#MUSICMONDAY feat. Carolina Armstrong

Carolina Armstrong is the City Director of Sofar Sounds in Dallas and Fort Worth, a proud part of 357 cities for whom the company is curating secret shows globally in 2017. She's passionate about bringing the magic back to live music, making new friends, and getting people closer to artists and each other. She'll probably try to hug you. Come check out a gig by visitingsofarsounds.com/dallas-fort-worth 

"I think we live in such an exciting time, musically, for collaboration and access, creative risks and artist evolution. Those things happen so much more frequently and quickly than they used to. I added two songs from each artist here so you can get a taste of the breadth of talent just from one song to the next, some a year apart, some from the same album, just a great showcase of what artists can do."

5 Ways to Make Rejection Hurt Less

Rejection sucks. There are no two ways about it. We've all been there. It can be as small as getting a negative comment at the office or getting dumped after the first date. Or as serious as not landing your dream internship or receiving nagative feedback from a project a work. But like anything in life, rejection is what you make of it. Here are some thoughts to keep in mind for when you receive an e-mail with less than joyful news. 

Realize Rejection Happens to Everyone

Rejection is bound to happen. No one is perfect at everything all the time. This is not the time for comparison games. Even though all your fellow #GIRLBOSSES lives look perfect online realize that you’re playing the same facade. We all hide our insecurites, but know you're not alone in receiving a "no". 

Try not to take rejection personally 

Focus on the helpful advice you receive and apply it strategically to your work. However, do NOT apply it to yourself personally. Steer clear of negative thoughts like “I’m a failure”, “they don’t like me” or “I’ll never succeed at this”. Believe it or not, this could be feedback that can make all the difference down the road. 

If you’re not facing rejection, you’re not shooting high enough

If you’re not receiving any rejection are you really trying hard enough? The wise Amy Poehler once said “Quiet our voice because we are worried it is not perfect? I believe great people do things before they are ready.” Per usual, our girl Amy is spot on. Some of the best opportunities in my life have come from jumping the gun, but so have some of my worst rejections. You may not be experienced enough to speak at x conference, handle x project or lead x team but you never know until you ask! 

Rejection will make you stronger (really) 

If you’re ready to try again even after receiving negative feedback then that means you are passionate about your goal. This is the kind of mentality that will guide you through any hardship. Give yourself a mental break after the difficult news, but try to find the perserverance to try again tomorrow. After all, diamonds require pressure. 

You will succeed again 

Rejection will hurt, but don’t doubt your abilities! You are a beautiful, hardworking #GIRLBOSS (we’re all about lifting women up here at CultureHype). Don’t let the fear of rejection stop you from doing what you love. 

I hope this advice will help you face rejection head on and shoot for the stars! Now go seize the day ladies. 

Images courtesy of askthemonsters.com and peels.  

Does the thought of networking make you cringe? Read this.

No matter who you are or what you do, you’ll probably have to do a bit of networking at some point. This is super true if you’re at a point in your life when you’re looking for opportunities — a new job, a new client, or a new professional connection. Unfortunately, networking can be intimidating & can often make you feel a little bit awkward (or a lot). 

Be yourself.

You’ve probably seen or heard this phrase before, usually written in a swirly font over a stock photo of a landscape or a small animal interacting with a flower. There’s a good reason for it — it’s true. Authenticity is key when meeting anyone. Forcing yourself to act completely different for the sake of impressing another person is going to make you & your audience uncomfortable & less receptive to your dynamite pitch/qualifications/message. People respond to authenticity.

Pitch, please.

Before the next time you go anywhere, figure out what you want out of a potential encounter & take a few minutes to write it down. This is your “elevator pitch,” or the 15-30 second summary of who you are, your goals & how you plan to achieve them — the time it takes to go up an elevator. You don’t have to recite it to every single person you meet, but it’s good to have in the back of your brain in case someone throws a question at you when you least expect it.

Ask questions, take names.

When you embark on a networking adventure, you’re bound to meet many new people. The best way to connect with them is to ask questions. Ask them about their work & really take the time to listen & find out what’s important to them. Make sure to remember at least one important detail about them & make a note, either on paper or in their contact info on your phone or email address book. Keeping track of all of these names, jobs & details is only going to only get more difficult if you don’t stay organized, so make sure to find a system that works for you & stick with it.

Networking can happen anywhere, at any time.

Networking is just a fancy way of saying “meet people & start a relationship.”  You never know who you’ll run into out in the wild — it could be a grocery store, a luncheon, a restaurant. In fact, the majority of our clients we met out in the wild. Don’t obsess over finding those connections, but keep that thought in your head when you’re deciding what to where & how to conduct yourself in certain places. And when that spur-of-the-moment conversation pops up, don’t be afraid to talk about your goals or ask for a follow-up meeting. 

There is no “right” way to do it.

This. This is the most important aspect of networking, no matter how awkward you are. Be your most genuine self & take a real interest in the people you meet. There’s no right way to network because people communicate in different ways. Even an uncomfortable silence can be an opportunity to ask a question and show your willingness to adapt to any situation. Work on honing your own communications skills, & when opportunities arise, take them — even if you’re a little awkward. Think of networking as a blind date. The more anxious you are about it, the more uncomfortable and miserable you'll be. If you focus on the present & treat people like humans, you'd be surprised at how many opportunities will come your way. 

Images from Pixabay.com

#MUSICMONDAY feat. D and Chi

D and Chi are a Dallas Indie pop duo that's taking what they learned on the streets of the Bishop Arts District to the world. Either backed by a full band or playing acoustic, this duo can showcase what's sure to be hit songs that'll be stuck in your head until the next show you go to.

All of these songs are songs that have been influencing our writing as of late. Some are local/friends and others may be undiscovered in Dallas but nonetheless you'll love the list. We encourage you to guess which songs are from D and which are from Chima.

#MUSICMONDAY feat. Elena Alvarez

Elena is one of our new interns at Culture Hype! She just graduated from UNT with a degree in public relations!

"These songs emulate who I am as a being (at least this week). Fun and rhythmic and always a little upbeat. It an eclectic little mix that transforms from rock to RnB and I couldn't think of any better way to describe myself. It's easy to jam to but so hard to get out of your head. Enjoy!"

How To Spruce Up Your Online Persona And Protect Your Reputation

Why your reputation matters online

It should be no surprise that your first impression on the Internet is largely important. Even though your family and friends who look you up already know the real you, it's about informing others you have not met you IRL. Future employers and co-workers are trying to create an image of how you may fit in their work culture. It’s important to make sure what they find matches who you are (or who you want them to think you are).

Step 1: Research yourself (and remove what you don’t like)

Before you do a good old Google search on yourself you need to log out of all accounts or use a friends laptop. This way the search won’t be biased based on your activity. If the search results don’t match up with the “you” the public needs to see then there are steps you can take to tweak the results. Remove information from Google and Google Images with these forms. However, they only work for pages that have been taken down, or old, cached versions of pages that are active. Your best bet for Facebook is to delete any information or pictures you don't want public for the world to see. A good mantra for Twitter is "think before you tweet" because it is easily the most public social network.  

Step 2: Improve your online persona

Now, that you have erased what you don't want future employers seeing work to improve your online presence. Freelancers and entrepreneurs alike need to control their image. A humorous approach to halting online embarrassment is downloading Internet Shame Insurance. The extension only gives warnings when you're about to post a status update or reply all. So, the next time you draft a tweet you will be reminded that "Everyone can see this. That includes your grandma, priest" etc. This is an easy way to make you think twice before posting. 

Step 3: Keep it updated

Now that you’ve done all this work to spruce up your online presence you owe it to yourself to keep it up to date. This means repeating this process every one to three months so you’re not in a hurried mess the next time you have a job interview or are up for a promotion. An ideal online reputation does not have to boast perfection, just truth. Hopefully, this will help take your online presence into your own hands instead of leaving it to Google. 

Photo 1 courtesy of freepik. Photo 2 courtesy of shutterstock. 

#MUSICMONDAY feat. Lauren Gordon

Lauren is a senior public relations student at the University of North Texas with a passion for blogging, DIY, food and learning about the world. She's a self-proclaimed Pinterest addict, coffee lover and constant smiler who can (almost always) be caught eating. She has a serious case of wanderlust and hopes to one day work for a lifestyle and PR firm, as well as publish work focusing on travel.

This playlist is a wonderfully weird compilation that shows Lauren’s love of country, pop and everything in-between.

What Listening to Music at Work Does for Productivity (It’s Pretty Great)

Across the office, someone is cursing at a jammed printer. Jeff is loudly munching on chips in the cubicle next to you. Would plugging in headphones be rude? Does listening to music even improve concentration? Luckily for you, many instances and studies prove so.

Productivity

When it comes to repetitive tasks the answer is yes. Research from Applied Ergonomics discovered “that music is effective in raising efficiency in this type of work even when in competition with the unfavorable conditions produced by machine noise.” Therefore, listening to music when working on repetitive tasks increases work speed and productivity. According to a study on the effect of music listening on work performance found “results indicated that state positive affect and quality-of-work were lowest with no music, while time-on-task was longest when music was removed.” This could be why surgeons listen to their favorite tunes in the operating room.If you are just looking for background music, ambient tunes are the way to go. 

Increased Mood

Not only can music help productivity but it can also boost your mood. Nothing gets those creative juices pumping better than a good Spotify playlist. The brain releases dopamine when listening to your favorite songs, which leads to overall efficiency. When we feel better, we work better. Even if you see co-workers with headphones you may want to check with your boss to make sure it fits company guidelines. This is a great way to break the monotony of the work day. 

Keep it Simple

However, if you’re listening to new music or a song that is too wordy it can backfire.  Especially if paired with a new project at work. This is because your brain is working too hard trying to digest the music so your tasks suffer. So, it's best to listen to music you already know or just listen when working on projects you are already a pro at. 

So, crank it up! Ultimately, listening to music will benefit your workday productivity. Just don’t get caught dancing on top of your desk. 

Photo 1 courtesy of pocketrocketuk.blogspot.com. Photo 2 courtesy of onlinelearningconsortium.org. 

What a Journalist Wants

When you work in public relations, knowing how to communicate with journalists is a crucial skill. The folks over at Muck Rack Daily conducted a survey of journalists from across the country, & their results can help you craft your message so they will want to tell your story.

Keep your Twitter game strong

Snapchat & Instagram may be growing in popularity, but most journalists see Twitter as the best place to share their thoughts, stories & connect with other people. Still not convinced? The survey also showed that 72 percent of journalists track how many times their stories are shared. Make sure you have a good presence on Twitter you never know what opportunities you will find.

Personalize

When you pitch to a journalist, you’re officially in the business of persuasion. Tailoring your message to the individual journalist you want to reach is super important if you want them to listen to what you have to say. In fact, 22 percent of the journalists said a lack of personalization is surefire way to  make them reject your pitch immediately. So, do your research & make sure you send that pitch between the hours of 9 a.m. & 11 a.m., the best time to pitch to people in the media.

Steer clear of emojis

While emojis are a fun way to personalize your texts or order pizza (thanks for that, Pizza Hut!), journalists don’t want to see them in your pitch. Ditch ‘em & highlight what makes your pitch unique instead.

Email, Don't Call

Reporters receive tons of pitches and requests every day. If they took everyone's phone call, they would never have time to write about anything. Your flawless copy, newsworthy angle & personalization will speak for itself.

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#MUSICMONDAY feat. Sterling Stinson

My name is Sterling Stinson, I am a 19 year old college sophomore studying Entrepreneurship and Marketing at TWU. I'm originally from Indiana but I got to Denton as quick as I could. I work for/with an organization called Denton Together, which puts on Band Together Denton, a multiday, multivenue house show festival hosted around Denton in January, as well as Denton Free Week which will have its first annual festival from August 28th to September 2nd (applications are still open to play it until May 31st) and we are looking to add a couple more things under the Denton Together umbrella here in the future. I am not musically gifted in any way, but I love the Denton music scene dearly, so I put my business skills to work by helping recruit sponsorships so that we can keep doing what we're doing. 

I love the Denton music scene. It is full of people who manage to somehow pull off being great musicians and great people (which makes the rest of us look bad sometimes, but we'll allow it). This list is just a few songs by just a few of the many Denton bands that I love. Give it a listen, maybe you'll find your new favorite band here, too. 

Six Pieces to Complete Your Summer Office Look

Texas summers can be challenging times for fashion lovers. On one hand, you have the sweltering heat outside that can melt even the sturdiest of makeup. On the other, you have the freezing cold tundra of the office, fueled by air conditioners turned up to the max. These looks will help you  dress like the fabulous #GIRLBOSS you are, both indoors and out.

Chic & Sleek Cape Blazer

This twist on a classic blazer is the ultimate piece to take your summer office look from simply professional to infinity & beyond.

Pretty in Pleats

This simple pleated skirt will have you twirling all summer. Wear it with a chic top and heels to work or with a T-shirt for a casual weekend look. 

Light & Breezy Jumpsuit

This classy, breezy jumpsuit will keep you nice & cool all day, especially if you have to work an outdoor event. Pair it with statement heels for a look that screams #GIRLBOSS. Bonus: it has pockets. 

Classic Denim Jacket

This denim jacket is a wardrobe staple that will keep you comfy in the office & all year long. Wear it over a maxi dress for a sweet and rustic summer look.

Fancy Floral Dress

Sweet, floral & perfect for helping you get in the creative mood to tackle that big project. 

Carefree Cardigan

Soft enough to keep you comfortable, small enough to roll up and stuff in your purse the second you exit the ice-cold office building. This thin-knit cardigan is a jack-of-all trades & the best part is it won’t break the bank!

How to Ditch Stress as a Status Symbol

A conversation during brunch with your girlfriends can quickly turn into an all-out competition of who is busier. A simple question like, “What have you been up to?” escalates to “I’ve had x projects at work, x dates for lunch and x amount of workout classes to go to.” A phrase that constantly slips out is “I am so busy”. When we’re not busy being stressed we’re busy talking about it. Stress may be the saddest American status symbol but we’re all competing.

A lot of us females are trying to do it all. We are trying to compete with the flawless fitness model on Instagram and excel in our careers. The truth is that we are stretching ourselves too thin. Spin class after work, balancing weekend brunch plans and working from home leaves us feeling pretty frazzled. Being stressed should not equate to being in demand but that’s how we measure it.

Okay, so I admit I have a problem. How do I stop? We’ve got it covered for all you hard working ladies out there.

Learn to say no

First things first! Do no feel compelled to say yes to every project. Sometimes we girl bosses truly take on more projects than we can handle. Although we want to contribute as much as we can at work, home and with friends we have to learn when to say no. Turning down tasks that won’t add anything except stress to your life does not make you weak. At the end of the day, the only one responsible for your own happiness is you.

Take a break

Our minds are not designed to work for hours on end. A great way to break the monotony is to take a walk after lunch, call a loved one or scroll through some of your favorite Pinterest boards. Don’t feel guilty for taking a well-deserved break because it will help productivity in the long run.

Prioritize

By prioritizing tasks you should be able to focus on one project at a time. This way you’re not shocked when you’re about to sink into your bed and remember you have a huge assignment due for work. That’s the worst! Make a list in order of the most important tasks and reel in that accomplished feeling when you check them off. This process should provide some clarity and let your day feel manageable.

Reward yourself

Yay! You completed that huge work project but instead of rewarding yourself like you should your mind is filled with a list of all of the other things you need to accomplish. Instead of self- defeating thoughts you should reward yourself with a short break or some kind of treat. Then get back to work!

Be proud of all the work you’re completing and know you are valuable. No matter how full (or empty) your agenda is.

Photo 1 courtesy of greatist.com. Photo 2 courtesy of Brit+Co. 

#MUSICMONDAY feat. Raquel Gonzalez

Raquel is a Producer/Reporter for Newsfix at CW33 in Dallas. She handles the Fashion Fix and Boom Box segments. She is also a sports, music and fitness enthusiast.

"I picked these songs because of the way they make me feel when I play them. There isn't just one genre of music that I identify myself with. Each song on this list takes me back to a special place. Music is the soudntrack to the moments in my life."

#MUSICMONDAY feat. Kendall Falcon

Clan of Cro designer, Kendall Eckerd Falcon, is known for her balance in compositions, playful silhouettes & delicacy in detail. Her work is created for real expressive women, with boundless aspirations and an artful view of the world. 

"The music I listen to rotates seasonally, as that's the way my design cycle works. I make one playlist that I use by default until I'm ready to work on my next collection. I choose songs that incite creativity, keep me motivated through late nights of work and also hint to the past, music that helps me relax. This playlist is a selection from my mass playlist currently, which I've titled 'This Woman's Work' because what's playing in my studio is what keeps me going creatively and is a supplement to my work as a designer.”

20 Best Blogs for Women in their Twenties

Twentysomethings don't have it easy. This is the time to explore different interests whether it's fashion, careers or travel (or a mix of all three). It's okay to not know where you're going to end up & hopefully, these bloggers can help you figure it out along the way. We've compiled a list of twenty blogs you need to bookmark now. 

Photo courtesy of mylola.com 

Photo courtesy of mylola.com 

1. Levo

Professionally, Levo is where it's at. You can find everything from weekly articles to videos from top professionals in the field. You can even find an e-mentor online through their services.

2. Brooke Saward of World of Wanderlust

Brooke is major travel goals after traveling to dozens of countries and making a living off of her journeys. This is a must read for any twenty-something wanting to be a jet setter (& envy- worthy photos). 

3. Career Girl Daily

This lifestyle blog screams #GIRLBOSS. This is a go-to resource for every situation from being confident in the office to what questions to ask after an interview. It's a professional bible of sorts. 

4. Confused Millennial

Your twenties are hard. This blog will help you get through this thing called adulting. Rachel is relatable when explaining what has worked for her. 

5. Lauren Conrad

What kind of compilation of blogs would this be without mentioning Lauren Conrad? In the slim chance that you haven't checked her blog out yet you're in for a treat. There is also a book club, which is always great for reading inspiration. 

6. Carly of The College Prepster

She may not be in college anymore but Carly's blog is just fun. She started her blog as a freshman in college and it has evolved with her lifestyle through the years. 

7. The Everygirl

Who is this blog for? Every girl! 14 women who give great life advice run the site. The Career Profiles are worth the read because successful women really dive into what got them where they are today.  

8. GenTwenty

"What is compound interest?" and "How do I check my credit score?" All of the questions you're embarrassed to ask your parents & too scared to ask your co-workers are explained in the simplest terms. GenTwenty is basically your genius girlfriend that answers your questions 24/7. 

9. Amanda Holstein of Advice from a Twentysomething

Amanda has been sharing her wisdom since 2012 so there is tons of helpful content on her blog. She's down to earth & likely going through the same struggles you are.  

10. Girlboss

The name speaks for itself. This is the Holy Grail for independent women. Complete with a podcast, foundation & rally this is a sisterhood to keep your eye on. 

11. Lauren Berger of The Intern Queen

 Lauren Berger is the queen of internships. She has written two books & built an empire off of helping students land & succeed as interns. 

12. Smart Twenties

A neat aspect of Smart Twenties is the community on Facebook where followers of the blog can post questions & receive answers from other savvy women. This is a blog that provides in-depth advice to all of your burning questions. 

13. Lisa Tufano of Think Like A Boss Lady

Lisa Tufano documents her fashion & lifestyle in Los Angeles, CA. It's obvious she truly wants to help her readers with all of the chaos of entering the real world. 

14. Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential

Upon discovering this blog it's hard not to scroll & click through for an endless amount of time. There is just so much content. An added bonus is The Skinny Confidential Him & Her podcast, which is a refreshing take on Q&A advice.

15. Gen Y Girl

Gen Y Girl is a millennial lifestyle & career blog written by Kayla Buell who works as a social media manager. She runs a YouTube channel & has even written a book for millennials entering the workforce. 

16. Elena Lyn Gross

On first glance, this blog is just dazzling. Elena has been featured in TIME, Forbes, Fortune, The Huffington Post, Refinery 29 and more. So you know you're getting advice from the best of the best. 

17. Endlessly Exploring

Kelly is a travel blogger from Australia that posts practical travel advice as well as dreamy photos of her adventures. Reading this blog will make you want to jump on the next departing flight to paradise.

18. Wonderlass

This is a resource for those who want to become bloggers or improve their current blog. Wonderlass is a basically a community of creative entrepreneurs. There are free & paid resources which are sure to spark your creativity. 

19. Simply + fiercely

Jennifer is a minimalist who loves inspiring other women. She posts monthly intentional plans & tries to make the most of life. Simply + fiercely is a refreshing spin on lifestyle blogs.

20. Create & Cultivate

This blog encourages women to group together to reach their wildest dreams. After all, we are stronger together! Collaboration is one word to describe Create & Cultivate.

 

 

photo courtesy of solopreneursidekick.com

photo courtesy of solopreneursidekick.com

#MUSICMONDAY feat. Morgan Sullivan

Morgan is a second-semester intern at Culture Hype, because she just couldn't get enough of us the first time! She recently graduated from UNT with a bachelor's in journalism with a concentration in public relations. When she's not busy curating the #MUSICMONDAY blogs, she enjoys going to shows, drinking margaritas with her friends and eating an unhealthy amount of cheese. She also makes horribly stupid tweets, which you can follow @sadsquadch.

This playlist is a funky little collection of songs that make me happy - some of them are old, some are new, but all of them have a retro vibe. 

#MUSICMONDAY feat. Parker Twomey
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"I decided for my playlist that I wanted to pick 12 songs that I think everyone should know. These songs range from upbeat sunshiny songs to slower melancholy tunes. If my life were a movie this would be my soundtrack."

Singer-songwriter Parker Twomey is a seriously imprssive 16-year-old Booker T. Washington High School student. This week's #MUSICMONDAY playlist is chock full of this young prodigy's inspo. Join us in Oak Cliff at his Spinster Records Day Party on May 28! Check our calendar for more deets.

#MUSICMONDAY feat. This New Band
10 song playlists are too short for me. I wanted to feature artists who are seeing huge growth right now, plus a few personal favorites.

Today's #MUSICMONDAY playlist is ON FLEEK! Here to share with you his favorite up-and-coming bands is Harley Barnes, Music Supervisor + Editor at ThisNewBand. Focused on taking carefully-curated growing indie bands & plugging them into their highly engaged audience of thousands of young women, who are hungry to find their next favorite band to fall in love with, ThisNewBand is the next big thing in the music blogging stratosphere. 

"Fangirl Favs" is appropriately named. Harley found his niche in the blogosphere by identifying a key tastemaker group: the teenage girl. By using music data to discover new on-the-brink artists, ThisNewBand has caught artists like BORNSSaint Motel & Jacob Whitesides before everyone caught on.

Bloggers are king in today's ever-changing media word (or should we say KWEEN?). Harley's definitely onto something! Check out the blog here & revel in all of its glory - it's chock full of great video content, a personal approach to connecting to bands & don't forget to follow them where they're most active: social media @ThisNewBand.

#MUSICMONDAY feat. LEV

LEV’s infectious lyrics alongside dreamy synths & booming beats serve as a formidable nod to ‘70s disco & ‘80s synth-pop. LEV is set to release her debut LP later this year.

I have a very wide array of taste in music like most musicians & artist do.  One thing I can say is if I find a song that truly speaks to me, I will literally put it on repeat until the song is worn out just enough that one listen a day will suffice. I have songs on this playlist that I’ve danced my heart out to in Dance clubs, & songs that take me back to a memory that’s pleasant to me, and when I want to go back and feel that, I will play that song.  I create playlists for certain activities I’m doing. For example, when I’m rollerblading I find songs that I can skate to the perfect rhythm.  As for my running playlist, I actually listen to a lot of Café Del Mar instrumental or the Washed Out album. And when I’m journaling in the mornings I love to listen to Day Wave. So I hope you enjoy this beautiful playlist I would like to name ‘Captain Random.’
— LEV
Amber LaFrance