ah, I love reality TV and the movie industry. they’ve glamorized fashion magazines so much that what you might expect me to say that intern essentials are as follows: Miu Miu dresses, Christian Louboutin heels, Chanel bag. false! what I’d say true intern essentials are: comfortable shoes (flats) and a roomy purse because you’ll be running around the city, jeans and cute tops, little (but not too little) summer dresses, and—most importantly, as you smartly mention—a crazy work ethic, happy attitude, zero sense of entitlement, organizational skills, and mad efficiency. congratulations—and enjoy!
(but to answer your question, I’d splurge on a nice bag ^.^)
applying for jobs in the magazine industry is stressful because, well, it’s not like other fields such as finance or engineering where you might finish your internship the previous summer and get an offer on the spot and you’ll know exactly where you’ll be May 21, 2012. nope, in the magazine industry, you’ll get a job only when someone else leaves the position that you’re dreaming of, whether it’s assistant to the editor in chief, art assistant, beauty assistant, etc. all that said, yes, you have enough experience—you already have more experience than many and most of your peers. you should not be internship hunting when you move to NYC (you’re moving to NYC, right?). you should be job-hunting, meeting up with every single one of your former employers, and networking like mad.
money is no object?! hmmm, can you take me with you? just kidding (sort of). my suggestions: hit up my version of a B&B—Barneys and Bergdorfs—two of my favorite stores in NYC that have great everything. Saks’ shoe department is a must-see (and I love the third floor as well). Bloomingdales for 40 Carrots froyo with honey and blueberries (I get one every time I happen to be near the store). then, mosey on downtown and go to Opening Ceremony, which has the best selection of Proenza in NYC and a great edit of Christopher Kane as well (my two favorites right now). if you’re a Zara-holic (I am), check out their new huge store on Fifth Avenue. in terms of trends, I’m all over the map. I still love the look of madly mixed prints but am also moving into a more ladylike moment with full skirts and little blouses. along that line, I also can’t get enough of kitten heels this spring summer. I’m planning on getting a few (!) pairs of classic Manolos this spring!