So, You’re About to Graduate…

The job search as a college senior is anything but easy. Let’s be real, any job search is difficult. So, tips and suggestions from people who have been there aren’t only helpful, but they’re also uplifting when young professionals are questioning all of the hard work they spent doing for the past four years (Am I right or am I right?). Below are a few sites that I use and swear by as I continue to move forward in my professional career:

Levo League

Levo’s website includes resources that young professionals (specifically, women) can use as they venture into the professional world. The articles on the site range from tips on how to start your job search to suggestions on how to become adjusted to a new workplace. The resources on this site are abundant and useful!

Your Coffee Break (YCB)

When I was starting to prepare for job interviews after graduation, a few articles on Your Coffee Break’s website definitely came in handy. The site serves as a resource for professional women in search of style, lifestyle, career and other tips. Levo also features some of YCB’s articles on its site.

Corals + Cognacs (via Hallie Wilson)

Tips on how to prepare for job interviews and working in a corporate setting are useful, but sometimes a woman just needs to hear from another young woman about style and city living. I’m a frequent reader of Corals + Cognacs, and some of the articles in the “Life” category on the site have been inspirational. Hallie knows just what it feels like to transition from college, to a first job then to the point where you just have to ask yourself: What’s best for me? Don’t just take my word for it; read all about it for yourself here.

Of course, there are tons of other sites that are just as helpful for young professionals as those that I’ve listed above. What are your favorites?

Eat, Pray, Choose Who You Love

It’s finally here: There’s a way to fall in love with anyone. Yes, anyone.

Actually, psychologists have been trying to make people fall in love for a while now. However, a recent blog post on corals + cognacs linked to a particular story about this topic from the New York Times. Basically, the article refers to psychologist Arthur Aron’s success in making two strangers fall in love by answering personal questions and staring into each other’s eyes for four minutes.

The thought of staring into someone’s eyes for nearly five minutes unnerves me (I can barely stand the sight of myself when my camera is suddenly facing me when I open up Snapchat). But, the thought of people actually having some type of control over who they could potentially love interests me.

Romantic comedies, romance novels and even emotional ballads usually include the idea that “the heart wants what it wants,” thus leaving people with little to no choice in deciding who they fall in love with. Overall, the idea of having a definitive choice when it comes to falling in love is questionable but enlightening, nonetheless.

Since some of the questions in the study are pretty personal, I decided to answer a few questions to feed my own curiosity. I might as well learn more about myself before I eventually divulge this information to a future partner, right? Here are a few of my responses:

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
Mindy Kaling, hands down. I recently read her first book, and I’ve fallen even more in love with her.

Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?
Unless it’s a phone call to a friend, I usually do rehearse before making a phone call. If I don’t, I feel uneasy for some odd reason.

When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?
I sang Ella Henderson’s “Ghost” to myself earlier today. That song has recently become one of my favorites. I last sang to a crowd of people at a karaoke bar last Friday. It was my first time, and it was hilarious.

What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?
Graduating from college has been my greatest accomplishment in life so far.

Complete this sentence: “I wish I had someone with whom I could share … “
…a large bag of movie theater popcorn mixed with milk chocolate M&M’s. (Note: If a guy can’t join me in my popcorn and M&M’s addiction, I just don’t know if we’d be compatible.)

I obviously chose to avoid answering more of the personal questions on here, but a list of all thirty-six of the questions from the study can be found here.

Three Cheers for “Chef”

Emjay Anthony and Jon Favreau in

Emjay Anthony and Jon Favreau in “Chef” (chefthefilm.com)

When my professor decided to show our social media management class the film “Chef” last week, I was reminded how much I love the film. Honestly, it’s one of the most underrated films today. Below are three reasons why I recommend the film:

1. “Chef” highlights the importance of social media marketing for businesses.

The film centers on chef Carl Casper’s (Jon Favreau) journey from cooking as a head chef in a kitchen to being a chef on his own food truck. Casper is set back by an issue that any communication or marketing major can point out instantly: his lack of social media awareness. Casper’s young son, Percy (Emjay Anthony), has to teach him how to use Twitter. Casper even mistakenly tweets out a message that he meant to send to a food critic privately. He’s a social media newbie; however, he eventually learns just how effective social media can be when used correctly (thanks to Percy).

2. A family is brought together by food.

Casper not only finds his passion for cooking again while working on the food truck, but he also mends his relationship with Percy and his ex-wife Inez (Sofia Vergara).

3. It features actor and director Jon Favreau at his finest.

Favreau has directed and/or acted in several hits (the “Iron Man” films, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” etc.), but “Chef” shows off his producing, directing, writing and acting skills. So, that pretty much makes him a quadruple threat.

“Chef” is available on DVD now.

Philly Is Always a Good Idea

This week, I spent a few days in Philly (which was my first time visiting the city). I traveled to NYC during the summer, and I thought that Philly was another city that I had to visit. Overall, I loved Philly. Below are a few of my favorite memories from my trip:

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Taking a trip to the Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens was probably my favorite part of the entire trip. The garden consists of artwork created by mosaic mural artist Isaiah Zagar. Tiles, bottles, bicycle wheels and other random objects are combined to make a sight that anyone visiting Philly must see. Simply put, it was beautiful.

Liberty Bell

Artwork at the Liberty Bell Center

I couldn’t leave Philly without stopping by to see the Liberty Bell at the Liberty Bell Center. Before visitors can even reach the bell, they are free to look around at walls covered with information and visuals. This artwork of the bell covered with the word “liberty” in different languages immediately caught my eye.

Board Game Art Park

Board Game Art Park

One of the things that I loved about Philly is that visitors can stumble upon anything from a garden full of mosaic artwork or a park scattered with large game pieces. After taking a walk after dinner, I stumbled upon the Board Game Art Park, which is conveniently located across the street from the LOVE Park.

I visited some other sights, including the Reading Terminal Market (to get my soft pretzel fix), Franklin Square and the President’s House site (where George Washington lived). And, of course, I did try my first Philly cheesesteak from Pat’s.

Overall, Philly was definitely good to me.

Another Reason to Love Zoe Saldana

A still from

A still from “The Book of Life” from bookoflifemovie.com

Zoe Saldana has done it again.

Instead of taking on a role that solely features her good looks, Saldana’s most recent film role emphasizes her voice. And it’s a voice that must be heard.

In the new animated film “The Book of Life,” Saldana provides the voice for Maria, a young and beautiful woman who must decide who to marry between two men, Manolo and Joaquin (voiced by Diego Luna and Channing Tatum, respectively). Although the film mainly tells the story of Manolo’s journey back to Maria after he dies, Maria’s attitudes towards marriage, relationships and even feminism come to the forefront.

Although both men try their hardest to impress her, Maria makes it known that it will take more than good looks and mere acts of brawn to pique her interest in either of them. Maria doesn’t belong to either of her suitors, which she makes very clear. However, she does desire a relationship with someone who not only loves her but also respects her.

It’s no surprise that Saldana chose to add this role to her list of acting credentials. She’s played a fierce warrior in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a vengeful assassin in “Columbia” and several other strong female characters.

Saldana is more that just a pretty face; Her upcoming film roles will continue to prove that.

MOVIE REVIEW: Gone Girl

Gone Girl movie poster

Former writer turned bar owner Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) discovers that his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has been kidnapped from their home on the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary. Subsequent media frenzy and uncovered lies result in the public pointing a judgmental finger at Nick but, as the plot in “Gone Girl” progresses, viewers see just how twisted Nick and Amy’s relationship truly is.

One question remains: Can the world’s most expensive and educated therapist even attempt to help this couple?

Based on the novel of the same title by Gillian Flynn, the film lures viewers into Nick and Amy’s relationship and leaves them oftentimes second-guessing themselves when wondering what really happened between the pair.

Affleck’s role almost seems to have been crafted specifically for him. Nick is a people-pleaser, but still manages to get under everyone’s skin. Affleck portrays this perfectly, even when he’s smiling next to his missing (and potentially dead) wife’s photograph. However, Affleck’s A-list name and proven acting abilities can’t steal the shine from Pike’s performance. As the film progresses, Pike’s portrayal of Amy’s manipulative and deceptive behavior leaves audience members’ jaws to the ground and eyes glued to the screen.

Supporting actors Carrie Coon, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry also give exceptional performances in the film as their characters are each somehow wrapped up in the mayhem surrounding the main characters’ relationship.

And, as viewers find out, this is one relationship to stay far away from.

New Season, New Reads

It’s finally here. The season filled with cooler temperatures, sidewalks laden with colorful leaves, and enough pumpkin spiced lattes to satisfy crowds of Starbucks customers has arrived.

It’s also the time for new book releases—especially autobiographical novels. Below are a few books that I’m excited to read this fall:

• Lena Dunham’s “Not That Kind of Girl”
-I haven’t been able to binge-watch Dunham’s show “Girls” just yet, but I do follow her on social media. Simply put, she’s awesome. So, reading her book is on my to-do list. (Available now)

• Amy Poehler’s “Yes, Please”
-From “Saturday Night Live” to “Parks and Recreation,” Poehler’s range of comedic talents are undeniable. So, would hordes of fans want a chance to read her funny tidbits concerning her personal life? Yes, please. (Available October 28)

• “Tory Burch: In Color by Tory Burch”
-“Vogue” editor Anna Wintour wrote the foreword to Burch’s book. Enough Said. (Available October 14)

• “Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography”
-This isn’t a typical autobiography. Instead, Harris’ autobiography invites readers to put themselves into Harris’ shoes while reading about his experiences. (Available October 14)

• “The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year”
-Any man who has had to sit amongst angst-filled reality TV show casts must have some interesting thoughts and insights. Readers can get the inside scoop in Cohen’s upcoming book. (Available November 11)