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HUNGRY BLONDES LAUNCH PARTY by jill tranquilla

A friend of mine recently started a blog by the title of The Hungry Blondes. Beth and her friend Jill have put many amazing hours of work into creating this lifestyle blog that is focused on food, out of Calgary! It's been an honour watching their blog come together and the launch party was to die for. The party was a great success and left everyone with full bellies and warm hearts. I'm excited to follow their blog and progress! I spent a lot of the night with my friend Donna VecinoShe also has a blog, so make sure to check it out as well :)

Brina's Staple Series by jill tranquilla

   I met Brina maybe two months ago at a house party. We instantly became "best friends at 'HeyClaire.'" Brina is the type of person that one gravitates towards instantly. Her joy fills up a room and her smile is contagious. Not only is she a truly beautiful person, but she also is a women of vision and purpose. ETHREEONE is a blog that Brina founded during her time at U of Vic as a Business student. The website is dedicated to empowering business women through fashion. Brina's vision for ETHREEONE is too the moon. She's definitely someone to keep your eye on. 



I met Brina maybe two months ago at a house party. We instantly became "best friends at 'HeyClaire.'" Brina is the type of person that one gravitates towards instantly. Her joy fills up a room and her smile is contagious. Not only is she a truly beautiful person, but she also is a women of vision and purpose. ETHREEONE is a blog that Brina founded during her time at U of Vic as a Business student. The website is dedicated to empowering business women through fashion. Brina's vision for ETHREEONE is too the moon. She's definitely someone to keep your eye on. 

J: What inspired you/motivated you to start your blog?
B:
It really is a long story and a combination of a series of events, but in short,
ethreeone. was inspired by my love for fashion and showing women how to dress
themselves in outfits that provide confidence for the workplace. In addition, I have a
heart for empowering women and young girls to pursue their career goals.
e31.
allows me to combine these two passions which is super exciting for me. In the launch post back in August of 2014, I explain more of the heart-beat behind the blog and why I wanted to start this adventure.

J: What has been your favorite part about starting the blog?
B:
By far, my favorite part about starting ethreeone. has been the collaboration process.
Every other Monday, we feature a female student or career woman as #TodaysE31. These women differ in age, industries, majors and cities however, they all have a few things in common: they are fashion forward, business minded, passionate, goal orientated and most importantly, authentic. Evidently, I am a huge fan of
e31. - not because I founded it- but because of all the women who have been involved and inspire me on a day to day basis. Getting to be the first person to read their motivating posts and see their beautiful photos is always such a privilege and it gets me so excited for when the rest of the world gets to read about these unbelievable women. I am always actively recruiting guest bloggers, but now that e31. has been around for 8 months, I’ve had childhood friends and complete strangers reach out to me to guest blog, which has been extremely exciting. The theme quote of e31. is by Anna Klein who said: “Clothes are not going to change the world. The women who wear them will.” This, I firmly believe.

Feel free to write me at bmartens@ethreeone.com for a potential collaboration!

J: What are your favorite tunes to listen to while you work?
B:
I am one of those weird people that HAS to have music on in the background while I work as the dead silence drives me crazy. I often don’t pay attention to what is playing as I really just need some background noise. However, I do have a studying playlist that is mainly comprised of slower songs by artists such as John Mayor, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Bethel and All Sons and Daughters.

J: If you could have any job for a year, what would it be and why?
B:
Wow, what a tough question! After visiting the Google Shanghai office this past December, I wouldn’t mind being a “Googler” (yes, that is what they call themselves) and work in their marketing or sales department. I’ve always wanted to be an expat and have a short stint over seas, but getting the chance to work in any of their offices would be unreal. I mean unlimited, free, gourmet food, dry-cleaning, massages, ‘bonding baby bucks’, pet care, and paid personal project time... need I say more? (And believe me you, there is plenty more as the employee benefits are endless).

J: What is one fact about you that not may people know?
B:
I was born in China and when I was adopted at the age of two, I “apparently” spoke Mandarin- even though I don’t have any recollection of it at all. As I grew up in a household of Caucasians who only spoke English, it was inevitable that I was going to lose my Mandarin. Because of this, my parents sent me to Chinese school for 11 years and I hated every second of it. I often skipped and went to the McDonald’s next door because that made me feel rebellious and one time, my friends and I took the number 3 bus downtown to China town and made it back by 4pm for when our parents picked us up. I mean drinking bubbletea and walking around Chinese shops is enough of a cultural experience, right?? Now that I am one semester away from graduating with a business degree, I am kicking myself for not paying attention all those Saturday afternoons. I truly believe that Mandarin is going to become the language of business and being fluent in it would be a huge asset to have. Now more than ever, I am determined to become bilingual and getting the opportunity to go to Asia to learn Mandarin would be ideal. Oh the irony... (yes mom and dad, you were right).  



Brina and I got the opportunity to collaborate on a video for ETHREEONE. We spent two cold days shooting in a beautiful parkade this 'Staple Series' wardrobe - 20 different combinations of 12 different garments that are suitable in the workplace. It was an honour to create with Brina and I am so excited about what she's doing!



- J.

Ria Richies goes to new Heights by jill tranquilla

    Ria Richies, founder of   Heights Magazine     



Ria Richies, founder of Heights Magazine 

I met Ria over instagram (where most of my friends seem to come from, these days). What struck me about her initially was her entrepreneurial spirit, her love for art and her enthusiasm for cooking. Even though I've never met Ria in person, it is evident that this girl is a go-getter. Heights Magazine started in January 2015, making it a new blog on the scene. It focuses on art, culinary, fashion, lifestyle, and travel, leaving the reader inspired and wanting to read more. I decided to interview Ria about her experience as a blogger. Read on to find out how a girl went from being a competitive dancer/full time chef into a full time blogger.


J: What inspired you/motivated you to start you blog?
R: Well, I spend most of the time on the internet. I've always loved reading other people's blogs or just looking at photos. I've probably had an account for every social networking site since I was 10, but my love for blogging all really started when I created a Multiply and Blogger account. I always thought it was cool that I can share stories and things I'm passionate about so I just kept doing it.
 

J: What has been your favourite part about starting the blog? 
R: I love how you get to choose how you want your blog to look like! It's such a long process to get to your desired layout, but it's all worth it once you feel like everything just screams your style.

J: Where do you see your blog going in the next 5 years? 
R: I like to think that in 5 years I'll be able to reach out to thousands of people who relate to things that I share online. I just started posting videos on YouTube every week and it's so much fun. I love documenting things so it's good that I can see the progress of my work over the years and just reminisce whenever I feel like it.

J: What are some obstacles you’ve faced as a blogger?
R: I used to have a hard time with staying consistent. When you're a full-time blogger and you work at home, you gotta stay on top of your game. You can't be lazy and stay in your pajamas all day! It sounds like working at home is the easiest thing, but it's really not. You always get distracted or tempted to just go back to sleep whenever you want to. Writer's block sucks too! I hate when I can't write anything or just post something completely random that doesn't make any sense. It makes me feel like my work is mediocre and that's one thing you don't want to feel especially if this is your full-time job.

J: What are some of your favourites tunes to listen to while you work? 
R: I like songs that are just super chill like indie pop or acoustic, but then sometimes I just feel like listening to old-school Fall Out Boy or Drake. It just depends on my mood! I have different playlists on Spotify for different moods, but I've been listening to Kanye's Late Registration album and Hozier by Hozier a lot lately.

J: If you could have any job for a year, what would it be and why? 
R: Ah that's kind of a tough one, but it would be pretty cool if I became a film director. I'm actually doing a short film in August, so it'll be pretty interesting since I've never directed anything that's 30+ mins long.

J: What’s one fact about you that not many people know?
R: I used to be a competitive hip hop dancer and a full-time cook!