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Odds and Ends

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1. Almost every successful relationship is successful for the same exact reasons. LOVE THIS.

2. Your name might influence the of shape your face? Interesting.

3. Speaking of face, I’ve been using this on my occasional “spots” and I love it…enter to win a free one for yourself!

4. Did you see this new statue on Wall Street? Good stuff.

5. The OG “Nasty Woman” got bangs. I like.

6. Newsflash: laziness isn’t why people are poor. And new iPhones aren’t why they lack healthcare.

7. What happens when bookstore employees get bored. Ha!

8. Don’t tell me you haven’t experienced this with a new highlighter.

9. Love the Avett Brothers. Can’t wait to see this documentary.

10. To raise brave girls, encourage adventure. Yes.

11. 12 things about being a woman that women won’t tell you. So flipping brilliant.

Happy Friday! Hope you enjoy your weekend. We’ll be packing and getting ready for our family trip to London and Paris next week! Any recommendations for either city would be greatly appreciated.

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On International Women’s Day…

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Definition of Feminism: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.

Growing up in a conservative environment, the term “feminist” made me pause. It was a word that made many around me scoff or roll their eyes, and conjured up images of ultra diehard women screaming in the face of authority. (Humanity is far better for these women existing, by the way.)

But me? Was I a feminist? I liked making mixtapes and baking with my mom and spending my allowance on lipstick. Is that what feminists were supposed to do? I certainly didn’t see myself wielding a bullhorn on a street corner.

But you see, that’s just it. Feminism doesn’t “look” like any one thing. Feminism is about giving women choice. Opportunity. Equality. It’s the daily decision you make to empower, support and lift up other women. As Emma Watson recently said, “Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom.”

Am I a feminist? HELL YES. Will I make the daily choice to empower, support, and lift up other women? HELL YES. And will I use this platform as my “bullhorn?” You better believe it.

On International Women’s Day, I choose to wear red in solidarity with those who support the belief that women and men should have equal rights and opportunities. I wear red to honor the women who’ve blazed the trails that I’m now marching on. But mostly, I wear red to celebrate the beauty and strength that all women possess.

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Odds and Ends

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Hey! I’ve been a little MIA…it seems I had to make a few stops in LA, Palm Springs, Washington DC, Dallas, and Kansas City over the past month or so. Never fear, Odds and Ends are here!

1. Wow. I totally rocked some of these shoes! #unfortunate

2. Work from home? Maybe you can relate. Hilarious.

3. I’m spending a week in London and Paris in March and am determined to pack a carry on only. This has been so helpful.

4. Did you see this? Another solar system? Alien life? SO AMAZING.

5. Why facts don’t change our minds. Such a good read.

6. Natalie is a gem. Love this post on what she’s reading with her young girls.

7. Am I pragnent/pragnent/pegnate? OMG, I couldn’t help myself. I laughed so hard at this one. Turn up the volume.

8. Are you extra feminist when drunk?

9. We now have four Amazon Echo Dots in our house. Here are some good hacks that might push you over the edge if you are considering pulling the trigger.

10. Pope Francis says it’s better to be an atheist than a bad Christian. Food for thought.

11. Tigers vs. Drone. Who do you think won?

12. Something about the eyes. The gateway to the soul.

Happy weekend to you!

image credit: caroline cohenour