Tuesday, April 19, 2016

So, You Want To Work In The Fashion Industry?

Hello everyone!

I have been receiving questions on Twitter about my life in the fashion industry and how to get into the field. While there's no special equation, I figured I would share my journey and let you guys know what each experience taught me. This will be helpful for anyone looking to enter the industry!



My experiences in order (minus a couple part time sales positions at retailers):

My Online Boutique 

www.jennaleeann.com was not always a blog ya know. It started out as an online clothing store. I sold tops, bottoms, and outerwear. I started my business when I was 19. Read all about my business HERE . If you're interested in a separate post on the step by step process to opening an online store, share this post and let me know in the comments! My top lesson learned from this experience was to not bite off more than you can chew. I was in college when I started my business, so I wasn't able to put all of my time into it. So I sold it and turned the domain into a blog. This is a great job for someone with an entrepreneur mindset who has a passion for fashion.  You are able to work for yourself, and do things your own way. It really is your own creative space. You are able to become your own buyer and work with wholesale companies or manufacturers.  Being a retail buyer is always something I have been interested in. Being able to be your own buyer is an amazing job! I was able to go to trade shows and meet talented designers from all over!  You own this job if you are business savy, have an eye for trends, good with technology, and are motivated. You HAVE to be motivated to work for yourself.

Michael Kors HQ Internship

Oh how I love internships. They are the BEST way to gain access into the industry and build your resume. I was a design intern at the Michael Kors HQ in Manhattan in 2013. I was the only business major on the team, so I was able to spread my wings more than most. I learned about production as well as how the company keeps track of their finances and expense reports! Corporate is such a different world than working in the stores themselves. Everyone comes in, has a job to do, and then leaves. My top lesson learned from this experience was to pay attention to what others are doing and network your butt off. It's really important to learn from others when doing an internship. Your co-workers are your teachers. And you want to stay connected with them. It's really important to leave a good impression after your internship for future opportunity. You own this job if you are good at multitasking, are a quick learner, and if you're task oriented. 

Fashion Blogger

This one is dear to my heart because of course it's my hobby, and my dream career. I love blogging more than anything. Though I don't get to do it often...when I do, it calms me. Fashion blogging is an AWESOME way to build your own brand in the fashion industry. I do everything from OOTDs, to maintaining social media, to working with online clothing stores or other bloggers, going to fashion shows, conferences, campaigns, and so on! You don't need to be a big time blogger to do it. I love my blog, and I love my followers. My top lesson learned so far from this experience is to be consistent with posting and be true to yourself. I am the WORST with being consistent (hey, at least I'm honest?). With building my career at Nordstrom, and trying to maintain a social life...it's not easy to post a lot! To be honest, the cold weather has kept me inside as well (yay for Spring!). But you need to be consistent in order to really build your brand. Also, be yourself and stick to it. Do not work with companies that don't reflect you. It will confused your readers and it's not sincere. If you're looking to just blog for a quick dollar, you won't get far. You own this job if you are self-motivated, tech-savy, creative, punctual, and personable. Interested in starting a blog? Check out my post on how to become a 'successful' blogger HERE .

Nordstrom- Retail Management

Welcome to my current job (along with blogging). I started at Nordstrom in 2015 as a retail management intern. The internship teaches you all about becoming a manager and how to grow a team and run a successful business. After two months of being an intern, I was promoted to Assistant Department Manager of Studio in their Nashville location. It taught me a lot about moving away on my own. Read all about my Nashville story HERE . After almost 6 months of that role, I was then transferred back to CT to take on two departments! I'm now Assistant Department Manager of the Handbags and Accessories departments! It's a lot of work (as is all retail), but it's such a good feeling. My top lesson learned from this career so far is to be open to new opportunity and don't be afraid to ask questions. Also, your team is your most important asset, so treat them with the same respect you expect from them. I went to school and graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration concentration in Management. I learned all about how to run a business and how to grow. However, real life experience is what everyone needs. You own this job if you are a dedicated worker, personable and customer service oriented, are a quick learner and can adapt to many different situations quickly, knowledgeable about business, and love fashion. Fashion is constantly evolving, and you need to be able to keep up. It's a fun game. :)

Whether is a store, a corporate office, or your own business you're interested in, please follow your dreams.

I would love to hear your fashion experiences and tips in the comments! If you have any questions about anything please always feel free to e-mail me at jennaleeannllc@yahoo.com or tweet me @JennaLeeAnnLLC !

As always, please follow me on social media to keep up with my daily challenges in the industry! I hope this helped some of you!

xox

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

XTTW7 Fashion Show | Red Carpet

Hey y'all!

What an amazing weekend. Fashion shows just get me so excited for new seasons! HAPPY SPRING! I covered the XTTW7 Fashion Show in CT this past Sunday and had a blast. So many talented designers! Shoutout to Ricky for having me at the show and doing an AMAZING job putting it together!


Follow him on social media @rickydavista ! 


Here are some pictures of my favorite looks -


Designer- Craigo Cardicci
IG- @cardicci_fashion

Designer- Matthew Reisman
IG- @Matthewreisman


Design by: Brian Hernandez
IG- @TheBrianDiaries

Designer- Matthew Reisman
IG- @Matthewreisman

And here was my OOTN -



Gown- Michael Kors
Shoes- Kenneth Cole
Clutch- Boutique somewhere in Vegas

I'm so happy it's finally getting warmer out! Keep an eye out for a Spring 2016 Trends post!

xox

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Fringe | OOTD

Hello everybody!

Now that Spring is around the corner, I thought I'd hop into a dress and make an OOTD video for you guys! Let me know what you think. :) What's your favorite Spring trend!?



Details are on my Youtube page! Subscribe if you haven't already and thumbs up for warmer weather!!



xox

Saturday, January 16, 2016

OOTD: Burgundy Accessories

Hello!

Excited to blog with my favorite Fall and Winter color today! Burgundy is a well known and trendy color... A perfect way to add a pop to a neutral outfit. Here's how I styled my black outfit using burgundy accessories!








Top: Forever 21
Pants: J Brand - Nordstrom Rack
Booties: Charlotte Russe
Clutch: Danielle Nicole- Nordstrom
Scarf: Nordstrom B.P.


Hope you enjoyed it! I'm excited to be posting more this year. I hope everyone has an amazing New Year! Also, thank you for 18,000 followers on Twitter! I'm lucky to have a great support system. :) 

What's your favorite Winter color? Let me know in the comments! Talk to you soon!

xox


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

7th Annual Fashion Show! | Tickets

Hello everyone!

     I'm excited to talk about The 7th Annual Xperience Trendy Walk Fashion Show Gala! All the info is in the flyer below! Hosted in CT. Hope you all can make it! It's a huge event, with amazing people in the industry. 




I will be there to blog all of the action! Stay tuned...

E-mail me with questions!

xox

Sunday, January 3, 2016

OOTD: Navy Shift Dress

Happy New Year!

First post of the year and I decided to do an outfit of the day. I love this shift dress because it's so versatile and can be worn year round! Here's how I styled it for the winter.






Dress- Eileen Fisher from Nordstrom
Leather Jacket- Nordstrom
Scarf- Nordstrom
Booties- Vera Wang


Hope you like this outfit! And hope everyone has a great 2016!!

xox

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 Recap ♡

Hello!

These are my favorite types of posts to see! 2015 was an eventful year. I lived in another city for almost half the year, I started my career at Nordstrom, and I did a lot of exploring! Let's take a look...




JANUARY

Created a YouTube video

Cuddled with Oscar while recovering from surgery

Enjoyed VIP at Shrine in the casino

 FEBRUARY
Sketched the nights away

MARCH

Explored San Diego, CA

Celebrated St. Patricks Day in CA

Explored LA... LOVED Manhattan Beach

APRIL

Decided to do a little photo-shoot after getting my tonsils out!

Created my second YouTube video!

MAY

Graduated College!

Received my first Movado watch that I wear everyday (THANKS MOM)

JUNE

Started my career at Nordstrom as an intern

Got to work in different states for a couple days

JULY

Got promoted as Assistant Manager of the Studio Department in Nashville, TN
Moved 1,000 miles away from home for work
AUGUST


Explored TN with the family

Car got totaled by an 18 wheeler on my move down(and he took off too...hit and run, jerk!) Anyway, had to get a new car,  here she is!

SEPTEMBER

Randomly decided to chop my hair off and color it
New City, New Hair

OCTOBER

Hosted my first fashion show at Nordstrom for the brand Lafayette! So fun!
Ate Chilis To-Go with my best friend Carlie outside of the Parthenon at midnight...because why not?!

NOVEMBER

Turned 23..and enjoyed live music and pumpkin beer

My sister Nikki came to visit, and got me the best ornament ever!

DECEMBER

Took a selfie

Enjoyed the Nordstrom Holiday Party with my team!

And with Josh!

Came home for vacation, took a party bus to the casino for my sisters 30th birthday!

Got offered a position at Nordstrom that I've wanted from a start! But it's back in CT...so another 1,000 mile move
Left Nashville and ventured back home... 15 hour drives are no fun alone!


Now I'm back in CT, and ready for a new year. Check out my New Year Resolutions post for 2016! Overall 2015 was a good year. Pretty rocky and not much going on besides work, but that's what happens right after college! Can't complain! 

What were the highlights of your 2015? Curious to know!

Talk to you all in 2016! Have a Happy New Year and be safe!

xox