Week in Review: What I Read September 1-12

  1. Fitness vs. Fashion (NYT): As working out becomes more of a fad (see Yogalates, Zumba, Pure Barre, SoulCycle), everyone is trying to make money from it. With this, there has been a shift in what we wear to the gym. It’s no longer acceptable to work out in a ratty t-shirt; we must instead dress like workout Barbie and look perfect while sweating. This article discusses the intersection of fashion and fitness. I found it interesting to see the way the two connect!
  2. Gloria Steinem’s Apartment (Refinery29): I’ve always been fascinated by Steinem’s life so it’s no surprise that I gobbled up the chance to look inside her home! This article is more fun for me since Steinem allowed Shelby Knox to live with her while her career was getting off the ground.  (I met Shelby at NCCWSL)
  3. Feminism and Formula (Observer): Remember that controversial Time cover a few months ago? Ever since then there has been pretty intense discussion in the blogosphere about the importance/irrelevance of breast-feeding. With the new laws in NY about formula, it’s more important than ever to have an opinion on the issue. Here’s an article that discusses why feminists should stop quibbling about whether breastfeeding is good for babies and start fighting for better formula.
  4. BIC Pens for Women! (Jezebel): In another instance of marketing stupidity, BIC decided to market “pens for women” in the UK. Women took to amazon and wrote hilarious reviews about the product. This one’s just a good mid-week pick-me-up!
  5. Memory Keepers (Delta Sky): If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know by now that I am in library school at UNC Chapel Hill. I decided to go to library school in part because I want to work in federal libraries so this article discussing the Library of Congress is right up my alley! Check it out for a peek at what goes on in a federal library, plus some great library pictures!
  6. Class Size of One (WSJ): As public school graduation rates become more abysmal, it’s not surprising that some parents choose different options for their children. The Wall Street Journal looked into the growing trend of for-profit companies creating schools where students are in classes one-on-one with their teachers. This is supposed to create new opportunities for students who struggle in the traditional classroom environment. While I’m not convinced of these school’s effectiveness, it makes for an interesting read!
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Classes and Roomies and Sightseeing, Oh My!: Taking NYC By Storm

Despite its challenges, this week has been such an amazing introduction to life in New York and to the publishing industry. It all started bright and early Sunday when I moved into my dorm. Having never lived in NYC I had no idea what to expect but I lucked out with a 3rd Avenue address and gorgeous windows to boot!

Shortly after settling in, my  flat mates and I went out to explore the street fair on 3rd Ave. Filled with delicious food and cute accessories it was like a welcoming party!

After all of the excitement we called it a night since the morning promised the start of new classes. The NYU SPI (summer publishing institute) generally runs from 8am – 5pm but the first day it went until 8pm! The introduction was overwhelming, especially since we heard from David Zinczenko (EIC Men’s Health), Cindi Leive (EIC Glamour), Pilar Guzman (EIC Martha Stewart Living) and others. They assured us that the magazine industry is going strong but that the focus is shifting to a brand-based model.

(Here’s my flat mates and I in the front row!)

Day two was equally overwhelming! Part of the program assignment is to develop a launch plan for a new magazine and we dove right in! I’ve been assigned to the Beauty/Fashion magazine category which for many people is a really integral part of daily life. I never realized how flooded the market was! We presented our ideas for a magazine launch to the program directors and got their feedback. After our meetings we heard from Brandon Holley (EIC Lucky)! Lucky has been one of my favorite mags for a really long time so hearing from the EIC was like a dream come true.

(This is where my classes are – The Woolworth Building)

Day three we heard more about the digital aspects of publishing. I hadn’t really considered the way that brand extensions affect the main magazine brand. I found it a little harder to understand only because I know nothing about developing those types of technology but it was great to get a taste!

For a complete change of pace, Day Four was spent at Book Expo America (BEA). This year was the first time that the expo was open to the public. Special passes for “Power Readers” were given out through indie bookstores and other avenues. Some of these people rushed around only for the galleys (free advanced copies) and didn’t care to make connections with the publishers. Many of the publishers wanted to make sales and the Power Readers distracted from this goal. I managed to snag a few galleys so I will do a post on my “Book Haul” later this week.

It was back to magazine publishing topics for Day Five with information about the technological aspects of publishing. Most of this was so far over my head that I had trouble understanding it but I think the information that I did glean was really beneficial. Later that night my roommates and I headed out for our first weekend in NYC. We tried to stay close to home so Tonic East was the perfect choice. Hanging out with everyone from SPI outside of the classroom was a lot of fun!  I’m sure that our level of comfort with each other will show in our final projects.

Sunday brunch, the essential NYC experience was amazing! The Bluebell Cafe is right down the street and the food was great.

 

More later!

 

30 for 30: 11, 13, 16

Sorry I’ve been such a terrible 30 for 30 blogger– I just haven’t been motivated to take many
outfit photos lately. I hope that the INDIE Blogger Conference I just did with
Tieka and Elizabeth will motivate me to take more outfit photos–they has such great tips!
If they ever do a conference again, you should sign up!

Day 11:

Items:

21. Green Geometric Print Dress (Banana Republic)
24. Black Boots (T.K.Maxx–England’s answer to T.J. Maxx)
Tights- Hue
Belt- J.Crew

 

Day 13:

Items:

25. Grey Sweater Dress (Diane Von Furstenburg–via Gilt Groupe)
12. Black Flats (Banana Republic)
Tights- Hue

 

Day 16.

(I’m getting better at taking these photos, right?)

Items

23. Black Turtleneck (J.Crew)
15. Morgan Jeans (Delias)
24. Black Boots (T.K. Maxx)

 

 

 

30 for 30–Day 1

You may have noticed that a strange new badge popped up on the side of my layout yesterday. Here’s why: I have decided to take part in Kendi’s 30 for 30 Challenge. The challenge is to choose 30 items of clothing to remix into 30 outfits over the next month. Accessories and coats don’t count but shoes and tanks do. There’s another catch as well–no buying things for the next 30 days either. Ideally, the challenge teaches people to re-work their wardrobe and realize that “I have nothing to wear” days don’t exist.

The challenge has happened several times before, maybe you’ve seen it on your favorite bloggers site! Here’s my lowly blog, listed on Kendi’s site (how cool!!)

Okay, so maybe you can’t see it in that little picture but go check the list of bloggers out here and you’ll see my blog. In poor remixer form I don’t have my full 30 items to show you today because I didn’t do laundry I ran out of time. I’ll try to post them before the week is out but don’t quote me on that. Here’s outfit number one:

1) grey turtleneck (J.Crew), 2) Floral print skirt (J.Crew), 3) Boots (H&M)

 

Bear with me as I figure out this posting pictures/outfits thing, surely by the end of this 30 for 30 I’ll have it down!

 

Ta,

A