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You may remember our Syracuse PR girl Becky Levin from her post on all things Kelly Cutrone earlier this year.   Becky is a student at Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.  As a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and a soon-to-be graduate, she is taking advantage of the many opportunities college life has to offer her budding PR career.   She recently had a chance to learn from some PR all-stars, and tells us about an enlightening moment that came from the lecture…

If you feel like you can apply to jobs in your sleep (all tailored per prospective employer, of course), then we are in the same boat. ‘œFunemployment!’ as my friends like to refer to it. I don’t know about you, but the exclamation point has started to wear off by now.

So, being the proactive  PR girl that I am, I am keeping my eye on the prize. About a month ago I began a part-time internship with a Philadelphia-area public relations and special events agency. Many of their clients are recognized as the area’s best salons, hotels, restaurants and charities. Nonetheless, I wanted to work there. There were no full-time opportunities available and after one interview at their effortlessly adorable office, I was offered a fall internship position. Of course, I accepted.

After three weeks into the internship I was becoming more at ease with my post-grad, interning yet-again lifestyle. Frankly, applying for ‘œreal world’ jobs was starting to become a chore. Coincidentally, interns were invited last-minute to a panel discussion hosted by The Fashion Group International, Inc. and the Philadelphia Collection 2011. Entitled, ‘œBehind the Brand: Entrepreneurial Fashion,’ successful Philly-affiliated fashion and retail execs came together to talk marketing, fashion, retail and Philadelphia. Panelists included, Que Gaskins, founder of [Que-In] and former Director of Marketing-East Territory N. American, Nike; Craig von Schroeder, owner, Commonwealth Proper; Leandrew Robinson, Business Development Manager, Karmaloop; Ouigi Theodore, founder, Brooklyn Circus; and Janice Waitkus, Director, LAGOS the Store and Community Relations.

Needless to say, the event was filled with great advice and plenty of job-hunting inspiration. The panelists discussed everything from taking risks to not hiring your friends. To top it off, they weren’t just dishing advice, but stayed after to talk to the audience full of fashion students, bloggers and press.

Already feeling extra motivated being the only intern at the panel, I stayed for a few minutes to talk to the entrepreneurs. I got a few business cards and torn up pieces of paper with contact info. And guess what – I have a job interview next week. It may not be a dream job, but it’s a start. So, take the time to see what industry or networking events are going on in your city and don’t let the thought of being an intern again bring you down. You can only go up from there! And NYC might be the city ‘œthat dreams are made of,’ but really there are some great resources right under your nose, too. Jay-Z had to start somewhere.

Be sure to follow Becky’s insights and adventures on her twitter feed, @beckylevin

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Our Hit Parade

Last night, my cousin had his birthday party at the Highline Ballroom in Chelsea to see the show Our Hit Parade. Walking into the experience completely blind, I had no idea what to expect. I was told however to expect out of control, inappropriate yet hilarious behavior – which is exactly what we saw.

Created by comedic geniuses Kenny Mellman, Bridget Everett (hysterical!) and Neal Medlyn, the show typically held at Joe’s Pub in Noho occurs once a month with performers singing the top 10 pop songs of the time. Sounds simple right? It is, but that’s what makes it so raw.

If you’re looking for a good laugh, put this on your New York to do list. Tickets are only about $20 and it’s a guaranteed good time.

images via ourhitparade.com

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NYC Bars with Fireplaces

Now that it’s officially fall, we are free to indulge in everything and anything pumpkin flavored, decorative gourds from street markets, and cozy sweaters with cashmere scarves. For me, nothing says fall like curling up in front of a warm fireplace with good friends for good conversation. So as the temperatures start to drop, my thoughts immediately warm up to plans of adult beverages around a fire. And believe it or not, you don’t need to trek to the Adirondacks to find it.   Here are a few of the top New York City bars with fireplaces to add a spark to your fall happy hours:

Brandy Library (Tribeca) – I obviously have a thing for establishments with a library feel. Bookish much?

The Back Room (Lower East Side) –  With a hidden entrance, this bar has the ambiance of a speakeasy. Also, they serve drinks in adorable tea cups! Drink up, with your pinky up.

Highlands    (Downtown)  –  This Scottish gastropub is very cozy and very Scottish.

Black Bear Lodge  (Gramercy/Flatiron) – Not only does this bar have a fireplace and a jukebox,  but also a rustic ski lodge feel. Fall at its finest.

The Beauty Bar  (East Village)  – A salon turned saloon, you can even receive a free  Blue Rinse margarita with a manicure (Wed’“Sun). Girl’s night out!

Union Pool (Brooklyn) – This bar does not have  a fireplace, but rather, a fire pit! Note to self – smuggle in s’more fixings.  If that wasn’t enough, they also boast a taco truck for your late night enjoyment.

 

What are your favorite fireplace haunts on the city?

image via Pinterest.com

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Infectious PR Girl Positivity

This week, I have an event out of town and it has been weeks in the making.  Though I’m excited to get things rolling, it’s more than a little stressful thinking of all the little things that need supervision while serving my client to the best of my ability.  During times like these it is easy to get wrapped up in the frenzy and imagine the world (read: your career) crashing down.  However, I realized quickly that keeping the sunny side of my job in the forefront not only keeps me sane, but it actually makes the job at hand run about 100 times more smoothly.  Call it the power of infectious positivity – and PR girls are the masters of it.  Below are some of my tried-and-true tactics for getting happy on a crazed day:

  • Those little moments of pride when crossing items off the list
  • The feeling of satisfaction after giving the client the most perfect answer to the most insane question
  • Realizing you are in control amongst the chaos, even if it comes with piles of re-written to-do lists
  • Appreciating the crisp, fresh air after sneaking out of the office for a much needed pumpkin latte
  • The look of gratitude in a colleague’s face after you’ve helped her on a mountain of a project
  • Finding your second wind
  • Walking a little taller after a meeting with your supervisor you were completely prepared for
  • Getting lost in awe of the city on a late night cab home from the office


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