The team at Disney Publishing enlisted my help to promote their latest fictional book series, The Ring and The Crown. I decided to do a style breakdown of one of the main characters—- Wolf. He’s your typical bad boy that every good girl falls for (I’ve still never understood why women love bad boys—- but that is a discussion for another day)
Whether you’re a prince or peasant you can definitely wear this outfit.
Henley, Frank & Oak, $36
Pants, Zady, $185
Warrior Gloves, Men in Cities, $40
Dagger Necklace, Giles & Brother, $180
Sneakers, GREATS, $59
Be sure to check out ringandthecrown.com.
Even the boys are digging The Ring & The Crown. We love this laid back look that dapprly created based off one of the characters. Bianca noted that she would totally date any guy who was wearing this. Have to agree with her on that.
A little party never hurt nobody (at the office at least) agrees Erin Dertouzos, Head of Talent and Culture, at Meetup. Fast Company featured an article on the benefits of a fun and low facade work environment. These fun Meetup-parties create opportunity to share and collaborate throughout different teams.
Meetup says parties maximize productivity! So, we at Small Girls, took this piece to heart and decided to have a small cake party of our own yesterday.
The Best Night I Spent in a Garage
When I caught the train to D.C. to catch GE’s latest installation of Garages, I had no idea what to expect. I envisioned walking into Batman’s lair and fiddling with his gadgets.
While I didn’t meet Batman (shux!), GE’s Garages certainly wowed me. Mere blocks away from the White House, GE has set up shop — literally a pop up store — where tech geeks, would-be inventors and the design curious can gather to play with today’s best tools for product design and manufacturing. Whether you love the idea of 3-D printing
or just want to the chance to walk away with a highlighter yellow replica of the Lincoln Memorial (yeah, I did that)…
…Garages has something of interest for practically everyone.
Here’s what I learned:
Stephen Ligouri (@stephenligouri), Executive Director of Global Innovation and New Models at GE sat down for a chat with Tech Cocktail's Frank Gruber (@frankgruber). While many executives talk about innovation conceptually, Ligouri told specific stories of GE harnessing fresh ideas from all over the world, and not just from employees. Ligouri spoke of GE’s design competitions, one of which led to a stronger jet engine nozzle comprised of just one part instead of the industry standard 16 parts. The winning creator was a student in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Joining Ligouri on stage was Justin Fishkin (@justfishkin) from Local Motors, a micro-manufacturing company and new GE partner. Local Motors has set out to do something HUGE… create the world’s first 3-D printed car. Given that this is some of their handy work, I volunteered to take it for a test drive…
The new partnership between GE and Local Motors produced something else that made me raise an eyebrow…
… a new squad called FirstBuild. At first glance, FirstBuild appeared to be a freshly acquired company, but a little digging revealed that the 12 member team is actually comprised of GE engineers. FirstBuild’s task is to form a global community of innovators around a co-creation platform for GE’s most famous cornerstone business: large home appliances. FirstBuild asks questions like, “What does your perfect fridge look like?” Assuming half on the ideas scribbled on the wall by Garage guests will get prototyped, food storage (and maybe even automated in-home food retrieval… if they take my idea) may never be the same.
Garages is open in Washington D.C. until April 9th.
Posted by Small Girl @JasmineMonet
‘It’s an interesting case in the Netherlands where the Dutch are living under the sea level. The whole landscape is tech-based because of this. Without the dykes, we would drown, so I think we’ve always had a weird relationship with technology. Our practical thinking evolved from challenges of nature, and this probably carries over into cities.’
-Daan Roosegaarde, ‘newcitiesfoundation’ blog
When it comes to innovations in music and tech, South by Southwest has been a playground to launch and discover new companies, brands, bands, and ideas. The Netherlands is home of some of the most advanced technologies and the world’s greatest DJs! So this year, we helped bring the Dutch to a whole new level at the festival!
Above are just a few of the awesome photos captured at the Spotlight on Holland event. Wearable technology by Pauline Van Dongen, glowing plants that are the future of sustainable landscapes by Daan Roosegaarde, 3D selfies by Shapeways, and the perfect commuter e-bike developed by VanMoof… and amazing music to dance to, of course!
This was an awesome project that we were so proud to work on, we can’t help but wish we could live in all of the creativity and technology blossoming in the Netherlands as bright as their signature tulips.
Small Girls Love The Weekends
Happy HumpDay! We’re already thinking of fun things to do over the weekend and we figured we’d share!
In case you don’t have plans for the weekend, here are some ideas, from our rockstar intern Kristin, to make the most of your weekend before it’s Monday and you’re back in the office.
Plan a spa day with your girlfriends: We love The Red Door Spa at the Chatwal Hotel in NYC. It’s the perfect place to have a blissful spa treatment and relax in their serene pool and hot-tub area.
BRUNCH: Brunching is always a good idea, especially when using the CoverPay app. Check out Atrium in DUMBO for some delicious french toast and refreshing mimosas.
Rock-climbing at Chelsea Piers: Well there’s a new one.. skip your usual Saturday morning spin class and try a fun and unique workout! What better way to work out your arms while socializing with friends at the Chelsea Piers rock-climbing wall.
LOL: No really, laugh out loud, this weekend at a comedy show. Caroline’s on Broadway and Gotham Comedy Club are never a disappointment.
Veg out: If you’re having a really exhausting week you might just want to veg out in bed with some popcorn, Netflix and maybe even crack open a new book. If this sounds like what you’ll be doing this weekend, you definitely need to grab a copy of The Ring and The Crown. The book released yesterday 4.1.14 and its a must read - “It’s like Gossip Girl-meets-Game of Thrones.”
Now go on, enjoy your weekend, you deserve it!
Thank you to our friend Natalia from Fox Business for an amazing interview with AOL’s president, Maureen Sullivan.
In the piece, Ms. Sullivan discusses the importance of the MAKERs conference, what it takes to become a MAKER, and managing the work-life balance. (At Small Girls we completely understand the complexity that comes the latter.)
Read the full piece at Fox Business.
If you’re in NYC tonight then come join us for the launch of The Ring and The Crown, the latest book from Best Selling Author, Melissa de la Cruz.
What: Explore the worlds of YA romance, fantasy and dystopia as Melissa de la Cruz launches her new book The Ring and the Crown.
Where: 92 Y (Lexington Avenue at 92nd St)
When: Tonight at 8:15 PM
For more info on tonight’s launch event check out 92Y’s website.
This MAKERS video hits particularly close to home, as it features Muriel Fox- co-founder of NOW (National Organization for Women - fighting for women’s rights), who was the first woman to break into the male-dominated world of PR.
We can’t imagine this industry without all of the amazing and talented women who lead it today.
She went from being told that they didn’t hire women in Public Relations by the executive VP at Carl Byoir & Associates (the largest PR firm at the time), to becoming an executive VP at the agency, and her work done at NOW has allowed us women today so many freedoms and rights- including the credit industry, affirmative action, and in housing.
Thank you Muriel Fox for setting the stage for us Small Girls to do some big business in.
GE proves that its innovation is not just in products, but in marketing as well. As early adopters of native advertising, the company has signed a one-year deal with “The Tonight Show, ” to feature young inventors and GE has several other creative content programs brewing to engage fans and broaden the brand.
Check out more at DIGIDAY.