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Chiyo: Internship goodbye

December 2, 2011

Today was my last day with Esprit, and it was very bittersweet. It’s hard to believe that it is over, considering I still feel like it was only a few weeks ago that I started at my internship. I arrived a little late due to delayed trains, and immediately went to work on finishing my tasks for the term. Time flew by, and before I knew it, with 10 minutes to (officially) go before I was done, my supervisor Jean appears with a gift bag, and some of my co-workers are standing around with big smiles on their faces. They had a gift and card to present to me, and inside the card all my co-workers whom I worked closest with had signed it. I also got a box of deluxe chocolates which look absolutely scrumptious. I can’t wait to dig in! I was so surprised at the gift and card, especially after a rough Monday. It was all very bittersweet, and after finishing up my final task, I said my goodbyes to everyone. Jean told me that if I ever needed anything, to feel free to shoot her an e-mail. I will never forget the experience I got with Esprit, and I told myself I wouldn’t cry on my last day…but I did. It truly has been the internship of a lifetime, in a city that I am SO in love with. I slowly made my way home to my flat, and reminisced of all my memories with Esprit on the tube ride home.

It was just me at the flat when I got home around 2, so I made some lunch, and got straight to work on my term papers. I don’t know what got into me, but I had (and still have), this crazy motivation to write my term papers. I’ve knocked out 2 of them in just a few hours, and I have 2 more to go. One of them is a case study and is going to require a good few hours alone on research before I can start the paper, and my fourth paper is on Glastonbury Music Festival for my pop culture class that won’t be too bad to write. It was nice having the flat to myself for a few hours, but now two of my flatmates are back, and I no longer have the place to myself. 


Chiyo: Keep calm, and carry on

November 28, 2011

There’s a saying in Britain, that can be found on posters, tea mugs, oyster card holders, you name it, it’s probably on there. My life motto is probably “Keep Calm, and Carry On,” and today that motto definitely came in handy when I needed it most. 

Waking up to my alarm after a rough night of sleep due to my cough attacks keeping me up, was not pleasant. I arrived at work a few minutes late because of delayed trains on my side of town, and was given my first task for the morning. It is actually one of my favorite tasks. I was given several orders to place for a buyer, and for some reason this task keeps me calm and centered. But before I could get to that, one of my supervisors asked if we could talk in private. Now, I don’t know about you, but when I was little whenever an adult pulled you aside to “talk in private” it was never a good thing. So I wasn’t expecting her to be all unicorns and rainbows and life is FANTASTIC! We sat down, and she asked me if I was happy at Esprit. I was thrown for a loop, because all I do is rave about my internship. After some talking and some other things said, I was pretty torn apart, and let’s just say it ended with me “meditating” for a good 20 minutes in the hallway. 

After  collecting myself, and with a Keep Calm and Carry On mindset, I went back to work. It felt like the longest 8 1/2 hours of my life. I was so happy to see the clock tick 5, which signaled that I was free to go home for the night. I got home and was delighted to have an empty flat, and found out that my friend is taking me to the Chelsea vs. Liverpool game tomorrow night! So that turned my horrible day around. 

I’ve learned that through the negatives, you just have to turn them into a positive. You can either sit and mope, and not do anything about it, or you can take what you have been given, and use it to make you a better person in other fields of life. So that is exactly what I am going to do. I have 1 1/2 days left at my internship, and plan on making the most of it, even though this afternoon I wanted to give up and shut myself down. I want to go out strong, and show them that I can overcome what I’ve been told, and use it to my advantage. 


Our holiday campaign, with new door front at my showroom


Chiyo: Internship + Movie Marathon

November 19, 2011

I really did not want to go to my internship this morning. All I wanted to do was crawl back into bed after my alarm went off, and call in “sick.” But, I love my internship too much, and it was only a half day, so I sucked it up and went to the showroom. I got an e-mail from my supervisor which made me sad, because it was about how she doesn’t want me to start up any new tasks since I only have two full weeks left at the showroom, and it’s making my time left in London more and more of a reality. Before I knew it, I was done for the day, and next week I get to go around to some of the retail stores which I am super excited about. 

I got home around 2, and had the flat to myself. It was nice to come home to an empty flat, because rarely do I get any alone time, because I am always out and about, or if I’m at the flat, at least one flatmate is also home. I can’t wait to go back to the states and have my own room, so I can get some peace and quiet whenever the hell I want it. My one flatmate Katie got home about an hour after I did, and when she popped her head into the living room, what I saw was a SHOCK. She had gotten her hair coloured and cut, and it looks lovely! She told the hairdresser to basically do whatever she wanted to do with her hair. After tea and biscuits, we ventured out of our flat and explored more of our neighborhood for a few hours. We also scheduled our spa day in December, as a treat to ourselves for finishing up our program. 

The plan for tonight is really quite cheesy, but I have no shame. We’re going to see the fourth Twilight movie next week, so we are ordering takeaway and watching the first three twilight movies. 


Chiyo: Busy internship

November 15, 2011

It still amazes me how fast time has been passing since getting back from Fall Break. Our professors warned us that the second half goes faster than the first half, and I didn’t believe them. Until now. I was at my internship today looking at the calendar, and realized I am only in the showroom a mere 12 more times. I’ve become quite the expert at the systems we use, and I hardly have to ask queries anymore. I’m not ready to leave this family that I have become a part of quite yet, and I know that when I have to say my goodbyes it isn’t going to be easy. 

The first job I tackled when I arrived at my showroom was to finish up an excel spreadsheet that I had been working on for all of our IRL (Ireland) customers. To my shock, when I opened up my document, none of my work had saved from last Friday, even though I remember hitting save several times (because I get paranoid), and NONE of it had saved. So I had to start from scratch, and that took up about 2 hours of my time. I sometimes get so caught up in my work, that I tend to forget about lunch. So around 2:15, my supervisor asks me if I had gone to get lunch yet, and I look at the time and realize how much time has passed. Not wanting to leave my work, I just run next door to Sainsbury’s and pick up something quick to eat. I had to retrieve more barcodes for some of our buyers, and I know that if I ever get into a fashion job that involves finding barcodes (style codes and more) for a buyer, I will be a PRO at that. I’ve got the system down to a “T.” I was cranking out my tasks left and right, and before I knew it, it was time for me to head on home. 

Back at the flat I was bitten by the cleaning bug, and tidied up my side of the room, organized all my clothes, cleaned up our living room, and put a load of laundry in. Still having the cleaning bug, I took our bathroom rubbish from both bathrooms and dumped them into a big garbage bag with the rest of the rubbish I had collected, and took out the first bag of trash. I was so proud of myself because I knew our flat would be nice and tidy for when the cleaners came tomorrow. That’s when my roomies told me that actually, no, the cleaners would not be here tomorrow. Because tomorrow is Tuesday. And our cleaners come on Wednesday mornings…fail on my part. But hey, at least we don’t have to worry about tidying up before Wednesday morning now!

My to do list: 


Chiyo: Back to reality

October 31, 2011

This morning my alarm went off way too early compared to what I was used to just last week, and it was back to reality for me. I did my normal “getting ready” routine, and was out the door to head to my internship after being away for 10 days on holiday. I arrived at my internship, with a full house on our floor, due in part to the start up of Sales Week for season Z. I checked my work e-mail, and found several e-mails with queries that I needed to take care of, and got to work on those right away. Once I finished with those tasks, I had to place several urgent orders for a few of our regular buyers, and checked accounts for the previous season to make sure we could go ahead and send out the merchandise. 

With Sales Week, I am constantly doing something, and there is never a dull moment. Now that I have gotten the swing of things with having one Sales Week under my belt, I think this time round it won’t be as stressful, but I know it will still bring on stress. Just because we have to make sure we get the orders right, placed on time, making sure the buyers like what they see, etc. There’s a lot that goes into Sales Week, and we are showing our Summer collection to the buyers. 

Tomorrow, I get to meet with a big buyer who will be looking at our Women’s EDC (junior line) with our head buyer Pete who runs EDC, and I am SO excited. I love meeting with buyers, and picking their brains, and I just love sitting in on appointments. It is invaluable experience that I am getting with Sales Week, and I’m looking forward to another chaotic day at the showroom tomorrow. 


Chiyo: Where East meets Westfield

October 18, 2011

I got to “sleep in” today, and man was it glorious. My alarm went off at 8 am, and I took my time getting ready, since I was going to be visiting Westfield Mall to do “research” on my company. I lost track of time, and was out the door at 8:30 to catch the tube. Although I’m glad I got to go to Westfield this morning, the commute to the mall is just ridiculous! 22 stops from Ealing Broadway to Stratford, so in total it was an hour and a half commute. I had a few minutes to spare before meeting up with my supervisor, so I popped into Starbucks and thank god they knew how to make a Vanilla latte. Like I mentioned earlier in my blog, Starbucks is a lot different here, and not every location knows how to make a latte anything but just the plain ol latte. As I was waiting by Esprit, the Apple store is diagonal from it, and the queue outside of the store was massive! I wanted to pop over and see what the big deal was, but my supervisor Jean was strolling up, and the doors opened up to our store, signaling the mall was officially open.

We browsed around for a while, taking in the layout, the design of the store (since no two Esprit stores are the same), and did a bit of shopping. After meeting some of the associates and talking about the company, Jean and I went up to the second floor to look at the mens line. Working in a fashion showroom has really made me think about what area of fashion I want to get in to when I graduate college, and after looking at the men’s line today, it has only further affirmed that I would love to be a buyer for menswear. I just love men’s suits and the tailored look, and there’s just something about menswear that has caught my interest since arriving in London. Maybe it is the nicely dressed men I see every day. Who knows. But I do know that if I get an internship in the Spring or Summer in menswear, I would be quite the happy girl. Jean and I walked around the mall for a good two hours, and she told me about some of the British designers of the stores we would enter, and I taught her a thing or two about American brands, like Abercrombie and Fitch and Forever 21 (two brands that have implanted themselves in Europe). Once it was about 12:15, we headed for the underground to go to the showroom and finish up the day. 

My tasks were really simple, which was good because after shopping for the first half of the day, I was so not in the mood to do anything. I logged a few returns that need to go back to Germany, and checked on a bunch of customer’s orders. I said my goodbyes to my co-workers until October 31st, when I return from Fall Break, and headed for the tube stop, where there was quite the queue. I soon discovered that the queue for my line was so long because the tube was backed up with some complications on another line. So after waiting for a good 30 min, I was able to squeeze onto my train, and was literally packed in the tube like a sardine. Thankfully after about two stops it started to clear up, and I could move once again. Back at my flat it is just me and my roommate Diane, and I’m proud to say that I finished all my term papers that are due this week. I just need to polish my internship presentation, and then I’m calling it a night and un-winding with my book I brought from the states. 


Esprit Westfield store


Chiyo: “Keep calm and put the kettle on”

October 17, 2011

I saw the above saying at Portobello Road, and I relate to that saying so much. It’s ironic because as I’m sitting here writing this blog post, I have a cup of tea sitting next to me. This week I’m just trying to survive, since I am swamped with term papers, a presentation for my internship, and a case study for my international marketing paper while juggling my internship. Thursday can’t come soon enough when I am officially on FALL BREAK! 

My day at the showroom went fast like usual, and I got to learn how to process returns that need to be sent back to Germany, and handled more buyer’s queries. I also got some exciting news that I will be working in store again tomorrow morning at the world’s largest shopping mall, Westfield at Stratford City. I loved working in the Esprit store on Oxford Street last month, and I’m excited to go to a different location and help out there. I love getting out of the showroom now and then and being in the actual Esprit stores. 

Back at the flat I’ve been cranking out these term papers, and I definitely got my “second wind” considering I’m already sleep deprived from the night before. The thing that is motivating me for the end of this week is definitely Fall Break, and traveling in mainland Europe for ten days. It will be nice to not have to be at my internship or in classes, and to actually relax for once in my life. Which, for those of you who know me, know that I don’t relax. Ever. I’m also finalizing my plans with my parents for when they arrive at the end of my term in December, and found out that we will be traveling to Scotland, France, and Switzerland (as well as them seeing London). I’m most excited for Switzerland because my parents told me we are staying at a ski lodge, which made my day. I can’t wait for them to get here, because I miss them like crazy, and I want to show them the real London. The longer I live here, the more I realize I’m getting more accustomed to British ways than American ways. I’m so out of the loop with “what’s hot” in America, because I’m surrounded by British news, music, etc. I’ve also definitely picked up the lingo because when I skyped a friend yesterday, instead of saying apartment, I said flat. Well, I’m about to curl up with my book, cup of tea, and have the British X Factor as background noise for the rest of the night.


Chiyo: Welcome to ESPRIT

October 5, 2011

All of us had to get up early for interviews. I followed my roommate Katie’s directions, and got off at Paddington station to grab my connecting tube line. Me being me, I got on the wrong train and ended up back in my neighborhood, and that’s when panic set in because I wasn’t sure if I would make it to my interview on time I had to get back on and go back to Paddington, and then I asked around for how to get to Farringdon, my tube stop. I now understand what Sergeant Paul said to us at our safety orientation, about how American’s were more likely to survive a natural disaster than the Brits. They all just queue up, whereas us American’s push through everyone in order to get to our next destination. I felt like herded cattle, and what felt like several minutes later, I arrived at my platform. My internship is right off the tube stop that I end at, which is convenient for me since walking in heels on cobblestone streets is NOT fun. Or comfortable.

I was buzzed into my building, and met with my supervisor Nicola, who showed me to their boardroom where I had the most informal interview ever. We chatted about our backgrounds and about the company and what they’re doing in the next few months. Nicola told me some of my duties and what I could expect. I can’t wait for the next sample week when I get to sit in and watch all the clients come in while there are showings of the new collection that is coming out in February. I also can’t wait to travel to one of the store locations and work behind the scenes for two days. I know I will gain invaluable information and experience after all this is done and over with, and I can’t wait to meet with the other men and women who work at the showroom.

Once I returned home from my internship and a quick stop at CAPA, I decided to go for a run around my neighborhood to get my bearings. There are several private prep schools in the area, a nice park, and an area lined with cafes, restaurants, a grocery store, etc. I only have class Wed/Thurs and my internship throughout the week, so I’m excited to sleep in for the first time since I’ve gotten here!

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