Archive for the ‘ADVICE’ Category



something i’ve learned after blogging for 4 years…you NEED resources. and you need to organize them. you may think of an idea and there should be a list that you can refer to so that you can make that idea happen. we use google docs so everyone on the team can easily add to the resource page.


we all want to make original content. i know for me, the posts that i have been most excited about where when i collaborated with other creatives! (this flower bomb, a backyard party, benefit beauty posts, my living room, style shoots, blogshop events) all of those posts took multiple people to make them possible, and they also made the process more enjoyable. (and easier!) here’s our list we keep around the office…





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 when submitting for the positions. we can’t wait to hear from you. -bri



companyUnderwood Letterpress | South San Francisco

job titleStudio Assistant

tasks includestudio operations, order fulfillment, inventory tracking, post paper production work, customer service, graphic design/photography assistance (preferred, not required)

more detailsthis position is part-time, up to 20 hrs per week

contact: send resume and portfolio (if applicable) to


companyChairish, Inc. | San Francisco or Los Angeles

job titleDesigner

tasks includeThe Designer’s role is to assist and support the digital creative team with design, production, file prep, file management of assets: email and online marketing, site graphics, promotional banners, app graphics and imagery. This is a full-time position that can be located either in San Francisco or Los Angeles. Responsibilities include: Assist in creating visual assets for all of Chairish’s digital channels: Social media, desktop, mobile, apps, etc. through style guides and optimized graphics for each format; Ensure digital file format standards and proactively provide technical assistance within the best practices of file management; Work with Creative Director, Marketing Manager and Product Manager to maintain deadlines and clearly communicate project status to team members; Collaborates with engineering and product teams to maintain high visual standards.  BFA in Graphic or Communication Design, and a minimum of 2 years work experience

more detailsChairish makes it fun and easy for design lovers to buy and sell pre-loved decor to one another. Our shop exclusively features curator-approved treasures in a full-service and trustworthy environment. Launched in 2013, Chairish is a rapidly growing marketplace built by an experienced entrepreneurial executive team from previous successful startups including TripIt, Hotwire, eBay, PayPal, Yammer, and One Kings Lane.

contact: Please apply here:


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: Minted | Oakland, CA

job title: Seasonal Design Assoicate

tasks includeCreating and editing design file templates using Adobe Creative Suite, Proofing orders to ensure accuracy and providing quality control assessment for our products, Preparing and color correcting photos for optimal printing quality, Creating print-ready files, Corresponding with customers regarding their customization instructions

Able to work a flexible/variable hour schedule including weekends based on business needs

more details1-3 years of experience with Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat Pro). Experience executing the principles of typography and print design

contact: to apply, click here or email


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 | Los Angeles

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 | Los Angeles

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: Moon Juice | Los Angeles

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: True&Co | San Francisco

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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