About

Elysa // Genpink

Let’s first start with the girl behind this blog … my name is Elysa, I am Community Manager and Professional Geek Girl. I have a wide variety of interests ranging from wine to widgets. I surround myself with pretty things, my friends, artwork, and even my food is pretty (for the most part). I like to browse the web for new and interesting ideas.

I decided to start GenPink for a few reasons: The majority of the blogs I found written by women were “mommy blogs,” since I am not a mom I wanted something a little different. Also, I thought this would be a great venue to share all of my fun findings in one place.

GenPink is about being a twenty something woman. Letting others know how our generation is different than those before us. We are career women, single & married, girl friends, and individuals. There is a delicate balance in being an individual and being part of a support system for your friends, family and your environment. GenPink is about balancing family and work, technology, entertainment, and exploration of new ideas.

You can read randomness of me on my post ABCs of Me or these posts tagged elysa

friends
just a few of my fabulous friends

I got married to the most amazing guy in 2012. If you are planning a wedding I have a SERIOUS wedding Pinterest board. If you happen to be in Dallas area I’m happy to send you a list of our wedding vendors.

Rory and Elysa Ellis

Need to contact me? elysa AT genpink works. Or you can find me on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr (all the links are in the sidebar).

Since launching GenPink in 2007 there have been over 70 contributors! And this number continues to grow. If you’d like to submit a guest post or if you have a product or a brand that you think would be a good fit for the GenPink audience don’t hesitate to reach out.

Genpink was designed by XO Sarah Design. And the lovely Illustrated “Genpink girls” were drawn by my friend and creator of 300 Sunny Days.

72 Comments

  1. I love this! I just found your site. If I read one more mommy blog… I’m officially not responsible for my own actions. Thank you for your pioneering efforts and innovation! I will definitely keep on reading :)

  2. Karly says:

    Thank you thank you thank you! Too many girls feel the need to settle down straight out of college. I am nearly out of college and am looking to get my PhD the last thing on my mind is being a mommy. I am still learning how to be independadnt.

  3. Jessica says:

    GenPink is awesome!!! I don’t think this is a battle or site to point out the difference between those who choose to settle down and have a different perspective on life….rather, a celebration of the independance, creativity, and wealth of knowledge in today’s twentysomething women. So refreshing! You rock!

  4. Carmen says:

    I hope you don’t mind the “intrusion” of a 30-something! Although I’m 31, in my heart I am still a 20-something gal. :)

    I just happened upon your blog, and I wanted to say that I really love the idea. I just started blogging, and in my particular industry especially, I find that most bloggers are moms and it’s often hard for me to relate since I have no kids.

    I’ll definitely be back to GenPink to get some un-mommy blog time!!

  5. This is fantastic–I’m loving everything about your site.

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  7. dez says:

    I just stumbled upon your blog through 20 something bloggers on Ning and i think your blog so great.

  8. i really respect what you’ve written here, in your ‘about’ page, and the reasons/inspiration behind this blog.

    look forward to reading more…and thank you for being out there.

  9. elysa, come join us on twenty something female bloggers!! (20sfb: http://20somethingfemalebloggers.ning.com).

    i’m going to feature you as our first featured blogger!

  10. HeyStephanie says:

    Hi Elysa,

    I found your blog at the 20somethingfemalebloggers (20SFB) and decided to check it out. You’ve got a lot of great content here and I look forward to reading more of your future posts.

    Cheers,
    Stephanie
    http://heystephanie.com

  11. penelope says:

    Very cool! Also wanted to contribute that I’m the big 3-0, but still applaud your ideas in spite of my wizened and crotchety old age.
    I do have a um, “mommy blog” (I gag a little every time I hear the term), but I’ve tried to do something different with it: http://peneloccupation.blogspot.com.
    Also, you might like SmartiniBar: http://smartinibar.blogspot.com, another place where 20-something smart women (and me) gather. –pen

  12. Kristin says:

    Just came across your blog and it’s great! You sound a lot like me and durin this “20’s crisis” – which I like to just think of as figuring me & the world out.. it’s great to read stories from others!

  13. Lulu says:

    YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY A non mommy blog. That makes my day.

    Could I ask if you made your own template?

  14. Andy says:

    Yo GenPink…

    I have been checking out your blog (along with thousands of others) for a good while now; and I want you to know that your content is a beacon in a sea of mediocrity. In light of this, I think you’d dig this project, designed to help tastemakers like yourself build a bigger following.

    At the simplest level, it allows you to share and embed collections of products and videos across the web, making it possible to spread your discoveries further and wider than a blog alone. It also puts you in front of an audience numbering in the hundreds of thousands, all foaming at the mouth for the goods you share in each your posts.

    It’s nice and interactive too, with the classics like comments and a few originals that get you closer to your fans. Nas, Neyo, and the Cashmere Agency have joined us, though I’d like to support grassroots indie voices like your own.

    To show you how serious I am, I’ve taken a minute to throw together a playlist of my favorite posts of yours.

    http://www.redux.com/ir/b93f/playlist/genpink

    Check it out, hit me up with your questions, and looking forward to hearing what you think.

    Cheers,
    Andy

  15. Angel says:

    Hey Elysa!

    Just dropped by to introduce myself (again, I think) and give you lotsa kudos for this wonderful blog. Keep writing!

    http://thedemigoddess.blogspot.com
    @demigoddess25

  16. Cassandra says:

    Hi Elysa! Came across your blog through the 20-Something Bloggers network. Love it! I’ve already added it to my feeds.

    I frequently write about Gen Y issues on my personal blog and the blog of a Canadian career website for students and new grads, so I’m sure we have lots in common.

    I look forward to reading more of your thoughts in the future! Take care.

  17. Elle says:

    I am [gasp!] 31 AND a mommy, but I try hard not to be a mommy blogger. I’m loving this space and will be back often!

  18. Elle B. says:

    Hi Elysa! Wonderful blog. Thanks so much for sharing. I was in the same place as you in that I could rarely find good blogs for the 20-something , career driven, yet feminine woman. That’s when I started my own and it’s been a thrilling experience so far! Thanks again!

  19. Brad Ruggles says:

    Hey, just stopping by and checking out your site. Love it! Can’t wait to read more.

  20. Shawn says:

    Cool site! Looking forward to talking more with you.

  21. Hi Elysa,

    Your blog is beautiful (yes to crisp white space!) and your writing is great: I cannot stop reading.

    I noticed you have written a bit about being the daughter and niece of cancer survivors. I was diagnosed with cancer at 27. After treatment, I ditched my hospital gown, became a patient advocate for Gen X and Y’ers with cancer, and traveled from the Big Apple to the Bible Belt to record their juicy and taboo stories. The result is my new book, Everything Changes: The Insider’s Guide to Cancer in Your 20’s and 30’s.

    Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week is coming up April 5-11. I’d love to chat with you about guesting or being interviewed on your blog. There’s no sugar coating or pity parties with me. I’m all about educating other Gen Y’ers with practical tips and resources—on everything from cancer sex toys and body image to alternative medicine, work life, and health insurance woes—with a healthy dose of humor mixed in.

    I second your MLK dream of getting ride of cancer one day – especially for those of us young ones who’ve got so much living to do.

    Let me know if you want me to send you a copy of my book, and let’s chat!

    Best,
    Kairol

  22. Julie says:

    GREAT website! Love it :-)

  23. daria says:

    Yay, non-mommy bloggers unite! There are clearly enough of us out there, and we need to stick together. Or at least support each other through the quarter-life-crisisy times of our 20s. Or just listen to each other. Hooray!

  24. Pace says:

    Hi, Elysa! I think I found you through #sxsw on Twitter. *waves*

    Cheers to Gen Pink! (:

  25. amy says:

    great site! email me when you can-want to talk more about your social media strategy – maybe lunch?!

  26. Sarah says:

    Hey!

    Sydney Owen recommended your blog to me! I have added it to the iamgenerationy.com feed – let me know if ok with you!

    Will enjoy reading this a lot!

    Sarah

  27. Tiffany says:

    Hey Elysa!

    I know I randomly found you on Twitter awhile back, but this is the first time I’ve actually checked out your genpink.com site. Can you believe it!?

    Anyways, it’s great to see how much ambition and motivation a 26 year old female in the design community has. It’s motivating to read about since I’m a 27 year old female designer as well. I’m an absolute sponge. I’m constantly soaking up all the new technology, social media sites, and design trends. Right now I’m pushing all my energy into relocating to DFW. Hopefully one day when I make it you’ll see a Tweet about it! :) Of course, I’ll have to post a twitpic because I’ll be the happiest person.

    You have a wonderful site. One I’ll be frequenting more often. I would definitely enjoy picking your brain more about graphic design and the Dallas design community. :) Take Care – drop me a line sometime!

  28. Rose says:

    I’m so glad I made it here. I need to get my blog a rollin’!

  29. Rebecca says:

    Love your site! Glad to see there are other blogs devoted to 20-something women on the web!

  30. Elysa, great meeting you tonight at the 4/20 DFW Social Media Marketing meetup. #dfwsm. I look forward to your blog posts and other interactions.

    @mikedmerrill
    Mike D. Merrill

  31. MaryAnn says:

    Love your story and your blog. Please visit whatsinurbox.com I saw you like to drink wine we’ll here’s one for you. One night my friend and I were polishing off a bottle or 2 of wine and my cell kept buzzing. She looked at me and said “whats in ur box?” We laughed hard and the next thing we know we have a texting apparel company – it’s fun. Would love to see you in our T.

  32. J Henderson says:

    Hi…I just wanted to say that I stumbled across your website through twitter, I am a novice Web Designer/Graphic Artist and i attend the Art Institute of Dallas. I am about to begin training my mind and soul for the arts!! I love the arts yet each and every day something wonderful and unique happens, I just want to find the right tools to portray my thoughts in color, depth and in innovative ways!! I have a long ways to go but i have the fire and the desire to do what it takes to get there, I love your site and would love to get feedback once i truly start to blog!! I hope to develop a community with you through blogging and social networking please if you know of any events in the area drop me a line!!

  33. Trainerpack says:

    I am 27 and can totally relate!
    I enjoy your blog.

  34. Gigi says:

    This is such a great idea!!! I am a twenty something girl that is totally not ready to be in the mommy blog network, but I’m excited to find my own kind!
    Check out my twentysomething blog! gigianne.wordpress.com

  35. Beeba says:

    hey! discovered ur blog via Small Hands Big Ideas. Love ur blog!

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  37. Sarah Martin says:

    I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog! You have all kinds of great information. I am in the process of writing a book for girls in their Twenties and I would love to interview you for research. Would you be interested? If so, I will leave my email address in the login for this comment. Would love to get your thoughts and I will continue to dig into your blog. Thanks for your time!

    Sincerely,
    Sarah Martin
    http://www.sheseeks.org
    http://www.liveitoutblog.com

  38. Sarah Martin says:

    I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog! You have all kinds of great information. I am in the process of writing a book for girls in their Twenties and I would love to interview you for research. Would you be interested? If so, I will leave my email address in the login for this comment. Would love to get your thoughts and I will continue to dig into your blog. Thanks for your time!

    Sincerely,
    Sarah Martin
    http://www.sheseeks.org
    http://www.liveitoutblog.com

  39. Thanh says:

    Hey Elysa, I was noticing your numerous topics that you've posted on. For your next career piece for the 20-something gal, please link to a great post I've written: http://www.biggirldomain.com/archives/444
    about dealing with the 20-something syndrome of I don't know what I want!

    I've gone through the many trials and tribulations in answering that question that every 20-something girl goes through: what do I want. And you?

    Thanks in advance!

    -Thanh

  40. Wow…You and all of your friends is beautiful.

  41. celesteandshannon says:

    Hi Elysa,
    We are big fans of your site and became avid readers while doing research and writing our book Last One Down the Aisle Wins. Like you, we're big proponents of living your twenties to the fullest. We are interested in partnering with you in some capacity. You can email us privately at connect@lastonedowntheaislewins.com

  42. danielle says:

    Hi Elysa,
    I love your blog! It's great to see such a “fresh” voice on the web.
    Sincerely,
    Danielle
    http://www.telldanielle.com

  43. Grace Cheung says:

    Hi Elysa,

    Thanks for your blog! Yes, what is up with all the mommy blogs out there? They are so annoying. Maybe it's because we're young, we're not married yet (or maybe some of us are), and we are career-driven women. And cannot relate to blogs about moms that are obsessed with their kids.

    Thanks,

    Grace

  44. Pierre Khawand says:

    Hi Elysa, thanks for the retweet about the E-mail and Social Media survey! I would like to send you a copy of my book. Which address should I send it to? my e-mail pierre@people-onthego.com
    Cheers,
    – Pierre

  45. Laura says:

    Hi Elysa,

    I just came across your website–it's fun, informative, and great-looking. I noticed your goodreads bookshelf and can't help telling you about a book that you would probably like. It's called GLIMMER by Warren Berger, subtitle “How Design Can Transform Your Life, Your Business, and Maybe Even the World.” I know the book well, because my husband wrote it! Since you're someone who likes quotes, you'll be happy to hear that it's filled with great quotes from more than 150 innovation gurus and designers. In case you're curious check out the website for the book: http://GlimmerSite.com. I think you'll find it inspirational.

  46. Hi Elysa,

    Stumbled upon your site & wanted to say, 'hi'! It's refreshing to find a non-mommy blog out there with fresh ideas & fun content. Just added you to the ol' google reader. Look forward to your stuff!

  47. Bonnie says:

    Hi Elysa,

    I came across your blog, and I just had to tell you that as a twenty-something who just graduated from college and began her career, I find your posts to be very interesting and insightful. I really enjoyed reading your post about 25 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Every Sunday, especially the questions you added! I printed out the list and plan to add it to my Sunday routine.

    Reading your blog also sparked an idea in my head for an interesting guest post topic. I would love to run by you, if you would be open to that. Would you please let me know the correct person to contact about this? Thank you!

  48. elysa says:

    nice to meet ya Bonnie. feel free to send me an email with your guest post idea info at genpink

  49. benjaminmccall says:

    What will you call this when you are a 30 something woman? :)

  50. elysa says:

    the original idea behind GenPink was to stand for Gen Y Women so even when I'm 30 something (pretty soon) I'll still be Gen Y so I'll just change my tagline it'll always be genpink though and I imagine I'll still have guest authors in 20s.

  51. benjaminmccall says:

    Hey things change as we grow. Titles alter so it is cool you are

    thinking about that! Have a great week

    http:ReThinkHR.org

    http://twitter.com/BenjaminMcCall

  52. Anonymous says:

    weird – i found myself bombarded by mommy blogs myself. I also write a blog for women – well anyone really. Especially as it pertains to hookup culture, self-esteem, etc.

    Hear hear for something different, eh?

  53. Lesli says:

    I found you via Janet at Slice of Pink. I am so not a fan of mommy blogs. Too many of them. And…I am not a mommy! Except to my Pug!

  54. elysa says:

    welcome! any friend of Janet’s is a friend of mine.

  55. Pjspur says:

    I love your blog, Elysa! I’ve known your Mom for about a year and she is awesome, too!

    PJ Spur

  56. Finding this site completed my year, thank you! Please approve my request for membership for 20 Something Bloggers xx

  57. Nick Barron says:

    I’m so happy I found your blog! I’ve now subscribed. If you’d ever want to submit a guest post for my blog, theYmightier.com, I’d love to publish it. You can do so on this page – http://bit.ly/he5frN.

  58. Jlparker1936 says:

    LOVE your website!!

  59. Hi Elysa,

    Love your site. Just want to let you know about a new study that Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation is conducting on Gen Y women in the workplace. We’re exploring Gen Y women’s unique workplace challenges and opportunities for the purpose of developing tools that help employers better recruit, support and retain Gen Y women. If you have 15 minutes, we’d love to hear your perspective. Our national survey will remain open until May 31st – http://bit.ly/j784lo.

  60. Hi!  Just found your blog!  I agree…there need to be more gen y blogs written by women.  I find TONS of parenting/mommy blogs.  I can’t wait to follow! :)

  61. elysa says:

    Thanks Amber! I subscribe to yours already, assuming you found me from me tweeting about you. Circle of the social life. :D

  62. DrRamblings says:

    You have built a Pink Empire!

  63. Keri says:

    I’m in my early 30’s and I still find your site refreshing because even though I am a mom and married, I am also a woman…everything I say and do doesn’t have to be about the kids or my hubby. On your site I can just be me…a woman…who likes pink & pretty things! :)

    Thanks 4 this! :)

  64. Yessenia Segovia says:

    What is a 20 something??

  65. elysa says:

    someone in their 20s.

  66. Lynne Reed says:

    Hello There,

    My name is Lynn
    and I’m a Professional Blogger. I have more than 3+ yrs of experience writing
    for the web and have covered plenty of interesting topics.

    I came across
    your blog and was wondering if you would be interested in allowing me to write
    relevant & useful topics on your blog at no cost.

     At this point of my writing career, I simply
    want to get more visibility for my writing and I will write for free as long as
    you are fine with me adding a small author bio section following the blog post
    about myself.

    Please let me
    know if you are interested and if you’d like for me to submit a sample blog
    post for your approval.

    Thanks a bunch,

    Lynn
     

  67. Shanondoah Nicholson says:

    Love the look of your site, its truly beautiful!

  68. elysa says:

    Thanks. The newest design was done by http://xosarah.com/

  69. Hi, google lead me here, keep up great work.

  70. Hey, glad that i found on this in google. Thanks!

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