Friday, August 29, 2008

The week before

This time next week I'll be winding down my first day in New York. I've spent the past several days getting everything ready: I've made my Web site, ordered business cards, gone shopping. But I haven't spent enough time doing possibly the most important thing: researching. I love and respect fashion, but I don't know nearly enough about it. So for the next week I'm going to cram my brain with as many names and collections as possible, so maybe, just maybe, I'll know what I'm talking about when I get there.

I'm really afraid of not knowing enough. I'm so green, and I'm scared that will shine way too much. As I was feeling insecure tonight, I realized that I must not let that insecurity show when I get there. Even if I don't feel comfortable with a task, I need to complete it with earnest and confidence. People can smell fear, especially the people in fashion.

But what really delighted me as I was watching videos of runway shows and reading reviews was that I really really loved it. I didn't surprised that I loved it, that I already knew, but I was glad to see that I loved it so much that it turned around my whole day. I didn't have the best day today, all of my plans fell through, so I ended up staying in tonight. I wasn't initially happy about it, but now I am. Everything happens for a reason.

I have so many emotions flying around in me about this trip. I'm excited above all things, but I'm also nervous, scared and really worried. This is such a big deal. It's New York Fashion Week, for christ sakes. The Super Bowl of fashion. And I can't believe I'm going to be there. Not only am I going to be there, I'm going to be a part of it. Even if it's just in a small way. I just want to make the best impression on the most amount of people possible. I'm going to meet a lot of important people in fashion, and the worst thing that could happen is if I end up on their bad sides.

I won't let that happen. I can't. I've never been afraid of hard work before, and I'm not now. I'm so eager to learn, so even if I don't know enough as I should when I get there, maybe someone will teach me. You have to start somewhere, right?

Six days and counting ...

Friday, August 22, 2008

Plan B

I came to a crossroad of sorts this week. I realized that my original plan to move to New York by December just won't work. My main source of money to move was going to come from the sale of my car, but a quick call to Carmax to find the payoff of it quickly changed that. Turns out, I owe more on my car than it's worth. I was hoping to get about $5,000 from it, and then about $1,000 from my furniture to have a nice buffer of $6,000 to move with. That hope was gone.

So after about an hour of panicking, I came up with a Plan B:

My lease is up in December, and I'm going to move back into my parent's place in Orlando. I'm hoping to get some kind of retail job during the day, and a serving job at night and will basically work as much as possible without having to pay rent and utilities. The next fashion week is the first week of February, so I'm hoping to do the same kind of thing I'm going to do in a couple weeks, either another internship or hopefully a paid position if I really blow them away this time. I want to have enough saved to move in March, that way I'll be coming off the work I did in February.

The more I think about it, the more I think this is a better plan anyway. I was feeling really rushed about moving in December, and this way I can take my time and do it right. I'll also have more experience on my resume with working another fashion week, and it should be easier to get a job right when I get there. Hopefully I'll do such a fabulous job in February that I'll have an offer waiting. Who knows.

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Roll with the punches ... add any other feel-good cliches here.

What if all shoes were created equal?

This post could really be applied to all clothes, but for the sake of keeping things simple, I'm going to focus on shoes.

A couple weeks ago I was wasting time on my day off at Target. I didn't really need anything, but I hadn't been to Target in a while, so what the hay. I was browsing through their shoe department and came across a pair of flower-printed close-toed sling-back wedges. My immediate reaction was, "Wow, those are hideous." But then I saw the price tag: They were on sale for $5. $5!

Suddenly my first impression changed. Even if I only wore them a couple times, it would be worth $5, right? I had a couple tops that matched the purple in the print. Needless to say, I bought the hideous shoes, along with another pair that were also on sale for $5.

But this got me to thinking, what if all shoes were to cost the same? I bought these shoes because they were on sale, but this could also pertain to the flip side of the price range. Why do people spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars on Jimmy Choo's or Manolo Blahnik's? Yes, they are gorgeous and extremely well made, but let's be honest girls, you buy them for the name. You want people to know you can afford those kinds of shoes.

So what if we lined up all the cheap shoes from Target and other discount stores next to the super-expensive shoes, and let's say you couldn't tell who made what. What shoes would you pick? What would the high-end socialites think if they chose a discount shoe? Would that make them change their ways and start shopping at Target?

That's doubtful, but you get my point. I totally changed my mind about a pair of shoes based solely on their low price, while some people solely buy a pair of shoes because of their high price. What if all shoes were created equal?

Friday, August 8, 2008

Quick post

So I've decided to quit the fashion sales job. Not because of the people or the line, but because of the schedule. I severly underestimated the lack of sleep and a social life a 72-hour work week brings. I know, it's only been a week, but that's enough time.

I got a few calls last week from some part time jobs that I applied for that are closer to my house, hopefully they're still hiring.

In other news, the fashion week countown has begun: 27 days!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Fashion news

I've had a pretty busy week in fashion news: The big news was that I was offered an internship with In Touch Weekly. However, I couldn't take it because I don't live in New York yet. But Michelle said that they also have a spring internship so hopefully I'll be able to take it then.

I also got a second job in sales for a clothing company called Nilla Shields.

In smaller news, I bought two pairs of shoes from Target for $5 each. They're really cute, but after less than half an hour of wearing them I realized why they were $5. A blog about that is to come shortly.

Stay fabulous, Florida.