Your Guide to: Interning

One word can make or break your career in the fashion world, or any world for that matter. Interning. Yes, free labor (unless you get college credit). You give them your soul and in return they give you the necessary experience needed to land a job. People are always asking me about my internship at Showroom Seven/Seventh House PR and how I landed it. Even more people ask how I survive.  Applying for internships can be a stressful and agonizingly long process. Walking in blindfolded was basically how I approached this situation. This little game was set on extreme hard difficulty and I just lunged myself into a pool full of sharks. Luckily, I learned to swim and with this guide you will have somewhat of a 411 before taking a leap into your first internship.

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Favorite pieces at the showroom. I need these in my room!

 

  1. Have a beefy resume.

Learn how to bullshit or get someone to do it for you. Either way, you need a resume that someone would actually want to read. Figure out what your employer is looking for and BE that person. Even if its small jobs you did throughout school, a lot of skills are universal in any industry. Talk yourself up, confidence translates.. even on  paper.

2. Its more annoying to your boss to not know whats happening then to ask questions.

Starting out, I dreaded needing to ask a question and usually would hold out in fear that i was being irritating. Take it from someone who learned the hard way, its better to know what your boss is talking about. No you will not “figure it out on your own later”. Trust me, it’ll leave you in a pool of confusion followed by an unprecedented level of anxiety. Just ask.

3. Dress the part.

Know the saying “Dress to Impress” ? Theres some truth behind it.  People are more likely to assume you know what you’re doing by just looking professional. I may not have the most scientific evidence but trust me, it works. You’re also more prone to be taken seriously. So leave the mini skirts and crop tops out of the office ladies. And guys, tuck that shirt in and invest in an iron.

4.Self awareness is key.

Interns don’t have a specific job, you pretty much help with everything. From the scut to the most high profile, life or death situation, interns can be part of the equation. Since this is most likely the case, always be aware of something you could help out with. Be aware of opportunities that will be to your benefit and add major brownie points to your accountability. The more your boss sees that you are aware, the more of an asset you become. This alone could be the reason you get hired or sent on your merry way after your 3 month intern period.

5. They pay you in espresso, so drink up.

Realization #1 when I moved to Manhattan, coffee is way over priced and way too essential to life. My Starbucks obsession quickly waned when the reality of Manhattan money hit me like a tow truck. So when you see that espresso machine in the corner with a tray of bagels and assorted spreads, help yourself…. and then again to seconds. LOL. You are paying your self in cappuccinos so take advantage.

6. Communication is vital to your success.

There will be many times where you are the missing link to someones problem. Always pass along memos, messages, or happenings. If you see it say it. Make sure everyone (especially your boss) knows what you know. That way, your coworkers (and competition) see you are a contribution to the big picture. Speak up!

7. Its okay to make mistakes.

This is the biggest worry of most interns who are starting out. It definitely was for me being the OCD perfectionist I am. I want to get it right, every time, starting with my first time doing it. I hate to burst your bubble but is impossible. You will be learning so much in such a short period of time there is NO way you wont mess up here and there. ( Like when I accidentally sent Anne Hathaway the wrong necklace..yeah that was fun :p) Your mistakes can turn into your biggest strengths, so don’t stress. Be a sponge and absorb EVERYTHING. You’ll do great.

 

Good luck & happy interviewing ❤

 

Twin Things Explained

We learn to share when were kids right? Share your toys. Share the remote. Sharing is drilled into our brains from the second we are able to understand. Being a twin, Ive been sharing since the MOMENT I WAS CONCEIVED. Starting on this day. November 14, a day I share with my Twin sister. Most call her Ang. I call her Ann, Quale, Liki, Angelion, Anjelly Dounut, and so many others. Since we were little peanuts we realized that we are different than some of our friends with older/ younger siblings. Being a twin has many misconceptions, on this day, OUR birthday, Id like to clear some of those up for you. All my twins out there, this ones for you.

  1. We can feel it when the other is in pain.

Many people think if they punch ang in the arm, I can feel it. If that were the case…Why would I kick my own ass? 😛 No but really this isn’t a thing. However, our level of understanding we have for each other is on another level. You hurt her, you’re hurting me too. She is apart of me. If she’s happy I am also happy. We work as a unit, if one is feeling happy, angry, mad, anxious, downright depressed, we sense it. We feel the others pain and so we try to compensate and lift on another up.

2. We really are each others best friend.

The scariest opponent is my sister. She knows my every weakness and exactly what to do and say to make me go bazerk. Being around since Day 1, she knows me like the back of her hand. Just a look suffices as a conversation. We know what each other wants/needs/expects. Twins are the greatest tag team. Its us against the world and that brings us closer every day.

3. Sharing  clothes. A burden and a blessing.

Picture your wardrobe doubled. Thats what having a twin is like. Although it can be great in times of crisis, there can be severe consequences like:

a. New things are off limits until month or so post purchase.

b.

“Were literally wearing the same thing..”

“You change”

“You change”

*World War III*

 

c.  Differentiating between each others leggings. Yes they are the same color/size but those are MINE…

d. If I’m missing something Ang is usually wearing it. *Sigh*

4. Its HARD being apart.

Moving to Manhattan, I definitely feel this one almost everyday. Dinner, Homework, playdates, baths, ballet, car rides, getting ready for school, field trips, even just watching tv. We were together ALL THE TIME. We were at each others throats sometimes, of course. But after a life time, you get used to each others commentary. Daily rituals are now done alone. You’re learning to become someone without your other half. Necessary but extremely lonely at times. Moments usually shared between each other are now missed, but the reunion is always like no time has passed.

5. We are, Our own person.

We share a lot of similarities. We grew up in the same house, were exposed to and experienced a lot of the same things. But, we are two very different people. I could eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Ang can’t even have it drizzled on her cheesecake. I love stomping through the city in 6 inch heels. Ang loves lounging on her baby blue beach towel, toes in the sand. We want different things out of life but we want to be in each others lives. Comparing us is impossible, because we are uniquely us.

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The sun stands for my sisters undeniable need to be at the beach. The moon, is me up at all hours of the night, my favorite time to create. Complete opposites yet we cannot live without one another. 

Celebrating 2 decades of being on this planet together, I dedicate this to my best friend, my best opponent, my womb mate, my sister. Happy Birthday Twinnie, heres to another 20 years of laughing, crying, fighting, and being complete fools together. Its okay if no one gets us, we get us.

 

Zara Haul: Fall Must Have’s

I did the unthinkable as the holiday season is approaching…and dared to step into Zara to face my doom over the weekend. Zara, the one we all love to hate. Love (and appreciate) for fashions fresh off the runway for an amazing price. And Hate. For fashions fresh off the runway for an  irresistible price.  Although I did foster some guilt, my conscious subsided after realizing that I had bought some sick fashion staples.

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Paired this over sized velvet sweater with my mom jeans and my vintage gucci belt. Im never leaving the 90’s.

 

          Fashion Staple (n): An adaptable piece, from Bootie to blouse, that can be worn a ton of different ways!

These pieces aren’t going to just carry me through this winter. Like your boyfriends sweatshirt, it will always be there for when you have just nothing to wear.

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Throw this velvet mini under any colored tights for a fun, festive , and fall look (say that 3x fast)
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If you can’t tell already I’m obsessed with army green. Throw this body suit under anything. From sweats to trouser pants, it will keep you looking fab and shipshape. (literally)
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Carrie B. would be proud. Grab this eclectic clutch on your way out the door to add instant flair to any outfit.
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This is the equivalent to leggings if your in the corporate world. SO COMFY. They also go with everything.. I bow down to pencil skirts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few great pieces can update your wardrobe without having to buy a whole seasons worth of clothes (although how wickedly delightful that would be). Going into a store as overwhelming, as most of our favorites are, with a specific set of pieces in mind can eliminate the stress and anxiety of shopping. Your wallet and shopping entourage will thank you.. trust me.

Hope this helps & happy shopping!

xo

 

Travel Size Your Makeup Bag

A lot of us millennials have caught the bug of wanderlust. As many of you who follow my Instagram, I love to explore. Whether its right in my backyard in NYC, different parts of the US, or different parts of the world!

Traveling to a new place is great!

Forgetting something essential is not.

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If you’re like me, you need to be prepared ( or at least feel prepared) to get that nagging voice in your head to shut it and enjoy our vacation.Although I wish I had the art of packing down to a science.. ( I always under pack or over pack) I have mastered what is a must have when it comes to makeup. Dragging your entire makeup collection to a different place is not only irritating, its also a huge nuisance.  Typically, we don’t want to carry a whole other suitcase just for our beauty products. So I’m going to give you guys the essential products to look as put together and beautiful as you do at home. ❤

Essential #1

Primer. Rain or shine, Cold or hot. You always need your go-to primer to keep that face on all day. My favorite at the moment is Mac’s Prep+ Prime Natural Base. Its great for people with skin that is combination, oily and dry.

Essential #2

Your favorite mascara. Wakes up your entire face and frames those pretty little irises. My favorite right now is Benefit’s Roller Lash. Then again, any mascara thats Benefit is bomb.

Essential #3

Tinted Moisturizer. Why not foundation? I find that on a vacay I’m not looking to beat my face (unless I’m dressing to impress) but I do like to have some light coverage. I love Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream. Perfect, natural coverage for just $9. Hard to beat.

* Tip: If you don’t want to change your foundation but want a lighter coverage just mix with a little moisturizer to give the effect of a tinted moisturizer. Same coverage, no cakey effect!

Essential #4

Eye brow pencil and a tweezer. Keep your brows FLEEK, no one cares as long as your brows are on point. They are the main structure point of your face. The first thing every girl (and a lot of guys) notice. Keep em’ tweezed and filled and you can never go wrong. Obviously theres no substitution, Anastasia Beverly Hills’  Brow Definer stays winning.

Essential #5

Blush. This underestimated essential  can instantly add life to your face. Making you go from “I just want to sleep in, screw the excursions” to ” Whats next? Im ready for anything”. My favorite? I can never pick so my go-to is the Two Faced Love Flush Pallet. 6 of their most popular shades so you never have to settle for the perfect flush 😉

Essential #6

EOS lip balm otherwise known as an “egg”. As a chapstick or as a lipgloss this stuff is holy in my makeup bag.  Its dual purpose makes it perfect to bring on vacay. Nothing ruins a trip like chapped lips.

P.S. My favorites coconut 😉

 

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Finished look with ONLY the products mentioned.

 

 

Per-Suede-Asian

Whats the best part of Fall.. Halloween? PSL’s? Some people obsess over the big sweaters and fluffy scarfs. Me?  I  love this time of year when all my boots and booties finally come to out play. Ditch traditional leather, this season is all about suede. Any look can be suited for fall by sprinkling in a touch of suede.Even though this in between weather may result in some weather confused outfits, my advice is to take advantage of peep toe booties and mini skirt/thigh high boot combo before the New York winter hits and we all look like walking laundry bags.

 

 

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Perks of Suede: Adds sophistication, texture and warm feet:)

 

 

What better way to show off your last pedicure with these peep toe nude booties.

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Fun fact: bought these after my heel broke on the ever-so-clean streets of NYC. Had to walk a block BAREFOOT. It was so worth it though. (Thanks Aldo)

You don’t need to spend buck bucks to be in with the fall trends.

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Target never fails. Found these suede booties for just $30
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Also bought this sleeveless trench on my Target haul. WhoWhatWear never dissapoints.

 

 

Have I perSueded you yet?

Im back & Still Wicked ;)

Where have I been? Summer classes, a trip to Europe,a new internship AND moving to a new apartment… can really make an already overwhelmed college kid disappear.

Im back and better then eva.

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Obsessed with my building.. of course its PINK ❤

Sitting in my Advertising class on this beautiful Monday morning I’m self reflecting and feeling super inspired. I finally living the life I’ve alway dreamed, but the steps I took to get there were no walk in Central Park. There was a lot of planning, dedication and sacrifices I had to first recognize, then come to terms with, to make this a reality. Everyone has a vision in their head of how they want their life to be. Whether it’s your house, your wardrobe, or even your career. There is not clear cut way to get to where you want to be from the starting line. I am reintroducing my blog as a lifestyle, interior design, fashion, makeup,and  whatever else will help y’all achieve your vision. So welcome back to Wicked Witch of the West  Side where I let readers in on my new life in Manhattan. The how to’s and Who What Where’s of where you are and where your end goal is (and all the beautiful moments in between!)

 

 

Accessories Speak 1000 Words

In a world full of colors.. I will choose black every time. Black goes with black. Which goes with Black. This never ending fashion satisfaction will never go out of style. But how do you stay relevant in the fashion industry when your whole closet matches your soul? Accessories instantly transform a look. Take a peek at some of my closet staples.

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I loved this clean polished look. Simple is always better 

My go-to retailer for leggings is Express. They come super black and comfy! I also love that you can dress them up for special occasions are wear them casually with an oversized sweater. Quality is to-die.

My black and white pumps are also Express, adds dimension to any outfit and a significant amount of pain to your feet.

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Taken outside of FIT.. The amount of weird stares I got was worth the insta post. 

My chosen pop of color was this velvet blue motorcycle jacket from (drumroll please) Target! My new go to brand called WhoWhatWear that is now sold in most Target locations. I’ve been linking it to some of my Instagram posts. Their pieces are amazing quality & sold at an insanely affordable price. If you’re looking for a fashion steal I would definitely recommend making a quick trip to Target (lol yeah right).

Any black top will do to achieve this look. Ahh the beauty of black.

I will never let go of my basic black leather MK  tote. Goes with everything, as basic as it is.. it stays.

Lets not forget the ever popular puff, hooked onto my tote.. which  I got from Steve Madden ( sorry guys, in stores only! )

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Me channeling my inner J-lo. Glowy and clean to match my overall look.