What’s in Heidi’s Desk?

22 Jul

A little while back I introduced the contents of Michelle’s desk to the world and thought it was a great way for everyone to get to know the ladies and gents of Lola Red. A peek inside everyone’s desk reveals his or her inner geek, foodie, hoarder, etc.

Today we are looking at all of the goodies Heidi has stashed in her “Go To” drawer. Take a look!

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  • 2 sets of thank-you notes – we all know a handwritten note is a great surprise
  • 2 nail polish bottles – chipped nails stop here
  • Pug post-its – because the yellow ones are just boring
  • About 1,000 lip applications – lip gloss, lip balm, chap stick
  • Crystal Light Energy – Hello, 3 pm pick-me-up
  • 4 different kinds of supplements – you just never know
  • Not 1 pair or even 2 pairs but 3 pairs of sunglasses
  • Pair of reading glasses
  • Emergency money – $5 to be exact
  • Lighter – because candles are the ultimate stress reliever20140722_140216

Summer Reads 2014

16 Jul

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As an avid reader, I always appreciate good literary suggestions, which is why I thought I’d share my summer reading list for 2014.

  • #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso ­­– Written by the founder, CEO and creative director of Nasty Gal, a $100 million plus online fashion retailer, #GIRLBOSS offers a unique roadmap of the path to success. I love books that are humorous, anecdotal and frank, and this appears to be all three.
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple – This novel offers an inside look at the complex relationship between a girl and her agoraphobic, eccentric mother.
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand – From the author of Seabiscuit: An American Legend comes Unbroken, which details the story of a World War II officer who is stranded in the middle of the ocean after his bomber crashes into the Pacific Ocean. Hillenbrand’s website describes it as “an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity…a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.”
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini – Okay. I’ve already read this one, but I feel the need to encourage everyone on Earth to read Hosseini’s novels (others include The Kite Runner and And the Mountains Echoed). He offers incredible glimpses into life in Afghanistan and his ability to weave a compelling and unforgettable story is second to none.

Although life can get crazy, I think it’s important to make time to cozy up with a great book and a cup of coffee every now and then. Happy summer reading!



Cross-Generational Wordsmith – Katy Perry

14 Jul

Prior to November 27, 2013, a day many parents of young children may remember as the day Frozen took over radios, TVs, books and playtime in general, my son Oliver was a connoisseur of good car tunes.

My two-and-a-half-year-old loved to listen to either classical music or our then favorite (again, we’re talking pre-Queen Elsa and Princess Anna days here), Katy Perry.

Why Katy Perry you ask? It’s in the nouns. Katy Perry has a tendency to call out popular nouns from a two-to-three year old’s vocabulary that make them a delight to even the smallest ear.

Our favorite tunes:

  • Firework – Fireworks are just awesome. Enough said.
  • Hummingbird Heartbeat – Hummingbirds are some of our favorite “baby birds”!
  • I Kissed a Girl – Kisses are sweet and so are girls – or “all my ladies” as Oliver likes to call them.
  • Peacock – Easily one of Oliver’s top five favorite animals
  • Roar – This is Oliver’s best lady friend’s favorite song, plus, who doesn’t like to roar like a lion?

Oliver and Elmo

Years down the road, when Oliver is in his twenties and wants to listen to his favorite songs from when he was little, I’ll have to help him manage the horror that ensues when he realizes:

  1. What a “peacock” is a metaphor for
  2. That he, as a boy, has no place in the “I kissed a girl” song
  3. Learns more about hummingbird mating rituals that he ever really needed to know

In the meantime, I look forward to the release of Ms. Perry’s next album or the day when the buzz of “Let it Go” dies down and the airways turn back to more mom-and-dad-friendly tunes.

Until then, we’ll continue running around the playground singing “Let it Go” at the top of our lungs, making ice and climbing playgrounds and snow hills to find our “big sister Queen Elsa”. At least until the next Disney princess movie comes out.

Oliver on the mountain

Brush On

10 Jul

It happened. The evolution of the makeup brush. Artis looks different than a traditional makeup brush and offers superior blending and a more uniform application. Plus, the brushes are 100 percent animal-free.

I’m also loving the sleek, modern design.

Photo source: Artis

Photo source: Artis

The brushes start at $24 and are available for purchase individually or as a set.

Worth a try, don’t you think? Go ahead, brush on.


Start-Up Barbie

2 Jul

Who knew five-year-old girls were clamoring for a new Barbie that’s committed to working 80-hour weeks, getting no sleep and is full of stress and anxiety?

As a mom of two girls, one of whom still plays with Barbie, I have to applaud Mattel’s attempt to expose girls to another “serious” role model, Entrepreneur Barbie, which is the doll’s 150th career. Entrepreneur Barbie comes with her own hashtag, Twitter chat and power lunch for her first day on the job.

Photo source: Mattel

Photo source: Mattel

The company tried to get it right by partnering with eight actual entrepreneurs who engaged with consumers across Mattel’s channels when the Barbie launched in June. These are women behind brands such as Rent the Runway and Girls Who Code. They have impressive backstories, street cred, and real insight to share. I want to talk to them, and skip Barbie altogether.

Is this Mattel’s way to play up to moms who are done with the unrealistic body proportions, pink-encased accessories, and over-the-top sparkle? I have to think so. Will it win us over? I’m not so sure. Strip away the smart phone, tablet and briefcase, and she is still Barbie. After all, that’s what my daughter will do — and put her in a pink-sparkle outfit.


What’s in Michelle’s Desk?

27 Jun

What is inside of a desk drawer says a lot about the desk’s owner. Looking inside the desk drawer of Michelle, one of our team members, tells us that she is definitely prepared for anything that comes her way.

The Stress Relief Drawer

  • Gum — She chews one pack a day (literally). She has seven in her desk right now!
  • Cheese-shaped stress ball — Being from Green Bay, her desk wouldn’t be complete without a mini cheese wedge
  • Stress Relief Lotion — This pairs perfectly with her stress relief candle that she keeps on top of her desk
  • Antibacterial gel — Being a mommy is her other full-time job so this stuff is essential
  • Post-its — Her life-saver; she would forget what to do without them!

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The Survival Drawer (my personal fav)

  • Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate — Chocolate-covered fruits, granola bars and trail mix
  • Oatmeal and bread — Hello breakfast and lunch on the daily
  • Tea + flavored water — The perfect pick-me-ups

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Did we mention that Michelle is a great sharer? It really works out well for the rest of us, and we are oh so grateful for it.


Let Me See You #Floorcore

25 Jun

Of all the apps on my iPhone, my go-to app — whether it’s when I wake up, go to bed, or am seeking inspiration — is Instagram. Lately, I’ve noticed an influx of bird’s-eye-view photos; images that give the onlooker the photographer’s POV and typically highlight their outfit or surrounding. This new phenomenon to hit Instagram is called #Floorcore.

My favorite Instagram account that chronicles gorgeous ensembles from the neck down is Kate Brien’s @viewfromthetopp. She’s even been featured on Vogue’s Instagram.


Photo courtesy of Kate Brien

Photo courtesy of Kate Brien’s View From The Topp Instagram


The best #Floorcore’s feature a fabulous floor — think inspiring tiled patterns, a flowerbed, the beach, or decorative rugs. And let’s not forget, a great pair of shoes.

The next time you find yourself standing on a unique floor, remember, perspective is key.

- Leah

Welcome, Summer Interns

18 Jun

I would like to officially introduce our new Lola Red summer interns, Leah and Hannah. As Mass Communication graduates from St. Cloud State and PRSSA members, we are thrilled to have these gals join our team.

Meet Hannah:

Hannah Watkins, Lola Red PR Intern

Hannah Watkins, Lola Red PR Intern

Hometown – Zumbrota, Minnesota

Why PR? – I have loved writing since I first learned how to, I enjoy working with and helping others, I like staying busy, and I wanted to work in an environment that I could be passionate about and work for clients I could be equally passionate about. PR seemed to be the perfect fit. I write A LOT, there is never a dull moment (something new everyday), I get the satisfaction of helping a client succeed while working alongside other talented individuals, and I just plain love what I do.

5 words that describe me – Determined, unique, dependable, spontaneous, funny

Favorite place in Minneapolis – There are way too many to pick from so I will just say the place I was at when I first fell in love with this city and that is the Nicollet Mall area at my first ever Holidazzle Parade.

Describe your perfect day –I would sleep in until I wanted to get up and when I did get up I would have a white chocolate mocha ready for me from Starbucks with a Bruegger’s bagel. I would be in California so that way I could lay out on the beach and shop at the local thrift store boutiques most of the day. When it cools down in the evening I would go hiking in the mountains. I would eat at an Italian restaurant on the boardwalk that night and conclude the evening watching a million episodes of Friends.

Fun fact – I am OBSESSED with elephants. They commonly show grief, humor, compassion, cooperation, self-awareness, playfulness, and excellent learning abilities. Amazing.


Meet Leah:

Leah Noldy, Lola Red PR Intern

Leah Noldy, Lola Red PR Intern


Hometown – St. Paul Park, Minnesota

Why PR? – I chose PR because I like being constantly challenged. As clichéd as it sounds, no day is ever the same and that always keeps me on my toes.

5 words that describe me – Talkative, avid walker, great parallel parker, constant over-thinker & loyal friend

Favorite place in Minneapolis – Whole Foods. It’s close to work and always has delicious samples. (Yum!)

Describe your perfect day – I’d hang out at the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory followed by a stroll around Lake Como (preferably with ice cream in-hand). Or else, who could ever beat a day at MOA?!

Fun fact – I’m 75% deaf in my right ear so if it seems like I am ignoring you, I really just can’t hear you!


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Welcome to the real world, ladies.



Unlikely Playgrounds

16 Jun

As a young professional juggling two full time jobs…

  1. Associate Publicist at Lola Red PR
  2. Executive Assistant/Mom at Oliver and Eloise, Inc.

…multitasking is the name of the game.

My co-assistant, Tim and I have cultivated amazing ways to multitask over the past 3 years. A few of our noteworthy achievements:

  1. Perfecting the art of transporting numerous items around the house (there is no obstacle, weight or number of items that I won’t carry to save time).
  2. Tim discovered the efficiency and perfection of drinking a beer in the shower. Any opportunity to add a beer to a daily task is a win!

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One of my proudest accomplishments has been turning errands into “playtime”. Tim and I visit Costco and Menards on a fairly regular basis (read: weekly at a minimum). Every seasoned parent (read: a day or more) knows that your child’s attitude can make or break a trip out of the house. Here is how we’ve gotten Oliver (Eloise just needs a smile and a paci and she’s golden) to love our two favorite “playgrounds”.


Oliver brings along his beautiful Melissa & Doug Grocery Cart from Creative Kidstuff (a Lola Red client and coincidently, one of Oliver’s other favorite stores). The moment we get into Costco he walks his cart right to the fruit section, loads it up with berries or apples, and munches on them for the remainder of the shopping trip.

Why this is awesome – Not only does he love shopping like mom (he takes it very seriously, as you can see), but it’s also absolutely adorable. In any other situation a child munching on produce pre-purchase might earn me a scowl or dirty look. Put that food in a cute little grocery cart pushed by a little blue-eyed blond kid with a smile and all is forgiven.

Everyone wins and Mom gets to leisurely stroll through her “happy place”.

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In 2011, Tim and I became homeowners and inherited a number of DIY disasters that have me questioning the ethics and honesty of anyone tied to or promoting the trend. As a result, Menards is our home away from home. Apart from the obvious danger zones in the store, a number of wonderful things are happening here:

  1. A moving walkway that goes up AND down
  2. A glass elevator that goes “so fast you better hold on!”
  3. Stand up showers to climb into and toilet seat covers that you’re allowed to open and peek into
  4. A canopy of magical lights to walk under
  5. Seasonal items like huge snowmen and our favorite – witches!

Up………………………and down!

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*Adult supervision required.

Someday, Oliver and Eloise may realize that Menards and Costco aren’t the greatest playgrounds on the planet (hopefully long after they stop believing in Santa). Until then, we’ll keep “playing” at our favorite local spots.

Put a ring on it

13 Jun

Ringly is one smart piece of jewelry. It connects to your phone and sends you customized notifications through vibration and light. You have the ability to control who and what notifications come through from meeting updates to text messages. Ringly’s core belief is that technology can be more discreetly integrated into our lives.


Photo courtesy of Ringly

We even love the look of it! You can get your own by pre-ordering at Ringly.com. They expect to ship pre-orders by fall 2014. So, what are you waiting for?



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