Look For It: I'd Like Some Safari Clothes Please

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So, as mentioned in the first blog, our Executive Editor, Stacy Hinojosa is a new hire at Banana Republic and so, recently endured a rigourous training session on the history of The GAP and the danger of wire hangers.

Part of the training included a brief (2 hours on the clock) history of the company. And she actually learned a few things. Like GAP orignially sold Levi jeans and records. And the company didn’t create Banana Republic, it was a travel and safari clothing store that they aquired. Another lesser-known fact is that GAP Inc. has recently launched a new brand, Forth & Towne, an upscale clothing retailer for women 35+. Right now there are only 5 stores; four in the Chicago area and one in New York. But even though they cater to a slightly older demographic, we think they’ll still sell timeless handbags and shoes. Look for it!

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Look For It: I’d Like Some Safari Clothes Please

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So, as mentioned in the first blog, our Executive Editor, Stacy Hinojosa is a new hire at Banana Republic and so, recently endured a rigourous training session on the history of The GAP and the danger of wire hangers.

Part of the training included a brief (2 hours on the clock) history of the company. And she actually learned a few things. Like GAP orignially sold Levi jeans and records. And the company didn’t create Banana Republic, it was a travel and safari clothing store that they aquired. Another lesser-known fact is that GAP Inc. has recently launched a new brand, Forth & Towne, an upscale clothing retailer for women 35+. Right now there are only 5 stores; four in the Chicago area and one in New York. But even though they cater to a slightly older demographic, we think they’ll still sell timeless handbags and shoes. Look for it!

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My Life on Mondays

_*For most, Monday mornings usually begin a new work cycle. But for this unemployed recent college grad, Monday mornings usually signal the start of a fresh week of self-loathing. Log on each Monday for a witty (read self indulgent) and adventurous (read criminally boring) slice of life from University Chic’s Executive Editor, Stacy Hinojosa, an optimistic, job-hunting baccalaureate._

It’s 2:30 in the morning and I’m sitting on the floor of my bedroom watching How Stella Got Her Groove Back on TV. *That’s my life on Mondays.*

Last week I was down to four dollars in my bank account so I went and applied for some jobs at the mall. Anthropologie called me in for an interview. *A group interview.* We all sat in a circle and passed around questions. The other girls seemed pretty normal, except for the one that kept talking about the cheerleading squad she coached. My first question was *”Tell us about your most favorite and least favorite jobs you’ve had.”* I told them that my favorite job was working at a snack shack on a golf course because I was all by myself and basically just got paid to read books. I told them my least favorite job was working also at the snack shack because one day it got struck by lightning while I was working in it _(a whole other story)_.

Then, we had to look under our seats, _(where there was an Anthropologie bag)_ and describe how we would talk a seller into purchasing its contents. I looked around me as girls were pulling out scarves, sweaters and candles. One girl had an apron and I thought about how I bought an apron in London and wore it over jeans like a skirt. _*That was funky. That would make them think I was cool._* I reached into my bag and pulled out a blue salad bowl. _Great. Just great._ I wasn’t really sure how I’d pitch a bowl to a customer. _It’s a four-dollar bowl. They’ll buy it if they need a bowl…_ I searched it for some unique fact, but all I saw was Made In China. I muttered something about how it’s cool to have a “mish mash” of dinnerware and China is notorious for making great bowls.

The last part of the interview was a multiple-choice survey you had to fill out. _A test? I had to take a test?_ And not just any test, it was a hard test, with difficult questions. *Agree or disagree… “An employee that is high on marijuana can do their job just as well as an employee who is not.” _Is this a trick question?_* “Agree or disagree… “Punctuality is not important to me.” _If only I knew how they wanted me to respond._ I finished all 68 questions in record time and got up to leave. “Are you sure you answered them all?” they asked me. “Sometimes people skip the hard ones and forget to go back to them.” _Hard ones?_ I told them I was pretty sure I’d answered all of them. Then they told me if they didn’t call on Monday, then I didn’t get the job. So if they happened to be impressed by the way I told them their bowls were microwave and dishwasher safe, they’ll call me sometime today to offer me the job.

*But it doesn’t really matter, see, I filled out applications at two stores that day*, and the other one happened to call me back first. Yes, it’s true. I’m no longer an unemployed college grad…I’m a sales associate at Banana Republic. *Stella may have her groove, but I’ve got a job.* Speaking of, I’ve got to get to bed. My first shift is in a few hours and I have an employee discount card to use.

*stacy hinojosa* _graduated in August from Brigham Young University with a degree in journalism and is currently pursuing a career in magazine journalism and design._

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I Could Have Been a Millionaire…

*Okay, back when I was like fourteen*, I saw this company called Leapfrog on The Rosie O’Donnell show _(yes, I watched it after school)_. I thought, hey, that would be a good company to buy stock in it. But of course, I had no money, I only had a paper route.

*Anyway, over the years, Leapfrog has continued to produce a number of super-educational and techno-amazing toys* _(much to my dismay I might add)_. Anyway, their latest toy, the FLY Pentop Computer, really takes the cake. I saw a commercial for this on tv and could not believe it! It’s a tiny computer in a pen that talks to you. It understands what you write and you can do all sorts of cool things with it. You write on a special kind of paper and you can actually draw out a calculator, with the numbers and the + and = signs and then use your drawing as a working calculator! It does a lot of other cool things too _(since calculators only cost a couple bucks and this costs $99)_. *For a better explanation of all the bells and whistles*, check out the article in “BusinessWeek Online.”://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/aug2005/tc20050823_6989.htm

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My Life on Mondays

My alarm was set for 7:40, but I was up by 7:00. I scrambled two egg whites and poured myself a glass of orange juice at 7:30. I was too nervous to eat the egg whites at 7:45 and threw them away at 7:50. At 7:55, I drank the juice and began to stare at the clock. Four minutes left…three minutes left…whoa, two minutes left. _This was for real._ *In two minutes I was going to pick up the phone and call my good friend, Lauren Weisberger, author of _The Devil Wears Prada_*, aka, book that held my attention the entire length of a five-hour flight, which few books besides Harry Potter can do. _I even skipped the movie._

Of course, she isn’t _really_ my good friend. That’s just how her publicist made me feel. “Sure Stacy, you can call her at home, I’ll give you her number.” “Oh thanks, I’ll just program that into my cell.” _Yeah right_.

“Read the rest of the story”://www.universitychic.com/node/197

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A Mentor Can Make the Difference

*If you’re in college and don’t have a mentor…get one!* That’s honestly my best advice. A mentor is someone (hopefully with experience in the field you’re going into) that you can talk to about the challenges you’re facing. They will be the first people to stick up for you in sticky situations, the best people to write letters of recommendation for you for all those internship/job applications and, if you develop that relationship with them, they are people you can still get advice from long after you leave your college campus.

*I suggest adopting your favorite teacher as your mentor.* Find someone who gives you constructive criticism and is honest and available. *For more information on mentors and how to find one, check out Jamie’s article*, “Make the Connection: Finding a Career Mentor with the Help of your University”://www.universitychic.com/taxonomy/term/125

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New Today From Apple


Apple introduced it’s new iMac G5 today. This thing can do music, slideshows, webcams, dvds, everything…..with a remote control! There are two sizes, 17 and 20 inch and comes standard with a wireless Internet card. This one goes on my Christmas wish list.

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My Life on Mondays

_*For most, Monday mornings usually begin a new work cycle. But for this unemployed recent college grad, Monday mornings usually signal the start of a fresh week of self-loathing. Log on each Monday for a witty (read self indulgent) and adventurous (read criminally boring) slice of life from University Chic’s Executive Editor, Stacy Hinojosa, an optimistic, job-hunting baccalaureate._

Somewhere a Sherpa is Crying

I have to admit, when I saw the flashing red and blue lights in my rear view mirror, I was hardly surprised. _”Why is he pulling us over?”_ asked my friend Virginia, sitting shotgun. _”Was it for that U-turn you pulled a few blocks ago? What, what’s going on?!”_ She was trying to read my expression. It’s the same expression I make when I’m playing Pacman on my grandmother’s Atari set and the ghosts finally catch up to me. *My car’s registration expired months ago.*

There’s no excuse for not having my story straight. I should have written it on an index card and practiced it in the mirror by now. And if I had, this would be the part of the story where I recount every word I said to talk my way out of the ticket, every sorry excuse, each alligator tear: proof that I was a quick thinker, a smooth talker, and pretty much the coolest person you know. No such luck.

_”I’m so sorry officer, but you see, I just graduated from college and I’m looking for a job and, well,…I’ve applied at lots of places, but so far nothing but rejections. Anyway, I really can’t afford to register my car right now, let alone pay a ticket for not registering it…”_ He took my license and went back to his squad car. I sat perfectly still, wondering if there was some way I could be arrested for this. My mom won’t spot me five bucks for my drycleaning, I doubt she’ll be too keen on bail.

_”I have just a few questions for you and then you’ll be on your way.”_ *Hope. I had hope. That sounded positive.* He asked me for my current phone number and the last four of my social. I recited them with an ease that can only accompany the knowledge that I was about to go unpunished for something I was actually guilty of. Yes, I was going to go free. Free to spend another week avoiding coughing up the 77 dollars necessary to renew my registration…free to spend it on designer lip gloss and early-morning rounds of golf.

_”Sign here.”_ he said, handing me a clipboard and a pen. *A yellow citation slip.* Forget the alligator tears, I had real ones. This officer had just dashed my dreams of the new E.Zeus sherpa fleece handbag. Seeing my crestfallen expression, he told me, _”You’re not a bad person. You’re not even a bad driver. You just aren’t registered.”_

Now it’s Monday morning and the memory of my run in with the law still stings. I took my car to get inspected. The result? A print out with the word *”REJECTED”* in bold 72-point font. My windshield wiper blades needed replacing. This is the third year in a row I’ve had to replace them. _”Would you like to pay the 77 dollars now?”_ the DMV worker asked me. I told her maybe in a couple days. _”Well, would you like to pay six dollars for a temporary pass?”_. I told her no, I figured no cop would ticket an unregistered, unemployed college grad with a big *REJECTED* sign.

*stacy hinojosa graduated in August from Brigham Young University with a degree in journalism and is currently pursuing a career in magazine journalism and design. She found a vintage Pacman belt in an antique shop this weekend and used part of the 77 dollars to pay for it. She still plans on ordering her sherpa fleece clutch, but only if no sherpas were harmed in making it. You can email her at lifeonmondays@gmail.com.

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Hot for Fall: Dior Kiss

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Today I was walking through the cosmetics section at Nordstroms and I thought to myself, *Dior Kiss is the grown-up version of the Juicy Tube*. Go ahead. Laugh. But I think it’s true. Just last summer, I was driving a couple of 14-year-olds to the mall when they each pulled five juicy tubes from their respective ‘limited too’ purses and swapped flavors.

*For more substantive information on cosmetics*, _(from someone who actually knows what they’re talking about)_ check out our latest Beauty feature, “Beautiful You”://www.universitychic.com/taxonomy/term/47 by make-up artist and UChic beauty columnist, Kim Weinstein, author of _Pretty City New York_.

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And Baby Makes Three

Apparently the only “newsworthy” story today is that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are expecting a baby. So here goes… Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are expecting a baby.

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