Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Take it from #GIRLBOSS

It’s finally fall! There is something about cooler weather that makes us say goodbye lazy days and hello productivity. I always seem to get more done because there isn’t the distraction of lying by the pool or the whisperings of a warm summer breeze.

A great way to get back into the groove is to read a book. There is nothing better than snuggling up in a blanket with a cup of coffee and reading something that inspires you. Choose a book you’ve always wanted to read, but never had the time, or re-read one of your favorites.

I recently chose one I've been wanting to read. Sophia Amoroso’s, #GIRLBOSS. One word, amazing.
 Being a #GIRLBOSS doesn’t apply only to businesswomen. She is someone who follows her dreams, makes them happen, and then busts her booty to hold onto them. Amoroso created Nasty Gal at the age of 22 and lived on Starbucks and burgers. 

She had no experience and no degree but she had grit and stubbornness and with that you can accomplish anything. So whether it’s landing your dream internship, starting a blog, or moving across the country, #GIRLBOSS you can do it! 

 Here are a few words of wisdom from Amoroso to get you started:
“There are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure.” 
Just because you didn’t succeed at something doesn’t mean it was a waste. Maybe you learned a skill or discovered something you didn’t like. Apply that to your next job. Always look for the silver lining and never make the same mistake twice.
“Fortune favors the bold who get shit done.”
Don’t expect to have your dreams handed to you. You need to put in the time to make your dreams come true. The harder you work for it the sweeter the success.
“Bet on yourself.”
If you don’t believe in yourself how do you expect other people to? There will be tons of people telling you why you can’t do something. All you need is to keep telling yourself that you can.
“You don’t get taken seriously by asking someone to take you seriously.”
As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. Show you are serious by coming in early and staying late. Be the first to volunteer for a project. Pretty soon people will take notice.

What are your dreams? Share with us below.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Dating Chronicles – Guilty as Charged

One of the three definitions on Merriam-Webster.com for Guilt is, “feeling bad because you have done something bad or wrong or because you believe you have done something bad or wrong.”

There have been a lot of standards set when it comes to dating and relationships, and it’s beginning to feel like if you don’t adhere to those “standards,” you’re guilty of doing something wrong.

 I’m here to tell you the truth – you’re not!

This is the time to figure yourself out, make mistakes, take charge of your life - and a big part of that involves who you become involved with. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the dating game isn’t easy, it’s never been easy, and it’s never going to be easy, {Tried and true, the things worth having in life aren’t.} but if you want to be in a relationship, you’re going to have to play the game. You’re also going to have to live with the choices you make, so make the best decisions for you {the other person will get over it} and NEVER feel guilty for making those decisions.

 1. Long-term Love – Despite the fact that a lot of people do it, there isn’t a rule stating that you have to date around in your twenties. If you’ve been with someone since your teens/early twenties, don’t let the comments of, “Have you ever thought about who else is out there?” and “You’re too young to settle” impede on your happiness. Not everyone is destined to date 3, 5, 8, 10 or even 15 guys before finding “The One.” Your happiness is what matters, so don’t let anyone make you question or feel guilty about your long-term relationship.

2. Moving On – When things just aren’t working out with your partner, and you’ve tried to fix it to no avail, it’s time to move on. They might beg you to stay, friends and family may encourage you to give it more time, but you know you the best. You’re both going to be heartbroken, but time will stitch up the wounds for both of you, as will a new relationship. The biggest thing to remember is that if they’re still miserable months after the breakup, that’s not your fault/problem, they need to figure out how to move on.

3. Your Number – I can’t speak for everyone, but at least within my circle of friends, we’ve talked about past partners {be them long or short-term} and ultimately, our numbers. Look, here’s a truth bomb for you - it’s no one’s damn business! If you want to share, share, if not, that’s fine. But, if you’re sharing with friends and any one of you has a significantly higher or lower number than the rest of the group, who cares? {see two sentences above} Ladies, it’s your life, explore your sensuality however, how often and with whomever you want! {Be safe!!!}

4. Real Talk – This can go hand-in-hand with moving on, but I’m talking more about the we just started seeing each other, only been on a handful of dates experience. Trust your gut, and if you’re not feeling it, tell that person. Where real talk comes in is when they just don’t seem to get it. You tried being nice, letting them down easy, but the hint has seemed to fly over their head completely, even after you’ve stopped responding to texts. Now, it’s time to be the person you were hoping you wouldn’t have to be, and drop some truth on them. Be direct. Be precise. Be honest. Can it be harsh? Absolutely. Should you feel bad afterward? Absolutely not! If you approach the situation correctly, you shouldn’t hear from them again. Never feel like you did anything wrong by speaking your mind.

5. Life Outside of the Relationship – Maintaining your identity is extremely important, and both of you need to do it. Staying in and doing everything with him by your side is going to isolate you, and before you know it, you haven’t had a girl’s night in three months! Group dates are nice, but the two of you are still together. So, go out with your girlfriends, attend that office happy hour, and run errands alone. If he understands and does the same with his friends and coworkers, crisis averted. But, if you’re out and he keeps you glued to your phone by continuously texting or calling you, wanting to know when you’ll be home, there’s an issue, and one that if not dealt with can lead to major problems.

It’s perfectly fine to declare, “Yes, I’m guilty as charged, but I don’t give a damn!” And you know why? Because you’re taking charge of your life, you’re living it, and if that means you’re not allowing yourself to be molded into some societal norm, or allowing others to make you feel uncomfortable, then you should be extremely proud. You are taking strides others are afraid to, and you have the ability to help others see it for themselves as well.

What would you add to this list? We’d love to hear it!

Love, Alyssa

{Image courtesy of Guilty Pleasures.}
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Intern PRofile: Jaclyn Gabel

 Meet Jaclyn


Tell me about yourself
My name is Jaclyn Gabel. I am twenty-one years young, attending Central Michigan University where I will be graduating this December. I am a lover of all things fashion and beauty related, a (self-proclaimed) socialite in the making, and above all, I am an aspiring PR practitioner. I majored in public relations for many reasons, but I chose this field primarily because it is a job that never really feels like “work” to me. I am outgoing, hard-working and I am a people-person.

Where are you interning?
I am a proud intern at Love Publicity, a Detroit-based PR Boutique. Love Publicity focuses on the branding of its exclusive fashion, beauty, film & hospitality clientele. The team at Love Publicity has one main goal, and that is to always make sure our clients get results they deserve, as well as results that they are going to love.

What is your favorite part of PR?
I once heard a quote that stuck with me; “ If you find a job doing what you love, you will never work a day in your life”. This quote is exactly what public relations feel like for me. Along with learning how to network, I love being able to be the people person that I am, as a job. I have enjoyed every minute of completing the tasks I was given as a PR intern, and even more than that, I have loved learning and constantly picking up new skills that I will be able to put to good use everyday this field. As learning is one of the few constants in this world that I know to be for sure, it is one of my favorite things about myself that I not only love to do, but also make sure that I never take for granted.

What is your dream job?
My dream job is any job that lets me incorporate my love for fashion and beauty into the PR field.

What has been your favorite part of your internship so far? My favorite part of the internship thus far, has definitely been building a concrete relationship with the owner of Love Publicity, Teia. She has taught me not only a lot about public relations, and how to execute many of the tasks involved, but she has taught me things about myself as well. I know that with all she has taught me throughout the course of my internship, I would like to believe that I have also been able to teach her new things as well.

Is there any advice you would give to future interns?
I would advise future interns to stay organized, and to practice self-motivation. I have learned that those two skills are IMPERATIVE to have when working in public relations.

Where can we find you online?
You can find me on Instagram: JaclynGabel, on twitter and Love Publicity’s Instagram page, and my new personal blog that I will be launching in the near future. 

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Prepping for Stress-Free Travel

Stephanie George recently wrote a guest post on travel essentials for the PR gal. So, since you now know the essentials of what you will want to be traveling with, you're ready for some travel prep tips!

The main goal of your vacation is probably to relax. Of course you'll want to get out and see the sights and try new things but this should be a stress-free time for you. A time where you mind can unwind and shut down a little from the every day hustle and bustle of your busy life.


1. Start with a checklist of what you will be packing. Everything. Including your travel documents, ID, cash, etc. On this list I usually get a little Type A and indicate what will be in my carry-on and what will be in my luggage that is being checked. Once the item is packed, it gets crossed off the list.

2. Charge up those batteries. Seems like a no brainer, but it happens. You board the airplane and realize something (your phone, laptop, kindle, ipod, whatever it might be) is not holding full battery. I also suggest checking the battery levels before packing said electronics.  

(I once thought my Kindle was fully charged because I knew I put it away fully charged. Come to find out, the battery somehow depleted itself and when I pulled it out on the plane, there was ZERO juice left.)

3. Bring only the essentials. Especially if you're headed to the beach. How often do you honestly put on make-up or wear that super cute new trendy outfit you packed, instead of that cute, yet comfy and easy sun dress when you're hanging poolside or on the sandy beach all week?

I know you will still want the make-up and stylish threads for a dinner or night out, but be realistic and don't over pack.

4. Be versatile. Back to the over packing topic. When packing shoes, pack a pair of sandals for the beach, running shoes (only if you will be running or working out), a pair of flats for walking around and a pair of heels for the dinner or night out. To avoid bringing to many pairs, make sure each pair will match each (or at least most) of the outfits you have planned. (Now, I know just as well as you do, this can be hard when you want to stay fashionable and look fab at all times but it can be done!)

BONUS: Pack items that you can dress up OR dress down with a statement piece of jewelry. This also saves time and makes for an easy transition from day to night.

5. Take a look at what interesting places and activities there are around your location. Of course, you don't want to plan TOO much before actually arriving, but it is nice to have an idea of what will be around you. But really, don't plan too much. Get to your destination, explore and go with the flow. 

This is your time to do whatever you want. Relax, have fun and enjoy!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Get Ready in 15 Minutes or Less

We've all been there. Your alarm decides to have a mind of it's own and not go off to wake you up. Or, you meant to hit snooze and hit dismiss instead. Either way, it means you wake up late.

It happens. You open your eyes, realize your late and jump out of bed scrambling get ready for the day and {hopefully} make it to the office on time. Whether you're a morning person or not, this puts anyone into a bit of a frenzy.

So, what can you do to pull yourself together and look presentable when there is basically no longer any time left for your morning routine?


1. Spray that dry shampoo in your hair and take advantage of your go-to hair do that is effortless and takes minimal time.

2. Wash your face with cold water. This will help wake up you and your skin. Don't forget the moisturizer to brighten and replenish your skin.

3. Dab concealer around your eyes to give them a brighter look.

4. Brush some powder on your face and blush on your cheeks. And, finish with a quick swipe of mascara and lip gloss. (I keep these essentials in my purse for days like this. It makes it easier for a quick touch up throughout the day or after work too.)

5. I'm sure you all have a few go-to outfits as well. (If you don't, figure out what they are.) Grab one of those. Throw it on and you're ready to go. (You just have to make sure that you are ahead of laundry day.)

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Dating Chronicles – Dating Etiquette

There’s a lot of advice out there about how us 20-somethings can make it through the dating game. It comes from relationship experts, psychologists, those who’ve already been there, and those going through it now. Rachel and I decided that this post would be filled with tips from 20-somethings for 20-somethings. 
What your fellow ladies have to say about: 

Being out on a date

@rachmariepr - Be present. Turn off your phone - or at least put it to silent. If you must check it, do it while in the bathroom.. I know it is hard for us PR girls to not be connected at all times but, I promise, you'll live AND (hopefully) have a better time than if you were thinking about your phone.
@AlyssaNRomeo - Be yourself. Don’t get caught up trying to be someone you’re not, and let your true self shine through; it’ll be enough.
@EmCatPR - Be decisive. Nobody likes the awkward back and forth of "I don't know, what do you want to do?" The best scenario would be choosing a place, time or activity together, but that doesn't always happen. If he gives you options, be prepared to choose one or even suggest your own favorite place or activity. You will spend more time getting to know them and less time stressing about the little things!
Lindsey - Be punctual. Being on time shows you value and respect each other's time. Don't watch TV during sex. (Haha, we agree Lindsey!)

Dating in general

@PRGirlPaige - "Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary." It's so important to be with someone who continually reminds you to go out and be your best - but you have to do the same in return. Also, the older I get the more I realize how essential it is to be with someone who is motivated with their own dreams. You don't always have to have everything in common, either. My boyfriend of 4 years and I have very little in common besides adventuring and similar humor, but it makes everything more fun because we're so different. 

@AlyssaNRomeo - Don’t rush into things, and don’t be afraid to move on. We need to realize that no matter how much we want something to work out, if you’re looking for something serious and he’s not, it’s okay to just walk away.

@RachastaPR - Be willing to date outside "your type"! Before I met my boyfriend, I was convinced I had one type and that was the only type I would consider in terms of dating. Once I met my now boyfriend, I realized that your type does not matter and can actually really limit you in terms of finding the right one. I had an imaginary checklist and surprisingly, he does not fit many of those criteria. What I have found though, is that we fit perfectly together because we balance each other out. I wouldn't have it any other way!
Lindsey - Be open and honest, hiding the truth is the same thing as lying. He will appreciate your honesty and in return, he will give it back.

Celeste - Don't settle!!! Be confident in yourself to know what you are worth! Always trust your gut... It knows best what you deserve!!!

Valerie - Be upfront about what you want and how you feel. Never feel like you have to wait on him to make decisions on when to take the next step make it an equal decision. And never expect him to read your mind at anytime!!!! Know your WORTH and make sure you give yourself time from relationship to relationship to get the past out of your system. I have been guilty of not doing that and it never works out! Don't ever expect anything from anyone because that's the quickest way to get let down.

A friend of mine is struggling with the following right now, so here’s what she had to say - “Stop trying to keep up with what everyone else is doing or what society deems as "normal." Get married, don't get married. Have a baby, don't have a baby. It's YOUR life, do things at your own speed and what you want to do. Basically, don't obsess with time lines or conventional ideals.”

Another echoed the sentiments of @RachastaPR and @PRGirlPaige – “Be open to prospective datees. Don't think your type is your type... Be open!” To which the above friend agreed, because her “husband was never what (she) thought was (her) type but turned out to be the best thing (she’s) ever had!”

And one of the greatest things to remember is, “don't feel like you have to have everything together to be someone's perfect fit. You may not be where you want to be at this point in your life - and they may not be either! … The person you're supposed to be with will accept where you are right now and you will accept them and you'll grow together - or you won't. And that's ok. Your 20's are a time to be selfish and be all about you, so if you aren't meshing with someone, even after you've put time in, don't feel obligated to stay in fear of not finding someone else or that you're too old to start new.”

This is a crazy, confusing time, so take yours, try not to over-analyze, and above all, have fun! If there’s a piece of advice that’s really helped you, add it to the comments below.
♥ Alyssa

{Images courtesy of: epaperbird and Hitch Online.}

Monday, August 18, 2014

A PR Girl's Travel Essentials

Summer is the busiest time to travel. Whether you’re packing for a family vacation, visiting relatives or exploring new parts of the world, make the trip an easy and stress-free experience with some travel essentials. I’ve compiled a list of tried and true travel items that I can’t leave home without. My top travel essentials are:

1.     Notepad & pen: One thing about PR girls is that we can never completely unplug. Bring a notepad and pen with you to write down blog post ideas or a to do list

2.     External Battery: Some airports don’t have places to plug up electronics. If they do it’s usually full, so an external battery is essential. It gives you the freedom to charge anywhere so you don’t become a “wall-hugger”. I recommend investing in a battery that can charge your phone and iPad/ laptop at the same time.

3.     Toothbrush: After the airline snacks, coffee, and maybe a nap it’s nice to be able to brush your teeth. It gives you a nice, clean feeling no matter what (name that slogan).

4.     Make-up: There are times when you will have to go straight to work after getting off the plane. Instead of traveling in your make up, bring travel sixes of your favorite products. If you can’t find them ask for a sample.

5.     Snacks: Keeping a few healthy snacks in your bag is great especially if you don’t have time to get anything to eat. KIND and Go Picnic are great!

6.     Headphones: A good pair of headphones is a must. Listen to a podcast, music or audio book. They also double as ear plugs.

7.     Sleep mask: Catch up on some zzz’s. It can be worn on road trips or even on the train.

8.     Baby Wipes:  These are great for removing make up, wiping down seats, washing your face, and cleaning your hands.

9.     Good Book: Utilize your flight by catching up on some reading. Girl Boss, Bossy Pants, and If You Have to Cry Go outside are great reads.

10.  Slippers: During long flights it’s nice to kick off your shoes and relax. Pack slippers to keep your feet warm and for those trips to the bathroom.

Tip: If you can, pack a change of clothes in your carry on just in case the airline loses your luggage. 

These items allow you to not only enjoy the journey but to make the most of your travel time. And as any PR girl knows, multi-tasking is a must. 
What are some of  your essentials? Tweet me using the tag #travelmust. Happy travels!

{Guest post by Stephanie George.}

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Dating Chronicles – It’s Date Night!

Ah, date night. 

Break out the wallets, and let the night’s festivities begin. Tried and true, dinner and a movie, a rousing round of mini golf, and a home cooked meal from your sweetie, are all great date night activities, but let’s be honest, if you’re always doing the same things, or develop a routine with them, your relationship’s bound to get boring…and expensive.

Date night should be one where you go beyond the usual how was your day, or how was your week conversation. The further you are into a relationship, the deeper you should be connecting with your man. 

A movie every so often is great, but as we all know, you won’t be having any type of meaningful conversation before it begins. There are plenty of date night activities that are going to give you both the opportunity to connect more, while not breaking the bank or taking place somewhere you don’t feel like you belong.

Watch a sunset: Cheesy sounding? Yes. Regrettable? No. One of the best dates I ever had with a guy was going to a nearby lake and watching the sunset over the water. It was quiet, there weren’t many people around, the view was gorgeous, and just waiting for the sun to disappear gave us more of an opportunity to talk. We actually ended up in such a deep conversation that the person responsible for closing the gate had to tell us to leave.

Go to a BYOB painting class: Groupon and Living Social have tons of these deals posted during any given week. And before you dismiss it because neither he nor you are overly artistic, know that you don’t have to be the next Picasso. A lot of these places will have the design traced out on your canvas, so you’re essentially doing a paint by numbers thing. It’s casual, relaxed, and did I mention, BYOB? C’mon, good times are sure to be had.

Get physical: Now, before your mind wanders too far down that path (although, you can do that too) I mean be active together. I know so many couples who work out together, whether it’s vigorous or a nice 30-minute post dinner stroll, the point is that you’re either going to be sharing a passion, or developing one together. Think about it, you can do just about anything from biking, walking, weight lifting, running, to maybe even some classes. Maybe one night you can go to his karate class, and then one night he’ll do an aerobics class with you. Most gyms and studios will have a drop in price for classes, or even a first class is free type of deal.

Go technology-free: I saw this one on Pinterest, and when I thought about it, loved all of the ideas that came to mind. I know it’s hard nowadays to even consider putting your cellphone somewhere out of reach, let alone shut it off, but it’s only for a few hours. Think about how romantic it’d be to lay under the stars without text messages, emails and Facebook notifications interrupting your date. And if you don’t want to go out, eat dinner by candlelight, then curl up and either read together, share stories, or just talk until you fall asleep.

Movie marathon: Pick a theme, then dig through your DVD or Blu-Ray collection, log in to Netflix or hit up a Redbox, and get started. If you’re both movie people anyway, then this is the perfect opportunity for you. It’s cheaper than going to a local theater and you’re in the comfort of your own place (Hello, sweatpants anyone?!). To prevent from always watching the same genre, write them on little pieces of paper and pick from a hat. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up watching something you would’ve never given the time of day, but then end up loving it.

*Unless you’re me, and the movie you get stuck watching is Clerks … I know, I know, there are a lot of Clerks fans out there, and I promise you, I really did try, but I just couldn’t get into it! I have to give my boyfriend at the time some serious props though, he watched The Exorcist, The Notebook, and I think I talked him into watching Titanic once when it was on TV. The only movie he asked me to watch was Clerks and at some point I just stopped paying attention.  Boyfriend 3 – Me 0 in the movie compromise department.

Now, these are just five suggestions. Pinterest has an entire date ideas section. There are some pretty creative things out there, give something new a try. If there’s something you and your honey love to do, share it in the comments section so others can give it a try too!

Peace, Love & Stories,