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A Few Inspiring Things

posted on: February 17, 2017

I'm sure you've heard by now, but two of the most accessible brands have launched game changing new collections. J.Crew, launched it's intimates. Which, lets be honest, I haven't worn a bra in forever. But the tones and the fit look sexy and comfortable, and I'm excited to get mine in the mail.

Everlane, launched it's own version of the most trendy pant of 2016, which is now riding high into 2017. My first pair were vintage, this pair is from Old Navy, and I'm interested to see if in fact they are the most flattering. Some people just don't cut them correctly. If anyone could do it right, I'm guessing Everlane could. Right?

Every Saturday morning I listen to this podcast. Any others you suggest?

My best friend, who is new to the corporate work space suggested that we'd feature women and their experiences. I've been developing the framework for new content, and I think this may be a great addition. Is this something that would interest you? I would love to know.

I skipped fashion week this season for Puerto Rico! It was such an amazing trip, but I'm still loving all the street style captured. 

I'm off to go add this book to my collection as a Friday treat!

I can't leave without saying that I just sent off this week's newsletter. There's a little sign-up form over to your right.

And if you have a few extra bucks, the ACLU is doing tremendous work these days

Have a beautiful weekend!

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5 Books| A Woman's Lit Guide

This winter, I've been digging my way through books. I started and stopped this one (the reviews were correct), and have since finished The Originals, and going back to a Toni Morrison favorite.  The thing is, diving into the words of others at any point in time has become a great respite for me. Finding poetry and being inspired and more importantly, educated.

If you find yourself on the hunt for a few books to add to your collection, here's a short guide to get you started.

 Men Explain Things To Me I gifted this book to my dear friend a few weeks back. It's a compilation of several essays. Even though it's a short read, it's powerful and inspiring.

 We should All Be Feminists  If you have yet to read this book, chances are, someone you know has. It's a moving piece on modern feminism and inclusion, based on personal experiences from the author.

The Awakening. My friend, Maia,  loved this book.  It's about a woman struggling between her unorthodox view on femininity and motherhood with prevailing social attitudes of the turn of the century.

Bound For The Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero This is one of the best history books with a wealth of research, recommended by my mother-in-law.

Bad Feminist:Essays  Another easy read that is straight up hilarious and insightful. You need this one in your library.

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The Freelance Life |by Sarah Noel

posted on: February 15, 2017

When I found out I was pregnant with our first daughter, I was more than two years into a job I was no longer enjoying. I couldn’t find my place in the culture, and I knew my skills were being under-utilized. Job searching while pregnant seemed like an impossibility, and I hadn’t yet resolved how my roles as writer and mother would intertwine once our baby was born.

As a point of passion, even while working full-time, I would freelance now and again. It was fun to pick up a fashion story or an interior design piece for local magazines, and I had good enough relationships with some editors to be considered for assignment from time-to-time. With this in the back of my mind, I left my full-time position, took some seasonal work during my pregnancy, and decided to make motherhood my every day venture after the birth.

Since then—six years and another baby later—I’ve entered into what many call ...

How Do You Make Time For Your Partner? (A Video)

posted on: February 14, 2017

(This post is sponsored by Plum Organics)

Over the past few years, we've been sharing our love for Plum Organics with you. It's no secret that our love for them is wrapped in convenience and health, but more importantly, in messaging. As a brand by parents, for parents, they’ve always encouraged less fuss and more power, when it comes to children and parents, seemingly tying what we need and what and what our children need and want into one small but mighty package.

Not too long ago, at an event Plum co-hosted, I sat in a room with industry favorites, all discussing the myth of balance in the work space. I left truly inspired by the women in that room; CEOs, Artists, and so many more who shared a wealth of "me toos." So when Plum reached out about their newest campaign; Do Your Part(ner), a movement about encouraging parents to make time for their relationships, sans guilt, I was immediately interested. Not because conversations about sex remains on the table for me, more-so because I believe intimacy between partners with little children remain at a family's core.

Here's what Peter and I have to say on the topic...

My Winter Skin| 4 Beauty Products

posted on: February 9, 2017

 My skin seems to take a beating every single winter. And this winter with it's uncharataristic temperatures is no exception. Instead of waiting for spring to repair winter's damage, I'm taking the dark mornings and slower days as an oppurtunity to put more energy into my beauty routine. While the energy consist of less make-up, it doesn't mean I feel any less beautiful. I actually feel at my best. Yes, my new pimple scar remains unshielded by glaring eyes, but I don't mind it a bit.

If you're interested, here are four products and the four steps I do for my winter make-up free face.
For the past two months I've been using Cetaphil Gentle Skin face wash every morning and night. I went from zero-washing products to this and it's been a great transition. It's gentle and works well without drying my skin. After using the Cetaphil, I put a few drops of Thayers Witch Hazel and rub it on problem areas, like my cheekbones and forehead. 

After the Cetaphil and Witch Hazel, I put a drop of 100% pure Argan Oil on my palms, rub them together, and then give my face a light massage. The oil smells so very good! It also has a unique way of waking me up a little.  
The last product that I use is new to me, but it's surely a favorite. Glossier's Priming Moisturizer is light and is great to wear as a base before make-up, or when you're wearing a bare face all day long. I'm kind of obsessed with it right now!
Any winter products you're loving right now?