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today’s question is: “what makes a great boss?” (it’s a long one, we know!)



i love to ask this question to potential directors when i go on interviews. i’ve worked with amazing and award winning bosses and ones that made me cry and want to quit. watching the good and bad has made me realize what kind i want to be one day.




i have so many friends with jobs and great opportunities opening up and i wanted to share with you the details in case you are on the lookout for work. you can always click that link up top in my navigation bar that says “jobs” to check the job listings on a regular basis. see if there is a position you might be the perfect fit for! (i’ll be adding even more soon!)


see the list below for job listings near you! keep in mind it is always best to send all appropriate links & materials o en submitting for the positions. we can’t wait to hear from you. -bri


company: The Chalkboard Mag | L.A. (Santa Monica)

job title: Editorial Assistant

tasks include: The Chalkboard is currently seeking a full-time editorial assistant. Candidates should be obsessed with great design, have a talent for absorbing brand voice and style, a proactive and organized self-starter with skills in basic graphics and social media. Tasks will include: Asset preparation for content, assistance to the editorial team, light site and engagement management, social media assistance and some clerical/organizational work. Knowledge of Photoshop is a must. Social media skills are a plus. Must live in Los Angeles. 

more details: The Chalkboard Mag is A Guide To Living Well. A healthy lifestyle site launched by Pressed Juicery that covers wellness, healthy food, natural beauty, sustainable living and mind/body balance. 

contact: Submit resumes and other information to and please place ‘Editorial Assistant’ in the subject line. 


company: Urbanic Paper Boutique | Los Angeles 

job title:  Sales Associate & Design Coordinator

tasks include: We’re looking for a part-to-full time addition to our team who is great with people and is experienced in retail sales. Tasks include: entering and receiving product, creative merchandising, retail sales, and working with clients to coordinate wedding invitations and custom stationery. 

more details: This position requires an eye for design and an excellence in customer service. You might be exactly who we’re looking for if you have an affinity for design and paper, talent in gift wrapping, stellar in multi tasking and are proactive when it comes to creative projects and merchandising. Bonus points if you are fun, appreciate, snail mail and have graphic design skills. contact email – Please send a resume with any links, and a little about yourself to : 



job title: production design manager – full time

tasks include: collaborating with the cco on seasonal direction and category development, partnering and aligning with leadership on line plan objectives and strategy, managing communication processes between la office and ky headquarters, developing the best practices and processes for ensuring a high bar of quality, identifies consumer needs and implements strategy to serve the market, manages, trains, and mentors design team to create a synergistic design department, leads design by offering on-brand designs that deliver newness, innovation and identify new business opportunities for the company, develops and presents seasonal concepts, style direction and trend analysis, +  partners with sales & marketing to drive brand consistency and design features. for a full list of responsibilities, click here –>

more detailsare you the type of person who loves to turn dreams into reality? if so, read on! we’re seeking a dynamic and innovative product design manager to join our expanding dream team. as our product design manager, you’ll design and lead the ideation process of products, including stationery, soft goods, tech, drink ware, fashion, and gift. you’ll be responsible for bringing the vision of our brand to life through innovative, trend-right product designs in assigned categories. you’ll report to our chief creative officer and collaborate with other designers and cross-functional team members including graphic design, sourcing, product development, and technical design. our ideal candidate is a superstar communicator with a knack for nurturing talent and a strong eye for quality and design. if you’re an expert in merchandise who’s highly organized, detail-oriented, and totally in love with all things, you just might be the one that we want!

contact: to apply, submit your cover letters + resumes online to our new careers page!



job title: pr + marketing assistant

tasks include: 

as our pr + marketing assistant, you’ll be responsible for tackling a wide range of marketing and pr activities that include: building a deep understanding of the customer, support strategic segmentation, monthly and annual planning, daily communication with our pr company to drive initiatives, partnering with graphics on visual pitches, pulling clients lists for events and previews, contributing to wholesale marketing materials and website content, enforcing brand and identity guidelines, etc. For a full list of responsibilities, click here –>

more detailsdrum rollll, please! we’re seeking a superstar pr and marketing assistant to join our growing team and make magic happen on the daily. you’ll report to the vp of brand management and director of marketing on a day-to-day basis and interact with all of our teams, so excellent collaboration and communication skills are a must. our ideal candidate is an all-star multitasker and prioritizer with a can-do attitude, who’s extremely hard-working in a roll-up-your-sleeves and dominate kind of way. if you’re highly organized, detail-oriented, and totally in love with our brand, you just might be who we’re looking for!

contact: to apply, submit your cover letters + resumes online to our new careers page!


company: Cardtorial

job title: Operations/Studio Assistant

tasks include: Managing inventory and orders, making products (with the laser!), packing & shipping orders, data entry, and keeping the studio neat, clean, & organized.

more detailsWe’re looking for a part-time operations/studio assistant who is interested in working with a small and growing creative business. The position is available immediately and has potential for growth (& lots of it!). It is very important to us that you are passionate about learning and excited about helping with a wide variety of tasks in the office. We’re looking for someone who is reliable, works hard, has great attention to detail, and is OK with repetitive tasks. Having the ability to work independently and with a team, and being organized and able to prioritize is a must! Previous work experience is preferred. Ideally, our operations/studio assistant will come into the studio for 15-25 hrs/week — there’s potential for this to turn into a full-time job!

contact: If interested, please reach out with cover letter (or simply intro email) & resume to with the subject line: Ops / Studio Assistant. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and why’d you like to join our team! We can’t wait to hear from you.


company: max wanger photography/print shop – los angeles

job title: office/print shop manager

tasks include: max wanger print shop related tasks include – overall management. responding to emails. ordering prints. packaging/mailing prints. marketing. conceptualizing and mailing promos. social media. wedding photography related tasks include – responding to email inquiries. client thank you notes. shared calendar management. proofing gallery management. client slide show creation. packaging/delivery of photos. album design/creation. blog content/updates. photography submissions/scheduling. facebook/social media updates. misc tasks – responding to general emails/inquiries/photo requests. completion of day to day errands. cataloging hard drives. stock photo submissions. acquiring model releases, etc.

more details: must be willing to work part time (starting approx 15-20 hrs/week). highly organized and detail oriented. excellent follow up and communication skills (including writing and proof reading). hard working and ok with repetitive tasks. familiar with popular wedding/design/lifestyle blogs. comfortable using social media outlets (twitter, facebook, instagram). confident in internet researching abilities. sufficient in excel, word and photoshop. familiar with blog formatting – ideally has experience uploading + creating blog content. interest/excitement when it comes to finding new ways to market/promote the print shop.

contact: / subject: manager position / please send your resume and a brief paragraph including any ideas you might already have about how you would help grow the print shop.


company: Juice Served Here

job title: Personal Assistant for CEO

tasks include: The ideal candidate will have the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations, with strong written and verbal communication, administrative, and organizational skills, and the ability to maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities. Responsibilities will include: general administrative tasks, maintaining  CEO’s extensive appointment schedule by planning and scheduling meetings, travel bookings, heavy project management: including carrying out background research, presenting finding and executing the project,  assist CEO with personal requests, tasks and arrangements,travel to site meeting with the CEO.

more detailsCandidate will possess excellent organizational and follow up skills, microsoft office proficiency,  excellent interpersonal and communication skills and minimum 1 year relevant experience

contact: / Email Subject: Personal Assistant for CEO. Please submit resume & cover letter detailing relevant experience


company: / San Francisco

job title: Social Media Manager

tasks include: Chairish is an online vintage furnishings marketplace that makes it delightfully simple for design lovers to buy and sell fabulous pre-loved decor to one another. We’re looking for a social media contractor to join our marketing team in San Francisco at about 40 hrs/week. Everyone wants a rock star, but we’re looking for someone extraordinary. Our social media lead will manage all hands-on aspects of our social media campaigns: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Houzz. This includes developing, executing, tracking and analyzing social media marketing and strategy. Duties include planning and managing the publishing calendar, social objectives, messaging, taking photos, writing posts, and in some aspects, creating the visual images for these posts. He/she will also spearhead the Chairish blog, from writing blog posts to mapping out the content calendar and content marketing.

more detailsYou = Know, love, and breathe all things social media and be well versed in social media best practices. Attached to your device….all the time. Be a really strong writer with a gift for turning a phrase. Have great design taste and a strong aesthetic and a good sense of what will perform on social. Be ridiculously organized. Be diplomatic on social (we likes to make friends). Be a dynamic planner. You know how to be strategic, put a plan in place, and make sure it things get done. Be results-obsessed – you love tracking how your campaigns are doing based on stats that you can turn into big picture stories. Have mad interested in furniture (design and fashion is a plus). You read “those” blogs, especially Design Love Fest, and know what’s up with trends and happenings. Be an outstanding collaborator. We’re a team. You need to be a part of it. Be insane about Instagram, Pinterest, and excited about photography and video. Knowing Photoshop is a plus! Be ready to move quickly we move fast. Live in Bay Area (sorry, too hard to be a remote team member).

contact: Please apply here soon! We’re hiring quickly.


company: Winston Flowers / Boston, MA

job title: Floral Designer

tasks include: Develop a working understanding of the basic Winston Styles of design and accurately create gift line designs based on established standards / successfully interpret clients’ wishes on custom design orders / day to day responsibilities will be dependent on business needs including, but not limited to event design and installation, as well as participating in corporate, residential, gift and custom design and installation.

more details3+ years of custom floral design experience in a high-end, high volume floral shop or design studio is desired but not required; equivalent studio/visual arts or visual merchandising background may be considered.



company: smallSHOP

job title: Private Art Teacher

tasks include: Tasks include driving to homes in Los Angeles area and creating a pop up art class. You will teach the art lessons to individuals and small groups.

more details: Looking for a fine artist who loves kids and has flexible hours for a part time job. A happy, kind and patient person who can inspire older kids and keep itty bitty ones engaged. An experienced teacher who has great class management skills and is available to work on weekdays and weekends when needed. 

contact: Please send resume, photos of your own artwork, photos of artwork that you have done with children and a brief statement of why you would like to teach children art. Send submissions to:


company: Lili Claspe Jewelry | Costa Mesa

job title: Jewelry Assistant

tasks include: The jewelry assistant is responsible for helping with mass assembly of handmade pieces by Lili Claspe. The assistant will be expected to quickly assemble large quantities of jewelry at a time and be willing to learn basic metal-smithing and soldering techniques. Ability to work with stones a plus. This position will be full time, and the candidate must be local to the Orange County area. Pay is TBD based on experience.

more detailsLili Claspe is an American-made jewelry company created by Stephie Tchamanian. Incorporating semi-precious gemstones and minerals inspired by Mother Nature, the line is the brainchild of Stephie’s love for intricate yet chic design. Lili Claspe pieces are girly with an edge, made to accentuate a style every woman can wear.

contact: To apply, please email your resume to:


company: Moon Juice

job title: E-Commerce Manager

tasks include: Strategize and prioritize sales via E-Commerce channel, implement A/B testing and track ROI across all campaigns and dollars spent on enhancements, oversee the development of the new website with responsive mobile design for customers and wholesale vendors, Coordinate with web agency to scope, troubleshoot, and test all functionality to meet Moon Juice business needs, manage content migration from old system, new content needs, and uploading all copy, pricing, imagery, and metadata, among other tasks.

more details: qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree or 3+ years related experience. Excellent communication skills, including writing, proof reading skills, and speaking. Excellent organization skills and experience with project management. Startup experience preferred. Excellent interpersonal skills in person, e-mail, and by phone, with high professionalism. Demonstrates passion, awareness, and support in the health and wellness community.

contact: / Email Subject: E-Commerce Manager. Please submit resume & very brief note


company: roomforty | Los Angeles

job title: sales coordinator

tasks include: the sales coordinator would be the primary contact for the client from the time of inquiry  to the actual event day, and to that end has experience dealing with sales, client services, events, rentals, venues, and all of the aspects of the events industry. a critical distinction for interested parties is that our product is food and service–so someone would need to be knowledgable about food, or a very quick study. we need someone who is an articulate communicator (both on the phone and in emails), psychotically organized, comfortable with the negotiation process, natural at selling, and can maintain grace under pressure. creating proposed menus and contracts is a big piece of the scope of work.  this position juxtaposes the creative/intuitive and administrative.

more details: the salary would be a combination of base plus commission. our office is located in highland park and and shares a property with the Fig House.

contact:  please email cover letter and resumé to


company: Clashist

job title:  Account / Sales Rep

tasks include: focus on outbound sales, bringing in international boutiques, major accounts & private label accounts, manage inbound sales leads and account reorders, ensure all wholesale shipments get out on time

more details: Clashist is a line of digitally printed goods founded in Dec 2013. Inspired by pop culture, the brand quickly found success with its progressive prints and nostalgic motifs. Every piece from the collection is designed and made in Los Angeles, CA. Please check out for more.

contact: Heather,


company: True&Co

job title: Director of Communications

tasks include:  Deepening consumer and fashion media relationships and investing in initiatives that showcase the True&Co brand to future customers. Build on our successful PR track record and take it to the next level. Oversee all public relations and communications activities at True&Co, starting with defining and implement a branding and communications strategy that recognizes our differentiated positioning in the marketplace.

more details: This position requires 7-9 years of agency experience and managing an agency as an in-house publicist. The candidate should be social, energetic and likeable, with a wealth of experience and knowledge within the fashion industry and extensive network of consumer and fashion media contacts, with proven experience in securing significant, brand building press coverage.



companyThe Life Styled | Los Angeles, CA (West Hollywood)

job title: Intern

tasks include: The Life Styled is currently seeking a part time styling/blog intern. Candidates should be proactive, creative, and have a strong interest in fashion and trends but no previous styling experience is required. Tasks will include: trend research, social media, blog editorials, assisting on styling projects, and some clerical/organizational work. Knowledge of social media is a must. Photography and/or Photoshop skills are always a plus. Must have your own computer, wheels, and live in Los Angeles. Looking for a commitment of 2 days per week. Lunch will be provided. 

 more details: The Life Styled is a fashion blog and styling business owned by stylist Catherine Sheppard, which offers wardrobe styling for media, including television and magazine, and personal styling for individual clients.

contact: Email resume, a little bit about yourself, and links to any social media accounts you’d like to share to


companyGravillis Inc / Los Angeles, CA (k-town meets mid-wilshire)

job title: Design Assistant/Paid Intern

tasks include: maintaining the daily grind of the studio (coffee!, organization), runs (deliveries, prop shops, supplies), print production (presentation boards and binders), contributing original designs for movie + tv advertisement (see your work in the theaters! or on a billboard! …or printed on a piece of paper and eventually recycled – go green!)

 more details: this is essentially a paid internship ($10/hr + reimbursement for gas…gotta start somewhere). currently-enrolled students or recent grads. 3-6 month program (or until graduation), flexible with hours/days to accommodate school schedules. assigned supervisor + mentor. included in studio meetings, project kick-offs, and crits. if you (yes, you) shine in the role, we will offer you a junior designer position. we have a great history of promoting from within – more than half our team started in this position!

contact: Dara, (no “dear sir or madam,” say “hey!”). more application tips: So You Want To Be Our Design Assistant?

 (photo in poster by max wanger)



hi guys! i am out of town this week teaching in san francisco, but katie is going to take over for me this week and answer today’s advice question: “what do you look for in a designer or intern?”


i look for a solid portfolio that shows a variety of print and web, a nice sense of color and layout. their site is usually straight forward and easy to navigate. when i contact them it’s nice when they respond in a timely manner. don’t keep people waiting or they’ll move on to the next person.

when i’m looking for help i also reach out to people in my network to see if anyone has a good recommendation. i keep in touch with one of my favorite professors from MICA and she always has someone’s info to pass along. every designer she has sent me has been hired. note to students: keep a good relationship with your classmates and your professors. think of them as your coworkers and your boss. they will be one of your most important assets when you graduate. your classmates will go off into the real world and get real jobs. when their boss says “we need help, know anyone?” they will think of you and if you showed up to class on time and if you presented killer work.

when i look at students i think it’s great when they take their project past what was required. i’ve seen some start with a packaging project. then they turned it into a lifestyle shot and then a social media campaign. it’s so great to see people thinking about the big picture. it’s also a major plus when a candidate has lots of skills vs just one. they are more valuable because they can help with so much more.

when it comes to the interview i like it when people look me in the eye. i also like a firm handshake. nobody likes a wimpy one. i know i shouldn’t but when someone gives me get a weak handshake they go down a couple notches in my book. i like when the person laughs or makes me laugh. i like to be around happy people so don’t forget to smile. i like when people ask me a lot of questions (makes me feel better about asking them a ton). i want them to be curious and have an extreme hunger for knowledge. it shows me they’re ambitious and eager to work hard.

(illustration by katie evans. read more freelance advice posts are over here!)



today’s question: “how do you invest in your business?”



i’m not really at a point to invest in my business yet. as soon as i get there i would probably start renting a studio space to work out of. it would be nice to separate home and work. and! with that comes the adventure of furniture shopping!

i’d also like to find an accountant that works with freelance designers to make sure i’m actually doing everything the best i can.  i currently work with a lovely H&R Block woman named barbra for my taxes. she told me she was proud of how organized i was this year vs. last. she is great but i just wonder if i’m getting the best freelance advice. i would also get a lawyer and have him/her go over all my paper work and make sure my business is set up the best way. since i wrote this post about getting paid i’ve had a couple of sticky situations come up. it would’ve been nice to have some heat backing those emails i was sending.

i assume that if i’m profiting enough to put money back in my business i’d be crazy busy. i might want to hire an intern to help out a couple days a week. i’d try to find someone from a local art college to help out. i love working with students. they’re so ambitious and excited. i like to think that i’m helping them on their career path like my mentors once did for me. my mentors help me make my career. every big job came from someone recommending me. it’s really all about word of mouth.

so…one day…that’s the plan.


i have definitely learned the importance of putting money back into the business. sure, we’d all love to get a paycheck in the mail and take it straight to the bank…and then to the mall. but it doesn’t really work like that.

i am going to focus on the expenses of a blogger for this one…

1. employees & contributors: my biggest expense! in the beginning this expense scared me the most because it’s sure not cheap! but when i was really able to evaluate the income before i had the extra help and then after, i realized the value right away. i needed to free up some of my time so i could think further into the future and stop spinning my wheels.

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here are some links today that you hopefully love!


ok before you start clicking away, here’s a little tip in case you didn’t know. hold down the command key on your keyboard when you click the links and they will all open in a new window. i usually go through and open a bunch and then go through them. hit command W when you want to close that tab. we are all about shortcuts around here, give them a shot! here’s some combined links from katie and i this week…

cool office accessories: i’m sure you’ve checked out kate spade new york’s new brand saturday by now. i bought the circle sticky notesdays of the week pencils and these colorful nesting bowls. the shapes are so nice and clean. they’re lookin real nice on my desk right now. how about this wooden geometric keepsake box? or this cute striped laptop bag (that also supports a good cause!) this jonathan adler desk lamp just arrived and it is sharp! last but not least, how about this bright red accent chair for your office?

new find: have you heard of hukkster? a coworker of mine just introduced me to it and i’ve been… hukking? all day, every day. it’s a free service that you use to email you when products you like go on sale. right now you can only be alerted when it goes on sale but eventually you’ll be able to put in your size and color too. also, have you heard of mailbox? you have to wait in line once you download it (it takes about 2 weeks) but the app IS pretty awesome for organizing your gmail. you can easily categorize with just a few clicks. no more crazy inbox numbers. i was playing with it this morning and it seems like it’s only for gmail (which is kind of a bummer if that’s true, considering that’s not all i use.)

latest inspiration: kate spade new york is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. to celebrate they came out with a beautiful coffee table book. two of my dear friends wrote and designed the book and i’m so proud of them. each chapter is about something that inspires the brand. there are charming facts sprinkled throughout the book and drool worthy imagery sure to get your creative brain going. this flickr photostream is also pretty amazing! (how cool is this!)

wearing to work: it’s just starting to feel like spring and almost summer here in new york. i’ve packed away the puffer and boots and am trading it in for this lighter jacket and these sandals. in los angeles, it’s been bright and sunny…this yellow lace madewell top is the perfect shirt for work. it’s more professional for a meeting than just a basic tee, but just as quick and easy. i’m also loving this perfect hat!

(illustration by katie evans. read more freelance advice posts are over here!)


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