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Conversations with Hilary: Daniel Lurie

This month I have the honor of featuring someone I admire immensely, Daniel Lurie, the founder of Tipping Point Community. Philanthropy is a big part of my life and I admire Daniel and his mission to eradicate poverty in the Bay Area. Tipping Point raises money to support Bay Area nonprofits focused on improving the lives of those in poverty through employment, education, housing, and wellness initiatives. Since 2005, they have raised more than $80 million to support nearly 365,000 people in need. I love that Daniel saw a need for immediate action, and took it on with such passion and focus.

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1. What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
Marrying my wife, Becca Prowda. And starting Tipping Point Community in 2005.
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2. If you could do anything other than what you currently do, what would it be?
With my work at Tipping Point and with the Super Bowl 50 Host committee, I have two great roles. I wouldn’t change it.

3. What do you like most about what you do for a living/career?
My job allows me to interact and learn from the best leaders in the non-profit and business world.
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4. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
It’s not usually up to me. Either my four-year-old daughter has woken me up or I go to get my giggling one-year-old son from bed. It’s usually pretty cute, except when it’s really early.

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5. What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
Hang with my wife at home and watch a movie.

6. What were you passionate about in your younger years growing up?
I always had the urge to want to make a difference, but I didn’t know how. And sports, I’ve always loved playing and watching sports. I still do.
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7. What are you passionate about now?
The San Francisco Bay Area. We are living during a historical time. There is so much exciting innovation and progress happening, but there are still a million people here struggling just to survive. If we don’t take care of our neighbors I wonder how history will actually remember us. I am excited to help make this a time we look back on with pride.

8. What’s your favorite season and why?
I grew up in the San Francisco so I feel like that’s a tough one to answer. Probably fall because San Francisco’s weather is at its best!
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9. If you were stuck on a deserted island, what three items would you want to have with you?
Honest answer: a cell phone with service to get me off the island. Otherwise, a great spy novel, some beers, and a surfboard. I am terrible surfer, so it would give me a chance to learn without anyone watching.

10. If you were a cocktail or a drink what would it be? 
A good tequila on the rocks with a little lime juice.
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11. What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
I listen to Murph and Mac on KNBR 680 religiously. And ever since Prince played a Tipping Point concert last year at The Fillmore, he’s been at the top of my list.
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12. If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Franklin D. Roosevelt. His leadership during this country’s most challenging time is without equal. I would have loved to see his optimism up close.
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13. If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
I would go see any other movie (even Sharknado 3), before going to see my life story on the big screen.

14. Do you have any regrets?
I’ve been given so many opportunities and have taken advantage of them to the best of my abilities.

15. Define Freedom.
That everyone regardless of the zip code they are born into has an opportunity to have a great education, access to high-quality health care and the chance to chase their dreams.

16. What are your personal core values?
Service, respect, and humility.



How To Shop For: Mom

Not only do I absolutely love shopping for all my friends and family for the holidays, I especially love shopping for my mom. It’s a reason to spoil her and I love the mission of finding just the right gift. The gift that she wouldn’t expect or something she had looked for in the past and had no luck. The gift that simply says, “I love you this much”.best air jordan

Here are some ideas that she’ll be sure to love.

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Necklace – gold plated and age neutral, the perfect piece of elegance for her to wear everyday (Gorjana, $60)

Decorative bowl – so family dinners can be delicious and chic (Tory Burch, $128)steph curry shoes 2014

Cozy cape – whether she’s on the go or quiet at home, she’ll be effortlessly in style (Vince, $495)

Double layer gloves – chunky cable knit and fingerless, so she can still text you to say, “Thank you for this fantastic gift!” (Urban Outfitters, $18)nike air max 180

Metallic detail mug – so she can start her day off with some glitz (J Crew, $14.50)

Etched measuring spoons – wood spoons with etched details make these a standout accessory in any kitchen (Urban Outfitters, $20)shoes of stephen curry

Cashmere slippers – because her toes deserve a little luxury too (Arlotta, $115)

Quartz bottle stopper – so the bottle of wine you two just shared can stay fresh (and look pretty) until next time (RABLABS, $64)

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Stay tuned for our next post, “How To Shop For: Dad”

Happy Shopping!

Napa Valley Summer Essentials

Longer and warmer days are finally here, and the first official day of summer is just on the horizon. Transitioning into the summer wardrobe is my particularly favorite time of year  – sandals move to the forefront of your shoe closet, dresses become the perfect go-to outfit, and so begins the justification of how many sunglasses and hats you absolutely “can’t live without”. With every season, we gravitate towards a handful of pieces that we consistently reach for and thus, become our essentials. If you’re from Northern California, visiting the Napa Valley soon or just want to be inspired by Napa Valley’s seasonal fashions, we’ve handpicked our Napa Valley summer essentials so you can take on the season in style.
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1. Lightweight cardigan – perfect to layer in cooler mornings and wrap up in when the sun goes down.

2. Crossbody bag – ideal bag for all your summer activities from BottleRock to wine tasting.

3. Neutral wedges – the perfect shoe to go with almost any summer outfit and  a safe pick to trek through the vineyards.
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4. Aviator sunglasses – the metal frame is an ultralight design and aviator shape is a classic style you can wear season after season.

5. Raffia fedora – more feminine than a baseball cap and without the commitment of a big brim sunhat.
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6. Cuffed skinny denim – a bottom that you can literally wear all year long, dress up or down and pair with any shoe.

Happy summer shopping from PlumpJackSport!

Behind The Threads: Tart Collections

Jamie and Dana Finegold of Tart Collections

Jamie and Dana Finegold of Tart Collections

“Quintessential California style.”

We’re excited to introduce our new series – Behind The Threads, where we’ll be talking with some of the faces behind the amazing brands we carry at PlumpJackSport.

We’ve carried bay area based line, Tart Collections, at PlumpJackSport for two years now and what attracted us to the line, was it’s effortless, fabulous fitting pieces and the super soft fabrics they have come to be known for. We sat down with husband and wife team, Jamie and Dana Finegold, owners of Tart Collections to talk about the creation of the line and why it works for every style.

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Jamie Finegold’s hobby of design sprouted while he was attending school at UC Santa Barbara. He got his start by making t-shirts for athletic teams and sororities on campus and people took notice quickly and soon made a name for himself. Dana and Jamie (high school sweethearts) soon became partners, and in 1996, with Dana’s advertising and business background and Jamie’s designs, they launched JD Fine & Co.. Establishing their line of sleepwear for children and women, it was picked up my major retailers and had a great response from customers. From there, they created Tart Collections in 2004 to hone in on their growing female customer base, creating a women’s wear line that is versatile and chic.

Since then, Tart Collections has gained attention and is now available online and in high-end department store retailers and boutiques. Jamie said he knew Dana and him were “doing something right” when the line gained more and more momentum through an increasing celebrity following from the likes of Heidi Klum, Jessica Alba, Katy Perry and more. Jamie and Dana keep key cities in mind while designing, as each piece is weather tailored for ladies from all climates and with an emphasis on the pieces skimming the body just the right way. The super soft modal fabric that is consistent in each collection has become their signature feel.

The success of the company comes from the tight knit atmosphere of the staff at the Tart Collection offices. Jamie does the photography and oversees the design team and Dana oversees financials. They also have factories here in the bay area and have their sights set on manufacturing the entire line in the US, and to open Tart Collection retail stores so customers can get the full Tart experience.

For more information about the line and to see their latest collection, check out Tart Collections.