Headbands - they are not just for little girls anymore. Simple headbands are nice but stand out with an embellished headband. Betsey Johnson makes fabulous ones but they are very hard to find. Also try Free People.

2. Statement Ring - change the look of any outfit with a beautifully oversized ring. Definitely not for the timid!

3. Painted Nails - finish off your look with nail polish. Choose black or a deep red for a modern look or a bright color to lighten both your outfit and your mood. My favorite color is Schiap (bright pink) by Nars.

4. Cuffs – the perfect accessory for summer tank tops and shorts. A definite summer must-have!

5. Watch – don’t let boring watches hold you and your style down. Betsey Johnson offers a very fun and fashionable collection of watches.

My Top Five Must-Haves for Summer 09

Summer is just around the corner, are you ready? You will be with these five must-haves for summer!

Steve Madden - Boogle in Brown Suede

Steve Madden - Boogle in Brown Suede

1. Sandals - Throw out those old ratty flip flops for a pair of  Gladiator sandals. This style of shoe became popular last year. This summer, it is all about the embellishments. I bought a pair of Steve Maddens sandals this year and I love them. Embellished with beads, sequins and stones, you can never go wrong. Go to SteveMadden.com to purchase your pair today. But before you do, make sure you check out your local Ross, T.J. Maxx and Marshalls to see if they have a pair in stock for less.

2. Sunscreen -There is a lot of talk about the dangers of excess sun exposure. Make sure you protect yourself against the sun with the best of the best. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock in SPF 55, 70 and 85 is a great sunblock. It’s sweat-proof, waterproof and it won’t clog your pores! For more information, check it out for yourself at Neutrogena.com.

Free People - Printed Dreamweaver Tank

Free People - Printed Dreamweaver Tank

3. Racerback Tanks -One of my favorite trends this season are the racerback tanks. I love that designers are being even more creative with the racerback tanks by adding lace or knitting the back adding for a truly unique top that can be dressed up with jeans and pumps for a night on the town or dressed down with shorts and sandals for a fun day at the beach. You can find this racerback tank at any Free People store or at FreePeople.com.

4. Brighten Up Your Lips - I am a big fan of hot pink nail polish in the summer. This summer, why not a bright pink lipstick? Replace your dark red lipstick and save it for the fall time. For summer, brighten up your lips with a shocking pink or a vibrant red for a fresh, summer look. For bright lip stick, I would recommend trying MAC Cosmetics for a vibrant color that compliments your skin tone.

5. Lilac Eyes - After you brighten up your lips, don’t forget about your eyes. Nothing shows the start of a new season like the changing of eye shadow colors. I use Nars Cosmetics Duo Eyeshadow in Violetta. For even more fun, play up your eyes with purple eyeliner.