Monthly Archives: September 2010

Behind the scenes: Proenza Schouler S/S 2011

Images via Jak & Jil. Completely jealous that I wasn’t taking these behind-the-scenes photos at the Proenza Schouler shoot. As usual, obsessed.                   Happy positive Thursday beauties!

Words for Wednesday

I really enjoy comparing quotes and song lyrics to my life and when I feel they fit a specific person or situation, I try to share. I was procrastinating on writing a History paper last night and instead looking up quotes/lyrics images from various Tumblr sites. Images have always been incorporated into this blog, but one goal for me is to post more quotes and lyrics that inspire and motivate me that are took good to pass up. In attempt to add a little structure, organization, inspiration and a stronger feel-good atmosphere on this blog, I’m going to begin “Words for Wednesday” and post 5-10 quotes, lyrics or words of advice once a week. There’s no set topic or category that these quotes will fall under, except for being a source of inspiration or happiness for me this week.

Sometimes hearing and reading words like these are just what queens like you and I need. I’m posting 10 today; enjoy!


Lady in Red

I have a slight obsession with the color red. I actually wish I wore it more, but I just love the way it makes women look fabulous and polished. To balance out the ridiculous amount of celebrity photos I posted below, I thought I’d include some info about wearing the color red:

  • Feeling down? Research shows that the color red enhances men’s attraction to women.
  • 64% of people interviewed in the University of Georgia’s study found that wearing red makes them feel happier.
  • The color red is associated with passion, desire, emotion, energy, love and intensity . More:
  • Light red represents joy, sexuality, passion, sensitivity, and love.
    Pink signifies romance, love, and friendship. It denotes feminine qualities and passiveness.
    Dark red is associated with vigor, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice, and wrath.
    Brown suggests stability and denotes masculine qualities.
    Reddish-brown is associated with harvest and fall.

Sienna Miller

Beyonce

Blake Lively

Carrie Underwood

Claire Danes

Heidi Klum

Katherine Heigl

Anne Hathaway

Rachel McAdams

Jessica Biel

Taylor Swift

Hayden Panettiere

Blake Lively (again...slight obsession)

Jessica Alba

Zoe Saldana

How-to: The Cover Letter

I love to bounce ideas off of my friends-both in the personal and in the professional realm. When Aimee was chatting w/ me about writing a cover letter, Jamie suggested the idea that I write a “how to write an effective cover letter” blog post. I am in no way, shape or form an “expert” but I have written my fair share of cover letters for different positions, jobs and internships and decided to take Jamie’s suggestion. Annnd here it goes:

The purpose of a cover letter to to explain WHY you are submitting a resume and is an introduction tool between you and the employer, internship coordinator or whoever you are writing to. The cover letter allows you to EXPAND on the skills and experience in your resume and is your time to sell yourself. You want your cover letter to make the person reading interested in contacting and/or interviewing you. One main thing to remember is the cover letter focus is on WHAT YOU CAN GIVE THE COMPANY, not what you want from them. Some quick tips:

  • No, no, no grammatical errors. Ever. Proofread your cover letter and have a classmate/professor/someone other than you reread to make sure there are no simple errors, including spelling and sentence structure.
  • Find out who is responsible for hiring and address the cover letter directly to them. “To Whom It May Concern” works, but directly addressing it proves you want the job and can take the time to research the company in detail.
  • Make sure you explicitly include what position you’re applying for, how you found out about the position and why you are interested in the company. Try to keep this to 2-3 sentences!
  • No “one size fits all” cover letter. Each job you are applying for needs a different, personalized cover letter because each job has a different description. You can include the same info, but make sure it is phrased in a way that relates to that particular company/job.
  • Always include your cover letter! Include cover letter in applications with your resume, even when it’s not requested initially.

THE BASICS Begin the cover letter with your name, address, contact information at the top either centered (similar to a resume format-example here) or in the top corner. Personally, I usually put my contact information in the top right hand corner, center the date and address it on the left-hand side (example here) Many people choose to left-align all information (example: here) Regardless of where you are placing this info, keep the cover letter to ONE PAGE and make sure you always include: your name, address, phone number, email and the date. Additionally, include the company name and address and then: “Dear [direct Dr./Mr/Ms./Mrs. first and last name of whoever is responsible for hiring]“

WHAT KIND? Two types of cover letters for two separate purposes:

  1. “Cover letter to apply” where you are applying for a certain position with an organization or company. This is in response to a job posting and the type of cover letter where you expand upon experiences that relate to the position you’re applying for.
  2. “Cover letter to inquire” [more information] This is a letter asking about potential openings that you are not yet aware of or haven’t been publicized.

GET ACTIVE. You should be using active verbs to describe your experiences, skills and accomplishments not only your resume, but on your cover letter! Expand on the active words you used in your resume and relate them to specifically to the job description.Now is your time to go more in-depth and explain HOW and WHY you fit the requirements and would the perfect candidate. Don’t overuse the words “My, me, mine, I” blah blah blah. The job of the cover letter is to take the active verbs and explain how you will be an asset to that particular company.

Example of ACTIVE words you could use on resume/cover letter

WHAT ELSE? The cover letter is also a good time to expand on skills and attributes you can bring to the job environment that you wouldn’t necessarily post on a resume (read my “What Isn’t on the Resume” post here) This includes, but isn’t limited to: listening skills, accountability, teamwork, responsibility, multi-tasking, creativity, and so on.

WRAPPING UP. When concluding your cover letter, don’t forget to say thank you for the opportunity to apply and for their time and consideration. Mine currently says, “I’ve included my resume with this cover letter and would be more than happy to put you in contact with references. I look forward to hearing from you.” It’s essential to really prove that you want to be in contact with them. You could also say, “I will be following up with you in the next week.” Being proactive is always a good thing.

Whatever you may be applying for, the role of the cover letter is to convey why you are an asset to the organization and what you can bring to the table. Highlight and expand on what you’ve included in your resume and other personal skills and traits you have that you can bring to this work environment. Most likely, you are completely qualified for the position you’re applying for and now you just need to express why and how to the employer. Good luck!

#CampusFashion

I’ve been a busy bee this quarter with the usual schoolwork, internship, student organizations, etc. but also working on something new and exciting that’s a bit “out of my routine.” This summer, I started participating in Twitter conversations online and realized how beneficial they were for me personally and professionally! On a whim, I threw out an idea to Chandra, a fellow Intern Queen intern with me this summer, about collaborating for a Twitter chat. It was ironic that we interned together because we were (and still are!) the PR directors for student-produced fashion magazines—mine being Ohio University’s Thread Magazine and hers Florida State’s CLUTCH Magazine. We decided to plan, organize and execute a Twitter conversation between the publications we work for and other college fashion magazines.

The goal of the conversation #CampusFashion is to allow the fashion publications to collaborate and communication with each other and to our readers! The conversation allows us to celebrate what each student-run publication is doing and to facilitate conversation between college students answering questions about all things fashion and college lifestyle oriented. I may be biased, but I was looking through these magazines and was blown away at all the talent and dedication that goes into these publications! Anyone who has a Twitter can join the conversation by typing #CampusFashion in a tweet and/or by searching #CampusFashion. Those looking to be actively engaged in the #CampusFashion event might want to use TweetChat (it saves my life!)

Who’s involved? The schools involved with #CampusFashion include:

Ohio University’s Thread Magazine (@Threadmag)
FSU’s CLUTCH Magazine (@FSUClutchMag)
Columbia’s Hoot Magazine (@hootmag)
Bucknell’s Be Magazine (@befashionmag)
Syracuse’s Zipped Magazine (@ZippedMagazine)
University of California Berkley’s Bare Magazine (@BareMagazine)
University of Georgia’s Little Red Book Magazine (@LRBMag)
University of Delaware’s UDress Magazine (@UDressMag)
University of Michigan’s SHEI Magazine (@SHEIMagazine)
Duke’s Form Magazine (@DukeFashionMagazine)

The #CampusFashion event will be bi-weekly on Monday nights at 9 pm EST. The first conversation begins on October 4th!

Ohio University’s THREAD Magazine
University of Georgia’ LITTLE RED BOOK Magazine
Syracuse’s ZIPPED Magazine
UC Berkley’s BARE Magazine
University of Delaware’s UDRESS Magazine
Florida State’s CLUTCH Magazine
University of Michigan’s SHEI Magazine
Columbia’s HOOT Magazine
Bucknell’s BE Magazine

If you’re interested, you can check out the latest issues of each magazine here: Thread Magazine, Clutch Magazine, Hoot Magazine, Be Magazine, Bare Magazine, Little Red Book Magazine, Zipped Magazine, UDress Magazine, Form Magazine, SHEI Magazine. Remember to join the #CampusFashion conversation on October 4 at 9!

Always act like you're wearing an invisible crown.

Or not so invisible…….Have an amazing weekend!

Always act like you’re wearing an invisible crown.

Or not so invisible…….Have an amazing weekend!

Fringe

I’ve mentioned my slight love for fringe here and  here, but after viewing Ralph Lauren’s Spring/Summer 2011 Ready-to-Wear, I decided to post a full-on fringe blog post. Wish I could tell you why I have such an obsession, but I found some pictures that I’m loving today.

More:

March 2009 Vogue UK feat. Lily Donaldson

WhoWhatWear Obsession du Jour: Fringe Details

WhoWhatWear Trend Report: Fringe

Leighton Meester in Giambattista Valli dress
Mulberry heels. I knew there was a reason I love Leighton

Ralph Lauren images via Scallywag and Vagabond, Carolines Mode, Vogue UK image via Fashionising. More: WhoWhatWear

Jessica Simpson purse fringe bag
Fringe top purchased from Etsy

This summer I bought a pale pink fringe dress from H&M and a studded AND fringed black bag from Forever 21. No pics yet though!

Happy positive Thursday!

FWD: What isn't on the resume

I actually wrote this blog post last summer on another blog and was re-reading it today and liked it! I agree with everything I posted originally, and realize just how important these skills/traits are now as I’m a year older. I added pictures I like for a little visual effect [the post is long, but good, I promise!] Enjoy queens!

July 21, 2009: I honestly feel like I have to redo, update, change, check or do SOMETHING to my resume all the time. I’ll see someone else’s, or another design and decide to format mine differently. I’ll think of a new verb to describe perfectly just what was done at each internship, each club, each class. I’ll try to find different ways to communicate all I did in one summer, or one school year into three bullet-point sentences. It’s kind of hard to describe twelve full weeks of opportunity and experience with three bullet points with three extremely important verbs. It is for me at least. How do I decide what is the absolutely most important thing to include on the 8 1/2 by 11″ piece of paper that says “Who I am” and “What I have done” and “How I have succeeded” ? I have absolutely no idea.

My thought is this…there are so many things people can bring to the table when applying for jobs, internships or doing anything really. There are more important aspects about a person than the three bullet-points they use to describe their time spent on a job. I’m not saying this to devalue work/internship experience or on-campus involvement, but there is more you can bring to any environment than just that. I want to highlight four traits and aspects you can additionally bring to a new environment.

The queen of positive thinking & good attitudes

1. ATTITUDE: It’s not like someone can just list “positive attitude” on a resume. But what you can do is make sure to display a positive attitude at all interviews, every day at work (helllooooo References?) and strive to maintain a “glass half full” mindset in all circumstances–work-related. I chose try to have that attitude at all time in life. How would it feel to apply for a job and when someone called your former boss (your reference) they found out you were negative almost all the time? Do you think you would get the job even if you did have the three or four “perfect sentences” to describe your “perfect internship” ? Even if you have experience, people want to work with you and be around you when you have a positive personality. Most people generally don’t want to work with or surround themselves with someone who is grumpy, pessimistic and always acting…dead. Do you? Be optimistic and cheerful. It’ll go a long way!
2. TEAMWORK: Again, I can’t just write “I play well with others” on my resume. It’s not exactly the type of sentence to include on the crucial bullet-point sentences. But working well with others is very important throughout the workforce and life. This means being a leader at times, but understanding when it’s time to be a listener. It’s taking the focus off of MY ideas and plans and channeling together with others for the common goals and success of a team, family or workplace.

One of my favorite "teams" to be on: UPC

3. HARD WORK: It’s so easy to be lazy and tired. Waking up at 6 a.m. is not exactly the best part of my day and it would definitely be easy to complain, especially when Starbucks is closed. It’s important to not sit around and act tired or bored. Not only does hard work mean not being lazy, but it means not doing jobs, tasks and activities half-ass. (Can I say that on this blog? I hope so?) A job or project that’s half finished or only partially correct or successful isn’t exactly what employers are striving for. Annnd…although hard work will by the end of the day make you MORE tired, it is refreshing to get the job done completely right and accurately. Again, I wouldn’t want my reference to say “Yeah, Andi had a great press release that she sent to a few media outlets. She just didn’t feel like sending it to more.” Do the job right, and do it completely…start to finish!
4. OPPORTUNITY CHASER: The last quality that wouldn’t exactly be listed on a resume, but should be played out in everyday interactions and life experiences would be to become an opportunity chaser. This completely relates to the work environment as well. Don’t settle for something you don’t want. I‘ve learned that there will be lots of doors opened for me, and I need to run toward them to get what I want! Although a lot of doors will close, and opportunities will not turn out successful, it’s important to go after what you, or a company, or a team wants. You will NEVER get your dream job if you don’t try. You usually won’t get someone to cover your event unless you contact them. DO SOMETHING about what you want to happen. Mark Batterson wrote in his book “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day” that “A willingness to fail is a prerequisite for success.” It has literally been my favorite quote since.

One of my first days in DC (Summer 2009)

Sorry for lots of rambling on, but I really do feel passionate about personality characteristics that matter and that won’t necessarily describe you on a piece of paper. You are more than what three or four bullet-point sentences describe your internships and jobs. Don’t you think you have more to offer? Live your life-everyday experiences and interactions-in a way that make you someone others want to not only work with, but be around and spend time with.

—-It’s amazing how much you change in a year and yet how some ideas and thoughts stay completely the same. I still value positivity, hard work, teamwork and chasing opportunities as much as I did last summer and hope I continue to feel that way in the future. Thanks for reading and recent blog posts I’ve wrote about internships/opportunities are here, here and here.

FWD: What isn’t on the resume

I actually wrote this blog post last summer on another blog and was re-reading it today and liked it! I agree with everything I posted originally, and realize just how important these skills/traits are now as I’m a year older. I added pictures I like for a little visual effect [the post is long, but good, I promise!] Enjoy queens!

July 21, 2009: I honestly feel like I have to redo, update, change, check or do SOMETHING to my resume all the time. I’ll see someone else’s, or another design and decide to format mine differently. I’ll think of a new verb to describe perfectly just what was done at each internship, each club, each class. I’ll try to find different ways to communicate all I did in one summer, or one school year into three bullet-point sentences. It’s kind of hard to describe twelve full weeks of opportunity and experience with three bullet points with three extremely important verbs. It is for me at least. How do I decide what is the absolutely most important thing to include on the 8 1/2 by 11″ piece of paper that says “Who I am” and “What I have done” and “How I have succeeded” ? I have absolutely no idea.

My thought is this…there are so many things people can bring to the table when applying for jobs, internships or doing anything really. There are more important aspects about a person than the three bullet-points they use to describe their time spent on a job. I’m not saying this to devalue work/internship experience or on-campus involvement, but there is more you can bring to any environment than just that. I want to highlight four traits and aspects you can additionally bring to a new environment.

The queen of positive thinking & good attitudes

1. ATTITUDE: It’s not like someone can just list “positive attitude” on a resume. But what you can do is make sure to display a positive attitude at all interviews, every day at work (helllooooo References?) and strive to maintain a “glass half full” mindset in all circumstances–work-related. I chose try to have that attitude at all time in life. How would it feel to apply for a job and when someone called your former boss (your reference) they found out you were negative almost all the time? Do you think you would get the job even if you did have the three or four “perfect sentences” to describe your “perfect internship” ? Even if you have experience, people want to work with you and be around you when you have a positive personality. Most people generally don’t want to work with or surround themselves with someone who is grumpy, pessimistic and always acting…dead. Do you? Be optimistic and cheerful. It’ll go a long way!
2. TEAMWORK: Again, I can’t just write “I play well with others” on my resume. It’s not exactly the type of sentence to include on the crucial bullet-point sentences. But working well with others is very important throughout the workforce and life. This means being a leader at times, but understanding when it’s time to be a listener. It’s taking the focus off of MY ideas and plans and channeling together with others for the common goals and success of a team, family or workplace.

One of my favorite "teams" to be on: UPC

3. HARD WORK: It’s so easy to be lazy and tired. Waking up at 6 a.m. is not exactly the best part of my day and it would definitely be easy to complain, especially when Starbucks is closed. It’s important to not sit around and act tired or bored. Not only does hard work mean not being lazy, but it means not doing jobs, tasks and activities half-ass. (Can I say that on this blog? I hope so?) A job or project that’s half finished or only partially correct or successful isn’t exactly what employers are striving for. Annnd…although hard work will by the end of the day make you MORE tired, it is refreshing to get the job done completely right and accurately. Again, I wouldn’t want my reference to say “Yeah, Andi had a great press release that she sent to a few media outlets. She just didn’t feel like sending it to more.” Do the job right, and do it completely…start to finish!
4. OPPORTUNITY CHASER: The last quality that wouldn’t exactly be listed on a resume, but should be played out in everyday interactions and life experiences would be to become an opportunity chaser. This completely relates to the work environment as well. Don’t settle for something you don’t want. I‘ve learned that there will be lots of doors opened for me, and I need to run toward them to get what I want! Although a lot of doors will close, and opportunities will not turn out successful, it’s important to go after what you, or a company, or a team wants. You will NEVER get your dream job if you don’t try. You usually won’t get someone to cover your event unless you contact them. DO SOMETHING about what you want to happen. Mark Batterson wrote in his book “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day” that “A willingness to fail is a prerequisite for success.” It has literally been my favorite quote since.

One of my first days in DC (Summer 2009)

Sorry for lots of rambling on, but I really do feel passionate about personality characteristics that matter and that won’t necessarily describe you on a piece of paper. You are more than what three or four bullet-point sentences describe your internships and jobs. Don’t you think you have more to offer? Live your life-everyday experiences and interactions-in a way that make you someone others want to not only work with, but be around and spend time with.

—-It’s amazing how much you change in a year and yet how some ideas and thoughts stay completely the same. I still value positivity, hard work, teamwork and chasing opportunities as much as I did last summer and hope I continue to feel that way in the future. Thanks for reading and recent blog posts I’ve wrote about internships/opportunities are here, here and here.