H&M

We love this look for workwear. Unless you work in a corporate setting where skirt suits and hosiery are still required, most work attire has become far more creative. Many in my industry haven't bought a full matching suit in countless years. Instead, it's the art of mixing separates. This look works multiple ways in your wardrobe and easily transitions from 9-5 to cocktails. The skirt, while fitted, isn't mini so there's no concern you're showing off the goods if you bend down. The blouse is a classic staple for your closet while the blazer will work with a skirt, pants or even jeans on weekends. And what better way to create your own style identity than with accessories. The bib necklace and gold toe cap heels are statement makers. The necklace would help make a simple strapless black dress stand out and the cap toe heel poking out from under long hemmed pants in any color from red, burgundy, teal to hunter.

 

    

                 Blouse, H&M $56                        Crepe Open Front Blazer, New Look $40    

 

Color-Block Pencil Skirt, Shopbop $118      

      

 Jeweled Bib Necklace, Go Jane $29                Toe Cap Pumps, Mango $110

 

Ostrich Embossed Shoulder Bag, Zappos $64

 

 

I gave my intern, Christina Moffitino, the task of putting together a video segment based on her experience as a intern and what she's learned on the job.

Meet Christina!

I scored an internship with TV Host and Style Expert, Alison Deyette and while I assist her on her shoots, her segments and blog; she in turn has been mentoring me and giving me valuable experience in the field. She suggested we create The Intern Diaries, a web series with a combination of style, service and a little humor. So check out our first episode in the series where I give my tips on the three P's of an intern's life.

In today's fast-paced world, internships are necessary to gain professional experience and growth to help you along your career path. Just working a summer job at a boutique or the local beach club won't improve your resume. As a college intern, I can say," You reap what you sow." You can get stuck doing the coffee runs, hours of logging and doing spreadsheets or you can take initiative to take on more responsibility and find out what you can do to make your time there worth while. Taking on more to get more can leave you with less time on your hands. Living out of my car isn't the most glamourous part of the intern life, but as interns we fake it til we make it! We have to take on school, work, meetings, and still try to fit in a social life. It's quite the juggling act, however it is possible to do with what I like to call the:

Three P's

1. Prepared

2. Presentable

3. Punctual

 

 

1.  Prepared

  

As an intern you never know what will happen in a day's work. You have to be prepared for anything. So I keep an "Intern Emergency Kit" handy with me at all times. 

You can adjust your kit to fit your needs. I have one for my car, where I keep extra heels and a blazer just in case. I also have a smaller version for my purse that I carry with my everywhere.

My kit has a sewing kit, Febreze, deodorant, bobby pins, a bleach pen, phone charger, lotion, chapstick and my daily go to...Starbucks to go packets! Coffee can get expensive but for $6 dollars you can get a pack of 5 instant iced coffee packets. They're quick, easy and it'll save you money in the end.

Other things you can keep in your kit:

  • Protein/Granola bars
  • USB
  • Band-Aides
  • Accessories

 

 

2. Presentable

What you wear says a lot about you. If you take yourself seriously, you take your job seriously. Not to mention as an intern, you never know who you're going to run into. So always come to work dressed to impress.

A day in the Office

   

Puff Sleeve Blouse, $55 Tulle4us.com  Floral Skirt with lace, $30 Tulle4us.com

Nude Wedges, $25 Nordstrom's Rack

Chevron Patterned Dress, $45 AMI 

 

Courtney Necklace, $50 Guy&Eva  Nude Heels, $15 Charlotte Russe

Out on the Field

An intern should be ready to jump on any project. Sometimes that means running around town, moving things on set or yes even coffee runs. That doesn't necessarily mean you should wear track pants and tennis shoes to work. Wear something that will enable you to get the job done but still look good doing it. 

Bryson Button Down, $40 ShopSosie   Joe's Jeans, $60 Marshalls 

  

    Ringed Necklace, $8 H&M                    Oxford flats, $25 Forever21   

Polka Dot Blouse, $10 Buffalo Exchange   Pink trousers, $20 H&M

Black flats, $15 Buffalo Exchange

Evening Event

If you're lucky, there can be a glamorous part to the intern life where you'll be able to work an event. You won't need to pull an Emily from the classic movie The Devil Wears Prada, where she eats only a block of cheese to fit into her evening gown. Go with a shorter dress so in case they have you running around you won't have to worry about tripping on your train. Put on something simple, yet dressy that you can finesse with a popping lip color or accessories. If it's a big event, you'll be meeting lots of people and you are the representation of the company you work for. So make your first impression a lasting one. 

Silk V-Neck Dress, $50 Lavendar Brown

Black Platform Heels, $15 Charlotte Russe

The Julia, $145 S.I.C Couture

Nude Heels, $15 Charlotte Russe

 

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