Fly Like Paper, Get High Like....Drones. If you Come Around Here, I Make 'em All Day. But Not Really, This is Just for Fun.

October 30, 2014

As I ventured out into the beautiful fall weather for a walk, I came across something in my tote that had not been there before.

Discovering Fashion Retail Technology via the Red Brick Road of Union Square San Francisco

October 29, 2014

Besides the grocery kind, shopping is really just another form of entertainment. In fact, shopping is rated one of the top forms of entertainment for millennials in the United States.* Yes this group includes me (in case you were wondering). This week, I've had the honor of being a Guest Blogger for the city's top tourist destination and marketing firm, Union Square San Francisco. What this means, is enjoying one of my favorite pastimes, while letting the city know what I think. These opinions are all my own, and personally, I'm most fascinated by the fashion retail tech that seems to be popping up in our local stores down on the square.

I was recently invited to meet with Jeani Hunt-Gibbon; who is the Marketing & Communications Manager for Union Square Business Improvement District. The offices are located directly above the square, in a historical building with beautiful large glass windows and a bird’s eye view of many stores and happenings.

Never-ending staircase in the building that hosts Union Square San Francisco Offices
Jeanie Hunt-Gibbon, best tour guide in town if you ask me.
Following Jeanie's advice on where to shop, here are a few highlights of my journey through the Fashion Retail brick road @unionsquaresf... 

Pros and Cons of the Shine: Misfit's Activity Tracking Wearable in a Brand New Color

October 27, 2014

Recently, Misfit Wearables sent me a few products of theirs to review. They have a unique and interesting activity tracker, that monitors your daily exercise and sleep patterns.

It will monitor exercise and sleep of course, if you can figure out a way to wear it 24-7. Just know, these opinions are my own - so please keep reading if you want to hear my take on it.

PRO: The first thing I noticed about this device was the packaging. Beautiful! Smooth to the touch, the paper of the box felt like touching rose petals. Easy to open and perfectly displayed, I still haven't thrown out any of the boxes yet...can't seem to part with them.

Orange Really is the New Black Today in San Francisco. Hello World Series!

October 26, 2014

If you weren't able to get tickets before they sold out for today's game, you should still come down to AT&T Park and join the all fans that have come out, sporting fall's brightest color in support of our home team.

Go Giants! I had to incorporate a little nerd chic into my baseball watching attire with this referee-striped collared shirt. 

Bloom and Shine. Colorful Misfit Wearables at the Colorful W Hotel Downtown San Francisco

October 25, 2014

Where else but San Francisco does a hotel lounge light up with colorful LED's? An exclusive fashion event brought me out to the W Hotel in downtown for some post-work mingling, relaxing, and investigating new wearable gadgets.

Interior design meets science fiction...the upstairs lounge felt a little bit like it was going to take off, spaceship style.

A peek of what I wore that day. A simple black suit and edgy ASymmetrical skirt accented a light, blush pink blouse. I topped off the look with thick dark frames, and a touch of sophistication in pearls. The W's bartender made a special drink for guests that night, something about mint and vanilla...very refreshing.

Fall Fashion. What Really Matters - Fewer, Better Things.

October 22, 2014

Gearing up for a night on the town, I was thrilled to try out my new Cole Haan handbag, and Cuyana infinity scarf; a few of the gifts I recently received from Union Square SF, the cities local marketing firm. I'm excited and honored to be a guest blogger soon for the firm, now all I have to do now is shop around Union Square (gift card in hand) and talk a little about what I think. Post coming soon...all in a hard day's work, as they say.

I hadn't heard of Cuyana before this week, but am falling in love with the brand. Especially the their clever tag line: "Fewer, better things"

As I pondered this, I came across one of my favorite local design agencies, and this bold type treatment got me thinking about what really matters as far as fashion and wearables. If you want to keep a simple, curated closet for each season, with timeless pieces that will last years...what do you value the most? I made a list.

So What Happens if I Take the Red Pill with a Blue Pill Chaser? Experiencing the Matrix Through Oculus Rift

October 21, 2014

"This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all I'm offering is the truth. Nothing more."
 - Morpheus, The Matrix

I'm falling.

Help! Some 50 stories up, I was told to jump... leap across other buildings. I can't. Now there is no noise but the buildings whizzing by then a thud as I hit the ground, and bounce. Try again. This is a different kind of video game. A game you have to play with your mind rather than a controller in your hands. How do you make it to the other side?

Last week I had the privilege of receiving an invitation to meet one of the creators of the Matrix VR (Virtual Reality) for Oculus Rift, and try it out first-hand. Tipatat Chennavasin, UX designer and developer, with his team, Eric Beyhl and Jon Dadley, have given us all free and open access to their creation, and I was lucky to experience how it was meant to be played.

"You know," Chennavasin casually tells me," this game helped cure my fear of heights". Then I had the headset on and there was nothing but silence and blackness. Better sit down for this one.

How to Pull Off Wearing Pajamas in Public

October 19, 2014

Admittedly, Halloween has me really excited this year! Not for the parties, but more to create my own costume. This year, I've decided on a little fashion-tech surprise, but it is going to require a few quick trips to the hardware store and back. 

So I began my day a little short on time, with a lot to do, so I had to improvise. It is possible (of course not something you should do on a day-to-day) to pull off wearing pajamas in public.

A quick 'before' selfie taken after I woke up. (Not the last time you'll see me without makeup.)

The Story of DIY Virtual Reality on the Beach in my Favorite Winter White Lace Dress

October 17, 2014

I'm not sure if there is such a thing as a true winter here in California, but I have been dreaming about the snow I'll see after I head out East for the holidays. I thought this lacy white dress with cute cut-outs would be the perfect beach cover-up as I dream of later matching it with the soft white snow, paired with tall boots and layers when it finally gets cold. For now I'm enjoying the lingering warmth we're getting in the city, and soaking up as much beach time as possible.

Always looking to stay entertained on the beach, I started to get a little restless when it got too windy to fly my drone. Recently, I came across this cardboard Virtual Reality (VR) toolkit after watching the demo done by Craig Dalton, CEO of DODOcase at the VR Event I mentioned earlier this month. Promises of Fashionology (Fashion+Tech) was a Letdown

October 16, 2014

Observing the unveiling of Puls, the latest wearable co-created by musician last night was interesting, but overall disappointing.

The technology aspect was great, I was intrigued by this wrist wearable that did not need to pair with a phone, and that it had some artificial intelligence built in he termed "Aneeda" (as in, I need a directions to the store...).

Lingerie Apps, Wrist Wearables, and Mind Reading Devices at Dreamforce 2014

October 15, 2014

Erm, excuse me, so do you have the time? Why yes, yes I do. Phone safely tucked away in my dress pocket, I can automagically tell you what's happening on my smartphone without taking it out once...

...until that is, I need to double check that I've taken enough steps for the day before lollygagging around these demos for the rest of the afternoon. Phone in one hand, wrist wearables safely secured (in case I need an important update that I may have missed on my phone), and I'm ready to go.

Hillary Clinton Speaks on Gender Equality, Obligations of the Press, and Harsh, Reactive Decisions Brought on by Technology

At Dreamforce 2014 yesterday, I stood with hundreds of other people in the stage overflow area to hear Hillary Clinton's take on technology. The screen was projected from inside of a huge white bubble tent. Bubble tent pictured below around 8:30am:

When I first began to listen, all I heard were the familiar political campaigns - the same that we've heard from the Democratic party over and over...nice but not revolutionary. It wasn't until Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum in Davos, took the stage with her that I noticed something new.

The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat: Dreamforce 2014, the Largest Hackathon in the World. Recap of 57 Hours & 3 Minutes

October 13, 2014

Before I show you anything, I'd like to share a story with you. Please read it...this is an excerpt from an old Chinese fable, The Story of the Farmer:

There once was a farmer who had only one horse. One day, for no reason, his horse ran away to the nomads across the border. Everyone tried to console him, but he asked them, "What makes you so sure this isn't a blessing?" Some months later his horse returned, bringing a splendid nomad stallion. Everyone congratulated him, but he replied, "What makes you so sure this isn't a disaster?" Their household was richer by a fine horse, which his son loved to ride. One day the son fell off and broke his hip. Again, everyone tried to console him, but he said, "What makes you so sure this isn't a blessing?" A year later the nomads came to force across the border, and every able-bodied man took his bow and went into battle. The Chinese frontiersmen lost nine of ten men. Only because the son was lame did the father and son survive to take care of each other. Truly, blessing turns into disaster, and disaster to blessing: the changes have no end, nor can the mystery be fathomed.*

No matter what the day brings, whether it feels like a victory or a defeat, never assume anything.

Eating, Drinking, Hacking, Eating... a Sneak Peek Inside the SalesForce 2014 Hackathon

October 11, 2014

This weekend's Dreamforce Hackathon is located on a secret hidden floor above the Metreon theaters in downtown San Francisco. Everything felt very mysterious when I entered the outdoor patio which is now covered in a plastic tent and illuminated with a purple glow. Here is a quick recap of day one:

So much delicious (and free) food to choose from. Deviled eggs, all the sushi you can eat, salads, meat dishes, fruit, cheese, dessert...and all presented beautifully. 

Friendly staff offered to help with anything you might want or need, then cleared each dish up at the table when we were finished.

Happy Friday! Fall Fashion Fest and Special Give-a-Way from Scotch & Soda

October 10, 2014

Happy Friday! Wow a lot can happen in one week. I had so much fun at Union Square's Fall Fashion Festival yesterday, and can't wait to start hacking tonight at the Dreamforce 2014 Hackathon. 

A few stores turned their floors into all-out parties last night as everyone started gearing up for the chilly weather that will hit us next month. Here are a few highlights from the event, hosted by Union Square. 

I never thought I'd see the day when a pink coat

What is this Giant, Heavy Black thing Strapped to my Head? Adventures in Virtual Reality Wearables from the Pioneers of Oculus Rift, Unity, and More

October 9, 2014

I am so excited about the potentials of virtual reality. Not necessarily just for gaming and entertainment, (still not sure what Facebook has in mind for the social aspect) but for the ways it will help transition interfaces away from screens and into real life experiences. That is why I couldn't wait to gear up for the VR demo night taking place at the Unity offices downtown. Forget bringing a purse or handbag to these types of events. Either a backpack with a demo kit or a utility jacket with plenty of pockets will do the trick.

There was limited admission, and I didn't understand why until I saw the line curling around an entire building.

Rent Google Glass, a Wearable Camera and soon the iWatch for Less than a Pair of Vintage Boots - is Transforming the Electronics Industry through Values Centered in Sustainability and Accessibility

October 8, 2014

Walking towards the offices of, I remembered the excitement I felt as a little girl, walking into a VHS rental store, knowing I could walk away with anything in there. Nothing was unobtainable. After watching a film over and over, the thrill faded and I'd walk back to return and exchange for a newer release. Why purchase something you're only going to enjoy for a short period of time that will eventually collect dust and produce clutter?

Lawyer Up. Two of the Bay Area's Brightest Attorneys Share a Few Tips for Starting a Business in Fashion Tech*

October 6, 2014

"You know I can sue you for that..." my gorgeous council advises after a snap from my photographer lights up her face. (We try to hit specific angles after that.)

Brunch with these superintelligent women reminds me to cover all bases. Here are a few tips they share for inspiring bloggers & entrepreneurs out there.

Weekend Meetings, Coordinating Eyeglass Frames, and Handcrafted Boots

October 5, 2014

What I love about weekend business meetings is that the Bart station is relatively deserted, the streets are less crowded, and the meeting time falls just around cocktail hour. Even though the weather here is still scorching, I couldn't wait to step into my Fall booties, handcrafted in New York by Matt Bernson with the beautiful Vero Cuoio stamp on the bottom. Matching my frames with the reversible handbag from Urban Outfitters balanced out that pop of neon pink. Here are a few snapshots of my journey towards the heart of the city.

Nerd Chic and Trendy Mondays

October 4, 2014

As a girl from the Pacific Northwest, I never thought I'd find myself praying for rain.

A night on the town this weekend however, has left me on bended knee as the the smog blowing in from the northern fires has slowly floated down, leaving our fresh air from the bay subdued and the climate parched.

Even the shop windows optimistically showcased the future of winter and the promise of cooling the city off with a little precipitation.

How the Fast-Lived Fashions of Technology Could Start to Limit our Personal Sense of Style

October 2, 2014

"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different."

- Coco Chanel

With a multitude of sweaters, jeans, skirts, shoes and even headphones to choose from, it's easy and fun to create an identity through personal style. For example, I've recently fallen in love with bright colors mixed with black and white patterns. There are so many ways to wear the two, the combinations are exponential. Here is peek at how I tried it the other day, fall being the time to start having fun with layering. 

4 Exciting Ways San Francisco has Started to Stake it's Claim Within the Fashion Industry

October 1, 2014

Fashion week has come to a close, and it's clear that the city hasn't defined anything iconic to put San Francisco on the fashion map yet - but its getting close. A few innovative designers have made a name for themselves inspired by a little fantasy, science fiction, menswear for everyone, and even some of California's favorite animals.

Here is a quick peek of the show - organized by the bay area's own Owen Geronimo (whom I have to thank for the front-row seat), it was nothing less than fabulous...

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