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Spaces We Love: Stripe’s New San Francisco Digs


We love tech up-and-comer Stripe’s creative new headquarters in San Francisco. The company, which helps businesses accept payments over the web and from mobile devices, has created a lush, vibrant space for its team, while managing to incorporate a color palette consistent with its brand. The bright blue accent wall color contrasts beautifully with the exposed wood beams and wood floor, making for a warm, inviting reception area.

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Time Saving & Task Boosting: Tips for Practical, Easy-to-Implement Ways to Raise Productivity at Work


Countless new books, articles, and seminars each year focus on how we can boost our productivity, get organized, and make the most of our days at work. Don’t get me wrong; the overwhelming majority of them are filled with useful information, clever tips, and inspiring ideas for ways to become more efficient. However, what works best for me are often the most simple of strategies. I’ve taken my favorite tips from what I’ve read, and also what I’ve personally found effective, to create a simple three-step system for staying organized and boosting my own productivity.

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Spaces We Love: Eventbrite’s New San Francisco Office


From unique bicycle storage, to breakout rooms with hammocks, to work spaces that vary from light and bright to rich and soothing, Eventbrite has blended an assortment of office design trends, and it’s all working very well. Find out what I love about the company’s new space on 5th Street in San Francisco.

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Tips for Creating a Casual Yet Chic Coastal Office Space


If your office is near the beach and you’re looking to capture a breezy, coastal feel in your workspace, there are some easy ways to bring the outdoors in. Here are a few tips to incorporate a beachy vibe into your office space so it can reflect its incredible location.

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The Millennials’ Guide to Charitable Giving


Every year we make that list. We resolve to do something new, something different, or something better in the New Year than we did in the last. But as we get further and further away from the Madison Square ball dropping, many of us often drop the ball on our own resolutions. This year, if one of your resolutions included giving more time, money or resources to charity, these are some easy ways to make sure you stay on track.

1. Research

It’s important to take the time to fully understand a charity’s mission, vision, long-term plans, and balance sheet. How does the charity plan on using your donation? Is it going to the area you were hoping for? Many organizations have several areas of focus – research, support for families affected, awareness, etc.

2. Pick More Than One Charity or Cause

There is no reason that you have to bind yourself to one particular charity or cause. I like picking one general category each year or every few years to support. For example, you may decide that in 2015 you’d really like to focus on children’s organizations. In 2016, maybe you’ll decide to support the arts, or medical research.

3. Have Passion for the Purpose

The most valuable asset a charity can have going for it is a passionate volunteer and donor. Passionate volunteers are invaluable to charitable organizations in large part because they help to spread awareness of the cause and the charity – and ultimately garner passion from other volunteers and donors that can continue to further the cause.

4. Get Involved

Even if your budget doesn’t allow for large donations, you can still generate money for causes close to your heart by getting involved in charity walks, runs, urban obstacle courses, cycling/spinning events, etc. where you can raise donations through sponsorship. Likewise, charities often need your time as much as they need your money, so consider volunteering at a soup kitchen, a local hospital, an animal rescue, or working with homeless children through mentorship or tutoring programs. Your time can make all of the difference in the world to someone who needs it.

5. Track Your Donations and/or Set up a Charitable Trust

If you’re donating money to charity regularly, make sure you have an organized system to track your donations. Specific a specific email folder and save all receipts in one place. This will help you when it comes time to pay your taxes. You may also consider setting up a Charitable Trust, which you can learn more about here.

If you haven’t started working towards your goal of giving back this year, there’s still plenty of time. If you’re looking to donate time, money or resources, but aren’t sure what causes appeal to you, I recommend checking out This site groups charities by region and cause, and may just inspire you to find an organization you can’t wait to help, and that would love your help too.

Star Hughes is a director at Hughes Marino, an award-winning commercial real estate firm specializing in tenant representation and building purchases. Based in Southern California, Star is a key member of Hughes Marino’s Downtown San Diego brokerage team, where she has worked on more than one million square feet of lease negotiations. She makes frequent media appearances to speak on business issues from a millennial perspective, and blogs about life as a woman in a male-dominated industry at Contact Star at 1-844-NO-CONFLICT, or

Spaces We Love: Airbnb’s Portland Offices


It’s only fitting that the Portland office of Airbnb would reflect its mission of being a “trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone.”

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Office Living Space: How to Make a Workspace Feel Like Home


For those of us who spend more time in our offices than we do in our houses, it’s important that our workspaces provide some of the comforts of home. After all, if you’re going to be spending upwards of 60 hours per week at work, you might as well make it your home away from home in the truest sense!

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Honoring International Women’s Day With Star Hughes on KUSI

In honor of International Women’s Day, Star Hughes joined Jeanne McAlister, President and CEO of the McAlister Institute, and Suzanne Latour, President-Elect of the San Diego Women’s Foundation in a conversation with KUSI’s Lauren Phinney on the issues facing women today, and the strides women have made in the workplace.

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Spaces We Love: The Honest Company’s Santa Monica HQ


Jessica Alba is definitely one of my role models. A mother, a wife and a mogul, her business savvy has made her business, The Honest Company, an astounding success. To boot, she’s got incredible style, which extends to her company’s headquarters. One look inside The Honest Company’s office space in Santa Monica is proof that when it comes to good taste, Alba’s in a league of her own.

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These Boots Are Made For Working


Sometimes it’s just too cold to brave the elements with tights and heels.  But aren’t boots too informal for the workplace?  Not anymore.

And with much of the nation battling rain, sleet, snow, and ice, it’s not only professional to wear boots to work, it’s practical too.  Here are some great ways to incorporate boots into your work wardrobe, while still looking put- together and professional. 

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