How to Survive and Thrive on Black Friday

The time is upon us for turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and SHOPPING!!! Black Friday (which is quickly becoming Black Thursday) is just 4 days away and the madness has already begun. In an attempt to get the leg up on their competitors, many stores have already released their Black Friday deals to unsuspecting customers. I say unsuspecting because it’s Tuesday and I didn’t really expect to get a call from my mom saying she got to Express when they opened so she could purchase all of my favorite holiday dresses which were all 50 percent off. So I guess now is as good a time as ever to dispense my advice on how to survive and thrive on Black Friday.

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Surviving Senior Year Part 2 – Don’t Be A Senior Cliche

Congratulations it’s your senior year (it’s mine too, don’t worry you’re not alone)! So obviously that means you’re going to coast and binge drink your way through all your classes right? Wrong. For part two of my Surviving Senior Year series, I’ll introduce you to my top five senior cliches.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Apparently I’ve become a creature of habit. I had no idea it was happening, I always felt like I was still living on the edge and experiencing all life had to offer. I had no idea I was stuck in a rut until something challenged my way of life. That’s when I finally snapped to the realization that I had a rigid routine that I couldn’t shake. I was no longer a fun and carefree twenty-one year old, I just looked like one. Sometimes once you’re stuck in that rut you can never escape. But then sometimes something so great will come along that you can’t help but take a running leap out of your comfort zone. Here are some things that happen when you do.

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#StylistSundays and The GREAT Geauga County Fair

Who doesn’t love a good fair? The fried food alone should tempt you to get in the car and head to your nearest county fair. But what keeps you there are the amazing accomplishments from people in that community. From produce best in show to the award winning steer, there are tents and barns filled with what this county was built on: the product of hard, honest work. County fairs are true Americana.

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An Open Letter to the Best Company I’ve Ever Worked For

Author’s note: So I realize it’s been three weeks since I ended the best internship ever at Express. However, moving from Columbus to Cleveland and then back to Athens took wayyyyyy more time and effort than I remember. And so does school, ha ha. keep your eye out for a Surviving Senior Year Post explaining that more. Also, every time I sat down to write about my internship I got so nostalgic and, honestly, a bit sad. I guess that’s a good sign because I would rather miss a job than be thrilled that it’s finally over. But there are still some mornings I wake up at school and wish I was headed to EXPRESS headquarters rather than class. Anyway…here is my open letter to, quite honestly, the best company I’ve ever worked for.

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Coffee With a Pro – Nicole Spears: My Shining PR Star

I still remember the first time I ever met Nicole….I was a freshman at Ohio University attending my first ever PRSSA meeting. She was the VP of Member Relations announcing that week’s member spotlight. I remember thinking: “who is this awesomely stylish girl who obviously has her professional life together?” She went on to become our PRSSA chapter president and a close friend and mentor. Even now that she is in New York, we still do our best to take time out of our insanely busy schedules and stay in touch. So we’ll consider this first ever installment of “Coffee with a Pro”, a virtual coffee (I mean I was totally drinking it while on the phone with her).

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Not a #StylistSundays – Charity is the Best Motivation for Exercise

This week we’ll be taking break from style and focusing on substance.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of running on Team Peggy in the Our Run Ovarian Cancer 5k in Cleveland, Ohio. This coming weekend I am lucky enough to be participating in Pelotonia for the second year in a row. I have always loved athletic events like the Color Run, Tough Mudders and really any kind of golf tournament. However, I started to think….if I’m going to spend money on registration, gas and parking to participate in these events. I should do so in support of a cause I’m passionate about. Because nothing inspires you to run faster than knowing you’re running for someone’s life.

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