Presence or paperwork: Which is more important in today’s job market?

I’m sitting on the floor in a sea of heels and handbags.  It’s funny how the things I loved last year suddenly appear overrated and I’m no longer interested.  Vera Bradley is going on the back burner because leather is so much prettier.  I never used to understand what the drastic difference between Payless pumps and Nordstrom’s big name designer could be.. but the scuffs, salt, marks and chipped fake leather leaves a lot to be desired once you own some of the real deals.  I have an ever expanding list of items to replace forming in my head. This is more than the typical seasonal transition wardrobe swap.  I have come to the conclusion it’s a style phase change as well.

I still love preppy.  I still adore classic.  My definitions of them might have changed a little though.  As my limited discretionary income increased by a little, so did my taste.  The more often I wait on needy wealthy Coach customers, the more I crave the 500 dollar jackets and 300 dollar heels.

So, my plaid baby Kate Spade from October is on ebay and ready for a new home. She’s cute, but not cute for what I paid and I have a lot of life changing decisions to make soo here’s hoping she’ll help.

And by life changing decisions I mean, I would rather have the yellow leather Coach madison lindsey.  She makes one heck of a statement.  I almost wish she would be on my arm friday at my interview.

I leave for Manhattan in less than 48 hours and I am still yet to decide what to wear for my Coach interview.  I am leaning towards my hot pink blazer, but I also have that brand new Valentines Day dress that was never worn on Valentines Day.  I want to look professional, but with personality.  It is a first impression with some very important people, and I cannot mess it up.  I am not taking the dress pants route, because those are on my list of things to buy and I’m conservative, but I don’t want to blend.  In a room full of 20 somethings, I want my appearance to differentiate me more than my age.  I want to captivate the audience in a positive way, and I want it to suck people in to thinking “I wonder what her story is?”

My black leather quilted boots would look so cute with the dress and black tights.  The impression a red rose dress and leather shoes give might be too hard-ass for your typical interview, but this is the fashion industry in Manhattan we’re talking about.  I can’t give off the naive kid-ish vibe that would be much easier to portray.

Young wanna-be successfuls everywhere are confused by how to present themselves.  According to an article I read in The New York Times it appears that if we are lucky enough to snag an opportunity it is time to settle.

I may not be a 20-Something, but in my recent job hunt I am only too familiar with entry level jobs no longer existing, because they are now called internships.  You can’t find very much out there, as the media is all too eager to inform you.  It was a little unsettling to see so much in your face honesty dealing with the young job market in print.  My resume needs to make more of an impression than my apparel it seems and I think that’s my bigger concern.

I’m God awful at settling and I don’t want anyone to settle on me either.

Not being in a physical school location, limits me from having access to things like the Career Center.  I have a Microsoft Word inspired list of experience, skills, and goals.. but I am not sure how to make it stand out.  I read somewhere that you should have a captivating line at the top of your application, so I made the ballsy choice of putting “The self-proclaimed perfect applicant”  I may be okay with submitting that title online, but standing behind it in person with my flaws in their face is a little more difficult.

We discuss proper use of font and style of writing in my Business Communications class, but there’s only so much textbook information one can depend on.

Would it be better for my in person presentation to speak louder than my paperwork?  Once I leave the interview, my Cover Letter and Resume will still remain, therefore I want them to mirror each other.

There are no room for mistakes.


Raven who? 49% off what?


I decided today I deserved a little splurging.  Being surrounded by thousands of dollars worth of bags daily at work is bound to have that effect.  I survived 3 weeks, don’t I get a gold star or something?  Luckily, I had enough self control to resist the Coach store, although I was tempted.  I keep debating buying our ridiculously cheap leather gloves..

But each time I go into work I get distracted by something bigger and better.  I was never a coach obsessor, although I own some bags.  I adore the multi purpose tote as of recent (fancy wording for a diaper bag, judge me.) as well as EVERYTHING legacy.

It’s never going out of style.  It’s like chocolate, the deep brown sweet bag just sucks you in.. You feel guilty, but like heaven at the same time.

At least the guilt is the result of the price tag instead of calorie count.


I didn’t cave though!  I left the store after my mini shift, and wandered the mall.

The douche Michael Kors associate pointed out the fact I was eye balling the Hamiltons in my obvious Coach uniform and killed my vibe.

I’m now not purchasing that bag due to hipster wanna be.  He probably could have really used the commission to buy a real outfit too </3 shame.


Did I mention customer service is a h-you-geeeee deal to me?  It is.  I dunno if it’s because I worked/work retail, or if I just have exceedingly high standards for anything I spend my hard earned money on (even my tax money, which is why I hate that people live off the system.. but that’s another story).

Like LOFT? I typically adore!  But the service was off today, and guess who had a coupon and still walked out empty handed?  All this gushing about missed purchases probably leads you to believe I left the mall bag-less, but not a change.

Don’t worry, it’s still Allison blogging after all.

I’m not sure if it was the anger from the lack of service or just a rebel moment, but I felt the need to buy a graphic tunic from Love Culture.  The brand is essentially a Forever 21 wanna be, but hoochie-er.  If you hunt, they do have cute stuff.

The shirt said “Look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man, work like a boss.”

Not to preppy, agreed. But do you know how hot I’m going to look at aerobics tomorrow? The back of the top is cut out, perfect to high light my bright blue sports bra.. matched with crop leggings and sneaks I think its possible I just made exercise attire cute. *gasp*

I also bought brown leather-wanna-be flats for work (shhh, don’t tell my boss they’re fake..) and a matching braided belt.  My feet were about to give out, or demand a pedicure, so I took the more cost effective approach and also made an appearance at Aldo where I picked up some machine washable foamy shoe inserts.

Aldo had the CUTEST loafers.

ImageThat suede would fall victim to harsh New York winters though.  I did not want to see them suffer in the salt, I couldn’t buy them.

I did buy another shirt from Rue 21, lace with a pearl and rhinestone studded collar.  These cheap stores aren’t my usual, but I was feeling thrifty and when you did I feel like a learned eye can find a diamond in the rough.

So, that’s how I spent my Super Bowl Sunday.  Raven who? 49% off what?


PS: The commercials I saw weren’t all that great either.


Random hashtags, style, fitness, and room renovations.

Darlings!! I got the job at Coach, permanently.  It’s so exciting. I like knowing I will have somewhat glamorous dependable income.  Life is crazy and chaotic, but I expect nothing less.  I am a level 2 part timer, which means I work 15-22 hours per week.  I am yet to take the plunge and take advantage of my lovely employee discount, I think I deserve bonus points for that.  Not to say I’m not drooling over shimmery leather bags and signature infinity scarves.  I am saving my pennies for trips to Florida and New York CIty though. I need a change of scenery, I’m just taking online classes mainly after all. I have a pink shoe fund piggy bank, I should tape over that and put saving up for life… And Tory Burch flats. #sorrynotsorry



I know I’m the biggest traitor ever, but I want a Michael Kors Hamilton Bag too..  Curse my expensive taste! Hourly wage at Coach doesn’t support my desires.  One day.. when I’m a famous magazine writer you’ll see my black pumps with red soles walking away from those items I want now.  They’ll be so 2013. 

My bag from Paris finally came, the maude and tilda one? I like it alot.. but I need to take back my bragging review.  The quality is pretty lame, and I could have had the clever quote screen printed in the USA for like 20 dollars.  I wish I hadn’t paid so much, but I am still happy I have it.  My mom dragged me in a thrift store with her, and wearing a bag that says “Not comfortable prancing around with my Chanel bag” was a hoot.

It wasn’t one of those cute trendy second hand boutiques either.

I’m indulging in wayyyyy too much TV time lately.  The Hills and The Carrie Diaries are my FAV pass times.  I feel fashion inspired with nowhere to wear it.  I am newly obsessed with Lauren Conrad and Whitney Port.  I missed that oh so 2007 phase of the show because my parents banished MTV from my house.  I know the show is fake, please don’t ruin anything more of it for me!  Carrie on the other hand is definitely going to inspire my need to watch Sex and the City after this.  I adore living through these TV shows.  I was talking to one of my long distance best friends about fickle friends and I referred to Lauren Conrad as my very picky best friend. Kinda wish I was kidding.

The girls on these shows TOTALLY drive my desire to look supurb by spring break.  They’re ridiculously fit.  I have lost 12 pounds since I left Canisius though so they are a positive influence! Aerobics KILLS my ass, but its going to be one perky rear end when I’m done with it.  Bowling starts at the end of February, and although it’s not exherting that much energy it has more impact that I do lounging on my lovely bedding in my BEA-UTIFUL re-fabbed room!


Well technically it’s jenna’s and mine.  Just picture marilyn and audrey up there. MMMMM. Vintage and modern heaven. I cannot wait to get a desk and vanity in there.  It’s going to be so victorian chic.  Those style icons with gorgeous bone structure with also influence the lifestyle change occurring now.

I NEED TO INVEST IN A PEDOMETER TO WEAR AROUND COACH. I get freaking shin splints and swear I walk miles over an 8 hour shift in that tiny store.  I need comfier shoes.. I adore my British Tan riding boots, don’t get me wrong… I just think leather flats would be more appropriate.

I ditched the button down already. Starched and pressed collars are too much work.

Dear Lord, I sound like such a lazy prep.. I’m going on Forever 21 right now to buy fake pearls. #judgeme