Someone said that to me this past weekend when I told them I was leaving for Africa in a week. Clever. African LOVE the fact that I leave for Ghana, Africa in six short days, though. I have no idea what to expect. I’ve decided that since the summer of 2013 is bound to be an eventful one, I wanted to not only document it but also make a bucket list. So, here’s what I have so far. Let me know if you have any good ideas!
-Document Ghana with photos, letters, and journals
-Design a piece of clothing in Ghana
-Bring home an awesome leather bag!
-Bring home some piece of jewelry!
-Emerse myself in Ghanian culture. Live, breathe, and love Ghana will all that I have. I don’t want to look back and think “I should’ve done that.” Instead I’m going to try the weird foods, talk to the locals, and dance to the African dances like I was born to. And of course, laugh hysterically along the way.
-Move to NYC for the 4th time!
I’ll work on my NYC bucket list before I get there. You’d think I would’ve done everything there is to do, but I’m far from completing the list!
Although, down here in Georgia, it couldn’t be sunnier. The showers I’m surrounded with are showers of good news. That’s right. It’s closing in on summer after all. If you know anything about me, summer means that I will be obtaining another NYC internship. Where will this one be??
I will be at Elle Magazine! I could not be more ecstatic. My mentor and boss is an incredible person and I have no doubt that the experience will be just as fantastic and rewarding. However, I’m taking a slight detour prior to moving back to NYC…
This would be Ghana…Africa. I’ll be going on a month long excursion to Ghana, Africa to partake in a retail development course. I’ll be working with local retailers and designers to design something and sell in a store back in my school’s town. I’ll be having frequent posts of my travels. While there, we will be working directly with Ghanian women to learn how to weave, make beads, batik printing, and various other trades. It will be an unforgettable trip to say the least.
Until my departure date of May 14th, I’m trying my best to be a student. No more trips to fashion week or the beaches of Florida. I’ll be attending class, taking finals, and volunteering a lot of my time at the local humane shelter. Yay for puppies!
Since when is naming a blizzard a thing? I guess I can’t really say I’ve experienced a lot of blizzards so maybe it’s always been a thing. You would think that after having spent the coldest (or so I thought) months in NYC, I would have experienced snow. Flurries, inches, whatever. Of course not. Not until fashion week. Not until the day before my flight to Las Vegas for the premiere of 21 & Over. Of course not.
Either way, here I am. This morning I worked the Project Runway show. Legally, all I can tell you is that is was amazing and you should continue to watch the rest of the season to see who makes it to the finale! I’ve come to the conclusion that the new judge, Zac Posen, is one of the most adorable men ever. No offense, Michael Kors.
That 4:30 am start time came all too quickly. Mostly because I stayed up until 2am. It’s now 4pm and you’d think I would be fast asleep and having the best nap ever. Instead, I’m writing to you all from the windowsill of my hotel room. Looking over 10 very high stories and watching the flurries pile up into destruction.
I love snow, don’t get me wrong. Just don’t. ruin. my. plans. Thanks! Anyway, back to the reason why I’m here other than to complain about mother nature, yes?
Fashion week! So the first show was more than a success. Being able to see Heidi and Tim in person?! I’ve watched them for 10 years. It was incredible. Watch the season!!
My next shifts are for Mercedes Benz. I’m working Monday-Thursday next week at all sporadic times for many different designers. I can’t wait to be back under the tents and shadowing some of NY’s finest! Being in the tents themselves was exciting enough. Freshman year I had to make a goal list. One of my goals was to work at New York Fashion Week. Today, that goal became a reality. Next time? I’d like to be attending a show, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I’m a serial intern who is used to filling gift bags, not getting one.
I’ve officially been back at school for 10 days and I am 5 days away from leaving, again. Between my winter internship and the activities taking place over the next 2 weeks, it’s hard to imagine I’m even a student anymore. I’ll all for learning about bones and dirt in my anthropology class, but I’d much rather be a self-proclaimed jet setter.
My winter internship at Women’s Wear Daily was my absolute best internship experience so far. I learned more than I ever have at an internship and I felt like I was valued for my work. If you’ve been an unpaid intern in the fashion industry, you know how much a simple thank you can even mean, ha!
For the next two weeks I will be in New York City, Las Vegas, and then back in New York City. I’m beyond excited to become sleep deprived and surround myself with fashion week activities. Not to mention, a solid weekend at the Palms in Las Vegas. Luckily my teachers understand the opportunity I’ve been given and are working with me to miss yet another week of classes. It’s time to pack a suitcase full of black clothes and refill my Starbucks gold card to prepare for the early mornings and late nights that are FASHION WEEK!
2012 was quite a year. It didn’t have the best beginning, you could say. It did, however, evolve into one of the most amazing years I’ve had in my life so far.
I had the most amazing internships at People’s Revolution and Chris Benz. While in NYC I met some of the most incredible people that I am sure to be friends with for the years to come!
I transferred to a new school to study my true passions of journalism and fashion. While there, I have become manager of the Rent the Runway team, became a Madewell intern, and was published in the schools fashion magazine! It was one of the best decisions I could have made, and only great things continue to come of it.
And NOW, I am spending my winter break in NYC once again and interning at Women’s Wear Daily. I am ecstatic and cannot wait to excel at my ninth internship!
Overall, everything has come full circle and I couldn’t be happier.
I move up to the city on Sunday and begin my month long journey at WWD on Monday. I’ll be blogging for my school’s internship course, so updates will be often and extensive!
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