Thursday, April 24, 2014

Look Who's Turning 20!

Hello Readers!

This week is very exciting for Nicole Miller Philadelphia!  Mary Dougherty of Mary K. Dougherty & Associates, the private owner of the Nicole Miller locations at the Bellevue and in Manayunk, is celebrating 20 years in business!  Mary is a trailblazing business woman who began as a traveling wholesale representative for Nicole Miller.  Now, Mary owns the two Nicole Miller Philadelphia locations, a wholesale company and a consulting firm.  It is no wonder that such a driven individual has been able stay successfully in business for so long.  Working under Mary and her team has been an inspiring experience so far and I am looking forward to celebrating her success.

Now, you must be wondering, how does one celebrate such a milestone?  Well, Mary is not one to disappoint, and that is why she is having a party for some of her A-list guests.  The VIP that is most important, though, is Nicole Miller herself!  That's right, Nicole Miller will be making her way to Philadelphia to help Mary celebrate and we could not be more excited.  All team members have been busy tying up any loose ends in order to make Nicole's visit and Mary's celebration a memorable one.  It is not often that a top designer comes to Philadelphia and we plan to make this party Philly fabulous!

Check out Mary's site to learn more about her growing success throughout the city!

- Josie

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Routine is difficult for me. I love chaos. I am an action junkie. I like waking up in the morning and having no idea what I am going to be doing. I love going on spur of the moment road trips. I love having an idea and then just going for it like nothing else matters. This drives my mother insane. I once woke up at 4:30 am grabbed a Mega Bus to NYC and ran a marathon. Only having decided to run it the night before. Then I called my mom and told her. She nearly had a heart attack.

This is not how the 9-5 job is. Every morning I wake up and know exactly what I will be doing. I know that my alarms goes off at 7:28 and every minute that follows to make sure I will get up. (I am a very heavy sleeper/dreamer. I often find that my alarms become a part of my dreams therefore usually sleep through them.)  When I finally do wake up, I know my dad will be down stairs reading the paper and drinking a smoothie. My mom will be across the table drinking coffee. When I walk into the office, I know that I will be the first one there. Everyone else strolls in at 9:15. Then two of my co-workers will get coffee in about ten minutes. I can count on a lunch break at 12. I know that Jill will leave at 4:45 with a "Bye Monica see you tomorrow." I will then leave at 4:55 because that five minutes is my rebellion. Against who? Maybe my paycheck.

 In some ways the routine is nice. I am confident in what I do at work. I know what to expect and I understand how to perform the task. I know what is going to be coming for me. But I wonder if this routine always going to be like this? Or is this just the intern world? I want to say its the intern world. I want to believe that work gets more exciting, but then I look at the faces of every single person driving on my commute home. They all have an empty stare. A brainwashed stare. A stare that I am terrified to have. Routine is nice. But chaos is beautiful.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Holidays with the Hollidays

As any big holiday approaches, college kids flock home to see family and reminisce with friends. I was lucky enough to reconnect with my very best friend from High School, Keegan, this past weekend. It is amazing to hear about how successful she is at Hofstra (she just scored a summer internship at Live with Kelly and Michael!!) and to talk about our future plans together. The two of us are both graduating early and are planning to move into the city together as of June 1st 2015. A few years ago the thought of getting big girl jobs and moving into NYC seemed like a wild fantasy and now it is about to become a reality. Life is flying by faster and faster every day!

Along with getting to spend time with Keegan, I met up with two of my older sisters for dinner Saturday. They both are married and had obligations for Easter Sunday, so we spent Saturday catching up instead. It was nice to get together and talk over great food. This left my parents both free on Sunday to drive me the 6 hours back to Philly. They were kind enough to take a lot of my winter wardrobe back home, as well as help me spring clean out my apartment.

After a relaxing weekend at home I'm excited to go back to work tomorrow. In lieu of an Easter basket my mom took me shopping and I bought the cutest midi skirt that I can't wait to wear this week!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Beyond Store Walls

Hello Again!

This week I wanted to talk about a few things that are involved with my Co-Op other than my in-store responsibilities.  As I move forward in the weeks to come I will talk a little more about what I do on a daily basis but I wanted to give readers a sense of what Co-Op is like otherwise.

Like I said in my previous post, I take the subway to work.  Philadelphia makes it very easy to use public transportation and Drexel has a hand in it, of course.  For the month of April, I purchased a Student TransPass through Drexel.  I highly recommend that other students purchase a monthly TransPass if they are commuting to Center City or other parts of Philly on a regular basis because it makes life so much easier.  Rather than having to count coins and make sure you have subway fare, you can just slide your pass and be on your way.  It also eliminates the stressful parking situation that occurs in every city.  Septa also offers a student discount so why not take advantage of it!

Something else that I enjoy is the time I get to spend with my dad while in Center City!  Nicole Miller is located in the Bellevue on South Broad Street and my dad is a professor at the University of the Arts, which is also located on South Broad Street.  If I am able to get to work early or if I don't have to rush to lacrosse practice right after work, it is nice to be able to catch up with my dad.  We enjoy trying different, small eateries around the area and just enjoy each others company before or after a busy workday.  One of our favorite places is Little Pete's on 17th and Chancellor!

I must say, I do feel rather grown up these days.  I am working for a brand that is largely successful and recognizable and am scheduling lunch dates to catch up with my family.  I am starting to get a taste of what life might be like after Drexel and I like it so far.  I know that I will miss the familiarity of classes and practices but life after graduation may not be looking so bad.

Thank you for reading!

- Josie

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Breaking Barriers

  It has been an eventful week here in the beautiful Dublin! For starters, I have broken my wrist and now have to wear the bulkiest, electric blue cast for next six weeks.It does not match any of my outfits! Here is my ridiculous story:
It was a gorgeous Thursday night when the three Drexel boys arrived at my 'posh flat' in the college populated, Rathmines. We hit a couple pubs and continued on our way, for no reason at all, I was getting a 'piggy-back ride' (shoes did not hurt, I was not tired, just messing around) and the rest is history. Well, the actual act of breaking my wrist happened as I caught my entire body weight on
it as I was falling off of the 6'5 giant. I stayed out that night, attended an EUSA program meeting the next morning, where the boys were telling me to show my blown up wrist in hopes of cutting out short but I sat through the entire, repetitive presentation then directly following the not-so imfortmative session, brought attention to my black and blue lim. I got an earful about how I should have called the EUSA emergency number and several perplexed expressions when the board of directors realized how calm I remained through the entire accident. I genenerally handle pain very well and it takes a lot for me to complain about something. However, as the shock wore off (about two hour into my waiting room experience) I realized this was not normal. The woman that conducted our morning meeting stayed with me through hours of x-rays and castings. The first clinic I went to was extremely clean and modern with very accommodating people. As I was getting my temporary cast, due to the swelling it needed to be softer in order to continue to ice, the doctor told me I had to report to Mater Hospital on Monday morning at seven in the morning to wait to see an orthopedist. At first, I argued that I could not go on Monday, my first official day as the Wild Poppy Concept's intern but both the doctor and program director quickly shut that down. This is when the tears happened. Forget breaking bones, I had to miss the first day of my dream internship, the entire reason I am in this country. This is when I received the second batch of perplexed expressions. Thankfully, my employer is one of the nicest humans I have ever met and insisted she take me to tea that day, if I were feeling up to it. After four hours in the Smithfield Clinic, I had an ugly, soft cast and was on my way to the pharmacy to subside some of this pain.Throughout this mishap, I have learned many interesting things about the Irish healthcare system but nothing shocked me more than being told that codeine is sold over the counter. This confused and scared me because it is such a dangerous substance to tons of junkies I walk by on the streets of Dublin. I did not even think about buying it because I have taken it before in the US following a tonsil surgery and it made me extremely sick. I bought some Advil which does not do much for a broken bone so I have been just dealing with it sans medication. On Monday, as directed against my will, I reported to Mater Hospital, the Fracture Clinic, to wait for a reasonable five hours. You guys would not believe the amount of people that had broken bones this past weekend. I was making small talk with the receptionist, commenting on the business and his response was, 'this is not at all busy'. After being called into to see the orthopedic surgeon, I got my blue cast (I wanted pink but no dice) on and was told to come back in a week to discuss if I need surgery. Tears round two commenced. I will keep you updated on that status but let's hope it is not necessary!!
The only thing this cast is affecting is my outfits! I still am loving this city just with both feet planted
firmly on the ground!
Yesterday was my official first day of work. We do not have a central location, rather we travel to our clients. For the next couple of weeks, I am working with the Credit Union as we launch their new website and social media sites. The projects I am directly working on are paralleled to Computers for Design and Merchandising. I love how much I already knew going into these projects from our courses. I like working at different branches of the bank because I get to meet new people everyday. I am also learning the Irish banking system in the process.
This weekend, my older sister, Kaitie is coming to visit me. We booked our flights to Brussels and train to Amsterdam. Excited is an understatement!

Waving with a blue cast!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Picture worth a thousand people

I imagine many of you relate the world of online shopping. Scrolling through probably thousands of products, you barely look at the picture and you are already on to the next. Some products are by themselves and some are on models. But did you ever think about the amount of people it takes to get those products on the website? I certainly did not and last week I had my first real taste of a photo shoot.

Yet, this was not a glamorous photo shoot with beautiful models and exotic sets. The photos being taken were probably only going to be seen by a select few people, mostly editors from magazines and members of my team. I was handling products that would not be available for sale for months. During that time, the photos I take would be sent to editors that would perhaps request samples. There are probably only two or three products even produced at this point, all of which is my team's responsibility. The samples first come to the buyers, then to PR, then to editors, then back to the buyers. The clothing is not even on QVC and all this behind the scenes work is happening. From there, the samples are shot and re-shot, edited and re-edited for the perfect picture to go on the website.

Now think about the thousands of pictures we scroll through when online shopping. This cycle occurs for almost every object, at almost every company. Incredible.

My first week at QVC I learned the amount of time, people, and money that go into every aspect of our retail-driven lives. Everything I eat/wear/use has been a product of many people's hard work. When it comes to perspective and how integrated we are as humans.. it's pretty mind blowing. This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes "Everything you do in life is very insignificant.. but it's very important that you do it." Meaning, when it comes to the big picture, you may be a tiny speck of paint, but the picture would not be complete without it.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Importance of Juggling

One of the main life lessons that I have learned over the past three years at Drexel is about balance. Juggling school, extracurriculars, jobs, and a social life can be a tricky task. As a driven young woman, being busy comes naturally for me and I’m always volunteering to lead a committee or take on an extra project. Of course this is a great attitude to have, but I have learned, especially lately, how important it is to have time to relax.

As the Greek Week chair for my sorority, Delta Zeta, the past week of activities was the culmination of months of planning. Yesterday marked the last event of Greek Week and I’m extremely proud to say that my sorority came in second place! It’s a strange feeling to not have a few pressing emails on the back burner in my mind. Just as quickly as I finish one project I take on another. I just applied for a part time retail job to supplement my diminishing bank account. Commuting ain’t cheap!

I also am a Rho Gamma for Fall Formal Recruitment 2014, which basically means ‘disassociating’ from my sorority for the summer to act as a sort of guide for the incoming freshmen/upperclassmen looking to go greek this fall. I am SO excited to begin working with the other panhellenic women and to take on this new experience. This past weekend we had our first meeting. As an icebreaker were to tell the room what our spirit animal was and why. I said I was a bird because I have to wake up at the crack of dawn and migrate to New York three days a week.

On top of my Drexel commitments I write fashion and beauty articles for a blog called As a startup company it is amazing to watch the site grow and shift as we figure out our target readers and their wants and needs. It’s quite a different approach than that of Michael Kors, where everyone understands the target customer inside and out.

It looks like a lot on paper but after three years at Drexel I’ve become a pro juggler. Balancing is easy as long as you remember to make time for yourself. I try to take at least one day a week to relax. I usually spend it outside, walking around Philly with my boyfriend, or getting lunch with my girlfriends. This coming weekend I will be heading home to spend Easter with my family.

Until next week!