Empowered women empower women: Her Conference 2017

Empowered women empower women. These words aren’t just a phrase but words to live by. I’ve been lucky enough to have some incredible women in my life, both personal and professional, who have shaped me into the woman I am today. With so much negativity in society, these words are even more powerful and absolutely essential than ever before.

This past weekend, I was honored to be invited to attend Her Conference 2017 in sponsorship with Brit + Co. If you’re not familiar, they’re a media company who truly incorporates this into their foundation. With their platform, their goal is to inspire, educate and entertain women with a creative spirit through content, educational ventures and merchandise which promotes an innovative lifestyle. Founder Brit Morin, an ex- Googler and Apple alum, prides her company on driving the “maker movement”. The site is definitely worth checking out if you’re interested in creative career development, taking an online course or simply checking out their adorable new collab with Target.

One of the best parts of working in fashion media is all of the brilliant, strong women I’m surrounded by on a daily basis. You can truly feel the creativity in the air at any given day at the office. Her Conference put students face to face with some of those women who are leading the pack in the industry.

Her Conference hosted various panels throughout the weekend with mavens in senior level positions for “Navigating the Media Industry: How to Work Your Way Up” to those just getting their footing in “A Day in the Life: Entry-Level Editorial Positions” to other panels in social media, marketing, PR and social impact with the inspiring leaders of the Women’s March. The multitude of view points allowed for a well-rounded learning experience, no matter what your desired area of expertise may be. Each of these women personified that “empowered women empower women” spirit. As Lisa Sugar, keynote speaker and found of Pop Sugar, would say, “Work hard, play nice, and build your dream life.”

IMG_6142 IMG_6279 IMG_6137 IMG_6139 FullSizeRender 2This is a sponsored post in partnership with Brit + Co and Her Campus Media. All words and opinions are my own. 

Fall 2014 Semester Recap

It’s finals week here at Kent State University, so I thought I’d do a recap on my experiences throughout this semester. At the beginning on the school year, I was questioning if KSU was going to be the right fit for me… But after fifteen weeks here, I couldn’t be more thankful to be a part of Kent State University’s Fashion School.

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I’ve tried to take advantage of every possible way of utilizing my time at KSU. I joined the Fashion Student Organization, which gets students more involved with the fashion industry than I ever expected. Something is always going on, whether it’s planning a fashion show or having an industry professional come speak to us. I also had the honor of being featured in A Magazine, Kent’s fashion magazine, along with other incredibly talented bloggers. Throughout the semester, I attended fashion shows put on by FSO, Modista, and was able to do press at Her Campus’s College Fashion Week in Chicago.

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I’ve already been busy hunting down opportunities for the spring semester. I’ll be working as a representative for one of my favorite stores AKIRA Chicago, as well as another exciting new internship with a Chicago styling company is in the works. To The Nines has been accepted into various affiliate programs, and I’m looking forward to seeing where that goes. I can’t wait for other amazing opportunities to continue to unfold throughout the next few months. Thank you to all the loyal subscribers for reading and supporting my fashion endeavors!

Her Campus College Fashion Week

This past weekend, I attended College Fashion Week put on by Her Campus media. I’ve recently joined the Her Campus Bloggers Network, so this was a great opportunity to become more involved with the company. Chicago’s College Fashion Week took place at the Revel Downtown located in the loop. As guests arrived, they were greeted with free trials and gift bags from the lovely sponsors. Bare Minerals offered make up touch ups, TRESeme gave guests the chance to have their hair styled, and Boohoo had items from their fall line set out for viewing. An array of Luna bars, VitaCoco, and caffeinated waters (What could be better than caffeinated water!?) were offered to guests as we waited for the show to start. It was the perfect time to socialize with other Her Campus members and college students from Chicago also involved in fashion and media.

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The looks in the fashion show were sponsored by Boohoo clothing. Their clothes are trendy and affordable, perfect for college students! The show was split up into three scenes to showcase the variety of styles offered by Boohoo. Imperial Styles had a cool edgy vibe. It perfectly embodied the military and athletic trend that is so huge for fall 2014. The pieces were great for a casual going to class look and ranged to more dressed up outfits for going out on the town. My favorite pieces were the olive romper, floral bomber jacket, and blush pink jumpsuit.

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Overall, Brooklyn Princess was my favorite segment of the show. The looks were girly and chic with an added twist of distressed denim, leather, and harem pants. I’m currently obsessing over all the faux fur this season, so the cream faux jacket they showcased was hands down my must have piece of the night. I also loved the long, cotton candy pink jacket. It’s a great coat to mix up the usual dark fall colors in the classic fall wardrobe.

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Woodlander is the epitome of fall fashion. It included dark wool fabrics, plaids, and fur. I especially loved the styling in this scene. The stylists reused pieces in completely different ways to show how versatile the pieces from Boohoo really are. The floor length oxblood sweater and fur vest looked fabulous styled with everything from dresses to distressed denim.

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College Fashion Week was such a great experience. It was amazing to see how involved college students were in the show. All the models were real college students from the area. Each girl was unique in size and shape, which truly showcased how perfect the clothes are for actual students. Performances from local students was also an aspect I really respected. I loved seeing how the Her Campus network brought students together to create an amazing night of fashion and creativity.

IMG_5298Leather skirt: $10.80 Forever 21/ Jacket: $10 (50% off sale) H&M/ Top: $14.80 Forever 21/ Knee Highs: $4 Forever 21