I can’t recall what my weekends were like before Netflix. I love it, you love it, and it’s kind of the best thing since sliced bread. But, there are ways to make it even better! Here are a few tips I’ve learned over the years so you, too, can improve your viewing experience.
Useful Google Chrome extensions for all of your Web browsing needs!
Aug 17, 2016
Google Chrome is my default browser for all of my devices, including my MacBook Air, Chromebook, and Galaxy Note 5, for several reasons. I absolutely love that I can retrieve bookmarks, tabs, and even my browsing history for any of these devices anywhere. It’s definitely the first app I install on any new device, and one that I use every single day.
Another reason why I love using Google Chrome, specifically on my MacBook Air, is the fact that I can add extensions to my browser. The options are endless -- from add-ons that let me quickly check the number of new emails to instant coupon finders, extensions help make sure that you’re being the most productive while surfing the Web. You can find a full list of extensions on the Chrome Web Store, and below are a few extensions that I use every day.
Q. What will you do at Cutline?
At Cutline, I’ll be doing my best to live up to the amazing reputation of the rockstars who already make up this agency as an account coordinator.
Q. What's your greatest moment in PR so far?
I’m not sure I can think of a specific moment, but seeing your hard work result in a glowing story for your client is always a great moment. That’s one of the things I love most about this industry -- your work generates tangible results.
Q. Who do you love to follow on Twitter and why?
Being a 90s baby, I do love to follow The 90s Life (@The90sLife), because who doesn’t love being reminded of those epic all-denim outfits. Also, the pop-culture junky in me can’t help but follow E! Entertainment (@e_entertainment), to get my daily celebrity fix.
Q. What's the one gadget service you wish someone would come up with?
I would absolutely love if someone created a fitness/health service that examined your body and determined your health goals, and then partnered with a food service (like Blue Apron maybe?) and a fitness service (possibly SoulCycle?) to lay out a schedule for you to reach your personal goals in a certain time period. You could pay a service fee that would cover each partner in the process, and find a fitness regime that is perfect for you! Seems easy enough, right?
Q. Android, iPhone, or other?
iPhone all the way, sorry Android lovers!
Q. What's your favorite thing about living in the Bay Area?
My favorite thing about living in the Bay Area is the endless amount of activities I’m able to dive into. For example, I’m going to a mac and cheese festival this weekend - if that isn’t exciting, I don’t know what is.
Q. What do you love to do when you're not working?
When I’m not working, I love to travel. Getting lost in different countries and immersing myself in foreign cultures is a huge passion of mine, one that I think will never go away. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to 20 countries around the world, my favorite being England and the most interesting being Japan. If you can (and haven’t already), I highly recommend jumping on a plane and getting your travel feet wet - you won’t regret it!
Yes, you read this post title correctly. Homo sapiens aren’t the only tech-obsessed creatures -- you can easily turn your iPad into something your cat can play with for hours! As President of the Crazy Cat Lady Club, I’m excited to share my [cat’s] favorite free iPad apps that prompt stimulation, meows, howls, and growls.
Ever wondered how we got our start here at Cutline? You’re in luck! We’re back with another post that showcases the stories of how Cutliners turned into PR rockstars. Check out how Mishri Shah became a sensational Manager.
How did you get your start in PR?
I majored in journalism in college, and while I loved it, I quickly realized I like talking way too much to limit myself to just writing. Working in PR gives me the best of both worlds -- I get to write, and I get to communicate with my awesome clients and rockstar coworkers everyday!
What’s your latest/favorite hit so far?
One of the recent hits I’m really excited about was securing a slot for Pebble in O Magazine’s spring trends issue! It was really neat to see Pebble featured in print among several other exciting brands.
What’s a top tip you’d offer to someone aspiring to become a PR rockstar?
Always put yourself in your client’s shoes. Just like any other relationship, empathy is key to fostering a strong and healthy partnership with your client. Understanding their world -- their preferences and requirements -- makes it much easier to share clear recommendations and find new and exciting opportunities for them. At the end of the day, you’ll secure better results, and your client will put more trust in you!
After eight long months of renovations and construction, I’ve finally moved into my master bedroom! Now comes the fun and stressful part -- decorating. Paint colors, furniture, and accent pillows, oh my! It’s a tough process to beautifully furnish an empty room, but luckily we have apps to help us. Here are a few that I’ve relied on tremendously:
Houzz (iOS and Android): This app is a Godsend. It’s basically the Wikipedia of interior design, organized in a clean and efficient way. There are endless images of different spaces, products/furniture for each room, mood boards, and before and after photos for inspiration. When I came across something I liked -- and with 8M+ images in their arsenal, I liked a TON -- I could save it to my virtual idea book for reference. Thank you Houzz for helping make my dream room a reality!
Handy Level (iOS and Android): This has been useful for hanging pictures quickly. Just open the app and rest it on top of the photo frame, and it’ll act as a level. Just be sure to hold your phone tightly to avoid a cracked screen.
Zillow Digs (iOS): This is basically a home-only version of Pinterest. It’s super easy to personalize inspiration that shows up in your feed, and I spent a good amount of time browsing rooms by style, cost, and color. There’s an interactive, gamified feature, too: Dueling Digs. You’re presented with two “dueling” photos of a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, yard, etc. and have to choose the design you like best. It’s basically like Hot or Not, but for interior design.
IKEA Catalogue (iOS and Android): This isn’t just a catalogue! IKEA integrated artificial intelligence into the app, so I could scan my room and then virtually decorate it with their products. I placed chairs in the corner and tried the 360-degree view, moved it around, and was ultimately grateful that I could see what a red seat would look like by my desk, without having to actually lug it home.
Apps to help you find a new apartment in New York City (and move into one without a hassle)!
Jun 9, 2016
Apartment searching in New York City is a headache to say the least, and when it was time for me to start my search last month, I was excited, frightened and anxious to begin the process.
While Craigslist is a good place to start, I’ve had friends who have had Craigslist roommate or rental horror stories, so I was reluctant to rely only on the website. Instead, I decided to explore different options this time around. After testing dozens of websites and apps for everything ranging from finding the perfect apartment to shopping for new furniture, I found a list of services that have made this entire process so much easier. And fast forward to today, my roommate and I are comfortably settled at our new apartment in Astoria, an awesome neighborhood in Queens!
A few months ago I published a blog post around the Giphy Extension. My love for GIFs has not subsided -- I use them all the time. And companies are realizing how great they are too. I recently attended *Yahoo’s Mobile Developer Conference where Tumblr’s Max Sebela discussed how great GIFs are for content marketing campaigns. (*client plug)
Since I use GIFs all the time, I would constantly keep the Giphy site open in my mobile browser. That way, when inspiration struck, I could open my browser and search away. But this task is quite annoying. Switching from text to internet, copying and pasting… I began to stop using gifs. But then I found Giffage!
Giffage is a keyboard extension that allows you to search for gifs, right on the keyboard of your messages (real life example above.) Now I only need to switch the keyboard that I’m using to have instant access to all the GIFs in the universe. I love technology.
I wish I could change my hair color as often as I change my nail polish. While I can’t dye my hair from blonde, to blue, to black and expect to have any hair left, at least I can easily see what I would look like with the ‘do I am dreaming of! Enter ModiFace, a free photo editor and virtual makeover app. You can upload a selfie and virtually try-on different hair colors and hairstyles, as well as top brand lipsticks, glosses, shadows, mascara, highlighters, bronzers, and foundation products. There also features for teeth whitening and lip plumping.