In what can only be described winning the intern jackpot, I am so excited to introduce you to my new interns! First up…all the way from…wait for it…AUSTRALIA!!! is Bex. And no, I didn’t hire her just for her cool name (though that totally helped). Bex is a whip smart writer with an extra stylish eye. I’m certain you’ll enjoy her as much as I do. Please welcome her to Team Spitfiregirl!
I feel like there needs to be a giant cake for me to pop out of right now. I feel like that might very well be the only way that we could show just how excited I am to be here! Alas, we have no cake, so we’ll just have to try and get to know each other this way. Shall we?
Ok, let’s start with the basics. My name is Bex – well, it’s Rebecca. However, Bex or Becca is what I’m called most often. I even occasionally get Becky, but very seldom is it ever Rebecca.
You might be surprised to learn that I’m introducing myself all the way from sunny Australia, and I couldn’t be more excited to be doing so. You might also be surprised to learn that I’m not actually Australian. I’m a Canadian gal who’s decided to call the land down unda (that’s “under” in Australian) home – well, for now anyways.
I’ve spent my twenties with a passport in one hand, and a pen, paper and camera in the other (maybe not quite literally – girlfriend has small hands). I’ve worked as a freelance writer, an in-house copywriter, a stylist, and photographer, all the while seeing the world and living out of a suitcase. It’s been a sweet ride so far, and I’m stoked on the opportunity that Heidi has given me, as it doesn’t restrict me to a desk, an office, or even a country (talk about freedom).
This new internship adventure is going to be a big challenge for me, as I would consider myself more a wordsmith than a designer. However, with my passion for photography, my love for details, and my yearning to learn as much as possible, I think that I’ll be able to impress all you Spitfiregirl homies.
Now that we’re basically best friends, let me tell you a little bit more about myself:
+ I am so very much a tomboy at heart. I love my kicks, my boyfriend jeans, my oversized tees & plaid shirts, and my blazers.
+ My favourite colours are the ones that come from a rainy day or the sea
+ I love the beach so very much, but give me a cabin in the woods, and I’ll stay there forever
+ I will regularly take a swig of maple syrup from the bottle – but only if it’s the real stuff (and preferably Canadian)
+ I’m not a religious individual, but I believe in being a good person and spreading as much love and positivity as possible
+ Both my parents are from Liverpool, England. It’s where most of my family still resides, and it’s where a lot of my heart lies
+ I am a big fan of books, weddings, stars, airports, black coffee, art, hot sauce, sweat pants, details, and notebooks
+ I am an even bigger fan of painting, baking, styling, decorating, hosting, creating, dancing, exploring, traveling, and laughing
So, what can you expect to see from me here on Spitfiregirl? Well, I’m hoping to dive into the world of tabletops, styling, desktop swag (posters, printables, etc), moodboards, and your daily dose of all things inspirational.
And what is it that I’m finding to be inspirational these days?
1. This blog is filled with so many stunning photos. 2. This print is from Cate Parr. 3. This Instagram account is from a fellow Canadian, and is rather exquisite. 4. This series from Madelynn Hackwith has helped inspire my recent wardrobe revamp (say that 10 times fast). 5. This new line from Urban Outfitters is everything.
Again, I’m so excited to be embarking on this new journey, and even more so because all you lovely readers will be coming along with me. So, here’s to new friends and new adventures!
Peace & love.
I’ve been a fan of this next Spitfiremom for years now. Being thoroughly immersed in the wedding industry, I was familiar with her stunning designs, not to mention her oh-so-gorgeous office, which has made the rounds on many a style site. And then I found her blog La Petite Peach, and let’s just say I was hooked!
Desiree Spinner is the Editor and Creative Director of La Petite Peach, the blog for all things fashion, travel, and design for selective mamas. She started the site as a personal blog to catalog her favorite European finds after living abroad in Italy with her then one year old. The time they spent there was truly amazing, and she was so inspired by the European way of life. Everything was quality over quantity, and family was always #1. It was exactly how she wanted to raise her family and she tries to live that every day.
She currently runs the site just like a magazine with an editorial calendar, and stays ahead by three months! It’s not easy to do but she runs the blog out of her home office (yes, the one I love), which makes running a small business much more manageable. A little over a year ago, she convinced her husband (begrudgingly) to turn their old 1970’s garage into a gorgeous, creative space for Desiree and the La Petite Peach staff to work out of. It was a labor of love but now she can have her kids at work with her if need be (snow days, ahem!), and be more present with her team.
Her oldest is in school so she works school hours, and the baby hangs out at the office. No matter what, at 2:30 when the school day is over, she shuts her computer down, and puts in some quality kid time. She says it’s the only way to keep balance when your office is at home. If she really needs to, she puts in a few hours in the morning before school. She tries not to work at night because that takes away from quality hubby time.
Here’s what Desiree had to say about being a SpitfireMom.
How does being a mom influence your work?
I have always been the type to finish a project before starting a new one but now I am the ultimate multi-tasker! I think being a mom made me more efficient with my time. It influences my work every day because I am constantly thinking about the brands/artists/designers we feature, and how readers will respond to them. I always have to be true to myself, and ask “would I use this product/photographer/designer etc. for my family?” if the answer stays yes, I know I am doing my job! The MOST challenging part right now is when the baby starts to cry and I have to stop what I am doing, even if I am on a roll. When I am being creative and I have to cut it short, I just remind myself that she is only this little once, tomorrow she will be a day older. It keeps me sane when I need to put things aside and be the best mom I can be.
Do you talk about your kids with clients or potential clients?
I have pictures everywhere! However, most of my work is done online or over the phone. I wish we had more clients come into the office; we have a ton of fun! Typically clients will bring it up to be because they follow LPP on social media, and I post pics of the new baby so they often ask. I love relating being a mom to a new product that is being pitched for a feature. For example I was pitched a shopping site with all designer fashion, but breast-feeding friendly (i.e. easy access). I LOVED chatting about it because I am a mom who works so I want to look fashionable at the office but I need to be practical as well. It’s fun to exchange stories with clients; it makes our site feel like we are connecting with people, and not just putting things out into the blogosphere.
We know a SpitfireMom like Desiree has tips to share, so we asked for her best time saving trick:
My least exciting time saving tip is to respond to emails first thing in the morning and never at night. There is nothing worse than waking up to 500 emails and your phone beeping like crazy while you are trying to get yourself, and the kids, ready for the day I also take meetings before regular office hours (but after the kids are in school) if it is possible, that way I am not taking time away from connecting and being creative with the LPP team. Since my day ends at 230, I want to be able to greet every employee when they arrive and not take meetings during the day so I am there to help and guide them when they need me.
What’s one thing you haven’t figured out?
The one thing I feel at the end of every day is, there are not enough hours to get everything done. I never quite finish the laundry or have two hours of work on a school project or get everyone in the bath before bed. I try to be realistic about how much I can do in 24 hours. Sometimes things get crazy but you just have to keep your head high and get through whatever it is with grace and class. I make sure no matter how tired I am, I get up early and go to bed early. Sleep is the most important thing, if you’re tired you can’t put your best self forward.
And, if you’re a mom entrepreneur and just found out your expecting, Desiree says:
I would say that the most important thing you can do is take time to be at home with the baby if you can. I planned a year before the baby came to take three months of not working at all, a real maternity leave. It was hard because my team works out of my home office so I wanted to be there, but I promised myself I would give the baby all of me for three months then slowly ease into the work week. It took a TON of planning in advance but it was so worth it. We had some amazing bonding time, and because I had planned so carefully, nothing fell apart while I was out.
Family and career focused, organized to the nines, European sensibilities and an advocate for maternity leave (and a good night’s sleep)…Desiree is our kinda Spitfiremom!
Heidi & Julie
Know a fabulous, creative mompreneur? We want to hear about her (or YOU)!
Cooking is something I look forward to each day – I love the preparation, process and feeling of accomplishment it gives me. And although my husband may appreciate whatever appears on his dinner plate, he may not always appreciate how many utensils went into preparing it, come time to do the dishes. But for me, cooking is so enjoyable, so why not make it even more so with beautiful designed (or super functional) tools? I may not own all of these tools of the trade, but they are all definitely on my radar to add some pizazz and design in the kitchen.
When I initially accepted this internship, I was excited for the creative outlet it would offer me. Little did I know it would help me with all my skill sets, and teach some new things about myself. These past four months as the Editorial Intern with Spitfiregirl seem to have flown by, and I will be leaving this friday with some insight, which I am only too happy to share.
Time Management - There is always room to grow in the skill of time management. I definitely have learned this multiple times in college, again with my first full-time job, again with wedding planning, and now AGAIN while juggling my full-time job and this internship, while being newly wed, and a proud mama of to our new pup. But having multiple things going on in my life at once definitely helps me with managing the priorities throughout each hour, day and week, and am glad I can recognize that the limited hours in a day are what make me most productive.
Ask Questions - When I first started this internship, Heidi told me to ask her anything I was wanted to know, and she would do her best to help out. Sometimes, being as quiet and somewhat timid person I am, I probably did not take full advantage of this initially. But just as with so many things in life, I learned to JUST ASK. If I wanted an opinion on a layout, or the images I had picked, asking, it turns out, is such an easy thing to do!
Continue to Learn – An internship wasn’t necessarily on my life agenda after college graduation, but having done it, I have benefited so much from it. Not only learning new skills and techniques, but also for working with other creatives and getting a feel for other styles, feedback, workflow and technique. There is never going to be a point in my career (or life) when I will feel as though I have learned enough, because there is ALWAYS something more to learn about technology, new ways of creating and producing, and new skill sets to acquire. So, I strive to continue my education, whether it be through classes, workshops or real life experience, and now can add this to my list of education.
Work Hard - This can be one that is all-too-easy to let slide. Things always come up that snatch up my time and make it more of an effort to get things done. But at the end of the day, it is such a great feeling to know that I worked hard, gave it my best, and to not regret the time I spent not getting other things done. Good work ethic is a trait that can never be overlooked, especially when doing what can only benefit yourself and your future.
I truly appreciate this opportunity to have been a part of the Spitfiregirl team, thank you!
Today we’re mixing things up. My bestie, and fellow Spitfiremom Olivia Suchman Joffrey is taking over the blog and sharing her newly minted series: Profiles in Vigilante Living. Today’s first profile features Renee Kuo – a former managing director at a top investment bank – who gave up the high-powered job and all its trappings, to pursue her love and passion for wine.
We loved her story from Wall Street to Napa, and think you will too. We’ll be sharing this series on the blog as they roll out…many fascinating people to come! Be sure to click here for the full story! Thanks again Olivia, for sharing your Vigilantes with us!
Be sure to check out Olivia’s other endeavors below!
Yes, the ground is still frozen. Yes, there were snow flurries just last night. But now that it’s March, spring is officially on my mind!
So I’ve gathered a few of my favorite picks that make me think of the warmer days ahead. Colors, textures, and of course flowers, to feast your eyes upon while we wait for things to thaw out!
The 86th Academy Awards are this upcoming Sunday night – what better reason to host a party? I have quite a few friends hosting their own Oscar Party this year, and although I’ve I’ve only seen a handful of the nominated movies, I thought I’d contribute by rounding up some of my favorite Hollywood-inspired treats and trends.Star Paper Napkins / Gold Dusted Cupcakes / Black & White Straws / Champagne Flute / Oscar DIY Ballot / Tissue Paper Tassles / Gold & White Tray / Popcorn