THIS BLOG IS AWESOME!

So, this past week has been crazy and exciting! Can’t wait to share more; so keep reading! (Oh, the blog title is a reference to something I did this week, will explain later.)

On Wednesday June 17, my day’s task was research-based for an upcoming story. The subject was ‘glamping.’ To which, I learned how intense it can be. (Also, I apologize if you follow me on Pinterest, as I kept pinning glamping ideas… Oops.) Then, we had some surprise visitors come to the office, bringing yummy-but-tiny treats by Baked By Melissa!

                                                                          Who was it?

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It was none other than Elmo and Cookie Monster!!! (And yes, it was the OFFICIAL ones, not the replications from Times Square.) Our entire office was in a tizzy; haha real celebrities visiting the office! Their PR people from Sesame Place mentioned how it was their 35th birthday, and even gave us promotional flash drives with a picture of Big Bird on it.

Thursday was research day as well (for a different project), and then we took a break to organize the home closet (it is full of adorable home decor!), which was kind of therapeutic for my Type A tendencies. 😉 (The other intern wasn’t as enthralled as I was to organize the closet.) Then, as we went downstairs to lunch, we ended up in the same elevator as our EIC Jane; casual.

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Apparently the baseball field? (I’m not well-versed in sports.)

After work I had approximately 20 minutes after my subway arrived to go to the grocery store across the street AND change into something more appropriate for a Yankees game. (Another event for our NYC program participants.) Well, I made it: and my friend and I ended up squished in a Bronx-bound subway car, with just about every other person to the game. Upon arrival, we went to go get dinner (did you know they sell sushi and noodle bowls at Yankee Stadium? I did not.) and find a souvenir for my friend’s relative…. Haha hearing her describe his demographics to the young Mets fan working the booth was priceless! (haha, it was a ‘you had to be there’ type of humor.) Eventually, we found what we were looking for and went to find the staircase to get to the upper levels…. that was a tad bit difficult. We did find it shortly after, and were the last ones of our group to arrive in our seats… and the first ones to leave (hey we stayed until the 5th-6th inning!)

However, I learned that I have no idea what happened. When people cheered, I went “Yay, something happened, I guess!” True story. And we kept trying to guess the what the DH position of A-Rod was… (Is it ‘down home?’ Is that even a thing? Could it be?) It’s Designated Hitter…. ohhhhhhh. We didn’t stay much longer than that, but we couldn’t leave without getting some ice cream in a Yankees souvenir cup. (A.K.A. a souvenir for my brother from the city.)

The next day at work, we did research and then went up to the Test Kitchen to pack up from the week’s food shoot. While packing, I noticed how the GH Institute team was making something; it smelled really good! (Better than my own abilities. Not a joke. I must take after Mom in that way.) Then, when I got home, it was time to sit down to write this monster of an essay assignment due on Saturday. I wrote the paper pretty much all night, well, actually, I deflected by watching season four of Scandal on Netflix until midnight…

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Ready to see Amanda Seyfried live on stage! I wonder, does she still have ESPN or something?

On Saturday, I woke up at 9 a.m. to do laundry and to actually write this paper. To which I learned that no one will wake up before 9 a.m. on a Saturday to do anything. (haha college kids.) I actually wrote this paper all day, and turned it in right on time! Then, it was time to head to the theater! This time I had planned to see off-Broadway play “The Way We Get By” starring Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski!

The show was fantastic; hilarious and well-done! So, there’s a line in the play where Thomas’ Greg says “Star Wars is awesome,” in relation to his character’s shirt… So, I ran with that for this blog title: I know you all were wondering…

When I sat down in my seat in the small off-broadway theater, I could have sworn that that guy who played Bennett in “The Carrie Diaries” was seated directly behind me… or at least someone who looks exactly like him.

After the show ended, I knew I had to stagedoor, which was in the lobby of the theater. First, Rose Byrne of “Bridesmaids” walked past (She was Helen.) wearing an adorable fedora atop her wavy bob. Us stagedoor folks were excited about seeing her. THEN, Seth Macfarlane speed-walked right past us. (Someone said they spotted him drinking at the bar earlier that night.) With that, let’s get to the actual cast, shall we?

First, Thomas Sadoski came out: who was fabulous as the fast-talking Greg! Oh, and yea, he was the ex-husband in “Wild” with Reese Witherspoon! Then, there was Amanda’s dog Finn waiting to see her post-show. He kept sniffing/licking my leg! (Dogs seem to love me; I can’t figure out why.) And after awhile, Amanda finally came outside (no photos with her were allowed.) And we had a little convo while she signed my Playbill!

Here’s how it went: (Her only conversation while signing autographs, just saying.)

Me: “You were great tonight! And Finn is so cute!”

Amanda Seyfried: “Isn’t he? He’s actually waiting for me in the car!” (Her face lit up when talking about her puppy!)

Me: “Yeah, he actually came inside for a little bit.”

AS: “Oh, did he?” (She was then ushered along to the next part of the line.)

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         Thomas Sadoski                             Finn Seyfried                   …and Amanda Seyfried

Ahhh! Still can’t believe that happened! Anyway, the show was hilarious, truly laugh-out-loud worthy! Great show, great night.

And here’s another [signed] Playbill to add to my collection this summer. (I imagine it will only keep growing…TOTAL TRUTH.)

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Until next time, Miranda xx

 

We’re soaring, flying.

Hi everyone! It’s been a crazy, hectic couple of days, so I’ll recap a bit for you! (Haha so I couldn’t resist the title… you’ll understand why when you keep reading!)

After our big Brooklyn shoot, I spent most of the following day unpacking and organizing boxes and the props. However, after two weeks, I finally got my I.D. badge and computer login! Yay I’m an official Hearst intern now!! 🙂 The next day, Friday, was a research day; finishing up a big project that was due.

11415380_10204495151967459_33056752558135302_nSaturday was a pretty relaxing day until about 6:30, when my friend and I went to see Gigi on Broadway with Vanessa Hudgens and Newsies’ Corey Cott!! Ahhh it was ahmazing. Truly an incredible show! Loved it. It was such a great show that it’s a shame it’s closing this weekend.

So, at the end of the show we snuck out when the bows started, and we ran around to the stagedoor, to be close. We found a perfect spot at the end of the barricades, and then got autographs from ensemble member Max Clayton! We then met two other girls, who were big 1D/5SOS fans, and we started discussing Michael’s accident that happened early that night, as fangirls do, naturally.

11425498_10204495844544773_723512705018949335_nThen, the security guard decided to block off the staged area, so the crowd pushed forward and I was kind of pushed into a corner near the wall, and therefore was only able to get Corey Cott’s autograph.  (I wanted a photo because I loved his turn as Jack Kelly in Newsies!)

Then, I saw “High School Musical” star Vanessa Hudgens in an outfit that was gorge! Love her outfit! And I told her; she replied with a sincere “Thank you.” Ahh! And then we saw Instagram/Twitter pictures that her costar and bestie Ashley Tisdale was in attendance that night! Wow, if only we could have met her too!

Then, I was able to get a photo with Vanessa! Ahhh! She took our selfie, how cool is that! I was so excited after that!

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Haha, shoutout to the guy with the sparkly gold phone case trying to get a photo of me and my new BFF Vanessa. Lol. 😉

Sunday was pretty relaxed, nothing really happened other than me and my roommate checking out my park for our assignment and getting bagels from a place nearby.

Monday was our class day, and we visited Ketchum PR and the August Wilson and Al Hirschfeld theaters. See my class blog on the day here! It was so cool to see the bare sets of “Jersey Boys” and “Kinky Boots,” wow! I came home so exhausted and sweaty; ready for bed and work the next day.

Today at work I did a juice run, getting juice and smoothies for the editors in a shoot, like four minutes after I arrived at work. Then, I brought a couple props up to the Test Kitchen (home of the GH Research Institute) where the shoot was, then it was a research day for an upcoming spread. After work, I went on a quest for stamps… And I pretty much failed, as I ended up walking more than I could have and the Post Office was closed… Luckily, a drug store with a mailbox right outside sold stamps, so yay, mission accomplished.

Then, I had about 20 minutes to spare, so I walked around TJ Maxx, to which I found some adorable Kate Spade Saturday purses… If only I needed another purse… lol. Then, it was time for dinner, where I had plans to meet some second cousins who were also here for the summer. That was fun and nice, considering I hadn’t seen them in several years… Then, I came home completely exhausted. Ready for another hectic day as an intern tomorrow!

Until next time, Miranda xx

My Life as an Intern

Hi everyone. It’s Wednesday, June 10 and I basically just got back from work, where I’ve been all day since 8 a.m., at a photo shoot in Brooklyn (more on this later.)

I left off in my last post that I was going to see On the Town last Saturday. Before than, we decided to head to Topshop Soho (it’s my favorite store!) and then we ended up walking back from Soho to the dorms; it was not that far! Already noted, for some future Topshop endeavors… 😉

11108241_10204461550727449_7955571402507845533_nWe purchased our tickets for the On the Town from the TodayTix app (I highly recommend it for discount tickets!) and then ate dinner at some large Chinese restaurant near Times Square; I had a very good Pad Thai meal. Then, it was off to the theater! Well, first when we took our pictures (check my social media from Saturday) by the back edge of the theater and that marquee.. oops, awkward. Oh well, by the time the show started: it was fabulous! The choreography and the dancers (professional ballet dancers making their Broadway debut!) were impeccable, and I most definitely enjoyed it!

On Sunday, a group of us ventured to Chelsea for the legendary Brooklyn Bagel. I had a bagel with lox cream cheese (i.e. plain cream cheese with small pieces of lox in it– but I love bagels and lox, so no complaints here!) Later that evening, a group of students in my program decided a TONY viewing party was in order, because of course.

Monday was our class day. To start, about half of us met at the Met around 10 a.m. where we were able to explore the famed museum, as long as we did an assignment for a later project as well. Can I just mention how incredibly gorgeous the gowns were in the China Through the Looking Glass display? Anna Winter and all those designers truly outdid themselves. Then, my friend and I walked to Bryant Park and ate lunch prior to our next activity. The park was adorable yet crowded. We then met as a smaller group for our 3 p.m. appointment at the New York Public Library, where we completed research for a project later on in the summer. I was back at the dorm by 5, and quickly got dressed in professional attire for our school’s alumni meet-and-greet at Lucky Strike Bowling Alley. Very swanky and nice, but very far away. Soooo, a group of us just took Uber back to the dorm. Hey, beats walking!

Tuesday was kind of a hectic day, as we had a pretty big shoot for the October issue on Wednesday. At 10:30 a.m. I left the office for the Flower District where I was there until 1, picking out flowers that are appropriate for fall. With bunches of bouquets wrapped in hand, I  took a taxi back to work: beats having to fight the crowds with the subway. The rest of the day was spent packing boxes for the shoot. I got home at 6:20, by far the latest of my suite, and discovered that the laundry machines were still broken from last Friday: so great.

And on to today: it was our shoot day at this apartment in Brooklyn. The piece, for the October issue, discusses small space living. The apartment, belonging to a young married couple and their bulldog named Finley in Cobble Hill, was part of a cluster of absolutely adorable brownstones. (I mean, I’d love to live in one when I grow up…) Most of the day, I unpacked boxes, organized props up in the apartment and ran errands for more props and then picked up the editors’  lunches (haha intern life). Everything was very cool and I enjoyed seeing how the entire process works, despite some minor issues regarding storage and transportation. Once, I was sitting on the front stoop unpacking boxes and there was a preschool class on a leash walking past me. And then, I was walking back from the truck and this little boy across the street kept saying hi and waving, so I waved back and then he said goodbye and tried to follow my down the street, while his parents called him. Too precious, regardless. However, I did get a little lost coming home, so Uber it was! I got home at 7:30 p.m., completely tired and here I am writing this…

It’s been a crazy, whirlwind experience so far, but I guess that’s the life of an intern, especially in the magazine industry!

Until next time, Miranda xx

My First Week as a New Yorker

Hi everyone! So, this has been my first full week as a New Yorker! How about a little recap?

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In my last post I mentioned how we went on a Circle Line boat tour on Sunday. Well, during that boat ride (and after), it poured. And even with my umbrella, I still got soaked. Upon arriving back, a group of us stopped to go get dinner (we didn’t have lunch that day) and to wait out the storm and flash flood warning. Then, we decided to see the Age of Adeline around the corner, as it was still raining…. And we laughed: there’s was really no solid plot point that made sense, however, I will note that Blake Lively’s hair was consistently on point in the flick.

On Mondays, we have our “Streets of New York” class, and June 1 was our scavenger hunt to find our way around the city. We started off near the dorm– again it was very windy and rainy!– and took the train to the posh Upper East Side sites and Upper West Side sites, as well as my intern site and another girl’s nearby. Then we decided to head to another member of our group’s internship– in Brooklyn. Well, we walked for 20 minutes before we found it– sort of. And to avoid trekking back to a subway station, we uber-ed it back to Washington Square Park with our new buddy Yip the Uber driver. We went around that neighborhood and the Financial District, but still didn’t complete the list. At 5:30pm, we got off subway near the dorm and got an email from our professor not to meet him, but to “go home.” BUT, we completed four out of the five tasks and went to all four internship sites, which I think is a pretty good accomplishment.

IMG_3643Tuesday, June 2 began my first day as an intern for Good Housekeeping, which is located in the famous Hearst Tower.
Ah so exciting, I can hardly believe it!! So, I end up waiting in line with the other Hearst Publications interns for the day’s badge, then I take the escalator up to the glass section of the skyscraper and then ride the elevator up to the 28th floor. GH occupies the 28th floor and the GH Institute that tests all the products is on the 29th.

Tuesday, I (along with the other home department intern) organized the packed home closet (but it was all very cute!), worked on a timeline of home decor for the special issue coming up, had lunch in the Hearst Cafe with the other GH interns, and some more research. Then, as I left the train station on the way home, there was one of the Sprouse twins (they were on the Disney Channel show ‘The Suite Life of Zack and Cody’) just chilling outside Walgreens, a couple blocks up from my dorm. He kind of spotted me back, so I was unable to snap a photo, but hey, celeb spotting has begun this summer!

Wednesday, June 3 was a research day, but we also did a little painting (priming a piece of wood white for the editor to paint later, which will be used for the August cover.) Then, we had another research project: finding home trends for the October issue, hellooo it’s basically online shopping!

Today, Thursday, June 4, I helped transport props for the August cover shoot up to the GH test kitchen and even got a sneak peek of the images! (They are so adorable! Make sure to get a copy when it comes out!) Then, we did some research on Pinterest, to which I’d sometimes get “distracted” by all the cute home decor images, oops. The end of the day, we ran some errands across the street to CVS and Whole Foods to get some props for photo shoots next week. It’s been a great first week at GH and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the rest of the summer!

Also, a couple friends and I are planning to see “On the Town” this Saturday on Broadway and I’m super pumped, especially to see Ricky, the SYTYCD 11 winner, dance in the show! Then, Sunday night there’s a free live screening of the Tony Awards in Times Square, so obviously we must attend that as well.

Keep y’all posted! (I plan on updating this blog once a week!)

-Miranda xx

Welcome to New York!

Hi everyone!

Today marks the first full day of summer as a Manhattan-ite. So pumped! 🙂 Here’s what went down yesterday:

-Woke up & walked to dorm and found my subway route to work

-Moved in & got all necessities for a summer apartment

-Went to Rockefeller Plaza and then took the train back all by myself (That I was anxious about…)

-Walked for about an hour and a half while my friend and I searched for a non-pizza place for dinner (Hey, that’s what we had for lunch!), then ate dinner followed by some quick grocery shopping

-Came back and hung out with people in the dorm, then sleep

On today’s agenda:

-My roommate and I already walked over a mile and half, from our dorm on 3rd Ave to Ave C, exploring the neighborhood (To which I already found a perfect NYC brownstone)

-Mandatory “brunch” with all residents in an hour

-Circle Line boat tour

And that’s all the planned events for today! I’m looking forward to spontaneously exploring the city and taking adventures, as well as seeing as many Broadway shows as my time and budget allows! 🙂

Make sure to follow along with me all summer (I’ll try to post weekly) as I explore Manhattan and feel free to send me suggestions of things to do, as well!

My New York City Bucket List

So, I’ll be living in NYC this summer and I decided I can’t live in one of the greatest cities in the world without creating a comprehensive list of everything I want to do (outside of my class and future internship, of course.)

1. Get good deals to see as many Broadway shows as time allows.

2. Wait at the stagedoor of said Broadway shows (it was so fun to do it at If/Then in March!)

3. Explore Central Park and many other cute parks

4. Wake up super early to attend one of Today/ GMA’s summer concert series (my friend and I already have plans!)

5. Exploring what “random” daily events, festivals and activities are happening around the city

6. Visit my favorite store, Topshop, of course (either location will suffice)

7. Find time to visit the different Manhattan neighborhoods

8. Go to a farmers market!

9. Shopping excursions (both for trendy pieces at retail and discount prices)

10. Go to the cupcake ATM because who doesn’t love cupcakes?

11. Try something new! ( In terms of an activity, food, fashion trend, place to visit, etc)

I’m looking forward to exploring such an amazing city like a true New Yorker. Bring on summer, I’m ready! xx

I’m so excited!

Hi guys!

So, I have an exciting announcement to make! As of this week, I will be going to to Teen Vogue’s annual “Fashion University” program in March!

tvfu-logoIt’s described as “the only educational program where the business of fashion is taught by its stars.” As well as, “TEEN VOGUE brings designers, models, entrepreneurs, and insiders together with the future leaders of the fashion and beauty industries.”

I’m so excited to be able to learn more about journalism in the fashion industry! And it’ll be such an AH-MAZING networking opportunity before I move up to NYC for the summer!

I can’t wait to see what lays ahead when I head up to New York in a couple months! Look out for some blog posts on my experiences!

xx.

 

I HAVE VERY IMPORTANT NEWS.

Guess what? So, I had applied for a program with my school for this summer… and I got in!!! Guess where I’ll be?!?!?!

That’s right, NYC. I’ll be taking a class (where we get a backstage tour of the Gershwin!), wandering the city (Hello? I must go see If/Then, finally!) and wait for it: INTERNING. And as a journalism major, I’m hoping for a magazine internship!

We get to explore the city, take class (hands-on exploring) in the fields of Comm (!!), business, and theater/broadway (My inner fangirl is shrieking right now.) We will then be researching one area in the city for a big paper, and it can be ANYthing! And on top of that, interning! Which, I may admit that my Chanukah present from my parents will be the perfect addition to my NYC magazine internship wardrobe. 😉

AHHHHH!!!! I’m SO EXCITED!!

I’ll try to post a weekly (if not daily or every other day– it all depends on my schedule with interning) blog post this summer from my experience.

I’m so excited, I’ve been pinning outfits for my internship:

And COMMENT BELOW if you have any suggestions on places to visit or networking opportunities for internships! (I’ve only made it to the city once.)

After all,

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