Must-Haves for the Editorial Intern

As many of you already know, I had the blessing of spending this summer at Oribe Hair Care and Teen Vogue in New York City. It was a whirlwind of a season–filled with exciting stories and new experiences–and I walked away a changed girl (both personally and professionally). However, there were struggles. Every day of the first month was a fight with my wardrobe about what was appropriate yet stylish,  any friends still in the city lived downtown while I crashed with my aunt on the Upper West Side (rent-free! The woman is a saint), time at home was spent freelancing for the fabulous Dering Hall (this was more of a dream than a struggle, but it cut down a tad on sleep), and I was on a very specific budget while living on a summer grant from Wheaton. (Exhale.)

Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and my first Conde Nast byline!

Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and my first Conde Nast byline!

But I adapted, as all young people must. I kept my eyes peeled for in-office trends that helped guide my day-to-day outfit selections; I made new friends in the other interns; I learned the tone and taste of high-end interior design; I designated funds for living expenses versus entertainment. And in doing all of the above, I found a few particular items to be consistent:

1. I couldn’t live without my planner.

2. My J.Crew chambray button-down doubled as a work shirt and summer jacket.

3. Black pumps aren’t optional anymore. All the women in all of my offices owned at least one pair, and they’re never less than fabulous.

4. A classic watch dresses up any outfit, and helps curb the desire to check your cell phone for the time.

5. Red lips (heftiest hibiscus) make all the difference both in and out of the workplace. Do I feel confident? Yes. Put together? Check. On-trend? Always.

6. My curls could handle the dry summer heat, as long as I had my favorite deep conditioner. And no, I don’t have colored hair.

Those things being said, I also learned the importance of developing my own style and putting some of my personality into everything. I had the once-in-a-lifetime experience at two once-in-a-lifetime positions, and I succeeded because of a bright attitude and desire to learn. I got the most beautiful sendoff from both Lori Morris and Jessica Duncan, women who I admire and respect deeply. Now, I get to watch my work show up in web and print form, and I have never been prouder or more excited for my future.

My thank-you from Teen Vogue!

My thank-you from Teen Vogue!

My thank-you from the Oribe team!

My thank-you from the Oribe team!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the meantime, though, I’ll focus on senior year. Learning Python, filming my first movie, discussing Hollywood genres, and analyzing how community functions in our exploding era of technology. All exciting, challenging things. Good things. Valuable things. Goodness, I’m a lucky girl.

Leave a comment if you’re looking for a particular kind of post; I’m open to more food-related stuff, interior decorating, all-things-beauty…

Stay fabulous, my fellow interns/students/readers.

A little snacking, a little shopping

This weekend was surprisingly hugely successful in terms of shopping. While the intention was to stay at home and do all my work for the next two weeks, instead I ate at all my favorite restaurants, shopped at my two favorite places, and enjoyed the company of my many favorite people.

Starting with the food, here are some fabulous recommendations for anyone touring Litchfield County:

1. Max a Mia: Jake (boyfriend) and I come here for special occasions when we can afford to splurge a little. Between the incredible garlic bread, delectable and sizable entrees (try the stone pies and pasta dishes!), and Bocci Ball dessert…it’s totally worth it. This time, though, I went with my parents and enjoyed a nice, long, paid-for dinner. Love.

2. The Village Restaurant: Owned by local couple Greg and Denise Raap, The Village boasts the title of “Best Neighborhood Restaurant” by CT Magazine and has earned a stellar recommendation by Zagat. The prices are completely reasonable, especially if ordering off the “Pub Menu,” and you can’t beat the atmosphere. Good for your wallet, your stomach, and your attitude.

3. Cugino’s: This was actually an accidental find after Jake and I started searching for a new “night out” restaurant. As college students, our wallets are only so deep and eating gets expensive. Cugino’s has an excellent early bird menu; select entrees $12.99 from 3-6 p.m. Yum.

Now onto the shopping…

So pretty!

I had a field day at Marshall’s, Anthropologie and the flea market this weekend. Having recently discovered the Marshalls chain had a location in affluent West Hartford, I spent one afternoon moseying through the store and picking my favorite items…like this Philosophy Purity one-step facial cleanser for $9.99. This was especially exciting since I’ve been looking for something to replace my usual Clinique Liquid Facial Soap; three years of use has made my skin slightly resistant.

Also, remember how excited I was when I discovered my love for Lollia? Well at Anthropologie, I picked up a clearance bottle of this perfumed shower gel! It’s comparable to something made by Fresh, but the price tag is slightly more reasonable at a mere $9.99. And it smells SO GOOD. I think they also had it in No. 21: Calm, but I preferred the scent of the former. If you have an Anthro nearby: Go. Immediately. Right now. Or else risk missing out on one of the best products I have ever purchased.

(EDIT: Lollia soaps and shower gels are also available on sale via the Anthropologie web site!)

I wrapped up my weekend by spending a few hours with Jake’s mom at the local flea market. And by “local,” I mean “an hour away.” Regardless, I picked up this questionably sold bottle of Burberry Brit for $16. I’d been eyeing it for almost a year and never felt the need to spend the $75 it previously costs. Oh-so-cheap and oh-so-yummy. Win-win.