Still got my hands full with the little one, who is now so, so much bigger than she was when this photo was taken by Ulysees Photography. But I'm resurfacing for a second to say that I've got a new gig as the News Editor at Parents. (The baby now counts as research.) Keep an out for my byline there, or follow the just-for-fun pop-culture blog/podcast I contribute to at SportsAlcohol.com.
I haven't been keeping up with this site as much because I'm working on the best, most exciting long-lead project: motherhood!
Or, you can read my just-for-fun pop-culture writing at SportsAlcohol.com (not about sports, not about alcohol).
[Photo taken by Ulysses Photography. They take the best baby photos ever.]
I'm thrilled that the website of Working Mother has recently had a makeover—and that I have plenty of articles on the good-looking new site. In August, I...
...interviewed Jenae Heitkamp, co-founder of iBesties, a doll line that tries to make business and technology as cool as fashion and pop stardom.
...spoke with Stacey Boyd, founder of Schoola, a site that accepts old kids' clothes, sells them online at a discount, and gives the profits to schools.
...asked a fashion maven for easy ways to transition a summer work wardrobe into fall.
...rounded up items that make it easier for returning mothers to breastfeed in the office.
...got expert advice for how to shake up Date Night.
Ahh, the August stretch of TV season—aka the dregs. Still, this month for Bustle, I...
...ranked all of the OK Go videos I could find to honor the anniversary of their album, Oh No, which gave us the famous treadmill video.
Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty
For Working Mother's August/September Issue, I...
...profiled entrepreneur Erin Black, whose daughter inspired her to create a line of stuffed monster toys (but friendly ones). Read at the link, or see the PDF below.
...asked stand-up comedian Maryellen Hooper if her chosen profession was conducive to being a working mother.
...figured out how working moms can apply the back-to-school mindset to their own jobs, and why that's beneficial.
...discovered why women are more likely to cry at work, why that's okay, and how to keep the tears from flowing.
...investigated why high-achieving women are also the most stressed, and what they can do about it.
...rounded up the best products for working mothers, including a stylish bento salad bowl, a Vera Bradley bag you can take to the office, and a battery charger that doesn't look like one.
...asked the USTA about their working parent business resource group.
...found the best business, career, and inspirational books to read this month.
This is a little old, but for the Winter 2014 issue of New York Weddings, I did a round-up of venues in repurposed buildings like an old foundry, a 1920s tycoon's office, and even a president's house.
A farm, a post office, a millinery, a chorizo factory, and other converted spaces that make for picturesque party spots.
The Former Metal Foundry:
In the 1800s, the Albra Metal Foundry melted scraps of metal to recast for the city’s many manufacturers. Today the 2,000-square-foot building still retains its industrial roots with tons of exposed brick throughout the multilevel space, original ovens and cauldrons, and an abundance of ivy growing along the outside and in the courtyard. The chimney shafts are all original, and one of them actually contains the bridal suite. (With a simple padded bench, a few mirrors, and a skylight, this space is meant for touch-ups and a quick respite, not an overnight stay.) The indoor space can fit 200 guests for a cocktail party or up to 125 for a sit-down dinner. Rental fees, which cover twelve hours, range from $5,200 to $11,200 for the main space; couples must book their own caterers. Because dates in peak months get booked quickly, the venue recommends reserving fourteen to eighteen months in advance. 42-38 9th St., Long Island City; 718-786-7776; thefoundry.info.
Photo credit: Laura Ryan Photography/The Foundry
This month, on Working Mother's website, I...
...interviewed Chris Nee, the creator/showrunner of Disney Junior's Doc McStuffins (and she was the best).
...asked fathers for important things they learned during their paternity leaves. It made it clear that dads should definitely stay home, too, if they can.
...created a head-to-toe guide for staying comfortable at work while pregnant.
...shopped for the best work life accessories for spring.
...asked doctors for posture tips for working, even if you have a newfangled standing desk.
...recapped Working Mother Media's amazing 2015 Multicultural Women National Conference.
This month on Bustle, I...
...read way too much into the (possible) symbolic meaning behind Felicia, the waitress with the scars, on True Detective.
...speculated about some of the (many, many) cameos in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and (fewer) returning castmembers for the last Teen Nick episodes of Degrassi.
...explained how non-Stewart, non-Hamilton Dean Geistlinger fits into Stewarts & Hamiltons, and what his (surprisingly big) claim to fame is.
...researched who plays Jim Gaffigan's wife on The Jim Gaffigan Show (and how she compares to her real-life counterpart),who plays Fin's (replacement) daughter on Sharknado 3 (since you never know—the last daughter is now the star of the Jem and the Holograms movie), and who is the host of VH1's Twinning (spoiler alert: she's not a twin).
...told fans of the brothers Winchester that they'll have to wait for a while still before Supernatural season 10 comes to Netflix, but there are other movies they can stream in the meantime if they need a fix.
Recently on Bustle, I...
...praised Orange Is the New Black for forcing its actresses to use different creative muscles, like taking singer Annie Golden and making her character near-mute.
Image: Lacey Terrell/HBO