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Jordan Burroughs: Gold Medal Interview

10 Aug

Hey athletes of the world, come talk to me, you’ll win a medal.

Yesterday I posted my interview with Carli Lloyd, the US Woman’s midfielder, before the gold medal match. Lloyd went on to score the only two goals of the game and secure the win for the USA.

And here’s my newest interview with Jordan Burroughs from June, a South Jersey wrestler who just won gold in the 74kg freestyle. I had a great time talking with Jordan: he was hilarious. At the same time when it came to talking about competition you could tell that he was in it to win it and would take no prisoners.

Meet Jordan here from my magazines website, or read below for the full interview: Continue reading

Interview: Carli Lloyd

9 Aug

I’ve been slacking pretty terribly when it comes to posting Olympic blogs. Mainly because I’ve been watching the Olympics.

I’m a huge fan of any competitive sport and all things American, so obviously I go nuts for the Olympics. I’m also a magazine editor (assistant editor, but who’s counting), so I get to work on fun stories all the time.

Last spring, I started a big, long feature on South Jersey’s Olympic athletes. It was without a doubt the most amazing thing I’ve ever had the opportunity to write. One of my highlights was getting to interview US Women’s soccer star midfielder Carli Lloyd, a South Jersey girl that has become a legend on the team for her perfect goals at the last minute. As a huge soccer fan, it was great to get to speak with such a strong woman in one of my favorite sports. Plus, she’s from my turf!

Her interview ran with my other interviews in condensed form, which can be seen here (yes, I’m shamelessly promoting my work and I’m fine with it) but I’ve decided to share my full-length interview on Erica Takes Over. Mainly because it’s too good not to be seen! Carli and team kick off at 2:45 in the gold medal match against their number one rivals, Japan, so make sure you catch it for me since I have to work.

Check out my full interview with Carli Lloyd after the jump!

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Friday Style: Work to Happy Hour

22 Jun

It’s Friday! And the best part about that? Casual wear at work!

Luckily I work in a creative career that kind of encourages a more relaxed and casual atmosphere, but I love taking the opportunity to work the casual Friday look. I pulled together a style that goes perfectly from Casual Friday to Happy Hour, and I am sharing my secrets with you!

Colored Capris
$24.95 at Target
My newest addiction. I’ve bought too many pairs of colored capris, and I’ve been eyeing up these amazing Target ones lately too. I love colored and black jeans because they can look so cute dressed up, but they can go really casual too. And they are so unbelievably stupid comfortable.

Of course, me being too short to wear normal people clothes means capris are actually full-length pants, so I have to roll them up so they can actually serve their purpose, but I suggest trying a cuff anyway. It looks really cute!

Graphic Tee
$27.99 at Tilly’s
It took me a long time to work up the nerve to wear a graphic tee to work. In fact, today is the first day I’m doing it. I wasn’t sure if it was appropriate, or if I would look stupid. But when used in the right way I think they really work.

First of all, pick the right t-shirt. Don’t go throwing on a shirt with a band name, or some stupid logo, or a picture that might shock/offend/gross people out. And obviously nothing low cut, have some respect girl! I think if you can find the right balance that is more of an art print than a graphic then it can be pulled off really well.

Blazer
$175 at J Crew
The blazer is what makes this entire outfit work appropriate if you ask me. Jeans and a t-shirt are obviously not professional, but when you tie it in with a well-matched blazer it can definitely be done. Cuff the sleeves for a more casual three-quarter style and leave it unbuttoned to show off your shirt.

My blazer was the best buy I’ve made all year, and it may even be worth the splurge of buying something like the one pictured, because it can work in any situation.

Toms
$44.95 at Zumiez
I finally went for the commitment of buying Toms and I couldn’t be happier. They are so comfortable! I thought I would be grossed out wearing sneakers without socks, but they feel more like a pair of socks then an actual sneaker.  I like them for the summer because flip flops do get old, and you can’t go wearing flip flops to work. Plus, they actually help people when you buy them. I mean that’s enough of a reason to spend money for me.

Hoops
$3.80 at Forever 21
You could have rolled out of bed with two black eyes and a missing tooth and with a pair of hoops you instantly look better. They are classy without trying too hard.

If I had a big chunky gold bracelet I would throw that on too, but the search continues for that. These hoops, with a bun and some thick rimmed glasses (yeah I bought rimmed glasses and apparently turned into a hipster overnight. I’m alright with it) finish off the look I was going for perfectly. I feel so cool right now, but we all know the truth.

How Sitcoms Have Stolen my Mojo

17 Apr

The last week of my life has been filled with “How I Met Your Mother” on Netflix. It’s a pretty awesome show, but like all sitcoms it has its flaws. Maybe it was that I’ve been watching it non-stop for way too long, but I can’t help but feel like a huge nerd whenever I watch sitcoms. The people on these shows are just so… cool.

So being the really un-cool, non-sitcom, real-life-living girl that I am, I came up with a list of ways sitcoms have made me feel less awesome.

1. Constantly Attainable, Huge Group of Friends.
When I’m sitting at home on a Friday night in a t-shirt and leggings watching repeats of Swamp People I always wonder, ‘where’s my ragtag group of buds waiting for me at the bar below my apartment?‘ Where’s my saucy single guy friend and hopelessly romantic girl friend that always end up together even

Honestly, who has the time in their life to match their schedules with six other friends!?

though they know it will never work, and the crazy one that’s always getting into trouble but bringing us all closer together in the process? Am I the only person on the planet that doesn’t have a group of four-plus people constantly ready to jump and do something wacky and wild? Or am I just a friendless weirdo? I mean, let’s be honest, getting a group together takes some planning: decided whose house is the cleanest or less chaotic to head over to, finding times when everyone isn’t at class or at work, picking designated drivers for nights at the bar, it’s not as easy as it seems. How is everyone constantly attainable on these shows? Is it just an attempt at making everyone else look like losers? You’re killing me, big old group of TV friends.

2. Amazing Apartments
Oh, look at us, we’re a bunch of sexy 20-something singles on the road of life just trying to make it in the big city. Look at how big our fancy schmancy loft is! Pfffffft. Can I tell you how obnoxious it is to watch these people that are supposedly my age thriving in big giant apartments with couches that aren’t from Ikea and brightly painted wainscoting and vintage refrigerators that would obviously be expensive to maintain but still look cool while I sit here in the same bedroom I’ve existed in for the last 22 years? I read somewhere that Monica’s apartment in the middle of Greenwich Village on Friends would cost around $5,000 a month, which seems perfectly reasonable for a barista, a line cook and a masseuse to afford.  The crappy part about all this is that growing up and watching these shows I actually believed that when I graduated from college I would actually be in one of these apartments. No one told me that sitcom stars didn’t have to pay student loans, and Carrie Bradshaw makes shopping addictions look a lot cuter than they are in real life.

3. Endless Bank Account
How does a weekly columnist for the New York Star manage to afford so many amazing designer outfits!? Seriously, what is Carrie Bradshaw making, like $40,000 a year!? It’s not possible! And how much do you think it costs to keep Rachel Green’s hair looking that immaculate? Then of course there’s the

Seriously, Carrie?

random sitcom trips to various locations like Vegas and Atlantic City and London and all unfortunately funny mishaps that result in hilarious car crashes and pipes spraying water all over people in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner. What are sitcom characters just being constantly smothered by their own debt? And where is the episode about that? I understand the whole point of a situation-comedy is to provide viewers with comedy, but seeing how money grows on trees for all of these characters is not making me laugh! They all dress so perfectly and do fun things and look super cute and are never wondering where the money for their next bill will come from. I spend a lot of time finding out where these peoples’ outfits are from, and usually gasping at the actual price. Learn some financial responsibility, Rachel!

4. Socially Acceptable Alcoholism
Who doesn’t love a nice trip to the bar with friends. It’s awesome, it’s fun, and it’s fine… in moderation. My beloved sitcom characters have taken bar bonding to an absurd level. First of all, no one should be spending money on bar outings five days a week. Plus, these people have supposed jobs that always somehow work around their bar schedules. If I knew that my employees spent every night boozing, they’d be gone, no matter how many hilarious who-done-its they get themselves into. How many people in their late 20’s and early 30’s can drink like sitcom characters and not get judged like crazy? I mean they are literally sitting at bars pounding back shots every single time a minor situation come up in their life. You know what that is in real life? A warning sign.

5. Cool Jobs
I actually have one of those “cool jobs” that sitcom stars usually have. I’m an assistant editor at a magazine. I know, I know, it’s all big floor-to-ceilingwindows and crazy run-ins with celebrities and models. Actually… it’s not. It’s a lot of sitting at a cubicle, fighting with salespeople, and leaving voice-mails and e-mails for people that will never get back to me. It’s a lot of joking about Shutterstock, re-hashing scenes from Star Wars, and eating lunch at my desk and very little crazy antics and happy hours. No job is as fun as television tells us it will be; not because life is not some miserable journey to the end, but because if it that much fun no work would ever get done. Honestly I don’t know how the guys on “Just Shoot Me” managed to put out a 250 page magazine every month, they were just plain reckless.

The Girl That Didn’t Win a Pulitzer Prize

16 Apr

…That’s me. I know, guys, shocking, I know. That video I posted about the penguins on an airplane at least deserved some recognition… but somehow I’ll get over it.

In all seriousness Pulitzer time has always been something I’ve admired. Even as a kid in the library my weird little mind would take me directly to Pulitzer Prize winners before anything else. When I would write short stories in class I would imagine that shiny gold sticker stamped over the corner of my story

Not mine.

about *NSYNC or Crazy Bones or whatever it was I was in love with at the time.  This year the Philadelphia Inquirer by me has had some winners of their own, which is very exciting because Philadelphia is better than everywhere else in the world.

Having winners so close to me also makes me wonder if I’ll ever get the chance to do something that monumental. I mean, it’s a big deal. It’s what every writer that has had something published aspires to earn; basically a big shiny medal that says “You Da Best.”

I hate to toot my own horn, but I know I’m pretty good at what I do. The thing that concerns me is that I don’t think I’m motivated enough to earn what these guys have earned, which I think can be the case for a lot of people in a million different careers. Entry level can kind of suck. Doing the bottom rung work all day, not earning any money for it, and not getting much credit: that’s pretty much entry level in a nutshell. And I think that kind of kills my motivation to go forward and do more. I guess that’s what makes it easy for people to settle into a career they don’t love and lose sight of bigger goals. But there’s still that little twang of jealousy every time I hear of Pulitzer Prize winners, so maybe hope isn’t completely lost.

Maybe in a few years I’ll be celebrating with my own gold sticker on my own children’s book for little nerds like my childhood self to pick up. But this year, I think I’ll just go through the pages of this blog, watching videos of talking animals and pictures of cute animals.

Fun Spring Work Style

23 Mar

It is the perfect spring day outside of the walls of my office. I woke up to lots of birds chirping (which, at 7:30 in the morning, isn’t as whimsical and cute as it sounds) and the sun shining, so I knew I had to dress to match.

It’s Friday which is usually a pretty acceptable excuse for me to wear jeans and sneakers, but I just couldn’t resist putting together a really cute, fun work outfit. Of course most of the clothes I’m wearing are from last year so here is a general idea of what I’m wearing today:

Button-Front Pencil Skirt, Old Navy, on sale! $25
I don’t own this skirt, but by the end of the day I might. How amazing is this? As it is still a Friday and I work in a creative, less-confining career, I was looking for more of a dress-down skirt, something I could wear that was work appropriate, comfortable and still a little bit more casual. Obviously this isn’t a skirt you would wear in court, but I sit at a desk all day writing about Southern New Jersey happenings. I’m looking for creative, cute comfort! It’s not too short, it’s not too long and boring and it has really cute tortoise shell buttons going down the middle. Kind of a vintagey vibe, that just so happens to be on sale! Time to grab the credit card!

Croft and Barrow Pleated Blouse, Kohl’s, on sale! $19.99
I found a shirt very similar to this in the exact same color on a Target clearance rack back in September, but it has since been retired from the Merona line.  I realize this shirt is on sale, and I do love a good sale find, but I’m still not one to spend $20 on a tank top. I mean, come on people, it’s a tank top. Still, Kohl’s is a big seller for frugal fashion fans like me, mainly because they dish out so many coupons and have so many sales that you can’t keep your head straight. Lauren Conrad’s line is pretty damn near perfect, too. Plus, it’s a fantastic color for the spring and summer, and I think that although it is sleeveless it is still work appropriate, since the shoulder seam extends almost into a capped sleeve. Tip: Tuck your shirt in! It looks 200 percent classier if you do. I like a nice, tucked in shirt, more than I like most of the people I talk to on a daily basis.

Mossimo Peony Pumps, Target, $24.99
Last night was a magical night for me. Something I’ve dreamed of for what seemed like forever…

My nude heels arrived in the mail.

I know, I know I posted about these shoes before. But they are better than anything I could have wanted.

The heel is much taller than expected, which is great because I have been looking for a taller kitten heel for what seems like forever. It was love at first sight. Usually when I’m at work I like taking my shoes off behind my desk but not today! I love them too much. Look at me, getting all emotional.

Merona Essentials Cardigan Sweater, Target, $22.99
I love this cardigan. I wish it was more acceptable to wear every single day, since I do wear a cardigan pretty much every day anyway. But for some odd reason, people find it gross when you wear the same clothes multiple days in a row… thanks a lot, Obamacare.

In all seriousness though this is a great cardigan and Target is the ideal place to find sweaters. They never stop selling three quarter length and full sleeve cardigans all year and you can almost guarantee that they will be on sale every week. When they are on super-duper sale (as low as $7 per sweater, holla!) I go nuts, buying Target out of pretty much every color available. They are great to pair (fyi: I just spelled pair wrong three times before I finally got it right) with a white shirt and any color pants or skirt when you’re feeling unoriginal.

Brooch the Subject nail polish, Essie, $8
I’m probably going to have to run out soon and buy more of this nude nail polish, because I wear it almost every day. There’s something about neutral painted nails that just screams classy and wonderful to me, which is odd considering this time last year I was pretty much addicted to wearing black and dark blue polishes. I guess we all have to grow up, huh?

My nails aren’t quite long enough to do a really nice, neutral manicure (click here for the tutorial), but they will be soon! Hey, it’s the spring time, you don’t need crazy nail colors. Let your clothes do the talking for you.

Inspiring Monday Quote

27 Feb

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I keep this on my tower at work because it’s my favorite Ben Franklin quote ever. This is the reason I draw suns on everything! It’s my mini way to stay inspired on gross Mondays when it’s beautiful out and I’m stuck inside.