Finding this article on Buzzfeed this morning was, in some ways, a breath of fresh air. It feels good to know I am not the only one who notices the major discrepancies with the way women are portrayed in the media and the way women are treated. Seeing a number of these instances compiled, however, compelled me to write this.
Dress: Zara // White blazer: H&M (similar here from Zara) // Pavé triangles necklace: H&M // Love in a bottle necklace: Forever21 // Triangle ring: H&M // Handbag: Michael Kors Hamilton // Ballet flats: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom // Sunglasses: Target // Eyeglasses (that you are in fact peeping through my sunglasses): c/o Warby Parker contest
Lately my life has been all work, work, work. I am learning how to strike a balance that works for me and I am so excited for some big changes that le hubs and I have planned for the next few months. (Stay tuned!)
For this shoot, we met up for lunch and found this little stretch of oyster shell beach on the Bay right across from the restaurant. I learned that much of this particular city was formerly oyster beds, and the “soil” is full of their pearly shells – resulting in a beautiful beach.
It’s fun to think of what the future can hold and where we will go. The world is my oyster, and I am very proud of what I have already accomplished. I recently had a great conversation with another #getitgirl I admire. It reaffirmed my faith in the power of hard work and perseverance. Each of the two of us is a self-made self-starter, and sharing the motivation is empowering and inspiring. I’m willing to bet many of you are the same way.
Later that day, another #getitgirl friend and I were talking about people who let you down. If you think about it, maybe that’s why so many people I admire have unique, self-made beginnings to their stories: like an oyster, it takes an irritant to start the creation of the pearl. While in application to life I doubt the necessity of major obstacles early on, perhaps that just makes the end result that much better for those of us who don’t just rise to the occasion, but spread our wings and soar.
Have a pearlescent Friday. You have earned it.
This quote is a healthy reminder to believe in yourself and go for the gold. That Walt is sure an inspiring soul.
How will you be courageous today? I’m tackling my to-do list and added two networking events to my calendar. Plus, I have been wanting to ask for something to help my career – so I just did it, and it opened a door! Moral of the story: the #getitgirl needs to get after it for herself if others are going to rev up the wild ride.
Get it, girl.
Kelli of Leopard and Lavender is one of my favorite bloggers and has been a great inspiration to me. She has an amazing career that she built for herself, and Kelli essentially epitomizes what it means to be a #getitgirl! Read on for more of her fabulous story and motivating tips.
Kelli Ryder, 25, San Francisco, CA
What is your job title, and what do you do? I am an Associate Editor at Rue Magazine – which allows me to have a few roles each day. I run a lot of social media, answer Rue’s general inquiry emails, and help with any miscellaneous projects. I also live my passion – the editorial side! I have about 10 articles I’m responsible for (ranging in frequency: weekly, bi-weekly, monthly). Each article can contain a variety of tasks, including assisting on photo shoots, rounding up product, coordinating with contributors, and of course writing copy. It is seriously so much fun – I work with an amazing group of women, have a lot of creative freedom, and have had so many “pinch-me” moments. I wake up some days and can’t believe where my life has gone. I feel very, very fortunate.
How did you connect the dots to get where you are today with your career? I had been wrapped up in the blogging world for years: I’ve had my own blog and really loved writing and developing my “voice.” I’ve been very interested in all things social media and made sure to keep up to date on any new platforms and trends. And of course – fashion and design are my first true loves. I just kept myself immensely interested in these things as hobbies. I’ve never had very many readers or followers, but I’ve been consistent and stuck with it because I truly enjoy it.
Turning that into a career ended up being much more natural than I dreamed of. I actually started with a career in e-commerce. I worked at a great company, but I was really unhappy. It was the worst feeling because I had this blossoming career – and I absolutely hated it. When I moved to San Francisco, I decided I was going to make a change. Searching for jobs was a struggle. I wasn’t qualified for the jobs I wanted, but I was extremely anxious because I couldn’t stand the thought of returning to a job I WAS qualified for. Funny, right?? Applying for jobs and keeping your fingers crossed you won’t get it.
I quickly figured out I wasn’t going to get an interview anywhere unless I had some connections… AKA it is all about who you know. I dragged my boyfriend to a Rue Magazine party hosted at the Gap. I don’t know if I thought I’d magically be brave and go up and talk to strangers, because my shyness conquered and we definitely stood and sipped drinks by ourselves. We did make a cameo in the photo booth, and so I was stalking Rue’s Facebook page looking for the photos. Before the photos went up, they posted a request for a college intern. I wrote Crystal (the Editor in Chief) a very passionate email about why a 25-year-old wanted the internship. We met two days later and I started that weekend.
Of course, accepting an internship made things a little more monetarily difficult. But the moment I met with Crystal, it was no question I’d take the internship. The opportunity was worth everything, so I needed to make it work – no questions asked. I sold my car (who needs it in the city anyways?!) and picked up a little freelancing to have grocery money. I also worked my buns off to prove I wanted to be a more permanent part of Team Rue. Taking the internship was obviously a risk (both personally and financially), and I am thankful every day it paid off.
How do you stay motivated? Like anyone, I often feel discouraged or frustrated. To avoid getting burned out, I just keep my focus on the grand scheme of things. I am very verbal with my goals – I write them down and always refer back to them. I remind myself of the big picture with every menial task – I treat an awesome photo shoot the same way I would a data entry task, as an opportunity to get closer to my goals. This helps me do my best even if I sort of want to take a nap. Essentially, my number one motivation is refusing to compromise my dreams. I will absolutely have the life I imagined because I’m going to make it happen.
Aside from being a #getitgirl, what do you like to do in your free time? Since I’m still new to San Francisco, I try to explore a lot. I love to walk, so I’ll pick a neighborhood I haven’t spent much time in and walk there. It’s good exercise – HELLO, hills – and I’ve found lots of cute spots. I do yoga each morning, and I like to negate that yoga workout with a champagne cocktail. Yoga and champagne are basically the same level of relaxation therefore necessary to my existence. I also am enjoying not being in a long distance relationship anymore – so I spend lots of time with my boyfriend, Tim.
What are your top tips for fellow #getitgirls?
- Figure out your passion and find a way to make it real life. I knew I loved the blogging community, so I decided early on I’d frantically figure out a way to make it my career. And I don’t use the word frantically lightly – you really have to hustle to create a solution that transitions your dream into a reality.
- Write down your goals, it helps keep you accountable and solidifies what you want. If you feel discouraged, re-read them. If it helps, write them in a cute notebook. Also, don’t misplace it.
- Drink lots of water and snack on veggies throughout the day – I’m serious. It helps your energy levels which assists with motivation. If I’m all carbed up on waffles, my brain is foggy and I tend to nap. Water + veggies = a seriously productive work session. Waffles = mid-day nap.
- DON’T be too hard on yourself. So often I feel embarrassed by my young age, my inexperience, or the fact I don’t have 20,000 followers. I have to step back and look at all I’ve accomplished thus far and remind myself I have had a pretty kick-ass 6 months.
- DO celebrate every single accomplishment with champagne. EVERY single one. Giving yourself positive reinforcement is perhaps the most important thing you can do to be a #getitgirl. If you don’t like champagne, celebrate with chocolate pudding, a new nail polish color, an episode of the Kardashians… you know, your version of champagne.
My favorite tip is #4. Kelli’s #getitgirl attitude and amazing tips have me ready to take on my big goals! How will you make it happen this week?
I‘m so excited to kick off my newest column, the #Getitgirl Interview, where I’ll chat with admirable #getitgirl fashionistas about their careers, goals and tips. What better way to start than with the original #getitgirl? Xo
Sarah Long, 24, San Francisco
What is your job title, and what do you do? I am self-employed and do marketing for small businesses. I love making fun ideas come to life and working with other creative people to make the vision a reality. Eventually, I want to focus more on fashion, whether that means making my blog an even bigger and better part of my life or embarking on a new style journey.
How did you connect the dots to get where you are today with your career? I moved to California at the start of 2011 with nothing but my ambitions, sheer hope and a car – my husband’s transfer took an extra two months, so I was flying solo for a while. I was actually working as a nanny because I had no idea how I could do what I wanted after realizing I didn’t want to use my college degree. I stumbled across the blogging world and became enamored with the idea of curating my own mini-mag, and the rest is history! After starting my own blog, I went to an event at Madewell in San Francisco, where I first met some of the people I knew so well from Twitter. One of them was working in online fashion marketing, and when she left the position, she recommended me after seeing what I could do with my blog. My career – and blog – have grown and evolved a lot since then as I have carved my niche. I’d love to get into the editorial side of fashion and hope my blog can help open doors for me there.
How do you stay motivated? I love the journey even more than the victory; I like learning along the way and seeing the possibilities fall into place. I don’t have a specific end goal right now – I am focusing more on being authentic and experiencing the world with my eyes open. There are so many unique opportunities, and by immersing myself in the fashion and style world I learn more and more about how I can build my dream career. Moulding it as I go is very inspiring. If I am ever in need of a quick shot of inspiration, I scroll through my favorited tweets for sweet reminders of camaraderie in the blogging world or click through images from the latest Chanel runway.
Aside from being a #getitgirl, what do you like to do in your free time? Quiet weekend mornings at home with my husband and my puppies are my favorite. If it’s followed by some afternoon shopping and a burger, even better. I focus so much on the grind during the week, and I have learned I so much value my down time. My dad used to read The King’s Stilts by Dr. Seuss to me before bed, and its message is one of my favorites. “And when they played they really played. And when they worked they really worked.”
What are your top tips for the ambitious #getitgirl in all of us? Engage with people you admire on social media. Twitter has opened so many doors for me, just by being myself and having conversations – it’s actually how I got my internship at The Glitter Guide. Talking with others is a great way to learn about different career opportunities and aspects of your dream field. Don’t compare yourself to others, either. Be the best you. One piece of advice I need to work on myself is putting blinders up. The blogging world can get really competitive, and sometimes meanies pop up. Don’t even let them on your radar.
Thanks so much for reading along! I can’t wait to share more #getitgirl stories with you.
If you’ve ever been to a wedding show, you know how fun it is to walk around and take in all of the beautiful items, learn about different neat things for one’s big day and indulge in a little food and beverage. Girl’s Night Out is like that, only better, because 1) you don’t have to deal with the stress of planning a wedding, 2) you will walk away pampered and refreshed and 3) you’re doing it for a good cause!
On Thursday, September 20th, from 6-8 PM, gather up your girlfriends and head over to the Danville Livery for Girls Night Out! Tickets are $10 (all of which goes to the Always Dream Foundation — keep reading!) and get you into all of the evening’s events, including pampering (like a free Pinkies manicure — ob-sessed!), a fashion show, workshops, personal shopping, food, champagne, prizes and more! It’s like #getitgirl appreciation night.
Plus, Kristi Yamaguchi will be there promoting her Always Dream Foundation, dedicated to empowering children to reach their dreams through education and inspiration. This is even cooler than Pinterest — their current initiative, Always Reading, is helping children from low-income families get access to interactive e-tablets to encourage literacy with proven programs. Not only do 100% of the ticket sales go toward the Foundation, 10% of all merchandise sales do, too!
So, join me in the fashion and beauty fun, and in fostering young #getitpeople with Kristi Yamaguchi in a few Thursdays! I can’t wait to be pampered and do a little shopping (did I mention everyone gets 10% off merchandise, in addition to 10% of sales being donated to the Always Dream Foundation?). Yamaguchi will also be showing her new fitness line of clothing.
To recap: get pampered, hang out out me, see models strut their stuff, help Kristi Yamaguchi inspire and teach young #getitgirls and #getitguys, score 10% off of hot new workout ensembles and other fun merchandise — and then walk away with a swag bag full of goodies! Plus, there is a Girls Night Out cocktail event afterward at Martini Sky (cocktail coupon inside the swag bag!).
Hope to see you there! I would love to meet you!
P.S. Get your tickets here (and get excited!): http://www.danvillelivery.com/blog/