July 23, 2014

Shades of Cool

It is that sweltering hot time of summer and because it is impossible to run around in no clothes all day, I've been sticking to simple breathable pieces with cutoffs as often as I can. Also, with a bit of elbow grease and about one hundred bobby pins, I was able to pull my short hair into a little bun to keep out of my face. What do you wear to keep cool in the summer?

July 19, 2014

Weekly Five

{The best thing to wake up to}

{A cute takeout bag during coffee time}

{Resting during an intense shopping trip}

{My cozy spoils}

{Sharing a midnight snack during girl talk}

I spent a relaxing week at home hanging out with my dog and exploring Philly with my family. I also started and binge watched Orange is the New Black and oh. my. goodness. I am obsessed already. I must admit, I didn't want to buy into all the hype, but the story and the characters reeled me in immediately. That is how I will be spending the rest of my weekend.

July 17, 2014

Philly: Lunch at Parc

227 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Being that I went to college in New York for four years, I have few adventures in my hometown of Philadelphia. This past week, my mom, a long-time Philadelphian, took my siblings and me to Rittenhouse Square to try out a Stephen Starr restaurant called Parc. After a quick search, I found that Stephen Starr is quite the established restauranteur with notable restaurants in Philadelphia and New York.

Parc was modeled after French cafés and from the sidewalk seating to the smooth jazz, it's possible to feel like you've traveled to the City of Lights for lunch. Before our meal, I read some hype on Yelp about the bread basket that I must admit is well deserved. I also got to try escargot for the first time and could not stop raving about it for the rest of the day. The open windows allow for a perfect view of Rittenhouse Square and we were even able to stop by La Colombe (their location in New York is one of my favorites!) for some post-lunch lattes. Hopefully, I will be able to explore more restaurants in Philly!

July 13, 2014

(Late) Weekly Five

{Perfect weather for margaritas with girlfriends}

{Brunch with Bruce Lee}

{Melt Bakery cookie ice cream sandwich at Broadway Bites}

{Happy to end a productive week}

{Expensive but gorgeous dessert and tea at Ladurée Soho}

I had a busy week in New York preparing for the fall, but everything finally got settled which makes the treats I indulged in seem deserved. I was able to visit some favorite places as well as some new places which always reminds me of what an awesome city New York City is. I hope you all had a wonderful week and weekend!

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July 9, 2014

What to Wear: Creative Interview

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I usually do not mind going to interviews because I genuinely love learning about new opportunities and hearing about what working in my desired profession is really like. However, I do occasionally struggle with what to wear since first impressions last a lifetime. Here are a few interview outfit ideas for creative jobs, such as for a magazine, design, fashion, or a more lax environment. I love to add a bit of my own style while looking clean and professional.

Interview tips I've learned throughout the years (and still learning):
1. Always, always, always research extensively beforehand. Research the company, your interviewer, the position...anything possible. This isn't so that you have the right answer for each question, but rather to show interviewers your hard work and interest in their company.

2. Allow the interview to be a give-and-take. Have a conversation rather than having answers for everything. I like to talk to the interviewer about their personal feelings on their jobs, company, etc. after gauging the correct feel. It's fun for them and informative for you.

3. Go early, but not too early. I've heard that ten minutes before your interview time is good, but fifteen is a bit too early and may throw the interviewer off schedule.

4. Look clean, smell clean, be clean. Self-explanatory, but be sure to dress appropriately (overdressing is better than underdressing to show that you made an effort) and take care of any other distracting or negative parts of your ensemble.

5. Smile! After doing your research and dressing the part, you should feel confident and excited for your interview. Ask for a business card or contact info at the end if you don't have it already and send a thank you email within 24 hours after the interview.