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My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality // Oscar Wilde

Tag: cappuccino

// working from home.

I don’t know if I formally announced this here, but I am officially a real part of the workforce! Yes, post-college, one of my internships turned into a job. I am currently the first full-time employee at Wendy Brandes Fine Jewelry. Now, I know what you’re thinking–what on earth is Eryn doing with her time? Is it fun to work for a small company? Wait, where does Eryn even work? IS THERE COFFEE INVOLVED? And if so, how many cappuccinos does Eryn drink in a week?

And I’ll not pretend that any of you are actually that curious about my day-to-day life. But you might actually be curious about how to stay motivated when working from home, on your own schedule, and starting from the ground up. So I’ll share the very minimal insight I have on those things. By that, I obviously mean that I intend to begin filling you in on the trials of now owning my own schedule.

But first, let me answer those pivotal questions.

1. I am OBVS doing a lot of research. My official title is “Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator.” And when working for a small business, that means that I do everything from searching for buyers on Linkedin, to making what some would consider a “sales pitch,” to convincing my boss that I’m extremely trustworthy.

2. Working for a small company can be a lot of fun! I get along great with my boss, and really, that is the only thing that matters. Yes, the ONLY thing. I work with the owner/designer/CEO of the company, so when she is working on a new design or coming up with a new way to market materials, I get to learn about it. And! I even get to make suggestions. We have a good team effort going.

3. I work from home on most days. As I am settling into my position, I will begin to schedule more meetings out of the house and attend PR events and whatnot. But for now, my efforts are in researching. Remembering a person’s name or title in an organization goes a long way in a phone call with someone who really had no desire to speak to you in the first place.

4. Yes, I know this was the most important question. There is a lot of coffee involved. During our weekly meetings, if I am going to be even one minute late, I spring for coffee and doughnuts. Because everyone needs that extra boost in the morning. And the bus is only sort of a reliable method of getting to work. I make an effort to drink coffee at home, but will go out for a cappuccino and a morning set-up session at least three days per week. This is mostly to keep me from being so spoiled that I work in my pajamas.

I just finished setting up my home office! It’s really basic right now, with only a desk. And I decided that paying $15 for the trash can that was really cute was silly. So paper bag it is.

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// Gap zippered denim leggings / Sam Edelman suede “Petty” booties / thrifted camouflage jacket / Warby Parker glasses / Madewell bracelet / bag found at TJ Maxx / Gap striped shirt //

So I am definitely still adjusting to being my own boss (when it comes to the way I spend my days, anyway). In fact, because I was home for my sister’s wedding for the past five days, I decided not to get dressed until roughly 2 pm. Of course, work began at 9. But I wasn’t required to be up and about. And I therefore wasn’t. But! From research I’ve been doing on how to make the most of your work from home and really learn to be your own boss, in a sense, here is what I have found:

1. Set-up an area that you will work from every day. Preferably not where you eat your meals, if possible. Having boundaries is a good thing!

2. Surround yourself with inspirational/pretty items.

3. Wake up early and get ready for the day! It gives you more motivation to be social, even over the phone.

4. DO NOT SNACK ON ALL OF THE GROCERIES YOU BOUGHT. That would end badly for a number of reasons; your budget will decrease, while your waist increases. No bueno.

5. Follow-up on everything. Whether it was a random meeting, realizing you have a mutual friend who also likes luxury jewelry, or you made a phone call to a buyer who doesn’t seem to care. At all. Remembering to call or email and say thank you makes all of the difference when you are speaking to them the next time around!

I had grand plans of making that into an infographic. A really cute one. But the boy got free tickets to this show. So that clearly took precedence. Next time!

Also, if you haven’t checked out the company I work for yet, you probably should. Wendy blogs a lot and is generally hilarious, I am in charge of the PR Instagram, and we are amping up our Pinterest presence. Oh yeah, and there’s Facebook. Of course.

// lazy Monday wear.

On Monday morning, Allison and I dragged ourselves out of bed for an early breakfast at Crema (THE TOMATO THREE CHEESE QUICHE IS HEAVEN). After breakfast, we visited Cumberland Park for a little fun! Not pictured: the rock climbing attempt and repelling rope. It should be noted that I played with a new lens for these photos! It didn’t go quite as planned. But I did get a few that weren’t blurry out of it!

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Outfit details // Gap Boyfriend fit denim // Dolce Vita blue suede oxfords // T-shirt, hat, & belt thrifted //

Ninesday // things NYC has taught me.

9. Let’s get things started off with this song, which Kelsey and I listened to on my very first visit to NYC, circa 2009.

8. Even when it says it isn’t going to rain, it is going to rain. And when you actually bring a second pair of shoes, an umbrella, your rain jacket, and your waterproof laptop case, it will not rain. And no, hailing a cab will not keep you any drier. Best bet: hide out under an overhang, be a few minutes late for work, and save your $10.

7. Two hours of commuting is normal (30 minutes- 1 hour to go most anywhere–from my house, at least). Reading is mandatory for saving sanity. I have this little problem…I basically only like to buy used books. I will go weeks, months, and occasionally years without buying a book until I find a used copy. It’s weird and not very productive, I know. I gave in and finally picked up the Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao for my plane ride to Texas.

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6. If you don’t have your weekend nights planned out, you should probably pack an extra shirt, makeup, and a pair of comfy shoes. Because it seems like it’s only those nights that you’ll wind up sleeping on a friend’s couch, taking an impromptu jog, get rained on a when  the forecast didn’t predict the monsoon, or get an invite to a dinner that is fancier than whatever you’ve been sweating in all day.

5. Rooftops are my new favorite thing. Talk about an under-utilized part of the buildings back home. My favorite moments have been unplanned hours spent on someone’s roof.

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4. You can either pay $7.50+ for a dinner at McDonald’s or $10 for a really good bowl of Pho at my favorite Vietnamese restaurant.

3. It is completely worthwhile to walk an extra six blocks to that coffee shop you actually like. These are the one’s I have been frequenting: Everyman Espresso, O Cafe, Zibetto, Culture Espresso Bar, Stumptown, Kahve, Konditori, and probs a hundred more that I can’t think of right now.

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2. DOING LAUNDRY IS A CHORE. I mean, that’s obvious. But it is nearly impossible to take my laundry downstairs to an open washer and/or dryer. It’s a lot of waiting, a lot of money, and a lot of trouble. Especially if you only have one of some crucial items, like towels. This is nearly my least favorite thing to do, as a close second to grocery shopping. Why can’t I make a functional list??!

1. I’ve learned that you can’t really experience the city if you say “no” too often. You’ll miss out on spontaneous, long nights. You’ll miss out on meeting new people who you have a lot in common with. You’ll miss the dancing, you’ll miss the thrift store finds, you’ll miss the free concerts, you’ll miss the fun.

So here’s to saying “yes” as often as possible. Even when it is dreadfully inconvenient.

NYC: snapshots and blurry memories.

 

 

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ATL was a blur. And so are the photos.

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageThis weekend, Kalah and I took a mini trip to ATL to pick up Alyssa from the airport. It was short and blurry; just like the photos! We started the night at Joe’s for martinis, saw a Drag show at Blake’s (which was a ton of fun), and shopped as fast as possible on Saturday. I got a camera bag (at Rag-o-Rama), finally! It isn’t an actual camera bag, so I will be making removable foam pads to keep my camera safe. Did I mention we got coffee? Per usual, multiple coffee stops were made. This time, Java Lords (a little disappointing) and Condesa. Overall, a successful trip!