Category Archives: Creating

A Trip to Hearst Magazines: Good Housekeeping

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On Friday, April 8th, I had the opportunity to visit one of the most innovative and leading media companies: Hearst. Known for their variety of award-winning magazines in their magazine division; I had an amazing experience touring Good Housekeeping magazine and their testing Institute on the 29th floor of the Hearst Tower located in Midtown Manhattan.

The Good Housekeeping Research Institute (GHRI), formally known as the “Experiment Station,” was founded in 1900.  For over 100 years the GRHI has provided America helpful tips and tricks in everyday living to conducting highly acclaimed scientific research on home products.

In 1909, the magazine established the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. Products advertised in the magazine that bear the seal are tested by GHRI and are backed by a two-year limited warranty. About 5,000 products have been given the seal to this day.

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April 2016 Issue

My time visiting the GHRI was extremely informative and interesting to see how journalism technique and scientific research cooperated under one roof to formulate the leading consumer product women’s magazine. I suggest taking any opportunity of touring the Heart Tower, as I found it to be an eye-opening experience into the daily life of a career in the magazine industry. I would like to thank Professor Leopold and ED2010 again for enabling me to join the outing.

For my readers, here’s a delicious and simple recipe I read on this month’s issue of Good Housekeeping.

Bacon & Egg Fried Rice:

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Halfway Reflections

As we approach the halfway point in the semester (TIME FLIES), we should not only take the time to reflect on how the semester is going so far, but we should also decide how we want the rest of the semester to pan out.  Are there events that you have been wanting to go to but haven’t had the chance?  Have you skipped the Saturday morning brunch because you didn’t manage your time well?  Actively make changes to improve in these final 8 weeks.

I highly recommend that you don’t just think about what changes you want to make, but write them down!  When you write something down, you feel more accountable for your actions.  Are there rewards that you can give yourself as you progress towards your goals?  Outside of school, what lifestyle changes do you want to make for yourself?  Are you content with your current sleep schedule or do you wish you had a few extra hours to snooze?   Talk about your goals with some of your friends and see if they have any goals for themselves.  If you find that you have a common interest or goal, see if you can achieve it together!  Document your journey and you’ll feel great working with your friends to improve your life!  Whether you want to lose weight, get better grades, or walk into a room more confidently, your goals and dreams are valid.

Ashley

Discover a New City: Boston

Hi everyone! Hope everyone had a great long weekend and Valentine’s day. I recently took one of my first trips of 2016, it was a 3 day trip to Boston. It was a last minute decision but I am officially hooked, I think I need to move there! What is great about the area is that you can take a train there from NYC, drive there its a 3-4 hour drive depending on where in New Jersey or New York you are.Bridge

For my trip I drove it took 4 hours and 40 minutes from central jersey. It was an awesome road trip there was so much to see on the way as well as when we were there.SignThe weekend was filled with so many fun sites and shopping, and did I forget to mention… the best lobster I have ever eaten! We arrived on Friday night at the West end of Boston, at the Liberty hotel. untitled.png12I have to say this was the coolest place I have ever stayed at. It used to be one of the first prisons in Boston, that was recently renovated into a hotel. The picture above is the lobby, you can see where they changed cell blocks into sitting/bar areas.  The light fixtures are original and refurbished to working chandlers, as well as the original brick and beautiful window you see above. It was the most beautifully designed places I’ve ever been in.

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After we settled in on Friday and explored the huge hotel we walked around Quincy market, which is an indoor and outdoor shopping area. The space was filled with beautiful statues and shopping and more lobster (haha). I don’t think I have ever been so full, and gained about 5 pounds just from the 2 days. We mostly tried to stay inside it was only 7 degrees and within minutes I got frostbite on my face.

Besides that, All of the streets were cobblestone , the history, the architecture all blew me away. Although I was surprised at how small Boston actually was, and how quite. Coming from New York city being our closest city were used to everything very bright and loud and millions of people. But when we got to Boston on Friday we went to eat at 8:30-9 and no one was on the street it was so quite. It was definitely a different atmosphere but that’s really what made me love it more. It has the city feel I was missing from back home but its still pretty suburban. I really didn’t want to come home and come back to my desk but I will definitely be visiting again soon when its not so cold!

Have you been to Boston? Any suggestions for my next trip?

Xoxo

Kailee

 

NYC: The City of Opportunities

First of all, I hope everyone had a lovely Holiday season and break! Although I am missing the California weather, I am so excited to be back in school and in the city! I apologize for my absence blogging since I have been overwhelmed with SO many awesome things that have happened to me over the last few weeks, and now I’m back here to share!

As many of you are waiting for an admissions decision from FIT, I want you to know that no matter what happens, to never give up on yourself and your dreams. As some may know, I am a huge fan of Lady Gaga – she needs no introduction. This year, being in New York City I was able to meet her a couple of times, along with other great singers, actors, and designers.

Now, here is a picture of my Goddess herself looking beautiful….

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Lady Gaga wearing Scott Studenberg and John Targon of BAJA EAST.

How is this relevant? You may ask. Well…

Last week I was blessed to be able to attend a private screening of first episode of the third season of The Fashion Fund at the Morgan Library & Museum. The fashionable night entailed one of the best nights of my life. As I enter the tall glass doors of the venue, my heart began to pound as Anna Wintour, Diane von Fürstenberg and many other high profile names in the fashion industry are feet away from me mingling and taking pictures for the press. The screening ended with Q&A monitored by Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School.

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Oh wait… Did I forget to mention that Scott Studenberg and John Targon of BAJA EAST are CFDA finalist and are on season 3 of the show? BAJA EAST… as on the label of clothing that Gaga adores? As the Q&A sessions comes to an end (with the designers looking for interns), everyone headed upstairs for fancy refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. Tempted to approach Scott & John, my friend breaks the ice as we both express are interested in interning for the trailblazing brand. As I get their email to send my information my body is shocked with excitement.

To get to the point… I am beyond thrilled to be volunteering at the BAJA EAST fashion show this Saturday. This is an opportunity of a lifetime that can lead to a possible internship to build my knowledge in the fashion industry. Anything can happen in New York City, the concrete jungle where dreams are made of. Never give up, and most importantly…

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Lady Gaga sings the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

SLAY!

Single New York Valentines day!

Chocolate_0Valentine’s day is approaching us, for some of us its a dreaded day, others its the one chance to find there love or to express there love to someone.  So I have a couple suggestions that I came across for singles this year in NYC, because I know how hard it can be to find the best thing to do in such a big city!

  1. Katch Astoria was voted one of the “Best singles spots” in queens. They are hosting a “Nuts and bolts” Valentine’s Day singles party for those trying to meet someone. Everyone will receive half of two-piece nuts and bolts set upon entry and will be challenged to find its match to win a special prize!
  2. For those of you who are trying to just forget completely that Valentine’s Day exists, which I know there are a lot of you because my friends are most of them. However, there is a sweet celebration all month at the City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival. 3W 18th st, Flatiron
  3. Another way to meet someone is going to the Valentine’s Day salsa Class at Alvin Ailey Dance in Midtown where couples will be encouraged to rotate and try new partners!
  4. Lastly, for those who are just not about Valentine’s Day at all because we all have that one person that made us not like it anymore… There is the “Rejection Show: Valentine’s Day Heart break Haven”. Which is a comedy show at 8pm on the 14th at 14th 622 Degraw st in Gowanus.

Enjoy your day! Id love to hear what you plan on doing!

Xoxo

Kailee