Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Denim darling

Jeans from Liu Jo / Black sweater from Forever 21 / Green plaid scarf from TJ Maxx 

Let me preface this post by saying that I hate wearing jeans. On a cold winter day, after dragging myself out of the coziness of bed, the last thing I want to do is squish myself into stiff, uncomfortable jeans. 

I received this pair of Liu Jo jeans from their contest on twitter. Admittedly, I wanted these jeans mostly out of curiosity. When these Liu Jo jeans are from Italy and retail at over $100, how do they compare to my cheap denim? Now, they're not amazingly comfortable, but I do notice a difference in the fit. They don't sag in awkward places and they're not so tight that they cut off circulation in others. It's a perfect fit everywhere. And I also really like how they're on trend with the whole "distressed denim" look, but while still remaining subtle and tasteful. So if I absolutely have to wear jeans this season, it's going to be this pair. 

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Giveaway & tips for breaking into a fashion career

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ANN INC. for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Only a few months ago, I was a new grad looking for a job. I was fortunate to find a job that I love relatively quickly. But the pain and struggles of job searching are still really fresh, which is why I'm happy to this guide on what worked for my job hunt.

1. Know What You Want

I'm not telling you to know exactly what you want. Have an idea of what industry you want and what you want to do there. If you said, "I want to be in fashion", it's a start, but where in fashion? Are you a designer? Better with customer service? Do you want to work behind the scenes? Would you want to analyze sales numbers? Or create marketing campaigns? All this is just the tip of the iceberg. This way, you have a better idea of which direction to search. 

Don't quite know yet? Why not check out a career resource site like http://www.anncareers.com/corporate. Their job listing tool is easy to use and lists both corporate and store jobs available. Did you know that you could be a R&D Coordinator in Fabrics? Or a Digital User Experience Manager? Yeah, you've got options!

2. Be Realistic and Know Your Worth

Yes, the job search is going to suck a bit. And maybe you need a part-time retail job to weather the storm in the meantime. But you don't have to settle for an absolutely horrible job just because people say you have to "pay your dues" as a stepping stone to a great career. Look at your options. If you can work hard, collaborate with others, and have a great attitude, you deserve to be in a respectful and enjoyable environment with like-minded people. With a simple Google search, you can find plenty of information on what past and current employees have to say about their experiences at a company. Or take it from the experts - in this case, ANN INC. is the only fashion retailer to receive a Gallup Great Workplace Award. I'd say that's a pretty good indicator that it's a great option to strive for.

2. Research

Sometimes, the answer is right in front of you if you look for it. A company mission statement or philosophy can tell you a lot about what kind of person they're looking for and if you'd enjoy the environment. When you already know what a company wants, it's a lot easier to tailor your resume and go into an interview with confidence.

For example, even a quick glance at ANN INC's website tells us that they value confidence, passion, leadership, and bringing forward employees that can help women to feel their best. With such a strong focus on people, there's also good potential that you'd be in a comfortable environment with potential to move up. ANN INC also frequently updates their Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with job alerts, tips, and style inspiration so you can stay in the know.

Are you ANN INC.’s next must-have? Start a career with ANN INC. today!

To help kickstart your fashion career, ANN INC is offering you a $25 gift card to its stores (Ann Taylor, The Loft, Lou & Grey). Don't forget that making a great first impression is also important, which is a lot easier when you feel great inside and outside. Just follow the Rafflecopter below to enter! *Open to US citizens only.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Giveaway: Win eyewear of any style

Let me cut to the chase. My vision is getting terrible and I'm starting to see the reality that I'll need to wear glasses all the time. The only comfort I have is that glasses are more socially acceptable nowadays and that I can pick out a nice pair for everyday use. When I went to see my optometrist to try on some new frames, he pretty much laughed at me for owning a pair that didn't really suit me. So when your optometrist laughs at you, you know it's time to update to a trendier pair. Don't be me...get better glasses.

In the spirit, I'm giving away a free pair of Firmoo glasses. Lots of styles to choose from, and even an option to try the glasses onto a custom photo of yourself to ease your worries of getting a pair online. Even if you already own a pair, I like the idea of having a spare pair to keep around. And of course, it's a great opportunity to experiment with a new look.

The giveaway will run until November 18, then I'll contact the winner, who will have until the end of this month to pick out a new pair. Good luck!
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