How did you discover your passion?
My passion is actually duo-fold — writing and fashion. I discovered both at a very early age! Writing wise, I started reading when I was four and then quickly began making up what I called “chapter stories” (basically just short stories) as soon as I could write. I would carry around a little yellow notebook and write down at least one story a day! I always knew I wanted to be a writer, and while the type of writing I do has shifted over the years, it’s still what I do and what I love, day in and day out. As for fashion, I was obsessed with Barbies and would create a “Barbie Store” out of all the clothing, accessories and shoes I had for my (rather large) Barbie collection. I would line everything up by type of item and by color and then have Barbie shop her closet. My mom said she knew I would work in fashion because of this!
How did you get your start as Senior Writer/Copy Director?
From the time I was about 12, I knew I would go to journalism school and then move to New York. At the time, I thought I would be the Editor in Chief of Seventeen (I still love the mag to this day!). I graduated from Indiana University, moved to NYC that August and started working as an Editorial Assistant at Harper’s Bazaar. It was a great start, but ultimately I realized I didn’t really want to work in magazines. Copywriting just sort of fell into my lap, but now it’s been almost 10 years since that happened and I couldn’t be happier or more fulfilled creatively and professionally.
Who or what has been the most important influence in your life?
My mom and my brother. I am very family oriented, and they are always there for me. They listen, they give advice, and they also continue to inspire me to be a better person and to be a more creative person.
What is your dream job?
Is it cheesy if I say I’m doing it? Working for AE really is a dream come true. I love what I do, I love my coworkers, I love getting to travel between New York and Pittsburgh. I honestly couldn’t ask for anything more. I am always pushing myself creatively and professionally, so I would love to keep advancing, but I’m definitely happy with my career trajectory thus far.
What is next on your “To Do In Life” list?
I really want to travel more. I only have a few stamps in my passport, and my goal is to get at least one more every year! I’m eyeing Amsterdam, Iceland, Greece or Denmark as the next culprits.
What music is playing on repeat in your speakers right now?
I am a musician (I sing and play the piano), so I am always inspired by many different musicians and bands. First and foremost is my brother’s awesome Boston-based band, Love in Stockholm. (And no, I’m not just saying that because we’re related!) They just released their new album, Hold Back the Sun, which is fantastic. You can see me in their new music video for “Drugstore Animal” too! I’ve also been listening to a lot of Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Fitz & The Tantrums, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles as of late. Oldschool wise, I can always listen to Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Carpenters, cheesy 80’s, Eva Cassidy, The Four Seasons … the list goes on! And since I’m a former musical theater performer, I listen to a lot of show tunes, too.
How would you describe your style?
Classic meets trendy. I definitely like to try new things, but at the same time, I look for pieces that will last season after season. And I’m a huge fan of the multiple. If I find something that works, I will buy it in every single color and pattern.
How does your work influence your style?
I love working in fashion, because it means I can basically wear whatever I want! I always try to look presentable and professional, but I won’t lie—it’s nice that I can wear jeans and tees to work if I want to! You’ll never see me without earrings and painted nails, though.
What trend are you most excited about this season?
I really love bold prints. So many people in New York wear all black, all the time — that’s definitely not me! The brighter and bolder, the better.
What AE Jean do you live in?
Funniest moment at work?
There was a week where my old boss and I were coming up with names for shape wear. We had some samples laying around, and I decided to pull them on over my clothes. Let’s just say I’m glad we didn’t take any photos!
What characteristics make your job fun?
More than anything else, the people. I work with such a great group of individuals, and I really think that’s the most important thing. I laugh a LOT. You spend so much time at work—you’d better like going there! I also really love being creative, whether it’s coming up with the name for a new sweater or writing an email we send to our customers. I definitely feel like in any given week, I get to do what I love and keep coming up with new ideas. And, of course, getting to see all the clothes!