Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Horoscope (Tuesday December 28th): "You need to trust that you are where you are meant to be, and that you are doing what you are meant to be doing, and that you are with the people you are meant to be with. You may not feel this way a lot of the time, but it is so. Everything that's in your life now has a purpose. Some of the people, places, and things in your life will offer a lesson. Some will propel you to some other level or some other experience, but you are in the right place, and eventually it will lead you to something great".

Lately I haven't been feeling as if those words were exactly true. I started Teen Vogue last week and for my first three days I would say so far so good. With the year coming to an end and right before the holidays the goal was to clean out the fashion closet and return all the samples back to designers and showrooms that have accumulated over the past few months. On my first day I arrived at 9 am and left at 10:30 pm on my second day I arrived at 9 am and left at 11:30 pm on my third day I arrived at 9 am and left and 8 pm. Nearly twelve hour days with a thirty minute break with means only one meal per day and limited hours of sleep due to fact that as soon as you get home in just a few hours you are right back at it again. Thankfully I will only be working at Teen Vogue Monday-Wednesday and working at LF in Soho Thursday-Sunday. With the new year right around the corner soon I will be doing all the cool things like photo shoots and checking in all the new samples we will be getting. My initial plans were to find an apartment and live with roommates or on my own in the city. If only things worked out as planned. I thought long and hard and finally concluded that my plans weren't realistic. To live anywhere in New York is extremely expensive with or without roommates and with that being said I've decided to live out of my suitcase and sleep on the couch at my cousins house in Brooklyn. This was my only option for the time being and I'm trying to be as open minded to the situation. She lives 45 minutes to an hour train ride away from the city in an okay neighborhood that makes me feel uncomfortable and unsafe depending on the time of day. My living situation makes me less excited about this opportunity that I have dreamed of and worked so hard for. I am blessed to have my cousin welcome me into her home with open arms me being me I just like to have my own space and I never like to feel that I am invading someone else's. It felt good to get away from my New York for a week to come home for the holidays and spend time with my family and friends. Home sick just when I thought I was sick of home. The hardest part was packing up my life for five months and trying to make it fit into one suitcase. Below is a painting that was created by my sister it was one of my favorites pieces of her work and she gave it to me for Christmas. If I had my own apartment I would take it with me to New York and hang it. I'm going to leave it back home in Boston unframed to give me something to look forward to when I move back in May. Time, patience, and accepting change is the only way I will get me through this period time away from home.


  1. Hi Chloe,
    I'll be an intern at a popular fashion mag this semester, too. You are working really long hours! I was just wondering if you think that closet interns work longer hours? From what I understand that seems to be the case. I won't be in the closet because I'm a market intern, but I'm also in school, so it would be really hard to work until 10:30. I was a little concerned. Hope you're having a blast at TV!


  2. Hello Emily,

    Working in the Fashion Closet at any fashion magazine is going to require you to work long hours. Everything is expected to be done by six but that doesn't always happen and one must be prepared to stay late. Just because there is always so many things to get done and the whole magazine revolves around the Fashion Closet. Since you're going to be a marketing intern you will most likely be working from (9a.m-6p.m). Congratulations! Which magazine are you going to be working for? Please feel free to ask questions and keep me posted on how things are going! Thank you for reading "Walking In Heels"!

    Chloe Manigo

  3. Chloe,

    That's good to hear. I'm actually at Bazaar and I'll be starting in a few weeks. I'm so excited. It's one of my favorite magazines and I feel really lucky!

    I have tons of questions about your experience. How has your experience been so far? Are there a lot of closet interns? What have your tasks been so far? Has it been everything you hoped or a little different?


  4. OMG that's amazing! I hope to one day have the opportunity to intern/work in the fashion closet as a fashion assistant, editorial styling, or features at Harper's Bazaar. Working in the fashion closet at Teen Vogue has been great so far before I started I thought things would be a lot different. So far I've just been tracking samples. Making sure all the clothing that is used for photo shoot or features get returned back to the designer or showroom they cam from, running errands, and checking in new samples into the fashion closet for the editors. Next week I will be getting my own e-mail with Teen Vogue and I will be the assistant to the fashion assistant in the closet but I will still be helping the other interns maintain the visual presentation of the fashion closet. I mentioned to my boss that I have an interest in editorial styling and I would love to assist the stylists on some photo shoots that are coming up and she told me she will for sure keep me in mind. This is just the beginning and I am excited to see what else comes along! Teen Vogue always lets their interns come back so I plan on interning with them for a while! There are a lot of intern the turn around rate is really fast. Their is always people leaving and new people starting which will make it easy to take on more responsibility if you wok hard. Be sure to ask questions to show that you are interested and want to learn everything. If their are specific things you would like to do at Harper's Bazaar speak up and be a self starter so you stand out amongst the others!