Big News — And Introductions

corporette introAfter all, it is meet your friendly anonymous blogger day!

So here’s the deal, guys — we have been incredibly, incredibly honored to have such a great dialog with you since we started this blog in May 2008.  We’ve gone from having 400 readers that first month, to about 35,000 unique readers each month.  With growth comes new opportunities, and so we have some big news — starting soon, we’ll be partnering with InStyle magazine and AK Anne Klein for a series of fashion events at Macy stores around the country, where we’ll advise on trends as well as how to adapt different AK Anne Klein pieces for different situations.  We’re so excited!

However, it has occurred to us that it’s rather difficult to host a fashion event anonymously.  So… if you’ve ever wondered who it is behind this blog, read more, after the jump…

(Pictured: Mask II, originally uploaded to Flickr by Audringje)

Hi.  I’m Kat Griffin, your resident blogger.  I’m a 33-year-old lawyer and writer based in New York.

Some other questions you may be wondering:

Who the heck are you? David Lat was kind enough to interview me on Above The Law today, so I’ll let him do most of the background stuff.  Briefly:  I’ve been a lawyer for about seven years now, mostly as a litigator; in July of last year I started as a staff lawyer at a non-profit.  I went to Georgetown Law (’03) and got my undergraduate degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism (’99).    I live in Brooklyn with my husband, where we enjoy our experiments with the crock pot.  (We’ve also updated our “About” page, and I’ve also posted some video clips (below) — just your general intro stuff, as well as some common questions.)

How are you qualified to give us all this advice? I have a board certification from the Fashion Blogging Academy, and have a black belt in the Dark Arts of Networking . . . just kidding.  How is anyone on the Internet qualified to give you advice?  For what it’s worth, I’ve been a lifelong fan of fashion and style, was a fashion journalist for about half a second, and have been there — trying to adapt my personal style to a conservative office environment.  Around the time that I was a fifth-year litigator at my firm I realized, NO ONE is giving out this advice, and everyone is struggling to learn the same fairly basic lessons (if they even realize that said lessons needed to be learned in the first place).  So I started the blog.  Am I always 100% right?  Nope — that’s where the good folks who comment here come in.  And I love it when you guys tell me that I’m completely 100% wrong, because that’s when I learn the most.  (Although, hey, I do prefer to be right.)

How are things going to be changing? Not that much, at least for the moment.  Posting will continue as normal, although the byline may change from “C” (which I’ve used because “Corporette” seemed so long) to “Kat.” Perhaps we can schedule some meet-ups in different cities — I’d love to meet the readers as much as possible.

What’s the deal with AK Anne Klein? We’re really excited about this!  Invitations for the first event are going in the mail today.  Here’s the schedule for the events (we’ll have more details in the future).  We hope you can join us!

  • April 1 – 6 pm – Dadeland in Miami, FL
  • April 10 – 2 pm – Cherry Hill Mall, NJ
  • April 21 – 6 pm – Oxmoor, Louisville, KY
  • May 8 – 1 pm – Southdale, Edina, MN

Are you going to stop with the “we” now? Undecided, honestly.  I started using “we” in the “my friends and I” sense, not in the “royal” sense — and that’s still true.

Oh yes — and the video posts…

Anyway, that’s the 411 on me — if possible, we’d love to learn more about you. Would you please consider taking this survey?

Comments

  1. Oh my goodness, this is huge!! I know that I’m not the only one who has wonderered who you really were. Thanks for a wonderful site, it has been EXTREMELY helpful to me as a young associate in BigLaw. Best of luck with your new endeavor!

  2. Wahoo! I love it! Thanks for revealing yourself, Kat! This blog has definitely made a difference in my world.

  3. Wow – I always suspected you, like me, were 33 years old and a ’99 college grad! So nice to finally meet the face behind Corporette! Keep up the great work on this excellent blog!

  4. So great to meet the woman behind Corporette. Keep up the great posts!

    Diane

  5. It’s great to put a name/face to the blog – thanks for the great advice, deals, etc. I just want you to know that this goes way beyond the world of law – I’m a lobbyist at the state level and find your blog completely relevant to my field, so thanks for that!

  6. Great to put a name face with this blog. I enjoy your info and it helps me give my clients good advice from someone who has been there and is doing that.

  7. Congratulations on the new opportunities. Love the blog!

  8. Nice to “meet” you! I’ve been a reader so long I feel like I “know” you but it’s nice to put a face/name to the blog!

    Also — did anyone else notice that Allison Sweeney wore a dress featured on Corporette on last night’s Biggest Loser?

  9. happy for you, and a girl’s gotta make a living… but I am a bit troubled by the timing of today’s recommendation as AK … and not widely available and quickly sold out at that. I understand the need for the sponsorship and relationship, but really hope this site doesn’t turn into an AK ad.

    • Everything that is paid for by any advertiser or sponsor will be labeled as such — today was not one of those posts, beyond any/all affiliate links — I honestly just do like the dress! Thanks for reading.

  10. It is awesome to see and get to know the face and person behind this blog. I stumbled upon you what seems like ages ago (more likely a year and half or so), and you’re one of the few blogs I keep coming back to day after day. You’re even bookmarked in my “professional blogroll” list.

    Keep up the good work and congratulations on an amazing opportunity and expansion of your resume outside of the law.

  11. Nice to meet you! So glad to hear Corporette is getting more recognition and more opportunities. I’m behind you 100%. One plea: hire a graphic designer to redesign the awful unprofessional, unfashionable blog masthead.

  12. Wow, the big reveal! Congrats on the new opportunities. I love the blog and am so glad I discovered it last year. It has definitely inspired me to take my wardrobe to the next level. Thanks for writing it!

  13. This is great news! I am a 36-year-old partner in a law firm and found this site a couple of months ago. I’m now a daily reader and really enjoy it. Congrats on the opportunities coming your way!

  14. Congratulations on getting the recognition you deserve! Blogging takes tremendous effort. I love checking in each day to see what you’ve recommended, and the discussion strings lead to great new ideas and other recommendations. I love the community you’ve started for us!

  15. A fellow media lawyer here who has been reading this blog for about two years, has met you through the MLRC, and honestly had no idea! Congratulations on the success of the blog!

  16. Hi, Kat! What a treat to see your face and hear your voice. Looking forward to more great things from corporette.com.

  17. Kat, congrats and glad (but not surprised) to hear you’re a GU law alumna and a New Yorker! If you do a meet and greet in DC perhaps the Georgetown Alumni Club could invite our members to attend.

  18. Love the blog and love now knowing who is behind the scenes! I am not a a lawyer but translate your advice to a public affairs role in an academic medical center. 95% of your topics apply to me! Keep up the good work!

  19. housecounsel :

    I am thrilled to meet you, and so happy for you! I am a 40-year-old general counsel in the midwest and take your advice into account nearly every day!

  20. I work in Big Law, but not as a lawyer, and read your blog every day. I love your advice because I feel like it pertains to all working women. My sister lives in Edina, MN – I’m so jealous she’ll get to see the AK show. I hope you come to DC!

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