Paris, I’m back.

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It’s been two weeks since I packed my four overweight suitcases and moved 3,500 miles to a different country, without speaking the language or knowing anyone in the city.

But, somehow all of this somewhat scary change feels amazing.

We often seek change at big milestones in our lives. For me, it was after graduating college this May. I knew I wanted to make a new chapter with big, bold move. And, that move was to Paris.

It wasn’t quite as simple as I put it; packing my bags and boarding a flight. Sleepless nights, too many cold emails to count, people telling what I wanted to do was virtually impossible, headaches from visa paperwork, and farewells to friends and family. And somehow, its been all worth it and then some.

Back in October, right around the time I started this blog, I had a light bulb moment. I wanted in the worst way to move back to Paris, where I had spent a semester studying in 2015. At that point it all sounded so romantic and thrilling, but there was much more to it.

Some people are ok with such radical change to take a risk without a plan. We’ve all heard the courageous story of someone moving to another country, without a job, contacts, or knowing the language, and sometimes it all works out. But, for me, I had spent much too much time focusing on my career, education and it was too big of a risk to just move without a secured job in my field. Destined and determined, I began my search and ended up lucky with an offer after about 6 months later, and visa in hand another 2 months later.

And so, this part time Parisian, is officially full time.

I look forward to continuing my blogging journey. Check out my ‘About Me’ section as to what I am doing here in Paris and follow along on Instagram @leahchernick to see what I’m up to!

More fashion and Paris fun coming in the near future! Let me know if you’d like to see anything in particular on the blog 🙂

xx bisous,

Leah

 

5 Holiday Gifts for the Fashionista

Tis the season! Whether you are looking for inspiration as to what to ask for this holiday season or you don’t know what to get the fashionista in your family, here are some great gifts to ask for or give this season.

1. BIRCH BOX SUBSCRIPTION

For those of you who are not familiar with Birch Box, it is a monthly beauty box that features five personalize beauty samples to your door each month. I love the idea of giving a Birch Box subscription, because it is not something I would ordinarily purchase for myself but I think makes a great gift for any woman. I am not a subscriber, but one of my roommates received the subscription as a gift and loves the little surprises each month! It is also a great way to find out about different products and test out what you do and don’t like. You can order a year’s subscription for $110 or a monthly subscription for $10 a month!

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2. TORY BURCH MERINO OVERSIZED MOCKNECK TUNIC 

I recently purchased this sweater and have fallen in love! It is the perfect sweater to give (or get!) this holiday. It’s warm, its stylish and its a classic sweater. The sweater is 100% merino wool and is not itchy at all. It runs on the bigger side, as it is a tunic length sweater and it has slits on the sides so it is roomy. Salena Gomez actually wore it and has it in both colors! I got the wheat melange color and its simply gorgeous. I got the wheat melange (left) color but am totally considering getting it in the dovestone melange as well. If you hopped on the suede trend this season there is also a very similar sweater called the Merino Pieced-Suede Sweater Tunic in navy. This sweater runs a bit smaller than the Merino wool sweater tunic because there are no slits at the side and the suede is not as a loose fit as the wool sweater. The merino wool sweaters are on sale for $177 and the suede sweater for $297. Both very nice and classic gifts!

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3. GARANCE DORÉ LES FEMMES CALENDAR

This is a fabulous stocking stuffer or small gift for a friend or colleague! Its that time of year when we need to swap our 2015 calendars for 2016! I love love love fashion illustrations, so I will definitely be ordering this for myself! I just wish it had more room for writing on it, but its a great at a glance calendar. Each month features a fun fashion illustration of une femme by illustrator, artist and photographer Garance Doré.

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4. Ringly

Ringly combines fashion and smart phone technology into one. Its wearable technology as Ringly puts it! Ringly is connected to your phone by an the Ringly app that sends customized alerts for texts, calls, calendar, Facebook and more. The ring has up to four vibration patterns and a light up indicator with five color options. Ringly is perfect for the busiest fashionista in your life! It is compatible with iOS and Android and is available at Bloomingdales or online for $195.

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5. POLAROID CAMERA – FUJIFILM INSTAX

Go retro chic with a Polaroid camera this season! Yep, polaroid cameras are back and not the Barbie polaroid camera you had when you were little. Polaroid cameras are great, because they take instant pictures and print them on directly from the camera on vintage-esque film. When I went to visit my friend from Paris, one of her roommates had one and they used it all the time when the went out and hung the photos from the semester on their fridge. I asked for one for Christmas (in light pink, of course!) The are available online, at Best Buy and are currently on sale at Urban Outfitters for $80 – link in title to the one at UO. They come in some fun colors as well as more basic ones. A Polaroid Camera is even great for doing an OOTD (outfit of the day) photo for each day!

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I tried to pick some out of the box gifts instead of ordinary gifts like a hat and scarf, snow boots etc. They have a range of prices so they are great picks for anyone! Are any of these items on your holiday list? Let me know in the comments below!

xx bisous,

partimeparisian

 

A review from the streets: Throwback! Chanel Haute Couture & Valentino RTW Spring 2015

I wanted to share something different with you all this week! While studying in Paris I was constantly surrounded by fashion, especially during fashion week. Unlike New York and other cities, you don’t need to wait till fashion week in Paris to see fashion happen. Its all around you!  From street style to fashion exhibits to photo shoots happening down the streets. Yup, right outside my school (which was down a very small, quiet street) I walked out to see this mini photo shoot happening. Lol note the random mattress on the right!

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When fashion week comes around in Paris you know its happening! There is awesome street style all over the city and tons of top fashionistas flock to Paris for the shows. One of the best experiences I had while studying in Paris was my spur of the moment decision to stand outside the Valentino Fall/Winter 2015 show at the Tulerie Gardens in March. Also up there in the top moments is when my class had a private tour of Fondation Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent and toured all of Yves Saint Laurent original salons and atelier and got to see his original designs and drawings up close. During Haute Couture week at the beginning of the semester in January my friend and I stood outside the Chanel Haute Couture show. I wish I could thrill you all with saying we got to go inside and see the show, but we didn’t. Isn’t possible to go into the shows without an invitation, as the security is very tight and you have to be on the list. So, our next best option was to stand outside the Grand Palais to get a glimpse of some of the guests and models walking in and out. Mind you, it was late January and freezing outside that day we stood around the Grand Palais hoping to catch some pre-show craziness. We were quite disappointed with what we saw, but it was still a cool experience. There weren’t many people walking in and out of the Grand Palais at all and we, along with hundreds of photographers and fans stood outside for about 2 hours. The cameras were everywhere, from the paparazzi to smaller start up bloggers to fashion photographers camera flashes were everywhere.  There we plenty of publicity stunts like a group of seven or so girls showing up in a limo in ridiculous bright color ball gowns or this group of demonstrators.

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There were  girls who would repeatedly walk back and forth across the street to get as much camera on them as possible. Lesson learned: wear something crazy, the most ridiculous outfit combination you own, even a garbage bag tied on you in a trendy way and you will get bombarded by photographers. Our biggest mistake was not bringing out professional cameras. We would have fit in a lot better (and of course much more quality pictures) if we weren’t using our iPhones to photograph. So, we didn’t get to see too many guests or models walking in and out, but it was still an experience being there.

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This is Veronika Heilbrunner, style editor of Harper’s Bazaar Germany, wife of Justin O’Shea (my 2nd fav fashion couple), Buying Director at MyTheresa, blogger at hey woman! and street style star.  I saw her again with hubby Justin at the Valentino show! She is wearing an Erdem dress and Louis Vuitton bag.

Just to get an idea of what this moments was like…

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Love, love, love this fun feathered cape! Note that she is wearing a beautiful pair of thigh high suede boots. A trend that hit the US this fall. See, trends  really do start in Paris!

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Nothing like a classic red lip and leopard!

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Totally 50’s with bubble gum & hot pink and cat-eye frames! Love the detail in here Chanel gloves with the pearls! Again with the knee high suede boots.

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Laure Heriard Dubreuil, founder of The Webster goes for a printed playful look (all Chanel).

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Here is Olga Nobozhilova in a gold tweed Chanel suit and Chanel number 5 perfume bag. I Instagramed this photo after the show and she re-grammed it!!

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Around came Ready to Wear (RTW) fashion week in mid March and I decided to give standing outside a show a second go around. I had some time before my Mass Media in the Fashion Industry class was visiting the Palais Galliera to see the Jeanne Lanvin exhibit, so I decided to stop by the Tuileries Garden to scope out what was happening outside the Valentino Fall/Winter 2015 ready-to-wear show. I know, very casual, right. Well, it turned out to be one of my favorite experiences abroad. It was a spur of the moment kind of thing, so unfortunately my iPhone camera was all I had. I got off at the metro station Tuleries and was confused to see no one there. I doubled checked the location online, and at that point I had just about given up. I saw this girl (below) talking towards the other end of the park and decided to follow her. She look very trendy, so I was sure she was going somewhere.

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And so, I followed her all the way across to the other end of the park and viola the guests parade down the white tarp with their gold Valentino invitation in hand. The set up was great because it allowed everyone to get some good pictures on both sides of the “white carpet.” Ok, so its a little sandier than the red carpet in Hollywood.

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I walked in at the perfect time! I walked in right aside Olivia Palermo with husband Johannes Huebl aka my absolute favorite fashion couple and not to mention the best looking! It was crazy because as soon as I snapped the picture below, everyone saw them coming in and attacked them. I was sooo lucky to get such a good picture and so close to them! They both looked as perfect as they are in the pictures.

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And one second later…

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Selfies with Olivia! Honestly wish I got one, but wasn’t going to make the poor couple stop again.

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 Street style queen, Helena Bordon, style blogger and socialite wears a floral Valentino gown with blue lace up heels.

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Blogger Evangelie Smyrniotaki of Style Heroine wears a Valentino coat and dress, Louis Vuitton belt and Celine shoes.

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The one and only Parisienne It Girl, Jeanne Damas!! Another one of my favorites. I seriously don’t think I go one post with out mentioning her!

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Brazilian blogger, Lala Rudge walks down the tarp in a Valentino floral dress & matching  coat.

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A more relaxed hipster look with a cross body messenger bag!

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Sarah Rutson (right) of Net-a Porter goes for a corporate chic look in a gray suit and silk white blouse.

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My look at the pre-show! Of course light pink! Italian stylist Erica Pelosini rocks a mosaic gemstone dress with a fluffy pale pink jacket. So gorgeous!

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Veronika Heilbrunner and Justin O’Shea walk through the crowds with their gold Valentino invites in hand. Veronika’s wears a seventies style dress with a white turtleneck underneath. The dress reminds me of something I tried on at Zara this summer.

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The one and only shoe designer, Christian Louboutin is attacked by photographers. I’d say he had as much camera on him as Olivia and Johannes.

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A bit on the quirky side of things, Edition Poshette fashion designers and Helen Bendix are twinning in their own designs.

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One of my favorite looks of the day! Totally 70’s chic white blouse with flared sleeves, super flared cords, and a jean jacket tied below is accessorized a fringe bag and black circle sunnies.

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A rather fun look! Not a fan of polka dots but she rocks it. Fashion consultant Shiona Turini goes for a monochrome blush outfit, wearing a Salvatore Ferragamo fur, DKNY suit, Margiela top and Valentino bag.

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More colorful looks! Fashion blogger Yo Yo wears a Chanel coat and Chanel bag. 10422920_1049947188356035_6801803281392191448_n

Yuyu, fashion blogger of Yuyu Fashion Book, wears a vintage jacket, Valentino shorts and bag, Nicole Panda top and Pierre Hardy sneakers.

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DJ fashionista, Leigh Lezark member of The Misshapes wears a Valentino floral print dress, twinning with Lala Rudge.

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Drum roll for the final look! What an amazing style duo!! Don’t know who these fashionistas are but they’re killing the game!

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I hope you all enjoyed my photos from the Chanel Haute Couture Show and Valentino RTW show! Sorry the photos weren’t better quality. Next time I go I will definitely be bringing my DSLR camera. If you have the opportunity to witness a fashion week from the streets definitely do it! I am going to try and get a peek at some NYFW shows in February, but I don’t think it will be anything like Paris Fashion week. If you could attend any fashion show what would you go to? Share it with me in the comments!

xx bisous,

partimeparisian

Shopping guide to French girl chic

Want to look French girl chic without leaving the U.S?? By the end of this blog post you will master what it takes to get that French girl look! I discovered many of these while studying in Paris last semester, but luckily you don’t have to go to Paris to shop – thanks to God’s gift of online shopping! You will find these stores all over trendy areas like Le Marais and also in department stores like Le BHV, Galeries Lafayette and Printemps in Paris. What I love about these brands is that the have the “french girl chic” esthetic to them without breaking the bank – ok so most of the pieces are well over $100/200, but they are versatile in your wardrobe and are totally worth the price. These brands are certainly not your French maisons like Chanel, Dior, Chloe, Saint Laurent but are not nearly as mass produced as many of the other European favorites like H&M, Zara, Mango and C&A. I like to say that the fall in the middle of these two ends both with price and quality. Most of these brands I will be discussing indeed are of great quality far superior to stores like H&M and you will certainly see this reflected in the prices of the pieces as well. Many of the brands including Maje, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Zadig et Voltaire and The Kooples have stores in major cities like New York and are even popping up in higher end department stores like Barney’s, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Saks. Here I present to you some of my favorites! Shop online now, as many of them have Black Friday sales (mostly 20% off) and these brands do not go on sale often at all! A note on sizing: Most if not all of these brands fall under European sizing that is size 1, 2, or 3. Think of it as small, medium, or large. All photos are taken from the brand’s Fall/Winter 2015/2016 look book online.

MAJE

Fun fact! Judith Milgrom, named the company Maje in combination of the initials of the first names of her loved ones. Judith founded Maje in 1998 with the hopes of creating clothing for active women. And just as I mentioned previously, the according to Maje’s site, the collection falls between luxury and mass market! In 2011 the company crossed the Atlantic with its first store in New York. Here are some of favorite looks to get a good idea of what the collection is like. (All photos are taken from their look book.)

“The Maje spirit is resolutely feminine, understated, glamourous and bold.” 

To sum up Maje…ties, texture, fringe, lace, knits, ruffles, feminine, perforation, black, white, gray, and hints of red and navy.

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SUNCOO

Suncoo was established in 2010 when fashion fanatic Stella joined forces with Thomas, a designer. Stella knew early on what her calling was when she began designing her own clothes on paper and her mother would make them for her. (All photos are taken from their look book.)

“Both knitwear and prints have become Suncoo signatures.  These are rich collections, combining the trendy and the essential.”

To sum up Suncoo…50 shades of grey, layering, casual yet dressy, lace, belts, details, trendy chic, fur, wool, leather, hints of red and camel.

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THE KOOPLES

Brother’s Laurent, Alexandre and Raphael launched The Kooples in 2008. They took the footsteps of their father, Tony Elisha, founder of Comptoir Des Cotonniers (another très chic brand). Just a few years after their successful opening they launched Kooples Sport as well. The inspiration behind the name is quite interesting! Kooples is the French pronunciation of the English word ‘couple’ which fits well with their British inspired style. (All photos taken from their look book.)

Known as…“The must have brand for trendy couples.” In fact, in their advertising campaigns the models are real couples.

To sum up The Kooples…edgy, black , jackets, leather, plaid, satin, velour, school girl look, red, white, lace.

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I splurged and bought this Studded Collar Lace Top at Bloomingdales on Saturday. It was on sale for $150, originally $285. No bargain, but a decent discount from the original price. Though, I think I will get a lot of wear out of it for it to live up to its price. I just have to figure out what kind of top to wear under it. In the photos the model wears a simple white v-neck cami. I wonder what a black cami would look like under it!  Screen Shot 2015-11-29 at 6.37.23 PM

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ZADIG Et VOLTAIRE

Zadig et Voltaire is the oldest of the brands I have been discussing and was established in 1997 by Thierry Gillier, grandson of Andre Gillier – founder of Lacoste. The brand’s vibe and looks are far from Lacoste’s preppy line. Later in 2003 a Sweedish designer by the name of Cecilia Bonstom became the brand’s creative director. Bonstom established the rock spirit x bohemian style of the brand. Zadig et Voltaire was inspired by Voltaire’s book, Zadig ou la Destinee. Très interéressant! (All photos taken from their look book.)

To sum up The Zadig et Voltaire…fur jackets and vests, leather, texture, blazers, black, grey, red, school girl look, mix and match.

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SéZANE

And last but certainly not least, Sézane. Sézane is a bit different than the rest of the brands I have discussed both in their style and the company itself. Sézane boasts itself on being the first French fashion brand to function entirely online. Yep, thats right, no stores, 100% online from the workshops to the customer, no intermediaries. Founder Morgane Sezalory established Sézane in 2013 and decided to concentrate on design. Sézane has what they call “The Apartment” located at 1 Rue Saint Fiancre in the heart of Paris. It is  a space treated as a gallery to try on the collection, which then can be ordered online. This past summer Sézane teamed up with Madewell for a collaboration sold in Madewell stores and online. Sézane’s prices tend to be less expensive than the rest of the brands I discussed and has more of a relaxed, feminine flair to their collection.

To sum up Sézane…camel, small prints, suede, scarves, plaid, fall-esque, feminine, soft, relaxed.

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Honorable Mentions…

Sandro and Claude Pierre (all owned by the same company as Maje, known as SMCP). So if you liked Maje’s collection you might want to check out the rest of the SMCP family. Sandro is described as “sleek, chic and cool,” Maje is “bohemian chic, solar & joie de vivre” and Claude Pierlot as “preppy (a la française), wise and rebel.” Comptoir des Cotonnier and Equipment are similar to Claude Pierlot both style and price wise as the fall on the lower end of the price spectrum with plenty of pieces in the $100-200 range and covet very simple look and effortless chic femine. IRO and ba&sh  are also very popular in France. Both brands have a similar style and pricing to that of Maje and Suncoo with a youthful, bohemian flair, while sleek and put together. The Kooples and Zadig et Voltaire both have an edgy feel to their collection and are on the pricer end of the brands.

Some  interesting conclusions I found amongst the brands:

Colors: black, grays, white, camel, red and occasional blue or green.

Fabrics: knit, leather, suede, fur, silk, lace, velour, tweed.

Details: shiny, plaid, lace, buttons, studs, fringe, belts, zippers, ruffles, ties, criss cross and bows.

I hope you have master your French girl chic look whether you take the preference of the more feminine, bohemian side of the brands or the more edgy, school girl sleep look.

Their are tons more brands like these.Tell me your favorite finds in the comments below!

xx bisous,

partimeparisian

Exciting news & updates! Etsy shop, new internship, exploring Israel & more

Bonjour à tous! Sorry that I have been MIA for the past few weeks. The semester ended and we went on a long winter break (still on it actually!) and I have been busy, so I haven’t had as much time to blog but I have some exciting news and updates to share with you!

I was in Israel for 10 days (more on that later), and upon return it hit me that Spring semester is approaching. I have 3 days off again in my schedule and I should take advantage of the opportunity to intern next semester like I did in the fall. The day after I returned I was jet lagged beyond belief, starting to get another cold and my ear still had not popped from the plane ride home. So, I spent the day applying to internships. Within 24 hours I was up and at it in the city interviewing.

With that! I have accepted an internship at Harper’s Bazaar!!! I will be working along side the Fashion Market Assistant and fashion editors. I am very excited for this opportunity, as I have yet to work for a magazine, so this will give me the perspective of the other side of the industry. I am hoping to start sometime next week, but will keep you posted on how it is going!

More exciting news… I opened up a shop on Etsy!! My shop name is, well you guessed it partimeparisian! I am selling photo cards of photos I took all over Paris and some from Versailles. These photo note cards make excellent stationary or greeting cards and are the perfect gift for any Paris lover! Cards are sold single or sets of 5 and I also do custom orders with greater quantities or to choose which  photos you want on the cards. Cards are about 4in x 6in, professionally printed on 16pt thick sustainably source card stock. The cards are blank inside and white envelopes are included. The cards are reasonably priced and I would love for my fellow blog followers to check out some of my other work! Click here to see my full shop! Here is a sample of some of the photo cards (white watermark does not appear on actual product – just for copyright reasons).

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Hope you enjoyed some of my Paris photography! Again I’d love you to check out my Part-time Parisian Etsy shop! I’ll be adding more cards along the way as well 🙂

Back to my trip to Israel...I was in Israel for about 10 days on a trip some of you may have went on or heard of called Birthright. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Birthright, it is a free 10-day trip touring Israel for young Jewish people. Yes, I know it sounds like absolute spam, like that free cruise to the Bahamas email you get every week and are so tempted to click on but know its fake. But, yes this is a free 10 day trip touring Israel with young students like yourself. Its a great chance to 1. see almost all of Israel and 2. to meet new (Jewish) people your age. There are tons of programs that you can go through (all are free so its just a matter of your preference). A lot of my friends have gone through their university Hillel with students from their school. I went through a program called Mayanot and I had an absolutely wonderful experience. I went with one other friend from home who I’ve known since 1st grade. I made some great new friends who I got so close with just after 10 days…I guess thats what happens when you eat, sleep, travel, and spend every waking moment with a group of people. We had a tour guide, 2 body guards, 2 student leaders (one was a Rabbi) and a “madricha,” which is Hebrew for counselor and is a native Israeli. My friends and I became very close with our madricha. Her name is Chavi and she’s 22 and orthodox. I was so surprised to see how relatable and close we got with her over the trip. We must have asked her over a thousand questions about Judaism and about being orthodox. Fun fact, Israel is the size of NJ! Here are some photos from my trip, I wanted to share with you all!

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Eating falafel in Tel Aviv

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Overlooking Jerusalem

Off roading in jeeps!

Off roading in jeeps!

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Camel rides & sunrises

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We love Aroma Coffee!

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Dead sea (lowest point in the world!)

Night out in Tel Aviv

Night out in Tel Aviv

Hiking Masada National Park (Highest point in Israel--I called it the reverse Grand Canyon of Israel)

Hiking Masada National Park (Highest point in Israel–I called it the reverse Grand Canyon of Israel)

Girls hike Masada National Park! (Highest point in Israel--I called it the reverse Grand Canyon of Israel)

Girls hike Masada! Hope you all like my Chic like Coco Sweatshirt 😉

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Candy at the markets – yum!

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Our favorite soldiers!

Chavi and I at the Western Wall!

Chavi and I at the Western Wall!

That about recaps what’s been going on the past few weeks! I’m so excited to start at Harper’s Bazaar and can’t wait to share how my first day goes. I hope you have the chance to check out my Part-time Parisian Etsy Shop for more of my photo cards! Until next time…

xx bisous,

partimeparisian

Intern Diaries: The Search

Bievenue and welcome to post numero deux of my mini series Intern Diaries within my blog Part-time Parisian sharing all of my favorite brands, trends, style secrets and how to live la vie like you live in Pari! I decided to start a mini series focusing more on careers in the fashion industry at an entry level (internships to be exact), because I know so many people who want to work in fashion or would like to but just don’t know exactly how to go about starting. Firsts things first, you do not have to go to FIT, LIM or any sort of fashion school let alone major in anything fashion related to work in the fashion industry. Of course, it helps to, but if you’re like me you realized you wanted to work in fashion too far into life to transfer. And besides, even if I did know or had an inkling I wanted to work in fashion, majoring in something non fashion related definitely has its advantages, especially if later in life you choose another career path. I always took an interest in fashion throughout my life, but it wasn’t until I studied abroad last Spring semester in Paris that I really know it was a field I wanted to pursue. I major in Communications, which is quite a general major. I love the Communications field, because you can apply it to any industry and work in almost any field you are passionate about. Now that thats clear, let talk about searching for internships! It can be overwhelming, daunting and frustrating. But, internships are very valuable part of figuring out what exactly you want to do and give you great experience you cannot gain in the classroom. Here is some guidance from a now 4 time (maybe going on 5 next semester) intern.

1. Start small & keep your options open

If you have never had a fashion internship, or have never had an internship in general, you want to start small. It is next to impossible to get an internship at a large fashion company like Dior or Kate Spade or a fashion magazine like Elle, Instyle or Marie Claire without any prior fashion experience. It just doesn’t happen. Unless of course you have a very, very good connection at the company. Then you’re in luck! But anyway, if you’re like the rest of us, your dad’s best friend doesn’t happen to work at Louis Vuitton and you have to fend for your own. By starting small you will build up your experience to hopefully work at a larger fashion company in the future. Intern at lesser known designers, magazines or agencies. Perhaps, even research some less known fashion companies and reach out to them to see if they’d be interested in an intern. If you have no internship experience, you will have to keep your options even more open. My first internship had nothing to do with fashion. It was at an event production company that put on career events for security cleared professionals. It wasn’t my first pick but hey, it was a start. If you know you want have a fashion internship and even have experience remember to keep your options open in terms of what kind of company you want to work for. Generally speaking in the fashion industry there are three main types of companies: designers (known as in house), magazines and agencies (as in PR/Marketing/Advertising). You may be dead set on working in house do not keep your doors closed – be open to all different aspects of the industry. It will benefit you much more in the long term if you have experience in all three areas of the industry actually. Because all three areas designers, magazines, and agencies are all so different, you will have a totally different experience working at each. Also, it is never too early to start searching for internships. If you want to intern next semester or summer start looking the semester before and even up to 3-4 months prior!

Networking & Connections 

As my mom says, “its all about who you know.” I do agree, but I always tell her connections only get you so far. Connections are good for things like introductions. They get you through the first gate. Again, unless it is a really good connections to a company its highly unlikely that they will take you without any previous internship experience or say you bombed the interview.  One of the most valuable pieces of advice I have learned is to keep in touch with previous internship managers/mentors. Say your manager at your first internship used to work at a company you are interested in. Express this to your old manager and see if they would perhaps introduce you to someone at the company they used to work for or send your resume into human resources. I will say this again in part trois  of Intern Diaries, half of the battle is getting recognized and getting human resources to open your resume and respond to you out of hundreds of applicants. So, networking and connections are a great way to get through this by being introduced by someone who works (or worked) for the company. Talk to your parents, talk to your friends parents you never know who knows who! As they say, six degrees of separation.

Resources 

Last but not least…the most important part of this post, are your resources. These are the free things available to everyone that will help you search and apply to internships. Majority of the internships I have had I have applied to online. This is the easiest, most popular way to apply to internships. There are tons of posts everyday for companies seeking interns. The hardest part is keep on top of what internships are available constantly when you are searching. I don’t want to speak too much to apply, but when you are looking on these sites, there’s no such thing as over applying. Ok, so don’t apply to every internship you see, but apply to any that interest you at all. There is no harm in applying. I always think eh, do I really want to fill out another application and write another cover letter right now? Say YES. You seriously never know where things will go. I thought this same thing for many of the internships I applied for. I said to myself I’ll never hear back from them what’s the point. And, when I least expected it, I heard back! The following are the most useful, helpful, frequently posted fashion internship sites. These are also favorites of mine, seriously when I am searching for internships I check these at least once a day. Sometimes, if I’m going crazy I check them every hour to see if they have posted new internships.

1. Freefashioninternships.com

Ok, so the site sounds extremely spammy, but its not. And as spammy as it sounds, the title says it all: free, fashion internships! This site posts internships from a wide array of companies: designers, magazines, agencies, even stylists and fashion event planners. Everyone from Saint Laurent to Anna Sui to PR Consulting to Elle has internship listings on this site. There is also a wide variety of fields that the internships appeal to, from design to wholesale to marketing to photography to general fashion. Everyone can find something to apply to on this site if you’re interested in fashion. Freefashioninternships posts internship opportunities daily with anywhere from 3-10 a day. Each post lists the company, the location, background on the company, the requirements from the applicant and the intern responsibilities. Majority of the internships on the site are for credit and few are paid (that’s generally how it is through the whole industry). Some posts are more specific than others listing things like the amount of days a week, start and end dates and certain qualifications of the intern. What I also like about this site is that they also post short term opportunities say for a specific photo shoot or project. They also post frequently for short term interns for events like market week and fashion week.  Here are two sample posts of what a listing looks like:

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You can then simply hit apply at the bottom of your post and upload your resume, cover letter and a brief message. The only down side to the site and this speaks for majority of job/internship sites is that you tend to feel as though your application goes into a giant black hole along with the other hundred of applications. People are much more likely to respond to you if you email them your resume/cover letter, so if an email address is listed or you somehow get a hold of someone’s email send it their way rather than applying online (or do both). Don’t fret! I have heard back many times from internships I’ve applied to on freefashioninternships along with other sites.

2. Ed2010.com

Ed2010.com posts internship opportunities along with jobs daily. The site posts magazine jobs and internships, often fashion/lifestyle magazines. Although the site is dedicated to magazine positions, there are a wide variety of  positions in magazines. Here are a few recent examples: Features  Intern at Cosmopolitan, Fashion Closet Freelancer at Allure, Beauty Intern at Harper’s Bazaar and Photo Researcher at Vogue.com. Most of the jobs listed are entry level, freelance and temp jobs. You can filter your search by selecting full-time job, paid internship, unpaid internship or temp/freelance job. Ed2010 does post more paid internship than freefashioninternships.com does. The BEST part about Ed2010, is that they almost always (I’d say like 99% of the time) list a email address to send your resume/cover letter to along with a contact name. As I mentioned with freefashioninternships.com, its always best to email your credentials straight to the person hiring you, rather than applying online through a site. Your chances of them responding to you are much higher when you land in their inbox. The site also has ton’s of internship advice and even a blog! It is a great resource for more information on the magazine field and general internship information and guidance. Here are some examples of current postings on Ed2010.com: Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 8.45.56 PM

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3. FASHIONISTA.COM

Fashionista.com is one of my favorite resources to stay up to date on what’s happening in the fashion industry. The articles are concise and engaging and feature everything from news, fashion week updates, shopping and sales and a generous careers listing. The careers page posts a good balance between internships and full time jobs. So, for those of you looking for full time jobs in the industry this is a great resources. Fashionista posts a lot of internships/jobs at fashion agencies, but also post plenty at designers and magazines. Unfortunately on Fashionista, you cannot search or filter results like you can on Ed 2010 or Freefashioninternships, so you just have to scroll through them all. Luckily, like Ed2010, Fashionista always includes an email and contact name, because you cannot apply on Fashionista.com itself. Here are some examples:

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These 3 sites are the most helpful resources as to where to search for fashion internships.  Another website I have found a lot of internships on is indeed.com. Indeed.com is just a general job search site, but a lot of fashion companies, agencies and magazines post internships to the site. It is also a good site to use if you don’t live in NYC or a large city where a lot of fashion companies are, because you search by zip code. I usually search for “fashion intern” or “fashion internship” and my zip code when searching. You usually apply directly on indeed.com. I have also applied to many internships on LinkedIn.com. LinkedIn is a great resource for career and job networking and I highly recommend everyone get one. They have a job search on the site as well on LinkedIn and you can search similar terms like fashion internship or narrow down the industry by checking off “apparel and fashion” in the criteria. You also apply directly on LinkedIn, so make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date and how you want prospective employers to see your profile. Don’t forget to start your search early! I hope you found this information to be helpful for you and if you have any questions feel free to comment below or email me at partimeparisian@gmail.com if you have more specific question or need guidance.

xx bisous,

partimeparisian

Intern Diaries: Applying

Hope you are all having a stress free week getting through holiday shopping, final exams, etc! This week on Intern Diaries I will be discussing all that it takes to apply for internships. If you haven’t read the first part of Intern Diaries on the search, you might want to take a look at it Intern Diaries: The Search. Also, if you haven’t already checked out my throwback post to Paris Fashion Week Street Style from the Chanel Haute Couture show and Valentino RTW show you must! There are tons of great pictures I took from all of the pre-show happenings and I saw everyone from Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl to Jeanne Damas to Helena Bordon. Anyway back to the internship process, because this is way more exciting! In this post I will be going through everything it takes to apply to internships from your resume to cover letter, follow up emails and more. Let’s get started! Again, when talking about applying and interviewing for internships I am referring to those with a focus in fashion.

Applying:

So, you want to intern next semester or maybe next summer. When’s the best time to apply? As soon as possible. As soon as you have an inkling you want to intern in the upcoming semester, begin your search. I suggest applying as soon as companies post their internship opportunities. What’s the point in waiting? Its great to be one of their first applicants! It shows you are dedicated and enthusiastic about opportunity. Again, go back to my post on the search, because there are lots of great resources and things to keep in mind while applying. There are two key parts to the application: your resume and your cover letter. Here is what I include in my resume from top to bottom (in order):

Name: Your name should be at the very top and the first thing people read. No need to be formal and put your middle name or initial. You aren’t applying to intern at a law office. Unless your middle name is part of your name stick to just your first and last.

Address (?): I actually have no idea why people put their address on their resume. I recently removed mine, because it really has no relevance.

Phone number and email address: You may wonder why put your phone number on your resume since everything is done by email these days. But, I have had companies call me  before even emailing me. Actually, Chanel and Dior had called me prior to emailing me about an internship. These were phone calls I did not want to miss.  Also, if you are going on any phone interviews, it makes it easy to locate for the interviewer. A word on email addresses – make sure its appropriate and professional. Dancelover1994@aim.com  does not say respectful, mature college student. When in doubt, just use your school email address.

The information above I put at the top of my resume, kind of as a header. I then divide my resume into the following four sections: education, skills, experience and involvements and interests. This format seems to cover all bases. Also! Important tip: keep your resume to ONE PAGE. College students applying to internships have not had too many experiences to have a two or three page resume. Keep it short, concise and focused. I have had other internships that are not listed on my resume, simply because they do not apply to the field I am currently interested in at all. And so, I decided to remove it from my resume.

Education: 

  • University you currently attend
  • Expected graduation (month and year)
  • Degree you will earn (Bachelor of Art in _____. Bachelor of Science in _____.)
  • Your major or concentration and minor (if you have one)
  • GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Awards or honors (Deans List)
  • Any other universities you attended whether it be somewhere you transferred from or the university you studied abroad at. For the University you studied abroad at include the name of the university, the location, the semester you went and what coursework your completed there

Skills: The skills section is great place to list what you are best at or if you have any specialty skills the company should know about, whether it be a language you know, your proficiency in Excel, or Fashion GPS.  Some are more general and more of a given than other, like communication skills and computer proficiency.

Experience: The experience section is perhaps the most important part of the resume. Here is where you show off all of your great experience in internships and jobs. List the most current position first and then back track. The following is what to write under each experience you list:

  • Name of company
  • Position
  • Location
  • Dates (ex: August 2015 – Present, February 2008-May 2013)
  • 2-8 (depending on experience and length at job) bullet points describing your responsibilities at the internship or job – if it was a past experience make sure you write in the past tense. I know it seems silly but just a reminder. Always start with a verb for these bullet points. For example, monitored digital and print publications or compose press boards.

Involvement & Interests: I think of this section as the extras section! It is not something you have to have on your resume, but it gives the employer (or human resources or manager) a better idea of who you are. Some things I have listed in this section are that I am a founding sister of Chi Omega and the position I held in my sorority. I also listed some of my interests including photography, working with children and travel.

Hopefully this gave you a good idea of what a resume of a college student should look like. If you want to see an example, feel free to email me and I can send you my resume!

2 last important notes on the resume! 1. Save your resume as a PDF!!!! It will be so much easier for the employer to open. Their computer won’t have to open word when they open it and 100 documents come up. It will just open in Adobe or the default PDF program on their computer. It has a much sleeker look and is more clean cut and professional. You will thank me later. 2. Save your resume as Full name + Resume. Do you know how many resumes they open a day? And how many of them say are saved as “Resume.” Putting your full name + resume shows you are more professional, as well.

Congrats! You have made it passed part one! Now onto the dreaded cover letter. Once you have your cover letter written, it is very easy to change it and personalize it company by company. The first step is writing the original copy of it. You can then go ahead and change what you say depending on the company you are applying for. Again, the cover letter of a college student should not be more than one page. At the top of the cover letter you should have your header as it is   on your resume, including name, address, phone number and email address. I will go through paragraph by paragraph an tell you what to include in each. It is actually very formulaic in nature and has a great flow. Don’t forget to include the date at the top! And make sure you change it every time! The greeting should be something like Hi ____ or Hello ____ or even Dear ____, if you want to be more formal. If you don’t know the persons name (which is often the case) just write a simple “Hello,” I have read many times that greetings like “Dear Hiring Manager,” or “To whom it may concern” are not only super impersonal, but overall hated.

Paragraph 1: Introduce yourself! 

State why you are writing them this letter in the first place and list what position you are applying for with xyz company. Tell them who you are on the surface level! Where you go to school, what grade you are in, your major etc. Give them a hint as to why your experience and education background suits you for the position you are applying for. At the end you might also want to list potential start and end date (aka the summer or semester you are available for) and its ok to be general with this. For example, mid January to mid May. Also include the days you are available during the week.

Paragraph 2: Educational background

In this paragraph discuss how your educational background has prepared you for this sort of role. I also talk heavily on my study abroad experience in Paris, considering is pertains a lot to the positions I am applying to. Feel free to even reference courses you have taken that pertain to the department or company you are applying to.

Paragraph 3: Highlight an experience or internship you have had

Talk about your great experience and all you gained at your last internship that will help you at this one! Let the employer know what your responsibilities were so they have an idea of what kind of background you have. Make sure it is an experience or internship that pertains to the position you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for a styling internship, your job as a waitress at the diner last summer probably doesn’t matter much to them.

Paragraph 4: Highlight a second experience or internship you had

Same thing goes for this paragraph. Let them know all that you are capable of and all of the great experience you have had.

Paragraph 5: Sell yourself! 

This is the last and final paragraph to tell them how much you really want this position and how prepared you are to take on the role. Write about why you want the internship, how your previous internship experience will help you in this position and what you hope to gain in this internship. These are the last and final words you have to them; make ’em count!

Closing: End with something like, “Thank you for your consideration” or “I welcome the opportunity to discuss my qualifications with you further.” Don’t forget to add Sincerely, + your full name. Or Best, + full name works as well.

Check your spelling and grammar on your resume and cover letter at least 4 times before sending!!!!!! 

By now, I hope you have mastered what it takes to have the perfect application! Now, all you can do is wait. And, sometimes it feels like forever to get a response. Some employers respond within minutes others may take a month or two! It really depends! If you don’t hear back for a while and you have the person’s email address feel free to send a follow up email…people are busy! In this email, say that you would like to follow up with them in regards to xyz position. Also include your resume and cover letter again and don’t be afraid to reiterate what you did in the last paragraph of your cover letter as to why you want the position. It may just spark the employer (or HR) to open your resume and respond!

All the best luck on applying to internships! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below, or email me at partimeparisian@gmail.com. Stay tuned for my next post on a lighter topic! As the year quickly comes to a close, I’ll be talking about all the awesome trends we welcomed in 2015 (an there were lots of them!) My next entry of Intern Diaries will be all about the interview process. I have lots of tips on that from a girl (aka moi) who has interviewed at everywhere from Valentino, to PR Consulting, to Chanel, to US Weekly to Stella McCartney!

xx bisous,

partimeparisian

A day in the life of a Tory Burch Intern

I’m sure everyone has been wondering what I have been up to while interning at Tory Burch this  semester, so this post is dedicated to what my average day is like from waking up to arriving home and everything in between! I really love what I do there, so much that it makes a 3 hour commute painless.

I have also decided to launch a mini series called Intern Diaries, which will be devoted to everything from searching for fashion internships to interviewing, to tips while interning and more. I thought this might be something helpful for those of you who want to break into fashion, but aren’t quite sure how to start. I have been down this road many times, so I though I’d share all that I’ve learned with you. Keep an eye out for my next Intern Diaries post early next week! Also an exciting post this weekend on my favorite French brands! I can’t wait to share them all with you.

5:50: First alarm of the morning goes off. I turn it off check my email and Instagram feed and role over.

6:00: Second alarm goes off. Ok Leah, seriously get up not if you want to look decent.

6:05: Put on my night before selected outfit approved by my roommates (or at least some of them). Today I am wearing a ruffle trim dress from BCBG Generation in black I purchased at Bloomingdales.  Wow! Just saw its on sale for $64 – anyone looking at this now should definitely buy it. Its a great versatile dress – wish I got it for that price! Paired with tall Cole Haan boots I have worn for several seasons now and are so comfortable.

6:15: Straighten and style my hair. Get frustrated. Want to pull my hair out. Carry on.

6:35: Put on make up. I swear the day will get more interesting as I’m sure you’re all about to fall asleep. I wear the same make up everyday pretty much you can see some of my favorite products featured in my last post Major must haves.

6:50: Realize I have to be ready in 10 minutes and scramble. Second guess my outfit considering its raining out today. Say forget it and just go with it. Pack my Tory Burch Bag – which is no longer available online but is similar to the Tory Burch Frances Small Satchel. I grab a yogurt, granola bar, an apple and water to have on the train and head to my car.

7:00: The time I leave every morning. I put on my phone GPS because even though I have been going to the West Haven train station three times a week since August I still think I’m half asleep and will miss the exit.

7:25: Arrive at the West Haven train station. Pay for the parking pass and head to the platform.

7:33: Choo Choo!!!!! Ok now I’m awake as the speeding fast train goes by so quickly that it messes up my hair. I always sit in the last car, because it is the quiet car.

7:35: Eat my breakfast of a yogurt and granola bar and decide to save the apple for later. Put in my head phones and listen to my French podcast that I have been listening to for a couple months now and listen until I doze off. The French podcast is called Coffee Break French. They have it in all different languages and its something easy to listen to and I think I have learned a lot from.

8:35: *This station is Stamford. The next stop is Harlem 125th street* the conductor announces. I  wake up and realize I’m still listening to Coffee Break French. I take out my headphones and doze back off to sleep.

9:15: Finally! Arrival at Grand Central Station- my three hour commute is almost over!

Have a quick Gossip Girl moment as I enter Grand Central.

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9:20: Walk toward the subway. Debate if I want a bagel or something. My stomach is growling already and its not even 9:30. Take the 6 line down to 23rd street.

9:30: Exit the subway and yep, its still pouring out. Walk down to 19th and 5th ave where I meet this wonderful view everyday! Told ya it was ugly out!

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9:40: Get in the elevator and go to my floor, which is 5. Tory occupies most of the building from floor five to eleven. A good part of my day is going up and down the elevator! (I should probably start taking the stairs)

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9:45: Sit down at my desk that I share with the other PR intern who I love! I’m so glad there are two interns in my department – it makes the day go by so much quicker and I love her company. Wednesdays (the day she isn’t in the office) are just not the same! I start my day off by reading some magazines that are on my desk.

Viola! I hope my desk was all you expected and more! Yes, us interns use magazines as mouse pads 🙂 *Not shown in photo: the huge stack of magazines to the left of my laptop.

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I go through each magazine and look for any Tory Burch credits. We tab the credits sticky notes and arrows. I can’t even imagine how many magazines I have gone through this semester! I think we look through about anywhere from 5-15 every day. If there is a credit I document it in the credit report and scan it in to have on file. It is quite interesting to see over time which magazines feature Tory credits the most. I find that Instlyle always seems to end up with like 10 tabs! Tabbing for magazine credits is usually something I do in the morning before my someone on the PR teams asks me to do something or while I eat lunch or in my down time.

10:30: My manager asks me to send out samples for a photo shoot later today for Glamour magazine. I put the ready to wear in a garment bag and the accessories in a shopper. I create a label for the bags and fill out a  messenger request form. Off to the mail room on 7!

10:45: A quick selfie on my way back to 5. The 7th floor has what I call the “TB Hall of Mirrors.” Thats where the showroom on the right (the orange doors). Yes, there are mirrors everywhere and yes there is a lot of orange.

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11:00: When I get back to 5, I check the incoming rack and ask if I can do all of these sample returns from different magazines. I’m given the ok to do so. I go through the garment bags and shoppers and decide what samples go back in the PR/runway closet and what’s to go back in the post-market closet. I check all of the samples back in and put them away in their appropriate closet depending on what season they are from. Keep the closets organized is very important, because it helps everyone find everything a lot quicker, easier and it makes sure all samples are accounted for.

11:30: We got some more Spring 16 shoes in!! Amber the other PR intern and I move them onto a baker’s rack and check them into the runway closet and organize by look from the runway, color, and size. This is the run of show board that Amber and I created for the PR team. It has all of the looks from the Spring 16 show. It super useful when organizing the closet by look. Can you say shoes?!

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12:15: I never want to see another shoe again! I read an email about an urgent pull for Refinery 29 and check the closet for what samples we have available of what the are requesting. Sometimes stylists are very specific and ask for exact pieces or looks and other times they will just ask for things like anything floral, or embellished pumps. It’s fun when they are more general, because then you get to be a mini stylist and style looks to send. All of course which is edited by an upper level PR manager before I send it out!

12:30: I check the closet for what they requested and luckily we have it all! I check out the samples to Refinery 29 and put in all of the details of the photo shoot and when the samples are expected to come back. Since the stylist was very specific about the samples she was requesting there is no need to edit and I put the ready to wear in a garment bag, fill out a label and bring it to the mail room.

1:00: Just admiring the iridescent details in the Spring 2016 runway collection *insert heart eye emoji here* More send outs! Up to the mail room again! Told you I am up and down on those elevators all day!!

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1:30: I wrap a gift for an editor. If you have ever ordered anything from Tory – you know what their gift wrap is like (AMAZING!!!) There is a very specific way gifts are wrapped at Tory for editors. I double check to make sure the orange ribbon reaches the middle of the Tory Burch logo on the bag, snip the ribbon on an angle on both sides of the bag and bring it up to the mailroom (again!)

1:45: My stomach growls and I realize that its almost 2 pm already! I remind myself to go get lunch now or I won’t ever go. I walk a few blocks to my favorite (or should I say only) lunch place I go to – that is Chop’t! Yes, because I’m extremely boring I get the same salad every single day 🙂 Chicken Caesar hold the dressing please- my friends make fun of me because they don’t understand the point of a Caesar salad without dressing! The bright side of going on lunch pretty late every day is that the line at Chop’t has calmed down by then. You should see it at 12:30 – its down the block.

2:30: Finally sitting down and eating lunch! Amber and I flip through our stacks of magazine for Tory credits. I add any credits to the credit report and scan, scan them in and then show the PR team. It pretty cool seeing something you pulled or sent out a while ago end up in a magazine! I always think I TOUCHED THAT!!! Another lunchtime activity favorite is shopping (on days when the office isn’t as busy)! Employee discounts really drain my bank account and I’ve decided they might as well pay me in Tory gift cards 🙂

3:15: Time to update the press boards! We update the press boards on each floor by importance of floor. That being said, 8 is obviously the first floor because guess who’s office is there?? I’ll give you a hint – her initials are TB. I seriously hope I run into her on the elevator soon, but I will totally fan girl over her so it’s probably better I don’t.

Viola! Press boards! It’s pretty cool how much press the company gets.

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4:15: Seems like I have some down time now! I flip through more magazines. I always take pictures of articles I want to read again later like this one on Jeanne Damas – one of my favorite Parisian it girls. I also always snap pictures of  things I want to buy that are featured in magazines and inspirational images. Like this fashion water color!

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4:45: One last return from Elle! I email my managers what did and did not come back from the return. And a shopper of holiday shoes to bring up to mail room and that ends my day at the office!

5:00: Every day since day light savings I am still so shocked to see that it is pitch black out! Look at that crescent moon in the sky! All I can think about is how hungry I am. Hmmm I kind of want a cookie. I take a quick pit stop before I head to the train to City Bakery down the block from my office.

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5:42: I hop on the train and check all forms of social media and email.

6:15:  I do a couple of readings for homework for class the next day. See, with a 3 hour commute you can make great use of you time on the train! Yay being productive!!

7:30: *This station is West Haven* Ahhh that announcement is a pure sign of relief. I’m in the homestretch! Thoughts that go through my mind…ok I’m starving should I just get Chipotle. Eh, I kind of really want to make an entire box of Mac and Cheese when I get home.

8:00: Yayy! I’m home alas. I don’t know if I want to eat everything in sight first or drop my bag and take my coat off. Do it all again the day after tomorrow!

So there is an an average day in the office! I hope you enjoyed getting a taste of what I do at Tory and what its like to work in fashion PR (well at an intern level!) Tune into my mini-series of Intern Diaries for more internship advice and tips. In the next post I will be talking about how to apply for internships, where to look for fashion internships, resumes, cover letters, email etiquette and more! Also keep your eyes out for my post this weekend on my favorite French brands 🙂

xx bisous,

partimeparisian

Major must haves

We all have those certain things we can’t live with out. For some its an investment piece in their wardrobe for others its their signature scent they don’t leave the house without. This week I’m sharing my top must haves with you.

  1. Madewell – Leather Carryall iPhone Case

Having a phone case that is both functional and fashionable is something that is hard to come by. At work I have to use my Tory Burch  ID card to tap into the door on each floor – and trust me I go up and down on the elevators all day! Having this card along with my Metro Card for the subway was something I needed to have on me at all time and access quickly. Within the first week of my internship I decided I needed some sort of phone case that had pockets and this one fit the bill. You will never forget your important cards again! Just don’t lose your phone!

Why I can’t live without it…

  • 2 card slots in the back of the case (you can also put more than one card in each slot)
  •  Made of genuine leather and has a profession, sleek look
  • Come in two great colors English saddle and True black – I have the black!
  • Its only $28! – I did a double take on this one.
  • You can monogram it for an extra $10

2. Clinique Stay-Matte Oil Free Foundation 

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I have a hard time trusting make up products, because there is so much out there and I don’t know what to trust. I have been using this foundation for about 3 years now and I can honestly say it is the best foundation I have ever used. I use it every single day no matter what. I use number 5 – fair in the warmer months and 4 – creamwhip in the winter. I have moderate acne and it does not cause breakouts and it has great coverage. I don’t even put any concealer or corrector on under it – just facial moisturizer!

Why I can’t live without it…

  • Has great coverage
  • Leaves your skin feeling  soft
  • Does not make your skin look oily
  • Great for those with acne
  • Lasts a full day
  • No other products needed with it
  • Only $24!

Take a tip from the pro! I actually learned this from the book How to be Parisian wherever you are. I told you I’d be referencing that book a lot! In one of their rants they wrote never use foundation and if you do mix it with face moisturizer. And so, I tried it myself with my own foundation and loved it! If you find your foundation to have too much coverage adding moisturizer allows for a more sheer and natural look.

3. 7 For All Mankind Jeans
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Over the years I have learned that spending a little extra on jeans is totally worth it. A quality pair of jeans are more comfortable, more figure flattering and are a much better quality of denim. I’d rather have 3-4 pairs of jeans that look good on me and keep the them for longer than 8 pairs of cheap jeans.Once you find a brand that you like usually all their jeans fit pretty similarly. I found my fit was with 7 a few years ago and have been wearing them since!s I have a pair in gray, black, white, light wash and a few dark wash. Below are similar pairs to what I own!

Why I can’t live without them…

  • Jeans can actually be comfortable (despite popular belief) if you buy the right brand/pair
  • They come in a variety of fits: skinny, bootcut, boyfriend, flare, straight leg- the list goes on
  • They’re flattering and fit well in all places (even length for us shorter girls)
  • Even though they are pricier they go on sale a lot – I usually buy mine on sale at Bloomingdales
  • They have a nice rise not too low and not too high

4. Conair Styler Hair Dryer

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Ok so this contraption probably looks very foreign if you have never used anything like it. It is basically a hairdryer with a brush attached to it, so that you can style and straighten your hair while drying it. I discovered it when I started going to sleep away camp in 6th grade, because we weren’t allowed to bring straighteners to camp so this contraption straightened our pre-teen, unruly, frizzy hair. I use it with a round brush to add volume and to style the ends. It also comes with 3 attachments, 2 combs and a brush, but I only use the brush.

Why I can’t live without it…

  • Dries and straightens your hair at the same time
  • Great alternative to a straighter and not as damaging to your hair
  • Can be purchased in drug stores like Walgreens, Bed Bath and Beyond and online
  • Leaves you hair smooth, shiny and sleek
  • Dual voltage aka I was able to use it in Europe 🙂

The only disadvantage it is that it overheats from time to time and turns off for a few minutes to cool down.

5. Bobbi Brown Black Navy Eyeliner

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I am a big fan of Bobbi Brown make up. Fun fact! Bobbi Brown lives a town over from me and is in my moms yoga class. About two years ago I switched over from the traditional black eye liner to navy. It is a great color to compliment green eyes and unless I point it out to someone, people usually think it is black. To be honest, the photo below shows the color much lighter than it really is. It is a deep navy when worn.

Why I can’t live without it…

  • A deep navy is a great color for green eyes
  • It is easy to apply and is a very smooth eyeliner
  • It lasts a really long time!

6. Living Proof Dry Shampoo

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Unlike many of the products I listed on here, this a more recent discovery. I was never a fan of dry shampoo. Every dry shampoo I had tried left my roots with white streaks, powdery build up and feeling greasier and worse than without the product. I had seen this Living Proof Dry Shampoo featured in many magazines, and finally one day I tried it out at Sephora and instantly fell in love. It comes in an aerosol can, which allows for more of a misted, even coated spray on your hair. It absorbs oil, sweat and odor, leaving your hair feeling clean and refreshed.

Why I can’t live without it…

  • Sprays in a light, even mist
  • Great for in a pinch situations like after the gym
  • No white, chalky residue like other dry shampoos
  • Has amazing reviews online and won Allure’s Best of Beauty award
  • Removes dirt and grease from your hair leaving feeling clean
  • It smells amazing – people have actually told me my hair smells so good when I use it

I hope you enjoyed hearing some of my must have products and items! Tell me about what you can’t live without in the comments below and let me know if you have any questions at all about my must haves 🙂

Later this week: A day in the life of a Tory Burch Intern. Learn all about my days at Tory Burch and what a typical day is like for me!

 

xx bisous,

partimeparisian

 

Paris, keep sparkling

To the place that I called home for so many months not too long ago, my heart goes out to this beautiful city extra today. #prayforparis #jesuisparis #keepsparkling 

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Praying that all of the people I met in Paris are safe whether it be the man at my neighborhood boulangerie  where I’d order un croissant au Nutella every morning or the familiar faces in my neighborhood. Let there one day be a place where Paris, and the rest of the world is safe from attacks like this, for the city known as the city of love has turned into the city of hate.

I wanted to share something that @howtobeparisian shared from the New York Times on Instagram. It something that really spoke to me and embodies everything I love about France.

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Also! How to support the victims of the Paris in the most French chic way…

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I came across this email from Ruelala. Have you been eying that Chanel or Louis Vuitton bag for a while? Shop the Paris, je t’aime boutique on Ruelala and all proceeds go to victims of the tragedy. I thought this was such a generous contribution for Ruelala to make and I love that it combines fashion and an amazing cause.

One last final thought…

“Fashion rules the world and Parisians rule fashion. Fine, it may not be true. But the world still needs fairy tales.” – How to be Parisian wherever you are. 

xx bisous,

partimeparisian