Friday, November 21, 2014

Advice to a College Tyro: Someone to Share Your Success With

It's been far too long since my last college advice post, but today's topic has been a reoccurring 
trend this semester. 

Compared to last year, I've found the environment in my classrooms to be incredibly stimulating, inspiring, and extremely competitive. While some of my peers thrive in this type of environment, others find it downright stressful. Despite which way you lean, it can feel uncomfortable sharing your success with others. From little achievements like getting an A on a quiz to hitting that five mile mark on your daily runs or big accomplishments like scoring your dream internship or landing on the dean's list, it's often easier to share you goals, struggles, and daily events with those around you, but how often do you share your success with others? 

A group of my friends (both male and female) were having a laid back conversation the other day about exam grades. Two of the guys stated they did "really well" because they were simply "good" or "smart" at the subject. On the other hand, two of the girls stated they did "pretty well" because they "studied hard" or "got lucky" guessing some of the answers. While all of these factors probably came into play with all of four of them, it became clear the girls were more tentative to claim their success compared to the guys, even after it was revealed they had outperformed the guys.

Admittedly, there have been personal, academic, professional, or blogging successes in my life recently that I have not shared with people because I felt I was: arrogant, lucky, bragging, or cocky. I do feel there is a battle between success and likability for women in professional and academic situations; however, why should we be so inclined to disown or downgrade our successes from our own friends? It's often second nature for us to vent our stress, express our goals, or share those minuscule and perhaps irrelevant moments in our life (like that delicious sandwich you just ate for lunch) with friends, so why should success be a taboo topic?

Whether big, small, luck, fate, hard work, or perseverance, success shouldn't be kept a secret. Lately, I've been making a more conscious effort to own my successes (big or little) and not be intimidated and uncomfortable sharing them with friends. In return, many of my girlfriends have been more open and confident sharing their success and it's truly exciting and inspiring to cheer each other on.

Own your success, always.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Her Campus Headquarters

Yesterday, I walked an extra block past campus to visit the lovely Her Campus team at their Boston headquarters. I love being involved in the HC Blogger Network and attend the CFW every fall, so I when I saw the black and hot pink awning outside the building, I knew I had found the right place. Nothing prepared me for the fun, playful, bright, and perfectly themed black and hot pink office space! 

From the hand painted wall art by graphic designer Kelsey and account executive Allison, to the modern kitchen area equipped with a nail polish rack and candy bar, and even the modern Poppin office furniture and desk supplies, I had total decor envy. With over fifteen team members working hard in their pods, the HC team makes sure to still schedule some time now and then for weekly Wednesday fitness classes, holiday parties (from the looks of a few lingering decorations, they take Halloween pretty seriously), and cocktail nights that help everyone bond, relieve stress, and have some fun!

But, seriously, can my dorm room look like this too?!

My favorite part of the office? The wall of fame.
 It's truly inspiring to look at that wall and around the office and see the success of three college friends who had the passion, drive, and guts, to chase after their dream and make it happen. 

Thanks for having me HC!



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

PBDorm Style

My favorite part about the first few days of college is decorating my dorm room. Even with my small person space, I love transforming my dorm room into my happy little corner of the world that looks like me. This year I made a huge collage of "wall art" over the side of my bed, but thanks to PBDorm I was finally able to finish decorating my room with this nautical paddle and 

It's amazing how these personal touches make any space into a home.

PBTeen is currently doing 40% off on all beds, desks, dressers, etc! 
This would make a perfect holiday gift if you're looking to redecorate your 
childhood room, dorm, or apartment.    

Monday, November 10, 2014

Welcome to New York, again

"Welcome to New York... 
it's been waiting for you...
it's a new sound track I could dance to this beat...
the lights are so bright, but they never blind me...
Welcome to New York."

As clique as it sounds, I couldn't help but think of Taylor Swift's Welcome to New York as the theme song to my quick trip into the city last Friday. Its been just shy of three months since I last went to NYC (and my fifth time visiting this year alone!) and it's amazing how much brighter, cooler, louder, energizing, and comfortable the city feels every time I return.  

This time around, my campus fashion club and I got the chance to meet with so many talented, hard working, and humble people in the fashion industry. From editor to assistants, bloggers, and interns, I was offered so many valuable insights and advice about careers within the fashion industry that made me even hunger and anxious for my future.

It was a pretty packed day of meetings, but I was excited to wander some around the city and fall in love with New York City all over again.

Just before my trip I was thrilled to finally get my very own Big City Tyro phone case from HiCustom. The Chinese company allows you to personalize a wide variety of products including T-shirts, phone cases, and mugs. I'm in love with my custom iPhone case and am particularly impressed by the quality of it. 

Shop some of there products here.  

Friday, November 7, 2014

Out of the Woods

We already had our first taste of snow last weekend, but the leaves are juuust 
starting to really turn colors. Autumn is by far my favorite season and I'm still in complete denial it's almost over. I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to crisp fall days that only warrant a light coat for those shady paths along the city sidewalks...

Sweater: Brooks Brothers | Skirt: J.Crew | Belt: vintage | Coat: J. Crew Factory | Bag: Madewell
Hat: J. Crew | Sunglasses: Gap | Jewelry: Kate Spade and J. Crew

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


This weekend, Boston already got it's first taste of snow...
I guess it's time to get those coats out of storage and start thinking about layering up. November seems to have snuck up on me and soon enough it's going to be Thanksgiving, finals, and the holiday season. 
Anyways, if you're looking to add a new coat to your wardrobe this season, doing some holiday shopping, or online browsing, Rosegal has some adorable coats at really great college student-friendly prices (most are under $50!). 

I love that the company was started by a group of friends with a passion for vintage style with most of the products reflecting classic vintage designs with a modern twist. Rosegal offers a wide range of clothing and accessories that would fit a wide variety of personal styles! 

Edgy: This coat would be perfect for layering at night with a red plaid scarf and leather leggings.
Classic: I love the classic silhouette of this coat, but the peplum gives it a fun update. Pair it with a plaid skirt and some tights to give it a 60s vibe. 
Girly: I think every girl needs a fun, feminine coat in their closet. While a peacoat can seem masculine, I think this soft powder blue adds the perfect girly touch.
Vintage: I've been dying to get my hands on a winter cape and this one is perfect. I love the vintage buckle details. 

Rosegal wants to help you get ready for the winter season ahead.
Use code joeyCgil to get 8% off your next online purchase and
check out some of there other styles too.  

What's your favorite style winter coat?

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.