About us

Just Us Gals is a Boston lifestyle blog by gals for gals. The blog originated as an e-mail chain for our book club, where we found we were flooding each other's inboxes with information on new companies, recipes, sales, and our favorite content from around the web. We took our passion for sharing information and turned it into the current medium of JUGs. Just Us Gals offers insight on style, living, health, and careers for 20-something gals living in Boston. The blog serves as our genuine, light-hearted voice as we strive to lead compassionate, fulfilling lives.  Think you'd be a great fit for the team? Apply to be a contributor!

 
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CAMERON BRUNS
co-founder

Cameron is a freelance writer who is passionate about green living and the "conscious consumer" movement. Her goal is to promote ethical, healthy, and sustainable lifestyle choices.

She recently moved to Dublin, Ireland, and enjoys exploring the city and traveling to other parts of Europe as often as her budget and schedule will allow! 

Cameron enjoys reading, visiting art museums, sipping on local beers, and watching back episodes of 20/20. 

 

 

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LORIEN BALAYAN
SPONSORSHIP MANAGER

Lorien Balayan is a Client Services Manager with a background in content marketing. She has experience working with a wide range of clients from small retail stores to large cybersecurity firms.

Currently living in Arlington with her husband, Lorien moved to MA a few years ago from Rhode Island. She enjoys getting to know Boston through its restaurants and small businesses, and is always trying uncover the hidden gems. She loves to entertain and cook, most often attempting to bake various gluten free desserts. Her favorite way to relax and unwind is to indulge in bad crime shows (the cheesier, the better).

Lorien is excited to join this group of passionate ladies who are committed to having honest conversations and creating change.
 

COLLEEN GORDON
WRITER

Colleen is a Social Media Coordinator with a business background. She is currently working on her MBA. A member of Public Matters; a civic engagement program. She also volunteers her time to local non-profit organizations.

 Her passions are education, business, wellness and travel. When she is not working in higher ed, volunteering or blogging she is snuggled up with her Chihuahua, traveling, hanging out with friends, trying new restaurants and more. You can follow Colleen on Twitter @here_she_stands. All opinions expressed on JUGs are, personally, that of Colleen.



Heather Slugaski
WRITER

Heather is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who moved from New England to North Carolina in 2017. She works for a Managed Care Organization helping children with mental health needs and intellectual and developmental disabilities. She lives in Charlotte with her new husband and puppy, Huckleberry Finn.

 Heather recently completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. She works as a Brand Ambassador for Work for Your Beer, a brewery fitness company based in Charlotte.

Heather also spends time volunteering for the alumni council at Lafayette College, where she spent her time as an undergraduate. She is a member of the Junior League of Charlotte, and has been a part of the Junior League since 2014. She’s very excited to begin her PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development this fall.

 When she is not working or volunteering, you can find Heather reading a book, drinking coffee or a Moscow mule, or taking her dog to the park. She has enjoyed following the JUGs blog for years and is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to its content.

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SUZANNE LEWIS
co-founder

Suzanne is a freelance UI/UX designer that loves working with emerging entrepreneurs. She started her own technical dress line, ZANNI, that she designs and produce in downtown Los Angeles.

After discovering her first blog, Design*Sponge, years ago, Suzanne has been hooked on blogs and was so excited to finally have a blog to call her own when JUGs started in 2012. When not designing or blogging you can find Suzanne stealing her boyfriend's clothes, cruising around her new hood, Venice Beach, with her French Bulldog or window shopping on Abbot Kinney. All opinions expressed on JUGs are, personally, that of Suzanne. 

JENN WALKER WALL
author, #AskJUGs column

Jenn is a career strategist and founder of Work Wonders Coaching + Consulting. Additionally, she works at the Sloan School of Management at MIT and teaches sociology at Lesley University.

Having lived in Boston for over a decade, Jenn currently lives Dorchester with her husband, James. When she’s not working, she loves spending hours cooking and baking in her kitchen, jetting off to South Florida to get a break from the long Boston winters,  or taking classes at B-Tone. She never says no to sushi, coffee, cocktails, sci-fi movies or true crime podcasts!

Have a career question for Jenn? Just #AskJUGs!

 

 

Allie kovalik
writer

Allie Kovalik is an Events Manager working in International Higher Education with a focus on events supporting international recruitment and improving student access to University in the U.S.

Keeping in line with her passion for education, Allie also serves as the President of the Boston Chapter for the Jumpstart Young Professionals Board and spends time fundraising, hosting events and helping support Jumpstart. 

Allie hails from the White Mountains of New Hampshire, but has been calling Cambridge, MA home for several years now. Perhaps it's the ever growing restaurant scene, close proximity to both the airport and ski resorts, or the endless stream of live music gigs and dogs to pet, but Allie's love affair with Cambridge (and coffee) runs deep. 

Allie curates our JUGS JAMS Spotify Playlist, so be sure to tune in.

 

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MEREDITH TENNIHAN
co-founder

Meredith is a residential property manager for a local real estate developer.  Her longtime passion for design and architecture, mixed with an educational background in human services led her to wanting to help others find their future home and support Boston's ongoing expansion.  She also enjoys brokering deals for friends looking to buy a condo as a side hustle!

When the opportunity surfaced for a creative outlet outside of the office,  she jumped at the chance to write about a city she knows so well. When she isn't out exploring the city's newest developments, Meredith enjoys Sox games at Fenway and planning her next trip to fuel her wanderlust. All opinions expressed on JUGs are, personally, that of Meredith.
 

JULIA BLANCHARD
WRITER

Julia is a Program Manager at Amazon working on Alexa’s feature expansion. She’s worked at agencies, start-ups and now Amazon, working on Project/Program management for  creative/functional web development and product development. Julia has a passion for technology and innovation that makes people’s lives more seamless and helping them spend more time doing what they love.


She is originally from Hopkinton, MA but has been living in Cambridge for the past 9 years. When Julia isn’t working she is having torrid love affairs with any puppy she walks by, drinking too much caffeine and eating her way through the city being the foodie that she is. She also loves to travel, having been to 8 countries in the last year and half, with more booked. You can also find her at the gym or swimming a few miles at MIT to celebrate her enthusiasm for fitness, nutrition and healthy living.
 

 

Kali Roberge
PERSONAL FINANCE COLUMNIST

Kali Roberge is a personal finance writer who loves to show freelancers and entrepreneurs make the most of their money. An ATL native, Kali moved to Boston in 2015 and has never looked back.

She now lives in the city with her husband and their two cats, and when she's not running or lifting weights, she's looking for the best new places to grab a bite or sip a craft cocktail. Everything in moderation.

In addition to staying active and eating her way through Boston, Kali loves to travel, hike, read, and write, and find something new to work on or test out. She also writes about the intersection of money and mindfulness through her email series, LETTERS. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @kaliroberge