Dinosaurs in Chelsea

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Dinosaurs were spotted this week in Chelsea… at the premiere of Christian Voigt’s Evolution photography collection at the UNIX Gallery.

To celebrate, I invited some of my closest friends, bloggers and media to join me at UNIX’s new location, where we kicked the night off with introductions by Dr. Mark Norell of the American Museum of Natural History.

Thank you to everyone who came out to see the exhibit, our speakers and to Zonin Wines for the beverages.

#DinosaursinChelsea

Samsung Unpacked 2019

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Samsung Business. The opinions and text are all my own.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Samsung Business. The opinions and text are all my own.

I would 10/10 would recommend Samsung’s newest reveal. ;)

I traveled to San Francisco last week for Samsung’s Unpacked, where they introduced the newest additions to the Galaxy family, revealing an exciting future for the smartphone. The new S10 generation was redesigned to remove interruptions, with a Dynamic AMOLED infinity screen and simple screen touch unlock feature—all of which make managing my business and sharing content on the road easier.

And speaking of sharing content, head to ForbesWomen for my latest article on why you’re not getting as many likes on your content as you’d like (hint: it has to do with your friends).

Don't Stop Me Now | Bohemian Rhapsody

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Don’t stop me now.

In case you didn’t know, I started my writing career twelve years ago as a journalist for Rolling Stone - back when all I wanted to do was write about music. So you can image my excitement when 20th Century Fox called and asked me to talk about Queen!

The influence Freddie Mercury and Queen had on both the music and fashion industry is unparalleled (not to mention, his influence on me.) It was an honor to work with 20th Century Fox on this video during #NYFW.

Congratulations to the entire Bohemian Rhapsody cast and creators for the incredible story of a monumental band, and to Rami Malek on your well-deserved Academy Award for Best Actor.

Filing Taxes with Credit Karma Tax

Filing Taxes with Credit Karma Tax

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Credit Karma. The opinions and text are all my own.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Credit Karma. The opinions and text are all my own.

As a small business owner who works with dozens of brands each year, my taxes can be complicated. But they don't have to be... taxing. ;)

Credit Karma Tax lets you file right from the app, quickly and painlessly. You can take a picture of your W2 or upload it as a file so there's no need to fill in dozens of blanks, and it makes filing jointly easy (which I’m doing for the first time year)!

Head to my Instagram highlights to learn more about why I filed with Credit Karma this year (and shout out to WeWork for the great filming location)!

#CreditKarmaTax

Retail's Biggest Show | NRF 2019

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Samsung Business. The opinions and text are all my own.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Samsung Business. The opinions and text are all my own.

As e-commerce becomes a staple of the shopping experience, retailers are tasked with finding new ways to connect and maintain relationships with their customers.

At NRF 2019 last week, I talked to Samsung’s Director of Enterprise Sales Hamshy Raveendran about some of the biggest challenges retailers face today and how Samsung is addressing those pain points for customers and brands alike.

We also got a look at some of the most exciting retail innovations to come from experts including Vala Afshar, Chief Digital Evangelist at Salesforce; social media influencer Evan Kirstel; John Soricelli, the Director of Technology and Analytics at Home Depot; and Nicole Reyhle, founder of Retail Minded.

One of the most anticipated innovations in retail? The connected home. I talked to Ian Hutchinson, head of Business Development for the Retail Vertical at Samsung Electronics America, about the relationship between future homes and the future of retail.

Until next year, NRF!

#NRF2019

Making Strides with MM.LaFleur and Bottomless Closet

Making Strides with MM.LaFleur and Bottomless Closet

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of MM.LaFleur. The opinions and text are all my own.

Image accounts for over 30% of success in leadership, whether we like it or not.

It was an honor to film this video with MM.LaFleur a couple weeks ago, spotlighting the incredible work Bottomless Closet does to help disadvantaged women enter/re-enter the workforce.

If you recently Marie Kondo-ed your closet, learn how you can put those clothes to good use here!

In the Kitchen with Ashton Keefe and OurHarvest

In the Kitchen with Ashton Keefe and OurHarvest

For almost 3 years, I’ve been working with (and loving) OurHarvest, an online farmer’s market that sources from over 170+ local farms.

So… I figured it was time to learn how to cook! ;)

Chef Ashton Keefe graced my kitchen with her presence this week to teach our Facebook Live viewers and I how to prepare Fish En Papillote, a delicious, buttery and presentation-worthy dish. If you weren’t able to tune in, you can catch the video here (fish pun intended), and get the recipe and fresh, local ingredients from OurHarvest.com.

Rock & Roll Underground 2019

Rock & Roll Underground 2019

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Incisiv. The opinions and text are all my own.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Incisiv. The opinions and text are all my own.

In my element!

I had a blast performing with the band at Rock & Roll Underground (for the 6th year in a row!) during NRF 2019 last week, in partnership with Incisiv. Shoutout to everyone who came out to watch musicians from retail brands including Nike, Christian Louboutin and Spencer’s perform on stage at the The Cutting Room - and thanks to Deloitte Digital and Adobe for their partnership on this incredible event!

#RockU19 #NRF2019

My Switch to the Galaxy Note9

My Switch to the Galaxy Note9

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Samsung. The opinions and text are all my own.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Samsung. The opinions and text are all my own.

When I made the switch from the iPhone to the Samsung Galaxy S9 a few months ago (after a year as Samsung’s video correspondent), I didn’t think I could be happier with a phone. Then I upgraded to the Galaxy Note9.

The switch was seamless with the Smart Switch App, and all my photos, contacts (and even background image) are accounted for on the new phone.

As a business owner who also travels frequently, my phone plays an incredibly important role in my work. One of my favorite new tools is the Samsung DeX—which transforms my phone into a desktop work station with just one cable. It’s completely changed the way I work.

Check out some other features I’m loving on the Galaxy Note9.

First Look, Second Act

First Look, Second Act

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of MM.LaFleur and Lyft. The opinions and text are all my own.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of MM.LaFleur and Lyft. The opinions and text are all my own.

I couldn’t be prouder to have spent #WomensEntrepreneurshipDay hosting an advanced screening Second Act screening with partners MM.LaFleur, Lyft, ForbesWomen and 200 of my favorite women in biz!

Thank you to our sponsors: MM.LaFleur for keeping us all dressed for success - and Lyft for the rides. And thank you to our media partner, ForbesWomen!

#SecondActNYC

Thank u, #AdAgeNext

Thank u, #AdAgeNext

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ad Age. The opinions and text are all my own.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ad Age. The opinions and text are all my own.

Last month I attended #AdAgeNext, a two-day marketing conference in New York that featured speakers including Girlboss CEO Sophia Amoroso, Endeavor CMO Bozoma Saint John and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

My biggest takeaway from the conference: Now more than ever, companies are focused on the “human element.” To stay on-brand, I asked attendees and editors about some of the problems their organization is solving WITHOUT technology. Head to Ad Age to see some of my favorite answers.

And speaking of being human, head to Northeastern University's Experience Magazine for my tips about exercising restraint on social media.

IACP 2018 with Samsung Business

IACP 2018 with Samsung Business

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Samsung Business. The opinions and text are all my own.

“We’re 16+ years after 9/11, and we still have a massive inoperability problem.”

Last month, I joined Samsung Business in Orlando at #IACP2018, where I interviewed Blueforce Development CEO Mike Helfrich about the importance of mobile solutions in coordinating emergency response efforts across multiple public safety agencies. Tap here to learn more.

Mobile technologies are becoming increasingly important for public safety - and for the safety of first responders. I spoke with Verizon’s Associate Director of Business Products Ana Ossa about the subject (interview here), and Alex Popof about the unique benefits of body cameras.

Thanks to everyone at IACP who took the time to chat with us!

Family Planning | Trellis Health

Family Planning | Trellis Health

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Trellis. The opinions and text are all my own.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Trellis. The opinions and text are all my own.

When it comes to fertility, why put all your eggs in one basket?

Many of my close friends have traveled the world for fertility treatments, while others field the insensitive line of questioning about if/how/when they're going to have kids. But friends: There is no formula for family. Which is why I couldn't be more excited to introduce you to Trellis, New York's newest women's fertility studio.

Trellis is dedicated to the modern, urban woman planning for her future family - with transparent costs, online appointment booking and women founders. Here's to creating the future.

Learn more abut Trellis.

FIT: The Business of Social Media

FIT: The Business of Social Media

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As soon as I left my talk at Fashion Institute of Technology this week, I got this note from one of the students:

"I follow a lot of social media influencers on many platforms, and this is the first time I have had the chance to hear the behind the scenes of what is portrayed to be such a glamorous and 'easy' lifestyle. With society how it is today, a lot of the times myself and a lot of people I know don’t really trust social media influencers when they are promoting products because they are paid to promote. It was really refreshing to find out that there is lot of integrity behind who and what you promote, and it’s reassuring to know that hopefully there are other influencers out there like you. A lot of the times it is hard to believe someone is being genuine about a product when it is a paid sponsorship but hearing your side and how you run your business was insightful and revitalizing."

Thank you to the wonderful students at FIT for having me - and for the many beautiful thank you notes like this one. You make this influencer feel good at work every day.

What a Knight | Returning to My Alma Mater UCF

What a Knight | Returning to My Alma Mater UCF

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Oh what a Knight! ;)

This week, I returned to at my alma mater University of Central Florida to speak with students about social media, managing your personal brand and embracing the entrepreneurial spirit. Check out the full conversation here.

Thank you to my fellow UCF Knights for joining and asking great questions, and a huge shout-out to Nicholson School of Communication and my former journalism professor Rick Brunson, who I will forever be honored to have shared a stage with. 

#ChargeOn

#Natchelorette Party in the Cayman Islands

#Natchelorette Party in the Cayman Islands

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We Cayman, we saw, we conquered.

A huge thank you to Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa for an unforgettable #Natchelorette weekend. I had an amazing time celebrating my upcoming wedding with a few of my favorite girls, Alyssa Campanella, Jessica Naziri, Marjana Jaidi and Courtney Donisi. We wined, dined, danced and dove with stingrays, and it was truly a trip to remember.

Thank you to Ted Baker London, Luna Bar, Skin BetterSidway Swim, Pure WineISDIN USA and CBD For Life for the lovely lovely gift bags for my girls.

We’ll be back, Cayman.