Entries Tagged as 'Intern Search'
CJ’s first post on CHS is a doozy. I’m dedicated to letting the interns write about any topic they choose, at least that’s what I kept telling myself as I read her post. Especially since my own thoughts on Capri pants tilt toward unreasonable, fiery hatred.
I’m in and out of the District over the next few weeks, so if we don’t hit our three post per day minimum, I apologize in advance.
I’ve always been firmly against capris. I could never imagine how anyone’s ankles could be sweating enough to merit the post-clam dig look. When a trend starts with pre-teens and their function-first moms, I tend to be skeptical. And after much ado citing that only the superest of super models could pull off the leg-shortening look, I swore off capris until I grew 6 inches.
This summer has been exceptionally hot (you might have heard), so I try to be understanding of any and all methods of staying cool. But the annual capri resurgence this year is different- it’s more mainstream. Retailers everywhere are offering simple cropped options- classic cotton without drawstrings, zippers, or cargo pockets. A quick glance at J.Crew’s website has nearly half of their pants showing a little ankle. And more and more of my typically fashionable colleagues have been walking the marble halls in three-quarter trousers.
Cropped trousers, J. Crew, $118
I can’t decide. Even if I could find a pair that didn’t make me look stumpy- I’m not sure I could rock them at work. What do you think, readers? Have capris made the crossover into the professional wardrobe? Or is the heat making me soft?
I’m in Kansas for my Grandpa’s 78th Birthday. Thus, Miss Alison has contributed her first intern post. Be gentle. And come back Monday for the BEST GIVEAWAY EVER to happen on CHS!
See you on the flip side!
As we trudge through August and the mercury maintains record heights, it’s pretty obvious that summer’s going nowhere fast. If you’re anything like me, this heat and humidity leads to odd behavior – coming home half melted, peeling off damp clothes, turning down the AC to arctic temperatures, and sprawling out on the couch until the heat passes. Sadly, this is not necessarily acceptable behavior.
In fact, there are certain times that require you leave the safety of a controlled indoor climate – quelle horreur! – and brave the elements.
But wait before you commit to giving up on style or personal comfort-slash-safety; there’s another way. Believe it or not, it’s possible to look lovely and feel pretty decent (given the foul weather) no matter what your plans are.
The keys, of course, are lightweight, breathable fabrics and loose cuts. And no, that doesn’t mean you will be dressing like your vegan yoga instructor (unless of course she’s incredibly stylish, too).
Trip to the farmer’s market? No need to get all dressed up; try keeping it cool and casual in linen shorts. I’ve chosen this pair by Tucker for their high waist and striped pattern, both trends that I adore.
Tucker High-Waisted Striped Linen Shorts (Net-A-Porter, $100)
Sadly, I do not adore the $100 price tag, but a girl can dream… No matter which pair you snag, remember, few things look as atrocious as ill-fitting shorts, so make sure you use healthy discrimination in the dressing room. Pair it with a loose fitting pocket-tank or tee, and remember to take it easy on the accessories. Nothing makes you look more wilted than pounds of heavy jewelry, scarves, bags, hats, glasses, makeup, anything; less is more in this kind of heat.
Out to lunch? Shorts and a tee are better than your skivvies, but some engagements require you actually look like an adult while keeping cool. For this, I love a sweet, summer sundress. Still trying to keep the accessories sparse? A printed dress like this one from Parker helps.
Parker Printed Silk Cami Dress (Bloomingdales, $188)
An interesting pattern holds enough interest to forgive a lack of accessories, and these tribal zig-zags are, for good reason, quite trendy right now. I like the dress worn with LLBean bluchers and vintage Ray-Bans, but it would also look great with sandals or, if you’re into it, some super-high, super-chunky clogs.
Night on the town? The Sun has set, but the temperature hasn’t. When you head out for the night, you need to prepare for big, sticky crowds in poorly ventilated locations – yuck. As far as I’m concerned, you must be borderline insane to venture into a crowded bar or party in weather like this, but obviously people are doing it. In hordes. While I would only wear this gorgeous J. Crew dress on a fancy dinner date with Mr. Alison or a cocktail party, may I also suggest it to the rest of you braving the crowds?
This stunner gives just the right amount of sparkle and architectural intrigue to, yet again, allow you to go easy on the accessories, and silk chiffon and organza let you breathe easy all night. Just grab some nude pumps or sandals and clutch and you’re ready to paint the town red. You’ll look infinitely more stylish than most of the crowd when you get there and even more so at the end when you aren’t dripping sweat.
Grecian Moon Dress (J. Crew, $298)
So next time you’re forced to emerge from your urban igloo, remember the fundamentals of staying stylish and comfortable in the heat:
- Forget accessories when you can. They can become extra heavy and extra uncomfortable when it’s this hot out. I usually stick with small studs and my ubiquitous gypsy ring, which I will never take off due largely to tan-line embarrassment. Hats or sunglasses, however, are a must in the daytime.
- Cottons, linens, silks, anything organic sounding… these are the fabrics to work with. They are naturally breathable, which will help to keep you cool. You should, however, pay attention to the weight. I sweat a lot, so I either want mine heavy enough that my sweat stains don’t show through, or light enough that I may not get them. Yeah, whatever, I’m not perfect.
- Fit matters in the heat. I can’t imagine you’re going to be particularly comfortable when things are clinging tightly to your hot bod, so make sure everything fits your body, not the body that you had four years ago or the one that you’re working towards. And don’t be afraid to embrace a looser look: the dog days of summer are a great time to embrace the cool bohemian look.
And finally, for the love of all that is holy, do not even bother trying to wear your hair down. We all know you’re sweating under there. Looking uncomfortable? So not chic.
Friends, Countrymen…Fashionistas…lend me your ears…
What? Too much?
Shakespearian delusions of grandeur aside, the Great CHS Intern search has finally come to an end. I was deeply touched by the outpouring of support for this project both during the application phase and then, in the comments during intern week. It was great to see everyone turn out to help select the new contributor because while you’re stuck with me, I wanted you to have at least some say in who I bring into the fold.
While all of the Intern Week prospects were fantastic in their own right, I have decided to hire only two: Alison and CJ.
I enjoyed the different ideas and perspectives that each candidate brought to the table. I made my final decision based on three factors. Age: I wanted someone old enough to attend events, and with a more developed sense of style. The post: I wanted to see a good writing voice and a strong perspective. Fit: Did the Candidate fit the CHS brand?
CJ’s post was probably the most similar to the content that you already see on CHS, and the commenters loved her, so I decided that she would be a good fit. Alison had a slightly trendier perspective than I do, but an enjoyable writing style that complimented the tone of the blog. I really look forward to reading their posts in the weeks to come, and I hope you do as well.
Lastly, you should know that the most difficult decision made during this process was whether to include Jamie. Blending in a perspective on men’s fashion is something that I’ve tried in the past with mixed results. But given that my last polling numbers suggested that the blog was more than 95-percent female, I’m not sure that a male voice would be a valuable addition. Also, I’ve always considered the men’s style blog District Cut to be like CHS’s slightly more fashionable brother, and I didn’t want to create competing content.
To all those who entered the Great CHS Intern Search and to everyone who commented, thank you. It was really great to hear everyone’s perspective and I can’t wait to get some fresh (non-Belle) written content.
Also, if you applied and weren’t chosen, a little birdie told me that Makeda at Glamazon Diaries is also looking for an intern. If you want to speak with her, visit her site or DM her on Twitter.
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Profession/Major: Public Communication and Political Science
Style Icon: My mother is very stylish, and gave me a solid understanding of what looks good on my body. I don’t have a celebrity icon or anything like that, but I respect women who don’t adapt to trends but let the trends adapt to them.
Blog and/or Twitter Handle: twitter.com/amychin (NSFW)
Any special skills (Photoshop, CSS, etc.): Photoshop, InDesign, Some movie cutting up on mac
Favorite Designer: Michael Kors
Favorite Retail Line: I live in the gap, it’s my go to for sales and quality pieces.
Favorite Piece in Your Wardrobe: I have a woven belt I got from the Coldwater Creek outlet online that has rather unexpectedly become my go to belt for the summer.
Piece You are Currently Coveting: Asos one piece mesh cutout black bathing suit.
Favorite Beauty/Skincare Product: Covergirl Lashblast Mascara
It’s Friday night. Your phone rings. It’s Anna Wintour and she wants to take you to dinner. Quick, what do you wear?: Jeffrey Campbell Unicorn heels, dark wash skinnys, black silk tank, oversized vest with many glitzy-glam pins. Chic, fun, casual… if she doesn’t like it she can deal.
In 200 words or less, tell us how you can contribute a fresh perspective to Capitol Hill Style.
I’m a good Southern Girl with my own serious sense of style; I love color, I love statement pieces, and I have absolutely no fear. Fingerless leather gloves to work? I think so! Mr. T-esque chains to class? You only live once! And the only way you’ll catch me in Nike tempo shorts outside of the gym is dead. I live, love, and ooze bold on a student budget. I can breathe some Texan charm into Capitol Hill Style; fierce independent style that knows no limits.
In 140 characters, tell us why you want this internship.
My life is in my closet, I am most happy when I’ve put on something that I feel represents me. It wasn’t until recently that I embraced the idea that this happiness should maybe be more then a hobby, and that I can actually do something with my interest in fashion and style. This internship is my first step into a world that before now I was just a spectator, and it may be a small step and I will most likely still be spectator but this opportunity gives me the chance to get a taste of something I realized I want in my life.
Hello Capitol Hill Style Readers! Get ready for something that is bound to become a weekly favorite of yours, Rant & Rave. We all have things that get under our skin that we can bond over; leggings as pants, Uggs and miniskirts, visible muffin tops, and variety of other forms of torture forced upon us on a daily basis. Fortunately, the world is equally full of things we all love; a good shoe sale, f-underwear, and becoming a Gold Care member at Loehmann’s. And for my inaugural post, I’ll share my most recent shopping nightmare but don’t worry we’ll end on a positive note with one of my most coveted items this summer.
Rant: Suit Shopping
Does anyone actually like suit shopping? I have never enjoyed the experience, I hate pants and I hate jackets (which to be honest is most likely the source of my displeasure). My first move was toward the suit sets. There was a fabulous sale at Dillard’s (it’s a southern department store and I was home for the weekend) on some luxurious Anne Klein and Tahari suit sets. Unfortunately I found myself facing a dilemma that I’m sure many of you face, my tops and bottoms are unfortunately disproportionate in the eyes of the suit set making gods.
Beautiful Tahari Skirt suit was down to around $85 from $139.
Glorious pantsuit that I was actually 6 sizes different from jacket to slacks, down to $105 from $199.
So on to separates I will venture in hopes of finding some matched
Rave: One Piece Swimsuits
While shopping for swimsuits is not the most enjoyable way to spend my time, one pieces have come in to save the day. Now one-piece suits are the height of style, and my move to college was not the most form friendly decision of my life but now my form can be flattered and fashionable in a one-piece swimsuit. Unfortunately I’ve yet to find the perfect one for me, but I have started browsing online and found some pieces that I really want. Do you have any that you are coveting?
I haven’t found the right suit waiting in store yet, so I fear I may have to turn to the internet. A good friend of mine turned me onto Shabby Apple, which some to die for suit for summer.
Love the ruffles, love the coverage, and the price is not so bad. This Sutherland Red Ruffle suit is $58.
The other suit I saw on Asos, is a little edgier whether or not it’s flattering is questionable. But it’s $47.71, lovely.
Hope you guys liked my entry! I would love to be a contributor, please comment and tell Belle how much you like Rant&Rave and Amy Chin!