Day two of the Intern Search posts–one this morning, one this afternoon–but before we get started there are two things that I would like to say.
1) I know I can be snarky (and occasionally I cross the line), but calling people names and using curse words is not acceptable. If we can’t relocate the happy medium, I’ll drag my Mother (Mrs. B) in here to regulate. And believe me when I say that that woman could shame a pious priest into feeling badly about his behavior. So let’s keep the criticism constructive, or else you’re going to be experiencing a good old fashion Southern Guilt Trip.
2) To all the contributors, know that I am taking these comments into consideration, but since it’s entirely possible (in fact, it’s damn near assured) that all of you will have a few detractors, know that comments will not be the deciding factor. I adore all of my readers (even my hater ;-), but this blog is still my baby, and I will be deciding which Nanny is qualified to care for her.
As for the tone of some of the comments, Welcome to the Internet. It tends to get a little warm in here at times, and you need to be able to take the criticism with the adoration. Not always easy to do, but vital to your survival inside the “series of tubes.” (Yes, that was a Ted Stevens joke.)
Now that that’s done…let’s meet Rachel…
Age: 19 years old
Hometown: Charlottesville, Virginia
Profession/Major: Political Science and Public Policy major at The George Washington University
Style Icon: I know this may sound cliché but my style icon is my grandmother. The woman is the epitome of chic and has been in the fashion industry for years. As a child I loved going through her closet to find all her beautiful and unique pieces. One of my favorites is the “down” puffer jacket she made entirely of pampers diapers (it’s amazing, if I end up blogging here I’ll take a picture of it and post it).
Blog and/or Twitter Handle: I have a twitter account but I rarely use it- my handle is rgutauskas.
Any special skills (Photoshop, CSS, etc.): I have a working knowledge of Photoshop, am starting to learn how to use a DSLR camera, and can format websites in HTML.
Favorite Designer: While my taste in designers changes, the one who I continually like season after season is Elie Tahari. While it’s completely out of my price range I still love to look at his clothes every season and find more reasonably priced items that are similar in style.
Favorite Retail Line: A store I have been shopping at more and more recently is Club Monaco. It’s the perfect mix of fresh, fun pieces that are still work-appropriate and sophisticated. I also like that they don’t sell their pieces online (late-night impulse shopper Rachel might disagree…)—there’s something refreshing about being able to view the new collection online but actually having to go into the store to purchase the items.
Favorite Piece in Your Wardrobe: One of my most recent purchases was a pair of Cole Haan Air Carma peep-toe pumps in nude (the shoes themselves are nude with a black embellishment at the toe area). While my style choices may change from season to season and year to year, I can see these shoes staying with me for years to come. The combination of the nude and black make the shoes professional and match almost anything in my closet while the peep-toe makes them less matronly on my feet. In addition to being adorable, the shoes are amazingly comfortable (never thought comfortable would be a word I would use to describe 3 inch heels)!
Piece You are Currently Coveting: Do I have chose just one? If I absolutely had to choose one item I’m coveting it would be Elie Tahari’s Jillie Tunic Dress. The combination of the carefree tunic with the beautiful blue and white print makes this dress irresistible.
Favorite Beauty/Skincare Product: While my daily choice of shampoo varies, the one constant in my hair-care routine is Aveda’s Hang Straight Straightening Lotion. My hair is naturally straight so the straightening part isn’t important to me—I use it because it does an amazing job at smoothing my hair and protecting it from those pesky bouts of frizz. I slather a little on right before I blow dry and my hair looks ready to face the swamp that DC has become these past few weeks.
It’s Friday night. Your phone rings. It’s Anna Wintour and she wants to take you to dinner. Quick, what do you wear? Assuming we were going to a nice restaurant (it’s Anna Wintour of course) I’d more than likely wear my Betsey Johnson “Evening Martini Dress”. It’s fun and unique but still nice enough to wear out to dinner with a fabulous woman on a Friday night
In 200 words or less, tell us how you can contribute a fresh perspective to Capitol Hill Style.
I think I am well suited to bring a fresh prospect to CHS because of my unique take on fashion and style. As I grew up in Virginia I felt conflicted between the ideal of a “southern belle” that I saw on the girls around me and my New Yorker, fashion-forward mother and grandmother. Yet, after high school I moved to DC and it was in my freshman year of college that I truly began to come into my own and develop a sense of style that was uniquely my own–a mix of southern flair and New York sensibility.
I am extremely excited about the opportunity to blog for Capitol Hill Style and want to bring my enthusiasm to a variety of new posts. My ideas for the blog include the following: a weekly posting of fashion combined with some recipes or entertaining tips since I love hosting people at my apartment and think the CHS readers would appreciate the combination of culinary and style advice. Also, I would like to start blogging about men’s fashion since there are male readers of CHS and I certainly have men in my life who could use some fashion advice.
In 140 characters, tell us why you want this internship.
I would relish in the opportunity to blog for Capitol Hill Style because it is so different from anything that I have ever done before. While fashion has been part of my life for years I have never seriously written about it, and am excited about the prospect about being able to constructively contribute to a fashion blog based in the city I love and call my home. I hope that my input to the blog can include a fresh, collegiate take on fashion and with any luck work towards ending the incorrect adage that DC is the “Hollywood for ugly people”. I think blogging for Belle at CHS would allow me to develop and share my love of style and fashion with a group of loyal readers like myself. I sincerely hope that you enjoy my sample blog post!