Weekly Finds

Who knows if I'm late on the band wagon with the people I am about to mention, but this week, I found some inspiration! From artists to singers to whatever my internet scouring leads me to, these people get me super excited. Lets get right to it.

Maggie Rogers

Maggie Rogers is a normal girl like you and me. She has worked extremely hard to get to where she is now but I love that she is so down to earth, well spoken, and just a relatable person. She just graduated from NYU in the prestigious music department where she received a life changing encounter with Pharell. He heard her song and her career kind of just, took off. Above she filmed her music video to my favorite of her songs, Dog Years, at her summer camp in Maine. It made me SO NOSTALGIC for camp and had me Youtubing videos of my own summer camp. Her voice is folky, but her songs make you want to dance.

Billie Eilish

THIS GIRL IS ONLY 15. I cannot get over that fact. Born in LA in 2002, she was singing in the LA Choir for Children by age seven. She sounds like Lana Del Rey but her voice is just so soothing and she is very, very talented. Every song I have heard, I have really enjoyed. I definitely have her music on repeat. 

How I Built This with Guy Raz ft. Whitney Wolfe, CEO of Bumble

This is my FAVORITE PODCAST. I especially enjoy listening when he features female entrepenuers. I have been waiting for him to feature Whitney Wolfe, the CEO and founder of Bumble. I love to follow her story, along with Emily Weiss of Glossier and Pia Arrobio of LPA. These women really inspire me. You can listen to it here.  

Some of my other favorite episodes on his podcast are of the founder of Southwest Airlines (the greatest domestic US airline in my eyes), Sadie Lincoln- the founder of Barre3, the founders of Rent the Runway (one of the smartest inventions), and Kate Spade and Andy Spade.

Do yourself a favor and give this podcast a listen.

Vloggers + Youtube

I have been quite addicted to watching Youtube lately, which I must admit has not been a huge thing for me before. I love reading and listening to podcasts, so it isn't a shock that I love watching people make videos of themselves. You get all the information plus a lot of personality. I enjoyed learning the story behind the The Adventures of Jade. Although I don't subscribe to a lot of the same beliefs as her, I enjoy her vulnerability and how she talks openly about her process with grief (she lost her little brother last year). She lives a very clean lifestyle (no drinking, drugs, meat, etc) and speaks through those transformations quite freely and from a non-judgemental point of view.

Please send me your favorite vloggers. There are heaps out there, but rarely do I find myself super interested in someone. Need the quality finds! 

Little Fires Everywhere

Oh my god. This book. Written by Celeste Ng, this is the best piece of fiction I have read since my all time favorite, Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. I am currently reading her first book as well because I was so impressed. Little Fires Everywhere had me gasping multiple times as I was reading. There's endless secrets between two families who become intertwined in a suburban neighborhood. I don't even want to say anymore. Its too good. 

Having a Kindle on my phone has made it so incredibly easy for me to keep up with my reading addiction. I love to read in bed to fall asleep and having it on my phone provides the light without having to hold a reading lamp or keep a light on. I buy the books with one click on Amazon (which is dangerously easy) and the download super quick on the Kindle App. It's kind of revolutionary. 

That's all for now. Enjoy these finds!

xx, AG

Cheap Home Improvements that look Expensive

Fix it Yourself

Living with four men these past two years, who are all incredibly self-sufficient when it comes to fixing and building things, has taught me so much. I used to just throw things away or call someone to fix something when it broke, but rarely do you ever need to throw something out- it can almost 99% of the time be fixed. Better even, with Youtube, even you can fix it yourself. Here are some inspiring videos to watch that can transform any room into something completely unique and fabulous!

Home Makeover on a Tight Budget

Gershon's brother showed me these videos from Lowe's as they prepare to fix up the guesthouse that he runs here in Cape Town. The two of them have just completed a project where they handbuilt a corner couch for the outdoor deck using palettes and we got my workplace to donate gorgeous pillows. The space is completely new and they were able to stay on their small budget. You don't need much to do a BIG makeover.

Enjoy! xx, AG


The app I truly use the most is by far Instagram. As a photo person, its my favorite and I also love the community aspect. I think its pretty amazing that you can see into the worlds of vogue editors and artists and people who have found success in the arenas that you aspire to be a part of. These women have been on my radar this past year. 

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1. Giovanna Battaglia (@bat_gio): fashion senior editor at Vogue Japan, she is Italian, married a Swedish man, lives in Sweden, but travels the globe weekly. Her style is full of color and life and her travels are addicting to follow. She also makes these adorable videos with her sisters and just designed the NYFW windows at Bergdorf Goodmans to promote her upcoming book!

2. Alina Gonzalez (@thehyperbalist): This girl is so real, so inspiring, and always vocal about her thoughts and opinions on everything. She rants about things that matter and any and everything she is admiring at the moment. A great balance of funny and smart plus a fashionable vintage loving, pug loving, LA residing, Cuban-American gal. 

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3. Yana Shept (@gelcream): In terms of quality of content, this account is lightyears ahead of the rest. She gives brutally honest and quick reviews of all products- cheap to expensive. Her photos are stunning and artsy and if you are a beauty feign, you have to know this account. She also has a website and a moodboard which are equally fun to look at. 

4. Callie (@cosmicnature): This girl and her boyfriend hustled to buy and fix up a camper van, which they renovated themselves, and have recently hit the road, travelling across the states. They are down to earth and too much fun to follow- a very inspiring account that makes you realize these ideas are feasible if you're willing to put in the time and effort.

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5. Katie Jane Hughes (@katiejanehughes): A makeup artist who doesn't idealize the typical overly done IG look. She is all about glowy, real skin. She doesn't hide her pores or wrinkles, and her live videos are really entertaining. She is just REAL. And very hot right now. She just did the Glossier campaign for Body Hero (which happens to feature Pia below) and has a lot of the same skin/makeup philosophies as them. 

6. Lara Pia Arrobio (@piaarrobio): Expect a real ass woman, who runs her own clothing label, LPA, based in LA. She has one of those disruptive brands that is very authentic. She cries regularly on her IG stories and is open about botox and her body issues and her funny dad makes cameos every now and then. She just seems like someone you would want as a BFF.  

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7. Mari Andrew (@bymariandrew): Her illustrations sum up your thoughts, anxieties, and make you feel more understood, especially if you are trying desperately to adult. She has been through a lot and is very open about her setbacks (which include having been paralyzed) and finding her way into art. Very inspiring follow. Also, her first book is being published!




xx, AG