July 28, 2014

Sunkissin Sundress

Lovers + Friends Dress
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Dress - Lovers + Friends

Drop waist dresses have become a favorite silhouette as of late and this one by Lovers + Friends, albeit old, grossly embodies everything I look for in a summer dress - it's too bad that I don't wear it enough. The fluted hem, loose form, citron hue, and silky lace concoction feels as exquisite on as it looks.

July 26, 2014

King of Candles

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I've been watching these candles season after season trying to justify spending $60 on a single candle, but couldn't ever bring myself to it. It never really made sense because I'm not one with a natural affinity for candles anyway. That was until now... I basically waited for what seemed like forever to get my hands on these and I finally justified my purchase by taking advantage of the Diptyque sets from Nordstrom's semi-annual sale. Despite being a splurge, I made sure it was the only purchase from my ever-favorite #NSALE. I picked the set with Feu de Bois and Tubereuse based on the reviews, but kinda wish I chose Baies and Figuier...maybe next time.

First impressions - The candles come in this pretty amazing box that's plainly constructed out of some luxurious substance. It even feels too magnifique to open. And the goodies inside take the splendor to a whole new level. The candles come placed in boxes that are individually wrapped to perfection and as an added bonus, they throw in two free accessories that I'm still unsure of what to do with as of now. The scent of these candles are so pleasantly strong you can distinctly smell them before they even come out of their boxes. What makes these candles especially unique is the fragrance - very herbal-esque but in a very cozy, elegant way - it's definitely not your typical Yankee/Bath & Body Works aroma, which makes me an instant advocate. I haven't had the opportunity to light up the candles yet so I can't say how the whiff will flitter around. Those little luxuries just sitting out though is convincing enough that I'll need more.

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July 25, 2014

Retail Fashion Survival

What You Give Power To Has Power Over You
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It's been silent here on the blog, but I started to think a weekly review of this Executive Trainee program was going to put you to sleep since amazing things aren't happening daily. I also needed to let this fashion situation sink in a little bit, but I've been at Belk a good 7 weeks now and think I have a pretty good handle on what it's really like to work in a buying office, let alone the fashion industry.

First off, the rumors about the industry hold true to some extent - you don't really understand what people are talking about until you experience it firsthand and I think intense is a pretty good way to describe it. Intense because of the competition, deadlines, sales pressure, and the load of work that needs to be done with the limited amount of people that can do it. There are herds of individuals looking to permeate the fashion world all the time and they are super competitive. The advanced positions in relation to the pack coming in are much less available - that alone should give you a good idea of the territory you're looking to enter. I'm not saying that kind, genuine people don't exist..I'm just noting the reality of the cut-throat environment. The good thing is because of this industry's nature, the cream of the crop quickly and easily rises to the top. You'll know immediately whether or not you suck and those above you have no problem telling you exactly what they think. Yes, Devil Wears Prada - similar but not that extreme and exaggerated. You will probably feel like Anne Hathaway though.

The perks of being in the industry are obviously the discounts (and they're topnotch here at Belk), initial exposure to new product before the masses, and the ability to wear your true style. The challenges you have to work through will also grow you as an individual.

In the end, it's most important to keep in mind that you're in charge of yourself and though it might suck to have to ask someone who seemingly doesn't want to help (most people won't want to help), it's temporary - you still must ask! As someone whose patience is pretty much nonexistent, I can honestly say you will learn to be patient. It is what you make it.

This post shouldn't lead to you believe that I don't like working in retail fashion because I do love all the different things I get exposed to from data analysis to merchandise reviews, styling, and advertising. Although challenging, it's truly the perfect blend of business and fashion, analysis and creativity for me.

July 24, 2014

All Around Eyewear - The Beacon

Warby Parker The Beacon Collection

If you haven't already heard of Warby Parker, you've definitely been missing out - it's pretty much your go-to destination for premium eyewear at reasonable-beyond-belief prices (plus free shipping). But, even more exciting is its newly released Beacon Collection, which was inspired by life's endless possibilities. The pieces are pretty much perfect for any occasion from dawn to dusk. See for yourself.

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While both eyeglasses and sunglasses were curated for The Beacon Collection, I easily gravitated towards the sunnies especially the styles shown below. The masterminds at Warby Parker definitely updated these classic shapes through the amalgamation of color and heavy framework, which ultimately resulted in quintessential, modern accessories that will undoubtedly stand the test of time. I can't help but love the density of the Ingram (in all black) - this is a true classic and all-around winner for me. It's something I wouldn't hesitate to pull out year-round. And although I've never been on the colored-frame bandwagon, that Nancy (in yellow) has my sights begging for color in this summer heat. The slightly tinted blue lens x tortoise frame combo is a clear option for the fashion-forward if that's your game. It should be obvious now that regardless of your style and personality, finding something that flatters you should certainly be easy peasy. Warby Parker The Beacon Sunglasses
Ingram (Revolver Black) / Nancy (Yellow) / Ingram (Tiger Tortoise)

Check out the rest of the collection here for yourself and don't forget, for every pair of glasses sold, Warby Parker distributes a pair to someone in need through its non-profit partners.

Caveat: While I was approached to help introduce this collection, I was NOT compensated nor did I receive product in return for this post. All opinions are my own.

June 21, 2014

Belk Merchandising Program - Week 3 Recap

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Third week was much more enthralling than the previous weeks since there was a much heavier emphasis on actual merchandise versus numbers. I went to various advertising meetings, learned how clothing and vendors get selected and placed in mailers, lookbooks, and the like. There seems to be something about touching and organizing physical goods that continuously entices me even if it's for a much mature audience. I have to say, I never thought it'd be so difficult "styling" and buying for a completely different customer - something I have not yet mastered...I was also impressed with the level of involvement (on style selections) at all levels of management, basically up to the CEO.

Towards the end of the week, I was working heavily on visual stuff, e.g. organizing merchandise and planograms for new items hitting the floor next month for a particular brand. I actually went to the store and physically assisted with transitioning items in and out as well as re-dressing mannequins - fun stuff.

Note to self: Must do better than once a week.