How to Network as a College Student

Hello all! It has been a hot minute since I’ve posted on my blog. I’m not going to lie.. My motivation slumped, and a lot of life happened to me these past few months. Currently, I’m back in college and in full swing (Lord, help), but I’m ready to be back in your news feed.

To begin, there has been a puzzling question that has been on my mind for some time now. If you know me, you know that I am extremely eager to learn new things. So, my question is how do you break into the PR industry (or any industry you are working in) as a college student?

Believe me when I say this, I’ve Googled this, Pinterest-ed it, Youtube-ed, Read books and articles, Podcast-ed it and just about everything else. I made myself a LinkedIn account, follow about 10-15 new people/companies on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat)  every day, and read articles written from professionals. Here’s my problem that many of you might have in common with me: How do I break into the industry if I’m from a small town and don’t live in a major city? This question has been TAUNTING me. I feel that I have been doing all the right things..so where are my results at?  So far, I’ve connected with professionals on many platforms and I stalk their pages religiously, but it is hard to meet them because I don’t live in their city. Like I said, I’m eager and hungry to learn more.

Even though I haven’t gotten my big break, I have thought of 4 tips on how to network and learn more about your industry and what you want from life.

1). Find a job in the industry you want. Any job.  I recently got hired as a Stylist at Francesca’s Boutique. I love fashion, but truthfully never thought I’d work retail, but I’m learning a lot about production, sales, and what it means to work for a corporation. Even though I may never meet the CEO at least I know the retail side of the Fashion industry.

2). As a college student join clubs that you may have an interest in. On my campus at Western Michigan University there are over 300 RSO’s (registered student organizations) and I’m currently a member of M.O.D.A which stand for Merchandising Opportunities and Design Association. One reason why I enjoy it is that I’m with other students who love fashion just as much as me. Again, I was hesitant at first, but I went for it. I may not have met career changing professionals, but there have been a few speakers who are big names in the fashion industry and hearing their stories are so inspiring. Also, weekly M.O.D.A meetings is a good break from my academics.

3). Follow as many people as you can that are in your industry on social media. Okay, maybe not EVERYONE. But, search for people and companies by looking at their pages and seeing if you have something in common. Do they like fashion? Are they from a big city? Do they love sweets like me? Are they in my field? I ask these questions and when I do find new accounts to follow I follow them on EVERYTHING. Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, LinkedIn. I mean, what if I got called for an interview and I already knew more about their company than they thought (impressive, am I right?)

4). Be hopeful! I’m from a small town and I don’t go to school in a major city..and I forgot to mention, I’m a poor college student. So, at times I feel disappointed and behind. Some days I feel that I already need to have 5 internships and a 4.75 GPA. Then I float back into reality and remember that working hard is a process, and good things take time.

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Networking doesn’t always mean face-to-face interactions. For me, networking means learning about new people and companies in your industry and following them on social media, because I LOVE the power of social media (the positive one, of course). Networking also means trying new things and figuring out what I want in life. And of course, networking is an on going process, so you do have to stay hopeful. Truthfully, I’m no expert. I’m just a really driven young millennial who is extremely passionate. Now, I want to ask you..What tips do you have to expand your network? Anyone else work in the PR industry?

 

 

 

 

 

3 things New Yorkers Taught me about Fashion

It is a hands down agreement that the women of New York City are always stylish. Their looks are polished, and uniquely tailored to the ladies of the city.

My most recent trip to the City made my heart explode. My obsession with personal style was overwhelmed with the heat, unique prints, and latest trends as seen on the street. Half of my trip was spent staring at the ladies of the city. Either I was sitting in the car of a subway heading uptown, or walking across the street on 5th Ave. Here, are 3 lessons that New Yorkers taught me about fashion.

 

 

Stop matching. Just make it “go”. So many outfits didn’t even match. They just..went. Colors, patterns, cuts, layers – you name it. Even the most polished women wore pieces that complimented each other, but didn’t necessarily match shades. It made me rethink about my personal wardrobe, and how I can switch up patterns and colors a lot more than I thought. I once saw a women whose outfit didn’t match. Not a single bit, but it went. My mouth, dropped..like how could you do that and have it look bomb. A skirt, a sweater, a choker, knee highs, a vest..how. you go, girl.

(I would’ve taken a photo, but staring at her for 10 minutes on the subway was creepy enough.)

 

 

No matter the time of day or temperature outside, hair is always on point. Between the heat and humidity my hair was ready for bed at around 6pm. The frizz was impossible for me to keep up with. Perhaps, I didn’t bring the right products in accordance to the temp. Needless to say, New Yorkers know how to make hair look well-groomed. For brunch, for errands, for cocktail hour, for late night parties. Perfect loose curls, and voluminous pony’s were bouncing in the streets all night long. My hair, couldn’t disagree more with the weather.

 

Black is always an option. Whether it’s a pair of platform sandals, the elegance of a little black dress, black butterfly sunshades, or 2.55 Chanel bag- there was no doubt, that black is the answer. New Yorkers wear black, because it issexy, and suitable for any occasion. I’ve seen to many women/men make this look edgy, chic, sexy, and simple look their own. A symbol of power, or elegance, and of luxury. What better way for a New Yorker to describe their city with their outfit?

 

It’s true, New Yorkers can basically wear whatever the hell they want, and no one will judge them. The most creative, innovative, and powerful people live in this chaotic city. New Yorkers break fashion trends, they invent them, they redefine the rules. So, next time you’re looking for an outfit to wear, but feel like you have nothing..remember what a New Yorker would say to you, black is ALWAYS a good idea, mix those patterns and colors up for some summer funk..and always, make sure that your hair looks good.

 

xoxo,

Sabryna

 

 

 

 

5 Essential Apps for Fashion Newbies

If you’re like me, and have a passion to get entirely submerged into everything fashion, here are 5 apps that I’ve recently discovered that will channel your inner fashionista (seriously, your pretty face will be glued to your phone).

I’ve done a lot of soul-searching the past few weeks. Writing down my dreams, my goals, what makes me different. Although, the process is frustrating, I have been able to research some of the most elite fashion blogs, fashion PR firms, editors, magazines, and apps.

Since, I don’t have the time to spend at the bookstore or library sticking my head in fashion how to books, apps seem to be the route most suited for me. I mean, who doesn’t love a new app folder located at the top of your screen? Fashion trends are constantly evolving, and it can be difficult to keep up. Thankfully, there are some pretty neat apps that will help relieve the stress of finding the latest trends. Thanks to me, they will be at the tips of your polished fingernails (literally).

1.)   Instagram – This is a no brainer. Instagram is solely a visual app. There are literally, zillions of bloggers, stylists, magazines, PR firms, on the insta. I love that I can look at my friend’s hottest new clothes, and search for the top stylist, and get a daily look into their closets! Plus, this app is so versatile. If you want to see a photo of an adorable puppy with cat eye sunglasses on, or desserts that make your mouth drool, and photos of friends enjoying a night out on the town, it’s just a click away!

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2.)  Polyvore – Okay, I’m obsessed. Not only is this app addicting to be on. It actually has helped me style some of my favorite pieces. The best part, is that it says the price (you can adjust the price range too) and tells you where to buy. You can create, browse, follow other stylists, and even publish your own pieces and upload it to different social media platforms.

 

3.) Bustle – Catching up on the latest news, fashion trends, and gossip is all in one very adorable and flexible app. You get to tailor the app to your interests, likes, and dislikes. This app is all subjects that floats in a woman’s head.. so like, food to relationships to beauty tips, adorable pups, and latest trends.

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4. ) Vogue Runway- Exploring the most distinguished designers the minute they hit the runways in New York, London, Milan, and Paris Fashion Weeks. The collections are always an inspiration to keep thinking about the next biggest trend. The easy to use gallery allows for quick clicks to learn about different collections. Totally immersing myself into couture.

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5.) The Hunt –Whether you want to exchange style advice, search for new styles, or find out where your fav instagrammer got their outfit from is all in this app. Find, connect, and share different styles that are comparable to your own.

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I’m still on the search for the most informative fashion apps out there. So far, these have been the easiest to use and have helped me learn more about the world of ever-changing fashion. Are there any apps that is your go to for fashion?

Good luck my fellow fashion newbies!

 

 

 

 

10 Wearable Trends for Summer 2016

I am all about personal style, and of course, accessories! Summer is my second favorite season besides fall, but what is so exciting about summer is the huge color palette to choose from! Floral, pastels, stripes, chevron, lights, darks. You name it, it’s virtually endless.

As we all know, I’m seriously addicted to Pinterest fashion boards, and I’ve created my top ten fashion trends that I’m obsessed with, and ready to strut this summer. I love chic styled fashion combinations that are fun, flirty, and professional, so here are some of my favorite trends for you to watch out for this summer.

Pointed heeled flats are to die for. Look how causally adorable these flats are, comfy and stylish. What an easy way to look chic. Pointed toes are easily one of the most versatile shoe you’ll ever own. This look is great for the office, date-night, and for a causal Sunday when running errands.

 

I basically wear accessories religiously. I seriously doubt you’ll ever see me without a cute pair of earrings, statement necklace, or purse! Statement necklaces make a powerful impact on a cute plain tank, and are a huge trend right now. Bracelets, hat, handbag add an extra flair of fun. If I had to choose between gold or silver accessories, I’m loving gold for this summer, especially rose gold! A couple of pieces of jewelry will definitely add to your outfit, but make sure you don’t over-do it.

Floral off the shoulder tops scream SUMMER! So fun and flirty these tops are, as seen off the runway in Paris to New York. A great way to add color to a white pair of jeans, black skirt, and dark washed jeans. Perfect for a girl’s night out, or new date with that cute boy you’ve been talking to! The bell sleeve detail is perfect for tops like these.

HIGH- WASTED DENIM are reinventing themselves even better than the last time! Finding the right pair can be tricky, but when you do they seriously accentuate the right parts, and look so dang cute. The right fit is essential, because you don’t want to be walking around in “saggy mom jeans”, am I right ladies? This denim is great for a casual day out, and is not going out of style anytime soon.

Professional and so chic, what a perfect combo. Blazers can be combined with just about anything. Casually paired with printed shorts or with a peplum top or skinny jeans, you name it.

Two-piece outfits are *obviously* so easy to wear, it almost hurts. When the temperature starts to rise, you’ll be loving your two-piece set a little extra, because of course, there’s room for breathing. A super simply pairing, for a simple day or fun night out with the gals.

I’m all about unique sunglasses that are flirty and trendy. Yes, we’ve moved past the boring, and now BOLD is in. Over-sized sunglasses are a must, but the cat-eyed and round combination are too cute, two of the best styles in just one look. The cat-eye adds sexiness to your outfit, and round frames are a great hipster effect, you rock it girl!

 

High neck tanks are sexy enough to show a little shoulder, but so trendy when worn with solid pants or shorts. These tops are super wearable, and breathable when the weather gets hot. By highlighting your collarbone and shoulders, the modest neck line makes this a perfect tank to wear.

 

Shift dresses are an obvious go to! These are super simple and comfortable, but the “shift” of the dress, makes it casual. This dress is great when you want a little extra breathing room, or when you eat a little extra at your favorite brunch spot. The prints and colors are endless for this summer style.

Cross body purses are so handy, and come with so much ease. They’re small enough to fit exactly what you need, but still make a big style impact. There are seriously so many colors that will fit any occasion.

 

These are just SOME of my favorite trends for this summer. But the most important thing is to WEAR WHAT YOU LOVE! Fashion trends come and go, but the most important guideline to follow with style is to make it your own and make it unique to you. I happen to love these trends because of how chic the colors and prints are. Keep an eye out for these styles, but don’t forget to experiment to find a look tailored to you! The impact of personal style can make or break a first impression, so be confident and of course, always Pinterest for tips!

 

You can follow me on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/sabrynacisneros/ and my fashion board at https://www.pinterest.com/sabrynacisneros/f-a-s-h-i-o-n/