I want her job!

So I follow this blog [Tiny Buddha] and it’s simply amazing. Filled with uplifting posts on how to cope with real life complications; awful relationships, bad friends, loss, anger. You name it, they’re coping with it. It’s great, everyone should check it out, but that’s not the point of this post. I saw an advertisement on their blog for this website called Iwantherjob.com and naturally I clicked on the link. I loved what I saw. It was an entire website 100% dedicated to every day women who loved their jobs. What most attracted me to this site was that these weren’t like A-List celebrity women just bragging about doing nothing and making millions of dollars doing it; they were real life women with normal jobs that they just really loved. After reading several interviews I noticed there was a tab at the top of the page that said “become a leading lady” and I was like hmmm…. I love my job… I want to be a leading lady! So I took a small leap of faith and sent the creator an e-mail. This is what I said:

My name is Rachel Ross and I am writing for a chance to be featured on your blog. I have a very important reason for wanting to be featured here; my job seems very unimportant, my company is very small, and I cannot get enough of it. I was unemployed for a long time (I’m only 23, but I had worked every day of my life as soon as I was old enough, being as my parents both owned their own businesses. One being a karate school and the other a small chain of Italian ice stores). When I graduated college I quit my part time job as a salon receptionist, mostly because my boss had Ari Gold syndrome. I was getting married in August so I just stopped working all together to be my own full-time wedding planner. After the honeymoon was over (literally) I had gotten so used to being unemployed that I lost all motivation to actually do something with my college degree. Months had gone by and the excuses as to why I wasn’t looking for a job started to get worse and worse…my husband had eventually had enough. I started searching for the right company to work for. I had this idea that I wanted to do something really great and work for an amazing company in the city. I had interviews with Fashion designers and Music producers, but nothing seemed to work. I submitted a resume to this small company called Lindsay Phillips somewhere in the midst of all the resume submitting. Lindsay Phillips herself is a 26 year old Florida native who started designing shoes when she was in high school. To be honest, I had sent out so many resumes I had completely forgotten all about this company. A few days before my birthday I found out that the job I was most interested in had fallen through; I was one of the top 3 contenders but didn’t make the cut. I was devastated. I had already started planning my morning commutes, spending every penny I had left on “work appropriate” outfits, even day dreaming what my co-workers would be like. To get a letter in the mail that says thanks, but no thanks, really sucked all the wind out of my self-confident sails. Christmas and New Years came and went and I was still unemployed. I was sitting on my couch crying to a Lifetime show when my cell phone rang and the woman on the other end of the line introduced herself as “Shelli, from Lindsay Phillips!” My heart dropped. To think, I almost let this call go to voicemail because I was crying so hard watching “One Born Every Minute.” I came in for a series of interviews with just about everyone who worked there and within two weeks I had a full-time job. The girl who I was replacing was supposed to train me, and just my luck, never actually came back. The position I hold is mainly “web representative” or “web customer service.” It’s a one person gig, and I was thrown into the middle of it blind. I had to train myself with help here and there from other coworkers who knew some of what my position entailed. After a month or two I was finally able to take the training wheels off and stop playing catch up and really make my presence known at this company. One of the main things we are trying to do is expand ourselves through social media, and that is where I really come in. The day Facebook opened up to anyone in or out of college, I had one. The day I learned about Twitter, I made one. I was a self-proclaimed Social Media guru. In the short months that I have been working for this company, I have nearly doubled the amount of twitter followers we have and grown our Facebook fans by over 4,000, and those numbers continue to grow every day. I have been able to put my own voice and creative ideas to work to attract people to our company. I get to do fun things like to go events we co-host and do live tweeting and Facebook posting as well as keep up with our blog and Youtube page. Holding this position has given me so much more knowledge about Social Media, and the fashion industry as a whole. There is about 20 people who work for this company, and 90% of them are women between the ages of 23-40. (There’s literally only 4 men what work here!) It’s an amazing company to work for. Over the past month or two, I’ve gone from web customer service to a social media strategist. I know that you’re very selective about the women you choose to be featured, and I know that being a social media strategist isn’t exactly the most glamorous job of them all, but I truly do love what I do. I think it would be fun to be featured on this blog for young women soul searching right out of college to know what options are really out there. It is a tough pill to swallow when 9 out of 10 companies shut you down. On the other hand, it’s a really special gift when that 10th company gives you a chance, and it ends up being the perfect fit for you!

It’s pretty cheesy but she loved my pitch so much she e-mailed me back within days saying she would love to feature me. I was very excited then and even more excited when she e-mailed me yesterday to tell me my interview went live. So check it out babes! Here’s my interview with Brianne Burrowes from I Want Her Job!

PS – Brianne is pretty amazing herself and she’s also featured on the site so everyone should check it out. Maybe you’ll end up on there too!

Not your average workday… makeup.

Every beauty blog or article I read always expresses the danger of wearing too much makeup. Either play up the lips or the eyes, but never, EVER both, they say. When I hear things like that I think… who would ever choose to play up the lips instead of the eyes? In my world, the eyes are the best canvas! There are so many amazing color combinations to play with you can literally do something different every day. Well, I might be a little bias because I sincerely hate my tiny, barely there lips, but whatever, not the point. I am fortunate enough to work for a company with a very casual dress code so we don’t look silly when we come into work with sun dresses and fun makeup on. Had I worked in a stuffy office building, I’d be sticking to the neutral smoky eye and nude lip gloss every day, but that’s not the case here.

Today I’m sporting my favorite combination… it’s sort of a smoky eye but with much more color. My favorite thing about this look is that it can easily be a day or night look. For the day time, I use everything in moderation but for a going out look I vamp it up by wetting the tip of my eye shadow brush to make the shadow into almost a paste. It goes on much heavier and last longer too. And I may be guilty of adding some false eye lashes from time to time.

  [Day]                             

[Night]

For both looks I start by using Too Faced Heaven eye shadow (part of the natural smoky eye kit) and apply it all over my lid. Next I use the dark side of Too Faced Skinny Dip to work in the creases, followed by combining both sides and applying it to my whole lid below the crease. For the pop of green I combine the light and dark sides of Too Faced Lucky Charms and work it in the inside corners of my eyes. I finish the day look with a little Maybelline Define-A-Lash liner on the upper lash line and polish off the look with Maybelline Falsies mascara (my personal fav!) For the night time look I might smudge a little of the green and blue along my lower lash line and line my bottom lashes with the Maybelline liner. I tend to use a liquid liner for my upper lash line winging it out just a little at the corners and top it off with real false lashes. And voilà! A ready-to-go eye shadow masterpiece. To pull the look together I always add a little blush before I walk out the door. For day, my go-to blush for any look is Gina by Nars. It’s an amazing neutral tangerine color that, in my opinion, looks great with any complexion. For night, it’s Radiance by Smashbox. This color is, for lack of better terms, hott pink so I only use a little and make sure it’s very well blended or else I end up looking like a 3 year old that got into mommie’s makeup.

So this look is easy enough right? If you’re feeling crazy give it a shot and let me know how it goes!

Make a Wish

I’m sure everyone is well aware of this company by now, Dogeared. They make the most amazing jewelry at very affordable prices. I first discovered these necklaces at a store down by where I grew up called Sunsations. When I was in high school I would make frequent trips to this store and literally buy a different necklace every time I went in there. I had the infamous karma necklace, and several wish necklaces. Each necklace has a theme, or a purpose, and you’re supposed to make a wish, put the necklace on and wear it til the string breaks, at which time, your wish is supposed to come true. (Some of them are string, others are much more durable and not meant to be broken!) Now, I’m not the most superstitious person in the world and I didn’t honestly believe if I wore a necklace til it broke some crazy wish would come true… until it actually happened. I had the most beautiful necklace which was a very thin blue string with a bright blue crystal hanging from it, which has since been discontinued. I made a wish, wrapped it around my neck, and didn’t take it off for over a year. To be honest, as the year passed I completely forgot the purpose of the necklace, I had just fallen in love with the way it looked. Obviously, I can’t say what my wish was, but it was a serious wish. And I swear on my mother’s life, that a week after my necklace broke my wish started coming true. At first I was just devastated because it had become my favorite necklace and I had no faith in these wishes at all. But then little things started to happen to give me the impression that this wish might actually come true. And what do you know? It did. It really freakin’ did. Now it could be some crazy cosmic coincidence, but I’m just going to say it was the necklace. I haven’t put on another wish necklace since, but I’m still madly in love with Dogeared and all of their fabulous jewelry.

I went back to their website today to check it out because my Karma necklace (not a wish necklace) broke recently and I wanted to get it replaced. I stumbled upon a bridal section and discovered the most amazing thing… one year too late. You can customize necklaces for your bridal party! This gift would have been right up my alley and the best part is, even they’re affordable! I created one just to see what the process was like and it only came out to $29.99. I die. Sorry girls, but if I had seen this last year your gifts would have been way cooler and much more personal. Maybe Christmas presents? Who knows. But I have to fight myself not to make one now! But for everyone else, check out the site. Even if you’re not getting married any time soon, it is such a cute idea to customize your own necklace for yourself! We deserve little gifts every now and then, don’t we?

http://bit.ly/dogearedbridal 

Random Facts about The Rachel Ross

1. I HATE HATE HATE washing my hands. I do it… but I hate it! I hate wet, cold hands.

2. I have 8 tattoos and 9 piercings, but I always want more.

3. I have double jointed fingers. My thumbs especially.

4. I had to learn karate as soon as I could walk. If you know my parents, it makes sense.

5. I joke about wanting to be a reality TV star… but I’m secretly dead serious about it.

6. I have no sense of direction. To get anywhere I feel like I have to pass my house to know where I’m going.

7. As we all already know, I am team Jen, fo’ life. And also team Coco.

8. I had never had strep throat, poison ivy, or had been stung by a bee until this year. And then all 3 happened to me.

9. I cannot stand those Jennifer Hudson commercials.

10. I can count my real honest-to-goodness friends on one hand and probably still have some fingers left over. As I think everyone can if they really sat down and thought about it.

11. I have a horrible time letting go of anything.

12. I get skeeved out by my self if I don’t have a fresh manicure or pedicure.

13. My favorite nail polish is Fiji by Essie.

14. My favorite animal is an elephant. And it’s also one of my tattoos.

15. I want to ride an elephant one day. It’s without a doubt on my bucket list.

16. I went sky diving for my friends 18th birthday and she made me jump out of the plane first.

17. I’ve convinced myself that if I eat mushrooms I’ll get sick. No idea if that’s true or not.

18. I’m not spoiled… just very, very loved by a very hard working, loving man. 🙂 And I love him dearly.

19. For my wedding, I didn’t have anything old or blue.

20. My favorite author is Stephen King but my favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird.

21. My favorite color is a mix of green and blue.

22. Everyone used to make fun of me for being addicted to Facebook. They called it “RachFaceBook.” Well now it’s my job. So bite me.

23. In the past year I have become my own version of a New Jersey Housewife. I’m a New Jersey Apartmentwife.

24. I’m addicted to shoes, jewelry, handbags, dresses, jeans, fun tops, shoes, jewelry, handbags…. oh wait…

25. Anyone who still uses their middle name on Facebook can expect to be deleted from my list of friends within the next month. Do you know how many Lisa Anne’s I know?

26. Men who get plastic surgery really freak me out.

27. I consider my cat, The Dude, my first born. Sorry kids.

28. I had to teach my 1 year old Golden Retriever how to swim because he was afraid of the pool. It was like giving swim lessons to a toddler at a beach club.

29. I am truly, truly happy.

30. I become obsessed with things easily, Michael Flynn style. For now, it’s Barbie.


Wilde over Olivia.

I’m not entirely sure where she came from or when she first appeared on the scene, but Olivia Wilde has made a huge splash in such a short period of time. I didn’t give her much thought until I saw her at the Golden Globes in that amazing floor sweeping chocolate Marchesa gown. She is simply stunning and I will admit, I have added her to the list of my girl crushes. When I walked past the magazine racks at King’s during my usual post work grocery shopping trip and saw her on the cover of Marie Claire I was delighted. The spread they did on her was amazing and she looked breath taking in every single image. I’ve picked this one as my favorite because I am a HUGE fan of behind-the-scenes footage of pretty much anything. The more I read on Olivia, the more I love her. If she wasn’t famous, or the fact that she was recently divorced from a prince, literally, you would genuinely think she was just another average jane doe. She is one of those people you find yourself wondering what it would be like to sit down and have a glass of wine with. I wouldn’t mind having the added advantage of being able to borrow her clothes either.

A montage of sorts.

Below are just a few of my favorite photographs taken with one of my iPhone apps; Hipstomatic. They’re fun and interesting and I enjoy them. Take a peek.

My one regret…

One day, about two years ago during one of mine and Matt’s leisurely strolls through Short Hills Mall we walked past the Jimmy Choo store and I literally stopped in my tracks. In the window were these sky high sandals that were electric blue and black zebra print and they wrapped all the way up the ankle. OK. I have to be honest… I just spent about 45 minutes trying to search for these shoes on the internet to show everyone (ha!) and I actually found the ad that I first saw them in! Note: I literally haven’t seen these shoes in over two years, I almost forgot what they looked like. Which brings me back to my story. I stood in front of the store, starring at this amazing ad, with this gorgeous blonde rocking these shoes like I wouldn’t even think possible. I may or may not have even had to wipe away a little drool from my mouth. Matt saw on my face how badly I wanted these very shoes on my feet. I wouldn’t have cared if they made me bleed. I wanted these shoes. The downside? They were only about 900 dollars… no big deal, right? We’ll even get 3 pairs… naht. Matt was doing great at work… but not that great. But he knew I was jonesing for beautiful shoes, and standing right there in front of the window, he said, “you want them? They’re yours.” and do you know what I said? ….. “No, that’s ok.” (NO… that’s ok!? Kill me). He offered again. I declined again. I knew we couldn’t afford it. From then on out I couldn’t even walk past that store because I was afraid I would burst into tears at the very sight of them. One day, a few months later, Matt brought it up again. And I was like you know what… I do want them. I don’t ask for much (this was two years ago… we all know i’m a big brat now ha). It could be my birthday/christmas/valentines day/easter/whatever-other-holiday-there-is present. So we went back…. and the freaking shoes were GONE. I never even got to hold them or try them on, I never got the chance to look them up to possibly find them online later. Which is why I had such a hard time searching for these shoes. Because believe me, I tried. And here we are… over two years later, and I google “Jimmy Choo Ads” because I have no idea what they’re called or how else I could possibly find them… and there they are. My beautiful, beautiful babies. Please, observe:

I literally have to fight back a few tears even now. Had I been the spoiled brat I am now, two years ago, I would own these bad boys. I have no where in the world to wear them, but whatever. I’d walk around our apartment in them and just feel fabulous.

The point being… when someone offers you something you REALLY TRULY want, will die without, must have and can’t imagine life without it… just take it. After all, you deserve it.

Noteworthy.

So I am a huge lover of music. I pretty much fell in love with Matt (my husband) the first time I saw him at Maple Place’s Variety show when I was in 5th grade as he awkwardly strummed his guitar and sang Everlong by the Foo Fighters so high Dave Grohl would be embarrassed. But dammit, he was good, and oh SO cute and I fell a little more in love every time he hit a high note. I still love to listen to him play his guitar and quietly sing along in our living room from time to time. I was raised being dragged to the Asbury Park boardwalk by my mother every time Bruce was practicing with the E-Street band at the Convention Center, we would sit on a blanket on the beach and just listen to the muted music flowing through the open windows. Music has been a big part of my life for years, and even though I have almost no musical talent myself (I did play the flute all throughout middle school and can still read music) I can appreciate good music as much as the next guy.

Years ago I was introduced to this band, Lynam, by my boss from PNC Bank Arts Center. It’s a very, very long story how he found them, but long story short: Bon Jovi’s priest pretty much discovered this Alabama band and brought them to New Jersey. We’ve been friends ever since and I am a HUGE fan of their music. They are 80’s hair metal meets modern country rock and what a fantastic love child that turned out to be. This is their biggest single, Tanis. It’s a treat for the ears, so enjoy!

Another band I must tell everyone about is The Gay Blades. I know, with a name like that most people wouldn’t give this band a second listen, but they are really worth it. It’s made up of just two guys, Quinn (drummer) & James (guitar & vocals). It’s important to know there’s just two guys when you actually listen to their music. They’re so entertaining you would think they had about 9 people in the band. I worked with Quinn years ago at my favorite place in the whole wide world, Michael Angelo’s. And yes, if I could still work there on weekends, I would! But that’s beside the point. This song is called N.H.D.N and it’s one of my personal faves! At a Gay Blades concert one time James insisted that the whole crowd clapped along to one of their songs… I wasn’t clapping. He literally got off stage, walked through the crowd, and called me out for being “too cool to clap.” These guys are awesome.

This music isn’t for everyone, I get that, but it’s definitely worth listening to at least once. The personalities these guys have are all larger than life and it definitely comes out in their music. Also, while you’re at it… check out this totally awesome band Sudzert. The lead singer is quite a hottie. 😉

For the love of Jen!

Anyone who knows me knows I have some sick obsession, borderline girl crush on Jennifer Aniston. The day Brad broke her heart, I swear a little bit of me died too. I will buy any magazine with her face on the cover, especially if it’s a story about how her and Brad are sneaking around behind Angie’s back. I will admit I am one of those crazy tabloid readers that believe 98% of what I read. BUT, only in US and People, all those other tabloids are for the birds. I have become so consumed with the well-being of Jen, (yes, we are on a first name basis) I have developed a bitter, bitter hatred for Angelina…and Brangelina. I literally won’t even watch a movie that she is starring in. Imagine the moral battle I was having with myself when The Tourist came out. Johnny Depp….. BUT Angelina? I couldn’t do it. My feelings against “Angie” were so strong that I couldn’t stomach her for 2 hours. I won’t even let Matt watch movies she’s in. I know, it’s psychotic and I’m sure he does, but he knows better than to tell me.

So anyway, the point here is that I am a huge Jen fan. I route for her in everything and I want her to be happy. The other day I was in my supervisor’s office and we somehow stumbled on to the topic of who she’s dating now. Jennifer is an amazingly talented woman and incredibly beautiful. When I am her age I will probably be about 30+ pounds heavier with really rashy Irish looking skin (thanks Mom). She’s just all around flawless. She needs to be with someone on her level. One of my biggest pet peeves is couples that don’t match. There is nothing worse than a gorgeous girl dating a short, stocky, douche bag. Or a really handsome guy with some train wreck on his arm. Although I’m sure Justin Theroux is just a delight, in my professional opinion, he does not match Jen, at all. My coworkers seem to share this opinion, so every single day we have been coming to each other with ideas on who we think Jen should be with. If we were celebrity match-makers, we would be REALLY bad at it! Every single guy we come up with is either not up to her standards (err… our standards for her), or married, and happily. But, a girl can dream. So below are some of our top picks for Jen’s future hubby and we want your feedback! Keep in mind, we are well aware some of these guys are taken, but in a perfect world, they’d be taken by our Jen.