Personal Experiences Encourage One’s Brand

As I search for a job in a career field that I think is just right, it is important to reflect on my past internships and experiences. With Serendipity magazine, I researched fashion and home trends which enhanced my interests in fashion. Using my organization and copy-editing skills, I helped maintain schedules, images, and interviews for the Iona College Marketing and Communications Department. I also enjoyed helping plan and track media coverage for Proctor & Gamble at Hill & Knowlton in Paris, France. The experience made me fall more in love with Paris even more since I have been pricing the language for over five years. My past internships and current internship position with BaubleBar  confirm my interests in fashion and lifestyle.

Wet Hot American Summer

I am back in the states! It is bittersweet to go right from traveling and interning abroad to starting my final year of courses at college. I thought I would share some affordable ways to soak up the last bits of summer before the weather changes and our tans start to fade!

Do some yoga or read while catching rays at the beach. Bring the September issue of Vogue while your at it to get some ideas on the new trends for fall. If you haven’t heard, Beyoncé is on the cover, so it’s a must read… There are only two weekends left to lounge and relax in the sand (including Labor Day weekend), so use them wisely! I will probably head to the beach until October because the beach is my happy place, but that’s just me!

King Pigeon on the Mediterranean
King Pigeon on the Mediterranean

If you already studied the Vogue issue and are ready to shop, remember, many stores are having their end of summer sales! Nastygal has many items 70% off right now and you can still transition summer picks with cardigans once the weather starts to turn. If you’re looking for things for your dorm check out Urban Outfitters many items are also on sale- or you can find promo codes very easily online.

The September Issue
The September Issue

Many of my friends recently came back from their summers abroad as well so a bottomless brunch was a necessary date for us. There are not many all-inclusive, pre fix brunches outside the city, but we found the cutest (and affordable for $30) brunch that was filling and scenic for a group of friends or a couple to catch up.

Polpettina in Westchester, NY
Polpettina in Westchester, NY

Things I Realized While Living in Europe this Summer

I learned some lessons while living in Paris, France, that made me think about how I live in America…

I say sorry too much  People don’t apologize very often in cities… and I am the type of person who says sorry even when people run into me

Permittance of Alcohol should be legal at 18  I already thought of this… but really, what American teenager hasn’t?!

Winery in Chenonceaux
Winery in Chenonceaux

Fresh Food is the Best Food Yes I ate many baguettes and croissants, but they didn’t have the preservatives that could also help embalm someone.

Angelina Brunch
Angelina Brunch

Keep Your Friends Close A colleague who lives in Paris, but studied for a year in the States, told me something that I totally agree with. American friends are very fickle– they were obsessed with her when she first arrived, but never would keep in touch when she returned to France. Also, sororities and fraternities are a part of American Culture- she said they are unnecessary in France- I quite frankly agree…

Own a cute pair of sneakers  Walking around in cute heels or sandals every day made my feet (and pedicurist) hate me. Everyone in the city would wear Adidas or Nike just to walk around- even with a skirt and dressy top!

Adidas Los Angeles

Know your history- read a book every now and then The French are surrounded by beauty every where they walk. I wouldn’t say that the Independence House or Statue of Liberty doesn’t give an aesthetic sense, but the amount of history that people know- because they walk by these important landmarks each day– is astounding.

Monet at Musée D'Orsay
Monet at Musée D’Orsay

Vacations should be necessary  We have vacation time in the States, of course, but I see time and time again that we never use them up. WHY?! The French usually take all three of their vacation weeks at once.. and usually in August- many businesses in Europe shut down for those three weeks.