Summer Internships


After weeks of polishing your resume, begging your peers and colleagues for feedback, hours of interviews and sleepless nights, you finally land an internship for the summer.

Summer is the most competitive season for interns because with no classes, everyone has time to intern. While nailing a summer internship can be hard, sometimes the harder part is getting noticed at your internship, or learning all the skills you hoped to acquire. With giant offices and teams of interns, it’s easy to get lost in a crowd or get intimidated by the office setting. Many of my friends have told me that once they step foot in that office, they often get forgotten in the cubicle, left to twiddle their thumbs or pretend they’re working.

Here are some internship tips I’ve learned this past summer:

1. Don’t be shy. You probably went through some sort of interview, so the company obviously saw something in you and enjoyed speaking with you. Keep the conversation going. Ask questions. At the end of the day, summarize what you did (be sure to check tip #3), ask if there’s anything else you can help with. Remember to stay professional, but match the level of your supervisor/coworkers. If they crack a casual joke, laugh. If they tell a story, react or compare with a story of your own. Don’t be that stereotypical silent intern. Be someone they will miss having around the office.

2. Don’t dismiss the “grunt-work.” I know that for most interns, work isn’t always the most riveting, time-pressured, exciting project we’d hoped for. But it is work that needs to be completed, and the company depends on it. While research, compiling lists, social media, answering phones, or even coffee runs seem so mundane, think about how the company would function if they skipped that step (if we skipped the coffee step, we would all be zombies. duh.).

3. Go above and beyond. Exciting or boring, treat all projects the same. That means go above and beyond for everything. Make sure you’re doing the best possible job on the task at hand. For research, annotate your research to make it easier for the reader. For social media, use Iconosquare or another app to keep track of engagement and followers, and report back with results. Find creative ways to produce excellent work and leave a *small* taste of you in that work. You don’t want your voice all over that work, but you want your company to know that you are consistent and valuable.

4. Keep tabs on your projects. At the end of the day, draft an email that summarizes what you worked on, how you achieved the goal, goals for next time, and something you learned. It’s up to you if you want to send this to your boss (maybe not every day, but on a day you’re very proud of). Regardless, it is a great habit to get into because self-reflection keeps you mindful and will jog your memory next time you go add to your resume.

5. Network! I can’t stress how important this is. I built excellent connections at my internships by generating common ground with my coworkers and supervisors. Make yourself memorable through reliable work and friendly office demeanor. Always be approachable, eager, and ready to take on more. But at the same time, suck your internship dry. Go to lunch with your supervisors or coworkers, ask for career advice, tell them what your plans are after this internship.

6. Enjoy the summer. If you have an internship, chances are that you’re in college. As college students, our summers are limited. Savor every moment and make sure you still have time to enjoy classic summer activities. Even just enjoy the weather by stepping out during your lunch breaks! Last year, I made the mistake of working every single day that I was not at my internship. I just went with the motions and before I knew it, summer was over. This year, I still work outside of my internship, but I don’t work weekends. So although summer is still flying by, I have enjoyed beach days, weekend trips, zip lining, and countless memories with friends. I know this can be tricky, but the easiest way to do this is follow this rule: weekends are weekends.

Pink Lady

pink1Tee: J.Crew | Jeans: Gap | Blazer: H&M | Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless | Bracelets: Alex and Ani, David Yurman, Philippines

Although I’m a very girly person, that doesn’t always reflect in my personal style. I often don’t wear a ton of color (I love black and white…together and separately). In fact, my Big said that she was surprised to find out my favorite color is pink because I’d always be wearing something “edgy” (in her Lilly Pulitzer-obsessed world, that meant all black).

Anyways, here’s me attempting color. I’m obsessed with this pink and white striped tee from J.Crew. It’s super soft and the shade of pink is so feminine and unlike anything in my closet. When the last one we had in store just happened to be in my size, I took it as a sign. To balance out the femininity and easiness of the tee shirt, I added boyfriend jeans and a blazer for a more structured and interesting silhouette. I topped (or bottommed?) it off with this gorgeous silver heels from my all-time favorite Project Runway designer, Christian Siriano. While the look is definitely a little out of my comfort zone, I think I’m pretty happy with the end product.

xo, FMB


10985006_998730183470633_1330520570286109975_oP.S. Happy Shoesday Tuesday.

Simple Silhouettes

FullSizeRenderBlouse: Banana Republic Factory | Jeans: J. Crew | Shoes (not pictured): Birkenstock | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

A change in season usually means a light wardrobe refresh is necessary. Everyone picks up a few pieces that are hot at the moment, as well as maybe stock up on some classics.

In my case, however, I noticed that all of my spring and summer attire was in need of a major overhaul. Imagine opening your closet and seeing only high-rise cutoffs, chiffon tank tops, few dresses — all of which only seemed to come in shades of navy, white, and grey, and was smocked in seagull and moose logos (good times working as a Hollister model).

So in my search for new pieces, I’ve noticed myself reaching for more simple silhouettes with unexpected details (ie., the J.Crew jeans). This Banana Republic top is probably one of my favorite pieces this season because its structured shape is so flattering, and the eyelets add a very feminine touch.




Bedroom Decor

bed1Sheets: Calvin Klein | Quilt: Cynthia Rowley | Throw Pillows: Rodeo Home | Wall Decor: crafted

One of my favorite things about being home is my room. Before moving to Fremont, I had lived in my Burlingame house for 19 years, so the clutter definitely built up and my room didn’t seem as warm and homey as I would like. I love the warm, earth-tone palette of my room now with a few splashes of color. I didn’t have any say in the decor because it was a surprise. Although it’s not a look that I would’ve done myself, I am absolutely in love it! PS: All the bedding is from TJ Maxx. It’s so comfy and feels luxurious, but costs less than half what most stores charge!


I’m a natural planner and need to see everything laid out before me, so when I saw this project on Pinterest, I had to try it. I love how it conveniently ended up matching the AOT letters that my Big made me.


I believe that a necklace can make an outfit, so naturally I collect as many as I can! I love hanging them for display by some of my favorite purses. My room and closet don’t have a ton of wall space, so I got creative and hung a holder beneath one of the shelves.


Fun fact: If you were to stack all my shoeboxes together, they would be over twice my height (I’m 5’3). These are just a few of my favorite heels and wedges, and I love putting both sides of the shoe on display. It gives storage a hint of decor.

xo, FMB

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

IMG_3704aAn open letter to my Big, Emilie:

Large! Congrats on your graduation! (Cum Laude, what a smartypants!) I am so incredibly proud of you, not only for graduating, but for being the person that you are. You are the most kind, generous and loving person that I have ever met. Thank you for welcoming me to KD with open arms and loving me unconditionally since day one.

It’s been a rough year, and I definitely could not have done it without you. Thank you for being by my side (or across the street) for the highest highs and lowest lows. We traveled across the country together, from New York to Connecticut to California and had our fair share of local adventures around Boston. My favorite memories in college all have you in it and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Sure, I was upset when I found out you were graduating a year early. And the closer we got, the more and more I dreaded your graduation day. But, I’m not afraid anymore. You’ve taught me so much, and because of that, I know I’ll be able to do this whole college thing without you by my side. While you’re no longer across the street from me, you’ll always be a text/phone call/FaceTime away, and God knows I will not hesitate to harass contact you.

I love you, Big. You are my mentor, role model, guardian angel, protector, best friend, and soulmate. You are loyal, kind, generous, compassionate, genuine, empathetic, loving–the list could become a novel. No one can or will ever replace you. As you go your own way, remember I am your biggest supporter and your number one fan. I will ALWAYS be here for you through anything and everything life throws at us. We are in this together. Big and little, we’ll always be.


Coffee For Days

The other day, I found this website that calculates how much money you’ve ever spent on Uber. I made the mistake of calculating my total and cried. Thank God it can’t calculate how much I spend on coffee. In this case, I’m gonna say ignorance is bliss. 

With that said, I’m a huge coffee person. I still believe that Taylor Swift says “Starbucks lovers” in Blank Space. Between cold brew, lattes, macchiatos, Americanos, and good ‘ol brewed coffee, I will take any and all of the above. With finals rolling around and the beautiful weather Boston’s been having, I’ve been inspired to venture out of the Starbucks in the library and check out the cafes in the city. Here’s the low-down.

Pavement Coffee My absolute favorite coffee shop. Ever. They have a location on campus (BU Central) and on Newbury. I have been to both, and they are equally amazing. The Spanish latte is my favorite, and on a hot day, I’ll get an iced vanilla latte with almond milk. I haven’t tried the sandwiches because they’re a tad expensive, but I’ve heard great things. However, I tried the bagels and it’s safe to say that they rival true New York bagels!  Also: they offer an hour of free wifi, which makes it a great study spot.

Thinking Cup Definitely a cute and cozy shop. They also have multiple locations: one on Newbury, one by Boston Common, and one in the North End. Although the Newbury location is convenient, I highly recommend making the extra trek to the Common or North End. It’s a lot less crowded and a better atmosphere. Thinking Cup makes all of their syrups in-house, so definitely give their flavored lattes a shot! (lol, did anyone catch that pun?) They brew Stumptown Coffee, which is based out of Brooklyn, NY. Best coffee I’ve ever tasted, so maybe get a bag of beans to go. As for food, you really can’t go wrong. I’ve had the Barcelona sandwich, macarons, and several different pastries — all were great. My only problem was their bagel, which did not compare to Pavement at all.

Bottom Line: Both are great spots, it just depends on what you want. If you’re in a time crunch, I recommend Pavement because they work fast and there’s always room (or a space opens up) to sit for a quick bite. On a leisurely day, take the time to go to Thinking Cup. Between the house-made goods and interior decor, it’s a great experience.

Happy Monday Tuesday (I had a bad case of the Sundays and forgot to schedule this), and to all my college students out there, good luck with finals!

xo, FMB

The Boston Marathon

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 10.32.15 PMLiving in Boston this year has definitely been a challenge for me. As a native Californian who is used to 50-80 degree weather, 108 inches of snow really put a damper on my attitude towards the city. To be honest, I even considered transferring for a little bit.

But yesterday was Patriots’ Day, also known as Marathon Monday. It’s one day every year that Boston comes together to support thousands of marathon runners who are running for hundreds of different causes. In recent years, it has also become a day to celebrate the resiliency and strength of this city. I don’t know why, but something about Marathon Monday gets to me every year (I hate running). Last year, I volunteered at Mile 25, handing water to the runners. This year, I guess I got into the spirit and ran down Boylston from Newbury Street to the finish line (on the sidewalks, of course)! Watching the wheelchair contestants, military, elite and recreational runners cross that blue and yellow finish line gave me chills, and experiencing Boston’s love and community made me feel #BostonStrong.

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 10.26.10 PMMy big, my little and I got together at 8am on a Monday to power up with brunch before the marathon.

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 10.49.32 PMI wanted to proudly show off the Filipino flag, but the wind just would not agree with me. 

xo, FMB