y very favorite person to follow on Instagram is Beyonce’s stylist Ty Hunter (@tytryone). He posts daily messages I gain so much inspiration from. If his is the first post in my feed when I log on, I get giddy because it sets the tone for my day. An example: “Stop following the crowd. They’re lost as fuck.”
My social media activity is very variable. I go through phases where I am sort of over it, and then other times, usually on holiday when I have lots of free time, I’m posting daily and having so much fun chronicling whatever adventure or whatever cute thing Olympia did (or wore).
For us, social media is much more about research than it is about what a friend was doing the night before, although that can be fun, too. Both of us are interested in design and people with whom we have a voice.
I have a virtual succulent garden. Yeah, you heard me. It’s an app called Viridi and it is very soothing and meditative. And I cannot tell you how many times I’ve nearly murdered my garden with neglect, but those hardy little suckers hang on. Sometimes it’s the only win I need for a day.
Co– Star App— my whole team is super into astrology just like I am. We love the Co– Star app because it has gorgeous visuals and deep dives into your chart daily. It even sends notifications for what to keep an eye on.
Other than scrolling through Instagram, I love checking out what my colleagues are doing @NYTcooking. I’ve got the app on my phone and it’s loaded with over 18,000 tested recipes, along with very thorough, step-by-step guides for things like how to make homemade baby food, to mastering pie crusts and fried chicken.
I've even made friendships that wouldn't exist without social media. Once, I met a girl sitting next to me at brunch one Saturday. We struck up a conversation and then followed each other on Instagram. We met so briefly, I'm not sure either of us would have felt comfortable exchanging numbers or following up with each other via text or call, but we stayed in touch via Instagram for a couple of years now, exchanging greetings and advice on wedding planning, travel, skincare, etc.
I just finished The Dropout produced and written by a friend of mine. I am sure you all have listened but if not, you must — it tells the story of Elizabeth Holmes, who basically blindsided the world with her "invention" Theranos. It's addictive!
My go-to apps are Glo , a yoga app with many straightforward offerings for every type of home yoga practice, especially the classes of Elena Brower. And Insight Timer, my go-to meditation app and part of my morning routine.
Instagram is a bit of a time suck and distracting at times, but it also is a wonderful way to tell the story of your business, stay connected to friends, meet people with common interests and find inspiration, so for that it’s an incredible tool.
On the days that I feel like social media is taking more than it is giving, I’ve learned to just cut myself off. It’s okay to take a couple of days off and pick back up right where you left off! No one needs to know!
If I had one piece of social media advice it would be: Be authentic! We are living in a time when people facetune and slim their bodies, as well as present a life they don’t actually lead. I can’t stand that.
Spend less time looking at your phone. There is so much around you that needs your attention — so much to connect with that isn’t digital; so many people around you who could use a smile and a hello and a full-sentence response; so many books to read and films to see and art to be so close to that you can smell it; so many beautiful sunrises and sunsets and clouds to guess their shapes.
If all we ever follow is fashion inspo, all we’re ever going to take from Instagram is fashion inspo. Following a little bit of everything is what gives a feed life! I follow my favorite organizations and small animal rescue sanctuaries.
It must sound like a fake account but it's not! It's uplifting and inspiring and I do believe in my heart of hearts that I was able to manifest my pipe dream career into reality because of that good ole' law of attraction.
I have a love / hate relationship with social media, like most of us I think. There are so many pros, but it always causes a bit of a headache for me – there’s always a bit of anxiety that comes with the pressures of posting that I feel on a daily basis.
I love that I can discover new brands with social media. At Wander Beauty, it’s allowed us to reach fans all over the world. Also, I love the collection of memories right at my fingertips. I created a hashtag for my dog #carlythecockapoo and it’s so fun to look back on all of her photos. She’s like a little teddy bear but with a lot of attitude.
I know social media can overwhelm, and I’m a big believer in signing off when enough is enough. That said, Instagram is a great way to stay close to my friends who travel so much, and to connect with my fans.
I use social media for more personal functionality rather than sharing. While I love keeping in touch with friends, family and my community, I am a big fan of connecting over the phone and catching up.
My favorite social media tip is to put your phone on airplane mode periodically. It’s easy to get caught up in all of the social, but it’s also super important to disconnect and stay present with your surroundings.
Sundays are for coffee (OK, every day is for coffee, but Sundays are for lounging with said coffee, which I don’t get to do any other day of the week). Sundays are NOT meant to be spent wandering aimlessly around my phone.
Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are. Food is an expression of nationalist identity, ethnic roots, your family, your economics, your self-identity. Food and society are inseparable. And that’s the space Time and A Plate will be living in
I’m really interested in the world of biohacking. Basically that means finding (healthy) ways to consistently increase human efficiency. I love books and podcasts from Tim Ferris, Dave Asprey, Lewis Howes, and Luke Storey.
I have to admit that my dad’s Instagram accounts (are my favorites @paulcavaco and @studiocavaco). He is an excellent story teller and has a massive archive of fashion images with amazing stories behind them.
I’m listening to some of my favorite podcasts (e.g., Radiolab, Bite, Invisibilia, Note to Self, Tiny Spark) or an audiobook on Audible. Basically listening to books has allowed me to “consume” around 3 more books a month. It’s quite addictive.
I also love The Real Real for fashion shopping while 1st Dibs is enormously useful for my work. And I will never get enough of Pinterest where I can create boards with images that continue to inspire in many aspects of my personal life and work.
I believe that women have come so far, so we should stick together! I love all things inspirational – it makes me motivated and grateful for all of the opportunities that I’ve have worked so hard to be blessed with.
LeCatch is a shoppable blog that hits the perfect tone of fun high fashion and accessibility. Marlien gets the high-low mix right and actually inspires me to hunt more, search harder and spend less! It’s a game.
'm not going to give you a list of the accounts I follow, the apps I love or which gadgets I can't live without (hello, Alexa), instead I'm just going to take a minute to feel grateful for all that I have and all that I've accomplished.