Monday, July 29, 2013

Top Three TED Talks

TED Talks are my not-so-guilty pleasure. It's amazing how much you can learn from an intelligent person sharing their passion and ideas within a short 8 to 25 minute time frame.

"We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we're building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world's most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other." - TED's Mission

I've had the great pleasure of viewing several different kinds of TED talks both in my jobs, my classes and on my own time. 

I've picked my top three to share. 

1) Meg Jay: "Why 30 is Not the New 20"

This talk argues that 80% of life's most important moments happen before you are 35 and we know that personality changes more in your twenties than during any other time in life. Jay encourages twenty somethings to optimize the time in their twenties to make formative decisions about their career, love life and more. 

2) Simon Sinek: "How Great Leaders Inspire Others"

This talk reminds you that great leaders inspire others not by what they do, but why they do it.

3) Sheryl Sandberg: "Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders"

Anyone who has been following my blog knows that I love Sandberg. This was the talk that started it all for her. It was after she gave this talk that she found the inspiration to write Lean In.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Quiet Afternoons in Museums

There is nothing more beautiful than combining two of your favorite things. This weekend, I had the opportunity to share my love of Impressionism with one of my dearest friends.

Naturally, we took the scenic route that allowed us to wind along the grey sea on our way to The Legion of Honor's newest exhibition, "Impressionists on the Water."

In celebration of The America's Cup 2013, the Legion showcased a charming collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works featuring waterscapes. From raging waves crashing against cliffs to calm and quiet canals, the Impressionists loved water and all things nautical.

It was a lovely afternoon of quiet discussion on brush strokes, illusion and the Impressionist's hypnotizing manipulation of color.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sunday Afternoon in the Park

Today I had a true moment of blissful joy. I was sitting on the edge of Dolores Park at a charming outdoor cafe with a dear friend listening to the sounds of The San Francisco Symphony and their annual summer outdoor concert series.

As the sun glistened upon us and Tchaikovsky played in the distance, we sipped on Sightglass artisan coffee. Halfway through the afternoon, my friend looked up with a smile and he said: "Can we just freeze this moment in time? What could be more perfect?"

Here's to more blessed moments of life in this beautiful city.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Artist Watch: Parima

As I stare at the blank walls in my new studio (not that there are that many), I think of the gorgeous abstract works done by a growing artist named Patricia Vargas or better known as: Parima.

Now that is what I call a shock of color. Love.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Foodie Adventures: Russian River Brewing Company

Okay so this isn't really a "foodie adventure" more of a "drinking adventure," but until I have a category for that, it will have to fall under foodie. When my roommate and bestie in San Diego drove me up to San Francisco, she had one condition that we make it to Russian River to visit her favorite brewery - home to Pliny The Elder (a double IPA that rocks her world).

We called up another close gal pal and made the trip up from San Francisco. The brewery was less exciting than we had anticipated, in my mind it would be this big brewing factory on a river. Wrong. It's right in downtown Santa Rosa.

Russian River Brewing Company appears to be just like any other bar. It is for those who know what to look for that are rewarded. Though we came to try the infamous Pliny The Younger (a triple IPA) we were informed that this brew lasts only two weeks in February. Shame. You minx.

Per my friends request, we opted to do a tasting flight of every brew created.

I was pleasantly surprised by the brews that aged in wine barrels. I especially liked Consecration which aged in Cabernet oak. My gals didn't dig the sourness of those babies and stuck with their favorite: Pliny.

'Twas a lovely little getaway from the city. Russian River brews were hard to find in San Diego, so I'm hoping they will be easier to come by in San Francisco.

Friday, July 5, 2013

The Bachelorette Pad

Finally! Done at last. For the past week, I've been running around the city like a mad woman in order to get set up in my studio. A huge thank you to Anjali for road tripping up from San Diego and exploring my new neighborhood with me. Miss you already! Another thank you to Mama Deb for helping me get settled into my new home. You are the best mother and friend a gal could ask for. Thank you for having exquisite taste and a designer's eye.

In this time, I've learned that 500 square feet goes a long way, there is a nook and cranny for every object I own, lining shelves is the most laborious activity of all and Costco has great furniture.

Welcome to my new home in San Francisco.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

I Left My Heart in San Francisco

Dear Blog,

I'm sorry I've been avoiding you. I promise I'll get back on schedule soon. You see, I've been very busy moving in to my new life.

Let me tell ya, this post-grad stuff is great and boy, is it good to be home in San Francisco.

I've got tons of exciting posts coming up - so stay tuned.



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