Vlogging: Not So Easy

Last night, I had an epiphany while watching one of my favorite bloggers, Zoella. I want to do a vlog! I want to do hauls, and reviews, and it will be so much fun!Not. I got all made up,put on a nice t-shirt and proceeded to sit in front of my Macbook Pro. It was a mess. 15 video redo’s later and I am no closer to getting started.

First off, It’s awkward. It’ awkward to sit there and stare into the little camera. How are you supposed to start your own video? What should the topic be? How long should it be? I picked a topic but I ended up rambling. I then began to pick myself apart. “Oh my god..is that how I look like when I talk?Look at that double chin! I look like I’m having a seizure with my eyes always rolling up to look at the ceiling!”

Awful.Just awful. I’m going to give it another shot on Wednesday and see how it goes. I have no lighting in my room and no editing skills, this is going to be quite a challenge. Fingers crossed!

Have any of you vlogged or did a youtube video?Any tips?

To the Scottish Highlands

Plaid Pre-Fall 2013 Plaid
Fabrics with a texture are one of my favorite things in the world. Boucle, Tweed, you name it. But as far as prints I would have to put Tartan and Plaid on the top of my list. It’s a classic and always will be. They are aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
When  I found out that plaid was coming back full-force in pre-fall, I couldn’t be happier. I could see this going into Fall and Winter as well. They are cozy looking and you could wear it with a variety of colors depending on the color of the plaid itself.
Plaid Pre-Fall 2013

My personal favorites are the Gucci skirt and this Chanel ensemble. The Gucci skirt is a neutral color with a little flounce and peplum on the top, which is also signaling that that trend is here to stay. While the Chanel ensemble, doesn’t have any plaid. I absolutely adore the textures of the dress and jacket. I sense that designers may have been influenced by Europe this autumn and winter; which I obsess over.

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What do you think of textures and prints like tweed and plaid?

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When is too much..too much?

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Sometimes, I’d like to think I get a little bit carried away. As I look at my ever-expanding collection of polishes, I think to myself, “Is this obsessive?” Just look at the collection I have but I can’t help buying more! I always want to buy more even though I have a whole box. There is just too many choices, I often want to wear several at a time! Sometimes, I try to think of why I always want to buy more and then it came to me.

It’s such a great accessory, especially for college students. It is inexpensive, versatile, and easy to change. Every season, more colors come out that can be such a great compliment to your wardrobe. Bare nails are nice, but colored ones complete and enhance your outfit.

There is one color that I can’t seem to part with: Mermaid’s Tear’s by O.P.I. I want to use it all but at the same time I want to preserve it. It’s a beautiful ocean blue color that was part of the Pirates of the Caribbean collection a few years back. When, I searched it up on Amazon. I was shocked to see it was $15. $15 for a nail polish? It’s not bad..but more than I would be willing to spend. I might treat myself to it  IF I ever finish the one I have.

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Do you have a large nail polish collection?Is it your guilty pleasure? I know I am not the only one who covets the best nail polish colors!

Photo Inspiration

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After reading All Work, No Pay by Lauren Berger, I decided to spend a good hour clearing out Facebook things that might be taken the wrong way by a potential employer. (I didn’t find much, mind you.) But while I was going back on the time line..all the way down to 2009–when I was a sophomore in high school, I was shocked. I may have not been stick thin, I never have been, but oh my god, I looked healthy! I was slightly overweight..but a lot thinner than now. 

I felt a twinge in my heart and looked down at myself, of course I want to be healthy, of course I want to be a good weight, but it’s just so hard. I’m a crash dieter, I hop on one day and the next, I’m already slipping off. I can only blame myself as I try to remember when my weight started going up. I think it’s when my social life began to take off, and I went out to eat a lot more. Before then, I would only eat home-cooked meals and stay inside, I wasn’t exercising much but my stress wasn’t as high so my food intake wasn’t affected either.

I am going to print out this photo of myself, where I see no belly bulge, no arm fat, and no double-chin. I am going to put it on the wall right next to where I sleep so when I open my eyes, I know that this is my goal. It will be my inspiration.

The Queen Speaks…The Intern Queen

The struggle. The struggle of balancing your social life, work life, school life..it can all get to be too much but yet I am still searching for an internship.
When I first found out about the Intern Queen, it was through my editor-in-chief of Her Campus Montclair, I was of course interested. I logged onto her website www.internqueen.com and then proceeded to search for internships. I applied for a few and got two responses back, hurrah!

I loved her story and the fact that she had 15 internships under her belt in four years at college! I had to purchase her book. I absolutely love it. I whole-heartedly recommend it. I, like Lauren, struggle to get any help from my advisor. My blood still boils when I think back to last semester. I was making my way into my advisors’ office as I had just landed my first internship at a start-up in New York City. I had been emailing her about the internship and credits when she told me to come into her office the following day. Upon arriving, she instructed me to sit and told me, “You can’t do this internship. It’s free labor, we can’t cover you if you fall and break your back, and you don’t have enough knowledge or experience for it.” Frankly, I was taken aback. Who was she to tell me I didn’t have enough ‘knowledge’ for it. Life is full of opportunities and I seized it. I wasn’t about to let it go. I clenched her teeth, told her thank you, and walked out to continue on with my internship. I don’t know why colleges and universities don’t back up their students, they can’t expect us to just leave it off until senior year.

This is why I decided I would pick up Lauren Berger’s book. I wanted more internships, I wanted to experience the field, and have an edge over my competitors in the fashion realm. She offers tips, advice, and first hand experience. The book is only $12.99 and that’s a bargain for all the things she has to tell us!

Lauren Berger, you truly are an inspiration, thank you for writing such a helpful and wonderful books!Image

Sunflower Sailors?

Stripes and Florals

Prints have yet to slow down in the trend forecasting; two of the big ones this upcoming spring are the ever present stripe and flower power. I must admit, florals would make me cringe, back in the day. They were oddly reminiscent of old textured sofas with those ugly, dull flowers prints that looked as if they were wilting away in front of your eyes.

But alas! We’ve modernized it and oh, does it look good! Stripes are the prints the remind you of the ocean, of sailors, maybe it is always present when the weather warms up, it has a nautical feel to it! Florals are a great print in the spring when the real ones bloom; you’ll feel like you’ve had a new beginning.

Why not mix them both together? What? Stripes and florals….together? I will forewarn you all now; its not for the faint of heart. It’s for the risk-takers, the ones who are not afraid to stand out, and those who do not mind print. The key to mastering the two prints look is simple, make sure they are in the same color pallet.

As you can see from the top, keep accessories to a minimum as the prints will be doing all the talking for you. A little stud or two wouldn’t hurt though.

Do you think you could rock this look?

Being In Love Truly is Dissapointing

Today was a good day. I woke up bright and early, dressed up nicely and took a bus into NYC. The weather was gorgeous; the sun was shining, it was in the high 40s, and I had Shake Shack! What could be better?!

My Prabal Gurung x Target purchases were coming today, that was what! I love ordering things online because when it arrives in the mail it is like Christmas! I know what I got..but I can’t wait to actually try it on, it feels amazing.

I ripped the bags open with a rapid speed, not knowing which bag contained which item as I ordered each separately. The first bag contained the Neon Yellow Lace Skirt and First Date printed Blouse. When I first touched the material I was surprised; it was silkier than I thought it would be. It is smooth and flowy.

Excuse the wrinkles

I slipped it on and alas, the sizing was off. It’s arm holes are large and kind of stick out in the back while I am not HUGE chested (38 C) but it gaped at the chest. I will have to sew it shut or add a special hidden button. I will definitely use it and put it to good use.

The skirt was way off sized. It was a 16–as I am usually a 14. It was super tight at the waist and I struggled to put in the clasp, I had to put it a little higher up on my waist for it to fit, snug but it fit. I suppose this will be a good motivator for me to loose an inch or two. I think that Shake Shack was a bad idea!

It looks better on, trust me!

The floral fit and flare dress was a win! I was afraid it would be too big but it fit like a glove. I am in love with it and have nothing bad to say about it! I love the white panels at the waist and the hot pink zipper, it will be a great spring staple!

The black and First Date printed dress was a fail. It was the one I was most looking forward but the sleeves were unbelievably tight,so tight that I could not close the dress fully. So sadly, I have to return it. It felt as if it were a size too small and the material had no give in the arms.

No give so I won’t take.

This is my favorite of all: The wedges. Shoes fit you no matter what size you are and I love it. That is probably why the shoes in the collection sold out the fastest. Everyone was complaining that they were a size too big; but for me they were a perfect 9. They were well-made, cute, and had a zipper in the back which left me very happy. The strap is adjustable and it has a colorblocked wedge. Keeper, I think so.

Here are my grades for the collection out of a 5, 5 being the highest.

Style: 5
Fit: 2
Quality: 4
Overall: 3

While I loved the collection and many of the pieces, the fit of it was all wrong. What is the point of having such a great collection if the fit doesn’t work? I’m keeping many of the items but I will be returning one or two. I think the best items were the wedges in all honestly. If you managed to snag them, consider yourself lucky!

-Dylan

The Seach Continues On

Summer internships are enough to give me a heart attack. Ladies, if you are looking for a summer internship in New York City, make sure you sharpen your claws because it is brutal.

I love Social media as much as the next girl but when I open my Facebook I feel an overwhelming wave of dread sweep over me. “I got the internship!” “I got a paid internship!” “I got the interview woooooo” It’s heart-wrenching and it makes me want to pull my hair.

Is it me? Is my experience not enough? Am I not engaging? I would hope I was as interesting on paper as I am in real life. I’m funny, hard-working and damn it I am awesome!

I know it’s only February, but trust me the early bird gets the worm. I only want experience and even that is proving to become a challenge. You only have 4 years to land these internships, as most of them are only targeted to college students. It’s a time crunch, it’s a rush, I think it’s too much adventure for me!

I’ve applied to a good 10+ and I’ve only gotten 2 in response. I’m holding out for the best of the best but beggers can’t be choosers.

I need a latte. Stat.

 But Positivity is key; so I will take it in stride.

Dylan

Wardrobe Wishes: February

I am so really for spring to get here. I am in love with corals, mints, tans, and pastels. Spring is the time for new beginnings..so why not a new wardrobe? This is what I am vying after this month; while I am on a tight budget I really hope I can get some of these things. If it is not this month, maybe next!

Wardrobe Wishes: February

Are any of these items in your wardrobe already? Do you want some of the same things too? I would love to know! What is X-ed out is what I purchased already!

Toodles xoxoxo

Dylan

School Diary: February 11,2013

Well, so far school has been something. As I have written before, I go to school Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am-8:00pm. It’s a love hate relationship. I hate the lonnng school days but I love my four-day weekends. It is quite a bit of work though.

For my Historical Analysis of Costume class (Which only meets once a week) I already have 4 projects to work on.

  • Historic Designer Report: She handed out a list of deceased designers to be our topic. Well, I had my heart set on McQueen but I ended up with Sybil Connolly. I love the Irish, Welsh, and English styles so it ended up being perfect. This one is due on May 2nd for me(My presentation date). We have to do a powerpoint and speak for 15 minutes. I’m almost done with this one! I give it a week more and I will be completely done!
  • Museum Report: I have to go to a museum and write about 5 exhibits and follow her guidelines. This is due in April I believe.
  • Exhibit Set-Up: We have display cases with mannequins and outfits,accessories, etc in it. We have the theme of Emerald (YAY!). The catch is that the WHOLE class has to work together to put these looks together. I sense cattiness and fights are to ensue. There are about 30 people in my class and only 3 mannequins. This is a “fun” class assignment.
  • Exhibition Label Project: We have to write a bunch of labels for the mannequins when they are ready. I already have a title in my head as well as taglines–hopefully no one has the same idea!

As for my Textile/Apparel Industry class I have 2 projects.

  • Stock Fund Report: Not fun. I have to follow 3 different stocks (1 Retail, 1 Apparel, and 1 Cosmetics) on the New York Stock Exchange for 3 months. I have to average out the weeks and put it exactly into the table she wants. She’s very particular (she teaches at FIT and Parson’s as well). Then I have to write a description about the companies I’ve chosen as well as why I believe the stock went up or down according to economic reasons or current events (I must cite and use sources)
  • Postion Paper: She assigned us to a group of 3 and a topic. My topic was: “Should Legislation be enacted to restrict the use of RFID (Radio Frequency Devices) in apparel and textile products?” I was lucky to have some nice girls in my group but its the matter of splitting the work and making sure everyone does their part. We also have to present it (nervousness).

    I have Speech this semester and it’s not THAT bad..though I still have to do 3 more speeches. (25% done though!)

    Computer Applications is the worse class ever. The professor was just hired 3 days before class started and she isn’t even skilled in the field. She has a PH.D in Physics..which would be great..if I was in Physics. The hardware,software, parts of the computer is enough to give me a headache.

    Intro to Communications and Media Arts is..okay. I am frightened about his pop quizzes. He has yet to give us one. There are a lot of strange people in this lecture class and they interrupt him a million time. I sense he is losing his patience as well. He goes through his lectures quick and sometimes I leave feeling like I’ve learned nothing. Hopefully, as time goes by so does my understanding of his teaching style but right now..I’m not too crazy about it.

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