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a woman’s place is in…wherever she chooses

You might have noticed that yesterday was International Women’s Day. While I think women should be celebrated, respected, and appreciated every day of the year, it’s nice that there’s a day devoted to US.

It took me a long time to realize that it’s ok for me to take up space in the world – that I shouldn’t have to shrink or dumb myself down. I am so grateful that I’m a woman in this generation. So many things have happened in the last few years to unite women of all ages and races, and I’m inspired daily by amazing ladies who are doing the most in the world. Here are some female-driven platforms and brands that continuously amaze me.

Man Repeller

I love Man Repeller. It is my dream to write for them or work for them. I’d literally live in my car and intern for free – seriously. I have so much respect for the platform that Leandra Medine has built from the ground up. Though the site started as a fashion blog, MR covers all kinds of pop culture and political issues, and features personal narratives and comical round-ups. Seeing how much MR has grown is what inspires me to keep blogging and creating content.

Hill House Home

I started following Nell Diamond on Instagram after I saw a feature about her on Man Repeller. She started Hill House Home, a luxury bedding company (those custom pillowcases are high on my wishlist), and though her personal and brand styles are highly feminine, she’s definitely a badass.

Nightcap? // Chancery Grey x Waverly Dusty Pink #hhhmonos #hillhousehome

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Rudy Jude

This organic children’s clothing brand is another Instagram find, and I follow founder Julie O’Rourke. She lives a beautifully rustic life on an island in Maine, and I love seeing the photos of her travels and family. She’s expanding the Rudy Jude collection to adult sizes soon!!

Dear Frances

Shoes I dream about. Literally. In addition to being designed by women and made from sustainable materials, Dear Frances donates a pair of shoes to someone in need for every pair sold.

Fawn SPIRIT Boots | dearfrances.com

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songs i love right now

Do you ever feel like a song is calling to you? Like, no matter how many times you listen to it you’re compelled to turn the volume up all the way and open the windows of your ten-year-old car even if it’s freezing outside? That’s how these songs make me feel. Some of them are old. Others are new, or at least new to me. Maybe new to you. Listen to ’em if you need a pick me up.

Lay It On Me // Vance Joy

Valerie // Mark Ronson ft. Amy Winehouse

It’s You // BORNS

MIDNIGHT

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Best Friend // Sofi Tukker

HOME 😍🌇 📸@soundcloud

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Last Nite // The Strokes

Tompkins Square Park // Mumford & Sons

Seaside Heights Stopover, June 2015 📷: @MarcusHaney

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No Roots // Alice Merton

Dropped by the office @columbiafrance #repost #polacolumbia #france

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Ends of the Earth // Lord Huron

6.3.2016 // New York, NY // @govballnyc #tbt Photo by @lithophyte

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Peaches // In the Valley Below

🌓From our summer tour @dougfirlounge pic @thisisbroseph #Portland

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You Worry Me // Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Post Protest Set @newportfolkfest with @nickofferman . 📸 @rettrogers

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sunshine blogger award

Last week, I was nominated by The Happiest Pixel for a Sunshine Blogger Award! One of my favorite things about writing a blog is the amazing online community that comes with it. Whether it’s people I follow here or through places like Instagram, it’s honestly such a joy to connect with people who pursue their passions–whether it’s their full-time job or a fulfilling side hustle.

The rules

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

 

The Questions

If you could go back in time, what would you change?

I wouldn’t change anything! I think that everything does happen for a reason, and trying not to live without regrets is something I strive to do. There are some little things, like wishing I was better about not smashing my iPhone, but every problem has a solution.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Teaching, cooking, or writing. Maybe living abroad.

What is the thing you love to do the most?

Visit a new place.

If you had to leave your home and move somewhere else, where would you go?

Back to Amsterdam.

What is your favourite movie of all times?

Love Actually.

What is your dream job?

Owner of a greeting card shop.

If you were to go on a desert island and you could only bring one food with you, what would that be?

Chocolate.

Do you listen to music when you write your posts?

Occasionally. I currently have re-runs of The Office going on in the background right now.

What do you like to do on the weekends?

Go to brunch, visit someplace on my bucket list in NYC, and write.

Do you blog everyday?

I wish I did!

Name one person you are extremely thankful for and without whom, you wouldn’t be where you are today.

Very thankful for my mom, all day every day.

My Questions

  1. What inspired the name of your blog?
  2. What is the last book you read?
  3. What is your favorite sitcom?
  4. If you could have one material possession, what would it be?
  5. What is your favorite dessert?
  6. Where do you see yourself this time next year?
  7. What’s your favorite color?
  8. Do you have a signature dish that you cook best?
  9. What is your favorite social media platform?
  10. Where is the last place you traveled to?
  11. Do you prefer the ocean or a swimming pool?

My Nominees

  1. Powered by Mangos
  2. Style as Needed
  3. The Student Traveler
  4. Jessica Riga
  5. The Franco Fly
  6. Food to Glow
  7. Orchids & Sweet Tea
  8. The Dainty Details
  9. Alexis Chateau
  10. When in Wonderland
  11. Young & Twenty
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old men i think are weirdly hot

I don’t have much else to say about this. LMK if you agree!! 😉

1. John Slattery

john slattery made men hot guy

This obsession started with Mad Men (scroll back far enough on my Instagram and you’ll see several photoshopped pics of me & Mr. Slattery at red carpet events xo). But, like, really…dapper AF.


2. Liam Neeson

liam neeson taken love actually

This one always comes back to Love Actually


3. Alec Baldwin

alec baldwin 30 rock snl

Since he started being Donald Trump on SNL, my attraction is fading. But, still hot.


4. Tom Selleck

tom selleck police friends

I used to make fun of my mom for thinking he was hot. Don’t @ me, Monica Geller.


5. Javier Bardem

javier bardem eat pray love

Gotta add some Latin flavor to this list.


6. Russell Crowe

russell crowe ryan gosling hot guy

Ryan Gosling is NOT the hot one in this gif.


7. Chris Meloni

chris meloni svu law and order elliot stabler

I wish Elliot Stabler would answer if I ever needed to call 911.


8. Patrick Dempsey

patrick dempsey greys anatomy mcdreamy

I know, I know, everyone loves McDreamy. But seriously…some things just get better with age.

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10 reasons why tyra banks is the og role model

During middle school and some of high school, my after school ritual was going home to watch The Tyra Show. It was on every day at 4pm, and I’d watch it on the couch while doing tedious homework and eating popcorn. This show was a blessing–we never had anything besides basic cable, and this was one of the non-primetime shows I actually enjoyed. Tyra taught me more about confidence and career than anyone else did in my early teens. Here is why she’s a pioneer role model–and someone else who doesn’t get enough credit.

1. First of all, she invented the smize.

smize

2. She hosted a reality show for TWENTY TWO seasons. Like, before America was even obsessed with reality television.

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3. She won two Daytime Emmy awards for Outstanding Talk Show, Informative. And boy, was it informative.

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4. She does it all–the girl can act, model, sing, and write.

 

5. Tyra founded her own production company.

6. She completed a management program at Harvard Business School, and was a guest lecturer at Stanford. Oh, s-nap.

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7. One of her most impressive feats is the TZONE program, which Banks launched to empower young women to be leaders. She also created a scholarship fund at her Catholic high school.

 

8. She’s been an advocate for body positivity before it was trendy.

fat

9. Tyra talked openly on her show about walking away from abusive relationships

10. Her beauty start-up makes a lipstick shade called “Ask for a Raise.” Like, how f***ing badass?

“My mom never taught me to be waiting for some prince on a white horse to swipe me off my feet.”

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why rachel green doesn’t get enough credit

Even though numerous people and Buzzfeed quizzes have told me I’m most similar to her, Rachel isn’t my favorite Friends character (see Chandler Bing). But after re-watching the series for the umpteenth time, I realized that she doesn’t get nearly enough credit.

She didn’t marry Barry because she wasn’t in love with him, even though it would’ve been the safe thing to do and her family wanted her to.

rachel-wedding

She paid her dues and worked her way up to her dream job.

rachel

She was an amazing friend and not afraid to speak her mind. Maybe I should aspire to be more like Rach!!

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7 times kimye was relationship goals

If you didn’t know, I’m a big fan of Kim and Kanye’s relationship. Since day one, I’ve said they’re perfect for each other–they’re both so self-obsessed that they don’t need the other to be obsessed with them. Make sense? Anyway, I’ve loved Kanye’s music since eighth grade, so I’ve always been a supporter of his work. And you might be familiar with my fascination with the Kardashian clan, so their marriage was, like, kind of a big deal for me. Here are some of their cutest moments, inspiring this post about #RelationshipGoals.

1. When Kanye looked at his girl like the goddess she is.

smiling

2. When Kanye found out Kim had never been to Japan.

take you

3. Don’t forget about that legendary proposal. (And check out that toothpaste-commercial worthy smile).

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4. When Kanye didn’t use his only phone call to call Kim and she wasn’t even mad.

mr chow

5. When they were insanely cute at their Vogue cover shoot.

bts kiss

6. When they were totally honest with each other. #SelfLove

me myself

7. When they started a family and got even cuter!!

family

My girl Mindy said it best.

mindy kimye

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