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SS: Tell us a little bit about your job and career path. How did you become interested in contracts and publishing? I’ve always loved books- ever since I was a little girl. I used to devour books really quickly and I constantly asked my mom to take me to the library or our local bookstore. When I was a freshman in college, I needed an on-campus job so I applied for one at Yale University Press. I got the job and I’ve been working in publishing ever since! After college, when I was applying for jobs, I focused on publishing, since that’s what I know best. I was lucky enough to land a position at Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, a prestigious literary house. I love being a small part of the publishing process and watching a book develop from an idea to a physical thing.
SS: How does your career path affect your stylistic choices? My work is fairly casual so I can pretty much wear what I want (within reason- no shorts or things like that!). I think I dress a little preppier than I used to due to working in publishing, although that may have started in college as a result of attending a liberal arts college on the East Coast.
SS: Do you have any advice for someone interested in the publishing? I’m a little wary about giving advice since I kind of stumbled into the publishing industry, but I would say- keep up with what’s happening in the publishing world. It’s important to know about topics like the way that e-books have affected the books market or the merger of Penguin and Random House (two of the biggest publishing houses in America). Also, if you are able to get an internship in publishing, work really hard and be willing to take on any task. I know several interns that have been hired for full-time positions because of their exemplary work ethic.
SS: What are some beauty products you love? I really love Benefit’s “They’re Real!” Mascara. MAC’s lipstick in the shade Dark Side might be my favorite lipstick of the ones I own- it’s the perfect deep berry shade and is so creamy/moisturizing on my lips. I just bought a new eyeliner that I love: L’oreal Lineur Intense Liquid Eyeliner with a felt tip. I’m still experimenting, but it’s made it much easier to tackle that cat eye! Another recent purchase that I’m loving is the new Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Standout. The price is great, the formula is great, and the color is great. Lastly, I can’t forget my go-to red lip product- NARS Velvet Matte Pencil in Dragon Girl.
SS: What does a “typical day” for you look like? On a typical day, I’ll wake up around 7.30 am and hop in the shower. A shower wakes me up halfway, but I really need my morning cup of coffee to get me going and out the door. I work at the office from about 9.00 to 5.30/6. During this time, I’ll draft and negotiate contracts with agents, field queries from people in other departments, and process documents that have arrived in the mail that day. I’m always working on several different things, so it’s really important for me to stay organized and prioritize tasks. After work, I’ll head home and work on the blog. This could involve editing pictures for a post, or hunting down products, or responding to emails about my blog, or writing an actual post. I try to turn in at decent time, around 12am, but before bed, I like to read for 30 minutes to an hour, or work on one of my knitting projects.
SS: What inspired you to start your blog? How has it affected your wardrobe choices and career path? I started my blog one summer when I was doing an internship in Spain because I was inspired by other fashion blogs. I remember discovering the fashion blogging community and thinking “Real girls wearing real clothes- this is great!” Over the years, my blog has shifted to more lifestyle content which allows me to share little tidbits of my life, from my personal style to the books I’m reading to a new beauty product that I love. I probably shop more because of the blog (although I’ve always loved to shop, so I don’t know if there was a huge increase) and sometimes I’ll ask my readers for feedback on an item, which can be very helpful. The blog doesn’t really overlap with my current career path, but who knows, maybe down the line it will!
SS: What are some of your favorite spots around NYC? The Strand Bookstore- I could go there every day, I love that place so much. Paper Presentation- I LOVE stationery, so this place is like heaven for me. The Met- I don’t go very often but whenever I do, I love looking at the artwork there. High Line- It’s cliche, but I love the High Line when the weather’s warmer and it’s not too crowded. Chelsea Market- Lots of cute little shops- it’s fun to wander in here and discover new things.
SS: What are some of the books you’re reading right now? What are some of your favorite books of all time? I’m currently reading The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud and I’m about to start The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Ohhh, favorite books of all time- that’s a really tough one. I can name at least one- Little Women. I read it first when I was younger and then again last year and rereading it reminded how great it truly is.