My Favorite Things (Pinterest Edition)

Pinterest is easily one of my favorite social media sites. I love pinning fashion ensembles, beauty tips, crafts, hairstyles, jewelry, shoes, and much more. So, read on for a list of my all-time favorite pins.

Screen Shot 2014-07-13 at 2.53.31 PM  I’d love to wear this to class this fall. #perfect #preppy

Screen Shot 2014-07-13 at 2.54.31 PM Gorgeous! The gold peplum and the necklace–love.

Screen Shot 2014-07-13 at 3.03.08 PM Summery and preppy = one of my fave summer looks.

Screen Shot 2014-07-13 at 3.03.17 PM Love. Can I wear this to the Kentucky Derby? #prep

Screen Shot 2014-07-13 at 3.05.44 PMLOVE. Lilly dress looks perfect with the hat and necklace.

Screen Shot 2014-07-13 at 3.10.22 PM Valentino heels, my new fave shoe obsession. #perfection

Screen Shot 2014-07-13 at 3.12.15 PM Her hair accessory! Love it.

Screen Shot 2014-07-13 at 3.16.50 PMTwo words: GLITTER MONOGRAM. #yesplease

Screen Shot 2014-07-13 at 3.17.37 PM Custom Topshop dress? Uh, yes.

Screen Shot 2014-07-13 at 3.18.27 PM Marchesa. Gorge. Can I go to the Oscars in this?

Screen Shot 2014-07-13 at 3.21.13 PM Or this Marchesa one? #redcarpet

Screen Shot 2014-07-13 at 3.19.24 PM I’m obsessing over this headband. Very grecian. Love.

Those aren’t all of my pins, but these are what I love the most. Very preppy, very stylish, very me.

What to Wear: Internship

As I’m working as a Communications Intern this summer, I’m tasked with finding outfits to wear to the office that’s both professional and cute (i.e. something that I’ll want to wear.)

1. Obviously, you don’t want to wear something flashy or loud, that will distract anyone in the office from seeing how professional you are, which can ruin any potential contacts in your future.

2. Also, anything you’d wear to a club or party scene is out. That leaves out crop tops, super-high heels, tiny dresses, miniskirts, and anything way too tight.

3. Shoes: I know all girls love our heels (me included), but if you’re working a full day– you cannot wear heels unless you can be able to walk in them ALL DAY without complaining. For days at the office, flats (or even wedges) may be your best bet.

4. After your first day, see what the other staff are wearing (especially with shoes!) It’ll help you see what’s appropriate for you to be wearing!

5. A good blazer is an internship staple. (I have three of the same blazer in different colors.) A blazer is an easy way to make your dress, skirt, or slacks look professional.

6. If you’re not interning at a high-powered firm, then most likely a business casual wardrobe will suffice. Think blazers, modest sundresses, ballet flats or professional-looking wedges or small heels, and simple makeup and hair.

EXAMPLES:

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This is a great option. I love the blazer, necklace, skirt, and nude flats. (Nude pumps or heels are a must-have wardrobe staple.) It’s a great business casual option. If you don’t work for a high-powered organization, this is something you could wear any day to the office.

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This is business casual yet trendy. The chevron top and necklace go well with the black skinny jeans, but it’d be more appropriate to wear with a black skirt. And if you substitute the jeans for a skirt, nude heels or wedges would go better that flats, in my opinion.

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This is perfect for a day at your internship. However, the heels are way too high. (You’d be in pain by lunchtime.) So, I’d go with flats. But, I love the printed pants with the peplum top, blazer, and statement necklace. A good statement necklace is an easy way to add some fun to any professional outfit.

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A great choice. Dresses like this one is perfect for a summer internship, and the blazer, necklace, and heels help make it more professional.

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A perfect outfit for summer, and the blazer and wedges make it appropriate for a day at the office. One of my favorites from this post!

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Here’s a very preppy internship option. It looks cute, and it’s office-appropriate for a business casual firm.

When dressing for your internship, it’s important to be confident in what you wear, but also to remain professional, because you never know where this internship may lead.

Recap: What’s Happening in My Life

When I first created “If You Give A Writer A Pen,” I had started writing posts themed for a very different type of blog. However, I quickly discovered that I’m very much enjoying writing posts about my love of fashion and pop culture.

So, feel free to explore this site and read all about my favorite fashions, movies, music and more. You can even visit me on Twitter and Pinterest (Click the link on the side!)– and be sure to follow me for new blog posts! xx

My life: This summer, I’ve been to Israel, interned for several local Communications industries in my town (including running a blog and social media for a way cool organization!), and had a great summer. I’ve been doing all of that in between looking for my next Pinterest inspiration, making craft projects with my friends, hanging with the fam, and checking out the latest fashions (in stores AND online, of course.)

Keep reading and I’ll keep you up to date on fashion, trends, and all things pop culture.

<3, Miranda

My [Must Listen To] Summer Music Playlist

It’s summer, and basically, I can’t be found anywhere without my earbuds or car radio. So, that’s what today’s post will focus on: the charttopping hits I can’t help but sing along to.

In chronological order of when I started listening to the song…

1) “Boom Clap” by Charli XCX

The TFIOS hit is catchy and makes me want to get up and dance (which I almost did in the theater!)

2) “All of the Stars” by Ed Sheeran

From a previous post, you all should know how much I’ve loved this TFIOS ballad. In fact, I was the only one in the theater who stayed until the very end of the credits, just to hear the Ed song in entirety.

3) “One” by Ed Sheeran

Another Ed hit, this one from his newly released album ‘x’ (pronounced: multiply). I love Ed’s ballads. It’s so beautiful, and as the dancer I grew up as, I just want to choreograph a lyrical number to it.

4) “Classic” by MKTO

This song is taking over the radio waves all summer long, and I’m loving it! It’s that perfect summer song for driving around town. (Not to mention, I remember the lead singer back from his Disney days… Oh, how times have changed.)

5) “She Looks So Perfect” by 5 Seconds of Summer

Another radio hit, 5SOS nailed it with the perfect summer jam. I mean, I saw them on tour last year with One Direction, and knew they had chart-topping written all over them. And their debut album is set for release mid-July. Can’t wait.

6) “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith

I hadn’t heard of this until ice dancer Charlie White danced to it (breathtaking!) on Dancing With the Stars, and now… I love it. The fam’s annoyed whenever I turn the radio up when I hear it, but oh well… It’s that good.

AND it’s inspired several covers including one by Jacquie Lee, from “The Voice.” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AJy05n1wFI)

7) “All of Me” by John Legend

This sweet ballad is musically well-done. I can’t help but love it.

8) “Not a Bad Thing” by JT

Easily one of my go-to favorite summer radio hit! It’s so catchy.

9) “Really Don’t Care” by Demi Lovato

I LOVE this song and what it stands for. I was at the gym listening to this song mid-workout when I started thinking how this Demi song is kind of like my life motto. About how I don’t really care about how others think of me, and not letting their perceptions cloud how I think of myself. (Plus, I’m like obsessed with Cher Lloyd’s hair in this video.)

10) “x” by Ed Sheeran

Yes, this is the whole album, but it’s so good. This summer, I’m especially loving “Don’t,” “Thinking Out Loud,” “The Man,” among the genius tracks.

11) “Scarecrow” by Alex & Sierra (The X Factor winners!)

I voted for them on The X Factor, and now they’ve released their first single! I have to admit the vocals live (TODAY show) are much better than the iTunes track of it. But, it’s still good.

12) And no summer music playlist can be complete without… “Fancy” by I-G-G-Y Azalea

Not to mention her video is inspired by “Clueless,” a film I love, but it’s so catchy… You just want to sing along.

There’s my top hits of the summer. I’m sure many more are to come.

My Top Summer Trends

I love fashion. It’s a huge interest of mine (just look at my Pinterest page; it’s evident). So, today, I’ll be discussing the top trends (this time, for summer) from my favorite sites and brands.

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One of my new favorite stores is Topshop, the originally UK brand is taking over stateside (you may have seen stores inside participating Nordstroms.)

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I LOVE this pleated midi skirt. It’s so summery and it’ll look GORGEOUS with an adorable crop top. The perfect summer staple. It’s perfect for a picnic in the park, your summer internship, anything: it’s summer perfection.

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This crop top is so cute. I love this pattern. Nothing says Summer 14 like a crop top, especially in one as cute as this. I say, pair your cute crop top with that midi or maxi skirt in your closet. The skirt will make your summer ensemble flowy and whimsy, while the crop top is tight and well, cropped; the perfect juxtaposition.

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Rompers have been in for a while. But this one screams summer. And I love it. The color really pops and the fabric is crisp. The crispness and the popping color creates the perfect summer outfit.

As I go to university in the South, I’ve become infused with the Southern trends, from Jack Rogers, pearls and Lilly Pulitizer. So, this list cannot be complete with out some Lilly dresses.

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This traditional Lilly dress is cute in its own right, however, this summery print is perfect for summer events. I’d love to wear this out and about this summer. It’d be perfect for different events in Summer 14, from hanging out to Friday at that summer internship. Don’t you agree?

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This bright dress is so different from the traditional Lilly dress, which is why I love it.

One of the things about me: I love fashion and what’s trendy, but I hate looking the exact same as everyone else. So, yes, I’m a Lilly girl, but I prefer the prints that aren’t traditionally chosen or Lilly staples.Because that makes fashion to me: taking what’s trendy and putting YOUR spin on it.

Because, after all, you’re the one wearing it.