Coffee table talks: Career and Life Current Reads.

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As the summer has officially started, so have my internships! I’ve been given the opportunity to work at two public relations firms and I couldn’t be more excited! I’m hoping these experiences will solidify my interests in public relations (PR) and be able to see if it’s the right career path for me. As I’m going through these experiences this summer, I have found two books to help guide me along in the process.

‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ by Dale Carnegie was mentioned to me during a guest lecture in my public relations class. The guest speaker said that this book helped him tremendously in his life and his career. Another student in my class stated that they had started to read this book, and I had also read an article on PR Daily that had also suggested this book. So, I immediately knew I had to see what it was all about. At first glance, the 260 page book peeked my interest. After the preface and introduction, Mr. Carnegie wrote a section called ‘Nine Suggestions To Get The Most Out Of This Book.’ What intrigued me about this was that some of his suggestions were to read the chapters not once but twice, underline/highlight anything you find you can use in your daily life, and to constantly try to find an opportunity to use the principles he gives at the end of every chapter whenever you can. I find it so intriguing to see how his advice has been so impactful and that it is still so influential today, being referenced 80 years later!

‘Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media.’ by Aliza Licht has been referenced on every web search I’ve done involving the words “fashion” and “PR”. Being that fashion PR is something I’m very interested in pursuing, I thought I’d give this book a try. So far I’ve been enjoying it! It’s Aliza’s story on how she changed her mind from pursuing a medical degree and a career in plastic surgery to fashion public relations! Her work as @DKNYPRGIRL helped take public relations to a whole new level on social media. She states this book is her way of “grabbing coffee” and being able to mentor those who are interested in the industry by giving insider tips and tricks. Her advice also encompasses information that you can apply to any industry!  Whether you’re pursuing the same job you’ve had for years, or you’re thinking of making a change and starting something new.

I’m excited to dive more into these books and gain valuable take-aways from each author! I’ll update a review once I finish each book and state my thoughts on how I feel it has helped me this summer and for my future career!

Stay fashionable,

xo – Britt

White, Grey & Glitter Galore.

Hey fashionistas!

So far this month has been jam-packed — papers, exams, and school events. I decided to take a break last week and went to one of my favorite shopping spots — TJMAXX.

During this visit, I wasn’t on a mission to find anything specific, just to browse. However, I ended up finding these super cute tanks! I’ve been looking for more simple shirts, so these were perfect! They’re by a company called Tresics, made in Cambodia. They have a ton of different colors and styles. I felt these fit me the best and I love how part of the back is see-through (as you can see). I feel it gives the tanks a fun edge! 🙂 I scored both of these for only $9.99 each! So it was a really great deal! 🙂

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Tank: TJMAXX

Jean shorts: Bloomingdales sale rack

Troopa combat boots: Steve Madden

Headphones: FRENDS

Statement necklace: J.Crew Factory

Another new find I discovered were these Ked X kate spade new york beauties! I’ve had my eyes on them for a while, and when a sale at Lord and Taylor brought them into my life — I couldn’t resist! I was instantley hooked when I started seeing so many fashion bloggers posting pictures on Instagram about them! I had originally seen the gold, yet when I saw them in this color (even though — hilariously enough — these are the “wedding shoes” for brides) I fell in love with them the best for they’re very neutral and add a little glitter wherever you go!  🙂

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I can’t wait to pair these great new finds together and create a bunch of cute outfits! It’s crazy how fast this month is already flying by! I’m excited for my sorority formal tomorrow and for a Universal Studios night on Sunday!

Hope everyone has a great weekend! 🙂

Stay fashionable,

xo – Britt

March Madness.

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Hey fashionistas!

This month has been insanely busy — Spring Break, school work, sorority, & internship hunting galore! Definitely march madness, I tell you 😛 (yeah and you thought I meant that whole basketball craziness … yeah right haha!)

I just finished writing a huge research paper, so I’m giving myself a little time to take a break before I jump right back in to more school work. 🙂

I had a really nice, relaxing Spring Break! I saw all of my friends from back home, went to the beach, and of course went shopping! Got a few new shirts, a pair of jeans and a cute rose-quartz sweatshirt (from the Forever 21 Men’s Departmentshhh.) 🙂 I also read Lady Midnight (which is now one of my favorite books!) It’s Cassandra Clare’s latest installment in her newest trilogy ‘The Dark Artifices’. It continues with some of the characters from her ‘The Mortal Instrument’ series (which I posted a review of in my Current Reads page). I read all 700 pages in about a day and 1/2. haha. Needless to say I loved every second of it and am so bummed that I have to wait a year for the next one to come out!

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In other news, it’s crazy how fast this semester is flying by! I’ve always felt like Spring semester goes by so much faster than Fall. It’s super scary, exciting and nerve-racking to think that I’ll be going into my senior year! They aren’t kidding when they say how fast your time in college goes! I’m excited for what lies up ahead but I still have so much to do beforehand! 😛 I’m thrilled to be interning this summer and getting a feel for the Public Relations industry! I’ve also had some thoughts on possibly going to Law School … but that’s still a very new idea haha … nothing definite yet! 🙂

I have some sorority events to look forward to like sisterhood retreat and formal in the next month so that’ll be fun! There are also some student events at school which I’m hoping to go to as well! The most recent event that I’m very eager to try is a self-defense class I signed myself up for tomorrow! 🙂 Trying to keep myself as busy and involved as I possibly can! 🙂

Hope you’re having a great month and if you are into the whole March Madness thing — that your teams are doing well and that they’ll advance onto the championship!

Stay fashionable,

xo – Britt

 

Spring-ing into color.

As the spring season is officially in full swing, so is fashion week! They’re just finishing up in Milan then moving on to Paris, having previously been in London and New York earlier this month. As the collections for the fall/winter seasons are being showcased, I wanted to take a step back and go over the color trends for this season — so you can get in on the action during your next shopping trip!

The colors for this spring are super bright and fun! They’re definitely colors that can be transitioned into the next season as well. The cool thing about this season’s list is that over half (Rose Quartz, Peach Echo, Serenity, Limpet Shell, Lilac Gray, and Iced Coffee) are new hues created by Pantone last August.

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Rose Quartz ~ Gentle, compassionate, composed, reflective, lighthearted

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Serenity ~ Calming, trusting, dependable

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Iced Coffee ~ Earthy, soft, subtle, stable

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Limpet Shell ~ Clear, clean, defined, fresh, crisp, modern

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Lilac Gray ~ Neutral yet edgy

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Buttercup ~ Happy, sunny

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Fiesta ~ Excitement, free-spirited

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Snorkel Blue ~ Relaxing, escapism

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Peach Echo ~ Friendly, warm, accessible

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Green Flash ~ Unique, openness, unexpectedness

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(photos via pinterest)

My favorite colors would have to be Rose Quartz, Serenity, and Lilac Gray! How about you? Which color(s) are you most looking forward to adding to your wardrobe?

Stay fashionable,

xo – Britt

Late Night Confessions: Opinions.

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“Why is it, that I’m constantly concerned with what others think of me?”

I’ve been asking myself this question a lot lately. It drives me crazy, especially since the more I think about it, the less of an argument I have for any good reasons in favor of it.
The thing about opinions is that they’re so fickle … constantly changing and evolving. We all have them. It’s so easy to voice our opinions on subjects that we believe have no influence on us or that we have on it. However, the funny thing is, once we feel something affects us or will come back to us in some way, we immediately disregard our thoughts as irrational. We hide them within ourselves and pray that they will never be heard, for the fear of rejection and disapproval from our peers.

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of being a contradiction.

I’m done hiding my point of view for the fear of being unaccepted. It’s time to start voicing my opinions and beliefs more. I pride myself on my determination for uniqueness, independence, and individuality. For if I don’t, then who will?

I’m going to start taking more risks and pushing my boundaries. I’m officially stepping out of my comfort zone.

I’m going to talk to that cute boy in my class. I’m going to explore my surroundings more. I’m going to start using those machines at the gym that I have no idea how to use, just because I fear embarrassing myself … And so many other things that I’m finally going to start doing.

It’s being able to subtract fear from the equation and add your confidence. It’s having the ability to cut out that nagging voice in the back of your mind saying “no, don’t take that chance … you don’t want to be rejected, do you?” and say what you really think. For the thing is, rejection is inevitable. I’ve been rejected so many times in my life — for so many different reasons, that what’s one more? What’s the worst that could happen? Someone doesn’t reciprocate your feelings? Someone doesn’t see your point of view? Someone doesn’t like the way you do things? Well, stick that one special finger up in the air, say your favorite four letter word (followed by you) and move on. For all that rejection means is that you’re one step closer to acceptance.

Your life shouldn’t be determined by someone else’s opinion, yours is the only one that matters in the end.

Stay fashionable,

xo – Britt

New Year, New Beginnings.

IMG_5819As the new year has officially been upon us for the past month, I’ve decided it was time for a change. I’m changing the dynamics of my blog and I couldn’t be more excited! I thank every single one of you who has been with me on this journey for the past three years, and I say hello to any new fashionistas who have just discovered it. I’ve realized something over the past year as I took a hiatus from my blog, I felt it was becoming more & more like a chore. I started blogging because I wanted to and wanted to share my style and my adventures as I progressed throughout my college career. Now that I only have a year left (freaking out, by the way) I realized that I haven’t been doing much of that at all … I’ve just been posting my shopping sprees, outfits, and a few experiences mixed in between. I’ve come to the conclusion that I want my blog to be well rounded, and that starts now. I’m not saying there still won’t be a shopping spree or outfit post, but I want to create an outlet for myself where I can openly express anything. I want to showcase my writing and work on enhancing it, have discussions about different topics, post about current events, and so much more. I know things aren’t going to happen overnight, especially since I changed my major this semester (Communication and Conflict) and my career path (focusing on Public Relations), so I’m still trying to figure things out … but it’s my goal for now and I can’t wait to get started! 🙂

Stay fashionable,

xo – Britt

I’m 21 & Oh so fun!

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Ahhh I can’t believe I’m officially 21!!! I’m so excited to celebrate with all of my friends and family over the next few weeks!

Its been a long, winding road to get here, but every moment has been worth it! I’m so happy to be at this point in my life and I can’t wait for all of the many more adventures to come!

Eat some cake and have a drink for me today! 😀 Cheers!

Stay fashionable!

xo – Britt