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My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality // Oscar Wilde

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// working from home.

I don’t know if I formally announced this here, but I am officially a real part of the workforce! Yes, post-college, one of my internships turned into a job. I am currently the first full-time employee at Wendy Brandes Fine Jewelry. Now, I know what you’re thinking–what on earth is Eryn doing with her time? Is it fun to work for a small company? Wait, where does Eryn even work? IS THERE COFFEE INVOLVED? And if so, how many cappuccinos does Eryn drink in a week?

And I’ll not pretend that any of you are actually that curious about my day-to-day life. But you might actually be curious about how to stay motivated when working from home, on your own schedule, and starting from the ground up. So I’ll share the very minimal insight I have on those things. By that, I obviously mean that I intend to begin filling you in on the trials of now owning my own schedule.

But first, let me answer those pivotal questions.

1. I am OBVS doing a lot of research. My official title is “Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator.” And when working for a small business, that means that I do everything from searching for buyers on Linkedin, to making what some would consider a “sales pitch,” to convincing my boss that I’m extremely trustworthy.

2. Working for a small company can be a lot of fun! I get along great with my boss, and really, that is the only thing that matters. Yes, the ONLY thing. I work with the owner/designer/CEO of the company, so when she is working on a new design or coming up with a new way to market materials, I get to learn about it. And! I even get to make suggestions. We have a good team effort going.

3. I work from home on most days. As I am settling into my position, I will begin to schedule more meetings out of the house and attend PR events and whatnot. But for now, my efforts are in researching. Remembering a person’s name or title in an organization goes a long way in a phone call with someone who really had no desire to speak to you in the first place.

4. Yes, I know this was the most important question. There is a lot of coffee involved. During our weekly meetings, if I am going to be even one minute late, I spring for coffee and doughnuts. Because everyone needs that extra boost in the morning. And the bus is only sort of a reliable method of getting to work. I make an effort to drink coffee at home, but will go out for a cappuccino and a morning set-up session at least three days per week. This is mostly to keep me from being so spoiled that I work in my pajamas.

I just finished setting up my home office! It’s really basic right now, with only a desk. And I decided that paying $15 for the trash can that was really cute was silly. So paper bag it is.

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// Gap zippered denim leggings / Sam Edelman suede “Petty” booties / thrifted camouflage jacket / Warby Parker glasses / Madewell bracelet / bag found at TJ Maxx / Gap striped shirt //

So I am definitely still adjusting to being my own boss (when it comes to the way I spend my days, anyway). In fact, because I was home for my sister’s wedding for the past five days, I decided not to get dressed until roughly 2 pm. Of course, work began at 9. But I wasn’t required to be up and about. And I therefore wasn’t. But! From research I’ve been doing on how to make the most of your work from home and really learn to be your own boss, in a sense, here is what I have found:

1. Set-up an area that you will work from every day. Preferably not where you eat your meals, if possible. Having boundaries is a good thing!

2. Surround yourself with inspirational/pretty items.

3. Wake up early and get ready for the day! It gives you more motivation to be social, even over the phone.

4. DO NOT SNACK ON ALL OF THE GROCERIES YOU BOUGHT. That would end badly for a number of reasons; your budget will decrease, while your waist increases. No bueno.

5. Follow-up on everything. Whether it was a random meeting, realizing you have a mutual friend who also likes luxury jewelry, or you made a phone call to a buyer who doesn’t seem to care. At all. Remembering to call or email and say thank you makes all of the difference when you are speaking to them the next time around!

I had grand plans of making that into an infographic. A really cute one. But the boy got free tickets to this show. So that clearly took precedence. Next time!

Also, if you haven’t checked out the company I work for yet, you probably should. Wendy blogs a lot and is generally hilarious, I am in charge of the PR Instagram, and we are amping up our Pinterest presence. Oh yeah, and there’s Facebook. Of course.

// lazy Monday wear.

On Monday morning, Allison and I dragged ourselves out of bed for an early breakfast at Crema (THE TOMATO THREE CHEESE QUICHE IS HEAVEN). After breakfast, we visited Cumberland Park for a little fun! Not pictured: the rock climbing attempt and repelling rope. It should be noted that I played with a new lens for these photos! It didn’t go quite as planned. But I did get a few that weren’t blurry out of it!

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Outfit details // Gap Boyfriend fit denim // Dolce Vita blue suede oxfords // T-shirt, hat, & belt thrifted //

// little update–stripes & spots.

You guys, NYC has been so rainy. What even is this? Therefore, this week’s outfit post was taken indoors.

DSC_0023 DSC_0027 DSC_0029Outfit details // DV by Dolce Vita Cheetah Print Oxfords (my mom scored this pair for only $20!) // H & M dress // J. Crew mutli-buckle leather belt // Felt hat, thrifted // Smashbox “Infrared” matte red lipstick // Madewell gold bangle // Forever 21 triangle painted earrings //

Things have been busy–I met Isaac this week! It was a brief meeting, but I think the red lipstick helped me to stand out. I didn’t wear this exact outfit, but it was pretty close. The red lips, hat, and shoes stayed the same.

I am focusing my efforts on social media for both Gabriela Moya and Isaac Mizrahi. For GM, I am managing the Pinterest and Facebook (please Like and follow us!) and at IM, I am comparing successful fashion brands and their use of social media. As it turns out, this is pretty extensive. There are even infographics for it. So I’ve been researching and researching and researching. Hope and I are going to begin an intern project at IM next week and we will possibly be styling some upcoming garments/accessories around the city. CROSS YOUR FINGERS. That would be so fun!

Also, how did I forget to mention that I was a featured guest blogger for The Hemborg Wife two weeks ago?? Where has the time gone?? Go read my post (“Accidental First Dates”) and see what Bailie is up to. She took a little trip to Cali and spends most of her days being a lovely wife in Sweden (sounds great, right?!).

// solo concert review.

DSC_0009 DSC_0022 DSC_0023 DSC_0024 DSC_0036Concert attire // Sam Edelman Petty ankle booties // Calvin Klein leather backpack, thrifted // Madewell light wash denim // Crew neck mullet cutoff tee, thrifted // Necklace, thrifted (in Philly!) // Blazer, thrifted (little boy’s section)

So, it was a little scary. I walked into this massive arena, typically known for its basketball. And then I began walking. And walking. And walking a little bit more. Until I found it! Section 222, and from there, I went up. Up and up and up, all the way into the nosebleeds, in a mostly deserted area.

Initial reaction: What was I thinking buying a ticket to go to a concert alone?! How will I complain about how close we are to the ceiling? How will I turn and make a goofy/excited face when Postal Service finally comes on? Who is going to return to being a teenager with me? Yes, I was in this time warp alone.

But, once I got past all of the firsts–first time sitting in the wrong seat (on purpose, so that I had a slightly better view), paying too much for peanut M&Ms, sitting at an upbeat concert, it was really fun. The rest of the night was spent dancing. With myself. And ignoring the people sitting in the nearby section. I had the entire seating area to myself. And it was great. I even kept my balance without a comrade to hold me up (geez, that could have been terrible from that height–me, tumbling down and down and down…).

So I’ve done it. And I think I’d do it again.

The show really was better than expected. No matter how much I loved Postal Service previously, I wasn’t sold on the idea that a tour ten years later would be worthwhile. The lighting was great, the sound was great, and Ben Gibbard and Jenny Lewis were really enjoying playing for us. Which showed in their music. He even made a few comments about how humbling it was to still have so many fans after their single album. I’m not a concert reviewer by any means–check out this article in the NY Times. It’s way better.

Post show, I grabbed drinks with Grace and oddly enough, an old friend from Huntsville! Small world.

 

// picnics & punks.

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Gabriela, being the amazing human that she is, decided that we needed to have a little intern field trip this past Tuesday. She packed a picnic lunch for Cameron, Tatiana, and I (complete with fresh fruit, vegetables, and cheeses) and we found a nice shaded area in the park to gab about our experiences and all get to know each other a little better. It was full of laughter, ghost stories, and childhood memories. After the picnic, we visited the MET’s new fashion exhibit, Punk: Chaos to Couture for a little inspiration. I have never been more excited at the prospect of creating clothing that sends a message, mixes mediums and techniques, and uses so many safety pins. IMG_0035 IMG_0044 IMG_0050 IMG_0053 IMG_0061 IMG_0084 IMG_0088 IMG_0096 IMG_0098 IMG_0100 IMG_0101 IMG_0105And of course, Cameron got some outfit shots (after coffee) while wandering around the East Village in the afternoon. This outfit’s details requires a lot fewer links. Because the entire thing was thrifted at one time or another over the course of the past year. Fun fact: Cameron and I both swiped those hats about 20 minutes before the shoot!

// personal style x 3.

IMG_0039 IMG_0044 IMG_0060 IMG_0184 IMG_0186 IMG_0199 IMG_0203 IMG_0210The interns at Gabriela Moya are pretty stylish, no? Up first, Cameron. A design student and fellow classmate from Auburn! And second, Tatiana. Tatiana is visiting from France and is studying international business. We’ve all become fast friends and are making tentative plans for things like the beach, a barbecue, and some rooftop sitting time.

All of the photos were taken with Cameron’s Canon Rebel. My poor Nikon’s battery is officially kaput. Gone. Bit the dust. DEAD. And therefore has been rendered useless until my care package (eeek!) arrives. Please excuse the lack of camera knowledge here–apparently switching cameras is nothing like switching bicycles. There is quite the learning curve. The result? Lots of out-of-focus images & extra exposure. It makes the photos look so much more summery, I think.

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Outfit details // Chiffon beaded top, Urban Outfitters // Black silk skirt, thrifted ($10 in ATL) // Red heels, Bandolino // Watch, Kenneth Cole NY // Bracelet, Madewell // Photos taken by Miss Cameron, post-coffee date.

// Ninesday (a revival).

Finally reviving Ninesday!

9. You guys. This is amazing. Absolutely amazing. Listen & love.

8. I am currently learning how to build my own website in a CSS & HTML class. Well. I sort of am. As of late, I’ve been sleeping in on weekends, rather than working for myself. Fixing that soon! Eeek! I’ve been meaning to do this forever. Thanks, Skillshare!

7. Quiet Luxury has inspired me to get my bake on. I’ll be testing out this oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe this Sunday, while drinking wine & watching the new Arrested Development. One edit: I’ll use regular chocolate chips, not the white chocolate. Per her recommendations.

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6. Laura Marling just dropped a new album this week! Thanks to NPR, we get to listen to it here.

5. Words of wisdom about recovery (any type of recovery), via A well traveled woman. One of my favorite Tumblr sites, by far. The photos, the quotes, the music.

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4. How do you feel about one-piece swimsuits? Once upon a time, I bought one at Juicy Couture and was pretty unhappy with the fit (the top would not stay up and I therefore flashed everyone at the pool). So I’m a little nervous about ordering one online. Maybe I’ll venture over to Free People and try this beauty on. I love the cut-outs and ties. Does a black swimsuit look good on everyone, or is it just a tan person thing?

3. I am dying over the Leopard Orchid dress over at Pixie Market. It would be so versatile! Work, drinks, dates…and at $66, quite a steal. And that model’s eyeliner is beyond perfect.

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2. In other news, here are the thrifted finds from Philadelphia: patent loafers ($9), beige sweater ($1), & red t-shirt ($1) found at Philly AIDS thrift + RC Cola t-shirt ($7.50) & vintage necklace ($30) from Wilbur Vintage & Designer Clothes. Grand total of $48.50!

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1. I am so excited to announce that I have gained a second internship (thanks to some of Joe’s friends)! I will now be working for both Gabriela Moya and Isaac Mizrahi part-time (I started this morning and love it!)! And to add to that, I will be helping Stacy Lomman with a photoshoot on Friday. Cannot wait! Being in NYC has been such an adventure and I have had opportunities to network and meet such talented people that I wouldn’t have otherwise bumped into.

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// stripes & stripes.

This week has been crazy! Between the grocery mishaps and the missed trains, I somehow lost my metro card. I went through my emptied grocery bags. I went through my wallet (and found three expired cards; I’m talking years old). I went through my purse (it’s known for eating things like my keys, and disposing of them only when it is ready). I looked under my bed, in the refrigerator, in the trash…nowhere to be found. I eventually gave in and just bought a new metro card. But, not until after the closest train station informed me that it could not take debit cards. A kind stranger let me go through using their card. Things have looked up since then!

At work this week, I have been busy with designing fabrics, same as last week. This time, though, I made a geometric, hour-glass-type shape. After I was finished with that, I started work on a blue pattern that you would usually find on fancy china. Sort of kind of only vaguely resembling this. Yesterday, I worked on roughly 15 of those. Or things sort of resembling that. Out of the 15-20, we narrowed it down to three. With those three, we adjusted them into several shades of blue each. Then, finally, this morning, I found out that we had a winner! The client chose one of our patterns. So today was spent blending the two Pantone colors in different ways to make (hopefully!) the perfect design for her pajama line.

And now, an outfit!

DSC_0013DSC_0024 DSC_0023 DSC_0019Shirt, thrifted: Ralph Lauren // Silk shorts: Kate Young for Target // Belt: thrifted // Shoes: Via Neroli // Bag, sent from my mom: Sephora //

 

& I would love it if you would vote for me

As most of you know, I’m heading to the Big Apple this summer. I’m still sorting out internship odds + ends, and through doing so, found this great internship with Vince Camuto. Unlike a lot of fashion internships, this one is paid.

I would love to be able to work for free doing what I love forever, at some point, I do need to pay the bills. Hopefully, I can use this paid internship to help supplement a free one, as well? So, if you wouldn’t mind, would you vote for me? It’s really, really easy.

I uploaded a photo of what I consider to be “interview attire” to the Vince Camuto page, and now I just need all of my friends/family to press one little button, via Facebook. And then I’ll be on my way!

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You may remember this photo from a while back–the great Lauren took it for me to use in my portfolio last year.

Emerald & zippers / first attempt with a self-timer.

Self-timers. Well, I have some practicing to do.

Outfit details // emerald zipper skinnies, Gap / leather flats, Anthropologie / top, Anthropologie / navy blue blazer, thrifted / periwinkle nail polish, UO //