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!
- 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 reliever
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!
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
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.
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’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.
As a young professional juggling two full time jobs…
- Associate Publicist at Lola Red PR
- 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:
- 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).
- 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!
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”.
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:
- A moving walkway that goes up AND down
- A glass elevator that goes “so fast you better hold on!”
- Stand up showers to climb into and toilet seat covers that you’re allowed to open and peek into
- A canopy of magical lights to walk under
- Seasonal items like huge snowmen and our favorite – witches!
*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.
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?
Nothing says team bonding like a little dirt, some greenery, and sparkly objects, right?
The Lola Red office recently decided to test out our green thumbs (or lack there of) by creating some terrariums. Lucky for us, we have resident sale expert in the office who was able to score some awesome supplies on the cheap at various thrift stores around the metro.
We started with a base, some of us used rocks, others used dirt, and some went right in sans dirt. After gathering a good base we picked out our favorite succulents and carefully organized them in our vessels. Another layer of dirt, rocks, shells, and sparkly stuff did the trick and before we know it, we each had an awesome terrarium! We were so thrilled, we decided to create a few more and place them around the office.
Check out the photos and let us know what you think! Have you ever created a terrarium of your own?
Say hello to the Mini by Everpurse. It is here to make your life a little bit easier. The compact design doubles as a wallet and iPhone charging dock. Handy, right?
If you’re always on the go, add the Mini to your wish list. It comes in black, gold and teal and is available for preorder for $129 (they will be shipped starting in summer 2014) at Everpurse.com.
Photo courtesy of Everpurse.com
Photograph by Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
Mickey Drexler and Jenna Lyons have done it again. The dynamic duo behind J. Crew just announced what is rumored to be called J. Crew Mercantile, a new brand that offers shoppers lower priced items. Yes, you read that correctly, LOWER PRICED J. CREW ITEMS.
Now don’t get me wrong, I do get an awesome feeling when I find heavily discounted clearance items in just my size, but the idea of a permanently lower priced selection that is on par with the brand’s prepster roots…I’m am in!!
Not only will the Mercantile merch be available online, the stores are also set to open in regional malls, closer to city centers unlike the J. Crew Factory outlets which are commonly found in suburban malls.
Interestingly enough, while Drexler was at the helm of Gap, he decided to launch Old Navy, a similar lower priced extension under the same brand umbrella.
The question that remains, however, is the quality of the J. Crew Mercantile apparel. Will spending less coin mean we get less wear out of our new products? Looks like only time will tell.
Like most people I rarely use the “phone” aspect of my iPhone. My iPhone is my handheld computer, stereo, newspaper, bank and scrapbook. This precious gem is rarely more than 3 feet away from me – at my desk, on the treadmill, on my nightstand – no matter what it is always within an arms length.
Therefore, I have more apps on my phone than I know what to do with, literally. Here are a few of my must-haves:
- Circa – brevity of Twitter, credibility of the New York Times
- Skyscanner – Thanks to this app, I scored a $38 round-trip flight to Denver and it is continuously satisfying my wanderlust. Every morning I search Minneapolis to everywhere, departing any day and no deadline on a return flight because you know, a girl can dream.
- Mint – My dream of traveling the world endures a rude awakening when my Mint app alerts me of my “high-spending” on none other than rent, utilities, students loans and of course, shopping. Mint helps me stay on track by providing a snapshot of all my accounts in one place.
- Pandora and Spotify – I rarely sit in silence, ever. I have a playlist for every mundane and glamorous aspect of my day. My “Cubicle Tunes” collaborative Spotify playlist helps me power through the 3 pm slum.
- Cartwheel – For all you closet “extreme couponers” and Target fanatics out there, this app is for you. You are able to save on items you already buy ranging from eggs and strawberries to bed sheets.
- Venmo – Take the worry out of wondering if your friend will pay you back with Venmo. Connect with your friends and make payments to each other, for free! Say goodbye to checkbooks and excuses.
Photo courtesy of Otterbox Instagram