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Yikes & Yays

Yikes: I got a new hairstyle and it’s not turning out the way I want it too. Thinking about changing it.
Yay: I have some new exciting job opportunities coming up. Hopefully everything will be situated in a few weeks!

Currently on in the In The Grey

I recently wrote a post about my experience as a freelancer in the fashion industry and IFB decided to feature my post!
I don’t want to buy any new clothes until I get my body right but thank god that doesn’t include purchasing shoes because these bad boys were too cute to pass up.
The must-haves for summer. Just because I’m a on a no buy doesn’t mean I can’t look right?
I recently went to Vegas with Amanda. Read all about our adventurous story here!

Link Love

Proof that pointed toe flats are in style! Everyone thought I was crazy for buying these!
Everyone is dying over this new Mac Selena’s collection. Including Me!!
This shirt is everything. I would wear this in a hot second.

What’s New With Me

I’ve been having the itch to redecorate my room! Home Goods and Pinterest have been my best friend. Currently digging this and this!
Debating on starting a youtube channel. I really want to take this blog to the next level and I feel like youtube would be a great segway! What do you guys think? Any Advice?
Maybe it’s just me but I’ve been loving the new Instagram filters. I used to really rely on outside apps, but now I do all my editing in Instagram. Trying to hone in my feed to be more contemporary and modern just like In The Grey.
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Summer is midway over and as much as I hate to say it this is when reality hits and hits hard; Especially for a post graduate. May your wrapping up finals and bedazzling your grad cap, By June you’re  on some vacation with your feet in the sand celebrating that the years of 3 am studying and drunkenly walking home because you’re too broke for a cab are over. July hits and you’re trying to soak up the last couple of days of summer before you actually have to figure out what the heck you’re going to do with your life. Which brings me to the whole point of this post- How to get a job after graduation.

Let me start off by saying there is no cookie cutter way to do this. Everyone has their own journey and I know as a recent grad I was determined to march to the beat of my own drum.(p.s that’s my diploma up above!) I took a less “traditional” degree; majoring in apparel merchandising, and I dove full force into one of the most competitive fields ever. Fashion. I won’t spend this time talking about my journey (you can read all about that here), but I wanted to share some quick and easy tips that can be used no matter what field you’re going into.

Figure out what you want to do

At 13 I knew I wanted to work in the fashion industry but my ideas on what I actually wanted to do changed almost every year. Initially I wanted to be a stylist but when I got to college I had changed to a buyer. By the time I graduated, I realized buying was too much math and analytics so I wanted to do merchandising. My mind was really all over the place, but one thing I did know was that the were all related. I had some sense of direction and I took what little I knew and ran with it. My suggestion to you would be to do the same thing. It may not happen overnight, but jot down a few things that inspire you. I even had written a few backup plans (like psychology and wedding planning) in case fashion just didn’t work out. Some fields and certain positions are extremely competitive to get into. No matter how much something “ entry level” it Is its still not going to be a walk in the park. Figure out what you want to do and then make a path on how you want to get there. I started in retail and then realized I hated it and wanted to do corporate fashion instead. So I applied for an administrative assistant position on campus (completely unrelated to fashion) and started to get some data entry and overall admin experience. Once I finished that I did an internship for a showroom so that I could learn the wholesale aspect of the business, then later I worked in sales so I could actually start working with major accounts (like Nordstrom and Amazon) and get some hands on experience with buyers I aspired to be. None of this was actually merchandising, but they were all things that helped build my experience. It wasn’t perfect and quite frankly a little chopped and screwed, but I slowly started to learn the ins and outs of the business and what I wanted to do.  Figure out your plan and then find any means necessary to get you there. Even if it means doing something totally unrelated first and then slowly working your way into your chosen industry.

Beefing up your Resume

Once you’ve found your path now it’s time to create a killer resume. You may have graduated thinking you have no real work experience but trust me everything counts. 3 years after graduation I still get questions from interviewers asking me about my experience while I was working on campus. It’s all relevant, you just have to find a way to word it properly. If you have resources available to you like a counselor at your local library or access to your school’s career center they can help you word your resume properly. You should also reach out to anybody that you know who hires for a living, even if it’s your friend who is the manager at forever 21. Anybody who hires will be able to tell you the type of format they prefer for resumes, what verbiage they look for, their preferred method of contacting someone etc. Another tip is to brainstorm on all the things you did while you were in college. Every time you volunteered or got paid to do something its work; no matter If you only did it once or for 2 years. Resumes aren’t necessarily all about how much experience you have but rather  a way to showcase your character. President of your sorority? That shows leadership and that you work well with others. Worked at the school coffee shop? That shows customer service and strong communication skills. Ya, catch my drift? All of these details are golden when you’re trying to find a job!

Start Applying

This is when you have to really start to get crafty. Everyone and they mama are going to be applying to jobs on indeed, monster, career builder etc. It’s your job to find a little window of opportunity somewhere and wiggle your foot in the door. My first job was by recommendation from a sorority sister, my internship I got the same way and my last job at Hudson was from me emailing the showroom asking if they were hiring. That’s right..a simple email. I looked up the showrooms email address stated what I wanted to do and then sent in my resume. They called me in for an interview and I got the job! Not every company that is hiring is going to have a job posted. You have to look for work in places that aren’t always so obvious. Another tip is to apply and follow up! This is a big one. Companies get a bunch of resumes a day, your going have to find some way to stand out. Call the HR number and ask if they received your resume and if the position is still available. If it’s a smaller company ask to speak to the manager in charge. Applying for a job can sometimes feel like a full-time job but the key is to pace yourself so you don’t get overwhelmed. Try to do at least 3-4 a day and keep a running tab of everything you’ve applied to so you don’t have any repeats and so you know what to follow up with later. I had a list of all the companies I applied to, the job description and the date of application and I typically followed up about a week later.

Build Relationships

In the meantime in between time start networking! I told everybody that would listen to me that I was looking for a job and I was always asking a million questions to those that actually worked in fashion. Since Gap (where I currently work) is so well known in the bay area there were plenty of people who knew somebody that worked here. If you’re in a specialized field then I would suggest the internet as a great resource for you. Google your industry and how you can meet people to get your foot in the door. Job fares and meet n greets are great places to start.

I hope these tips help you land your dream job! If you have any questions be sure to leave them below!

 

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Immmm backkkkk! Sorry, I’ve been gone for a minute. I just needed some time to completely shut off and disconnect from my life. My trip with Amanda was great, but I ended the week getting sick, so I haven’t been writing as much, but I’m excited to finally get a post up for you guys! If you’ve been following me on Instagram then you already have the deets on what went down this past week but for those of you just tuning in here is the scoop!

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Vegas

First stop was vegas! Amanda and I booked a one-way ticket and decided to just roll with whatever came our way. For the first time ever I stayed at Planet Hollywood; which let me tell ya was the best decision everrrr. We had shopping, great food, and our fave..Fat Tuesday, right at our fingertips. It by far was the most convenient place we could have stayed since there were so many options accessible to us. We really didn’t spend a lot of money going anywhere else because we had everything downstairs. The first night we went to Surrender Nightclub In Encore. I went here for my 21st birthday years ago and I didn’t like it but Lil John is the current resident DJ now and he TORE IT UP! That place was JUMPIN (does anyone even say that anymore??). Anyways that night was amazing. We had a few free drinks, danced for a couple hours, hobbled over to McDonald’s (and when I say hobbled I mean literally, our feet were killen) and then took our tired butts home to knock out. Day one was a success!

Next day was probably my favorite day of all because we went to the celine store! If you’ve read my summer essentials post you know that I’ve been dreaming and wishing upon a star to finally get my hands on her gorgeous sunnies. I went into the store and headed straight to the sunglasses section. To my surprise, they only carried the current season in store so there weren’t as many options as I was expecting, but nonetheless I tried on a few pair. I was so excited I forgot to take a picture, but I decided on getting the Ultra Thin Preppy sunglasses. Since all my day glasses are square I thought it would be a nice switch up to get some that are round. Maybe I’ll treat myself to getting these on my birthday!

Death by Greyhound

Day three we rolled out of Vegas bright and early at 6 am to catch the greyhound to go to LA. I’ve never used the bus as transportation when going long distances, but greyhound is such a well known transportation service I thought I would be fine. WRONG. Greyhound is terrible! The bus itself wasn’t bad (minus the fact that Amanda and I initially got stuck in the back right next to the bathroom….gross), but the ride was extremely bumpy, our bus driver was rude, and the rest stops were deathly disgusting! I went to the bathroom and didn’t even want to inhale the air. My shoes were cleaner than the ground I was walking on. I’ll stop my ranting there but needless to say ya girl was strugglin! I took the hottest shower and scrubbed my skin raw trying to get the funk off me that day. Note to self, don’t ever take greyhound again.

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Disneyland

Who could be mad about greyhound when it’s taking you to the happiest place on earth! Amanda’s cousin was nice enough to let us stay with her and we spent the morning eating breakfast at IHOP (my faveee..even though I don’t even get breakfast. But whatever its still bomb). After we ate we headed over to downtown Disney so that we could buy our Monsters University hats! We weren’t sure where to get them in the actual park so we bought them ahead of time so we could wear them when we walked in. We walked in and went straight to Fantasyland. As a matter of fact, it was pretty much the only land we went to (it was too dang hot to walk anywhere else). While I prefer to go to Disney and shop for trinkets Amanda likes to go to actually ride the rides. Like the actual carassoul, teacups, and the flying dumbo ride. Homegirl was serious.  It turned out to be a really fun time and to my surprise I enjoyed the little kiddie rides, so much so that we rode the teacup ride twice! I also experienced space mountain for the first time. Normally I don’t play in the dark but Amanda convinced me that it wasn’t too scary so I gave it a try. Super fun!!

The lines were ridiculous and for me that was a no go. Disneyland is way better when you go during the off season and later in the day so that most of the families are gone already. By 7 pm the place is crowded because everyone is waiting to watch the parade but by the time it’s over the park is dang near empty. I wish we could have stayed longer but since we were on someone else’s time we had to shoot out before the fireworks (crying emoji).  The parade was the BEST PART. I love watching all the Disney characters come together. Elsa from frozen definitely stole the show. Maybe it was just me but I noticed that Cinderella didn’t even have her own float! They straight kicked her to the curb and said there is a new princess in town! You should have seen the girls screaming for elsa! For about 5 seconds, I really wanted a kid of my own, but by the time the parade was over that thought was long gone. Disney really brings out the kid in me!

Last Day

We ended the trip by renting a car and driving back to the bay. Normally they charge a drop off fee for when you’re renting a car and not returning it to its original location but for some random reason we didn’t get charged. We ended up saving $300 buckaroos and our car rental was only $23!! Granted our car was the size of my suitcase but it was cheap and good on gas so I wasn’t complaining. Speaking of gas Amanda and I made a little boo boo. Neither of us are used to driving economy cars so we had no idea how much gas we should put into it. We stuffed that car with so much gas that the tank started overflowing. I’m in the car eating my McDonalds and Amanda starts screaming that gas Is leaking everywhere. Both of us just thought that the gas pump was broken, it never dawned on us that the gas tank might actually be full! Oh well, you live and you learn!

All in all the trip was great. We were able to travel by plane, bus and car (you can guess which one was my favorite), we got to spend the day at the happiest place on earth and best of all Amanda and I got to really get to know one of another. We’ve been friends for a few years but we’ve never traveled together alone so it was a good opportunity to learn more about each other. This trip was definitely one for the books!

Until Next time…

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I was born and raised in the Bay Area; a quaint little suburb called Marin County. As a kid I explored but venturing the city as a child vs an adult is totally different. There are so many amazing memories I have as well as new and interesting things I’ve discovered as I’ve gotten older. If you’re going to be in the Bay Area for 4th of July weekend (or if you just live here and want to staycation) here are some fun things you can do!

Wine Country

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The locals like to call this area wine country because just about every good winery in the bay is located here. My personal favorite is V-sattui. It’s a winery but on Saturdays they have BBQ! People bring their kids, dogs and set up a picnic on the winery grounds. After your done eating, you can grab some fresh gelato or head into the actual winery to do some tastings. It’s a really casual and easy going vibe. This is the first place my boyfriend and I ever went wine tasting, and we chose it for its relaxed feel. Neither one of us wanted to be bother with pomp and circumstance or having to hold the glass a certain way so you looked like you knew what the heck you were doing. I highly recommend it for a family day time event, or if you’re just looking for some tasty BBQ it’s definitely worth the visit!

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Marin County

My beautiful hometown. I can go on and on about the endless things you can do here but since its 4th of July weekend I’ll stick to the main event; the county fair. Every year we have a fair that comes into town for the entire 4th of July weekend. They have rides, food (love my kettle corn) and they play fireworks for 4th of July. This is a really big occasion for locals because fireworks are illegal in Marin County; everyone crowds the event to watch the fireworks so be sure to get tickets and a seat early! If you’re looking to stay clear of the crowds I would suggest going during the day time on the 3rd or the 5th. Night time is usually filled with high school kids and majority for the time people have already been drinking all day, so it’s not the most kid-friendly, but if you stay by the lake where the fireworks show is you should be fine!

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San Francisco

It should be illegal to come to SF and NOT hit up at least one good restaurant. There are so many options in the city that it’s hard to narrow down which ones to go to first but OFF THE GRID is a great opportunity to get a taste of everything. Food trucks and other local business come out from 11-2pm at fort mason which is a beautiful location in itself. I’ve never been to the food trucks in SF but they have the exact same event in Marin (larkspur) so if you don’t want to make the commute to the city this would be a good option!

Whelp that about wraps up my list. Of course, there are plenty of other things to do but I tried to keep this list kid/family friendly since most people enjoy the holiday as a group. If you have any other suggestions feel free to leave them below!

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Hey, guys! As you may have seen on our Instagram I recently visited my old stomping grounds LA. I was initially supposed to go to Tahoe with Amanda but at the last minute decided to bust a mission to LA with my bestie, Rebecca. Normally I have no interest in being in that city. When I lived there I was dying to get back to the bay…LA stifled me. However visiting was totally different! Way more fun than I anticipated. I don’t know if this is just me but have any of you ever visited a place you once lived in and it felt so nostalgic to you? I drove past my old apartment and had a weird feeling because I didn’t have the key. My fellow sorority sister was gracious enough to let me stay with her, but the whole thing felt a little off. Ya kno?

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Nonetheless, I had an amazing time. I started the trip with a donut and getting my nails done (perfect combo right?) Amanda usually gets the style coffin tip, so I figured I would give it a go. It didn’t turn out the way it looked on the Pinterest picture (does anything ever looks as good as Pinterest?) but it was better than what I had before. I still am adjusting to having long nails, but so far I’m doing good. No broken nails yet!

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When we got to LA the first place I wanted to hit up was Pizza Rev. I don’t know why the Bay has been sleepin’ on this restaurant but it’s the best thing ever for all my pizza lovers. Basically it’s Subway or Chipotle but with pizza. You can create your own pizza, by picking your sauce and unlimited toppings all for a whopping 8 bucks. My boyfriend is a meat lover and he goes crazy for the Italian sausage and pepperoni. I personally stick to a classic pizza, but I load mine with fresh tomatoes and garlic (the next day the garlic marinates and its bomb.com!).

IMG_7281Saturday was another day filled with hitting up all my favorite spots. I am a diehard cupcake lover. I will choose cupcakes over pie, cake, and any other desert you can think of, so it was only fitting that I hit up Sprinkles. I got a red velvet and a vanilla cupcake for the road (I even ordered a mini red velvet so I could have a taste right away….addicted..I know). We also hit up the infamous Lemonade. Another restaurant that the bay is sleepin’ on (although I did see it in the SFO airport once). It’s all country home style food which I’m normally not a fan of but their chili and macaroni was GODSEND. If you’re not a fan of this type of food, the actual lemonade is reason alone to go. I got Pineapple lemonade and it was perfect. I’m a tart kinda gal so I dig anything that tastes a hint sour, but if you’re a sweets kinda person (like my bf) he loves the guava lemonade. All their options are to die for.

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IMG_7068We ended the day at universal studios since my other sorority sister hooked me up with tickets. We went on the studio tour where they show you where certain movies were filmed. It was pretty cool to see a set real and in person, especially since so many movies have been done there since the last time I went. Now every time I watch a movie I can start to tell if its set or not. I was watching an episode of pretty little liars, and saw that they were at the bates motel portion of the set! My favorite ride everrrr was the minions ride from Despicable Me. They didn’t finish the ride until after I had moved to the bay so I was super excited to get on it. I personally love Gru and the girls (not a big fan of the minions) so I was glad to see that the ride included all the characters despite the name ” the minion ride”. I looked like a kid in a candy store taking pictures of everything and squealing on the ride.

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All in all, it was a good trip however I realized I do not miss that city at all. It’s such an amazing feeling to go back and look at what your life was, and then see where you are now and how much you have grown. Being in the Bay Area has helped me grow into a different person and I’m exactly where I want to be. I love my life up here, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

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