on Sep 10 2012 1 comment
This past Saturday, I had the honor of attending Christian Siriano’s Spring 2013 fashion show at Eyebeam Studios. As a huge fan of Christian’s designs, I couldn’t wait to see his latest collection. The designs were extremely feminine and delicate, inspired by ballerinas with romantic colors and elegant designs. The collection consisted of peplum, colorful blazers and lots and lots of tulle. This show was one of the most beautiful shows I’ve seen, especially since his last collection was extremely dark and vampire inspired. You can see some photos and a video of the finale here.
How have you been holding up this fashion week?
on Sep 07 2012 1 comment
One of the (many) perks of being a PR girl is having the opportunity to attend some fabulous fashion events. Of course, it doesn’t come with out some hard work. A client of mine was working the Richard Chai Spring 2013 show, so I had the opportunity to see first hand how backstage of New York Fashion Week goes down. The answer – a lot of late models, a lot of coffee, and a HECK of a lot of talent. Though running around backstage and running errands to be sure everyone has everything they need seems beyond insane at the time, it is all worth it when the show perfectly comes together for those 10 minutes of beauty.
on Sep 06 2012 No comments
This past weekend I finally got to check an item off of the NYC to-do list and traveled to the west side to ride The Beast. The Beast is a speedboat ride that leaves from West 42nd Street and 12th Avenue every day on the hour through the summer until September 30. The 30-minute boat ride takes you to the Statue of Liberty to take photos and back.
The Beast was a blast – loud music blasting, a fast ride, great views and lots and lots of water. One thing I wasn’t expecting is how they purposely try to get you soaked, so don’t expect to walk off this ride dry. Definitely add this ride to your bucket list. Many New Yorkers don’t even know about it!
Following the boat ride I ventured down to the West Village for all you can eat sushi at Kumo (I had dried off by then). Only $25 for unlimited sushi – great for birthday get togethers.
Have you taken any boat rides around the city? What was your favorite?
on Sep 04 2012 3 comments
This week is a little hectic, as Fashion week is kicking off in New York and A and I are working a couple shows for our clients. Though we will not be hand on working with models or walking runways, we do have to make sure our clients have the best experience backstage while securing media interviews and basically staying out of everyone’s way. Though Fashion Week is really as glamorous as it seems, nothing that beautiful can be executed without a little blood, sweat and tears. Here is what a PR girl needs to have during New York Fashion Week:
- Chic flats to run back and forth from testing sessions, heels for the actual show
- A distinctive iPhone ring so you can hear your phone over the 254 others that are going off backstage
- Coffee in the morning, coffee in the afternoon, coffee at night
- Nail polish remover wipes (if you get a chip, time to take it off), face powder (you will sweat) and mascara/liquid eyeliner (you could be going from backstage to client drinks in a matter of minutes)
- Trail mix packs to avoid starving and falling over
- Your mom/best friend/therapist on speed dial
- Calendar reminders of each show/appointment put into your phone, with alarms
- SOS numbers saved in case anything should go wrong (and it almost always does)
- Cheat sheet for clients (and yourself) with designer bios, designer pronunciation, editor bios and head shots
- A scarf or jacket – backstage can be frigid, even though you’ll be running around like a mad person
- A smile
on Aug 24 2012 No comments
I’ve been lucky enough this summer to have friends with houses on the shore and in the Hamptons that I have been invited to crash at. Last summer, I would have such a bad case of FOMO when my friends rushed off to the beach and left me in the city to swelter. Though I’ve loved every weekend out of the city, I’ve realized there isn’t too much to the Hamptons that can’t be done in Manhattan (or ANYWHERE) with a bunch of fun-loving girls (and maybe a paycheck to spend).
Instead of sitting on your bum wishing you were beaching it, grab some friends and plan a Hamptons weekend NOT in the Hamptons:
Play Commuter Catch-Up: The first part of a Hamptons weekend is the trek out to the beach itself. Usually, people make this an impromptu Happy Hour on the Jitney or train. Use the time right after work on Friday to catch up with your friends in a relaxed setting, whether it’s on a boat or on your couch
Friday Night is College Night: The first night of a weekend at the beach basically reminds be of freshman year of college. While you may have come with a friend, you are now cramped into a house with people you most likely do not know, and are expect to socialize with for the next three days. What solves this problem? Socializing. Take your friends to a place you’ve never been before, that’s a little bit out of your comfort zone. Been interested in trying out a restaurant a few towns away? Go for it. Need a laugh? Try a drag show
Brunch on the Beach: After sleeping off the week, it’s time to head to the beach and clear your head and rid of any worries. But you don’t need sand to get some fun in. Set up a badminton court in your front yard, or go a little old school and set up a sprinkler. Make sure your bestie is by your side, blast Friendly Fires on Spotify, invite your neighbors to come by, and make a batch of rum punch
on Aug 20 2012 4 comments
This past weekend was the first weekend in the city it started to feel like fall and I’ve never been more thrilled. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m actually extremely excited for the summer to be almost over the fall to begin. This has been the busiest summer work wise so hopefully once Labor Day Weekend hits it will slow down (wishful thinking?). Here are a few things I’m looking forward to this fall:
- Football season. Preseason started this weekend and there’s nothing more fun than a day of tailgating and going wild with friends at a sports bar.
- Pumpkin everything. Pumpkin bagels, lattes, cream cheese, pie, muffins…the list goes on and on.
- Fashion Week. It’s right around the corner!
- The Hunt. The horse races in Far Hills are more like a high school reunion for me and it’s always great to play catch up.
- No sweat. It’s nice throwing on a sweater for your commute instead of sweating on your walk to the subway.
- Weekends at home. Not that I don’t enjoy going down the shore every weekend, it’s just that it gets extremely tiring and I miss spending time with my friends in Hoboken.
What are you looking forward to this fall?
on Aug 17 2012 2 comments
Since being on vacation, I’ve had a lot of time to think about my priorities – not just for work, but for life as well. Since it’s been a crazy summer, A and I have let a few things fall to the wayside in the name of fun. Definitely necessary every once in a while, but in doing so I have lost sight of some important must-do’s to accomplish my goals.
So over this break, I’ve been making a mental list of things I want to accomplish, or begin to accomplish, before the summer ends. While some of it relates directly back to my career or the blog, I think some of the most important goals are those that are just for me. Some are small, some are steps to a bigger accomplishment or dream. Even if you’ve been working hard this week, I encourage you to take some time to yourself this weekend and define your dreams:
- Take time outside every day, whether it’s a run in the park or a walk to the grocery store
- I’ve always wanted to learn French, so maybe start with some foreign films or finally purchase Rosetta Stone
- Make sure all debts are paid – not just bills for the month, but any favors I said I would work for friends cash for cabs or nights out
- Reorganize my closet – throw out any clothes that are cheap looking/don’t fit just right/are ruined
- See A at least once a week, and start on our bucket list for NYC again
- Catch up on Mad Men
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Do yoga once a week
- Spend more time with loved ones – make calls once a day, take time with my sister (my new roommate!), make dates with girl friends
on Aug 06 2012 No comments
Last week, I was given the opportunity to treat myself to a dinner anywhere in the city by my agency because of my job performance. After a crazy, hectic week it was just the kind of reward I needed to unwind. For those that live in the city, you know it’s always difficult to choose just one place to try for dinner because there are so many places on the list that you want to experience. For this night, I chose to check out The Darby, which is a restaurant/nightclub in the West Village.
Entering The Darby is like walking into a different era. The restaurant has a live band with a retro feel and a raw bar with delicious seafood options. As a seafood lover, I had the Branzino which was topped with asparagus. Yum. The live band was a great change and experience to watch as you enjoy your meal and drinks. I didn’t end up staying late, but the restaurant also includes a nightclub downstairs.
If you have a night to splurge on a nice dinner and are looking for live entertainment, definitely try The Darby on W. 14th Street.
What other restaurants in the city have you been dying to try?
on Jul 30 2012 No comments
Last week, I had the opportunity to work out of my company’s San Francisco office. This wasn’t the first time I’d worked in an office outside of Manhattan, but afterwards I couldn’t help but think to myself about the many perks that come along with working in NYC, particularly in PR.
- Media Outside your Door: Does X magazine need samples ASAP? Send a messenger and the editor will have them immediately.
- Long-lead Editor Access: Similar to the above, media relationships are crucial and working NYC you can forge personal relationships with long-lead magazine editors by meeting them at editor events and taking them out for lunch.
- Unlimited Events: Living in any city, it is what you make it but in NYC, the number of events and networking opportunities are endless. Looking at event listing and free things to do, this city is a playground, particularly for those interested in fashion and entertainment.
- Walk Everywhere: In need of supplies? Extra product? Walk down the street to find anything that you need.
- Nom Nom’s: This may just be the fat kid in me, but no matter where you are in the city there are plenty of places to simply walk outside and grab breakfast and lunch. A luxury we often take advantage of.
What are some other benefits of working in a NYC office?