ll archives: Political Style's Laura Dunn
Laura Emily Dunn is a Jill of all (media) trades. The Creative entrepreneur is a social media and communications professional, founder and editor of Political Style, co-founder of Women In Web and a freelance writer for Huffington Post, Levo League and more.
Current location: Wales and USA
Where are you from? South Wales
Education: BA in Journalism and MA in Political Communication
Title: Social Media and Communications Professional, Founder and Editor of Political Style, Co-Founder of Women In
What is Women In and Political Style? Women In is a new website that features successful women from all walks of life. Through Q&As, advice posts and interactive features they share their stories of how they have got to where they are today. Political Style is a fashion, politics and lifestyle blog that I have been running for seven years. It’s been featured on The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, Vanity Fair and Politico.
What did you do before? I currently work for a politician with responsibility for communications. Before this I was studying for my degrees and I was also an intern in the US House of Representatives.
What did you think you’d be doing now whenever you were 10? When I was in school I wanted to be a print journalist, but as the media landscape changed I quickly turned my attention to online journalism. I always said I wanted to be editor of American Vogue - that would still be pretty fantastic!
Is writing for PS/WI your dream job? If not, what else is in the works? Running Political Style and Women In are my ‘professional hobbies,’ and I also manage a Lean In Circle, write for The Huffington Post and consult on social media and content for brands and organizations. I’m really passionate about communications and social media, and ultimately I would love to have my own communications and PR business.
Are you involved in any side hustles, ladypreneur collabs or baby projects? Tell us about them. My other interests including writing for The Huffington Post. I’m currently interviewing many successful women in business which is really fascinating. I’m also working on some networking and mentoring projects.
What does your daily routine consist of? My daily routine involves getting up early and tackling my inbox before I set off to work. After the day job is finished, I come home and recharge before settling down to write posts for the blogs, engage with readers, source new content, respond to requests for interviews and catch up with anything I have missed! I spend a lot of time on the computer.
How do you balance work and life and is that actually even possible? I’m involved in a lot of different things so making sure I’ve got a manageable workload is key. I make sure I get to the gym at least three times a week, although sometimes this doesn’t pan out! I really notice the difference if I haven’t been. I try to switch off as best as possible and this can be catching up with some television, socializing with friends or just reading a good book.
You have to do it and you hate it – what is your least favorite task to do at WI/PS? I don’t think there is anything that I dislike about blogging- apart from when technology misbehaves!
What are your favorite business lady apps? I use Twitter to publicize the blogs and I receive many pitches through there as well. Invoice2Go is handy for keeping up to date with my finances and Hootsuite is essential for scheduling posts across platforms. I also like using the Paper app for sketching out artwork or layout ideas.
Top 5 favorite cities? My favorite cities are New York, Washington DC, Boston, London and Cardiff. I love each for different reasons- New York for the shopping, DC for the history, Boston for the mix of old and new, London for the shopping and nightlife and Cardiff as it’s close to home!
Red, White or Sparkling? I’m not a big drinker, but if I do indulge it will be with a gin and tonic.
Tell us the best place to eat in your city. If it’s your kitchen, share your favorite/best recipe. I love to visit Wagamama (whatever city I may be in!) The Hamilton in DC is really fantastic, and I also love Les Ambrouses on NYC’s Upper East Side.
On being a woman entrepreneur . . . I love working in a creative field and meeting new people is one of my passions. Working on new ideas really drives my entrepreneurial tendencies!