Office Hours with College Fashionista

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The only Office Hours you will actually want to attend. In each episode, College Fashionista's Founder, Amy Levin Klein, chats with inspiring fashion and beauty insiders about the industry, career paths and what they have learned along the way. Listeners can expect to gain invaluable insight and inspiration on furthering their own careers while getting access to conversations you won't hear anywhere else. Get ready to get schooled in style (and learn a thing or two in the process)!

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Rachel Zoe on Going After Your Career Aspirations While Still in College

This month’s CF Office Hours is with Rachel Zoe, Co-CEO Rachel Zoe, Inc. and Founder/Editor-at-Large of The Zoe Report. We talked about the challenges and rewards that come with being career-driven at a young age and how she ended up in such a successful career in the fashion industry. Listen up and enjoy!

May 15, 2018
Alyssa Coscarelli of Refinery29 on How to Advance in the Fashion Industry

Our latest episode of CF Office Hours features social media star and Refinery29 senior fashion market editor Alyssa Coscarelli. We talked about how she got her job at Refinery, what working in the fashion industry entails, and the importance of having samples of your work when applying for a job. Plus, listen up for some amazing advice for budding writers, editors, and fashion enthusiasts.

Mar 20, 2018
Nudestix Co-founder Taylor Frankel on Why You Should Always Surround Yourself With Fellow “Babe Bosses”

For the latest episode of our CF Office Hours podcast, we caught up with Nudestix co-founder Taylor Frankel to learn how she made the difficult decision to take a sabbatical from college to launch her own brand and put those Marketing 101 lessons into action IRL.

Feb 20, 2018
Chriselle Lim on Finding Work-Life Balance

We’re back with our first #CFOfficeHours podcast of 2018, featuring stylist-turned–social media star Chriselle Lim. How exactly does the YouTuber juggle running her own brand while staying inspired and beating burnout? CF’s founder Amy Levin Klein sat down with Lim to find out in our latest episode.

Jan 17, 2018
Joanne Wilson on Kick-Starting a Career as a Female Entrepreneur

We chatted with Joanne Wilson, an angel investor and advocate for women-led companies, who founded her own VC firm, Gotham Gal Ventures. Joanne told us all about what it takes to be an entrepreneur today and how to build your own business with female empowerment at the forefront.

Dec 12, 2017
Amanda de Cadenet, Founder of Girlgaze, on Following Your Passion and Empowering Fellow Women Along the Way

We sat down with Amanda de Cadenet, the founder and the CEO of the Girlgaze Project. Amanda, who is a talented fashion and portrait photographer in her own right, chatted with us about how young creatives can get their foot in the door to the fashion industry, the importance of accurately representing women in media, and what's next for her thriving community.

Nov 28, 2017
CMG Founders Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr On How To Find The Right Path To Get Your Dream Job

We're back and better than ever with the new and improved CF Office Hours. This week we spoke to Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr, the founders of Clique Media Group. It's the one year anniversary of college fashionista being acquired by CMG and we talk all about what Hillary and Katherine did in college and as young adults to get where they are today and what it takes to be a powerful female in the workforce. Enjoy!

Oct 17, 2017 Editor, Amy Odell, On How To Stand Out In Your First Job

On this week's CF Office Hours, we spoke with Amy Odell, editor of and author of "Tales From the Back Row." She told us all about her career choices that got her to where she is today and what she looks for in an employee. Listen up on how to really stand out in your entry-level job and step up to get that promotion. We'll also be taking a break and coming back with a new and improved podcast in October so stay tuned and enjoy!

Aug 29, 2017
CF Alum Olivia Muenter (Bustle), Jen Mulrow (Glamour), and Maura Brannigan (Fashionista) On Getting Your Dream Job After College

On this week's #CFofficehours we sat down with former Style Gurus, Olivia Muenter (Fashion and Beauty Editor at Bustle), Jen Mulrow (Assistant Beauty Editor at Glamour), and Maura Brannigan (Senior Editor at They told us all about their college experience and how they ultimately ended up in their current positions. They're a serious inspiration to college students and grads looking to make it in the fashion industry and lifetime members of our Guru Gang. Listen up and enjoy!

Aug 15, 2017
AEO's Iskra Lawrence and Halima Aden LIVE From The CF Clubhouse On Staying True To Yourself

On this week's #CFofficehours we were joined by the newest faces of American Eagle, Iskra Lawrence and Halima Aden, live in The CF Clubhouse in front of an audience of Style Gurus. They talked all about how they got into the modeling business and how to navigate the industry while standing by their values. They are serious role models and ultimate cool girls so listen up and enjoy!

Jul 18, 2017
Sephora Collection's Helen Phillips LIVE From The CF Clubhouse On How It's Okay To Be Indecisive About Your Career

This week on #CFofficehours we recorded our FIRST EVER live episode in The CF Clubhouse in NYC with Sephora Collection's National Makeup Artist, Helen Phillips, on how she came into a career in beauty and found other passions along the way. Our audience of Style Gurus were able to ask real-time questions and Helen had so much to share about her best makeup tips and how to make the most of your beauty routine, especially as a college student. Listen up and enjoy!

Jul 04, 2017
Megan Collins On How To Change Careers/Start Your Own Fashion Blog
This week on #CFofficehours we sat down the founder of Style Girlfriend, Megan Collins, who told us all about how she navigated a post-grad career in PR to ultimately pursue a completely different path by starting her own fashion blog. Megan gave advice about finding a job that you love and how to successfully change careers. Listen up and enjoy!
Jun 20, 2017
Suzie Cohen On Working At Buzzfeed And Finding The Right Company Culture For You
This week Amy sat down with Buzzfeed's Director of Brand Strategy, Suzie Cohen, who told us all about what it's actually like working at the Buzzfeed offices, how to break into advertising and digital media, and finding a company culture that fits your personality. Listen up and try not to be too envious of the Buzzfeed office environment!
Jun 06, 2017
Grace Elizabeth On Going From Small Town Girl To Big City Supermodel
Grace Elizabeth wasn't always a Victoria's Secret Angel. The 20-year-old started off as a small town girl from Florida and now she's the newest face of VS Pink, but the fame hasn't changed her. On this week's episode of #CFofficehours Grace and Amy sat down to talk all about what it takes to be a model, moving from a small town to a big city and what Grace would be doing if she wasn't the face of one of the most recognizable brands in the world. Listen up and enjoy!
May 23, 2017
Michelle Phan On Becoming A Beauty Guru And YouTube Sensation
It's hard to imagine Michelle Phan before she became a YouTube sensation, but there was a time when she was just a regular college student trying to find her path in life. When she made a last minute decision to study art instead of medicine after high school, Phan had no idea what life had in store—but, as she wisely told us, you can't plan for success. We were lucky enough to speak with the beauty guru about what she wishes she could tell her 22-year-old self, the power of failure, and why there is magic in spontaneity. Listen up on this week's episode of #CFofficehours!
May 02, 2017
Olivia Culpo On How She Accidentally Became Miss Universe
Imagine being a regular college student one day, and suddenly finding yourself as Miss Universe the next. It sounds like something out of a movie—but for Olivia Culpo, it’s real life. A Rhode Island native, Culpo grew up as a middle child in a large family, living a completely normal life—until her entry in the Miss Rhode Island pageant took a surprising turn. We were lucky enough to sit down with the incredibly down-to-earth model to chat about her love of music, her unexpected career path, and her many favorite beauty products. Listen up in this week’s episode of #CFofficehours!
Apr 12, 2017
Larsen Thompson On How She Got Her Start Before Graduating High School
Larsen Thompson is not your average teenager—this 16-year-old is a sophomore in high school who also happens to model, dance, and star in music videos with Katy Perry. But while she may hang out with mega stars and have the most incredible hair we’ve ever seen, she’s as down-to-earth as any regular teen. We sat down with her for this week’s episode of #CFofficehours to chat about how she handles life on the road, how she got her start, and her big plans for the future. Listen up for some serious inspiration from a girl who’s reaching her goals before graduating high school.
Mar 28, 2017
Claire Knebl Of Glossier On Her Vigorous Internship Strategy And Growing A Company
She lives in Brooklyn, has the most enviable, effortless hair, and works at Glossier; is that not the dream? Claire Knebl is the Senior Manager of Brand and Campaign Strategy for the cult beauty brand. But before everyone was Instagramming the brand's balms and snapping instances of "Glossier pink" in the wild, Knebl was an OG at the company's online publication, "Into The Gloss." Seeing the company grow from 12 people to over 70 has given this young insider a wealth of experience and knowledge. Knebl sat down with us for this episode of #CFofficehours to chat about her vigorous internship strategy, growing the team, and 'bringing Glossier to life.
Mar 14, 2017
Mackenzie Wagoner On Getting Her Dream Job At Vogue And Why She Left It
She’s already had every girl's dream job in New York City—and we got to talk to her about it on this episode of #CFofficehours! Mackenzie Wagoner sat down to chat about rising up the fashion food chain, from pitching daily features at PopSugar, being apart of the OG team at Into The Gloss, and topping her resume off with the shiny spot as senior beauty writer at Mackenzie’s overwhelming intellect had us spinning in our chairs, and we're so excited for her next steps. Find out why she recently stepped down from her dream job at Vogue, her career advice, and so much more in this episode of #CFofficehours.
Feb 28, 2017
Jenni Kayne On Creating Her Own Brand At The Age Of 19
At 19, most of us are stressing about classes and laser-focused on landing our first jobs. At 19, Jenni Kayne was creating a namesake lifestyle brand that, much like the designer herself, has continued to evolve and grow through her 20s. Beyond the signature shoe, her passion for storytelling, and blog, Rip & Tan, Jenni is full of thoughtful insight that has propelled her to success and made her designs a favorite amongst Fashionistas everywhere. Get a peek into the "wise beyond her years" mind of Jenni Kayne in our latest episode of #CFofficehours.
Feb 14, 2017
Tory Rust On Going From Small Town Girl To Working In New York City
For any small town girl who has ever felt they couldn't make it—listen up! Our latest obsession, fashion photographer Tory Rust, proves that serious talent and hard work can take you anywhere. Hailing from Fargo, North Dakota, Tory's unique style and command over color are literally out of this world. Plus, she has the most double tap worthy Instagram account we've ever seen. This visual communicator was kind enough to step in front of the camera (and mic) to chat with us about making moves to the Big Apple, working with publications such as NYLON and ManRepeller, and her favorite photo of all time (hint: pizza was very much involved). Hop on the Tory train by listening to episode of #CFofficehours. We guarantee you will be inspired to get your own creative juices flowing stat!
Jan 31, 2017
Riverdale Stars, Camila Mendes and Lili Reinhart, On Being Young Women In The Acting Business
Tonight is the series premiere of The CW’s Riverdale with stars, Camila Mendes and Lili Reinhart. Amy Levin caught up with the two stars on set to chat their characters, college and girl power on this episode of #CFofficehours. Listen up and be sure to tune-in at 9/8c on The CW tonight!
Jan 26, 2017
Style Guru Chat - Cece & Megan
CollegeFashionista has created a creative space for students to form relationships since 2009. Each Style Guru at CollegeFashionista has a unique story as to why they got involved with the brand and what they have taken from their personal experience. For this episode of #CFofficehours we sat down with two top Style Gurus, Cece and Megan and picked their brains for a college students perspective on all things CollegeFashionista.
Jan 17, 2017
CollegeFashionista Team With An Inside Look At Working At CF
On this very special episode of #CFofficehours we chatted with the six creative women that make up the CollegeFashionista team. From Style Gurus to full time employees we dig deep and get a BTS look into their New York office.
Jan 03, 2017
Jordyn Woods On Being An Influencer And How To Build Your Own Brand
On this episode of #CFofficehours we chatted with mega influencer Jordyn Woods about growing up in LA, the power of a guru gang and how she is building her brand in a big way.
Dec 06, 2016
Barbie Ferreira On Being Instagram Famous
Barbie Ferreira is a 19-year old model, Instagram star and true idol amongst Gen Z. Barbie Ferreira aka @barbienox is known her raw personality and you can get a taste of it in our latest episode of #CFofficehours. Listen up!
Nov 22, 2016
Kemal Harris On What It's Really Like To Be A Costume Designer
We sat down with Stylist and Costume Designer, Kemal Harris to chat about dressing her character on House of Cards, the difference between costume design and styling and how physical her job truly is. Listen up to this episode of #CFofficehours!
Nov 08, 2016
Garance Doré On Going From Freelance Fashion Illustrator To Successful Blogger
Garance Doré is a jack of all trades if we’ve ever met one. Influenced by her mother’s ‘80s outfits and punk rock, chasing what makes her happy is the secret to her success. Doré started as a freelance fashion illustrator, which led to the creation of her blog when she began adding her own text and growing her community. She continued pursuing her artistic inclinations, thus becoming a pioneer in fashion blogging. Listen up for her sage and inspiring words about finding your true calling on this episode of #CFofficehours.
Oct 25, 2016
Danielle Bernstein, Of WeWoreWhat, On Going From College Student To Front Row At NYFW
Danielle Bernstein is the powerhouse behind the popular blog and Instagram account WeWoreWhat, co-founder of Body Bauble and the owner of everyone’s dream wardrobe. We caught up with her for this episode of #CFofficehours to chat college, being a New Yorker and to end the dispute between stilettos and sneakers. From spending her freshman year at the University of Wisconsin Madison to sitting front row at TommyxGigi this past NYFW she is no stranger to success, pressure or being in the limelight - Bernstein shares career advice, Instagram editing tips and memories in this latest episode, listen up!
Oct 11, 2016
Katie Sturino On How To Be Successful As An Entrepreneur
Katie Sturino is the creator of The 12ish Style, “momager” to @toastmeetsworld and founder of the fashion PR agency, Tinder PR. We caught up with her for this episode of #CFofficehours to chat about the pressures of being an entrepreneur, fashion collaborations with dogs and the trials and tribulations of starting a brand. From interning at Chanel to launching her own company, she is no stranger to starting from the bottom—but, as Sturino says, “It’s all luxury here.” Listen to her secrets to success on this latest episode!
Sep 27, 2016
Rebecca Minkoff On Interning In New York And Getting A Job Straight Out Of High School
Rebecca Minkoff is the Creative Director and Co-Founder at Rebecca Minkoff, an industry leader and an overall inspiration to all of us at CollegeFashionista. Rebecca Minkoff is a lifestyle brand that is known for their boho-chic handbags, jewelry and dresses. Minkoff took a non-traditional route and entered the work force right after graduating high school. She used knowledge and skills that she acquired while attending a performing arts high school to design her first big hit, the ‘Morning After Bag’ that launched her career as a designer. Catch up with Minkoff as we discuss interning in NYC, sneaking into dorms and helping women become more fearless. Listen to her story on this latest episode of #CFofficehours.
Sep 13, 2016
Tyler Haney On What It Takes To Be The CEO Of A Brand
Tyler Haney is the CEO of Outdoor Voices, she holds a spot on the Forbes 2016 30 Under 30 list and she’s an absolute delight! We sat down with Haney to discuss her childhood in Colorado, her career path since graduating high school and what traits make a good leader. Catch up with Haney and her brand by searching the hashtag #DoingThings and find out how you can become apart of the movement! Listen to her story on this latest episode of #CFofficehours!
Aug 30, 2016
Aya Kanai On Going From A Closet Assistant To Executive Fashion Director at Cosmo and Seventeen
Aya Kanai is the Executive Fashion Director at Cosmo and Seventeen Magazine, a former puppeteer master and a current judge on Project Runway Junior. She launched her career by starting at the bottom as a closet assistant for the original Teen Vogue crew and has proven to us that hard work really does pay off. Aya is an overall inspiration to the entire CollegeFashionista community and we are thrilled we got to sit down with her and hear her story on #CFofficehours. Listen to her exclusive advice on this latest episode!
Aug 16, 2016
Connie Wang On The Fast-Paced Life Of A Fashion Features Director At Refinery29
Connie Wang is the Fashion Features Director at Refinery29, an avid thrift shopper and a fan-girl when it comes to DIY goo videos on YouTube. Only a few short months ago, Connie was traveling the world for a 4-week long sabbatical throughout Southeast Asia, and of course, she gave us fashion envy every step of the way. Now that her trip is over, Connie is back in the swing of her hectic yet enviable lifestyle, and we got the chance to sit down and chat with her. Listen to her story and exclusive advice on this latest episode of #CFofficehours.
Aug 02, 2016
Misha Noono On Using Social Media To Break Into The Fashion Industry
Fashion designer, Misha Noono has won us over with her #DaytoPlay design aesthetic, resulting in looks that are perfect for Fashionistas on the go, much like Nonoo herself. With her innovative designs and use of social media, Nonoo is taking the fashion world by storm. Listen to her story and exclusive advice on this latest episode of #CFofficehours!
Jul 18, 2016
Daryn Carp On Working In Entertainment And What It Actually Means To Be An "Assistant"
What if your day-to-day job was literally to watch (work, coordinate and manage) what happens live with Andy Cohen? Daryn Carp is Andy's assistant and so much more! She chats with Amy this week on #CFofficehours about what it’s like working in entertainment, how best to cement and grow your brand, and the strange fan mail for Andy.
Jul 04, 2016
Iskra Lawrence On How to Make It In The Modeling Industry
Iskra Lawrence is one model who is definitely a model of class, brains and beauty. One of the most successful models today, Iskra Lawrence joins #CFofficehours this week. We discuss getting let go from her first modeling agency (which turned out to be the best thing to happen to her), her Aerie Role Model position and the importance of self care and self love.
Jun 20, 2016
Arianna Huffington On How To Balance Your Work Life With Your Personal Life
When one of the busiest people out there is talking about the revolutionizing importance of sleep, it's hard not to take note. Among her many accomplishments and roles, Arianna Huffington has penned a new book, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night at a Time. Listen as we chat about this must-read book, the impact it has had on her successful career and her findings on something we all love – sleep. Check it out on this episode of #CFofficehours.
Jun 06, 2016
Katherine Power & Hillary Kerr On How To Start Your Own Media Company
Calling all aspiring media moguls (and who isn't, right?)! Want to make a name for yourself in the fashion industry and change the media landscape? Then this is a can't miss episode of #CFofficehours. Co-founders of Clique Media Group (WhoWhatWear, My Domaine and Byrdie Beauty and Obsessee, just to name a few of their entities) and pioneers of the digital media world, Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power, join Amy to discuss their careers and new book, "The Career Code." Get inspired to get out there and disrupt (in the best way possible) the media landscape!
May 23, 2016
Jayna Maleri On Getting Your Dream Job Of Working In Style And Travel
Writing, travel and style? Is there any other better trifecta—especially when it comes to a job? Bringing a smart young face to the new role of Style Editor at Condé Nast Traveler, Jayna Maleri joins Amy this week. They cover everything from the next "it" city to what it’s like day in and day out at Condé Nast. #CFofficehours
May 09, 2016
Elaine Welteroth On What It's Really Like Being An Editor At Teen Vogue
Not all New York Editors are created the same. Case and point? Elaine Welteroth has a unique point of view that mixes style, beauty, fitness and that "cool" factor that she not only shares in her stories, but also on her enviable personal Instagram account. Teen Vogue’s Beauty and Health editor Elaine Welteroth sits down with Amy on this episode of #CFofficehours to chat about the difference between a Glamour girl and Teen Vogue babe, plus the newest trends from Fashion Month.
Apr 25, 2016
Marissa Smith On The Pros And Cons Of Working In Print Versus Digital
Print versus digital? What is the future for each? These are major topics buzzing around the fashion industry. In this episode of #CFofficehours Marissa Smith, Market Editor at NYLON, sits down with Amy to engage in a conversation about the roles and benefits of print and digital as well as how to keep a happy and healthy work/life balance.
Apr 11, 2016
Laurel Pantin On How To Excel In Digital Media
This fashion renegade is back in NYC after taking the year off in Cape Town, South Africa. As they say, distance makes the heart grow fonder. Her hiatus from the fashion world gave her a unique perspective and energy, which she now pours into her role as an editor of Hearst's SnapChat channel, The Sweet. She shares her experience and more in the latest episode of #CFofficehours.
Mar 28, 2016
Kristie Dash On Working In The Beauty Industry
This week on #CFofficehours we have Allure Beauty Editor Kristie Dash. She shares her favorite parts of working in beauty, shares tips on how to get what you want, and of course, her obsession with Kylie Jenner.
Mar 14, 2016
Lainy Hedaya On Navigating The Blogging World And Growing Your Own Brand
Join us for another round of #CFofficehours with special guest Lainy Hedaya. Lainy discusses how she grew her brand (Haute Inhabit), traveling abroad with Jimmy Choo, and the changes she’s see as blogging grows to new heights.
Feb 29, 2016
Hannah Bronfman On How To Transition During Your Twenties
The DJ, turned model, turned entrepreneur, Hannah Bronfman sits down with Amy this week to chat on #CFofficehours. They cover the transition from your early 20s to your late 20s, share some tricks any burgeoning entrepreneur will love, and the intersection of music, fashion, and fitness.
Feb 15, 2016
Joyce Chang On How To Make 2016 Your Best Year
On the inaugural episode of #CFofficehours, Founder Amy Levin sits down with Self Magazine Editor In Chief Joyce Chang. They share some tips on how to make 2016 your best year, what it means to be present and mindful, and a quick game of this or that.
Feb 01, 2016