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.

I’m a Woo Girl

No, no, not that kind of woo girl. I mean that I officially caved and purchased Mac’s Ruby Woo matte lipstick – a cult favorite. Tracee Ellis Ross and Dita Von Teese both swear by it, in addition to over 20 other beauty gurus featured on Into the Gloss alone. Needless to say, it’s perfect.

I only tried it on because I’m leaving for Spain in a few weeks and was looking for something new. It took some adjusting to at first – I have fair skin and green/brown eyes – so I sat in front of the mirror at Nordstrom for probably 10 minutes. Then I did the same thing at the MAC store. Then I did it again at Macy’s. When I finally decided my biggest problem was with its tendency for initial smudging, the clerk suggested pairing it with their lipliner in Kiss Me Quick. I layered the two and fell in love.

Still hesitant about spending money before my trip, I caved when my sister told me it made me look like a hot college student instead of a mom (my maternal tendencies are a running joke in my family). I figured, “Eh, what the hell, Europe will appreciate this.” So now, I am a loud and proud Woo girl.

In all its classic glory

In all its classic glory

The other find I wanted to mention today was this (see below) Merona Quilted Jacket from Target, on sale for $29.98. I’ve been searching for a versatile, multi-seasonal jacket for weeks now – scouring J.Crew, the Gap, Bluefly, and Nordstrom – with no luck. What a pleasant surprise when I found this on the clearance rack!

So fabulous, right?

So fabulous, right?

Now, I know what you’re thinking: Julie, you already own too much red. Give it a rest with the red. Expand your color horizons. I thought those things too until I tried it on and realized that not only was it spring-weather appropriate, but it also had an adjustable back so that it fit my petite frame. It will match most of my wardrobe and is a fraction of the price I was willing to pay. Sorry, red-hating readers, but I had no choice. I will promise to not wear it with the lipstick, though, since we all know red-on-red is tacky.

The last thing I must do is proclaim my love for Clinique’s Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator. Despite its long-winded name, this moisturizer is great because it lasts forever. I’ve always been preferential to Clinique’s moisturizers because they really rejuvenate and hydrate skin without being too heavy. Specifically, I’ve been using their Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel for years since it’s relatively inexpensive and fabulous. But as I’ve gotten older, my skin has become more sensitive and higher-maintenance, especially during the winter when I’m fighting off flakiness and breakouts simultaneously.

Refreshing and revitalizing!

Refreshing and revitalizing!

Enter moisture surge. Powerful, concentrated, protective moisture surge. I had received it as a sample a while back, and pulled it out of my makeup bag in a crazed search for my prior favorite moisturizer. Two penny-sized dollops later, and I could already see the difference. My dull, winter-weary skin was glowing; my cheeks had color again. Barely a few drops (one for each section of my face) and I looked like summertime! So, at least for the wintertime while I need something strong and long-lasting, moisture surge is my go-to.

Hope you’ve all enjoyed the first week of 2013. I’m off to catch up on some Downton Abbey and finish a vanilla spice latte. Tough life, right?

Until next time, stay beautiful.

Winter Things

I know, I know, I’m terrible. It’s been literally three months. But now I am finally on break and free to blog and boast about all the fabulous experimenting I’ve had a chance to do with winter products. You should also know that I’m heading to Spain from January through May, so I will be posting from there about European experiences and products.

Anyway, those of you who know me know that I am not a winter person. I detest the cold and everything it brings with it – frizzy hair, dried skin, frozen fingers, icy roads, etc. However, I’m excited to say that I’ve found some things that make the frigid weather worth weathering! My saviors this season: J.Crew, Oribe and L’Occitane.

Let me start off by reminding y’all of my size: I am 61 inches and 104 lbs. Nothing fits me. Ever. So when I found this cable crewneck sweater in a boys size 14 at J.Crew, I immediately ordered it in bright teal. While I was worried about boxiness and color coordination at first, I can safely say that it has been one of my favorite purchases thus far.

So versatile!

So versatile!

Though it’s shown above in a deep navy blue, I’ve become rather fond of the bright bluish-green. It matches leggings, jeans, and can even work with the occasional wool skirt, not to mention the fact that the sheer vibrance of the sweater brightens up any weary winter morning. Obviously, I recommend the boys version for anyone who is vertically challenged and looking to save a few dollars, but a women’s version is available here.

I also need a few moments to gush about Oribe’s Masque for Beautiful Color. At first glance, the price tag would have driven me away, but I received mine as a gift from the oh-so-generous Daniel Kaner (Co-President of Oribe) and am permanently hooked. This hair masque has fought off my toughest, driest, nastiest days this season. I recognize that the title suggests use by those only with a dyed ‘do, but this is not the case. Anyone looking for a deep conditioner with a subtle scent of fruit and musk will fall in love. Massage or comb from roots to ends, let sit (for as long as you like), and then either rinse or towel dry your hair. Spend the next few days in awe of the shiny, smooth, and healthy mop on your head. You won’t be disappointed.

Even the packaging is fabulous...

Even the packaging is fabulous…

Finally, L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Lip Balm is my favorite lip treatment for cracked, cold-weather lips. This was also something discovered as a gift, but I’m never going back. The tube is simple, classic, and the opposite of obnoxious. Reminds me a little of C.O. Bigelow products, but it smells better and it about two dollars more expensive. Then again, it’s also 10 percent shea butter, so the extra two dollars is a small price to pay for the enormous benefits. I lose mine all the time and sometimes try something new, but I always come back to this. And Jack Black’s Intense Therapy Lip Balm. Yum.

So smooth, and smells so yummy!

So smooth, and smells so yummy!

I’ll be heading to the mall next week with J.Crew gift card (and credit card) in hand, so expect more soon. I’m also open to suggestions from readers! More recipes? Style hints? Sale tips? Let me know!

Stay beautiful (and warm).