My Podcast Addiction Pt. II

It’s been a while since my last podcast post so I thought I’d share a few that I’ve been listening to lately. The content that I’m interested in changes with the different seasons of life.  Right now, I’ve been listening to podcasts that are either business-oriented, branding-focused shows or those that tell a unique story. It’s very similar to the way I read books. I’m always reading at least 3 types of books: non-fiction, light/fun fiction, and business depending on my mood. This diversity is helpful when you’re working through a challenging project, trying to develop a more balanced perspective, or just simply need a mental vacation!

  1. The #AskGaryVee Show – If you’re not familiar with Gary Vaynerchuck, he is an expert and successful entrepreneur in the world Social Media Marketing. He is the CEO of Vayner Media and speaks at a variety of events around the world. Gary packs a lot of ego, but makes some excellent points. His is quick and to the point. Listening to his show is one of my favorite ways to kick off the Monday morning commute.
  2. The Art of Charm – While I’ve only listened to a few of their episodes, I’ve loved the variety of speakers they bring on board. What makes their show unique is the raw nature of the conversation and unfiltered advice.
  3. Bodega Boys – Speaking of unfiltered, I feel like I should add a word of caution about the Bodega Boys. It’s best to listen to this one when you’re not around any sensitive ears. That being said, Desus Nice and The Kid Mero are absolutely hilarious! They aren’t talking about much of anything, but just laughing about current events with a true bodega, cornerstone vibe. Their perspective and humor is raw, but reminds me so much of the way my brother and I crack jokes with each other.
  4. This American Life – If you’re new to the podcast world, you definitely want to start here. This American Life captures the true essence of powerful storytelling. Each show has a different theme, usually unexpected. Listening to the show is like getting lost in a great fiction book with a surprise ending.

P.s. I’d be remiss if I didn’t share that my fiancee was just featured on 2 incredible episodes the Blogs of War podcast, a natural security show. Check them out here and here

Cheers to a great week!

My Podcast Addiction

When I made the move to live in San Francisco full-time last Fall, I knew I wanted to remain working in our Silicon Valley office. Hey, who can blame me for wanting the best of both worlds?! 🙂 With that decision came a commitment to a near daily 1 hour commute…on a good day. While this may seem crazy to some, I’ve found ways to make the ride enjoyable. When I’m not catching up with my mom on pressing world affairs, like Vicki and Shannon’s fight on the Real Housewives of Orange County reunion, I’m listening to a slew of podcasts. The podcasts have been so fascinating that now I actually look forward to the commute and feel 100x more prepared to take on the workday. Here are a few I can’t get enough:

  1. The Lively Show – Need to get inspired to live your most creative, fulfilling life? This show is all about that. There are 2 episodes in particular that I’ve listened to countless times: The Elizabeth Gilbert interview on her new book, Big Magic (more on this book later), and The Myleik Teele interview on Radical Authenticity. Both are “Must Listen” episodes and very inspiring!

  2. Myleik Teele – Speaking of Myleik, she also has her very own podcast and it is ON POINT! This is my go-to for quick bursts of high impact motivation to stay on your grind and get organized/focused about your goals. Plus, listening to Myleik speak reminds you of being in conversation with a friend.

  3. TED Radio Hour – This is an obvious choice if you’re a lover of TED talks, like me. The episodes usually covers 1 topic from 2-3 different speakers’ points of view. Topics range from subjects like leadership to creativity to health, and everything in between. One of my favorites is Disruptive Leadership.

  4. Dear Sugar – This podcast is very raw and very real! It is an advice column that deals with all of the very personal things that are rarely discussed. Nothing is off limits! Cheryl Strayed (writer of Wild among many other things) is one of the narrators if that gives you any insight into how good this is!

  5. HBR Ideacast – This is one that I’ve recently started to listen to. It combines the witty intellect that HBR represents with the innovative, entrepreneurial spirit present in Silicon Valley. Not to glorify the concept of the entrepreneur, which can be over-hyped IMHO, but it does get the gears turning. I like that it shows you how you can apply an entrepreneurial mindset to the current work you’re doing, even if it’s at a large corporation, which is something that is useful for so many!

So, these are my favorite podcasts of the moment, but I’ll be back with more. Bookmark ’em, or check them out on the Fireside or Podcast app next time you’re at gym, cooking, winding down, or battling the rush hour commute! If you’re a podcast lover as well, I’d love to hear what you’re listening to right now. Please share below!

Upgrading

Fall, Fringe, Shawl, Belted, white layering dress, BCBG dress, Over the knee boots, Karen Walker sunglasses, Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM, Louis Vuitton bag, Kate Spade cuff, J.Crew bracelet, Movado watch, Maiden lane, Nikon Coolpix L820, Sony a6000 camera, sony camera
BCBG Dress (old but similar here and here and under $40)// Shawl (Ambiance SF – similar here)// Belt (pulled off of a Forever 21 dress)// Boots// Sunglasses// Cuff// Bracelet// Watch// Louis Vuitton Bag

Hello, hello! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve shared an update. As always, there’s been lots going on. Perhaps the most exciting/interesting news is that I’ve finally invested in a new camera! This is a long time coming as I’ve been shooting with a Nikon Coolpix L820 since almost the beginning of this blog. If you’re just looking to get your feet wet into photography, this is a fantastic camera for that at a great price. I’m a big believer in spending a little less until you’re confident you want to develop a skill in that area (side note: this is why I’ve spent next to nothing on kitchenware and cleaning tools!)

Over the past few years of working on the blog, I’ve started to really enjoy the photography aspect. It’s fascinating to me that one creative outlet can inspire another. This is why I always say to just get started on a project and the details will reveal themselves as you move through it. While both my blogging and photography skills are still at early stages, it has been so fun to learn more about both fields and try new things.
Fall, Fringe, Shawl, Belted, white layering dress, BCBG dress, Over the knee boots, Karen Walker sunglasses, Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM, Louis Vuitton bag, Kate Spade cuff, J.Crew bracelet, Movado watch, Maiden lane, Nikon Coolpix L820, Sony a6000 camera, sony camera

Fall, Fringe, Shawl, Belted, white layering dress, BCBG dress, Over the knee boots, Karen Walker sunglasses, Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM, Louis Vuitton bag, Kate Spade cuff, J.Crew bracelet, Movado watch, Maiden lane, Nikon Coolpix L820, Sony a6000 camera, sony camera

After lots of research, I finally landed on the Sony Alpha a6000  camera. It is still on the beginner end of the DSLR cameras, but it’s definitely an upgrade for me! It takes lightning fast, incredibly clear photos and automatically adjusts to capture the most important details. We played around with it this week taking a few photos in the always idyllic Maiden Lane, as well as making our way to a rooftop Blue Angels watch party. I’m excited to share a few of the photos here today with many more on the way.
Coit Tower, San Francisco, North Beach, Russian Hill, Fleet Week, Blue Angels, Fall in San Francisco, San Francisco, rooftop
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Until next time! And, I promise I’ll be back much sooner 🙂

The Beauty Expo

This past Saturday I had the exciting opportunity to participate in The 2013 Beauty Expo & Fashion Blogger Walk-Off competition presented by the San Francisco Fashion and Merchants Alliance Inc. (SFFAMA) and Pigment Cosmetics.

Hosted by FashionTechPR, The Beauty Expo was held in Pigment Cosmetics’ ultra-modern store in the Financial District of San Francisco. At this annual event, six hair & makeup teams compete against one another with their models to see who can come up with the most creative, avant-garde look within approximately 1-1/2 hours. Guests included everyone from local fashion designers, retailers, beauty professionals, tech executives, and fashion enthusiasts. Throughout the evening, attendees were able to network and get a sneak preview of local fashion lines and innovative fashion apps (like the amazing new FashionFinder).

The event started with a vendor showcase and an opportunity to watch the beauty teams work as they turned their vision into a reality. It was amazing to see the transformation of each look as the teams made full use of the color palette and incorporated elements from saran wrap to evergreen vines into their hair and make-up techniques. Once the style teams completed their look, the models then donned pieces from the stunning collection of local fashion designer, Agota Hodi. The judging panel included Jenni Bingham, founder of Jenni Bingham Communications, Johnny Affourtit of TwitSpark, Ellie Williams, co-founder of Tog + Porter, and Jenny Bailey, founder of This Vivid Life. Considering factors such as creativity, innovation, and originality, the judges then selected a winning team.

A new addition to this year’s event was the Fashion Blogger Walk-Off competition. There were 7 fashion bloggers, including myself, and we showcased outfits representative of our blog and personal style. While I love modeling, the best part about participating was meeting all of the local fashion bloggers and making some great new friends (sorry Drake).

Check out some of the pictures from the event below!

Team #5 
Team #4 
Team #2
Final Look before the show

Loving the jewelry showcased by NYC designer, Pretty Little Thing

Judging Panel
Photo Credit: The Beauty Expo Instagram
The winning team!

Fashion Blogger Walk-Off Competition winner, Esther Lee, and I
Fashion Blogger, Olivia Irene of Rio the Dreamcatcher, and I
Fashion Bloggers’ matching outfits
Sasha of Sasha in SF doing her introduction
Photo Credit: The Beauty Expo Instagram
Make-Up for the show
Hair style for the show

At the show!

Dress: Halston Heritage (similar here)
Shoes: BCBG (similar here)
Earrings: Forever 21 Rhinestone Starburst Studs
Bracelet: Forever 21 (similar here)

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Sunday Best: Sensory Overload


Today’s Sunday Best is all about the senses. Every now and then we need to step back and see the world around us from a different perspective. Each of these picks are intended to heighten the senses in style.

1. SeeOliver Peoples Eyewear “Soffee” Sunglasses – $435. Featured exclusively on Shopbop, life’s a beach when you’re looking at it through these seafoam-hued glasses.

2. SmellJimmy Choo Flash Parfum – $98. Jimmy Choo’s newest fragrance is sensual with soft floral undertones. Light enough for everyday wear, but adds enough spark for a night out.
3. HearGoodTimes Wireless Bluetooth Floating Sound System – $99.99. These floating LED speakers have been a favorite of mine for the past few summers. They easily connect via bluetooth or a docking station and audio jack direct connection and put out high-quality sound throughout the entire pool.
4. TasteSugarfina “Brut & Rose” Champagne Gummy Bears – $10. Sugarfina has managed to combine my 2 favorite things with their champagne infused gummy bears. Cosmopolitan magazine has labeled them “The Perfect Party Favor” great for a bachelorette party, New Year’s Eve Party, or just because it’s Monday.
5. TouchThe Lily Kwong Collection “The Mira” iPhone case – $599. This blue ostrich patterned case is wrapped with Swarovski crystal and guaranteed to keep your iPhone protected in style. Lily Kwong’s new line of cases can also be paired with connectable bracelets so that you can slip them on your wrist. A perfect way to keep track of your iPhone, since we like to keep them glued to our hands anyways, right?