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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.




li 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


company: P.F. Candle Co.

job title: Office/Accounts Assistant

tasks include: Assisting our Sales Manager in working with our 400+ independent boutiques worldwide. You will be inputting wholesale orders and sending out invoices, answering phone calls and fielding inquiries from our stockists and customers, as well as coordinating with our shipping department to facilitate wholesale shipments. Includes occasional general office work.

more detailsThis is a full-time customer-oriented role that involves extensive data entry. You should have strong verbal & written communication skills, high attention to detail and a sense of urgency. Excellent grammar & spelling are a must. Ideal candidate would be organized, resourceful and have a positive attitude towards creative problem solving. Social media & Mac savvy are a plus! You’ll be working in the energetic, creative office of a grass-roots company where your best skills and assets would be tapped into!

contact: To apply, send your resume, contact info and a short blurb about yourself to: Social media links are welcome! See full listing & more opportunities here –


company: Bow & Drape / New York City

job title: Art Director

tasks include: Bringing a clear point of view across all consumer touch points, Helping build the brand’s visual and content strategy + vision, Helping maintain the Bow & Drape brand’s look and feel, Overseeing the creation of graphic, photography and copy across all brand materials and content, Monitoring and assessing the marketplace to further differentiate the brands online and in-store presence

more detailsYou love our brand already. You follow us on Instagram already and have ideas on how we can be better. Already. A true creative. You have several projects in your portfolio and have a proven track record of success with consumer brands. A photographer – as a hobby or professionally, you know what you’re doing. Experience at a creative agency or an in-house team. Expert in InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and basic web knowledge (HTML, CSS, etc). Obsessed with visual consistency and strong attention to little details – you believe you can give our CEO/Creative Director a run for her money in this department. Track record of being solution-oriented and achieving results. Strategic yet hands on; involved in the day-to-day



company: / los angeles

job title: editorial assistant

tasks include: blogging: creating / collaborating on original blog content for sfgirlbybay, primarily focused around all things decor related; interior design; studio and home tours; home product round-ups; boutique/shopping tours.

more detailsflexible hours / part-time position with room to grow. can work from home; but also be available for creative strategy meetings at our home office in L.A. you should have a website, pinterest board, instagram and/or tumblr to share with us so we can see if our aesthetics align well — if you look at sfgirlbybay’s website, as well as pinterest, instagram you’ll see if we have a similar design sense. an instagram account is helpful, too. if you have photography skills that’s excellent, but not mandatory. but must be proficient in Photoshop and WordPress.  SEO skills a plus.

contact: To apply for the position, send intro letter, resume, samples of work and/or link to website and/or sites listed above to with the Subject line: Editorial Assistant


company: Moon Juice

job title: Social Media Manager

tasks include: Develop and manage social support workflow and operations across multiple channels and tools, partner with Marketing Directors to develop social media support strategies with defined measures of success, and oversee execution of the tactics behind those strategies, conceive of new and assess existing promotional campaigns; provide recommendations for social media related impacts to extend promotions across all social platforms, collaborate graphic designer, photographer, and copywriter to implement social media support plans, understands brand identity, captures and hones brand voice, and adheres to existing branding guidelines.

more details: qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree or 3-5 years related experience, 3+ yrs of experience in communication/social media strategy and delivery, 3+ yrs of analytical experience, 2+ yrs leadership experience

contact: / Email Subject: Social Media Manager. Please submit resume & very brief note


company: Customer Service Associate

job title: Moon Juice

tasks include: Implement and oversee new CRM system and provide exceptional customer care via phone and email, consistently exceeding customer expectations– always responding with patience, grace, and individual attention, work with Marketing and Social Media team to develop appropriate responses across all social channels (Yelp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc), develop and maintain a Moon Juice customer service manual so that all responses are on brand with proper grammar, language, and tone, maintain detailed documentation of customer inquiries and consistently collect and present relevant qualitative data; customer reviews, purchasing trends, and stories, identify trends in customer service issues, suggest improvements, and consistently update the FAQ on website as well as training manual

more details: qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree or 3+ years related experience, excellent communication skills, including writing, proof reading skills, and speaking

contact: / Email Subject: Customer Service Associate. Please submit resume & very brief note


company: Elk / S​outh and Eastern USA ​and Eastern Canada​

job title: Independent Sales Representatives​

tasks include: This role is a remote position requiring a high level of self-motivation with an ability prioritise your own workload. It is aimed at supporting and servicing all existing wholesale accounts in your territory and seeking new opportunities ultimately ensuring Elk’s high standards are met, customers are serviced and sales targets are exceeded- expanding Elk’s Wholesale network. A great deal of trust and responsibility comes with this role along with limitless potential and opportunity for growth.

more details: see online listing for more details.



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: Steel Petal Press | Chicago Illinois

job title: part-time studio manager/ administrative assistant with potential for growth

tasks include: supply and inventory management, data entry, fulfillment, packing and shipping orders, managing wholesale accounts, etsy orders and online shops (shopify, etsy), possibly some research and marketing assistance, some general studio maintenance

more detailsThis position is part-time with potential for growth. We are currently located in Pilsen and are relocating to Logan Square in the Fall. You must be organized and hard working with the ability to work independently. Keen attention to detail, with ability to understand the ‘Big Picture’ is a required.  Must have online selling/shipping experience, great communication skills, previous office management experience, and a flexible schedule. Bonus if you have a Love of stationery, Small Boutique experience, and  visual merchandising and buying experience.  Compensation depends on experience.

contact:  To be considered please send cover letter and resume to shayna(at)steelpetalpress(dot)com with subject line “Part Time Studio Application”


company: Catbird / Williamsburg, Brooklyn

job title:  Full Time Bench Jeweler

tasks include: 

strong bench jeweler skills (soldering, polishing, assembly), casting finishing, attention to details a must, efficient time management and ability to multitask, stone setting experience is a plus

more detailsMust have excellent communication skills since you will be working as part of a team. We are a growing company that produces a large amount of jewelry, you must be willing to embrace repetition as a challenge or mantra. FT position is five days a week in our jewelry studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

contact: Email with a resumé, cover letter, and images of your work. Please make sure “JEWELER APPLICATION” is in the subject line.


company: Clique. (Los Angeles, CA)

job title: Senior Designer

tasks include: Create typographic layouts for editorial content. Retouch imagery for all three websites. Oversee and approve all images to be published. Work with the Editorial team to concept graphic solutions for content. Oversee and approve the work of Jr. Designers. Develop and strengthen the work of the editorial design team.

more details: Must have experience managing a team, have strong typographic and photo editing skills, and be in the Los Angeles area. Strong interest in fashion, beauty and home is a plus

contact: Cate – / subject line: Senior graphic designer applicant


company: Drybar | Irvine, CA

job title: Graphic Designer

tasks include: Everything from packaging, web updates, print, collateral, guerrilla marketing, emails, videos – literally everything under the sun. Every day it’s something different!

more details: Please apply only if you have an online portfolio, are able to work in-house in our Irvine, CA office and you are looking for a full time position. You must be proficient in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. Ideally this position would start as freelance, with intent to hire. Let’s date first, before we get married:) For more info, please visit:

contact: subject line: graphic designer applicant


company: Heirloom LA | Los Angeles (Eagle Rock)

job title: Driver + Set-Up Stylist

tasks include: loading, unloading, and driving company vans, coordinating with chefs, styling catering delivery set-up, exercising confident customer service skills while interacting with clients, completing prep and organizational work with HLA team, maintaining excellent safety and service standards

more details: we are looking for full time, part time, and on call positions. hours vary based on weekly delivery schedule but all shifts have a 4-hour minimum. 

contact: please email with your resume, a paragraph describing the best meal you have ever eaten, and contact information included in the body of the email. DO NOT ATTACH YOUR RESUME. label the email subject as Driver + Set-Up Stylist. do not send multiple submissions. 


company:  Ariel Gordon Jewelry | Los Angeles, CA
job title: operations manager

tasks include: looking for a full-time addition to our team to facilitate all aspects of our growing jewelry business. looking for smart, bright-eyed applicants who are trust-worthy, detail-oriented, and dependable. you will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with the CEO of the company.

more details: small company with big dreams so there is always room for growth depending on your past experience, future performance, and enthusiasm. must be a highly organized and detail-oriented person.

contact: send a resume, links, and a little about yourself to


company:  The Jungalow
job title: Copywriter/Social Media Intern

tasks include: Everything from assisting with blog content, to working on social media campaigns, and other projects as they arise.

more details: This internship is paid, and has the potential to grow into a permanent position. Hours would be 10-20 hours a week and while most of the work can be done from home/offsite, you do need to be local to LA. If you are interested in blogging/marketing/social media management/copy writing/brand development/PR, this will be a good internship for you. If you are interested in interior design/styling, this is not for you.

contact: Visit our jobs page for full details and application instructions.


company: project m plus  / branding and digital design studio  / silver lake, cajob title: mid-level graphic designer (5 years experience)

tasks include: strong adobe cc and digital design experience. front end development a plus. in-house, temp to permanent.

more details: m plus is a los angeles–based collective of designers and architects based on the belief that design shapes how we experience the world.



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.



company: smitten on paper | monrovia, ca

job title: stationery intern

tasks include: our intern will be responsible for assisting with assembling sample orders, taking care of our shop inventory (pricing, updating inventory, restocking), researching planners and bloggers, and assisting with workshops. This internship is perfect for someone that is genuinely interested in stationery and the wedding industry.

more detailsthe internship is unpaid and can be taken for school credit. huge plus if you are familiar and/or comfortable with any of the following: indesign, photoshop, illustrator, styling, being crafty, calligraphy, overall awesomeness.

contact: to apply, email with a short bio about yourself, why are you interested in the internship and samples/links to your work (if applicable). Thanks!


company: For the Makers | Brooklyn, NY

job title: Intern

tasks include: Looking for a NYC-based intern to assist in photoshoot preparation, editorial assistance, social media, shop organization, DIY parties and events, project planning and sourcing the market for DIY supplies.

more details: The ideal candidate is a creative thinker with a variety of arts and craft skills and an attention to detail. We’re looking for someone with good working knowledge of materials and techniques, who works well under pressure, loves to collaborate and is always thinking of new and better ways to do things. 10-15 hours a week, schedule is flexible. An upbeat and adventurous attitude is a must. No prior experience necessary but a working knowledge of Adobe photoshop and illustrator a big plus!

contact: please submit resume, examples of work and a bit about yourself with subject line ‘intern’ to:


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

 (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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