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.)
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.
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.
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Stay fabulous, my fellow interns/students/readers.