21/11/2014

Soho Streets


Third Eye Beanie, NYLON Shop
Croc effect buckle boots, Fashion Union
Nails, Floss Gloss in Periwinkle


These photos were snapped in one of my favourite neighbourhoods in the city: Soho. I find myself spending so much time downtown in Soho lately, but with great places for brunch (Two Hands is a MUST) and lots of cool shops - who can blame a girl!
I've become a little bit more obsessed with this old Oasis skirt that I picked up in the sale last year! I'm loving metallics as we draw towards winter and this skirt is a great piece to incorporate into my day and night look. I've layered it over with this hilarious weiner dog Chanel sweatshirt, but the skirt also looks fab with a simple grey tee!
Hope you're all having a great week so far, I'll be busy with uni and my internship but hopefully cram some more sightseeing in over the weekend. Gossip Girl Tour of NYC needs to happen! 

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18/11/2014

The Life of: A NYLON Magazine Intern


As some of you may already know, I was lucky enough to score an internship at Nylon Magazine this semester and thought it might be nice to do a little blog post explaining about my role and experience so far!

The Ambition
I've always been very into fashion magazines and growing up, it has been an ambition of mine to work/intern in the world of publishing. Magazine internships are very competitive, but Nylon was a perfect fit for me in terms of style and the role. I'm taking an internship as one of my courses at LIM College (I'm on study abroad from London College of Fashion), so although my internship is unpaid, I do get college credit. I started my internship at the beginning of September and have been loving every minute of it so far.

The Role
My role at Nylon is working with the Nylon Shop, which runs alongside the magazine, offering a really cool range of clothing and accessories from small independent brands from across the world. As a Buying and Merchandising Co-ordinator, its my job to seek out new vendors, select stock for the site, upload products to the site and other general admin tasks. I also have a lot of input in social media for Nylon and work alongside other interns to style and photograph samples from brands and shoot with models (see images above). Although I've never done anything like styling before and did find it a little out of my comfort zone to begin with, I'm really enjoying dipping my toes into this aspect of fashion! I applied for my role online with the website Free Fashion Internships.

The Fashion
Working with the Nylon Shop means I get to work closely with a lot of really cool upcoming brands. A few of my favourites that we stock include: MYVLCoco & Breezy and Mod Dolly! Nylon is definitely all about the 'cool girl aesthetic' and its a lot of fun to work with all the quirky brand samples and to see really awesome merchandise. When it comes to dressing for my internship, Nylon is definitely a place were individual style and uniqueness is celebrated, so I love to experiment with my style and have a little fun!

The City
The Nylon offices are based in the ever-trendy neighbourhood of Soho here in New York City, which is a great place to be, not only for the cool spots to grab lunch but also for shopping after a day's work! I usually spend my lunch breaks visiting sample sales (3.1 Phillip Lim last week, The Row this week) and grabbing a bite from the array of sandwich shops in the area. Soho is also a great area for celeb spotting, last month I spotted Emma Stone!

The Experience
So what's it like working at the coolest magazine out there? Pretty damn awesome, I must say. I'm thoroughly enjoying my internship so far, I'm experiencing and learning a lot, plus the networking connections are second to none. The office is a really fun place to be and I'm still pinching myself a little that I actually intern at Nylon! Even if I choose not to go into publishing/buying/merchandising in the future, getting all-round experience in the fashion industry from a great brand such as Nylon will look great on my CV/Resume going forward. My name was also featured in print in the October issue of Nylon Magazine which was a pretty big deal for me. Let's just say I squealed a little and rang my Mum straight away!

Make sure to check on the Nylon Shop and if you have any more questions, feel free to tweet me @helloomonica!

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13/11/2014

All Black Everything

Sequin crop top, Forever 21
Clear quartz ring, c/o A Weathered Penny 
Nails, Essie in Go Overboard

All black e'rrrrythang is pretty much my uniform lately. I feel I'm severely lacking in Autumn/Winter clothing out of the selection I brought with me to New York and black seems to be all that I ever wear! I'm kinda already missing the carefree days of wearing summer dresses! To add a little bit of colour to my outfit, I threw on a cosy fluffy cardigan - which I also own in black too!
I picked up these faux leather trousers earlier in the year (they're still available here) from H&M. I find myself wearing them with everything from jumpers to crop tops and they're the perfect piece to go from day to night. 
These photos were snapped amongst the beautiful street art in Dumbo after a walk along the Brooklyn Bridge. I have so much appreciation for the cool and quirky art all over Brooklyn - plus it makes an awesome background for outfit photos. 


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10/11/2014

A Day In The Life: New York Fashion Student


The Story
This semester, as many of you may know, I'm doing study abroad at LIM College in New York City. I'm taking a placement year in my third year of study as part of my B.A Fashion Management degree at London College of Fashion. So I'm taking the semester abroad for the first 6 months and then I shall be returning to London in January to start a 6 month work placement. I remember visiting London College of Fashion on an Open Day back in 2011 before I got accepted and seeing a presentation on the study abroad opportunity in New York. It was one of the elements that mainly attracted me to the course and I've worked hard to make it happen.

The City
Coming to New York has always been the dream, the ultimate goal. I visited briefly last year when I did a USA road trip with my best friend Mollie, which I did a post on here. I never thought I'd be lucky enough to live here in New York City, I really am so grateful of the opportunity and still pinch myself everyday when wandering down Manhattan's beautiful streets! I'm seconds away from the shopping heaven that is 5th Avenue and only minutes away from some of my favourite New York City landmarks including: The New York Public Library, The Rockefeller Centre and of course, Central Park - where I love go for lunchtime picnics between classes!

The University
Here in New York, I study at one of America's most reputable fashion business universities: LIM College. The Laboratory Institute of Merchandising or LIM College as it is better known, is partnered with London College of Fashion, meaning I am able to do a straight exchange to the university from my particular course. With campuses in midtown Manhattan, I find my daily routine to be walking through Grand Central Station and strutting down 5th Avenue to class, which continues to be surreal!

The Atmosphere
 Everyone at LIM is full of passion for the fashion industry and motivation to succeed. I love surrounding myself with inspirational people that share the same drive for success. There is definitely a great community atmosphere too at LIM and there are always lots of fun events happening around the university and at the residence halls.

The Classes
This semester I'm taking four classes, plus an internship, which are: Economics, Buying & Merchandising Mathematics, Photography for the Fashion Stylist and Power of the Brand. I find my classes here in the States are less academically challenging in comparison to my degree in London. Grading works completely differently and we get course credit for weekly homework assignments and class participation rather than the complete project or essay as on my Fashion Management course. It is really interesting however to see academics from the American perspective and to see how similarly/differently the fashion industry works Stateside.

Hope you enjoyed this post, if you have any questions, feel free to tweet me @helloomonica!

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29/10/2014

Autumn Leaves

 Wearing: Speckled T-shirt, Primark 
Rayban Clubmaster sunglasses, c/o SmartBuyGlasses.com
Black belt, c/o Warehouse
Black strap watch, The Watch Hut

Does it even look like I live in New York City? These shots were taken next to Strawberry Fields and The Boating Lake in Central Park. Its pretty much the dream location to take photos in the Fall. The autumnal colours, calm weather and still waters make for a beautiful backdrop! This is my favourite look I've shot in New York by far!
As for the outfit, I couldn't be much happier with my H&M black gilet. I've worn it pretty much everyday since purchasing last month and find myself throwing it over everything from t-shirts and dress, to a leather jacket. As I mentioned in my last outfit post, I'm still not ready to give up wearing bare legs (and don't currently own any tights), so this midi skirt is a great piece to wear as the season transitions. I picked the skirt up from Forever 21 earlier in the year and had it for months before actually wearing it. I really like the '90s style touch with the buttons down the front, plus I love the cute print!
I had been after a pair of blue/green reflective Raybans for a while after seeing them all over Instagram this summer. I chose this pair of Rayban Clubmaster shades from Smart Buy Glasses, after searching through their amazing range of sunglasses for the perfect pair. I've never had a pair of Raybans before and I'm loving the amazing quality, shape and fit. 

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