Kickstart Your Fashion Career with FBA360

FBA 360

Exciting news. This month, we’re working with Fashion Business Accelerator 360, an online education platform for the fashion industry. On October 29th, FBA360 is launching its new six week bootcamp that offers those interested in the fashion industry a chance to learn from industry insiders in an innovative online educational environment.

The Kickstart Your Career Bootcamp is an online workshop designed to connect emerging fashion professionals and designers with industry leaders in an efficient but comprehensive six week course. You can choose from two courses of study; Launch Your Line and Fashion Career Bootcamp (great for those interested in Fashion PR).

FBA Bootcamp

Once completed, you will feel armed to jump headfirst into the fashion career of their choice. Introductory offer for the course (now through Oct. 29th): $895. You can claim your spot now by clicking here.

The best part? We’re hosting a Twitter Chat with FBA 360 on October 28th at 8pm to answer all of your questions. More details to come.

p.s. you have the opportunity to grab a free spot and a free trip to New York City to learn about domestic manufacturing and be mentored by  FBA360 founder Liza Deyrmenjian herself. For more information or to enter click here. Best of luck!

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Fashion Friday: Digital Florals

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Stealing once again from one of our favorite fashion blogs, Vanilla Extract:

I’ve been admiring digital prints for a while now, always searching for unique pieces that align with my style. The majority of digital prints I’ve come across have either been too expensive or too bold for my liking. Boo!

When Kingdom & State launched their fall collection with this floral jacket, I was just like “Oh, the hunt is over!” The florals give it that feminine feel, but the style of the jacket keeps it from being too girly. I’d say it strikes the perfect balance between feminine and edgy. There’s even a matching skirt on the site if you want to double down on your digital prints.

You can find Nichole’s killer bomber jacket and other styles at Kingdom & State here.

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From the Inbox: Making NYC Contacts

Hi A & M -

First, first, first – I want to say thanks for taking the time to have created such an amazing blog. It has proven to be an invaluable resource for me as I chart my career in this industry!

Which is what brings me to this question:

After five years of working in broadcasting and print, I was finally able to make the leap into my first legit PR job, at an arts organization in the Midwest. I love what I’m doing and am learning a lot. In the next five years, I want to have transitioned into doing public relations for an arts organization – but I want to move on to New York City.

I consider my current job a great opportunity to learn the basic ins and out of PR as well as the facets that are needed to create and maintain a career in the arts. But my question is, how can I make connections in New York while based in another part of the country? I know I’m here now to learn the basics, but I’m being mindful of where I want to be next. My company does stray business trips to New York 1-2 times a year, but that’s not enough to make a lasting impact. Should I schedule more time in the city myself, do a lot of e-networking, or what?

Any help and advice you could give are greatly appreciated – thanks so much!

Making NYC Contacts

Congrats on the transition into the PR world. This is a great question that I’m sure many can relate to. You can absolutely make NYC connections while still in the Midwest, whether it’s over the phone or on email. Take advantage of those NYC business trips. Use any downtime to set up coffee dates and informational interviews. Meet up with any NYC media contacts you have or employees at a company you would love to work for. LinkedIn can be a great tool for that.

I don’t think it’s necessary to make a trip on your own unless it’s for a serious job interview or meeting you’ve scheduled. You can get a lot accomplished through e-networking and make a lasting impression by being honest. Look at PR groups like Czars on Facebook to make connections. Find people in the Midwest that come from NYC or vice versa and ask for advice. Get the additional PR experience you need to make a comfortable transition to NYC.

Best of luck!
Xo, A

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Skill to Conquer: Take Care of Yourself Like Your Momma Would

I thought I made the transition from high school to college, and then from college to the real world pretty seamlessly. I knew how to do laundry. I taught myself to cook. I could hang a picture frame, sew on a button and get myself from point A to point B in the safest way possible. But there are even more things to look out for when you’re out in the real world, that might not even occur to you. You may be running so fast in your too-busy-to-stop-and-smell-the-roses life that you can’t tell when something might be wrong or in need of attention.

Put down the tablet/phone/pumpkin spice latte, and give yourself a once over. Your mother would make sure you went to the dentist every six months, you looked healthy, and were eating well. Are you giving yourself the same care? While you may be kicking ass at work or in your personal life, you’ll be doing even better when you’re at the top of your game. Here are a few things to look for…

Overall Health – When was the last time you went to the doctor? Are you feeling bloated or sick often? Do you have the sniffles and blame it on allergies? Do you have a nagging pain in your tooth and try to ignore it? Time for an appointment!

Eat your Greens – Are you eating enough fresh, raw foods? Do you find yourself eating out most days of the week? What habits have you made with your eating that are good, and what are the bad? How can you adjust?

Say Ommm – When was the last time you took an afternoon to yourself? Need a little yoga, or a mani pedi? Any aches or pains that could be cured with a massage? What about a good dish sesh with your best friend?

See the Sun – It’s important to get outdoors, even when you’re beyond swamped and think you’re chained to your desk. When was the last time you were outside? Are you getting out with enough time for a glimpse of sunlight?

 

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