Welcome to an ad worker’s playground. More formally known as “the office.” Take a peek into my daily life. Ok, most days aren’t always THIS much fun, but they usually involve at least one of these elements. Even if that one thing is simply sitting in a new chair (see reference below). Advertising is not quite the picture “Mad Men” has painted for the world, but it is a fast-paced, creative environment and “the office” is where the majority of our one in a million game-changing ideas are concepted. This place of work is a tribute and shrine of our ground-breaking work. It is a residence where our blood, sweat, and tears shed fostering an idea and harnessing it into a piece of brilliance are put on display, so that when then next round of blood, sweat, and tears are shed you realize it is all for a greater purpose and you get the chills when you see the amazing things your coworkers and you have brought to life. It can also be a place of mass frustration, when the stress levels boil over and you begin to see your deadline flying by, but thankfully ad peeps travel. A lot. To locations you’d never find yourself in a million years, and suddenly that stress and frustration are behind you as there are new things to focus your energy on. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed…
And when you return to the office, you’re happy to be home. To a place where college lives on (hey, we’re all just kids anyway, now we just have extremely important responsibilities, right?), and where Monday Bundays are a staple. Or when you’re suffering a creative block and you need to let your latest meeting marinate, there are engaging things to take your mind off something other than another email piling itself into your inbox. Well, not me in particular, I am OCD about organizing my inbox and my sent box, but not everyone is perfect! So follow me as we journey through the mysterious life of an ad girl making her way through this crazy agency life as I…Pit stop between meetings in yet another chair. We’re rumored to have over 40 different types of seating options…Head to another meeting in a non traditional way…Or leave these fine wheels be and opt for walking…Look familiar to you Detroiters? Yes, that’s a replica of the Diego Rivera Court in the Detroit Institute of Arts…And of course pop by this 1948 pick-up to fix my makeup…or take a rest by the TED Conference sign. Which we have creatively re-purposed for our city’s name…And stop by our wall of department members’ heights to sadly realize I haven’t grown, it’s just the heels…In between a busy day of meetings and emails, pop by the Foosball player for a quick game with co-workers to reset your mind…Or a game of pool if that’s more your style. Note the mural in the background with the men chicken fighting!And if neither of those games are up your alley, improve your vocabulary skills on the life size Words With Friends board…And occasionally on a Friday, especially a summer Friday, you may find one of us playing bartender…Mixing concoctions of vodka and Capri Sun (remember, we are all just kids inside!)To finally unwind, kick up your heels (literally), and enjoy life’s greatest pleasure, the egg chair. What’s your work lifestyle look like?
Leather jacket: ASOS. Top: Forever 21. Trousers: Sabo Skirt. Pumps: Zara. Belt: Marshalls. Jewelry: J.Crew necklace (last worn as a headband here); Michael Kors watch; vintage Chanel charm bracelet.
Photos by Sam Sharp.