Better late than never!

I title this blog post so, because I feel like I have had the opportunity to meet several large milestones this year. Finally, as it feels my life is getting back to normal, I decide to start this blog. For this reason, I find it necessary to quickly catch you up on a couple of things I have been up to.

As briefly mentioned in my “About” section, earlier this year I studied photography in Prague for four months. I discovered a newfound appreciation for different languages, and realized how lucky I am to be bilingual. (Thank you Mom and Dad.) Throughout my stay I took weekend ventures to Paris, Barcelona, Budapest, Greece, etc. (You get the point; I traveled as much as possible!) I was away from anything familiar, with just my thoughts, a camera, and a few good people I happened to meet along the way. It was a life-changing experience, one that I will not soon forget.
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Following my expedition in Central Europe, I moved out to New York City in May to begin my fashion internship with Details magazine. I’ve known for some time now that what I love to do is write, and what I love nearly as much as writing is fashion. Hence, editing for a fashion magazine would seem to be the best of both worlds.

I would like to quickly explain to you all however, that a fashion internship is not actually as glamorous as it sounds. I spend my days working in a closet. I hang up clothes. I pack garments up. I return samples back to the designers. It’s a very repetitive process, all of which are completed while well-dressed. Now, not to make it sound completely miserable, I must also mention that I touch Prada, Bottega Veneta, and Louis Vuitton clothing on a regular basis. When male models come in for castings I photograph them. I assist the editorial stylists on photo shoots, and I run errands to Tom Ford. Although, what has been most rewarding about this internship are the editors, photo coordinators, and other interns I have had the pleasure of meeting throughout these summer months.

Unfortunately, I leave New York City this Friday. While this place was completely terrifying upon arrival, it has been one of the greatest things to ever happen to me. After moving around and starting over so many times throughout the past few years, I have absolutely learned that being uncomfortable at the beginning of any new circumstance is a way of life. It is also my strong belief that the way in which a person handles this uneasiness determines the outcome of a situation. One can either become stagnant and unproductive, or one can adapt and grow.

My next move will take me back to Washington, DC, one of my many homes. I will be moving into my new apartment, finishing up my undergraduate degree, and eventually job-hunting. (All of which sound incredibly adult and very foreign to me.) Currently I am envisioning bills to pay, odd jobs to make rent, and microwaveable dinners. However, as long as there is a goal in mind and good friends around, I think we’ll all make it through.

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3 responses to “Better late than never!

  1. theandrewgardner

    I am so proud. Blog looks great Jess. Be sure to update constantly… I will miss you more than you know this next semester. It has been a wonderful time here in NYC and, I am sure that we can agree, a very intellectually challenging opportunity as well.

    When we are old and reminisce about our times together, we shall at least have our words. We can both agree that writing (mixed with a little bit of fashion, dahling!) always feels so right. Never stop and when the bad times come, pick up your pen or set in front of your keyboard and just write, dammit.

    Love you forever and ever.

  2. “Throughout my stay I took weekend ventures to Paris, Barcelona, Budapest, Greece, etc. (You get the point; I traveled as much as possible!) I was away from anything familiar, with just my thoughts, a camera, and a few good people I happened to meet along the way.”

    I’M THAT GOOD PERSON!!!
    You are so lucky to have me…
    …though I am much luckier to have you.

    You rock my world Alter…you should help me start a photo blog. I’d like that.

    Can’t wait to learn how to design Anime with you this semester…maybe we can make some anime porn? Just maybe?!

    COME HOME SOON….
    many many kisses…

    mam rad Jessica.

  3. Montana

    Great looking blog Jess…however, i’m eagerly awaiting some of your witty sarcastic ramblings that i know are pent up inside of you, but i’m sure theyre on their way. Meanwhile, while you’ve been busy expanding your horizons artistically, professionally and technologically, I’ve gotten almost halfway through the harry potter series (looks like we’ve both been busy this summer!) Imagine how wonderful next semesters going to be when our forces are combined! (excuse the language, too much harry potter)

    I’m so impressed!
    xoxoxoxoox Montana

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