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OOTD

I began the morning in a skirt, before realizing that it’s actually pretty cool out (and not so sunny) and remembering that I’m meeting a friend from Russia for a touristy romp after work. Hence the dark skinny jeans. Also the picture is blurry, but it’s the best in the series – I’ll do try harder next time, just for you.

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OOTD

So the first day went great and I can already tell that my style sensibility and preferences are going to fit in really well with this office! Here’s day two, still biz-cazh, with some fun elements. And guess who finally got her favorite pair of black pumps repaired? Yep, and they’re better than new. A girl couldn’t be happier.

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OOTD: Volume 2!

Another first day and altogether important OOTD. Here begins my post-grad internship, wish me luck! I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a structured jacket over a less-structured dress. It works every time. And to make it better, the strong geometric print and bright coral colors are signatures of this summer season. I also love that the necklines aren’t perfectly the same, it adds an element of interest. And I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t DIY a mani last night. Hello, pretty lilac!

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OOTD

Today is so bittersweet! I’ve had an incredible time interning at Teen Vogue and would stay in a heartbeat if the combined issues of college credit/no openings didn’t make that impossible. And as if Hollywood had something to do with it, it’s raining and should be all day. Isn’t that just how it would be in a movie? I thought so too. I was going to wear the same shoes from Monday, but since they’re suede and haven’t been Scotchgard-ed yet I probably shouldn’t. But they would look so much better with the new khakis (that have become my favorite spring-y wardrobe piece). I may stow them in my bag… we’ll see about that.

The significance of this outfit is pretty tremendous, because it’s in the last outfit of my internship I have meetings with a pretty major editor. I think that’s pretty fitting.

I’m not sure how long I’ll continue outfit of the day blogs, I hope it’s something that doesn’t die out, but we’ll see. I know so many of you have followed all of these sartorial choices closely and without you I wouldn’t have kept this up for the duration of my internship.

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Outfit of the Day


As a good patient to my eye doctor, I’m giving my eyes a rest by alternating days when I wear my contacts vs. my glasses. Being on a computer all day at my internship (proof that it’s not all coffee and errand running!) really takes a toll on my eyes.

I’ve found the teen vogue offices to be very warm, so dressing in layers is a must. I would type out where I got the pieces for my outfit, but at this point it’s beyond safe to assume that it’s all Ann Taylor and LOFT.

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These boots were made for.. interning!

Yesterday was the first day of my internship, and I love it! Unfortunately , or rather in the best interest of me getting a job, I won’t post about my internship. But I will post what I wear to the very fashionable offices.

Day 1
dress: Ann Taylor; necklace: LOFT; tights: LOFT; boots: Dillards

Day 2 (today!)
graphic tee: LOFT; blazer: H&M; necklace: LOFT;
skinny jeans: LOFT; boots: Dillards; glasses: Coach

Depending on what sort of damage the estimated 12 inches of snow NYC may get tomorrow, I may not have an outfit to post (sad). But maybe I’ll be able to make snow angels in central park or do something like that. This Texan cannot fathom how much snow that actually is. Deep down though, I can’t wait to see real snow!!

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The cost of internships

Want to work as an intern for Donatella Versace? Sure, it’s a great name to put on a resume, and you even get a t-shirt and bottle of perfume. Sounds like a deal right? It can be yours for $20,000. You pay her. It is for an entire semester, and you would get to go to a fashion show and a meet-and-greet with Donatella. For $20,000. Yeah, my jaw is still on the ground too.

But she’s not alone.

Anna Wintour similarly auctioned off a one-week internship at the Vogue offices. Earlier this week the bidding was at $13,000. It closed at $42,500. Blasphemy, right?! You would think that after seeing The Devil Wears Prada no one would pay for a one-week stint. That’s no where near an entire year! And probably costs more than Andy Sachs got paid. Yeah, ponder that for a moment. And let your mind explode.

On my soapbox:

After one unpaid internship summer in NY my parents are extremely reluctant to let me apply for internships in magazine mecca unless they are paid (and stipends, like the one you’d get at Conde Nast, will not cut it). Since paid internships in this biz are so hard to come by, they get significantly more applicants and become harder to attain. I have some great experience on my resume, but sometimes it’s just not enough. Plus summer is the season when internships are in the highest demand.  So why do Donatella and Anna think that their internships are worth any money at all.

And I haven’t even touched the ethical issues here!

Paying for a position completely cheapens it. It cheapens the experience you’re getting and it cheapens the internship on your resume because you didn’t earn the internship, you paid for it. Who is going to look at that on your resume and think you’re more than just a rich kid who can throw money around to get what they want?

And this brings me to ‘The City’ from the other night. My first time watching and I have mixed feelings. In this same vein, I really wonder why Olivia is still at Elle if all she does is act self-righteous and produce mediocre work for the website (yes, I’m referring to the elle.com interview with Anna Sui). Le sigh. I’m now very thankful for the Media Law and Ethics course I’m finishing up this semester because I can recognize situations like these that are more than a little fishy. Oh and while I was watching Tuesday’s episode of ‘The City’ I was flipping through my most recent Elles and could not find Olivia’s name on the masthead for either the print or online versions of the mag. Interesante indeed.

So maybe all internships cost us in the end is our dignity. Until they turn into a full-time gig. Thankfully after both of my internships, my dignity and integrity are both still very much intact and I’m grateful for the (unpaid) experiences I’ve landed. And I’ll keep you posted for where I end up this summer, it’s still somewhat up in the air.

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