Fashion, Travel, Poetry

Reminder: It’s Okay to Not Wear Makeup

Ladies, I've noticed a disturbing trend in our culture--by which I mean the culture of working women. I've had several conversations of late that left me feeling unsettled about the way we feel pressured to wear makeup on a daily basis. It seems that almost every working female friend or acquaintance of mine either wears makeup everyday because she thinks she has to or doesn't wear makeup on occasion and feels guilty and self conscious about it.

Now, don't get me wrong. I love makeup. I really like the way just a bit of eyeliner, mascara, and eyebrow filler can make my eyes pop. I love the way a bright color looks on my lips. To me, it's fun. It's playful. But it is not a requirement.

Why Diets Make Us Fat: The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession With Weight Loss by Sandra Aamodt “If diets worked, we’d all be thin by now.” You may already be familiar with neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt from her lauded TED talk Why Dieting Doesn’t Usually Work. If you’re unfamiliar with it, I suggest giving it a… View Article

2 Books that Helped Me Quit Dieting and Accept My Body

You may already be familiar with neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt from her lauded TED talk Why Dieting Doesn’t Usually Work. If you’re unfamiliar with it, I suggest giving it a listen, as it is essentially a condensed version of this book. The single best thing about Aamodt’s ideas is that they are based on scientific fact. In our culture, it can be easy to be swayed into believing unsubstantiated ideas about thinness being achievable via dieting, health being predicated on body weight, and the virtue of certain foods and eating patterns. Sandra breaks all of that down by citing study after study proving, essentially, that for most of us significant and permanent weight loss is not the likely outcome of dieting and that our thin ideal has absolutely nothing to do with health.

The Joffrey Ballet invited me to attend their most recent show, Global Visionaries, and I was happy to oblige. After my initial excitement about the invite died down my mind turned to that eternal question: what do I wear? I’ve been focusing on minimizing my wardrobe and spending less time focusing on fashion overall in… View Article

Building an Evening Wear Capsule + Joffrey Ballet’s Global Visionaries

The Joffrey Ballet invited me to attend their most recent show, Global Visionaries, and I was happy to oblige. After my initial excitement about the invite died down my mind turned to that eternal question: what do I wear?

I’ve been focusing on minimizing my wardrobe and spending less time focusing on fashion overall in my life–which has proved very fulfilling thus far–and so I began to think about how to capsulize evening wear as well.

dress Plato’s Closet (source unknown) — similar
clutch Etsy — similar
heels Zara — similar
ring Jewelmint — similar
earrings Sole Society — similar
I wanted to start this with a dramatic road-to-Damascus moment, but just like my decision to minimize my wardrobe and quit focusing so much on fashion, this began gradually and softly. My story is so similar to other women’s stories about their relationships with their body’s that it’s almost prosiac, but I’m going to share… View Article

Why I Gave Up Dieting

I wanted to start this with a dramatic road-to-Damascus moment, but just like my decision to minimize my wardrobe and quit focusing so much on fashion, this began gradually and softly.