Boss Lady: Jamie Chandlee

Boss Lady is a series that shares personal insights from creative women in business. This week we chat with Jamie Chandlee, the CEO of Rank & Style, media site that publishes daily top ten lists of the best beauty, fashion, and lifestyle products. Jamie shares with us the journey she took to find her passion, which allows her to be a better mom and family member. In addition, we chat all things technology, fashion and more! 

Jamie Chandlee

1.  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your career?
A few years after graduating from The University of Texas at Austin, I was one of the first sales hires at Facebook Austin. I wore a lot of hats in this role beyond working with our fashion & retails partnerships. Facebook had just opened its doors in Austin, so I had a hand in recruiting, interviewing, and onboarding new employees in my position there as well. But after becoming a mother of two, I found that it was time to move on from Facebook and pursue another challenge. As a busy mom and an avid traveler (also an online shopping addict), I am constantly on the go with less and less time to search for the very best when it comes to fashion and beauty. My two business partners and I acquired Rank & Style, a website that publishes data-driven, daily top ten lists of the best in fashion and beauty in May 2016 and relocated its headquarters to Austin. Despite professional achievements, I have to say that the greatest achievements of all in my life have been beating cancer and becoming a mother to my two children, Emerson and Maxwell.

2. What inspired you to acquire Rank & Style?
I left my job at Facebook in 2013 when I was pregnant with my daughter, Emerson. I really struggled with my identity and was in a complete rut. Being a mom is very fulfilling but I knew that I needed another challenge.  I started working on the Rank & Style acquisition about a year ago and haven’t looked back since. I feel much more fulfilled in all aspects of my life, which allows me to be a better mom and cherish my time with my family even more.

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3. Can you explain how the product categories are chosen?
Many of our fashion lists focus on staple wardrobe items such as the best black leggings or white button-down shirts. Our beauty lists focus on essentials too, but we also regularly introduce our readers to new trends or products that are receiving outstanding reviews online. The combination of both really speaks to our reader because she loves to build a classic wardrobe while still embracing trends in order to stay style-savvy. We also honor requests for lists, so some of our best ideas for have come from our readers!

4. Of this spring’s major fashion or beauty trends, which list do you want to see featured on Rank & Style?
Our content team at Rank & Style is incredible; they have their pulse on everything trending in beauty and fashion. Each list is really a thrill for me because I know how much they can impact our readers. I have to say that I’m really looking forward to our upcoming spring trends and essentials lists! Is it just me or is everybody in the mood for a beach getaway?

5. What excites you most about technology and the future of fashion and beauty?
I love how everything is at your fingertips. In the past couple of years, fashion has become more accessible to consumers through technology. It’s really interesting to witness this shift in focus because after all, fashion and beauty are really about the customer’s personal expression of style and self-confidence. I noticed so many designers were making their looks go live online as soon as they hit the runway during fashion week. I loved this because it makes everything truly “ready to wear”.

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6. What have you found to be your biggest challenge thus far in your career?
Maintaining balance in all the most important areas of my life. This will always be a constant challenge, but over the years I have learned to focus on what is most important to me first. I  carve out specific time each day to focus on three different areas: Work, Charity, Family.  It’s a constant give and take and I certainly don’t have the perfect balance, but it’s something I work on every single day. The struggle for more time and balance will always be there, but when I am specific with my intensions for each day then it’s another step forward.

7. Where do you see Rank & Style 5 years from now?  
A go-to trusted source for millions of consumers as the most effective way to explore the best of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle products. We also want to create new ways to ingest our content whether it be an app, video, or integrations with our retail partners.

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8. If you could be any Boss Lady for a day (living or dead), who would it be and why?
Sheryl Sandberg- She has been able to fundamentally impact and empower women in the workplace with her Lean In initiatives. She represents everything I look to be in a leader: empathetic, strong, believes passionately in people, all while being a tremendous mother.

9. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going from employee to entrepreneur?
Just do it. When I reflect back on my career thus far, I always ask myself why I didn’t become an entrepreneur earlier. It took me a while to acknowledge that desire in myself and to have enough courage to take the leap of faith into entrepreneurship.

10. In addition to being a mom and a career woman, you also love to travel. What are your top 3 beauty or fashion tips for traveling?
1. Drink plenty of water! I can’t say this enough because traveling is so dehydrating for your skin.
2. When planning your outfits, pack versatile basics to avoid overpacking. You can mix and match these to make lots of different outfits. I always carry-on even if it’s a 2 week trip!
3. Comfort doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style; I truly believe that you can look good and feel good at the same time. Go for edgy athleisure or loungewear pieces that can make a comfy look trendier!

Just for fun…

jamie chandlee- behind the boss

  1. favorite place to travel: st. barth’s
  2. can’t live without: batiste dry shampoo
  3. stylish sneaks: golden goose
  4. must have: OPI funny bunny
  5. beauty bliss”: clé de peau beauté
  6. all things: MSGM

More on Jamie Chandlee:

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

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Travel Essentials: Spring Break Bound

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From beauty must-haves to functional fashion, these are the travel essentials you need for your most stylish spring break yet:

  1. Love Ibiza Hair Tie Bracelet {No. 109}: This bracelet is a fun and comfortable way to keep track of hair ties so you never have to be without one!
  2. Shiraleah Sunglasses Case {No. 109}: Protect your favorite pair of sunnies with a trendy case adorned with pom-pom’s. A cute way to add something special to your outfit!
  3. Quay Australia Sunglasses {Ellie Boutique}: Perfect oversized frames in edgy designs that won’t break the bank.
  4. Rock Flower Paper Layla Scarf {No. 109}: A must-have item to not only add a pop of color to your outfits but an essential accessory for flights and chilly nights by the beach.
  5. Kai Roll on Perfume {Houppette}: We can’t leave home without this intoxicating blend of essentials oils. Plus, it’s so easy to use and great for traveling.
  6. Savvy Travelers Antibacterial Wipes {No. 109}: Another item you can’t forget is this 3-in-1 wipe that refreshes and cleans your teeth, lips and mouth. No water necessary and comes in a cool spearmint flavor.
  7. Fresh Sugar Lip Tint {Houppette}: Don’t forget to pamper yourself throughout your trip. This lip treatment moisturizes, protects, and smoothes chapped lips.
  8. Tata Harper Rejuvenating Hand Cream {Houppette}: This is another beauty necessity to combat dry skin and help maintain the appearance of your fresh manicure!
  9. Debbie Katz Pai Bag {No. 109}: We couldn’t be more obsessed with the designs by Debbie Katz. Each bag is unique and uses vintage embroidered materials with handmade tassels to create an eye-catching, colorful style.
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Giving Local with honeygrow & Challenge Program

When honeygrow announced it’s expansion into Delaware, we were ecstatic. The Philadelphia start up offers fun and fresh “fast” food with locations in and around the Philly, New York, and Washington D.C. metro area. It approaches it’s menu with high quality, healthy food in mind. They’re dedicated to sourcing locally and even create in-house dressings.

In addition to the food, we love the authentic, industrial, and modern feel of honeygrow. In Delaware, you can see original photographs by local artist, Carlos Alejandro.

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At their headquarters in Fish Town, Philadelphia, some of the furniture is handmade by the Challenge Program, which is an organization in Wilmington, Delaware, which provides vocational training for at-risk youth. The program seeks to empower them with the confidence and skills in order to help them achieve greatness. In addition to assistance in earning a high school diploma or GED, the Challenge Program offers on-the-job experience working with local restaurants and The Mill to create gorgeous, one of a kind pieces.

The Challenge Program created the coffee table at the honeygrow headquarters:

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Trainee from the Challenge Program working on a project:
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photos by Carlos Alejandro

As a result of their great effort, honeygrow has chosen the Challenge Program in their Giving Local Program. All day on Friday, February 17th, honeygrew will donate 20% of your check to the Challenge Program when you present this flyer at the Newark or Market Square locations.

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10 Things We’re Loving in February

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From the opening of Adorn Goods in Centreville to New York Fashion Week, here are 10 Things We’re Loving in February:

1. This Friday, February 3rd – Saturday, February 4th is the Guilty Girls Warehouse Sale at the University of Delaware. Shop up to 80% off styles from your favorite local boutiques like Houppette, Ellie Boutique, and more!

2. We may not be too excited about who’s playing in the Super Bowl this Sunday, February 5th, but we’re looking forward to commercials and of course the halftime show with Lady Gaga.

3. Treat your loved one this Valentine’s Day with a gorgeous flower arrangement and a complete chef-prepared meal from Janssen’s Market. Call (302) 654-9941to place your order.

4. New York Fashion Week starts Thursday, February 9th and we’re thrilled to attending  a few shows like Nicole Miller and Vivienne Hu. Be sure to follow us @socialstylate to see all the beautiful designs and street style!

5. On Friday, February 10th “find your perfect patch” at No. 109 Shop where you can elevate your denim with monogrammed or embroidered patches. Bring your own jeans or buy some for 25% off! (Shop fun and stylish patches in store.)

6. One of our newest clients, Adorn Goods officially opens it’s doors in Centerville on Monday, February 13th. The shop features beautiful tablewares, gifts, home accessories and more!

7. Spend the afternoon on Saturday, February 25th at the 5th Annual Kennett Winterfest featuring 50 unique craft breweries, live music, and a food truck!

8. Not sure what to get your guy for Valentine’s Day? Check out what’s new and what’s on sale at Wilmington Country Store. We love the belts and wallets that remind us summer!

9. Have you seen the new arrivals of beauty and fashion in-stores yet? At Houppette in Greenvile, we’re loving the new bright colors of Laura Mercier’s Joie De Vivre. The go perfectly with the freshness of Resort styles at Ellie Boutique.

10. Who do you think will sweep the Oscar’s this year? We can’t wait to find out on Sunday, February 26th when Jimmy Kimmel hosts the Academy Awards.

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