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Wait List Update

Law school is a month away and I’m moving to New Orleans in a week!

In order of preference, here’s a wait list status update:

UCLA - fingers crossed!

Boston College - would accept

Tulane ACCEPTED!

Pepperdine - would visit Tulane to compare before accepting

Fordham - apprehensive about NYC’s pace and abominable cost of living

Yeshiva (Cardozo) - losing interest…

Northeastern  - accepted then withdrew

University of Minnesota - thinking of withdrawing

Emory   - I wrote them an eloquent, respectful continued letter of interest and was rudely rejected by way of 2 sentence e-mail that didn’t even address my name.    

University of San Diego withdrew

ACCEPTED! Tulane University

My boyfriend and I were camping in Malibu with our dog when I got the call from Tulane University’s Senior Admission Coordinator, Carol O’Hea, whom I’ve been sending letters of continued interest since May.  She said she had some good news and offered me a spot in the fall.  I happily accepted!  

I have never been to New Orleans, let alone the South, but Tulane Law is the country’s 12th oldest law school, is the first to institute a pro bono requirement for its students and has a killer program for maritime law and environmental law.  A $1000 commitment deposit (ouch) is due next Friday, June 22, so unless UCLA miraculously lets me in, I will be reserving my seat at Tulane.  I’ve already rescinded my offer at USF and Northeastern.  

Jazz Fest, Mardi Gras and Cajun food, oh my!  The crayfish scare me but if there’s a place to try mud bugs, it would be the Big Easy…

I could do without the bag but the camel coat with the red dress and lip is luscious!

I could do without the bag but the camel coat with the red dress and lip is luscious!

What Not to Wear: Style Victims Unit

Watch Clinton and Stacy steer a hooker-clad law student in a new direction.  I love it!

My First Suit


Pre-tailored J.Crew Super 120S pant and skirt suit

So I got this pant and skirt suit at J.Crew after the horrific experience described in the “Don’t Wear Jeans, Girl!” post below.  I was looking for staples to wear to my new job and more importantly, future law school interviews and internships.  The girls at J.Crew were super helpful as I mulled over solids, pinstripes, wool, and cotton.  The first suit I tried on was so awkward I couldn’t even look at myself in the mirror.  I did not look like a lawyer by any means, not even a law student, more like someone on a plane asking you, “Chicken or fish?”  

Although Oxford shirts are supposedly universally flattering, I just didn’t feel good in it.  And it goes without saying that it doesn’t matter if you’re wearing a $500 suit or a $5,000 suit, the first step to looking good is feeling good. 

Instead I chose a white long-sleeved blouse with an almost mandarin-style collar.  The best part?  Ruffles!

I always pictured myself wearing suits with ruffled blouses so a ruffled blouse was on top of the list.  Granted I didn’t know what I was doing and I asked a J.Crew sales associate to take pictures on my phone, which I sent to my corporate-experienced sister.  She bought her first suit ten years ago and was the best person to ask, “pinstripes or solids?”.  She advised me to get whatever I felt fabulous in and to also invest in a nice bag, watch and pump.  Expensive blouses, however, are not necessary.  Stores like H&M, Zara and Forever 21 have really cute printed and ruffled blouses, along with fun accessories, to modernize a classic suit.

One thing that did surprise me was my preference for the pencil skirt over the trouser. Perhaps it’s because the trouser material is a bit scratchy or because it’s not a perfect fit and needs to be tailored.  Nevertheless, I love the look and feel of a fitted blouse tucked under a pencil skirt.  Add pearl studs or a layered necklace and ooh la la, très chic!

H&M rose, gold, rhinestone and pearl earring set for $5.95.

I initially wanted a navy blue suit but the only one in stock was pinstripe navy.  I also liked the look of a gray pencil skirt with a white blouse but I invested in the matching black wool trouser, pencil skirt and jacket for versatility.  I think the jacket and trouser will fit a lot better after bringing it to a tailor.  Thanks to a 30% suit promotion and J.Crew’s 15% discount for students (don’t be shy to ask), I saved $212 and got all three pieces for $$310 with CA sales tax.  My awesome ruffle shirt from Gap was on sale for $19.99.

J.Crew Suit Description:

1035 JACKET IN SUPER 120S $230 $136

1035 TROUSER IN SUPER 120S $130 $77

PENCIL SKIRT IN SUPER 120S $118 $70

www.jcrew.com

"Don’t Wear Jeans, Girl!"

Today I accepted a 3 month receptionist position at an event planning company in Los Angeles.  It is an ideal short-term position and I am happy to save some money before law school.  The job was offered by a great staffing agency who has given me work throughout college and the conversation went something like this:

Nikki (Staffing Agency): So you start on Tuesday.  There’s lots of street parking so you should be fine.  Don’t wear jeans.

This is not the first time Nikki has told me not to wear jeans.  I was wondering if some horrible girl showed up to an interview wearing denim jeans and now Nikki feels the need to warn every prospective employee not to wear them.

Me: Why?  Did something happen with the jeans?

Nikki:  YOU wore jeans to the X interview last month.

Apparently that horrible girl is me and my sartorial failure is permanently recorded in their staffing files.  Scrambling to defend myself…

Me: Oh yeah.  I wore black jeans to that.  Did the employer say something?  Is that why I didn’t get the job?

Nikki: No, but she told me, “Oh, yeah.  She wore jeans.”

Mortification continues to set in.  My mother would be so disappointed.  I want to crawl under the rug…

Me: Well that will never happen in life again.  Thanks for the job, Nikki.

Nikki: I know, right?  You’ve got a J-O-B now!  Don’t wear jeans, girl!

Those four words will stay with me forever.  I am still reeling from the conversation but I’m grateful.  As someone with office experience, I should have known better than to wear jeans to an interview!  Truth be told, I was on the fence about wearing them but I justified the decision by my lack of professional clothes and post-college weight gain/loss.  I’ve been wearing my black stretch skinny jeans to almost every occasion.  I even landed a job wearing them to a previous interview!  But apparently it does not matter if jeans are worn with a black Jacqueline Kennedy-esque jacket.  Or the fact that the interview is in California.  Or that the interviewer is wearing jeans herself.  Or that the interview is for an administrative position for an urban wheel rental company, in other words, a company that rents out 20” rims to ballers who can’t afford them (seriously).  

www.rentawheel.com

DO NOT EVER EVER EVER WEAR JEANS TO AN INTERVIEW!!!

My humiliating fashion faux pas may have cost me a job but it has saved me a lifetime of inappropriate jean-wearing behavior.  Next post: My First Suit. 



ACCEPTED! Northeastern University

I got a call from Northeastern University today with an offer of admission!  While I haven’t committed yet, this law school is unique and might be a good fit.  It has been described as a “dream school” for public interest law and boasts an impressive co-op program.  Second and third year students alternate quarterly between taking classes and completing full-time co-ops at firms, corporations and non profits, giving students a full year of legal experience with four employers by the time they graduate.  The law school is known for their liberal students and professors.  Students are not ranked, instead receiving written evaluations from professors and employers.  The lack of grades, curves and competition needless to say is a stress-reducer and fosters a more collaborative learning environment.  Did I mention it’s in Boston?  The North Face Metropolis parka would definitely be put to good use!

Day & Night Skincare

The Clarisonic Mia has truly changed the way I clean my face.  I have been using it every day, twice a day for five months and although I still get the occasional blemish, my skin’s texture has vastly improved.  The pores on my nose are now smooth and I no longer feel the need to use pore strips.  I also use it on the neck, where signs of aging can be seen.  For those of you who are concerned about the stiff, vibrating bristles against sensitive skin, there are several brushes for different skin types: delicate, sensitive, normal, acne (gentle bristles) and a deep pore brush.  

…Let’s get to the regimen!

Day Routine

From L to R (in order of application):

Clarisonic Mia

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

Kiehl’s Abyssine Eye Cream


Reviews:


Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser + Clarisonic Mia- I used to wash with Kiehl’s Washable Cleansing Milk but Cetaphil is just as gentle and works fine.  Do not use any sort of exfoliating scrub with the Clarisonic, unless you want your face buffed with sandpaper.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner- I love this toner!  I switched to this when Kiehl’s sadly discontinued their Yerba Maté Tea Toner.  I like refreshing, alcohol-free toners and this is just that.  I prefer putting it in a spray bottle and spritzing it on my face before wiping it off with a cotton pad.  I think cotton pads are less fidgety and use less product than cotton balls.  

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution- Only two drops of this serum claims to help fade dark spots from blemishes.  I also use a drop on my neck from preventative measures.  

Kiehl’s Abyssine Eye Cream-I tried this eye cream for the first time when I was 18 and didn’t repurchase because I didn’t see a difference.  It was probably because I was 18.  Now that I am older, I am giving it a second go.  The cream has a thin consistency, which I appreciate during the day.  It layers well under makeup. 

Kiehl’s Abyssine Cream- I tried Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream which was very light and silky.  As much as I loved the gel cream, I wanted a cream with anti-aging properties so I tried Kiehl’s Cryste Marine Firming Cream which was heavier, and Rosa Arctica, which is as thick as Crisco.  Abyssine Cream is the Goldilocks of Kiehl’s moisturizers: it’s consistency is just right.  The Abyssine with SPF 23 is a bit thicker that Abyssine Cream + because of the sunblock and I use both. 

Evening Routing

From L to R (in order of application):

Clarisonic Mia

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser 

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner

Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line Reducing Concentrate

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Kiehl’s Abyssine Cream

Kiehl’s Line-Reducing Eye Brightening Concentrate (every other night)

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado


Reviews:

Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line Reducing Concentrate- 3 pumps for the face and neck are all I need of this vitamin C serum.  Formulated to reduce wrinkles and prevent crows feet and frown lines, the PSLR Concentrate feels warm upon application due to the vitamin C. 

*Note:  As gentle as this product claims to be in comparison to retinol, do not open the bottle and expose the serum to air.  The vitamin C oxidizes and will create an extremely unpleasant, burning sensation on your face.


Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate- Again, 3 drops are all I need for the face and neck.  This bottle will probably last a year.  Even though I don’t usually like the smell of lavender, this heavenly-scented oil potion really does soothe, repair and restore.  


Kiehl’s Line-Reducing Eye Brightening Concentrate (every other night)-This eye brightener is so potent that the Kiehl’s representative told me to use it every other night.  She apparently suffers from horrible under eye circles and while this product works, the vitamin C burned her skin to the point of scabs because she used it every day.  The jury’s still out on this product’s efficacy.  While my undereye circles seemed to improve, it could be due to other factors, e.g., diet, sleep, exercise. 


Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye- I returned this eye cream because it didn’t seem to work but I got it as a sample so I’m using it again.  I use it more as a hydrator than anything.

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado- It is so much more than a simple eye cream!  Not surprisingly a best seller, this non-greasy avocado treatment is one of the thickest, hydrating eye creams out there.   

The North Face Metropolis Parka on SALE!

I went to Adventure 16, an outdoor and travel store, to return an overpriced LED lantern from a recent camping trip.  I couldn’t find the receipt so I had $80 in store credit.  I browsed the store and found two The North Face Metropolis down parkas in Extra-Small- one in black, one in gray, on sale from $289 to $173.40.  I found a barely noticeable mark on the nylon and requested a discount from the manager.  She knocked off $25 and after my store credit, I ended up getting The North Face Metropolis parka for $70!  

The gray one’s still at the West LA location so if you’re looking for a good deal, go!  

Adventure 16

11161 West Pico Boulevard

Los Angeles

(310) 473-4574

Review: I read reviews on the Metropolis’ stubborn zipper but this one works fine so far.  I would have preferred a Small if they carried it but the parka runs pretty large.  It claims to be water-resistant, not waterproof.  It is also advertised as having fleece-lined pockets but only one side of the pocket is fleece.  The other half is nylon which is confusing and annoying to the senses.  Nevertheless, I love the flattering silhouette, lightweight down, inside pocket and detachable hood because I don’t understand hoodless parkas: if it’s cold or wet enough to wear a puffer, wouldn’t you want the option of covering your head without a hat or umbrella?  

Makeup: The Interview

I’m happy and relieved to have my interview-ready makeup routine perfected and I’d like to share it with all of you.  Less is more for this look and I’d love to read about your routine!

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 

Laura Mercier Undercover Pot

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

NARS Niagara lipstick

 

Nars Orgasm blush

TooFaced The Bronzed & The Beautiful palette.  (Chocolate Soleil matte bronzer on the face + Snow Bunny down the nose).  Chocolate Soleil is also a wonderful natural-looking eyeshadow.

TooFaced Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection 

TooFaced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in brown.  The formula is creamy and it comes with a smudge stick.

Mascara (whichever one I currently have).

I tend to be two years late when it comes to fashion trends and technology so it’s not surprising that I came across Jeffrey Campbell’s Lita boots only this year.  I have the taupe suede version and love it for the following reasons 1) the textured wooden heel reminds me of brushed gold 2) the shoes add towering height 3) they are slenderizing 4) nude-colored shoes almost always act as leg lengtheners.
I tried the black spiked version and they looked too bulky, too Hot Topic.  I ordered the crochet version in ivory but the whiteness of the shoe made the already substantial platform boot seem even bigger, resulting in the clown shoe look.
I saw a fantastic dupe at the new DB Shoes store in Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade).  They are $59.99 and are on sale for $30!  Running +$160 a pop for the originals, the “Vintage” brand dupes are a steal for 1/5 the price.  The “leather” above the ankles runs about half an inch shorter than the Litas but they are a wonderful, cheaper alternative.  They come in black and a really nice rustic red version that looks better in person at:
http://www.dbshoes.net/vintage-francheska-12026.html

I tend to be two years late when it comes to fashion trends and technology so it’s not surprising that I came across Jeffrey Campbell’s Lita boots only this year.  I have the taupe suede version and love it for the following reasons 1) the textured wooden heel reminds me of brushed gold 2) the shoes add towering height 3) they are slenderizing 4) nude-colored shoes almost always act as leg lengtheners.

I tried the black spiked version and they looked too bulky, too Hot Topic.  I ordered the crochet version in ivory but the whiteness of the shoe made the already substantial platform boot seem even bigger, resulting in the clown shoe look.

I saw a fantastic dupe at the new DB Shoes store in Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade).  They are $59.99 and are on sale for $30!  Running +$160 a pop for the originals, the “Vintage” brand dupes are a steal for 1/5 the price.  The “leather” above the ankles runs about half an inch shorter than the Litas but they are a wonderful, cheaper alternative.  They come in black and a really nice rustic red version that looks better in person at:

http://www.dbshoes.net/vintage-francheska-12026.html

Victoria Beckham is a true girl’s girl and I just love her for it.  Here she is with my favorite accessory, the black Birkin.  I was lucky enough to get one a few years ago and I wear it to death.  I would love to use it as a book bag when classes start, except the weight of my textbooks and laptop would make it impossible to carry comfortably.  Hello, backpacks!  

Victoria Beckham is a true girl’s girl and I just love her for it.  Here she is with my favorite accessory, the black Birkin.  I was lucky enough to get one a few years ago and I wear it to death.  I would love to use it as a book bag when classes start, except the weight of my textbooks and laptop would make it impossible to carry comfortably.  Hello, backpacks!  

NARS Roman Holiday Lipstick looks playful with a neutral eye, sleek ponytail and a black cardigan.  Not the shade for an interview but it’s an instant mood lifter!

NARS Roman Holiday Lipstick looks playful with a neutral eye, sleek ponytail and a black cardigan.  Not the shade for an interview but it’s an instant mood lifter!

Legally Blonde/Brunette/Ginger Blush:  Bobbi Brown’s Pale Pink blush is a fun, bright blush that goes well with a rainbow of skin tones.  Highly pigmented, it can be dusted on the apples of your cheeks for a subtle, rosy look or layered for more drama.  

Legally Blonde/Brunette/Ginger Blush:  Bobbi Brown’s Pale Pink blush is a fun, bright blush that goes well with a rainbow of skin tones.  Highly pigmented, it can be dusted on the apples of your cheeks for a subtle, rosy look or layered for more drama.  

Waitlisted.

Law school starts in three months and I still don’t know where I’m going.  I already submitted my deposit but I’m currently waitlisted at ten law schools all over the country (ridiculous).  In order of preference:

UCLA

Pepperdine

Fordham 

Yeshiva (Cardozo)

Boston College

Tulane

Emory

University of Minnesota

Northeastern

University of San Diego