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.