The C List

1 May

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Oh hey there, MAY.

Whether the tulips and cherry blossoms are out where you are, or you’re still waiting for that last ugly, brown, snowbank to melt (this is all too real for me right now) — May is here and it is one of my favorite months of the year.

Why?

Because it means flip flops, sundresses, and the beginning of the summer season of windows down, patio drinks, and long weekends on the ocean. Yes, as many of you know, I am all about that East Coast life.

But until I can pack my weekend bag for the shore, here are five links I’m crushing on this week.

1. 20 Signs You’re Doing Better Than You Think You Are (via PULPTASTIC) I think we’ve all needed this post at some point in our adult lives.

2. Chuck Bass & Nate Archibald Reunited And It’s So Damn Beautiful (via Buzzfeed) Calling all Gossip Girl fans — while Chuck MAY have looked better in his dapper suits, I have to admit, seeing these two together makes me long for my Gossip Girl days.

3. Lake Michigan Is So Clear Right Now You Can See Shipwrecks From The Sky (via Buzzfeed) Are you weird like me and love shipwrecks and the ocean floor? Yes? This post is for you.

4. 27 Movies That Will Make You Excited For Summer (via Buzzfeed) I’ve seen nearly every movie on this list, and I was so happy to see some of my summer favourites, including Adventureland, Jaws, and Dirty Dancing, and National Lampoons Vacation. What’s your favorite summer movie?

And the last post, which is incredibly dear to my heart, is my first contributed post to one of my favourite sites – Levo League. While this post may not ever apply to you, it was a goal of mine to contribute to Levo this year, so I’m pretty excited it happened. I’d love if you give it a peek and blow it a kiss!

5. 10 Interview Questions You’ll Be Asked If You Want to Be a PR Manager (via Levo League) Whether you’re applying for a career in PR or not, always know how to tell YOUR story.

That’s it from me! I wish you all a very exciting weekend.

Come back next Wednesday for my newest Guilty Pleasure of the Month!

x

PS: If you’re a Fifty Shades fan, make sure to download your HD copy available today on iTunes! Two hours of bonus features, an alternate ending, AND the new Fifty Shades Darker teaser! Oooh la la! 

Introducing: Book of the Month

29 Apr

I am VERY excited to share my last new post from my four new monthly series.

You’ve heard about my Product of the Month, my Guilty Pleasure of the Month, and my Recipe of the Month – now it’s time for one of my favorite new series:

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A self-proclaimed bibliophile, you can understand why Book of the Month was a must when I was contemplating these four new monthly series. I wanted four things that would be consistently fun and easy to write about, but also include products, recipes, guilty pleasures, and books that are actually a part of my day-to-day life.

Tonight, I’m excited to talk about my latest read that I absolutely devoured on my flights back from Nashville. True story: I started it on my flight from Nashville to NYC and finished it on my flight from NYC to Toronto. It was THAT good.

The book is Ugly Love and is written by the very talented Colleen Hoover.

As the title suggests, it isn’t a rainbows and sunshine love story, but it’s the perfect balance of sexy and angsty.

“When Tate Collins finds airline pilot Miles Archer passed out in front of her apartment door, it is definitely not love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. But what they do have is an undeniable mutual attraction. He doesn’t want love and she doesn’t have time for a relationship, but their chemistry cannot be ignored. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up, as long as Tate can stick to two rules: Never ask about the past and don’t expect a future. Tate is determined that she can handle it, but when she realises that she can’t, will she be able to say no to her sexy pilot when he lives just next door!”

First of all, I have a serious weakness for pilots so you can imagine how silly it was of me to read this on a plane and during a four hour layover in one of the USA’s busiest airports. To any pilots who caught me drooling, my sincerest apologies. It’s the uniform.

But honestly, if you have a thing for pilots or just a man in uniform, you’re going to love Miles Archer and for those of you who are familiar with Canadian model and Instagram famous Nick Bateman – he is set to star in the film adaption coming out in 2016.

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You’re welcome.

As for the leading lady, I absolutely loved Tate because she is relatable. I’m a girl and I am no stranger to dating bad boys and telling myself just one more night while failing to end things before they get ugly. Tate is a strong, career-focused woman but like many of us, she is not immune to the power of the broken man with the mysterious past. Miles is a charming, complicated, sex God that any woman would be powerless to push away. Their chemistry and their story is one you won’t soon forget.

If you’re looking for a swoon worthy read – grab a copy of Ugly Love today. Then come back and tell me how much you loved it!

x

GrowCo 2015 Highlights and Snapshots

26 Apr

I’ve already talked about my love of Nashville and how much I enjoyed it in the few nights I was there, but I had a lot of people ask if I planned on sharing my highlights from the GrowCo conference too!

Well, absofreakinglutely. It was, after all, the best part of Nashville.

Inc. Magazine is one of my favorite publications in the business world. I read at least a dozen Inc. articles a day (and that’s not just because it’s part of my job!) I genuinely love their content and idolize their editors and writers. True story: I fangirled meeting a few.

Naturally, you can understand why I looked so excited on Day 1 of the conference.

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Here are just a few of the highlights from my experience at GrowCo and some snapshots of my favorite speakers. Whether you own your own business, run your own blog, or just need a little inspiration in life or your career, hopefully these lessons will inspire you too!

Johnny Cupcakes Doesn’t, In Fact, Sell Cupcakes

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I didn’t know much about Johnny Cupcakes before GrowCo, but after getting to see him talk and spending some quality time chatting with his sister and mother at their pop-up shop, I’m a Johnny Cupcakes fangirl now.

I am all about an amazing experience – Johnny Cupcake’s t-shirt and accessories stores and business delivers. Just check out their cool stores. Hitting up his store in Boston is now on my to-do list.

Your Mother’s Salad Dressing Can Be Worth Millions

One of my favorite reoccurring themes from GrowCo was the number of founders who developed their product and walked into a Whole Foods and essentially convinced them on the spot to sell their product. The story of Tessemae’s Dressing was just that. Founder took his mother’s beloved salad dressing, bottled it up, walked confidently into Whole Foods and turned a bottle of dressing into a multi-million dollar business.

The point? If you have something awesome, find a way to monetize it.

The Shark is Awesome

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Daymond John was absolutely fantastic. From his excellent business tips to his witty jokes about the Kardashians, Daymond was an amazing speaker. He also had a soundtrack to go along with his talk which had the audience bopping heads to everything from Money Money Money…. to Run DMC.

But he also had some valuable lessons. My favorite quote from his talk? “A no is an absolute maybe.”

Watch Out for Those Intrapreneurs 

One of the things I loved about all of the speakers was how often they used intrapreneur and entrepreneur interchangeably. As one of the first two hires at Onboardly, I’ve often feel like more of an intrapreneur than an employee. I firmly believe once you cross over into the land of intrapreneurship, a spark goes off and it’s just a matter of time before you have your first big idea.

Hearing Evernote’s CEO Phil Libin share that despite their massive million dollar growth, his employees’ career progression and future is top of mind, was an awesome thing.

Rejection is Just an Invitation to Keep Going 

I’ve never used AirBNB but I’m consistently impressed by their growth around the world and I’m looking forward to staying in one this June in Miami. I had the opportunity to sit in on two talks that included AirBNB co-founder Joe Gebbia and amid the many awesome knowledge bombs he dropped, one piece of advice he offered really stuck with me: “Rejection is just an invitation to keep going.”

Whether you’re trying to get published, get a new job, or get your idea off the ground — solid advice is solid.

Jessica Alba is a Stunning Human Being (and inspiring too!) 

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As a popculture junkie who has watched Into the Blue (rip Paul Walker) a thousand times, I was very excited to see Jessica Alba in person. And let me tell you – she is as absolutely stunning as you would imagine. But perhaps what was most amazing, is how incredibly humble she is.

When asked why she didn’t call it the Jessica Alba company, she very confidently explained that it was never about her or her fame. She wanted something that would last forever and be immortalized in its own way.

Boom!

Starbucks is Where Every Good Idea Starts

Despite being so accustomed to hearing the word “Zumba” I was embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know one man was responsible for the cardio phenomenon. And hearing the business idea came from a coffee meeting at Starbucks? Perfection.

I’ve always said with a Starbucks in hand you can take over the world. Or in this case – become a millionaire.

So in closing, what did I learn at GrowCo?

Experience is everything.

If you have something awesome, put a price tag on it.

A no is a maybe.

Rejection is an invitation to keep going.

Keep drinking Starbucks.

If you’re reading this and attended GrowCo – I’d love to hear what inspiration you brought back from Nashville.

x

The C List

24 Apr

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Happy Friday!

It’s been an exciting week on the internet – apocalyptic volcanoes, Brother Orange takes America, and the first look at Fifty Shades Darker. It made the C List. Don’t worry.

After discovering the awesome that is Nashville (see what effect that trip had?) I’m looking forward to a weekend of Netflix binging, lots of creative writing, and plenty of Tumblr.

Until then, here are some of the links I’m loving this week.

1. 9 Reasons Your Girlfriends Are The Most Important People In Your Life (via Elite Daily) There is so much truth to this and I’m beyond lucky and blessed to have the girls I do in my life.

2. 21 Couples You Should Never Forget Existed (via Buzzfeed) Liv Tyler and Joaquin Phoenix – I was ALL about that in the 90’s after Inventing the Abbotts. Who is your favorite past-tense couple on the list?

3. Sea turtle photobombs swimmers in turtley awesome picture (via Mashable) My sea turtle loving heart thinks this is the greatest photobomb in history.

4. The newest Jurassic World trailer (via YouTube) Hold on to your butts – this movie is going to be amazing.

5. The first look at Fifty Shades Darker (via Access Hollywood) You guys, February 2017 needs to get here fast.

And that’s all from me. Have an ah-mazing weekend!

x

PS: Did you catch my first ever recipe of the month this week? You won’t want to miss this delicious smoothie!

Introducing: Recipe of the Month

22 Apr

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Earlier in March, I launched the first two posts from my four new monthly series – Product of the Month and Guilty Pleasure of the Month.

Then life got busy, Nashville happened, and here I am several weeks later, finally revealing the third new series for you to look forward to monthly: Recipe of the Month.

This month, I’m excited to share my go-to breakfast smoothie that I drink every morning.

Acai Berry Smoothie 

This smoothie is SUPER easy to make and keeps well if you want to take it on the go. I make it every morning, pour it into a mason jar and I’m on my way. I later enjoy it at the office over my emails and catching up with the girls.

Bonus? Acai is a power fruit and let me tell you – you will definitely notice a difference in your energy levels from this daily drink. 

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 – 1 cup of strawberries
  • 1 tsp of acai powder
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 tbsp of coconut flakes

Mix all of the above in your blender and you’re ready to enjoy your smoothie!

I’d love to hear what you think if you try this smoothie. I’d also love to hear YOUR favorite smoothie recipe! Summer is coming and fresh market berries are right around the corner!

x

Nashville Ya’ll

19 Apr

Oh Nashville.

I may have only spent four nights inside your city limits, but something dare I say it – magical – happened.

You won me over.

Let me perfectly frank. I had the amazing opportunity of going to Nashville to attend Inc. Magazine’s annual GrowCo Conference. A conference that was life changing. The destination was just a perk. A perk that until two weeks ago, didn’t seem like that much of a perk. I mean, it wasn’t Hawaii or Europe. It was just Nashville and I was just a girl that didn’t listen to country. Even if I’ve been known to do a mean June Carter when you hand me a microphone.

But after walking down Broadway, eating some of the best southern BBQ, and singing “Friends in Low Places” at the top of my lungs in a honky tonk bar – Nashville charmed the hell out of me.

Here are just a few of my favorite shots and some of the amazing Nashville eats from my trip.

IMG_8760 My incredible view from the Omni Hotel

IMG_8756 Pool Views

IMG_8762 The most amazing BBQ on Broadway

IMG_8433 Nashville Eats: Tennessee Pork Shoulder, Corn, Mac & Cheese and Corn Bread (Jack’s BBQ)

IMG_8763 Evening walk views

IMG_8761 Beautiful cherry blossoms at the Country Music Hall of Fame Theatre

IMG_8759 Nashville Eats: Crispy pig ears – absolutely to die for appetizer (the Farm House)

IMG_8757Those neon lights

IMG_8758 Broadway views

IMG_8540 Nashville Eats: Garden Vegetable Frittata w/ goat cheese (Kitchen Notes)

IMG_8595 The best $1 I’ve ever spent for a photo op

IMG_8534 Nashville Eats: the most amazing taco spread (Bakersfield)

IMG_8768 Country Music Hall of Fame

IMG_8767 Nashville Symphony

IMG_8607 Nashville Eats: more tacos, all the tacos (Bajo Sexto Tacos)

IMG_8625 Neon and Saloons

IMG_8765 So many old records storage buildings – loved each and every one

IMG_8627 Nashville Eats: Sweet corn crusted french toast (Kitchen Notes)

IMG_8766 Johnny Cash museum

IMG_8764 The Stage on Broadway

IMG_8755 G’Night Nashville. You’ve been swell.

In conclusion, between the honky tonk bars, the amazing people I met and the unreal Nashville eats – I would go back to this city in a heart beat.

If you’ve been Nashville, you know what I’m talkin about.

x

Curious to know what I thought about the Inc. conference? Come back next weekend to check out my post on all things inspiring for GrowCo! 

The C List

17 Apr

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It’s been an absolutely amazing week.

When you come back from vacation or a week away, it’s sometimes hard to get back into the flow. Nashville was incredible and I can’t stress enough how inspiring the conference was or how much I fell in love with the Southern charm.

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Come back over the weekend to see more pictures and hear more stories from my trip!

This week… This week has been something else. They say when it rains it pours, but so often it’s meant in a negative sense. But what about when it rains rainbows, kittens, puppies and unicorns? That’s kind of how this past week has gone.

From seeing my face amongst the amazing speakers at this summer’s International Startup Festival in Montreal to learning about some exciting new opportunities that I can’t talk about just yet but will totally share when the time comes.

Oh and Brother Orange tweeted me.

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 6.55.45 PMYeah, this week was awesome.

And what better way to end a great week than with some great links.

Here is this week’s C List.

1. The Cutest Airborn Koala in the World (via Buzzfeed) Koalas on a plane. I can’t even handle the cute.

2. ‘Felines Of New York': The Lives Of Cats In The Big Apple (via Guff) Calling all cat people: this is awesome.

3. The Boy From The “Success Kid” Meme Is Trying To Get His Dad A Kidney (via Buzzfeed) This story both warms and breaks my heart. Every little bit helps,  which is why I’m sharing this link. Also Success Kid will never go out of style.

4. Your First Look at the National Lampoons Vacation Reboot! (via People) I often feel like I’m an honorary member of the Griswold family, so naturally I’m THRILLED there’s a new movie in the making and that Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo are returning. Ed Helms and Leslie Mann as Rusty and Audrey? Yes please.

5. The Latest Star Wars Trailer (via YouTube) Let’s all collectively freak out, OK?

Have a great weekend everyone!

x

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