Pretty Fab

IMG_5776Top: Hera Tee by Fabletics | Bottoms: Salar Leggings in Goddess Print by Fabletics | Shoes: Adidas | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Sunglasses: Madewell

For those of you that follow me on social media, you know I’m spending this semester in Los Angeles. Life has been pretty amazing here. My school has a “study abroad” program in Los Angeles where we intern and take classes. It’s a great way to learn about the LA landscape and find your fit in the entertainment and/or fashion industry. One of my internships is at Fabletics, which is an athletic apparel brand cofounded by Kate Hudson.

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Kate recently released her lifestyle book, Pretty Happy. Let me tell you, although I’ve been working events around the book release all week, I finally sat down to read it today, and it is so amazing. Kate is such a genuine, real and nice person, and her personality shines through the pages on the book. I highly recommend! Even just a few pages in, I already felt inspired. IMG_5760

Yesterday, I worked a book signing with Kate at the Fabletics store in Woodland Hills. It was so fun to hear from her fans, meet the Fabletics customers, and obviously chat with Kate!

 

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Interning at a large PR agency, as told by Buddy the Elf

This semester has been an absolute whirlwind. While I’m wrapping up my time in Boston this year, I reflected on my experience at Regan Communications Group. Working at a large agency has been so much fun and provided me with an excellent learning experience. From administrative work to PR 101, I picked up my fair share of lessons and skills.

  1. At a large agency, you wear many hats for many clients. I drafted press releases and media advisories, posted calendar listings, clipped press coverage, worked at events…the list goes on. One minute, I might be pushing out a media advisory about an upcoming fundraiser, while hours later, you could find me staffing a themed event in the Seaport District surrounded by puppies (it’s happened before)! Needless to say I’ve gotten fairly good at juggling! Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 3.32.08 PM
  2. Before interning at Regan, I was slightly terrified to make ~professional~ phone calls. I used to screen callers at a previous internship, but here, I was playing the big leagues and talking to journalists and publishers. Dialing all those digits definitely helped me gain more confidence in my phone etiquette. Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 3.39.27 PM
  3. I even got to spend a few days running around Boston to take photos, pick up products, and run errands. With the large range of tasks I did around the city, I have Boston’s streets memorized like the back of my hand. Also, I may or may not have developed “excellent” pedestrian skills… Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 3.47.47 PM
  4. When staffing events, I learned to be a friendly face as I was the first person that welcomed guests to the venue and got them settled. (This wasn’t hard, obviously, since our events were always fun!)Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 3.54.21 PM
  5. After events, the team would occasionally get dinner together, so I also made sure to polish up my dining etiquette. Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 3.57.33 PM

 

Honestly, the list of things I learned could go on for days. I originally did not plan on interning this semester because of my academic schedule, but I am beyond glad that I did. My most important and meaningful takeaway from working at Regan was the affirmation of the way I feel about public relations: Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 4.02.08 PM

 

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

IMG_3704aAn open letter to my Big, Emilie:

Large! Congrats on your graduation! (Cum Laude, what a smartypants!) I am so incredibly proud of you, not only for graduating, but for being the person that you are. You are the most kind, generous and loving person that I have ever met. Thank you for welcoming me to KD with open arms and loving me unconditionally since day one.

It’s been a rough year, and I definitely could not have done it without you. Thank you for being by my side (or across the street) for the highest highs and lowest lows. We traveled across the country together, from New York to Connecticut to California and had our fair share of local adventures around Boston. My favorite memories in college all have you in it and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Sure, I was upset when I found out you were graduating a year early. And the closer we got, the more and more I dreaded your graduation day. But, I’m not afraid anymore. You’ve taught me so much, and because of that, I know I’ll be able to do this whole college thing without you by my side. While you’re no longer across the street from me, you’ll always be a text/phone call/FaceTime away, and God knows I will not hesitate to harass contact you.

I love you, Big. You are my mentor, role model, guardian angel, protector, best friend, and soulmate. You are loyal, kind, generous, compassionate, genuine, empathetic, loving–the list could become a novel. No one can or will ever replace you. As you go your own way, remember I am your biggest supporter and your number one fan. I will ALWAYS be here for you through anything and everything life throws at us. We are in this together. Big and little, we’ll always be.

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Spring Break Adventures: Mission Peak

For spring break this year, a few of my friends decided to come home to California with me. While we originally thought of going to Montreal, after this past winter in Boston, I could not be happier to be home in sunny California.

I’ve been taking my friends to all the essential food places (In-N-Out, authentic Mexican food), so we decided to burn those extra calories with a hike up Mission Peak. It was 6 miles total. Although we were exhausted when we got to the top, seeing the Bay Area from over 2500 ft. elevation was pretty awesome.

Some tips for first time hikers:

Go on a weekday, if you can. It gets really crowded and you’ll have to wait to take a picture with the totem pole, and some areas of the trail only have enough room for one person to go through.

– Water. duh.

– Bring your camera! There’s so many beautiful views from this trail and you’ll want to capture every moment.

– A good sense of humor goes a long way, especially when you’re with friends. Other hikers are very friendly too. It’s as though there’s a sense of camaraderie among “Mission-Peakers”

– Dress in layers in the winter/spring, wear close to nothing in the summer. Either way, you’ll get hot; it’s just a matter of how hot/if you’ll be able to cool down.

Enjoy!

xo, FMB
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Sorority Life: Big Little!

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 12.36.41 AM Everyone joins a sorority for different reasons, whether it be leadership, sisterhood, or social opportunities. As an only child, I craved that special bond of sisterhood (fun fact: when I was about four or five, my parents asked me if I wanted a sibling. I told them I only wanted an older sister…guess who ended up forever alone an only child?). With that said, my sorority family is one of my favorite things in life. Having a group of women who love you unconditionally, accept your flaws and inspire you to grow is a huge blessing. After experiencing one year of endless love and support from my family, I was so excited to welcome a new addition.

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 12.40.52 AMTwo of my best friends (who are also in my family) and I eagerly awaiting the littles’ arrival!

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 12.35.43 AMFor Big Little Reveal this year, the littles ran into a room, found a balloon with their name on it, popped the balloon and found a note with their big’s name on it. My little’s said, “Sarah, run home to Francesca!” As you can see above, she’s great at following instructions.

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 1.21.10 AMMy immediate family doing the #TSM family tree pose. From top to bottom, we have my grandbig: Gena, my big: Emilie, me, and my little: Sarah.

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 12.37.48 AMAfter reveal, we went to my big’s apartment to eat dinner and hang out. We excel at awkward and funny family photos.

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 12.40.21 AMOur entire extended family! From top to bottom:

Gena (grandbig)

Emilie (big), Victoria (Emilie’s twin)

Me (Emilie’s little), Cassidy and Esra (Victoria’s littles)

Sarah (my little), Amanda (Cassidy’s little), Arzu and Jordann (Esra’s littles)

If you have any questions about sorority life, recruitment, or big/little, send them my way! And if there are any Kappa Deltas out there, say hi! AOT ♥

xo, FMB

Happy Birthday to My Main Man

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After dealing with me for over 20 years, my dad definitely deserves a blog post celebrating his birthday. He’s the only one who knows exactly how to make me smile after a tough day, lets me be myself, and encourages me to reach new heights.

My dad was known as “Mr. Mom” all through grade school and high school. Between coaching my volleyball team, proctoring lunch duty, driving me to swim and cheer practice, and being the “cool dad” among all my friends, you could say he was a super-parent. Everyone in my hometown knows him, and whenever I come back to visit, they know me as “Henry’s daughter,” a title I could not be more proud of.

He’s also my best friend. In high school, since he was the one driving me to and from SI, he was the first to hear all the drama and gossip. And living in a household of women, he binge-watched shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Project Runway, and Pretty Little Liars. Whether he liked it or not, he kept up with the Kardashians.

Today, my dad is still one of the first people I call, and the first person I run to at the airport when I’m home. From tea parties to ziplining, he entertains all of my ideas and lets my dreams run wild.

To my favorite man since day one, Happy Birthday!

xo, FMB

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Back with the Crew

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Working in retail is a challenge, but it’s also one of the most rewarding experiences. Knowing that you can make someone’s day with a simple styling session or amazing customer service, retail really taught me not only the value of a dollar, but more importantly, the value of small acts of kindness. Not to mention, my first retail job gave me some of my best friends.

Almost one year ago, I started working at J.Crew (note: none of my opinions represent those of the company, and the company does not give me any compensation to feature their products). In celebration of my one-year work anniversary (Woohoo, first full year at the same job! I’m becoming a grown-up), here’s some of my favorite J. Crew-inspired looks.

IMG_7781Tank top: Zara | Pants: H&M | Jacket: Nordstrom B.P. | Sandals: DSW | Necklace: J.Crew

This necklace has to be one of my favorite statement necklaces. Not only does it go with everything I wear, but it was also a gift from my (sorority) Big Sister, Emilie. She gave it to me during big little week on the same day that I got the job offer from J.Crew.

IMG_9255Blouse: Marshall’s | Pants and Scarf: J.Crew | Jacket: Nordstrom B.P. | Shoes: DSW | Bag: Kate Spade

I wear a lot of black and white, which made me fall in love with this black and white scarf. It’s made of merino wool so it keeps me warm enough, but it was woven in a way that makes it lightweight enough for me to wear during work. I am also obsessed with these black pixie pants. The high rise and super stretch makes them so flattering, but the super stretch also makes them oh-so comfy.

IMG_0664Tee: Banana Republic | Jeans, Necklace, Jacket: J.Crew | Belt: Fossil | Boots: Ugg | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

This quilted puffer jacket is one of my favorite purchases from my time at J.Crew. It may have been a little bit of an impulse buy (I may or may not have texted my parents after buying it saying, “Don’t ask. It was an emergency” in case they checked my bank statement later that afternoon), but I’m so glad I bought it. The quilts make it the perfect transition piece from fall to winter.