Happy 2019! Now that the holidays are past and the business of the season is behind us, I've had some time to reflect on the past year and think about some goals for the future.
Since how I dress is important to me and how I express myself, I've teamed up with Ann Taylor to celebrate the new year by setting some style resolutions!
Do you have any resolutions for 2019? Are any style-related? Let me know in the comments below, or hit me up on instagram! I'd love to get inspiration from you!
Thank you to Ann Taylor for working with me on this dream partnership! These items were provided to me at no cost as part of our collaboration, but style ideas and opinions shared in this post are my own. Click Here to check out more from Ann Taylor to achieve your style resolution!
I waited a little too long to share these photos from our state fair, but loved how they turned out too much to let them go to waste. Instead of giving an irrelevant list of Puyallup Fair Musts, here's a list of 10 things to know about me! I shared a list last fall, and thought it could be fun to make it an annual thing.
1. I don't know how to wink. Like at all. Tyler always laughs at me.. But in the sixth grade musical, Elephant's Child, I was cast as a crocodile who's entire part focused on winking - including a song. Needless to say it was not a Tony worthy performance.
2. I love all vegetables except for peas. Who invented those nasty little things?
3. Cooking kinda stresses me out but I love baking! Honestly it might just be because I'll do anything for dessert, especially chocolate chip cookies or fudgey brownies.
4. As a kid I would collect rocks and postcards when we travelled, then my grandpa and I would polish the rocks in his tumbler.
5. My favorite song of all time is Ribs by Lorde. I like different music for different moods, but all my favorite songs end up being more mellow and soothing (at least for me). You can check them out on Spotify here.
6. When I started my new job in September I bought a new car for the first time. It's a pinky/salmon color called Sorbet and I'm obsessed with it! I always wanted a Volkswagen Bug but they're apparently pretty unreliable, so having a unique color feels like a good compromise.
7. My driver's license says I'm 5'7" but apparently I was far too optimistic when I passed my test. A doctor recently told me I'm just slightly taller than 5'5"
8. I grew up camping on the Washington Coast each summer with my family, and now I try to go on at least one camping trip each year. Last summer a bunch of my friends from HS went to Yellowstone! (I'm the worst ever and still haven't edited the photos oops)
9. I've never liked ketchup or mustard, and have always put bbq sauce on my burgers and fries. A1 is my favorite, but McDonald's bbq is a close second.
10. If I could fluently "speak" any language it would be American Sign Language. I took it for a year in college, but unfortunately my design and work schedule didn't line up with the courses after that. I'm hoping to someday find some community classes to continue learning.
Thank you to everyone new who has joined me this past year! I'm so grateful for all my followers, and the opportunity to express myself through my fashion and photos. Talking about myself isn't always the easy part, but I had fun making this list and trying to think of things that you may not already know. Hope it gave some insight!
It's almost the 4th of July, and fireworks are just around the corner! And a day off right in the middle of the work week?? It's safe to say I'm super excited to spend the holiday on the lake , firecracker popsicle in hand 🙌
This year I'm teaming up with my friends at Bird + Stone to celebrate Independence Day in style with their latest cuff. Bird + Stone knows that the founding fathers wanted to build a country with democracy as its foundation, and in the words of Angelica Schuyler, it’s time to “include women in the sequel” *work!*
That’s why Bird + Stone decided to dedicate their newest accessory to women in politics. For every purchase of the “Who Run the World?” set, they will donate 10% of the cost to She Should Run “to expand the talent pool of women running for office, close the gender gap in politics by getting 250,000 women to run by 2030, and provide community, resources, and growth opportunities for aspiring political leaders”!
Even in 2018, women are dramatically underrepresented in politics. We make up 50.8% of the population, but only 20% of congress (the Center for American Women and Politics has a great tool for seeing these numbers broken down for all political offices, that you can check out here). It’s difficult for legislation to accurately reflect our country’s needs when half of citizens don’t see themselves reflected in the politicians themselves.
Luckily, more women are running for office than ever!
According to the New Yorker, as of April, 472 women had entered the race for the House of Representatives and 57 in the Senate. In 2012, that number was 298, and 36 respectively. The article also mentions the diversity of these women, saying “This year’s wave of female candidates has some striking features besides its sheer size. There is also a great deal of diversity within the group. It includes more women of color than previous electoral years, as well as a number of immigrants.”
You can see the full list of female candidates here.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is famously quoted saying “There will be enough women on the Supreme Court when there are nine”. Men have unevenly represented this country for decades, so why is the idea of an all-female court so radical? It’s time for our government to represent our population, and time for women to close the gender gap in politics.
Because who runs the world? GIRLS
Thank you to Bird + Stone for collaborating on this post! You can purchase your own set of Who Run the World cuffs here, and learn more about the She Should Run program, or make a donation here! To read my previous post featuring Bird + Stone, click here.
Because no child should go to school afraid.
Because no teacher should be given bullets instead of books.
Because congress is bought by the NRA.
Because the lives of Black Americans matter.
Because human rights are more important than gun rights.
Because enough is enough. Today I marched.
I've been saying this a lot lately, but this is probably my favorite shoot I've done so far. To me the bright shining yellow perfectly expresses how I feel about the start of spring, and hopefully the start of my success with new goals I am setting for myself.
Opening up my followers (many of who are strangers, but some who I know and love outside of social media) can be scary, but is something that I think is really important. And honestly, I didn't even know I was going to write this post until I sat down to do it.
As much as I love showing off the happy/aesthetic/ideal moments, everyone knows there's more to life. I hope that by sharing my experiences I can help others to know they aren't alone in their struggles.
For as long as I can remember, I've been really affected by the seasons. I've always worked really hard, whether that means in school, my career, or at my hobbies, but finding the motivation to enjoy those things is really difficult for me in the winter. Having less daylight leaves me feeling overwhelmed, as if I can't get everything done in time. Even though I stick to the same schedule all year round, there is something about sunset that makes me feel like the day is over before really is.
In order to combat my lack of motivation, I overflow my schedule with tasks, and when I'm not able to get them all done I fuel my cycle of stress.
I tend to count down the days until we "spring forward" and I can cherish the few extra hours of sun. I push off things I want to accomplish until the weather gets better, even if a rainy day wouldn't have an effect on the outcome.
Luckily spring has arrived in Seattle, so I've been feeling much more inspired in recent weeks. For example, I treated myself to a haircut I absolutely love. I did a few photoshoots and collabs I'm really excited about. I've been taking my pup on longer walks. I even convinced myself to start working out again.
But at the same time, I've realized that it's not fair to myself or those around me that I've been living season-to-season. I know that sheer force of will isn't enough to fix seasonal depression (and it's naive to address mental health that way) but I'm hoping that by setting these few goals for myself over the next year that I can at least make small changes for the better.
Over the next year, I am going to -
It's really important to me that I stick with it, and hopefully to create habits that will help me address my seasonal depression rather than become victim to it. If you have any tips for how you've stayed inspired year-round, don't hesitate to reach out!
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