Fashion Friday: Traveling from the Office

Adrianna and I have a few travel plans lined up for the summer, and most of them involve leaving directly from the office and getting on a train or hopping in the car.   Similar to Summer Fridays, this is a tricky wardrobe situation that has to potential to go into inappropriate category, as well as completely uncomfortable.

Here are a few items that I think are must-have’s when traveling from the office to your sunny summer weekend location:

An easy-to-carry overnight bag. We’ve all seen those poor souls on the subway who haul luggage on their commute (I’ve been one of them from time-to-time).   Invest in a quality leather weekend bag or duffel.   My colleague has this one from Michael Kors and I’m OBSESSED.

A wrinkle free, breezy dress. Don’t try to get too fancy for your travels.   Jersey dresses are your friends here.   Try any from J.Crew, Old Navy or Anthropologie. If you find a style you love, purchase a few in different colors or prints.

Low-heel espadrilles or easy flat sandals.   No heels when traveling, please. Ever.

In-transit entertainment.   If you’re traveling with girlfriends, they can be your entertainment!   Otherwise, download a new book on your Kindle (or reread Fifty Shades) and pack your iTunes with some new jams to get you in the summer spirit.

 

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The Frugal Model’s NYC Summer Guide

It’s no secret that living in or around the city is expensive but don’t let the thought of being broke stop you from enjoying everything your city and summer has to offer! Ashley at The Frugal Model pulled together a list of places to go to find free stuff to do in the city and we’re ready to start going through the list ourselves…

Community websites:  Your town likely hosts a bunch of free summer events that can be found on your city or park and recreations websites. Just Google ‘œyour town + free events’. In NYC there are always free concerts in the parks, street fairs and other cool activities:

Local library:  You probably haven’t seen the library since high school, but it’s actually a great spot for things like free readings, workshops and classes, exhibitions, and even things like exercise programs and movie nights. It’s a great way to meet others in your community as well as a resource for discounts and passes to other local attractions.

Event listing websites:

  • Eventbrite: Only most major cities are included, but this great event site allows you to search by price ‘“ so choose what you can afford ‘“ if you’re broke, choose free.
  • Yelp: Search ‘œfree events’ and plug in your area code for free stuff recommended by people in your area.
  • TimeOut:  Most big cities are included ‘“ they have an extensive ‘œthings to do’ category with many free events included.
  • Free-attractions.com: A database of free attractions across the US listing free museums, parks and more, but you’ll want to confirm with the individual attraction on the terms of the free admission.
  • About.com’s Frugal Living site: Links to editor-picked listings of the best free things to do by city (US/Canada, and a few in other countries).

Free attractions:

  • Museums and zoos: Check out the ones in your area to see when they offer free admission. Many museums also have a ‘œsuggested admission price’  – which means you can pay whatever you want. If you’re a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch customer, wave your card to get into a bunch of museums for free  on the first weekend of every month. Check with your bank to see which venues participate.
  • Amusement parks: I love me some Six Flags, and luckily they offer promo codes on certain products like Post cereal, as well as the amazing buy one get one free deal when you bring in a coke can. Check their website for more details, and of course always buy your tickets online for bigger discounts. If you order your tickets at least three days in advance, you’ll save about 40%.
  • Movies:  Did you know that with advanced screenings  you can watch a film for free before it’s released?  Filmmetro.com  offers promotional screenings through their website.  You could also enjoy the very retro experience of a  drive-in movie theater (find one at  drive-ins.com), and  your whole carful of friends and family can watch usually two movies for one price. You can also save with credit card-sponsored offers (such as  Visa Signature 2-for-1) or buy tickets in bulk from Costco,  AAA, or  Bulktix.com.

More ways to save:

  • Use your AAA or similar membership for discounts
  • Use your student ID (even if it’s old) for student discounts and pricing
  • Some cable and wireless companies also offer special deals for their customers
  • Daily deal sites like Groupon and LivingSocial now offer deals for events/experiences
  • $15 buys an entertainment book with coupons for things like movie tickets, food and attractions.

Are you excited yet? You should be. Everything is more enjoyable when you don’t have to pay for it.

This post originally appeared on TheFrugalModel.com. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter!

What are your favorite free activities in the city?

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PR Girl PRowess: Missing an Opportunity

Though we are all about the positive here at nyc PR girls, sometimes the universe has other plans for us. Deadlines are missed, we’re late for events, we can’t make it for an industry function, or simply life gets in the way of our career.   Whether it’s a feature that would have been perfect for your client or an interview gone wrong, the most important thing you can do after a missed opportunity is work your hardest to make the best of a not-so-ideal situation.   Here is our action plan for making up for a lost prospect:

Asses the situation: How could you have prevented this mishap? Was it simply out of your control? If so, breathe. Provide an explanation of why you were no where to be seen when the time was right.   If you missed a deadline from misreading instructions or pure procrastination, don’t try to make excuses.

Attempt to solve the issue: If you missed a feature for your client, follow up with the editor to see what they were looking for when writing the piece. Think of other angles where your client/product could be a fit later on (but not COPYING the article just written. More on that later).   If you missed a job opportunity, call the HR department and ask if there will be any similar job openings in the future, potentially in another department or sister agency.

Follow up: Don’t watch an opportunity pass you by, chase after it.   Continue making follow up calls and emails to learn more about similar prospects. This missed connection could actually lead to other networking opportunities and bigger projects.   Turn the negative into a positive, and keep in mind that with some hard work you CAN make up for a loss.

 

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The Times they are a Changin

This week has already been nuts with Adrianna and I both attending our little brothers’ high school graduations this past weekend and my moving in just 5 days.   I sat down this morning after two days off to over 600 emails, and my head already began to spin.

But while I’m beginning to pack up my life in my apartment that I’ve been in for just one year, it’s so funny to think back about how much has changed over the past 365 days.   In New York, it is really easy to feel like you’re “stuck in a rut” or not moving anywhere in your life, because everyone else seems to be speeding past you.   When you take a moment to breathe and appreciate what you’ve accomplished, it’s crazy how much can change in just one year.   Here are just a few things I have experienced:

  • Started a new job with a new position that I absolutely love
  • Went to California for the first time, then went about 5 times after that
  • Experienced the Jersey Shore with Adrianna
  • Saw one of my favorite bands of all time live in NJ
  • Knocked a few items off the NYC bucket list
  • Made nyc PR girls an official small business by starting an LLC

How has the past year impacted your life?

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