While Away

I had a particularly difficult time packing for St. Thomas (remember that Caribbean island I was talking about?) because nearly everything I put in the suitcase, my mom took out and told me that it was too nice to take. I wasn’t allowed to bring my new Derek Lam knit top or my wedges from Florence. White girl problem? Absolutely. But still, I was reduced to jean shorts and t-shirts, which is kind of uncomfortably casual for me. So since I’m home and can wear heels again, I thought I’d make a post on the items whose absence was greatly felt.

Rag & Bone feather print jeans:

These are my favorite pair of pants that I own. They’re the same print as the Rag & Bone dress that I wore in London. Usually I try to wear skirts and dresses as far into fall as physically possible, since my winter wardrobe of jeans and a sweater is rather boring and un-fashion-forward. But ever since I got my hands on these beautiful babies, I’ve been looking for any opportunity to wear them. And it’s August. I bought them right before I left at the beloved Rag & Bone sample sale. And look! Joan Smalls has the same ones! I have the same jeans as a supermodel! And she wore them on page 76 of the August 2012 issue of Teen Vogue!

Loeffler Randall platforms:

I’ve mentioned these shoes a few times before on the bog, so you already know how much I love them. I wore them to senior project presentation night, senior banquet, graduation, and just out to get coffee. They might even beat out my neon shoes from Italy and my Jimmy Choos as my favorite pair of heels, which is quite an accomplishment.

I Love Juicy shampoo from Lush:

I have been using this shampoo for what feels like forever. I’m almost out of my second bottle of the medium size. The tiniest bit thoroughly cleans out everything in your hair and leaves it feeling refreshed. The smell is so distinct and spring/summery, I think I missed the smell more than anything else. It’s very fresh, light, and lemony.

My stuffed animal, Snowflake:

Snowflake and I have shared a bed since second grade. I got him at Hamleys, a toy store in London. He was much whiter and softer then. Since he’s rather large, it was impractical to take him with me to St. Thomas, although when I was in third grade I demanded that he come with us on any trip longer than a week. I believe we had to take another suitcase because of him during my family’s two week trip to South Africa that year.

What items/products/stuffed animals do you miss most when you go on vacation?

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Final Reflection

Sorry to interrupt the usual programming, but this is not yet my independent fashion blog. It’s still a school assignment that requires school-related work. I’ll be back with more fashion stuff soon.

So now that my internship is over, I have a chance to reflect on my experience. I learned a lot about how the journalism field of fashion works, the pace of both industries, and how to cater to a specific target audience. I loved learning about designers I didn’t know of before, like Loeffler Randall (see almost every post I did last week) and being sent out to cover sales. My favorite part of the internship was writing articles. It felt so grown up to know that someone trusted me with the responsibility to be the actual news source behind the Racked articles. As my internship went on, I was given bigger and bigger articles to write. In seven weeks, I wrote eleven articles (check them all out here). The biggest challenge for me in writing articles was trying to remain consistent with the Racked voice. Racked often injects some humor and personality into their writing, while still delivering information neutrally and efficiently. It was difficult for me to find that balance in my writing there, while simultaneously trying to figure out my own voice as a fashion writer here.

In terms of expectations, I really wasn’t expecting to be given so much responsibility. It is easy not to be taken seriously when you have yet to graduate high school (three weeks!!), so it was a refreshing change of pace. Also, in my daily high school life, I am consistently surrounded by people who are younger than me, which I think also affects the situation. In an office space I am by far the youngest person there, but because I am working alongside everyone else, I feel less like a little kid being taught, and more like an adult being mentored. My last day was the new photo intern’s first day, and she was clearly older than me. When all four editors are working from the office, the interns are pushed over to the table by the bathroom which, believe me, can feel a little ostracizing. But on my last day when three of the editors were in the office, I got the fourth seat and the new girl got the bathroom table (though it’s really not as bad as it sounds). I wasn’t pushed aside because of my age and therefore assumed incompetence, but had earned my stripes after seven weeks of hard work. And that felt awesome.

This internship has confirmed for me that fashion is what I want to do, though perhaps not necessarily in journalism. Nevertheless, it has been a great experience, not just for my resumé, but for life.

Meet the Newest Member of the Family

When I buy something new, you can always tell how much I like it by how soon after the purchase I wear it. Yesterday, I dropped by the Loeffler Randall sample sale again, hoping to score the “sexy clogs” or the loafers. The loafers were long sold-out and there weren’t any clogs in my size. That’s the bad part of going to a sale on the last day. The good part? 20% off. At the sale preview, they said there wouldn’t be any markdowns, but I knew they were lying. There are always markdowns. So, my beloved Darcy Platform Pumps


were $120. Considering the fact that they were originally for $400, I’d say that’s a ridiculously good deal. And since the first sentence of this post is not irrelevant, I wore them this morning when I went out to get breakfast. Getting coffees at my local Joe’s did not, by any means, require platforms, but what can I say? I love them. And I only walked half a block before I got a compliment on them. Now that’s some good shopping.

The Sexy Clog

At the Loeffler Randall sale the other day, I overheard an employee describe these shoes

as a “sexy clog”. It’s an oxymoron, I know, but as far as clogs go, they’re the sexiest ones I’ve ever seen. Originally $235, they’re now $125 at the sample sale, but today’s the last day. As into the sexy clogs as I am, I kind of have my heart set on these:

These beauties were originally $400, are on sale on the website for $277, but are $150 at the sample sale. It would be awesome if they didn’t cost an extra and unnecessary $127 since they will be mine, one way or another. My mom says that I have “too many heels” and that heels are “impractical”. Such sentences do not exist in my vocabulary, but for her sake (happy birthday mom! Love you), here are some flat shoes from Loeffler Randall that I like.

Originally $325, on sale on the website for $195, and $150 at the sample sale. Loafers are now acceptable footwear for women, and I have to admit these look pretty comfortable. Most stud-adorned shoes look trashy, but these just look fashion-forward. The color makes them even more fresh, so although the shape is the same, you’ll never get them confused with your grandfather’s shoes.

Originally $235, but $125 at the sample sale. These clogs seemed fairly popular when I was at the sale. I definitely prefer the gold ones over these ones, but they’re still cute and would get plenty of use in the coming summer months. So much classier than flip flops, right?

And because I just can’t resist, another pair of heels:

$425. I don’t remember actually seeing these at the sale, but they’re really cute.