Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Hyde Park Polo Match

Charleston Spring Social Event
presented by Charleston Magazine

As interns, our job at this event was to interview guests using our flip cam about their outfits head to toe. It's amazing how just talking to people about their clothing can lead to so many other conversations. I got to interact with owners of local retailers in Charleston and the socialites of the city. The writers and editors of Charleston Magazine are great people as well. They are all so sweet to us interns. One particular woman made my experience so very special. She was sitting on the stage that the band was performing on, and I commented on her unique dress. It was patches of fabric and resembled a quilt, but not in a frumpy way. We began talking and she instantly invited me to her and her husband's house in West Ashley. She was so warm and intrigued by my job at the Magazine. She told me she wishes she had gone into Interior Design instead of her chose career path. Talking with her made me realize, I am where I am supposed to be. I have been given an incredible opportunity, and I'm ALL IN. Although I did not get her address, her last name, nor will I probably see her again, it's meeting people like this who change your life for just that moment of time. Everything seemed where it should be at that point. I only hope to see Barbara again, but if not I will take my meeting with her as just another note in my musically filled summer.....

The first annual spring polo match hosted by none other than the Charleston Magazine launched with flying colors on Sunday, May 15. The day could not have been more perfect for the inception of this premiere social event. The sun was hot, but underneath the shade of the tents coolness and shelter resided. The atmosphere could not set a more enjoyable aura...children eating popsicles from the local vendors, dogs running around, and conversations and smiles galore. A local country band serenaded the event entertaining guests as they anticipated the start of the match. Men and women were adorned in sun hats of all fashions, sundresses, and seersucker. Dressed to impressed (and for comfort), most of our attendees promoted local boutiques and retailers right here in Charleston. Eager to share where they purchased their garments, our street style choices boasted of their findings. The tents for each sponsor and contributor were not dressed any less either. We can only expect next year’s 2nd Annual Spring Polo Match to be a notch greater as this new tradition moves into the social event of the season not to be missed in Charleston.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Studio Charleston opening

On Thursday I attended the ribbon cutting of Studio Charleston. Charleston produces many movies in the Southeast belt, but many get rejected because there is no official production facility to make the movies. Now, Charleston has a real place to produce movies thanks to Studio Manager Harald Galinski. He worked on Dear John in 2008 along with many others that I met on Thursday. Hopefully this facility will bring in jobs for locals, business for hotels/restaurants, notoriety for Charleston and other Southern cities with the end result in more movie productions down here.
The feeling was very surreal, because although most of these producers are not in Hollywood, they are getting there and have already worked on some successful projects which . It was amazing to be a part of something that will most likely grow exponentially in the upcoming years. It's the feeling of knowing someone or some place before it becomes famous. I'm a part of history, something that could change lives! Thanks to Martin for inviting me. (He's an emergency medic for movies and worked on Dear John and Leatherheads to name a few)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

First day in Charleston

My first day as the Style Intern at the Charleston Magazine was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I was trained by the past intern; then left to my own! I began the day with 2 assignments from my boss/style editor. I had to compile 10 men's and women's fall 2011 looks for the fashion to furnishings feature in the Charleston Home magazine. Second assignment consisted of scouting Charleston retailers for the July issue feature on children's swimwear. When I'm not in the office I will be on the streets of Charleston snapping photos of fashion forward individuals to feature in our Street Style section of the magazine or picking up samples that Charleston retailers are allowing us to borrow for the photo shoots. I will also be assisting our Style Editor on all photo shoots and attending events with her occasionally.

On Thursday, I will be attending the ribbon cutting of Studio Charleston. Many movies are produced and filmed in Charleston, but Studio Charleston will now officially be the production warehouse for all movies and I get to GO. Thanks to my cousin/uncle/summer-dad, Martin who I am staying with. He is my mom's cousin and he has graciously invited me into his home for the summer, but he is more like the definition of the typical "cool, complete Southern-gentleman" uncle I would have.

Charleston is impeccably beautiful, and I can't believe that I am here to not only work but spend my summer as well. I am very grateful for everything, and I have already met some wonderful and hospitable people. If you are in Charleston, definitely come and visit with me. More updates to come...:)