Summer Solstice is officially here, and it’s the perfect time to make sure your summer soundtrack is up to speed. To celebrate the season, we put together a few of our favorite hits in Cutline’s Sounds of Summer playlist, available on Spotify, which we'll continue to update! Here’s what we’re jamming to and why: Read more
3 Fun Things You Can Do With Your Instagram Photos
May 31, 2017
Alongside Gmail and Facebook, Instagram is one of the most frequently used apps on my smartphone. As an avid photographer, I love posting my own pictures on Instagram, and to browse through others’ beautifully ‘grammed photos. However, there are times when I just want to print a photo from Instagram to stick on my wall or use the photos I’ve taken to create a nice gift for friends and family. Thankfully, there are a ton of companies that offer Instagram-friendly printing options that are not only easy, but also affordable and stylish! Read more
In celebration of Earth Day tomorrow, we asked the Cutline Crew to share how they strive to be more sustainable and energy efficient, whether at home, during their commute or at the office. See below for some handy tips and tricks! Read more
International Women’s Day: The History-Making Women We Love
Mar 8, 2017
Whether it’s for International Women’s Day today, Women’s History Month all of March, or any other day of the year, honoring the trailblazing women who inspire us is one of our favorite things to do. Read on to find out which history-making women Cutliners admire most! Read more
How to travel comfortably during your next long-haul flight
Jan 18, 2017
People call me crazy, but I actually love long-distance flights. Growing up flying back and forth between Korea and the United States, I’ve become accustomed to 12- or 14-hour flights and use that time to unwind and recharge for the trip ahead. There are many benefits to long-distance flights, such as free meals, and access to an entire library of the latest movies and TV shows. I usually catch up on all the shows I’ve been meaning to watch during my flights to Korea! In addition, while having zero access to the Internet for 14 hours can be a scary thought, it actually forces you to take your eyes off the tiny screen and rest.
However, not all long-distance flying is created equal, and there are some ways to make your next in-flight experience even better. Here are some of my tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way:
“Brevity is the soul of wit” (Shakespeare). “Less is more” (Robert Browning). “Keep it simple, stupid” (Kelly Johnson). We’ve heard many things about brevity throughout our lives and in business, because sometimes you don’t need to say very much to communicate an idea or observation. That’s what makes haikus so fun to read -- and at the same time, so challenging to write. For last month’s creative challenge, Cutliners were encouraged to use haikus -- three-line poems with a 5-7-5 syllable structure -- to speak their minds. The results:
WeWork is a coworking office space that provides a shared workspace and community for smaller startups and businesses. Launched in New York City in 2010, the company has quickly expanded across 28 cities, and 91 locations!
#CutlineNYC has been a member of WeWork Bryant Park for a few years, and we absolutely love our beautiful office, which overlooks Bryant Park (perfect for enjoying the spring sun). We also enjoy the Blue Bottle Coffee shop on the first floor, as well as Lady M cake shop next door! As WeWork members, we get to be part of an awesome community of smart startups, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses, and enjoy many perks that WeWork provides. Below are a few reasons why I adore working in a WeWork space:
Ability to work from any WeWork location (30 in NYC alone)!
WeWork members can work from any common room in any of its 91 locations around the country, including Austin, Chicago, Miami, and San Francisco. It’s nice to know that I have the option to reserve a meeting room or work from any of the WeWork locations when I’m traveling or working remotely. Even when I’m not traveling, I can take advantage of the 30 New York City locations and work from convenient locations around Manhattan between meetings. Plus, WeWork just opened its first Queens, NY location in Astoria, which is a huge plus because it’s within walking distance from my apartment!
Beautifully decorated spaces (and no need to worry about maintenance)
Each WeWork office is nicely designed and decorated, as if they came straight out of an interior design magazine! I specifically love the second floor of the Bryant Park building, because it’s an open, airy space filled with leather couches and comfy chairs. It’s perfect for unwinding with my fellow NYC Cutliners after a long day in the office, or to take breaks in between. Also, WeWork is managed by amazing community managers who coordinate everything from solving tech issues to making sure that there’s coffee on each floor.
Insightful and fun events for members every week
We love participating in WeWork’s fun member events, such as a Vino and Vinyasa yoga session, Taco Tuesdays, “Treat Yo Self” events with cool vendors and massage chairs, and workshops hosted by fellow WeWork members. There’s always something to sign up for each week, and it’s a great way to get to know other companies and entrepreneurs in the building!
Exclusive benefits and discounts for members
WeWork partners with cool vendors like Equinox, One Medical, FlyWheel, and General Assembly, to offer discounts for members. It’s a great way to try new services that I otherwise would not normally sign up for. Personally, I’m super excited to use my member benefits to sign up for a new gym this spring!
WeWork truly embraces its #DoWhatYouLove mantra by offering members a comfortable and efficient space to get our creative juices going, and encouraging members to share ideas and network. I encourage you to check out the nearest WeWork office if you’re looking for a new office space!
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:
Evernote Web Clipper: Evernote is my go-to app across all of my devices for keeping my personal notes in one place. The Evernote Web Clipper is an extension that lets you “clip” a page that you are viewing and add it to your Evernote notebook. Whether it’s a new recipe you want to try or a fashion tip, you can instantly save pages, and access them on any other device via your Evernote account.
Honey: I love online shopping, especially if it involves flash sales and discounts. Honey is an extension that automatically finds and applies coupon codes when you shop online. All you have to do is click on the Honey button during checkout, and the app will automatically apply coupon codes to your shopping cart.
Grammarly: Everyone needs a good spell checker, and Grammarly is a tool that automatically checks your spelling and grammar as you type in your Chrome browser. It catches even the tiniest of mistakes, and helps me make sure that my tweets, Facebook posts, and emails are error-free. Unfortunately it does not support Google Drive yet, but I look forward to when that feature will be added on!
Giphy for Chrome: At Cutline, we are huge lovers of funny and cute GIFs, especially if they involve puppies! This extension lets you easily add a GIF to any email, blog posts, tweets, or anywhere else on the Web.
Google Cast: If you use a Chromecast at home, this is a must-download extension Google Cast lets you cast any of your tabs in your Chrome browser to your TV. It’s specifically handy when streaming videos or music from sites that are not supported by Chromecast.
Do you have a Chrome extension that you love? I’d love to hear new suggestions or tips!
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!
StreetEasy is a search engine for home rentals or sales for the NYC area. You can sort through search results by location, price, size, and other options like move-in date, amenities, and more. Once you’ve created a search (and an account), you can save it and receive real-time alerts either via email or through the mobile app. The best part about StreetEasy is that you can see the pricing history of any listing, and contact the real estate agent directly through the website or app!
Naked Apartments is another NYC-based user-friendly apartment search engine that I really enjoyed using. As the company’s name suggests, Naked Apartments’s goal is to remove any hidden costs or shady processes generally associated with working with a real estate agent. Similar to StreetEasy, you can also search by neighborhood, apartment size, price and other options. However, Naked Apartments lets users rate a real estate agent, so you know if an agent is a trustable person to work with, or if you should find someone else.
After a three week process, I was fortunate enough to find an apartment that I fell in love with. The next step was finding a mover to help me move all of my stuff! I turned to TaskRabbit, an on-demand service that lets you outsource various tasks like cleaning or moving. I selected the service that I needed, and TaskRabbit immediately connected me to a list of “taskers.” After reviewing their hourly rates and reviews, I chose my mover and cleaner and worked out a time with them. The process was seamless, and they both did a wonderful job at helping me get settled in at my new place! I also loved that all payments were made through TaskRabbit, and I didn’t have to worry about writing a check or having to get cash.
Although the “for sale” page of Craigslist has some hidden gems, it can be difficult to sell and pick up used furniture without a car. AptDeco is an online marketplace where you can list your gently used furniture for sale, and have the company’s employees pick it up and deliver it directly to the buyer. If you’re looking to buy new furniture, you can scroll through their nicely designed website to find something that you want, purchase it directly on the page, and schedule a time for delivery. Unlike Craigslist, where you have to go to a stranger’s house to pick up the furniture and pay in cash, AptDeco is safe, reliable and easy to buy and sell furniture.