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Tips for Hiring Interns

July 28
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I’ve worked for myself for almost three years now and a lot of my friends have as well. Adam and I started The Wonder Jam back in 2013 and pretty consistently have had interns every spring, summer and fall. They have never been virtual, always in-person. Just recently we brought on an admin assistant/studio manager/project manager hybrid!

As our business (and my fellow bosses’) grows, I wanted to share some tips on hiring and then onboarding people onto your team:

What’s In My Bag

July 27
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This is the most typical post of the blogging world. But IDGAF. I always think it’s interesting to see what’s in people’s houses, purses + studios. Who doesn’t?

I bought this backpack at Nordstrom Rack earlier this year because I hate carrying all the weight on one shoulder. It’s big enough to carry my large camera but not big enough to carry my 13″ Macbook Pro. Pro and con. When we were traveling a lot, it was nice that I didn’t have the choice.

So here’s what was in my backpack. Truth time: I didn’t include all the dirty tissues.

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  • Wallet
  • Current book
  • Business cards
  • Bite lipsticks (the only brand I wear), Gerard Cosmetics lipgloss and Burt’s Bees
  • Mobile phone charger
  • Memory card
  • Total Babe mirror
  • Coconut oil spray instead of lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Keys
  • Nail file

Riveting, I know. I’m pretty sure that Adam had recently went through my bag and threw away all the trash. What a sweet husband. Not pictured (but often in there): headphones and notebook.

Our Marriage Is In First Grade!

July 23
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Our marriage turned six this summer. I’ve known Adam for ten. Time flies when you’re having fun, running a business, traveling and more. Somehow marriage is the easiest and the hardest thing. I don’t know how it’s possible to be both. But it is.

Adam is so much of what I want to be. Patient, thoughtful and self-sacrificing. I sometimes am baffled that 18-year-old-me knew he would be such a great partner a decade later.

Gift Your Girlfriend

July 22
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I’ve been listening to Call Your Girlfriend (the podcast) lately. I love the topics, the casual vibes and the ladies. As you get older, you find that many of your friends don’t live in your apartment or down the street anymore. College friends disperse, bffs get jobs across the country and some of your best pals work 24/7 (ahem, me).

I thought it’d be fun to round up a list of fun gifts that don’t cost a bazillion dollars and are easy to ship. We can’t all be Gwenyth Paltrow.

  1. Weekly planner by Julia Kostreva ($32)
  2. Invader Shades by Quay ($50)
  3. Introvert pin by These are Things ($10)
  4. Lightning Bolt ring by Bing Bang NYC ($58)
  5. Gold lippy mug by Rachel George ($32)
  6. Hear No Evil earbuds in gold via Nasty Gal ($20)
  7. Coffee Scrub by Frank Body ($14.95)
  8. ET Pin via Valley Cruise Press ($8) they also have the twin/bff emoji pin!

Thinking about buying all of this stuff for all my bffs! Let me know of any other small shops that carry dope products!

A Wardrobe Capsule Based on Fabric and Blends (Instead of Style or Trends)

July 21
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While I hope this post is extremely helpful, I also think it’s the silliest thing I’ve done here on my blog. Taking photos of yourself is the weirdest (unless you’re a model…or aspiring to be). BUT I wanted to give you all an idea of what I wear every day because it’s about as simple as it gets. I’m still figuring out what fits my body type best. I’m really short (exactly five feet tall). Every time I meet someone from the internet, they say, “You’re so much shorter than I thought!”

How I’ve Tweaked my Capsule Wardrobe Method

A year or two ago, I discovered the capsule wardrobe method and loved it. It’s become more natural and less focused as time goes by. Back in March (when it was still frozen), I started shopping for spring and summer clothes. I was buying cute little lace shirts, crop tops and lots of maxi skirts. About half of the stuff I was buying online wasn’t fitting right (denim shorts that were twice my size, shirts that were too tight or pieces that wrinkle the minute you sit down).

Once we headed out for our huge road trip in May, I grabbed only a few outfits that I knew I loved. They lasted me two weeks straight on the road and I realized that they all had a few things in common: they were comfortable, they were neutral and they contained a small percentage of spandex or rayon. I like a basic grey/black/white tee + jeans and I’m set.

Current Base (and still building!)

I’ve included eight outfits based on some of my favorite shirts/tops. It doesn’t include a few pieces that were in the wash (favorite AE jeans, Free People grey tee and a Lulu’s camo tee).

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  1. Forever 21 tank top (57% cotton, 38% polyester, 5% spandex), Henry and Belle jean shorts and Birkenstocks
  2. Uniqlo tank top (70% modal, 30% linen), Target cardigan (100% rayon), jean shorts from Nordstrom, Mohinder sandals
  3. Lulu’s Tee Spirit Black tee (95% modal, 5% spandex), American Eagle jeans in short, strappy sandals from Target years ago
  4. Nasty Gal Play Favorites tee (93% rayon, 7% spandex), Urban Outfitters lace shorts, Jessica Simpson wedges
  5. Lulu’s Slice Going Ivory tee (95% rayon, 5% spandex), Rag and Bone jeans, strappy sandals from Target years ago
  6. Kit and Ace Calvert tee in black (Technical Cashmere that’s machine washable), American Eagle jeans, Jessica Simpson wedges
  7. Lulu’s City Life Beige tank (95% rayon, 5% spandex), jean shorts from Nordstrom, ankle booties from Nordstrom Rack
  8. Leith tank top from Nordstrom (60% polyester, 22% cotton, 18% rayon), American Eagle jeans, Jessica Simpson wedges

Tips and Tricks

I machine wash everything but I line dry the items that contain spandex. Honestly, I don’t wash my clothes every time I wear them. I try to get a few wears out of them before washing. I sit in our airconditioned studio all day so I have the ability to do that. Your clothes will last longer if you try not to run them through the machines.

After learning that I love a super soft tee/tank, I’m able to go shopping in-person pretty easily. I look for stuff that’s soft and I make sure that it’s not ‘dry clean only.’ When I’m shopping online, I do the following:

  • I’ll search a combination of color (nude, black, white, grey) or fabric (rayon, spandex, cotton).
  • I’ll check out how tall their models are because a shirt that hits a 5’10” model at the hip will be really long on me!
  • If I’m browsing by style, I’ll just be sure to check the reviews and specs/details.
  • I also will check the petite sections on shops like Anthro or ASOS.

I know that I look taller when I wear dark tops with dark pants (even taller with heels). Outfit #3 paired with the pose makes me look a few inches taller which can be a confidence booster when I need it. I’m currently diving into dresses/skirts to find what works for me best.

Any fellow short ladies have any of their own tips on buying clothes that fit + feeling boss?

Lately

July 17
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It’s already mid-July and I don’t even feel like we’ve had a summer yet. It’s rained for almost a month straight and so on the days we do see the sun, we’re always scrambling to sit outside on a patio, our front porch or open the windows.

Since it’s been raining a lot, I’ve been eating lots of tacos and french fries. And re-watching The Office on Netflix. My daily uniform consists of black tees and my Birks. And I’ve been drinking bourbon lately.

Last Stop: Los Angeles

July 7
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We were in Los Angeles (technically posted up in Venice) for six days. Here’s a list of everything we did. Because who wants to read paragraphs about someone’s trip?

  • Spent a few days between Abbot Kinney in Venice and Santa Monica
  • A night out in West Hollywood with my best bae Evan
  • Hosted an amazing pop-up gallery for our Death to Stock trip
  • Hung out with Marissa of Bourbon and Goose and Jennifer of Toast Meets Jam instead of just chatting on the internets
  • Drank with Matt Kimberley
  • Drove around Malibu because #omghouses
  • Photoshoot on the beach for a client

Then we flew back preparing to work like a crazy person due to taking a month off :)

Farm Stop!

July 6
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Between our trip to San Diego and Los Angeles, we drove through the mountains and visited one of our clients! Bethany started Primally Pure right on their farm and sells deodorant, lotions, outdoor lotion and lip balm made from REAL ingredients. Their farm, Primal Pastures, is beautiful. We ate fruit off the trees, shot some photos and fell in love with the product we’ll be re-branding.

Plus…PUPPIES AND PIGS!

We Fell In Love With San Diego

July 1
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After New Orleans, we hopped on a plane and flew to San Diego! Adam and I had about three days to ourselves in between Death to Stock stops which would explain the lack of photos. I had been shooting so much prior that I mostly left my camera at our hotel.

If we weren’t at the beach or In N’ Out…we were hanging out with Vanessa and Aaron! I’ve known Vanessa for years through blogging and it was so amazing to hang out in real life!