*Notes on my outfit: This sweater is currently 60% off and it’s literally sooo soft. I wish it came in multiple colors! You can also wear it on the shoulder in addition to off. Ok, now for the fun post-grad updates! Scroll to the bottom of this post to enter the giveaway!
Welcome to my so-called (Post-Grad) life
Attention all college graduates: the moment you walk across that stage, life truly begins. lol DUH. Don’t you love how people always try to remind you this? In all honesty, I’m in a smooth transition to full adulthood since my post-grad life won’t fully begin until 2019. But in the months after my graduation in December 2016, it took me a while to remember I was on my own. I moved from tiny college town Auburn, Alabama to the Big Apple. Just a small transition, right? But I was ready. I’ve known I wanted to live in a big city ever since I was younger and people knew my entire family history in my hometown in Georgia.
I got 500 sq. ft. apartment in Brooklyn and 2 random roommates (technically 3 thanks to an ever-present boyfriend 🙄 ) I found in a Facebook housing group. The housing situation barely bothered me though because of the incredible experience I would have for the next 6 months. I got to intern with one of the coolest companies in the world, INSIDER!
From viral food videos to unique beauty routines, we scouted, produced, and shared it all. I share a little bit more of my life as a social media intern for INSIDER in this blog post. As a blogger, it was a dream come true. I was able to learn so much from working in media while also sharing the talents I already possessed from my blog. An old friend from Auburn introduced me to a wonderful community of friends that kept me laughing the entire time I was in the city. By the end of my internship, I seriously considered rejecting my acceptance to Clemson and staying in New York, but I’m so glad I didn’t! It’s a great place to live while you’re young, but I could never see myself there long-term.With the cost of living, my relationship with my boyfriend, and the opportunity to grow my career being better in the South, I moved back.
I’ve always known I wanted to work in business (despite graduating with a degree in Kinesiology. LONG story lol). The choice to pursue my MBA at Clemson had many factors. One of the biggest reasons was how I immediately felt a sense of community and support. The Clemson family is real! The program also allows me to graduate in a little under 2 years, be close to my family, cost-efficient, AND a great alumni-network. *Pro-tip for recent/future grads: This is really the best way to further your career, but especially in business. Since I’ve started in August I’ve been able to take courses I’ve really been interested and not just a class I have to take for my major! Graduate school requires a little bit more self-discipline because of the lack of restrictions, but I’m loving my program so far.
Because I worked less than two years full-time after graduating from Auburn, I have to complete an internship. Searching for internships could basically be a skill I add on my resume because I’ve done it so much! This will be my 4th and with each invaluable experience, I’m always grateful I found the opportunity. I’m excited and proud to say that I’ve accepted an internship with Intel in San Francisco for the summer! If you do the little “Intel bong” every time you hear their name, you’re not alone lol. I’ve never been to California and it’s my dream to work with an established company when I finish my degree, so this could not be more perfect!
If you’ve visited San Francisco before, please leave me your travel guide tips below! I want to squeeze in as much as possible in those 3 months. I’m sorry for the novel. :) If you guys would like to see how I prep for interviews, have questions about grad school, or how I use my blog to find these opportunities post-grad, feel free to message me! If I get enough responses, I might just write a blog post about it.
West Coast, here I come!
P.S. If you’re looking for a job outside of something you graduated, I hope this is inspiring! There are so many careers now that require you to have stronger “soft-skills” and emphasize how they can teach you technical things on the job. All of your previous experience is valuable. Find ways that it could be applicable to the career of your dreams!
Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your families. We had such a chill time at home with my parents, sister and brother-in-law, and my boyfriend! A few of us (*cough cough* ME) didn’t even wrap the boxes the presents came in. Every year we always struggle with getting our tree down at an acceptable time, so we decided to skip it this year! It was nice not having to worry about clean up, but I missed having that extra bit of holiday spirit in my living room.
For Nigerians, celebrating the New Year usually means great food, dancing, and church services. But they’re always filled with family time as the clock strikes 12 AM. It’s important to start the New Year with those we care most about! My family usually spends the time with friends and we set off fireworks in the driveway after watching Ryan Seacrest for hours. I’ve enjoyed the tradition, but it always leaves me longing for the ability to grab a cute nye dress and celebrate a fresh start in style.
We know I love a good holiday outfit. NYE dresses are quintessentially me in a piece of fashion. Flashy, bright, and full of personality. Because of my travel schedule this year, I was finally able to pick out a nye dress from Lizard Thicket to ring in 2018! Whether you’re throwing a holiday party at home or heading to the hottest rooftop bar in town, these nye dresses will be sure to turn heads. These sparkly stunners are under $100 and perfect for formal events so you can wear them throughout the year! Also, I made sure to only include retailers with shipping guaranteed to get your dress here by Sunday night!
How do you usually spend New Year’s Eve? Is it filled with family time or pops of champagne in the club? If you’ve somehow found a way to mix both, hats off to you!
When I started my blog in 2015, I wanted to be one of the first black fashion bloggers. Crazy, right? I was really naive enough to think that there wasn’t a lot of us out there. As I began searching through hashtags like #blackgirlswhoblog and #browngirlbloggers and finding inspiration on Pinterest, it became abundantly clear that I wasn’t alone. If there were so many of us, why wasn’t I seeing black fashion bloggers on my feed?
New York Fashion Week is almost upon us! I’m sad I won’t be attending this time, but I’m hoping to go back again in the future. I always thought that you’d either have to be a Hollywood A-lister or extremely wealthy to attend New York Fashion Week, but I’m happy to say that’s not the case! I attended NYFW for the fall/winter shows in February 2017 and the spring/summer shows in September of 2017. If you’re worried about how you can get into shows as a newbie blogger, don’t give up just yet! My first fashion week I attended with about 4,000 Instagram followers and my second with only 5K-6K. I’m happy to share my tips and tricks with those in the same position as I was. It can be so intimidating to be surrounded by those who are much bigger than you! Here’s my advice if you’re wondering how to attend new york fashion week as a small blogger.
Study The NYFW Schedule:
Once the schedule has been released for the week, plan out which designers you would like to watch and how many days you’ll be there. Keep in mind that the smaller designers will be towards the beginning of the week, so that’s what you should aim for. The New York Fashion Week website provides in-depth details about the designers that you can remember for later when making your decisions. If you’re trying to decide between going in February or September, I always recommend the former if you’re a smaller blogger. The weather is usually a deterrent for most and it’s a lot more low key! I was able to secure way more invites to Fashion Week for Spring/Summer.
Reach out to PR Companies for Invites:
LinkedIn becomes a great friend here. After googling which PR companies are in charge of the designers, find the email addresses of the PR agencies to contact them for invites. Try and contact them 4-6 weeks before the show. If you’re apart of blogging communities such as RewardStyle, they have full lists available for you too! Keep the emails short and sweet. You can imagine how many emails they receive to attend these shows! Include a media kit, perhaps a link to a blog post covering a local fashion week as an example, and a brief message explaining who you are. Try to get invited to as many shows as possible and don’t sweat it if you don’t get invited to the biggest designers. I sent out probably 100+ emails and didn’t receive a response to every single one. Celebrate the wins and try and build a relationship with them for the next time!
Pitch Beauty Brands, Boutiques, Hotels, and More:
Fashion Week is such a great networking opportunity! I consider myself to be an affordable fashion blogger who posts about accessible style. If you’re wondering if it makes sense to go, it definitely does. Pitch beauty brands like Loreal or Drybar to work with them while you’re in the city. As a smaller blogger, I worked with Red Dress Boutique and other local brands to save money on cute outfits for the trip. I also saved money by pitching smaller hotel chains or boutique hotels for complimentary stays. Ultimately, I got to stay with the one-of-a-kind Yotel, which is right by Times Square! Try and find other blog-worthy experiences while you’re in the city and see how you can create multiple posts out of your trip.
Get in touch with other bloggers:
This will be your best resource for a new blogger. I’ll admit in February, most of my invites to shows were because other bloggers were too tired to make all of theirs! I was able to see Jeremy Scott (designer for Beyonce) and more in my first experience. They’ll be able to share PR contacts, hotel recommendations, and more!
Are you attending NYFW this year? I hope this was helpful for those trying to figure out how to get into a fashion week in the future! You can also always reach out to me if you have any questions in the comments below. :)
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