Big news over in these parts: Stephanie is officially employed!!!
I couldn’t be more excited for her! Not only does she have a source of income, but now I’m claiming her as my plus one when I travel to Australia and New Zealand next spring. Time to start saving, Steph!
Back in the day when I graduated from Florida State (just kidding – I’m not that old yet) I was fortunate enough to have a standing job offer. Unfortunately, most young Americans aren’t so lucky. After watching
my sister go through the application process over and over, I started to see a trend. A lot of hard work is put into your application to have interviews fill you with hope to only be let down with a rejection email. Sometimes you didn’t get the job because it’s just bad luck, a lot of the time it’s because of the competitive job market, but every now and then, it’s because of something you did. And that “something” is something that could have prevented.
A little tidbit of knowledge about me: in addition to my normal 8 to 5-er, I’m also a field recruiter for my company. Each Fall and Spring semester I go to 2-3 colleges across the U.S. and attend career fairs, give classroom presentations, and host on campus interviews.
I am that person you’re trying to impress. I’m the one who makes the decision as to whether you will be passed along in the application process, or added to the list of rejection letters. It all starts the moment you walk through the door – and that’s where I come in.
I hate to say it, but employers will judge a book by it’s cover and they will be judging you. On what you’re wearing, on how you present yourself, and how professional you appear to be. That means that your first impression is a lasting impression, so make it a good one. Strong eye contact and handshakes are important, but a well put together outfit is crucial. When walking into an interview you should be dressed in business professional wear, if not a suit.
Make sure your clothing fits you and compliments your body type. That means your shirt shouldn’t be too tight, your pants shouldn’t be baggy and I shouldn’t be able to catch a glimpse of your ass if you were to bend over. Invest in a suit that looks great on you and you feel comfortable in. If you’re not comfortable in your clothes, it will shine through in your interview.
Keep it conservative. Less is always more. Your makeup should be natural. Accentuate your features, but don’t overdo it. Keep the nail polish conservative and stick to neutral colors. Try not to overload your outfit with jewelry, a simple watch and with studs will do the trick! You want the interviewer to be focused on you, not your eyeshadow color.
Let your personality and attributes shine. A bad outfit can be distracting to an interviewer. You could be the perfect candidate for a position, but if your skirt is too short and you’re wearing 5 inch heels, you may lose the job because of what you’re wearing.
Lucky for Steph, she had a built in businesswoman living right next door. After sweeping through my closet, we threw together a perfect interview outfit. And, not to toot my own horn, but she was offered the job on the spot. But I’ll let her take the credit for that one
When I took off for a month long adventure throughout Europe, the country I was most excited for was Italy. I mean, it’s the land of pasta and pizza, two of my favorite foods in the world. I imagined spending my days strolling along the Venetian canals, eating gelato outside the Colosseum, and, most importantly, being fawned over by handsome Italian men.
Two out of three – not too shabby.
I thought Venice was beautiful, but it wasn’t my favorite city. In fact, one of the best parts about Venice was our masquerade ball - which was held about 30 minutes outside of Venice. I had built up Italy so much in my mind, I was worried that it was going to be one big let down.
Thankfully, Rome was anything but that. It was everything I could have imagined and more.
The second we arrived in Rome, we were on the go. With so much to do and see we immediately hit the ground running. As we navigated through Rome’s crowded tourist filled roadways, we were finally in the heart of the city. First stop: The Pantheon.
Built between 118 and 125 AD, the Pantheon was hands down one of the most breathtaking scenes in Rome. Two thousand years later, this structure is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome. Inscribed along the top in Latin is “M.AGRIPPA.L.F.COSTERTIUM.FECIT” which translates to “Marcus Agrippa son of Lucius, having been consul three times made it”.
Although the original use of the Pantheon is still unknown, it’s now a final resting place for some of the most important figures in Roman history.
After leaving the Piazza della Rotonda, we wandered our way over to the Spanish steps. The Spanish steps lead you from the Piazza di Sapgna up to the Piazza Trinita dei Monti. Built in 1723, the 135 are the perfect place to enjoy a cup of gelato on a hot day while trying to capture that perfect picture. Unfortunately, our picture was photo bombed by some Australian flexing his non-existent muscles. Thanks Vinny!
Putting the Colosseum aside, the Trevi Fountain is probably the second most well known tourist attraction in Rome – and not because of Lizzie McGuire.
As tradition says, coins are meant to be thrown using the right hand over the left shoulder in hopes of one day returning to this beautiful place. And it doesn’t hurt to throw another one in to make a wish of your own. This famous fountain is home to approximately 3,000 Euros PER DAY. Totally believable considering I had to throw some bows to get through the crowd and close enough to toss my Euros into the fountain.
Our last stop of the night was a walk by the Colosseum. The clear blue skies made for a perfect backdrop to this stunning sight. We briefly had time to take a few photos before it was back to the bus. Steph, Kim, and I made sure the first thing on our to-do list was to buy tickets for the next morning to explore the inside of this ancient ruin.
Completed in 80 AD, the Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire, and currently the largest amphitheatre in the world. Holding between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators, the Colosseum was home to gladiatorial contests, mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. Maybe we should add Florida State football games to this list, I know I wouldn’t hate it.
Being one of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions, the line was anything but short. However, the hour long wait went by quickly and soon enough we were walking inside of one of the greatest structures of Roman architecture.
The actual arena is approximately 272 feet by 157 feet and was made up of a wooden floor covered by sand. As you can see above, the floor is now gone, but the tunnels located underneath the arena floor still remain. These tunnels were used to hold gladiators and various animals before contests. The tunnels also allowed the Emperor to enter and exit the Colosseum without needing to pass through the crowds.
I was so amazed with the sophistication of the Colosseum during the Roman empire. Elevators and pulleys existed to raise and lower animals, scenery and props. It was also rumored that the area was able to be flooded rapidly. Well done, Romans!
Looking at the ruins, it was easy to go back and imagine what it would have been like hundreds of years ago watching a contest or gladiator battle. It was eerie, yet unbelievable that after all these years, it remains standing.
Shortly after the Colosseum we made our way to St. Peter’s Basilica for a tour of the Vatican. Unfortunately, they were extremely strict with photos, but I managed to snap this one with my iPhone when they weren’t looking. Oops!
The Vatican was breathtaking, but I was a little disappointed when it came to finally see Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” in the Sistine Chapel. The room was overcrowded, dark, and no flash photography was allowed. We were quickly shuffled through and it was frowned upon to stop and look. I wish I could have had more time to appreciate the beauty of his work.
Our last stop of the day was to a building that I can’t seem to recall the name of. I’ve searched through my travel journal but can’t seem to find it for the life of me. We were able to walk up about a million stairs to overlook the beautiful city of Roma.
It was the perfect way to say goodbye to our time in this magical city.
Until next time, Ciao Roma!
Brunch may be one of my favorite things, ever.
Correction: drunk brunch may be one of my favorite things, ever.
You see, I don’t like breakfast. I’m not a sweets kind of girl. Instead of a bowl of ice cream, I’d like a bowl of pasta to have for dessert. So when I go to brunch, I’m not exactly intrigued by the endless waffle bar, or the stacks of pancakes. Instead, I show up for the mimosas – easy on the OJ.
In Boston, one of my favorite restaurant bars Tavern In The Square hosted a buffet brunch every Sunday from 10 AM to 3 PM. It was a $15 all you can eat brunch which included a 20 foot table with a variety of breakfast foods to your left, a 20 foot table with a variety of lunch/dinner foods to your right, a salad bar, a fruit/yogurt/granola bar, and, the holy grail to most people, the ice cream bar. Complete with hot fudge, caramel, and a cherry on top.
Unfortunately, recently my drunk brunching options have been limited. While I live near downtown Orlando, I’m no longer right in the heart of the city so I can’t
stumble take a short cab ride home after one too many mimosas. I have to be what some may call “responsible”.
Growing up sucks. And now it’s 10 AM and all I want is a mimosa. Is it the weekend yet?
Although we didn’t have the chance to go out to brunch, last weekend in Pittsburgh we brought brunch to us. Finger foods, fruit, pulled pork sandwiches, and the glue that holds this all together: mimosas. My classic brunch outfit is something simple and easy to throw together. When it’s not 100 degrees in Florida, I love to wear my black maxi dress I bought from Target a few years ago. I love how simple it is and I’m able to dress it up with pops of color and/or accessories depending on the occasion.
Plus, it’s comfortable as hell and covers up my food baby. Win win.
Kim, on the other hand, knows brunch. Fashionable and fierce (as usual) she makes my black maxi look like an Amish dress.
Thanks Kim. Take it away!
Hi guys! I’m sorry I’ve been away for the past two weeks, I just moved into my new place in the heart of DC and it is amazing! I’m hoping to share some outfit photos from our new rooftop soon. On top of moving, teaching has been tough. I spend my weekends working on lesson plans and then revise them throughout the week. It’s safe to say I have next to no “me time”. However, it’s been the greatest feeling in the world to see my 4th graders participating and mastering a concept that I taught them! Crossing my fingers that I can continue to do this in the Fall.
Anyways, this weekend I found some time to sneak away from lesson planning to go to brunch with my friend Lisa who was visiting for the weekend. DC is all about brunch, so it was the perfect time to catch up with my friends.
| Top: Nordstrom | Shorts: Francesca | Purse: Rebecca Minkoff |
| Sandals: Target | Sunglasses: RayBan | Watch: Michael Kors | Rings: Gorjana |
This has been a short week for me, and thank god, because I needed it. Sunday my sister and I made our way into downtown Orlando to watch the USA vs. Portugal soccer game. I can’t even begin to describe the atmosphere, but it was unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. And all for a soccer game! Streets were blocked off, DJ’s and large TV’s were in the middle of the road, and it was one large block party after another. I mean, on one street there was a 50 foot POOL. I dared Steph $100 to jump in. Sadly, she declined.
Monday was rough after our Sunday Funday, but I had tons of work to catch up on because on Thursday my 5 day vacation officially began!
Yesterday afternoon, my family and I boarded a flight to Pittsburgh to spend a long weekend in Steel City. Our flight was at 7 AM which meant red, white, and blue headbands, USA coozies, and extra large mimosas. After landing we immediately made our way to my aunt’s house in Steubenville for the USA vs. Germany game. I am the definition of a bandwagon soccer fan and I’m okay with it. #IBELIEVETHATWEWILLWIN
After the game we napped before heading into downtown Pittsburgh for a Pirates game! It was a blast, the Pirates ended up beating the Mets, and on top of everything else – it was fireworks night. We watched as the stadium lights went down and the buildings of downtown Pittsburgh were our only beacon of light. That is, until the fireworks started going off.
It was a magical end to our day.
Photo 1: PNC Park with downtown Pittsburgh in the background.
Photo 2: Headband? Check. Coozie? Check. Mimosa? Check.
Photo 3: Pre-game warmups for the Pirates
Photo 4: As hard as I tried, I couldn’t get the players attention from five rows up. Waving did not do the trick.
Photo 5: Fireworks night in downtown Pittsburgh. It doesn’t get better than that.
Which photo is your favorite?