Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Work Appropriate for Who? Featuring Liz, the Community Manager

One of the things I've loved about living in DC is getting to meet all of the different bloggers and hear about all of the interesting things they do in DC! I haven't gotten to meet Liz in person yet, but I've found her through some other bloggers and twitter. Once you've read about her work style, go check out her blog and twitter! Just be warned, her tweets about Cava Grill will definitely make you start craving it.

Work Appropriate for Who? Featuring Liz, the Community Manager | Something Good
Name 
Liz McAvoy

Blog

Age
25

Job Title
Community Manager

Work Appropriate for Who? Featuring Liz, the Community Manager | Something Good

Job Description
Manage our various social media channels, oversee community partnerships, create content for and manage the company blog, take photos, and eat good food.

Organization Description
Cava Grill, a growing DC-based fast-casual restaurant group

Work Appropriate for Who? Featuring Liz, the Community Manager | Something Good

What dress code was given to you when you began the job?
Casual

What do you generally wear to work? 
It really ranges widely. Since we only have a handful of people in our corporate office space and I’m running from place every day, it can range from jeans and a t-shirt one day to a comfy shift dress and heels another day (ok, so the heels are exceedingly rare). 

Where do you like to shop for work attire? 
Since I’m lucky enough to have an environment where practically anything goes, my work purchases are the same as my weekend purchases. A few favorites include big-hitters like ASOS, Nordstrom, Madewell, and a few more niche favorites include South Moon Under, Free People, Current Boutique.

Work Appropriate for Who? Featuring Liz, the Community Manager | Something Good

How have you developed your professional style? 
I would say my professional style actually tended to skew slightly more formal at my previous job (though still very much on the casual style). These days, work can run from tasting a new menu item in the morning to lunch with one of our community partners to emails and content scheduling in the afternoon — so I’ve learned the value of comfortable shoes and of always carrying an extra layer for heading indoors and out.

In your specific office, what is one thing you would tell a woman to definitely NOT wear? 
For me, it actually skews more in the direction of ‘don’t wear tall heels or a pencil skirt,’ than the usual, ‘don’t wear leggings or a t-shirt,’ because of the versatility and athleticism my job sometimes has. If I’m standing on a chair trying to get just the right photo of our food for our Instagram account, I don’t need lunch rush customers getting to peek up my skirt. And when I’m running from one end of DC to the other because I scheduled meetings in two different restaurant locations in the same day, comfortable shoes will always win.

Work Appropriate for Who? Featuring Liz, the Community Manager | Something Good

What is the best "dress code" advice you have ever received? 
Know what flatters you. But also know what you like. I started What Dress Code? two years ago as a space to showcase my lack of a dress code — both in a literal sense and in the sense that I’ve never really held myself to one particular style or trend. But when it really gets down to it, I think knowing your body shape and dressing to flatter it is important; but even more important to that is just buying that wacky printed skirt or crazy pair of wedges if you're smitten. If you like wear what you like, your confidence will shine through.

What advice would you give to women starting in her career about dressing for her job? 
I would say to ask a peer what they wear on a weekly basis before you even step foot into the office. And I would also say to ask your future boss the same thing. Put the two together and try to figure out where your style fits into the mix. I’m obviously in one of the more casual work environments out there, but I think that even in the most formal professional environment, if you do your homework and figure out the no-gos first, it’ll be a lot easier to figure out how many options you do have. 

Work Appropriate for Who? Featuring Liz, the Community Manager | Something Good

View other Work Appropriate interviews here and check back on Tuesday to see who I interview next!

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Mint Shorts

The Mint Shorts | Something Good, sole society wedges, the mint julep boutique, j.crew sweater

How did it take me all summer to discover soft shorts? If you couldn't tell from last Monday's post, I'm a little obsessed now. Even though the temperature is starting to drop (did anyone else absolutely love DC's weather on Sunday?), I'm planning on wearing these shorts as long as I can. Paired with a sweater, they'll carry over into fall perfectly! Also, they kind of make me wish that I cheered for the Gators, since this outfit would be perfect for watching their games (aka this post is now dedicated to you, Miss Kelsey).

Now, I not only wish I found these shorts on The Mint Julep Boutique sooner, but I wish I had discovered The Mint sooner! You know you've found a great boutique when you send a link over to a friend and she immediately starts sending you links of her favorite items (love you Whitney). I plan on hitting up The Mint for more fall basics pretty soon, and thanks to The Mint, you can too! Scroll to the bottom to see how you can win $20 to shop the mint. Oh also, if you sign up for their mailing list, you'll get sneak peeks of their new arrivals!

The Mint Shorts | Something Good, sole society wedges, the mint julep boutique, j.crew sweater

The Mint Shorts | Something Good, sole society wedges, the mint julep boutique, j.crew sweater

The Mint Shorts | Something Good, sole society wedges, the mint julep boutique, j.crew sweater

The Mint Shorts | Something Good, sole society wedges, the mint julep boutique, j.crew sweater

The Mint Shorts | Something Good, sole society wedges, the mint julep boutique, j.crew sweater

The Mint Shorts | Something Good, sole society wedges, the mint julep boutique, j.crew sweater

The Mint Shorts | Something Good, sole society wedges, the mint julep boutique, j.crew sweater

The Mint Shorts | Something Good, sole society wedges, the mint julep boutique, j.crew sweater

The Mint Shorts | Something Good, sole society wedges, the mint julep boutique, j.crew sweater

The Mint Shorts | Something Good, sole society wedges, the mint julep boutique, j.crew sweater

Sweater: J.Crew Factory (Similar) / Shorts: The Mint (Sold out, but other great options here!) / Shoes: Sole Society (Same) / Purse: Shara Porter Designs (Same)

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Photos c/o Ashlyn

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Saturday's Something Good: SKICKS

I went to an undergrad that wasn't very, um, sports oriented. Yes, we had them, but the school basically had to bribe students to go (yes free food + tee shirts!). While I love my undergrad, I was still always a little jealous of the kids at the big D1 schools who got the opportunity to go to big football and basketball games. I cheered for the Badgers (cause Wisconsin), but well, I'm jealous of everyone who got to experience that crazy sports pride.

Why am I rambling on about this? Well today I'm interviewing Jordana who created the company SKICKS. SKICKS is a unique line of shoes based around collegiate teams so students can rep their schools, even down to their shoes. The brand is incredibly impressive and to add to that, Jordana is still in college herself! Read on to learn more about SKICKS!

And maybe, just maybe, I'll luck out and Jordana would be willing to design a Carnegie Mellon pair for me. Yes?
Saturday's Something Good: SNICKS, converse, college sports, shoes


Name
Jordana Schrager

Age
20

School & Major
University of Michigan, major in Art and Design/ minor in Business

Since you started drawing on your sneakers in high school, what were you first drawing on them?
I used to use a black sharpie pen to doodle different fun and interesting patterns on the shoes. I always love coming up with new patterns to add to my sneaker designs!


How did you go from doodling on your own sneakers to designing for celebrities?
I started drawing on sneakers for myself, my friends, and my family. Through word of mouth and advertising on social media, my custom sneaker business began to grow. My followers on social media grew drastically and I began receiving a ton of emails per day. Also, an intern at the Barclays Center contacted me and asked me to make some custom shoes as gifts for their celebrities. It was fun working with a huge company like this!

Who was your favorite celebrity to work with and what did you draw on their shoes?
I liked making a pair of custom shoes for P!NK because I took all of her album covers and made my own art out of them. Also, I have always been a P!NK fan so it was pretty cool to give her a gift of my custom shoes!
Saturday's Something Good: SNICKS, converse, college sports, shoes

How did you come up with the idea for SKICKS?
I have always loved art and design and started drawing at a young age. My business began my sophomore year in high school. Once I started to wear my custom sneakers around school, everyone started asking for a pair! What started as just a doodle on a pair of old sneakers turned into a custom sneaker design business. Then, in college, I started creating collegiate themed designs on my sneakers and posting them on social media. Word spread quickly and my order volume expanded significantly. As a college student, I was aware of the vast collegiate licensed merchandise industry and noticed that there were no stylish and spirited sneakers out there for college fans, so I teamed up with two partners and we created SKICKS.

Once you realized that this idea was taking off, how did you go about setting up the business side of the work?
Like any business, it took us a while to set up the business side of SKICKS. We were all assigned roles and worked really hard at our positions to accomplish the company’s goals.

Are you now more involved in the business aspect or the design aspect?
I would say I am more involved in the design aspect of the business, however as one of the founders, I am definitely involved in both sides.  

Saturday's Something Good: SNICKS, converse, college sports, shoes

What has been the hardest part of this process (getting this line off the ground)?
The hardest part was obtaining the collegiate licensing rights.

What has been your favorite part of the process?
I really enjoyed coming up with the designs for the SKICKS.

What advice would you give to girls who want to start their own business?
Never give up on your goals. It’s a lot of work but it’s worth it if you really enjoy what you are doing!

What is the best piece of advice you've ever received (regarding anything, not just your business)?
Enjoy yourself and enjoy what you are doing!

Saturday's Something Good: SNICKS, converse, college sports, shoes

What are your plans post graduation?
I plan to continue working on and growing SKICKS and also growing my custom sneaker business.

Apart from designing shoes, what are some of your other hobbies?
I love hanging out with my family and friends, going to the gym, hanging out at the beach, listening to music, and being outdoors!

Saturday's Something Good: SNICKS, converse, college sports, shoes

Thanks Jordana for taking the time to answer my questions! I loved learning more about SKICKS and I hope to get my own pair soon.

Pictures c/o SKICKS