What to Expect as an Intern at bread and Butter PR

It’s crazy to me that I’m almost done with my summer internship with bread & Butter PR. My summer in Austin has been one that I’ll never forget, and a lot of that is because of the incredible internship experience I had. For anyone majoring in public relations, I highly recommend applying to intern with b&B. They have offices all over the United States (literally coast to coast!) and are always looking for interns for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Here’s an inside look into what you can expect if you decide to take part in the #breadandbutterlife:

Sharpen up your writing skills

Newsflash, this is super traditional PR, which means you’ll be writing… a lot. I love writing (as y’all already know,) so a writing-heavy internship didn’t intimidate me. Even if you don’t feel as strong on the writing front, you’ll get tons of great feedback as your internship progresses. They want you to get better!

Don’t expect to be making coffee runs

Whenever my friends asked me what I was responsible for at b&B, they expected me to say something along the lines of “espresso runs and making copies.” They were shocked to find out that I never went to Starbucks once… except for myself, when I needed a caffeine boost mid-afternoon. b&B believes in allowing their interns to be super hands-on, which means they’ll trust you to work on super influential client projects like social media calendars and client communication plans. An client editorial recap I wrote was even featured in a magazine!
Additionally, you’ll probably also get a chance to help at a few client events over the course of the semester. My favorites were live news segment tapings and a restaurant opening for Tacodeli!

Media relations, Media relations, media relations

I feel like I wrote a press pitch at least every other day at my internship. Coming from a curriculum that was super press release-heavy, this was a learning curve I had to face, but I definitely improved as the summer went on. Now, a little under 3 months in, I feel super well-versed in local Austin media and the types of stories they cover. I’ve also become familiar with the Austin influencer scene, something super interesting to me since I’m a blogger as well!

Dog! Friendly!

You heard that right- b&B allows dogs. Not all b&B offices allow fur babies, but Austin does, and that was the greatest surprise ever when I arrived for my first day of work. If you’re like me and moving away from home for an internship opportunity, even 2 days a week with a dog is enough to cure some of the dog homesickness. I’m going to miss my coworkers, but I’m also going to miss Louise, Mohawk, Santos, and the two Lolas!

Work hard & Play hard

I can’t speak for other offices, but the ladies at the Austin office are some of the hardest workers I’ve ever witnessed. They grind through the whole work day, securing press coverage and expertly advancing the image of our clients. But, when the time comes, they also know how to have fun as well. One of my favorite traditions at b&B is Wine Wednesday. It’s always so fun to see which coworker is bringing in goodies, and I love using the last hour of our work day to spend time with my work friends!


Do you want to be a publicist some day? Do you like food & bev? Do you like to travel? Do you like to write? Do you enjoy reading the news and building relationships with the media?
If you answered yes, then you should apply to be a b&B intern! I can’t recommend this experience enough- it’s a game changer, and I know that the skills and mentorship I’ve received this summer are things I will carry with me through to my future career.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out! You can DM me on Instagram @selfiesandootds or email me at selfiesandootds@gmail.com.


Sunshine Blogger Award


The Sunshine Blogger Award is given by blogging peers to bloggers who are bringing positivity and creative content to the blogging world. It helps us recognize each other whose work and mission we admire!

Rules for the Sunshine Blogger Award: 
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in your blog post and link back to his/her blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 questions.
  • List these rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post and on your blog.
My nominator

I was nominated by Jessi of The Rambling Raccoon! I met Jessi on Instagram and I love all of her travel and lifestyle content. I highly recommend you check out her blog, if you get a chance. Thanks for nominating me, Jessi!

Jessi’s questions for me:

Where did you go on your first trip out of the country?

My first trip out of the country was to Playas del Coco, Costa Rica, when I was 16. My family stayed in a beautiful mountain home with an infinity pool and a view of the ocean. The house chef made us tacos one night, and to this day I still swear up and down that they were the best meal I’ve ever had!

What inspired you to start blogging?

I’ve had blogs off-and-on since I was in seventh grade (yes, I still know my first blog’s URL, but no, I won’t tell you.) It took me a while to find my niche, and this blog is the first one I’m super passionate about the content I’m creating! I used to share all my #OOTDs on my Snapchat story every day, but felt like I could be doing more. One day I joked about starting a blog to showcase all my outfit details, and the response was so overwhelmingly positive that I decided to go ahead and do it.

What has been your biggest struggles when it comes to blogging?

I sometimes struggle to find the balance between what I want to create and what I feel like my audience wants to see. I feel like a blog dedicated almost exclusively to #OOTDs is unconventional, but that’s also why I started it to begin with so I don’t want to detract from its original purpose.

Where are you located? (home-base)

This is a multi-tiered question for me! Currently I’m in Austin, Texas, but I only have a few more weeks here before my internship ends. During the academic year I go to school at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. My home town is Frisco, Texas, which is a little north of Dallas. So many cities to call home!

If you could go anywhere in the world to visit, where would you go?

I’ve been on a European tour which took me to 7 different countries, so a lot of those that used to be on my list have moved down in priority so I can experience other places. Right now, Greece is probably the highest on my wish list. I pin way too many pictures of it on Pinterest!

How did you come up with your blog name?

This one is easy. First, this blog was started to share my #OOTD details, so I knew I had to get that in there. Also, I take a lot of selfies of myself (#notsorry) so I figured that would be a good fit, too. I pronounce my blog’s name as “selfies and O-O-T-Ds,” so it rhymes, but I’ve also heard people say “selfies and oo-ts” (wrong.) Truthfully, I don’t say my blog’s name a lot out loud, so it doesn’t come up a lot!

What’s your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

I love creating content for my blog, working on my online portfolio site, or designing resumes!

How do you unwind and de-stress?

Gossip Girl. If I’m ever in need of a mindless activity, I throw on a random episode and just chill out. I’ve probably seen all 6 seasons, all the way through 15+ times. I can probably quote most of it. XO XO.

What’s the best advice you can give to someone who just started a blog?

Stay true to the content you’re passionate about creating, your interest in the subject matter will translate to your work!

When did you start blogging?

I had my first blog in seventh grade (so 2011?) but I founded Selfies & OOTDs in February 2019.

When is the last time you took a day away from work and your blog? What did you do?

Tragically, the last time I took a day to just do nothing was when I was sick with bronchitis recently. I was feeling too under-the-weather to do anything productive!

My nominees
  1. Julie Wadley – Mommie. Lover. Friend.
  2. Brenna Correia – All the Bs Wax
  3. Savanna Bradfield – Keeping It Savy
  4. Lilly Husak – Thriving Lilly
  5. Marshalee – Lifestyle by Marshalee
  6. Becky – The Bonafide Brunette
  7. Tatiana – Shades of Tatiana
  8. Katie Cooper – Life in the Fancy Lane
  9. Samantha Hansen – Samantha Renee Hansen
  10. Shelly Ray – Shelly Ray
  11. Alexa Woo – From A to W
my Questions
  1. What is a staple item in your closet?
  2. What is the smartest purchase you’ve ever made?
  3. If money was no object, where would you choose to live?
  4. Most recent DIY you tried? (Successful or not)
  5. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  6. When you’re feeling lazy and don’t want to cook, what do you make?
  7. What color do you feel describes you, and why?
  8. Craziest coincidence you’ve ever experienced?
  9. What is your opinion on avocado toast?
  10. Song-of-the-moment?
  11. What is the #1 item on your bucket list?

Thanks again to Jessi for nominating me! To my readers, I hope you not only learned more about me, but also found some more content creators to follow and find inspiration from. To my nominees, I hope you answer the questions so I can learn more about you, and your audience can, too!


A Midsummer Life Update

Hey everyone! I can’t believe summer is over halfway done. I’ve done so much during my time in Austin this summer, and wanted to give everyone a recap in case you haven’t been following along!

the city

Austin has been such a fun place to spend the summer. Between hiking in Zilker Park, paddle boarding on Lady Bird Lake, and swimming at Barton Springs, I feel like I’m truly taking advantage of everything this city has to offer in the summer. So far, my only real complaint has been the traffic (tell me why it takes me 30-40 minutes to make a 4 mile drive home!) but honestly, I’ve even gotten used to that by now. This is such a fun city to spend a summer in, and I wouldn’t mind moving here post-college (as long as my work commute isn’t past 30 minutes. That’s probably my limit.)

my personal Health

If you follow along on my Instagram stories, you’ve probably seen that I’m a regular at Todd Pilates and Barre! After losing weight over the past year, I decided it was time to focus on gaining strength and toning up my body. I’ve also tried to stick to my calorie-counting plan, but let’s be real: when friends and family come in town, you want to enjoy the food that Austin has to offer. So I’d say I’ve only been consistent with my calorie-counting about 75% of the time. If you’re interested in how I calorie count, or want tips on how to eat healthier, you can check out my blog posts on those topics!

my internship

I’ve been interning with bread & Butter PR this summer, and I’m loving it! I really enjoy going into work M/W/F and knowing that the work I’m doing makes a difference for our clients. One of our clients, Freebirds World Burrito, has been one of my all-time favorite restaurants since middle school. It’s a super full-circle moment that I now get to work on their account as a PR intern! Everyone always says that you’ll learn more in your internships than you will in a college classroom, and I’ve found that to be very true, especially in agency life. I can’t wait for this to be my career someday!

future career goals

Speaking of my future career, I’ve set some pretty big goals for myself going into the future! After graduating in May 2020, I want to spend the summer interning in New York City. It’s a big leap for me, but I love NYC with my whole heart and know that it would be great for my future career. I’ve already started internship-hunting, so I’ll be prepared when applications open around January-February. My biggest hurdle will be finding a place to live, but since the housing market in NYC shifts so frequently, I’m not too focused on that yet. If you have any NYC subletting tips, please send them my way!


I love Austin, but I’m also excited to go back to Norman and be around all my friends. I’ll be starting graduate courses, beginning my full-time work as Outreach Officer for my sorority, and blogging on the side. Less than a month left in Texas, and then back to Oklahoma for my senior year!


Tacodeli Grand Opening

If you followed along with my Instagram story on Monday, then you saw that downtown Austin recently had a Tacodeli grand opening! Since Tacodeli is one of bread & Butter‘s clients, I got to join in on the fun and finally experience these supposedly magnificent tacos for the first time.

I’ve always been a Torchy’s fan, so the bar was set pretty high. Would Tacodeli be able to measure up?

Short answer: Yes.

Long answer: Oh. My. God. These were seriously the best breakfast tacos I’ve ever had. I’m seriously in love with breakfast food and like to eat it whenever I get the chance, so that’s pretty high praise coming from me. I seriously can’t recommend these enough! The only downer is that they only serve their breakfast tacos until 11 a.m. on weekdays, and I would probably rather have them for lunch. Well, that and that the closest Tacodeli to Norman is in Plano!

The fun didn’t end with free tacos! As part of the PR team, I was recruited to be a model for Tacodeli’s social media. They gave me a Tacodeli shirt (which I was allowed to keep) and guided me through posing with a plate of delicious tacos. The smile on my face is genuine, I kept giggling because they had me hold and alter this pose so long!

Click here to see Tacodeli’s Instagram post, AKA what was basically my modeling debut.

Overall, it was such a fun morning! I’m craving some more breakfast tacos just writing this, so I know I’ll be back soon. If you missed my Instagram story on Monday, you can catch up with the highlight in my bio called “b&b life”!


DIY Beaded Sunglasses Tutorial

I’ve always had a thing for sunglasses. From sixth to eighth grade, I wore sunglasses on my head like a headband every day. (No seriously. Every day.) While I eventually gave that look up, my love for a cute pair of shades has always remained.

Something else I’ve always liked is crafting. Getting to be creative and use my talents to create cute DIYs is something I’ve always loved. But despite years of love for both a sunnies and crafting, I’ve never thought to put them together until now. I’m in love with the outcome, and today I’m going to share my process with you (and give you some ideas to use instead!) All my supplies I used will be linked, but feel free to get creative and use other things!

Here’s a fun fact before we begin: It took me so long to decide what phrase to put on my glasses. At the very last possible second (AKA: as I was arranging the beads to spell out something else) “LA VIE EN ROSE” hit me. I thought it was so perfect, because it’s a French idiom that directly translates to “life in pink,” or indirectly to the English idiom “to see life through rose-colored glasses,” or “having a positive outlook on life.” So perfect for rose gold glasses!

DIY Beaded Sunglasses Tutorial



  1. Preheat your hot glue gun. It will take about 5 minutes to heat up completely, so use that time to decide on what phrase you want to spell out. Depending on the size of your sunglasses, aim for no more than 7 letters on each side.
  2. Work from the outside in. I glued my flowers down first, and worked from there. When gluing down the letters on the right side, double check which letter you’re gluing down since you’ll be spelling backwards.
  3. When you get to a space in your phrase, put a single jewel or other embellishment in its place.
  4. When you run out of letters, continue putting jewels down until you get to the bridge of the nose.
  5. Once the inside is done, go back to the outside and finish putting jewels down either side.
  6. Let your new sunnies cool! Once the hot glue has totally dried, go back and get rid of all the hot glue “hairs.” (Don’t know what I’m referring to? You will once you get to this step.)
  7. Enjoy your newly decked out shades!

More Ideas:

Here’s the honorable mentions that didn’t make it to the shades this time around, but might on a future edition. Let me know if you end up using any of these, I would love to see them!


I seriously had so much fun designing and making these. If I started a business, would you be interested in purchasing some? If so, let me know!


Book Review: Girl Code

I’m super excited to be back with another book review! Today’s post is going to be part review/part reflection on my own life and what this book taught me. It’s going to get a little personal, but I think this conversation is important and is something I’ve been wanting to talk about for a while!


Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba is a self-help book that focuses on inspiring and empowering female entrepreneurs. Although my future career in public relations probably won’t set me up to be a technical entrepreneur at any point, I still see the value in branding yourself, much like you would a business. Because of the personal branding aspect, I think that this book is a great read for any young businesswoman wanting to learn how to set herself apart from the crowd, even if she isn’t taking the leap to start her own business just yet.

Something unique about this book that I appreciate are the interviews it features at the end of every chapter. Cara chooses a female entrepreneur that inspires her and features them in her book, tying their personal stories and business journeys back into the lesson she is trying to teach in that chapter. I liked the personal aspect that these interviews bring to the book, and also helps me learn and connect with other female entrepreneurs along the way.

My favorite topic that Cara talks about in this book actually occurs in chapter one, and it’s something that has stuck with me ever since I read through it for the very first time. (I come back to this chapter frequently, because this is a message I think I need reminding of every so often.) And that message is simple: there’s enough for all of us.

When I switched majors from journalism to public relations in the fall of my junior year, I felt so behind. In my mind, everyone my age had more experience than me, were taking more advanced classes than me, and were landing better internships than me. It was easy to get caught up in a comparison game: comparing my resume to someone else’s, comparing my portfolio to someone else’s. I felt so far behind that I thought I may never catch up and be as successful as my peers who had been PR majors since freshman year.

This chapter taught me that the comparison game does no one any favors. As Cara says,

“We have to let go of the notion that another woman’s success is our failure.”

Just because someone else is getting X internship or Y experience, doesn’t mean that I am inherently a failure. I am working at my own pace, and doing things my own way. And that’s okay.

The idea that “just because someone else has it, there is none left for us” is wrong. Cara stresses “limitless luxe,” meaning that we can achieve anything we desire as long as we believe that they can happen for us.

Another important point in this chapter is that

“Whatever your gift is, no one can do it quite like you.”

Just because other people in my major want to do fashion and lifestyle public relations does not mean we are competitors. No one can do my job exactly like me. I have no competition but the competition with myself- to get better and be better every single day. It’s easy for me to see some people in my major with very similar life goals, and start to view them as competition. But that’s simply not the case! Because of Girl Code, I’ve been making a conscious effort to think of everyone in my industry as connections, rather than just the next person to beat. And that is helping me stay positive when the stress of my future starts to get to me.

I hope you enjoyed this book review and my commentary on how it influenced my life! I highly recommend it to any young professional, entrepreneur or not. It taught me so much and I’m going to be bringing it along with me to Austin this summer so I can read through it from time to time as a reminder!

You can purchase Girl Code here.

To connect with Cara Awill Leyba, you can visit her website, Instagram, or listen to her podcast (another favorite of mine!)


Bread and Butter PR

I am back with a gigantic LIFE UPDATE to share!

As I’ve talked about in previous posts, I’ve been on an internship hunt for summer 2019. I had been applying several places, and not hearing back. The process was way more tedious than I had ever expected. I was applying to so many cool places, and never even getting a response back was really starting to take a toll on me. Was I ever going to get an internship for summer 2019?

As some of you know, I went on a PRSSA trip to Austin back in March. (You can read about the trip here.) On that trip, one of the PR agencies we visited was called bread & Butter, and I fell in love with it immediately. As soon as I got home from the trip, I emailed the intern coordinators my resume and cover letter directly. I wanted to work for bread & Butter so badly, but after a few weeks of not hearing anything, I didn’t have high hopes.

But luckily, this story has an uber happy ending. I ended up being moved to the interview stage for bread & Butter, and then before I knew it, they had offered me the position! Of all the places I had applied to for summer internships, they were my top choice and I was beyond excited.

With all that being said, I am so excited to announce that I’ll be moving to Austin, Texas for the summer of 2019 to be the public relations intern for bread & Butter! I can’t wait to learn from such a great company and spend the summer in a new city. I hope you’ll continue to follow along this summer as I share my adventures in Austin!


Jess Glynne in Concert

Last night I got to have the amazing experience of seeing Jess Glynne live in concert! She’s been my favorite artist for about a year now, so I was super excited when my mom bought me these tickets for Christmas.

It was at The Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum. I had never been before, but it was a really cool venue! I didn’t realize it was a bar as well, and that made me really glad that I brought my ID along. I got an alcoholic cucumber lemonade, and if you’re wondering what that tastes like, it’s exactly what you would imagine- cucumber, lemonade, and vodka. It sounds a little weird, but it was so good!

I went to the concert with my mom and we had a great time! There was a little bit of a wait between the opening act and when Jess came out, but since I had my drink it was still a good time. I had never been to a concert where it was all general admission, so that was an experience! I’m used to having my assigned seat at a venue, so having to defend my standing space so I could continue to see the stage was kind of a lot. I think I did pretty good job, though!

By the time Jess Glynne came out on stage, I was ready. The show was so good- she sounds exactly the same live as she does on her albums! I got to hear all my old favorites and some new releases as well. I’m so glad I got the experience of seeing my favorite artist in concert at a fairly small venue, it was such a great night!


Woke Up Feeling Real Dangerous

I got to meet Baker Mayfield yesterday! So many things had to go right for that to happen, so this is that story.

Kendall and I are in Austin this week/weekend for a PRSSA trip. We are staying with my aunt DeeDee and uncle Paul at their house, instead of at the hotel with the rest of the group (saving $$$ and also I just love my aunt and uncle a lot.)

Last night the rest of our group was going out to eat, but since they were staying a little outside of Austin, Kendall and I decided to forego the group dinner at a Mongolian restaurant and eat somewhere closer instead. Lucky twist #1: Kendall and I decided to do something different from the rest of the group. We chose The Grove, a wine bar with two locations: one downtown and one closer to my aunt and uncles house. Kendall and I initially didn’t want to go out yesterday since she had to do some research summaries for her psychology class. Lucky twist #2: Kendall dropped her psychology class yesterday, so suddenly we were free to go out last night. Lucky twist #3: we chose The Grove downtown location so we would be closer to the night life scene of downtown Austin, even though the other location was technically closer to home.

Dinner was good! We spilt a frosé and had a good time. Kendall decided she wanted dessert at the end, and even though I wasn’t hungry, I didn’t want to be left out. So I ordered dessert, too. (Side note: my slice of cake ended up being $9 and was definitely overpriced. But in the grand scheme of things, I’m gonna let it slide.) Because lucky twist #4: our dessert delayed our leaving The Grove. We had looked up bars on Yelp but nothing looked super great, tbh. As we were leaving just to meander down 6th Street, we saw a man sitting at a Grove table on the patio with a really cute puppy. He saw us staring at the cute dog, so he invited us over to pet him. We found out that he lived nearby and asked for a bar recommendation, and he gave us one. Lucky twist #5: we took a bar recommendation from a stranger with a really cute dog.

I am not really a bar person, so the whole experience was pretty unfamiliar to me. Kendall and I saw two open seats initially but for some reason felt compelled to pass them up (lucky twist #6) and sat at two other empty ones a little further down the bar. Kendall is engaged (woo my first friend getting married!) so she told me to take the chair next to the guys at the bar because I was “the single one.” Since I just wanted a fruity cocktail and wasn’t in the mood to be flirted with, I didn’t look at who I was sitting next to.

The bartender had a Baker Mayfield shirt on. I own shirts from Baker Mayfield’s brand so I recognized it, and complimented him on it. (Lucky twist #7?) Little did I know…

About five minutes later and half a drink in, Kendall turns to me and says “the guy next to you kinda looks like Baker Mayfield. Actually, a lot like Baker Mayfield.” I turn and look. Realization starts to hit me. I slowly turn back to Kendall. I look at Baker. I look at Kendall. We’re star struck.

I tap Baker on the shoulder. “We’re from OU! Can we get a picture with you?” I wasn’t going to let this pass me by. “Sure!” he says. He was very patient and let us take multiple each, with flash and without flash. A homie.

We were still sitting next to each other at the bar, so I took my chance and asked him some of the questions I had always wanted to know.

“Do you think Jalen will win the Heisman?” “I sure hope so.”
“Does the band play ‘Boomer’ too much?” “Yeah. It should only be played for celebrations.”
“What’s your Norman bar recommendation?” “Logie’s, for sure.”

He was so cool! He also talked to Kendall about her upcoming wedding and his engagement since they happened around the same time. He was there with his brother Matt, so I showed them the selfie I took with Matt at the Rose Bowl (the borderline weirdest thing I did, admittedly.) They were both so cool and didn’t mind talking to us about random things we thought to ask them.

After about an hour we decided we shouldn’t press our luck anymore and decided to leave (we had agency visits starting at 10 am this morning anyways.) So we said bye, and that it was such a pleasure to meet him, and took an Uber ride back home.

We are planning on going to 6th Street again tonight, but I feel like it’ll just be a disappointment. Baker Mayfield probably won’t be sitting next to me at every bar.

The biggest takeaway my mom got from this whole scenario? “Sometimes, you just need to order dessert.”

Deep in the Heart of Texas

I’ve been in Austin for a PRSSA trip since Wednesday, and I’m loving it! It is such a cool city with such a unique vibe. There hasn’t been as much burnt orange as I thought there would be, so I’m super grateful for that as well.

Yesterday was our first day touring PR agencies and I had a great day. I came with my friend Kendall and together we met two new friends, Jessica and Lexi. After our first agency visit we had free time to go to lunch and make our way to agency #2, so we found this fantastic pizza place: Taverna.

After lunch, we still had 3 hours to kill before our next agency visit, so we decided to forego an Uber ride and make the 35-minute walk. Downtown Austin had some great spots for photo ops, and we put Kendall’s new DSLR camera to good use!

The agencies we got to see were great, too! Yesterday, we went to Edelman, bread & Butter, and Giant Noise. After several hours of networking and learning more about the PR agency, we went home to relax before going out to eat and explore downtown more that evening.

Jessica and I outside of Giant Noise

The evening was… eventful. Kendall and I went out to eat at The Grove downtown and then decided to go get a cocktail at a bar. At the bar, we ended up meeting THE Baker Mayfield. The whole story of how that came to be deserves a post all to itself, so you can read more about that here.

Anyways, still in shock that I got to meet my idol, who was starting quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners, 2017 Heisman trophy winner, #1 pick in the 2018 NFL draft, and is now the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. I’m just in shock a little. Only a little.

We’re going out to 6th Street again tonight before heading back to Norman tomorrow! Sad that this awesome trip is already coming to a close.