Muse Work Besties: Angela and Lyndsay
Lyndsay and Angela met in 2011 while they were working for the same children’s fashion magazine and bonded over their love for cute animal websites, afternoon cookie breaks and oddity of writing about Onesies everyday (I wish I knew them when Dylan Reid was born :). Four years later, thanks to New York’s tiny yet talented editor pool, they found themselves working in the same office again.
Meet Angela Velasquez & Lyndsay McGregor:
Angela combined her education in creative writing and design to pursue a career in publications—a plan she devised while obsessing over fashion magazines in college. She returned to The Big Apple (she even has an apple tattoo on her foot) for grad school in ’06 from her hometown Florida and got her first taste of magazine life at Conde Nast, followed by becoming fashion editor for publications covering the children’s apparel and footwear industries.
In 2015, Angela jumped to Hertzman Media Group to help launch Rivet, an online publication covering the ins and outs of the denim market, and Vamp, an online news site for the footwear industry.
Angela is celebrating her 10th New York City anniversary this week with the launch of Vamp’s first print issue which you can check out here.
Lyndsay was born in New York City but raised in Ireland, Lyndsay returned to the concrete jungle after college to kick-start her journalism career—and never left. After internships at Paper and Nylon she moved to a luxury lifestyle publisher before finding her feet—and Angela—at two fashion industry trade magazines, where she covered the footwear and childrenswear industries. Today she’s the senior editor at Sourcing Journal, a sister site of Angela’s Vamp and Rivet, and spends her days writing about clothing and retail news.
I sat down with these talented editors and workmates to learn more about them. I love learning about friends in the work space and think it is so special to form these bonds as we are in our working environments much more than we are in our homes. Check out my BTS Q&A with Angela and Lyndsay below. Do they have the same answers like the newlywed game? You will have to find out by reading below. Thank you Angela and Lyndsay for coming out behind the computer and gracing the cameras. xo, Stacy
1. Are you a subway or car (via, uber, lyft) girl?
Angela: The subway is my go-to, and now with Wi-Fi in stations there’s no reason for it not to be. But I’ll cheat and take a yellow cab sometimes. Never an Uber or Lyft. Real New Yorkers take yellow taxis. It should be in the New Yorker code of ethics, like walking on the right of sidewalks, and leaving celebrities alone.
Lyndsay: If I can walk somewhere, I will. Otherwise I take the subway. NYC traffic is a special kind of awful. Friends tell me LA is worse though.
2. Favorite spot to be creative?
Angela: I get my best ideas when I’m in the shower or subway. My mind gets to wander.
Lyndsay: I wouldn't say it's my favorite spot but I do get a lot of ideas on the subway. And a walk always cures a case of writer’s block. So much of my work day involves sitting at a computer, typing, and I grew up in the countryside in Ireland, so if I've had a particularly draining week at work and need to recharge my batteries, I'll try to spend a lot of time outdoors that weekend and keep screen time to a minimum.
3. Causes you advocate for?
Angela: Universal healthcare. Going to the doctor should not be a luxury. Income should not determine whether a person lives with or without pain. It is basic decency to want others to be healthy. If people feel good, they can do good.
Lyndsay: I used to volunteer at a no-kill shelter called Animal Haven and that's something I'd love to get back into. I've also done some volunteer work for the Allyson Whitney Foundation. It's a non-profit that fights for the interests of young adults with rare cancers, started in memory of Allyson Strong, who passed away from small cell cervical cancer when she was just 25. The foundation provides young people with “life interrupted grants” to help ease their financial burden so they can concentrate on healing.
4. Favorite quote?
Angela: “It’s not intellectual. It’s all gut.” –Iris Apfel
Lyndsay: “Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” from Winnie the Pooh
5. Tell us about the last moment you shared with someone?
Angela: My last moment I shared with someone was my daily call home to catch up with my mom and my younger brother in Florida. We have these long conversations over speaker phone that are usually about nothing, but there’s always lots of yelling, teasing and laughing. And then our Chihuahuas, Henri and Julian, get involved and begin to yap. It’s funny because individually, dogs included, we’re all very introverted and quiet, but we bring something out in one another. It’s nice to feel so connected to my favorite people even though they are thousands of miles away.
Lyndsay: As a single woman and editor living in New York, with roommates, I interact with so many people on a daily basis that it's hard to narrow them all down into memorable moments. (Sorry, people.) But it's always nice when the cashier at Dunkin Donuts has my order waiting for me at the counter before I've even asked for it.
6. What motivational things do you do during crazy office times?
Angela: I try to find the humor in situations that don’t go as I planned because when it goes wrong, it can really go wrong. It might take a while to get there, but eventually I can laugh about it. Luckily, we have a pretty light office atmosphere, and it helps to have a good friend around the office wall who gets my sense of humor. So even when the going gets tough, it doesn’t feel that tough.
Lyndsay: We used to work together in the East Village so would sometimes walk to Georgetown Cupcakes in Soho for a treat. There was also a point in time when we went to Pret a Manger for a chocolate chip cookie (me) and harvest cookie (Angela) almost every day. And I think we both agree: there’s nothing that can’t be cured by blasting a little Beyoncé or Bruno Mars.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR /INTERVIEW: STACY IGEL
PHOTOGRAPHER: SPENCER KOHN
Angela and Lyndsay are rocking the Crew Neck Alice Tee, Metallic Tee, Oversize V-Neck Tee, and Tropical Dreams Mixed Media Sweatshirt from our women's lifestyle clothing collection.
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