8 (Digital) Things To Do While Stuck At Home

A lake with a ring of ripples against mountains in a purple wash
The Social Stylate team wants to take a moment to send our love and support to our clients and community. Things might be anything but normal right now, but as Fred Rogers said, “Look for the helpers.” There are so many people out there who are generously offering their skills and services virtually while we’re spending time at home. Whether it’s a tour of a museum, free meditation classes, or access to Broadway shows, people and companies are really stepping up to help one another during this time of social distancing.

Take a look at some of our favorites right now!

Go to a concert
The Metropolitan Opera is streaming opera performances each evening, look for your favorite artists to see if they’ve released anything new, and check in with Gal Gadot for some star-studded karaoke, no balcony necessary!

Meditation at your fingertips
Take a deep breath in, deep breath out, and download the Calm app for a few free meditation sessions. For when you need a minute or 30 to decompress and realign your perspective and priorities.

Visit a museum
Many museums are offering free virtual tours of their collections right now. Take a slow walk through the Smithsonian, The British Museum, and Van Gogh Museum. For a comprehensive resource of works around the world, check out Google Arts & Culture!

For the audio-lovers
The Social Stylate squad loves a good podcast! They’re so easy to fit into your day, whatever you’re doing, and have such a wide variety of topics. Take a look at our Squad Highlights on Instagram, there’s something for everyone!

Storytelling
Celebrities are reading children’s storybooks via Storyline Online and #savewithstories!. Both sites are great resources for children to listen to books being read aloud by some of your favorite actors!

Head to Broadway
Broadway shows are available for viewing without the crowds, without the traffic, and in the comfort of your own home. Channel your inner stage personality and brush up on all the shows you’ve been missing!

Go for a dip in the ocean
Check out aquariums around the country for live webcams and a behind-the-scenes look at all things under the sea. Don’t forget to visit the Shedd Aquarium on Twitter for the latest in their penguin escapades, as they let penguins explore the aquarium to keep them (and us!) engaged, entertained, and curious.

Keep following your favorite brands and blogs
Social media can be a healthy way to stay connected to each other during this time of social distancing. Our content creator, Sarahanne Alexander, writes her own blog and on the latest post is talking about what’s been helping her, while she continues to share photos of her town. Make sure to check in with each other often. Sending positive messages and beautiful images can brighten people’s day!

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BOSS LADY: BECKER WHITE


Boss Lady is a series that shares personal insights from creative women in business. This week we talk to Becker White. Becker is the owner and illustrator of Made by Becker, a collection of bold line art inspired by fashion. “She uses an atypical style to distort and therefore deemphasis the female form while still capturing the beauty and confidence that women exude when wearing clothes that they love.”

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your career.
In 2015, I graduated from the University of Georgia with a BFA in Photography and decided to pursue modeling while taking work as a freelance artist. Since then, I’ve had jobs in corporate fashion working as a stylist, graphic designer, and creative director. I moved to Atlanta last year and later began painting full-time. I sold my first big collection, and that was a terrific launch for my business and client base. My work has evolved a lot over this past year, and I’m currently focused on creating fashion-inspired artwork!

2. How did your career as a photographer and model influence your work?
Working as a photographer and model deepened my appreciation for the artistry behind fashion and design. My love for both has always been a huge part of who I am and how I express myself. Wearing so many hats within the industry has fueled my passion and kept me coming back to fashion illustration time and time again. Whenever I have a blank sheet of paper, I end up sketching women in bold ensembles!

3. What’s your preferred medium?
It’s tough for me to choose a favorite medium. I get bored quite easily, so it’s important for me to change up my creative routine! Working with my Wacom tablet is great because I have the luxury of being able to pick up and go. On the flip side, I feel like there’s more at stake when I work with paint or pastels. The sensation of putting a mark on paper feels exciting and adds energy to my brushwork. I love that!

4. How did you feel when Rosetta Getty shared your illustration on Instagram? (I love her designs!)
That was an exciting moment for me! Rosetta Getty’s brand is so understated, elegant, and modern. I’m a huge fan of her designs, and being able to connect with her through my own artwork was very rewarding.

5. Who are some of your dream collaborators?
I’d love to work with Darling Magazine, Tibi, and Alexa Chung. I adore Alexa’s style and sense of humor!

6. What inspires you and fuels your creativity?
When it comes to personal work, I like to scour Pinterest for street style photography or fashion editorials, and it’s usually an expressive pose or the vibe of a person that makes me want to capture the shot on paper. My work is as much about the people as it is about the clothes they’re wearing, so I also draw inspiration from people-watching in coffee shops and exploring the city.

7. How do you decide what pieces get color, when to keep it monochromatic, and what words to include, if any at all?
I work very intuitively, so it’s not a very refined process. Whether painting or working digitally, I’m constantly adding and deducting color until I feel like the piece is complete.

Adding words to my work is a rarity. I’ll add a line of text now and then if I’m feeling playful, but I usually prefer to let the image speak for itself. I tag posts on Instagram if my illustration is inspired by the work of a photographer, model, etc., but sometimes I also draw in the names of a magazine or designer because I like to provide further recognition for their work.

8. Share one piece of advice you have for an aspiring artist and entrepreneur.
It seems so simple, but make artwork that you enjoy. As artists and entrepreneurs, I think we can easily fall into the trap of creating what we think will sell. We look outward rather than inward to define our subject matter and style. The best way to ensure that you keep on creating (and love it!) is to start from within.

9. What do you see for the future of Becker White Art, any upcoming projects you can tell us about?
Right now, I’m primarily focused on taking my own advice: to create artwork that brings me joy. My short-term goal is to visit more art events, and I’d love to collaborate with local entrepreneurs this year!

I can’t comment on any current projects, but I recently completed some Valentine’s Day illustrations for Rosetta Getty, which came about through our connection on Instagram! You can check them out on her feed, @rosettagetty.

10. Who is a Boss Lady who inspires you and why?
Oh wow, I could list so many! Sarah Dubbeldam, founder and editor-in-chief of Darling Magazine, is a big inspiration of mine. Her magazine does a great job of challenging our cultural ideals of beauty while sharing content that is meaningful and relevant to all types of women.

Just for Fun!
Best way to drink coffee: With cinnamon and a splash of foamy milk!
Go-to shade of lip color: I’m all about that 90s brown! If you’re looking for a steal, check out Gone Greige by Maybelline.
Last magazine you read: Vogue’s February Issue featuring Florence Pugh.
If you could travel anywhere, it’d be to: Right now, my dream trip would be to visit London and then train to Scotland.
A song that always makes you dance: I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston. There’s a reason it’s a classic!

FOR MORE ON BECKER
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International Women’s Day

International Women's Day 2020

Today is International Women’s Day and we’re celebrating by talking about women who have moved us with their work, drive, and passion. Social Stylate is a female-founded company with an all-female team, so you can imagine that representation in the workplace and support of one another is an important part of our day-to-day. There are women all over who have changed the world and who continue to change our future. Here are a few who have inspired us along the way.

Carroll’s pick: Amelia Earhart
“Amelia Earhart once said, ‘Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.’ She was a force to be reckoned with.”

Jessica’s pick: Malala Yousafzai
“She has fought and continues to fight for girl’s education. Malala strives to impact the world cultivating change for girls to learn and lead.”

Kelly’s pick: Brene Brown
“She has been a culture changer in the field of mental health.”

Kathleen’s pick: Greta Thunberg
“I really admire her courage to stand up for what she believes in, and she is such a good example of the positive impact just one person can have. She’s inspiring her generation (and frankly, every generation!) to care about the climate crisis and be politically active at a young age. I think it’s really impressive how she’s been able to communicate the urgency of climate change — for years so many have been warning us but she has broken through and is making more people get it, on a global scale.”

Carly’s pick: Malala Yousafzai
“She fights for the education and rights of women and girls. As the mother of two girls, I couldn’t ask for a better role model.”

Lauren’s pick: Jane Fonda
“Never one to shy away from speaking her mind, Jane Fonda is a powerhouse woman who gets up, shows up, and stands up for what she believes in. I love it.”

Sabs’ pick: Amelia Earhart
“She was brave, adventurous, determined, and she was doing something very few women were able to do at the time. It’s women like her who show little girls that they can truly do anything they put their mind to.”

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Break A Sweat With HiLo House

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Maura Miller is bringing a new full-body workout to Delaware.

Working out. It’s difficult, it’s rewarding, it’s exhausting and invigorating. It makes us strong, it keeps us healthy, it puts us in a great mood, and it makes us really sweaty. It’s all of these things and so much more. Maura Miller, the House Director of Delaware’s first boutique fitness studio HiLo House, says, “The physical and mental benefits of exercise go hand in hand. At this point in my life, with three kids under three and opening a new studio, I need exercise for my mental health. It’s ‘my time.’ It’s a part of who I am.”

As the daughter of a former aerobics instructor, Maura is no stranger to fitness. She was introduced to gymnastics at the age of two, and by the time she was a teenager she was a three-season athlete, playing soccer, basketball, and softball. “I was in high school when I fell in love with exercise,” Maura tells us, “I loved how it made me feel. When I was able to drive, I would get up at 5am and go to the gym before school. Working out was a sense of accomplishment for me.”

That determination and love turned into a thriving business. Maura opened Pure Barre Greenville with just one pure barre class under her belt. She tells us, “I was presented with the opportunity to start Pure Barre and without hesitation, I said yes! My experience was in exercise and teaching yoga privately and to athletes. But I knew with hard work, determination, and passion, it was going to be a huge success! Mindset is everything!” She ran the Pure Barre studio for five years before saying it was time to give the opportunity of owning a business to someone else. “It was not an easy decision for me because I care about the community I created,” Maura shared. “Pure Barre was my first baby and will always hold a very special place in my heart. It took me almost a year and a half to find the right buyer. I was not going to sell it to just anyone.” We can certainly understand that!

Versaclimber - Maura Markley land Hi Lo House - Social Stylate

Always on the move, Maura says she’s continuously looking for new ways to grow and to challenge herself. She found a new challenge in two fitness machines she discovered while on a trip in Colorado: the VersaClimber and Lagree Megaformer™. The VersaClimber, of Lebron James and Lady Gaga fame, provides all the physical benefits of climbing a mountain, sans the knee pain. This low impact, full-body training tool sculpts the upper and lower body simultaneously, giving us one serious workout. The Lagree Megaformer is a powerhouse machine from Lagree Fitness that’s all-encompassing. Imagine doing cardio, core, balance, flexibility, strength, and endurance training all at once and with minimal joint impact. Well, that’s what the Lagree Megaformer does. These two machines make up the foundation of fitness classes offered at HiLo.

“There is 100% a need in the boutique fitness market for high-intensity, low impact cardio, endurance, and strength training,” says Maura. She and her husband Nick are the first to bring this concept to Delaware. “I pitched my idea to the developer of 2000 Pennsylvania Ave and she loved it,” Maura says of the HiLo House studio location. “I knew that this was my opportunity to bring another fitness first to Delaware and to continue to share my passion for fitness, community, and creating a platform for others to grow.” The husband and wife team works together in this endeavor, with Nick as owner and Maura running the day-to-day operations.

So what’s a HiLo experience like? We needed to know. “Our guests can expect a space that encompasses community, fitness, killer beats, and mind-body health and wellness,” Maura explains. “My yoga background is at the core of who I am and creating HiLo from the ground up has allowed me to tap into that energy.”

The details direct from Maura: “At HiLo, you will experience instructor-led, group fitness classes on two different machines. The Versaclimber class is a 30-minute, upper and lower body workout. The Lagree Megaformer class is a 45-minute, full-body endurance workout that strengthens, sculpts, and stretches the body. We will also offer combo classes – 25 minutes on the Versaclimber followed by 25 minutes on the Megaformer.  We will offer these classes in two studios; our Versaclimber studio boasts 15 climbers, and there will be 11 machines in the Megaformer studio. Both machines are low on impact and high on intensity, which means they are, safe on the joints, and extremely effective when it comes to producing the results you’re looking for: improving cardiovascular health, building muscle, and sculpting the body. ”

We’ll be able to get our fitness on at HiLo House soon; they’re slated to open in May. Leading up to their grand opening, HiLo will offer free community classes!

Maura echoes what many of us (especially on the Social Stylate team!) strive for: “I want to be healthy, I want to stand confidently in my own skin, and I want my body to do what it is meant to do, and that’s move! I want to age gracefully and set an example for my children.” And working out is a surefire way to achieve all of it.

To stay updated on HiLo House’s opening date and class schedule, follow them on Facebook and Instagram!

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