My assistant Marta is moving with her family from Berkeley to Bangkok next week! Today we’re taking her out to a farewell team dinner in partnership with Uber. Here’s how the evening went…
As I’ve mentioned before, I use Uber all the time. To and from the airport and train station, and out to meet friends or a date with Jared in the evening. Tonight, when I popped into the Uber to head to dinner I was happy to find a new screen pop up in my Uber app called Safety Toolkit (just be sure your app is updated).
Inside the toolkit you can find three new features:
1. Trusted Contacts where you can select specific people you want to notify of your trip and real time updates so they know exactly where you’re at. This is great for when you’re headed to someone’s house to give them an ETA, or headed home for the evening and your friend/family member want to be sure you get back safe.
2. Uber’s Safety Center which houses things like insurance protection and information, community guidelines, and other safety materials.
3. Emergency Assistance which can immediately call 911 and share location with authorities.
Safety is always a concern with ride sharing so I’m happy to see these new features roll out. It’s great to see Uber taking tangible steps to making positive changes, improving their service and really putting the safety of their users first.
Tonight we met up at Penrose, a cute little restaurant on Grand Ave right by the historic Grand Lake Theatre and Lake Merritt. I found Marta there at the bar enjoying a cocktail when I arrived. I’ll be sad to see this lovely friend leave. She’s been such a fun member of our team and I’m excited to see their family’s adventures in Thailand. Isn’t that amazing they’re just picking up and making such a huge move? Marta’s originally from Barcelona and they travel a lot as a family so maybe it doesn’t sound too intimidating to them, but I’m inspired by their bravery! I’d love to live internationally, Jared and I keep on talking about how we could make it work.
Next Gaby arrived and we all headed back to the bar and waited for Sarah (Ashley was sick, we were sad she couldn’t come!). A bit of an update on how our team works and what roles people play since a lot has changed the last year. Marta has been my in-studio assistant for about a year now and works on some behind the scenes organizational work as well like. A little bit of everything. Gaby works as a second assistant when needed, she also helps a lot with modeling and travel pieces. But mostly she’s busy with her gorgeous shop Small Lot.
Sarah’s here! Sarah is an assistant editor and writes many of the fashion pieces you’ve read here the last few months. She also models for me as well and her gorgeous SF Victorian is my favorite place to shoot. Ashley was my assistant and fashion writer for years but is mostly busy now with Bravery Magazine. She now serves on our Content Advisory Board. This is a group of 10 of the coolest, most interesting women that help brainstorm content ideas for Say Yes each month. Casting a wide net like this helps keeps the content here top notch. In addition, we have two remote writers: parenting editor Michelle, and a new lifestyle writer whose first post you’ll see soon!
Time to head in to dinner! There was a big Warriors game going on so it felt empty, when normally it’s pretty packed. We all ordered drinks, three of us ordered the fish, and then all picked at Sarah’s delicious meatballs. I insisted on dessert and the mocha pot de creme did not disappoint. We chatted late until we realized we were the last ones still at the restaurant. I almost always hire good friends to work with me, or women I know I could be friends with. I’ve never regretted it and count all my Say Yes ladies (past and present) dear friends.
Headed home in an Uber and used the Trusted Contacts to make sure everyone arrived home safe. You can notify your friends within the app when you get home or update on your status. Such a perfect evening out.
Thanks to Uber for sponsoring this post.