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.

Warby Parker The Beacon Collection
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

What's coming is better than what is gone
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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.

June 16, 2014

Belk Merchandising Program - Week 2 Recap

Stay Patient and Trust Your Journey
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So my 2nd week of training consisted of classroom time focusing on Belk's Pricing System, which is probably irrelevant to you all. Anywhere you go, you'll get systems training, and despite being a pretty significant foundation, can be a little redundant especially when you're just "clicking" around using unreal situations - but that's the nature of corporate America...

We also took a little field trip to Belk's distribution center in South Carolina, which was very eye-opening to see its operations. Supply chain is always a complex topic that never ceases to amaze me and I believe they've evolved massively over the last few years. Afterwards, we visited one of their smaller stores which didn't exude that department store energy...not much to say/see there besides the fact that the brands available were much less compared to their flagship store(s) and that its visual merchandising was kinda reminiscent of Kohls. Reporting back next week...

June 8, 2014

Belk Merchandising Program - Week 1 Recap

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Monday ended my little break from working, which also meant that my merchandising path commenced. Day 1 honestly felt very strange for me to be drowning in a pool of several new college graduates since that was a long four years ago for me. My Executive Trainee class consisted of 13 individuals - 11 with a merchandising path. We had all been placed in specific buying offices. This would be "Women's Separates" for me. The Buying Team in my office was not shy about putting me to work immediately, which was a bit unexpected but the ideal learning environment for me. This mostly consisted of spreadsheets/excel-type clerical work.

On Day 3, we toured Belk's flagship store at South Park Mall, which wasn't the first time I'd seen it as I'm a local. However, I was appalled to see that they started carrying Theory (for women) which I absolutely love and thanks to their awesome employee discounts, I'll be sure to pick up a few things soon. That tour was likely the most intriguing thing we did this week aside from immersing ourselves in the retail fashion business. I will say that there is definitely far more math involved in a merchandise buyer role than I expected and that this is definitely an ever-changing, kind-of-hard to grasp industry. There's not a lot of clear cut direction(s), which can feel overwhelming and very demanding.

Anyway, I would categorize this as a typical work week anyone would experience at a large corporation (aka paperwork, signatures, benefits, work hours, Q&A, etc). I'll be sure to document as I flit along this program (ends in September).

June 7, 2014

Natural Vibes

Nars Douceur Blush, Nars Satin Lip Pencil - Biscayne Park, Dior Creme de Rose Lip Balm

I picked up a few essentials that really channel the fresher, natural vibe I've been after this summer. And if you've been paying attention to the industry, you'd know that the MLBB thing is really it at the moment - not that I'm all for what's trending, but I just can't ever wear a bold lip well so this Biscayne Park by Nars has really been my go-to. It's just the epitome of MLBB. I use it layered on top of Dior's Creme de Rose. I was initially drawn to the Creme de Rose because of the beautiful, milky pink tint that happens to transpose beautifully on the lips. Hydrating? Yes - but not in the same manner as Smith's Rosebud Salve - I'd say Dior's definitely feels less noticeable on. So for anyone who hates the effect most lipbalms have (sticky, tacky, glossy, petroleum-esque texture), you'd love the Dior one.

As far as cheeks, Nar's Douceur has given me the most natural flush. It's super pigmented and I'd regard it superior to Tarte's Exposed. If I could only wear one blush forever, this would be it!

Makeup aside, in my bag has been this Alexander Wang clutch/wallet from a few seasons ago that I utterly love. Its multi-use capability makes it that much more worth it. I know, irrelevant, but I had to share. Have a great weekend. :)