Monthly Archives: February 2009

So I missed the Expo….

Today, of all days, I felt absolutely awful. I have no idea why these things happen, but it was completely frustrating because I was all prepared for the JB school’s Networking Expo. Resumes all printed up, outfit picked out, 30 second commercial planned out. Frustrating!

So I’m hoping it went well for everyone who got to attend! I know how important networking is and I feel that I really missed out by not being there. I can only hope we will have another similar event before too long.

I suppose since I missed it, I will just discuss what we learned on Tuesday. First of all, we got a great lesson in how unpredictable technology can be. Trying to get Twitter onto someone’s blog took up most of class, and we never quite figured it out.  I think that’s an important thing to see, because I’m always so concerned about doing everything “right” when it comes to all this social media stuff, and that just goes to show that sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Even if you’re a social media professor! We also learned a bit about fixing up our blogs, and I got on here as soon as I got home and started playing around with it. The most exciting thing I discovered was how to upload pictures to my blog. I must say, I think it already looks a ton better!

So, today was not such a successful day for me personally, but I am learning more and more every day when it comes to this wonderful little online life I’m leading now.  Can’t wait to hear how the Expo turned out!

Celeste

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My Summer shopping list!

I haven’t been shopping in a couple of months….and by that I mean real, splurge-a-little  shopping. As in when I buy more than just a couple of new shirts. So therefore, I cannot wait until I get the chance (and a little extra money) to do so! I’ve already got a few things on my list of desires.

First up, I really want a Maxi dress, which is one of the flowy, ankle length dresses people were wearing last summer. I went back and forth last year on whether I was too short to pull one off (I wonder that often being 5’2″), but I’ve decided I don’t care! I’m not a huge fan of shorts, and when it’s 100 degrees, as it often is in Oklahoma in the summer, I really hate suffocating in jeans all day. These dresses are adorable and comfy, and I’ve decided as long as I add a pair of wedge heels with it, it should add enough height to make me look alright!

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Next, I’m really loving this old-fashioned maillot swimsuit I saw in the January issue of Vogue. I didn’t know the term “maillot” before, but basically it is a one-piece swimsuit with a vintage vibe. Google it and you will find plenty of results.

Another item on my list is a pencil skirt. I’m hoping to find a PR internship for the summer, and a pencil skirt is such a classic, professional look. I’ve tried a few on and have realized that for any girl with hips, you may have to go up a size. I tried on my regular size and it wasn’t happening. They are just so form fitting, but I think that’s basically the appeal. They’re very sexy without looking unprofessional at all. Forever 21 actually had some great ones last time I was there.

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Something else I’m planning on getting for my internship is a wrap dress. You really can’t go wrong with these. They are flattering on basically any body type, and so cute while being quite comfortable for a dress at the same time. Also, they rarely go completely out of style, so they’re always pretty easy to find.

I’m also needing a couple new pairs of wedges. It looks like they will be in again for the summer, which I absolutely love! They give me the added height I’m looking for without absolutely killing my feet like stilettos. This summer I plan on buying some in bright colors that I normally haven’t bought before.

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So that’s about it! I’m sure over the summer there will be many more things added to the list, but as of now those will be my first purchases of the summer.

Hope everyone is having a great week so far!

Celeste


Learning to love my social media!

So, I’m really starting to get into this whole social media thing. Twitter is seriously addicting. I find that if I go a couple of hours without checking it I start to get a little antsy! I can’t believe how much I am learning in my social media class, and how useful it all is! In class this past week we learned how to create a social networking site on-line, and it is so much easier than I would have imagined. I’m so happy that I’m in this class learning so much valuable information that will be so helpful for when I am out there job hunting. And the fact that I get to be in a career field that uses all of these means of communication and promotion is so exciting! I think it’s all so much fun and I can’t wait to learn more.

In class on Thursday our professor announced that a PR firm in Tulsa is actually hiring someone to be in charge of their social media. What an awesome job that would be! I wish I was out of school so I could apply.  Of course I don’t think I’m quite experienced enough, but hopefully by the end of the semester I will be!

It really looks like this is the way business is headed. I’ve been telling my mom she needs to join Twitter and get her own Web site for her new business. Luckily, I can help her do it now! I’m pretty sure before too long businesses that don’t have a presence on the Internet will be far behind their competition. It’s already somewhat the case, because personally if I am searching for a particular type of business on the Internet, I will always choose the one with a site over the other, just because it’s so much more convenient!

Anyhow, I believe that’s all for now….I need to go check out Twitter!

Celeste


Looking Good on a Budget

As we have all heard a billion times by now, the economy is not so good at the moment. So I’m sure shopping for new clothes is the last thing most people are thinking about. However, if you are anything like me, it’s one of the first places your money will go. I realize it’s not the smartest investment, but I honestly can’t help it.

For me, shopping on a budget is nothing new. I have been living on the “poor college student” budget for almost  six years now. Yes, six. When I finish it will have taken me about seven years, on and off,  to receive a Bachelor’s degree. But that’s not the point. The point is, I know how to shop for clothes with very little money. Granted, I have been very lucky that my parents have paid most of my rent and bills over the years, but after the first couple years they really cut down on the extra spending money! (Can’t blame ’em)

Over the years I have jumped from store to store, depending on my age and style preference at the time, but three stores have remained my favorites throughout it all.

First and foremost, Forever 21 is my absolute favorite. They are up to date on all the trends, but still have all the classics you need to build your wardrobe on. I just bought the perfect little black dress there for New Year’s Eve, and I believe it was only $28 (give or take a couple bucks). They have super cute jeans ranging from $12.50 into the mid-$30’s, and I just got my new favorite pair on sale for $9.99.  They also have shockingly good deals on random items. Sometimes you can find the perfect summer dress for $12 or a jacket for $18. It is by far my favorite store, and lucky for all of us, they are opening in malls all over the place. In fact, most old Gadzooks stores are being replaced by them.

Next up is Wet Seal. I shopped there a bit in junior high, and kind of rediscovered it after high school. I actually worked there for quite awhile a couple years ago, and it is still my favorite job of all time. They have great accessories for super cheap, a lot of times with deals like 2 for $8 or $10. And their sunglasses are usually really cute and are on sale 2 for $10 most of the time from what I remember. Also, great jeans if you don’t have to have expensive brand name ones. I personally can’t afford to care anymore! They’ve got trendy tops for going out, usually never much more than $30.  For college-age girls, this is a wonderful place to find great deals.

Finally, Charlotte Russe is another favorite. I’ve kind of gone back and forth with this store, but for the past few seasons I’ve been pleasantly surprised with their stuff. I buy a lot of jeans here, because they often have 2 for $30 sales on their Refuge jeans, and I’ve been pretty happy with the fit of these. I also find a lot of dresses here, and they have great deals on accessories as well. Out of all three stores, this is the first place I look for shoes. The have a ton of choices, and always have the latest trends.

There are a lot of other great stores out there, but when I have money to spend on clothes, these are the first places I go. It honestly took me awhile to adjust to shopping on a budget, but once you are out of mom and dad’s house, you really don’t have much of a choice. Especially if you don’t want to rack up your credit card debt! I’ve been able to completely avoid it by shopping this way. Of course I wish I could still buy $80 jeans and $150 boots, but until I’m out of school, this is the best way I’ve found to do it!

Check out the links, and I hope I’ve helped someone out!

Celeste


New Social Media Site Coming….

Our Social Media class is soon to begin the process of creating a Web site. The plan for the site is for all those  involved in Journalism and Broadcasting at OSU (or anywhere else I suppose) to have a place to network, lend advice, ask questions, and develop professional relationships. It will be open to current students, alumni, prospective students, and professionals.

I think this is something we JB students at OSU will find quite helpful. If we can get alumni and working professionals involved I think it will be incredibley beneficial to us all. As with all of the social networking sites I am now involved with, such as Twitter and our Social Media Club site, this will be a great place to go with any questions I have as I begin my internship and, soon enough, job searches.  It’s all so overwhelming when you have a million things you need to do and are unsure of where to start, that having a place to run to with all of your questions will be a lifesaver.

I truly hope we can get a lot of professionals and recent grads involved to kind of give us a heads up for what to expect the first couple years after graduation, and also hopefully some advice on how to prepare. I’m really looking forward to the experience, and also interested to see what goes into launching a site.

I’ll keep everyone posted on the progress!

Celeste


Barbie might be the luckiest girl EVER.

So my lovely boyfriend pointed out a great story to me the other day about Barbie’s 50th anniversary. Apparently this weekend for New York Fashion Week,  50 fashion designers (we’re talking huge names) will be designing 50 outfits for Barbie  in honor of her 50th birthday.

Life size stand-ins will be modeling creations by designers ranging from Badgley Mischka to Nicole Miller to Vera Wang. I would love to be sitting in on this show. It will be incredible I’m sure.

If you really think about it, Barbie has been at the top of the fashion game forever. She is always trendy and up to the minute, and has the cutest clothes, cars and accessories. Playing with Barbies is probably most little girl’s (and maybe some little boy’s!) first experience with fashion. I know a lot of people have had issues with her possibly leading little girls to view beauty in an unrealistic way, but I don’t care! I had a million Barbies and I’m just fine. If anything I’m just jealous of all her stuff!

I can’t wait to see the photos from the show. I’m sure the clothes are going to be unbelievable, and most likely even start a few new trends. If you have a spare minute check out the Web site http://barbiestyle.barbie.com/index.html. It’s actually a really fun site with a lot of interesting things to look at. Barbie even has a blog! Too cute.

Until next time!

Celeste


Fashion Books To Live By

This past year for Christmas my mother gave me a box set of Nina Garcia’s books The One Hundred and The Little Black Book of Style. These two books were by far my favorite gift I received.  Any woman who is remotely interested in fashion should read these books. They are fun to read, have great illustrations, and honestly have some of the best fashion advice I have heard.

For those who don’t know, Nina Garcia is a judge on Project Runway and has worked for both Elle and Marie Claire (also two of the best magazines out there). She has been in the industry for years, and truly knows her stuff.

The Little Black Book of Style is sort of a guide to finding your own sense of style. It includes advice on the few basics that every woman should own, unique places to find inspiration for your style, such as particular movies or musical artists, and it also includes a guide to dressing for particular occasions (first date, job interview, summer weekend, etc.).  After reading this book I cleaned out my closet (which she suggests) and completely changed the way I shop. I’ve always followed the trends to a certain degree, but one of her suggestions works perfectly for me. It was to follow the trends more so in terms of accessories, and always dress more classically. Perfect!

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The One Hundred is a book focusing on the one hundred pieces every woman should own. I loved this book. It includes things ranging from an A-line dress to Converse Sneakers to a sarong. It also includes interesting little details and suggestions on each item.

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These two books are truly the best fashion books I have read so far. I have a few others on my list to buy, and can’t wait to read them. And I’m sure I’ll be giving my opinion on those as well. But honestly, any woman looking for a little guidance, or even someone who simply loves fashion, should definitely own these books.

Well, I suppose that’s all for now….until next time!

Celeste