Monday, April 13, 2015

Outfit: A Spring Sunday

I know I keep saying it, but Spring Is Here! This weekend would have been absolutely perfect if it weren't for some virus that kept making me feel horrible and the huge amount of work I had to get done. I experienced most of the beautiful weather by sitting by an open window, but I finally got out for a bit on Sunday! While I don't particularly love the Gramercy/Murray Hill area, I do love walking around Gramercy Park. It's so quiet compared to the rest of the city and now that it's spring you can hear the birds chirping!

Now, can we talk about my shoes? I'm obsessed with them and find basically any excuse to break them out now that it's warm enough. Now the back story... I found these perfect peep toe booties at a Bloomingdales outlet while home for Winter Break. I walked skipped around the store basically beaming with these adorable shoes on until my mom came up to me and said I would never end up wearing them. As much as I want to deny it, my mom is usually right about what I will and won't wear, but this time I decided to ignore her. The $35 price tag (I lucked out with an extra extra discount) was just too perfect and I had to have these shoes. Flash forward 4 months and for once my mom was wrong. I've already worn these booties out at night and during the day! While they aren't appropriate for playing tourist and walking for miles, they are perfect for summer brunching or a night out with friends. 

Wearing: unknown trench (borrowed from a friend, but now I'm in love and need my own!), Forever 21 tee,  Gap jeans (similar), Lucky Brand booties, Rebecca Minkoff bag, Timex watch


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Caroline's Covets N.4 Shopbop Sale

Warm carefree months feel so close now that it's getting warmer outside. Buds are popping up on trees everywhere and the warm wind keeps reminding me that real winter isn't coming back. At the beginning of every season I love to take advantage of sales like the Shopbop sale because you can get new pieces without having to spend full price. Instead of waiting until the end of the season when sizes are often gone or everyone else already has your favorite pair of sandals, you can get your favorite pieces right now. 

Shopbop always has my favorite feminine pieces, no matter what the season. While looking through the newest additions to the site I couldn't help be be drawn to lacy pieces with fun cuts. I already know that my go-to look as the weather warms up is casual BF jeans with a lace top and pretty flats. Plus, what would an installment of Caroline's Covets be without a few striped pieces :) 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Outfit: B&W Floral

Today is definitely a catch up day for me. After a busy weekend academically combined with Easter this week is going to be all about catching up on work and fitting in sleep wherever possible. However, getting to leave the city for a 24 hour trip to Long Island for Easter was a nice break from the craziness. 

I love any excuse to wear a pretty dress, and now that it's spring I plan on wearing them all.the.time. When I found this dress at LOFT last week for 50% I knew I had to get it for Easter. In an ideal world I'd be tan and able to wear a white lacy dress for the holiday, but the reality is I'm months away from a real tan. So, wearing a black and white dress (with a but of blush mixed in) was the perfect compromise. Plus, I was just thankful that the weather actually stayed nice and I wasn't freezing with my bare legs. 

I hope you all had wonderful holiday weekends, and good luck to those of you who are back to reality today! Just five more days until the weekend :)

Wearing: LOFT dress*, Nine West heels, Urban Outfitters blazer (very old), Marc by Marc Jacobs watch
*I'm 5'4" and bought this dress in petite because the regular sizes felt too long


Friday, April 3, 2015

Inspired to Work

The main reason for my trip to DC last weekend was to attend the GWU Women in Business Spring Conference. I am a huge fan of attending conferences and panels whenever possible because not only will you usually gain knowledge about the industry you want to go into, but I'm always re-inspired to go out and work for what I really want. As far as conferences go, this one was probably the most inspiring so far, so I thought I would share a few things I learned throughout the day. 
The opening keynote was Aliza Licht, who you might know better as DKNY PR Girl, Aliza really was the start to the fashion industry on social media which means she really knows what it means to build a brand (both for yourself and a company) through social media. The most interesting she said (which all you bloggers will appreciate) was that she has never had a content calendar because she believes that creating one would be like going into a conversation with notecards, a really stupid plan. 

As she went more into personal branding Aliza said that you really have to step back and take a hard look at yourself on social media. Your profile picture, bio, and posts are all incredibly important to building your personal brand, so you should align these things with what you want people to think of you. Align what you think of yourself with what others think of you. I couldn't get enough of her advice, which was why it was amazing when we all received advanced copies of her book, Leave Your Mark. I've been flying through the pages as fast as my school schedule will allow.

Jumping to the end of the day, the closing keynote was Gillian Gorman Round, President of The Lucky Group. Gill has had one of the most interesting careers starting in beauty in the UK and ending up in fashion media in the US. Hands down, the best piece of advice she said was to always keep your hands dirty. Work the hardest and don't expect a thank you or a good job and you will succeed. Us millennial are seen to be somewhat arrogant and self-important. While that isn't true for everyone out there it is the stereotype and we do have to fight it. By working the hard jobs (retail, waitressing, etc) and showing you have worked hard for something you disprove the belief that this generation is entitled and do better because of it. That's all a bit serious (and you could tell the room was a bit freaked out), but at the end of her keynote Gill reminded everyone that you still need to have fun. If it isn't fun then what you're doing probably isn't right for you and it's ok that you haven't figured it out yet. 

Overall, the conference was just an amazing experience and I give a lot of props to the committee that put it together. I really think (outside of actual work experience) the best way to figure out what you want to do and then figure out the best way to get there is to always attend opportunities like this conference. You never know if in one of these panels you'll find a completely new career path that is the perfect one for you.  


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Exploring Georgetown

I can't believe it's been a week since I last posted. I'm just hoping you didn't all forget about me? If you follow along on instagram though you know that the reason I've been absent is my trip to DC this past weekend. I went down for the GWU Women in Business conference that turned out to be absolutely spectacular (more on that to come!). 

My friend Cheyenne and I arrived on Friday afternoon and after checking into our hotel we quickly headed over to Georgetown for a bit of exploring. Somehow, even though it had been overcast all day, the sun came out and the temperatures jumped as soon as we got there. Of course we did a bit of shopping (Anthropologie, J.Crew, and BCBG were on our must do list), but the real attraction was the beautiful brownstones. 

If you know anything about me you know I love the West Village and beautiful townhouses there, and Georgetown is just as amazing. The combination of ivy and patriotic pops of color was absolutely perfect. As soon as I found a house with a flag I knew I had to get a picture with it. Of course I"ll always be loyal to New York, but I could definitely see myself walking through the streets of Georgetown everyday. 

I'll be sharing more about my experience at the business conference later this week, so make sure to check back!
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