The House in the Woods (+FBFF)

16 August 2011

This is what happens when I try to get creative with my poses. Awkward. I’m really terrible at twirl photos, and this is the best one I have.

Light on the accessories. I’m wearing my grandmother’s vintage engagement ring and wedding band. They’re a little small for my right hand, but I think they go well with a ring passed to me from a friend’s grandmother (costume jewelry, I would never take anything meaningful).

I’ve recently become obsessed with this sweater again. I used to love it when I was younger… I think I’ve had it since I was sixteen. I spent most of the day applying for jobs, which is really coincidental with this week’s FBFF questions: dream jobs!

1. Fess up – if you could do anything professionally what would it be? Personal shopper! Or professional gift buyer.

2. What draws you to this? I like helping people select clothing that fits and that they actually want to wear. I want to make people feel good about themselves. My friends have been requesting my services since about the 8th grade and they still call me to say I need this, take me shopping!

3. When did you first start dreaming about this ideal? Ehhh… recently? Last December, when I decided to stop searching for jobs in politics and international affairs (what my degree is in) because after a year it led to nothing and was making me sad. So instead I started interning for a jewelry company in New York.

4. What’s holding you back from going all in? Truthfully, I don’t know that it would still be something I would want to do if it was an actual full time job. And running your own business is hard, I’d rather work for a company because I’d have more exposure to the fashion world and I think I’d have more opportunities to meet people as well. But perhaps I’ll revisit the idea in ten years or so.

5. Sometimes the first step is the hardest… what’s one step you can take now on the way to realizing your dream? I’m applying for jobs in fashion right now, specifically in PR, marketing, and social media. If you know of any openings send them my way!

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  1. says

    The pictures! I love the whole setup, it all looks great. And the awkward pics are always the fun pics! (I tell myself that so I won’t stop trying to take weird shots.)

    I bet you would make a fabulous personal shopper. I know I like your style.

  2. says

    Professional shopper does sound like one of those awesome jobs that seem really hard to get into. But how amazing would it be to pretty much just get to spend some rich person’s money?
    (well, maybe slightly painful, since you might being thinking… damn it, i want that too!)

    • says

      Oh man I never thought of that… yeah that would actually be terrible. Really depressing. Although not all personal shopper clients are rich, I think a lot of personal shoppers also do image consulting for clients of more moderate means. 

  3. says

    I love the background of this! And your grandmother’s rings are beautiful. Being a personal shopper would be the perfect job for you. I think you should go for it!

    • says

      It’s actually the shed at one of my father’s houses (trying to sell but this market, ugh). When I was younger my friends and I used to threaten to move into it all the time so we could have our own house. Without, you know, running water and sanitation. 

  4. Anonymous says

    whaahaa. your post is the only one i have read that made me giggle (in a good way!). does professional gift buyer exist as a job??? if so, i’m going to say… only in america. 
    i’m LOVING that dress. ooooh THAT shade of blue. 

    • says

      Yeah… I actually feel really dumb compared to all the other responses I’ve read so far where people talk about wanting to help and empower women. Yours is by far one of the coolest though, I did a lot of research on environmental issues when I was in school. I considered graduate studies in Earth and Environmental Sciences but decided to work instead. Still working on that job. 

      Yes, professional gift buyer is an actual job. They work mostly for large companies I think. And probably people who are too busy to buy gifts for their friends. Or who are atrocious gift givers. Seriously, more people should look into hiring gift buyers.