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,




The Millennials’ Case for Renting…Anything!

Millennial Technology

In recent weeks, there have been a slew of articles written about why the Millennial generation isn’t buying the way previous generations have bought. And we’re not just talking about the places we call home. From the way we choose to have our entertainment delivered, to how we shop for outfits, to our modes of transportation, Millennials like variety…almost as much as we like flexibility. Here’s a look at some of the ways Millennials are taking advantage of technology to add both variety and flexibility to our everyday lives.

It can be hard for Millennials to justify spending hundreds of dollars on a dress we are only going to wear once or maybe twice a year. Rent the Runway is an incredible solution. The variety of gorgeous outfits initially sold me on the service, and the quality of the items I’ve rented has been impeccable. Order it online, or on their mobile app, and it shows up at your door two days later.

With options such as Hulu Plus and Netflix, for a fraction of the cost of cable or satellite television, we are able to essentially rent the shows we want. Anything we can’t find via these subscription services, we can almost certainly find online for free. Not to mention that these subscription services are completely mobile – so we can watch our shows on an airplane, by the pool, or in a park.

Like television, Millennials also have the opportunity to “rent” music through services such as Pandora. Not only is it inexpensive (and oftentimes free), but the spectrum of music available is vast to say the least. Why buy one album if we only want to hear one song from an artist? For this generation, variety really is the spice of life, and music subscriptions provide that variety.

Car2Go, Uber and Lyft allow Millennials to get anywhere they need to without having to own a car. With low fares, we can catch a ride wherever we want to go in the cities we live, work and play. These car services also eliminate the added expenditure of auto insurance and maintenance/upkeep.

While an argument can likely always be made for owning your car, CDs, or perhaps even clothing, the case for renting is only getting stronger. Certainly for the Millennial generation the benefits of flexibility, variety, and convenience offered through renting many of our lifestyle amenities are far more attractive than being locked in to long contracts and expensive monthly bills.

San Diego Magazine: Spotlight on Star Hughes


Hughes Marino Director Star Hughes recently sat down with San Diego Magazine’s Joyce Glazer to talk about her role models, the family business, and what the future holds for this young commercial real estate dynamo.

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Top 10 Holiday Hostess Party Gifts This Season

‘Tis the season for holiday parties – and hostess party gifts!  I’ve compiled a list of my favorite hostess party gifts for the season that are affordable, fun, and practical, too.

Any hostess would love this Anthropologie holiday apron.

Holiday Apron

Give the gift of an experience with a Sur La Table cooking class gift card.

Sur La Table Cooking Class

Some cooking inspiration from Ina Garten‘s new cookbook, Make It Ahead.

Ina Garten

Delicious Williams-Sonoma peppermint cremes.

Peppermint Cremes

And to further satisfy your sweet tooth, this box of homemade caramels from Big Picture Farm.


On a healthier note, any hostess will love a gift box from Harry & David.

Harry & David

These cute gold confetti tumblers from Paper Source.

Glitter glasses

An adorable gold polka dot journal from Sugar Paper.


Some fun coasters from Kate Spade.

Kate Spade Holiday Coasters

A great guest book from JCrew to remember the memories of your holiday party!

Hellos Goodbyes Guestbook


The Working Woman’s Guide to Avoiding Perfectionism, Eating Well, & Good Conversation at the Table

This time of year, with holiday deadlines approaching — buy the turkey! Trim the tree! — and a limited number of days left in the calendar, life has a way of speeding up, and it often seems impossible to fit all of those to do’s in just twenty-four hours a day.

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