Monday, March 17, 2014

I'm in a NY State of Mind

Guys! I did it! I landed the job of my dreams in the city of my dreams and I am moving in two weeks. two. weeks. TWO WEEKS! What is my life even? It has already been such a whirlwind. I am living in the world of gym membership cancellations, sublet agreements and road trips. All for the sake of one little dream!

Now, if you have followed my blog journey in any way you have probably noticed that my focus has shifted quite a bit over the months that I have been writing. I have taken a step back from theatre  to focus on other interests, and I am honestly happier than I have been in a while as a result. I mean, we do what we gotta to be happy--and I'm happy, so, I mean…yeah.

So, about 2-ish months ago I became really taken by the e-commerce force that is Birchbox. I love what they do, what they offer, where they are going and what they stand for. I love the foundation of female entrepreneurship and lady leadership. I love that they have paved the way for other companies to feel free enough to offer their services. And I love that they are only beginning! 

I remember early in January spending late nights learning anything I possibly could about Birchbox, and on Janurary 15th, I finally chose to apply. So I sent my cover letter and resume in on a hope and a prayer and waited, and waited a little more. Then I decided that wasn't enough. This company is innovative, they're active and they're changing the way we look at beauty acquisition, so I needed to change the way I approached Birchbox, step up my game if you will.

I subscribed. I immersed myself in their brand, studying what they did and how they executed it. I found that I was immediately taken by their social media presence and their accessibility. I HAD to work there. It wasn't really an option. I knew that I could make a difference with this company--be an advocate for any girl out there scared to take a chance on beauty. 

When I felt that I had exhausted every possible avenue, I said, "You know, Vanessa, maybe it's okay that you can't work for Birchbox, but it doesn't mean that you can't learn from them" So, I reached out. I contacted their community manager, who, might I add, is one of the most gracious individuals I have ever come in contact with. I really just wanted to learn about her career progression so that I could apply her methods to my own journey and better myself. But, to my delight, from my chance email, my leap of faith, she saw something in me! And for that, I am eternally grateful.

The rest is pretty much history. I went through 3 phone interviews and 1 in-person. All very informative and actually rather enjoyable. I will say that everyone I met seemed to be a walking advertisement for Birchbox, though nothing seemed forced. 

I am so honored to announce that beginning April 1st, I will be the new social media associate with Birchbox. This is truly a dream come true for me, and I feel that I have really out done myself. I worked harder than I have ever worked, and was more creative in my approach than I have ever been. If I can offer any piece of advice to anyone reading this who feels that a dream is not attainable, it would be that dreams are as attainable as you allow them to be. It's really hard work, but if you find a middle ground between intellect, creativity, perseverance and passion you will succeed! 

I just want to leave you with this. Below are two identical fortunes. One, I received in December of 2013, when I had absolutely no idea what I wanted, and felt very, very lost. And one I received the day before I got my offer from Birchbox. It may sound a little hokey, but I feel that it has all come full circle. You can't see the second shot as clearly, but they both say "Your present plans are going to succeed". And have they ever!

I am never one to say 'I told you so', but I mean I kinda did….remember this post?

No, but I humbly thank you guys for believing in me! Next time, I'll be writing from the city that never sleeps. 

Oh, and I'll be answering to Carrie Bradshaw from now on…JUST KIDDING…or am I? ;)


PS: If you haven't subscribed to Birchbox, it's time. I am as frugal as they come, and I have never spent $10/mo more wisely!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Love the Look

Rih-Rih in Lanvin's pre-fall collection 
My Source: E! Online
Hol-lee smokes! I clearly have a thing for celebs and their Paris Fashion Week style choices. I am sweating a little over this one. That's how excited I am. Rihanna, girl, you make some choices I cannot get down with, but your beauty cannot be denied and sometimes those risks you take pay off! Exhibit A (see above). Rih is one of the few that can pull off an androgynous bob, a fur wrap, and are those sweat pants? And she does it all in one look. I am buying what you're selling. Drop. Dead. Gorgy.

Side Note: I really want to go this short with my hair, but I'm scurrrrred, y'all! What do you think? Can I pull it off? My head is too big, isn't it? Yeah.

Happy Tuesday!


Monday, March 3, 2014

Red Carpet Rundown: Oscars Edition

Guys, this is groundbreaking -- I think...THINK, this may have been the first year that I wasn't absolutely appalled at a fashion choice made at the Oscars. This is big news! I can usually always count on one person to really ruin my night with their threads of choice, but nope, not this year. Now, this isn't to say that I loved everything I saw (looking at you, Pharell and wifey), but I could respect it in an "Ah, I see what you did there" kind of way. No one made me question what planet we live on and that is a BIG step.

It seemed like neutral tones with some glitz was the theme of the night. Lots of folks either kept it simple with color and went for some embellishment or kept it simple with silhouette and went with a pop of color or an interesting texture. Nothing was too over the top. Some people were bored by this, but I have to say that I was okay with it. As someone who usually gravitates towards brighter, bolder colors and patterns, the neutrality of the night was a breath of fresh air. And, I mean, I think we all can agree that it made Lupita's entrance all the more breathtaking, but we will get back to my girl, Lupita.

I was feeling a little under the weather during last nights broadcast, so I have to admit that I was a little in and out, but as per usual, I had my favorites:

Giuliana Rancic in Paolo Sebastian
My Source: ABLX Boston

Jennifer Garner  in Oscar de la Renta
My Source: Popsugar

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior
My Source: US Weekly

Jared Leto in Saint Laurent
My Source: Entertainment Wise

John Legend & Chrissy Teigan  in Versace (him) and Monique Lhuillier (her)
(I had to show them together! They just make me happy.)

My Source: Daily Mail UK

And then, there was Lupita Nyong'o

My Source: martinislydia

I had to save the best for last. While Lupita always looks stunning, I am a firm believer in the idea that a lot of fashion choices would mean nothing if you don't have the poise and presence to pull it off. Lupita has all that and more. At this point, she has earned the right to take it easy on the red carpet, play it safe -- she never does. The girl just doesn't disappoint. I was prepping my dinner when she first graced the red carpet. My boyfriend prompted me to turn around and look at the screen (because he even knew it was a moment not to be missed), and without even thinking, I blurted out "SHE IS AN ANGEL!" And that she is. Her speech. Oh her speech! She has become an idol at the ripe age of 31 (even though with that gorgeous skin she will never look at day older than 25, and even that's pushing it). So yes, Lupita's dress was magical, but her mere presence at this point is a gift. I truly admire her as an actress and even more as an advocate.

A vision in her custom, powder blue Prada
My Source: Popsugar 

And always remember, kiddos: "No matter where you're from, your dreams are valid." - Lupita Nyong'o