One of my favorite weekends in the city is Kentucky Derby Weekend. It also happens to be the weekend of Cinco de Mayo (hence the ever-popular party title of Cinco de Derby). While it would be amazing to be at the event itself, the city hosts some great parties and it’s awesome to have an excuse to dress up in pretty dresses and drink bourbon on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Since I have been an urban dweller for the past 8 years and don’t see myself leaving anytime soon, the Kentucky Derby is the closest thing to a suburban garden party that I’ll have for some time. Here are a couple things I’m looking forward to.
Lace gloves – How dainty and delicate are these? A poppy-pink manicure would make them fun (and Julep is offering 30% off with the code DERBY online today!)
Festive cocktails - I am obsessed with these horse stirrers I saw on Glitter Guide yesterday. A great way to make your drink extra special.
A show of hats - Last year I went with a hat at each party, but this year I'm thinking of going high-bun or big curls. The display is certainly awesome, though
Prep overload - As A knows, I love any excuse to be super preppy. Tomorrow is pretty much the big show.
Adrianna and I continue to talk about the craziness that is upon us – it’s job hunting season! With that, there are plenty of workshops, networking opportunities and events to attend this year to help with the search. One of the most impressive that we’ve seen is the upcoming Fashion PR Confidential workshop, taking place this weekend from March 2 -3.
This two day, intimate workshop will take you from the basics to the special skills to set you up on a successful path to a career in fashion PR. Coming from Danika Daly, founder of Fashion PR Confidential and Danika Daly PR, you can expect a weekend full of useful information and inside tips and tricks. Panelists for the workshop include some of our favorite and most inspirational PR girls, including Crosby Noricks of PR Couture, Alex Rodriguez, and Samantha Lim.
There are still some spots left in this amazing event, so be sure to head over to the website and grab your spot today!
As you guys know by now, I’m headed to Sundance this week to work a celebrity suite for a client. This time last year, I was still getting used to traveling for work and learning the ins and outs of living from a suitcase. I was absolutely obsessed with avoiding checking a bag (which is sometimes a good thing), never prepared for changing temperatures on the airplane and would almost always forget a daily necessity (I once left my hairbrush behind when traveling for a new biz presentation with a hair client). I’d like to think that I have the hang of it now, but I’m always interested to hear how others pack for travels and thought I’d share!
How to pack: Your Suitcase
First, decide if you can manage in a carry on or need to check a bag. My rule is, if you’re going to be gone more than two or three nights, check a bag. And if you have multiple events, definitely check a bag
I also always make a list of outfits I want to wear. Work trips are not the time to bring hoards of clothes and figure you’ll decide what you’ll wear when you get there. Think of the events you have, and plan your outfits in advance
Think through your daily routine and what you need. Sometimes I make my packing list the day before I leave while I’m getting ready so I don’t forget things like my razor, hair mousse or floss
In the suitcase, I always put shoes on the bottom, and fill the crevices with accessories (bags and belts) and underthings. Shirts, pants and dresses can be neatly folded on top
If you think you may need something soon when you get off the plane, like a sweater or coat, be sure to keep it on top
How to pack: Your Carry-On
I recently found Lo & Sons bags, and I am obsessed. I am one of those people who need the littlest things at a moment’s notice while traveling, and these bags have great pockets and compartments to keep everything stored
One of my biggest pet peeves is dry lips or dry hands. Hand lotion and lip balm is a must, and plenty of water to drink
I always carry important devices on my person – computer, cell phone, chargers
I usually have a book (no, no Kindle yet! I’m old school) and buy plenty of magazines at Hudson news at the airport
This trip I’m bringing Emergen-C to shake into my water, with the flu outbreak and the amount of traveling I’m doing I need to stay on my game
Sunglasses and gloves if needed
I pack a small makeup bag just for my carry-on, in case I have to go straight from the airport to a meeting or (heaven forbid!) my luggage gets lost
I now always wear layers on the plane. That means a breathable top, a sweater, and probably a scarf. Usually I like to wear shoes that can slip on or off easily, but this trip I’m wearing my most comfortable boots
We’re in the homestretch to the holidays now, which means most procrastinating PR girls and boys are running around getting last minute gifts. When I was making my list of recipients this week, I thought of those I spend the most time with: my office colleagues. This year has been a tough one, so I want to give almost everyone a little something. But in any office, whether you work in a tiny 5 man shop or a global corporation, there are some boundaries with gifts. Here’s a little guide to giving back to those you work so hard with during the year:
Gifts for the boss – I don’t really appreciate one-off gifts for the boss. First, it puts you in the “brown noser” category. Second, it could put your boss under some pressure or in a moment of embarrassment if he/she didn’t get you anything in particular. However, I am in FULL support of gifts for all of your managers and supervisors. AKA, anyone who has been a great mentor to you throughout the year. That way, you are not singling out the head of the company but rather thanking every person who had an influence on your work this year (including the head of the company). Get them all the same thoughtful gift, whether that’s a new coffee mug for the office, a day book, fun stationary, or your favorite chocolate or wine.
Gifts for your co-workers – My office does a white elephant, so we don’t feel the need to get everyone individual gifts. However, last year I was still new at my company and I wanted to be sure everyone felt how thankful I was for being welcomed in the office, so I got all my team members a little something. This year it’s a little more laid back, so a little candy or fun lotto ticket or cute card for their desk will suffice.
Gifts for your office BFF – This one is a bit tricky as well. Your office BFF can be handled like your other close friends, but still be sure the gift is appropriate for office space. And be sure to give the gift after office hours – either at your Thursday happy hour or when you are both out to lunch. Don’t wave the gift in front of your peers… no need for them to know.
If you have an interest in politics (as I do), today is a very fun day. Media has turned all eyes on to the election, and that leaves us to catch up on speculation and watch our nation come together and make some very important decisions. My sister (slash roommate) and I have plans to make a crazy cheese platter and watch the counting from our living room, but there are certainly many fun events going on throughout the day. Here are a few things to keep in mind as a PR girl riding the wave of democracy:
Keep in mind, media is not listening today – The news is on the election. Unless you’re working on a project with specific consumer contacts who will still be working on their regularly scheduled features, do not try to pitch news media this week. Now is not the time for a press release
Be patriotic, but not partisan – If you have strong political beliefs, keep them to yourself or your close friends. You may think you work with open minded people, but politics is similar to religion in the work place. You won’t convert someone in a debate over your cubicle, so don’t even start. Also be wary about adding political comments to Facebook or Twitter. Emotions are running high, and these are still social media outlets that your employers look to
Take time to read the news – Even if you’re not sure you love politics, take time to enjoy the democratic process and read about today’s events. Whether you enjoy the count from your couch or the local water hole, keep up with the going’s on and try to learn something
And most importantly… GO VOTE! Happy Election Day!
Halloween used to be one of my favorite holidays – my mother would dress up our big, old house from top to bottom with cheesecloth ghosts, bats, crows, and cobwebs while the kids ran around the yard in costumes. In the city, Halloween is a bit different. Usually there is a house party to attend, or you may get talked into one of the many dance fests and costume contests going on in the neighborhood. You’ll find everything from the downright spooky to the questionably slutty. Since graduating from college and the stereotypical catholic school girl costume, I like to use Halloween as an opportunity to get creative.
This year, I’m headed upstate to celebrate with my parents and sister in the pumpkin patch. If I was taking part in this year’s activities, here are a few of my favorite costumes from around the internet I would definitely steal from:
Adrianna and I are using The Hunt in Far Hills tomorrow as an opportunity to pre-celebrate her birthday. We’re getting up bright and early to drive over together, and spend some time with family and friends. I went to The Hunt last year with A as well, and I remember I could have been a tad more prepared for the festivities. This isn’t your usual tailgate – it’s a tailgate… at a horse race… in a mud pit. The occasion calls for some strategic thinking when it comes to wardrobe.
Last year, I was beyond happy that I remembered gloves since it got a bit chilly by the end of the day. This year is supposed to stay above 60 degrees all day, but I would still recommend at least a vest to keep warm, like these two from J. Crew (more preppy) and Michael Kors (more glam).
In terms of tops, it depends whether you want to keep chic with city style or classic prep for the race. These from Madewell and Topshop tops are both similar in shape to keep with the theme of the festive event, but drastically different prints to fit your taste.
A cross body bag is a must since you will be trekking from lot to lot each day, and just need to carry ID, cash, phone and sunnies.
Leggings are a must to keep comfy, and I would recommend a dark color like these from Topshop in case you slide in the mud.
Speaking of mud, be prepared to get a decent amount caked onto your boots throughout the day. This is not the time for the Tory Burch riding boots. Go with classic Hunters or “sh*t kicking” Fryes that were made to take on the mud.
Though PR girls are absolutely supposed to “own” the room when hosting an event or escorting clients to an important party, there are plenty of other opportunities to show off your social prowess in everyday life and practice your networking skills. Since I am naturally introverted, I look for any opportunity to push myself out of my comfort zone, make a few new friends and work on my social graces. And hey, you never know who you could meet while chatting up fellow football fans!
Whether you’re still in school or already working your way up the corporate ladder, here are a few ways you can rock the room and own any social situation:
In college – I was still pretty shy through the first part of college, and it wasn’t until I started my internships that I realized how easy it is to make friends when you speak up! Adrianna had a very different college experience, and she swears that her sorority life completely influenced her PR career. Either way, be sure you get involved during your four years of higher learning – join dance club, debate team, club lacrosse, whatever! Put yourself into a new group of people and you’ll be sure to be thrown into the role of hostess/party guest/team leader/cheerleader at any given moment
At the farmer’s market/spin class/Bed Bath and Beyond – When you’re running errands or at a new workout class, take the opportunity to talk to a stranger and learn something new. Ask a store clerk about the best kind of blender. Ask someone in line for class where she got her spinning shoes. Learning how to ask the right questions and keeping up an informative conversation is key in PR, and will get you very far very quickly in life!
At Happy Hour – When you’re in college, “Happy Hour” sounds like an excuse for adults to drink after work before they crash in bed at 9:30pm. That’s only partly true. Happy Hour is a very strong networking opportunity and a chance to bond with new people in a fun location. If you’re going to Happy Hour with girl friends, be sure you branch out and ask strangers about the game on TV or any current events to strike up a conversation. If you’re with work colleagues, take this opportunity to learn about their work load and how they are managing at the office
New York Fashion Week has come and gone, and a relief has washed over almost all the PR girls in NYC proper. Though NYFW certainly is glamorous, the stress of last minute errands, missing models, impatient fashion folk and nothing-to-wear syndrome loses its appeal after a week or so.
That being said, PR girls can certainly go through “New York Fashion Week Withdrawal” after 10 days of madness. Here are a few of the symptoms:
After experiencing the first night of undisturbed sleep, wake up in a panic thinking you overslept
Put on your brightest colors in your closet – anything other than black
Experience soreness in quads and hamstrings from (literally) running in heels. Feet, meanwhile, have gone completely numb. Choose to wear Converse to work
At about 11am, realize your one cup of coffee does not cut it for your new caffeine dependency, as you got used to having 3 cups of coffee before 9am followed by several cans of diet coke
Walk to lunch in Union Square, slightly disappointed no one has asked if they can take your picture
Eat a full sandwich from Potbelly, delighting in the fact that there is no judgment being passed on your eating habits
Experiment with a new lip color or eyeshadow effect you learned from backstage, even if just for happy hour with the girls
When I was getting myself together for Fashion Week, my style board on Pinterest was a huge help. Last week was humid and hot in New York, but this week is crisp and feels a little bit more like the transition into fall. Below are a couple things to keep in mind while dressing for any events at New York Fashion Week.
Don’t think you have to wear the designer – You don’t have to spend rent on a new dress. You can wear something that complements the designer’s collection without going broke. Just be comfortable!
If you’re working the show, go for dark colors/mostly black -I didn’t know this until this year, but almost everyone working hair/makeup/nails is donning black. PR girls running around wear the color too. Luckily, I was wearing a black silk blouse with a funky printed skirt, so I fit in without blending in. If you’re not backstage, go nuts with color!
Accessories are a must – Even if you are wearing mostly black, a statement necklace or great bag will make you standout when you get out from backstage. Or, a swipe of dark lip color is the best beauty accessory you can make in a pinch
Wear killer heels during the show -Even if you’re wearing flats running errands, be sure you change into your favorite/cleanest/smartest heels before stepping into the tent. You’ll stand taller, and be naturally more confident in your sexiest pumps
all images featured on Meg’s “Stylish” Pinterest page, via