Friday, December 30, 2011

New Years Resolutions + MY FIRST CONTEST

After beginning Mallory In New York in January, I never once thought that it would become anywhere near as successful as it is today. This belief was partly due to the fact that I know knew very little about technology, blogging, and the internet in general. It was also due to the fact that I tend to commit to a million things at once, and then not follow through on them. Or, at least that was true a year ago.

Me, this time last year!
Maybe I'm not giving myself enough credit. In the past year, I went from an ordinary college student who had never interned, lived on her own, or had a job she could be proud of, to becoming an 'over-acheiver', as many have called me throughout the past few months. Since January, I have completed three incredible internships, and I have just began my fourth at a major publication [ELLE!]. Up until April, I was working in a horrible environment [Starbucks], but I finally found the strength to remove myself from the situation and pursue something something I love [Clinique]. And in May, I took the major leap from dorm life to my very own apartment.

Maybe I have grown a little in the past year, but there's always room for improvement. On with the resolutions!:

INTERNSHIP:

Me, a few weeks ago. A few more things have changed than just my hair color!
1. Show your personality. One thing I wish I had done more during my first few internships was show more of my personality. Sure, I was great at churning out snappy blog posts at JoonBug and pitching interesting ideas at Life & Style, but I don't think any of my coworkers or supervisors actually knew me. I've done a bit better this past semester at Nicole Miller. My supervisors know which styles I like from the line, and that I would eventually like to end up at a magazine. Everyone in the office congratulated me when I announced I would be interning at Elle this Spring. It's great to feel included, but like I mentioned above, there's always room for improvement!
2. Make connections. This requires being outgoing enough to remain memorable in a busy industry. I'm an extremely shy person, but I'm gradually becoming much more open.
3. Keep in touch. This is another one of my weaker spots. When I do happen to get along well with someone, I tend to lose touch with them after the internship ends and I'm no longer seeing them on a constant basis. The same thing happens at the end of the semester and with past coworkers. Now, when I meet someone new in the industry, I try to add them on LinkedIn before I have time to lose touch.

SCHOOL:
I'm lucky enough to be at my dream school, but I want to be a better student!
1. Go to class. It may be an obvious one, but I definitely regret the fact that I don't always go to class. I know school should be the number one thing for me right now, but when I spend more time working and interning than I spend at school, its very easy to lose sight of this. My coursework is also extremely simple, so its not like I really need to go to class to learn it. But, attendance is important, so its definitely something I hope to improve on.
2. Buy a planner. With everything I have going on, its very easy to forget about assignments and tests. Like I said, the work isn't too difficult, so I'm usually fine. But, who really needs the extra stress of cramming, especially when it can easily be avoided? Next semester, I'm buying a planner, and I'm actually going to use it!
3. Get more involved.I've been saying since the first semester of college that I was going to get more involved, and, so far, nothing has changed. I want to be a journalist, so next semester, I'm going to make sure to get involved on W27 [FIT newspaper] and ED2010 [the FIT chapter].

WORK:
I've learned a lot at Clinique, but there's still so much more to learn!
1. Don't be late. Again, this should be obvious, but its something I always have trouble with. And, its not like I'm still at Starbucks where I had to be there at 5 AM. There's just no reason for it! This year, I'm making a conscious effort to always be on time, if not early!
2. Practice applying makeup. I have officially mastered the art of matching foundation, but there's still so much more to learn! I must get a million compliments each day on my own makeup, but I'm still not totally comfortable applying it on other people.

BLOG:
1. Blog more often. Remember how often I used to blog? Sometimes I would post up to eight times a day! Of course, life gets busy, and commitments get in the way, but I truly love blogging and I don't want to lose my following!
2. Increase followers by the end of next year. This goal may seem a little high, but by the end of next year, I want to have at least 1000 followers! If I can continually grow my fan base through consistent blogging, outfit posts, and contests, I definitely believe its possible!
I want to write more about my own style!
3. Create a schedule. This is probably the best way to make sure I still have time to blog. I'd love to outline certain days where I'll post about fashion, beauty, and personal posts.
4. Outfit blog. I've probably been saying this for seemingly forever, but I really do ant to start outfit blogging! But first, I need more shoes. And tops. And jackets. And leggings, tights, and stockings. And, I also ant to get back don to a Size 0 or a Size 2, depending on when I feel comfortable.
5. Get more active on Tumblr. I'm not sure if anyone has noticed, but I created Tumblr! I'm still learning more about the community and the platform in general, so any tips would be great. Pretty much, it'll be more up to the moment posts, which my blog will remain  more journalistic. Check it out here!
6. Hold more contests. It seems like everyone is holding contests on their blogs, and it seems like a really great way to attract [and hopefully retain] readers! So, I will begin holding contests once a month. I'll announce them on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook, and right here on my blog. They will end the first Friday of each month. And, of course, once I reach 300, 500, 750, and 1000 followers, the contests ill be bigger and much more often! Scroll down for instructions on how to enter to win a free subscription to Elle.

MYSELF:
1. Develop a signature style. Nicole Richie's signature style is boho-chic. Blair Waldorf's is preppy. Bebe Zeva's is eclectic goth. And Elle Ribera's is pastel. But, what's mine? That's what i want to figure out next year.
Even as little as a weekly trip to Central Park would help me relax!
2. Set aside more time for friends. It really should come as no surprise that I'm extremely focused on my career. But, I would also love to have a social life. Unfortunately, that will always come second to me, but I want to dedicate more time to be with my friends, and hopefully make some new ones.
3. Exercise more. I eat pretty healthy, but I'm not as thin as I should be. With my eating habits and body type, I should look like Elle Ribera, but I don't. And why not? Because I don't exercise nearly enough!
4. Cook more and eat out less. Since college began, my boyfriend and I became notoriously known for going out for sushi five (!) times a week. By anyone's standards, that's A LOT. And, even though we had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed our paychecks, we were left with nothing until the next paycheck came. We've cut down on the eating out considerably within the past few months, but there's still room for improvement. Besides, cooking is not only healthier and less expensive, but it can be a lot of fun!
5. Be more outgoing. As I mentioned above, I'm naturally an extremely shy person. Becoming more outgoing is one of my biggest goals for 2012!
6. Learn to relax. I'm 100% a Type A personality, so I tend to have a lot of trouble hitting the OFF button [as far as work, school, and internships] when I finally have free time, which I don't have a lot of to begin with! Do you know I've only been to Central Park three times since moving to New York last August?! No that I'll be uptown at Elle three days a week, I definitely ant to take more time to explore the area, even if that only means lunch in Bryant Park once a week.

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MY FIRST CONTEST

Win a free subscription to Elle!
Now, onto the fun part! In honor of my new internship at Elle, I am giving away a FREE one-year subscription of the magazine! Here's how to enter:

Required [Same comment, counts as one entry]:
1. Tell me why you LOVE Elle.
2. Follow me publicly via Google Friend Connect. [Leave a link to your blog]

Extra Entries [Separate comments]: 
3. Follow me on Tumblr. [+1]
4. Follow me on Twitter. [+1]
5. Like my Facebook page. [+1]

Simple enough, right? Just remember, all entries get separate comments, except for the first two which must be in the same comment! Please do not forget to leave me a link to your Tumblr and Twitter pages -- It's only fair I follow back! And, let me know where you live. I want to make sure I send you the right edition of Elle!

The contest closes at 12 AM EST on January 6th. Winner will be notified via Twitter and Email (so don't forget to leave me one!) GOOD LUCK!

23 comments:

  1. What a great post very inspiring that great you blogged about that way you can always go back and see what you accomplished !!! Have a magical new years

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  2. Ah congrats on a year of blogging ! The interning at Elle also sounds awesome!! I'd love to enter the comp, but does uk entries count? I

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  3. Yes!! I can send you the UK version of Elle! Or American, if you prefer. Its WORLDWIDE! :)

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  4. Great post! XoXo

    I waiting fr you on my blog!

    www.shoesandbasics.com

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  5. Good luck with this new year! You have done so much in the art year and we think you will accomplish everything you want in 2012. :-)

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  6. A great read, you shared a lot of info. Have a fabulous NYE weekend XOXO

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  7. LOVE IT!!!
    and happy new years!!!!
    xx

    www.aroundlucia.com
    www.aroundlucia.com

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  8. Great blog! Happy New Year!

    Much love from the SABO SKIRT girls!
    SHOP: www.saboskirt.com
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  9. Hey! Would love to join the contest :)
    I love Elle because they always inspire me to wear the cutest outfits even if it's freezing all the way in New York.
    I actually don't have a serious blog yet... I'll leave you with my tumblr!
    callmejenna.tumblr.com

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  10. Followed you on Tumblr also. :D

    PS -- forgot to mention for the required entry that I followed you via Google Friend Connect.

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  11. I also liked your Facebook page :)

    Email : jennacabunoc@gmail.com
    Twitter : amcabunoc

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  12. Followed you on Twitter now :)

    @amcabunoc

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  13. What a great post Mallory! I feel like I really got to know you better than I did previously. I remember when I was doing internships that I loved. It brought me so much joy! You will (as I am sure you have already) make a ton of amazing contacts! Keeping in touch with them it certainly a great goal to have.

    happy new year Mallory!

    Amber

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  14. Hey! I'm happy to enter the contest too :)

    I'm not a regular buyer of magazines because I'm a broke student but I love Elle because it's such an inspiring magazine visually! It's definitely one of my favourite magazines when it comes to checking out the latest fashion editorials as it never fails to please the eye. For me fashion is all about the visuals and Elle has plenty of this along with great style tips to keep up with the seasons' trends!

    I'm sure we're already both following each other but I'll leave me blog anyway :)

    beautyjusticehappiness.blogspot.com

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  15. Just followed you on Tumblr :) Here's a link to mine...I don't use it much but I try to update it every once in a while!

    beautyjh.tumblr.com

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  17. Following on Twitter now! I'm fairly new on Twitter but update it a lot more than Tumblr lol

    @saraixo

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  18. Just liked your facebook page too!
    If you need to contact me then just email me at:

    beautyjusticehappiness@gmail.com (I live in the UK)

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  19. great post dear!

    i have a lot of things that i want to change and achieve..i hope i can be successful :D

    happy 2012!

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  20. thanks for your sweet comment!! im such a procrastinator and only sent out my apps like a couple weeks ago :P haha i just realized that i might have jinxed myself by saying that i'll be in college next year :P hopefully i'll get into my dream schools! I'm actualy in the midst of applying to FIT right now :D any tips??? :P i'd love to hear what you think of FIT!

    katslovefashion.blogspot.com

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  21. congratulations on your elle internship! it sounds like a really great opportunity and i'm sure you'll be amazing! following via GCF and twitter :)

    Lindsay
    thestylechildblog.com

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  22. oops i forgot to say why i love elle! i think their fashion stories are so well styled and they pick great cover girls!

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