Jill Martin’s Digital Detox

It is evident that social media is an important part of society. These networks connect people from around the world and allow users to stay up-to-date with the latest trends. However, with over 900 million daily users on social media platforms, it is important to withdraw ourselves from this digital lifestyle and experience a more “in the moment” mentality. Our client, Jill Martin of the Today Show, did just that. Jill completetd her second digital detox challenge to end 2016 on a postive note.

“I started planning my latest technology cleanse in August (I last tried this in 2014), when, after working nonstop, I hit a wall and needed a break. But I knew I needed a different kind of break. Time alone, time to travel, and time for a new adventure.”- Jill Martin

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Boss Lady: Maureen Petrosky

Boss Lady is a series that shares personal insights from creative women in business. This week we chat with Maureen Petrosky, author, television personality, chef, food stylist, and entertaining and lifestyle expert. Maureen shares with us her exciting career, her passion and inspiration for creating, and her advice to women pursuing dreams in entrepreneurship. 

Maureen Petrosky
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1.Tell us a little about yourself and your career. It’s been a whirlwind.
I started off behind the scenes at Food Network and have been working both in production and on-air for twenty years now-which sounds crazy long. But time flies when you love what you do.

2. Describe a typical work day.
There’s no typical work day. One day I may be writing for 8 hours straight in my home office, one day I might be tasting vodkas in Amsterdam and the very next I could be in hair and make up for the TODAY show. I don’t do typical and this work style suits my undiagnosed ADD perfectly.

3. Whether it’s for a TODAY show segment or for an upcoming article, can you explain your process for creating wonderful recipes, lessons, crafts, etc?
I see everything in life as an opportunity to learn, to improve my skills and my lifestyle and in turn see them as teachable moments too. I do a lot of thinking in bed. At night before I fall asleep or in the morning before I get up. It’s the only time the rest of my life is quiet around me. It can be a word in a book, something my kids say, or something I taste that inspires me. I want to make a beautiful life accessible, not daunting.

The Cocktail Club by Maureen Petrosky

4. Can you name two domestic gurus you look up to and why?
My mom and Martha. I grew up in a house with seasonal decor vignettes, beautiful tabletops and a lot of fun. I mean who else’s parents were making green eggs and ham for St. Patrick’s Day or serving pink Farina for breakfast on Valentine’s day? My mom was the original inspiration. It’s in my blood. And then of course Martha. She took it to another level that lets all of us now have parties and make a career out of it. And now with her latest collaboration with Snoop, I have to give her mad props. She keeps pushing herself and that I admire.

5. When it comes to entertaining for either small or large gatherings, do you have one expert advice to share?
Pour a drink first. It makes getting ready more fun, and that’s what it’s all about, having fun. Don’t forget that.

6. How do you mix social media when hosting or entertaining? Do share at all, and is it in real time or do you post later? 
I guess the evil of social media is a part of everything we do. I hate to miss the moment so typically I post later, after the fact. I try to document our moments but it’s more important to me to actually engage in them and be present.

7. What is your most successful form of marketing?
Getting out of the house. Really, as a creator you can spend endless days hulled up in front of your computer. It’s important to meet people face-to-face. All aspects are important, getting by-lines and being on TV are immensely successful outlets, but I get those jobs because I meet people and make connections. You will always be your best PR.

Maureen PetroskyImage via Jeff Wojtaszek

8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I barely know what’s coming this year. That’s the nature of entrepreneurship. You need to be able to roll with the tide. You throw twenty ideas out there and if one sticks it’s a success. I just hope in 5 years to be happy and healthy and creating beautiful, interesting work.

9. When you’re not working what do you enjoy doing most?
Hanging out with my family, hosting happy hour, and Dragon boating.

10. Do you have any advice for those looking to enter the world of entrepreneurship?
Anyone who wants it badly enough can be their own boss. But you have to recognize if you have the personality for it, brace yourself for irregular paychecks, schedules and being on call 24/7. If you’re game for that here are a few tips: only work with people you like, spend a third of your time reaching out for new work and making new contacts, be responsive to emails and texts immediately, pick up the phone and call people- it’s much more powerful than an email, exercise and take care of yourself- you are your business card, dream big- then aim bigger- if you fall somewhere in the middle you’ll have succeeded.

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New Year, New Me: Our New Year’s Resolutions

Our team at Social Stylate waved goodbye to 2016 and welcomed 2017 with open arms! See what us gals have in mind for our New Year’s Resolutions, we are ready for all of the new beginnings and challenges along the way. Bring on 2017!

New Year's ResolutionLauren’s Resolution: 
“Since I’m having a baby this year (crazy!) I want to be better at shutting off my brain and maintaining a “be here now” philosophy: putting away the cell phone, turning off work and focusing on the moment.”

New Year Resolution Carroll’s Resolution:
“With my busy schedule I would like to make more time for yoga and travel.”

New Year Resolution: SydneySydney’s Resolution:
“I’m trying to work on embracing new experiences and trying new things.”

New Year Resolution: Kelly Kelly’s Resolution:
“I would like to work on staying more organized; starting with making a monthly, weekly, and daily to do list.”

New Year Resolution: Aly Aly’s Resolution:
“In the past years, I have always made my New Year’s Resolution about working out and getting back into shape, but never followed through. This year, I am determined to stick with my resolution by creating a workout plan, eating healthy and working towards being my happiest/best self in my personal life and with my career.”

New Year Resolution: Jordan Jordan’s Resolution:
“With my swimming career coming to an end this spring, my resolution is to focus more on living a healthy lifestyle by cooking more often and trying new healthy recipes and staying active by taking yoga classes and running.”

New Year's Resolution: ColleenColleen’s Resolutions:
“Drink more water. The implications of drinking more water go beyond just staying hydrated. It also helps curb your appetite to avoid eating from boredom. It also helps keep your skin looking bright and healthy! Also, to think more positively. It goes without saying that if your thoughts are more positive, you’re going to have a more positive life experience. Negativity consumes a lot of energy, so why waste energy on focusing on the bad when you can focus on the good!”

New Year's Resolutions: RachelRachel’s Resolution:
“Getting back to the gym and working on my fitness because it’s always been important to me and I’ve been in such a lull lately with it.. I’m excited to get back on track. I’m also going to work really hard in school and in setting up a job after graduation! My goal is to work really hard now so that future me can really benefit from it.”

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Boss Lady: Gabrielle and Brittney Flank

Boss Lady is a series that shares personal insights from creative women in business.This week we chat with Gabrielle & Brittney Flank, sisters and founders of The Frosting Company, an Artisan product line that is free of gluten, parabens, sulfates, phthalates and artificial preservatives. These two inspirational ladies share their story of hardwork and dedication as young entrepreneurs all while spreading awareness.
The Frosting Company

1. Tell us about yourselves and your career.
Gabrielle
: I am an 18 year old high school senior, Huffington Post blogger, entrepreneur, philanthropist and public speaker who promotes a message of positivity.
Brittney: I am 24 years old and I am a graduate of DeSales University with a degree in communication. I am the co-owner of the Frosting Company and enjoy spending time with my family and giving back.

2. What is a typical work day like for you ladies?
No two days are ever the same. We usually start with a morning meeting where we go over what we want to accomplish for the day. Gabrielle is a senior in high school and has to schedule time to do her school work. Brittney usually is the one to check and respond to emails. We manufacture all of our products in house and mid-day we work together on fulfilling orders.

3. Where did the inspiration behind the Frosting Company come from?
The inspiration for the Frosting Company came after Gabrielle was diagnosed with cancer. Because of Gabrielle’s diagnosis we became aware of the harmful chemicals and toxins in many of the beauty products we were using. We learned that your skin is your largest organ and after Gabrielle’s cancer diagnoses we became aware that a large percentage of what you put onto your skin is absorbed directly into your bloodstream. We wanted to design products that we felt safe using, were beneficial and that everyone could enjoy!

With our passion and love for natural products we decided to create our own line of Artisan products that are free of gluten, parabens, sulfates, phthalates and artificial preservatives.

4. Starting a company with your sister must be so exciting, how do you delegate who does what in the company?
Being sisters is a really great advantage because we know each other so well. We know each other’s strengths and weakness and can play off of that.
Gabrielle: I have always had a love and passion for science. So formulating products came naturally to me.
Brittney: I was a communications major in college and have always enjoyed the administrative, creative, and marketing aspects.

The Frosting Company

5. Can you explain how your products are made and what makes them so different from other products?
Our story is one that people can really relate to. It is important to us to use organic, fair-trade, food grade and natural ingredients. We use the finest and most delectable ingredients in order to create a luxurious experience each and every time. We wanted to create a line that was great for your skin and that people enjoyed using at any age.

6. What has been your most successful form of marketing so far?
Social media by far has been our most successful form of marketing. It is amazing how technology allows people to connect with each other from around the globe. Because of social media we are able to communicate directly to our consumers with a push of a button.

7. Where would you like to see The Frosting Company in the next 5 or so years?
In 5 years we would like to see the Frosting Company as a household brand. We want to work to continue to educate people to know that what you put onto your skin is just as important as what you eat.

8. Who is a #BossLady that inspires you?
A #BossLady that inspires us the most is without a doubt our Mom. She is an entrepreneur herself and continues to give us guidance and inspiration. Our Mom is our biggest cheerleader and has always encouraged us to pursue our dreams.

Behind The Bosses: Gabrielle and Brittney’s Mood Board
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