Monday, May 25, 2015

Lady Danger.

Red Slip Dress, Necklace: Thrifted.
White Flats: Forever21.
Midi Ring Set: H&M.
Lipstick in MAC's Lady Danger.

Hello everyone! 

Well, I'm all moved in to my new, permanent place here in NYC! For the last ten days I've actually been staying at the west side YMCA because I wasn't allowed to move into the dorms at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) yet. They had to first move all of the students out for the year and clean the rooms before they could move summer interns in! Thankfully I had today off from work so I could spend it checking out of the YMCA, checking into FIT, moving in, and then getting additional things I need. It's a really nice dorm with a kitchen inside which will be handy to cook meals  instead of constantly eating out like I was doing. I'm a little bit farther from the Hearst building than I was at the YMCA, so I will have to take the subway to work every day now. Won't be too much of an issue though I don't think once I get things all hammered down. 

Also wanted to wish all my fellow Americans a Happy Memorial Day! My ex boyfriend's parents both served in the military and so when I was with him I learned a lot about military life and just truly how much is sacrificed (If you're reading this Mrs. F, thank you so much!). It opened my eyes up so much since no one in my family has ever been in the military. Want to give a big thanks to all those who fight for my freedom every day and those who have fallen...may God bless them and their families! x

With much love, Lauren.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Life Lately.

Snakeskin Print Shirt, Cut Out Boots: Thrifted.
Faux Leather Jacket: H&M.
Grey Jeans: Aeropostale.
Hat: c/o OASAP.

Hello there everyone! 

It's been a busy first week at my internship since I last posted. So much has gone on and I'm excited to be back with an outfit and write a bit about what's happened!

My first week of work ended on Friday and it couldn't have gone better. I really enjoy my internship and have just felt so lucky to be in the position I am and learning so much about the industry. The work is very fast paced and the days go by in a blink of an eye. I'm usually there for around 10 hours a day but I do get a lunch break which splits things up nicely. They have an amazing cafe in the Hearst building that serves the absolute best quesadillas. Man, the stuff dreams are made of! The rest of this week I just practiced working on checking items in and out of the office and also went on my first run. A run is where the editors need you to either take items or pick up items at PR/brand headquarters because it's needed ASAP. My first run was to take two Cynthia Rowley dresses down to the design studios and thankfully I didn't get lost! I got to do two more runs this week: one for Jimmy Choo and another for a PR company and I really enjoyed doing both. I like runs because I get to get out and see the city since I'm still so new to it. 

Some other exciting things that happened in the office this week were I actually got to see Joanna Coles! She is the editor and chief of Cosmo and she overseas what goes on at 17, as well. I remember first seeing her on Project Runway years ago and thinking she was so scary...crazy that I see her in person now and work in the same office as her! I still think she's scary though, ha. I've just seen her floating around for meetings and things and of course haven't talked to her at all. But perhaps sometime when I'm here over the summer I'll get a hello in and not die of fear :O Also, we packed up clothes for my first photo shoot since I've been here. I got to help merchandise racks for the stylists which was a fun task. Basically, it's organizing all of the items editors have chosen for the shoot by most bare item to most covered. I.E. from crop tops to pants so that the stylist can easily rifle through them. Then, within each product category you organize by color and length so that finding pieces is as easy as possible. I've always loved organizing, so I get a strange amount of satisfaction about doing this kind of stuff all day!

Outside of work I haven't been doing much because I'm pretty exhausted when I get off. I had my first grilled cheese at Melt the other day and it was AMAZING. I'm not really much of a grilled cheese person but this was heavenly. I took these outfit photos on Wednesday so they're a little bit old. They're also before I...well, sprained my ankle!

On Friday evening after work I was walking to get some dinner and stepped off a curb and didn't see it was sloped where the drain was. I ended up twisting my ankle really bad and fell in the streets and couldn't get up. I thought I had actually broken it at first because I was blacking out like when I broke my toe back in Italy, but after the initial shock wore off I could get up on my own. Some people called an ambulance for me and were so kind to wait with me while it came. The medical personnel were SO nice in the ambulance when I told them I was embarrassed for needing an ambulance for such a minor thing when there's people with much bigger problems in NYC. Inside the hospital I've honestly never met kinder people and it was just so refreshing to me. I felt God's hand through so many people that night in the tough situation. The doctor assure me it was just sprained and not broken, and told me to take a few days off to rest it.

It's been doing a lot better. I couldn't walk the day after it happened and actually ended up falling again in my housing and had to call for help. But with a lot of rest the last few days, icing it, and taking medication I was able to go to church and walk around a bit today. It honestly couldn't have happened at a better time either because I have tomorrow off for memorial day so that's another day to rest. God was looking out for me!

After I was discharged from the hospital I told myself, "I need ice cream for all of this" so I stopped at Ben and Jerry's. They had every flavor that they sell in pints and the store smelled just amazing. The moment stepped in though, all five of the guys working just stared at me...it was so cute because they all had a crush on me and were just asking me questions and complimenting me and trying to make me laugh. At the end, the one who checked me out asked for my phone number and it was too cute! Just having those guys be nice to me honestly turned my whole night around and had me leave with the biggest smile on my face.

New York is always exciting with new things happening! I need to post more often so I don't overwhelm you all with so much at once. Love you all to the moon and back. x

With much love, Lauren.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tough Mod.

Dress: Esley.
Faux Leather Jacket: H&M.
Patent Loafers: Thrifted.
Lipstick in MAC's Chatterbox.

Hi everyone!

I got a chance to snap some photos after work today which made me so excited! Where I'm living in temporary housing for the rest of the week is right across from Central Park so it's a pretty lovely location. Going to try and take advantage of living so close to this beautiful spot before I move into FIT on Monday...but I'm looking forward to that a lot, too!  

Being in the fashion closet all day and going through all of the new pieces has been a great inspiration for putting together my own outfits. Just seeing the creative new designs and trends that are upcoming gets me out of my comfort zone of what I usually wear. Today was another good day at work! More or less what I did yesterday and also learned how to do returns. Returns are finding all the pieces in the closet that a brand or PR company has sent us for a shoot and needs back. We have to find everything that was sent, take photos to document it going out, get the shipping address, and bag it all up. It's an easy process except for finding the garments sometimes. They often get misplaced along the way coming back from the shoot and it's a NIGHTMARE trying to locate one piece out of hundreds that doesn't want to be found. Sometimes we can spent up to an hour of the day having a few of us looking for just one piece. But, it feels great to get the items out of the office to welcome new ones in and it's so satisfying when a messenger comes to pick the items up! My OCD mind loves the way it works, ha.

Talk to you all soon! x

With much love, Lauren.

Monday, May 18, 2015

First Day Interning at Cosmopolitan Magazine.

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Hi guys!
A few hours ago I finished up my first day of working as a Ready to Wear Intern for Cosmo and Seventeen Magazines! I was nervous last night and this morning on what to expect on everything from what I'd be doing, to if the people I work with would be nice. I put my brave face on this morning at 9 am and marched into Hearst Tower trying to be as confident as I could! 

I wore a red silk slip dress I thrifted a couple of weeks ago that has a really pretty lace hemline. I paired it with simple jewelry and and a pair of metallic oxfords for a bit more edge to a super femme outfit. I ended up being actually probably too dressed up! Most of the people in the office dress surprisingly fairly casual (still fashion forward though), but it's because the days are long and hard. Tennis shoes (but cute ones!) will be a must for me this semester.

The day starts out at nine in the morning and I have a feeling each one will be different than before. Today was one of the busiest days they've ever had unpacking hundreds of clothing items from a cover shoot from last week. I've never seen so many beautiful garments or touched so many designer things...but to be honest, you become quite numb to it after awhile and it all just turns into 'clothes' that you're trying to hunt down and find. All the clothes sent to shoots must be accounted for after they're sent back to the closet and that's mainly what I did today! Sounds like a trivial task, but it takes a lot of work, hours, and concentration. We then send the clothes back to their respective PR firms or design houses that they came from. We also get constant shipments throughout the day of new items that need to be checked in that the editors view for future stories. I think that might be my favorite task so far! It's so exciting to see that new things that come in.

I didn't get out of the office until 7:30 and am definitely sore and tired...this is my first adult, 9-5, five days a week job and it will take some adjusting to. Despite my sore feet, I'm eager to get back in the office again tomorrow morning. It's kind of an addicting feeling working there. I feel so lucky to be a part of this!

Talk soon. x

With much love, Lauren.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Welcome to New York.

Hi everyone!!

Well, this midwest girl made it to the greatest city in the United States: NYC. My family and I arrived Tuesday morning and they were able to spend three days with me touring around and exploring. We got to see every area on the island + Brooklyn and I am amazed how NYC can be so many things wrapped up into one place. So many different feelings, vibes, and cultures mixed into one. It's quite amazing and unlike anything I've experienced before.

Sadly, my family had to leave yesterday evening back for Ohio. I will miss them terribly this summer, but I know that if I could do four months out of the country, I can definitely do three months just a few states away. Today I explored by myself and got to try a famed Melt grilled cheese and it was quite amazing as raved about! I found where I'll be staying at FIT (currently I'm in temp. housing until the dorms clear out). I also did the subway trip from where I'll be staying to where I'll be working which is the last photo above: The Hearst Tower. It's an amazing and huge building I am both parts excited and nervous to enter come Monday morning!

Right now I am sitting in my little room listening to my first NYC rain outside amidst the sirens and honking. It's a funny mixture. My familiar, comforting sound of rain mixed with this unfamiliar chaos I've never been introduced to living in suburban Ohio. I am surprised about my first feelings of coming to NYC. Where I thought would be fear, dislike, and uncertainty I don't find any of that...I find a surprisingly overwhelming amount of confidence...sense of belonging...and excitement for the things to come. New York makes you feel like you can do anything and be anybody you want. The main reason I almost didn't take this internship was because I wasn't sure I could handle New York. I've tended to shy away from big cities in the past, and I thought the chaos and insanity of this place would be far too much for me to handle.

I feel instead a sense of peace that this city will bring me many great things this summer. I feel a weight lifted off my shoulders to leave all of the sadness surrounding my breakup back home, and to a new chapter of my life where I don't worry about seeing reminders of the past. It's now a step into the future. And one I am so happy and grateful to be making.

New York, I love ya already. x

With much love, Lauren.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Chippity Chop.

Top, Flats, Bracelets: Forever21.
Shorts: Aeropostale.
Hat: c/o OASAP.

Hi guys!!

Welp, officially done with my junior year of college and will be... A SENIOR IN THE FALL! How did this happen? Didn't I just start college? Craziness. I got back to my hometown yesterday and said goodbye to my sweet little apartment for the next three and a half months. It was sad because I have my routine there and have made it like my home...but I know I will be back soon enough to finish up the last year in my degree and then move onto the big world of employment. Scary!

I only have a few days left here in my hometown to say some goodbyes and pack up my stuff, then it's off to NYC for the summer! My family is flying with me early Tuesday and it should be a blast to tour around with them. My favorite gelato shop in Florence has a store in NYC (Grom!) so all I can think about is having my delicious, heavenly chocolate fondente again...be still my heart.

And then, another big change came today that you can clearly see-- I cut my hair! Well, I didn't per say, but a professional did, ha. I've been wanting to do this for awhile--ever since I got back from Europe-- and I thought it was the perfect transitional time in my life to do it. It's not too short, but it was a lot off for me. I am a person somewhat attached to my hair, so I wanted a change but nothing to drastic. I also wanted something fresh for NYC and my internship that would make me feel confident and this definitely does. I love how it reflects changes and out with the old, in with the new; just like things going on in my life right now

Hope you all are well! Love you!

With much love, Lauren.