June Mood Board

June Mood board - Social Stylate

Hello! Julia Johnson here, Social Stylate’s graphic designer, with some inspiration refreshment! Check out what’s inspiring us this month with our June Mood Board.

This month we’re all about action! Whether that action is taking an exotic vacation, bringing your workout outdoors, or schlepping your folding chair to the beach, we’re getting outside this month! Lauren has beat us to the punch with her gorgeous trip to Italy and London with her family. She visited Praiano, Positano, Pompeii, and Capri, rounded out by a post-royal-wedding London jaunt. She took in the sights of Pompeii, the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, The London Eye, and London Bridge. Check out her ig for gorgeous pics of her trip (with special guest Hudson!). Lauren’s not the only one hopping the pond; Kelly and Carroll are taking enviable trips of their own. Kelly will be heading to Rome and Sorrento, and Carroll is headed to the French Open.

Summer is just days away, officially kicking off on June 21st. We’re finding any occasion to get outside. Why get active while helping the community? This month Motivate the First State is making it their mission to empower Delawareans to log their healthy activities for a good cause. Users simply log their activities online for “kudos” and that translates to money going back into the community. A win-win, if you ask us!

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The Best Summer Cocktail Party You Will Ever Have

Annette Joseph is a stylist known as @annettejosephstyle on Instagram has over 70,000 followers.She is a food stylist, photographer, author, brand ambassador, instructor, Today Show contributor, entertaining editor for Atlanta Magazine’s Home.

Annette operates creative workshops retreats, cooking courses at her renovated 12th century fortress in the Tuscan countryside. She styles weddings and private retreats at the location as known as La Fortezza. 

Annette Joseph

Her new book Cocktail Italiano, has been greeted by rave reviews. This book celebrates the daily Italian ritual of Aperitivo all along the coastline of the Italian Riviera, part cocktail and nibbles recipe book, part travelogue, this book is an essential read if you plan to spend time in Italy.

Her first book Picture Perfect Parties, teaches you how to entertain like a professional stylist. It is in homes all over the world used as the quintessential entertaining primer.

Currently Annette spends half her time in Atlanta,  styling and producing stories for various magazines, and cookbooks, and blogs. You can find her in Italy the other half conducting her retreats and workshops and hosting guests on the expansive terrace of her Tuscan home. Annette has owned and operated her own production company for 25 years. She is currently working on her 3rd book a fun filled autobiography of her life in Italy called “Italy is my Boyfriend.”

We had a chance to catch up with Annette before she took off for her summer travels! Happily, Annette sent a copy of her book for my summer party inspiration!

What advice would you offer to other self-starters and those who hope to start their own business?
1. Have a well thought out idea of the business you want to create and operate.
2. Be laser focused on getting the word out there.
3. Talk about your product with everyone.
4. Be creative in marketing your product
5. Be nice and be ethical.
6. Be genuine. Your enthusiasm will encourage people to try your product.
7. Be patient, Roma was not built in a day.
8. Don’t over spend, keep to a tight budget.

What were your biggest challenges when you started your business?
Being patient, I never realized how long it would take to build a base of great clients to build my portfolio and my brand. Learning to navigate the rough waters was tough but being flexible and able to change course quickly was the biggest lesson I learned in 25 years of being in business.

Do you have an all-time favorite cocktail? 
I do have a favorite Italian cocktail, I love a Negroni!

Recipe from Cocktail Italiano.

Classic Negroni {made for 1}

A very strong cocktail this drink is another classic Italian cocktail.  The Negroni has become very popular in America in the last 5 years.

1 ounce dry Gin

1 ounce Campari


1 ounce Italian vermouth

Shake well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled highball glass and garnish with a twist of orange peel.

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May Mood Board

May Mood Board - Social Stylate

Hello! Julie here, Social Stylate’s Graphic Designer. Check out what’s inspiring us in May 2018 with this month’s mood board! The theme is: “Summer Is Coming, After All!”

April showers (and flurries) have finally brought us May flowers! We’ve had some beautiful and downright summery days since May started, and that has us ready for one thing: VACATION! Bring on the sandy beaches, the flip flops, and the wide-brim hats! Our very own Lauren Golt will be traveling to Italy and London this month, soaking up sun, local culture (read: amazing food), and rich history. We’re just a tint of green with envy.

No matter where you’re vacationing this summer, now is the time to prep your skin! From your backyard to the beach, protection is a must. Visit Houppette on 5/10 for their Girls’ Day event for expert skincare advice and deals on your favorite products. Not only will you get a great SPF, but your beauty and resortwear game will be on-point.

Staying local this month? Cultivate your inner peace for a good cause with the Mental Health Association (MHA) in Delaware’s “Vetitation” event on Saturday, May 19th. Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month in a guided meditation in Rockford Park in Wilmington, DE. You will also hear from a veteran with PTSD and learn the science behind meditation and how it’s saving lives. Support another great local cause at the Delaware Center for Justice’s annual “Celebrating Justice in Our Communities” event on May 17th at the Delaware Natural History Museum! The DCJ is dedicated to improving justice for everyone in the state. Details for the event can be found on their website.

Whether you’re spending your warm-weather downtime on the front porch or beachside, there’s nothing like slow, sunny summer vibes. Your getaway is just a cold drink with a little umbrella and a lawn chair away. Vacation is a state of mind, and we’re totally there.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month - Social Stylate

Erik Younger, a United States Army Veteran who served in Afghanistan, began suffering symptoms of PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) after serving our country. He presented a TEDx Talk in Wilmington, DE where he candidly discussed his experience returning home and burying the memories of the trauma he’d witnessed. He talks about the emotional pain that turned to physical pain and the relief he never got. He talks about the various medications that didn’t help and told the room that at one point, he was losing the will to live if life was going to be so painful. His body continued to break down, and it was after this that he was introduced to meditation.

For the first time in a long time, he relaxed. His mind was calm, he started sleeping better, and his attitude became more positive. In researching and experiencing the beneficial effects of meditation on mental health, Erik founded Vetitation, a non-profit organization “dedicated to helping veterans find peace from PTSD by learning and practicing meditation.” Vetitation, Veterans + Meditation, offers a 3-day retreat for veterans to immerse themselves in the practice of meditation and learn to heal themselves from the memories of war.

On May 19, Vetitation will partner with the Mental Health Association in Delaware (MHA) for the first annual Meditate for a Vet Event to raise awareness of veterans struggling with PTSD. MHA is a non-profit organization that “promotes improved mental well being for all individuals and families in Delaware through education, support, and advocacy.” Meditate for a Vet will be held at Rockford Park in Wilmington and offers a large group meditation session. The registration fees will help fund programs related to mental health and veterans with PTSD.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and you’re invited to join us for this incredibly important event, Meditate for a Vet, to help veterans with PTSD to find peace in their daily lives.

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