📍 Charlotte, NC | Private banking
Why Profile Alaina?
I’ve gotten to know Alaina after recently reconnecting with her husband, Crawford, who was a friend from middle school. Alaina and Crawford met when they were both FX traders in London. Apparently “Industry” on HBO was not that far off, the high stress at least!
Alaina’s Self Description
A-type and fun. I'm a loyal friend, wife and mother (of a wild toddler). Lover of travel, New York pizza and keeping busy!
Written in her own words…
I struggle to wake up when it's dark and my iPhone alarm is jarring. This light gradually wakes me up naturally so I don't need an alarm anymore. Plus it looks chic on my bedside table - and I can carry it around our bedroom without waking up my husband.
Aka 'Chatty' to my husband and I — has quickly become a go-to for helping me rephrase emails, research my son's ailments, and almost anything else I usually ask Google for. It even helped me re-word some of my recommendations for this newsletter!
Finding little things, like enjoying vanilla creamer in my coffee each morning, that make me happy. I am trying to remember that 'self-care' does not mean I have to go to pilates every morning at 5:30am.
Currently watching Wednesday on Netflix. I love it.
If anyone finds themselves in my hometown of Manhasset, NY on Long Island, go to Gino's Pizzeria. Get 1 plain and 1 pepperoni slice. IT'S THE BEST.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
It's a special city and this festival is the perfect mix of it's culture, unbeatable food and, of course, good music. I'll be there again this April!
When I moved abroad in 2017, I started a Google doc listing every city I've traveled to, where I stayed, what I did and ate. It's hard to choose but Mallorca (Spain) will always hold a special place in my heart. Must-try lunch spots: Sa Foradada & Ca's Patro March. Bens D'Avall for dinner. Google them, the photos say it all!
Shuffle Suggested Photos
Customize your Iphone background to shuffle your suggested photos. This is one of my favorite things! I get the importance of reducing screen time, but at least now I get to see sweet, throwback photos of my son throughout the day!
Men’s Gift Guide
No travel guide this week. However, I did finish a draft of a Men’s Gift Guide. I took inspiration from many of the products and gifts recommended on Rambull. If you are interested in a copy (it is 25+ pages) and would be willing to give me feedback, let me know. I’ll send you the PDF.