A Beautiful Weekend

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Image via Yes Way Rose

Online dating is (finally) getting the female touch thanks to former Tinder co-founder, Whitney Wolfe and her new dating app, Bumble.

And speaking of the digital dating world, these women are taking a stand against online harassers. 

The Cut, brings us Striking Portraits of Cool, Artistic New York Women — basically our favorite thing. 

Amal Alamuddin, kick ass woman who refuses to simply be George Clooney’s sidekick, because, you know, she’s busy taking over the world

A beautiful blog.

A beautiful book.

A beautiful woman

Have a beautiful (rose filled) weekend!

xx

Lesson I’m Always Learning : Kai Avent-deLeon

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Since opening the store I am constantly reminded to stay true to oneself. I’ve never really been as in involved in the fashion industry as I am now and I guess you could say that’s always been my intention. There are a lot of cliche things you encounter when working in this field so I always embrace what my vision/goal is for my brand in order to remain sane and humble. It was a challenge putting myself out there as I am so used to being on the back end of things with my experience as an operations manager. I’ve learned that I have to embrace what my story conveys. I’ve encountered a lot of other young women who are inspired by my story and even experienced some people who are a good reminder that not everyone has the same intentions. The road to success through remaining genuine is always a little longer and bumpier than that of the complete opposite. 

I’ve wanted this store and this platform for as long as I can remember. The vision is there as is the audience, so I have to figure out new ways to constantly reconnect to that demographic (while remaining true). There is a lot of trial and error-but through that it becomes easier to navigate through what can be an intimidating world to some. Being very naive early on I encountered moments where people wanted to benefit from what Sincerely, Tommy is (saying yes to almost anything and anyone). The best lesson I’ve learned is that it’s ok to say no.

Kai is the owner of the impossibly cool store Sincerely, Tommy, a Brooklyn based concept store focusing on emerging womenswear and lifestyle brands from the newest talents in fashion and art, mixing the best local brands with exciting products from around the world. Customers will find exclusive pieces of impeccable quality and long-term appeal within this inspired environment. The space also contains a coffee counter serving local fair trade coffee from Irving Farms and Balthazar pastries.

It’s officially unofficially summer!

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Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone and with it, the unofficial start of Summer. This season, with its warm weather and long weekends is perfect for starting new endeavors and exciting adventures. We’ve dreamed up a few Summer projects to keep your minds growing, your gardens blooming and your bodies healthy. Here’s to a beautiful start to a beautiful week!

Grow a garden

We’re feeling super inspired by Reading My Tea Leaves’ DIY Windowsill Herb Garden. It’s perfect for those of us living in the city, and anyone who isn’t quite ready for the hard work and green thumbs required for a more elaborate garden. 

Take a class

This Summer, Christina’s delving into the healing properties of crystals (post coming soon guys) while Chelsey is getting prepped for the 2016 elections with an online course in American Politics. Find a few incredible college level courses here.

Embark on an adventure

Weekends like these are perfect for discovering your surroundings. If you’re based in New York, And North, is your new weekend getaway bible. We love exploring their guides to the tiny, charming towns north of Manhattan. 

Join a CSA

For the last two years, Chelsey and Michael have signed up for the East Williamsburg CSA. All of the produce comes from the nearby farm, Hearty Roots. Every Saturday from June to October, Chelsey and Michael start the day with a walk to Red Shed Community Garden to pick up fresh produce, organic milk and humane eggs. It’s a great way to encourage more home cooking and to get you out of your cooking comfort zone! If you’re having trouble finding a CSA near you, why not try Good Eggs? It’s an online Farmer’s Market that delivers local, organic groceries!

xo

C+C

A Beautiful Weekend

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 Image via  In Style

Image via In Style

HUGE congratulations to Ivy Mix this week! Her bar, Layenda, has officially opened on Smith Street in Brooklyn and The New York Times is all about her Tequila and Tonic! See the Spring cocktail Ivy made for us here and check out Leyenda for Memorial Day Weekend celebrations! 

Maggie Gyllenhaal is fighting for more female imperfection in film. And less crazy ageism!

Judy Blume knows all our secrets. Get to know some of hers in this lovely New York Times profile

Comedian, Mark Maron, had the incredible opportunity of interviewing Fresh Air’s, Terry Gross, live at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. You can hear the whole interview here — it’s pretty magical. 

A beautiful book.

A beautiful blog.

A beautiful woman

Have a beautiful weekend!

Lesson I’m Always Learning | Olivia and Nicole of Waiting For Saturday

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Olivia:

The lesson I’m always learning…this is a tougher question than you’d think because of course I’m learning lessons everyday, but I guess the one that seems to be a thematic, recurring one is to slow down. Ironic seeing as this project, Waiting For Saturday, is all about finding balance. Somehow more work DOES seem to balance me, especially because the work we do for WFS is a true passion project.

So maybe when I tell myself to slow down, I don’t mean it in the “do less” sense, I mean being more present, not looking at the clock every 15 minutes, taking a step back and lending uninterrupted focus to a task. It’s so hard, takes so much discipline — but the people I admire most, the work I really aspire to create, is precisely that: calm and confident. I haven’t gotten there yet. 

Nicole:

The lesson I’m always learning… is to trust my intuition. For me that means trusting I have access to a way of knowing something that doesn’t always have to be rooted in reason. You know those moments when later down the road you discover that you actually had the right idea from the very beginning? I do…and I’m beginning to understand that a large portion of my creativity and inspiration seems to come from a place of knowing that’s closer to my bones rather then somewhere in my head. This is my lesson, and takes both learning and an unlearning at the same time (easier said than done, so I’ll keep practicing). 

Olivia Villanti and Nicole Benuska are the founders of Waiting for Saturday, a website dedicated to off duty style. Olivia and Nicole meet with awesome and inspiring women when they’re OOO and get to know them through their weekend rituals. It’s one of our favorite blogs to peruse on a lazy Saturday morning (or any day of the week!). 

BFFS

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The bond between women is sort of magical. There’s a connection unlike any other we’ve ever encountered. Meeting a woman who just gets you is akin to finding the love of your life. In that way, the two of us are incredibly lucky; we made great friends in college (including one and other) and we’ve continued to stay close to them. We’re also blessed with some extra special childhood friends (you know the ones: they’ve seen you fight with your mom, buy your first bra, cry on the bus to school and get drunk for the first time). As we get a little older and life gets increasingly busy, we’re recognizing just how important it is to dedicate time to our friendships. Time with a good friend is an invaluable part of life and to let it slide because we’re feeling overwhelmed by our work/family/partner is to do ourselves a great disservice. A good friend offers love, empathy, support, laughter, wisdom and much needed perspective. And, according to Stanford University, it is actually good for your health! Many of our closest friends have been by our side for a long time. They know our family dynamics,  our relationship habits, and our personal issues intimately. As a result, they call us on our shit, lend a loving ear, and supply wine and chocolate as needed. What we’re saying is, if you celebrate your mom on Mother’s Day, your dad on Father’s Day and your partner on your anniversary, then you should most definitely celebrate the lady who stands by you on a day to day basis. This afternoon, call your best friend and tell her you love her. Then, set a date for the two of you to celebrate the wild and wonderful day the Universe threw you together! & in the best friend spirit, check out New York Magazine’s Friends Forever Week!

We hope your week is off to a beautiful start!

xoxo

C+C

A Beautiful Weekend

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 Image via  Jessica Hanson

Image via Jessica Hanson

An awesome article that looks at Hillary Clinton’s depiction in the media. Favorite quotes include: “Maybe 2014 doesn’t have to be the year of the strong female politician. Maybe it can just be the year of the strong female politician who doesn’t give a fuck if you think she’s pretty.”

Mimi O’Donnell, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s widow, shares her beautiful recovery process with The New York Times.  

A HUGE congratulations to, Ivy Mix, for opening her own bar! She partnered with her mentor, July Reiner of Clover Club, to open Leyenda, a Latin-inspired cocktail spot in Carrol Gardens. Head on over for Memorial Day weekend drinks when they open next weekend! Also, see Ivy chat with us about bartending, the art of the cocktail and what it’s like to be a lady behind the bar. Why not kick off the weekend with her Spring cocktail, La Primavera!

A beautiful blog.

A beautiful magazine.

A beautiful woman.

Have a beautiful weekend!

P.S. Like this image? Check out Jessica Hanson’s beautiful prints here!