Monthly Archives: August 2010

R. Bilson

This “girl next door” is certainly a fashion knockout and queen in my book.

Send in the Troops!

Hi queens! Hope you are enjoying your Monday! I am usually inclined to purchase flirty floral dresses, purses with fringe and nautical-prep tops but my last shopping trip took me in a new direction. I ended up purchasing two Ralph Lauren button-ups (women’s version of this and RL version of this) and think it’s a good mix away from my usual bright choices.

I distinctly remember falling in love with the military-inspired trend; the army green, olive and khaki colors, cargo pockets, big brass buttons and zippers, etc. after viewing the “Military Issue” spread in Vogue (March 2010). I remember my exact thought process: “I seriously need absolutely everything in this right now.” I know this isn’t a new trend, but I’m beyond excited with the functionality, simplicity and layering ability of the “military look” for this fall. For now, I’m settling with two “military basics” at a much lower price than everything in the Vogue spread…..but I’m thrilled to see how layering my new shirts with flat boots and leggings/skinnies this fall will turn out. More favorites that I’ve been lusting over this afternoon:

From left: Balenciaga, Viktor & Rolf, Undercover, Jean Paul Gaultier, Burberry Prorsum

Designer Military Jackets

Personally, I think my gal Taylor rocks the Ralph Lauren military jacket THE BEST.

Balmain Spring/Summer 2010 Military Chic

Olive-toned cargo skirts: Michael Kors, Reed Krakoff, Dries van Noten

Utility dresses: Salvatore Ferragamo, Doo.Ri, Oscar de la Renta

Sienna's always a favorite. A more "classic" version of the military inspiration.

Images found at TrendOriginal, NY Mag, Marie Claire, The Military Jacket, In Their Closet, Elle (2)

How To Have A Lovely Day

What inspires your workplace?

“Your work environment directly influences your mood and ability to generate inspiration and creativity.”

I was reading an article describing and showing images of different workplace atmospheres. The images below are personal favorites.

Clearleft web design studio in the UK. Relaxing spot when you need a break from the computer.

Front design studio in Northern Ireland. This feels so warm and comforting and the brick walls remind me of my apartment last year.

The Hive collaborative co-working studio in Denver. Always digging neon chairs!

Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, California. I love the pop of bright color on each piece of furniture!

Williams Group marketing firm in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This little library/reading space looks so cozy.

What inspires your workplace?

Personally, I like a little balance when I’m studying or getting work done. I like to study at coffee shops (Perks, obv.) and the library (when I have an XL coffee in hand), but also in the comfort of my own bed. I get restless working in one place, and I love how some of the above images show “get away” spots at work when you need a 10 minute break from your desk.

Be interesting. Be positive. Be your own person. Remember, dignity and confidence doesn’t flow from beauty. Beauty flows from dignity and confidence.

20 Rules

  • A few rules.

  • 1. Never stop thinking. This is important. If someone ever says to you ‘You need to stop thinking so much,’ call them ignorant in your head and keep thinking deeper. It is this mentality that breeds stupidity and sheeple. Your mind is the most important tool you have, if you stop using it, it will atrophy. Question everything.
  • 2. Stare into space blankly and don’t mentally punish yourself for doing it, even if it is for that split second. If you have a problem with staring blankly, think of it as daydreaming.
    3. Don’t be afraid to talk about anything. You shouldn’t be afraid of reality.
    4. You are all original. Every life experience is case sensitive and unique. Every time you wake up or go to the bathroom or quote someone else, you are becoming more you than anyone has ever been.

  • 5. Do pointless things. Don’t actively restrain or hide yourself from the redundant.

  • 6. Stop rushing. Shut up and embrace the sound of silence.
    7.Talking to yourself is healthy. Is there anyone that you have more in common with?
    8. There is no such thing as time. The sun never sets or rises. Days and years don’t exist. There is only your life. Earlier today you were born and death is predicted later in the evening.
    9. We will always be in a transitional phase. Look outside and know that everything will be replaced at some point. This existence is temporary.
    10. Every now and then take something that you see everyday and try to see it in a different light. Renew its existence.

  • 11. Be happy, but don’t force it.
    12. You will always succeed in trying.
    13. We are all crazy. Every person you read about in the history books had some kind of ‘disorder’, they just knew how to use it.
    14. We are all about as similar as we are different.
    15. Ideas are just as valuable as people. Why do you think we keep making people?

  • 16. Numbers don’t have to go in order.
    17. Words will always be just words. Love is just another four letter word, only the feeling is real.
  • 18. Ask a child for advice. They may not know much, but they know what is important.
  • 19. Prove you’re alive. Do anything from dancing in the supermarket to screaming during a moment of silence. Remind the world you are still here.
  • 20. Don’t take anything, even this, too seriously.

Rules found here. Fave pics of the day found here

Pelotonia

My good friend Morgan is interning for Pelotonia in Columbus this summer and the organization plans a HUGE bike ride tour in order to raise money for cancer. Pelotonia’s mission statement sums it all up very well: Pelotonia is a grassroots bike tour with one goal: to end cancer. Pelotonia raises money for innovative and life saving cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Driven by the passion of its cyclists and volunteers, and their family and friends, Pelotonia’s annual cycling experience will be a place of hope, energy and determination. Pelotonia proudly directs 100% of every dollar raised to research. It is a community of people coming together to chase down cancer and defeat it.

Bike tour map for Pelotonia 2010

There are four ride options for those riding in Pelotonia 2010-ranging from a 23 mile ride to a 180 mile, two-day ride.(from Columbus to Athens and back). It is mind-blowing to me all that this organization is doing to raise money for cancer research and the dedication and commitment of the riders! It’s not too late to donate to Pelotonia here.

This is the big weekend! Some amazing info about Pelotonia’s ride this year that begins TODAY: there are over 4,000 riders coming from 32 states (plus Canada!) Almost 25% of the riders are over the age of 50 and the youngest rider is 7 years old.

The opening ceremony video from 2009 (above) made me cry and just makes me so excited to hear how the 2010 Pelotonia event goes. I’m so proud of Morgan and the entire Pelotonia team for doing such amazing things—For more information, visit Pelotonia’s blog, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter pages and definitely consider donating to this amazing cause to end cancer. Have a great weekend queens!

Respecting yourself

Why is it so common that when girls get “dumped” or heartbroken they immediately blame themselves? I hate that. Someone I’m really close to was burned pretty bad by a boyfriend recently, and it frustrates me so much how easy it is for girls to switch the blame; and I’ve been guilty of doing the same. “I deserved it”, “I did this wrong”, “I should of done this better”, “I’m not good/pretty/skinny/happy/nice/whatever enough”. No. No. No. That’s not true. I need to slap myself back to reality sometimes and remind myself that no one-regardless of what they may have done-deserves to be treated as insignificant or unimportant. One thing I learned that I reminded my friend: don’t let someone try to make you feel less than you are.

My cure-all for when I’m facing a situation that makes me feel like I did something wrong or deserved to be treated in a way that was undeserved and unfair is this: spending time with your real friends. The ones who know you and respect you and push you to respect yourself. I thought I’d share the quotes on here (and with my friend) that are must-reads when you are in that mood or mindset.

My Sketts Sam, Emily and Aimee

Living with integrity means: Not setting for less than what you know you deserve. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, not just what others believe. –Barbara De Angelis

LOVE roommates Tess, Paige, Ash

“You need to believe you are worth something. Listen to yourself, set boundaries, speak up, create strong relationships, and get help when you need it…all of these actions show you respect yourself.”

Bests from high school

Real fulfillment comes from: Caring about yourself.  Appreciating your uniqueness. Respecting your needs. Exploring your passions.Helping others. Contributing. Questioning anything that doesn’t feel right. Believing in and supporting other women. Learning from rejection and mistakes and moving on. Not seeing yourself as above or below anyone else. Knowing you’re here, you’re special, and you’re in charge of your experience and choices. Doing what you know you should do.- above quotes from interview with Courtney Macavinta found here

The ultimate fab four.

Enjoying


Celebrations, sand between my toes, being cozy, sunlight, bike rides, running free, big cities, adventures, relaxation, silliness, cheerful people people, heels w/ bows, journeys, beauty.
All images found here

Reaching out

Good morning world! I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend. Today is a day of transitions for me; my summer job ended this morning and my internship with the Intern Queen ended last Thursday. It feels very strange not rushing around doing work! During my last week interning, Lauren, the founder and CEO of Intern Queen Inc. encouraged the four interns to reach out to everyone we have been in contact with over the summer. This was definitely a push to clear out my e-mail Inbox, but I began the almost never-ending task. I sent e-mails to everyone I’ve worked with since June, whether I had helped the individual or company post an internship on the website, schedule a time to speak with Lauren or collaborate for an upcoming project, etc, etc.

In the e-mail, I explained that it was my last week working for Intern Queen Inc., that it was a pleasure helping them with whatever I did (obviously went into more detail), and asked to connect with them in the future. I included my personal e-mail account and my Twitter handle. In past internships, I hadn’t really reached out to people outside of the company after the internship was completed. I had always networked within the company and try to remain in touch with people I worked with, but never was encouraged to REACH OUT past the direct people I work with everyday. I didn’t have any response expectations from the people I sent e-mails to as my Intern Queen internship was finishing, but I trekked through my Inbox and sent them to everyone I’ve been in contact with.

I wasn’t really sure how my e-mail would be received, but never, ever expected the responses I did! Sonja from Katalyst Media, Virgilia from GenJuice, Sandy from Media Awaken completely blew me away with their positive responses. They asked what my future plans were and have interacted via Twitter and LinkedIn already. All three of these companies would be awesome internship opportunities for students this fall! I e-mailed different career services departments that I’ve worked with this summer and Christa from Cornell University and Syreeta from USC e-mailed me back promptly thanking me and offering to stay in touch. I’ve already been back-and-forth chatting with Simmy, a summer intern at Urbane Perspective Media + Lifestyle. I’ve corresponded with Emily before, who blogs here and she was so responsive to my e-mail and asked about my future plans and goals.

This was just a sample of responses I’ve had e-mailed back to me from my first e-mail reaching out to contacts through my internship with Intern Queen Inc. I was completely surprised how supportive and quick these individuals were to connect on different social media networks, ask about my future plans and offer job and internship advice. Thank you Lauren for pushing me to do this simple task and reach out to absolutely everyone I’ve been in touch with and thanks to all I’ve worked with and your positive feedback and responses.