Skill to Conquer: Create a Classic Lingerie Drawer

It was years before I stopped for a moment and really took a look at my underwear purchasing habits (a sentence I never thought I would say). Well into my twenty-somethings I was still stocking up on “fun” underthings – push up bras, laces and bows that would show through basic shirts, itchy materials, uncomfortable thongs, etc. Unfortunately my wallet was really what was keeping me back – I thought I could skimp on buying more quality/expensive items because it was “just underwear.”

Boy, have things turned around. Once you purchase your first pieces of real, fine lingerie, you can never really go back. Not only is it a nice confidence boost to know you’re covered in all the right places, but the expense really does translate to longer lasting pieces. A few tips and favorites: classic lingerie For softer fabrics with minimal support, I love Eberjay bralettes. I own several in different colors. Though not optimal for white tea shirts or see-through fabrics, I do like to wear mine under tanks or breezy tops. My favorites include this one and this one.

With underwire there are a few things to think about – mainly comfort, fit, occasion. Every day I’m usually wearing a t-shirt style underwire from Calvin Klein, like this one. I found this bra a couple years ago and have basically purchased in bulk for every day. But, you also want your confidence-boosting bras in different fabrics to fit the occasion. I like this one from Cosabella.

For bottoms, I tend to go with what is going to work best with every outfit day-to-day. And comfortable forgiving fabrics are a must (no wedgies and no pantylines). I stock up on either these or these a couple times a year. If you need to have a brief, try choosing a fabric that won’t bunch, like this one. You cannot forget shapewear either. Sometimes, those linen pants or a sheer maxi dress just requires you to suck it up and wear some Spanx.

How are you stocking up your classic lingerie drawer?


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The Secret to Networking Success

A few weeks ago, our agency hosted a class about networking success. One of the gals in our office leaded – a person who seems to know everyone and everything. She shared her secrets to networking success, the top one being the most obvious of all. BE NICE.

Secret to Networking Success

Seems so simple right? So many of us don’t think about it, but being nice is the easiest way to network. Be nice to everyone – from interns to the mailman to VPs. You never know who you’re speaking with and who they will become. Being shy can sometimes come off as being unfriendly. Some people (myself included) have to task themselves to make the extra effort to break out of their shell to say hi to everyone.

When you’re nice and do favors for people, they are often reciprocated. Introduce your contacts to other people. Don’t be greedy. PR professionals always have the stigma of being mean or snooty. And the reality is – some people are. But those aren’t the people you ever want to work with. Being nice to everyone is the simplest way to make new contacts and friends and get ahead in an industry that is all about who you know.

What is your secret to networking success?

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PR Twitter Tips: July 2014

Happy August 1! Thinking about the fact that it’s already August makes me very sad. This summer flew by way too fast. Here are some of our favorite #PR101 Twitter Tips from the month of July. Let’s make the most of our last month of summer and tweet us using the hashtag.

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: Always ASK questions. Your employers can’t read minds nor are they expected to. A clarified job is a good job.

: Ditch the cookie cutter cover letters.

: Even if you are starting out as an intern, it’s important to act as a professional at all times.

: “Good PR is just a method of operations, just as good personnel work is a method of operations.” – A.W. Page

: To succeed, you must surround yourself with success.

: Play it cool around celebrities. Even though it’s not always easy.

: NEVER ever start a pitch with “Dear editor.” Do your research!

: PLEASE NOTE: A Media Kit and a Press Kit are two completely different things.

: “Advertising is what you pay for, publicity is what you pray for.”

Make sure to follow us on Twitter @nycprgirls for more #PR101.

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Last Night’s Intern Queen Party

Last night, M and I attended the 4th Annual Intern Queen Party at 404 in the city. The venue was packed with recent graduates and hopeful interns networking with one another and the impressive group of panelists. The panel included executives from Macy’s, Sirius XM, Us Weekly, Ann Taylor, Chanel, NBC Universal, the Rachel Ray Show and more. We were asked a series of questions while on and off the panel. Here are three of my favorites.

Intern Queen Party 1

What looks better on a resume – several different internships or sticking with one internship for a long time?

This honestly depends on the situation. Neither looks better than the other. If you find an internship you love, and stay for two semesters, that’s great. Stick with it. If you hop around and try different internships, for example, one in beauty and one in fashion, that’s perfectly acceptable as well. Interning for several different companies allows you to experience different facets of the industry and will help you determine what you’re most interested in.

How do I get a PR internship if I don’t have any experience?

One of the panelists said it best – everyone has experience doing something. It’s all about how you spin it on your resume. If you work at a restaurant you can say you waited tables, or you can say you serviced customers in a high-stress environment. Everything can be presented a way that fits into the career you’re trying to pursue.

Intern Queen Party 3

Should I stay with my current internship in advertising or try my luck finding at finding a PR internship since I’m curious about the industry?

Definitely give a PR internship shot. Again, now is the time to get all of the experiences you’re interested in. It will make you more well-rounded once you graduate and will help you determine what career path you would like to pursue.

A big thank you to the Intern Queen, Lauren, and everyone that came to support us. And a big thank you to Ann Taylor for outfitting the panelists – including myself :)

 

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