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Ouch, my ear!

For years I’ve wanted to get an industrial piercing…also known as a scaffold or bar. I’m pretty sure it was freshman year in high school when I saw someone with it, and since then I’ve been jealous. Of course I could have gotten one at any time, since my parents aren’t too concerned with how I present myself (especially since I don’t do anything crazy…so they trust me). However, I never went for it…until this weekend!

Thanks to my two great friends Erica and Siara, they decided to go along with my to The Tat Cave Tattoo & Body Piercing. This place is located at 3629 N Harlem Ave, Chicago, IL 60634 near the Dunning Neighborhood. If your coming from downtown Chicago like myself, take the Blue Line to Irving Park and then hop on the 80 bus. For the amazing price o $20, $25 for credit cards, you can get yourself any piercing. My industrial, which is technically 2 piercings, is included in this price, along with the jewelery too! My friends had gotten a belly button piercing and a cartridge piercing, both for $20. Apparently, this is a great price, since I’ve heard an industrial can be as costly as $50-70…that’s out of my price range. The Tat Cave is fast and relatively painless. Yes my ear is sore, but nothing a pain killer can’t get rid of.

Jokingly, my friend had brought up that having an industrial on your right ear is a way to show that one is gay, but honestly, I don’t mind advertising lol and also, I just got the side pierced in which I’m “handed.” I think it looks great though. If your thinking of getting an industrial, I’d make sure you’re okay with the time it takes to heal, which is about 6 weeks! Pick up a bottle of saline cleaning solution at your Walgreens ($8) and clean it 3 times a day! Also, the guy at the tat cave suggested not changing the jewelery for abut 4 weeks.

Picture is my own (and the hand is my cousin’s :DDDD)

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Retail Update: Is it odd to love your job?

So I’ve told you that I’m now a sales associate for the amazing retail chain H&M! And I gotta tell you, I couldn’t be happier.

Honestly, I thought that I wasn’t going to get the job when I applied, since I feel H&M has more of a professional name to it than say, American Eagle or Forever21 (then again, my resume is pretty nifty). But, I was wrong. Thank you H&M for taking me on.

I’ve been there about a month now and so I know just about everything that I need to know in order to do my day to day activities while clocked in. Of course I still need help every once in a while when someone wants to pay with a travelers check, when someone needs help finding a specific item, or when a coworker asks me to call another store to see if they have an item in stock or in a different size (which is actually really annoying to do, and I try to avoid making phone calls). Generally speaking, I can really see myself growing there and staying there for years. What make me the happiest, in the one month that I’ve worked there, my style has started to change. My new philosophy is to just enjoy fashion, not worry about what looks good or whats in and out. Fashion is supposed to be fun!

Anyways, I’m also so happy that my coworkers are friendly. Sure there are a few who haven’t really said anything to me or introduced themselves, but the majority has :DDDD I can really see myself making a few friends, and I think I’ve already made a few. You see, I can’t work somewhere where there’s no interaction between coworkers (like the McDonald’s down the street where the workers yell and scream at each other and even their bosses).

Also, the hours you get are fantastic. Normally at Subway (where I’ve worked for 4 years) you tend to only get like 12 to 15 hours…20 if your really lucky. However at H&M, I’m racking up 27 to 32 hours a week! Can you say “Payday!” It is sort of tireding to work 8-9 hour shifts like 4 days a week, but I’m getting used to it. And like I said “Payday!” I can fin ally make enough on a check to pay my payments, save for an apartment, and shop till I drop. I’ve already bought like $200 worth of clothes there (gotta take advantage of that 25% employee discount).

All I can say is that I’m loving my job. I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch, but it’s only going to get better from here. I can’t wait to share with you guys my hauls and also info about the H&M The Very Best of Versace collection (even though its over). Talk to you soon!

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Newly employed

I believe that I’ve mentioned that I recently was going to/had a job interview at the amazing clothing store H&M. To my surprise, H&M has decided to bring me on as a new sales associate in training!

I’ll be honest, I’m nervous as all hell. The interview process was scary, since job interviews are one of my fears, however, since I got the job I’m assuming to them I did just well 😀 Thank goodness…because during my first interview I thought I could have done loads better; there were a few times that I wasn’t prepared for the question and I had to think of a choppy-sounding explanation off the top of my head. The best feeling was leaving the interviewing office. Don’t get me wrong, the two creative directors (one being in training herself for a hiring position) were very nice. The worst thing with getting a job is having an intimidating interviewer.

There’s so many nicely dressed, well put-together, and stylish workers at H&M, which is what inspired me to both shop and apply for a job there. So, during the interview process, I was hoping that the outfit I wore really showed off that I’m what H&M was looking for. I wore a nice grey shawl sweater that I had bought from the store the day before the interview, a pair of solid dark blue skinny jeans also from the store, and a pair of brown leather boots from Forever 21 that put the outfit together. I had hoped that it was enough to show I have fashionable potential. Regardless of what I was wearing, my insecurities were having me think that no matter what, there was probably some amazing hipster dressed 20 year old who had retail experience that was also applying for the position. I’m happy to say that I lucked out. I really need to get past thinking everyone is better than me…oh well, I’ll get to that somewhere down the line.

I was called back and asked to come in later in the week to talk with the store manager. I didn’t know whether this meant that I had the job or not, but my friends reassured me that usually a second interview is almost always positive. I wore the only other H&M shirt I had along with the same pair of pants and boots (Hey, it’s a recession…). The store manager was a little more intimidating than the two creative directors that I had been interview by, but I kept my cool. The meeting focused on making sure I’m the right match for the position. We talked about my job experience, my school schedule, and whether or not it would interfere with work. Luckily, when he had said that I’m being hired, he told me the hours I was working and introduced me to the associate who was going to train me during the two week training period. I was excited that my schedule was a few 8-9 hour shifts (I never had that many hours at my previous jobs ><).

Then the other day I came in to start my job orientation. This was basically another person who had just been hired and myself sitting in a room with a manager as she talked about the history, motto, and day to day job expectations of H&M. Also, we got to go on a tour of the store (which is 3 stories) and finished with filling out paperwork.

Now, today is the big day, as I am going in for a 3-11pm shift of pure training. I’m unsure of if it’s going to be hands-on or if I’m just going to be instructed on how to do everything. Apparently, some of the training is me learning on my own, but honestly, I’d rather be babied into learning the ins and outs. I’m terrified >< I think I’m the only person in the world who gets nervous over this stuff. I mean really, I got the job, so why am I still nervous?

Anyways, that’s all I had to say. I feel like typing it out makes me less nervous. Wish me luck on my job! If you have any questions or comments, please post them 😀


I’m a poor and broke unfortunate soul

Its Thursday morning. I didn’t sleep last night. Instead, I slept right after my Wednesday classes until about 11pm. I got up, and then laid back down and watched random television programs like Hoarders and Long Island Medium until I decided to print off a few shipping labels in my dorm’s computer lab (The shipping labels are for my textbooks that I’m having sent in to make some $$$).

Today I’m pretty nervous. I have a second job interview at H&M later on this afternoon. I went in last week and made what I thought was a good first impression to the two creative directors. Cross your fingers! I’m not sure what a second interview means; the woman who called me asked if I could come in today and talk to another manager. Is that good? Who the hell knows…but getting a call back has to mean I stuck some interest in them :DDDD My life is depending on this job. Not only would it be major brownie points to have a job at a clothing store, especially at the amazing H&M, but it’s definitely a confidence boost for me. I’ll share a little secret: there’s a guy I’m crushing on that I know loves H&M…if I get a job here this would be a major shared interest! With crushes aside, I have been wanting to gain retail experience; really when you think about it, a clothing store job is definitely a teenagers dream. I’m just sick and tired of being broke, and working at a fast food restaurant during the summers.

H&M would be a match made in heaven for me: I love their clothes, the ambience, the energy, the workers, did I mention I love the clothes. Their apperal seems to be the best price out there. Being in Chicago, good deals are hard to come by. Also, H&M’s quality is amazing; a button-up shirt I purchased last year has just recently started to fade…and I’ve worn it quite a lot. Since I’m so self-conscious of what I’m wearing, getting that employee discount will be a big help in getting a new wardrobe. Have you seen the workers at H&M…they’re so fashionable. Still, it can be intimidating to have an interview there. I had bought a sweater the day before the interview and a pair of boots from Forever 21 so that I was on my game. My friends’ reassured me I looked the part (and I had a fresh haircut at Sassoon Academy hours before my interview). Worker along side my stylish coworkers will hopefully help me to become a fashionista (even though I’ve mentioned that I hate that word).

I hope all goes well. If I don’t get this job I’ll have no money for my laptop payments, my loan payments, or groceries to feed myself. >< And even if I do get the job, I’m going to need a good $100+ so I can pick up a few things to put outfits together. I can’t work at H&M while wearing Old Navy hoodies…it seems like Old Navy is a fungus growing in my closet. (Sorry Old Navy, I love you, but we going to have to break up).

Enough of me babbling, right? I have to get back my The Sims Social on Facebook peoples. Until next time 😀 Stay sharp (how’s that for a catch phrase?)


It’s a beautiful night, and there’s nothing dumb to do ><

Hi there 😀

My first blog post. Well, I’ve blogged before but then dropped it since I wasn’t liking it much. With that set aside, I’ve had time to contemplate on what I want my blog to be: a place where my interests in fashion, people, products, food, and zombie apocalypses can make a difference in your life. My blog may not cure awkward situations or the flu, but entertaining you with my life may be an alternative route to your normal Saturday night spent eating Ben & Jerry’s and watching Desperate Housewives re-runs (…that may just be my typical Saturday…).

I plan to post twice a week. Writing down my ideas, thoughts, and reflections that pop up in my mind like an epiphany helps me to get my creative juices flowing. Besides, fame is obtained solely through the internet these days…who needs talent? Just kidding, fame isn’t important to me at all. I’d settle for just having Google pay me to have ads strategically placed on my blog site 😀 *Hint hint* My blog is a spring board for your opinions as well. Have a comment? Leave a comment. Share a comment. That’s my motto!

I feel as though I should share a few things about myself. I was born in Joliet, Illinios (represent!) and lived there all my life. However, I currently live in the heart of Chicago for university. I’m majoring in Advertising, no current minor, but feel that I’m going down the wrong path. Hell, I want to be a chemist, biologist, journalist, model, hair stylist, fashion designer, anthropologist, medic, musician, entrepreneur…with a minor in french, sign language, and snotty rich kid who gets what he wants. I can do all that, right? But in all seriousness, I dropped the journalism career because of high school drama that ruined that path for me; also, I would hate to have to interview random ass people. I’m not bitter…

Every post I’ll feed you a little more of my personal life 😀 As for now, I’m getting tired of typing. This is where I place a nice catchy goodbye phrase ______________!