Thursday, March 26, 2015

Beauty Giveaway

Spring fever has gotten the best of me. Between finals and Spring Break last week, and starting new classes this week, my life has been all over the place. Not to worry, because with a new season comes a new beauty regiment.

When the weather changes, I always take extra care of my skin since it's so sensitive. To make sure it's getting the correct amount of moisture, I use Evian Spray. What's also great about this is it also sets your makeup.

One of my lucky readers will win a 5oz bottle courtesy of Wilkes Group. To enter, C L I C K H E R E. Giveaway ends 3/29. Good luck! 

Tres: On the Go

Video Directors: Devon Torres&Sabrina Linville
Cinematographer: Jim Cole

Last quarter was probably one of the most difficult in all of my time at SCAD. Those 10 weeks were fill with one 300 and two 400 level classes....and all were studios. But putting all of the sleepless nights, stress, and bullshit aside, I was fortunate enough to collaborate with Brynn McKinstry, Georgiana Knox, and Maria Brady in my product development class. I was so glad to have a great group (because we all know how terrible group projects can be) and come out of the class with three lovely friends.

This class entailed building a brand from the ground-up. Our group decided to call our brand Tres. Tres specializes in gender-neutral handbags for men and women on the go. 

Though we designed an entire seasons worth of bags, we zeroed in on one bag, which we called The Tres (named after our brand). The Tres would be our line's signature bag. The bag transforms into a tote, messenger bag, and a clutch (hence the name tres). 

Take a look at our final ad campaigns (and prototype).

The girls and I have receive a ton of positive feedback on the bag. People keep asking where/when can they buy their own. Would you purchase a Tres? Sound off in the comments below. 
The Team(from left to right) Georgiana Knox, Brynn McKinstry, Maria Brady, Angela Kastrunes

Models: Alexandra Powell, Sam Stratton

Model: Alexandra Powell

*Bag concept/design is trademarked by Tres*

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

How to Survive Midterms: DD Perks Edition

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dunkin’ Brands. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation

As always, midterms have gotten the best of me. Being in 3 major classes (2 of them being my hardest) has definitely taken a toll on my social life/free time. Not to worry, I'll be coming at you with AMAZING content in the upcoming weeks. For my schools that started a bit later than SCAD, I have some tips on how to make it through midterms, without having a nervous breakdown.

1. Manage your time:  Time management is one of the hardest things about college. You think you can finish an assignment in under 3 hours, but end up pulling an all-nighter the day before it's due. Planners are a lifesaver. Write down all of your assignments, and schedule certain days/times to work on projects, and you should be good to go.

2. Take Breaks: No one works well under pressure. Especially when they've been looking at the same assignment for hours. Schedule short breaks every so often to give your brain a rest. This will ensure you're completing the best work possible.

3. Coffee: If all else fails, and you don't follow the steps above, drink tons of coffee. I'm no doctor, but if I have too much work due on the same day, I drink tons and tons of coffee to stay alert, focused, and on top of my work (you probably shouldn't do what I do).

When I'm on a tight deadline, I go out of the way to get my favorite brand of coffee: Dunkin' Donuts. Since there's not a DD in my area, I drive to the next town over in order to get my caffeine fix.

One of the best things about getting coffee from DD is the DD PERKS program. For every dollar spent at DD, you receive 5 points. After you earn 500 points, you earn a free drink of choice in any size. How cool is that? Also, if you download the app today and you type in the promo code BLOG, you'll receive a special treat.

If you're currently taking midterms, I hope these steps are useful to you. Good luck, and I cannot wait to bring more fashion content your way next week.

Monday, January 26, 2015

You Call this Winter?

Happy Monday y’all! To all of those in the north, experiencing two hour delays and snow days…I wish I could say I was envious. However, my weekend consisted of a 60 degree and sunny forecast. Though I was swamped with group projects, internship work, and kitty doctor visits, I made time to get fresh air.

One of my favorite areas of Savannah would have to be Jones St. Besides my major building being located there, it is also home to many antique shops, and has been named the most beautiful street in the country. I met up with one of my favorite photographers (seriously, this girl has major talent) to catch up, talk about our industries, and have a mini shoot of one of my favorite looks for this season.

I’m always on the lookout for new boutiques, and Kiki La Rue just so happened to catch my attention. Specializing in fashionable/affordable clothing for stylish girls of all shapes and sizes, just about covers every trait I look for in a store. This statement collar peplum top is great for days where you want to dress up your casual look. Adding tribal print jeans and my favorite pair of over-the-knee alligator boots made me feel like a million bucks.

Outfit Deets
Breakfast at Tiffanys Peplum Top: C/o Kiki La Rue
White Tribal Pants: Forever 21 (similar)
Boots: Aquatalia (similar)
Earrings: Kate Spade

Kiki La Rue is giving my readers 10% off their first purchase with the code Maryland10. They have also given two of my lucky readers the chance to win a $50 gift card. To enter, like Kiki La Rue on Facebook and follow on Instagram. Then, post a comment on either, saying I sent you over.

Special thanks to Katie Frezza for the beautiful shots. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

It's that time of year again

One major thing I lack in life is time. This year is no different. I was catching up with one of my fellow intern friends this weekend, and she told me she was disappointed that I never wrote about my summer internship. It was such a rash decision, and piggy-backed on move in weekend for college, so I lost track of time, and totally forgot.

Lots of my friends completed internships this summer in NY. I told myself it was time for a break, and to just spend the summer with friends and family. I did this for about three weeks. I had a mini-panic attack because I thought all of my friends were going to become successful, and leave me in the dust. I then applied for a handful of internships, and got a call from Diesel Jeans. They needed interns to cover social media over the summer, as well as production interns for the week of fashion week. I interviewed for this dream position, and got the job.

Fast-forward through all of the work I did remotely, and I was on my way to the big city for 9 days. My first day in the office was crazy. My first assignment was to deliver a handbag/invite to an editor from InStyle magazine. When I came back, I worked on seating charts, invitations, etc.
The next day was model casting day. Dressing models, getting measurements, and hanging out with them were my duties for the day. I loved getting to learn all about “go sees” (remember that horrid day on ANTM?) their lives, and who they’ve worked alongside.

After models were cast, then it was preview day. Preview day was for all the exclusive editors of fashion publications all around the world. Editors from publications included Vogue, Elle, Fashionista, Womens Wear Daily, Who What Wear, and Glamour. Being around such influential people made me nervous, but I also had to pinch myself to make sure this was actually happening.
Night before the show was crazy. I pulled a 16 hour shift which included sanding the bottom of model’s shoes (to prevent slipping), finding strapless nude compression bras (I think we called every store in NYfreakinC) and helping the Diesel Italia seamstresses with last minute garments.

The day of show was about 4 hours after I got off of work. Trying to look my best (and erase dark circles) was key since I had an actual ticket to the show. The morning duties were setting up the garment racks, hanging model cards along with appropriate garments and shoes, model lineup, getting models out of hair and makeup for run-through, and keeping press out of the changing rooms.

An hour before show time, the interns were dismissed to go find their seats, and just look around. On my way out I passed Kendall Jenner and Kanye West (because he’s a regular at the Diesel shows). I also saw my favorite EIC Amy Astley of Teen Vogue, and was seated across from Rita Ora. When the lights dimmed, my heart stopped beating. This collection that I worked alongside was finally about to makes its debut. One garment which I actually helped put together was my favorite site of all.

Overall, this was one of my favorite internships (because we know I do too many) Though I don’t talk about it too much, it was definitely an eye-opening experience of my industry, and am forever grateful to Diesel for allowing me to work alongside such talented people this past summer.