Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday Feature: That Working Girl Wants YOU!

Calling all motivated PR girls and writers to-be!

Our blog friend Lindsay of That Working Girl is seeking summer interns. It's a virtual internship--meaning you can get the work done from right where you are!

Do you think you have what it takes to fill one of the positions? Check out this post on the That Working Girl blog for available positions (there are four!) and requirements.

This would be a truly wonderful opportunity: not only will you be gaining experience for your resume, but you'll have the opportunity to work with and for the talented and motivated Lindsay.

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Click here for more info!

Best of luck!


Your Girls Under PRessure

Monday, March 25, 2013

Our New Favorites (And a Reader Promo)!

Happy Monday!

Every PR girl has at least a product or two that she swears by. A favorite new item? BA Star Smoky Eye Shadow.

These products are marketed for girls who perform. So, cheerleaders, dancers, and the like are drawn to these pigmented, brightly colored, and quite glittery eyeshadows.

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BUT, this brand has eyeshadow palettes that boast nude, pink, aqua, and smoky shades at a really reasonable price. These lovely eyeshadow options are especially great because of the pigment payoff. Performers need their makeup to be seen on the stage or the mat, and this product delivers a punch of pigment for them. What does it do for the everyday girl? It provides the same lasting color payoff through stressful days of class or work, or great pigment for a night out or event.

Take a peek at their online store here:!

Want to grab a palette for yourself? BA Star is offering 50% to our Under PRessure Readers!

Use Promo Code: BBSMOKY at checkout.

Let us know if this is a product you love too!


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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Social Media 101: Twitter Lists

A co-intern and I were putting together a plan for a social media event for our hockey team during their 2013 playoff run. Part of the schick included picking fan-favorite, media-friendly players, which led to browsing the boys' social media profiles.

During our social creep, we established that the team has quite a few hidden gems that we would like to uncover, but sadly, it's too late for a good portion of boys because they'll be shipping off to the NHL (we hope!), the AHL or, as an undrafted player, figuring out life after hockey.

But back to my point; during our social creep, my fellow intern said, "I wish I could get a feed of just the boys' tweets."

My reply, "You can."

She followed up, "No you can't. How?"

I answered, "Twitter lists! Most unknown and under utilized feature on Twitter."

Yes my friends, Twitter lists are the perfect way to filter your news feed and group tweets or users. You can create your own, which can be a tall task depending on how many people you want to put into your list. Or you can take the lazy route and follow other people's lists.

I won't lie, I do the latter. The former is much too time consuming.

Another tip, you can add accounts you're not following to your lists, so you're not restricted to only people you follow.

And though potentially time consuming, creating your own list has a great benefit: You can make them private. This means other users cannot see or subscribe to your lists if your profile is public (and it should be).

What do you think is the most under utilized feature on Twitter? Do you use Twitter lists? Comment here or chirp us on Twitter!

Until next time, kiddies...

- J

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Empire State of Mind

I want to start this post with a qualifier: I'm not a "dreams come true" kind of girl. I think all of that stuff is a little mushy and purposeless, because a dream means nothing without the backing of hard work to fulfill it.

New York. New York is the place people spend their lives dreaming about. One day, if s/he is lucky enough, s/he might have the opportunity to go and make their life-long dreams come true. To an extent, I am one of those people. I've never felt quite right in the mitten. The industry I'm chasing is in the City and that is where I feel like I'll fit in. It's the place I've always wanted to be.

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I want to belong there, and more than that, I want to make an impression in a city that has so many people that anonymity is commonplace (another reason I really love it). Making it in a big city, it's so... bubblegum.

Sometimes I wonder if I have what it takes to get there. I've been pushing myself to be successful academically, I've gotten internships and spent my time in them developing skills to make me marketable to companies outside of my state and in my desired industry, and I've made so many personal sacrifices. But is that enough?

I don't want to go to New York just to go to New York. I want to work, to have cause to be there. To me, that's the "empire state of mind." Work until you get to the top, and then set a new standard for the top and keep climbing. And in New York, those opportunities exist and the standards are always being raised. I love to be challenged, and being in a city and industry that can always provide me with a standard to work toward would be incredible.

The media doesn't show the fashion industry or PR as they are. They, like the cities that house these industries, are glamorized. People want to be there for the wrong reasons. They want to be there to be pretty and to be seen and to dress impeccably and make a ton of money (which, they probably won't). I'm not saying everyone thinks that way, but I've come across a considerable amount of people who do. Leave your sense of entitlement at the door if these are the industries you want to enter.

So, I leave you with these small reminders on how to head in the direction of my interpretation of the "empire state of mind."

  • Don't lose sight of your goals or develop goals based on some glamorized idea of a career or city or industry. 
  • Don't forget that as good as you think you are at something, arrogance is going to hinder you, not help you. 
  • Don't forget that you aren't entitled to anything. 
  • And most importantly, remember to work your hardest and to challenge yourself in school, in internships, and as you work toward your career.

Do you share my version of the "empire state of mind?" Let me know!


Monday, March 11, 2013

Constructive Distraction: HackCollege

Procrastination doesn't have to be a total waste of time. This post highlights websites to make your time avoiding writing research papers and reading textbooks productive.

Not sure this can still be considered a regular feature, but sometimes I come across something that's too good to pass up, so here I am bringing you another constructive distraction to procrastinate past the time.,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.43148975,d.dmQ&biw=1407&bih=707&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&
Through my favorite technology site, Mashable, I stumbled across this gem, Hack College.

The site's tagline is "Work Smater. Not Harder." And it does just that. HC brings readers everything from tips on how to repurpose flash drives to America's happiest cities based on tweets.

It's a catch-all aimed at the college market. This site knows learning is no longer confined to lecture halls and scribbling notes in college-ruled notebooks. It's about consuming as much knowledge as you can from every source you can. Hack College wants to make sure you can make it in the "real world," or, at the very least, you have some common sense and current event awareness.

So, go browse the site. You won't be disappointed--there's something for everyone.

Until next time, kiddos...

Your Girls Under PRessure

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Social Series: Facebook

Discussing dos and don'ts of social media.

Facebook, Facebook, Facebook. What do we do with it? Most professionals don't care if you have a Facebook, but they'll check it anyway. It's boring if you only present your professional self, but unprofessional if you present your personal self.

Elise and I agree Facebook is the gateway drug to social media. Most people have one or have had one. But the reason for deactivating is a fine line: It's cool if you deactivate your account because you don't use it, but not cool if you deactivate it because you cause too much drama.

What to do? Or what not to do? That is the question.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Lip Service: March

As future PR people, it's super important to prep our pouts so we can confidently pitch and promote clients! Check out our top lip product picks this month!

Elise's Pick:
In high school, I used to be a lip gloss fanatic. But I've kind of gotten over that whole "super glossy look" thing. The problem? I don't like lipstick. So, on an afternoon of playing in ULTA, I came across this little gem by NYX.

This is a lip gloss that gives the effect of a lipstick and is MATTE. I own this in a variety of shades from Antwerp, a bright, orange-y pink to Amsterdam, a powerful, punchy red (also the color I'm wearing in the picture on my About Elise page!). My favorite, though, is the shade pictured here, called Istanbul. It's pretty universally flattering (it looks great on me and both of my sisters and we have very different skin tones) and is fantastic for every day wear. Plus, I absolutely love that the collection is named after cities. Oh, yeah, and it's $6, which isn't too bad!

The issue is that the packaging color is different than the actual product, so it's best to buy these lip creams in person so you can take a peek at the color to see if it's right for you.

Jasmine's Pick:
This month, I'd like to introduce you to Bath and Body Works' My Favorite Night Balm. This little gem works its moisturizing magic while you're catching z's.

My Favorite Night Balm is amazing during the winter months. In The Mitten, we're in a weird lull between winter and spring, which can really wreck havoc on your body. It hits your skin the hardest--especially the lips!

This little tube will set you back about eight bucks, but it's so worth it. Again, it helps you battle cold- or weather-induced chapped lips. And once you get your pout conditioned, you can cut back to using it every other night or a couple times a week.