Graduation is not the end – it’s the beginning!

This Saturday, I’ll be graduating from American University’s School of Communication with a BA in Public Communication and a minor in Marketing. I’m sure it comes as little surprise that I’ll be moving back to New York at the end of May, and while I’m feeling very sad + nostalgic about leaving DC after four years, I’m ready for NYC!

To commemorate the occasion of my college graduation, I partnered with Tiny Prints, an awesome company that offers chic and modern stationary, to design beautiful graduation announcements.

In true DC fashion, I headed over to the gardens at the National Cathedral with my lovely and talented friend Ada Thomas, who photographed my shoot. It was a beautiful spring (summer?) day and the perfect opportunity for me to style a graduation outfit and take some pics for the grad announcements.

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Though I decided to design an announcement that only featured one photo, I wanted to share some of my other favorite shots as well!

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Dress: H&M // Heels: Vince Camuto // Necklace: BaubleBar (similar) // Lipstick: MAC Retro Matte in All Fired Up // Hair styled by PR at Partners // Graduation announcements c/o Tiny Prints

Recap: Social Learning Summit 2014 #SLS14

Remember on Friday when I wrote about what you should be doing on Saturday? That thing was the Social Learning Summit, and it was awesome.

What makes #SLS so special is the energy, collaboration, and constant willingness connect on behalf of every person there. It’s a hub for live tweeting and engaging with new ideas and new people in real time. It’s wonderful.

I attended three panels and one keynote speech, though there was so much to see and learn and absorb that I couldn’t possibly have touched it all. The panels I attended were Social Media Metrics (#SLSMetrics), Brand You (#SLSBrand), and No Business Like Social Business (#SLSEnt). One of the keynotes was a fantastic speech by Joe Gizzi (#SLSKey) about the intersection of social and mobile. (Check out his deck here!)

Below I’m including a roundup of some (okay, a lot) of my favorite tweets (& some of my own) from #SLS14 to give you a sense of my experience, key takeaways, and the conference in general. I definitely recommend attending #SLS15 – I’m hoping to come back to AU for it next year!

And of course, if you were at #SLS14 – let’s connect! Tweet @staceyalevine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Countdown to New York Fashion Week #FW2014

With New York Fashion Week beginning in just two days, the world of social media is buzzing with talk of the upcoming shows. In recent years, social media has given the average fashion fan the tools to participate more than ever before in one of the most exclusive events of the year. Runway shows are now streamed online via YouTube and other sites, we can glimpse the designs as the swoosh down the runway, thanks to Twitter, Instagram, and Vine, and we even have exclsuive access to (and sometimes interaction with) designers and models through Facebook and Twitter.

Because of this new consumer power, sometimes we forget who the real fashion moguls are. I love the hands-on experience of NYFW that the internet (and blogging, of course) brings. But we never could have gotten to this point without the original fashion commentary: the magazines.

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Traditional editorial fashion still serves as the roots of the fashion industry, and this year, the historically exclusive industry has gone back to basics a bit. IMG Fashion, the company that produces New York Fashion Week, told The Wall Street Journal in December that the inclusiveness we’ve experienced for the past several years is about to change.

Don’t worry all, there will still be live streaming. But the media lists have been cut by 20%, and the guests who are most valuable to designers (read: celebrities, Anna, Grace) will get access to private green rooms and exclusive interviews.

So, in the spirit of the major fashion magazines doing a NYFW takeover (more so than usual), I wanted to share a roundup of the most-discussed fashion brands in 2014.

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MediaRadar looked through January and February issues of the top 7 women’s fashion magazines (Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, Marie Claire, People StyleWatch, Vogue, and W) to see which brands received the most Edit Credits (AKA singular mentions or images of a brand in a magazine’s editorial). Here’s what they came up with:

The top 20 most-talked-about brands by fashion magazines are:

  1. Christian Dior
  2. Yves Saint Laurent
  3. Michael Kors
  4. Celine
  5. Prada
  6. Louis Vuitton
  7. Chanel
  8. Valentino
  9. Calvin Klein
  10. Gucci
  11. Marc Jacobs
  12. Alexander Wang
  13. Lanvin
  14. Dolce & Gabbana
  15. Ralph Lauren
  16. Proenza Schouler
  17. Miu Miu
  18. Fendi
  19. Donna Karan
  20. Diane von Furstenberg

Granted, several of these are international brands – but it still builds up excitement for the amazing shows we can expect to see over the next few weeks!

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A Band of Women’s 28 Day Networking Challenge

If there’s three things I love, it’s career stuff, stuff with deadlines, and stuff with prizes. And then along came A Band of Women. Forget the New Year’s resolutions – it’s time for a February resolution.

I just discovered this group via their February 28-day challenge. The point of the challenge is essentially to help women everywhere learn to strike the right balance between online and in-person networking, which I think is awesome, so I signed up.

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According to the website, the challenge will include:

  • Easy and fun daily networking tips and exercises to help members reach their goals by making the right connections in 2014.
  • Advice from influential women around the world such as filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom and entrepreneurJanet Hanson, giving members a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to draw knowledge from reputable and successful sources who would have otherwise been inaccessible.
  • Daily challenges to ensure that members are striking the right balance between online and in-person networking.
  • Every member will be entered in a raffle to win a weekend at the luxurious Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa, valued at over $1200 (how bad can that be?!)

So basically, I only somewhat know what to expect, and I’m all for it. If you decide to sign up too, I think that’s awesome. Maybe we can complete some challenges together! Feel free to tweet at me @staceyalevine.

GIVEAWAY! 5 Pairs of Tickets to the eos Music Tour

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You know those egg-shaped chapsticks that all your friends swear by? Well, meet eos.

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As a huge fan of eos (Evolution of Smooth) products, I was thrilled to hear that they’re thanking their fans for their loyal support and passion for the brand with an awesome 5-city concert tour! The tour will feature RocNation’s artists including two-time Grammy award winning singer and songwriter Melanie Fiona, Grammy award winning songwriter Bridget Kelly and Elijah Blake, who have previously toured with Kanye, Alicia Keys, and Mary J. Blige. AWESOME.

I’m so excited to partner with them to offer 5 pairs of FREE tickets to my readers in Washington, DC! 

So check out the deets, and then ENTER TO WIN!

When: November 11th @ 8 pm

Where: Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H Street N.E., Washington, DC 20002

How else can I win? Follow @eos on Twitter and Facebook for more info! There will be eos-branded food trucks passing out free treats and tickets the week before, too!

There will be 5 winners of this giveaway, and each will win 2 tickets! This giveaway will run from Oct. 30 through Nov. 6.

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Top 5 Best Dressed at the 2013 Emmy Awards

Did I watch the Emmys? Unfortunately not. #collegelife

Was I following the red carpet fashion coverage online? Absolutely.

Here are my picks for the top 5 best dressed at the Emmys this year!

Kristen Connolly in Nicholas Oakwell

Laura Dern in Naeem Khan

Kate Mara in J. Mendel

Carla Gugino in Georges Chakra

And saving the BEST for last…Rose Byrne in Calvin Klein!

Who were your picks for best dressed at the Emmys this year?