Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty

Full name: Erin Lepperd
Age: 32
Current title/company: managing editor at Style Me Pretty
Educational background: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Design Institute of San Diego

What was your first job out of college and how did you land that position? (By applying directly to the company? Networking? Job search engine? Etc.?)
My first job out of college was as an Interior Design Assistant. It actually started while I was still in school. My friend had landed a great job at a local Design Firm and knew that the owner needed a nanny for her FIVE (yes, five!) children. I hightailed it to the interview, knowing this would be a foot in the door even if it meant death by crazy overload of children. That interview actually turned into a Design Assistant job, no nannying required. Sometimes it pays to take chances.

When and how did you start working for SMP?
Basically I stalked Abby Larson until she hired me. Kidding, kidding, sort of. Two years ago, Abby decided to open her virtual doors to a few guest bloggers. I was one of the lucky few who turned it into a full-time position. And let me just say, blogging from the comfort of my Boston apartment in my cozy yoga pants—best job ever.

Tell us about your daily responsibilities.
I handle accepting submissions, scheduling our editorial calendar, writing posts about many a gorgeous wedding, creating design content for Sponsored Posts, newly anointed SMP Pinner and guzzling as much coffee as I can get my hands on all before noon.

What advice would you give your 23-year-old self?
Be yourself! You honestly can’t go wrong with that one. And a little dose of confidence works wonders, girlfriend.

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Full name: Abby Blaire Capalbo
Age: 29 (for just a few more days)
Current title/company: editor at Style Me Pretty
Educational background (school, training, majors, degrees, etc.): Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communications from the University of Tennessee

What was your first job out of college and how did you land that position? (By applying directly to the company? Networking? Job search engine? Etc.?) 
My first job out of college was such a leap out of my comfort zone. I moved to Boston from Tennessee not really knowing a soul, and just started to hit the ground running job search wise. I networked, applied for everything and interviewed with anyone that would give me an interview. I knew I wanted to live in Boston or NYC, and I ended up with a job offer in Boston first so that’s where I decided I stay (It also helped that my now Mr. was in law school in Beantown at the time too…). I worked for a PR company on the McDonald’s account, which really was a good starting point and a huge eye opener to real life (as I think most first time jobs are). I ended up moving to a larger advertising agency in Boston less than a year later which is where I fell in love with good design (and fonts). It was all such great experience, but deep down inside, I knew there was something else I was supposed to be doing…My gut never let me forget to keep looking around for something that’s really fulfilling both creatively and mentally.

When and how did you start working for SMP? 
I stalked Abby Larson. Seriously. But in a sweet way of course. I swear I was one of the first readers of SMP back in the early days, and when I saw that she was looking for guest bloggers back in 2009 I jumped at the chance. I loved every second of it. I am such a sap, I love design, I love weddings. I was willing to bend over backwards to be a part of a site that I knew had such a great vision.

Tell us about your daily responsibilities. 
My day to day changes daily – and that’s one of the reasons I love my job so much. On a typical day I write anywhere from 3-6 posts that are featured on either the main page or the local blogs. I also handle the majority of Style Me Pretty’s social media. The fabulous thing about being a part of this team now is that SMP is growing every day so you never really know what is going to land on your to-do list each morning.

What advice would you give your 23-year-old self? 
Oh I would tell her so much. But mostly I would tell her, it’s all going to be OK. To keep following your gut even when people think you might be a bit on the crazy side. The crazy side is good. Keep challenging yourself. Don’t rest on your laurels. Champagne and friends cure any bad day. Don’t compare yourself to others, do what makes YOU happy. Think outside of the career box. And I would also tell my 23-year old self that your gut is right about who you are going to marry, and your wedding day is going to be the best day ever. ; )

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