My Life as E (And an Unexpected Videographer)

Often people ask me what I do for a living, and it’s not always easy to explain. Right now, I’m helping my sister to navigate all aspects of her career. (If you’ve seen Entourage, I’m basically the sports equivalent of E.) I help her through her decision making process like a business coach, keep track of partnerships and finances like a manager, coordinate travel and scheduling like a personal assistant, monitor deadline execution and flow like a project manager, and analyze social media analytics like a marketer (among many other things). Plus, on top of all that, I get to work with and learn from Paige’s incredible agent, Jeremy Aisenberg, and his team at Octagon (oh hey Ohan, Nicole, Alyssa, and Katie). Their experience in cultivating strategic partnerships and closing meaningful deals is second to none, and I am so grateful Paige chose to put her future in their hands.

But perhaps my favorite and most unexpected job responsibility has become videographer. Thanks to my trusty Nikon D3300, experience hustling as a content creator at startups/nonprofits, plus my highly developed skill of casually lurking in the background (can you lurk and not be a creep?), turns out I’m the perfect person to catch candid footage.

Check out Team Paige’s most recent video below from our trip to South Korea last October!

(Music by the incredible Joshua T Mitchell – thank you!)

Camping at Sugarloaf Mountain

Surprisingly, Josh and I had never actually been camping together in the 10+ years we have been together. So this weekend, with the amazingly beautiful weather and (also surprisingly) free schedules, we finally decided to plan something. After asking friends and doing some research, we decided to head up to Sugarloaf Mountain outside of Boulder at the suggestion of this blog. Both Josh and I were wanting some nature time, but since we’ve been pretty worn out from work and life in general, we both wanted something close-ish to Denver where we could drive to the site, setup camp, and then just chill with a little hiking and a lot of eating around a campfire.

The verdict for this spot? Highly recommended. For some reason my phone decided to delete a few of my pictures, but here’s what I was able to salvage!

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Hola from Ixtapa

Sometimes you just need to step back and do nothing. When that time corresponds with your honeymoon, life is good.

Lounging by our own private plunge pool.

I’ll post a review of our resort when I return, but in the meantime here are a few snaps from paradise. 

A very generous and unexpected gift from Josh’s coworkers.

Flower petals on the bed upon arrival.
  
Our complementary afternoon treat of tequila.
 

#bachpartyfiesta: Bachelorette Party in LA

This past weekend I celebrated my bachelorette party in LA! Due to everyone’s hectic schedule we had to plan it a bit early, which I think is actually a good thing because now I get to spread out the excitement!

On Friday I flew out to San Diego to see my sister and to drive down to LA with her. She’s a senior at SDSU and I had yet to see her stomping grounds so I really wanted to make sure to make my first stop SD. It took us about two hours (not bad) to get to our AirBnB in Venice Beach where we did some grocery shopping, set out some “festively” themed cakes and cookies, and waited for the rest of the ladies to touch down.

After everyone else arrived we headed over to the Hotel Erwin’s rooftop bar, the High Rooftop Lounge in Venice Beach! After sipping on a few drinks (I highly recommend the Cinnamon Pear Toddy) we walked back to our house and chatted over champagne for several hours. It was the perfect start to the trip!

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My sister Paige and I at the High Rooftop Lounge

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The Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Overlooking the Black Canyon.
Overlooking the Black Canyon.

This past weekend Josh and I decided to conquer the almost six hour drive up to the Telluride area to see some family. It was great! But also I could really use a nice massage. Although we were only there for less than 48 hours, we sure did pack in a lot of excitement, the most picturesque of which was the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Here are a few snapshots from our mini vacation. (or is it still a staycation?)

More photos after the jump!

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The Solo Staycation

There is something so relaxing about being in a hotel room alone – if you do it right. I’ve come to really enjoy business trips for this very reason. So much, in fact, that I even decided to head up to the mountains for a 2 day retreat all by my lonesome when Josh couldn’t join. Technically a staycation involves staying in your own home and just doing super extra fun things, but since this was free and only an hour away, I’m going to count it. If you’re looking to relax, rejuvenate, and rediscover yourself, here’s the best way to take a solo staycation.

Olivia Palermo via Lifestyle Mirror

Also, yes. “Staycation” is a completely legitimate term as demonstrated by this Wikipedia page (right?!).

Anyway, to the videos, pics, and tips!

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Austin City Limits 2014: Day Three

I already knew on the morning of Day Three of Austin City Limits that I was going to have a big case of post-vacation blues when if was over. The whole experience of spending time with my family, watching amazing shows (some of which I never thought I would ever see), and relishing the opportunity to relax in the VIP Grove couldn’t have been better or come at a more opportune time. Just as I was starting to get a little burnt out from going from owning a business to going to the Olympics to moving and immediately starting another job, this magical little music festival popped into my life and rejuvenated my spirit. But it is also going to leave me a little sad to go home! Although Denver, you still have my heart.

My parents hit up my sister’s golf tournament in the morning, which coincidentally happened to be 30min away on the same weekend, so I sent my mom a picture of my outfit before Josh and I head out via Uber for the day. My sister and I never wanted to match her or each other when we were little, so she’s always very sensitive about not wearing similar outfits. More duck boots, but less pants since it was hot again.

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The comfiest of concert gear.

Josh and I really wanted to make sure to get there before MØ since we love her and can’t stop listening to her Spice Girls “Say You’ll Be There” cover. And OMG SHE DID NOT DISAPPOINT! What. A. Rock. Star. Her voice is flawless, her band is the epitome of cool, she crowd surfed, and she threw a beer into the crowd. Also I’m totally jealous of her ability to rock a crop top, Everlast sweats, and a scrunchie.

This is what MØ looks like crowd surfing:

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Austin City Limits 2014: Day Two

Word of the Day: Mud. It rained all night and through the morning, so when we arrived at Zilker Park for Day Two of Austin City Limits there were pools of water everywhere. It was also this weird temperature where it was kind of chilly, but then when you started walking you’d get hot and the humidity would make you sweat a bit, which would then make you colder when you stopped for a break. Overall though, I had my trusty Sperry Saltwater Duck Boots so I couldn’t complain too much!

Mommy and Me
My mom and I about to enter Zilker Park!
Mud Puddle at ACL
One of many huge mud puddles.

Because of the weather – and honestly because we were tired from an extremely long day on Friday – we decided to head over a tad later and ended up arriving right around 2pm where we saw some of The Rosebuds, who were great! We ended up having VIP passes for Saturday and Sunday (!!!) which was AMAZING, so we meandered over to the “VIP Grove” where we had all sorts of free refreshments. And chairs. Most importantly there was a place to sit.

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Austin City Limits 2014: Day One

Hello from Austin! Or do I saw howdy? From what I’ve gathered so far it doesn’t seem like much of a howdy/ya’ll saying kind of town. Anyway, Josh and I are out here with my parents for Austin City Limits! My dad does work with Floyd’s 99 Barber Shop out here in Texas and they’re sponsoring the festival so we decided this was the best time to finally make the trek (also if you haven’t been to a Floyd’s – men or women – we have had universally awesome experiences with them from California to Colorado to Austin).

Josh and I got up at 3:30am Friday morning for a 6am flight so that we could get in on time, get ready, and get to watching some music. After sleeping almost entire duration of the flight I was surprisingly awake and ready to go upon landing, so after taking a quick shower, we decided to head to lunch before heading to Zilker Park. Based on a suggestion from a local, we hit up Noble Sandwich Co.

And it was SO worth it! After waiting in line for about 20min and by some stroke of luck getting four seats at one of the crowded community-style tables, we were brought our three masterpieces by an incredibly friendly, hip server. The house smoked meats, house baked bread, and house crafted sauces did not disappoint.

Our choices (all highly recommended):

  • Knuckle Sandwich – Roast Beef, Horseradish, Onions, & Cheddar
  • Turkey Chop – Red Onion, Cucumber, Fresh Herbs, & Lemon-Coriander Vinaigrette
  • Pecan Smoked Beef Brisket – Kimchi, White Onion, & Sambal Mayo

We also got sides of Jalapeño Slaw and Country Potato Salad. Everything was delicious, but if I were to get one thing it would be the Knuckle Sandwich.

Noble Sandwiches
Noble Sandwiches

We also couldn’t pass up on the Chocolate Bacon Tarts. Do I even really need to tell you how delicious these were?

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