Emerald City

Emerald Lace Dress

I had so much fun exploring Manhattan while I was in town for Her Conference. Even though I went to school in the city for four years, I rarely ventured down to Lower Manhattan. Thankfully my sense of direction kicked in when Ana, Erica, Morgan and I made our way to Battery Park after the first day of the conference, Starbucks in hand.

I wanted to keep my outfits as simple but stylish as possible, so I packed two fit-and-flare dresses and a pair of leopard flats that went with both. Considering I purchased my pair at the Fordham Road Conway (RIP), I was surprised by how well they held up!

Silver Bar Necklace
Geometric Triangel Necklace

I also kept my accessories simple, but sophisticated for both days: my new bar necklace (an anniversary gift from Nick) and a fun ring from one of my favorite Philly boutiques. They kept the focus on my pretty lace dress, although I think it has shrunk a bit in the last couple of years since I bought it. Still the texture is too fun for me to retire it just yet!

~ Sarah

P.S. Thanks for the photos, Morgan!
Dress: Ross (similar)
Necklace: Gift (similar)
Ring: Smak Parlour (similar)
Tote: Nordstrom
Leopard Flats: Conway (similar)

Ahora Amo: Her Conference

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Just a final Her Conference 2015 recap! Can’t believe it’s been a week already!

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♡ Train ride into New York — Amtrak is easily my favorite way to travel in the Northeast region! It makes the trip from Philly to New York a breeze!

♡ Pizza and wine with my freshman roommate, the best way to unwind before a jam-packed Conference

Her Conference

♡ Soaking up amazing career advice from some incredible women

♡ Recharging with lunchtime tacos

Primo Cappuccino

♡ Serious exploring of lower Manhattan. So. much. walking.

♡ Consuming my weight in iced Chai lattes — even tried a raspberry one waiting for my Amtrak at Penn Station

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♡ Blurry selfies with my new blogging friend Erica from Coming Up Roses

♡ Another inspiring Her Conference!

~ Sarah

P.S. If you’re still a student, lucky duck! You can save 10% on Amtrak when booking with the Student Advantage card. You never know when it can come in handy!

The Best Career Advice From Her Conference

Her Conference Career Advice

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I spent this past weekend at Her Conference, an annual conference for college women and recent graduates who are interested in the journalism, marketing and journalism industries. While I may not be looking for my next internship or first job any more, it was still incredibly inspiring to hear industry leaders share their honest advice. Here are some of the gems.

On being a woman in the workplace…

Supporting women never goes out of style.”
, Director, No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project

You don’t deserve everything; you deserve to earn everything.”
, Vice President of Editorial Strategy, Refinery29

Nobody can take away your knowledge. Nobody can take away your hard work.”
, Correspondent, E! News

Being a woman means waking up earlier, going to bed later and working harder.”
, Founder and CEO, Faith Popcorn’s Brain Reserve

On asking for help…

We have to accept the idea that we are all going to fail a little.”
, Editor-in-Chief, Seventeen

It was years of me being defensive before I realized that asking for help is built into the system.”
, Editor, People StyleWatch

On standing out (in the best way possible)…

Nothing beats preparation.”

It’s ok to put yourself forward.”
, Special Projects Director, Cosmopolitan

The answer is always just do good work.”

Confidence is like a muscle; you have to work on it every day.”

Knowing how to write and communicate are the greatest skills you can have.”

On finding your place…

You don’t have to be where you want to end up on Day 1.”

You have to find something that makes you feel like you’re giving back to the world and using your talents.”

Choose an organization that is thoughtful about [work-life balance].”
, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Chairman, Bloomberg LP

What’s your favorite piece of career advice?

~ Sarah