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.

Must-Haves for Collegiate Interns

After day 4 on the job, I’ve come up with a brief list of must-haves for any collegiate intern. Specifically, these must-haves are all tote-friend to make your internship experience a tiny bit easier.

1. A Day-to-Day Planner/Notebook:

My planner is my best friend. Seriously. I can keep track of assignments, hours, miscellaneous notes (email addresses, etc.), and anything else I need throughout each day or each week. My favorite is this Lilly Pulitzer Agenda. It comes complete with tabs, sections for notes and contacts, a hardcover, and an elastic bookmark.

2. Laptop:

I know, I know, lugging around your laptop can be a pain. But your boss will appreciate that you can bring it to meetings, in addition to the fact that it makes your work space portable. Since the computers in this office tend to be a tad temperamental, I can’t even express to you how much easier it has made my life to have my Macbook around when I need the internet. If you’re worried about scratches or damage from traveling, pick up one of these durable and inexpensive covers or cases!

3. Lip Stain:

After a long day at the office, lip stick comes off after eating, talking, sweating, and licking envelopes. The same goes for lip gloss, and we all know we could do without the stickiness. But I will absolutely swear by Tarte’s Lipsurgence Lip Tint and Fresh’s Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment (with SPF 15). Personally, I prefer the Tarte stain in Joy, and the Sugar tint in Sugar Rosé. They’re long-lasting, moisturizing, and the colors are perfect for the summer!

4. Comfortable, Stylish Flats:

Now when I say flats, I don’t necessarily mean flats. I just mean any kind of everyday shoe you can wear without pain or blisters. Personally, I’m a big fan of J.Crew’s ballet flats (you can find them in a beautiful turquoise on sale here). Or if you’re looking for something a little less pricey, try these fabulous DV knockoffs from Target. They come in four fabulous colors for a fraction of the price. I purchased two pairs last week, in mint and black, and I’m in love. My best recommendation for convenience and style? Cityslips. They’re foldable, adorable, affordable, and the case turns into a tote.

5. Hand Sanitizer

It sounds silly, but think about how many surfaces you touch throughout the day. Especially as an intern who’s responsible for delivering paperwork, making copies, answering phones, organizing closets, what have you, it’s reassuring to know that you’re avoiding all the bacteria that comes with it. Not to mention that during the colder months, you’re much less likely to contract that cold going around the office. Pick up a couple of these Bath & Body Works PocketBacs. They’re transportation-friendly, available in dozens of scents, and constantly on a “5 for $5” sale.

If you have any questions, recommendations for additions to the list, or simply any comments, feel free to share!

I’ll be posting the list of DOs and DO NOTs later this week. Until then…