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May 30, 2017

Welcome to our Meet The Team series. In this collection of blog posts I will be profiling the members of the I Love Apparel crew. I will ask them some serious and some goofy questions, to help you get to know them a little better. 

This week I sat down with Cristina. The following is what I found.

What do you do at I Love Apparel? 
I am an Executive Assistant to the owner, Logan, which means I help with general operations of the business and office (ordering supplies, organizing files, etc.). I also handle most of the HR responsibilities, and I oversee our Clearance Store by preparing and posting new products, keeping track of inventory, and shipping out orders.

What is the best part of your job?
I have to choose just one thing?!? Well, I really love how much we laugh here. Honestly, we laugh A LOT, whether it's sharing funny stories from our own lives, coming up with design ideas, or even just sharing random GIFs throughout the day. And I can't help but add that it feels great to be part of such an amazing company that provides great apparel for our customers to show off what they love. I really appreciate being a part of something positive and meaningful.

Who do you sit closest to, and what impact does that have on your day?
I sit closest to Logan, and since we already knew each other before I started working here, there's a pretty comfortable atmosphere in our little part of the office. He also brings his puppy, Walter, to work sometimes. Yay for puppy snuggles! But I'd say one of the most delightful benefits [read: horrors] of sitting next to Logan is the way he whispers the lyrics of any song stuck in his head. It's one thing to hear someone humming along or singing quietly to themselves. It's another to hear things like "My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard" in a barely audible whisper. (Is Kelis haunting our office?!?)

What is your favorite lunch food?
There's no way I can pick one favorite. (It's doesn't help that I'm currently pregnant and smack dab in the middle of some FOR REAL cravings. Salt and vinegar chips, anyone?) I thoroughly enjoy good sushi (veggie rolls for now until I can eat the deliciously raw, fish variety again). I also really love pizza, street tacos from this amazing little place called Super Taco down the street, and any and every lunch that Eric makes for us right here in the office (he even makes kalua pork, you guys). Now please excuse me while I go get a snack...

What is your favorite beverage?
Plain ol' water is a great go-to for me. But I also enjoy good coffee, as well as a divine glass of red wine (when I'm allowed to drink it. It's a good thing this kid I'm growing is already so cute!).

What music do you listen to when you need to get stuff done?
Honestly? Nothing. When I really need to focus and get things done, I do best with no music at all. I really love listening to music, and it's really tough for me to zone it out and focus on anything else.

If you had to wear one of our shirts everyday for the next year, what would it be? 
Hands down, Mama Needs A Mother Effing Nap. It's just so accurate. All day. Everyday.

If you could go back 15 years and share something with yourself, what would it be?
I'd tell myself that the grass is greener where you water it, and to wear more sunscreen, no exceptions. Also, I'd tell myself to stop worrying so much about what other people think and to start focusing on how to speak more kindly to myself.

What is your favorite activity out of the office?
I really enjoy time with my people, like family, close friends, and my amazing husband (and soon this kiddo that's kicking up a storm in my uterus will be added to that list). I love good conversation, good meals shared, and living life alongside people. I also really love making things (baking, crocheting, coloring) and being outside.

When did you discover that Logan was the best dart player in the office?
Is he, though? I think that might be up for debate (sorry not sorry). The real question is, who has the strength and courage to continually be the WORST dart player in the office? I'll give you a hint. She's currently snacking on salt and vinegar chips...

What is one shirt that you can't believe is as popular as it is?
It's not one of our top most popular, but I'm kind of amazed that Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica has done as well as it has. I added that design a long time ago, mostly just for myself! It's great to see how many other people have loved it as much as me!

Well, there you have it. A quick look into the mind of our Executive Assistant (and office mom) Cristina. I hope you enjoyed that as much as we enjoy having her as part of the I Love Apparel crew. 

That's it for now. 

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