Thursday, August 7, 2014

Teen Vogue & ASME Next Events

Well here I am staying close to my blogging origins by blogging about not one, but two events in one post! My friend Victoria  and I went into the city for one of our best trips there yet! 

After a quick ride into the city (what happens when you avoid rush hour traffic!) our first stop was at an event at Sephora Times Square by Teen Vogue and Lancôme in honor of the beauty brand's newest mascara launch titled Grandiose.   





Makeovers all around! 




Isn't that a fabulous face chart? 


Keeping the jams going!!!


This girl stepped in and she had the coolest hair accessory! 
It was a pin that looked like the brush of the new mascara! 


Photo booths are always a fun, glamorous party stop!

Afterwards we browsed around 42nd street for a spot to eat, we ended up in Bryant Park and stopped at 'Whichcraft. I'm not even a big fan of grilled cheese but let me share that it was the best one I've ever had. I also had a supper yummy tomato soup. We sat at a small table and chit chatted as live music played. 

Then we made our way to the Condé Nast building for the primary reason we had made this trip! ASME Next was holding an event with the Editor in Chief of Lucky Magazine, Eva Chen. It was my first time visiting the building where many of the magazine industry's biggest publications are created. When you get on the elevator the publications are listed by title & floor, I might've died just a little when I saw Vogue. 


"Zara will be your best friend. You will name your first child Zara."
"We get into magazines because every month is something different, every week is something different."

After drinks, networking, and mingling our group moved into an auditorium to be seated where we would watch a Q&A between Eva and Oprah Magazine editor, Arianna Davis. Eva talked about everything: her career journey, her life as editor in chief, fashion and style, the magazine industry, generational differences, social media, what she looks for when she is hiring, and life as a Lucky employee. Eva is incredibly humble, articulate, passionate, and hilarious. 

I've been following Eva on social media since her days as the beauty editor at Teen Vogue, and I absolutely adore her social media presence. I follow Eva wherever I can: twitter, tumblr, instagram, you name it, because she is way cool. She is positive, inspiring, and fabulous but at the same time she carries this sense of honesty and realness. I was over joyed to have this opportunity to see her speak. 


Posing with the mag. 


Before our trip back home, Victoria and I stopped at Pax for a drink and they had this adorable set up of lemonade! 


Be sure to check out my girl Victoria's blog at creativelyvictoria.com!
Don't you just love events? What lovely memories were made. 

Princess Priscilla, at your service!


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Intern Queen Party NYC 2014

If you are currently a college student or in the college student age, then the word "internship" is a normal part of your vocabulary. For those of you who haven't heard of or aren't quite sure what an internship is, an internship is where one works at a company usually in a particular department for a certain time frame but they are not considered a full employee of the company. Internships are great resume builders and experience enhancers, particularly for students still in college and are starting out. There are paid, for-credit, and unpaid internships. I've shared previously that I'm interning at The Aquarian Weekly this summer. 

So this post is about an event I went to on Wednesday thrown by the Intern Queen herself, Lauren Berger. Lauren founded internqueen.com to provide a source for students to find and apply to internships. My first time hearing Lauren speak was at the Internships 101 event by Seventeen Magazine. She was an enthusiastic and fabulous keynote speaker who shared amazing tips on internships, careers, and networking. 

So this is what you saw when you first walked in, a chart with colors next to a designated field/industry. 


You would then pick up a name tag, write your name on it and stick your color to it! 
I chose media and fashion to represent my experience and interests. 


Isn't that a cute networking idea?


Laid out on tables were whiteboards with the phrase, "I'm interning at:" on them, and of course I grabbed a pink marker and represented! 


They had giveaways and mini makeovers, but the coolest stop of the night was an instant photo booth that would print mini polaroid-like pictures! 


The attendants at the booth were so lovely! 
They made sure everyone got their picture.  


Saved for last was the panel which featured 14 industry experts from companies such as NBC Universal, Chanel, The Rachel Ray Show, DoSomething, Macy's, Seventeen Magazine, and more. Lauren gave a short introductory speech where she highlighted some of her intern rules, such as "keep in touch 3 times a year!" The panel members took turns speaking and provided their insight to the crowd of interns. 




And that is my recap of the night! 


Do you have interning experience? Where is your dream internship located?
 Share in the comments, I'd love to know!  
Check out internqueen.com to look for available opportunities in a range of fields! 

Princess Priscilla, at your service!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

On The Hunt

Isn't it great to go shopping and there turns out to be on sale, or at a discounted price? I recently went on a shopping trip and decided to do a haul and I'll also share what it is that I do to find the best price for the items I want. 
     

      

So first up are these phone cases. Claire's was actually having a huge clearance sale! Everything on clearance was $2, except for bags, which were still cheap for $5. Here is one of my best tips on getting the best out of a shopping trip to anywhere: take the time and energy to do the research, and browse through the products.  Clearance areas usually aren't kept to the same visual aesthetic as the rest of a store, it can get a little bit scattered in there. Don't let that be an obstacle to finding great stuff, as they say, "Good things come to those who wait." But it's also true that, "The best things are found by those who hustle." I am not afraid to kneel down and search the bottom of a rack; something good might be hiding there. Look behind the front row of products, search online to check for varying colors and styles, and even ask an associate if there is anything else in stock besides what you've looked through. Many of these phone cases were hidden behind other ones, I moved those out the way and pulled my faves. As long as you neatly sort through things and put things back where they belong, you shouldn't have any trouble from the associates. 


This garter was also found in Claire's (but you knew that from the packaging!) Initially I only saw white ones for weddings and ones that said 2014 on them, but then I saw this black & pink one and I had to have it. I actually have no particular use for it, but lately I've had so much inspiration from burlesque, Moulin Rouge, Dita Von Teese, etc... Speaking of it, I could possibly wear it for when I go see Dita in September! And for $2 I couldn't resist picking up this little trinket of inspiration. Black lace, hot pink satin, and rhine stones, very luxe no? 


 I feel as if this necklace was made for me. You're probably wondering how a globe and binoculars could possibly relate to me. Well, if you caught it on my intro post, I mentioned that I am anthropology major. Anthropology is the study of humans, and it has subfields which include biology, archaeology, culture, and linguistics. My personal focus is on cultural anthropology. Many anthropologists go out into the field (a specific area or region) for research and to collect data, hence the globe and binocular charms. When something reflects you, and holds personal value it makes ownership that much more special. This necklace is from Hot Topic, a part of their jewelry line called Love Sick. 


1. I love The Little Mermaid. 2. I love cameos. 3. I love buy one get one deals. 

Every one loves a good sale, we've all cracked up at this vine. But it's important that we aren't just buying because of a sale or because an item is cheap. It has happened to the best of us: we've ended up buying more than we planned because of irresistible deals too good to pass up. And while maybe one extra item in the bag probably won't break the bank, practicing good shopping habits will help in the big scheme of things. Hold an inner conversation about the items you are contemplating to purchase, "Do I need this?" "Will this bring me joy?" "Will I give this item a good amount of use?" etc.  Fortunately for me, this Ariel necklace that I thought was so pretty was my 1/2 off item from Hot Topic and their buy one get one 1/2 off sale. You know what? I'm not sure if this even counts as a cameo, but it sure does remind me of one!  

PINS! PINS! PINS! So I love to pick up pins for my pin collection (which I hope to introduce you to eventually!) These were buy 2 get 1 free at Hot Topic! A sailor moon one, and two disney ones. 

At Claire's I picked up three bows! You can catch me on any given day with a bow in my hair, I absolutely love them!  I already had one in red but I figured I'd grab another red one and one in yellow because I love the one I have. I also grabbed this headband with a studded bow because I loved the balance between sweet and tough! 


Now these were one of my favorite items to pick up on this shopping trip! This pair of pumps were marked $30, but when I got to the register they ended up being $10! Isn't that the best feeling?
Forever 21


What are some of your shopping tips? What do you do to be fantabulous AND frugal?

Princess Priscilla, at your service!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Oh look! I've reinvented my blog AGAIN!

Lately, I've been very much inspired to re-do my blog. I wasn't happy with it. And when you're not happy with something in your life, you're supposed to do something about it. So I did.

Therefore, allow me to reintroduce myself....

Hello! My name is Priscilla. I currently attend university, where I major in anthropology and minor in music. I'm located in North Jersey, and my heart lies in NYC. I believe in expression, learning, feminism, and that there is an incredible amount of good in this world. I'm a contributor for my campus chapter of HerCampus.com, and an editorial intern for The Aquarian Weekly. I've decided that I am a(n unofficial) princess. I hope that through this blog I can enrich your life even if in the smallest way.

Princess Priscilla, at your service. 

I hope you enjoy my new content. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Do Re Mi.

Music is really. really. really. important to me. Really. As in, I cannot express it enough.

One of the ways I go about expressing it is by purchasing it. (Most of the time its bargain hunting, but still I pay for it.) FYE is one of my favorite stores, when I thrift shop the first stop is the vinyl section, I recently declared my music minor, and I'm interning at a newspaper called the Aquarian, which focuses on music, live performances, and the music industry.

So I'm constantly thinking about music.

And mixing in my anthropology, I like thinking of music in a social context.

I've taken an interest in ethnomusicology. Which is the study of a culture through its music. Or the study of music from a cultural perspective.

I went to a performing arts high school, so when I went to college I thought I was moving past music so I didn't enroll in any music classes. I went insane. I experienced a depression due to my separation from music. And I was able to see just how much I need it in my life.

And while I don't have any art, or music playlists to share with this blog post... I just wanted to share a very important part of me.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I'm Reminded Why I'm Happy I Have A Vagina.

So this past week was full of great feminine centered events and considering its Women's History Month thats not much of a surprise, but still I was reminded last week of how happy I am to be a girl!

So first I took part in my University's production of the Vagina Monologues! It was a 25 girl production, and our theme was Women Around the World, so we all dressed up in different kinds of traditional wear from a range of varying countries. My monologue was A Vagina Happy Fact.

Here is our selfie! 
A wonderful group of women to work with!

But what I must share is the reaction I've gotten from people when they found out I did the show. Most people were shocked. Let me explain, most people place this virginal, pure, clean cut, prude label on me. And honestly, it isn't far from the truth, I'm aware that I lack "experience."But I am in no way a prude, in fact I believe everyone should have a healthy sex life. And I am a feminist which is why I didn't understand why people were so shocked at my involvement, but I guess it doesn't fit into that box people place me in. 

In reflection, I was so excited to be back on stage for such a great message. Each show I got better and better. And it was so much fun! I got to step out of my comfort zone, I even moaned on stage at one point. It was a blessing to hear what each girl had to say during our talk back sessions. They shared so passionately their experiences. It was beautiful. I'm so glad I decided to audition! 

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Later in the week, my campus chapter of Her Campus had our first birthday party! We invited Windsor, co-founder of HerCampus.com to come speak. And it was a great night. For those of you unfamiliar with Her Campus it is the number one community for girls on and offline. It is primarily a website composed of articles directed towards college aged women. I've been reading articles since I was in high school. Different colleges across the country have chapters and I am involved in my university's chapter!

Windsor's speech was fabulous! She shared some great insight on how to be your own boss, and run your own business successfully. 
And we won awards!


My college experience has been so enriched by working with great women!
 And I am so happy I have to opportunity to do so. 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

"Lonely is a Freedom That Breathes Easy & Weightless"

Okay, so I'm known to be a social butterfly. I'm highly friendly and personable. I'm always making new connections. But I enjoy and appreciate my alone time regardless of how much I value friendship and community. I love spending time with my thoughts. Some of the best concerts and adventures I've experienced have been on my own. I love sitting on the bus to NYC by myself observing everyone around. But I know that it has been a journey for me to accept this.

So here's one of my favorite videos on being alone...



I haven't been able to do that in a few months. Perhaps it was early December when I went to a ZZ Ward concert in NYC by myself. I rarely let not having someone to accompany me to be an excuse not to experience something. So last Tuesday, I was at school, my classes had finished, I was sitting down at a table on my laptop when I came across a posting for a free concert later that evening at our school's radio station. I wondered if I should attend. I had no one to go with; didn't know any of the bands performing, but I remembered my goal of wanting to attend at least 10 concerts this year so I realized I had no reason not to go. I didn't have class or early work the following day, I didn't have homework that needed finishing, and I would have spent my evening in my room probably on tumblr so I decided that it would be best if I went.

I walked over to the radio station. Once I found the locale, I was nervous to walk in. I waited outside the door for a few moments until a girl spotted me and said, "Are you here for the concert?!" And I shook my head yes, and she urged me to go inside. And I'm glad I stepped in. Honestly, I thought it would be a better turn out, but you know things don't always work out they way we want them to. But the best part was the intimacy. I met the band members before hand, and everyone asked my name and thanked me for coming. Took sometime for the music to come on, but when it finally did it was fun. The bands played all original music, and had cool things to say between songs. It was fun head banging in a radio station that resembled a punk underground basement with my peers. Had I decided not to go simply because I didn't have anyone to go with I would've missed out meeting such rad people and hearing good music.

So please go forth in the wildest direction of your dreams even if it means being on your own, the awesome people will come around and appreciate you.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

My FIRST product review ever. Like. Ever.

So hello all you fantabulous people! 

So as you may or may not know, I am a huge Sailor Moon fan, and have been one since I was 4 or 5 years old when I would watch it on Cartoon Network! 

(Fun fact: The first thing I ever googled was Sailor Moon.)

So one day I'm scrolling through tumblr, scrolling scrolling scrolling, and then BAM. This review is on my dashboard with beautiful photos, so I am just thinking its just something someone made, and then I realize that it is actually a product review, and my curiosity sparked! So of course like any curious internet browser I clicked the link (which we all know isn't a good idea all the time, but this seriously was a GREAT idea. Haha) and read her review on it. Her site is so lovely click on it and browse around, I did! 

So from her review I went directly to the site! I was like holla. So im scouring the site and they have a TON of cute other stuff, like if you're into lolita, disneybounding, or just into adding whimsical and major cuteness into your wardrobe. So when I finally found the bag I wanted, I was like PLEASE DON'T BE $100 OR SOMETHING I CAN'T AFFORD. and guess what? It wasn't! It was 39.99 plus free shipping! I said to myself I have to have this bag. But I told myself to just keep the tab open and give myself some time to truly think about it. (I can be sensible sometimes) I asked myself, "Priscilla, if this gets sold out how upset will you be?" And so I put in the payment! 

So I ordered it January 16th and received it January 24th (8 days! Really seven because I don't count Sundays cause no mail!) In shipping days, that is fabulous, but it felt like forever because I kept checking for shipping updates and tracking info. So I get an email update saying its out for delivery, I tell my mom that I'm expecting a package and she sends my dad out to get the mail! My dad comes back in, and I see the package in his hand and I SCREAMED. I was so excited. My mom helps me open it up. (I wanted to do one of those cute open as I blog things but I was excited I couldn't wait) When I opened it, it came with some nail art as a free gift (HOLLA two products! That is some luxurious customer service, round of applause everyone.) and a handwritten note. Now lets stop here one minute. The handwritten note is the one special part of online shopping. One of my favorite bloggers, Angelina, who goes by the username ALBinWonderland on many sites, vlogged about it on one of her reviews recently. Her package came without a hand written note in it, and while it doesn't take away from the purchase, it certainly enhances shopping experience by a lot! 

Finally, lets talk about the bag itself. 1. Its as pretty as it looks in pictures. 2. The strap is good length. 3. The zipper is a bit rough to work with. 4. No pockets. 5. but you can certainly fit stuff in there. 6. The gold accents are very lovely. 7. Double-sided printing. 9. ITS SO DARN CUTE. 

So overall,  I am so so so happy with this purchase! Its my favorite SM compact, and its pink and cool. Just gah. ♥

Here is a photo!
(from my instagram!) 

So there you go! Five stars!
*****


(p.s. i'm gonna get a camera to be able to take better pictures! So hold on for the good stuff!)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Scandal

We're Hell Raising and We Don't Need Saving Cause There's No Salvation For A Bad Girl

This week I'm thinking about women in the media who are causing a ruckus.

I've got Natalia Kills - Problem on repeat. Lena Dunham's on the cover of Vogue. Jennifer Lawrence speaks about underarm hair publicly.

The girls are shaking things up in Hollywood.

And I love it.
As the Laurel Thatcher Ulrich quote goes, "Well-behaved women seldom make history."

Its great to be a bad girl. But I believe the best part of this mindset lies not in the ego-feeding aspect (which I don't think is a bad thing, lets feed the ego of female gender.) but rather the richest skill lies in the audacity to challenge the status quo. We should be challenging society and norms. Life's more interesting that way honestly.

Let us not be stale and flat characters, but people who are dynamic and vigorous.

Here's a mix of the music that has helped me channel my own inner "Bad Girl".



Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Escapism

So lately, I've been looking everywhere for inspiration. During my school breaks, I typically go into a phase of what I feel is escapism. I watch videos, read articles, magazines, books, listen to music, I spend a lot of time in my room, and searching the internet for new inspiration for the things I want to create. I get back to me, I simplify what I do and really get back to my dream world. I spend a lot of time with my imagination. This break, I'm really looking at what people are doing. I already follow a few cosplayers/make up artists/musicians/creative people that I love, and now I am expanding that. I really want to enter this world of living as a creative person.

Traci Hines, one of my fave creative people that I admire and follow, posted a video.... Which you should totally watch (and I'll make it easy for you by placing the vid below) featuring herself and some other lovely youtube ladies. And since I love Traci, Disney, and the video it was inspired by, I had to watch!


So as I am watching the vid I say wow these are talented girls, where does Traci find all these amazing people to help her create so many awesome things? And when the video is ending, I notice that all of the girls have youtube channels as well! So I decided to check them all out, because I'm all into finding creative people doing big things! And I've been watching these girls do their thing, and am really inspired by them! I want to wear what I want, and sing, and create videos, and just be immersed into imagination and inspiration.

Included in the youtubers, is the costume designers behind the fashion! I've started following a lot of the costuming companies the ladies love as well. Firefly Path is one of my favorites.
And its funny how theyre ALL connected! Its like a small magical world over there in LA! I hope to find people into fantasy and costuming here on the East Coast, and I'm sure there are, I just haven't been looking in the right places.

I'm in the heart of my escapism. Again. And thats my dilemma. I go in and out of this world. I honestly, just want to live in my creativity, by letting fantasy inspire my outfits and life, and doing what I love all the time, not just in my room. I want to be confident enough to step out into the world and reveal my pink fantabulous self, with no pretense!

Welp. here's a cute video as well.

I love these people because theyre not afraid to be who they want to be! And expression has no boundaries! LOVE it.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

My Year of Creativity

Hello my lovely readers!

This is my first post of the year, and of my revamped blog!

So this year, 2014, going into it, I really want to have such a creative energy about the year.
I want to be creative with what I wear, what I do, how I think, what and who I surround myself with, and just immerse myself in creativity. Here's a list of creative goals I have for myself.

1. I really want to cosplay and dress in lolita this year for the first time. I've been looking for inspiration everywhere for cosplay, and reading up on tips on how to start and budget for it.

2. I want to attend more cons! In 2013, I went to one con for only one day and it seriously was one of the best days of the year. I want to travel for cons, I just hope I can find people I can with.

3. I want to improve my make up skills! I am having so much fun with make up and beauty lately, with following Michelle Phan and subscribing to ipsy, plus just in general in my real life make up and beauty has become more prominent in the lives of my friends and I.

4. I want to continue honing in on my skills of creating an argument. Through college, I am learning so many invaluable ways on how to improve my points, and as a person who believes and advocates for social justice, diversity, and equality this is extremely important to have. As a feminist, being well expressed is important, and thus continuing to improve this is a must. I will use this blog as a place to write about my thoughts on feminism.

5. Get back to hardcore geekery. I want to read more comics, watch more movies, read, play games, be more invested into Geek Life. I am excited to read the new Ms. Marvel coming out in February!

6. Music and singing is a big part of my expression, so its mandatory that I continue to make music in my own little way, listening to great music, going to great concerts and improving my own singing.

So this is the list I've got working on accomplishing.

Here's a list of other goals I have:
1. maintain my GPA.
2. Find a new better paying job.
3. Find an apartment and roommate(s) for September 2014.
4. Be a lot better at budgeting and financing. I want to practice good financial skills.
5. See 10 concerts in the year. Less than once a month, so hopefully this goal isn't too hard to accomplish.

So let me get on my way for this GREAT year!