POPSUGAR 2018

POPSUGAR 2018

Over the weekend, I attended the POPSUGAR Playground at Pier 94.The festival was filled with empowerment, leadership, and inspiration with a focus on badass women in the workplace.  The day was interspersed with celebrity speakers, panels, workouts, shopping, and the best ice cream sandwich I’ve ever had from Coolhaus ice cream truck.

The first panel I attended featured Rebecca Minkoff, the Senior Vice President of COVERGIRL, CEO of Moon Juice, and the co-founder of Coveteur and was by far my favorite.The subject focused on their climb to the top, managing male-run boardrooms, and what made them successful. It was encouraging to hear from these women on how they never wavered from their dreams. Their attitudes were inspiring and after hearing their stories, I feel more motivated than ever to keep doing what I love.

As the day went on, I also heard from Mindy Kaling and Kate Hudson. Mindy’s interview focused on living the life you didn’t expect and how to accept it. Her advice to her 23 year-old-self was to  not spend time worrying about things that won’t matter in 5 months, let alone 5 years. Kate’s interview had me considering, contemplating, and appreciating the friendships in my life.

All the women I heard from were honest, upfront, and approachable. Their commentary helped me realize that my goals and aspirations are in reach and that hard work and my convictions will get me to where I want to go.

Tell me about an inspiring woman in your life!

 

xx, mm

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A Night at the Gala

A Night at the Gala

A Night at the Gala

A night at the Gala

A Night at the Gala

A Night at the Gala

A few weeks ago, I attended the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Gala at the Metropolitan Opera. My friend Amber (check out her apartment featured on the blog) works for ABT and graciously brought me as her plus one. The Gala marks the start of the Met season and a preview of what the company will be performing. It was truly a lovely evening.

I haven’t had the chance to dress up in awhile and this was the perfect opportunity. I wore a navy jumpsuit from Urban Outfitters and my light blue block heels I picked up from Target last year. This was my first time wearing 3-inch heels in the city and let me tell you, it was not fun running from the subway to Lincoln Center. It was a very “Carrie Bradshaw” moment.

The performance consisted of three excerpts of pieces from their summer season. My favorite dancer of all time, Isabella Boylston, performed in the first piece, Harlequinade. The last two pieces were world premieres and were very different from the usual classical works the ballet company performs. They were all so different but I can’t wait to see them all in their entirety in the coming months.

It was a night of beautiful people, beautiful gowns, and a beautiful art form. I love any chance to get dressed up and watch dance.

Do you enjoy getting dressed up?

xx, mm

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Apple AirPods: Worth It or Not?

Airpods

Apple AirPods: Worth It or Not?

When Apple AirPods first came out, I thought they were incredibly dumb. In my opinion, they were ugly, impractical, and not worth the price. I felt that I was perfectly fine with my original headphones that plugged into my phone.

As time went on, there were moments when I would get annoyed with my traditional headphones. It frustrated me that when charging my phone I also couldn’t listen to music and when I forgot my new headphones, I couldn’t use my old ones because I didn’t have my converter. However, my final straw was the few times that I boarded a packed subway car and nearly lost my headphones as the cord got caught on someone’s backpack and they were ripped from my ears.

I’ve had my AirPods for about two weeks now and absolutely love them. They are convenient, have excellent battery life, and the charging case keeps them protected. My main concern was that they weren’t going to stay in my ears but I haven’t had any problems and exercising with them has been a breeze (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been running on the treadmill, hit the cord on my traditional headphones and sent my phone flying).

Overall AirPods are worth it but if the completely wireless freak you out, consider the Powerbeats3 Earbuds!

What do you think of AirPods?

xx, mm

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Choosing What’s Right For You: A Continuation of my Job Search

Choosing What’s Right For You: A Continuation of my Job Search

2018 has been a crazy busy but amazing year so far. The first two months were spent working 70 hours a week at three different part-time jobs, while still figuring out what I wanted to do. It was extremely exhausting and overwhelming but I made it work. Those three jobs taught me a lot about myself; I am willing to do whatever it takes to reach my full potential. It also provided a way for me to narrow down what I DIDN’T want to do and help establish some long-term goals and desires.

However, I am happy to announce that after months and months of late night applications, tireless interviews, and a few let downs, I accepted a job as a Marketing & Administrative Assistant for a New York City – based real estate company (and I could not be happier). Though it’s only been a short amount of time, I’ve already learned so much and I love my office environment. This job is the reason I busted my butt and waited for the right opportunity to come along; it’s the perfect fit.

There is a lot that goes into accepting a job and knowing whether it’ll be the right fit for you. You have to consider pay, office culture, location, and commute. Coming out of college, there is little you can do about your salary other than work hard, absorb everything, and bargain for a raise after you prove yourself. However, money’s not the only factor. What’s the culture of the office? Is it corporate or a startup? Can you work remotely or do you have to come in? Will they let you be flexible? These are all questions I asked myself as I interviewed. Finally consider your commute. Remember your day starts the moment you wake up and only ends when you finally make it home. If you’re already working an 8 hour day but commuting over an hour each way, you have to decide if that’s something you can handle.

While you may not know all the answers to these questions or even know exactly what you want, consider the sacrifices you’re willing to make because there will be some.

For me, the location and surrounding area of the office were important so I made sacrifices in other areas. I wanted to be somewhere with a low amount of tourists and steps away from trendy coffee shops and interesting people of New York City.

You are going to work for a very long time, you’re going to work many different jobs, and you may end up somewhere you didn’t expect but the biggest piece of advice that I can offer is to be patient and try not to get discouraged; it’ll all work out in the end. Don’t rush the process and don’t take anything for granted because everything is an opportunity to grow and learn.

Most importantly, try not to compare yourself to others. Everyone is on their own path and everyone is exactly where they’re supposed to be. I graduated in May and accepted a full-time job in February and while it was hard, it was right for me and that’s all I can ask for.

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

xx, mm

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