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Buddy Editions is Hiring Interns!


I’m looking to bring on two sharp, enthusiastic interns to help me with Buddy Editions this spring and I wanted to first post the opportunities here on the The Neo-Trad. The interns will work closely with me as I expand the online art start-up. It would be a great opportunity for an Art History, Graphic Design, or Journalism major that is eager to learn more about the art business, social media, and e-commerce. If you know someone that may be interested I hope you’ll pass it along. Thanks for your support!



Compensation: School credit (though you do not have to be a student to apply)

Location: Anywhere! Work can be done virtually, but it would be an added bonus if you’re in Chicago, IL
Hours: Flexible (10-15 hours/week)

Responsibilities: You’ll be working with Katie to create handsome layouts for Buddy blog posts, product, emails and more.
Qualifications: Applicants must be proficient in Photoshop (preference will be given if you know InDesign and Illustrator).
How to Apply: E-mail with the subject line “SPRING GRAPHICS INTERN.”
Application should include:
– Your resume (as a PDF attachment)
– Your cover letter (in the body of the email) explaining why you want to work with Buddy Editions
– A link to your online portfolio. Please do not attach samples of your work.

Application Deadline: ASAP! Looking to fill immediately.
Duration: ASAP – June 15, 2015 (dates negotiable)



Compensation: School credit (though you do not have to be a student to apply)
Location: Chicago, IL. Virtual interns will be considered but preference will be given to those in the Chicago area.
Hours: 1-2 days a week in our Chicago office for 6 hours each day with additional work from home (about 30 minutes a day from home).
- Help to brainstorm, create, and manage Buddy blog content
– Assist with social media marketing

- Assist with our email newsletter
- Assist during photo shoots
- Great writing skills with a strong command of the English language.
- A love of art and a keen interest in the art world.
- English, Art History, Communications, or Journalism majors are preferred
- Able to come into our Chicago office 1-2 days a week (typically 10am-4pm)
- Must provide your own laptop
How to Apply: E-mail with the subject line “SPRING CONTENT INTERN.”
Email application should include:
- Your resume (attached as a PDF)
- Your cover letter (in the body of the email) explaining why you want to work with Buddy Editions

- A link to your online portfolio, blog, or any relevant social media accounts
Deadline: ASAP! Looking to fill immediately.
Duration: ASAP – June 15, 2015 (dates negotiable)


IMAGE: Spanish abstract painter Natalia Roman for Buddy Editions.

The Ultimate Chicago List – In Progress!


Sometimes you live in an incredible city but are so caught up in the daily grind that you forget to take advantage of all it offers. I’ve certainly been guilty of this and am determined not to let it happen in Chicago. To make the most of my first year in the Midwest I’ve begun a list of things I’d like to experience in 2015. I ran the list by a couple of local girlfriends and they added their two cents. Now I’m turning to you, dear readers, what are we missing…? Who makes the best pizza? Where do I get one of these ketchup-less hot dogs? Who throws a great dance party? Best spa for recuperating from said dance party? I can’t wait to print the final list and post it on my fridge (nerd alert). Life is short–time to explore.

1. Take an architectural boat tour
2. Attend a lecture at the Art Institute of Chicago
3. Visit the sea otters at Shedd Aquarium
4. Say hi to Sue the T-Rex at the Field Museum
5. Attend a talk at the Museum of Contemporary Art
6. Visit the National Museum of Mexican Art
7. Visit an exhibition at the Arts Club of Chicago
8. Tour the solar system at the Adler Planetarium
9. Visit the Lincoln Park Conservatory
10. Visit the Garfield Park Conservatory
11. Greet the giraffes at the Lincoln Park Zoo
12. Dine at Girl & the Goat
13. Dine at Longman & Eagle
14. Margaritas and tacos at Big Star
15. Sip a ‘Go Go Bordello’ at The Violet Hour
16. Cheer for the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field
17. Cheer for the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field
18. Cheer for the Blackhawks at the United Center
19. Cheer for the Chicago Bulls at the United Center
20. See a performance by the Joffrey Ballet
21. See a concert by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
22. See a performance by the Lyric Opera of Chicago
23. Have a summer concert picnic at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion
24. Drinks and jazz at The Green Mill
25. Drinks and blues at Kingston Mines
26. Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio
27. Tour the Robie House
29. Go on a Saturday galleries tour in River North
30. Drinks at the Signature Room in the Hancock Tower
31. Visit the Skydeck in the Willis (Sears) Tower
32. Go antiquing at the Randolph Street Market
33. Get a tan on a Lake Michigan beach
34. Ride bikes along the lakeshore
35. Visit the Chicago Botanic Garden

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Moving to Chicago!


I’ve been dying to tell you all the news, Alfred and I are moving to Chicago on March 15th! We signed a lease on a little studio in the Gold Coast and are over the moon excited. I fell in love with the Windy City during several visits last year (the architecture, the pizza, the people!) and know we’ll be so happy there. When I left New York for California last fall I thought it would be temporary (I was heartbroken and launching the new business and well, sometimes you just need to read some Oprah and have a good cry to your mom…), but I’ve since decided that though I miss New York dearly, I’m ready for a new city and new adventure.

My grandparents met as students at the University of Chicago in the 1930s and often recounted fond memories of the Midwest. I’ve already begun pinning away decorating inspiration for my new digs and making a list of future adventures (touring Frank Lloyd Wright’s studio, my first Cubs game, my 29th birthday dinner at Girl & the Goat…). There’s so much I want to see and do, I apologize for my inevitably overzealous instagram feed in advance.

If you’re a Chicagoan or have any tips I hope you’ll say hello. I’m eager to meet my Midwestern readers and learn more about my new city. Thank you as always for your excitement, kindness, and support. Here’s to making brave decisions in 2015! xx Katie

(photo: Chicago 7:28 a.m. by Juergen Buergin)


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Insta-Crush: @heynataliejean









There are few instagram feeds that make me smile more than that of Natalie Holbrook. We were on a social media panel together a couple years back and I instantly took a liking to Natalie’s refreshingly candid approach to blogging and well, life. She’s got killer style, a heart of gold, and a rare genuineness that instantly endears you to her. Natalie’s irresistible instagram feed is full of her NYC adventures with her handsome ginger husband and their cute as pie son, Henry (known as “Huck”). Photos of Huck at the Met Museum and strolling the streets of Brooklyn never fail to warm my heart — what a special experience to raise a child in New York City. You can bet Alfred and I are inviting Natalie and Huck for a play date when we’re next in town! In the meantime, we’ll be following their escapades on Natalie’s charming instagram feed here.


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