When in Rome

Buon giorno! This summer I had the opportunity to travel to Rome, Italy and had an amazing time! I loved every part of Rome, from the incredible architecture to the delicious food, to the designer stores. After returning home, I have written down a few of my favorite travel tips. Hopefully, these will help you plan your next excursion!

1—Make an itinerary. Before jetting off, you should make a list of the main attractions to make sure you see all that you want. After doing this, you will be able to plan which days you want to do each activity. This will ensure that you make the most of your trip and don’t forget anything you want to do. Additionally, make sure you know your flight times and locations to make traveling as smooth as possible.

2—Wear a comfortable outfit. If you are traveling to a foreign country, you most likely won’t have a car to drive around like at home, and you will have to walk almost everywhere. Because of this, it is important to wear an outfit that is cool and comfortable. One example of an outfit that I wore was a white T-shirt, seersucker shorts, white Converse, and pearl earrings.

3—Water, water, water. Depending on your destination and time of year that you are traveling, the temperature could be very hot, like it was on my trip. The best way to combat this is to make sure that you are staying hydrated throughout the day and drinking plenty of water.

4—Take lots of pictures. This is definitely a trip you’ll want to remember! Take as many pictures as you can so you will be able to look back on them when you are home and remember all the great memories you made.

5—Do as the Romans do. That being said, make sure to take a step back to appreciate the remarkable country you are in. Look at the incredible, thousand-year-old architecture, and listen to the different languages being spoken around you. This is a once in a lifetime experience, make sure to enjoy it!

What are your favorite travel tips? Let me know in the comments!

Top 5 Interview Tips

You’ve scoured the Internet for potential jobs, perfected your résumé and applied to more positions than you can remember. Finally, you hear back from the first company and they want you to come in for an interview! While this is great news, most likely you will be somewhat nervous and anxious. To combat your interview jitters, I have written down my favorite interview tips. You’ll be sure to nail that interview!

1—Dress to impress. When picking out your outfit, remember to keep it professional and simple. You want the focus to be on you, not your clothing. My go-to outfit consists of a blazer, a skirt or dress pants, high heels, and classic jewelry, such as pearl earrings and a watch. I also like to bring a simple purse and a portfolio to hold my papers.

2—Do your homework. Before the interview, you should review the description of the position you are applying to, in order to make sure you are certain of what the job entails. You can also write down questions you may have regarding your tasks and responsibilities. Additionally, you should become somewhat familiar with the company. Take a few minutes to explore the company website and learn what is important to them.

3—Come prepared. Even though you may have already submitted your résumé online, always bring a few copies just in case. You should also bring a sheet listing your references, and a paper and pen to write down any notes you may want to remember after the interview.

4—Early is always better. Arriving late sets the mood for the entire interview. To be on the safe side, plan to show up about 15-20 minutes early. Be sure to plan the transportation logistics so you are not scrambling the day of the interview.

5—Relax! Drink some water, take a few deep breaths, and relax. You look the part, you’ve done your research, and remember that wanted to talk to you. This is just one interview out of the dozens that you will have in your lifetime. So, before you completely have a panic attack, breathe, and think how lucky they would be to have someone like you working for them. Now go land that job!

What are your tips for nailing an interview? Let me know in the comments below! 

Life Is a Party, Dress Like It

June 21st marks the end of school, the beginning of summer, and National Lily Pulitzer Day. Every year National Lily Day rings in the summer season with Lily’s signature collection in a wide variety of bright, colorful, patterns. In addition to highlighting the fun fashion that has been worn for generations, this day also brings attention to Lily Pulitzer’s admirable entrepreneurial spirit that allowed her to turn her love of resort life into a thriving corporation.

When Lily was just 21 years old, she and her husband Peter Pulitzer traded life in the Big Apple for endless sunshine in Palm Beach, Florida.  Life in Palm Beach brought all the glamour and fabulousness of living on a resort, as well as three children and a citrus grove. Lily liked to keep herself busy, and opened a juice stand using the produce grown in her husband’s orchard. While she loved running her own business and interacting with all her friends who came to buy juice, she always found herself spilling on her clothing. In order to disguise the stains, Lily created dresses in bright colors and intricate patterns. Once people saw her dresses, demand quickly grew. And when Jackie Kennedy, Lily’s schoolmate and First Lady, was photographed in a Lily dress, the Lily Pulitzer brand skyrocketed.

Lily Pulitzer continues to be a great success today because it brings the happiness and excitement of a summer resort to everyday life. To celebrate National Lily Day, I put together an outfit that captures the liveliness and excitement of summer. My top is a classic Lily Pulitzer, complete with one of her signature patterns in many bright colors.  Since the shirt was the focal point, I kept the rest of my outfit simple and basic. I did this by pairing my shirt with a pair of white jeans, and gold sandals. I accessorized with a Kate Spade bangle and pearl earrings.

How will you celebrate National Lily Pulitzer Day? Let me know in the comments below!