It’s hard to believe that we’re already halfway through Ask Me Anything August! Here at Team LC, we have so much fun being able to interact with our readers on a regular basis. We’re feel lucky to have an incredible group of women following the website. And since we are frequently asked what a typical day in the office looks like, we thought we’d put together a post to give you a glimpse into our daily lives. Below, we are answering 10 of your most asked questions about what it’s like to be part of Team LC. From our workspace to our favorite photo shoots and DIYs, we’re covering it all! Keep scrolling to get to know the team behind LaurenConrad.com a little bit better…
1. I’m constantly wondering what it’s like to be part of Team LC. What’s your workspace vibe like?
Because we work in a creative field, it was really important for us to have a super inspiring space to work in. The LC.com office has tons of natural light, and is quite girly. We have our gorgeous gallery wall, filled with prints from Gray Malin, Lulu & Georgia, Rifle Paper Co. & Yellow Heart Art. It’s probably my favorite part of our workspace. There’s also a clothing rack filled with sparkly sequined hangers and pieces from Lauren’s LC Lauren Conrad and Paper Crown collections. And there are tons of girly, feminine details. You’ll always find at least one scented candle burning, and there’s no shortage of nail polish here either. DIY manicures are not frowned upon at the LC.com HQ! We also find that pretty office supplies make us more excited to get to work, so our desks are stocked with notebooks, pens, file folders and agendas from Ban.do. – Rachel Rosenbloom, LC.com Managing Editor
2. How do you manage family and work?
I’m not going to lie, the first couple months back at work after my daughter Eden was born were tricky! But now that she’s almost a year old and is a more consistent sleeper, I have things mostly figured out. I’m extremely lucky to have a somewhat flexible schedule since much of our work is done online. I can usually get into our office a little later so that I can spend the early morning with Eden and my husband, Mark (I often take conference calls on the drive in). I also try to schedule any meetings and photo shoots for earlier in the day so that I can be home by 5:30 to feed Eden dinner and spend some time with her before she goes to bed at 7:30. Then, most nights I will hop back on my computer and work for a couple more hours while she sleeps. If I have to, I catch up on work during her weekend naps too. I’m so lucky to work in a supportive, feminist environment, with a bunch of other young women who understand how valuable that flexibility is to me (Team LC is seriously the best!). I definitely don’t get as much sleep or have much free time these days, but between my wonderful family and a career I adore, I really do feel like I “have it all.” – Ilana, LC.com Managing Editor
3. What does your daily diet consist of? What foods do you swear by?
I like to take a pretty balanced, whole foods approach to eating, but I’m also the kind of person who needs to indulge when I have a craving I can’t get out of my mind. Ever since our team met with our nutritionist and now friend Kelly LeVeque, I’ve been making sure that I add a source of healthy fat into each of my meals. I love making green smoothies (with a spoonful of almond butter) or scrambled eggs (not just egg whites, the whole egg!) with avocado in the morning with my daily iced green tea. For lunch, we’re all usually working together and order salads or Earth bowls to the office. My weakness during lunchtime is sweet potato fries because I feel like they are kind of healthy… even though they are still French fries. I’ve been trying to keep that craving under control lately! During dinnertime, I love cooking something healthy at home or going out for sushi or tacos with girlfriends. Los Angeles has some really amazing hole-in-the-wall sushi spots (hamachi sashimi is my very favorite thing). And any excuse to eat fish tacos is fine by me. The foods I always keep on constant rotation in my diet are avocado, spinach, green tea, salmon, blueberries, almond milk and hummus. – Allison Norton, LC.com Managing Editor
4. What was your favorite shoot for LC.com?
It would have to be a tie between this year’s Cinco de Mayo photo shoot and 4th of July photo shoot. For both shoots, we collaborated with The Little Market, The Kitchy Kitchen and Large Marge, and they were both so much fun. For Cinco de Mayo, we shot everything at Claire Thomas’ gorgeous house. The lovely ladies of Large Marge made the most incredible double decker tacos and a churro cake. Claire made margaritas, and we ended the shoot with the most delicious meal alongside some of our favorite ladies. Also, I absolutely love how the photos for that one turned out. Our 4th of July photo shoot was also amazing… we had Chloe of Bon Puf make cotton candy, Large Marge whipped up jalapeño poppers and skirt steak, Claire made the most delicious boozy granita cocktails, and we created our own signature cotton candy cocktail… the final result of which might be one of my favorite photos we’ve ever shot for LC.com. – Rachel Rosenbloom, LC.com Managing Editor
5. What are some of your favorite DIYs that have been featured on LC.com?
Oh boy, this is a tough one! DIY content is definitely my favorite category on the site, and there have been so many amazing crafts. I tend to favor the ideas that are really simple but make a big impact like our oyster shell trinket trays, rosebud garland, and these three cute cake toppers I whipped up. I also loved the day Lauren taught us all to make flower crowns. I even used the tutorial to make my best friend a flower crown to wear at her wedding a couple weeks ago! You don’t need to be an expert crafter to make any of those DIY projects, but they are so beautiful and chic. – Ilana Saul, LC.com Managing Editor
6. What’s your favorite part about working for LC.com?
I have so many favorites when it comes to working for LC.com. I still have “pinch me” moments on a regular basis! If I had to narrow it down, I’d say that my favorite part about working for LC.com is the women that I get to work alongside and spend my time with. These women are positive and uplifting yet strong and know how to get work done. Working behind the scenes and seeing how much time and effort is put into each blog post and photo shoot has been remarkable. When this team comes together magic truly happens! I’ve learned so much by observing how these women go about their workdays, so trust me when I say that each one of them is a girl boss! – Jessi Burrone, LC.com Editorial Assistant
7. Are you all professional photographers? Or just naturally great at Instagram?
None of us are professional photographers! Jessi, our editorial assistant, has some pretty professional photography skills that we all try to learn from. We also work with some amazing professional photographers for our LaurenConrad.com photoshoots. But the three of us are definitely amateur. We love coming up with creative photo ideas for Instagram and executing them together. I think the most important things to think about when taking a good Instagram photo are lighting (the more natural light, the better), composition (try to create a balanced layout that is pleased to the eye) and, of course, a good filter. There’s always a new photo filter apps out there to try. I’ve been really into VSCOcam lately. – Allison Norton, LC.com Managing Editor
8. What does a typical day look like in the office?
It’s hard to say, because every day really is different. On a day when we’re in the office, we usually spend the first few hours answering emails, working on blogs, and getting our to-do lists organized. Then we’ll usually have a meeting mid-morning to talk about the priorities for that day, and figure out what we each need help with. Almost every day there’s usually some sort of photoshoot involved, even if it’s just capturing images for Instagram or shooting photos for blog posts. We always have lunch together, which is a nice way to break up the day and get some girl talk in. Most days, we’ll have blog brainstorming meetings, or just casually pick each other’s brains about new content ideas, fun giveaways, bloggers we want to collaborate with, and brands we’re dying to work with. A couple days a week, we have drinks or dinner with some of our favorite bloggers or brands, like Gray Malin, Ban.do, Lulu & Georgia, Wetherly Group, The Little Market, Clare V.… and the list goes on. All in all, every day is a little bit different, but a lot of fun. We have no complaints! – Rachel Rosenbloom, LC.com Managing Editor
9. Where do you find your inspiration for your posts?
Inspiration really is everywhere. Since LaurenConrad.com is a lifestyle blog, that means we can write about anything and everything! If there’s a new fashion trend I’m obsessed with, a favorite smoothie I’ve been making, or a room in my home I’m decorating, I can pitch the idea to Lauren and the rest of Team LC, and we discuss whether or not it’s a good fit for the site. I also get very inspired by reading some of my other favorite blogs, which include A Cup of Jo, Oh Joy!, DesignLoveFest, The House That Lars Built, The Kitchy Kitchen, and more. – Ilana Saul, LC.com Managing Editor
10. You must always have so much going on, what’s your secret to staying organized and staying on top of things?
There are a few things I absolutely cannot live without when it comes to organizing my life: to-do lists, Google docs, my iPhone calendar, filing away my inbox and NOT procrastinating. I used to be bad at procrastinating when I was a teenager. Luckily, along the way I learned that when I just bite the bullet and tackle a daunting task before putting it off, my day is so much easier. You know that anxious feeling you get when something is hanging over your head during the workday? I believe that can be completely avoided by being proactive. My life also completely changed once I made folders to file away my inbox emails. Thanks for the tip on that one, Ilana! – Allison Norton, LC.com Managing Editor
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XO Team LC