Saturday, April 24, 2010

Anna Sui!

I was just offered an internship at Anna Sui! It starts a week after my Betsey Johnson internship ends. I am so excited! Anna Sui is another one of my all-time favorite designers. I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to intern for my favorite designers!





















check her out... www.annasui.com

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Doin work...







Another day...another BJ...

ha!





(Amy was just showing off the awesome panoramic feature on her new camera)





Saturday, April 17, 2010

Yankees!

Today we went to a Yankees game! It was so much fun! They played the Texas Rangers and kicked their butts. Seriously, it was kind of a boring game because they got beat so bad. Both Jeter and A-Rod hit home runs, and so did one of the Texas guys!

I went with a bunch of English girls, and didn't realize until they started asking me bunches of baseball questions....they don't have baseball in England. I knew that, but it just didn't click. So, I spent a lot of time trying to explain the game. If you know me, you know that I don't know a lot about baseball. There was a lot of "uhhh...i think its like....kinda like...uhhhh" but I think they got the basics of it by the end of the game.















Cute photo...but my eyes are closed! Figures!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Betsey Johnson SAMPLE SALE!!!!

I worked a couple days at the Betsey Johnson sample sale. No, there weren't any fights or anyone getting trampled or any of those crazy sample sale stories. Did you hear about that riot at the American Apparel sample sale in London? Yeah...none of that.

It was basically just a small conference room in a hotel full of racks of clothes and tables of accessories set up basically like a retail store. Very low key. It was pretty calm with a few rushes here and there, but it was basically like working any other retail job. I was on the registers for most of the time.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Dad and Kurtis: Day 3

On Sunday, we took the 'uptown' bus tour that led us through the Upper West Side, Harlem, Museum Mile, and past Central Park. We got off the bus at Central Park and walked around and had some New York hot dogs. Sooo good, but so bad.

We had a pretty chill day. By day three, we were all pretty tired out. So, we headed back to the hotel for a while. Dad and Kurt tried to fix my computer for a while and we just lounged around for a while. Later, we got food and watched some tv.

It was pretty low key, but it was just nice to hang out with them for a while.

I feel like I'm missing something that we did on Sunday, but I can't figure it out! Dad or Kurt - let me know if I forgot anything!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Dad and Kurtis: Day 2

We decided to get one of those bus tour packages and check out the city. It worked out really well because we got to see a huge chunk of the city, more than if I had tried to take them around and show them things!

We started off the morning with the 'downtown' leg of the tour. This ended up covering a lot of what we had seen the day before (WTC...Wall St...Battery Park...) but thats ok! We also transferred to a 'Brooklyn' tour bus that took us around the Brooklyn botanical gardens and the downtown area of Brooklyn. It was fun, but SO HOT. We ended up on a bus with a glass top instead of an open top, and it was like a greenhouse. I was about the die by the end of that leg of the trip.

We then hopped back on to a 'downtown' bus and we took it all the way up to Rockefeller Center. Dad really wanted to go to the Top of the Rock, and I'm glad that we did. Most people think to go to the top of the Empire State Building, but this way when you take photos, you have the Empire in the skyline!














After that, we walked to Times Square and had dinner at Bubba Gump's. I think this was probably the highlight of the trip for my brother. ;)

Then, we hopped back on another bus. Seriously, so much bus riding that day! We took the 'night tour' which is probably my favorite leg of all the touristy NYC bus tours. It takes you all over the city and even into Brooklyn. We got some great shots of the New York skyline from Brooklyn. It was a lot of fun!















It was a packed day and we were all super exhausted by the end of it!

Friday, March 19, 2010

My dad and brother visit! Day 1

My dad and brother came to visit me and I was super excited about it! My dad was here in high school (about 40 years ago!) and my brother has never been here, so I was eager to share one of my favorite cities with them.

On Friday, we went down to the Financial District to check out the World Trade Center site and Wall Street. I haven't really been down there yet, so we all got to play tourists together. They are in the process of rebuilding the WTC buildings, so it is just a huge construction site at the moment. We did go and check out a free museum that is displaying the plans for the new WTC and had a lot of information on 9/11. It is supposed to be completed on Sept 11, 2011...but it barely looks like they've started! They best be gettin on it.















We continued to walk downtown to Wall Street and see all of those places downtown. We had tickets to the Statue of Liberty, so we just moseyed on down to Battery Park to catch the ferry. We had to go through airport-style security just to get on the ferry, and once again to get into the monument! Crazy! It was really fun walking around the island and taking photos of the Statue and all that.

After that, we went and got pizza at a really great spot in the Financial District...I wish I could remember the name! And then we headed back uptown.




















That night, we went and saw Avenue Q!!!! I have been wanting to see this musical for forever, and it was amazing. If you don't know, Avenue Q is basically an adult musical spoof of Seasame Street. The actors use puppets to sing songs about porn and racism and its really hilarious and silly. We saw it at the New World Stages which only had about 500 seats total, and we were in the third row! Great seats! My dad and brother aren't really ones for musicals, but they seemed to enjoy it as well.

It was a long and tiring day, but a great start to their trip!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Tarina Tarantino "Get Ready to Sparkle" Event!

Yesterday, Tarina Tarantino did an appearance at the 5th Ave. Sephora to promote her new cosmetics line! I was so excited! She is one of my favorite jewelry designers and I have been dying to meet her for a while now!

With any purchase from her line, you got a wristband that allowed you to meet her. She signed a limited edition collection book that has photos of all of the makeup from her line.

I was intervied for 'Sparkle TV' which I think is going to be on their youtube channel!

She was incredibly nice and chatted with everyone, took photos, and was a great sport! I went with my fellow interns, Julie and Stephanie, and we had told her that we are interning at Betsey Johnson. She said that if we were interested in jewelry design, we should intern with her! That would be AMAZING. I am really interested in jewelry design and I would love the opportunity to work with her!
































































Wednesday, March 10, 2010

PTERODACTYL ATTACK!

One of the tasks that I do as an intern is to go to the various trim and fabric stores in the garment district and pick up samples for a designer. One day, I was going around finding examples of as many heart buttons as I could find, and I saw this awesome pterodactyl charm/brooch/thing at Mood Fabrics. It is big and gold and encrusted with pearls.

This thing haunted me for days until I finally caved and bought it, along with some chain from Pacific Trimmings. Tonight, i rigged up this necklace and I am so excited to wear it!















(excuse the horrible iphone photo)

It is hard being around so much amazing fabric and trims with no sewing machine and no way to create anything out of such great material. I went from the Tri-Cities, where there is only ONE fabric store. It is a tiny Joann's that is only 1/4 fabric and the rest is craft supplies and now I am surrounded by all kinds of different fabric stores! Stores that ONLY sell buttons, stores that only sell spandex, stores that sell big pterodactyl charms...the possibilities are endless!




















Even though I can't sew anything right now, I'm just glad that I was able to make something...even if it is only a gaudy gold necklace.

postcards!

I love mail. I love getting mail...I love sending mail...it just makes me happy. It's just a nice surprise to come home to!

So, if you would like a NYC postcard...email me your address at renee.marie@yahoo.com with 'NYC postcard!' in the subject line and I will send you one!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Armory Show

My friend Nick had gotten free tickets to The Armory Show from here internship, so we decided to go today! I had no idea what it was, other than that it was some sort of art show.

...It was pretty awesome.

here's a blurb from their website www.thearmoryshow.com

"The Armory Show is America's leading fine art fair devoted to the most important art of the 20th and 21st centuries. In its eleven years, the fair has become an international institution. Every March, artists, galleries, collectors, critics and curators from all over the world make New York their destination during Armory Arts Week"

It was two piers filled with tons and tons of different art from all over the world. Paintings, photography, sculpture, media, and everything in between. It was overwhelming! And we got there an hour before it closed, so it was like art on overdrive!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Union Square and East Village

My fellow intern, Julie, and I decided to venture to Union Square and East Village today. Neither of us had really explored that area, and we've heard that there are some great stores and nightlife over there.

In Union Square, there were lots of great artists selling their work. I wanted to buy a lot of it, but I really have no place to display artwork right now. Once I have a more permanent place to live, I think I will just buy street art to decorate! There was a man doing sand art, which was pretty amazing. I've seen lots of photos of people doing this type of street art, but not in person. I think he said that he had been working on this piece for about 3 hours.
















I have really been wanting to check out Trash and Vaudeville for years and I finally got to today! It's basically a punk rock/goth/industrial type boutique. Kind of a boutique version of Hot Topic. It is totally an iconic part of the New York punk scene. If I ever decide to invest in sone skinny jeans, this is the place to do it. They have every color imaginable and are super stretchy. My favorite part is the shoe selection. I have been thinking about getting a pair of Dr. Martens for a while now, and once I get my tax return, I think that will be my splurge! And Trash and Vaudeville has an AMAZING selection of Dr. Martens. I literally stood there and tried to pick out which pair I wanted with little success.






















The place that I am currently living at typically serves breakfast and dinner, except on Sundays...so we have to fend for ourselves for dinner. Tonight, I went out with some of the other interns to a great Thai restaurant that is only 2 blocks from where we are living! It is called Thai Select (www.thaiselectnyc.com) and I can't wait to go back. When we walked in, it had dim lighting and lots of green accents. The brick walls had little lights built in and it looked pretty swanky...except that they were playing Saves the Day! Saves the Day happens to be one of my all-time favorite pop-punk bands from high school, so I was already sold on this place by the music alone. The prices are really decent, its around $10-$14 a plate, depending on which type of meat you can get. I got chicken phad thai and it was amazing. I have a feeling that we will be frequenting that place A LOT. I can't wait to go back.


Friday, February 26, 2010

SNOW DAY!
















The office was closed today because of the snow. I didn't actually think it snowed in New York City, but is has a couple of times since I got here...and I've only been here for 3 weeks! Jeez!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Celeb Sighting!!!

So, I was on the subway home tonight and I stealthily took a photo of this guy (on the left) sitting across from me. He looked oddly like designer Jeremy Scott, and both of the men were decked out in Jeremy Scott for Adidas gear.





















And here's a photo of Jeremy Scott from his Fall 2010 runway show that just took place:





















No argument, without a doubt, that was him! Pretty stoked right now!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!





















And Happy Betsey show day! xoxo



















My fellow interns! And, yes, we had to carry those on the subway with us! So fun! (Thanks to Amy for the photo!)

Friday, February 12, 2010

R.I.P.















I happened to go run an errand that was across the street from the Alexander McQueen store.

Monday, February 8, 2010

And it begins!

I seriously couldn't sleep last night. Partially to not being on East Coast time yet, but mostly because of nerves. Starting a new job is always scary, but starting an internship at your all-time favorite designers showroom in NYC is on a whole different level.

I walked into the building and the security guard says to me "You look like a Betsey girl!" Well that's a good sign...right? He was really nice and told me where to go. As I stood in the elevator, my heart was beating out of my chest. It was ridiculous.














The doors open, and i was greeted to a neon "Betsey Johnson" sign, pink walls, and black and white checkered flooring. Her showroom is basically like walking into one of her stores. The receptionist led me to the intern room, which doubled as Betsey's 'archive room'. Which is basically a room filled with part old school Betsey Johnson clothes and part vintage clothes. It's like a giant dream closet.

One of the technical designers needed help on a project, so I spent the first few hours working with her on upcoming line boards. But then one of the other designers came up to me and told me that BETSEY needed an intern and all of the other interns were out on outside errands. UH...what? It's the first day and I get to meet Betsey!?!?

(Insert internal freakout!)

So I walk into the showroom and here she is! She looks, acts, and talks exactly how she presents herself in interviews. It is so weird to see someone in real life that you have heard and seen so much about over the years, but have never had any actual contact with them.

She needed me to sit in on their design meetings and run errands, get supplies, and basically do all of the little things to help them out while they have their discussions. I got supplies, went out and go Betsey's lunch for her, things like that.

It was a good day! And a great start to my internship!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Starbucks...

Today, I went and got Starbucks and walked around to find the the building where my internship is it.


I swear there are more Starbucks in Manhattan than in Seattle. There are literally 6 of them between my apartment and my internship (which is only about 5 blocks away). The only downside is that Starbucks is a lot more expensive here. I typically get a caramel machiatto from Starbucks, which is around $2.80 +tax in Washington. This is already a little pricey in my eyes. In New York, the exact same drink is $3.75 +tax! Good thing I got a Starbucks gift card for Christmas!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

The first few days...

I arrived in New York a few days before my internship started to get settled in and to figure out my surroundings. These days were difficult.

For the first two days I was super jet lagged and felt sick the entire time. I was sleeping weird hours during the day and just couldn't get on East Coast time. It was really frustrating and stressful for me to sleep all day long and then be up until 5 am.

I barely know anyone in the city, so there was a lot of me walking around by myself. This is a little intimidating to be in a new place alone and have no one to really help you. The place I am staying is right by Herald Square, and a short walk to Times Square. So, I don't have no go far to get basically anything thing that I could need. Sephora, 2 H & Ms, the Macy's flagship, Duane Reade, Penn Station, Madison Square Garden, and basically everything else you can think of. There is even a Kmart two blocks away!





















On Friday, I went shopping in SoHo with my cousin (2nd cousin? I don't know...) Nicole, who lives in Manhattan! I honestly had no idea she even existed until over the holidays when I met her for the first time!

We went to Top Shop!!! I have been dying to go here for forever. It is an English company, similar to H & M, but I'm pretty sure this is the only location in the States. I got a really cute lace top there.

I also splurged on a Tarina Tarantino necklace. Happy early Valentine's Day to me!



















We went to a few other stores and hung out for a few hours. It was good to have some social interaction after being alone in the city for a few days.

Friday, February 5, 2010

I'm alive! Sort of!

On February 3rd around 5pm, I flew out of the tiny Pasco airport on my way to New York! I had a connection flight in San Francisco with about a 3 1/2 hour layover. My flight from Pasco to San Fran was actually early. So weird.





















The flight from San Francisco to JFK was brutal. I was in the dead last row of the plane, right by the bathrooms and the flight attendant galley. So it was loud and the flight attendants had a bright neon light on the entire red eye flight. There was also a lot of turbulence off and on all flight long. This, combined with being nervous/excited/scared, I barely slept a wink.

And then, my flight got in early to JFK as well! This has never happened to me. This would usually be a good thing, but that day it wasn't. I was at the airport with my bags, all ready to go, at 6 am. (Which is 3 am West Coast time...)

The check in time at The Webster Apartments is at 1:30 pm. What the hell was I supposed to do for 7 hours before I was able to check in?!?! I called them around 7 and they said that it would be okay to come early and sit and wait there if my room wasn't ready yet. Thank god.

I grabbed a cab and headed into Manhattan. It took about an hour to get there and when I arrived at The Webster, my room was already ready!

And then I passed out for about 12 hours.