Shopping for an interview!

As I promised in my previous post, here is the audio slideshow I created for my Multimedia Reporting class. After each of us showed our slideshows in class, our professor pointed out a few things we should improve. For my slideshow, I had to improve the audio. More specifically, I had to raise the speaker’s voice so that the background music wouldn’t overlap and/or compete with the speaker. I also added some extra features such as an opener and a hash-tag.

If you’re wondering why I chose to document my friend’s shopping experience for her interview it is because 1. the timing could not have been more perfect, 2. having a professional wardrobe is an important part of interviewing and 3. who doesn’t love a shopping buddy.

Even though I wasn’t the one shopping this time, it was still a great experience as I was being more productive. Instead of focusing on myself, I focused on helping out my friend while documenting her shopping experience. We accomplished so much in such short time- we had about three hours and a half to shop, mainly because we decided it was a good idea to travel half of Manhattan. Luckily, she found everything she needed and I was able to get everything I wanted for my project, a win-win situation.

And that was the easy part. The hardest part was editing all the photos and audio to put together the slideshow. Five hours later, I had created my first audio clip. I must say, time flies when you are having fun editing!

Now here we are and it is your turn to share your thoughts on my project!

Adina xx

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Q & A with Ivana

One of the projects for Multimedia Reporting this week was to create an audio slideshow- topic of our choice. Prior to this, I have never made any video nor slideshow in my life, besides the occasional Vine or Instagram [in which I am allowed from 6 to 15 seconds to act stupid or let others do it for me.] But this project was more serious. I had to learned how to use Final Cut Pro in as short as one to two 50 minute classes, how to: cut, trim, blade and range (I am still stuck up on this one) photos and audio clips.

As for the topic, I wanted to relate it to my blog, therefore fashion and personal style. And what better than to follow my friend around the city while she searches for the right pair of shoes and clothing for her upcoming graduate school interviews. How’s that for great timing. While we were at it, I thought why not interview her myself? So read further to find out more about my friend Ivana and her shopping experience.

The Monochrome Files(me): Tell me, what are you looking for today?

Ivana: Well, last week I bought a pair of dress pants and two blazers, so now I need a pair of nice, simple shoes and some blouses. 

T.M.F.: What exactly are you interviewing for?

I.G.: I am interviewing at a few genetic counseling masters’ programs.

T.M.F.: How about your everyday look?

I.G.: I like to dress very casually throughout the school year, for example a comfy pair of jeans and a sweater during the winter. During the summer I choose flowery dresses and jean shorts with simple tops. Converse is a must in any outfit any season, rain or shine!

T.M.F.: Wow, that sounds quite different from what an interview attire should be!

I.G.: Yeah, it is quite different from the typical office wear. I was pretty hesitant at the beginning because I don’t dress formally. I didn’t think I’d find comfort in business attire. Luckily, I was able to find some great pieces that are formal but still staying true to my style. 

[Later in the day]

T.M.F.: What would you say is your favourite piece out of everything you bought?

I.G.: Oh, that’s easy! Definitely the pink blazer is my favourite. The soft shade of pink and the structured shape the perfect combination to set me apart but still keep me looking professional.

T.M.F.: Now that you’ve found what you were looking for, do you feel more prepared? 

I.G.: Absolutely! I feel more confident, more grown-up. I’ve been told often times that I look like an 18-year old, but now I feel more my age, and ready to take on the real world!

P.S. Photos and audio slideshow coming soon!

Adina Xo

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A Monochrome Interior

Growing up, and while moving from an apartment to a house to an apartment and back to a house, the decor always changed. Each new place we moved into, my mother would design the interior differently but still using three main colors: brown, red, and purple. While I didn’t mind any of those colors, I always felt there should be more light in the house. One house we lived in had a living room with a wall painted in a subtle orange, dark brown furniture and red curtains. While I thought it was very primitive and had warm colors, I couldn’t help but wish the furniture was black and white instead of brown, that the curtains were lighter, and that the orange wall was white with accents- such as paintings and pictures- to color it.

I put together a set of pictures below gathered from and to serve as inspiration for when the time comes to design my own place, with white walls, and full of natural light.

Adina Xo 

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Wear it like Beckham.

I say wear it like Beckham, as opposed to “Bend it like Beckham”-the movie, referring to no other than european football player David Beckham. But here, we will talk about his partner in crime, Victoria Beckham.
vb collageEver since her fashion collection debut in 2008, Victoria Beckham has maintained her classic designs and worked materials such as silk and organza into her collections. From the first few shows, one could see Posh’s style staple: tight, fitted and below-the-knee. She, however, decided to keep her collections’ style changing while continuing to create a sophisticated cut and fit.

More recently, 2013, the designer took a turn and delivered a more masculine look for her collections; tailored, simple, sometimes sporty even.

2014 then arrived and it’s as if she designed the Fall Collection knowing I’ll be writing a blog on “all things fashionable in black and white.” To bring back a softer and more feminine touch in her clothing, Victoria added golden chains and organza flowers to finish some of the outfits. Models wore either black and white pumps or pointy oxfords and simple, middle-parted updos to complete the looks, letting the sophisticated designs speak for themselves.

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Photos from| Collages by me.

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