In case you’ve been living under a rock, Conde Nast (the mega publishing house of Vogue, Lucky, GQ, WWD just to name a few) has recently announced the discontinuation of its million-girls-to-die-for internship program starting in 2014. Cue the awws.
Ever since WWD reported the news, many online websites like Fashionista and Refinery 29 have expressed their views on the situation with number of comments exploding online sharing both positive and negative views on the great-unpaid internship debate. While some may release a sigh of relief, it does beg the question, “How does one find one’s way into the industry now?” I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
So what side am I on? As a fellow unpaid intern myself, I am not sure if I can “speak as a completely third party objective with absolutely no personal interest in the matter” (She’s The Man anyone?). But when a friend linked me to a recent piece on Man Repeller where the contributor posted quite the intriguing view on this whole debate, I felt compelled to also voice my opinion. I do want to point out that I’m still “paying my dues” as an intern, so I’m still currently learning and striving to achieve my dream career. So to contribute to this conversation, I’m only sharing my thoughts and feelings on what I’ve learned as an intern, which I think can apply to any type of internship.
Here are 10 things I’ve learned (so far!) as an intern:
Sorry I’ve been MIA on this blog (2 months to be exact). Please don’t blame me, but I may have thought about leaving this blog forever. To tell you the truth, I was discouraged and no longer motivated to continue blogging with my personal style not as interesting or experimental like other bloggers out there.
But we’re officially back! Well, one half of Tse Parfait. The little one is back in school and swarmed with work, so she’ll only be making a few appearances here and there. As for me, I’ve officially joined the adult world, which means tons of time to churn out some blog-worthy content – we hope. So thank you to those who stuck around waiting for any sort of activity and to those who constantly reminded me I had a blog. For those who decided to stop following, I honestly don’t blame you.
If you’ve been following me on Twitter and Instagram, you would know I underwent my first editorial internship this past summer. And let me tell you, it totally changed my life in the most gratifying way. I had the best editor (in my books) who was both critical and supportive. I’ve never learned so much in so little time. I may not be the best writer (far from it!), but it never discouraged me. With this newfound passion, I was hungry to learn more about the industry of fashion and was encouraged to always strive to be better.
It’s been three weeks since the internship ended. Although it was stressful (and crazy busy!), I already miss being part of that world. Fortunately, I bumped into my former editor yesterday and she reminded me to never stop writing. Encouraged by her words and want to make sure all that hard work and training doesn’t go to waste, I’ve decided to take this blog in a different direction. Don’t worry, I’m going to continue with my #ootd and the never-ending #foodporn, but I also want to write about things I’m interested in and curious about. Dedicating this blog to those who are like me, this is going to be a space for me to not only educate myself of the industry, but also to share my passion and knowledge to those who admire and appreciate the world of fashion. So feel free to ask me questions about fashion (no such thing as stupid questions!) and I’ll try my best to find the answers. Let the conversation begin!
Till next time,
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Can’t believe it’s already August. With the extra day off on Monday, we felt like we were able to finally take a deep breath this long weekend. Thanks to the sunny weather, the two of us really enjoyed some much needed TLC from the family!
Took some time to photograph some of my new favourite lipsticks at the moment. I’ve been searching high and low for a bright pink lipstick ever since I saw it on an actress in a TV show. After trying out numerous brands, I came across the Chanel Rouge Allure in “No. 42 L’éclatante.” According to the lady who was helping me out (she knew exactly which drama I was talking about!), that actress was actually wearing this exact shade. [insert fist pump] Been wearing it often ever since! =)
Also in my weekly lipstick rotation is the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in “Rebelle.” Every girl needs a red lipstick in her beauty bag, right?
What’s your current favourite lipstick?
Chanel Rouge Allure in “No. 42 L’éclatante” and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in “Rebelle.”
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Till next time,