best podcasts for creative entrepreneurs

Happy Tuesday! I’m here with a quick post to share some of the podcasts that inspire me as a creative entrepreneur. If you are one, aspire to be one, or are simply interested in them, definitely check these out.

don’t keep your day job
Host Cathy Heller is a creative entrepreneur who quit her own day job to be a full time singer and songwriter. She interviews other people about their stories of quitting their day jobs to pursue their dreams.

MUST-LISTEN EPISODE: “How to Change Your Subconscious Mind”

the goal digger podcast
This one is hosted by the inspiring Jenna Kutcher who built a six figure photography business and has since expanded into several digital projects as well. She often covers topics related to digital careers like social media, photography, and such.

MUST-LISTEN EPISODE: “Social Media Influencer 101: Ask a Blogger Anything” with Kathleen Barnes of Carrie Bradshaw Lied

good company with grace bonney
This is a newer podcast, so it’ll be easy to catch up. It’s hosted by Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge and the author of “The Company of Women”. She speaks with guests about the intersection of creativity and business.

MUST-LISTEN EPISODE: “Genevieve Gorder Discusses Career Longevity and Reinvention”

raising the bar with alli + michael
I absolutely love this podcast hosted by Drybar founders Alli Webb and Michael Landau. They talk with other entrepreneurs about their shared experiences and give great tips on scaling your business. I love their dynamic because, while they are both super smart, Alli is more on the creative side where Michael has a traditional business background.

MUST-LISTEN EPISODE: “Creating and Cultivating” with Jaclyn Johnson

work party
Another newish podcast, this one is hosted by Jaclyn Johnson, the founder of Create + Cultivate. She has a book with the same name that celebrates entrepreneurial women who redefine work on their own terms.

MUST-LISTEN EPISODE: “From Blog to Brand with Marianna Hewitt and Lauren Gores”

second life
This one is hosted by Hillary Kerr, the co-founder of Clique Media (WhoWhatWear, MyDomaine, Byrdie). She talks with women who have made big career changes, thus starting a “second life”. I like this one because it shows that you can really change your life and follow your dream at any age, even if you don’t think you’re qualified to do it.

MUST-LISTEN EPISODE: “Kelly LeVeque, Holistic Nutritionist and Celebrity Health Coach”

feel-good movies + tv to stream this fall

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Yesterday, I went over to a friend’s house to decorate pumpkins and we were talking about how crazy it is that we already only have just a week and a half left of October! We’d like to start a petition to continue celebrating Halloween until the week of Thanksgiving. Who’s with us?

Even when Halloween passes, we’re still solidly in cozy season for the next few months and specifically in a fall state of mind, in my view, until December 1st, at which point, we’ll be doing all things holiday.

There’s a list of shows and movies I love to watch during fall, but that list is a mile long, so I wanted to narrow things down for you. Times are complicated and I’m a firm believer that you are what you consume, so most of the time, I try to watch things that are feel-good and positive. Sure, there’s definitely a time for scary movies or deep emotional dramas (which I do love), but for me, cozy equates to feel good. I’m also only sharing movies that are available to stream online to make things easy!

Pour a cozy drink into your cutest mug and let’s go.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (Netflix)
Possibly the most feel-good movie to come out recently! I loved these books and thought the movie did a great job of capturing the charming vibe. There’s baking, Korean yogurt drinks, cute clothes, and Peter K. What more do you need?

Gilmore Girls (Netflix)
The ultimate fall watch has to be Gilmore Girls. Since I’ve seen every season at least twice, I like to jump around to the coziest episodes, my favorite being “Ted Koppel’s Big Night Out” (season 4), in which the girls and the grandparents go to the Harvard-Yale game. Some other good cozy ones are “The Bracebridge Dinner” (season 2), “A Deep Fried Korean Thanksgiving” (season 3), “Kiss and Tell” (season 1), “Hay Bale Maze” (season 7), “The Lorelais First Day at Yale” (season 4),

The Carrie Diaries (Netflix)
This prequel to Sex and the City follows Carrie in high school while she balances her life with friends and family in Connecticut with her burgeoning life in Manhattan interning for Interview magazine. Many of the episodes take place during the fall and they all have a fun, cozy vibe.

The Great British Baking Show (Netflix)
The ultimate cozy, right? It doesn’t necessarily have big fall vibes because of its setting during the summer in the English countryside. But, baking is a quintessential fall activity and their happy attitudes will have you feeling good.

Steel Magnolias (Netflix)
One of my very favorite movies is perfect because it covers all four seasons. It starts in the summer and ends in the spring, but the little fall section in between is super cozy. Really, the whole movie is cozy with its southern vibes and phenomenal acting.

Paddington (Netflix)
Every adult I know who has seen Paddington says they were surprised that they cried multiple times throughout the movie because the title character is so sweet and inspiring. Plus, it’s set in a beautifully depicted London inside the coziest of townhouses.

Halloween Baking Championship (Hulu)
I get so excited every year when Halloween Baking Championship comes around on the Food Network and you can check out old seasons on Hulu. A group of bakers compete each week with fun, Halloween-themed baking challenges like creating a cake inspired by a vampire or whoopie pies inspired by witches.

Rushmore (Amazon Prime)
The most fall of all the Wes Anderson movies (maybe tying with Fantastic Mr. Fox) is this one, in which high school student Max falls in love with a new teacher at his prep school. He’s super eccentric, scholarly, and this whole movie just feels like the quirky school of your dreams.

You’ve Got Mail (HBO Go)
Every year, I take an evening to watch this movie because it’s just that enjoyable. Last night was our annual viewing with a pitcher of apple cider sangria and pretzel rolls with Boursin cheese. It’s from the 90s and about internet culture, so it’s actually really funny to see how that was perceived then. Plus, it’s autumn in New York with Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, and the supremely underrated Greg Kinnear, so it can’t get any better.

Chef’s Table (Netflix)
Especially the episode in season one about Stone Barns! This show is a deep dive into the personal stories and inspirations of some of the world’s most renowned chefs and there are offshoots such as Chef’s Table: France and Chef’s Table: Pastry.

pretty things no. 25

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Happy Saturday! I’ve been really inspired lately by a kind of soft, bohemian look for fall that I take to be very Parisian, although it has roots in southern fashion, too.

There’s something so pretty about pairing soft, light textures with the heavy textures of fall. That’s why I love the idea of this soft pink, silk camisole from Theory layered under a woolly cardigan or leather jacket with suede boots and gold jewelry.

Another thing I love for fall is a textured wool sweater in a soft color. This J.Crew pullover is the perfect pick and the polka dots make it super fun.

This little bag from Loewe reminds me of a miniature version of the old-school messenger bags that high school and college boys used to carry. The color and texture make it the perfect companion to a feminine dress or soft camisole.

While it may seem like a summery pick, I actually love warm toned peasant dresses for the fall. This one from Ulla Johnson comes in the prettiest blue shade and would pair so well with suede ankle boots, white Stan Smiths, and vintage jewelry.

I’m a huge fan of gold coin necklaces to dress up a white t-shirt or make a feminine dress have a little bit of a cool vibe.

Can you guys believe how huge cowboy boots are this season? I used to have two great vintage pairs and I’m seriously regretting letting them go. This pair from Isabel Marant are cool because they’re taller than the typical cowboy boot, giving them a little bit of an edge. I think they’d look so good with skinny jeans, a white t-shirt, gold coin necklace, and oversized blazer or even a denim jacket.

why i love reese witherspoon's new book so much

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Have you gotten your hands on Reese Witherspoon’s new book yet? I was so excited to read “Whiskey in a Teacup”, got it from the library as soon as it came out, and by chapter one, I had ordered it on Amazon so I could keep a copy with me at all times. It was that good!

Each chapter is about a different facet of Reese’s southern heritage, including personal stories, lifestyle ideas, and really good recipes. The first chapter is called The Magic of Sweet Tea and her recipe for sun tea instantly reminded me that I hadn’t made it in a long time! Both of my parents grew up drinking sun tea and it’s something I love to make since it’s so easy and delicious. I literally put the book down and ran into the kitchen for a pitcher and some Lipton tea bags, then set it out to steep on the porch.

There is so much in this book that feels nostalgic and relatable for me. She talks about so many o the things I love so much: sweet tea, Steel Magnolias, monograms, lemonade, Dolly Parton, dinner parties, and biscuits.

The last chapter in the book is about community and giving back, which I’m so glad she included. Rightfully, the South has a pretty dark past and part of our heritage is undeniably shameful. But, the South is also rooted in community and supporting your neighbors. At least, that’s how it was when I was growing up. It’s a little different now because we’re in a world that’s more connected digitally, but less connected in person. That’s really, really sad to me, so I’m glad Reese talked about its importance in her book.

Okay, so the recipes in this book are also incredible. What I love is that Reese shared undeniably Southern dishes that have a lighter, healthier take. There’s everything from biscuits, fried chicken, and mud pie trifle to sautéed baby kale, strawberry salad, and baked brie. I’ve already made a couple of the recipes!

Overall, I just feel like Reese’s book was such a good representation of the South and all it has to offer. If you’re from this region, this is a must-own book. If you’re from elsewhere in the world and don’t know much about Southern culture, I highly recommend checking this book out, baking some cheddar biscuits, and turning on Steel Magnolias as soon as possible.

where to buy meghan's blazer and boots outfit

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I saw this photo of Meghan and Harry on their Australian tour from the other day and completely fell in love with her look from that day. Come to find out, it’s actually one of her more affordable outfits! The blazer is from her friend Serena Williams’ collection, the shirt is Maison Kitsuné, and the boots are J.Crew. Yes, J.Crew!

I pulled together links for the outfit below and am also sharing a couple of alternative options for the blazer and the boots for when the originals inevitably sell out.

a few other options…