24 January, 2019
Lifestyle, What's On HK

Meet The Team: Behind The Scenes at Sassy Hong Kong

24 January, 2019

Want to get to know Team Sassy a little better?

We’re lucky to work in a place that encourages individuality, productivity and incessant snacking, but the icing on the red velvet cupcake has always been the team. They say people make a place and that couldn’t be more true at Sassy Media Group. From our most embarrassing moments to handbag essentials, favourite meals, travel dreams and goal setting for 2019, the girls in the office are letting you know a little more about themselves…


Role:
 Sassy Media Group Founder

Your go-to outfit?
My go-to look is neutral in colour and something that is solid. I can count on one hand the things I own that have a pattern. I am a big fan of a monochrome look as I think it looks instantly put together without much thought, and at the moment I am all about high-waisted jeans.

3 people you’d have at a dinner party?
Having them all at one dinner party may be too much fun, but I would love to invite Jimmy Fallon, James Corden and Tina Fey (who has Philadelphia roots which is my hometown city in the US!). Actually, it would probably be an invite for Gin and Tonics and a cheese platter. I love entertaining but I have anxiety over having dinner parties since I don’t cook, so tend to do cocktails and appetisers at my place instead.

What would your last meal be?
Hands down, my last meal would be a Thanksgiving dinner. There are so many emotional feelings tied into this meal for me especially now that I live so far away from friends and family in the US. While the turkey is usually the star on the plate, for me it’s all about the sides. My wish for any last meal would be a double serving of mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy!

Role: Managing Director

Your dream destination?
Just send me into the hills! Anywhere with a view, a valley and a very hot shower at the end of a day’s hiking, and I’m in my happy place. Dream destination right now is Patagonia!

What essentials would we find in your handbag?
Travel toothbrush kit, lip gloss and tissues. Always have a good smile, and always be able to offer someone a tissue – you never know when these things will make all the difference to the way you or another person feels!

Advice to your younger self?
Life is short, don’t waste your mental space worrying about what other people think. Use it to encourage and inspire the people around you and what they think will take care of itself! And always, always have an epic adventure planned!


Role: Managing Editor (Sassy and Sassy Mama Hong Kong)
Specialises in: Lifestyle, Beauty, Weddings

A hidden talent?
My am-dram background. I used to tap dance in stage musicals and once won an AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) award for Best Comedienne.

What essentials would we find in your handbag?
1. An EOS lip balm – my sister is to blame for my addiction to this brand. I think I have owned every flavour at some point, but my current favourite is coconut milk.
2. A Denman D14 Hairbrush – it’s the perfect size for handbags, looks stylish, lasts forever, and the best part is they are made in my hometown of Bangor, Northern Ireland.
3. Sunglasses! – because you just never know when the Hong Kong sun will choose to turn on its charm!

Where would we find you on a Saturday night?
Saturday nights in usually include some fish and chips from Hooked, while Saturday nights out (more often than not!) involve several pornstar martinis in Varga Lounge.

Role: Editor
Specialises in: Eat & Drink, What’s On, Home, Style

Your most embarrassing moment?
There are almost too many to count, but one that always sticks out in my mind is from my Year 6 end of year prize giving. After being sat on the floor for what felt like hours of speeches and prizes being handed out, it was my turn to go and collect my awards (Art and History for me 💁🏼), but when I tried to stand up I found that pins and needles had set in and my whole leg had gone numb… I tried to walk but my left leg merely dragged along the floor, and (being aged 11) I started to cry. Long story short, I had to be helped out of the room and then got a special announcement at the end of the ceremony so I could collect my awards. It’s about 16 years later and the first tingles of pins and needles still terrify me.

What’s one new thing you’re trying this year?
In 2019, I am definitely making a conscious effort to eat fewer animal products. Although I don’t think I could ever go fully vegan (or even veggie!), during the work week, I’m trying to limit my intake of meat and dairy. This has also meant I’ve had to get much more organised and bring in lunch every day to work – saving on money and plastic consumption (win!). I’ve found using Ottolenghi’s latest cookbook, Simple great for veggie recipe ideas. Buy it and make the Whole Roasted Cauliflower – you won’t regret it.

What would your last meal be?
Despite the above, my last meal will always be steak. Preferably served with chips and followed by something with chocolate.

Role: Editor
Specialises in: Travel, Influencers, Health & Wellness

What’s one new thing you’re trying this year?
I had set goals/intentions for each month last year and loved the challenge, but this year I’ve already (embarrassingly) failed meeting my “yoga three times a week” aim. This year, instead of stressing over not keeping up with my to-do list, I’m trying to be more patient with myself. They say listening to what your body and mind needs is the most important thing, right? Easier said than done? Yup.

What essentials would we find in your handbag?
Other than my phone, purse, water bottle and some sort of sugary snack…
1. A trusted tube of Lucas’ Papaw ­– it’s carried me through mozzie bites, chapped lips and fajita-pan burns.
2. Noise-cancelling headphones – saving MTR rides, co-working spaces and long-haul flights since 1989.
3. A travel pouch – holding everything from a spare pair of earrings to plasters, a safety pin, alcohol wipes, and travel SIM cards.

Advice to your younger self?
I read somewhere that “by taking care of yourself, you take care of others, and by taking care of others, you take care of yourself.” It’s never held more truth to me.


Role: Editorial Assistant (Sassy and Sassy Mama Hong Kong)

Your go-to outfit?
High-waisted denim, all white Stan Smiths (I’ve got two pairs), and a jacket because I am always cold.

What essentials would we find in your handbag?
1. That little cloth you use to clean glasses because I’m 21 and still haven’t switched to contacts.
2. Headphones, I don’t have several “songs to listen to on the mtr” playlists (varying by mood, thanks) for nothing.
3. One of those tiny umbrellas, it’s the ultimate 852 fix. Raining? Umbrella! Blinding sun? Umbrella! Spotted someone from high school in public? Umbrella!!

Most listened to song?
Last year, probably Aayat by Bengali Bae Arijit Singh. Also, Holy by King Princess.


Role: Partnerships Manager
Specialises in: Travel, What’s On, Health & Fitness, Lifestyle, Weddings, Home

A hidden talent?
I know almost every single lyric from Broadway musical Hamilton, including Lafayette’s incredibly difficult rap. So you could say that I can spit a verse…

What essentials would we find in your handbag?
1. A powerful red lipstick, my current favourite is 714 by Urban Decay
2. My headphones, I don’t go anywhere without listening to music or a podcast
3. Kleenex, because you should always, always have a tissue on you.

Most listened to song?
2018’s unofficial theme song: thank u, next by Ariana Grande, of course.

Role: Partnerships Manager
Specialises in: Eat & Drink, Style, Beauty

Your go-to outfit?
A black jumpsuit with statement shoes and jewellery. I have an awesome vintage one that works for every occasion! It can be dressed up with heels, worn with trainers or flats in the day, and a black jumpsuit is perfect for throwing on if you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to think about putting an outfit together.

What would your last meal be?
My mum’s homemade lasagne, it takes ages to make but I’m sure she (secretly) enjoys making it for me every time I go back home. It’s a recipe she got from my great auntie and it makes us think of her every time we’re sat around the table together enjoying it.

Advice to your younger self?
Worry less, believe in yourself and live each moment to the full. Remember everything as you know it can change in an instant!

Role: Partnerships Manager
Specialises in: 
Finance, Medical

Where would we find you on a Saturday night?
At one of the hottest restaurants in town sipping on a refreshing cocktail and exploring a new dish!

What’s one new thing you’re trying this year? 
Incorporating a sport into my workout routine and trying my hand at tennis! Wish me luck 😉

Advice to your younger self? 
Don’t fret the small stuff, if something is bothering you, just say it and then stop ruminating about it. Life is too short, treasure and be present for each moment

Role: Marketing Manager

What essentials would we find in your handbag?
Besides my phone…
1. My KeepCup, I’m trying so hard to cut down on my waste in 2019 so have made a ‘no KeepCup, no takeaway coffee’ rule for myself
2. Burts Bees Beeswax Lip Balm… because I’m a hopeless addict and I hate forgetting it.
3. A book (or three!) because you never know when you might have a few minutes spare to make a dent in your TBR list!

Your dream destination? 
The hardest question to answer as there are SO many places I want to visit in the next few years! I am a huge wildlife lover though, so I’m going to have to say Costa Rica to spend a few months volunteering at a sloth rehabilitation centre, or Borneo to work at the orangutan sanctuary.

Advice you’d give to your younger self?
This is actually advice I need to give to my younger and my present self. Just have a go at things. I spend a lot of time worrying about how things might go wrong, and talk myself out of things before I even try them. I’m learning that the best things happen when I’m completely and utterly out of my comfort zone, so I need to keep reminding myself to get out of it more often!


Role: Art Director

A movie you could watch on repeat?
One of my favourite movies is ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ about a group of housemate vampires. I love kiwi directors Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), Taika Waititi’s oddball sense of humour and am super excited for the upcoming TV series based on the show.

Advice to your younger self?
Do the yoga. That tech neck soon catches up with you.

Your dream destination?
I really want to go to New Zealand. My dream trip would be driving around in a campervan (or being driven as I’m rubbish at driving), enjoying the epic nature and getting geeky on the sets of Lord of the Rings.

Role: Administrative Assistant

What would your last meal be?
Homemade noodles by my mum! I can never eat enough of it – it tastes like home. Just the thought of it makes me feel like I’m surrounded by love from my family.

What essentials would we find in your handbag?
1. Tissue – I can’t go anywhere without them, you never know when you’ll need one urgently.
2. Headphones – I watch K-dramas almost every day on the MTR so headphones are definitely necessary for me.
3. A pen and my notebook – I prefer writing things down in a notebook over putting it on my phone, as when I look back at it later, it brings back way more memories.

Most listened to song?
It’s got to be Seasons of Love from the musical Rent. An old song, but quite new to me!

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