Remember in the movie Grease when Sandy (I think it was Sandy) said she couldn’t go out on a Saturday night because she had to wash her hair? My excuse is the PR budget end-of-year hell I have to finish before I leave for Palm Beach on Monday. But, like any self-respecting procrastinator, I decided a post on how to pack for a trip was WAY more urgent. I blame @frenchcoral for the suggestion.
My Top 10 Packing/Travel Rules:
1. Think about where you are going & what your vacation “theme” should be. Are you preppy? tropical? nyc urban meets a hot place? etc. etc. Picking a fashion theme creates an easy filter by which you can edit your wardrobe into the perfect vacation capsule.
2. Count the nights vs. days. Ok this may sound obvious but sometimes it’s easy to forget what the days actually mean clothing wise.
3. Mentally start packing by what you would need to wear to breakfast, lunch and dinner and imagine each outfit to completion.
4. Keep you day look easy and minimal so you really feel like a rockstar at night.
5. Always assume it will be cooler at night. If you’re smart you’ll have your DKNY Cozy right by your side. With the more than 12 ways to wear it, you can pretty much look different every night when you’re cold. Oh and it will be your BEST plane friend ever. Don’t know what the cozy is? Click here.
6. I don’t care what amazing manicure you think you get- but breaking news, sunblock takes off nail polish, so bring the polish for touch ups. There is nothing worse than chipped nail polish.
7. Pack your toiletries and cosmetics the day you are leaving. Pack AS you use them. This way you won’t forget anything because you just did your routine instead of trying to remember what you use for your routine.
8. Make a list the night before of everything that is yet to be packed because you still need it. The usual culprits are the blow dryer (wait you didn’t think I actually would depend on a hotel blow dryer right?) and your chargers. *Always check for chargers in the outlets before checking out to. I have forgotten WAY too many.
9. Always share your exact travel plans with someone who is not going on the trip. #SafetyFirst
10. Never play the “I’ll get it when I get there game”. You will lose.
Is Asking About Growth Opportunity On An Interview A Deal Breaker?
To make a long-ish story short, we are hiring a new PR Coordinator. While interviewing CandidateX (who has been out of college a year), I asked the typical “do you have any questions?” question. She replied, “Yes. Is there room for growth?”.
Umm ok there are two schools of thought here. My initial reaction was: ok you have barely held a job so let’s focus on the position you are currently TRYING to land. Get the job and prove yourself above and beyond the “job description” and then we can discuss “growth”. To me, CandidateX sounded like she was eyeing the next step before she took the first step. I also weighed this question against the time spent at her last job which was a year and a bit.
CM in my office had another thought. Hers was that she wants to stay somewhere for the long haul and wants to know there’s an opportunity to do so here.
I asked one of our Human Resources executives and she had an immediate response: “That’s a very generational response. The younger generations expect to get what they want when they want it and if they don’t, they move on to the next.” She also explained to me that this is the first time ever there are four generations in the workforce. Wow love a good fact!
I know if you google “what to ask on a job interview”, asking about growth is a typical question, but is it time to rewrite the rules? Which camp do you sit in and please do tell me if you are the interviewer or the interviewee?
I’m a huge fan of the show Mad Men. Besides the amazing writing and character development, the wardrobe is perfection.
Why? Not because I love every fabric or even every design, but because every “look” is done to the nines. It’s what I like to call “proper” dressing.
If I could live in an era where proper dressing was required, I’d be a really happy camper. But alas I don’t, so I try to incorporate that “posh” dressing mentality into my style anyway.
Bows, ruffles, defined waists and of course 50’s inspired circle skirts are nothing short of divine- always have been, always will be. There is a sensuality to proper dressing that is underrated powerful.
For Donna Karan PreFall 2012, Donna basically designed some looks that will go down in my fashion memory as perfect. Nothing quite knocks ‘em dead like an impeccably styled look complete with an exaggerated bow belt. But to make it even better, the bow belts are in fact closed pockets. Come February fashion week I promise you will see me working the shows with my iphone and BlackBerry in each half of those oversized j’amazing bows.
What I love about Donna is that she can be inspired by Haiti one minute and then back in a penthouse on Park Avenue the next. She called this collection Wo-Man because she believes there is a man in every woman. Plays on the masculine and feminine work throughout this collection, but for me it’s all woman and I just can’t wait to play dress up in real life.
It’s a an engagement race and it can be pretty exhausting if you let it consume you.
The other night @stephkornblum tweeted a link on Social Media Today about Klout. Stuff that they may or may not be doing with the information they gather from having access to our accounts. When I read it, I began to really think-
For the past few months when I would glance every once in a while at the account it really irked me. On one hand, it hit the nail on many heads. On the other, it was so way off base it bothered me. Some people Klout said I was “influenced by” I didn’t even know. It said I was in expert in things like “horror” which was sort of ridiculous (note to self: stop tweeting words like DYING). It would tell me if I was more or less influential. It drove me crazy. Bottom line, it made me question my performance in a way I don’t need to, because here’s a newsflash, I’m not in school anymore and p.s. I don’t miss report cards.
So after reading the social media today article I decided to revoke Klout’s access from my account. Why? Pretty much because I was tired of being graded in such a subjective, random way only an algorithm could conjure up. What’s more is that I started being way too excited when someone gave me a +K on something. It was time to take a vacation from Klout.
Within a few minutes of me tweeting that I revoked access, Klout’s Senior Marketing Manager tweeted me to see if we could discuss what I was upset about and if there was any way they could help. Impressive social media response. Well, basically fix the above. The analysis is flawed and what’s bad about that is the seriousness by which people are starting to weigh a Klout score. In my opinion, right now we’re playing high school superlatives but in the real world. No bueno.
Since I have revoked access I’ll admit I’m slightly bummed when I see +K’s about me that probably won’t even count. And every time I get an email from Klout about perks I’m due, I do think twice. It’s out there. I’m in here. I’m not entirely sure how long I’ll stay on my Klout vacation, but for the moment I feel free of judgment and it feels pretty liberating. Oh waiter, I’ll have another and this time don’t forget the little umbrella.
Klout is like the driver sign on the school bus that reads “How am I doing?”. But you never asked and they told you anyway and they told a lot of other people too. I think Klout is a brilliant concept but I think with brilliance comes responsibility. I believe Klout can do better in owning up to it’s methodology. Oh and p.s. Klout, if you are selling our information, please stop. That’s so last season.
What do you think? What does @Klout need to do to improve?
This is a anxiety-inducing question for many, but yet the answer is so simple. You need to dress as if you actually HAVE that job. So, if you are interviewing for a brand, dress in the spirit of that brand. The person sitting across from you needs to be able to picture you in that role. So make it easy. They say never judge a book by its cover, but we all know the cover counts. Make sure your outfit works for you, not against you.
DO I HAVE TO MAJOR IN FASHION OR COMMUNICATIONS TO GET A JOB IN PR?
Nope. I graduated with a BS in Neurobiology & Physiology. Get a good education and make sure your internships are in your area of career interest. They are the stepping stones to a job in that field. My story:
DOES DONNA KARAN OFFER INTERNSHIPS?
YES! Generally for school credit. To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org and yes we consider international students.