Monthly Archives: November 2009

What I’m thankful for

It’s Thanksgiving day and while I watch the Macy’s parade bundled up in my mom’s Snuggie with a hot mug of coffee to my left, magazines in my lap and the air filled with warming scents of a stuffed turkey in the oven, I can’t help but think about everything I’m thankful for. Here are 5 of the things I’m most thankful for (outside of friends, family and free speech).

1) Well-written feature journalism: I’m not sure why it took me this long to subscribe to Marie Claire, but I’m thankful for my latest subscription decision because of writing like this “A bombshell of a girl, I would say Lively is like a tall, frosty glass of milk—but when you take a sip, you realize that the milk has bourbon in it.” I usually find quotes like that, that I fall in love with, when I’m reading NYT articles. And I usually link you to them, kind of like this. So follow the link and read the entire December cover story here. Along the same lines, I’m thankful for the NYT, Elle and Teen Vogue.

2) Ed2010: This website, courtesy of some of the indrustries most generous editors, is God’s gift to anyone pursuring a magazine gig. There isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not enlightened by  a piece of Ed’s wisdom. Whether he’s giving me information on internships (you better believe my desk is covered in post-its with information on who to send what for the different magazines I’m interested in interning for – all thanks to you, Ed!) or giving me tips for freelance writing, I follow Ed all the time. We’re tweeps. (Follow me @schmitzey)

3) Since I’m not yet a magazine editor, I don’t get invites to the fancy runway shows during fashion week, so I improvise and make do with The website updates daily during each season’s shows. When I was approached and asked to write the fashion week article earlier this fall I wanted to make sure I stayed on top of the story, rather than procrastinate. That meant staying up until loaded the most recent shows and reviewing fashion week daily on La Vie en Vogue, my former blogging home. In addition to bringing runway shows to my life,’s Style File is another fashion blog I frequent. I wish the writing in Vogue could be a little bit more reflective of the writing that “the online home of Vogue”  provides.

4) OPI nail polish: OPI nail polish makes me happy if nothing else in my life is going well. All I have to do is choose a color from the cupboard in my bathroom and paint either my fingernails or toes. I make a point to buy one color from each new collection the geniuses at OPI put out. Even if it’s not from the most recent Espana collection, right now my favorite is Lincoln Park After Dark.

5) Pandora Radio:Pandora is perfect for college students, because I can’t afford all of the music I want to own. iTunes is great and all, but I only have a finite amount of music, but with Pandora I can listen to all of the Regina Spektor, Kate Nash, Lilly Allen, Ben Folds,  Joseph Arthur, Ingrid Michaelson, Meiko and others that serenade me on my Regina Spektor station. Most of my creative genius (ahem, blog posts like this one) comes along while I’m listening to Regina and company.


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Heidi does Ann Taylor


I can not think of a better person to represent the Ann Taylor brand right now, than Heidi Klum.

Let me begin by saying that two and a half years ago when I started working for the Ann Taylor corporation (to clarify, I work at Ann Taylor LOFT, not AT), Ann Taylor was on its way to being as trend right and sophisticated as it is now, but back then I still thought of AT as being more old woman,  business-woman attire with matching pants and skirt suits. Now, though, AT has really fashionable clothes that at 20, I would love to own. And major players are hailing the current AT styles as at the top of their game. When the AT put its fall 2009 collection down the runway at New York fashion week in September, Joe Zee  made his thoughts known by tweeting his praises. I don’t think I’d ever been prouder to be a part of the Ann Taylor corporation than when I read that post.

So back to Heidi as the current face of my brand. She empitomizes what the brand stands for right now. Chic, stylish, fashion forward.

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Awkwaaaaaaard + Birthday wishes

Does anyone else feel dirty after seeing a commercial for YSL Parisienne perfume? I don’t need to see Kate Moss orgasming  on my TV. The dress is hot and the shoes are fierce, but are the scenes on the bed really necessary? The ad is beautifully photographed . . . porn. If camp YSL wanted to catch the attention of horny men who would immediately go out and buy the perfume for their women in hopes of seeing them react like, ahem, that, then I’m sure they succeeded.

And for news with a much lower creep-factor, Happy Birthday Joe Zee! I would give my left arm to meet him, especially in a professional capacity. Hope your day is totes ab-fab!

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As far as I’ll ever get into Twilight

In the spirit of tonight’s New Moon debut (I’m only a Twi-heart if it means I love twitter…) I thought I’d share my thoughts on the good and the bad from the the New Moon LA premiere Tuesday night. Here goes! Click on each image to get my take on the looks.

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Teen Vogue, how I love you

When I get two seconds to myself, or when I decide that actually being awake during my 8am is optional, I read The Teen Vogue Handbook. Usually this happens late at night when I should be studying for my textiles class or transcribing interviews for an upcoming article deadline. But it’s only because this book is my new crack. Kidding. Really though, this is the kind of book that I always wanted to read, but could never find. I feel like it was written with me in mind.

As soon as my copy came in the mail (via my mom – thanks mom!), I zoomed in on the section all about editors. I wanted to know how they got there, what they do and  how they do it. And another part of me is totally panicked about whether or not I was doing what I needed to get my “in.” After practically holding my breath through that section I could rest a little easier knowing that all of the hard work I had already put into my resume and portfolio was going to pay off. In fact, I’ve already had more experience than some of the editors did when they got their first break. The next step is moving to New York. It’s only too bad that I still have another year before that can happen.

In the spirit of total honesty, I haven’t finished the book yet. Which is good and bad. Good because I still have something to look forward to (other than the constantly growing stack of magazines I have yet to read). Bad because maybe I shouldn’t be posting about the book until I’ve read it entirely…Oh, well!  All I can say is that this book is just another reason I’m such a loyal reader to Teen Vogue.

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