The day I had been anxiously waiting for had finally arrived! I packed up my bags, got on a plane, and moved to New York City for the summer to begin two internships in the fashion industry. On my first week, I was excited, nervous, and extremely hopeful that I would find what all aspiring professionals come to the city looking for: opportunity. However, throughout this summer I am also looking for something much more important and comforting to me: a place to call home.
Surprisingly enough, the first sense of comfort I found in the city was right at my apartment! I have the opportunity to live with my best friend, Lian of Freehanded Nonsense, who is also interning in the fashion industry this summer. Making such a big move was definitely intimidating at first, but with the comfort and familiarity of a friend by my side, it was a lot easier to adjust. I have a few other friends in the city from my college and even from my home state, so making time on the weekends to socialize and catch up with everyone has also helped me get comfortable in my new world!
My weekdays are fairly booked, as I’m at one internship Monday through Wednesday and the other, Thursday and Friday. My first internship is with celebrity stylist and editor-in-chief of Collective Magazine, Eryka Clayton. With Eryka, I help with anything from pre-photo shoot styling for editorials and assisting her celebrity clientele, to coming up with content ideas for her magazine and social platforms. We have new projects every week so I definitely stay on my toes and learn a lot from her and her team. My second internship is in the Garment District with Cushnie et Ochs where I work under their Art Director, Ehren Jaleel-Wenrich. This internship consists of more creative and conceptual development, which is something I’m extremely passionate about! Overall, my weeks consist of a lot of photoshoot production and preparation for different types of clients and campaigns.
Something I’ve found comfort in this summer is not only knowing what you love to do, but also knowing what it is you don’t. Internships are great opportunities for you to dive into your industry before applying to jobs that you may not enjoy. Figuring out what you don’t like is equally as important as finding out what you love.
Most importantly, I’ve learned that taking time to relax and enjoy myself is essential on the weekends. Lian and I had a picnic the other weekend in Central Park, and that was a great way to unwind on a Sunday afternoon. We do everything from adventuring around the shops in Soho to enjoying happy hour at our favorite restaurant, Ayza. There are also a lot of inspiring events and panels in New York so I highly suggest attending as many as you can. One of our favorite panels to go to are the Club Monaco’s Summer Sessions. The summer session we most recently attended was co-hosted by The Buff and tackled the conversation of brand building. The panel was led by Lauren Caruso, editor at The Zoe Report, and featured other female entrepreneurs in the tech, fashion, and beauty industries. We’ve found that attending events like these are a great way to stay motivated!
Although it’s only been one month, I’ve started to find comfort in this city and can’t wait to see where this crazy place will take me. Subscribe to my blog for more updates on my summer in New York and my search for a new home.
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Picnic photos by Kristen Walker
Lifestyle photos by Lian and myself