On My Radar

I’m slowly but surely adjusting to living in Connecticut. Actually it’s going really well, it’s just a little different and there are tons of lose ends from the move. Balancing the usual workflow, tying up those loose ends, and prepping for our trip to Bonaire (tomorrow!!!) I’m feeling a little loopy crazy. 
Let’s jump right into what’s been on my radar this week:
I thought this was a really interesting article. I personally don’t follow a lot of brands on Instagram because they feel too “glossy.” Looks like a lot of brands are experimenting with different photography than traditional marketing ads. Combined with Instagram’s latest update to allow vertical and horizontal images (as opposed to only square!) and I think we’re going to see a lot of brands embracing new strategies on Insta.
I did an interview with Career Contessa earlier in the summer and it’s finally live! Would love for you to check it out. (Makes me miss my bedroom wallpaper, ha!)
“I wish I had lived my life differently.” That to me is one of the most terrifying sentences. I think it’s never too late to change course but I also want to try to make the best decisions I can when it comes to how I live my life, both in terms of work and self. I’ve definitely gone down the path of working somewhere with less than ideal conditions and expectations and now I work for myself where every day I have to balance my well-being and my professional endeavors. One of the last lines from the article that really resonated with me: “If you’re going to devote the best years of your life to work, do so intentionally.”  
Garrett and I got a Costco membership when we moved to Connecticut. The day we signed up, everyone was walking out of Costco with a watermelon in their cart. Literally everyone. Obviously we got one too because all I could think about was digging into the watermelon when we got home. LOVE this trick for cutting watermelon!
Considering my birthday is right around the corner (gulp, 26), I loved this video about advice through the ages… you definitely have to watch through the end 😉

Anything great on your radar?

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I don't know how I feel about the new Instagram update! While I love that you can use both tall and wide photos I feel like they have lost their iconic square branding. I can't wait to see how everything changes branding wise. That article was a great read 😀

Annie // Annie N Belle


Loved your Career Contessa interview! While I'm not a blogger, I love reading blogs & yours is always so refreshing, inspiring, etc. Thank you for being you! 🙂

Caitlin Cooper

I love the article on how Instagram is changing the way brands advertise – I'm currently taking an advertising course, and we've been discussing the different ways that brands appeal to users. Definitely bringing up this article in the next class!! Thanks for sharing it!

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Olivia Stieren

Absolutely love your interview! Reading again about your journey on how you got to where you are today was inspiring. A side note – can't believe people would show up to your house in NY. I'm a loyal fan and it would be awesome to meet you someday, but that doesn't mean stalking! Lol.

Kaitlyn Gates

I hope you are settling in well in CT! I've been to Greenwich a couple of times and I loved it. It's a great location, not too close, but not too far from the city! I loved your interview! It is really nice to know how people got where there are today, I gives people assurance and hope.

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