Oct 30, 2015

This post has been requested by a few of you. As you might know, I have been interning in Japan for the past few months. My internship being over now, I thought I could give you some tips about how to make the most out of your work experience in a foreign country. Let me first tell you about my experience. I was doing a master degree's in international management and marketing. This internship in Japan wasn't my first one, since I did one in Ireland for my bachelor degree. 

Why Japan ? -  I have visited Japan a lot, I have been there five times before my internship this year and I really wanted to experiment life and work there on a longer period of time. Let me precise that I don't speak japanese, at least not enough to communicate at work, but I can speak fluent english and spanish, and I am a native french speaker. 

How did I got my internship - Working so damn hard. My university gives us absolutely NO connections with any companies. We have to do the all researches procedures by ourselves, sending resumes and cover letter to companies that we find on the internet for exemple (Linkedin quickly became my best friend believe me). We are free to chose where, and what kind of internship we want to do. I started looking for an internship in November, and found it in February. It is a very long process. I used internet only to find companies working in marketing fields that could have projects I would be interested in. I sent over 50 resumes and personalized cover letters and get almost no replies, mostly because I do not speak japanese at a business level. And here comes my first tip, don't give up. No matter how many "no" or the lack of replies, I kept on looking for new companies. Let me tell you that hard work pays off, since I ended up finding after months of researches a french entrepreneur on Linkedin, that helped me to get connections in Japan. I had a first interview with him and then he introduced me to my boss. After a new interview, she selected me as one of her intern. 

What was I doing ? - My main task was to work on the introduction of an european luxury brand in Japan. My company is very small, so I was working by myself on that all process during 6 months. Note also that my company is NOT a japanese company, that's why I could work using english only. It would be much harder to find an internship in a japanese company if you don't speak enough japanese. 

What did that internship brought me ? - Well a job offer, and a big professional network. The job offer is not a 100% valid yet but my boss officially asked me to work for her. Being in a small company though there are some facts that are making the whole hiring process very slow, but I will give you an update about it soon I hope.

Now here are a few tips I would like to share with you. This is all out of my personal experience, feel free to comment and share your thoughts in the comments and let us know if you had a good or bad experience doing an internship in a foreign country. 


Oct 22, 2015

I am the only one who think there are two types of girls. Those who can wear their hair with no middle parting, hair pulled in the back and look really cool and effortless (you know that girl, at university sitting right next to you, with amazing silky hair who can create a perfect messy top knot in a second making you wondering why you haven't shaved your hair yet?), or those, like me, who just have the worse hair implantation ever and need that middle parting to look human. Well ladies, if you're part of the second group, low messy buns are made for us. As effortless as the messy top knots, this messy hairstyle allow us to rock the bun trend while keeping our middle parting. Yes to getting some hair out to frame the face, yes to looking cute without trying too hard. I love doing them especially since I got my hair extensions so I can give them a bit more of volume.  

all pictures are from pinterest


Oct 19, 2015

Well as you might have seen in my previous most, I just graduated from university. And I thought, after all of that hard work, why not treating myself with something. Ladies, here is the something. A new bag from Zara. As you can see, there is some Chanel the Boy vibes going on there. Size wize, form wise, and chain wise, for a fraction of the price of course. I was in need of a new small bag since my previous one from Zara broke a few weeks ago. And let me tell you, I am obsessed and I just can't wait to wear it out. However, be aware if you want to get it, it is quite a small bag, and you can't fit a lot in it! 


Oct 17, 2015

My birthday is in exactly one month. I will turn 24th on November 17th. This year has been really great so far. First of all, I can say now that I officially graduated university with a master degree in marketing and international management. Since April, I am now living in Japan, I did a really nice internship and I have now some really good jobs opportunity in Tokyo. I am planning on writing a post on that experience, for those who might be interested in doing an internship in a foreign country or just about living in Japan. Well, I guess you can call that a perfect year. This birthday will however be bittersweet for me since it is the first one I will spend far away from my family and very close friends. I won't have my usual birthday dinner with my family and two best friends, and I still don't know how I feel about it. Anyway, throw back is done, let's get on to the wishlist.

The "I wish I could splurge" present - This one would be my ultimate "me to me" birthday present. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know I am obsessed with the Givenchy Antigona bag for quite a while now. I love how feminine yet structured it is. In my dreams, I would get it both in light grey and black. But well, I guess I will have to chose.

The "I might splurge" present - Yes, another YSL wallet. I already have one, that I got for Christmas last year, I really love it but I made the mistake to not select a textured leather. Because of that the wallet is aging quite a bit already even if I try to be as carefull as possible the leather starts to worn out. So to make this one rest a little, I would totally splurge on a new one. Larger, and in textured leather this time.

The cozy presents - Having my birthday in late fall makes me want to get a lot of "cozy presents", such as scented candles, warm blankets, or even nice oversized sweaters. When I was young, I was thinking ew such a shame, no garden birthday party with my friends, let's be stuck at home because it's too cold. But now, I found there the perfect occasion to get some cozy gift that will make me feel extra cozy in my own house.

The beauty addict presents - As a beauty junkie, I obviously have some make up goodies on my birthday wishlist. On top of the list, the Naked Smockey from Urban Decay, because she is missing to my Naked Palette family. I also really want to try some Too Faced products, such as the Born This Way foundation or their new adorable heart shaped blushes. Oh and, obviously, if anyone feel like helping me to complete my YSL, Nars or Clinique lipsticks collection, you are very much welcomed.

The I am almost out of perfume present - I am currently having three perfumes with me in Japan. The Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel, the See by Chloe, which I think it called See By Chloe (original name I know) and the Black Opium by YSL. I am sadly almost out of the first two and Black Opium is a little bit too strong to be worn during day time. The new perfume I would love to get is the original Chloe scent. I have been obsessed with it since I got a simple of it in a previous Sephora order.


Oct 14, 2015

And here is my high end lipstick of the month! Just kidding, but let's say that I try to restrain myself when it comes to spend on high end products. However especially when it cames to lipsticks, I can't help myself. Getting a new "luxury" lipstick is just like getting a new pair of shoes, or a new bag for me (talking about bag I will certainly show you my new little gem from Zara soon). Anyway stop rambling Charlotte. This new lipstick is another one from the Clinique Pop Lipstick collection. I got so excited when I saw that the brand came out with a few new shades for the fall season, however when I went to one of their corner here in Tokyo, I couldn't find any of the new colors so I decided to pick a very classic nude for this time that I can wear on a daily basis. They do have out of the 16 orginal shades a few very nice nude colours all very wearable but I went for the number 01 Nude Pop.

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It is a very classic pinky nude, that is not washing me out and work well with my fair skin. It gives my lips a nice tint of color and is not overpowering. It is the kind of nude that you can wear either with a very heavy smockey eyes, to keep the main focus on the hard work you did on blending these dark shadows out or, with a very natural eye look, since it will brighten your complexion.