Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock is probably my favorite viewing point of the city! I feel like I'm on top of the world! Especially being 5'1 and all, it's nice to see everything from the tallest point for once...

I knew I wanted to take Emory up to the top during his trip to the city. Luckily we went early enough Saturday morning that there was barely a wait! And thank goodness we went in the morning because we already felt like we were melting up there and it was only 11am!

I fell in love with this Madewell dress and really could not love it more. It's so light that it's perfect for the summer heat. And the color on the top makes it that much more fun! 






And the handsome photographer....

dress // shoes // sweater // watch  

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Remember,

xoxo

S


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Emory Visit

I was so excited to have Emory come up to NYC to visit me! Unfortunately he flew home yesterday and I'm already wishing I could go back to the weekend! But instead, back to work and reality I go.  Luckily since I was gone for six months last year (between working and Paris and studying abroad) we're pretty used to distance. However it still totally does not make it fun. 

He flew up Friday afternoon and it worked out perfectly because he got into the city right when I was getting off work (we have summer Fridays!!). Can you say hallelujah?! We dropped his stuff off and hit the ground running!

// Friday //

Friday we headed uptown for a stroll through Central Park and to rent a row boat. I had been wanting to do this forever so I'm so glad the weather turned out. You can rent a boat for an hour and row around Central Park's pond! It was so much fun and we spent most of the time cracking up people-watching everyone who was hard core struggling and basically playing bumper boats with their row boats. 



After boating in Central Park we wandered around the MET. I had been wanting to see the exhibit "Fashion in the age of Technology" and it ended up being amazing (see my insta for a pic!). Highly recommended, it runs through mid August. We finished up the night eating pizza in the Upper East Side and then heading back downtown to see the bright lights of Times Square! 

// Saturday //

Saturday morning we headed to Top of the Rock to get an amazing panoramic view of the city. I have been up there a few times and it still never gets old. Totally worth every penny and I would highly suggest going. Plus it totally beats the Empire State Building views because this way you get the view of the Empire State Building instead of being in it! 



After takings dozens of photos at Top Of The Rock we headed to Chelsea market for lunch. We both had delicious pasta and possibly snuck in some yummy mini donuts. After strolling (aka eating) our way through the market we walked along the high line. I had never done it before and we both really loved it! Definitely packed with people but it was amusing to people watch. We saw so many wedding pictures and even saw a guy setting up for a proposal!! Aw.



We ended the night by going to dinner, the Broadway show Aladdin, and Ellen's Star Dust Diner for dessert after the show. Aladdin was spectacular and ending the night with ice cream and more broadway songs at Ellen's diner was a blast!

For those who don't know: Ellen's Star Dust Diner hires aspiring broadway actors and actresses to be waitors/ waitresses.  They all take turns singing and it's a blast. Definitely a must-go. 

// Sunday //

We had pre-reserved 9/11 museum tickets for the morning so we woke up and immediately headed downtown. We spent over 2 1/2 hours in the museum reading and learning all about the attacks. They did an amazing job with the memorial and museum and while the topic matter is a little depressing, the museum totally had me intrigued. 

Soho for shopping was next on the list. And soon followed by a trip back to the hotel to take a quick break before dinner. For dinner we went to South Street Seaport and then walked the Brooklyn bridge at sunset! Gorgeous...


We finished off the night with some scoops ice cream.

// Monday //

Back to work I went. However, first we headed to Good Morning America to see some of the segments outside! And Emory made it on tv (I'm too short, typical)!

Did we miss anything? I think I need a foot massage after this weekend...my feet are still sore!!


Remember,

xoxo

Shannon




Monday, June 27, 2016

4th of July

4TH OF JULY IS ALMOST HERE. YIPPEE.

4th of July is my favorite holiday. Such a good excuse to wear as much navy and white stipes as possible. I also am a huge lover of fireworks. I don't think I could go a fourth of July and not see fireworks without it breaking my heart. 

Growing up on military bases around the world, 4th of July was always well celebrated in our community. Still to this day, my favorite place to go back to for the 4th is Camp Lejeune, NC (where I spent a majority of my childhood). They always have live music, tons of food, great fireworks, and nothing beats the atmosphere of celebrating the independence of our country on a military base!

This year I'll obviously be in NYC for this spectacular holiday. Luckily, my mom is coming up to visit me this weekend so I'll definitely be dragging her to some fireworks! I haven't decided what I'm wearing yet but I promise you that I will go all out.

Remember,

xoxo

S



Friday, June 24, 2016

FriYAY!

This week has flown by. I'm still confused that it's already Friday (not that I'm complaining or anything)!

Working full time and then filling most of my time after work really makes the work week fly by. I had a lot of work to catch up on this week (emails mostly) but still managed to do a few fun things after work. I also dragged myself to a gym a few times.....no matter how many of hundreds of times I've worked out I don't think it will ever ever be fun.

Anyways, my favorite thing I crossed off my NYC bucket list this weekend was walking the Brooklyn Bridge! It's super super close to my dorm so I met up with 2 friends from school and we walked it at sunset! 




Highly recommend. What was even better was that we went on a weekday night so it wasn't filled with many tourists and it was super easy to take pictures!

This weekend I'm pumped because my boyfriend Emory is coming to visit me! We're going to do all the touristy fun activities and I'm going to show him around a bit. I'm so excited to have him here and can't wait for our NYC adventure. So if you have any recommendations let me know! 


Saw this top and it was love at first sight.

We went to this place this week and it was so cool (and yummy!). 

Love keeping up with Kelly's journey! Can't wait for her baby to arrive!


I believe it. I'd take advice from her. 

Remember,

xoxo

S

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Tips from a fellow intern

I think I could turn into a professional intern after this summer. Come August I will have completed 4 internships! Crazy right?! Internships today are so much more than getting coffee and making copies (hopefully at least). It's a chance to really explore a field you might be interested in and learn if it's something you are really passionate about. 


While there have been a lot of great moments there have equally been just as many hard ones. All of those moments I have learned from though (even the bad ones) and as a result it has made me a stronger, more qualified worker. I have learned so much about a professional work place and how to succeed as in intern during the past 4 summers. I have also learned what kind of company I want to work for in the future and what kind of work atmosphere is important to me.


I always say that the first day is the hardest (in my experience at least). As someone who has had to deal with constant change growing up (#militarylife) you'd think I would love it. WRONG. Couldn't be farther from the truth. I hate how uncomfortable I feel the first day. I hate not knowing where everything is, when I can eat lunch, when I should leave, how to do tasks, feeling unprepared, and not totally understanding how everything works. It's those first day feelings that I hate. I am someone who likes to know and understand everything that is happening, so I'm able to help to the best of my ability. And it's hard to do that on the first day when you're so unfamiliar with everything. But good news, luckily with time all of those things get better and a few days in and you'll understand everything going on. 


Now to all you new interns out there, let me tell you a few tips and tricks I have learned and gathered in my past 4 summers. 


No internship is a bad internship. Every single internship I have done has helped me narrow down what I want to do in my career. Even if you discover you hate the whole field you're interning in and decide you want to totally change your career path, you still learned something valuable from the internship that you may not have learned if you didn't do the internship!

Fun example: my good friend and sorority sister just graduated with a major in economics. Up until the summer before her senior year she thought she wanted to be a lawyer. That summer she interned in a family law office (which is exactly what she thought she wanted to do) and hated it and realized it's absolutely not something she was interested in. She just graduated from Furman this past summer and just started nursing school at Columbia University! Thank goodness she did that internship because she probably would be in law school right now starting a career that she wouldn't have liked way down the road!!

Ask tons of questions when your boss is first assigning you something until you fully understand it. I learned this early on. Your boss is busy and when they take the time to explain an assignment, you must listen. I usually always have a notebook out in front of me so I can quickly jot down notes so I remember everything. Ask all your questions right then when you have their time until you completely understand your task and you don't have to bother her or him with silly questions later. 

Double, triple check your work. Case in point. Check the spelling of everything (even in simple emails) and make sure everything is 100% perfection before you hand it over to your boss. Remember they're counting on you. 

STAY LATE. It makes all the difference. I promise they'll notice too. One summer I was 1 of 2 interns. The other intern left right at 5 o'clock on the dot every day no matter what was going on. I would always finish the task I was on (even if it was past 5), turn it in, and then before leaving ensure that no one else didn't need me to do anything. It gives you major brownie points if you stay later than expected. It shows dedication and hard work. 

On my last day of that internship, the big big boss asked to take me out to lunch and told me how much I stood out compared to the other intern and why they trusted me with bigger assignments. It's little gestures like staying late that make all the difference. 

Finish as many tasks as you can the same day they're assigned. Don't leave until the tasks that need to be done that day are done. Obviously if it's a long term project then it will take a few days, but simple assignments your boss asked you for help on should be finished before you leave.

Get there early. Once again, shows dedication and that you take your job seriously! I'm not talking 30 minutes early because that might be a bit much, but 10 minutes is perfect!

Write a (hand written) thank you note at the end to everyone in the office. It's appreciated more than you know and it automatically makes you stick out. 

Ask for a letter of recommendation. Great to have for future opportunities and helps to have it right on hand. I keep all of them on my computer!

 Make your bosses life easier. That's really why you were hired in the first place. You might even feel like an assistant at times, but if you win her over, you've won! 

Do even the smallest assignments as best you can. It may be frustrating when you get small assignments like organizing closets, filing papers, and making copies, but it's these assignments that are going to show your boss that they can trust you (if you do them properly!). So show them that you can handle much more and by doing the little things right you will....

Gain their trust. While the simple tasks in the beginning may make you feel like they don't want you to do anything, it's just because they need to gain your trust before giving you more responsibility. If you can't make a copy how they ask or drop something off they probably aren't going to trust you with bigger responsibilities. 

 Become irreplaceable. Make it so they can't envision their life and office without your help. Do this and you might land yourself a job or at least someone who will always speak highly of you!

Take a look back at my internships:
And currently: Fashion PR company

Remember,

xoxo

S



Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Lilly Wrap Dress

My little brother Nick had his graduation was a few weeks ago. We had tons of family and friends come into town from all over to be there to celebrate with him! One special guest who came was Ms. Ellen aka my second mom!

Ms. Ellen has always acted as my back up mom so to say. Our families have known each other for generations and I grew up alongside Ms. Ellen's daughters. There's truly not a time in my life that I remember Ms. Ellen not being in my life. I stayed with her when my parents went to go adopt Nick from Russia and me and her two daughters even had the chicken pox together! We go way back... 

Me, Mckinna, and Alexa (her two daughters!) on the first day of school!

Mckinna and I grew up living right down the street together from when I was about 6 months old all the way until mid elementary school. We were attached at the hip. 

Anyways...

While waiting for our table at lunch after the graduation festivities Ms. Ellen and I decided to play around with my new lens. She was wearing an adorable new Lilly dress and we had too much fun messing around with the camera. 

But seriously how adorable does that Lilly wrap look on her?! 





Makes me want to buy it!

Remember,

xoxox

S


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A look back at my favorite Lilly

Unless you completely avoided all forms of social media yesterday you probably are aware that yesterday was #nationalwearyourlillyday in celebration of the first day of summer. Everyone and their moms were Instagramming their favorite Lilly pieces to celebrate the beginning of the most looked forward to season of the year. 

Not being on my blogging game, I am posting this post today, a day after #nationalwearyourlillyday. But let's be real, that day is most days for me so I feel like Lilly Pulitzer would forgive me for posting this a day late (and hopefully you will too). 

One of my favorite things about southern fashion is the bright COLORS. I love that I can wear bright pinks and blues and yellows year round and be surrounded by people doing the same thing. Bright, fun colors totally put me in a better mood and instantly make me happier when I'm wearing them. 

One of my least favorite things about the city life is (you guessed it!) the lack of COLOR. Everyone always seems to shy away from the bold, bright colors and most opt to go with neutrals. Clearly they need to take a few lessons from Lilly and understand that "anything is possible with a little sunshine and pink!"

Can I get an Amen?!

Anyways, I thought it would be fun to take a little trip down memory lane and look back at some of my favorite Lilly outfits!

In my books, you can never go wrong with a Lilly scarf. They add so much color to a simple outfit!

This picture was taken in Paris one day after work! I was exploring the streets of Paris with History in High Heels and we fell in love with the color of the door, so of course we had to have a little photoshoot. #ihaveathingwithdoors


Classic Lilly tunic. 

My friend Kayla and I while studying abroad were determined to make it to Santorini. We flew in super late Friday night after classes and then we had to fly back out on Sunday morning in order to make it back to our campus in Italy in time for classes on Monday! So technically we only really got one full day on the island, but what a magical day (and place) it was! Probably my favorite place we traveled to all semester. 


Two Piece Dress! (You can't see it in this picture but it is, I promise!)

As a pretty conservative dresser, this dress was a little out of my comfort zone. We were going to Emory's formal in Charleston so I knew I wanted a "casual but dressy" feel and I loved everything about this dress. I actually got super nervous while packing and couldn't decide if I actually wanted to wear it. I even packed an extra dress in case I changed my mind! However, I'm super happy I decided to wear it and it's one of my absolute favorite Lilly pieces! 



Scalloped Skirt

Right when I saw this skirt pop up on the website last summer I knew I had to figure out a way to get it to me. Luckily, my mom was coming to Paris to visit me so I made her bring it to me when she came lol! Navy and scallops are kinda my thing so you can understand why I still love this skirt so much. Hands down one of my favorites. 


Happy second day of summer everyone! 

Remember,

xoxo

Shannon



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