There’s no style quite like camp style! This week’s Camper of The Week is a true entrepreneur and fashionista who got her trendsetting start as a camper in Maine. Margo Siegel is the founder of Margo Siegel PR, a public relations company that specializes in fashion, fine jewelry, and accessories. Her client’s jewels and baubles have adorned the biggest names in Hollywood. Margo discovered the value of being in vogue at a young age, and has catapulted her sense of summer style right into the fashion industry. She’s right at home in the world of wardrobes, just don’t ask her to hop in a canoe!
Where did you go to camp?
I went to Tripp Lake Camp for 8 weeks for 8 summers.
What are you currently doing?
I started a PR firm 6 years ago, representing jewelry designers; www.margosiegelpr.com, or for more fun, you can look up some of the clients – www.danarebecca.com, www.melindamaria.com, www.efcollection.com and more!
How has camp influenced what you do/your career path?
Well, for starters, I learned all about fashion and trends from my camp friends. I was deprived of good shopping in Baltimore so I turned to my New York and California friends to show me what’s cool! I’ve been following trends ever since which definitely helped influence my career path. I also think that camp provides a huge network of people, and I work with so many girls I went to camp with every day. Some are editors, some are bloggers, some work at showrooms, so it has influences how I connect with people, too.
What are your top three essentials that you packed in your trunk?
My uniform, my Crazy Creek Chair (which I still bust out from time to time), a portable fan for my bed
What are three words to describe your camp experience?
Perfect, Memorable, Fun
Who was someone at camp that you looked up to?
I was a rebel and my dad always called to make sure I had the best bunk and the best counselors so I got lucky and had a lot of ex-campers for counselors. They were always way cooler than the rest and they were all super smart and together. I looked up to them.
Why do you think it is important to go to camp?
Camp is the best. Ever. For me, I went to an all girls camp, and I think it’s really important to be a girl’s girl and a good, loyal friend, and you discover that at camp. You can’t trust a girl who says they prefer to be friends with guys over girls!
What is your favorite/most epic camp memory?
I think just living it up every summer and especially the last summer when I followed few rules and just did what I want so I could really have the best summer in all my years. My favorite recent memory was the 100 year reunion – all my friends went back to camp to celebrate and it was just a great weekend .
How has camp affected your adult life? Is there something you learned there that you still do today?
Well, I know that I hate outdoor sports like canoeing and kayaking and rock climbing. I learned that because I was forced to do that at camp. And, I would hope if someone put me on a waterski I could still stand up… and I also hope I could get a bullseye in archery!
Words of wisdom for current and future campers?
What is your favorite camp tradition?
Cookie Line. Every day at 1130 we had a 20 minute break for cookies.
What was your favorite camp food?
Peanut Butter on White Bread.
What is your favorite camp cheer?
The happy birthday song was pretty awesome. Way longer than every other camp birthday song.
What did you prefer – pool or lake?
We only had a lake. I don’t prefer it. But it was pretty.
Favorite canteen candy?
Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
What was your favorite camp activity?
If you had to have something from camp tattooed on you, what would it be?
I am not into tattoos. If I was forced, I would get the logo. It’s very cute.
What is your favorite camp word/expression?
Chickie Boom Chickee Bummer
Favorite camp memento?
What were the biggest trends/must have items when you went to camp?
Saucony sneakers that fade from dark blue to light blue or orange to black – that was all I ever wanted and I still wear my blue ones with red laces from the summer of 2000 when I was on the blue and red team
Any firsts at camp?