The B Side: Intern Sushi

photo credit: internsushi.com

As a small business owner, you know that if you want to grow your business you’re going to need help.  And, as your business grows it will become increasingly harder for you to play the role of CEO, CFO, Creative Director, Executive Assistant, Personal Assistant AND Office Manager.

But when it comes to help, the reality for many small business owners is that hiring a staff of full-time employees just isn’t a reality.  If your budget doesn’t allow for full-time staff, I’ve found  interns to be a very useful and fulfilling alternative.  The question then becomes, where does one find the right talent for his or her business needs?.

Enter, Intern Sushi.

Intern Sushi reinvents the internship application and hiring process to connect the brightest and most talented interns with leading companies in the hardest-to-break-into industries.  The site replaces the traditional paper resume with a digital profile and showcases an internship application dashboard, which tracks every step of the application and hiring process. With an array of organizational and time-saving features, Intern Sushi simplifies, accelerates and elevates traditional hiring procedures.

A statement on their website explains the philosophy behind the name :  It’s simple. The attributes of a great intern match the attributes of sushi. When you choose a sushi restaurant you often consider quality, variety, presentation, sophistication and innovation. You never see a messy plate of sushi. We stress the importance of being raw and transparent to display exactly who you are and what you can do. We encourage interns to be picky about where they intern and companies about who they hire.

Intern Sushi is currently in beta version and sign up for hiring companies is free but there’s no telling how long it will remain that way so create your company’s online profile today!

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March 22nd is NJ Event Professionals Night and You’re Invited

It’s Industry Night and New Jersey Special Event and Wedding Professionals are invited to join us at The Suite Spot – a new private event space hidden in the alcove’s of Livingston, NJ.

Come meet the owners of the Suite Spot and get a VIP look at Livingston’s newest private event space.

You’ll also enjoy the opportunity to mix and mingle with other event and wedding professionals and experience what new products and services NJ event businesses have to offer as we feature floral designs, centerpieces, music, cuisine, sweets, and favors by some of our New Jersey industry favorites.

We will also be giving away two copies of the new release: A Practical Wedding by event planner, Meg Keene and swag bags for the first 50 guests.

RSVPs ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT.  You may register by visiting http://www.eventbrite.com/s/88Gt.

For more information, please contact Tasheea Nicholson at 215.375.2831

See you on the 22nd!

p.s: want your swag in our bag? we’re accepting submissions through March 15th. contact us for more information

‘Angry Brides’ FIGHT for a Cause

Despite being illegal since 1961, the tradition of paying dowry’s, both financial and material, to the groom’s family is still alive in well in the country of India.

It may sound romantic to some, after all, dowries were once meant to assist the new husband in making sure that his wife is taken care of.  But in 2010, India’s National Crime Records Bureau cited an alarming 8,391 dowry-related deaths.  It seems the tradition has turned ugly and husbands are now demanding dowries well after the ceremony is over.  When families don’t comply, brides may end up tortured or even worse, murdered.

Thankfully, a new online game called Angry Brides hopes to shed light on the problem of dowries and inform the world of the increasing number of crimes against women living in India.  It’s a play on the popular game Angry Birds and in order to play the user (Bride) has to strike the dodging grooms.  Each groom (there are 3 – an engineer, doctor, and pilot) starts of at a dowry value of 1.5 million rupees (~30,000 USD). Each hit decreases the total cost of the groom’s dowry and credits money back to her Anti-Dowry fund.

The game is available as a free Facebook application and can be downloaded at app.facebook.com/angrybrides.

Photo credits: facebook.com/angrybrides

Register Your Style with Deposit a Gift

I am most frequently asked by bumpies and nearlyweds how they can politely indicate their preference to receive cash as their shower or wedding gift.  And my answer has always been, “You don’t”.  Of course there are ways to sway your guests buying decisions (like registering at a certain type of store or using descriptive words like ‘lingerie party’ in your invitation description) and trust me I understand the beauty of cold hard cash, however it is impolite to enforce a gift-giving mandate upon your guests.

But what if there was a way to make cash just as much as an option as your Pier One registry?

Would that make it less taboo?

The creators of Deposit a Gift  – a cash gift registry – surely seem to think so.

Deposit a Gift is an online registry service that allows you to create a gift list for monetary contributions towards pretty much whatever your heart desires and it gives you the freedom to receive and spend your gift money where and when you want.

The concept seemed simple enough so I decided to try it out.

Registering as a new user on the site was quick and easy and once confirmed, I was all set to begin editing the details for my personal event website.  This step (like most wedding websites) requires some thought and creativity and is the lengthiest part of the entire process.  I haven’t yet completed my own sample registry but they do a really great job of providing several closed registries  that were used for a variety of reasons, including the wedding below.

You also have cool options to share event details with family and friends, post pictures and upload video.

So after a little exploration and a lot of letting go of what traditional etiquette says, I have to admit that I like Deposit a Gift as a wedding registry alternative and it just may change the future of gift giving.  Not only is it environmentally friendly but it gives you the flexibility of using the money for whatever life demands and, aside from a small service fee, it’s free!

You don’t need a reason to register your account and you can log onto to Deposit a Gift for more information.

Happy planning!

Inside My [Emergency] Wedding Kit: Invisible Ink Pen

What is It? Invisible ink pen

Headache: You’ve received a reply card for your reception or formal event but they forgot to fill in their name leaving you with the added planning pressure of trying to figure out which person that particular card belongs to.

Quick Fix: Don’t get left trying to figure out which person an anonymous reply card belongs to.  Instead, create a spreadsheet where each guest is assigned a number and write that number in the lower back corner of the corresponding reply card prior to mailing out your invitations.  Use an invisible ink pen in lieu of printing the numbers in ink pen or pencil so you don’t diminish the aesthetic of your invitation suite.  t

Buy it For: Approximately $9. AC Moore.

Missed the Memo: Love, Wedding, Marriage

I totally missed the memo that LWM made its big screen debut over the summer.  Actually it seems everyone did because this romantic comedy, overshadowed by it’s big sisters, Bridesmaids and Jumping the Broom, grossed just over $1300 nationwide and is already available on Blu-ray. And NOPE, that wasn’t a typo. So why am I blogging about this? It’s a movie about 3 of my favorite things: love, weddings, and marriage – and who knows, you might just want to add it to your collection of chic flicks.

Director: Dermot Mulroney
Writer: Anouska Chydzik (screenplay), Caprice Crane (screenplay)
Genre: Romantic comedy
Runtime: 90 minutes
Cast: Mandy Moore, Kellan Lutz and Jessica Szohr.
Language: English
MPAA: Rated PG-13.

Mandy Moore is a marriage counselor whose life as a newly wed married to Kellan Lutz is turned upside down when she discovers her parents’ happy marriage is unexpectedly headed for divorce. Determined to reconcile her parents for their 30th anniversary surprise party she stops at nothing plunging from one compromising situation to another. Will she destroy her own marriage and her professional life in her attempt to get her parents back together?

EXPOSED: Natt Taylor of DESTINI

It only takes one conversation with NJ native, now Atlanta resident, and designer, Natt Taylor to know that fashion is truly her passion. And you need only attend one trunk show to know that this dynamic woman knows her stuff — and that you want to wear it all! At least, that’s how I felt after attending her Summer trunk show in Englewood, NJ.  Lights shone upon brightly colored fabrics, delicately feminine embellishments and flirty pleats and just about every woman in the room looked like she had just arrived at ready-to-wear custom-design heaven.  And then when I learned of her company name, I knew she had to be EXPOSED.  So without further adieu, please meet the very fashionable Ms. Natt Taylor.


General Information

  • What is your company name and when were you established? DESTINI by Natt Taylor, established in 2004
  • Why did you select your chosen company name: It actually chose me. It was my nickname on a step team in high school so when I decided to start my line…it seemed like the perfect fit. This is God’s plan for me, it’s my destiny.
  • What is your main line of business?  I design a ready to wear women’s line. I also offer custom services for proms and weddings.
  • What is the inspiration behind DESTINI? I’m inspired by life. Before I entered college, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, so, I allowed God to lead me and now I’m doing something that I absolutely love. I’ve always been in tune with my creative, but I never imagined being a clothing designer.
  • Explain the day in your life as a business owner: On a typical day, I’m up 5:45a heading into my studio. I respond to emails, source fabrics, check in with my interns, sketch, sew, meet, etc. My mind is constantly on overload with new concepts and ideas. I try to squeeze in food & sleep when I can. :-/
  • What is the best business advice you’ve ever received? If at first you don’t succeed, try again.

 

Reflections

  • Hometown: Irvington, NJ
  • School Creds: Irvington High School c/o 1996 and Morris Brown College c/o 2001
  • First Job: Working in my Uncle’s bookstore in NY Port Authority
  • What keeps you up at night? Ideas…I’ll get up in the middle of the night to sketch or jot down new business ideas
  • What are some wise words that you live by? Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
  • What was/is your best career decision?: Obtaining a degree in Accounting. Fashion is 80% business, 20% creative…having knowledge and experience in Accounting helps business run a lot smoother

Diversions

  • Reading now: W, Elle, Glamour, Nylon, etc…the usual fashion mags
  • Reading next: The Help…saw the movie, now I can’t wait to read the book
  • Last fun purchase: My last fun purchase was a really cute fabric I picked up in NY.
  • When you’re not working you can be found doing what? When I’m not working, I’m thinking about what I could be working on

Playing Favorites

  • Hotel: Borgata / Atlantic City
  • Getaway: Hawaii
  • Entrée: I LOVE Pasta!
  • Drink: Bailey’s
  • Guilty pleasure: Strawberry Cheesecake

Fantasies Become Reality

  • Who is your dream client? Halle Berry
  • What is your dream break-out opportunity: Dressing Halle for the Oscars Red Carpet


On the Net

P.S:  You are cordially invited to check out the Fall Destini designs and meet Natt Taylor on November 19th at the DLUX Boutique located at 21A North Dean St in Englewood, NJ 07631.  The fun starts and 4pm and I hope we’ll see you there!