T&T Podcasts I Love
Over the last two years, I have become increasingly interested in podcasts. I first started listening to them every few weeks, but now listen to them most days, throughout the day. I listen when I am driving, getting ready for the day, or even when I am doing mundane tasks like cleaning. While podcasts have nothing to do with fashion, I do get a lot of questions from followers about them, so I wanted to share some of the ones that I love. I will continue to update this list as I discover more. All the links for the podcasts are linked in the photos above!
Serial- Sarah Koenig, the host of the podcast, has the most mesmerizing voice and I truly could listen to hear read the yellow pages. Serial Season I is a must, must listen and is a griping true story of a Baltimore teenager who is murdered and the surrounding case. It is a very interesting story and, to this day, I still have some unanswered questions. Fun Fact: I do an uncanny (or so I think) Christina Gutierrez impression. Skip Season II- I found it hard to get into and gave up quickly. I am not yet done with Season III, but Sarah looks at the criminal justice system and how broken it is.
How I Built This- One of the bests. If you love business you will love this podcast. Even if you don’t, you will enjoy hearing stories from the founders of your favorite companies including: Rent The Runway, Temperpedic, Toms, Dyson, Southwest Airlines, Bumble, and Ben & Jerry’s. I originally found this podcast a few years ago through my aunt. She sent the Kate Spade interview to me, knowing I have loved Kate Spade since I was a girl. I really enjoyed Kate and Andy’s story. Some of my other favorites include: Warby Parker, Spanx, Barbara Corcoran, Airbnb, Slack, Wayfair, Patagonia, Instagram, Barre3, and Five Guys. I just listened to Bonobos and enjoyed that too! Fun fact: I love HIBT so much, I went to the live taping at American University last year.
WSJ: Secrets of Wealthy Women- This was a recent recommendations from a T&T follower, and I am so grateful she shared it with me. I love hearing the stories of women who have succeeded in business and relate to many of the common themes shared by these women (yes, I have a job outside of T&T!). The host is not as strong as Guy Raz, but I have grown to like how much she lets the interviewee shine.
Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations: I do not listen every week, but Oprah has some great episodes and I definitely should listen more. I LOVED the recent episodes called “Steven Pressfield: Unlock Your Creative Genius” and recommend you all listen to it. I also enjoyed Joe Biden, Julia Roberts, Brene Brown and Stephen Colbert.
Bitch Sesh: My love for the hosts, Casey and Danielle, runs deep. Essentially the podcast is a breakdown of the week’s Bravo shows done by two comedians. Without an ounce of shame and a heartful of pride, I can say that I am a loyal Bravo fan. I’ve watched Scary Island maybe 50 times and it will never get old. For a while they went into talking about 90 Day Fiance (which I don’t watch), which I didn’t love, but now they’re back to pure, unadulterated Bravo. If you’re rolling your eyes because you think Bravo is trash, I ask you this: do you watch football? How is that any more enlightened than Bravo? And at least no one gets hurt (physically) on Bravo! Fun Fact: I have been to two live recordings of Bitch Sesh and at the most recent got a big laugh from the crowd with my “Boots on the Ground.” One of my prouder moments. If you’re looking for one to start with, start with the Erika Jayne interview episode because she is everything.
How to Decorate: This is a new favorite and I frankly do not know how I came upon it. My absolute favorite episode so far is with Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia. Carson is so incredibly funny (even my dad who hates Bravo will watch their show) and I was dying laughing the entire time. I have since listened maybe three more times when I need a good chuckle. Please listen to that one to start. I just listened today to Nicki Clending and loved her interview. She will search high and low at thrift stores, fairs, etc. for home decor and fashion and has an eye to pair it all together. My kind of lady. This may sound harsh, but I don’t love the ladies chit-chat prior to the interview, so I tend to fast forward to the interview. I do this for a lot of podcasts, so not a knock on them. I just like to get straight to the meat!
Last Seen: This was another T&T Follower recommendation. It is the story of the unsolved heist of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in the 1990’s. It’s only a few episodes so easy to get through. I studied Art History at Bowdoin, so it brought back memories! Even if you don’t like art history, you learn a lot about the inner-workings of the mob (bet you didn’t see that coming.)
Second Life: This is another T&T follower rec ( I am very fortunate to have such great followers with great taste!) This is somewhat similar to HIBT, but focuses on women who took the plunge to start a new endeavor and resonates so strongly with me. So far I’ve really enjoyed April Garguilo of Vintner’s Daughter, Amber Lewis, Shani Darden, Tracy Sun, Jen Atkin and Eva Chen.
Modern Love: This was one of the first podcast I ever listened to, and I found it because I read the NYT Modern Love column. The podcast has famous people reading the column aloud. The stories are all reader submitted essays about love: not necessarily romantic love, but love in all its forms. I have to admit I have fallen off a bit, but 95% of the time I listen I cry. If you haven’t listened to or read “To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This” you must. I read it maybe 4 years ago and it changed how I think about connecting with other people.
Everything Iconic: This is another largely Bravo related podcast by Danny Pellegrino. He is funny and makes me chuckle. They cover other pop-culture topics, but I listen primarily to the Bravo episodes.
Business of Home: Another interior design podcast. I enjoyed the interview with 1st Dibs CEO David Rosenblatt.
A Well Designed Business: Again, I am not an interior designer, but I enjoy this podcast hosted by LuAnn Nigara. Her focus is on helping interior designers run their business effectively. Not all her episodes are relevant to me, but I find her tips helpful for any small business owner or entrepreneur.
Masters in Business: This is fantastic series interviewing people from all industries. I particularly enjoyed the Fern Mallis interview.
Boss Files: Poppy Harlow interviews business leaders and innovators. As the popularity of business podcast grows, it does seem that the same people are interviewed (Kendra Scott, Alli Web, Rent the Runway etc.) but I still enjoy hearing various entrepreneurs stories.
Start Here: Quick news coverage. On busy days, it’s nice to have a quick overview. I also am a big fan of the NPR 5 minute recap.
Skimm’d From the Couch: I’m conflicted about the Skimm. I respect the founders and agree that we should not judge how people consume the news. However, I think sometimes they can veer on lightweight, which I do not think women are! That being said, they have some interesting interviews. I really enjoyed Barbara Corcoran’s interview because she is an inspiration and a hustler.
Glossy Podcast: Fashion meets How I Built This. I am shocked that more people arent talking about this podcast. They interview founders and high level executives from the fashion industry, including established brands and newer Direct to Consumer brands. I absolutely love this one!
The Daily: I start my mornings with The Daily and Start Here. The Daily offers short 20 minute news and topic deep dives.
That’s all for now. I would love to hear what you’re listening to and enjoying, so please comment below. Be sure to click the photos below to get direct links to the podcasts.