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Weekly Feature for Fashion & Beauty Fanatics: Q&A with Candy Washington


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CisionNavigator’s Fashion & Beauty e-newsletter goes out today and this week we chatted with Candy Washington from This is Candy Washington. She is a former Louis Vuitton PR intern with a love for Alexander McQueen skull scarves & the Chanel 2.55 purse.

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Q: How did you get into the fashion and beauty media industry?
I started out as an intern in the Louis Vuitton public relations department a few months out of college. From there I started my fashion, acting, and lifestyle blog while working in the marketing and public relations department of Landor Associates. Now I do trend forecasting, on-camera interviews, designer profiles, social media campaigns, and product reviews.

Q: What keeps you in the industry? What do you like most about your profession?
A: My love for storytelling and writing keeps me in the industry. Press releases tell a story of how a product or campaign came to be, social media posts and tweets are small snapshots of a story that creates a dialogue with the company and consumer, and blogging is a way to share my own voice and opinion with the world. I’m a sucker for anything on-camera as I also have a background in performing arts and act in independent films.


But what’s most important to me is being authentic and maintaining the integrity of my blog. If I ever felt that I could no longer do that, I would stop.

Q: What are some hot trends we can look out for this fall?
A: This fall be on the look-out for a lot of fur (pony hair, chinchilla, or fox hair), military looks (green army jackets and coats are here to stay), equestrian-inspired looks (tall black or dark brown riding boots are a must this season), prints (floral for the pants and 70’s inspired maxi dresses), leather (pants or mixed-fabrication jackets), and metallic bronze and silver (think gold and silver jewelry and accessories). The hipster prep look is also still a go-to look for the season, opt for an argyle sweater paired with a plaid skirt and add a silk scarf for a touch of sophistication.


Q: If you had to choose one outfit to wear every day, what would it look like?
A: It would definitely be a comfy pair of dark denim vintage jeans, a white boyfriend tee-shirt, a black Chanel 2.55 purse, silver gladiator sandals, and a long Alexander McQueen skull scarf.

Q: What is your favorite place to shop?
A: I love LF Stores. You can always find unique pieces that are the perfect blend of boho-chic and rocker fab.

Q: Any tips for PR professionals who want to get in contact with you?
A: Yes, they can email me or visit my blog. I just launched a new brand ambassador program and I’m so excited to share it with the fashion community.

Q: What are you PR pet peeves, or what is the strangest pitch you’ve received?
A: My biggest PR pet peeve is when you can tell they did a ‘copy & paste’ email/pitch. We all do it, I do it! But it’s important to double-check the formatting and make sure you swap out the appropriate names and information. My strangest pitch was for a software program that did digital scrapbooking – good in theory, bad in practice. Isn’t that why we have Pinterest?

Visit This is Candy Washington here, and contact her for details on the brand ambassador program. 

About Lisa Denten

Lisa Denten is the Social Media Manager of Cision U.S., where she leads social strategy, coordinates the blog editorial calendar and manages public relations campaigns. She regularly hosts Cision webinars, was chosen as a #FollowFriday guest on industry blog Spin Sucks, and has spoken on panels for Inbound Marketing Summit and Publicity Club of Chicago. She worked in the newspaper industry before joining Cision in 2008. Connect with her on LinkedIn or Twitter at @lisaml15.

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