Go Blood!

To work/speak intensely, to be competitive
doing something to it’s fullest; doing something well;
In 2016, I got the opportunity to work for one of the greatest companies in the WORLD.
NIKE.
Playing the role as the the Consumer Experience Coach (Manager) at the Flagship store, leading a one on one service pilot program was by far one of the most memorable moments in my career. However, between navigating the workload of product launches, people development and doggonit, a high heel fashionista wearing SNEAKERS on a daily basis got the best of me. The stores anticipated closing lead me to look for other work opportunity but certainly birthed a love for the iconic company. In that time, I gained over 17 pounds. SEVENTEEN! I’m actively working on regaining my comfort in fashion and combining with the new love for active wear. But there’s so much more to achieve. And to obtain it all, I will “Go Blood”
Gap Crop Pants: $65.90
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Slow Down Sunday

Early Sunday Morning, Zac and I decided to visit our old church in Brooklyn. After getting dressed we headed towards our local bus stop and learned the bus wouldn’t come for another 30 minutes and 86’d the whole idea. As an alternate plan, we headed to see my Grandparents and basque in whats left of the 50 degree weather.

Childrens Place Woven Shirt,
Children’s Place Vest,
H&M Men’s Bow Tie,
Tumble N’ Dry Jeans
Zara Leather Desert Boot

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H&M Insider: What to Expect During an H&M Interview

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Gorgeous window by H&M Columbus Circle Visual Team
Having worked for H&M for several weeks,
there were many things I’ve learned about the company…
Their points of view…
Perspectives on leadership…
and the many opportunities provided.
I started my training at the Columbus Circle Location 
(which in my opinion is the best store to shop!!)…
FLASHBACK!
About two weeks after my group interview, I had my final interview with the hiring manager and a store manager of another location. They had me walk one of the stores and share what it was that I noticed that needed to be updated…
That moment was used to determine my ideologies and priorities as a store leader.
At the end of that small project, I learned that the store manager I spent that precious hour with was my potential manager, and I had gotten the job as well as my job offer in that day!
FAST-FORWARD!!
H&M prides itself in leadership and advancement. Anyway that you can execute that.
LET THEM KNOW!
I was able to train and learn what H&M looks for in the hiring process. Whether you’re going for a Sales Advisor, Visual Merchandiser, Department Manager, or Store Manager; to ensure your experience is successful, display in as many ways as you possibly can your form of leadership.
MY personal questions I’d ask during interviews are:

“At your previous job, how did you take the lead in a difficult situation?”

“Explain a moment where your co-worker challenged your direction”

“Tell me about a time when you were able to motivate an unhappy co-worker” 

 Lastly, the biggest piece of information I could share!
Make sure you pay close attention during the online questionnaire.
It’s not just something to pass by…
THAT questionnaire determines whether or not you’ll get that call back and why.
Make sure all of your answers are as independent and solution oriented as possible.
Although, the truth reveals itself in the survey.
This post is intended to inform interested applicants and not to infringe on the policy and procedures of H&M.
My hiring papers!
Your future H&M Handbook

How I dressed for work: First two Jackets H&M, Right:Brooklyn Industries jacket, Zara Pant, Gap Shoe

Lunch Break!

H&M gave us employees free shirts launching the new website

I cut the sleeves for an edgy look!

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The Greatest Interview EVER: H&M Edition

This week, I’ve been lucky enough to attend the Greatest Interview Ever hosted by none other than H&M.

Hennes and Mauritz is the trendy international brand known to all of fashion. 
They’ve managed to cover most of the world with stores in North America, Europe, China, and most recently Chile in South America.
This past week, I’ve been able to reach the THIRD step in the interview process for a Department Manager position.
To keep the integrity of the interview, I’ll share a brief overview of what I’ve encountered. Otherwise, here is the 411 on interviewing with H&M
Step 1:  The Phone Interview
This is your first encounter. You’ll be asked questions based on your online application, work experience and history, store volume, etc. At the end of the interview, you may either here the famous FAIL phrase: “We’ll reach out to you for a date” or PASS with “when will you be available this/next week”.

Step 2. Interview at Headquarters
Here you’ll discuss your resume, and live examples of potential work scenarios. There may be two hiring managers. One focused more on generic questions and the other taking notes. Towards the end, you may sign off on a background check and be notified of a potential follow up interview if you pass.

Step 3. Interactive Interview
This is where it gets exciting. There will be 4 activities lasting 20 minutes with a small group of other applicants and 6 Managers who have traveled the country and world working with H&M. You’ll be seated in a room that has dope titles such as “Moscow” and “Argentina” for example. Snacks will be bowled all for the taking. Do NOT be shy, it’s all for you. Although a lengthy process, I have never been so intrigued and overwhelmed from an interview by a retail company. If you’re accustomed to the classic “What do you do when…”, be prepared for the actual “do when… During this portion of the interview, you’ll be doing a LOT of sweating, and moving so you may be asked to dress comfortably. Do just that. 
Not necessarily in converse and a hoodie but, ensure you represent the casual professionalism of the brand. Ladies, do not wear heels you’ll potentially want to change out of. I personally wore 2inch thick heels by the Gap, Sky blue ripped jeans by H&M, a Black tank with pink lining by H&M, and my favorite Bomber jacket by Brooklyn Industries.

To keep the integrity of the interview, I won’t share the EXACT details of what activities but I assure you, be yourself, be respectful, and I assure you, as much as it may seem, this is 100% NOT A COMPETITION. Try your best to use team work. Every single activity will show who you truly are in the heat of the moment, during stressful situations, and evaluate how you interact with your partners.

I’m not sure what my results are but despite the potential outcome, I’ve learned a great deal of who I am through this experience. Here are a few ideas of what to wear if you’re having any trouble!

Nadia of NAC Styles

Aimee Song from Song Of Style

Sharina Clarke

Click here to find out how it ended!
How did your experience go??

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New Hair! New Year!

For the past 4 years I’ve worn the SAME EXACT hair style!
As I breezed through my Facebook pictures and bored myself from the lackluster side swept bangs, I realized it was time for a true change.
My hair has been natural for quite some time meaning:
NO relaxer
NO texturizer
NO perms
With that, I decided to join the kinky-curly crew and embrace my naturally beautiful hair.

 For the past week, I’ve been trying the Bantu Knots and manipulating my natural curl patterns to see where it takes me. The entire has been quite interesting but I thank GOD everyday that my Mum is a hairstylist… Lord KNOWS the outcomes may have been truly TRAGIC, lol
Wish me luck as I figure out how this works.
I need products to try out…
ALL recommendations will be greatly appreciated 🙂
enjoy your weekend!!

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SoHo wit My Lisa

For the past 3 weeks, my DARLING little cousin Lisa (Melisa) has crashed into New York and brought some well needed excitement to my dreary days.
My Lisa (Melisaaaaa) happens to be a creative cluster of amazingness… Graphic Designer, Model, and maker of great drawings. 
To get her re-acclimated to the Big Apple, we’ve gone on quite a few escapades throughout the city but more recently, my mother, Lisa, and I spent a Ladies Day Out with lunch and shopping in SoHo.
Funny Faces at lunch time

MAJOR sale shopping at H&M
Awkward moments during shoot time… I’m the worst!

Me: Zara Vamp Heels, Levi Legging Jeans, Forever 21 Studded Top, Urban Outfitter Blazer, Zara Parka Jacket

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Farewell to The Gap

This year gave me quite a bit to look forward to.
I was lucky enough to be hired to work with one of the most well-received stores in the Downtown Brooklyn area, gain an unexpected promotion within my arrival and learn some overwhelming news along the way.
The store I most recently said farewell to will now share farewells themselves.
The Flatbush Avenue Gap at Kings Plaza will be closing down.
It’s quite a surprise to hear.
The store that once housed a beautiful variety of Men’s, Women’s, Kids, and Baby clothing will no longer be. Loyal customers will now have to travel as far as Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, or 17th and 5th, considering the unfortunate closing of South Street Seaport from Hurricane Sandy.
Originally, Kings Plaza was the shoppers destination for local Brooklynites and Gap was the place to find your must have basics. As the economy changed and gentrification reared its head, the need for the mall changed. Security tightened up as rambunctious after school shoppers participated in unfortunate mayhem and assisted in the downgrade.
I was given the opportunity to work with wonderful people and learned more humbling and lifelong  lessons there than at any other Flagship location in my 5 year Gap history. I applaud and salute the ten year team and those who desired to make a difference.
The store may be closing its doors as early as the 26th of January.

Word on the street is, alongside Gap’s inability to make quota, the property owners were not interested in downsizing and rebuilding the space and may be utilizing it as a Food Court.

How strange is that?

Here are a few pics of Gap Kings Plaza- hard work and merchandising.

My VERY first window set on my 2nd day of work at Gap Kings Plaza Sept 2011

What I like to call “React to Sell Through” Floor Change after a big sale with limited merch
Window change for Gap Kids and Baby Gap

Quick moves made during power hours in Women’s Dressy Dept

Playing dress up in KP fitting room

A beautiful window set by Annalee, Jessica, and Myself

Fun Updating window presentation for GapKids

What is your reaction to Gap at Kings Plaza’s closing? Is it well needed or could it just use re-vamping?
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Just Can’t Let Go!

Zac has been growing all too quickly!
I haven’t been all too brave as far as letting him start school. 
I know it sounds a bit silly but, I find that the more kids are exposed to… well… OTHER kids, they can become slightly… different.
I’m somewhat nervous of Zac picking up phrases or habits I don’t support at home.
As unrealistic as that sounds, I fought my fears and took my chipmunk to experience a trial day at a neighboring day care I grew up in.
Although I didn’t show up in time, here’s the gear I intended him to wear, lol

Baby Gap Hat, H&M Bow-tie, H&M Button Down, Baby Gap Crew Neck Sweater, H&M Skinnies

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On the Move!

Life has gotten quite hectic with a few events at The Gap as well as my new position and transfer coming up. I hadn’t had much time to update MOM.ME

Zac has been growing a ton!
His face is changing, sense of humor is over the top, and believe it or not, so has his energy. He’s becoming much more over protective and social as his vocabulary grows. With this NEW-FOUND ZAC, its time for an upgrade in wardrobe.
My Mom or as Zac likes to say, “Ya-ya” and I went window shopping to see what sales would be going on for the kids.
We were DRAGGED in to The Children’s Place by their unavoidable “$5 Tees” Ad on Fulton Street.
 After remembering my more than generous employee discount at Gap, I reneged, we left out empty handed but, DO check out their sale… TONS to offer at The Children’s Place.
 With the Chipmunk growing, I’m hoping to maintain his bow-tie. I’d say he favors the clean lines but the Tie definitely adds fun.
His SUPER fashionista Grandma- Mrs Jamison is known to find THE most insane and unheard of sales ever known to man. Of course, she ran into Daffy’s which is now going out of business and ran into these cool finds for the Zacster.
MOSCHINO Orig Retail Price $85
Moschino Orig Retail Price $133
Diesel Orig. Retail Price $85
Each show ranges from about $85-$133 actual retail price. Mrs Jamison and her wonderful self managed to get these funky Diesel tennis shoes for $30 bucks. I fell in love with them the moment she’d text the photo’s. Anyone who knows Diesel knows their products last forever and a day, not to mention, the shoes are without a doubt comfortable. I wanted to stay away from the “Toddler-Like” round toe in the Moschino shoes and kinda liked the maturity and spirit of the Diesel shoe for my big boy.

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