It may not always seem like it since we talk about beauty and lifestyle so much, but Birchbox is a tech company, too! Which means that we’re always in need of smarty tech gurus. Enter Ashley and Jenn, who both hail from Cornell and the burgeoning NYC startup scene. Before she started, Ashley was Employee number one at Knewton, a startup that recommends online learning content to students. Meanwhile, Jenn not only worked for Etsy, but founded Accompl.sh, a website that helps you track your goals. Color us impressed! Learn more about these ladies below.
Name/Title: Ashley Miller, Software Engineer
Hometown: Merrick, NY
Unofficial role: Healthy-Lunch-Place Picker
Fun fact: I used to DJ a radio show in college. A few friends and I played a mix of music—mostly ska with some indie thrown in. I think we had four listeners on a good night.
Based in Washington D.C., Ayren Jackson-Cannady is so savvy that we wished she lived closer to NYC so that we could swap products with her. This beauty writer knows what’s up (she’s written for Fitness, Glamour, and Gloss Daily) and we’re excited to have her sharing her know-how and multi-culti beauty expertise as a contributing editor.
Ever since I got what looked (and felt) like a third degree burn on my back when I was in 7th grade after spending 12 hours at the beach in direct sun, I’ve been a stickler for applying sunscreen. My friends at the time—a multi-culti mix of tweens in matching polkadot tankinis—would say, “You’re not going to get any browner, AJ. Why are you putting on sunblock?” Back then, I’d shrug my caramel shoulders and reply, “I don’t want to burn.”
Courtne Smith, a.k.a Queen Shmink, is a world traveler with extraordinary fashion and beauty sense. The Toronto-based blogger is one of our favorite ladies to follow on the Interwebz because she makes her impeccable style (fancy fur is her specialty) feel so accessible and easy to recreate. Plus, she always has a killer manicure. This week, she teaches us her secrets that keep her perfectly primped when she’s both at home or on the road with her bff, Drake.
For some reason, I find trips to the drugstore to be extremely…therapeutic. I always pick up the same essentials during my regular visit to the drugstore. Here’s what I mean: