URBN In Conclusion

As you know, this summer I worked as the Marketing Food and Beverage Intern for URBN. I worked specifically on marketing efforts for the restaurant brands Pizzeria Vetri, Amis Trattoria, and Bar Amis, with a little work on Terrain Cafe and Terrain Events.

This was my first time working for a family-owned cultured business within a bigger corporation. Things were more hands-on, personal, and impactful than I ever imagined. I worked on ground marketing to connect the restaurants to their communities, as well as big market analysis to determine new locations of interest. I also got to get down and dirty in social… and digital… and design. 

The biggest takeaways from my internship, like the others I’ve done, were the lessons a-la-cart my managers taught me along the way.  I was so fortunate to work directly under a team of two talented PR and Marketing Superstars. Larissa and Brittany welcomed me to the team but they also immediately threw me in and expected me to work hard, do well, and learn. 

But back to #professionalvibes, I want to share the top two lessons I pulled away from my time with URBN.

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1. Make Your Questions Count

I am a huge question asker. For some reason, my brain doesn’t think “Google It,” I’d rather run to the best source and ask them instead. My team was patient and kind in answering my one million and one questions (think everything from “what’s Pizzeria Vetri’s Pantone code to how do adults make friends when they move to a new city,” but my team also imparted a little wisdom on me in my final touch base. They said I do a great job of asking questions to understand, but taking initiative and solving some of my own lower level asks can sometimes speak louder than curiosity. They encouraged me to keep being inquisitive, but to make each question count. 

2. Have Creative Confidence

I’m the first to criticize anything I design. Despite being in a design program, spending numerous sessions working on graphics for GNI, and making things for fun, I am sincerely not a fan of my own work. It wasn’t until this summer when I was really thrown into InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator that I can finally say I’m probably not the world’s most insecure designer anymore. My team depended on me to create collateral that was practical but also creative. I’d like to believe I’ve mastered the business card and tablecloth designs, and last week I made the first graphic for Instagram I’ve ever actually liked. Spoiler alert, it will definitely be in my portfolio. 

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Overall, I’ve been so lucky to have this opportunity. The URBN culture is truly like no other and I’ve loved bringing my Fashion Week vibes to the office every day. There’s no way to know where this crazy world will take me next summer, but I’m so grateful for all I got to experience here. 

A special thanks to my badass manager, Brittany Connor, as well as my social guru and personal Instagram picker, Larissa Crossley. They’re pretty great. More thank yous to my recruiter, Wesley, and other teammates, Dante, Tia, Adam, Chris, Rita, Emily, Bri, etc etc.

Think you’re interested in your own URBN experience? The URBN recruiting team will be visiting UMD in September, so keep your eyes peeled. Positions for next summer also come out in September. Double whammy.


Stuck in my head: Coast to Coast // Houndmouth
Snap it: “Thank You” graphic for Brittany!! (modeled after a print from Pinterest)

@urbn_internships Instagram Takeover

This summer is flying by faster than you can say “where’s the closest coffee shop?” I’ve gotten a lot of questions about what exactly I’m up to at URBN. Luckily, I’ve been given the chance to share the day to day of working with the food and bev team through an Instagram takeover of their internship recruitment profile.

The takeover is a part of a series of intern takeovers. They stretch across department, brand, and age range. And with all the creative energy on campus, they never disappoint. 

You can find my takeover live in the @urbn_internships feed, but I’ve also included it here for all my social media detoxers out there.

Pairs best with a kale, pizza, or whatever your stomach desires. 

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Hi, friends! I’m Jordan and I’m the URBN Food and Beverage Marketing Intern. I’m from outside Washington DC and I’m a junior marketing major at University of Maryland. Get ready to be hungry, this takeover may cause excessive pizza cravings. 

 

URBN owns a handful of restaurants across Philly, CT, DC, and CA. Each restaurant has its own personality with a focus on sourcing local, seasonal ingredients on their menus.. Swipe to explore them all: @pizzeriavetri @terraingardencafe @amistrattoria @bar_amis

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One of my main responsibilities is running the social media for @bar_amis, a URBN restaurant located in the Navy Yard. I’ve had experience with food photography in the past, but this is my first time owning the entire process. I get to do everything from scheduling shoots with the restaurant team to creating campaigns and collateral for events to purposing and posting the content.

That’s all from your neighborhood f+b intern! Thanks for following along on my takeover; hopefully you grabbed a snack (or two) along the way!


Stuck in my head: Take That // CRUISR
Snap it: URBN HQ

Officially An URBN Intern (with a side of pizza).

Back in January, I wrote a blog post about my application process to URBN as an Urban Outfitter’s Social Media Intern. It was the standard “girl gets rejected from the summer internship, but still remains positive” kind of sob story. I shared my application project, a series of mock Instagram posts I’d shot in DC, and promised I’d be back next fall ready to try again.

About two hours after that post went live, I got a call from URBN’s HQ where they asked me to come in for an interview with their Food and Beverage division, instead of for the position I’d originally applied for. So naturally, I packed my Herschel, cued a couple podcasts, and took my first ever train ride to Philly. Obviously, I instantly fell in love with the URBN corporate campus (think Anthro meets FP meets Urban meets every hipster nook and cranny/meal you could ever dream of) and had an awesome time chatting with the team.

The rest is history. And by history, I mean a food-loving-Instagrammer’s dream come true.

This position is different than anything I’ve ever done before. While a lot of it will be marketing based, doing things like running social media accounts, learning the ropes of PR, and doing some website optimization, I’ll also have the opportunity to explore deeper into F+B and take part in the growth of a new department, Urban Hospitality.

Flash forward to now, I’ve officially traded Union Market for Reading Terminal and am slowly learning how to navigate the SEPTA. I’ve got my neighborhood hot yoga studio and am even debating actually trying a cheesesteak. I said “debating.”

Exciting things are ahead. I can practically see the future Instagram Stories now.

Yes, URBN owns restaurants. AND they’re trendy and good. Explore them here: Pizzeria Vetri (there’s one in DC), Amis Trattoria, Bar Amis, & Terrain Garden Cafe. 


Stuck in my head: Giants // Bear Hands
Snap it: NAVY YARD AKA MY NEW HOME.

 

It’s Internship Season, Baby!

Internship season is upon us. From engineering to marketing to art to research, a lot of students will get the chance to work with amazing companies and take steps to discovering their ~professional~ calling. It can be intimidating to be the youngest in the office or the most novice on the job. As I gear up for my own summer adventure, I want to share some tips I’ve learned on how to leave your mark on your summer position and get the most out of your experience. 

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1. Ask Questions

It’s perfectly normal not to know things in a new position. It can be frustrating to feel behind or unprepared, but by being proactive and asking about what you don’t understand, you can come away with more than just you’re already comfortable with. Whether it’s an informational interview to learn more about a colleague’s career path or asking for help on a project because you can’t figure out where to start, being curious can be your fastest route to success. Just make sure your questions are purposeful and not easily answered by Google!

2. Become An Office Journaler

One of my favorite ways to track internship accomplishments is by keeping an active journal of what you’re working on, what the feedback you’re receiving on it is, and what the outcomes are. This way, in both meetings with your managers and on your resume post-position, you can easily speak to your experience. Bonus points for asking your manager for some metrics on your projects towards the end of the summer. Think big numbers, actions, and outcomes. 

3. Speak the Lingo + Know the News

For a lot of careers, there are specific terms that are key to understanding. In marketing, I’ve found that knowing the lingo to talk about different types of business goals in relation to social media (ex: awareness, engagement, reach) can make or break how a professional sees my credibility. You can keep your Intern-Cred in tiptop shape by utilizing your BFF, @theinternet, to get a step up and a better understanding of the scene you’re walking into. Similarly, staying on top of the news in your general industry is important, too. I live on my Feedly board for SEO, social media, fast-casual, and hospitality news updates. Okay, and I have a board for celebrity and reality TV news, but that’s not internship-success related, so hush.

4. Show A Little Co-Worker Lovin’

Networking is such a huge benefit of working at a company. Make an effort to form connections with your co-workers that are genuine. This feels super duper obvious and stupid to say, BUT BE NICE TO EVERYONE. You never know who will become who in the game of promotions, CEOs, and future jobs. If you’re like me and your memory is already in the garbage like last week’s Sweetgreen salad, keep a notebook where you jot down notes post-peer conversations. It may feel silly but Sandy, your imaginary cubicle buddy, will appreciate if you remember her daughter’s name or her love of Pinterest.

5. Going Old School– Pen and Paper

It’s so easy to depend on technology as your communication and note-taking tool. When in meetings, it’s best practice to trade your tech for a journal and blue, or black, pen to demonstrate your concentration vibes. A meeting is a great opportunity to channel your inner adulting and earn brownie-points from your co-workers. As an intern, most teams won’t expect you to have a huge input in the conversation, but if you are going to speak up in a meeting, make sure to add value with your comments. In the words of my mom, a trusty real-life-working-woman, “don’t just talk to talk.” At my last summer internship, I tended to use meetings as a chance to take note of things I didn’t know, didn’t understand, or wanted to learn more about. Then I would ask my manager about them post-meeting.

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No matter where you work, what you do, or what resume bullets you come away with, there’s, undoubtedly, something to learn in every experience. But, by leaving your mark on your summer position, you can open up doors to the next big thing. It’s all about creating connections, seeing the value in every project, and giving your all to take the most away. 

I guess all that’s left to say is happy interning!


Stuck in my head: Swim // Fickle Friends
Snap it: Seyou (BAKERY HEAVEN), Washington DC

Staying In. Now and Forever.

Yesterday was my last day working as the Audience Engagement and Social Media Intern for Girls’ Night In. I feel like I didn’t take the opportunity to share much about what I worked on with GNI this semester, but here’s a link to my LinkedIn, go catch up.

If you follow me on social media or have even spent a millisecond talking to me in the past three months, you know how much I fell in love with the company, team, and mission of GNI. The self-care themed newsletter and community for millennial women in DC meant more to me than my Ky-lighter (french vanilla shade obvi), spin classes, and Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel Seasoning combined. Okay, maybe an exaggeration, but still… Enamored with it. 

I think one reason that I hold this internship experience so close to my heart is that before it, I didn’t understand the concept of self-indulging. I’m an extremely type-A person; I like control, order, and all the Google Calendar reminders along the way. It’s always been extremely hard for me to take time for myself or admit that I am on the path to burnout. Self-awareness is only so productive when you lack the resources to save yourself from over-work. 

Girls’ Night In’s focus on bringing self-care to women, letting them slow down and face-mask it out, changed my own wellness philosophy. Over the course of the semester, I’ve learned to push what feels urgent to the side for a necessary second and give myself permission to not be productive 24/7. 

And, because sharing is caring: here are three parts of self-care that I now cherish, celebrate, and skip many social events in the name of. 

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1. Always Have A Book By The Bedside

Don’t fret, a full list of this semesters’ reads is coming (and it’s a good one), but I made it a priority to always be in the middle of a book. From celebrity memoirs to mysteries that are impossible to put down (no matter when your accounting homework is due), I let books be an escape from both bad and good days. One of my favorite things to do is kill off a “bad vibes day” by stepping away for an hour and entering a different, fictional world. It brings new light to once overwhelming problems in a way that mindless Netflix binging can’t. #bookwormstatus

2. Diversify How You Digest Wellness 

It’s easy to follow a fitness blogger on Instagram for work-out inspiration and call it a day, but this semester I challenged myself to move deeper into the world of wellness media. I started by connecting with Instagram Influencers that add to my own wellness journey. Some accounts are focused on body positive content or daily affirmations, like Chinae Alexander and Alex Elle, while others serve the purpose of welcoming more art to my feed, like watercolorist extraordinaire, Riley Sheeney, and illustrator, Marian Andrews.
I also unfollowed purposeless accounts and went for more pro-women powerhouses, like the Founder + Chief Creative Officer of Band.o, Jen Gotch (who also happens to be an iconic mental-health advocate + all-around total girl crush of mine). Other ways to explore wellness off social media, podcasts like GirlBoss Radio, Call Your Girlfriend, and That’s So Retrograde.

3. YOU CAN SAY NO TO PLANS- IT’S OK. 

Guys, I don’t know if anyone has ever told you this, BUT LIKE, YOU CAN SAY NO TO MAKING PLANS WITH PEOPLE WITH NO REASON OTHER THAN, “I want time alone, today.” This is my new guiding philosophy, and let me tell you, pre-internship Homebody-ness aside, it has changed me. I am a go-getter and never-let-them-downer, and now I know that turning down plans isn’t the tragic, “you’re going to lose all your friends,” situation I always thought it was.
I can watch Parks and Rec in bed on a Friday night. I can put on a face mask instead of going to a dinner party. And, I really have Alisha Ramos and Girls’ Night In to thank for that newfound, self-love. As long as I’m putting effort into the relationships I want to maintain, saying “no” because you don’t have room on your plate doesn’t mean you’re a failure, it means you’re realistic about your time. 

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Self- care is a hard concept to grasp. To learn more, subscribe to Girls’ Night In’s weekly newsletter (Fridays will never be the same) and check out their content. And while you’re at it, follow them on Instagram. And Twitter. Okay, and Facebook. And buy tickets to the book club.

Thank you to Alisha and the GNI team for all they’ve taught me. Definitely owe them all a tall mug of green tea sometime.



Stuck in my head: Pictures of Girls // Wallows
Snap it: Colada Shop, 14th St, DC

Going Home After This.

Life works in crazy ways- but for some reason, it always works. I’ve been #blessed with some kick-ass internships and I’ve been lucky to learn so much. This semester is definitely no different.

I’m excited to share my spring internship with Girls’ Night In. Their goal is to “help ambitious millennial women take a break, recharge, and connect with other like-minded women.” Translation: it’s a place to shamelessly put yourself and your health first, and connect with other women that are doing the same. Think the Skimm newsletter meets Refinery29’s girl power meets your best friend.

My role on the team is to manage audience engagement on social media and plan influencer takeovers for Instagram Stories. Two weeks in and I’ve already learned so much it’s incredible. But even better than the experience is the team. I’ve yet to meet a bunch of them, but the CEO/founder, Alisha Ramos, is so smart, talented, and forward-thinking it’s almost absurd. A little background: Alisha left her position at a tech startup to start and focus on Girls’ Night In after she realized her own self-care was slipping. There’s a ton more to the story, and she made sure to share it in this article. After just the first four collaboration sessions, I’m already thinking more about creating purposeful content, staying on brand, and prioritizing work-life balance.

Besides being an amazing opportunity, GNI’s mission hits home for me. By now you’ve probably realized that I’m a bonified psycho when it comes to staying busy, productive, and breathless. Between lectures, internships, sorority, and clubs, sometimes the *pause* moments slip away. This semester I want to internalize the message I’m sharing with GNI and make more time for the calm before the storm that is my life.

For me, self-care looks like 6:30am workout sessions, reading before bed, trying to remember to moisturize, and writing about the challenges and celebrations in my life. I want to learn how to treat myself to doing nothing and indulging in things that innately make me feel guilty- like cake and sleeping in. Self-care isn’t selfish and it’s time for me to accept it.

So, by now you should all be busting out of your seats to follow Girls’ Night In on Instagram. And I feel like I definitely undermentioned their killer newsletter that gives me a reason to get going every Friday. Think weekly must-haves, must-reads, and must-see gifs. And watch their #SelfCareSaturday takeover series every week to see all my hard work in action.

Oh, and get ready for a whole lot of self-love. Because it’s here to stay.


Stuck in my head: Issues // Julia Michaels
Snap it: Shamelessly drove to the closest mural to take this… Hyattsville, MD

Female: Part Three

I originally planned to make this post centered around sexual assault. I have the post drafted, and maybe it will find it’s way into the world someday, but I decided none of my commentaries were revolutionary to the issue. It’s a problem too big and complicated to be tackled by the neighborhood blogger. It doesn’t mean I am not a prevention activist, it just means I’m still deciding how to contribute and speak to the solution.

Instead, I want to focus on a positive of the female experience. The major influences in my life. My go-to girls. The women that have shaped me.

I’ve been gifted in my life to be surrounded by truly astounding women. I want to focus in on the dynamics of a few different relationships that have developed throughout my life. The mother. The bestie. And the mentor.

For me, all those roles are filled by women. And while not everyone shares the same experience, like some people look for male role models for guidance where I look to a past camp counselor turned sorority sister, these relationships have helped to develop the fundamentals of my character. And there’s no other way to celebrate all they’ve given me than with the final installment of Female.

The Mother.

I once told my mom she was my best friend. She replied that was sad and I should look for some friends my age. From the very beginning, my mother has filled the support role, but she’s also filled the “please be realistic” role. Even as she cheered on the horribly composed songs of my pigtail days, she reminded me that not every celebrity story is as glamorous as Taylor Swift’s. She keeps me on target and ready to go.
She’s a hardworking woman that never stops bettering herself to better her team. That’s a trait I hope to develop as I join the real world at her side. She is my working woman role model day after day after day. Through our relationship, I’ve learned how to communicate effectively with others, finding words that add to a conversation and fix problems. And I’ve come to realize, this is not a skill all people have. She’s taught me to trade petty for potential and repair mistakes rather than defend them in anger. I’ve learned humility and hope and patience and priorities. Every time someone says I remind them of her, I feel like I’m getting closer and closer to my goals. To my Mother, thank you for all you contribute to my womanhood.

The Bestie. 

In my case, I have quite a few. My friendships have grown in numbers since my “I only have seven friends, and one of them is my cousin” days. For those who aren’t familiar, that was an insult written to me anonymously on social media. Little did the attacker know it was all too true to be mean. With each woman that joins my life, I learn a new thing. I think my immediate high school friend group taught me that girls grow stronger together. They’ve shown me what true investment in a relationship is. My college friends have listening ears like no other and have shown me that I can’t fix my friends, I can only support them as they work to fix themselves. And my sorority sisters continue to impress me with their abilities to inspire uniqueness while also creating unity.
All these relationships thrive off the fundamental pillars of effort and loyalty. I think there is something so special about the relationships that form between female friends. Obviously, those crying-over-Halo-Top-“I can’t live without you” bonds are life-changing, but I’m even talking about the surface connections we make every day.  I really believe that effort in a relationship is only due where it is reciprocated, and I’m proud to say there are few situations in my life where I have to act on that belief. To my besties, thank you for all you contribute to my womanhood.

The Mentor. 

I’ve been lucky to have quite a few badass ladies inspire me in my life. The influence of some lasting longer than others. But what I’ve come to learn from all these relationships, is that no matter how different their life paths, each of these women pose as guidance in a different way. I’ve always struggled with the idea of asking someone to be my mentor, but as I reflect on these people’s roles in my life, I see that they’ve always been fulfilling that purpose, whether they know it or not. And I am beginning to see the relationships as more symbiotic, because I can contribute to their support network, too.
Aside from professional development, my mentors are responsible for some of my biggest emotional developments, too. There is so much I owe to these open lines of communication, I’m honestly struggling to put it all into words. In the end, I think the biggest thing they’ve created in me in my independence. My comfort with being alone and how to proudly build confidence in it. Of course, I have down days, but turning to these women minimizes the effects and reminds me that happiness with myself is a gift I’m lucky to have.
When I dissect moments I share with my mentors, I hope to one day fill these shoes for someone else. Help another girl find herself in the mess of unfair expectations and the unnecessary isolation of growing up. I work to be that for my sister by sharing my experiences so she knows she can share with me, too. To my mentors, thank you for all you contribute to my womanhood.

These relationships will not apply to the entirety of the female population, this post was meant to inspire you to be grateful for the female relationships that are present in your life. I’ve been blessed with so many, too many, not enough. And my collection keeps growing with every step I take and every hand I shake. Look around you and appreciate it! Whether it’s just a mother, just a friend, just a mentor, or all of the above and more.

Being a woman can be hard sometimes, but it’s never impossible. Now, not a day goes by that I’m not thankful for this experience. I know that I face every day with an army of millions that will stand in stilettos just to support me.

I think this mini-series has served its purpose: to inspire me to be more mindful of my female experience. No profound call to action, no wish for a better tomorrow. Just me, loving what I got.  Can I get a “girl power?”


Stuck in my head: Goodmorning // Bleachers
Snap it: Union Market (crying because the wall is already gone)

 

Female: Part Two.

Coming to you live, from her Clueless clad dorm room, it’s Jordan. And believe it or not, I just finished a book. I can practically hear my high school friends gasping from across the country.

My track record with reading is subpar. It took me half a year to read Mindy Kahling’s 300-paged memoir, 3 extra weeks to finish To Kill A Mockingbird for school. It’s not that I’m not literate, it’s just that I wasn’t prioritizing literacy. This semester, I wanted a solution to both my writer’s block and technology-induced insomnia. 

The book I read is called Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud. It’s written by Anne Helen Peterson, a culture writer at Buzzfeed. I initially ordered it because, hello, Buzzfeed, but what I came to find was that it was really relatable to how I’ve been feeling lately. The book dissects the labels of prominent female celebrities. Among the chapters, you’ll find Kim Kardashian, Nikki Minaj, Hillary Clinton. It questions why women are often labeled as too much of something when they don’t fit the proper mold of a woman in the public eye. 

I think I’m graciously independent as a person. I love reassurance, but decisions are ultimately my own and I act for myself first, keeping the people I love as a close second. I jokingly always tell my friends to “be bold,” because “boys like bold girls.” But, what I’ve come to find is that girls like strong girls and society likes polite ones. One of my newfound, and most hated, fears is being penalized for something that’s a part of who I am. She’s too forward because she texts first, too provocative because her boots graze the upper thigh, too bossy because she makes her ideas known. I’d like to say fear of reputation damage doesn’t hold me back, but it does. 

In reflecting on the book, I think that my personal hesitation to leap with open arms comes from the worry of not being respected as a woman, a student, a creative. Sometimes it’s easier to stay silent than ask questions and show vulnerability. And I know I’m feeding the fire, but it’s scary to be a social innovator and it’s a role I’m not sure I’m prepared to take on… yet.

In Lena Dunham’s chapter, Too Naked, it’s said:

“Dunham’s nudity isn’t “brave,” because… for it to be brave she would have to be afraid.”

And I feel like, in a non-nudity related way, that describes how I want to grow as a female. I don’t want to have to feel courageous when I raise my hand in class or when I reply to a Snapchat “too soon.” And to get there, I have to practice not being afraid. Shutting down the second-guessing and layers of analysis. More of an want, act, reflect, repeat model. 

I used to tell myself to do one thing every day that scares me. Whether it’s writing this blog post (about a topic I’ve been scared to talk about because what do I know) or trying a new food for the first time, it was a step towards less unknown. My goal is to bring that back. And to encourage my friends to do the same. One less fear, one more reason to girl boss.

So yeah, I am too opinionated, too power hungry, too obsessive. But that’s also me being vocal, ambitious, and inspired. Three traits a young woman exploring the world should have. We should stop letting our “too”s be paired with negatives and let the females fill the narrative. Because “too unruly” is really just code for not taking this shit anymore. 

And that’s basically where I’m at.


Stuck in my head: Something To Tell You // HAIM
Snap it: my bed!!

Find Anne’s other works here. And join Girls’ Night In Club for more feminist book suggestions like Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud.

My next read is Lily Collin’s memoir, Unfiltered, on her eating disorder and other things young women struggle with. Look at me so knowledge hungry and feminist, right?

If you missed earlier installations of Female, here is the Introduction and Part One

Female: Part One.

Tuesday honestly sucked. It was one of those days where seconds pass like hours and you have to eat Halo Top at 3pm to keep from a mental breakdown. We all have low points and sad moments. And they never not suck.

It can be hard to pull yourself out of a funk like that, but luckily I attended Pineapple DC x Salt and Sundry‘s event with Cherry Bombe about women in the DC food scene. The second I walked in I was surrounded by strong, enthusiastic women and their accomplishments. From girl power vendors like Gordy’s to t-shirts that read “Doughs before bros” (doughnuts, duh), it was so uplifting to actually see the success I strive for every day.

The panel featured four women: Suzanne Simon, founder of Chaia, Krystal Mack, owner of the 3 Wheels Food Group in Baltimore, Amanda McClements, creator of Salt and Sundry and Little Leaf, and Ann Yang, co-founder of Misfit Juicery (who I’m meeting with early next month to talk entrepreneurship, marketing strategy, and post-college!!!). The entire event was moderated by Kerry Diamond, editor in chief of Cherry Bombe Magazine.

They discussed three main topics: risk, roadblocks, and the void. Risk focused on entering the industry both financially and socially. There’s room for a lot of failure in starting a business. Roadblocks were difficulties faced due to being a woman. You can imagine the list was endless, but what was most prominent was being considered “cute” rather than serious. And finally, the void that each woman saw and filled with their idea. For Misfit Juicery, it has to do with reducing food waste. Chaia, a purely vegetarian concept. They also discussed voids that still exist and need to be acted on. By women. Now.

When it was over, there was a Q & A session. You know me. Of course, I stuck my hand in the air and asked a question. 

“What advice do you have for a young professional entering the food world, trying to figure out what she wants to pursue and experience?”

Their answers were super helpful. From sending handwritten notes in networking to aiming to work alongside my idols rather than fangirl over them, I learned a lot in the moments that followed my question. But, the bigger impact came after the session concluded.

Women started stopping me on my way out. Complimenting my eagerness to learn and offering their assistance. Handshakes were replaced with hugs and business cards were passed around with smiles. It was the perfect combination of #girlbossing and supporting. Everyone was there for a reason (food, networking, learning) but there was still time to build community on the side.

I think that ability to connect is something that comes more naturally to women. While we’re often stereotyped as jealous and eager to prove ourselves, I felt nothing but pure power in that room. There was a hunger to ignite change, sure, but also a passion to celebrate the accomplishments of ladies taking over DC food one forkful at a time. It was united and invaluably inspiring. Both as a woman and as someone that appreciates a good meal.

So, to finish Part One, I want to thank the defiant, empowering women that are making it easier for me to achieve my goals. It was a night I will never forget.

And that, plus the bread pudding I ate, turned my day around real fast. 


Stuck in my head: The Love Club // Lorde
Snap it: Pineapple DC x Salt and Sundry presents Cherry Bombe

In case you missed it, don’t forget to read Female: Introduction.

Female: Introduction. 

I’d never given much thought to my gender until recently. You are a woman. That’s it. I know that comes from a place of privilege; I’m white, educated, young, and heterosexual. But due to current events and exposure, I’ve started to open my eyes to the way the world perceives strong women these days. They’re often labeled as too much of something. Too domineering. Too opinionated. Too involved. More to come on this later. 

So I’ve decided to write a three-part blog series entitled Female. Each post will dissect an experience that made me reflect on what it means to be a girl. Part one will come tomorrow. Then look for a new post next week and the week after. Then we can return to tales of toast and Insta.

And I in no way intend to isolate my male readers (Hi Dad). I think it’s important to gain perspective on how your daughter, your wife, your friend could potentially be facing the world, too. So while the words come from me, the experience is shared. 

So put on your brightest shade of pink and keep an open mind. These posts come from the heart, the mind, and the tits. 


Stuck in my head: Talk Too Much // COIN
Snap it: Union Market, DC

Exciting News.

Call me Carrie Bradshaw because I’m officially published. So excited to share my article for Marriott International’s blog, Marriott Traveler, featuring my two favorite things: Iceland and Instagram.

So grab a latte and get ready to plan your next vacation. It’ll be one your camera roll will never forget. 

Check it out by clicking here, here, or here


Stuck in my head: Mr. Know-It-All // Young the Giant
Snap it: Rangárbing Eystra… aka Iceland

Things I Learned In My Cubicle.

Honestly, I never pictured myself sitting front row to a desktop computer in a sea of beige, but after this summer, I can proudly say it’s not as bad as the movies make it out to be. I spend an absurd amount of time imagining myself sitting city side, latte in hand, working to create the next big thing in an office that gets bagels regularly delivered. So, when I was handed a non-Mac and a desk chair I was definitely brought back to reality.

My summer internship has been insane. Aside from a team of the smartest people I’ve ever met, I’ve grown from Googling what SEO (Search Engine Optimization*) stands for to an amateur, asks a million questions to make sure she’s doing it right, crawler.

Here are some other things I’ve learned along the road to 40 hours a week x 10 weeks.

1. Business Casual(ly missing wearing chokers everyday)

A huge adjustment was swapping body suits for blazers and getting into the professional mindset stylistically. But no worries guys, I found ways to incorporate my favorites into corporate life. Enter silver platform sandals, big hoop earrings, and plenty of denim on denim. What once required a separate shopping trip to “Mom Stores,” is now about creativity, subtleness, and compromise. Not going to lie though, I’m happy to be back in the land of the fashionably free.

2. The Question Game.

A huge skill I’ve cultivated this summer is called “The Informational Interview.” It’s when you sit down, one on one, and play Vogue 73 Questions. People love to talk about themselves and being young, eager, and work force un-ready, it’s been really helpful to hear their stories and tips. It’s mostly about tuning in and asking the right questions to get the most out of every discussion. For me, I always try to lead back to creativity, career growth, and the culture of a company.

3. Making the First Move.

Being the youngest intern of 63 was a little daunting. Even though there were plenty of rising juniors, it was scary to know that I’m the only one walking into work with that “I just experienced college for the first time” vibe. But over time, and through a cross-department intern project, I came to realize it’s just about reaching out and being open. Basically that whole turning off the resting bitch face and making friends thing. And a lot of the interns had interesting experiences and stories that I could learn from.

So, while I still might be Baby, I’m definitely not in a corner. What a nice, little taste of the real world. Now, let’s go back to tailgates and late-night pizza. 


Stuck in my Head: Faded Heart // BORNS
Snap it: Internship HQ

Search Engine Optimization is optimizing/changing/manipulating a website to help it perform better on Search Engines. The goal is to get your site to the top of the page after a search (aka: to rank well in the results). It’s basically a language I’m still trying to learn to speak. Thank god for Google.

And if you’re curious, my site is not very optimized. Don’t blame the blogger, blame the world she blogs in.