Month: March 2019

30 Mar 2019

Pitchfork Music Festival 2019

I’ve always loved Pitchfork for leaning more towards their indie roots. It reminds me more of what Capitol Block Party was back in the day. It’s small enough that it feels like an intimate festival and still in a good space where it hasn’t turned into a complete scene like Outside Lands.

25 Mar 2019

Lollapalooza 2019

It’s a great lineup per usual, but this color scheme and poster though. Death Cab For Cutie should be before The Chainsmokers. It’s not an unpopular opinion; it’s the truth.

17 Mar 2019

Lilly Singh Becomes A Late Night Host

This week, we are celebrating the stunning Lilly Singh. Why? Because as Carson Daly retires from his late night show, Singh is taking over. She joins both Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyer for the late night lineup. Singh is the first Indian woman to be offered this role and her new show will be called “A Little Late with Lilly Singh.” How much do we love this?!

“I’m so excited because I truly get to create a show from scratch, I get to make it inclusive, I get to create comedy segments and interview people and really create something that I believe in,” she continued. “I’m so honored and humbled.”

Singh may not be a household name yet, but she’s sure to make waves. With her career started on YouTube, Singh is a dynamic Indian Bi-Sexual woman who is going to leave her mark on the late night world. I grew up with Carson Daly from the TRL days and even watched his late night show well into college. He’s iconic for me in some way and while I haven’t stayed up THAT late in a very long time, I’m excited to see a new power woman step up into this position. Singh’s show will arrive this coming fall.


16 Mar 2019

SF Eats: Curio

When San Francisco is experiencing summer, you need to get out to a patio for dinner while the sun is still out! Earlier this summer, I kept hearing “Curio” pop up on blogs and in conversation. For some reason, it made the most sense for me to give it a shot. And because I love early dinners, you know I made plans to get there right as they opened.

Kelly and I opted for the back patio for a 5PM dinner. The current menu looks a bit different than what we had this past summer, but together we shared the flatbread with three spreads that we were obsessed with. For our own meals, we each ordered the heirloom tomato and peach salad. This is the epitome of what summer flavors are all about! Also on the weekends, I try not to go to heavy on the meals and find myself getting fuller faster. The opposite happens on the weekdays. Since I’m busy running around the office and have social plans in the evening, I need to have a larger lunch and snacks throughout.

This meal for us though was the perfect combination. I left the meal feeling comfortably full, refreshed, and feeling like I made a healthy choice!

Curio is located in the Mission District.

16 Mar 2019

Last Summer’s Weddings

My month long summer vacation ended with two back-to-back weddings. I’m not talking two weekends in a row; I mean consecutive Friday and Saturday weddings. Believe it or not, one of my best friends decided to elope that same week as well! While I wasn’t jumping at the chance to have three weddings in a row (hers was Thursday) if logistics had worked out, I would attended. I hate to miss anyone’s wedding, but what can you do?

I’m headed to my first wedding of the year in two weeks – for that girl ^^ so the timing is perfect. Both of these summer weddings were quite different from each other so I wanted to use it as an opportunity to try out two looks. For the first wedding, we stayed local in the Presidio. That black and white polka dotted dress with bell sleeves only cost me $8 at H&M. It was the best “steal” I ever landed! I don’t know what prompted me to pull it off the rack because normally it’s not a dress I would gravitate towards. It had also been years since I had stepped foot into H&M. This dress combined with the high pony and yellow clutch is going down in history as my favorite wedding guest look.

For the next night, we ventured east to Livermore in wine country! It was so warm that I needed something light and breezy. Finding a dress for this wedding turned out to be more challenging for me. We actually landed on it the day before and because I was in a pinch, I went with something I knew would work: Reformation. Readers, have you ever worn a dress to a wedding with a white base? I had deep anxiety over this and almost didn’t follow through with the dress. Since forever, my rule has always been no white to any wedding. I’ll admit, I never once forgot that the base of my dress was white the entire night and it bothered me. As much as I love Reformation dresses, I didn’t quite feel like myself in this one. The H&M felt much more in our wheelhouse!

Since it was the last two weddings of the summer, I also decided to splurge on working with Glamsquad. For Friday’s San Francisco wedding, I had their assistance for the high pony. You all know I could never do that myself! And for Saturday, I hired them to help with makeup. This isn’t something that will become routine for me because it’s not like it’s cheap. However, I think when there’s a certain look you are trying to achieve, but can’t, they are who you want to call.

So far, we’ve just got two weddings on the agenda for the year. I’d love to try out new trends as they come for the wedding season and am taking recommendations now!

16 Mar 2019

Managing Your Inbox And Keeping It At Zero

When I first transitioned into startups, I had no idea that my inbox would be one of the things I would have to start getting used to. I was migrating over to Gmail from Outlook which seemed easy enough. However, because of the nature of my job, I was going from inbox zero all the time to constantly having 50 different messages to get through every day. It has been 5.5 years and today, I’m still trying to manage, but I would like to think that I’ve gotten better over the years.

Turn it into a game

Your goal is to get to Inbox 0 by the end of the day or at any time of the day. When you look at your inbox, if there are emails that don’t require any action from you or are just an FYI, archive them immediately. Don’t let them sit in your inbox any longer and get them out of there. For anything that does require a response, respond and take action. If you can’t, set aside time for when you can get to it. Another helpful tip is blocking times on your calendar for when you have designated time to process emails. Do you want to tackle emails in the morning before work or in the evening?

Unsubscribe / Politely Decline

As a recruiter, my email address gets circulated to so many companies. Every week, I’m hearing about a new tool that will allow me to do my job more efficiently or a new agency that wants to partner with me on a search. I know that none of these are feasible at this time. I could continue to archive each email as I’ve been doing, but that takes energy and time too. Like mute is to Instagram, unsubscribe is to my inbox. For anyone trying to do business with me that I know I can’t partner with, I email them back after their first email. If I never respond, the emails will keep coming. However, if I politely decline and let them know I’ll reach out if my situation changes, they know that I’m a) responsive and that b) I’ll get back to them when the time is right.

Canned Responses

There are a number of different tools online that you can go to, but I just use my own templates within Gmail. This has been a life saver! Since I’m mainly writing emails to people, it can’t be copied and pasted word for word, but I do my best to fill in as much as I can. This shaves minutes off of my work days especially for repeated emails. Relatedly, there’s another tool that acts as a shortcut for your keyboard that will complete sentences, even paragraphs for you.

Make Your Inbox Work For You

I wouldn’t consider myself a pro when it comes to my inbox. I’m not using all of the features that are provided, but I use what I know works for me. A few of those examples are folders and labels. Folders keep me organized and everything that I need in one place. When I’m unable to find an email I’m searching for on the first try, I know I haven’t done a good job. It’s because there’s so much in there living in the archives. My labels are broken up into four categories. I’ve got your standard Important and Unread and Everything Else. For my job, I also need To Do and To Schedule. When these areas start to look to bulky, I know I’ve got some work ahead of me. Like keeping my inbox to zero, these are two other areas that I like to keep to a minimum.

Hold Yourself Accountable

I generally find that it’s helpful to create an SLA (service level agreement) with yourself. Not only do you have to think about getting those emails out of your inbox, but when do you want to get back to people? As a rule of thumb, 24 hours is my standard. Anything longer, unless you’re on a vacation, I might consider that individual to be slightly unreliable. It’s a courtesy to be able to get back to people in this time span and knowing this and sticking to it will keep your inbox manageable.


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