{things to love} about sunset magazine

March 29, 2011
strawberry ice cream pie in the test kitchen
1. Two words: test kitchen.
2. Seeing multiple employees use fitness orbs instead of chairs at their desks.
3. The multitude of beautiful props in the photo studio. Gorgeous plates and fabrics galore!
4. Hearing business owners instantly brighten up when they find out Sunset Magazine is calling.
5. The tiny gym that's always empty. (And watching Gilmore Girls while I work out.)
6. The beautiful test garden and the fact they they grow tons of their own food.
7. Surprise birthday cakes/ice cream/pies.
8. Wisteria, tulips, and generally lovely flowers everywhere.
9. Marking up stories so that they're covered in tons of colors.
10. Being part of a wonderful team that produces an amazing magazine.
photo studio props
beautiful wisteria
homegrown lemons
test kitchen dining table
the tree that dusted my car with pollen every day
tiny (and usually empty) gym
morning hot chocolate
my mess of a desk
The past 12 weeks went by faster than I could have imagined. I got to intern as an editorial assistant for Sunset Magazine and realized that there's so much I love in the world of magazine journalism. Unfortunately, my internship ended on Friday but up until now I've never really wrote about how much I loved the place. (Maybe it's because I was working 20 hours a week on top of being a full-time student). Even while I was there, it was so amazing to be part of the Sunset team and directly interacting with so many stories in the magazine (the food and travel stories were my favorite, of course). The most gratifying feeling was seeing all of our hard work in print. The feeling is indescribable. I learned so much about the West that my wanderlust heart has been eager to take trips to places like Louisville, CO and Albuquerque, NM.

Fortunately, I'll be back again at the end of April to do some freelance work. And who knows what could happen from then.
a surprise cake for my last day
If you have a list of things you love about your city (or job!),
feel free to send it in (with a photo of your feet)!
celeste.noche (at) gmail.com


  1. Wow, seems like the perfect job :) Yeah, who knows what is gonna happen then :)


  2. i have had a subscription to Sunset for over 25 years!. their recipes are foolproof... As far as Gilmore Girls, I've been watching the old reruns.. Do u watch the Event? Scott Peterson (Luke) has a part on that show now.

  3. what an awesome internship!

    also, i have been wanting to use a fitness ball as my desk chair but i am afraid my boss would think I am crazy.


  4. this is lovely! and i'm convinced that working out is only viable when there is a promise of gilmore girls playing in the background (or wizards of waverly place. hey, we all have our guilty pleasures.)

  5. Ha, watching Gilmore Girls while working out - that is a great idea. I bet you nearly don't recognize that you're doing hard work, right??
    Your internship sounds great - I'd love to hear more about it one day!!
    I love all of your pictures!!


  6. ahhh that cake looks amazing

  7. Sounds like a great internship! When I started as editorial assistant at the Charleston newspaper where I work, I managed interns and always tried to give them a good experience — but our amenities aren't quite as nice as Sunset's! Glad you got to have such an amazing experience! Do you think you'll look for a similar job after graduating?

  8. I'm sooo jealous that you got to intern at Sunset! I love that magazine!

  9. oh i didn't know you interned there! how awesome!! excuse me for living under a rock! i LOVE LOVE sunset magazine, it is my favorite and i subscribe to it...it is all things i love rolled into one...but maybe minus the craft part but once in a while they will have a cool garden project!


  10. Sounds like it was a great experience! Loving where you work is so important.

  11. Hi Celeste! I would just like to say thank you for taking an interest in Lucky Lucille! I am now following you via BlogLovin.

    I'm looking forward to taking a look around your blog :)

    p.s. I have that same "C" mug from Anthropologie! Gorgeous photos...

    Take care!

  12. Lovely photos Celeste! they're beautiful. i love the colorful dishware!

  13. @Kalei's BF- I've seen commercials for the show and always think "Hey, it's Luke!" haha

    @Erica- If I can, I'd love to do something like this after I graduate!

  14. so fun. i bet you were the best little intern. :)

  15. What an AWESOME experience. I am producing a magazine for my final project in Advance Electronic Publishing and I am loving the experience. I can't imagine working at a real magazine and being around all the design, photos and props. So lucky!!

  16. what an awesome place to work at!! i really wish more companies treated their employees like this - work productivity would be SO much better, no matter what field you were in. it's so exciting that you landed an internship there, and it sounds like you have your foot in the door for the future. that's so totally rad!! :)

  17. Hey there - this is a random shot in the dark, but I was wondering if you knew whether they still hired Test Garden interns. It looks like your editorial internship was groovy and, after years of waiting to go back to school for horticulture (and fantasizing about interning in their test garden), I can't seem to find information about it anymore so I'm hunting around.

    If you're feeling emaily - shoot me a note.