Posts Tagged ‘Teen Vogue’

When I grow up…

November 11, 2009

Breaking into the creative industry may be hard, but not impossible.

If you love to plan outfits or put together interesting looks maybe you should consider being a stylist, drawing or sewing.. how about designing clothes? Or maybe you enjoy more of the behind the scenes look…future fashion magazine editor?Not sure if you belong in the fashion industry? Take this quiz to find out what your future may hold.

Even though I already know what my career aspirations are, I wanted to be doubly sure so I took the quiz and low and behold, no surprising answer.

Also, don’t forget to enter my accessory giveaway! The contest is still open until Friday at midnight.


Fashion U part three: Inside the Teen Vogue fashion closet

October 30, 2009

When I was a little girl I used to daydream of one day having a walk-in closet so big I could live there. I would literally live, eat and sleep fashion. In fact, I still daydream about the day I have my own huge walk-in closet.

As one of my seminars, I signed up to go on the Teen Vogue editorial floor tour where I got to see a behind-the-scenes look at where my favorite magazine is made each month.

Teen Vogue fashion market editor Mary Kate Steinmiller and fashion assistant Justin Berkowitz showed Fashion U students memorable places in the office as well shared magazine secrets.

I got to see offices of the editors, including editor-in-chief Amy Astley’s office… the art department and production area, the beauty closet and the what they consider the “heart and soul” of the magazine… the fashion closet.

Check out some photos I took from the editorial floor tour!


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Inside the Teen Vogue offices

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Fashion U part II: Let’s talk style with Eric Daman

October 27, 2009

If there was one thing I learned listening to Gossip Girl costume designer and creative director for Charlotte Russe, Eric Daman, it’s great style cannot be purchased.

Everyday we are bombarded by advertisements from businesses about the hottest trends and the fashion must-haves but we often forget it’s not always about how much you have, it’s how you wear it.

It’s inspiring to see a stylist in the fashion industry that works with designer fashions on a day-to-day basis on the set of Gossip Girl but at the same time work with a company that sells apparel for a lower cost.

Daman spoke about some popular trends this season including big shoulder pads, holiday sparkle, draping tops and sweaters, the 30s flapper, headbands (thank you Blair Waldorf!) and black & white designs. And as a gift to students who attended his seminar, we received 20% cards to Charlotte Russe and a silver necklace.

Check out this video I took of two other popular looks you may see this season!

Fashion University recap part one

October 26, 2009

Words cannot describe just how amazing my trip to NYC & Teen Vogue’s Fashion University was… which is why I’m recapping it with pictures!

I got to meet Teen Vogue editors, fashion designers, stylists and people in the marketing/business of fashion. It was a weekend well-spent making great networking connections, meeting other aspiring editors, learning about the fashion world from the best in the business and all while looking stylish!

Take a look at some pictures from the Juicy Couture retail event I attended on Friday night. Stay tuned for more photos from the seminars I attended and video of our keynote speaker Diane von Furstenberg!



My Fashion U partner in crime, Lindsay and I at the Juicy Couture on 5th Avenue


I loved this chandelier that the staircase wrapped around.


The crowd of fashionistas and guests on the lower level of the store.


Me and my knight in shining armor… Juicy Couture armor that is!

PA231452This is me after I made a purchase. I found a pair of black suede ‘mary jane’ heels with studs on the strap. (I will post pics of them soon!) They were originally $325 but they were on sale for $156 Good deal, eh?



The Teen Vogue Handbook: for the savvy bookworm

October 21, 2009

Only one more day before I pack my bags and head to the big city where I’ll get to meet holy fashion designers and editors.

But before I go, I’m going to pick up my copy of the must-have book for any aspiring designers, editors, photographers and artists.

The Teen Vogue Handbook is perfect for anyone who wants to know the ins and outs of the fashion careers and internships. And the best part? The tips and tricks come from the professionals themselves.

Check out an inside look about the book from Teen Vogue Editor-in-chief, Amy Astley.

Countdown to Fashion U

October 8, 2009
Editors of Teen Vogue magazine

Editors of Teen Vogue magazine

So I am literally marking X’s on my calendar as I anxiously wait for October 23rd, or in other words, the kick-off for Teen Vogue’s Fashion University 2009.

Last year I went and it was an amazing networking experience. I got to meet holy fashion designers and magazine editors right in the heart of New York City.

This year, there will be seminars featuring designers Kimora Lee Simmons (the designer for Baby Phatt), Derek Lam, Thakoon, Cynthia Rowley, Rebecca Minkoff and so many others.

I already signed up for the seminars I want to attend and I am so eager to meet Eric Daman, the costume designer for the hit show Gossip Girl. I also get to listen to Frances Pennington, a marketer for Juicy Couture which for me is a HUGE deal because Juicy Couture is one of my favorite brands. In addition to getting a tour of Teen Vogue offices, I also get to listen to fashion & style bloggers.

And, to celebrate beforehand, Juicy Couture is hosting a special retail kick-off event at their flagship store on 5th Avenue. H&M is also hosting a special retail event the following evening.

So now the most important question is, what should I wear?

Fall into boots this season

October 5, 2009

This weekend as I strolled through Towson mall I spotted some ultra cute shoes that are a must-have this fall! The soft leather boot.

This season is all about the super tall boot and Nordstrom’s has multiple how-to clips on what looks best with the new boot. Neutral colors like a light brown or soft grey look great with any look. Pair them with a mini dress and tights and you’ll be set all day or all night.

If you’re not sure about the super long boot, aim for the simple and sophisticated ankle boot–a classic look with any outfit.

My personal favorite happen to be the Sam Edelman suede boots (see below!) that were featured in the September issue of Teen Vogue.

Sam Edelman suede boots $199

Sam Edelman suede boots $199

It girl to icon

October 1, 2009
Diane von Furstenberg, photo by Peter Lindbergh, courtesy of

Diane von Furstenberg, photo taken by Peter Lindbergh, photo courtesy of

Her style is effortless, her character is wise and her designs are legendary.

Diane von Furstenberg, the iconic designer who for those who may not know, created the wrap dress back in 1974, and since then, that dress has become a timeless piece in fashion history.

I recently picked up the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar and read the six page Q&A on the designer who’s thoughtful insight graced the pages with her confidence.

Asked the popular and unsurprising question, “How would you describe your own style?” DVF said, “I’d like to think that my style and the clothes I design are effortlessly elegant and sexy…I think there’s nothing more beautiful than a woman who’s confident.”

Personally, I think DVF is such a great powerful female figure in the fashion industry and an inspiration to not only young designers but to young women everywhere that want to be successful–no matter what kind of business or industry. She is a feminist, a grandmother and the ultimate style expert.

I am looking forward to meeting her at the end of October! I’m going to Teen Vogue’s Fashion University in New York the weekend of October 23rd where I will get to rub elbows with holy fashion designers, editors and other prominent professionals in the industry. DVF is the keynote speaker and for that matter, the key person I will be looking out for that weekend.