Photo: NYFW Sept. 2017

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NYFW S/S ’18 may now be in the past but its memories and friendships are always alive and present. Lots of new trends, a little street style, a meet and greet with W’s Editor In Chief Giovanna Battaglia and many skipped heart beats; here’s a photo story of my take on this season.

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All photos property of The Running Publicist.

Photo: A Day at MOMA

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Culture does the soul plenty good, especially when it’s an experience you’ve been yearning for your entire life. MOMA has always been one of those places that has been so accessible that visiting it becomes impossible. After a lifetime of visiting and traveling to New York for work, I was finally able to pay homage to the house that made my impressionist heart skip a beat.

I’ve been to a variety of galleries across the world, from the Louvre to the Museum of Anthropology in D.F. but along with Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, MOMA has had a special place in my heart since I was a child. In school when we would be tasked to come dressed or research our favorite heroes from history, my go-to was always Vincent. I know his life forwards and backwards and contrary to popular belief, I don’t think he was mad but rather he was a hopeless romantic whose passion was limitless. To say the least, Starry Night left stars in my eyes.

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Museum of Modern Art, New York.

All photos property of The Running Publicist.

 

 

Follow your heart, even if you have to pay

I’ve always been a believer of following your heart, from personal to professional, you’re never wrong if you’re true to yourself. At the start of the year I put this theory in action when I decided to enter the agency side of the PR world; a move that I constantly refer as to as one of my best. I’ve learned and grown so much since I transitioned; my brain is constantly fed with new-found wisdom and my heart smiles everyday as I journey into the office. I’m doing what I love but that move did not come without a price; $10,000 to be exact.

Switching jobs came with a pay cut, which for not one split second did I doubt. As a kid I was taught to dream and follow your passion and to not let money dictate your purpose. You can always go out and make some green when you need it but listening to that pulse within is the true compensation. Six months later I continue to stand by my decision. I recently spoke with CNBC to share my story. Below is an excerpt from my article.

Jon Salas, 28, recently took a big pay cut to leave the “cardboard dry culture” at a multinational human resources consulting firm where he felt isolated from bosses and colleagues. He accepted a job at a small public relations agency, where he could be heard by, and learn from, managers and different teams on a daily basis.

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“There wasn’t much opportunity for growth [at the previous employer]. The only way to go up was if someone left a position, and even then, you weren’t guaranteed the position,” said Salas, who now works as an assistant account executive at Hollywood PR in Boston, where the entire firm comes together every other week for strategy brainstorming sessions. Salas decided to take a $10,000 pay cut to go “where growth opportunities are available and attainable, and where the line of work fits into my overall long-term plans,” he said.

You can read the full piece titled “The new generation of employees would take less pay for these job perks,” on CNBC.com. Special thanks to Yahoo! for the additional pick up on this story, which catapulted the impression count to 5.265 Billion.

Cat Gossip on Un Nuevo Dia

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On Wednesday, May 17, yours truly became a pet accessories expert on Telemundo’s live national morning show, Un Nuevo Dia. I participated as part of panel conversation on the importance of adopting cats, common myths, and kitten play; we were certainly dishing about our feline friends. In working with client Catit, the network invited the brand to the studio where they showcased their “Catit Playground” which features a variety of product from their Senses 2.0 line, that when put together create a life-size playground for cats.

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With collaboration from Miami’s The Cat Network, the playground came alive with real adoptable kittens on set that were playing and giving us our daily dose of aww.

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How’s this for proof that I’m crazy about pets? You can watch the full segment below.

Video and photos courtesy of Telemundo.

 

Bienvenidos a Miami!

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There’s no doubt that Miami is full of flavor, including a latin seasoning as the city is the heart/window to Latin America. Throughout my entire time in the area, for every one word I was speaking in English, I was speaking 19 more in Spanish. Miami me dio uno gran bienvenida (Miami gave me a warm welcome); one like no other city has before.

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The streets and people are full of fashion and passion, and its design scene certainly doesn’t stay far behind. I didn’t have to look too far to be intrigued by interior aesthetics. What my hotel delivered in hospitality, it also catered to me in a sensory experience.

Photos: The Running Publicist.

Wearing: Zara floral short-sleeve shirt and navy pants, H&M, sleeveless tee and belt, Bulova watch, Ray-Ban polarized sunnies and Lacoste trainers.

Location: Miami Beach, Florida.

Hotel: Room Mate Lord Balfour.

Bumble & Bumble Hair

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You have five minutes to get ready; three to get dressed and two, less if possible, to do your hair. If you have medium to long-hair you know that two minutes for hair is inconceivable. A pony-tail or man bun simply are not options so what do you do? Easy; grab a round brush and some Bumble & Bumble and you’ll very quickly have hair that looks like it took all morning. Happy styling!

Step 1: Run your fingers through your hair to see if you have any knots or to gauge if your hair is dry enough to introduce product. If damp, simply give it a few more minutes to air dry or quickly run a blow-dryer through to dry up in lingering wet patches.

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Step 2: Once dry, take a round brush and comb it through from front to back. A comb will do the trick but nightly slightly flatten it’s effect compared to a round brush. Personally I find this to work better.

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Step 3: Your hair may be falling forward after every stroke; this happens to me as my hair is very thick and heavy. The brushing is more of a guide to provide direction. Once you feel like you’ve combed it to where you have an idea of where it was lie, reach for a pinch of Bumble & Bumble’s Sumotec and similar to the way you were combing with the brush, comb your hair now with your fingers and the product will immediately keep the hair in place. Some strands may want to fall out of place, just keep combing them back with product on your fingers and eventually they will stick. I swear by B&B because it gives you a very natural product-less look but it holds your hair in structure. I have yet to find a better product.

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Step 4: Voila!

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And this only took two-minutes…

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Photos: The Running Publicist.

Wearing: H&M premium cotton shirt and Aldo bracelet.

Hair: Bumble & Bumble Sumotec.