The Waveborn Blog http://blog.waveborn.com Buy some shades, give some glasses. posterous.com Fri, 11 Nov 2011 09:00:00 -0800 Meet the Interns: Rebekah http://blog.waveborn.com/meet-the-interns-rebekah http://blog.waveborn.com/meet-the-interns-rebekah
For our last post in the meet the interns series, meet Rebekah! After graduating from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Agricultural Communications, Rebekah wasn’t sure what challenge she and her high heels should take on next. A few months later, she landed the perfect gig as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Tennessee where she is currently working on her thesis on 4-H and social media.  She loves working with Waveborn, where it’s totally okay to be a shady person! Her thoughts on Waveborn’s products: “Doing good has never looked this great!”

What is it about the company or the movement that led you to apply to intern at Waveborn?

I love the BOGO (Buy One, Give One) model that lots of companies are starting to incorporate. It is a way that people can help out while still purchasing things that they actually need as well. Waveborn caught my attention because they are  a very new company and I had the opportunity to be involved with building a community of customers who are passionate about helping in the fight against preventable blindness!

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 What do you do when you're not working for Waveborn?

I’m a graduate teaching assistant, so I work with recruitment, write lesson plans, teach and grade papers. I spend my spare time working on my graduate thesis project and watching The Vampire Diaries.  

 
Best thing about where you are from:

Where I come from, life is pretty much the embodiment of a Luke Bryan or  Brantley Gilbert song. (Those are country music artists, by the way.) The best food is always what your grandmother cooks, we go to church every Sunday and the only way to get to my house is down a dirt road. It’s the center of small town, country life, but I loved growing up there. While in graduate school, I live in Knoxville, Tennessee, and I can definitely say I will miss the mall and the nearby grocery store when I go home!   


Your top three films... go!

How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days, Pride and Prejudice and Australia


Dream vacation?
Since I was 5 years old, I have wanted to spend a few weeks in Australia. I wanted to visit the Australian Outback and see what rural life was like, and not just visit the popular tourist locations. I think that if I ever had to move to another country it would definitely be Australia. Besides, who wouldn’t want a Kangaroo for a pet?


What's your favorite book?

Emma by Jane Austen


Who is one band/musical artist that you love and think everyone should know about?

I LOVE Lady Antebellum! I’m super excited to see them in concert in few weeks and finally get to see them live! I think that what makes them my current favorite is the fact that they harmonize so well, but they also do songs that sound like duets or have a an obvious male/female lead. If you haven’t heard their new CD Own The Night, you should definitely check it out!


What is a perfect Saturday for you?

The perfect Saturday is when I get to sleep in past 10 a.m. Graduate school classes, a teaching assistantship, my Waveborn internship and keeping up with all the other stuff I am involved with can be a full time job. I love Saturdays when I can just sleep all day or lay in the bed watching TV show re-runs or movie adaptations of Jane Austen books. 


Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself?

I have the best brothers and sister anyone could ask for, the coolest friends on the planet, and I collect chicken figurines. Random, I know, but you asked!


What can fans do to help spread the word about Waveborn?

I think that one of the best ways to show your support is to buy a pair of shades and wear them. Whenever someone asks about them, tell them the Waveborn story.  You can also help us build the Waveborn community by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter! Send us pictures of yourself wearing Waveborn shades or pin your favorite pair to your holiday wishlist on Pinterest. The best way to spread the word is to talk about it to your friends, your family, that guy that sits beside you on the bus, etc. Keep talking about us!

 

Want to reach out to Rebekah? We don't blame you, she's awesome! Get at her in the blog comments or @beka_dawn.  She might love vampires but she won't bite, we promise.

If you missed the beginning of the Meet the Interns series, don't fret! Find them all here.

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Mon, 07 Nov 2011 09:00:00 -0800 Meet the Interns: Lenise http://blog.waveborn.com/meet-the-interns-lenise http://blog.waveborn.com/meet-the-interns-lenise

The third intern in our Meet the Interns series is Lenise Phillips. She recently graduated from Virginia Tech with degrees in English and French, and just like Ashley spends a ton of time watching How I Met Your Mother and making loads of baked goods. She's having way too much fun interning with Waveborn, where she gets the opportunity to work with some amazing folks doing even more amazing things. 


What is it about the company or the movement that led you to apply to intern at Waveborn?

It was the job title that caught my eye first. Jonathan had posted this internship under the esteemed title of "Social Media Junkie Intern." I knew that any company that had a sense of humor and encouraged a social media addiction would be the best kind to work for. But the deal wasn't sealed until I read about Waveborn's fantastic vision of paying it forward one pair of sunglasses at a time - I knew then that Waveborn was a movement I wanted to be a part of.


Lenise

What do you do when you're not working for Waveborn?

I teach gymnastics classes to kids as young as 2 and as old as 12. Unfortunately I have to play the part of responsible adult in this situation, so I only get to play on the equipment when my kiddies aren't looking. I get to wear a t-shirt and shorts to work every day though, so I can't complain. Except when the kids get crazy legs and kick me in the face. Then I might complain a bit.

Best thing about where you are from:

Technically, I'm from Montclair, VA, a suburb about 25 miles south of DC. But I recently left my heart in southwest VA where I graduated from Virginia Tech this past May. I couldn't pick just one awesome thing to say about that beautiful region, so here are three:

1. Jumping up and down to 'Enter Sandman' by Metallica as the Hokie Football Team runs onto the field in Lane Stadium. You will never hear a noise as beautiful as this one. 
2. Hiking McAfee's Knob. It's a 7 mile hike round-trip, and you may not be able to feel your legs afterwards, but the view you'll get of the Blue Ridge Mountains once you make it to the top will literally steal the breath from your lungs. And it won't be because of the exertion.
3. Eating at the Homeplace after hiking McAfee's Knob. Just a few miles down the road, it's an old farmhouse that's been converted to a family style restaurant that serves bottomless lemonade, fried chicken, ham, roast beef, green beans, mashed potatoes, biscuits, and cobbler for a flat rate of $13! It'll be the best meal of your life.

Your top three films... go!

Hands down, my favorite film is I Love You, Man. I have a knack for getting myself into awkward situations and a huge crush on Paul Rudd, so I feel like this one is self-explanatory. Next, I'd say The Man in the Iron Mask and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Dream vacation?
Antarctica. I know it sounds strange, but I really want to visit all 7 continents before I die. And since Antarctica isn't exactly a hop skip and a jump away, I'd love to have someone plan this out for me. I also really, really want to play with some wild penguins.

What's your favorite book?

I have seven. And they all have a boy wizard by the name of Harry in common. What can I say? He's charming.

Who is one band/musical artist that you love and think everyone should know about?

Carbon Leaf. They're from Richmond, and their music is an eclectic mashup of alt-country, indie rock, bluegrass, and Celtic. It shouldn't work, but it does, I promise. Listen to "What About Everything" and "Life Less Ordinary."

What is a perfect Saturday for you?

My Perfect Saturday starts with eating as many chocolate chip pancakes as I can manage. And then I'd watch movies for the rest of the afternoon, and maybe go for a run in the evening. And to top it off, my friends would come over in the evening and we'd cook a big meal together, preferably something no one's tried to cook before. Culinary experiments usually make for the best memories. 


Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself?

I am a fountain of useless facts thanks to my obsession with drinking Snapple. Apparently, a Venus Flytrap can eat an entire cheeseburger. Snapple Fact #880.

What can fans do to help spread the word about Waveborn?

 

Besides friending us on Facebook and following us on Twitter, you can subscribe to our newsletter to get updates on our movement and be the first to hear about contests, promotions and giveaways. But the best thing you can do is get your hands on a pair of our shades and let your eyes do the talking.

Person who would best rock a pair of Waveborn shades?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I think these shades could have bought him 500 more days with Summer.

If you want to hear more from Lenise, leave a comment or check out her Twitter @lenephew.  Don't be shy!

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Tue, 01 Nov 2011 13:17:00 -0700 Meet the Interns: Fiona http://blog.waveborn.com/meet-the-interns-fiona http://blog.waveborn.com/meet-the-interns-fiona
Our next intern in the series, Fiona Giblin, comes to us straight from the Big Easy. When she's not finishing her degree in Criminal Justice and Mass Communication, she loves traveling, shopping, art, and design.  Read more to find out how she's helping NOLA soak up the sun in Waveborn shades!

What is it about the company or the movement that led you to apply to intern at Waveborn?

I absolutely love sunglasses and currently have about 12 pairs of different styles and types I have collected over the years. When I learned about the cause and how Waveborn donates a pair of eyeglasses to someone who is visually impaired and in need, I became even more interested. I am fortunate enough to have perfect vision and can't even imagine not being able to see the beautiful world around us. Once I started researching through the Unite for Sight website I thought it was amazing to learn that about 80% of blindness can be cured. I love social media as well and thought it would be a great opportunity for me to try and contribute what I know and love to a good cause.

Fiona

What do you do when you're not working for Waveborn?

When I am not interning for Waveborn, I am in school finishing up my last semester at Loyola University in New Orleans. I am a criminal justice major and am currently taking my last 4 core classes. My minor is mass communication and I have a focus in advertising, which is where I developed my love for social media.  When I have a break from studying I have been trying to explore New Orleans as much as possible and take in their wonderful culture in my last few months living here. I plan to move back home to Maryland in December and start my "grown up" career somewhere.


Best thing about where you are from:

One great thing I love about Maryland is Maryland Blue Crabs. I love having crab fests in the summer with my friends and family.


Your top three films... go!

Jerry McGuire - a classic
Gigantic - I love Independent films
Into the Wild - I love Emile Hirsch

Dream vacation?

I would love to visit The Maldives. The beaches look beautiful!


What's your favorite book?

The Great Gatsby. I absolutely love the 20s era, so much so that I have been a 20s flapper girl for Halloween for the past 3 years!


Who is one band/musical artist that you love and think everyone should know about?

My music interests change pretty much daily depending on my mood, but right now I am in love with this song called "Coffee Break" by Zeds Dead. If you like dubstep you should check it out!


What is a perfect Saturday for you?

A perfect Saturday would include sleeping in, having a great brunch, meeting up with friends at the Fly. (The Fly is a park in NOLA that overlooks the Mississippi River and has beautiful views and big grassy areas, perfect for laying out and tanning with friends.) Maybe doing some shopping on Magazine Street, heading to dinner and maybe going out for a few drinks.


Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself?

I consider myself to be a creative person and I love art and making/designing new and interesting pieces. It's one of my favorite things to do when I have free time. 


What can fans do to help spread the word about Waveborn?

Fans can help spread the word about Waveborn by "liking" our FB page and sharing it on their own wall or on another form of social media. They can also just talk about it with their friends and family and try to get the word out there. Also- purchasing a pair of Waveborn shades and letting them speak for themselves when wearing them!

If you want to hear more from Fiona, leave a comment or check out her Twitter @fionagiblin.  She'd love to hear from you!

 

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Wed, 26 Oct 2011 12:14:00 -0700 Meet the Interns: Ashley http://blog.waveborn.com/meet-the-interns-ashley http://blog.waveborn.com/meet-the-interns-ashley

Our first intern in the MTI installment (that's Meet the Interns if you've been slacking) is Ashley Ozery.  A recent International Relations grad of Lehigh University, she is loving interning for Waveborn as it continues the work she left behind in school.  Furthering social good with a fashionable flair--who wouldn't love it?

 

What is it about the company or the movement that led you to apply to intern at Waveborn?
When I first head about Waveborn, I thought it was a great idea.  I loved the combination of fashion and social good.  Helping others gain the right to sight is an amazing mission, and I love being a part of that.
 

Ashley

What do you do when you're not working for Waveborn?
Right now, I am gearing up for my big move in four months... to South Korea! I will be teaching English for a year and couldn’t be more excited.  Until then, I have been baking up a storm and trying to finally watch every episode of How I Met Your Mother.

Best thing about where you are from:
I spend my time divided between central NJ and the DC area.  In NJ, it’s great to have the beach so close, tons of diners, and easy access to NYC.  In DC, there are so many fantastic restaurants and places to visit - a lot of them free!

Your top three films... go!

This is a toughie for sure... I’ll always be sweet on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Matthew Broderick, if you’re reading this, DM me on Twitter).  Others would have to include Mean Girls and The Count of Monte Cristo... random I know but they are all great!


Dream vacation?
My dream vacation would take me to a place completely unlike where I am from.  Little to no English, adventurous food choices, and beautiful places to visit.  I change my mind all the time, but right now I am thinking Vietnam.  It looks gorgeous!

What's your favorite book?
This might sound a little lame, but my favorite book is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  I’ve probably read it fifteen times or so... it’s a great story.  Runner-up might have to be A Little Princess, by the same author.  Way better than the movie!

Who is one band/musical artist that you love and think everyone should know about?
Neutral Milk Hotel.  They’re indie, awesome, and already broken-up... but still worth a listen.

What is a perfect Saturday for you?
It would definitely start with brunch (I love brunch).  Maybe I’d check out a new movie or museum with some friends.  Afterwards, we’d all get Thai food for dinner.  If you can’t tell by now, food is a big theme with me...

Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself?
I’m currently trying to perfect the recipe for a homemade pumpkin spice latte.  If you know the answer, let me know in the comments!!

What can fans do to help spread the word about Waveborn?
Waveborn fans can help spread the news by joining our community on Facebook, following @Waveborn on Twitter,  and reading the blog. By interacting with Waveborn online, fans can learn more about Waveborn’s mission so they can tell their friends.

If you want to hear more from Ashley, leave a comment or check out her Twitter @ashleyincognito.  Matthew Broderick, this means you.

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Wed, 19 Oct 2011 09:26:00 -0700 Meet the Interns! http://blog.waveborn.com/meet-the-interns-94081 http://blog.waveborn.com/meet-the-interns-94081

Waveborn is proud to announce its first official intern class of Fall 2011! Over the next month, we will be bringing you a new post about each one of our interns.  Get ready to meet the gals working to bring Waveborn from the computer to your doorstep!

 

Introducing...

Ashley

Ashley Ozery

 

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Fiona Giblin

 

Lenise

Lenise Phillips

 

Rebekah

Rebekah Bowen

 

Watch this space for more!

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