5 Ways to Spend a Summer Friday

It’s already mid-July, so at Something Social, we’re looking for hacks to make the most of our favorite season. Firm believers in the Summer Friday policy, we’re eager to share our favorite ways to start your summer weekends early.

Leave Town and Connect With Nature

Sometimes living in LA can feel like you’re a million miles away from nature, but we’re not! A few extra hours per weekend can make a local getaway that much more realistic. Snag some snacks and hit the road for one of our weekend trip locales.

Fave Spots Within Two Hours of LA:

Big Bear

Ojai

Newport Beach

Santa Barbara

Palm Springs

 

Explore a New Neighborhood

When you only have 48 hours of R&R, it can be difficult to muster the motivation to do more than your laundry and grabbing a coffee at your typical spot. Get off your desk, beat the traffic, and head to an area of town you haven’t explored yet. Need a few ideas to get started?

Our Fave Lesser-Explored Spots:

Highland Park

Frogtown

Pasadena

 

Go to A Dodgers Game

Don a ballcap and watch the boys in blue hit some home runs. If you’re an eastsider, making it out to the ballgame might be more realistic than getting all the way to the coast before sundown. Throw on your swag, grab a Doyer Dog, and get the shorts tan you’ve been waiting for all summer. Find the printable Dodgers schedule here.

 

Try Out a New Happy Hour

Working the 9-5 grind can make exploring LA’s extensive Happy Hour offerings difficult. Enter, your Friday half day. This will give you time to freshen up, find parking, and snag a barstool to check out discounted menus that you might not have tried otherwise.

Best spots to sip on the cheap:

Petite Taqueria’s Happy Hour and a Half

Gesso’s Weekday Wine Deals

Little Ruby’s Beer, Wine, and Spritzes deals

 

Take Advantage of Weekday Museum Events

Los Angeles is a hotbed of oft overlooked cultural exhibitions and artsy activities. A number of museums offer free admission and fun events to boost exposure for their programming. Check out one of the events below. You get to drink and brag about how cultured you are on the ‘gram.

The Natural History Museum’s First Fridays

LACMA’s Summer Friday Jazz Nights start at 6pm

Barnsdall Friday Fundraiser Wine Nights hosted by Silverlake Wines

Written by our Brand Communications Coordinator, Kaeleigh Morrison.

What’s your fave way to spend a Summer Friday? Tweet us  @somethingsocial or follow us on the ‘gram – @somethingsocial.

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Meet Caitlin: Account Coordinator

How long have you worked at Something Social?

Almost seven months!

Tell us about a day in the life of an account coordinator.

There is no average day in the life, and that’s actually one of my favorite parts of this job! On any given day I’m creating content calendars, posting for clients, coordinating photoshoots, and taking meetings. It’s non-stop, and I always learn something new every day because we have such a wide variety of clients in so many different industries.

In your spare time you…

…(try to) relax. Being a full-time student and an account coordinator, my schedule is pretty packed. I try to use my free time to unwind, whether that means relaxing with friends and family or taking a road trip to Palm Springs. When I’m not working I try to spend my time in the sun and away from social media, because we all need a little change of scenery every now and then.

Something Social is basically a one-stop shop for all content management and creation for clients. How do you manage it all and where do you draw your inspiration from for content?

It definitely comes down to organization. We have a lot of systems in place to keep team communication and tasks flowing smoothly, and that’s a huge part of what keeps me sane on any given day! It’s all about time management, communication, and teamwork, and browsing Pinterest and Instagram (or even getting outside of the office) for inspiration never hurts!

What’s your favorite thing about working for Something Social?

The team! With such a non-stop schedule, having a solid team for support and inspiration is key. Every day in the office is like working with friends, no matter how stressful our schedules are. It makes the job that much more fun, and it’s why I love coming into the office.

Your dream job would be (besides an Account Coordinator at Something Social of course)…

Is it bad that I have to say…I have no idea! I know I want to do something creative that allows me to connect with genuine, inspiring people. Up until this point I’ve been going with my gut, and I’m pretty happy about where it’s led me so I’ll probably continue on this path and see where it takes me next.

What is your idea of the perfect gram?

Something that involves beautiful design or natural scenery! I love spending time in inspiring spaces, and when the setting is so breathtaking on its own it’s best to let it speak for itself.

Favorite place in LA?

Is it too cheesy to say PCH? I love driving up the coast, especially on a nice day when you can roll the windows down, put on your favorite music, and just enjoy the view (sans traffic, preferably).

Written by our Brand Communications Coordinator, Kaeleigh Morrison.

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Meet Taylor: Account Coordinator

How long have you worked at Something Social?

I have worked at Something Social for 6 months now!

Tell us about a day in the life of an account coordinator.

Typically my day starts off by checking my tasks for the day and getting organized. After that it is pretty unpredictable! I could be heading to a photoshoot, running to a meeting, or just staying put in the office!

In your spare time you…

Recently, I have been spending a lot of time in Hermosa and Redondo beach. I love to ride bikes, walk on the boardwalk, and check out all of the cute bars and restaurants down there. Also, when I’m feeling extra sporty, I love to play tennis! Other than that, I just like to relax and spend time with my close friends + family. 🙂

Something Social is basically a one-stop shop for all content management and creation for clients. How do you manage it all and where do you draw your inspiration from for content?

It is a lot, but it’s easy when you love what you do! Plus, I have great managers who help me balance it all. As for inspiration, I get a lot of ideas by exploring new places and traveling. It is also easy coming up with fresh ideas when you work in a such collaborative environment with creative people.

What’s your favorite thing about working for Something Social?

One thing that is super important to me is that I never dread coming into work, which I think is rare for most people and is something I feel very fortunate about. Other than that, my favorite thing about working for Something Social is the amazing people that surround me and support me!

Your dream job would be (besides a Digital Specialist at Something Social of course)…

I grew up thinking that I wanted to do something in fashion, but after a few fashion internships I realized that that wasn’t the case. For the most part, I was one of those people who never really had a specific dream job in mind. All I wanted was a job that I didn’t hate and allowed me to be creative. So I guess I am already at my dream job!

What is your idea of the perfect gram?

My idea of the perfect gram is pretty simple. I am all about minimalism in the photo, and all the creativity in the caption. Preferably something witty or humorous that will make you think a little bit.

Favorite place in LA?

Prank Bar in Downtown. It’s a cute little open-air walk up bar that holds a special place in my heart. I met the the owner, a man named Lucky, at it’s soft opening last year and since then it’s been my favorite weekend spot (whenever I feel like making the trek downtown.)

Written by our Brand Communications Coordinator, Kaeleigh Morrison.

Ready to meet the rest of the team? Tweet us  @somethingsocial or follow us on the ‘gram – @somethingsocial.

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#SomethingSignificant: Make March Matter

“To achieve a kinder world, we must approach kindness with ambition and dedication. We must practice it in every moment of our lives. Kindness is that important.” – Cleo Wade

Being kind is one of the greatest gifts you can give in this world. So that’s why every month we encourage you to find a cause near to your heart (we’ll always share ours) and get involved. Last March, we shared Make March Matter with you, and this year we’ll be highlighting it again. It’s a cause that is near and dear to our hearts at Something Social, and there are so many different ways to get involved.

A message from Make March Matter:

During the month of March, local businesses and communities near you will be taking action to support children’s health.

Each generous business below will give you a special way to support critical, life-saving and life-changing care for children who live near you by shopping, dining or making a donation.

Click here for a list of businesses participating in Make March Matter 2018.

There are also different events going on daily throughout the month – check them out here.

Some of our favorite ways to get involved…

Alfred Coffee: Throughout March, grab a cup of joe at Alfred Coffee and support Make March Matter. Alfred Coffee will donate $1 for every social media photo in front of their CHLA mural tagged with #MakeMarchMatter.

BOXFOX: BOXFOX is donating 15% of sales from their “New Family” box to support CHLA’s Make March Matter campaign.

Emi Jay: Emi Jay will donate 50% of sales from featured products to support CHLA’s Make March Matter campaign.

Gelson’s: Visit Gelson’s during March and make a donation at the register to support CHLA’s Make March Matter campaign.

Written by our VP of Operations, Marissa Stahl.

How are you going to get involved? Tweet us  @somethingsocial or tag us on Instagram- @somethingsocial.

International Women’s Day 2018

March, a month of many things – the first day of Spring, Daylight Savings (we appreciate the extra hours of sunshine), March Madness and two of our favorites – Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. In the true spirit of a social media agency (Have you seen our Instagram? It’s what we do.), we wanted to share our favorite women online (and offline) with you!

Calli Cholodenko, Founder, @calli

@nikkilee901 and @riawna: They are my forever inspirations. I always check in on how I feel after spending time with someone, and after even a few moments with these two I feel joyful, empowered, strong, energetic and so much love. As businesswoman, they are passionate, driven and powerful. As co-founders, they are supportive, collaborative and humble. As friends, they are kind, caring and loving. As humans, they are thoughtful, generous and SO MUCH FUN.

Erin Dykstra, Account Director, @eedykstra

@veritewoman: Not only is the imagery breathtaking and inspiring, they live their words when it comes to supporting women. It’s my favorite digital space to find whatever I’m needing whether it’s a little inspiration, some words of wisdom, or my new favorite product.

Marissa Stahl, VP of Operations, @marissacstahl

@camilletrust: Camille Trust is an amazingly unbelievable singer based in NY. Having gone to high school together, I can truly say that she has always been crazy talented. I love following her account to see how much she has grown as an artist and keep up with all of the performances she does in NYC (she’s a regular at @sofarnyc so try to catch one of her shows.) PSA: her new single drops Friday; don’t miss it.

Taylor Walsh, Account Coordinator, @tayywalshh

@minimaliving: Her name is Kasia Bedzinska and she is a Polish blogger. Her account is just so lovely and clean. She only posts very simple things from her life, such as her breakfast or morning coffee in bed. The account just makes me feel so comforted and at peace!

Caitlin Taylor, Account Coordinator, @caitlinmiyako

@sarahs_day: Sarah is a fitness YouTuber I discovered a couple months ago and she is one of my favorite people on social media because she is SO uplifting and body positive. Her videos and content are always energetic and full of happiness, and I love the real spin she puts on fitness and holistic wellness.

@punodostres: This badass woman is beautiful, outspoken, and SO creative. She is the founder of @ilovecreatives and @peoplemap.co and always creates content that is simultaneously hilarious and inspiring. Puno is a reminder of what it means to be unapologetically authentic.

Nora Henick, Digital Specialist, @norahenick

@girlsatlibrary: I love reading, so combine book recommendations with reading about different women’s backgrounds and I’m sold. Girls at Library interviews women to learn about where they got their love of words from and why. I could read through the site all day.

Allison Gehrke, Art Director, @imalicegray

@s.ilver: I picked Lauren Tepfer because she first caught my eye with nostalgic colors and dreamscapes, but I stayed a loyal fan girl when I looked closer and found that she displays real rawness, documenting personal moments of strength and weakness. You can see the love she has for her city and friends through her photography.

Phoebe Schramm, Account Director, @phoebenicolee

@turboschramm: Raised by the smartest, most hardworking and loving woman I know. I hope to be half the woman she is Proud of my mama today and EVERY day!

Written by our Digital Specialist, Nora Henick.

Have a #girlcrush you wanna highlight? Tweet us  @somethingsocial or tag us on Instagram- @somethingsocial.

#SomethingSignificant: Interval House

DO #SOMETHINGSIGNIFICANT: INTERVAL HOUSE

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 #SomethingSignificant. Every month, we’re 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: INTERVAL HOUSE

A message from Interval House

Since 1979, Interval House has worked passionately to develop innovative programs that have been recognized with over 500 awards, including four Presidential Awards and four Governor’s Awards, citing Interval House as a “model” domestic violence program to the nation.

Interval House provides comprehensive domestic violence services in over 70 different languages to individuals and families in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

How to get involved:

You can donate here.

Written by our Digital Specialist, Nora Henick.

Do #SomethingSignificant that you think we should feature? Tweet us  @somethingsocial or tag us on Instagram- @somethingsocial.

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Best Desserts for Your Valentine and Galentine

Here at Something Social, we’re connoisseurs of all things sweet. In case you don’t follow us on Instagram (which, hi, we post some good content over here), we’re here to let you in on our little secret. While you can definitely go out and get delicious treats, some of the best snacks we’ve had were made right here in the Something Social kitchen.

So what does that mean for you this February… and more specifically Chocolate Day, aka Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day has become synonymous with Hallmark cards and subpar chocolates. Love movies and bouquets flowers. But instead of the traditional, this February 14th, we present you with delicious treats from superstar bakers that you can make (yes you!!!!) for your Valentines and Galentines.  

Rachel Mansfield Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Bars

Foodstirs Brownie Heart Sandwiches

The Yellow Table Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies with Oatmeal and Cinnamon

Special shoutouts to:

Lauren Lowstan, who makes delicious treats that you can order online if your baking skills aren’t something you’re proud of (it’s okay, we don’t judge).

Money on Honey; we really can’t get enough of you. Between all of the flavor options and the unique honey taste, you can’t go wrong.

 

Written by our Digital Specialist, Nora Henick.

How are you spending your Valentine’s Day? Tweet us  @somethingsocial or tag us on Instagram- @somethingsocial.

Not Your Average Friday Night

Does waiting in a long line to get into an overcrowded bar where someone is inevitably going to spill their drink on you not sound like an ideal Friday night anymore? We’ve been there, done that, and understand. But just because you’re over the Friday night party scene doesn’t mean you need to give up on your Friday night out just yet. Within the city of Los Angeles (and maybe a bit outside of it), there are a plethora of activities you can do on the weekend to make your social life just as fun, sans the annoying guy at the bar that won’t stop hitting on you.

First Fridays at Griffith Observatory – All Space Considered

On the first Friday of every month, the staff at the Griffith Observatory host a free public program in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon. Topics range from anything involving astronomy to space science, so make sure you come prepared to be amazed. It’s first come, first serve so make sure you get there with time to spare.

Cooking Class – Eatz

Cooking made easy (for those who may struggle like me). Eatz’s personal cooking classes take the form of a dinner party (see following suggestion for a Friday night), which means you get a hands-on experience with all of the eating included. Your classes include the following: a pre-made appetizer to get you ready to cook, fresh ingredients, wine pairings or cocktails made from scratch, recipes, and culinary tips.

Host a Dinner Party

Want to feel like an adult without the actual effort of adulting? Host a dinner party. It’s the perfect excuse to get all of your friends together, yet getting to stay in the comfort of your own home. Bonus points if you give it a theme (think: Clue) or require your guests to dress as if it’s a black tie affair. For some great recipes, check out The Yellow Table and Rachel Mansfield.

Board Game Night

The same amount of fun as a dinner party, without the commitment of cleaning the dishes after. Gather your friends at your place, their place, or even a coffee shop open late enough and break out the board games. Between Jenga and Sorry, we’re confident this is a great way to spend a Friday night.

Massage at The Now

Open until 10:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, The Now is your haven in Los Angeles for affordable massages without any corners cut. If you’re really looking for the perfect way to relax on a Friday, this is the way to do it.

Bowling

No matter what neighborhood you live in in Los Angeles, it’s safe to assume that there’s a bowling alley somewhat nearby. A quick Google Search will let you know where the closest one is, and soon you’ll be on your way to wearing funky shoes and secretly wishing that they left the bumpers on your lane (or maybe that’s just a wish we have).

Staycations

We’re a big fan of the staycation at Something Social (just check our Instagrams, you’ll probably see at least one of us at a hotel on any given weekend). And with a plethora of hotels in Los Angeles with amazing amenities, it’s hard to stay away. The trick for staycationing the right way? Do it with friends. It’s more cost effective, and laying in a hotel robe with a face mask on is always more fun with a friend right next to you.

The Last Bookstore

Here us out. Open until 11:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, The Last Bookstore is a beacon of hope in a world that no longer saves up their allowance for the Scholastic Book Fairs at school. Not into reading (though we recommend you give our favorite books a try)? That’s okay; they have records too. Grab a friend or go alone; your pick. But either way, let us know what you’re reading or listening to.

Peppermint Club

This isn’t your average Friday night club spot, but how can it be when it was started by a partnership between h.wood Group and Interscope Records? With live music every Tuesdays-Saturdays, a visit to Peppermint Club will most definitely feel like you’re treating yourself.

UCB

See a show at UCB! Right in the heart of Hollywood, the Upright Citizens Brigade offers a variety of shows every night. You’re guaranteed to laugh, smile, and definitely have a better time than if you just sat home.  

Y7

We’ll consider this one the start to your Friday night. Y7 – the yoga studio that adds a rap/hip hop twist to traditional yoga classes – offers a 7:00 pm yoga class on Friday nights! What better way to start your weekend than with a stretch and Drake?

Written by our Digital Specialist, Nora Henick.

What are you doing this Friday? Tweet us  @somethingsocial or tag us on Instagram- @somethingsocial.

#SomethingSignificant: MojaMoja

DO #SOMETHINGSIGNIFICANT: MOJAMOJA

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 #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: MOJAMOJA

A message from MojaMoja

The MojaMoja Brunch & Benefit Concert is a premier charity event held during GRAMMY® Awards weekend to benefit the MojaMoja Innovation Fund. MojaMoja has been featured in Vanity Fair, Variety, The Huffington Post, SPIN Media, Billboard.biz and VIBE. Former MojaMoja performers have included GRAMMY honorees and nominees Macy Gray, Questlove, Stuart Matthewman, Janelle Monáe, Flying Lotus, Anderson .Paak, international artists Little Dragon, Hiatus Kaiyote, Los Amigos Invisibles, and Brazilian crooner Seu Jorge. The event is hosted at the AVALON Hollywood, open to the public and attracts more than 350 key influencers, music lovers and philanthropists. During the past nine years we have honored music icons including Nile Rodgers and Sheila E., along with Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Mavis Staples, George Clinton, and Sly Stone with the MojaMoja Vanguard Award.

Artists donate performances to raise awareness and funds for the MojaMoja Innovation Fund at Liberty Hill Foundation; which supports initiatives and nonprofits empowering underrepresented, multicultural youth to pursue education, internships and job preparedness opportunities in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM). Financial contributions to the MojaMoja Fund at Liberty Hill Foundation are tax deductible and have benefited such charities as Oxfam America, Girl Scouts of America, Teens Exploring Technology, and the Common Ground Foundation.

How to get involved:

You can purchase tickets for the event here.

Written by our Digital Specialist, Nora Henick.

Do #SomethingSignificant that you think we should know about? Tweet us  @somethingsocial or tag us on Instagram- @somethingsocial.