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It is challenging to put yesterday's historical and magical day into coherent sentences, as the energy was indescribable and unforgettable. Perhaps making it one of the top five moments in my life. President Trump believes that we are a divided country, but I think anyone who was out marching or participating yesterday (across the 600+ cities, and 30+ countries) would care to disagree. I witnessed a powerful and strong union of individuals. Individuals who are of a different race, gender, religion, nationality, but these individuals were standing together. Truth be told, I have never felt more proud to call myself both an American and a woman than I did yesterday. I hope that this march, and the many to come, is a wake-up call to our government, representatives, and world leaders saying that we are here and we are not going away.
On a slightly more personal note, this past election has lit a flame within me. A flame that continues to burn brighter and stronger every day. It has made me recognize that my voice holds power, and that power must be used. Each and every one of us holds that power. Use your voice to spread positive messages of love, not hate. Continue to educate yourself (and others) about issues that concern our fellow citizens, our planet, and our communities. Support those around you. Never stop fighting and working for what you believe. And lastly, my fellow ladies, never underestimate yourself and never forget that you, yes you, can change the world.
Back in November, we asked ourselves the question, "where do we go from here?", and I think after yesterday, we will are going to be pretty damn well. January 21st, 2017 has come and gone, but it is only the beginning of something greater.
Let's get ready and let's get to work.
If you follow me on the 'gram, then you are very aware of where I am at 11 am on Sundays. Looking at the huge logo in the photos about, I would say it's blatantly obivous. Ah, yes, Dogpound. I have spent my weekends trekking- not really trekking, but I love a good hyperbole- into the city to punch it out. When Monday morning rolls around, I am sore as hell. Does it hurt? Yes. But is it worth it? Oh yeah.
I cannot recommend Dogpound (or boxing in general) enough. You'll finish your workout sweaty, tired, but feeling pretty badass. After my first time at Dogpound, I was instantly addicted to the overwhelming positive enegery in the gym. If you didn't know any better, you'd think that a gym that trains models, olympic athletes, and some of the fittest people I've seen, might feel quite intimidating. Trust me- I always practice what I preach- the second you walk in the door that will all change.
Animal print, loafers, and middle parts? It's a Love Story induced daydream sans the plethora of tears. It was also my exact inpsiration for this shoot with my new Aussie friend, Gabi. Not only is Gabi one of the sweetest souls I've ever met, but she is wickedly talented. So, I happen to geek out a little bit when I cross paths with people a la Gabi; plus it is the cherry on top when your ~creative~ visions align. Any who, post-snapping, we walked around the park and worked our way to Columbus Circle in search of food. With coffees and lunch in hand, we topped the afternoon with a picnic style lunch and great conversation.
I like to think that days like these are the ones that I'm living most in the moment .As I like to say to my friends, the best moments in life are the ones that have no proof.
One of my favorite, game-changing, passionate, and innovate blogs, The Messy Heads, has a line of t-shirt/journals/etc. that embody their message of "stay messy".
No duh, they don't literally mean to stay messy, but to embrace who you are as a person, your imperfections, perfections, and everything that makes you unapologetically you.
I rarely fall in love with a blog completely and The Messy Heads is the only exception. The founder, Emma, just moved to New York from California and brings some positive and passion to the social space. It's refreshing to see uniqueness is a space that is filled with clusters of the same after the same.
I told you I'd disappear for a few days! I'm currently posting up in Seattle airport waiting for my flight back to the East Coast. I'm riding out a caffeine buzz courtesy of Starbucks, in order to catch up on emails and blog work.
My last outfit around here was bright and bold- if you didn't see it, pop here folks! But, sometimes going back to black is the secret to breaking away from standard summer whites and brights. Just make sure to keep it interesting with multiple textures and either some white or metallic on the shoe part.
Just a tip: avoiding beating hot sun also makes summer darks much, much more bearable.
Oh, and Happy August!
The Look: Nasty Gal top (also worn here), Madewell shorts, Vans sneakers (worn here), Angela Roi bag, Ray-Ban sunglasses
Photos by Becky Siegel