Girl em[Power]ment – Hannah Morehart

Girl em[Power]ment – A Series of Short Essays.

Over the next few months Flancake.co will be bringing you the Girl em[Power]ment series, which consists of interviews with several working women of all ages in different stages of their career. These are women I not only find inspiring and interesting, but who I think women of all ages should know about and learn from. These women hold careers in several different industries, from creative design to politics.They’ll give us an inside look into what their job is like, how they got there, share their advice for twenty-somethings, and touch on what Girl em[Power]ment means to them.

Our next influencer is the incredible Hannah Morehart, one of the coolest + driven ladies. She started her own line years ago while still in school, recently moved to NYC, and yet is so humble. I met Hannah my freshman year after reaching out to her regarding her own brand, where we met and have continued to cross paths. Read below to hear advice from a twenty-something that recently moved to a new city, but is still figuring things out and will be the first to admit it. [PS, the above picture is from her senior design project, where she designed + created a complete collection by hand].

Introducing Hannah Morehart, of Ross Stores Inc. 
Insta – @hannahmorehart

Q: What is your current job title, and can you please briefly explain your career path?
A: I am currently an Assistant Buyer for Ross Stores, Inc. in Manhattan, NY! Long story short, I am being trained to run a smaller business within a corporation. It’s pretty interesting! My career path, like most recent college graduates, is TBA. The biggest thing for me right now is realizing what a blessing it is to have the opportunity to live in New York City in the middle of the fashion industry. But hopefully soon my path will be a little more clear!

Q: Where did you go to school and what was your major?
A: I went to the University of Arkansas and I majored in Apparel Merchandising and Product Development.

Q: How do you deal with negativity towards women in the work place [if at all]?
A: I use negativity in the workplace – whether it be toward me or women in general – as motivation. Regardless of the situation, I always try to pick out my strengths and let them shine. In the end, negativity won’t have to be an issue if you don’t let it define you or bring you down.

Q: Who are your role models or mentors, and why?
A: My grandmother. She recently passed away, but she is one of the main reasons I am who I am today. She taught me step by step how to sew at a young age, spent hours with me talking about silhouettes, textiles, and fabrics, and planted a seed in me that grew into a love for fashion and design.
My mom. She’s not only one of my best friends and #1 cheerleaders, but she’s also taught me how to be a Light in a dark world, to look at the positive in every situation, and she’s also given me someone to look to one day when I get to be a momma! Last, Diane Von Furstenberg. She took her passion for apparel and design and revolutionized the dress by creating the “wrap dress” silhouette that is now deemed a classic. She has also made an empire of not only apparel, but jewelry, handbags, and even luggage. Pretty cool, huh?

Q: Have you ever felt unsure of yourself or felt that you weren’t “enough”, and how did you overcome that?
A: Absolutely, I feel like everyone feels this way at times. I overcame, and still overcome this, by realizing and remembering that I am in this place for a certain reason. At the end of the day, I may not be the most successful designer, business woman, or whatever in the world, but if I lead of life of joy, positivity, and purpose, I know that I am enough! [Just like everyone reading this!!]

Q: What do you do in your free time to relax?
A: I go outside and I explore! There is so much to see in the world and you will miss so many things if you are looking out of a car window. I love to walk and venture to places I’ve never seen – especially in the city!

Q: What career and/or life advice would you give to your twenty-year-old self?
A: Always remember to stay positive. You will not always be in your dream job or ideal position, but stay positive and work your tail off and you’ll get there. BUT the most important thing I would tell myself – never forget who you are or where you come from. You will be so much happier and will be so much more successful if you never fall into the trap of camouflaging into the crowd. However, since moving away from home, it has become so evident that the people who love you the most and who are cheering you on nonstop are those who have watched you grow into who you are today. Those are the people who should matter most in your life.

Q: What does Girl em[Power]ment mean to you?
A: Girl em[Power]ment, to me, means that every girl is different; however, every girl is just as talented, beautiful, and means just as much as the girl standing right next to her or staring at her from the cover of a magazine. That is what should be taught and made evident.

I especially love this profile because it is evident that even twenty-somethings in the work place realize it’s important to know that Girl em[Power]ment is about much more than just rising to the top, but also recognizing that other girls standing and rising next to them can get there, too.

Stay tuned for Sunday’s profile – you won’t want to miss it!
Xo, Flancake

[be sure to follow the Girl em[Power]ment Instagram – @GirlEmpowerment for updates]

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Girl em[Power]ment – Jamie Mabry

Girl em[Power]ment – A Series of Short Essays.

Over the next few months Flancake.co will be bringing you the Girl em[Power]ment series, which consists of interviews with several working women of all ages in different stages of their career. These are women I not only find inspiring and interesting, but who I think women of all ages should know about and learn from. These women hold careers in several different industries, from creative design to politics.They’ll give us an inside look into what their job is like, how they got there, share their advice for twenty-somethings, and touch on what Girl em[Power]ment means to them.

Our next influencer is Jamie Mabry, one of the spunkiest women I know who also happens to be my aunt. She not only is in the work place, but is raising three kids. She is one of the most outgoing people I know, and is always trying to put others before herself. Read below for her awesome advice and what she thinks about Girl em[Power]ment. 

Introducing Jamie Mabry, of Shionogi, Inc.
Company Website – Shionogi.com

Q: What is your current job title, and can you please briefly explain your career path?
A: Shionogi Pharmaceutical Representative: I have been in sales for 20 years. I was a stay at home mom for 10 years. When my children began school, I went back into the work force.

Q: Where did you go to school and what was your major?
A: I went to the University of Arkansas, my major was Social Work/Psychology

Q: How do you deal with negativity towards women in the work place [if at all]?
A: I have been very fortunate that I don’t believe I have had negative relationships concerning woman in the work force.

Q: Who are three of your mentors or role models, and why?
A: My grandmother is my greatest mentor. She was the picture of humility, grace, love, and compassion. She went back to school to become a LPN at the age of 60, after having her own education cut short due to the Depression and having to help the family earn a living in the dust bowl of Texas. She learned to drive at the age of 50 when faced with the death of her husband, who has her taxi up until that point. She had several miscarriages in her early years of marriage. She had one son, whom she adored. Mammaw never had a bad word to say about anyone. Ever.  

My Father is the only child of the above mentor. He is a role model to me, not because he is the perfect father, but because he is the perfect father for me. What I love about my dad is he is the most generous person I know. He has enjoyed his life with seemingly little regret and doesn’t blame anyone for his mistakes. He works hard and he plays hard. He tells me he loves me every single time he talks to me.

My mother is number three…she is difficult, she is creative and she is opinionated. Three fantastic characteristics if you need to be a survivor. She has survived 54 years of marriage, she has survived two children, she has survived many careers, and she has survived two bouts of invasive breast cancer. My daughter has the exact same outlook on life. What a Blessing they both are.

Q: Have you ever felt unsure of yourself or felt that you weren’t “enough”, and how did you overcome that?
A: With role models as mentioned above, I have felt pretty sure of myself my entire life. That is not what society wants to hear. It wants little girls to think that everything needs to be screwed up in their lives to feel alive. Don’t get me wrong, I could tell plenty of stories of disappointment, but attitude is everything. Don’t let other people dictate your ultimate joy.

Q: What are other things you do [hobbies, projects, interest] that you feel passionate about?
A: I love to be outside. All and anything outside. Heaven is going to be a mountain and a lake – I am sure of it. I also love football. I am passionate about being strong for myself and other’s.

Q: Is there anyone you think that is making a difference in women empowerment that you think we should all know about?
A: I love the Dove campaign of woman of all sizes and ethnicities. That may be a silly answer, but I have always found beauty in woman that rock at being themselves. I HATE boring. Physical Beauty, with nothing else, is possibly the most boring of all traits.

Q: What do you do in your free time to relax?
A: I sit on my back porch to relax.

Q: What career and/or life advice would you give to your twenty-year-old self?
A: The advice I would give my twenty year old self, is in all italics throughout this essay.

Q: What does Girl em[Power]ment mean to you?
A: Girl Empowerment means: LOVE…1 Corinthians 13:13: And now these three remain: Faith, Hope, and Love…But the greatest of these is Love.

I hope you have enjoyed hearing Jamie’s advice – I especially love the last part. Keep following along for the next influencer!
Xo, Flancake

graphic in collaboration with Courtney Ulrich of Alligator Food Design]

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Girl em[Power]ment – Laney Kay

Girl em[Power]ment – A Series of Short Essays.

Over the next few months Flancake.co will be bringing you the Girl em[Power]ment series, which consists of interviews with several working women of all ages in different stages of their career. These are women I not only find inspiring and interesting, but who I think women of all ages should know about and learn from. These women hold careers in several different industries, from creative design to politics. They’ll give us an inside look into what their job is like, how they got there, share their advice for twenty-somethings, and touch on what Girl em[Power]ment means to them.

Our next influencer is Laney Kay, whom I was fortunate enough to meet this summer through my internship. She was one of my supervisors, and is relatively new to the work place having graduated last year. During my time spent with Laney, I could easily tell that she was not only driven and focused, but always looking out for the welfare of everyone who she worked with, and of course so kind. Keep reading for her insights into what it’s like to be a twenty-something in the workplace at a high profile magazine brand.

Introducing Laney Kay, of Seventeen Magazine
Insta – @laneykay
LinkedIn – Laney Kay

Q: What is your current job title, and can you please briefly explain your career path?
A: Advertising Sales Assistant at Seventeen, Hearst Magazines; I graduated college in May 2014 and started at Seventeen in September 2014 after spending the summer interning at a PR firm and deciding that PR wasn’t for me. I didn’t do many internships, which I definitely regret, but somehow was lucky enough to land the job at Seventeen! I heard about Hearst from a family friend and after extensively researching the company, I was determined to work here. I went in for an informational interview with HR and waited several weeks to hear back [the worst], when finally a position at Seventeen opened up and I knew that this job was for me. I was ecstatic when I got the offer! I have been here for a year now and couldn’t be happier. It’s a great work environment and I love the people I work with, which is definitely important.

Q: Where did you go to school and what was your major?
A: University of Arizona – Communications Major, Business Minor.

Q: How do you deal with negativity towards women in the work place [if at all]?
A: Honestly, I haven’t really heard of much negativity towards women in the work place recently, but if there is any negativity still going on in today’s world, it is SO untrue. I work at a corporation that is majority women and I see plenty of powerful and inspiring women on a daily basis. Anyone who still has negative feelings towards this subject [which is so old school] should spend a day in the Hearst Tower and they would walk out with a different mindset after seeing how many talented and powerful women work here.

Q: Have you ever felt unsure of yourself or felt that you weren’t “enough”, and how did you overcome that?
A: During the job search process, there were several times that I felt unsure of myself… If I didn’t hear back from a company or if I heard back saying I didn’t get the position, it was obviously a little discouraging and made me feel that I wasn’t good enough for these positions [I’m sure everyone feels this during the process, but it’s important to stay positive!!]. Everyone always said things happen for a reason and I didn’t really believe in that statement until I got the job offer for Seventeen. I had been on a couple interviews prior to Seventeen and was upset that I didn’t get the job, but if I had gotten those other offers, I wouldn’t have ended up here! To overcome the rejection from other companies, it was important to stay encouraged and keep applying at other places. If I didn’t get an offer, I always told myself it wasn’t meant to be.   

Q: What are other things you do [hobbies, projects, interest] that you feel passionate about?
A: I don’t know if these are classified as hobbies, but I enjoy eating [I guess I would consider myself a little bit of a foodie], I like to shop, I enjoy traveling and wish I could travel more often, I love to dance, but don’t remember the last time I had the chance to. A few of my interests include fashion, beauty, pop culture/entertainment, and social media. A little project that I’ve been trying to work on alongside of work is closet organizing. I know how weird this sounds and people wonder how someone could enjoy organizing closets, but I am SUCH a neat freak and my friends have always been fascinated at how crazily perfect my closet is that I’ve found an interest in organizing for other people. I’ve done a few of my friend’s closets for fun on the side, but it hasn’t gone much further than that. I’ve heard of people being “professional closet organizers” that are successful and have a big clientele, but this little experiment may stay a project and not a career unfortunately.

Q: Is there anyone you think that is making a difference in women empowerment that you think we should all know about?
A: Oprah, Beyonce, Jessica Alba, Anna Wintour… just to name a few. I know these are the most cliché people to mention, but all of these women truly show how powerful women can be!!

Q: What do you do in your free time to relax?
A: When I get home from a long day at work, all I want to do is sit on the couch and watch TV [I know how lazy that sounds, but it’s the best after a long work day, especially when Sex and the City is on]. Otherwise, on the weekends I like to hang out with my friends, go out to eat, take walks, and do a little shopping if I allow myself to! I also go to my hometown in Maryland quite often to visit my family, they’re the best!

Q: What career and/or life advice would you give to your twenty-year-old self?
A: I’m only 23, so I’m sure if I was asked this question in a few years I would have a totally different answer, but in regards to career advice, I would have told my 20 year old self to do more internships! I never realized how important they were until I started applying for jobs and realizing that I didn’t have much relevant experience for the positions I was applying to. I was lucky enough to get an offer from an amazing company, but the job application process probably would have been much easier for me if I had internships to showcase on my resume. Also, I would have told myself to network more, this is super important in today’s corporate world because you never know how helpful someone could be in the future! However, I’m continuing to tell myself not to be in a rush to grow up and enjoy the present rather than worry about the future.

I hope you enjoyed perspective from a twenty-something – keep following to see the next influencer, and follow along on insta – @girlempowerment

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Xo, Flancake

Girl em[Power]ment – Carson Roncketto

Girl em[Power]ment – A Series of Short Essays.

Over the next few months Flancake.co will be bringing you the Girl em[Power]ment series, which consists of interviews with several working women of all ages in different stages of their career. These are women I not only find inspiring and interesting, but who I think women of all ages should know about and learn from. These women hold careers in several different industries, from creative design to politics.They’ll give us an inside look into what their job is like, how they got there, share their advice for twenty-somethings, and touch on what Girl em[Power]ment means to them.

Our first influencer of the Girl em[Power]ment series is Carson Roncketto, a friend and mentor. I’ve known Carson for about four years, when our paths crossed because of her [awesome] jewelry business. She’s not only creative and passionate about her work, but is an overall genuine and kind soul. I’m so glad she was able to kick off the series and give some serious insight.

Introducing Carson Roncketto, of CirclesUSA.org@croncketto + @chaincrochet 

Q: What is your current job title, and can you please briefly explain your career path?

A: I am the Chief Learning Officer for Circles USA, a National Non-Profit that inspires and equips families and communities to resolve poverty and thrive across North America. As CLO, I direct our organization’s training and coaching efforts, design and align new materials to support our model and mission, and work to advance organizational development and effectiveness in our network through learning.

Q: Where did you go to school and what did you major in?

A: I have an undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas in Broadcast Journalism and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. 

Q: How do you deal with negativity towards women in the work place [if at all]?

A: I am very fortunate to work for an organization that is dedicated to the empowerment and advancement of women both in the workplace and in communities across the country. No glass ceilings to speak of here. I will say that being confident and self-aware, have made it easier for me to avoid negativity based on sex.

Q: Have you ever felt unsure of yourself or felt that you weren’t “enough”, and how did you overcome that?

A: I have had moments of self-doubt where I questioned if I was DOING enough, was I SUCCESSFUL enough, GROWING enough…I think all of these feelings are normal as you journey through your professional career. Social Media allows us to paint a rose-colored picture of our personal and professional lives that filter the day-to-day realities of living and working. I think it is important to remind ourselves that we don’t need to measure our self-worth or success by comparing it to someones else’s, especially as it’s presented on social media accounts. 

Q: What are other things you do [hobbies, projects, interest] that you feel passionate about?

A: I am a proud member of the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Council representing the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas. Our council is made up of incredible women doing incredible things throughout NWA, of which I am lucky to be a part of. Our mission is to promote philanthropy among women and to help women and girls achieve their full potential. WFA is a great positive resource for women of all ages, focusing on expanding and strengthening our role in society.

I also started a small jewelry line called Chain Crochet in 2012. My designs are compromised overlooked items from the past, vintage heirlooms, and bits and baubles…antique stylization mixed with modern charm. 

Q: What do you do in your free time to relax?

A: Hot Yoga and watching murder mystery docu-series galore! [because what gal doesn’t love that right?]

Q: What career and/or life advice would you give to your twenty-year-old self?

A: Don’t be in a big damn hurry to get where you are going and don’t be so hard on yourself. I have to still remind my 30-year-old self of this! In my twenties, I was in such a rush to make more money and move up the ladder, thinking that this would bring me some kind of professional nirvana. What I have realized is that even as I advanced, so have my goals and what is important to me. I would bet these things will continue to evolve. Because of this, I try to remember to stay present (and that struggle is REAL for me)…but, I would encourage you to do the same by avoiding all of the hypotheticals of your future and being exactly where you are right now. 

Q: What does Girl em[Power]ment mean to you?

A: Girl em[Power]ment means realizing (and helping others realize) our power and potential. It starts with our own perceptions of who we are. We can make the choice to be both who and what we desire. 

As Beyonce says, “Who run the world?” GIRLS. And Beyonce is never wrong.

Stay tuned for the next Girl em[Power]ment influencer!
Xo, Flancake

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a series of short essays.

Coming next week to the blog is Girl em[Power]ment – a series of short essays. This series will consist of interviews with about twenty working women of all ages in different stages of their career. These are women I not only find inspiring and interesting, but who I think women of all ages should know about and learn from.

They’ll give us an inside look into what their job is like, how they got there, share their advice for twenty-somethings, and touch on what Girl em[Power]ment means to them.

I’m more than thrilled to be sharing this series with you all, as it’s been a long time in the making. The series will run for about two months, profiling two women each week, on Sundays and Mondays at 2:00. The women I’ve been in touch with are from all different industries in all different positions from across the country, so you’ll definitely want to stick around and hear what they all have to say.

The series will officially begin Sunday, Sept. 20th. Can’t wait to share it with you – stay tuned!

Xo, Flancake

*If you or someone you know could be a great addition to this series, please email me at flannerylyle@gmail.com*
*I’m always looking for more amazing women to showcase*

An Update – The big 2-1

Over the next few weeks, I’m sure as you’ve noticed – I’m getting everyone updated on my summer in the city, in a series titled “An Update”. Today’s post will focus on one of the best days I’ve ever had filled with friends, laughter, glam, and glitz. Aka my birthday.

This year’s birthday was kind of big, I ~finally~ turned 21! Since I lived in the city with some good friends, of course we had to make a day of it! Ok, and actually I had been waiting for this day for a long time, so you better believe I was making it the longest day ever.

10am Manis at Paintbox nails
If you haven’t heard of this ultra-cool nail salon in Soho, then seriously check them out. The whole thing is an experience really – you get an incredible mani [they’re known for minimalistic nail art] along with the chance to take a picture of your nails in the mani cam. Can we just talk about how cool that is.

12pm Brunch at ABC Cocina
If you’re in the city or traveling, this is a spot I HIGHLY recommend. We got a cheese plate for the entire table, and I had the lemon rosemary pancakes. The rosemary mimosa was to. die. for.

3pm Wine Tasting at the Chelsea Wine Vault
We enjoyed an hour class on french wines, which were superb. This is a great place to just walk around and look at wines, but of course the staff is extremely knowledgeable, and can point you in any direction determined on your preferences.

5pm Blowouts at Drybar
This was such a fun experience, as none of us had ever actually got a blowout. If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s essentially just getting your hair done – but only the wash and styling. We each got a somewhat different style, which was fun to see in the end!

7pm Drinks at The Boom Boom Room
The most highly anticipated event of the day was drinks at The Standard [a popular meatpacking district hotel].
I have quite literally wanted to come here ever since discovering it a few years back, and today was the day.
The Boom Boom Room is a lounge at the top of The Standard, which gives incredible views of the city, along with amazing drinks. Oh, and you might run into the likes of Beyonce and JayZ, as they frequent this spot often.

Later that night we grabbed dinner in the meatpacking district, along with hitting the other bar at The Standard – Le Bain, which also has incredible city views plus crepes on the rooftop. Too cool for school, right?
To top everything off, the next morning we went to a puppy store [mixed feelings about that…] but I got to play with FRENCH BULLDOG PUPPIES. Ok, sorry for the yelling but I was actually in heaven – those who know me, know that I have an [unhealthy] obsession with french bulldogs. Really, it just capped off everything.

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Overall it really was such a fabulous birthday – definitely one for the books. Sending lots of love to everyone that helped make it so special – my fab friends and awesome parents, I see you!

Xo, Flancake

Special Projects // Alligator Food Design

Although this happened a bit ago, I still wanted to share the awesome experience I had working with the Alligator Food Design brand. A friend from a freshman class [tip – always keep up with your contacts, you never know when you might need them//when they’ll need you!] reached out to ask about help with her brand, specifically editorial styling for the product. This brand aligns perfectly with my aesthetic, so it was a perfect match.

We met to discuss how the shoot would work and what her ideas were, and of course I added some. The really cool thing that made this project different than any I’d ever done before was that the brand had different collections based on people, which gave them each personalities. This was a fun dynamic to work with, as we wanted each collections to really speak to the person it was inspired by and of course be visually pleasing.

Once we had our ideas drawn out and we agreed on several visual inspirations, we set up shop in a garage to get the magic going! It took a few hours to get everything right, but it the work definitely paid off. Check out Alligator Food Design’s website to read their story and get some prints! [Of course] I had to get some. Enjoy!!

// The Ashley Collection
For the jet setter: A travelogue that shows just as much complexity as the places they’ve visited, the Ashley Collection is for the girl boss inside us all. A neutral palette with pops of color, emphasize the sassy, yet inspirational phrases. The Ashley Collection encourages one to get stuff done while being fabulous as ever.

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// The Ashlyn Collection
For the Wanderer: Rooted in adventure, the Ashlyn Collection is for those who are constantly seeking to discover more. Its natural color palette,reminiscent of faded photographs and old postcards, gives texture to the wanderlust sayings that characterize this collection. The Ashlyn will inspire you to pack your bags, and embark on an unknown route to an unexplored world.

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// The Ava Collection
For the modern romantic: The Ava Collection combines a passionate sentiment with a classic color palette. Hand drawn watercolor illustrations are the background for tender dedications. The Ava Collection inspires one to rejoice in love, for it truly can and will “save your soul”.

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// The Emily Collection
For the party girl: Sassy and social, the Emily Collection is for those of you who love to put on your red lipstick and hit the town on a Friday night. The neutral, high contrast color palette draws attention to the witty quips you’ll be sure to use in your everyday vocabulary. The Emily Collection encourages you to put on your best pair of heels and just live life to the fullest!

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// The Mimi Collection
For the southern sweetheart: As sweet as apple pie, the Mimi Collection is for those who always see the good in things. Light and airy pastels fill this collection with a carefree sense of joy. The Mimi Collection inspires one to laugh, dance, and just enjoy things as they come. After all, life truly is sweet.

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Hopefully you love the beautiful prints paired with the layout design, and be sure to check out the
Alligator Food Design site and go grab some awesome prints and other products!!

Xo, Flancake

If you’re interested in using visual display services I offer, shoot me an email at flannerylyle@gmail.com and let’s chat.
*all images from Alligator Food Design website*