Meet Cool Girl: Kate Glavan!
Kate’s currently a student at NYU, where she studies politics and law. When Kate’s not in class, she’s penning her own personal newsletter filled with news roundups, health + wellness, and even instagram accounts she’s digging, moving and grooving through the streets of New York as she hops from her job at Outdoor Voices to, of course, her work at the National Organization for Women.
Keep reading to get to know more about Kate ☟
Besides answering these questions, what are you up to at the moment?
I started my day buying groceries in Chinatown. I’ve been working on my weekly newsletter for my blog, and getting ready to go work at Outdoor Voices today.
How would you describe a typical day in your life?
There’s always some activity to get my body going. It could be an intense SoulCycle class, a peaceful,long run, or a short walk around New York. I find myself grocery shopping almost every day because it’s a bit of a mess to lug a week’s worth of groceries on my own by foot. I’m either in class, at my internship, or my retail job each day as well! I listen to probably 3-6 podcasts per day, watch YouTube videos, journal, and find some down time for myself.
You have some impeccable style. Have you always been into fashion?
Thank you! I don’t really know where my style originated from, but I can say that a lot of my influences I still go to are from the period at the end of middle school and beginning of high school. I started to watch a lot of amazing films, got interested in art, found amazing designers and brands that I still keep up with now.
What or whom would you say inspires your personal style?
Lots of female actresses from the 1960s, vintage catalogs, and of course, I take so much inspiration from cute grandmas.
Via your Instagram, you’re consistently posting amazing content ranging from yummy meals you’re cooking, to personal style, to rallies + protests you’re attending. Do you see Instagram as a platform you’ll still be using years from now?
Instagram has helped me to not only find my voice, but allow myself to fill up my life with only what keeps me inspired and humble. I really only follow accounts and people which inspire me. I don’t see any reason why I’d quit Instagram, as it is such a positive source of inspiration for me that I’ve met some of my best friends on as well!
One of my resolutions for the new year is to read more. Are you reading anything that you’d recommend?
Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés.
So you currently attend school in NYC. What do you think it is about the city that attracts so many people—including yourself?
I was drawn to it because I knew wherever my passions would drive me, I could do it in this city. It’s the liveliness, creativity, and pace that attracted me, which I think gives NYC its edge.
I’ve recently been talking to a lot of friends about the fear of failure. Have you ever experienced this, and if so, what have you done to take yourself outside of this mindset?
Oh my gosh I think about this nearly everyday. I’ve gotten beyond the first step of doing the damn thing, putting myself out there. I now get stuck in thoughts like “I am never going to make it to ‘x’ or even something closer than ‘x’.” And then it’s easy to cycle into deeper fears, while of course moving the goalposts for myself of what’s an adequate achievement. I am by nature a perfectionist, which I don’t want to completely get rid of because I don’t think that’s healthy. This drive is why I am the way I am, plus it does contribute to things like my work ethic, determination, passion, etc. But it’s finding a way to somehow get reconnected back to what makes you you during the times of question and hesitation.
You work at the National Organization for Women! Can you talk a little bit about that and how you found yourself there?
I started as a Women’s Rights Intern in September of 2018, working at the founding chapter of NOW here in New York City! I do a lot of social media work, research, legislative work, etc. It’s so great to work amongst such driven, informed women committed to change.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
One piece of advice that constantly motivates me is that if I don’t show up to work hard and try to change the world for the better, someone else will create the world I live in.
Who or what are you currently listening to?
When do you feel most you?
In a space where I can talk about big political issues I want to change in the world, in a vintage outfit that I love, and surrounded by people who appreciate me for all of the weird things I am.
QUICK! You have to leave in 10 minutes. What’s the outfit you’re throwing on that you know you’ll look and feel your best in?
Ahh!! Okay first of all, we’re going to imagine it’s fall because that’s my favorite time to get dressed. I’ll be starting with vintage my pink polka dot pants, and I probably would add a pair of mary jane flats or a pair of pink patent sandals from Maryam Nassir Zadeh. I always wear white, so the blouse is either going to be a white puffy sleeve top from Rachel Comey or a white tee. Coats are my absolute favorite item, and definitely most consumed, so either a oversized blazer or trench coat. Bags… I’ve got to go with a new quilted purse I found back home in Minnesota or one of my many beaded bags.
Are there any pieces you’re currently digging this season?
For any young individuals out there who want to get involved in politics but don’t necessarily know how, what advice would you give to them?
One way in which I’ve gotten so much more informed about politics is actually through Twitter and podcasts. My Twitter feed is solely of news outlets, journalists I’ve found over time, and writers. It’s a great source to learn more about how politics and journalists operate on a day-to-day basis, vs. reading random big news scoops every now and then. Podcasts are a great way to explore to find news outlets and commentators you like!
If there’s one thing you could tell your 16-year-old self, what would it be?
You have the reins of where you will go and what you can achieve. It doesn’t matter what everyone around you at school thinks of you, or if they don’t get you. As long as you know why you’re doing the things you love, keep following your passions.
THIS? or THAT!
Runway or Vintage? Vintage
Night in or Night Out? Night In
Black & White or Color? Color
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Matte or Glossy? Glossy
Silver or Gold? Gold
To love or Be loved? To love
Call or Text? Call
Book or Film? Film