Thursday, June 5, 2008

Tacos, Interns, Events! Oh My!

Monday was the greatest day of my life. Not only did we have a fun fashion event with Stacy London and have three new interns there to help, it was the first day of taqueria week in the cafeteria. 

Every week the action station in our cafeteria features a different type of cuisine. I've only been waiting for taqueria week since February. The news of taqueria week spread like wildfire among the assistants. By 10:00 am, the assistant to the publisher IMed me, "It's taqueria week!" To which I replied, "You're kidding!" Minutes later, one of the sales assistants came by my desk and said, "You know it's tacos downstairs this week, right?" Finally I looked at the menu myself and it was true. Taco salad every day this week for WG1! 

The first thing the new interns learned about me was my love for taco salad. I'm pretty sure they think it's kind of creepy. Our three marketing interns started on Monday. The entire marketing team was thrilled to have interns; we put them right to work. I gave the first intern to show up the same job I was given when I was an intern two summers ago at the same magazine: calling 100 readers to confirm their attendance at Monday night's event. Two years ago I was terrified of making phone calls. I'm the girl who used to babysit and call my mom to have her order the pizza for the kids I was babysitting. Yeah, I was not a big phone person. That first day of interning is the only reason I'm comfortable on the phone today. 

We then christened them with their first magazine event. It began with a photo shoot for an advertorial that will appear in a future issue of the magazine. The photo shoot was followed by a information fashion event for 100 readers that featured Stacy London. As a big fan of What Not to Wear, I was looking forward to this event. I worked one event previously with Stacy London and she complimented the dress I was wearing. So I had to live up to her standards again on Monday (this was pre-Spanx day). I kept it simple: grey A-line skirt and white button up shirt with a pair of grey and black plaid open-toe pumps. Typically we were all black on event days. But from watching What Not To Wear, I knew Stacy isn't a huge fan of black, so I talked my events manager out of the all black attire. 

When I first saw her on Monday, I casually walked by because I'm awkward but she greeted me like she recognized me. I'm sure she didn't, but it's fun to think she might have. More importantly, she said she liked my outfit, specifically the shirt and the shoes. Mission accomplished. The compliment didn't come without some candid Stacy London advice. When she asked what I wear over the shirt, I replied, "Um...a black wrap?" Immediately regretting saying "black." She made a face and said, "You need a bright green jacket, then it will be fabulous." At the end of the event when I gave her information about where her car would be picking her up (the life of an assistant) she reminded me to get a green jacket. 

That was my Monday. It was really a great day. Then Tuesday happened. 

13 comments:

thegoodnamesaretaken said...

I love What Not to Wear! I was worried that this occurred on Spanx day but I'm glad it didn't :)

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

you are too funny, but i've also made other people call on my behalf because i stutter like a maniac when i'm nervous. what a great monday and i can't wait to see your new green jacket!

Lauren said...

That sounds like a great job you have! Going to events with people from What Not To Wear? Super awesome.

Anonymous said...

Your love for Taco week makes me remember how everyone at my high school couldn't wait for Mexican day at school. Awesome taco shells and churros!

bFlat said...

I love What Not To Wear! I'm so jealous that you met Stacy. Congrats on the week long taco salad, it sounds heavenly.

Steph Corwin said...

Well how exciting to see Stacy London! I love her show WNTW and miss her friday night show.

I had to laugh at the taqueria week. When we were auditing a company, they had taqueria day and it was the same excitement! "Don't forgot it's taqueria day!" Like the president was there or something :)

Steph Corwin said...

Oh but it was totally good and we left completely understanding the excitement. :)

Auburn Kat said...

Yup, I'm jealous!!! I love her!

Anonymous said...

Hey you, she complimented my purple too... ;)

Gjelly said...

My first job as an intern was to update my boss's contacts and call every single one to confirm their information...talk about having a minor panic attack! It was an invaluable learning experience, though.

Alexandreena said...

Oh! I so envy you for getting to meet Stacy! Very cool!

Maxie said...

Stacy London is fabulous! She always looks so cute on WNTW and her talk show. ht

Kim said...

I loveeeee Stacey London!! And What Not to Wear, they both are wonderful!