The Only Relevant Holiday.

Oh my, now would you look at the calendar? It seems today is one of the only holidays I actually enjoy. Welcome to Social Media Day. And no, I didn’t make it up, Mashable has my back. But, I bet you thought this was about America’s birthday or whatever we celebrate on July 4th. Apologies for my not knowing; I learn all my history from Hamilton. 

Back to it. As we’ve discussed before, I’m not so into commercialized holidays. But this holy day of the year cherishes the one thing I spend more time doing than thinking about avo toast. Today we celebrate LinkedIn, Facebook, Snap, Twitter, and the most royal of all, Instagram. Postmates is already delivering the Baked and Wired cupcakes.

In honor of the occasion I thought I would briefly discuss some social media updates, rumors, & my thoughts on all the madness. Just keeping it real here. Jordan coming at you from her kitchen, Lorde playing softly in the background. Unedited. Unfiltered. Always hungry.

#1: Death to the Finsta
So for all my friends out there that aren’t as Insta-obsessed as the rest, a “finsta” is a separate private Instagram account for users to share funny, embarassing, shambly memories (photos, captions, videos, etc) with a smaller group of followers than their main account, usually reserved for the BFFs. Recognizing that users want to create smaller communties, Instagram is toying with the idea of creating a separate tab for profiles, called “Instagram Favorites,” to allow users to have finstas attached to their original accounts. You choose who sees it. You choose what posts go where. It’s essentially two feeds on one account. 

Thoughts: To be honest, I love it. The only reason I don’t have a finsta is because of the whole log in, log out thing. It becomes maintaining two accounts instead of one. As Hannah Montana would gladly say, this is basically the best of both worlds. Just another reason Instagram is taking over the world. They just get it.

#2: Snap Map
Snapchat is letting users track each others’ locations all through a map on the app. Essentially what you do is pinch your screen until a map appears with all your snap-buddies’ Bitmojis. Zoom in tightly and you can pretty much tell exactly where a person is. Rumor had it users get a notification when you click on their name to find their location. Tested first hand, the rumor isn’t true. Insert loud exhale. Stalk away. There is also an invisible option where you can lurk in the shadows, unlocated.

Thoughts: You do you Snap, but I’m gonna do me and pretend this update doesn’t exist. The feature is unoriginal (hello, Apple’s Find My Friends option) and creepy. Offically going full ghost. Text me if you need to find me.

#3: EyeEm
New photo sharing app alert. If you thought VSCOCam editing was revolutionary this is next level. The app has a machine learning feature that can recognize postable vs. not so postable images. Bye bye camera roll clutter. Intended as a photo-selling platform, EyeEm compares your photo options to the bank of pics already uploaded. Basically, the more people that share, the smarter EyeEm gets. We’re on the road to prime Insta selection.

Thoughts: While still new to EyeEm, I’m impressed by its ability to crawl a photo stream quickly and pull out images. Not all its suggestions were double tap worthy, mostly because it was pulling suggestions based on an algorithm that wasn’t created to determine if my open mouth smile is just a little too open or if my dress is wrinkled. But dear sweet EyeEm, I see a teenage girl overload coming you way. I hope you can learn to spot an almond milk latte from a soy one.

Honestly, I’m just proud to live in a world where social media gets a day to shine.


Stuck in my Head: 50 Shades of Cray // The Bitch Bible Podcast
Snap it: The W Hotel, Washington DC

Apologies for the MAAAAJOR geek out. Love a good social media update, though. Check out Mashable’s Social Media Page for more. It’s a must. 

An Open Letter To Online Shopping.

Dear Online Shopping,

You’re pretty great. I mean who doesn’t love clothes you love at your doorstep in the blink of an eye. My appreciation only grows with the number of boxes that show up on the daily. 

But there’s one thing we have to talk about a little bit. Just a small complaint. Please don’t get mad. Here it goes.

It’s so hard to build a virutal wardrobe when sizing isn’t consistant between sites. There’s no way a size small from Brandy Melville is the same size small from Madewell. And well, it’s kind of frustrating to always have to play this guessing game.

And I know this is a tough problem to fix. But I feel like the illuminati of online retail can come together and settle on standard measurements for the world to follow. It’s not thaaaat difficult. Just one little meeting and it’s all over. Urban Outfitters, Topshop, J.Crew, you guys can spearhead this one, right?

Free returns TOTALLY help. Any site that isn’t free returns can kiss my fashion forward foot goodbye. Free shipping doesn’t hurt either, by the way. But maybe we can follow Birchbox’s lead and figure out a better system for finding the perfect piece. Or we could create a more understandable measurement guide. Something like “If you have the butt of Kim Kardashian but the arms of Karlie Kloss, this dress is probably for you.”

Like I said, you’re truly a life changing. Gotta say, slightly mad at you for putting brick-and-mortar on the fritz because I love a good rack hunt, but the best part of all of this is that you’re still maturing. Everyday there’s something new; from same day delivery to online exclusives, this is only the beginning and you have so much potential. 

So, let’s just fix this while you’re ahead. No pressure, but the fate of fashion’s future rests in your shopping cart. 


Stuck in my head: New Slang // The Shins
Snap it: Madewell, Tyson’s Corner mall

Call Me, Beep Me, If You Wanna Reach Me 

Techonolgy is really something. I mean the world has the ability to connect in a way that was never possible before. And while I wasn’t able to comprehend the rise of the digital the way the generation above me was, I still have an appreciation for it outside the iPad.

You always hear that communication is key and if you’re like me you can’t help but picture it as a little, silver Tiffany necklace danging next to your collarbone. If you’re not like me then that reference probably went way over your head. But hey, my blog, my voice, my jewelry jokes.  In all reality, lately I’ve been thinking that communication is actually responsible for building and maintaing relationships. After all, how will MC know I want him to compliment my outfit unless I tell him to?

When two people fight it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and look for weakness. And while not everyone shares my mentality, I think it’s more productive to feel, think, then share, not just throw insults and lame excuses like this is the championship of some sport & you’re thinking “why the hell not.” And that’s where technology comes into play.

For me, a huge crier but also a reasonable person, confrontation can end in missed points and relentless frustration because naturally it’s pretty hard not to get distracted when mascara is running down my face and my words are sounding more like caveman speak than arguments. So naturally, the idea of finding my words before I’m put on the spot is kinda my thing. And with texting I think that there’s the ability to be sincere and real and articulate, as long as the relationship was built through real life. It’s true, there’s a detachment when you’re hidden behind a screen, but if the capacity to understand and apply already exists outside of iMessage, it gives the crier a huge advantage to get a point across. Believe me, I know from experience.

But I also know from experience that some people shoot to kill and nothing is off limits. Especially when they don’t have to think about the repercussions of their actions. If there’s one thing I have zero tolerance for it’s girl on girl hate between friends. It honestly just baffles me. The possibility and sensibility of conversation will always come screeching to a halt when targeted insults get involved. You are so not getting a text back. And the worst part is, had it all happened in person, none of this would have even went down.

So here’s what we learned today, kids. Technology is great because Google, Instagram, WebMD, etc. It lets you share your thoughts without turning into a psycho Blank Space music video Taylor Swift, but be careful, the detachment of a text can also bite you in the ass. Ouch, that’s gonna leave a mark.

Ugh, Maybe we should just go back to writing letters.


Stuck in my head: Step // Vampire Weekend
Snap it: DuPont Circle