Spring Has Sprung
Here in San Francisco, we're enjoying a gorgeous April full of sunny weather and temps in the 70's. The flowers in my backyard are loving it just as much as I am - would you look at those blooms? Sadly, I can take absolutely no credit, as I have the blackest thumb you'll ever find. Gardening is one of those things I leave to the professionals, and I thank our house's previous owners for planting some of my favorite flowers!
As I continue to go through the process of finding nonprofits where I can volunteer my time and skills, I'm wary of red flags that show the organization in question is unstable. So many nonprofits operate on the literal brink of failure, and can go under at a moment's notice - even companies that have been around for years and are entrenched in the fabric of their communities. This article from Inside Philanthropy makes that very real, and also points out the challenges we face here in the tech capital of the world of getting the new generation of wealth involved in philanthropy that isn't necessarily STEM related but is vital to the health of our society.
I've been regarding the wearable tech trend somewhat warily. I haven't gotten on the FitBit trend since I'm happy with my workout regimen and don't feel the need to track my steps. And terms of fashion I'm often a form over function girl (have you seen my plethora of beautiful but impractical shoes? Remind me to show you...), and I just don't love the look of the Apple Watch. However, I have a serious issue with remembering to keep my phone on my person with the sound on so that I can actually receive texts and emails, especially when working. Enter Ringly: specifically, their new bracelet. It'll do everything I need (I plan to only set up alerts for text and email, everything else can wait), and nothing I don't (forget trying to talk into the thing), and look great to boot. I've placed my pre-order for the Moonstone bracelet and can't wait for it to arrive later this summer.
Party for a Purpose
My husband and I attended the annual Red Cross Gala last weekend to support both the organization and my friend Lillian who chaired the whole thing. We ran into lots of friends, made new ones, and accidentally ended up at the afterparty far too late... I call that one successful evening! Oh, and that gorgeous dress I'm wearing, and Drew's fabulous suit? Both custom made for us by the amazing Jake Wall and Blake Patterson of JAKE. They are as obsessive about fit and fabric as they are about the creativity and integrity of their designs. Plus, hanging out with them and getting fitted is always a good time!