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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From the Inbox: First Year Blues

Hi A & M –

Fellow NYC PR gal here! Hoping to pick your brains for some advice on navigating my first year out of school and in the industry full-time. First off, love your blog and thank you for being so instrumental in being a pillar of advice for all of us trying to navigate the never calm waters of PR.

So, where to start? I graduated in May and after having seven various PR/corp comm internships, both in-house and agency, I landed a job a pretty large firm. I was so excited, but now that I’ve been here a few months, I’m realizing that for as much as I know PR is what I want to do with the rest of my career – I, at the same time, have no idea what I want to do with the rest of my career.

I think the beauty of PR is you can take it and apply it to every industry across the board, from fashion to finance to food to travel. Problem is, I have no idea what industry I’m passionate about applying my love of PR to. I’ve had internship experiences that touched broadcast, sports, finance, food, travel, consumer products, healthcare – you name it. But none of them hit that note that made me say, “this is what I want to do.”

Now, I’m fighting the urge to say I am miserable every day. I really don’t like the clients I am working on, and though I know no job has to be forever, I really don’t even know what my next should be…and I want to be happy and most certainly don’t want to settle.

Any help/advice would be SO appreciated – thank you for taking the time to read this! Xo

Really appreciate your honesty. It sounds like you’ve had an array of experience. I have to say – I related to you when I first started my career. I was working on clients I really wasn’t interested in and wasn’t sure if I made the right decision. Reality is, no matter who your clients are, PR is PR. The experiences you’re having now with clients you don’t fancy will help you when you finally start working on clients your passionate about. It would be irrational to think that you would graduate college and land your dream job with the perfect clients. There were days when I hated what I was doing. Overtime I started to love it. You have to make the most of every situation.

My advice would be to keep up with what you’re doing. Think about what your personal passions are – do you read fashion blogs? Watch beauty videos in your spare time? Like indie films? Determine what your personal passion is and down the road search for the perfect opportunity that fits your passion. You will have all the PR experience you need under your belt and everything will come together once you’re working on clients that relate to your passions at an agency you adore. If you find six months from now you’re still miserable, maybe you’ll realize PR isn’t what you want to do for the rest of your career. Consider shifting into marketing or maybe digital. You’re fresh out of college and have plenty of time to determine what career path is for you.

Hope this helps – and keep up the great work thus far!

Xo, Adrianna

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