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Stellar Showroom: Interning with Betsey Johnson

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Looking for the perfect internship while in college can be stressful, but hard work and persistence surely pays off. Brittany Short was in this position just a few months ago before landing a rockin’ internship at the Betsey Johnson showroom in New York City.

Being an apparel student at the University of Arkansas, she knew the requirements to complete an internship in order to graduate. Applying for many, Brittany kept her eye out for anything that crossed her path. One day she went online and applied to the production department at Betsey Johnson. “I literally followed up, sending my resume over and over once a week, persisting that I was extremely interested in the intership.” After hearing back, she responded to an e-interview, and a few weeks later was offered the position!

I am sure you are all wondering what it must be like to work in the fabulous showroom. “By no means is my day as an intern here typical!” Covering many tasks during the day, Brittany drops off and picks up samples from contractors and patterns for production, orders trims and fabric for all the domestic Betsey styles, sits in on fittings of all the garments, and helps the production team at the showroom. Doing mostly hands-on work, she assists the employees. But her responsibilities do not end here! Invoicing and filing paperwork, Brittany helps make life a little easier for the busy staff at the showroom. “It’s really fast-paced but a blast!”

Did I mention that Betsey is in the showroom all the time? “She is truly inspirational, funny and quirky. She pays respect to everyone in the showroom. She is a very loving gal, just as you would expect her to be.”

After working here for the summer so far, Brittany has learned that the fashion industry is not always as glamorous as you would think. “There is so much more to fashion production then one can even imagine.” The industry is hectic and full of deadlines that you cannot let slip your mind, which can at times feel overwhelming. Being an extremely organized girl, Brittany has had to adjust to the frenzy. “All the craziness is worth it when you get to experience a glimpse of the glamor.”

When her internship is completed at the end of the summer, Brittany will be attending SCAD for their fashion graduate program. She would love to one day start her own label in New York City, and grad school will definitely help her in the right direction. “Working in the Betsey Johnson showroom has been a dream; I have had one heck of an experience being an intern here.”

Not Just for Grandmas: The Irresistible Loafer

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We must start training our mind away from the notion that loafers are made for grandmas. Instead, we should create a new connotation for the word: the latest fall classic. Incorporating menswear attributes into your outfits is pertinent come fall, and this subtle slip-on will be sure to take care of that. Style is about seeing from new lenses as looks are constantly changing, so embrace this fashion mandate, and start shopping around for your fall loafers. You don’t have to look far, though, because LOLO has found the one for all.

LOLO’s choice: The Steven by Steve Madden ‘Madee’ slip-on. They are super comfy and come in every fabric, style, and color imaginable. My personal favorite is the leopard print! Take a look here.

 

DIY: Friendship Bracelets

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Layering colorful cords is the happening accessory statement these days, and with the prices rising on these little pieces, I found a super simple way to make your own! The best part: these homemade bracelets work for all ages, styles, and personalities.

For the professionals and moms alike, these are uber-chic to wear with a nice watch to work or with a cute blouse on a double date night, but they can translate on the cuff into a cutesy project for your daughters too! Or, stumped on a gift idea? “It’s just the thought that counts” is simply a bonus!

Follow Sophie Okulick’s guide to making these happy wristlets! Whether it’s a random “thinking of you” present, or a party favor, these will step your style up a notch with a sentimental touch.

What you’ll need:

-Scissors

-31/2 ft of colorful cord

-2 inches of chain link

-1 small bolt that matches the chain

Directions:

Step 1 – Cut your rope into two equal sections, fold one piece in half and string through one end of your chain link tying a loop knot

Step 2 – With the same rope now attached, tie a loose double knot where your bolt closure will go through.

Step 3 – Repeat step 2 with the other piece of rope tying a few knots to keep your blot from sliding down the rope.

Step 4 – String your bolt though and tie a few tight knots to hold the bolt in place

Step 5 – Cut the remaining string on both ends.

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Kendall K: Lady-like Charm

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Discovering new collections is always a breath of fresh air; I love adding new designers to my wardrobe. Enter the Kendall K. collection. California girl, Kendall, has started her own line after designing for six years, taking inspiration from several decades. After graduating college with a BA, she enrolled in the Fashion Design PD major at FIDM to begin her dream in design. Fast forward to today where she has started her own clothing line, which I adore. Rich colors and sexy silhouettes. “Kendall K. is all about mixing lady-like charm with vintage inspiration”-Kendall 

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The flirty 1940′s inspired Spring collection includes longer hemlines and laces true to the time period to create a romantic feel. Her precision and close attention to detail shine through in each item throughout her designs. The line is “truly classic”.

Looking into fall, Kendall will incorporate the 1920’s into the collection. Adding a sexier feel by mixing back beautiful burnout prints with laces, embellishments, and a subtle vintage inspiration. She uses beautiful jewel tones such as teals, ambers and metallics. Expect boat necklines, voluminous sleeves and banded bottoms. Although the looks may seem dressier, they still have the element of a relaxed fit. “It reminds me of how people acted in the 20’s during prohibition, where they would just let loose and have fun”- Kendall.

Take a look here to see her complete collections! You can order here on the website and find her line in some boutiques as well. Trust me, you are going to love Kendall K.

What’s a “Birkin?”

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What it is: A handmade purse made by Hermès. It was named after the British actress, singer and style icon, Jane Birkin. Each bag is meticulously crafted and is available in a variety of colors and animal hides. It stands as one of the most coveted bags in the world. At one point, the French fashion house had a two year waiting list for this purse.

Nickname: “The Birkin”

Fun Fact: This bag is free of logos, but it is one of the most recognized statement pieces in the public eye and the fashion industry.

Who carries it: Almost every celebrity uses this as a carry all, those of which include Victoria Beckham, Nicole Richie, Nicki Hilton, Julie Roberts, Oprah, Katie Holmes…the list goes on and on.

Purchasing Information: These bags start at around $5,000. Birkin bags are only available at Hermes outlets worldwide. The store itself has a waiting list, so the best bet is to buy an authentic bag from an eBay auction seller.

Inside: The Secret to Long Looking Legs!

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The secret weapon to creating mile long-looking legs is neutral (barely-there) shoes. Take a tour of these nearly invisible soles that will boost your confidence and height! Whether its an errand running day or a work meeting line-up, these shoes will do you right.

From left to right, clockwise: For work, play, and everyday: Dolce Vita Pali in Natural, available at Revolve Clothing; for the office or a dressy occasion: Ivanka Trump Bindy Sandal, available at Nordstrom;  for a go-to pump that will never trend away: Steve Madden Russhh Pump in Blush, available at Nordstrom; for a staple sandal that can dress up or down: Steve Madden Serenite in Blush, available at Nordstrom

 

 

 

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