Spring Feverrrrr


Spring, spring…why I fucking love you. If you can’t tell spring is my favorite season. The temperature is perfect—there are warm days, rainy days, stormy days, beautiful days—the flowers bloom, the birds chirp, and days get longer, I could go on and on. The most amazing thing about this season is how beautiful nature becomes. The hibernating animals come out with their babies, plants and trees bloom bright, vibrant colors, the sun shines with a purpose, and the air feels so much more crisp & fresh.

I sound like a corny sap, but I love spring. The vibe and appreciation I feel from the visible new life uplifts my mood and gives me (literally) life.

I’ve always loved spring, maybe because I have a huge appreciation for nature, but also because it means my birthday is coming up! March 14th y’all, don’t forget. Funny, I was supposed to be born on the first day of spring, March 21, but I was born a little early.

Anyways–an update about my life: I am doing well at Gap, my mentor is trying to help me hopefully get full-time! That is such great news, knowing that I have someone who believes in me and wants to see me succeed. Yesterday we went to the Livermore outlets to do a store visit. Here, we went to an actual Gap Factory store where we see all of our hard work actually transcribed to real life. It’s amazing to see the projects I’ve worked on become actual in-store signage. After, we walked around the mall, getting inspiration from other stores & promotion. After that I went to San Ramon to look after my baby, Carl. He’s been sick all week and finally yesterday, he actually began eating like normal. He hated when I took all these pictures with him, but wtv I’m obsessed with pink cherry blossoms (my favorite part of the season, so sad it only lasts a few weeks).



SPRING FASHION

Spring is also a fav because I’m obsessed with spring fashion. Lighter layers, pastel colors, & FLORAL PRINTS! I’ve been super obsessed with baby pink & floral prints lately. My wardrobe mostly consists of black, but when it’s spring I love to incorporate a bright baby pink bomber or a new bold floral jacket over my all black outfit. I’ve also been really diggin Asian silhouettes and prints. I mean, I am Asian, why not take full advantage of my heritage & express the love of my culture through my clothing. That’s what fashion is about, expressing who you really are through your clothes. Take a look of my current obsessions and outfit choices.


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Gap(date)

December 16

Kinda like update but with Gap in front of it…no..ok. So, since I hopefully have some people that are curious about my post-graduate life, I decided to write a little update on my new job at Gap.

I’ve officially been here for a month now and let me tell you, I LOVE IT! This experience is so incredible and it’s so amazing to realize that I’m doing something that I’ve always wanted to do right. out. of. college. I didn’t believe it was possible because of all of the stigma that surrounds a recent-graduate’s “first job” and all of the horror stories I’ve heard from my fellow graduates and seasoned workers (a nicer word for old people). It’s just nice to know that all of my hard work has led up to my dream job! I couldn’t be more motivated to work harder and achieve more. Best news of all, my mentor is telling me that she wants to increase my hours next month to eventually lead to me up to full-time! Brb, dreams are being made.

Anyways, you might be wondering “what do copywriters do?” or “what have you been doing at Gap?” Well the wikipedia definition of copywriting is:

Copywriting is written content conveyed through online media and print materials. Copy is content primarily used for the purpose of advertising or marketing. This type of written material is often used to persuade a person or group as well as raise brand awareness.

Essentially, in my lil junior role, I am assisting the main copywriter of Gap Factory, following her very comprehensive instructions. She will give me some emails to write and help her with some of her projects that include writing the titles for products or product descriptions. I collaborate with the amazing creative marketing team to put out everything from emails, to product tags, to in-store signage, etc.

However, the project that she gave me to work on completely by myself was creating and editing the copy for the quarterly In Store Magazine, that is given out to employees each season. So, I was basically editing a magazine (and if you didn’t know this is very huge because one day I want to be a magazine editor or something along those lines). I created the headlines and captions, edited the content to remove jargon/conversational tone and ensure it was in the Gap Voice, and made sure that the magazine as a whole flowed and made sense from a reader’s perspective. It was such a fun project and my managers gave me great feedback that boosted my confidence and place in this company!

Things at the corporate office are great! We go on shopping trips (on the clock) to “survey the field”. We have cute little holiday cookie parties and next week we’ll have a team Holiday party with Secret Santa. Employees can dress any way they want and they’re not breathing down your throat with prompt-ness. It’s great to be treated like an adult after years of being treated like a child and controlled under rules and “the system”. I can finally work under my own terms (with some restrictions obviously), but it really promotes creativity and productivity.

I know I keep mentioning how exciting things have been at my first month here, but I couldn’t be more thrilled to do something I want to do. It makes things a lot easier to be motivated to do my job, and I could not ask for a better outcome.

I am only working part-time for Gap right now (20 hours) because my mentor, Alex, is a firm believer in reducing stress. She understands how daunting entering the corporate world is and wants to make my transition slow and comfortable to me (isn’t she just the sweetest?!). So, I’ve been working at Urban Outfitters on Powell–the job I’ve had for over a year now–in the meantime to remain busy (and keep the discount). But, it’s been more draining and more annoying than I thought. I work 6 days a week and two of those days I’m working from 9am-11pm (and I don’t get home till 12am). I am utterly exhausted and all I want to do is have free time and experience life UGH. But I did this to myself and I’m keeping busy so that’s the bright side. Anyways, STAY TUNED FOR MORE GAPDATES, as I continue to work for this awesome company and continue my life journey [:

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1 Harrison. The view from my office, jk it’s the conference room, but my little cubical is literally 10 steps away from this amazing view.

 

 

DOOBLIN PT2

Sunday, August 2

So, my day was so eventful on Saturday that I had to break this down into two blog posts. Today I woke up and got some OK sleep. I had to check out by 1030am but they kept my luggage. I first stopped at this place called The Bald Barista and had some good coffee. I then walked to the Guinness Factory, which is really hard to navigate when you don’t have a phone and it’s raining and you’re in a foreign country. Luckily, my good sense of direction got me there in one piece even though it decided to POUR down rain on my way there.

It was really crowded once I got to the storehouse since the Guinness Storehouse is the #1 visited place in Ireland. It wasn’t that special. They just showed you how they make beer. The most interesting part was watching an old tape of how they used to make the beer barrels, since they did it by hand without measuring tools (only a compass to check the circumference of the lid). Since I’m a geek I watched that whole process from the start to the end, which was about 15 minutes. They also had a taste testing room where you first enter into a dark corridor with strange lights and sounds and then an empty white room with barrels of smelly stuff. The lady said it was to stimulate all of your senses since that’s the best way to taste beer (or so they say). So they give you this cool mini pint and tell you how to taste it.

Blah blah blah, I skipped basically everything else and just went to the top so I could get my 16 euro pint of Guinness. I drank the whole thing in less than 5 minutes cos I wanted to get buzzed and I was bored all by myself and wanted to go walk around.

I somehow navigated back to the area I was in before to go to the Trinity College to see the Book of Kells. It cost me 9 euro to get in, UGH, but I saw the Book of Kells and it was pretty amazing. The guide the day before gave me more of a history lesson than the actual exhibit (just kidding but he explained it in the way where I would actually listen). The Irish Monks had written it on Vellum Paper or calfskin. They used different kinds of ink suggesting that trade was seen even back then. It was written in the 9th or 10th centuries and is one of the most popular books. The Irish should be very proud of this book.

I walked around more after the college but I was getting bored so I went back to the hostel, chilled for a bit, then took an hour long bus ride (since it was the public bus) to the airport. So many technical difficulties happen when I travel. First off, I was 20 cents short on the bus faire from the Hostel to the airport but the bus driver told me next time I know when I come to Ireland how much the bus costs, and let me come. Secondly, I bought a train and a bus from the airport but it was from the wrong airport so I had to book another bus but realized I booked the bus to the wrong station and at a later time. I also had to get my bag checked in since the flight was full. I didn’t bring my oyster card so I had no way of getting back home on public transportation since the stations were going to be closed by the time I got back into London, giving me no time to buy a bus ticket (the buses don’t take cash anymore which is stupid).

So, when I finally got to the London Stanstead airport, I kindly asked one of the bus drivers if he could take me even though it was for the wrong stop at the wrong time, he graciously let me come with no problem. When I got to the bus I kindly asked the bus driver if he could take me 3 stops to my stop even though I forgot my oyster card, he graciously let me in his bus without paying. I guess he would have felt bad knowing that it was 1am in the morning and I had a huge bag with me. He probably also saw that some random dude was talking to me at the bus station (who at first I thought was sketch but it turned out he just wanted to talk to me to keep me company since the buses take so long to come around during the night time). I’ve concluded that the people of London (and Dublin) are SOOOO NICE and I wish people in America were this nice. If people showed some kindness every once in a while, maybe less people would end up hating the world and wanting to kill everyone. We are the only developed nation where this amount of mass-shooting happens, and I believe it’s due to the lack of genuine and sense of community in our nation (and the obvious gun-laws).

Overall, my first experience traveling alone to a different country was a success! I made it home in one piece and that’s all that matters [:

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The Guinness Storehouse

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A random church that I forgot the name of
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Trinity College (I couldn’t get a pic of the Book of Kells cos it said no photography :[ )

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Life of a Fashion Intern

This week I finally feel like I’m learning something! While still running around doing chores, they’ve let me accompany them to a fashion shoot to shoot their Autum/Winter 15 collection for their online shop. I also got thorough feedback from my SWOT analysis and some great mentorship from the CEO/Designer, Andrea!

On Tuesday, I assisted in the photoshoot. The area where they shot was a very dingey warehouse, but the inside was completely professional and quite nice. This photo place is apparently where a lot of famous people have shot for great editorials or commercial ads. Kristina, my program director here at Number 35, does almost everything, from helping to designing the clothes, working with me and all of the partners, and I guess modeling! She’s been modeling since the age of 8, which is great because the company doesn’t have to hire any more models. The experience was pretty interesting. I saw the process of getting ready to shoot, to during the shoot, and all the elements that come with it. It was pretty funny because the guy that owns the studio, Adrian, was just there to supervise, but the entire time we were there he was playing a game (similar to Call of Duty and Battlefield) but he was playing online with his headset. So, while they were shooting you can hear him cussing on the mic and saying “He’s behind you he’s behind you!” LOL so funny. Kristina is also a brilliant model and knows how to shoot commercial very well. Andrea is also a great director and knows what she wants to make the clothes look brilliant.

Another good thing about this week is that they were able to go over my SWOT with me in person. Kristina said that since I put a lot of thought and energy into it, that she wanted to give me back the same feedback. The feedback was great because it did seem like I was learning from it, and I learned a lot more about the business. Kristina said that it was the best SWOT she’s ever had from an intern there, which was nice to hear.

The coolest thing that happened was that Andrea, the CEO and boss, expressed so pleasantly to me that I was the brightest intern they’ve ever had, which was soooo nice to hear. I asked her if it was because I’m a business intern, but she said no because they’ve had loads of business interns before, but that it was because I know my stuff and that she can tell that I work hard. She said that she see’s a lot of potential in me. All of this coming from a really inspiring woman was a completely amazing feeling. Let me tell you, having something so nice come from a boss that I actually look up to and respect (for once) motivates me to be even better and gives me the courage and recognition to realize that this is the path that I want to pursue and that I have the potential to do it.

Ahhh, some great feelings from this internship (finally).

 

Kiera Knightly was here!

 

Kristina, the brilliant model and my supervisor!

 

My boss, CEO, and Designer, Andrea, sitting on the stool

 

First day of my Internship! (Day 4)

23 June 2015

Today was the first day of my internship! So exciting. I woke up kinda early (at least I thought it was early), but it ended up not being and I was late…Anyways I got to my internship in Highgate – I had to take 3 different Tube lines and a bus to get there. It is called Number 35, a high-end women’s fashion boutique specializing in timeless women’s work attire, but also makes your body look bangin’ (I’m serious, they tailor the crap out of the garments to make them fit like a glove and make you look amazing). I worked with Charlotte today, a young British lady who is super sweet! She isn’t isn’t my intern director but I will be working with her (there are like 8 employees total in the company) but we had a lovely chat about London and America. She also gave me good advice about London and where the best shopping districts are as well as where to go to eat the best Indian food and Afternoon Tea.

I didn’t do much today, just chatted with Charlotte and got comfortable with the store. Number 35 (you can go to there website by clicking here) is a really great boutique. Their clothes have been used for the TV series, “The Good Wife” and will be appearing shortly in the new series “Limitless” starring Bradley Cooper (I guess the movie is having a TV series spin-off airing soon). It is in a really nice and quaint neighborhood that is quintessential London. I will be working in the Highgate showroom (what they call stores or shops here) and sometimes the one in Chelsea. I’m very excited to start a great, laid back, interesting internship!

(That’s all for today)

Pictures from my Internship!

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Inside of the shop

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The cute street that the showroom is on (it’s the purple building)

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Treasure Island Flea Market w/ My Favorites

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This weekend I went to the Treasure Island Flea Market with my mom, my puppy, and my boyfriend. These are by far my favorite people and it’s nice to spend some quality time with them. If you haven’t been to the Treasure Island Flea Market, I suggest you go! There are tons of food trucks and vendors selling the coolest stuff. And for you dog lovers, it’s dog-friendly! Plus, this was my first time on Treasure Island where I actually did things other than take pictures (even tho I did that too). The Flea Market is the last weekend of every month and can get quite crowded so get there early!

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I’m in love with guys clothes, I always have been. I’m that girl that you’ll see shop in the guy’s section or stealing my brother’s and boyfriend’s clothes. There is something about guys clothes that I enjoy. I like the way it fits and makes me feel. This outfit consists of my brother’s sweatshirt, that’s now mine, and some pants I got from Urban for $6 (gotta love that Employee Discount). Along with some Superga shoes and a thrifted purse.

Wearing:

  • 10 Deep Nightfall Hoody
  • Silence + Noise Loose Trousers (from UO)
  • Superga Leahorsew (find them here)
  • Thrifted Purse