A Beautiful Weekend

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Here’s to a happy halloween weekend! We’ll be cozies up with apple cider, pumpkin pie and a movie marathon of the best Halloween movies that ever were: Hocus PocusPractical Magic, and The Witches of Eastwick

The Coveteur goes behind the scenes with Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards. All kinds of good stuff here.

Also, Cecile Richards’ mother is Ann Richards — she was a kick ass lady and the first female Governor of Texas. AND she was a democrat. You can watch an awesome documentary about her here.  

The first interview with Adele in three years is frank, soulful and funny. And also has us oh-so-ready for her new album. 

Equal pay for female soccer plays. Obviously. 

A beautiful blog.

A beautiful podcast.

A beautiful woman.

Have a beautiful (Halloween) weekend!

What’s Your Most Creative Time of Day? | Rawan Rihani

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Oh man do we love Rawan Rihani. She is a florist, artist, designer and the founder of Aurora BotanicaRawan creates dreamy flower crowns, arrangements, and hanging garlands and has worked with the likes of Stone Fox Bride, Urban Outfitters and Sycamore Flower Shop. Rawan designs weddings and parties, and also repurposes flowers to create natural dyes for textiles and more. She also teaches awesome floral and dying workshops

She was an amazing addition to our soon to be released Gather episode & we really can not get enough of her. You can check out her #LessonImAlwaysLearning here!

Creative Timing

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This Summer, before we sat down for our Gather with eleven incredible makers, artists and girl bosses (coming soon, we promise), we asked each of them to share their most creative time of day with us. We chose this question because we’re fascinated (and occasionally frustrated) by the human relationship to creativity. 

For the next 2 weeks leading up to the release of our Gather episode, we’ll be sharing their answers on the blog. It’s an opportunity for you to get to know each one of the beautiful, intelligent and inspiring women who sat at our table. And hopefully, it’ll move you to consider the question for yourself… 

Today, we’re kicking things off with our personal answers and the answers of Jenna and Nicole, the founders of Local Creative and our partners in crime for this event. The whole episode was filmed at their #localloft, a space they took over during the Summer and turned into a dreamy location for work, events, parties and get-togethers.

Please let us know what your most creative time of day is! We will be sharing your responses on our instagram.

 

A Beautiful Weekend

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Is Supergirl the new TV show for feminists?

The new female beauty standard: Kate Winslet refuses to be retouched for L’Oreal. And 19-year-old model, Zendaya, exposes how Modelist Magazine photoshopped her

ManRepeller, Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner hanging out on a rooftop (in workout gear no less) talking about women, OCD and Lenny Letter. 

A beautiful blog.

A beautiful song.

A beautiful woman

Have a beautiful weekend!

 

You’ve Been Gilmored

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Sometimes, you just know that all is right with the universe. Sometimes, gifts come to us that are just so big that you feel like, wow, humanity is loved in a really deep and profound way. 

You guys, Gilmore Girls. Or as my husband and I affectionately refer to it in our home: GG. Let me tell you a story…

Last November, I was lamenting to my dear friend and Girl Gift Gather partner for life, Chelsey, that I didn’t know what I would do now that Parenthood was over. The last season, in my humble opinion was complete shit, but I will leave that for another post. Still we loved the series and when it ended it left a gap in our family’s corny TV watching routine. Now, this was as we were entering another NYC winter, and we had our little OJ who was only 5 months old. Our nights consisted of lots of nursing and eating takeout and/or scrambled eggs.

That’s when it happened. Chelsey said, “you know, you would really like Gilmore Girls.” I scoffed. I remembered it from my youth. I maybe watched an episode back then. When I was 13, I was a little judgmental bitch and I thought there was nothing lamer them wanting to hang out with your mother. So…

But, I was desperate. One night we said, why not, and our lives have been forever changed. You might think I wouldn’t be proud to say what I am about to say…but you are wrong, I AM proud. We watched the whole f-ing series in 6 months. Thats right. We did the math – entire DAYS of Gilmore Girls consumed. And what is so life affirming is that we weren’t the only ones. Netflix knows this and is saying you are welcome to the world and bringing it back for four more 90 minute episodes. I. Can. Not. 

I am so happy. I actually slapped my husband when he told me.

#GGforever

Lesson I’m Always Learning: KT Smail

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To slow down! In work, relationships, life in general. It’s so hard to learn but the universe keeps throwing it at me; broken technology, running injuries and ruined artworks, all from trying to do too much too quickly without stopping to think. It has taken me years to learn that my paintings are better when I walk away and come back with new eyes, instead of pushing through any frustration I might feel. That taking time to slow down and reflect is not a sign of weakness.

I am getting better at taking days off — being your own boss can make it so hard to allow yourself time to stop and rest. But, I have learned that my work is much better when I listen to my intuition and take a break if my body or mind needs it. I spent many years working weekends, trying to prove myself and waiting for someone else to give me permission to rest. You have to give yourself permission! Now my weekends are sacred and I feel healthier, happier and more excited about my work because of it. Having said that, I worked too much this week and now I have a cold so I guess i’m still learning….”

KT Smail is a Scottish illustrator, designer and exhibiting artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her art work can be purchased at One Kings Lane and her clients include Macy’s, Five Leaves Brooklyn, Papier Mache, Sak’s Fifth Avenue, and many more. 

 

A beautiful weekend

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Gloria Steinem Doesn’t Drive

A film about five sisters, family and freedom

“Woman in a Meeting” is a language of its own.

We celebrated International Day of The Girl. How about you?

It is an exciting time for women in Hollywood. Oh, Amy Schumer, how we love you. 

Miranda July, one of our favorite writers of all time, interviewed Rihanna and it was sort of the most magical thing ever.

Sarah Silverman gets real about anxiety, depression and what a panic attack actually feels like

A beautiful newsletter. (Really these guys have been killing it lately)

A beautiful book

A beautiful woman

Have a beautiful weekend!

xx

Lesson I’m Always Learning: Claire Mazur, Of A Kind (Part 2)

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Claire Mazur:

I wish I hadn’t had to learn this lesson so many times over, but it just keeps on ringing true: trust your gut. In fact, don’t just trust it—privilege it. If something doesn’t feel right, if you have a nagging thought that you just can’t get rid of, your intuition is probably telling you something worth listening to. It’s easy to want to ignore a “feeling”, especially when it runs contrary to what’s expected or what everyone else around you is thinking. But don’t assume that you always need to play by the rules or that everyone else knows what they’re doing. And, by the way, when I say “trust your gut” I mean it both figuratively AND literally: Your mind and your body are really closely connected, so when something makes your stomach feel funny, pay attention. 

Claire Mazur is the co-founder of Of A Kind, a digital platform that features limited-edition products and stories from emerging fashion designers. Claire is also the co-host of of one our favorite podcasts of all time,  A Few Things with Claire and Erica. Check out Claire’s business partner, Erica Cerulo’s Lesson I’m Always Learning here

The Power of Three

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In the days following Oliver’s birth, I was told something that gave me a great deal of comfort. “When it comes to adjusting, remember the power of three: three days, three weeks, three months, six months, nine months, one year.”

During those early weeks of motherhood, I didn’t want to see anyone. I worried people would want some detailed analysis of how I had changed and who I had become. That they’d be expecting a before and after chart, a pro/con list, an articulate explanation of everything that had happened to me since this new little being entered my world. But I was just a bundle of hormones, and love, and spit up. I couldn’t quantify anything! I didn’t understand any of it! When I felt completely consumed by the stunning strangeness of my new life, I remembered the power of three: “three days, three weeks, three months…” and I felt ok again.

Each one of these milestones brought with it a subtle shift. Somehow, with each mark on the calendar things began to seem a bit easier, a bit more integrated, and a bit less overwhelming.

Well, today is the three week mark since we moved to LA. We are still waiting for the perfect home to present itself. I am still learning the ins and outs of this city. I just picked up this brand new very old bike. I named her Denise. We are still working on building a community on this coast. The past few weeks have been filled with so many miracles and moments of serendipity that I am 100% positive this was the right decision for all of us. But, let’s be real. I am waaaaay out of my comfort zone.

It is hard to be so far from my friends and family. I have my moments of feeling alone, and uncertain, and scared. But, during those moments I call on the power of three, and it reminds me that I don’t have to have it all figured out yet. There is still plenty of time.

With love from Cali! 

Christina