September 28, 2014

Signs of Fall

Novel Ave
Novel Ave

It's finally starting to feel a bit like fall and thank God 'cause I was in need of something refreshing - the crisp weather was a good start. And sometimes, a reconnect with nature for just a few minutes does the trick.

September 12, 2014

Belk Merchandising Program - Conclusion

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via Pinterest

Today concludes Belk's Merchant Executive Trainee Program and yes, I've been placed....I probably should've mentioned this in the beginning, but basically when you start, you're thrown into a buying office to learn about what buyers & planners do to drive a business. You're expected to immerse yourself in the business to learn and perform the daily tasks of an assistant buyer and planner without a lot of structure while attending training classes. After three months, you have the option to become an assistant buyer, assistant planner, or assistant product manager (private brands). The caveat with this is that you have to interview to get placed and that also means you're not guaranteed the position of your preference.

I felt that the effectiveness of the program ultimately depended on the office in which you were placed to train - I was lucky in that I worked with some very supportive individuals. My favorite aspect of the program was being able to see my work come to fruition especially in the realm of advertising and planograms. Overall, I would recommend anyone interested in retail/merchandising to apply to Belk - I see it as a growing company being led by very strong, intelligent people - it's not always a perfect world, but no where is...

If you're wondering, I interviewed for an assistant buyer position in our Contemporary Office (which buys Theory, French Connection, Marc Jacobs, Desigual, Free People, and that sorta cool stuff), but I wasn't selected...I think that ended up working out in my favor. I actually got placed as an assistant planner in our Juniors' Bottoms office and I think I'll enjoy the fast fashion aspect of that. I believe this program has really reinforced the importance of always being very open-minded even if you end up somewhere you don't want to be...Belk seems to do a very good job of letting people cross different paths. I know I'll eventually be on the merchant (buying) side, but for now, I'm really going to immerse myself in planning and I feel pretty confident that this foundation will make me stronger wherever in the future.

August 25, 2014

Transitional

TopShop Denim Shirt

Denim shirt-TopShop, Skirt-Zara, Hat-Forever21

Really really can't wait for fall albeit kinda despising this transitional weather at the moment. It's been really really hectic at the office and I'm just so beat when I get home, meaning not a lot of time to update and such. Anyhow, can you believe we're basically in September?! This Merchandising Program ends in about 2 weeks for me and then I get thrown into the ocean to sink or swim. It's been an exciting journey, but at the same time, I'm ready to do this.

August 16, 2014

Short Story

Marc Jacobs Shorts
Marc Jacobs Shorts

As I mentioned before, working in a buying office comes with benefits and one of those benefits is discounts, which is nice because it really allows me to focus on affordable, high-quality, classic garments (Note: Previous post). The primary example at the moment is these shorts by Marc Jacobs. Prior to my merchandising life, I'd probably never imagine buying perfectly crafted paper bag shorts - my attempts have consisted of Urban Outfitters, HM, Forever 21, and TopShop, which all failed in the fit & quality department. It always feels like the simplest pieces are the hardest to find and when you do find it, the execution is poorly done.

These Marc Jacob shorts easily stand out because the heavier fabric and the structure that it keeps even when donning. I love this particular style because it feels a little menswear and tailored, making it a perfect transitional piece. So there you have it, one more item on my closet bucket list checked off.

August 9, 2014

Uninspired

Fishnet dress
Zara mesh dress
Slip dress + Fishnet Pullover-Zara

Rant// Lately, I've been feeling completely uninspired and trite when it comes to shopping, styling, and ultimately fashion blogging, which kinda sucks because style was the cornerstone of my inspiration for ever blogging. Seeing how fast fast-fashion has become is pretty much making me ill and the even faster consuming behavior of fashion bloggers is only elevating the illness. Oh and not just in fashion blogging, but also beauty blogging - how wasteful it is to constantly purchase products you'll seemingly never finish. I guess it's really the concept of carelessly wasting that's making me sick. I've gradually become a victim of consumerism over the years especially under the influence of living vicariously through certain fashion blogs and having that unending desire for shit I don't need. What makes it worse is that now I'm in the industrie and I see the marketing/advertising efforts of getting the masses to spend, spend, spend and on top of that constantly luring people to open credit cards they probably cannot even afford. Also, seeing people in the office coming in talking about buyer's remorse (or regret of not buying) is just becoming quite overwhelming - I don't really want to be in that sea. I can't be the only one who sees this though - right?

Now opening my eyes and heart to knowing that I'm completely against "consumerism" and wasteful spending, I'm determined to dedicate my blog to developing good consumer habits that are completely paradoxical of the populace going forward. The first thing I did last week was return all the shit I ordered from the sales of Shopbop, Revolve Clothing, and Zara. It's a pretty inconvenient time right now since fall is surely upon us, but seriously guys, it's time to shop smarter...