Amy T. Astley, Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue
I can hardly contain my excitement as I type this because I can't believe that I had a chance to visit New York! Again, I wouldn't be here without some extremely amazing people and I pray that they know exactly who they are. Words will never be able to express my gratitude!



I arrived Friday morning and immediately felt the energetic buzz of the city, not to mention the cold. Be as it may, I had a blast this past weekend. Friday was filled with sight seeing and mingling but Saturday proved to be a full day. Teen Vogue Fashion University was broken up into three different majors (Editorial/PR/Social Media, Design & Styling and Business), which I thought was pretty great. My 'major' was Editorial/PR/Social Media and I was able to learn a LOT from the speakers. Below you'll see a complete list of my schedule for that day:


I would have to say that the my favorite seminars were given by Juliana Ribeiro/Brian Phillips of Black Frame, the Teen Vogue Editors, Aliza Licht (PR Girl for DKNY), Mickey Rapkin (Author of Pitch Perfect) and Erika Bearman (Oscar de la Renta PR Girl).

I couldn't resist snapping a few pictures during the seminars just so I could immortalize the moments spent being among some of the above mentioned names in the industry.



From left (as known): Senior Entertainment Editor, Dana Matthews, Beauty and Health Director, Elaine Welteroth, Social Media Manager, Drew Elovitz and Editor-in-Chief, Amy T. Astley


Some important lessons and words that stood out to me the most are as follows:

Erika Bearman of Oscar de la Renta shared that she believes that two years within a job is the minimum respected time you should put in before branching out to another job. She also believes that networking, being reliable and working hard by going above and beyond are key things that employers look for in potential new hires.

Juliana Ribeiro and Brian Phillips of Black Frame shared that they believe that PR (Public Relations) requires the ability to effectively communicate while building stable relationships (strategic partnerships), research extensively and pay close attention to detail.

The Teen Vogue Editors believe that being able to research, have your own ideas, market/brand yourself smartly on social media and keeping an updated resume are key to making yourself stand out when applying for a job.

"I think that talent rises to the top, always." - Amy T. Astley
"Think first before you press send." - Michelle Phan
 "You have to set yourself up for success. You are your own advocate." - Erika Bearman

I was so caught up in living in the moment that I forgot to snap more pictures of the amazing style that I saw this past weekend. However, here is what I was able to get:





 Here is what I wore to the "graduation" portion of TVFU:


It still feels surreal that I was able to attend this amazing event and spend time in one of the places that I'm thinking about eventually moving to. New York surely moves at it's own lightening pace but it feels like home already. Imagine that.