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WeWork Test Run
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After the mouse incident last month, I decided to take the plunge and join WeWork this week. I should immediately note that WeWork hasn't paid or perked me to write this post, I'm just sharing. HOWEVER, the links that I'm using for WeWork will earn me a referral bonus which they offer to all members that refer new customers. 

It's for real my first day - so I'll post an update toward the end of the month to let you know how it has gone. But so far, they've prorated my first month which was great and I trolled this website and found a 20% discount code that actually worked. So far so good. I got in for my first month at $230. I have what they call the "hot desk" plan - meaning you just come in every day and pick a spot to work.

I'm working from the University Park location, which is near UT Campus right off of the dreaded I-35. But there's also an HEB right here and I'm very close to downtown if I need to go in for a meeting or lunch. There is a Congress Avenue location if you'd like to be right in the middle of the action. It's $75 less per month but you'll pay just over $200 more for parking so I opted to stay just out of downtown. There's also a location at the Domain if you're in North Austin.

SO - again I'm new here but here's the lowdown I've collected:

  • Community kitchen, fridge and microwaves for bringing your own lunch. Important because it keeps me from attacking my refrigerator on an hourly basis. Plus you can prep your lunches, label them and bring them for the week. The fridge gets emptied every Friday afternoon.
  • There is an endless flow of coffee, tea and even beer for F-R-E-E. But there's also a little spot to buy drinks and snacks if you need to.
  • You have free parking in a garage and 24/7 access. I don't know what the rules are, but you could seriously park here and walk to football games too - just sayin'.
  • Copies, professional shredding services, printing, scanning, etc. is all available and included.
  • You can use a conference room for an additional charge when needed and they have lots of options. There are also little phone booths to work in, that aren't great if you're claustrophobic but are good options for private phone calls and they are plentiful.
  • The place is very quiet and professional, no one steals your mice and you can get up to go to the restroom without having to ask someone to watch your things. I can't tell you how long I've held it in a busy Starbucks before just to avoid having to pack up all my junk or fear losing a company laptop.
  • Dog friendly! This may be a con to you - but if it is we probably aren't friends. Plus, it doesn't seem abused. It's a Friday and there is only one dog here and he's very well behaved.
  • Just my 2 cents but it's also light and bright with big windows which I enjoy and need for a productive work session.

I'll report back, who knows in three week I may hate it or revert back to my yoga pants, but for now - WeWork University Park is where I'll be parking it Monday - Friday. Come by and say hi.

iPhone Cases for Professional Women

Who knew finding a professional-looking but not boring cell phone case would be such a challenge? I recently purchased an iPhone 7 plus and adding the larger sized phone to my technology hoard made the search that much harder - there don't seem to be as many options for us plus users.

All I wanted was something that was classy but not boring or too masculine. Definitely nothing pink or with glitter on it - not that I'm innocent, I've been there and done that with this ban.do case.

Also, because of the larger size, for some reason I feel like I need a folio style cover to my phone which also limited my options. Talk about first world problems.

After much scouring of the interwebs and driving to Best Buy, Target and Staples I landed on this Nomad folio which is actually a little masculine. However, it matches my brown leather bag and the folio protects my screen, includes space for cash and cards, and because this is my personal phone keeps my incoming notifications private if left on a desk or table in a meeting.

Here's a gallery of other cases I checked out and approve of - in case you're in the market as well. Unfortunately, some are not available for the plus phones but I didn't want to discriminate against those still able to see a tiny screen. 

  • The Nomad case I purchased and have thus far been happy with - only 1 week in!
  • A Ted Baker case that has rose gold trim which is a little fun, and also comes in a variety of colors. Plus the inside cover has a mirror so you don't have to do that weird selfie camera view to check out your makeup.
  • The orange one below is from Mark and Graham and also comes in a variety of colors. Orange would never be my first choice, but in Austin orange is always okay. Plus the gold monogram option is very classy. The site also sells matching pouches for your earbuds and chargers.
  • The tortoise case is a very affordable and classic option - you should know tortoise is a neutral in my book. I would have ordered this case from Etsy if it had an option with a cover.
  • Silvery grey reptile is always cool and edgy while also blending in.
  • Sorry guys, but I had to do this. The Louis Vuitton demier cover is bank at about $300 before tax and screams that one has too much money. However, it will always be in style and isn't too fussy for a luxury item (unlike the LV trunk cases which range from $1-5K, which is dumb, unless Louis is reading and wants to send me one!). I seriously considered the splurge, but with the rate that phone styles change I couldn't do it - I only spend Louis money on things I can give my daughter one day.  This is unlike to fit an iPhone 19 or whatever she'll have!
  • Finally, the Smathers and Branson Needlepoint Texas case will always be a good idea!

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Spotted: Charming Downtown Office Space

I work from home. Specifically I work from about 24 square feet of my home located in between my kitchen and laundry room. My refrigerator is entirely too close for comfort, but the sound of the clothes dryer running during the workday has become comforting to me. I manage very well, because while the area is small, it is full of storage and contained. It keeps me humble.

But sometimes I creep. I creep into Craigslist office rental listings and find gems like this East 11th Street unit for lease for which the price is anything but humble. It runs higher than my mortgage - but a field-based girl can dream.