Holy Moly!

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It’s actually quite often that I come across an article of clothing that I clearly cannot afford. For example, I came across this Balmain distressed t-shirt for a whopping $1,625. Nope. That was for sure not going to happen. So instead I opted to find a way to achieve the same look for cheaper. Thank God for Google, because I was able to find a similar shirt for so much cheaper! Granted it’s a Hanes t-shirt and not a Balmain, but at least I got to keep my arms and legs. It just goes to show you that if you can’t afford something, there’s always a cheaper, but stylish, alternative!

photos by Breanna Edwards

What I’m wearing: Distressed T-Shirt (Ebay) // Hollister Denim // Zara Loafers (Similar)

Hanamizuki

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*Insert cute rice ball emojis here*  I have this thing for rice. That thing is that I really like to eat it. Maybe it’s because I’m half asian, or maybe it’s because it just taste like fluffy clouds of goodness. Either way, I’m a sucker for rice. I was in route to a coffee shop one day when I grazed past this warmly lit café called Hanamizuki. The interior was full of plants, both sizable palm fronds and petite moss patches in darling jars. The lighting was a mix of traditional lights and Edison style lighting that created a warm and homey ambiance. The food was delightful to say the least. I enjoyed 2 rice balls, “The Hawaiian” and “Unagi.” My meal included soup —I highly recommend the Kinoko Miso— as well as a side of Japanese pickles. Don’t be fooled by the small amount of food, it is sure to fill you up. And if it doesn’t, they’ve got an appetizing list of desserts including black sesame creme brûlée. You read right. Next time you’re in NY stop by Hanamizuki, you won’t be disappointed —unless you don’t like rice— in that case you’re crazy.

Rags to Riches

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Oh, hey there! My name is Joshua, incase you forgot since it’s been 2 months since my last post. My bad. But none the less, it feels so good to get back to blogging. I felt as though something was missing in my life, and I thought, “It must be my blog!” If you follow me on instagram —which you should be— you would know that I’m in New York City interning at two awesome companies. One is a menswear brand, Feldspar Brook, that prides themselves on creating the #ThePerfectPolo. And it’s true, they really have designed the perfect polo inside and out! At Feldspar Brook I am the graphic design intern. Day to day I create anything they need graphically such as line sheets, lookbooks, handouts, etc. Internship #2 is with Hello Mr. Magazine, an amazing publication about men who date men. But it isn’t your run of the mill gay mag, no, Hello Mr. is a community of guys sharing their stories of love, fears, and hopes all in one well designed magazine. I have the pleasure of creating content for their carefully curated Instagram. A million gays would kill for this job.

I never thought in a million years that I would be doing what I am doing and where I am doing it. I am so thankful for all the doors that have opened for me. This Summer has been a rollercoaster ride with mostly ups, because lets be honest I hate the drops.

Rag & Bone Shirt // Asos Denim // Nike Air Max Tavas

Cinco de Drinko

Eats

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I love any excuse to enjoy a cocktail, so what better day than Cinco de Mayo! I make a muy bueno piña colada (if I do say so myself), so I thought I would share that with you guys today! It just takes a few simple ingredients and a blender and soon you’ll be lounging with a delicious cocktail on a beach in Cancún, or your living room couch.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Pineapple (canned or fresh)
  • 1 Banana
  • 3 Tbsp Cream of Coconut (the good stuff)
  • 1/4 cup of Pineapple Juice (optional, make the cock tail thinner)
  • 1/2 Cup of Ice

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients in a blender and blend well.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

*Makes 2 servings (or 1 Josh Serving)

5 Steps to Landing an Internship

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It’s that time of year where students are beginning the application process for summer internships. A few of my friends have been asking me for advice on how to stand out and land one, so I thought I would share my take on landing your dream internship. I’m no expert at internships, but I do know what has and hasn’t worked for me when it came to applying and getting an internship. It’s a pretty long post, so let’s get into it!

1. Your resume has to be on fleek.

I can’t stress this enough. It’s time we click the red “x” on Microsoft Word templates and start thinking like designers. A well designed resume and cover letter is more likely to get noticed than a mundane one. Add an accent color, or interesting lines, and shapes and incorporate that into your resume. But don’t go extreme, it’s easy to over design a resume. Pinterest and Behance are great sites to get inspiration from. You also want to make sure the information on your resume is relevant to what you’re applying. For example, if you’re applying for an internship with Céline, it is not necessary to include your work experience at the Olive Garden. Include only the relevant experience you have. This could include classes you’ve taken, projects you’ve worked on and personal projects such as a blog or YouTube channel. Be sure to include a section for your special skills. You really want to sell yourself through your resume.

2. Is a cover letter really necessary?

YES. Your cover letter is the first impression of your personality. When a company reads your cover letter they are getting a sense of your voice. Use this letter to really let them know what you’re about, what internship you’re applying to, and what you can contribute to the company. A cover letter should be short and concise. Companies are reading hundreds of these letters, so you don’t want have a drawn out letter. Stick to two, maybe three paragraphs. Be sure to change the cover letter each time to apply for a company. For example “I would like to apply for the Digital Marketing Internship with Alexander Wang.”

3. Portfolios are the keys to success.

A portfolio is an obvious must when applying for an internship (especially design oriented ones). Companies aren’t looking to hire someone without seeing any examples of their work. So if you haven’t already, start compiling all of your best projects and put them on a portfolio site such as Behance, or on your own site/ blog (even better). Your portfolio should include a wide range of projects. For example, if you are fashion design, of course you want to include your design sketches, but don’t be afraid to include pages from your process books and even mood boards. If you have a blog, add a link to your blog. From my experience in every interview, it never failed for the interviewer to compliment me on my blog. It shows your dedication and style. This helps especially in a phone interview, because it lets them put a face to the voice.

4. So I applied to 3 places, when will I hear back?

Wrong. One of the things I stress to my friends is don’t just apply to a few places. Apply to A LOT of places. In my eyes an internship, is an internship, it doesn’t matter who the brand is. While I would love to intern at Alexander Wang, I know that there are hundreds maybe even thousands applying for the same position as me. So if I’m only applying to 3 major brands, it’s less likely for me to get an internship. Get in the habit of looking at the bigger picture. Start small and work your way up. I’m not saying don’t applying to big brands, but also apply to smaller ones. Smaller brands are more likely to work closely with their interns than large brands. Let’s walk through my application process:

  1. Get a piece of paper and pen
  2. Search for brands that are hiring internships. Use sites like freefashioninternships.com, indeed.com, internships.com, & internmatch.com
  3. Write down the brands you like and what position they are hiring.
  4. Go to that brand’s site, find the career or contact section and email HR or general info directly. Be sure to make the email subject “Internship Inquiry” or “Digital Marketing Internship” or what ever the position is. In the email introduce yourself, your year, and availability, and include your resume and cover letter in PDF form. Then send it off. Do this for all the brands that were looking for interns.
  5. Next, you’re going to apply to brands who aren’t really looking for interns (openly.)
  6. Open Instagram & Twitter and go through the people you follow and write down brands whom you would want to intern for that you may have forgotten about. This could include smaller brands and magazines.
  7. Now you go to each of those brands’ websites and to the careers or contact section and send an email. Same way you did for the brands that were hiring interns. You will be surprised to find out that a lot of brands are looking for interns they just aren’t advertising it.

I can usually apply to 5-7 a day. My friends thought I was crazy after I told them I applied to 30 in a week. It quite easy if you know exactly where you’re applying to. Now you wait days, and even weeks. It can take up to 3 weeks before you hear back from someone. But when you do, it’s so exciting. Keep in mind, patience is a virtue.

5. I’ve landed an interview! Now what?

Awesome! Now is your chance to shine. Whether it’s an in person, phone, or even a Skype interview you want to show your outgoing personality. Interviewers are essentially looking to have a conversation with you. They want to get to know you, your personality and your professionality. Don’t sit quietly and awkward, instead be confident in yourself, engage in conversation. Make it less of an interview and more of a conversation. Know your resume by heart and be ready to elaborate on it. There’s no way to really prepare for an interview other than knowing your skills and being able to apply them to whatever job or internship you’re looking to get. Whether it’s an in person or Skype interview, dress to impress. You want to dress like the brand you’re interviewing for. I did a guest blog post a while ago on how to dress for 3 different interviews, a business, a creative, and a virtual interview. Check it out here.  At the end of the interview they will say “do you have any questions?” Whatever you do, DON’T say “no.” Have a few questions ready. Such as: What qualities do you look for in an intern? What kind of programs will I be using? What are the day to day activities of the intern? Questions show that you care about the position, and are engaging in the interview. At the end of an interview I always ask when I will hear a decision. Some say not to do this, but I like to know. I don’t see an issue in it. If they say two weeks, and you haven’t heard from them after two weeks, send a follow up email, most companies may not have gotten a chance to let you know you got the internship, but it could also mean you didn’t get it. Either way, I would rather know for sure.

I hope these 5 tips helped you in any way! If you liked this post and want more like it, leave a comment below and let me know!

*Photo by Maddie Ivey

Rollin’

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Final projects have finally come to an end. This quarter has provided me with some great portfolio pieces that I am so excited to share. This quarter I was enrolled in Fashion Aesthetics and Style, Retail Buying Simulations, and Intro to Anthropology (random, I know). But in all of these classes I created some awesome pieces including a brand extension proposal and a 6 month buying plan.

One of my favorite assignments was my final for Intro to Anthropology. We basically had the freedom to create anything we wanted as long as it tied back to a concept we learned in the class. I was inspired by the first tools made by early humans so I decided to make a method of carrying tools using a material that would have been available to homo sapiens. I created a roll up tool case made from alligator skin (vegan of course) and vegan leather cording. It features four slots for tools or cords, and a zippered pocket. It conveniently rolls up into an easy to carry case. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think about it! And to check out more of my work, take a look at my portfolio!

Four Eyes

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Cue “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash. Wearing glasses has been a part of my life since I was in the 3rd grade and I have loved every second of it. I loved getting my eyes checked and getting to pick out a new pair year after year. Every year it was like picking a new persona. While wearing glasses wasn’t considered cool, I didn’t let that stop me.

So it was that time of year again when I began looking for a new pair. Lucky for me, Kenmark Eyewear found me and shared some new styles with me! Kenmark is an awesome company that designs both RX and sunglasses for an extensive list of notable brands. Among those is my favorite brand, Original Penguin. The glasses that were designed by Kenmark for Original Penguin are exquisite. They feature modern and vintage styles, interesting textures, and a variety of colors.

I chose to go with the Charlton in Navy and the Collison in Crystal. Both of these glasses are made of clear plastic and feature universal bridges. I have be dying for a pair of clear glasses and now I get to sport two different pairs! Next time you’re ready to freshen up your look check out Kenmark; you won’t be disappointed!

*Photos by Maddie Ivey

This post was sponsored by Kenmark Eyewear. All views and opinions are my own.

Blurred Lines

Looks

H&M Top // Asos Denim // Jack Spade Bag // Zara Man Shoes // H&M and Marc Jacobs Jewelry