What’s in Becca’s Desk?

13 Aug

Today I decided to take another gander into the drawers of a team member and Becca was the lucky chosen one! I explored her drawers of total randomness and am happy to put this assortment of items on display for you. See below, my friends:

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  • 2 different kinds of granola bars – Healthy option for those moments when a little snack is needed
  • Madden’s Resort charger – Comes in handy often
  • Wrinkle release – This is really important
  • Can koozie – You never know when you are going to need it
  • Salt – She ALWAYS has this in her desk
  • Biotin pills – For the beauty things in life

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 – Hannah

Why You Need that Vacation State of Mind

30 Jul

This is my third day back from vacation. Do you remember vacation? You know, those days you take off from work to allegedly “get away from it all?” Could be for two to four days or even seven.

Normally, I take “active” vacations where I have much of it pre-planned, with some downtime scheduled in. Note the word “scheduled.”

This time around, our family escaped to an island in Lake Superior where there’s nothing more to do than fish, throw rocks, go kayaking, and hang out. Oh, and eat some ice cream. A lot of ice cream.

photo 2I return with some reminders for all of us who are hesitant to unplug because we’re too important or too busy to take a break. And do it while there’s still a bit of summer left.

Top 10 Reasons to Take an Extended Break

  1. Refreshes your mind
  2. Fosters creativity
  3. Reminds you of your priorities
  4. Renews your relationships
  5. Gives you an excuse to indulge (in food, in fun)
  6. Allows for more sleep (I hope)
  7. Introduces new experiences
  8. Invites you to spend money on something that makes you happy, not something to keep you alive (and shouldn’t that be part of why we work?)
  9. Makes memories that truly last a lifetime
  10. Models good choices for your kids (after all, you don’t want them to be workaholics too, do you?)

photo 1-Maria

The Selfiebration

29 Jul

The “selfie.” Everywhere we turn people (and brands) are embracing the selfie and shameless mirror picture trend regardless of the setting – airport, restaurant, car or dressing room. Last week, Michelle and I traveled to Silicon Valley for the BlogHER conference, namely the #Selfiebration. Everywhere we went we were bombarded by self-promotion selfies – brands requiring a selfie in exchange for a branded trinket, a selfie for a coupon, a selfie for a chance to win a prize, you name it. To brands’ demise, selfies are the hottest trend. However, one brand embraced what I believe is the true meaning of a selfie—confidence.

After a long day of meetings, I retreated to my hotel room only to be greeted by surprise messages on the mirror, “You are enough.” Of course, with the boost of confidence it instilled in me, an impromptu selfie with the encouraging message was called to action. At first, I hesitated. I’m not a selfie-snapper, I have hidden in the selfie shadows. My lack of self-esteem draws attention to what I believe-to-be “flaws”—flyaway hairs, tired eyes, lack of toned arms and too-thin lips—things I would never feel comfortable flaunting on social media. However, something about the message, “I am enough” stuck with me. It led me to realize that yes, I am enough and I am proud of every last bit that makes me, me. So there I went, uploading a selfie to the Twittersphere.

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The confidence-boosting messages didn’t end there. As we approached the expo floor at BlogHER, we were once again greeted by the pink affirmations. At first, The Mrs. booth was intimidating with all the luxurious decorations but then someone from The Mrs. team encouraged me to stand in front of what appeared to be a simple mirror. You could imagine after an 11-hour day the last thing I wanted to do was stare at my reflection. But with the support of The Mrs. team I decided to give it a whirl, putting the headphones on and stepping in front of the infamous mirror.

“Hello, Ms. Heidi. Aren’t you looking stunning today? [No, I look like I’ve been up for 20 hours] Look at your eyes. [My eyes? You mean my tired, makeup-smeared eyes?] Those bright green eyes are mesmerizing. Your sun-kissed brown hair [Ugh, it’s so flat, faded and frizzy, I know.], it complements your features and looks fabulous. Oh, and that smile. You are brightening up the room right now.” [Oh my god, people are watching. This is embarrassing.]

“No, Heidi. Keep looking at yourself. You are special. You are here for a reason. You have the strength to reach your dreams, both big and small. People who support you, who love you, those who are here to watch you grow into who you want to become, they surround you. Heidi, my dear, you are enough.” [Cue. Instant. Tears.]

Requiring me to take a selfie to win a lanyard? Ehh no, thanks. I keep track of my keys just fine. Asking me to take a selfie for empowerment and affirmation? You bet I’ll snap it. And I’m not just talking about Snapchat, which vanishes after 4 seconds. I will proudly snap my selfie, share it and continue to be inspired by the I am Enough message. I applaud and thank you, The Mrs., you said what I needed to hear, and I will continue to share the message because like me, everyone deserves to look in the mirror and see beyond their tired eyes.

Xoxo,

Heidi

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Watch the story behind The Mrs. #ImEnough campaign here:

 

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!

xoxo,

Katie

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.

-Chelsea

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.

-Maria

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.

-Hannah

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

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