5 Ways to Ensure You Are Work-Ready

Sitting on the couch, flipping through the latest Vogue, and sipping on tea seems most pleasant for a lifetime ahead. But, there comes a point in life when reality sets in stone and things get oh-so-serious. September is a month of reflection and transition. Reflecting on the joys of summertime but pondering in thought about your career. Well, if you’re sitting there twiddling your thumbs and worried about how to tackle this next chapter of your life, here are five of the best ways to ensure you’re work-ready and be more than ready to apply, interview, and succeed with confidence!

PHOTO: Lex Kelly

1—Appearance is everything

An initial impression is everything. The way you present yourself will show a lot to your employer. Be sure you know what the dress code is and whether it’s smart casual or professional attire. A statement piece for every wardrobe is a tuxedo blazer. You can pair this with anything, whether it’s with a pair of jeans and boots or with a pair of tailored slim pants, a classic heel, and a white shirt with a collar.

PHOTO: Kenia Viezcas

2—Have your résumé up to scratch

A professional résumé is essential. This is what you will give the employer when applying for the job, so an engaging summary, proof of expertise, education highlights, and relevant past experience must be listed on your résumé. A cover letter is always a great thing to have as well, so you can target the job and employer in a very specific way, outlining that the job is attractive to you and why. Get creative and stand out. Remember to tailor each cover letter to the specific job you are applying for.

3—Organization is key

The key to staying organized is having a good diary or planner. Whether you’re old school or tech-savvy, this should be your go-to bible. Make checklists, write down what you need to do for the week, and take note of important dates, ideas, and thoughts. This will guarantee that you will not miss or forget a thing.

PHOTO: Valerie Cammack

4—Don’t forget about time management

Plan wisely before any interview. Plan your outfits, your work schedule, your departure times, and your alarms. Having a good grasp of time will help you make conscious choices, enabling you to work smarter even when time is tight and the pressure is high. Have a watch on every day. Not only can you look stylish with a rad watch, but you will never be late.

5—Be prepared for anything

In any interview, questions are going to be posed to you, so you may as well be one step ahead of the team. Research, read, repeat. It’s so important to be confident in your answers, and, above all, be you.

Comment below any helpful ways to get ready for your next career move, whether it be a dream internship or job aspiration. What is an essential way for you to be work-ready?

4 Essential Work Pieces Every College Student Should Have

Summer, you will sincerely be missed—but now it’s time to take on new adventures. As we continue to settle into our fall semester of school, time management can become quite difficult, especially if you landed your dream job or internship. Finding the perfect work wardrobe should not be an additional stress to your schedule. Here are four essential work pieces every Fashionista should have.

PHOTO: Lex Kelly

1—Kitten heels

High heels are practical for special occasions, like dates and weddings, but not for the office. Spare yourself the pain and discomfort from wearing high heels and buy kitten heels instead. These shoes have thin, low heels and come in handy if your job or internship requires you to run several errands throughout the day. While you are shopping for kitten heels, try on each style, and see which fit is best for you. If your foot is slender, I suggest searching for kitten heels that have straps. Straps provide extra comfort and help prevent your feet from slipping out of your shoes. Pair these heels with a pencil skirt or a pair of slacks, and you’re set for a chic and comfortable day in the office.

2—Pencil skirts

Pencil skirts are fabulous pieces to have because they offer a wide range of possibilities for your work wardrobe. Colored pencil skirts add a great pop of color to your outfits; however, make sure you buy at least one black pencil skirt. Black pencil skirts offer more wardrobe possibilities and will help you save time. Another great thing about pencil skirts is that they can be styled into casual outfits after work. Swap your blouse and kitten heels with a T-shirt and some Converse, and you’re ready to go have lunch with your friends.

PHOTO: Kenia Viezcas



Since blazers are so versatile, they make great basic work pieces. They can help you create tons of cute outfits while also saving money. You should buy at least one black blazer, and don’t forget to make sure it is the same shade of black as your pencil skirt.


4—Button-down shirts

Last but not least are button-down shirts. Button-down shirts are classic pieces that pair perfectly with fitted pencil skirts or sleek work pants. Select an array of colored shirts, and have fun creating endless amounts of outfits. You can tuck in your button-down shirts for a more polished look or leave them out for a casual work day outfit.

What are your essential work pieces? Show us on social media! Don’t forget to tag @Cfashionista.

Additional photo by Lex Kelly.

Vlogging Gear 101—What to Know Before You Get Started

You probably clicked on the title of this post because you’ve been thinking about starting your very own vlog channel. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Let me show you how to choose the right gear before jumping in front of just any lens so that you can take the vlogosphere by storm!

The very first thing you are going to want to purchase is a camera suited to your vlogging aspirations. Keep the following three questions in mind when browsing for one:

Do you need a flip display?

Flip displays are great if looking good at all times and from any angle is crucial to you. A word of warning about flip displays: make sure not to focus on your face too much. Looking into the lens will come across as more confident and natural.

What lifestyle are you conveying? 

If you want to feature adventurous content, then an action cam is the thing for you! Action cams have wide-angle lenses for you to capture more excitement in one frame. If you plan on doing sit-down videos like makeup tutorials, however, an affordable compact camera will suffice.

Is the audio important? 

If the audio is an essential part of your vlog, get a camera that allows you to attach an external microphone. If your ideal camera has no microphone jack, simply record the audio on a separate device and sync it to your video on the computer.

Found your ideal camera? Great! Now it’s time to consider camera settings. Your settings will depend on personal preference. If you love movie-like motions and want to work with slow motion, go for 60 FPS. FPS stands for frames per second, or the individual shots being taken within one second of filming. If you want to keep it more relaxed, stick with 30 FPS.

Shaky camera action probably won’t be the best look for your vlog, so I highly recommend investing in a decent selfie-stick or, better yet, a bendy tripod. It’s important to have portable gear to be able to film wherever and whenever you want. Having that extra stability for your camera will really make a difference!

Lastly, never underestimate the power of lighting. Good lighting makes such a difference when it comes to the quality of your footage. A movie shot on a smartphone in natural light will look better than a clip filmed on a fancy DSLR in artificial lighting.

Do you have aspirations to be a viral vlogger? Let me know in the comments down below!

How I Organize My Busy College and Work Life

Just like that, with the blink of an eye, summer is over and fall semester is officially here. Which means that homework, deadlines, and the busy, daily routine of college are fast approaching, too. We all know that juggling multiple classes, a social life, and internships or a job is nearly impossible. So, it’s time to get organized! Being a full-time student, as well as working for two clothing lines, running a blog, and interning for CollegeFashionista, having free time for me is a luxury. Therefore, planning my weeks and being organized is a key to my success. Here are a few tips and tricks that help me organize my everyday life.

1— Write everything down.  I am the type of person that has to physically see things, so writing everything down, and I do mean everything, is what best works for me. So, having a planner to write down all my assignments, deadlines, work schedule, and upcoming events has been a lifesaver. Sometimes jotting down ideas on small pieces of paper or random parts of your notebook can get lost, which means that you can miss important dates and even assignments.

2—Color code everything. Maybe this is just my OCD kicking in, but I’ve discovered that color coding my planner has helped me stay organized and keep track of my assignments and personal events. For instance, if I am trying to find the next date for an upcoming test for a specific class, I will simply look at the dates that the specific color for that class appears on my calendar. Not only does this save me some time, but it also makes your agenda look much cuter.

3—Make to-do lists. No matter how organized and accurate you planner may be, just because you write it on your planner doesn’t mean it will get done. Making a to-do list for the day helps you focus on the most important tasks at hand and accomplish them faster than if you were to see a calendar full of events and errands.

4—Use your phone and computer calendar. Sometimes when I am running late and in a hurry to get out of the house, I often forget to grab my planner from my desk before heading out for the day. Luckily, I always make sure to have my computer and phone calendars in sync with my planner so that even if I do forget it at home, I’m still aware of any appointments, errands, or assignments that need to get done that day.

Getting and staying organized is simple once you’ve gotten the hang of it. Not only will this help you throughout your college days, but it will help once you graduate as well. Just don’t forget to schedule a lazy day to relax every once in a while.

What are your favorite organization tips and tricks? Let us know in the comments below!

“The Intern Diaries”—Check Out These Major Lessons Learned While Interning

The summer is nearly over. I cannot believe that we are already getting back into the swing of school, studying, and the semester system. And while we head into this new school year refreshed, we also bring with us a a thing or two we picked up this summer—and we’re not talking about clothing for once.

Throughout your internship, you gained knowledge, lessons, and skills that will be vital not only to your future career, but your success in the classroom as well. Now at the end of your summer internship journey, it is time to start reflecting and seeing how much you have grown since the start of the season.

To wrap up our “Intern Diaries” series, we thought we would ask our star interns too see what they thought of their summers and the major lessons they learned.

Maddy Haller, Social Media Intern at College Fashionista HQ

“It was a bittersweet end to my internship at CollegeFashionista. I learned so much about the digital business spectrum, social media, event planning, and marketing. It was such a privilege to be there during The CF Clubhouse and see the behind-the-scenes of everything. Looking back, I definitely wish I knew how fast it would go by. While I did make a great connection with the CF team, I feel I should’ve taken advantage of networking more throughout the office. For anyone doing an internship in the future, make every second count. Take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself to grow and learn.”

(photo via @maddyhaller)

Kalynn Smith, Digital Marketing Intern at L Brands for Victoria’s Secret

“[I’m] so sad the summer has come to an end. My biggest take away this summer has been to not be afraid to speak up. It is easy to be intimidated and afraid that your ideas may be rejected, but you never know if you never try, right? By putting yourself out there you will learn and grow in bigger and better ways. My advice to someone starting their first internship would be to not put your head down into your work 24/7. Get your day job done and then start exploring what the business has to offer. Make connections, learn about other roles, and find your passion. Don’t get discouraged if you’re first internship isn’t your dream job. Take advantage of every opportunity and it will come!”

(photo via @kalynnelizabeth_)

Val Veak, Digital Marketing Team Intern at Nike

“Growing up can be extremely scary and part of growing up is getting experience for your future job aka internships. I didn’t know what to expect when I first started my internship this summer and of course I was super anxious, but I learned so much and would not trade this summer for anything. First of all, I realized that I was lacking in my knowledge of marketing, but just remember that it is perfectly fine not to know everything. For people starting an internship, please don’t stress and compare yourself to other experienced workers there. That was something I always did, and it made me feel inadequate, but just know they have more experience and you can learn so much from the people at your work place, so instead use it to your benefit! You should always make sure you understand the assignments given to you, I always repeated the tasks so I made sure everything was clear on my end. Just know that it is normal to be completely confused during your first internship, but as the weeks go by, I promise that things will get better. I am so glad I was able to have this opportunity because not only did I grow professionally, but I really matured as a person and became more independent. While at some internships, some of the things you do may seem unimportant or mundane, just know you are helping out and take advantage of the setting you are at and the people surrounding you. Apply to as many internships as possible because you never know what amazing opportunities are out there!”

(photo via @valveak)

Brisa Gomez, PR Intern at DoSomething.Org

“This summer I learned so much about myself. My biggest advice for incoming interns is to not be afraid to speak up and share your ideas or ask questions. Be curious and take initiative, it’ll help you get ahead and learn so many things! It’s also important to believe in yourself and give yourself credit for the things you accomplish. Celebrate your successes and let it propel you to accomplish any other goals you might have. Remember that it all starts with you and how you decide to take things on.”

(photo via @brisaamarr)

Hannah Bullion, Social Strategy and Innovation Intern at Refinery29

“Interning this summer really made me realize how passionate I am about digital media, specifically for women. I learned so much about the company and about best practices on social. But I also learned a lot about myself as a professional… Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even when you think they’re stupid or “silly.” I made this mistake a few times in the beginning and realized everything would be so much easier if I just spoke up and asked the question. Asking questions proves you’re invested in continual learning. Also, don’t overwhelm yourself! If you feel like you have too much on your plate, let your supervisor know. It’s always better to submit high quality worker slower rather than sloppy work faster. On that note, double check ALL your emails you’re sending and check for typos/clarity. There is NOTHING worse than getting an email back saying there was a typo or a misunderstanding.”

(photo via @hannahbullion)

Sahana Holla, Technical and Research Summer Analyst in Finance

“The idea of the summer being over is quite hard for me to grasp right now because it definitely flew by me in a heartbeat. I can honestly say though, upon reflection, that I had the most wonderful and crazy ten weeks of my life and it hurts to know that it is time to start hitting the good old books again. What strikes me the most is the ability for us to learn such a wealth of information and skills in such a short amount of time. Through undying support and efforts of my amazing colleagues, I was able to hone my skills, add value, and genuinely foster some lifelong relationships. Most importantly, I was given the chance to make memories that will stick with me forever. Always be eager to learn, always be ready to take advantage of any opportunity, and never forget that what you are doing is worth it and contributes to something greater. Every internship is a learning experience and every intern has a purpose, so go out there and reap the benefits of every single thing you can!”

(photo via @holla4sahana)

Valerie Cammack, Marketing Intern at Nisolo

“I learned so much this summer as a marketing intern for Nisolo. It was incredible to see how everyone in the startup environment takes on so much responsibility. I walked away from the internship feeling like I had a much better understanding of how to be an effective team player and I became more comfortable with taking on new responsibilities. My advice to anyone going into their first internship is that it is so important to have an open mind. Never few any task as too small. Chances are your supervisor(s) are having you do it for a reason! Be a sponge; there is so much to learn!”

(photo via @valeriecammack)

I hope these final reflections and the Intern Diaries series helped you all gain some insights into the intern world! Go forth and prosper, fellow interns, and let’s enjoy this next year!

What did you learn in your internship? Let us know in the comments below!

Workplace Fashion for Any 20-Something

If you are in your 20s, you know that adhering to a dress code in the workplace is difficult when you are also trying to stay on trend. It is important to be aware of the dress code of any job, but it is especially imperative for a 20-something who has just entered the first step of their career.

I work in a corporate office of a fashion retail company, therefore trends are important. However, there are some looks that are just simply not office-appropriate. But, have no fear, there are many stylish and trendy outfits that do make the professional cut! Below are my three office-wear staples that have been tried and true for yours truly.

The Outfit Saver: The Blazer

Everyone should own a blazer, period. It is a foolproof staple to any wardrobe! Most options depend on personal preference, as any blazer coincides with a workplace dress code. Try a structured blazer with slight shoulder pads for a more formal look. For a casual look, opt for an oversized boyfriend blazer in a crêpe fabric.

The Perfect Skirt

I am all for wearing pants, trousers, jeans—you name it! But, choosing the right skirt for a professional setting is where most go wrong. The ideal workplace skirt should be a fabric that fits you but is not too tight (you do not want to risk a rip or split!). You may opt for a skirt that falls below the knee; however, if you are looking for a skirt that falls above the knee, always aim for about two to three inches above the knee. (Note: You do not always have to wear a pencil skirt, switch it up and try the one linked above!)

Comfortable Shoes

Shoes can make or break an outfit. When I hear “work shoes,” I think sensible. Your shoes should be as comfortable as possible, especially for an eight hour work day! If you commute and have a long route before arriving at work, wear shoes you can easily walk around in such as sneakers, oxfords, or flats. Bring a pair of shoes of your choice to change into upon arrival. When it comes to heels, they should be no higher than about 3 inches for most occupations, although some jobs are more flexible. I recommend platforms for any job because of the pressure being exhausted on your feet throughout the day. If you are unsure about how to match your shoe to your outfit, grab a neutral or go for a pop of color!

A blazer, the right skirt, and chic shoes are guaranteed to make you shine in any workplace! There is always room to explore no matter what job you have or job you are working towards. Use these three pieces as a guide to creating your very own, unique office style. Although workplaces have dress codes, you are still an individual and can always express that with each outfit you slay!

What are your office wardrobe must-haves? Comment below!

4 Tips for Productivity After a Long Day

When you get home after a long day, the last thing you want to do is anything slightly productive. I personally would rather throw on pajamas and nap for a few hours, then wake up and watch Netflix. But because that normally isn’t an option, I’ve created four tips for productivity even when I’ve been working all day. Whether you’re going from your 9-5 to work on something creative like a blog, or you’re going from a long day of class to work on more homework, these tips will be so helpful!

1—Wake yourself up. In other words, don’t take a nap. Unless you’re some magical human being who can actually take a 20-minute nap, don’t even lie down. Drink some coffee or tea, turn on some pump up jams, or dance around your room. Do whatever it takes to wake up. It feels impossible, but I promise you’ll be thanking yourself when you’re done with your work before midnight.

2—Dress for success. This tip may be a cliché, but it’s true! Fight the urge to wear pajamas or even sweatpants, because these clothes will get you in the mindset of sleep. This doesn’t mean you need to add makeup or a pantsuit (especially if you’re sitting at home), but wearing comfortable clothes you feel confident in will translate into work you’re confident in.

3—Set the tone. Do the same thing every time you need to get into a productive mood. This could mean fixing yourself a coffee, sitting in the perfect chair, or even using the same notebook each time. I love to go to Starbucks to write blog posts, but because that isn’t always an option, I like to have something to sip on. Set the tone every time you work, and in a while, just the sight of coffee will get you in the productive mood!

4—Make a list. Whether you make a new to-do list or you keep a running list of tasks, writing down your goals is so helpful. You can write concrete terms like “Write a rough draft of my paper,” or you can give yourself more abstract goals like “Spend 20 minutes working on paper without a break.” Checking off your accomplishments is so satisfying, plus every time you’re not sure what else you need to do, you’ll have a full list written down!

What are your tips for productivity? Let me know in the comments below!

Who What Wear Collection Pretty Much Created The Perfect Fall Wardrobe

As if you needed another excuse to go to Target, we have one for you. Who What Wear Collection just dropped the first part of their fall collection in Target stores and on Target.com and ladies, it is SO GOOD. (Yes, all caps are a bit aggressive but completely necessary for this one.) It’s the first of the installments; meaning this is just a taste of the stylish smorgasbord. (FYI the second installment drops August 13th). All new silhouettes, textures, prints, and best of all new fall trends.

We know you will already be heading to this retailer to stock up on dorm decor, beauty products, and probably 38 other things you may or may not need. So be sure to shop our personal favorites below, and check out the full collection at Target.com.

A First Day of Look That Will Be Classmate and Professor Approved

 Who What Wear Woman’s Ruffle Poplin Blouse ($27)

Who What Wear Woman’s Paper Bag Trouser ($32)

Good News: The Perfect Day-to-Night Top Exists!

Who What Wear Women’s Plus Size Lace Bell Sleeve Ribbed Crew ($30)

A new take on a bell sleeve, perfect for layering to create a more visually interesting look.

Who Knew a Pair of Pants Could Single-Handedly Convince You To *Consider* Running?

Who What Wear Woman’s Wide Leg Track Pants ($30)

They did it once again with a second pair of track pants (insert praise hands emoji here). Seriously though, I live in my other ones.

You Won’t Be Sad To Take This Jacket Everywhere

Who What Wear Women’s Varsity Bomber Jacket ($39)

Your bomber jacket just got upgraded to varsity level.

Get Your Instagram Grid Ready

Who What Wear Women’s Deconstructed Jeans ($34)

When you can put three denim trends in one and it’s not over done, you definitely did something right.

Three Words You’ll Start Hearing Everywhere: Cool Girl Skirt

Who What Wear Woman’s Tie Skirt  ($24)

Mix up your basic white T-shirt and sneakers with this asymmetrical skirt.

Oh, Did I Mention The Shoes?

Who What Wear Women’s Ivy Collapse Back Loafers ($39)

The classic loafer is the perfect staple piece for any fall wardrobe.

Who What Wear Women’s Matilda Dip Front Heeled Mules ($34)

Who knew tops weren’t the only thing with a plunging neckline? The V-shape makes for a sexier shoe silhouette.

No, This Bag Doesn’t Cost a Bagillion Dollars

Who What Wear Women’s Mini Top Handle Handbag ($29)

Olive green is the hot color for this fall; incorporate it into accessories for a subtle pop of color. And the rounded handle? Yes please!

What’s your favorite from the recent Who What Wear Collection? Let us know in the comments below!

3 Must-Haves if You Work in Retail

Working in retail comes with a lot of perks. You get to meet people every day, you get a discount on clothes, and you can wear whatever you’d like to work. Wearing whatever you’d like to work is awesome, but can also be a serious downside to working in retail. It can be hard to find a new outfit to wear every day, especially if you work every day of the week. It can be hard to keep up financially and even harder to find enough closet space for a new outfit every single day. I’m not saying I never wear the same thing twice—I’m a proud outfit repeater at work—but it is nice to be able to wear a piece in more than one way so that it feels like a brand new outfit. Here are three things I think are absolutely necessary to have in your closet if you work in retail.

1—A kimono that can be worn as a dress. Kimonos are awesome. You can wear them with different tops underneath them to create a new outfit, but my favorite kimonos can be worn alone as a dress. This one came with a little belt, but also has buttons, so you could wear it as a shift dress untied. I love it layered over a black or nude tank with denim shorts or jeans. Even though it is the same piece, it feels like a brand new outfit whenever I wear it as a dress.

2—A super oversize shirt. This green top is from Free People’s beach collection, which means it is very oversize and breezy. How oversize this shirt is makes it the perfect piece to have in your closet if you work in retail because it can be worn so many ways. I love to wear this as a loose dress with platforms. It’s light and would even be cute with a cardigan. Another great way to wear this oversize top is to tie it in a knot with shorts or jeans. I originally tried to tuck the shirt in, but there’s so much material that I looked a little silly, so I went with a sassy little knot instead. This also feels like a whole new outfit when worn a different way.

3—A graphic pullover. My main reason for suggesting a cute pullover is because retail stores can be cold on the inside. Even in the summer when it’s 100 degrees in the shade, I find myself shivering inside at work. I think it’s a great idea to keep a cool pullover at work all the time for that reason, but also because it can change up your look as well. I layered it over the same black tank that I wore the kimono over. If for some reason you get tired of your look halfway through the day… boom, throw the pullover on and it’s a whole new look! This one came from Wildfox, and you can find a similar one here.

I love having the freedom to express myself and change up my look every single day for work, but I really love these multi-way pieces to save myself a little money and a little closet space.

What are your favorite multi-way pieces? Let me know in the comments below!

When Your Summer Is All Work and No Play

Happy summer, well at least I hope you are having a happy summer. Summer is supposed to be a season of travel, happiness, and growth. However, if you are anything like me, summer can be a hard season to conquer. All one sees on social media are girls living lavish lives indulging in the fashion industry.

Unfortunately, most of us out there do not get these opportunities and only get to live vicariously through the photos we gawk over on Instagram. Today as you read what I have to share and if you can relate to what I have to say, I hope you find encouragement in the fact that you are not alone.

“Though she be but little, she is fierce” is a quote by the one and only Shakespeare that brings me encouragement daily through my favorite little pillow. Even though you may think you are little and weak compared to what is going in the world around you, you are actually the strong and fierce one being humble and goal-oriented in your hard work and dedication. Whenever I see these pictures on social media of girls studying abroad in London or interning in New York City, I automatically think to myself, “since I’m not doing this I must not be good enough” and I begin my pity party.

But you know what girls, an ode to all of us who are stuck at home working full-time jobs and taking classes all summer, we are gaining some of the most important qualities that companies look for in their future employees. Hard working, multitasking, and humbleness are all amazing qualities you gain while you have to sit in the background and work hard to pay for rent and college degrees.

As you work those long eight-hour days, write down these amazing characteristics you are gaining. Keep a journal by your bed so whenever you see a picture of a picnic in Central Park by a girl interning in the Big Apple, you can write down all the traits you are gaining by staying at home and working through the sweaty days of the season. Write down what you are doing every day and how that will further you in the long run.

In the downtime, when you are on social media wishing that your life would be filled with adventure and travel, read the positive notes you have about yourself as an encouragement to keep going and working hard. If you are in the same stage of life as me this summer, please be encouraged by what I have shared and know you are not the only one living the simple life.  All work and no play are okay for now because your future oyster contains a pearl!

Do you feel the same way about the season of summer? If so, share in the comments what you are doing this summer whether it be working a part time job or taking classes on campus!