Big Thursday in Seattle

There's so much great stuff going on this Thursday in Seattle, I thought I'd share a quick roundup!

Web Analytics Association Spring Event: Measuring Social Media
3:00 - 5:00p.m.
Microsoft Campus Building 122
RSVP here (Free for WAA members, $10 non-members)
(This is totally work-related) I will be there supporting Blake Cahill, Banyan Branch principal, as he is opening keynote to a great panel on measuring social media.

Spring Fling
5:00 - 8:00p.m.
Broadway Grill
Another great place to network and give back to your community! See all the details on donating to Goodwill, raffle prizes and ways you can help on the Urbandipity blog.

West Seattle Boutique Spring Fling
7:00 - 10:00p.m.
West Seattle Junction
Some of your favorite boutiques in the Junction are hosting a spring fling shopping event. Pick up a punch card at one of the participating stores, fill it out by visiting each Spring Fling store, then take it to West 5 for some free bubbly! Food bank donations are also being accepted during the night. Make sure you give back while you support the local economy!

Muhammed Yunus' "To Catch a Dollar" Movie Viewing Event
Nationwide (find a local movie theatre here)
I had the pleasure of seeing Muhammed Yunus speak at Town Hall last year. His movie, To Catch a Dollar, documents his plan to bring microfinance to the U.S. The film includes a panel moderated by CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo and featuring Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Kiva.org President Premal Shah and special guest, financial powerhouse Suze Orman. It will also include messages of support from celebrities including Hugh Jackman, Matt Damon, Russell Simmons and others. Audience members will be asked to join efforts to choose and support the first-ever publicly-funded Grameen America branch.

I'm super bummed I can't make the viewing. Take a look at the trailer below:

Japan Relief at Lucky Strike
8:00p.m. - 2:00a.m.
Lucky Strike Bellevue

Subterraneo: Jose Cuervo tasting event
9:00p.m - 2:00a.m.
RSVP here (Must RSVP to attend)


Rihanna covers Rolling Stone

Yeah I'm posting Rihanna again! Chain mail shorts! So fierce. I can't stand that Sideshow Bob 'do though

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows pt. 2 - first poster


I never saw the first part of Deathly Hallows. I know, I know. Sometimes I'm an adult and have to work and shit. Like all the time. Ugh. I don't care I'm still excited

Recap: Nordstrom Downtown Seattle Flagship Cosmetic Trend Show

Earlier this month I had the privilege of attending the Nordstrom Flagship store's annual cosmetic Trend Show. Much like a fashion show or presentation, Nordstrom's Trend Shows preview the hot colors, new products and latest trends to look for in the coming months. This was my first Trend Show, and also the first show hosted on the flagship sales floor rather than in Nordstrom's corporate space upstairs. The Seattle-based retail giant featured some of the latest spring fashions along with the beauty products headlining the event.
Antica Farmacista home fragrance

Gorgeous Marchesa dress & Estee Lauder bold lips

Dior Cosmetics


Celebrity nail stylist Deborah Lippman

Also a first was the inclusion of a wedding-focused beauty outlook, which allowed Nordy's to showcase its brand-new Wedding Boutique.

I was part of the social media cheerleaders section, tweeting and Facebooking during the event. Here are some of my fellow cheerleaders :)

You can view the rest of my Trend Show photos on Facebook here.

Thanks Nordstrom for allowing me to cover the event!

Recap: Vim Beget trunk show at Blackbird Seattle

I attended Blackbird's trunk show featuring goods from Vim Beget this past week. The designer behind Vim Beget, Billy Bartels, is Seattle-based but German-inspired.

All VB goods both leather and metal are handmade and made-to-order, so fans can expect pieces that are pretty much unique to them.

I snapped a couple of pics of the goods - you can view more at VimBeget.com. Enjoy!

These specs aren't Vim Beget. They're just awesome. With my stylish friends Matthew Tennant and Jaymee Espinueva


Rihanna covers Vogue

this is everywhere already but i wanted to post it anyway...

Barbadian Ariel? J.Lo VMA green dress redux? In any case...love her!


TigerBeat: The Suicide Squeeze Mixtape

My friends are ridiculously talented. It's almost unfair. Exhibit A:

You're welcome.

Find TigerBeat on:
SoundCloud / Facebook / Twitter

Mixtape image credit Mike Wagner


Video: Jay-Z, Evolution of My Style

Although our choices might be the best ones, this is why we're going through it so...help


Fresh Reads: Getting Super Rich

I am overwhelmed. I am overstimulated. As much as I love social media, I'm feeling like my attention span has shrunk to record lows and my mind is now spinning like a top that's borderline falling. I do a lot, but I sometimes feel like my mind is in a fog and I'm just going through motions...not really connected to what it is I'm doing.

I can't blame it all on social media. This has been a rough year for me - lots of good and lots of challenges. But whether it's stress, anxiety, overdigitalization - whatever the case, I've been feeling like I need some kind of tether back to myself.

Sound crazy? Maybe. But after seeing Russell Simmons at the Seattle Public Library last week for a talk on his new book, Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All, I couldn't wait to dive into this book. And I was right. I feel like I've finally found what I needed to whip myself back into shape (figuratively.) Reading this book was exactly what I needed.


First of all, I should note that this isn't about how to make tons of money. In fact, Mr. Simmons (or Uncle Rush as he is affectionately nicknamed) stresses repeatedly that he's not giving out advice for pursuing material wealth. It's about investing in yourself by giving to others and the world around you. Uncle Rush isn't a religious man in the sense that he identifies with one religion, but his intense passion for yoga and enlightenment play a huge part in his life and subsequently in this book. He speaks a lot about his experiences - from drugs and parties to Def Jam to Kimora and their family to Phat Farm to philanthropy to the many people he's made connections with over time. All of these people and experiences help him convey the principles he teaches in Super Rich; among them:
  • sharing your talents and gifts with the world wholeheartedly (and how that attracts opportunity and success)
  • operating from stillness
  • focusing on happiness from the actions of your hard work versus the fruits of your labor
  • staying inspired
  • loving unconditionally
  • being conscious and compassionate

I read this book like a textbook, jotting down countless notes and quotes chapter by chapter. Everything spoke so powerfully to me. Without giving the book away too much, here are some gems I took away from Uncle Rush:

Be present in the moment. Be committed.
I am the master of having 85 million tabs open in my browser in addition to TweetDeck, checking my phone, listening to music on my headphones while trying to pay attention to what's going on around me in real life. Environment for being productive? Nope. I need to focus on one thing at a time. I'll get so much more done that way.

Only do shit you believe in. Period.
Being active in social media has made me a target for anyone and everyone who wants to have an in at my firm, or "partner" on or promote events, products, you name it. I've become much more selective in the projects I take on, the blog pitches I pay attention to (if at all), the events I attend and most importantly, the people I keep around me. If it's not something I feel passionate about, I can't be involved. Sorry!

Hang with people who lift you up. Separate from people who bring you down.
I absolutely love to give. I love helping others succeed and I'm all about bringing my team up as I succeed as well. I am fortunate to know so many amazing people who are a lot like me in this sense. I just have to remember to always emanate compassion and giving. I know a lot of people with a lot of negative energy as well :/

Slow down.
Uncle Rush calls it "operating from stillness." Whether it's meditation, yoga, listening to your favorite song, going on a run or walk, whatever - clearing your mind of all the noise will help you get so much more done with much sharper focus. Ugh. If there's anything I've been craving more, it's this. It's nothing earth-shattering but something I really needed to read and instill back into my life. Thank you Russell Simmons.

I'm not perfect. I never will be. I have a long way to go in being anywhere as awesome as Russell Simmons, but I'm grateful he's shared some of his insights with the world. I truly needed it. I highly recommend you take the time to read Super Rich too!