Welcome To This Jenn Girl

Today is the day that I make the official move from Polished PR to This Jenn Girl! I cannot even begin to fully express how excited I am to go on this new journey with you. Although it is slightly bittersweet to be leaving WordPress, I am so thrilled to be making this big move, and I hope that you will join me!

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Celebrating 5,000+ Facebook Fans, With A Re-Brand

Over the weekend, thanks to another #sharethelove movement, Polished PR reached over 5,000 fans! I am so thrilled, and thought this would be the perfect time to reveal some big news to you. Not only will I be leaving my .wordpress.com blog for a domain of my very own, but Polished PR will also be re-branding to This Jenn Girl!

Here’s a little back story regarding that name, and why it is the handle for all of my social media platforms: When I began college and started introducing myself as Jenn to people (I always went by Jennifer when I was younger), everyone would refer to me as ‘this Jenn girl’ in every imaginable context. When I started my first job as a hostess at a local restaurant: “This Jenn girl just started training today.” When I started getting into nail art and my peers found out about it: “This Jenn girl does really cool nail designs, you should check out her blog.” Even when I started at the agency I’m currently working at, it was “This Jenn girl” this and “This Jenn girl” that. I never bothered getting offended by the fact that I was being referred to so casually and informally– in fact, I embraced it, by using the phrase for all my social media handles.

And so, I am embracing the name once again, through this re-brand. This Jenn Girl will be a lifestyle blog with a main focus on nail art, but will also include posts that delve into career advice, fashion trends, beauty tips and more. Think of it as that corner café where you can unwind over your favorite cup of coffee.

I want to take the time to thank you for your support throughout the Polished PR journey– I hope you’ll join me on this next adventure! The new blog will be launched at the end of the month, so stay tuned!

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Guest Post: Extreme Makeover: Business Cards Edition

Hopefully, everyone knows the importance of having a business card by now, but if you don’t, I need you to come out from under the rock you’re living in. Whether you’re employed or unemployed, business cards help promote your personal and professional brand. Let’s face it, we all want to move up that grand corporate ladder, and business cards, along with a few other things, can help you get there.

Unlike a resume, business cards are used just for your contact information. As far as the basics, you should include your name, phone number and e-mail. Depending on your employment status, the information mentioned before would be work related in addition to your company name, your title and work address. Although this probably goes without saying, add your top two or three most active social media accounts to your card as well.

Listing your online portfolio would be another great addition to your business card also. If you haven’t already, I suggest that you create an about.me profile or use sites like Weebly or Wix so people can view your work.

Not only is the information you provide on your cards important, but the design element is also important. Here are a few tips to help your business card stand out from the rest.

Use Vibrant Colors – What is more eye catching than seeing spots of color on something? You could have the color incorporated into your logo, or have your name in a different color or font from the other text. Be aware that too many colors or fonts can look too busy. As long as you stick to 1 or 2 different colors and fonts you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

Be Different – The majority of business cards that I’ve seen are horizontal cards. Just to be different, why not order vertical cards? I mean, who said that business cards should only be printed one way?

Choose Your Corners Wisely –  Is anyone else shocked that the corners of a business card can be printed in another form besides square? Well, rounded corners are actually kind of popular and they look really nice on cards. Square corners, Imma let you finish, but rounded corners are the best corners of all time.

Add Visual Elements – I’ve read that if your photo is on your business card, it’s easier for the person to remember you the next time they see you. Which means all the time and money you spent into printing these beauties won’t be in vain. Adding logos, graphics or even adding your own work to your card makes them unique.

If you’re really feeling fancy, go on and create a nontraditional business card like the one pictured below. I know I’d definitely remember the person who gave me that card.

Photo Credit: Vandelaydesign

Photo Credit: Vandelaydesign

In case you’re design-challenged, Pinterest is a great place to draw inspiration from! Of course, you could always look at the templates provided by most places that specialize in printing business cards. With sites like VistaPrint.com, MOO.com, Zazzle.com, Office Depot and Staples all offering cards for reasonable prices, there is no excuse for not having business cards.

Bonus Tip: Carry a few business cards with you everywhere you go. You never know who you’ll meet in line at Publix or even in the airport waiting for a flight. Remember that you’ll never have to get ready, if you stay ready!

About the Contributor:

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Brea Allen is a graduate of the University of South Florida where she obtained a degree in mass communications with a concentration in public relations. She is a self-proclaimed music and pop culture enthusiast and loves all things Beyonce and positivity. When she’s not on the post-grad job hunt, she’s blogging at AllSheWrotePR.blogspot.com or tweeting at @breajallen.

Guest Post: Choosing Your Major

Hello friends of Jenn! My name is Rachael and I am from The Overwhelmed Undergrad. As my blog implies, I am an undergraduate student who is way too busy doing anything and everything I can get myself into. I am a junior biology major with a minor in equine studies. I have four jobs on my college campus, I am involved in various clubs, and I ride for my college’s IHSA Equestrian Team. I started my blog to write about the random musings of an overwhelmed undergraduate student. Today I want to share with you my experience with choosing a major, something that seems to be more difficult than it should be.

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Ever since I can remember, I wanted to become a veterinarian when I grew up. Animals are my passion, my whole world, so why wouldn’t I want to help them for the rest of my life? Entering college, I knew that there was no other option for me other than majoring in pre-veterinary science to prepare myself for veterinary school. I made my way to my new college home, 250 miles away from my hometown, ready to make my dreams come true. A year and a half later, at 19 years old, I realized that I had absolutely NO IDEA what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. *Cue in immense amounts of panic*

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After way too much deliberation, crying to my friends and family, and having many conversations with my professors, I changed my major to biology. I saw the little light bulb shining above my head: I was not obligated to do what I always thought I was going to do. Do I still love animals more than anything? Yes. Do I still want to help them? Yes. Do I still want to enjoy my career? Yes. Do I NEED to go to veterinary school to do this? No.

College is about finding yourself. Yes, this is probably the most common cliché you are going to hear before, during, and after your college years, but it is probably also the most important. It is okay to explore the opportunities that the world has to offer. If the opportunities presented to you seem more appealing than what you thought about in the past, then go for something different! The only person that you have to please is yourself. If you do not major in something you enjoy to enter a career that you will enjoy, the only thing you are going to be is miserable.

What are a few “simple” pieces of advice that I can give to an incoming or new college student about choosing their major?

  1. Choose a major, take classes and electives you enjoy, but always keep an open mind.
  2. Get involved on campus and throughout the community. You may love doing something that you never would have expected.
  3. Learn everything you possibly can. I don’t care how boring that stupid short story is for your Intro to Literature class… Read it, dissect it, find a different viewpoint, and learn.
  4. Attend lectures hosted by your school, even if extra credit isn’t being offered.
  5. After all of that, change your major if you want to. Change it 5 times. It is okay to be indecisive. (But remember to make sure it won’t affect your graduation date…)
  6. Most importantly, make new friends and have fun. College will fly by without you noticing, but it is such an amazing experience.

Thank you for letting me visit! I hope you all enjoyed.

 

About the Contributor:

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Rachael is in her junior year at a small private college in Massachusetts, majoring in biology with a minor in equine studies. She believes that animals are better than people and leading a boring life is completely unacceptable. Her blog, The Overwhelmed Undergrad, is a place in the universe where she shares stories from her anything but calm life.

 

Guest Post: Shaping Your Career Path With A Blog

Everything starts with an idea. For me, though, it started with a fear. The idea of people reading my writing has always been horrifying to me. I would cover my paper when teachers walked by, shoo my sister away if she saw me scribbling, and then later on, I just decided not to write anymore.  The fear of someone else reading and then possibly critiquing my writing was enough to stifle my passion for a long time.

I am, now a public relations major at Penn State, and after being undecided my first two years (more like, undecided most of my life), I could not be happier with my decision. I love PR because I have a passion for people. I want to be the bridge between person and company, and public relations is the perfect way to do that.

Public relations isn’t all glam and gold though. I have to write, and people have to read it. My writing professor this semester gave me great advice, and that was to write everyday. Simple enough, right? I wanted to take this a step further. It’s one thing to write everyday, but I saw this as an opportunity to rekindle an old flame. After not writing for so long, I wanted to do something worthwhile with it.  So naturally, I started a blog.

I have only been blogging for a couple of months. After I published my first post, I was excited, horrified and proud. Nothing is more permanent then the Internet, and now I had about 300 of my own words, published for the whole world to see. I wanted to keep going. The fear I had of people reading my writing and critiquing and judging was slowly starting to disappear.

After only a couple months of blogging, I was accepted to be a member of the Her Campus Blogger Network. But, what’s even more exciting to me, is that I’ve told my friends and my family about my blog. I was afraid of judgment, but all I am getting is love and support.

I cannot wait for my blog to grow into something truly amazing and wonderful. I am excited for upcoming projects and my future as a blogger. I am grateful for my new followers and my exponentially growing views that I receive everyday. But I don’t think anything will ever compare to seeing someone I love and them telling me, “Hey, I read your blog today.”

 

About the Contributor:

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Briannah is currently a sophomore studying public relations at Penn State University. She recently discovered her passion for blogging and loves to write about the obstacles she faces in college and how she is over coming them. Her blog, Briannah., is a lifestyle, fashion, and beauty blog where she gives her readers the inside scoop on fashion trends and beauty product reviews, as well as allows them to see her mistakes and triumphs as a college student.

Polished PR Featured On Julep Beauty Buzz

Exciting news– my post about the popular nail color trend I spotted on the 2014 Oscars mani cam and my re-creation of the look was featured on the Julep blog!

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To read more, click here.

Thank you so much to the ladies at Julep for the feature! It definitely ended my Thursday on a fabulous note :)

Versatile Blogger Award

So happy to be able to type up this post– I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Paint Me Pretty and The Polish Influenza! Thank you so much for following and thinking of Polished PR, ladies!

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My Nominees:

1. Be Happy and Buy Polish

2. Our Painted World

3. Sparkle and Love 

4. Good Lack, Nail

5. Craftynail

6. Lacquered by Blue Vanilla

7. Maiden Aunt Advice

8. Pocket Money Polishes

9. Shine and Sheen

10. Nailmattic

11. Flight of Whimsy

12. The Obsessed

13. Buy ALL The Colors

14. MissHollyBerries

15. Blondes Love Cupcakes

It was so hard to choose only 15! Whether it’s the versatile nail art posts or the variety of beauty-related posts, these ladies do an amazing job as bloggers and I feel like they truly represent what the Versatile Blogger Award encompasses :)

Seven Interesting Things About Me:

*I am really bad at writing about myself, so bear with me here.

1. I have somewhat of an identity crisis. Hahah, not really. But my mom is Vietnamese and my dad is technically Chinese (both his parents are Chinese), even though he was born in Vietnam and doesn’t know a lick of Chinese– so when people ask me what nationality I am, I kind of stumble over my answer lol.

2. I have a huge passion for music and love to sing :)

3. I can French braid my own hair.

4. I looooove bacon (sorry, vegetarians and vegans).

5. I have a really hard time finding nice pants that fit me because of my size, wahhh.

6. I have three sisters– lucky Dad!

7. Uh. I love doing my nails? << This counts, right? I mean, it is interesting.

Hope you’re having a great weekend so far :) xo

Blog Award

I’ve been Liebster-ed! I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award by Our Painted World. Thank you so much for thinking of Polished PR!

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How It Works:

  • Post the award on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who presented you with the award and link them in the post.
  • Write 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Name 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers who you wish to nominate. The award is about spreading the word about up and coming blogs.
  • Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who presented you with the award and then ask your nominees 11 questions that they must answer.

My 11 Facts:

  • I’m a carb-aholic.
  • Watching Criminal Minds is my guilty pleasure– that show is so addicting!
  • I’ll be graduating from college in December :)
  • I post way too many photos of my Australian Shepherd, Brooke (I’m not ashamed though, I love her!)
  • I secretly would love to live in the city.
  • The only chocolate I eat is dark chocolate.
  • I’m half Chinese and half Vietnamese.
  • I’ve been with A for almost three years now <3
  • I’ve lived in sunny Florida for 17 years now.
  • I’m munching on Gardetto’s as I type this ;)
  • I really do believe that everything happens for a reason.

My Nominees:

My 11 Questions For You:

  • What are you most passionate about?
  • What’s your favorite color?
  • If there’s one thing you believe strongly in, it’s _____.
  • If you could have one special power, what would it be?
  • Why?
  • Where do you see yourself seven years from now?
  • What’s the most unique thing about you?
  • Your favorite genre of music?
  • If you could move anywhere in the world (regardless of $), where would you go?
  • What are you wearing, right now? ;)
  • I’m wearing a little black dress; What color(s) should I paint my nails?

The Answers To My 11 Questions From Our Painted World:

  1. If you could only wear one polish color for the rest of forever what would it be? You just had to ask lol. Uhm, I’d say dark blue.
  2. Is that your favorite color or just your favorite nail polish color? Just a color that looks good against my skin tone :)
  3. What’s your favorite book or movie? The Blind Side– loved that movie!
  4. Do you have a favorite polish brand? Wet ‘n Wild’s Spoiled– I love the brush!
  5. How about a favorite indie polish brand? I haven’t actually used an indie brand before, but I am loving the Picture Polish swatches I’ve seen so far!
  6. What’s your ultimate vacation destination? Tokyo, Japan
  7. Describe yourself in ONE word. Outgoing!
  8. Do you use nail art tools (dotting tools, nail art brushes) or do you just use whatever you have on hand? Whatever I have on hand ;)
  9. What’s your favorite dessert? Boston cream pie <3
  10. How often do you paint your nails? Between every 3-7 days, it really depends on if I have a special occasion to prep for.
  11. What’s your favorite joke? A guy walks into a bar…just kidding– I don’t have one, yet!

I’m really honored (especially as a newbie blogger) to have been nominated for this award, and am more than happy to nominate my favorite underrated bloggers as well :)

In The Nude

Just realized I never posted last week’s mani! I decided to opt for a subtle design; after two weeks of bright, spring colors, I think it was a much needed change of pace.

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I’m really excited to share with you my newly created Facebook page :) After sharing photos of my nail designs through this blog, my Instagram and my Twitter account, I figured it’d only be appropriate that I share them publicly on Facebook as well.

I hope you’ll continue to follow my nail art journey and career in public relations, your support means the world to me! xo