One rainy Sunday afternoon, few weeks ago my motivation seemed to have failed me. I was laying in bed, staring at the TV and found myself exhausted from working like a complete manic. Ocassionaly I get hit by these moments, like I guess many of us do, so don’t judge. Like many times before, I found myself stuck in a moment where I do nothing and feel useless and guilty about it. Only this time, it was different as I was determined to cure my Sunday blues and opened the New York Times to find something inspirational to read. I’ve opened the opinion section and there it was the article that brought back the drive I was lacking, written in unapologetic bold words.
“Ever since I was a little girl, my fairy tale ending involved a pantsuit, not a wedding dress. Success meant doing something well enough to secure independence. My something was my writing.
If she can see it, she can be it. I want to be it for little girls whose parents aren’t saving for their educations, whose friends make fun of them for wanting too much from their lives. I want to make the kind of money that allows me to jet to Mexico on a Tuesday, to meaningfully contribute to nasty politicians, to afford a shark of a lawyer if any man ever lays a finger on me again.” — Jessica Knoll for the NY Times
Rewind couple of weeks later, I set down to write this article for our latest cool face of Bastet Noir and there, within the answers to the interview questions I’ve sent, I found that this little piece written by Ms. Jessica Knoll has been an inspiration to someone else besides me. And not just anyone else, but the impressive Molly Graizzaro. For those of you who are emerging designers, this name should ring a bell, as she was the one responsible for Tictail’s PR strategy and a guest stylist for Keep. Today, she’s the communication manager of the amazing coliving company Common, a woman who will always choose NYC to Paris (my kind of gal), considers heels as enemies and someone who has managed to gain my respect, strangely, but honestly because of being a beer kind of woman. She is a WOMAN, hear her roar in the latest edition of Cool Faces of Bastet Noir.
BASTET NOIR: Who is Molly Graizzaro?
MG: I’m a marketing and communications professional for growing startups, and currently the Communications Manager for the incredible company Common. Although I work in Manhattan, I live in my favorite neighborhood Williamsburg, Brooklyn with my boyfriend. I love throwing dinner parties for my friends, drinking sake, reading the New Yorker, and talking about articles I read in the New Yorker.
BASTET NOIR: What’s a working day like in Molly Graizzaro’s life?
MG: Everyday is so different, but I make sure to make myself a quality breakfast every morning. It’s my favorite meal of the day, and there’s nothing quite like the smell of toast and bacon when you wake up. After that, I’m usually meeting editors for coffee, heading to the office for meetings, scarfing down lunch over a strategy call, and prepping for a media interview. I love ending the day with a Hill Farmstead beer in the backyard of my favorite bar Spuyten Duyvil.
BASTET NOIR: Best part about your job…
MG: Convincing someone to love a company that I love too. At Common, we’re reshaping the way people are living in cities. How cool is that.
BASTET NOIR: Worst part about your job…
MG: Watching as magazines fold before my eyes. RIP Interview.
BASTET NOIR: Name three things that inspire you daily and help boost your creativity
MG: First, Scrolling through Instagram on a daily basis is definitely part of my job, but it can sometimes drain both creativity and productivity. I find myself reignited and inspired when stumbling upon some of my favorite illustrators like Kristin Texeira, Eleonora Arosio, and Estee Preda in my feed. Not only are they talented artists but truly influential women I’ve gotten the chance to know. You need to follow them too!
Second, as corny as it may sound, there isn’t a day that goes by where I’m not inspired by the NYC skyline. If I’m out for dinner, sitting in a meeting, or going for a walk, I always seek it out like it’s hidden treasure. Whenever I’m unsure about a path I’ve taken, I find a good view and feel smacked in the face with the beauty of my city. And then I know I’m exactly where I need to be.
Last, a cookie. A cookie can change your whole day for the better. For me, it’s the Milk Bar corn cookie always.
BASTET NOIR: What fashion, art or PR book would you say has shaken your core beliefs?
MG: I am a huge 30 Rock fan, so I was super excited to read Tina Fey Bossypants in 2011 and laugh my pants off. What I got was so much more. Beyond the laughs was a story of staying true to yourself during your career, and taking pride in being a powerful woman in the workplace. Plus, it was the first book I ever read that made be believe not being the picture perfect success story is okay. Finding our own quirky path is great too.
BASTET NOIR: Favorite female empowerment speech
MG:The first thing that immediately comes to mind is Oprah’s speech at the 2018 Golden Globes. I remember watching it live and feeling so deeply moved that my heart hurt. The day after, Spotify added the audio version to their platform, so naturally I put it on every playlist I would listen to. Genius of them. More recently the New York Times story from Jessica Knoll entitled, “I Want to Be Rich and I’m Not Sorry,” opened my eyes in a new way. I want to be her.
BASTET NOIR: A female figure who has had a tremendous impact on your style
MG: My mom has had deep-rooted impact on my style and is definitely my icon. When I was a teen she let me be whoever I wanted to be. She was generous and kind and always made me feel like I looked beautiful — even in a Hollister printed t-shirt or skort. Over ten years later, I look to her for all of my inspiration. Thankfully for me, she’s kept so much of her clothes since she was my age. I raid her closet every time I visit her for vintage beaded purses, breezy culotte pants, chaotically printed jackets, and terrifyingly-wide belts. Now I look in the mirror and tell myself I’m becoming more and more like my mom everyday. And I love it.
BASTET NOIR: New York or Paris?
MG: New York. Always New York. Did I say New York?
BASTET NOIR: What’s in your Bastet Noir cart?
MG: I am in love with the Bastet Noir pieces I own. Recently, I wore a perfectly-tropical custom floral dress on a trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was slinky and soft, and after a long night of mojitos I almost convinced myself to sleep in it. Pinks of all shades have been my favorite color to wear for the past year. My satin shirt dress has the perfect rosey-shine for a night out in Brooklyn at The Ides. The Saturday Dress, however, is sitting in my cart just waiting for me to give in to temptation.
Molly is the type of woman whose appearance demands attention. She has that cunning charm and wits of an Italian woman. Perhaps it’s just her surname or her beautiful face features. Who knows really? I do know one thing though, she’s a force to be reckoned with and will surely one day take the PR world by storm, if she hasn’t already. So thank you Molly for being a part of our story. Your support means the world to us.
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