When One Door Closes, Another Opens

Spending my spring semester with the A. Bernadette family has been an amazing eye-opening experience. As my internship comes to a close I can’t help but reflect on my time here. I thought I completely knew what I wanted my future to look like, but through working closely with Andrea, Amber, and a few others I have learned that I cannot always plan every step of my future–I need to let things work themselves out at times. I’ve had the opportunity to do things I’ve never done before such as my first podcast, blogging, and teaching a class! Through working together and getting to know these inspiring people, I have grown and seen that it is possible to be in the fashion world and still make meaningful relationships. I can bring together my passion to help others, my love for fashion, and my business skills all while being in a positive, innovative environment. And although my internship has come to an end I know that I have formed strong bonds and will still continue to work with A. Bernadette and hopefully travel to Uganda in the near future. A. Bernadette and company have allowed me to see that although we may all have different backgrounds and experiences, we all have the same basic needs: food, water, shelter, and love. Thank you to everyone I’ve met and worked with and a special thank you to Andrea and Amber!

Peace, Jenna

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A Typical Day as an Intern

Here at A. Bernadette a typical day for me as an intern entails lots of fun, different stuff! We start the day off doing about an hour of sales where we reach out and research different brands/companies that sync with our products. We then take some time to blog something that has recently happened to us or anything we want to share with the A. Bernadette following. Then Andrea makes us some lunch where we chit-chat and laugh over delicious food! 🙂

Lastly, we spend the rest of the day completing our own tasks which can vary. Some days I may get creative, spread out on the floor, and make signs for our markets out of random material and other days I may look at our financial statements to see how we can better the company (don’t worry I really like it! Lol). No day is ever the same and it never gets monotonous when you’re surrounded by great people and doing what you love in a positive work environment! #helpjennabelieve

-J

Ethical Fashion

Most people would say that ethical fashion isn’t even a thing; those two words can’t possibly be in the same sentence/phrase. And now I am on my journey finding out if that is really true.

Business and money has always been something that comes natural to me. Whether it was making deals with my mom as a child about how I could do something for her in return for getting money, sitting on the floor crisscross-applesauce style counting change for hours so I could get cash to save, or observing my parents in fascination run their businesses newly arriving to America. My mind was always meant for the business world my mom would tell me. However, fashion has always been something I love also. I never cared how weird others thought I looked or how much an item was but about how I wore it. The way clothes and accessories made and still make me feel is unmatched.

Now, a sophomore in college trying to put together my life, I’m still attempting to put both of my passions together. The business and fashion world are cutthroat and very difficult to get into and of course, I want to get into both at once. I firmly believe that it is mandatory to act ethically in any career path. Now looking at the fashion world without rose covered glasses I see how unethical it really is. How many workers are exploited across the globe just so we can wear the newest, cheapest trends. How many Americans can’t afford food but have the newest Michael Kors bag. This isn’t the fashion world I’ve been dreaming to become a part of.

However, now interning at A. Bernadette, they took on the role of helping me believe that there is ethical fashion. I have never worked for a brand that is so gracious to me and everyone else. Who puts ethics, loyalty, and respect before making money. I am so proud and thrilled to work for such a fantastic brand. Every item not only has its own story but also helps others. Now that they have helped me to believe, it is my turn to help others believe! #helpjennabelieve is now #helpothersbelieve

Introduction

Hiii my name is Jenna. I’m the newest intern for A. Bernadette, wooohoo! I’m a Finance and Marketing major with a strong interest in conscious fashion. I look forward to being an addition to the A. Bernadette family. :)#helpjennabelieve