The summer before my senior year of college, I interned at Unilever headquarters right outside New York City in the customer development department with a focus on hair care products in the grocery channel. We all lived in a hotel (dreamy) and would go into the city every weekend or sometimes on weeknights. Sometimes I’d stay with friends in Manhattan or treat myself to a night at a cute hotel so that I could wake up early and go out to explore and take photos.
That summer, I spent a lot of time in the lobby of The Ace Hotel with a cup of tea from Stumptown Coffee and two laptops, one for pulling data and building decks for my internship project and the other for working on an old blog I had created the summer before. On weekends, I’d go to the ballet, walk around MoMA, drink sake in the East Village, or spend hours digging through books at The Strand.
I had visited New York only once before my ten week summer internship, but somehow my fellow interns were always asking me what were the cute places to go for brunch or where they should explore that day. It seemed I was really good at making personalized recommendations.
I thought about that fact a lot and found myself scribbling down ideas in a notebook for a way to create a sort of guide book through the lens of a young woman in the city who was looking for something beyond Times Square. She was cultured and stylish and a little bit eccentric. Maybe this guide could go beyond just travel and be something much broader like a guide to life for a sophisticated woman.
So, in the lobby of The Ace, Young Sophisticate was born! I added ‘young’ to the title because I wanted this to be a space that promoted a sophisticated, cultured lifestyle but one that was youthful, modern, and accessible for younger women or, better yet, the young at heart meaning those who are open to new experiences and have a lot of fun learning new things.
just a few details
DREAM DINNER GUESTS . . . Meghan Markle, Amal Clooney, Jonathan van Ness
MY FIRST FOREIGN DESTINATION: Paris by way of Reykjavik, Iceland
A PIECE OF ART I LOVE . . . “Christina’s World”, a painting by Andrew Wyeth
MY GUILTY PLEASURE . . . Chick-fil-a lemonade!
GO-TO WORKOUT . . . Yoga, almost everyday.
FAVORITE COCKTAIL . . . A good Moscow Mule.
ALMA MATER . . . Flagler College
WHAT I STUDIED . . . Business & Art History
A BOOK I LOVE . . . “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë & “The Secret History” by Donna Tartt
MY FAVORITE MOVIE IS . . . Roman Holiday
MY COFFEE SHOP ORDER . . . Iced chai latte w/ coconut milk
DREAM CELEBRITY DATE . . . James Middleton, if he’s considered a celebrity! 🙈