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An Organised Life with Eleanor Pendleton from Gritty Pretty
I couldn't be prouder of my talented friend Eleanor Pendleton who is the founder & editor behind Gritty Pretty, Australia's first and only digital publication dedicated solely to beauty.
I visited the brand new Gritty Pretty HQ last week (honestly, when can I move in?!) and it was exactly what I expected... luxe, organised & perfectly minimal. I also had the chance to chat to Eleanor about how Gritty Pretty began, how she stays organised with all her deadlines and what her biggest piece of advice would be for like-minded entrepreneurs.
NAME: Eleanor Pendleton
OCCUPATION: Founder & Editor, GrittyPretty.com
HOW IT ALL BEGAN...
Gritty Pretty was born out of my obsession with all things beauty. In 2010, I was working as a beauty editor at FAMOUS magazine. I noticed there were no beauty blogs that inspired or educated me so I decided to create my own. In December 2014, we launched Gritty Pretty Magazine - Australia's first and only digital publication dedicated solely to beauty. We just celebrated our second birthday with cover girl, Hailey Baldwin.
BIGGEST PINCH ME MOMENT...
- When I was in Berlin on a press trip and received an email confirming we landed CHANEL as our first annual advertiser.
- Attending London and New York Fashion Week
- Skiing the French Alps with Club Med
- Featuring Miranda Kerr, Shanina Shaik, Lily Aldridge and Hailey Baldwin on our 2016 issues of Gritty Pretty Magazine.
- When we moved into Gritty Pretty's new HQ.
BIGGEST LESSON I'VE LEARNT ALONG THE WAY...
You've never worked harder in your entire life... until you've run your own business!
I'M INSPIRED BY...
Creative individuals who are open to collaboration. That's when magic happens. I'm constantly inspired and in awe of the people I've met thanks to my job.
BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE...
Have a point of difference. Work hard. Be patient. Stay true. Know your why.
ORGANISED TO ME MEANS...
Keeping a hard diary (I'm yet to commit to iCal, which seems ironic considering I work in digital). I'm a bit old school and love nothing more than a fresh page in my An Organised Life diary every Monday!
THE TOP 3 WAYS I STAY ORGANISED ARE...
- I write a (very long) to-do list every morning.
- I book my gym and yoga classes into my diary as if they were an appointment.
- I keep (most) weekends for my personal life - not work.
I CAN'T LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT...
My car keys, my iPhone, my diary, my business cards, a lip balm and SK-II Mid-Day Miracle Essence.
AT THE MOMENT YOU'LL FIND THE BELOW ON MY DESK...
My An Organised Life diary, notebook, iPhone, press kit, pens, quartz crystal and a Cire Trudon candle.
MY WORKSPACE STYLE IS...
Clean, tidy and simple. I don't like clutter! I work better and more productively when my work stationery is orderly.
FIRST THING I DO WHEN I GET TO THE OFFICE IS...
Have a coffee, catch up with my team and check out my favourite blogs before diving into a very busy, unpredictable day.
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An Organised Life with... CHIC Blogger Mgmt
I'm beyond excited to be featuring Nadine & Emily from CHIC Blogger Management in my latest 'An Organised Life With....' feature.
These two ladies are the extremely hard-working & talented duo who manage some of Australia's top influencers including Sara Donaldson, Brooke Testoni, A Pair & A Spare, Ryan Ginns & many others.
I visited Nadine & Emily's office at the renowned La Porte space in Sydney & chatted to them about how they stay organised, their workspace essential & what they do when they first get to the office.
Name: Nadine Andrews (Left)
Occupation: Senior Manager, Chic Blogger Management
Name: Emily Devereux (Right)
Occupation: Influencer manager at Chic Blogger Management
How it all began…
NADINE: I started this division due to the high demand of enquiries and that I have always been interested in expanding into this space.
How I came to be part of the CHIC Blogger Mgmt team…
EMILY: I was first approached by an old friend from the Chic Management team who told me about the position, which followed closely by two great meetings with my now manager, Nadine Andrews. Love at first sight.
Biggest pinch me moment…
NADINE: The day we left the Chic head office in Woollahra to go on my own at La Porte Space as it made me realise how far I have come since setting this up 2013, plus Chic Management giving me this opportunity from day one.
Biggest lesson I’ve learnt along the way…
NADINE: Biggest lesson I have learnt is that you need to be patient as building a business takes time.
Biggest piece of advice I’ve been given…
EMILY: It sounds basic but I like to always treat everyone I come in contact with respect and kindness, whether that be the head of a large company or the guy at the local convenience store. It’s always rewarding getting that respect or alittle smile back and can honestly really brighten even the dullest day.
NADINE: You need to listen, be opened minded and willing to task risks.
I’m inspired by…
NADINE: Many people around me, however Ursula the Director from Chic Management has been a great mentor to me. She has taught me that you need to be confident with your decisions and be strong.
The best thing about my job…
EMILY: The variety, the relationships, the laughs and the successes. Oh and the odd gift ;)
In 3 words I’d describe our trio team as:
EMILY: Inventive, kind and loyal.
NADINE: Inspiring, driven and fun
Organised to me means….
EMILY: Always having reminders! My phone and diaries are always, always alerting me to a number of important things to remember. I also make a habit of checking in each morning or the night before with what’s on for the following day.
The top 3 ways I organise my life are…
NADINE: I still hand write everything in my diary of what I am doing that week, I have a excel spreadsheet of my budget each month (yes I am a nerd) and make sure I prepare lunch the day before.
EMILY: I guess it’s more about the structure I create that helps keep me ‘organised’…I start with getting straight out of bed to walk my dog at 6am which is the best way to start the day, even in these arctic early morning temperatures and lifts my mood to start the day on the right foot. And on that note I NEVER leave the house without my bedroom tidy and my bed made. I literally can’t function in the outside world without knowing that my home is in order.
I know it’s probably not a great thing but I consistently check my emails in out of office hours too to ensure there’s no big surprises come the morning time. I’ll respond where urgent and mark as ‘unread’ to follow up when I’m back in the office.
Food is a big component in my week to week life, so I like to be organized with cooking meals in advance to take to the office to avoid succumbingto greasy or unhealthy food (bar the occasional chips with chicken salt & gravy!)
I’ll often make a slow-cooked dish or soup on a Sunday or Monday night to ensure I eat well during the weeks too.
I can’t leave the house without…
NADINE: My laptop as it is my whole life in there.
EMILY: My phone, keys and lip balm. Boring but true.
At the moment you’ll find the below on my desk…
EMILY: Water, An Organised Life Diary, hot tea, a phone charger, Beauty Chef lip balm, Jurlique Jasmine hand cream, a fairamount of post it notes and usually a snack or two ;)
NADINE: Sachajuan (Hair Perfume), Chanel Eye Cream, Chloe Perfume and my Organised Life Diary which I take to all my meetings.
My/Our workspace style is…
EMILY: Productive, calm and fun. We bounce ideas regularly off each other and all work at a similar pace, supporting each other and our amazing influencers consistently.
NADINE: Is super organised! I have crystals on my desk, candles, latest magazines (Vogue and Harpers). I love to surround my workplace with beautiful things.
First thing I do when I get to the office is…
EMILY: Check my schedule, go through all my current emails and make a cup of English Breakfast tea. Most of the time the tea does come first though. Crucial as am not a coffee drinker sadly.
NADINE: Have a coffee and chat to the girls about what is happening and plus what the day is going to entail.
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