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.

Monday, December 29, 2014

New Year, New Products

New Years is one of my favorite holidays. The parties, sparkly dresses, and resolutions make this day extra special. However, those resolutions seem to last a few weeks. Instead of sticking to the basics like working out more often or being a happier person, buy a resolution you’ll actually use longer than a month.

1. Seeing from a new perspective: Are you one of those people who always lose their glasses? How about forgetting to actually wear them? Maybe you don’t want to have the same frames everyone else wears, without breaking the bank? Firmoo has some of the most unique, yet flattering frames on the market. And the best part? Most glasses are under $50. Frames can be filled with or without a prescription.

2. Brightening your day: Makeup is always a great way to make a change within yourself. Either buying new brands, or testing out new shades is a great way to ring in the new year. Lately, I've been purchasing cosmetics from lower-key brands, especially Paula Dorf (remember my eyebrow-filler makeup from them?) Winter is not my favorite season, due to my complexion being very light. I tend to pile on the bronzer (without looking like a jersey shore gal). Adding a powder blush makes my skin tone appear more natural, which is my hope for everyday face makeup.They're offering 20% off every Cheek Color Purchase. Just use the code CHEEK 

3. Carry away your problems: Ever walk into Target or DSW, and purchase a trendy bag? There’s a pretty big chance you own a bag from a brand called Under One Sky. Employing an alum from SCAD immediately made me fall in love with the brand (I'll be talking about this brand a lot more on my blog). With most handbags costing around $50, you’re guaranteed to turn heads, and gain multiple compliments from this chic brand.

4. Wave goodbye to flat hair: Hair tools are my weakness. If someone’s invented it, me or one of my family members most likely owns it; we have an obsession with taming our hair. The Kiss InstaWave is an automatic curling wand, which gives your hair the perfect bounce, without having to wind up and hold each strand of hair on the wand. I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical at first because I was terrified it would tangle my hair…I was so wrong. With a bit of practice, you are able to achieve perfect hair without burning your hand like a regular curling wand. I would suggest practicing with the tool before using it for an event. This is one of the cheapest hair tools I own (only $60)and can be found in Target, Ulta, and Amazon.

5. Set things right for the New Year: One of my favorite things to do is get my makeup done; especially by a professional makeup artist. One thing I noticed they do differently than when I do it myself is use a setting spray, after applying all the makeup. I decided to try one, an what better brand than Evian? Not only does this mist spray set your makeup, but can also work as a purifier for your pores. What more could you want? For only $7, this bottle is guaranteed to last 250 sprays. That’s about 6 months’ worth of finishing spray.

These are just a few of my favorite products I think will revamp your New Year. Know of any product you think I should try/share with my readers? Sound off in the comments below. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Seasons Greetings with DD Perks

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
Happy weekend everyone. This week has been filled with lots of catching up. Between reuniting with old friends, responding to emails, updating my resume, and so much more; you would think I’m still in school. I’m so thankful SCAD gives us such a long winter break.

While I have been home, I've been stopping a bit too much at my favorite place: Dunkin Donuts. Since I don’t have one close to me while at school, I go as much as possible while I’m home ( I can’t get enough sugar cookie latte in my system).

Since I’m always glued to my phone, I was happy to learn my favorite go-to place for breakfast created their app. I was even more excited to learn about their rewards program. Since most of my readers are younger gals on a budget, you will not want to miss out on this awesome program.

DD Perks works on a points system, meaning you earn 5 points from every dollar spent. Every 200 points earned, gives you a free beverage of choice. You also receive a free beverage of choice just for opening a DD Perks account. It’s also super easy to load money onto your account, making paying for your DD purchase a breeze. If you open an account by tonight (12/5) and use the code BLOG, you will automatically receive $5 in your DD Perks account. To receive your complimentary $5 credit, and amazing deals, simply download the Dunkin’ Donuts app in the app store.

Wondering what to order this holiday season? I have included my holiday favorites that you or your giftees will LOVE.

Drinks: Sugar Cookie Latte, Pumpkin Crème Brulee Latte, Peppermint Mocha Iced Latte, Frozen Hot Chocolate, Vanilla Bean Coolatta.

Sweets: Croissant Doughnut, Apple Crumb Doughnut, Strawberry Frosted Doughnut, Glazed Doughnut, Double Chocolate Cake Doughnut, Munchkins (duh), Chocolate Chip Muffin.

Savories:  Hash browns, Everything Bagels, Egg White Flat breads, Chicken Salad Sandwich (on a croissant is the best thing ever)