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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The Modern Millennial Traveler: Tips for Making the Most of Your Vacation Days


With the Euro now at a nearly 12 year low, and technology enabling us to work from anywhere with an internet connection, there has never been a better time for Millennials to take advantage of vacation days by venturing abroad. Here’s how savvy Millennials use technology and other life hacks to plan for travels, make the most of their money, and create memories to last a lifetime.

*Use Exchange Rates for Determining Your Destination
If you’re torn between a trip to Europe or a trip to Asia, consider the current exchange rates. Since the Euro/US Dollar exchange rate is the most favorable it has been in more than a decade, you’ll probably get more bang for your buck if you opt to head to Europe.

*Be Smart With Seasons
Traveling during the off-season can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Summer travel to Europe is notoriously expensive, with July being the busiest and most expensive month of the year. Why not try an early autumn trip instead? Not only will hotel rates be lower, but you won’t have to fight through throngs of tourists at every site you visit.

*Charge Carefully, and Make the Most of Air Miles
If you have a credit card that doesn’t award you with points or miles, get a new one. There is no reason to be using a credit card that doesn’t offer at least some perks. If you plan to travel even more as years go by, it’s worth signing up for a card that offers air miles. Here is a list of many credit cards that reward you with air miles.

*Take Advantage of Trains
Europe is way ahead of the U.S. when it comes to public transit. Their train system is highly developed, inexpensive, and allows you the opportunity to get some work done as you travel. In addition, you’ll spend far fewer vacation hours waiting in lines at airports.

*Pack Purposefully and Practically
If you’re not careful with your packing you’ll wind up paying an arm and a leg for your luggage. It’s far smarter to design a “fashion itinerary” ahead of time. Bring key pieces that can easily be mixed and matched to create different looks, while also leaving room in your suitcase to bring home souvenirs, artwork, or new clothing.

*Get Immersed in the Culture of the Country
There’s nothing more fun than immersing yourself in the culture of the country you’re visiting. If you’re heading to Paris, plan a cooking class to learn a bit about preparing French cuisine. Heading to Portugal? Take a kite surfing lesson, and hit the water like a local. Get in touch with the whole experience of a foreign country by trying something new!

*Document the Details
You might consider setting up a blog before you even leave, so it will be ready for you to upload photos, videos, and your thoughts on various travel, as you’re experiencing it. The link can easily be emailed to family and friends back home, to say nothing of the ability to share it via social media.

Wishing you fair winds in all of your travel!


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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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At First Blush: Tips for Adding a Touch of Pink to Your Office

More and more companies today are adopting the mindset that just because your office is professional doesn’t mean it can’t be homey, feminine, or colorful. As a matter of fact, a pop of pink here and there can add volumes to culture, happiness, and brand strategy. Here’s a look at some of my favorite ways of working pink into a professional space.

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Work-Life Balance? For Millennials, It’s All About Work-Life Integration


There’s no truer cliché in today’s workplace than that the ancient Greek saying, “The only thing that is constant is change.” The business workplace has already undergone, and will continue to undergo, massive changes as younger generations of workers climb their way up the corporate ladder (or build their own ladder by starting their own companies).

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A Day in the Life: 24 Hours With Downtown Dynamo Star Hughes

By Ashley Lewis


A natural born achiever, Star Hughes has accomplished more in her professional life than many will by twice her age. She recently landed on SD Metro’s 40 Under 40 list, and was named a finalist for San Diego Magazine’s Woman of the Year Award.

But Star’s not all blind ambition. Even while managing an incredible workload, Star remains remarkably centered, and is one of the most poised and good natured people you are likely to meet. Much credit is due to the influence of her family, with whom she’s incredibly close, and her fiancé – all of who work with Star every day at Hughes Marino.

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The Millennial’s Guide to Valentine’s Day


As the generation of innovators, Millennials are known for thinking outside of the box. So why shouldn’t we apply our inherent creativity to Valentine’s Day as well? We all love flowers and chocolates – but sometimes it’s fun to mix it up.

My advice for my fellow Millennials: Go for experiences, rather than “stuff” this year. Here are three easy ways to have a fun, memorable and unique Valentine’s Day – whether you are spending the day with your loved one, a group of best friends, with your dog, or treating yourself!

Plan a quick getaway.
If your budget is limited, try checking out last minute deals on places like, or via coupon sites like Living Social or Groupon. You can find deals to places you may have never even heard of into the holiday weekend.

Pack a picnic.
Plan an easy picnic dinner to a pretty sunset spot that others recommend. With a cheese board, sparkling water, and a few sweets, you can relax and enjoy both the sunset and the stars in the evening.

Have fun with humor.
Laughing is good for the soul, so no matter who you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day with, make sure to make them chuckle with a funny card. Whether homemade or store bought, love is by nature a bit silly, so have fun with it. Some of my favorite cards can be found here.

If you’re single this Valentine’s Day, remember that you’re in good company, with amazing, talented and beautiful fellow Millennials, including the inimitable Taylor Swift, who has some incredibly profound thoughts on love including:

“I haven’t had that one great love, which is good. I don’t want that to be in the past, I want it to be in the future.”

Wishing you a day full of love,




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