Sunday, August 21, 2011

Top 5: Fall Beauty Trends

I can't believe that we are already more than halfway through August. As much as I am disappointed to see summer, the beach, and warm weather go, I am starting to get excited for fall! I've been flipping through my HUGE September issues and I've seen a bunch of fall beauty trends that I can't wait to try out! So, without further ado, my top five favorite fall beauty trends:



1. Metallics! I love this sparkly trend and can't wait to start wearing gold, silver, copper, and bronze on my  eyes, cheeks, and nails!
  1. Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Peridot ($25) [This is THE Chanel color of the season, BTW!]
  2. LORAC Starry-Eyed Baked Eyeshadow Trio in Superstar ($26)
  3. NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Madison Avenue ($23)
  4. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow in #16 Silver/Black Grey ($32)
  5. MAC Mineralize SkinFinish in Gold Deposit ($28)
  6. Sephora by OPI Nail Glitter in Silver ($5)
2. Essie's Fall 2011 "Brand New Bag" Collection. I absolutely love this line of nail polish! Is there anything more perfect than a nail polish line inspired by handbags? Nope! There are six colors in this collection and they all have cute names (typical of Essie) relating to bags. They are Carry On, Glamour Purse, Lady Like, Case Study, Very Structured, and Power Clutch. The magazine ad for this collection is amazing also. I love the look of the rich polish being poured over the clean, white bag. They are perfect for the fall season and I literally want all six colors!
3. New Feminine Fragrances! Ok, so this isn't necessarily a trend, but I can't wait to get my hands on two new designer perfumes coming out this fall. The first is Prada's Candy Eau de Parfum. This is a sweet scent with hints of caramel and musk. It sounds like the perfect fall fragrance scent to me! The second is Vera Wang's Lovestruck Eau de Parfum. This one is more of a floral scent, but is still very fun and girly. I love how it looks like lipstick is scribbled on the bottle to create the logo.

4. Jewel Tones! This is a super fun trend that can definitely make you stand out. I can't wait to try out these regal, yet playful colors (but definitely not all at once)!
  • Bare Escentuals Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadow in Saint Bernard ($17)
  • Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in Blue Tie ($22)
  • Burberry Lip Cover Soft Stain Lipstick in Deep Burgundy ($30)
  • Maybelline Eye Studio Color Explosion Shadow in Forest Fury and Amethyst Ablazed ($8.99)
  • Sephora by OPI Nail Colour in What's Your Poison ($9.50)
  • NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Abbey Road ($23)

Bold Lips on the Gucci Fall 2011 Runway

5. Bold Lips! I'm excited to try out some of the bold lip colors for fall, especially coming off of summer where basically all I wore on my lips was cherry chapstick! Red is a big trend for the fall for clothes as well as lips. Personally, I'm craving some deeper hued reds such as Maybelline Sensational Lipstick in Red Haute, Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in Plum, and Burberry Beauty Lip Cover in Brick Red.

What are some of the fall beauty trends that you can't wait to try?

Monday, August 15, 2011

A Book a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Although I have been reading a lot this summer, I haven't been reading a book a day...but you get the point!

I commute into NYC via the LIRR for my internship. If you've ever had a long commute, then you know how painfully slow the time passes. I've found that the best way to pass the time is by reading! I absolutely love to read, so I've actually grown to love my time on the train.

My Twitter timeline constantly has people asking for good book recommendations, so I decided to do a blog post dedicated to some of my favorite books that I've read this summer.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett: This has been one of the most popular books during the past few months and it truly deserves all of that attention. The movie version starring Emma Stone actually just came out a few days ago as well, but I have yet to see it. The book is set in 1962 in Jackson, Mississippi and is about the relationships between white families in the South and their black help. A courageous, and dangerous project joins some very different women together. What I liked most about the novel is that it focuses in on a subject that people tend to avoid. It makes you think about what people went through in the past, as well as how things are in our world today. This book is a must read!

Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger: If you enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada, you will definitely like this book by the same author! This novel tells the story of a 20-something single woman living in NYC named Bette Robinson, who is struggling to mix her old life with her new job in public relations. I especially liked it because I too hope to have a career in PR one day! Although much of the PR world was overly dramatized and it focused too much on the party scene, this book was still a fun, easy read.

If You Have to Cry, Go Outside by Kelly Cutrone: Kelly Cutrone is known for being a tough, female power in the fashion PR world and this book gives a glimpse into her life. It is part memoir and part inspirational advice. I found it very interesting to hear about Kelly's background and to see how she got to be where she is. Also, her advice is extremely helpful for young interns looking to get into the fashion/PR industry such as myself. Kelly is known for her blunt, take-no-prisoners approach and her book certainly portrays this. I can't wait to read her follow up novel, Normal Gets You Nowhere, next!

Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler: If you have yet to read one of Chelsea Handler's books, stop what you are doing immediately and get yourself to a book store to buy one. Chelsea is hilariously funny and her books explain in great detail some of the bizarre, yet comical situations that she gets herself into. This is her third book after, My Horizontal Life, and Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea. All of her books will literally make you laugh out loud, but this one has been my favorite so far! Next, I can't wait to get my hands on the recently published, Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me.

I've read about twelve books this summer, but those are four of my favorites. Two other books that I am on a waiting list at my library for are Bossypants by Tina Fey and A Place of Yes by Bethenny Frankel. I can't wait to read them!

Do you have any great book recommendations for me?

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Top Five: Tips for Internship Interviews

First, let me preface this post by stating that by no means do I consider myself to be an expert on the interview process. I am clearly still an intern and I do not know it all. I make just as many mistakes as the next person. However, I have been on many internship interviews over the past few years and I have picked up quite a few tips. Also, I was lucky enough to have the chance at my current internship to sit in on some internship interviews which provided me with a unique take on the process.

Summer internships are ending and interviews for Fall are happening right now! So, here are my top five tips for internship interviews:


1. Always be on time. This may seem obvious, but even being a few minutes late can ruin your chances. The person that you are interviewing with is most likely super busy and won't wait around for you to show up. I find arriving about 15 minutes early is perfect. Early enough to show you're reliable, but not TOO early.

2. Always have extra copies of your resume handy. During one interview I sat in on, a girl only had one copy of her resume available. I like to print out about five because sometimes there are multiple people in an interview at once. Having extras also allows me to keep one copy on my lap to reference. Additionally, make sure the copies are NEAT! This girl pulled the single resume from her bag and it was completely crumpled. Carrying your resumes in a folder not only keeps them neat, but also makes you look more professional.

3. Always do research and have knowledge of the company. This is extremely important! It is essential to have background knowledge of the company before you go into the interview. At the very least, know what the company does, have a basic idea of the firm's history, and know the names of key people at the company. For a PR firm it is very important to also know who their clients are and for a designer, it is imperative that you can talk about their recent collections. Great ways to find information are to look at their website, find them on social media sites, and to do a basic Google search. There is nothing worse than going into an interview unprepared!

4. Always have a question or two ready. There should be no awkward silence at the end of the interview when they ask, "Do you have any questions?" Be ready to fill that space! Even if all of your main questions were answered during the interview, it is still important to ask one to show that you are truely interested. Some great examples are, "What has been your favorite part about working here" and "What is the daily office environment like?" These show that you are interested in the person's background as well as trying to picture yourself working at the company.

5. Always give a firm handshake. At the very end make sure you stand up straight with confidence, look the person in the eye, give them a firm handshake, and sincerely thank them for taking the time out of their day to meet with you. I've seen girls walk out of interviews without a giving a handshake and they looked seriously rude!

The time after your interview is just as important! I feel that a follow up "thank you" e-mail should be sent immediately for an internship, although some people think a hand written note should be sent as well. Either way, a letter addressed to your interviewer should be sent thanking them and reminding them just how interested you are. Remember, no follow up and you probably won't get the job!

PS: If you are still looking for a Fall internship, I suggest you check out InternQueen (@InternQueen), Ed2010 (@Ed2010News), Free Fashion Internships (@FashionIntern), ( @internships), and the website/Twitter of the companies you would like to intern with! Good luck!

What are some other internship interview tips that I didn't mention?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

How I'm Using Social Media to My Advantage

Image: Little Bits of Lovely

Although many people may argue that right now is a super scary time to be entering the workforce (hello, terrible economy), I find that it is a very exciting time as well! As young adults and interns, we have an incredible amount of information and resources available to us through social media.

Industries like fashion and PR change constantly, so it is important to always be up to date on information. Also, I check my Twitter often because I learn so much from all of the people that I follow. Using social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and Blogs to your advantage is another way to always be one step ahead.

So, I decided to come up with a list of the Twitters and Blogs that I find most helpful as a fashion/PR intern:

DKNY: This is the official Twitter of a DKNY PR girl. This is a must-follow for PR hopefuls such as myself, because she is constantly tweeting relevant content about her field and offering up tips for others. She also has a great blog which can be found here.

OscarPRGirl: This is similar, but it is the Twitter of a PR girl for Oscar de la Renta. She also is a frequent Twitter-user and dishes out her own great advice. To top it all off, she has a gorgeous Tumblr that I can spend hours on!

nycPRgirls: This is the Twitter of three 20-something PR girls who live in New York City. They are super informative, as well a friendly! Their website is addicting and it is packed full of fun things like neighborhood guides of NYC, monthly PR TwitterTips, and helpful interview suggestions! This is an essential follow for a NYC intern.

ThePRCloset: This is a Twitter and blog that is part advice column/part a sneak peak at a day in the life of a working publicist. Alexis Rodriguez offers up "insider information on how to break into and make it big in this industry."

InternChic: They are a self proclaimed "fashion intern survival guide." They supply tips for interns, fashion related news, an internship/job listing, and more!

PRProfessor: Tom Handley, aka PRProfessor, tweets lots of great PR information, advice, and links to awesome PR articles! Unfortunately, I couldn't attend, but I've heard he was a VERY popular speaker at Fashion Campus NYC.

InternQueen, Ed2010, and FashionIntern are all great for internship/job searching.

Some other great ones: PRCouture, NYCinternz, CFDA, and PRSarahEvans.I also recommend you follow top designers, magazines, PR agencies, editors, bloggers, and other interns. All of these resources will supply you with a wide range of knowledge that you can use on a daily basis.

What are some other great fashion/PR related Twitters and Blogs that I left out?