Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry christmas!!

So happy to be home with family for the holidays!! Hope you all had a wonderful evening and Christmas day!! :) enjoy the new year as well... Stories and pictures to come!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Missing the colors of fall

I get to head home to Cleveland today :) yay yay yay!!!

I dont know about Cleveland, but here in Columbus... zero snow! This only makes it feel less like Christmas, it makes me so sad! Today, I miss the beautiful colors of fall as I stare out my very grey window, counting down the hours till my drive home...

I wish the rain into snow and a much happier friday to all!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Cake Ball - Attempt

Christmas is almost here! I cannot believe how December has flown by... Christmas is in 3 days and NYE is in 10 days! There is a lot of Christmas cheer around the office — decor and little gifts!

Charlie Brown kinda Christmas
Co-workers have also been spreading the Christmas cheer! I've gotten multiple little surprise that have made Christmas this year extra special!

Speaking of crafty things, I decided to bake for the office as my little gift! That is the one thing I am missing the most due to the working world... baking cookies and holiday preparations at home with my family! Every year my mom, brother, and I spend hours baking and decorating almost a hundred cookies... I hope they are doing ok with out me this year :( So I baked as if I were at home! I attempted red velvet cake pops (found here)

The balls them selves went quite nicely... as pictured here in part one

It was the whole putting them on a stick and dipping them where it all went downhill! I'm a little bit of a perfectionist when it comes to these things and I was getting flustered as the balls were falling off the stick into the chocolate! I resorted to dipping them solo and adding the stick later.

 I also didn't have enough chocolate to dip them all so some of them are drizzled... should still be good, right? I hope :)

I am happy with the end result, but I need to try these out a few more times before they can be juuuust right!! Happy Holidays :)

Monday, December 19, 2011

NYC Recap

We had the perfect weather for our New York trip! As soon as we landed, my VS team and I were out and about... first to Times Square and then to a meeting with the New York design team! It was so cool to see the other office and meet everyone on the other end. We were filled in on ideas and inspiration for Holiday 2012. Yep! That's right! I've learned in the working world we plan ahead... far ahead! At Victoria's Secret we follow trends, research trends, and create them! It's amazing to see that side of it! We then set out to window shop for inspiration! 

My favorite spread of windows was the Bergdorf Goodman department store... WOW. They so incredibly detailed and unique! Not only were the windows inspirational, but so was the decor indoors! These are some of my favorite windows...

{Chandelier indoor}

I also got to stay the night and was able to see Rockefeller Plaza all lit up with Christmas decor and the Saks Fifth Avenue windows and light show... AMAZING!

I am so incredibly thankful I got to go on this spontaneous little adventure with my design team!! It was so much fun and I am truly lucky to work with some awesome people.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

NYC Bound

I've been to New York City before... But never for work so this trip makes it extra special! Who wouldn't want to traipse around the city for inspiration, meet the NY design team, and feel like a city girl for a day! I'm almost more excited to stay over night and gawk at Rockefeller Plaza at night!!! Pictures to follow! Ciao!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Royal Factory Fashion Show

I had the honor to be a part of a new, local boutique fashion show a week ago as part of Gallery Hop! Felicia Jimenez, owner of the store, put together an amazing show that featured her collection of clothing, which is made up of some amazing vintage pieces mixed with her sister's fantastic work! She also featured 3 other local designers. 
One of my VS co-workers is a close friend of Felicia, which is how I got involved in the show! I've never done anything like it before and I am glad to say it was so fun and would totally do it again! Yes, I danced on a competitive dance team but it was with other people on stage with me... walking down a high stage in heels... alone—totally different story! YIKES!! Never fear, I didn't trip, stumble, or fall. PHEW!
Hair and make-up for the show was an all day affair and my hair... WAS AWESOME! It was curled and teased. Of course it was incredibly hard to comb out... but it was crazy cool while it lasted!
Check out Royal Factory's Facebook page :)

behind the scenes

co-workers came to support us!

Meghan & Maria (other VS co-workers in the show) ready to go!

putting on some very red lips

of course drinks were provided to calm everyone's nerves!

there's Felicia on the right, putting some final touches on the outfits


YEP!!! That's Erin, rockin it!!!
All photography by a lovely VS co-worker, Joey Bumpus!! Check out more of his great work {HERE}

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Color fever!

Check out this color shades video by Chanel! Creative and funky!! And naturally I want all of the colors!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Fashion Show

The Fashion Show viewing party was amazing! All set up with a step-and-repeat to photograph in front of... glitter and confetti on the floor... and balloons! All topped off with "bombshell" cocktails! It was for sure a night to remember!

Hope you all got to tune in because it sure was sexy!!!