Fashion Director Amanda Oleri Talks Self-Care + Career

Meet Amanda Oleri: the Brooklyn-based superwoman who gladly juggles her job(s) as a Fashion Director, blogger, and Forbes contributor. We caught up with Oleri, who you may know as @eastcoastfox on IG, and chatted on careers, self-care, and Stranger Things. Scroll down to read:

What does your typical day at work look like?

My typical day at work is very far from normal. My main gig is Associate Fashion Director for a nation-wide retailer in the Home Décor field, I also run my lifestyle blog and freelance write for Forbes Finds. Normally I’d get up around 6am to meet a friend and fellow blogger to shoot some content in Brooklyn before work. Then I’d hop on a train to Manhattan to be in the office by 9:30am to start my 9-6. Being a Fashion Director is so fun, and no day is a-like. After 6pm, if I have a full day of all three of my careers, I’d head home to write a piece for Forbes. Somewhere in between all that I eat and try to do some yoga!

What are some of your career highlights?

I’d have to say traveling and personal connections! I’ve gone to so many cities that I never thought to visit, and met so many wonderful people. That’s a great perk about being in such a creative field, you never know who you are going to meet, or where you are going to meet them, and everyone is so passionate about what they do.

What’s your ideal day off?

What’s a day off? But, really I don’t take many days off, the blog has me going 24/7! If I did have one though I’d spend it at the beach.

What do you do for self-care?

 Self-care is so important to me and I’ve had to really focus on that this year. I lost my father a little over a year ago and the grieving process was, and is still, something that I couldn’t have prepared myself for. I’ve realized that self-care is not just about the body but the mind as well. I do a lot of yoga, barre, and pilates. The yoga really helps quiet my mind and focus. Other than that I love face masks, hair masks, I’m really into serums right now too, I can really see it changing my skin tone for the better and brightening up my complexion! I use them day and night.

Who are your style icons? 

Hmmm, this is a tough one because I don’t really feel that I have style icons. I am a huge advocate of Pinterest and save so much style inspo to folders on Instagram. I love the free-spirited style of the 60s and 70s, but am also into the grunge of the ’90s. Every time I go to a concert I pick up an oversized band tee so I can either crop it or wear it over bike shorts.

Have you ever experienced a defeating moment early on in your career? How did you learn from this moment?

Of course! We all do. I think it’s taken me a while to figure out my passion. Right out of college I took a job that was heavily financial and I cried almost every day at my desk because I was so bored and uninspired. Previous to that I worked in retail for Free People, surrounded by beautiful things all day talking to people the entire time, so working in an office was a huge change. For a long time, I had no idea what I wanted to do and wasn’t passionate about anything until I started my blog as a side hustle, and I wouldn’t be where I am not had I not.

What would you do for work if you weren’t in fashion?

There are so many things I’m interested in but I’d love to work for a non-profit organization.

What’s something your followers would be surprised to know about you in real life? 

I’m extremely spontaneous. I went to Bonnaroo this year, which was planned about 5 days before I left. I’m always down to do things no matter how last minute they are!

Ok one other thing, I’m obsessed with horror. Not like blood & guts horror but spooky ghost horror. The Conjuring is one of my favorite movies. Last October I watched so many horror movies in a row that I was having intense nightmares. LOL.

What’s the last show you binge-watched?

Stranger Things!

Cover Photo Via @eastcoastfox

Words by Kate Sullivan