11 Things I Learned During My Summer Internship

11 Things I Learned During My Summer Internship

A little over a year ago, when I was just applying to Parsons and seriously considering, for the first time, the idea of becoming a full-time scholar, I talked to one of my best friends’ dad about all the decisions I was trying to make in my life. And although he congratulated me for being so well grounded—something I don’t feel I am even now—he also suggested me to give an opportunity to a “real-life” job—that is, one outside the magical world of academics.

So I did.

During my winter holiday and the first weeks of the spring semester at school, I searched for an internship. This wasn’t an easy process because it meant figuring out something I thought I would like to work on, and then convincing someone of actually hiring me, which was probably the toughest part of it all… Not because I don’t trust in my own capabilities, but because I know there are tons of very well-prepared individuals and because the fact that I’m good at certain things—like researching and spending hours going through the same old book/paper/theory at a time—doesn’t mean I’m particularly appropriate for a certain type of job.

So, after sending what seemed like millions of emails, after being—or more like thinking I was being—super intense following up with people, and after getting a few “no”s, I finally got what I wanted: a part-time internship in a small and creative business for the summer. And then I spent the past few months giving this opportunity to the “real-life” job to conquer my heart, trying to always keep the positive energy I had on the first day—which, as with everything in life, gets harder to achieve with time and as you get used to things—and, more than anything, trying to learn as much as I could. And because I finished my internship last week and left the office one last time—for now, at least—on Friday, feeling accomplished yet a little nostalgic for what I was leaving behind, I decided to sum up the things I learned there. 

Carolina Herrera & The Dream Of Being A Woman

Born in Venezuela, Carolina Herrera, as only a few Latin American women from the first half of the past century did, had the privilege of growing up in contact with Europe and with the magical world of Parisian haute couture. It was, precisely, this contact with the world’s fashion capital, with the art of creative genii such as Cristóbal Balenciaga, what took Carolina Herrera to develop her fascinating sense of aesthetics, and which has managed to bewitch both men and women for the past few decades. In every single one of her creations, her personal history is reflected in the unique mix of elements that blend the Latin American cultural imaginary with the femininity and elegance of European haute couture, creating a uniquely wonderful conversation that continues to charm us throughout the years. These aesthetics, which can only but elevate the beauty of women, are the result of the eyes that, from a very young age, grew accustomed to seeing beautiful things, and of a brilliant mind, which knows how to combine, in a perfectly harmonious way, the beauty of two worlds that seem to be nothing but complete opposites.

Sultans of Deccan India—Met Museum

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

I went to see the exhibition named Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700: Opulence and Fantasy a few weeks ago at the Met Museum and couldn’t have loved it more! The words “opulence” and “fantasy” in the title are perfectly appropriate to describe the magical world that this sometimes forgotten part of Indian history hides. I particularly loved the metalwork—not just in the jewellery, but also in the decorations—and the romanticism that the careful crafting of each one of these pieces seems to evoke. Oh, and the diamonds! Of course, some of them have been retouched by our Western jewellers—and Harry Winston is one house to know how to make diamonds marvellous—making them a little different from what they might have looked under the sultans’ eyes back in the time… But that doesn’t mean I have stopped dreaming of them all. I think I’ve found my true passion: diamonds everywhere!

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Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Love,
Laura
Photography: Laura Beltran-Rubio

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

As I mentioned earlier this week, I spent Memorial Day very calmly, enjoying a very sunny summer day at The Cloisters. It was an absolutely wonderful day, during which I saw the most inspiring architectural pieces in this beautiful place, I had a delicious and fresh salad for lunch while overlooking the Hudson river, and read almost a full book under the sun. And, of course, I took lots of pictures! So rather than talking about how I felt, I hope I can share it, somehow, through my pictures.

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A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

Love,
Laura
Photography: Laura Beltran-Rubio

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Two weekends ago, right before all the auctions started taking place at Christie’s I visited their NYC building to take a look at the amazing works of art they had on view. Although I am not—yet, I hope—able to actually get any of those for my apartment, I did love being able to spend a calm afternoon looking at all those beautiful pieces and dreaming of the day I can call something like that mine!

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Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Love,
Laura
Photography: Laura Beltran-Rubio

Frieze New York

Frieze New York

By this point is absolutely no surprise that I’m writing about art. It’s one of the things I love the most in this world, and I don’t seem to get enough of it. Ever. So you might imagine how excited I was when I got my invitation to the VIP Preview of Frieze New York. Not that I wouldn’t have gone anyway… But being able to see it before anyone else—yes, I’m a little bit competitive sometimes—and not having to face the crowds—which is something I truly dislike—made my day month.

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Frieze New York

So yesterday, after working pretty much all day on my last final, taking a long shower and—finally—putting on the Valentino studded sandals I got for my birthday, I went out of my apartment ready to have a fun evening off. Since I was determined to make this my celebration for having successfully completed my first year of Graduate School, I decided to take the ferry ride all the way to Randall’s Island and enjoy the view of New York in what ended up being a wonderful spring afternoon.

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Once I entered the art fair, I walked all around it several times, trying not to miss anything. I don’t want to spoil the surprise for those of you who will be going at some point this weekend—and you should totally go—but I can’t avoid sharing some of my favourite pieces…

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Frieze New York

Frieze New York

After walking for quite a while, drinking a glass of wine, and greeting a few friends, I was more than ready to head back to Manhattan. But before I did, this wonderfully calm evening got even better when nature surprised me with the best sunset I’ve seen in quite a while—and I guess that’s a lot to say from someone who lives in the West side and sees the sunset pretty much every day.

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Frieze New York

Love,
Laura
Photography: Laura Beltran-Rubio