Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

So, while I'm spending my Valentine's Day having intimate relations with my laptop, you may have more exciting raunchy plans (but statistically not likely if you also go to Columbia). asked me to publicize their latest Reserve, in which you get two 13-pack of condoms from Sir Richard's Condom Company for only $13 -- shipping included. Also, 25% of the proceeds is donated to Partners in Health. And apparently four of the boxes have diamond earrings from Simmons Jewelry. Sweet deal.

But anyway, erm, I'm heading to the library to hook up in the stacks celebrate my singleness with other single stressed-out friends. Happy Valentine's Day! At the very least, love yourself.

Miss Couturable

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Are you Pretty Amazing?

If you've always wanted to be on the cover of a magazine (and you're between ages 15 - 22 in the United States), you should definitely enter Seventeen's Pretty Amazing Real-Girl Cover Contest, sponsored by Neutrogena.

The winner appears on the cover of the October 2011 issue, wins a $10,000 scholarship, and goes on a trip to New York City -- sweet deal, right? All you have to do is fill out a short form and write a short paragraph or two (no more than 1,000 characters -- that's like 300 words) about why you're "Pretty Amazing."

I know I have awesome (and gorgeous!) readers who have accomplished amazing things, so please let me know if you've entered! And hey, feel free to share your accomplishments with me. I'm always interested in learning more about you (and being in awe of you!).

Miss Couturable

Friday, February 4, 2011

How bad do you want it?

Today, I was the last one to leave the office at my internship because I was frantically doing some work to lighten the load for my boss. My eyes were slightly bloodshot, I'm quite sure that my eyeliner was smeared, and I had not eaten for over eight hours. Still, I toiled on because it was the least I could do to help, in anticipation of New York Fashion Week.

When I got home tonight, I decided to skip the Friday night parties for a quiet night (er, weekend) of rest. While browsing Fashionista, as I do every night, I was intrigued by the comments on the post, "Blair and Dan 'Intern' at W Mag on Gossip Girl and We Debunk the Myths."

Someone commented, "From my magazine experience, the dumbest interns come from the most top-ranked schools." In response, someone else commented, "Because they always feel they're too good to be doing lowly intern work."

In response to that, someone commented:
The truth is that being from a top school translates in to expectations of (at times impossible) excellence and the additional pressure/drive to do well. I could argue that interns from top schools are used to hard work, more so than everyone else, and perform better; however, I know better than to make a blanket-statement like you just did.
So, speaking from a limited personal viewpoint, I don't think Ivy League fashion interns à la Blair Waldorf and Dan Humphrey (or me, for that matter) are necessarily better interns than non-Ivy League students. You don't need a perfect SAT score to return shoes to Dior -- although a sense of direction would be helpful.

However, I do think there are a lot of high expectations when you go to a "good" school -- both from yourself and external influences. If I can write a 30-page paper on German philosophy, I can properly use the Xerox machine, right? Conversely, you also feel the pressure to prove that you're not just book smarts. What's the point of acing calculus if I miscount the fashion week invitations?

And then, in academic settings, you feel the pressure to prove that you can be book smart and fashion-savvy. It's a constantly nagging feeling of needing to prove yourself which I am all too familiar with. I want my professors to know I'm serious about school and I want my employers to know I'm serious about fashion.

I do know of fellow schoolmates who have quit fashion internships because they thought the tasks were "beneath them" -- but these same schoolmates have also quit non-fashion internships with better pay, such as in investment banking. They don't speak for everyone.

The rest of us are extremely grateful for our internships, and we don't mind staying later or doing extra work or fetching coffee, as long as we get to be there. For me, at least, internships keep me sane -- they're a productive break from academia.

Miss Couturable