It’s a wrap..

X number of shows, backstage chaos, emergency errands, lists, editors and VIP’s, dresses, shoes, and sleepless nights pretty much sums up my week.The past week has been amazing, and I’ve gained so many new experiences and acquaintances. The highlight? When I ended up a couple of feet away from VOGUE editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. I don’t care too much about celebrities but I have to admit that it is kind of cool to be in the same room as style icons like Anna and Olivia Palermo. Fashion Week is definitely one of those *pinch me* moments.

My last show ended up being the Marchesa Show, and it was A M A Z I N G. I’ll show you more behind-the-scenes pictures later. Right know, this girl needs to catch up on some sleep.

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Talk soon! Xx Hanna 

Backstage

The alarm rang at 6, and I was out the door at 7 am. I grabbed a cup coffee on my way to class and tried my best not to doze off – it’s rough to have statistics that early. After 4 lectures in a row, I rushed out of  One Pace Plaza and hailed a cab at Park Row. Chelsea next. I arrived at the location, got oriented, and from then on out it pretty much went back to back with rehearsals, check-ins, and the show. I actually prefer working shows as opposed to attending them – nothing beats the rush backstage, and the post-show joy you get after a well-produced show.

After 14 hours on the go, I went home, ordered Thai and watched the newest episode of Suits. Next up; bed. I’m beyond tired and have a really early day tomorrow. New York truly is the city that never sleeps. IMG_1829.JPG

I’ll have lots of Fashion Week updates this week. Xx Hanna

Internships 101 | How to get one

As some of you might know, I’m a very driven and ambitious person – I believe that if you work hard, you can achieve anything you put your mind to. In that spirit, I thought to talk to you about internships; one of the best ways get hands on experience and get connected in the industry.

When telling people about my various internships, they often ask me how I go about it. I’m no expert, but I’ve written down a couple of tips that might be helpful for some of you.

THE SEARCHING PROCESS

 For fashion internships, I frequently visit Free Fashion Internships, Fashionista and Indeed. Other times, I go directly to the company website – there’s often an email address where you can send an open application. If not, LinkedIn is your best friend.

 One of the best ways to obtain an internship is through connections; let the people around that you are looking – you’ll definitely know someone who knows someone. (Remeber to have your business card ready)

After finding the internships you would like to apply for, research the respective companies and tailor your cover letter to the company. And whatever you do, do not mix them up; nothing is worse than sending how much you love Armani to Topshop or vice versa.

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Photo from one of my first photoshoots as a stylist assistant.

THE INTERVIEW 

Over the years I’ve observed and attended my fair share of interviews and picked up some easy-t0-remember guidelines.

Research the company – this way you can bring up things you have learned, and really wow them by adapting your answers to the company’s values.(Values that you hopefully agree with)

Look sharp, but show personality – I  try to steer away from the white shirt, black bottom receptionst look, by replacing the shirt with a cute blouse and adding a pair of eye-catching shoes.

Arrive early  – you would be surprised how many people come 5 minutes late. It’s never OK.

Bring a hard copy of your resumé – More often the not, the interviewer has not had time to go through the details of your resumé before you meet up. Bringing your resumé shows that you are prepared and proactive.

Last but not least, remember to relax. An interview is not life or death. If you end up getting declined, see the process as an experience, not defeat or waste of time.

 Xx Hanna

 

It’s that time of the year

New York Fashion Week that is. This year, I’ll be working for my former PR agency, and my new internship (which I’ll tell you more about soon). It’s an overwhelming, overworked, and chaotic process, but I love every single minute of it, and  I can’t wait to show you guys what goes on ‘behind the scenes’.

Before the week kicks of, I thought to take a trip down memory lane and share some of my first Fashion Week experiences. 

♥  One time I ended up sitting next to Giuliana Rancic at the Jenny Packham show. I shivered of excitement and had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. Just a couple of years earlier, I dreamt of going to these shows. Fun fact: every time I accomplish something I’ve dreamt of, Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey plays on repeat in my mind – don’t ask me why. 

♥ The first time I ever worked NYFW was for Cristina Ruales. In one show I ended up assembling the stage, working the door and dressing the models – it’s a process, but nothing beats the rush of adrenaline you get from being backstage. Or the random conversations you have with the models and designers – fashion people are hilarious. 

♥ One time I ended up working fashion week for a gown designer. For the first time since she started, she decided to do a lookbook shoot and presentation, instead of a show. For 2 days, we were 20 people stuffed into a small studio for 14 hours a day. Did I mention this shoot took place on one of the hottest weekends in September? And that the air conditioner was broken? To keep everyone from fainting we had to constantly run out for ice. 

♥ When I have friends who are unable to attend shows, they often ask me to go as a replacement – a favor that I am more than happy to do. What I hate, however, is saying someone else’s name at the door. I get red, shivery and super nervous. It may have something to do with the fact that I hate lying, or the fact that I’m surrounded by uberglamorus people. Probably the latter as I usually juggle shows, classes and work. 

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Xx Hanna

 

Demonstrations, meetings, and growing up

One of the things I love about New York City, is the people. One of the things I hate about New York City, is the people. Somedays the endless crowds of (over-the-top) personalities is just too much. Like today, when I had to squeeze my way through a labor strike with thousands of people to get to school. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for speaking up, (especially under the current circumstance), but shutting down an entire district because of it – is very overwhelming for people trying to get from A to B.

Now that I got to blow off some steam, let me confirm that things are very good these days. Amongst other things, I had an exciting meeting today that ‘ll tell you more about if it pans out – I’m a true believer in Jinxing; some things just won’t come true if you say them out loud. Thinking it will come true, however, is very important. Other than that I’m working my way through my last semester and exploring opportunities for when I actually graduate  – one of the most stressful things I’ve ever done. Job? Where? What continent? Masters? Or should I work a couple of years first? Trainee? Or maybe just a summer position, and then move in the fall? These are all questions that continuously run through my head. I’m hoping the obvious solution just pops into my mind one of these days.

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Just a quick update, and an old picture, to ensure you that I’m still here. Talk soon

Xx Hanna 

January

Since we last spoke I’ve.. 

… Started my last semester at Pace University. With 19 credits, ad team and an internship, this will without a doubt be a tough semester. I’ve been at school for 3 days, and I’ve already had 14 hour days.

…Discovered the magic concept of Uber Pool. The other day, I took an Uber home for $4 – that’s insane.

…Struggled through winter in New York. One day it’s snowing, the other day there’s a rainstorm, and the next it’s freezing. Make.Up.Your.Mind. 

… Worked. A lot. Fashion week is approaching, and there is so much to get done. I don’t mind though; I like what I do, and learn a lot in the process. Not to mention that Fashion Week is my favorite time of year.

… Accepted the fact that I can’t cook. Last week I messed up four dinners in a row – How is  that even possible?

…Been out and about with friends enjoying everything the city has to offer. From brunch to basketball games, there is always something to do.

…Quit sugar.  Or candy that is. After Christmas break, I felt the need for a real detox and have been able to stay away since. Yes, I’m very proud…

 Talk soon, I promise. Xx Hanna

Pink party

The City of New York is filled with restaurants. In fact, I remember reading somewhere that I would take you 60 years to try every single one. Now, I don’t have sixty years to try out new restaurants, nor do I have the interest. However, I do love trying new places. before they get too popular and the line goes around the block. The other day I went to the relatively new restaurant, Pietro Nolita in Soho. The restaurant serves healthier Italian food, in a very pink, 50’s inspired environment. When we were there, the place was filled, but not crowded and we enjoyed ourselves with good pasta, and great wine. Definitely worth a visit! Adress? Adress? 174 Elizabeth st. 

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Photos: Pietro Nolita and NYtimes

Xx Hanna 

 

 

Back in the city

Phew. A lot has happened since I last wrote. Or not really, but at least I’m back in the city. I took me a while to get rid of the jet lag and catch up on routines, but now that I’m settled, I’m more than ready to embrace this blog – I have a feeling that this is going to be quite a year.

As I don’t have school until January 23, my days are spent doing everything and nothing; I’m exercising, applying for jobs, looking at schools, and catching up with friends. Winter break is relaxing, that’s for sure, but I for one can’t wait to get back into routines and my busy lifestyle. At least I start work this Friday. For those of you wondering, I’m going to work at the same Fashion PR company as I did last semester – it’s both fun and challenging.

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Talk soon. Xx Hanna

New year, new beginnings

It’s been a while since I logged in at wordpress.com. As per usual, it’s been busy, hectic and fun. And even though I’m very happy with my current situation, I feel like something is missing. As long as I can remember, I’ve had an urge to write, share and jot down daily thoughts. I need a place where I can translate my creativity into words and imagery. Therefore, I’ve decided to give this blog one last shot.

Before we enter the new year, let’s appreciate the old. 2016 has been a rollercoaster of a year, that’s for sure: there’s been laughter and tears, challenges and celebrations. Nonetheless,  I’m still grateful. I’m grateful for the people around me and the opportunities I encounter. I’m lucky to be able to live my dream and shape my future as I please. And even though I have no clue where I’ll end up in 2017, I’m excited. This will be the year I graduate with a bachelor’s degree, the year I start my first “adult” job, or the the year I start my masters degree. It might even be the year I move from New York to explore unknown territories.  Who knows. All I know is that sometimes you just have to have some faith and leap into the unknown.  And in 2017, that is exactly what I plan to do. 

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Xx Hanna

 

New in

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Boots Zara//Knits & Other Stories,and UNIQLO

I’m loving these new wardrobe additions. The red boots are a nice addition to the 30 black pairs that’s already in my wardrobe, while the sweaters are essentials- good basics that keep me warm. When buying knits I always check the label of the sweater as price rarely equals quality. I never purchase sweaters with less than 80% wool, and I always stay clear of polyester; it’s static, uncomfortable and lasts one wash…

My favorite stores for high quality knits that doesn’t break the bank? & Other Stories, UNIQLO, and H&M’s Premium Quality sweaters.

Xx Hanna 

Currently playing

This tune is the perfect combination of upbeat and chill. Press play and lean back, or use it to elevate your Sunday study session. I’m opting for the latter as the entire day will be spent at the library working on several projects. I don’t mind it though, one day off is more than enough to relax and recharge.

Have a good one! Xx Hanna 

Today

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6.30 am: the alarm rings and I snooze for about an hour. That extra hour feels very good today. Next, breakfast. I heat up some berries and mix them with the chiapudding I made last night. I catch up on emails, and projects before I head of to school. It’s Friday so I only have one lecture. At noon the bell rings and I rush to the Subway, trying to avoid the heavy rain showers. The 6 train is on the track and I run down the stairs so I don’t miss it. Made it. Before I head to the office I buy a yoghurt and some fruit, remembering it’s almost 5 hours since I had breakfast. I get to work, write a bunch of reports and emails, and enjoy the company of my coworkers.

The hours pass and suddenly, it’s 7 pm. I check my texts and see an invite for drinks, but I a walk home. It’s been a hectic week and I need to rest. I put on some Franck Ocean and start walking. The fresh air feels good. I walk past busy bars, and crowded restaurants, fascinated by the fact that there is room for all these people on one, relatively small, island. 8 million, that’s a lot.

I turn a corner and see the Empire State building light up. I smile, thinking of how lucky I am to live her. To pursue my dream. I get home, make dinner (I’m starving. Note to self; get better eating habits), and watch some series with the roomies before I continue my research project. I text my friends and set tomorrows plans-  both brunch and dinner is on the agenda, and I cant’ wait. It’s been forever since I’ve been social, and I need it.I put on a mask and go to bed. Happy and exhausted. Friday, you’re quite nice. 

Xx Hanna

 

 

Honey, you’re a New Yorker

The other day I was stressed out and had a quick therapy session with a friend- you know those long conversations where you contemplate every aspect of your life, what’s going on and what’s going to happen. When heading class, I finished our conversation with a short sentence: “honestly, I’ve reached the point where I just don’t care.” My friend looked at me and laughed, “Hanna, you’re officially a New Yorker, welcome to the club”.  I laughed, because what she said, was so damn true.

I’ve been quite a few places in the US, and I think it’s safe to say that New Yorkers aren’t like regular Americans- they’re a special kind of people; a special breed that thrive on the diversity of this energetic city. Becoming a New Yorker doesn’t happen after you’ve visited Times Square or shopped at Macy’s. On the contrary, a New Yorker avoid those areas at all costs. And to be honest, I don’t know how to define a New Yorker per se, but what I do know is when I realized that I  had become a part of this fantastic community.

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Speaking of transportation, when I realized that an empty subway cart is not a blessing, it’s a curse.. What is that smell?

When the sight of three people walking down the curb annoyed me on another level – Step up, speed up, or get out of my way! 

When I started jay walking. Definition “An inability to give a care about when streetlights and signs say it is ‘safe’ to cross the street”

When the local Starbucks started to remember my order – Grande skinny dirty chai latte, hot, coming up. 

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When I found a 2 bdr for $3500 dollars, and thought it was reasonable. 

When I mastered the art of avoiding eye contact with everyone at the subway. Because doing so, may cause very uncomfortable situations.

When going to bed at 1, and getting up at 6 became OK. It’s true what they say, this city never sleeps. (I’m so tired right now..) 

When doing 5 things at once became the norm, not the exception. You’re expected to get good grades, have an internship, attend events and have a social life. 

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When I realized that I’m no longer afraid to speak my mind. Not that that has ever been an issue, but this city really does “toughen” you up. After you’ve lived her for a while, you get really sure of yourself, without being arrogant, of course.

Every day, when I walk these streets, I feel like I’m home. I guess it’s true what they say, being in New Yorker is a state of mind; an empire state of mind.

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Perfect for fall

Walking by Zara in SoHo, I immediately fell for this army, Balmain-inspired coat. Structured shape, great materials, and eye-catching details – it’s got everything. I can’t wait until the temperature drops so that I can wear it. It might be a while though, since it’s currently 20 Celsius in New York…

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With the exception of my new coat, things are pretty much the same; school, work, eat, homework repeat. Even though my stress levels have reached new highs this semester, I’m pretty happy with my situation – its busy and eventful. This weekend, I’m working Friday and Saturday, we’re celebrating Maria on Saturday and Sunday will be dedicated to finance and marketing. Fun, fun, fun…

Xx Hanna 

Couture and coktails

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After a long Sunday at the library, I met up with a friend at an event for Bridal Fashion Week at Crate and Barrel. Their Soho store was filled with gorgeous dresses, great products ,live music and free champagne. A perfect ending to this hectic, stressfull week.

Xx Hanna 

 

Saturday Brunch

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After brunch, Maria and I headed home as we both have so much stuff to do; everything from finance to marketing research is on the agenda, and I honestly don’t know where to start. What I do know, however, is that I have to stop procrastinating – a skill I master far to well…

Anyways, I hope you have a less depressing Saturday night than me! Xx Hanna 

 

Some context

Since I (re)started blogging this fall, I’ve gained some new readers. However, looking at the data, I was suprised to see that I have readers from all over the world. I’m thrilled that you want to follow me and my everyday scribbles, but to make it easier, and more fun for   you, I thought to provide you with a bit more context. Instead of writing an extensive, monotone bio, I scribbled down 10 random facts that pretty much describes my life and personality. Have at it!

I’m a multitasker and find it very hard to say no. Consequently, I’m always busy, juggling ten things at once. Simultaneously, I strive for perfection. Yes, it is very tiring at times, but as I’ve said earlier – being busy gives me energy.

Relating to above, one of the first lessons I learned when I moved to New York was that you can’t say yes to everything and everyone. And even though it was hard declining celebrity parties at first, but we quickly realized that they are just like us. Only richer.

I love to learn new things, both in and out of school. If I’m genuinely interested in subject, I want to learn everything there is to know about it. I’m the kind of person who reads business and PR books for fun. The last one I finished was the 10X Rule by Grant Cardone, and I highly recommend it. You should also check out “Who Moved My Cheese?” – simple, yet life changing ,

I’m a positive person and try to see the good in every situation, even when everything goes south. ( see next point)

I have the weirdest luck. Even though I haven’t been dealt the worst hand in life, I have the worst luck when it comes to everyday occurrences: getting bruised, missing the subway by 1 second, having my umbrella break and other small, annoying stuff, happens to me on a daily basis.

I’m addicted to Diet Coke – it’s an accomplishment if I go a day without having a sip.

Speaking of food (ish); I hate to cook. If I touch a stovetop or baking bowl something usually ends up burnt, undercooked or merely wrong. That said, I’m really good at making salads. And salmon.

I love makeup and can spend hours browsing through Sephora. The amount I spend there is so high, I don’t even dare to think of it…

I have a weird obsession with bags. I can spend hours browsing for the perfect bag, study the shape, leather, stitching and lining. All while ignoring the steep price tag. I’m dreaming of  the day I can by my very own Chanel.

I have no clue where I’ll be in a year, and that scares me to death. New York, Paris, Milan, Copenhagen? I guess time will tell…

Xx Hanna 

Dinner and Frozé

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Ever since Business Insider published a video of Frosé earlier this summer, I’ve been wanting to check out the hype. Yesterday we found ourselves at its place of origin and couldn’t help ourselves. The slushy wine was delicious, though I think it would be better enjoyed on a hot day in July than on a rainy one in October.  When we mentioned that to the bartender he served us a fall version of the drink – frozen red wine sangria. An explosion of flavors that was worth the brain freeze.

Address:  325 Bowery, New York, NY 10003. 

 

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This week has been beyond hectic and I’ve been counting down the days until Saturday – a day filled without any obligations or commitments.  Today I slept in, made breakfast and headed to Soho with Maria. As always, I ended up with some pieces from Zara – it’s merely impossible to walk out of there empty handed…

Now I have to get ready for dinner and drinks with a friends. I have no idea where we’re going, and thus I have no clue what to wear. Wish me luck!

How’s your Saturday?

Xx Hanna 

 

Céline

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Shadow Sunglasses In Black And Havana Acetate With Brown Shaded Lenses

When I got home this evening, I was thrilled to see a FedEx package lying on the salon table. I opened the box, and there they were, my new sunnies from Céline. I’ve been looking for a pair like these since I lost my square Saint Laurent shades a couple of years back. They’re casual, cool, and will go great with any outfit. And, of course, they protect my eyes to the outmost satisfaction.  What’s not to love?

Xx Hanna