Month: June 2017

Five Years Out

Dress made by me | Franco Sarto heels

The first person I came out to was my sister.

I was a sophomore in high school, and it felt less like coming out and more like I was confirming something she had known all along. She was the one who’d playfully taunted me for being “as straight as a circle” since we were little kids. Her reaction, though, was one of openness and acceptance, and through that positive experience, I was able to tell my friends, closer family members, and eventually the general public that I was queer.

It’s now been five years since I’ve started to overcome my own internalized biphobia/began to talk about the gender dysphoria I experience/explain to others that no, pansexuality doesn’t imply attraction to everybody out there. In honor of Pride month, I thought I’d do a quick touch-base with you all on where I stand on certain Pride-related issues that are prevalent today. If you’re the type to get easily offended, feel free to smash that red X button and come back for another basic outfit post on Monday. The opinions expressed below are mine and mine alone.

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A Day at the Lavender Farm

Peace Valley Lavender Farm Doylestown PA

Peace Valley Lavender Farm Doylestown PA

Peace Valley Lavender Farm Doylestown PA

Hollister dress | Franco Sarto heels

I’ve been really into the countryside lately.

My friends make fun of me for admiring the “rustic Pennsylvania charm” (but can you really blame me?) Funny how I never noticed how pretty it was when I was growing up here.

My mom is really into lavender-scented things, so my sister and I took her to a lavender farm for her birthday last weekend. I never knew that lavender farms existed, but now that I’ve been to one, I can easily say that they’re my favorite type of farm.

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An Interview With Billy, URBN Business Analyst Intern

URBN Business Analyst Intern Billy

Not all interns at URBN work directly with clothing or with only one brand.

Billy is a Business Analyst intern whose job is to pull and analyze data from URBN’s three main brands: Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People. We talked about working with large amounts of data, landing an internship without going through the normal application process, and the cute dogs running all over the Navy Yard.

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I Still Dress Like A Southern Sorority Girl On Her Way to Brunch

White Hollister shift dressVery old Hollister dress | Very new Charlotte Russe wedges

I’m not in Greek Life and I have never been to brunch with a group of girls, ever.

But I was going through the box of dresses that I’d left at my mom’s house when I went to college, and this (very brunch-worthy) dress is gorgeous, from the shift cut to the lace detailing to its unabashedly preppy vibe. Let’s take a moment to appreciate Hollister’s aesthetic before it tried to be Forever 21: Beach Edition. Take a good look at that structure and quality because damn, does that even exist anymore? (more…)

An Interview with Carlie, BHLDN Dress Buying Intern

Not gonna lie, “dress-buying intern” sounds like my dream job. 😏

Carlie works with BHLDN (pronounced “beholden”), URBN’s wedding brand that specializes in bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, accessories, and décor. We talked about what a buyer’s job is really like, how it feels to transition from store associate to Home Office employee, aesthetics, and interviewing tips.

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URBN Internship Welcome BBQ & Orientation

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

Lilly Pulitzer dress | Franco Sarto heels

This week I started my internship at URBN.

It’s been a really intense yet enjoyable time — I’ve never experienced anything like it before. I’m going to let the pictures do most of the talking here and dive into my day-to-day activities in a future post.

Sunday kicked off the program with a barbeque for the Intern Class of 2017. I hadn’t taken the train or subway in upwards of two years, so I left early to make it to the Home Office on time. I was blown away by the aesthetic of Building 3, where the event was being held. It’s all white walls and big windows and photo-ready backdrops. Later I learned that they used the space to do photoshoots.

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

I kinda want to decorate my future house like this, not gonna lie.

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

Pretty soon, people started trickling in. There were 77 total interns working in various departments, from buying to finance to styling to social media to IT. Everyone was super well-dressed and excited to be there — meeting and greeting them reminded me of college orientation, only instead of “hey, what’s your major?”, we were asking “hey, what department are you working in?”

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

Food came soon after, and oh boy did they feed us — I’m pretty sure I’m unofficially known as “that one intern who held up the food line by taking a million pictures.” The food at my college is notoriously horrible, though, so I wasn’t about to wolf it all down without snapping a few first 😉

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

The quickest way to my heart is through cute old-fashioned sodas …

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

And pretty salads …

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

And colorful paper straws …

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

And cookies and s’mores dip.

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

After lunch, we went on a tour of the premises. This was my tour group! URBN’s buildings are located close together and the entire place feels like a very aesthetically pleasing college campus.

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

This is a wall made of stereos that play music from various Urban Outfitters/Free People/Anthropologie stores around the world.

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

They change this vase up every once in a while to reflect one particular brand’s style. I’m pretty sure this one is Free People.

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

These decorative chains were from the original Navy Yard buildings.

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

Jharoka is the Home Office’s coffee shop.

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

These koi had the same proportions as my upper leg — they’re the biggest koi I’ve seen in my life.

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

The next day was Orientation, where each intern was actually taken to their respective teams. This is my desk before I started decorating — there’s a lot more color to it now!

I can’t believe I’ve already been here for a week; more details to come ASAP. There’s still no Wi-Fi at my house — hopefully, that gets sorted out soon so I can get back to posting regularly.

Mimi Chenyao