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We don’t take our titles of digital curators and caption enthusiasts lightly, which means we spend a lot of time on Instagram. Our favorite pastimes include scrolling while laying in bed in the morning and turning on notifications for those food accounts that we all love. So, as social media gurus, we’ve decided to share a list of our favorite Instagram accounts, ranging from the world-famous Kirby Jenner to some accounts that may just stir up your wanderlust.

Marissa Stahl, VP of Operations

@__nitch

@tasteofstreep

@dametraveler

Erin Dykstra, Account Director

@elsewhere

@calicowallpaper

@kirbyjenner

@gwhfc

Allison Gehrke, Art Director

@galore

@thanimara

@rookiemag

@paigeginn

Phoebe Schramm, Account Director

@laurenconrad

@sprinklesforbreakfast

 

Written by our Digital Strategist, Nora Henick.

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The Best Instagrammable Coffee

While we can’t argue that our days wouldn’t start off the right way without coffee, is it the taste we’re craving, or the amazingly Instagrammable photos we love? Or is it maybe a mix of both? We’ve picked out some of our favorite coffee shops in LA to snap a picture at. Check them out below and tag us in your favorites on Instagram!

Alfred

The Assembly

Carrara Pastries

Civil Coffee

Dinosaur Coffee

Eightfold Coffee

Intelligentsia

via Intelligentsia website

LaB Coffee and Roasters

Moon Juice

Verve

 

New Snapchat Features

While some people may have said goodbye to Snapchat once Instagram Stories rolled out, Snapchat has recently stepped up its game by revamping its look and adding in some new features. Not sure if you want to switch back yet? Here are some of the new things you can do with Snapchat.

New look: Snapchat has maintained a pretty standard look for a while now, not really offering up too many aesthetic changes. However with this new update, Snapchat has finally decided to make some major changes.

Search bar: Snapchat now has a universal search bar! You can still search within your own contacts, but now you can also search within the Snaposphere, making it easier to find new friends, published stories, and celebrities.

Quick chat, groups, new friends: Click on the search bar and pull up quick chat – a list of all of your recent Snap-ees all lined up and ready to Snap. Right below it, you’ll see your groups as well. And you can see an easily accessible list of your new friends, friends you can add quickly (think: new contacts, mutual snappers), and your contacts. Snappers, meet efficiency.

Stickers: One step ahead of Instagram, Snapchat has added customizable stickers! Take a snap, click on the scissors in the top left corner, select what you want, and bam – you’ve turned it into a reusable sticker.

Written by our Digital Strategist, Nora Henick.

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Best Editing Apps

Capturing a good photo is just the first step to getting the perfect gram. Next comes the edit. We’re always getting asked what the best apps for editing photos are, so we decided to round up our favorites. See our top picks below, why we love them & why you shouldn’t post without them.

Snapseed: Snapseed is hands down our favorite editing app. First, it’s free and second, it’s the perfect overall photo editor. You can easily increase brightness, contrast, ambiance & control shadows. You can spot brighten an area of your photo that is too dark, or select specific areas to adjust contrast & saturation.

Facetune: Facetune gets a bad rap for being the app that people use to make themselves skinnier, but it’s actually one of our favorite editing tools. You can use it to patch out an unwanted sign on a wall, blur a background, hide a blemish or fix red eye. We’ve even used it to change the color of a table or floor in a photo, fix a label on a product and remove an unwanted person from the background. It really is a fix all app.

VSCO: VSCO is probably our second favorite editing app. There is no other photo editing app out there that gives your photos depth, color composition & tone in a few easy steps. The key with VSCO is to purchase the extra filter packages from the app store, the free ones only give you limited composition options. Test out a few different sets & find the one that fits your style and aesthetic. Once you start editing with VSCO, you won’t go back. When you stick to the same filters, it will give your feed the overall consistency that you’ve been waiting for.

Over: Over is the best graphics app out there. If you want to incorporate quotes into your feed and aren’t skilled in Photoshop or InDesign, check out this app. You can easily layer text, color & backgrounds all right on your phone.

Chromic: A good video editing app can be few & far between, but Chromic is magical. You can increase brightness, saturation, contrast & choose from different filters, just like a regular photo editing app.

A Color Story: This app is a creative’s dream. It is easy to use & takes your photos to the next level with pops of color, brightness and vibrance. You can really use your imagination & creativity to create the perfect vibrant photo for your feed. Also, you can save your presets to use for future images, saving you tons of time in the future. 

Written by our VP of Operations, Marissa Stahl.

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#SomeoneSocial: Allison Norton

Meet our next #SomeoneSocial Allison Norton – Editor for LaurenConrad.com! With a bright feed and on point photography skills, it’s no wonder that she is also the co-founder of a Digital and Social Media Strategy company. Read on to find out all about her work, as well as her hot spots in LA!

Q: Introduce yourself to the Something Social LA community via your top three favorite Instagram accounts (any cute puppies and Instagram-friendly food accounts are welcome)!

1. @laurenconrad_com – Our LaurenConrad.com Instagram is my #1 favorite because we’ve put so much work into it over the years! It’s such a fun Instagram destination for daily inspirations, and we post a mix of food, beauty, fashion, and just fun finds.
2. @lucylaucht – Lucy’s Instagram is my ideal travel mood board. The way she captures moments during her travels makes me want to plan a trip every weekend!
3. @lumalist – Emma has been one of my Instagram crushes for a few years now. She’s an editor for the Australian digital wedding blog The LANE and has the best eye. I also had the pleasure of meeting her in person this past fall and she is a gem of a person.

Q: As well as a managing editor at LaurenConrad.com, you’re also a co-founder of your own Digital and Social Media Strategy company. What is some of the best business advice you’ve received? What is some of the best you can give to women looking to start their own projects?

My business partners and fellow LaurenConrad.com editors Ilana Saul, Rachel Rosenbloom and I started Polka Dot Media in January 2014, and it’s crazy to believe that we’ve just celebrated our three year anniversary! The best advice I’ve received along the way is to have open communication with your business partners and employees. Communication is the key to any successful relationship, and a business relationship is no different. For women looking to start their own projects, I would say just go for it. You can spend endless amounts of time planning every detail—and don’t get me wrong, planning is super important—but when it comes down to it, you will eventually need to take the plunge and dive right in. A lot of the learning will happen along the way once you’ve started pursuing your project, so go for it!

Q: You help run a website that covers a plethora of topics – everything from fashion to food to lifestyle. Where do you find inspiration for your pieces?

Our team gets together and has amazing brainstorm meetings where we discuss trending topics, DIY projects we’d like to try, recipes that our readers would enjoy making, and blog posts that each of us individually is interested in writing. It’s a great way to bounce ideas off each other, and it’s all one big collaborative effort.

Q: Tell us about your favorite piece you’ve written – what made it so appealing to you?

My favorite articles to write on LaurenConrad.com are ones about beauty, health and fitness, specifically ones where I experiment with new products or trends and report back about my experience. I wrote this post when I was on a skin cleanse diet for two weeks, and the results were incredible. I also wrote about my experience with my first palm reading in this past fall… it was fascinating!

Q: No matter who you talk to, everyone has an opinion on how social media has changed the world. How has social media impacted your professional life? Is that impact different than the one it has had on your personal life?

Since my whole job revolves around social media and digital media, it has really impacted my professional life quite a lot! I studied print journalism in college at USC, which feels ancient now. Little did I know at the time that I would later take everything I learned in my classes and transfer that knowledge to online platforms. Social media is a constantly changing and evolving beast, but it has also made for the most amazing career opportunity for me. As for personally, I think I view social media as a dose of creativity when I’m feeling uninspired. I don’t always have time to scroll through every single Instagram post on my feed each day (does anyone anymore?), although I’d like to be able to. But I do find myself looking at Instagram and Pinterest more often when I’m in search of new ideas for photoshoots or needing to feel creative.

Q: What advice could you give our readers who are looking to establish their own professional voice via social media?

My best advice is to keep a cohesive theme on each platform, and across all platforms. That means making sure your instagram feed has a theme and tells a story. When I discover a beautiful account that makes me wants to scroll down two or three swipes down their feed, there’s a good chance I’ll become a follower. So, not only is each photo important, but so is the flow you create with each photo collectively. As for establishing your voice… Be yourself! Find your voice, and keep it consistent in each post and caption. Don’t force it because that becomes very transparent.

Q: Leave us off on a positive #SomethingSocial note – if you could Instagram anything from anywhere, what would it be?

That’s a tough one! Right now, Nantucket is at the top of my travel list. So, my “dream Instagram” would probably be a photo of their picturesque shingled houses, surrounded by hydrangeas, of course. I’m thinking this might need to be a must on my summer bucket list now…

Quick Rounds:

Guilty pleasure song?
Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.” It reminds me of my girlfriends and is an instant mood-booster!

Favorite LA spot?
This might sound silly, but my Santa Monica bungalow is my happy place here in LA. It has the perfect dose of old Santa Monica charm. My roommate Jillian and I do a lot of entertaining and dinner parties at home, and the little outdoor patio is perfect for sipping rosé on summer nights.

Favorite social media platform?
Instagram. Pinterest is a close second!

Embarrassing celebrity crush?
Liam and Chris Hemsworth. Heart-eyes emoji!

If we looked in your closet we’d see
Colors for spring and summer; black and grey for fall and winter. And lots of shoes!

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#SomethingSignificant: Women’s March 2017

At Something Social, we believe what goes around comes around. We also believe in the golden rule (and something that’s arguably more important than the previous belief), treat others the way you want to be treated. So that’s why we started our series, #SomethingSignificant. Every month, we’re going to share with you a new way to give back. Whether it’s volunteering at a local food drive, or spreading awareness about an issue close to your heart, your Something Social team is here to encourage you to do #SomethingSignificant.

This Month: Women’s March.

A message from Women’s March…

In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

Written by our Digital Specialist, Nora Henick.

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Happy Wednesday Socialites! If you’re anything like us, you’re probably feeling the midweek struggle and are looking for a little pick-me-up. Let us make your Wednesday a little easier with our favorite things from the Internet this week.

  1. Matthew Gray Gubler in a fur coat. Need we say more
  2. Looking for an easy way to waste time? Check out where words are used the most, calculated through Twitter data.
  3. “You traveled to Liberia and Morocco with your mom to talk with girls about the importance of education—girls who saw themselves in you, saw themselves in your parents, saw who they could become if they continued to study and learn.” The Bush sisters wrote the Obama sisters the most heartfelt letter and all of the internet is crying. Or at least we are.
  4. Cue perfect reaction GIFs.
  5. What do you mean when you ask a friend to take a picture? Because this is totally what we mean.
  6. Sometimes all we have is ten minutes for that workout. Here’s how to make it work.
  7. We were drooling all over our desks and now you get to drool all over yours too. Enjoy alllll the food porn.

Written by our Digital Specialist, Nora Henick.

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The Most Instagrammable Cake

Cake, cake, cake, cake.  The essential for anyone’s birthday (whether it’s by the ocean or not). Here is a list of the best bakeries in LA to give your BFF not only the gift of a sweet treat, but one she can also score an Instagram out of.

  1. Vanilla Bake Shop is located in both Santa Monica and Century City.  You can choose the size, the buttercream, an inscription, and top it off with complimentary candles!
    Order Online: www.vanillabakeshop.com/order/cakes/
    Price:
    $40+
  2. SusieCakes has locations all around California from Southern to Northern. You also have the option to add any writing to the classic vanilla, red velvet, carrot, coconut, chocolate, or the seasonal flavor!
    Order Onlinewww.susiecakes.com/locations
    Price: $35+
  3. Sweet Lady Jane’s original flavors and designs will make any birthday girl’s day and gram. Pick up your cake or order online from our WeHo, Santa Monica, Encino or Newport Beach location.
    Order Onlinewww.sweetladyjane.com/category-s/114.htm
    Price: $40+
  4. Lauren Lowstan is one of our favorite LA bakers! She makes beautiful custom cakes and treats for any event. Delivery is available in Southern California.
    Order Onlineasweetsavory@gmail.com
    Order by Phone: (949) 701-3791
    Price: Contact for details
  5. Momofuku’s Milk Bar cakes can be enjoyed even if you don’t live in New York! Ordering this cake for your friend will make her day (and yours!)
    Order Onlinehttps://milkbar.goldbely.com/categories/cakes
    Price: $50+
  6. California Donuts are the custom letter donuts you’ve definitely spotted on Instagram before. These are such a fun gift for any occasion! Make sure you order at least a week in advance on their website!
    Order Onlinewww.cadonuts.com/letter-donuts/
    Price: 1-6 letters — $20; 7-10 letters — $25; 11-14 letters — $30; 15-21 letters — $35; 22- 27 letters — $40

Written by our lovely intern, Gabby Stieglitz.

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Happy Hour in LA

Life can be stressful. Finding a happy hour shouldn’t be. Let the SSLA team take care of you. Here are the happy hour hot spots you need to know in LA.

WEST HOLLYWOOD

Just getting off of work? Or, getting excited for a night out? WeHo has whatever you’re looking for with their great happy hour deals.

Cecconi’s in West Hollywood offers amazing deals on their 4 to 7 menu; select food and drinks $4 to $7 from 4pm to 7pm Tuesday – Saturday. So, enjoy backed gnocchi or their famous black truffle burger with a cocktail all for under $15.
Hours: 4pm – 7pm (Tuesday – Saturday)
Address: 8764 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Tacos + tequila = the best way to end any work day. Toca Madera‘s happy hour menu offers great tacos, tamales, and empanadas for $8. The drinks are as much of a steal too they offer their Toca Margarita for $8 as well as two other cocktails.
Hours: 5pm – 7pm (Tuesday – Sunday)
Address: 8450 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Gracias for the amazing happy hour deals. Everything on the menu at Gracias Madre is $6 offering nachos, tostadas, tacos, and more. The cocktails, wine and beer are also $6 with the choice of their mezcal mule, sangria, or margarita.
Hours: 3pm – 6pm (Monday – Friday)
Address: 8905 Melrose Ave. West Hollywood, CA 90069

This beautiful patio attached to the Mondrian Hotel offers not only great vibes, but great drinks. The Ivory’s cocktail hour has amazing $9 drinks that can be enjoyed with small plates on Sunset Blvd.
Hours: 4pm – 6pm (Monday – Friday)
Address: 8440 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

SANTA MONICA

Start your night out a little earlier in Santa Monica at any of the amazing happy hour deals.

One of Santa Monica’s staple bars will have you coming earlier for their happy hour steals. The Bungalow offers martinis, margaritas, cocktails, beers and wine all for $4 – $8. They also offer amazing small plates that can serve as great appetizers for the night.

Hours: 4:30pm – 7pm (Monday – Friday)
Address: 101 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401

Whisky that makes you frisky. If you’re looking for a little indulgence you should check out the happy hour food and drinks at The Basement Tavern. Enjoy a Santa Monica sunset with a Hawaiian Sunset made with vodka, lime, hibiscus and raspberries for $8.  The beer selection is also one of the most extensive we’ve seen on any happy hour menu, definitely worth checking out. P.S. You can also score a cute Instagram in front of their whisky.
Hours: 5pm – 8pm (Everyday)
Address: 2640 Main St Santa Monica, CA 90405

Cocktails by the ocean sounds good to us! Head over to Mercado for top shelf margaritas for $7 – $9! You can also indulge in their amazing guacamole and/or tacos for less than $10.
Hours: 5pm – 7 pm (Monday – Friday), 4pm – 6pm (Saturday/Sunday)
Address: 1416 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Any menu that includes grilled cheese on the menu makes them our happiest happy hour. Bar Chloe offers beers for under $5 and cocktails and wine under $7 in the heart of Santa Monica.
Hours: 6pm – 8 pm (Monday – Thursday), 5pm – 8pm (Friday)
Address: 1449 2nd Street Santa Monica, CA 90401

BEVERLY HILLS

Taking our happy hour hopping to the good ol’ 90210.  Beverly Hills is a hotspot for shopping, dining and… drinking?

Located on Canon Dr., The Bar Room at Porta Via is named one of Beverly Hill’s best happy hours. Enjoy your drinks in their beautiful space with $4 beers and $6 cocktails and wine. P.S. most of their bites at the bar are 50% off!
Hours: 5pm – 8pm (Monday – Saturday)
Address: 424 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills 90210

The Sidebar’s sophisticated modern lounge is the great place to grab a few drinks ($12) and appetizers before a nice dinner.
Hours: 5pm – 7pm (Monday – Friday)
Address: 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212

DOWNTOWN LA

You didn’t think we’d leave out one of the coolest parts of LA, did you?

Enjoy the happiest of hours on one of LA’s best rooftops. Perch’s French inspired décor offers amazing views and even better drinks. The lounge seating offers fire pits and comfortable seating… everything you need for the end to a relaxing day.
Hours: 4pm – 6pm (Monday – Friday)
Address: 448 S Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Another classic downtown rooftop spot just got better with their $5 wine/champagne, $6 select beers and $7 well drinks. The Standard turns into a fun night spot as well so make sure to snag a good spot early.
Hours: 4pm – 7pm (Monday – Friday)
Address: 550 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Written by our lovely intern, Gabby Stieglitz.

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2017 with Something Social

The New Year is oftentimes a period for reflection – we look back at the year behind us and decide what new steps we want to take in the year that lies ahead. At Something Social, we want to thank you for making our 2016 so amazing. Without all of our loyal clients and engaging followers, we wouldn’t have had such a fantastic (and Instagrammable) year. We’re looking forward to all that’s to come in 2017 – so tag us in all of your New Year New You posts so we can see what’s to come for all of you in 2017!

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