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The Bomb Life Career 101: Don’t Turn Your Nose Up at Small Tasks; You Must be Impeccable with Small Things Before You are Entrusted with More

When I was an intern at New York magazine, my duties on day one were to open mail and pass out faxes. Was I overqualified to do these small tasks? Sure! And at the time, I resented the exercise. I have a degree from an Ivy League University! I thought. I should be writing cover stories! I harrumphed. I wasn’t happy, but I didn’t understand that many organizations want to see if you will do small tasks with enthusiasm before…

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It’s Ok to Ask; Don’t be Afraid of People: Lessons from Paris Vogue Wearing Zara Plaid and Gianvito Rossi Heels on Fleet Alley’s Rainbow Wall in Brooklyn

When I was in an intern at Paris Vogue, I was tasked with finding street style Vogue and Glamour Paris. I had to go out and ask complete strangers to take their pictures. It was there that I experienced loads of rejection and lots of ‘No’s’ to the point where hearing no doesn’t even phase me anymore. Closed mouths don’t get fed. Today, I had the goal of having a total stranger indulge me in a photo shoot by this…

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The Bomb Life 101: Lessons from My Mother About Strength

Last night, I learned that my mother had to work since she was 14 years old. No one came to her high school graduation. She decided to go to college because her friends at work told her that she was smart. She applied to a local college and studied on the New York City trains and at night to get her undergraduate degree. When she was later diagnosed with breast cancer, she continued to work while on chemo because she…

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I am Strong: Refocusing my Energy in a Striped Johanna Ortiz Shirt and a Chai Design Studio Skirt

Happy Tuesday! I know I’ve said it before, but I am truly going to commit to updating this site once a day! The past few weeks have been a roller coaster, full of angst, anxiety, and frustration. This past Sunday, I just said: Enough! Enough feeling sorry for myself. Enough being angry. Enough of allowing other people’s crazy to dictate how I feel or operate. Whatever is within my control, I will control, including what I say, what I do,…

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Bomb Life 101: #TBT Choose Happiness

This morning, I was chatting with bae, talking about next steps in business and general expansion. I remarked, “I just hope that when we get there, we can enjoy it!” He said, “Aren’t you enjoying life now?” He said, “Weren’t you just kicking it with your friends last night at dinner? Didn’t you just come back from Miami?” I said yes. Though I’ve had many laughs and good times in the past few weeks, the thoughts of @FashionBombDaily ‘s Instagram…

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The Bomb Life 101: Turn Your Wounds into Wisdom (Lessons from Diddy, Steve Jobs, Oprah, and More)

Raise your hand if you love YouTube! I could get lost for hours learning about people I admire. Today, Puff Daddy’s True Hollywood Story populated my “Suggested Videos” so I clicked on: Sean Combs dealt with major setbacks, including being fired from Uptown Records, losing a best friend, and evading jail time. There were times I’m sure he thought he had lost it all, but he kept grinding, sometimes starting from zero, and reinventing himself. Ditto for Steve Jobs, who…

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Bomb Life 101: Life is Unfair; Stay Strong and Roll with the Punches

Success is a mental game. Getting to the top isn’t easy. People don’t play nice or do the right thing. Life is unfair. You have to be able to stay strong mentally and roll with the punches. If you get knocked down 9 times, get up 10. I am a woman who grew up in the South, raised by parents who came to this country with close to nothing. My Haitian father couldn’t even speak English when he came here…

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Go Back to Your Childhood Dreams to Find Your Passion and Purpose: Reflections on Ubiquitous Expo Wearing a Black Balmain Blazer and a Dress by Nichole Lynel

As I boarded my flight from Boston headed to Houston for my 3rd stop in my recent travel whilrwind, I realized that I am living out my childhood dreams. When I was younger, my dream job was to be an ‘international businesswoman.” What that was, I didn’t know at the time. I just knew that I wanted to travel for my job–a lot–and do business (whatever that meant). This past week has taken me from Boston to Martha’s Vineyard to…

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