What I’m loving on rainy days

Rainy days get a nasty reputation, but I’ve never understood why. What could possibly be better than having no choice but to snuggle up, watch TV, and enjoy lots of warm coffee? Admittedly, I’d probably be enjoying it more if Jake were here — ICYMI: he’s away on clinical rotations at military hospitals — but I’m definitely making the most of it regardless. Here are my rainy day favorite things:

  1. Netflix. Surprise, surprise, binge-watching TV is fun and very worth the $10 per month or whatever it costs. Right now, I am loving Riverdale for it’s social commentary, scandal, and cringeworthy acting. Sometimes those shows just hit the spot.
  2. My LL Bean pullover. I first saw this sweater on Carly the Prepster and couldn’t resist picking one up for myself. Also, not sure if you heard the news, but LL Bean is sunsetting its lifetime return policy, so now is either the best or worst time to buy a bunch of their products. Not to mention the fact that sale is currently an addition 25% off.
  3. Rain coat from The North Face. It’s a lot easier to make myself run errands when I know I’m not going to get soaking wet, and this jacket has never let me down. Also, it’s really cute! And rain gear is not something I get to wear often, so I kind of look forward to the opportunity. Is that weird? Which brings me to…
  4. Jeffrey Cambell rain boots. Best $60 I ever spent on shoes. I bought these in black a million years ago and wear them all. the. time. At 5’1, I need the extra height, but the block heel makes them super comfortable, even for all-day wear. Not sure what the negative reviews are all about.
  5. New York Edition candle. For those of you who don’t know, we stayed at the New York Edition for my best friend’s wedding last May, and I could not get over how great the place smelled. I bought a candle to bring home, but the aforementioned best friend just sent two more for my birthday and it makes my whole apartment so much better. (Thank you, Ashley!)
  6. Oribe’s masque for beautiful color. Indulgent, yes. Amazing? Also yes. I didn’t have color in my hair until recently, but I’ve been using it as a deep conditioner for years because the formula is so moisturizing and great for curls. And the smell. Heaven. Curse my internship with Oribe that got me hooked on it to begin with.
  7. Equinox fitness classes. It is hard to drag myself out of the house when it’s crummy outside, but knowing I’m going to an awesome class in a beautiful facility really helps. My favorites are Stacked, Barre, and Best Butt Ever (which maybe needs a more creative name).
  8. New York Magazine crossword puzzles. Jake got me into them, and they’ve been so great for lazy days at home, long flights, or my commute. Also, they’re a great alternative to the New York Times which, frankly, is a little out of my league.

 

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What did I miss? What do you do on your rainy days off? Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

Love, me.

PS: Please forgive the extremely amateur product spread. I’m still learning!

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.