I used to think that I had to read the magazines and watch the fashion shows in order to be inspired. But the truth is you can love fashion and still not get inspired by that. I live in LA, where everything is about what celebrity is wearing what, and who shops where. It’s a city that is stifled by celebrities, trends and gossip. Some people thrive in that environment, and although I work in the fashion industry (in downtown La) the culture does absolutely nothing for me. Too a certain extent I have to stay in sync with the trends because my job requires it; but it’s not what motivates me every day and I’ve never been the type to wear something just because “all the celebrities are”. You can stay fashionable and still never pick up a fashion mag or watch a runway show. Fashion is a form of expression; and when you read those mags and what those shows all you are doing Is seeing what the designer is expressing; don’t feel pressured to wear their inspiration. Do what works for you! If it inspires you..great and if it doesn’t then move on.

Hope this inspires you!

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I recently just graduated with a Bachelor’s in Apparel Merchandising and a Minor in Marketing; which was the highlight of my winter. But then afterward’s the reality hit of having to find a J.O.B. which turned out to be wayyyy harder than I thought. I graduated on Dec 20th and it took me exactly one month to find a job. Now for most that isn’t a long time but staying at home with nothing to do drove me crazy!. I went from working (on campus), sorority life, and school; to having absolutely nothing. After 2 weeks of searching I realized I was going to have to start getting creative in order to find something. So here are a few tips that I learned along the way.

  1. Make a list of your must haves( I had 5), and set a date at which you are willing to give up at least one or two of those must haves. ( the things that you are willing to compromise when you’ve hit 3 months of unemployment, etc)
  2. Think of all the hobbies, jobs etc that you have ever done that you could picture yourself building a career in. I had 3!
  3. Think outside the box on how to actually apply to these jobs. I landed my job (as a Sales Assistant at Hudson) by simply emailing someone that worked there and asking them if they were hiring. I attached my resume and two days later they called me back. I know some people like to think that the days of knocking on doors and asking if people are hiring are dead and gone but they aren’t. And they don’t just apply to mall jobs. In my industry I applied to corporate, and showrooms. Anything and everything that had an email had my resume!.

I’ll wrap this up here so as to not make things to long; but I will say the key to being truly successful is to think outside the box! Everyone is applying to those same jobs listed on LinkedIn or Monster. Use your time off(unemployed or as a student) to really reflect on what you want and how to get it!

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