Kim and I met a little while ago when I popped into the Glossier showroom to peep their Phase 1 set for skincare. We started chatting and immediately connected over a love of skincare products, blush pink things, and being young bossy women climbing up the ladder of success (she is the Community Manager at Glossier). I really admire Kim for her tenacity and drive - she's younger than you would guess and more accomplished than a lot of people 10 years her senior. She works her little booty off and has an awesome attitude about it all. I love her vibes and her brain and her style and I'm proud to welcome her to the Girl Gang.
Continue reading below to see more about how the girl that has your dream job at one of the hottest companies in town keeps her cool and stays positive when things get crrrrrrazy!
Where do you find your inspiration?
I think I’m someone who finds inspiration in a lot of different things. When I was in high school and college I would keep these “inspiration lists” that were literally just lists of random things that made me happy. But I will say that I am specifically always inspired and motivated by female entrepreneurship and women who carve atypical career paths.
What’s your special sauce? That little trick you do before walking out the door to perk you up and make you feel your most you?
Hmm I don’t know if I have a particular special sauce, but I will say that I can’t begin my day without listening to The Breakfast Club radio show on Power 105.1. My roommate makes so much fun of me that I still listen to the radio in the morning, but it’s a must for me. I’m the definition of “not a morning person” at heart so listening to the radio perks me up and puts me in a good mood, which is essential before going into work.
Who are your mentors? Who do you look up to?
I’m pretty fortunate to have a lot of the people that I admire the most be people that I work with or have worked with in my career thus far. The people that I have worked with or for in my days at Into The Gloss and Glossier have been huge influences in the way that I envision my own career and create my own path. Aside from that my mom and grandmother are literally the two people who I aspire to be when I get older so they’re at the top of my list.
What makes you happy no matter what? Like if you’re having one of those no good rotten days where everything is terrible, what’s the thing that pulls you off the ledge?
One thing that I know about myself is that when I’m upset about something it’s pretty hard for me lift myself out of it and move on. The most useful thing for me is to remind myself that everything is new in the morning. I don’t necessarily have a tactic that helps me deal with bad days, but I can say without a doubt that the next morning will always be better so I just have to remind myself of that.
Where do you shop for closet staples?
My office is dangerously close to Reformation so that’s a great and terrible joy. Other than that I stick to the classics. Zara, & Other Stories, and Cos are my go-tos.
What’s your formula for a killer outfit?
No formula but I have this pair of amazing boots from Topshop and people keep asking me if they’re Margielas so I feel like anytime I wear those boots my outfit is a win.
Social media. Who do you love/stalk?
Well obviously I have to rep the home teams @glossier and @intothegloss. Other than those I cannot get through my day without perusing @theshaderoominc and @biglilkim for ridiculous celebrity drama and even more ridiculous memes respectively. I also love @adaptationsny for interior design inspiration and my girl @alyssaneilson because she takes enviably crisp and perfect photos every. damn. time.
Social media hacks. Hit us. What’s your go-to trick?
I have no hacks! Somebody tell me some hacks!!
What’s something you struggle with in your career?
I think because I’m so early in my career (I just graduated from college last May) there are things that I observe from others that I want to pick up or be better at. One thing that is top of mind for me right now is thinking big and being really confident in my decisions or ideas. I’ve spent more time as an intern during my working life than as an actual full-time employee so getting past the phase where I look to higher-ups to make decisions and getting to a place where I really feel confident making my voice heard and contributing to the grander plan of the company is something I’m constantly thinking about. Every day I feel like I’m getting a little better with it!
Tell us about a time when you hit a breaking point, a fork in the road? Have you ever wanted to quit and run away to Bali?
My last semester of college was pretty taxing because I was so ready to start working full-time so I was interning a lot but still a full-time student and I was so mentally, emotionally, and physically tapped out of school. Looking back on it I wouldn’t change anything about my school/interning experience because it was amazing and has definitely led me to this point but I do tell girls that I talk to who are in college now that they should enjoy the present. You’re in school to be in school and I’ve realized, looking back on it, how short that time is so you should enjoy it as much as you can. I sound like a self-help book for teens.
What is something you’d say you are always fighting against? For example, many people fall prey to comparing themselves to others, which makes them feel bad about themselves. What’s the thing you have to pep-talk yourself about?
I work with an incredibly smart team of people who know a ton about their respective fields. So I do fight the urge to get down on myself for not knowing as much about specific topics as others that I work with, but I’ve come to this realization that everyone brings something to the table. I have to tell myself that if you’re sitting at the table and you’re a part of the conversation then you clearly have an important point of view so take ownership of that.
What is the skill you picked up as a kid/teen that you still rely on today (i.e. teaching yourself html/powerpoint/etc., getting what you want from mom and dad, making a great sandwich)?
I was painfully shy growing up but when I went to high school I switched schools during 10th grade, which is an off year, and ended up being the only new kid. So that was pretty terrifying. That experience ended up being incredibly influential for me because I had to learn how to break out of my shell and find my place socially. I think since then I have become an “extroverted introvert”. I’m an introvert at heart, but I’m finally comfortable stepping out from the background a bit.
What are you most proud of in your life? Can be career or non-career related.
I’ve always been of the mindset that whatever I do, particularly in relation to work, I want to bring a good energy to it. I’ve been told that that is a strong suit of mine and I’m pretty proud of that!
What is your Two Eggs?What is the one thing you throw on when you head out the door that gives you that warm glow from deep in the tummy that says, “I know I look good”?
Hoops! I don’t know why, but whenever I wear hoops I’m like “Damn girl! Don’t hurt ‘em!” Self-love, you know?