#TBT Best old school pre/teen movies of all time

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They are all pure perfection and stand the test of time. Also, I don’t think I would have made it through puberty it wasn’t for these beauties. Eternally grateful, with love…

1. The Breakfast Club

“We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.”

2. Empire Records 

“Well Sinead O’Rebellion. Shock me, shock me, shock me with that deviant behavior.”

3. Mall Rats

“Snootchie-Bootchies.” 

4. Dazed and Confused

“Alright, alright, alright!”

5. Clueless I would be remiss to leave this one out…

“You’re a virgin who can’t drive.”

6. SLC Punk

“Steven, I didn’t sell out son. I bought in. Keep that in mind.”

Those of you that have watched these…Am I right or am I right?

For those of you that haven’t watched …CHELSEY…get on it. You will not regret!

Snootchie-Bootchies,

Christina

A beautiful weekend

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Yes Way Spring Saturday! Cheers to this beautiful weekend. A few inspiring reads to get things started! 

Michelle Obama keeping it real.

The millennial women shaping politics.

Breast pumps 2.0. (Finally!)

Sky Tings + Saturdays.

Why not ask a man?

One woman’s cure for panic attacks: connecting to her creativity. (Oh yeah, we can get behind this.)

Dreaming of Death Valley.

“Attention without feeling…is only a report.” An interview with the wonder that is Mary Oliver. 

Up Speak. Because, it’s spring and a perfect time to find some inspiration and motivation. 

The questions we ask women who write.

The first caucus for black women and girls is here! 

A beautiful store.

A beautiful blog.

A beautiful woman

Have a beautiful weekend!

#LessonImALwaysLearning | Robin Reetz

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Asking For What You Want

Whether personal or professional (I’m looking at you, pay gap), asking for what we want is much more simpler and more important than we make it out to be. It’s more than choosing to express yourself, and is also an important teaching moment for those around you. By putting your desires out there, you’re saying “This is who I am, and what I want”. It’s a constant battle, and I’ve learnt time and time again that if you don’t ask for what you want, you may not get it. It’s something I’m constantly reminding myself and those around me to do. 

Robin Reetz is the owner/author of one of our all time favorite blogs Second Floor Flat. Everything she posts shines with her honesty, taste and wisdom. We highly recommend! 

A Beautiful Weekend

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 Image via  Wild Fox Couture

Image via Wild Fox Couture

Weekend’s here! A few reads from around the world wide web that are inspiring and educating us. Plus, some pretty stuff. Because, why the heck not?

Beyonce on tap.

What to do about that voice that says, ‘you suck.’

This female biologist is fighting for feminism in more ways than one. 

Phase 2!

An all female pilot crew just landed a plane in Saudi Arabia — where it’s still illegal for women to drive a car. 

FLOTUS talks to Lenny letter. Blows our minds.

Oh hey, don’t tell a lady to smile. For reals. 

These women, kicking ass in venture capital funds. 

And these women, taking over the NY food scene. 

A beautiful website.

A beautiful book.

A beautiful woman

Have a beautiful weekend!

OMG SPRING

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I did it. I tempted fate and bit the bullet and pulled out my summer clothing box yesterday. It’s been well over 50 degrees everyday for the past couple of weeks. Plus, Daylight Savings. Furthermore, I’m sitting outside in a t-shirt as I write this. So, I’m just going to say it. Winter is over. Spring is here. I think it’s for real. 

To me, the first few days of Spring smell like college. I don’t know exactly what it is, but it brings a smile to my face every year and it makes the transition extra sweet. I’ve spotted a few eager buds springing to life on the trees along my block and even the plants inside our house are waking up – our orchid exploded in the last week and is now showing five glorious flowers. 

These early days of spring wouldn’t be complete without a few daydreams about the magic April and May have in store. Below, a little spring dreaming to inspire you.

Open days at the Garden Conservancy. So I can get up close and personal with all those May flowers. 

These shoes. Because it’s open toe season ya’ll.

Eating outside. Especially here, here, and here

A day trip to Keene, NY complete with picnics, and farmer’s markets, and hikes through the hills. 

Iced coffee and then some from this new spot in Brooklyn.

Dresses. Jumpsuits. Skirts.

Here’s to Spring! 

xxx

Chelsey

 

Windows & Sunshine

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When we were preparing for Oliver’s arrival  I didn’t do it by making space in our home for him. I did it by researching, by eating healthy, by planning the birth, by meditating and going to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and listening to Rainbow Relaxation…every…single….night.

I didn’t understand the importance of the preparation of a bedroom. I didn’t understand why, when we were planning on co-sleeping, and still do 21 months later, there was such a fuss around the rocking chair, and the diaper table, and the starred wallpaper. Surely it would be ages before your baby could even cognitively understand what it even means to have a room. So why all the money? Why all the stress?

Like so many things in parenthood, it started to dawn on me why the preparation of the nursery is an important energetic and psychological process. There is a deeper meaning behind these rituals, although they are often masked with our culture’s compulsive consumerism. It’s not that children need the all of the things...or even their own bedroom. But they do need to know that they have a place that is uniquely and fully theirs within the home, within the family, within the strange new world they find themselves inhabiting. When you take the time to carve out space for them, you are letting your baby know that he or she belongs.

After moving out of our apartment it was almost four months of travel, of living out of suitcases and having no space for any member of the family to truly “inhabit.” But now we are settling in here. I feel very thankful that Oliver has a bedroom with windows and light and a spot for everything.  And that I can say to him, “Oliver, go put your books away” and he knows where they belong. That he has a place in our home and our life that is just for him.

A Beautiful Weekend

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We were all kinds of empowered by the articles, posts, and videos we saw going up in support of International Women’s Day. Below, a few of our favorites as well as some fun reads for a weekend morning. Just add coffee! 

Stunning photos of women protesting around the world. 

Affirmative Fractions! 

Add to your list entitled ‘reasons to move to Canada‘.

It’s everyone’s business.

A look at women’s footprint in history.

Ace & Jig!

Six women.

This election. Your rights.

A beautiful podcast.

A beautiful shop.

A beautiful woman

Have a beautiful weekend! 

Lesson I’m Always Learning | April Gargiulo of Vintner’s Daughter

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Saying No

“Balance is something I am constantly trying to obtain. Occasionally I will have a total unicorn day and be able to have it all in a 24 hr span, but most of the time I have to measure it over the course of a week. Time with my kids, husband, friends, building my business, me time, exercise, self-care….The list goes on forever it seems sometimes, but all are vitally important to me. The only way I have found to achieve balance is to prioritize and sometimes you have to do it rather brutally. I don’t like to say no, but I’m getting better at it. Paradoxically, its the only way I have found to do it all. “

 

With gratitude,

April Gargiulo

April Gargiulo is the genius founder & botanical maven behind Vintner’s Daughter, a truly fantastic, all organic face oil that has been named “The face oil to end all face oils” by Into The Gloss and we couldn’t agree more! She also happens to be a Winery owner, a mother, a wife and a total boss. 

The Future Is Female

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Happy International Women’s Day! We’re taking this day to honor and shout out some of our favorite not-for-profits that support women around the world. Send them love, take their pledge, sign up for their emails, send them money, or just share them on your social media platform of choice. These people are doing the hard and important work and we are grateful to all of them. 

Girls not Brides: a global partnership committed to ending child marriage so girls can more freely strive for their full potential.

It’s On Us: dedicated to keeping women (and men) safe from sexual assault. 

Girl Upsupports UN programs promoting the health, safety, education, and leadership of girls in developing countries.

Planned Parenthoodprovides reproductive health services in the United States and internationally. (We wrote a post on all of the incredible work they do here.)

He for She: creating gender equality around the world. 

Women for Women Internationalsupports the most marginalized women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. 

P.S. You can get this rad t-shirt at Otherwild

Girl Gift Gather’s two year anniversary inspired thank you letters!

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 Picture of us taken SECONDS before launching GIRL GIFT GATHER on March 1st 2014!

Picture of us taken SECONDS before launching GIRL GIFT GATHER on March 1st 2014!

Life gives us the opportunity for reflection, for taking stock of the past, for catching our breath and grounding ourselves before taking big steps into the future. What really struck us, in celebrating this anniversary, is how the intention behind an idea can morph into a myriad of manifestations. And how the full expression of that intention can be so much bigger and more beautiful than originally imagined. 

When we finally stopped talking about Girl Gift Gather and actually launched with theIndiegogo campaign that enabled us to film all of these fantastic episodes, we had a very different idea of how Girl Gift Gather would grow. We had a lot of ideas folks. But when you are in the thick of an idea, you quickly learn that ideas get a mind of their own. We both loathe the ‘our business is your baby’ cliche but, in some instances, it’s a pretty useful metaphor. Something we have come to understand is that it is not our job as the “parents” of Girl Gift Gather to project our needs (and often times, if not checked, our egotistical demands) onto it. Our job is to care for it. To water it daily, to show it love, and to give it our attention so it can grow into what it’s meant to be, for whoever it’s meant to be for. Over the last two years, we have learned time and time again, in many different ways, how to let Girl Gift Gather be what it is. And as a result, a pretty magical thing has happened: we are constantly surprised and delighted by our own business.  We are humbled to be a part of its journey. 

With love and gratitude

C+C


Dear GGG

Thank you for being so forgiving of my vacillating level of commitment and love, and of my demands and desires, and of my anger and projections. Thank you for being relentless in your knocking on the door of my conscience. For making me show up day after day even when I didn’t feel like it. For bringing me back to the center of our intention again and again. Thank you for giving me freedom, and space, and time during this first 20 months of motherhood to really relish in motherhood. To bond with my son and rediscover myself in this new role. Thank you for Chelsey. Oh my god thank you for Chelsey. And all of the support and inspiration from the amazing women we have connected with (some that I am lucky enough to call friends!). I really don’t want to live in a world where I am not working in service of you.

Happy Anniversary,

Love Christina


Dear Girl Gift Gather,

Thank you for surprising me, challenging me, and asking me for more. Thank you for teaching me about showing up and letting go. Thank you for inspiring me to learn more, write better, and take a stance. Thank you for being a fundamental part of my journey as a feminist. Thank you for connecting me to women who have freely shared their time, wisdom, and community. Thank you for asking me to read more, become more informed, and work harder to make a change. Thank you for constantly confirming that the only limit to the magic and opportunity around me is my imagination. 

Here’s to two hundred more years of of living, learning, and growing into a bad-ass girl boss!

Love,

Chelsey