Sunday, September 30, 2012

You wanna do what?

"So...what exactly are you going to do with that?"

I hear this question far, FAR too often.

A little backstory: I am studying Sign Language Interpreting at the lovely Fresno State here in California. Pretty obvious what I want to do, right?

Wrong.

It completely baffles me that people can't comprehend why I am studying this. Aside from the doubtful responses I get, usually people assume it is simply going to be a very expensive (education wise) hobby that I am going to do on weekends. Right, because I want to mentally exhaust myself and spend five years in college because I think it's a hobby. Solitaire is a hobby, you don't see anyone majoring in it.

Maybe it's because I've moved from majoring in criminology to ASL. Criminology is obviously a useful degree with a wide array of career choices. True, but I hated it. While yes, interpreting is a pretty narrow field of subject, it's something I am actually passionate about, unlike statistics and the Uniform Crime Report.

I'm sure there are other students who face the same frustrations, the idea that their chosen career isn't really a career at all is too often shared by the masses. I've heard it all so far: do I know braille? Do I know so-and-so, they're Deaf you must know them! I have a deaf dog (ok....?). Baffling, I am telling you.

So let's get this clear right up front here: Interpreting is a career! In any language! There is schooling and certifications for this! Hell, I could go and get a MA or even a PhD in it! So don't tell me it's not a real career.

I don't really care what you think though. I'm going to do it anyway. And you can take that to the bank.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Can't We All Just Get Along?

Hello lovelies!

I sit here, typing this before work, literally dreading it. While retail is certainly a giant leap from pizza parloring (I just made that verb up), it definitely comes with the downsides. Discounts and cute uniform options aside, it can be pretty stressful.

For those of you who have worked retail before, you will completely understand. For those of you who haven't, I offer some words of wisdom to help you get the best service possible. How's that? By being the best CUSTOMER possible.

1) Don't be rude

While this may seem like common sense to some (I wish), unfortunately it isn't always that common. News flash: Being rude gets you no where! Believe it or not, we are there to help you. Believe it or not, most of us don't work on commission. Yes, obviously we want to make sales - we do want to keep our jobs, after all - but we also want to see you happy! Personally, seeing a client walk out beaming and feeling great is an amazing reward. Please don't make my job harder by being rude to me.

2) Don't act like a ragging tornado

Yes, clothes are there to be looked at. No, they aren't there for you to literally toss around like you are home in your bedroom. Shocking, I know. But in all seriousness, would it hurt to at least leave the discarded clothes where you found them? Or give them to us? We won't be offended. But finding a pair of slacks stashed behind the camis is not a pleasant surprise come closing time.

3) Don't hate us for offering credit cards

We have to ask. I hate it as much as you do. 'Nuff said.

While I could continue to ramble, here is a little video to further explain retail rage (plus, a contest is mentioned....what? yes. yes indeed)


Leave a comment below with your thoughts!
XOXO
Stephanie

Friday, September 14, 2012

Why I Love Uniforms!

Hello all!

So this may be a bit of a brief rant, but I hope I'm not the only one who can relate. Growing up, I went to a Catholic High School, and my first "real" job was working in a pizza restaurant. Now that I've grown up to retail (hardy har), I have come to realize something very...very important about myself.

I freaking love uniforms!

I thought at first this job would be awesome. Sure, there is a dress code. But I was thrilled that I would have the chance to wear whatever I wanted, within reason. No more unflattering mesh shirts and akward, ill-fitted visors and caps. Finally I would be free of this repression!

Oh, but I was so -- so wrong. day after day it's a constant struggle of "What am I going to wear?" combined with a sudden realization that most of my paychecks were going to buying more clothes for work.

Huh? How does that work? Aren't I supposed to be earning MORE money instead of less? In any case, although it can be nice to wear something cute and flattering to work, sometimes I long for the simplicity of knowing that I only had to make sure I had khakis on and my uniform shirt in my car.

Needless to say, I am enjoying the temporary career change on this path of my college career, and I'm sure I'll have a greater appreciation for retail staff from now on!

On a lighter note, even though I'm not posting an Outfit of the Day (OOTD)


Outfit of the Day: Work Attire

I'm loving the shiny skinny pants jean for fall, so much more comfortable than leather! I tucked in the polka dot top and wrapped the belt around. Perfect school to work outfit, just add heels!

What do you guys think about uniforms? Do you love them or do you hate them? Comment below for a shout out in a following post!



Sunday, September 9, 2012

At home hair dye - L'Oreal HiColor review

Hello Lovelies!

At home hair dyeing can be a tender subject. The horrors of potentially bad dye jobs can keep even the bravest of do-it-yourselfers from venturing in to this unknown. We've all heard the age old advice to not dye your own hair much lighter or darker than your natural shade. Thus, the concept of going from dark hair to vibrant red - at home - is certainly something to laugh about. Right?

Wrong!

Now, I have always wanted to go from my dark brown locks to luscious red, but have always been too cheap to go to a salon. After watching a video on YouTube about a girl who went from raven black to Ariel red, I had to try it for myself.

The product I used was L'Oreal HiColor in Intense Red. I used two boxes for my hair, which falls right at my breastbone. It was incredibly easy to use and produced an amazingly true-to-color result. While the dye stains surfaces easily (be warned!) it definitely impressed me. Incredibly value priced, I would give the product 5/5!





Monday, September 3, 2012

White After Labor Day: Chunky Knits

White After Labor Day: Chunky Knits

White After Labor Day: Chunky Knits 

"This clash between angelic and
 rocker is effortlessly chic"

Welcome to the second installment of Breaking Fashion Rules: White After Labor Day! While the previous post focused on the pops of color rather than the subtlety of the white garment, this outfit takes the anti-rule by storm by pairing a chunky knit sweater with sleek leather (or pleather) material pants. This clash between angelic and rocker is effortlessly chic. To keep the outfit from being too bland, opt for tasteful maroon heels along with a strikingly colored blazer or scarf to finish off the look. As I've mentioned before, navy and burgundy colors are the two most sought after schemes for the fall, and look gorgeous paired together.

Below are some great deals on the trends mentioned above, all below $30! Who says fashion has to be expensive to be chic?

 


Let me know: what do you think about white sweaters for fall? Do they scream oh la la or no no no? Leave a comment down below!


White After Labor Day: Office Casual

White After Labor Day: Office Casual

White After Labor Day: Office Casual 



Who says you can't wear white after Labor Day? We all know fashion rules were meant to be broken. This is the start of the new series "Breaking Fashion Rules" Which will be updated frequently and highlighting a new rule every month. 

The type and feel of a fabric can certainly have an impact on how appropriate it can be deemed going in to the Fall months. It is crucial that the white pieces are not the focus of the piece, but instead a foundation from which to build on. In this example, the classic white button down is layered under a chunky navy knit (one of the big fall colors this season) and matched with coordinating teal pants for a cool monochromatic look. Layering with a black blazer instantly makes the look more professional.

What are your fall fashion must haves? Tell me in the comments below!
Button down shirt
topshop.com


John Lewis vneck sweater
$87 - johnlewis.com


Warehouse tuxedo jacket
$63 - warehouse.co.uk


Dorothy Perkins skinny jeans
dorothyperkins.com


Black shoes
indressme.com

Saturday, September 1, 2012

All about naval piercings



Naval piercings are certainly not a knew thing in the world of body modification. Easy to hide, inexpensive, and relatively inexpensive compared to many other piercings. Personally, my belly button piercing was not that painful. In fact, it was pretty painless compared to my tattoo or nose piercing. 


There are a few things to keep in mind when thinking about getting this piercing. 
  • Always go to a reputable piercer
  • Make sure to follow your piercer's instructions on how to properly care for the new piercing
  • Do not play with or irritate the piercing by trying to change the jewelry too early. It can take more than 6 months to fully heal. 
  • Do not wear heavy jewelry for the first year. You do not want your piercing to tear!


For more information, check out my video below talking about my experience. 
Leave a comment letting me know your opinion!