Apple Slices

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So I’ve finally made it to NYC, and I couldn’t be more excited. Since I don’t start my internship till next Monday, this week has been full of sight seeing, restaurant hopping, and all other kinds of general exploration. The walking part is exhausting, but it’s worth it knowing that I’ve already found quite a few treasures I’m sure to return to throughout the summer. I have a serious weakness for bake shops, coffee houses- particularly anywhere that sells sweets! One of my new favorites is Billy’s Bakery.

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Head to Heels 6/7

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Lately, I’ve been accumulating mass amounts of printed floral dresses. I daresay they are my favorite article of clothing for day-to-day wear. Florals are the epitome of femininity but, depending on the type of print, have the ability to look retro and modern at the same time. Dress them up, dress them down- these easy pieces add flirty flare to any spring or summer outfit. Here, I decided to pair more masculine pieces (oversize blazer and sneakers) with the dress to give it a cool yet casual vibe. Perfect for a low key workplace or an afternoon lunch date.

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Intern Savvy

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As I look to start my internship at Teen Vogue this summer, I’ve been reflecting a little on how in the world I managed to pull of what seemed like a near impossible feat a year ago: scoring an internship. Yes, starting at the bottom of the editorial food chain in an unpaid position isn’t exactly as glamourous as it may seem, but getting your foot in the door is everything. The frustrating thing about the magazine industry is that there’s a lot you learn via trial and error, word of mouth, and sheer connections. As a self proclaimed rookie, I’m fairly certain I don’t even know the half of it. But I have made it my mission to collect every tidbit of advice on the subject throughout my years in journalism school.

Here are a few tips based on what I’ve learned so far…

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Head to Heels

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Accessories are tricky. They can make or break an outfit at the drop of a hat (or chunky bangle), but they also have amazing transformative power. I’m a big fan of versatility when it comes to work outfits, and I believe that a few accessory swaps can totally change a work day outfit into a stylish little night out ensemble. Check out what I did here with a plain white peplum top and pencil skirt. Uptown to Downtown in a flash!

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Love List

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Can we just take a minute to appreciate the wonderfulness that is macaroons?

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Gloss Boss

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Spending lasts summer in Shanghai taught me lots of things like always lock your bicycle, Xiaolongbao is a delicious (and thrifty) gift from the gods, and skin care must be taken very, very seriously. Asian beauty markets endorse hundreds of whitening and brightening products, claiming to create porcelain skin. But the one skin care trend I came to adopt and love is the paper face mask. Yes, it makes you look like a horror movie serial killer, but these wet masks cleanse and moisturize your skin superbly after just 20-30 minutes.

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Head to Heels 5/29

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I love that warm weather is a time for whimsical outfits. Festival wear, picnic dresses, floral for June weddings… Although work has me focusing on chic business casual this summer, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try out a more etherial look, inspired by  the beautiful purple flower bushes growing in our garden.

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My Space

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My interior design almost always follows a shabby chic sort of aesthetic. It’s convenient at this point in my life as the style can easily incorporate mixed hand-me-down pieces, cheapy furnishings an array of eclectic knick knacks. As a college student (and closet hoarder) I embrace the opportunity to make clutter look cool and give old pieces a more bohemian vibe. So when I re-did my room last year by painting the walls a pale french blue, I continued the rococo-esque theme by filling it with antique-looking accent pieces. And this re-purposed vanity is my favorite.

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Head to Heels 5/24

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It’s that wonderful time of year when college students flock home for the “summer” holidays and get to enjoy a few quick weeks before the rest of the world joins us for vacation. So while my sister and I take a week-day to do some window shopping in Pittsburgh, I’m test driving some of my ready-for-work separates before the internship. I’ve found that a lot of black and white prints made their way to my closet this season, so I’m pairing them with neutral tones then adding pops of color like these beloved rose-toned sunnies and suede wedges.

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So it begins…

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I was going through some desk drawers recently during a move out from my dorm (packing becomes a nasty habit in your 20’s- one that I’ve been all to familiar with lately) and I came across an old date book. A year old, I suppose I held on to it for a couple of months because it said something about cupcakes on the cover (another concept with which I am too familiar). I was about to throw it away before I noticed a small post it note stuck to the inside cover: “To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation. It was a quote from Life of Pi, a required reading book I was required to read for last year’s modern literature course. Although I only managed to cram in certain excerpts amidst a mountain of required readings and general procrastination, this particular line had stuck with me.

It’s on my mind now because summer always feels like a time for mobility. Last year I traveled, almost on a whim, to Shanghai, China, where I studied, explored ancient ruins, met some amazing friends, and generally stuck out like a very tall, blonde, mandarin-botching, sore thumb. This summer, I plan to travel to an even more exotic and befuddling land- New York City. Even more, I’ll be working at one of the scariest yet wondrous places I could think of- the art department of Teen Vogue magazine!

Quite simply: I have no idea what I’m doing. And there’s a lot of doubt that comes as a natural companion to that. I’ve never been to New York, save one short trip in which I spent the majority of my time hiding fan-girling tendencies from the kind people I interviewed with at Conde Nast. But in approximately one week, I will be re-packing my bags full of retro finds and discount designer for a tiny room in Tribecca- ready to take eon the opportunity of a lifetime. It’s a scary proposition, but I’m a big believer that throwing yourself into something new, like fish oil pills or empire waist dresses, are good for everybody.

So why blog it? Why not! Yes, friends and family have expressed their interest in my summer exploits. And since I already spend the majority of my time trolling blogs, Pintrest, style sites, and tutorials, and bother my friends with impromptu photo shoots (“Look candid guys!”), I figure I should be pretty use to the visual diary concept. As I tout in most cover letters, I think paying attention to the aesthetics in every day is essential. It inspired my style, my design work, and now- my blog!

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