A Beautiful Weekend

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Michelle Obama.

Don’t mess with the Aussies.

This female artist.

WTFHHD?

Cannot wait to see this movie. Women + Wall Street. Yes, please. (Plus, it was written and directed by women).

Run, Kendra, run.

Why should I go see it? (And for the record, I saw it and I LOVED it).

High fives for failures. 

Karlie, Karlie, Karlie. 

What he wore.

Body hair is everywhere.

73 questions.

A beautiful home.

A beautiful brand.

A beautiful woman

Have a beautiful weekend! 

 

A BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND!

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We are all kinds of ready for a relaxing weekend with friends, family and lazy mornings. Here’s to a beautiful one! 

There’s a butterfly species in Kenya that’s evolving without males. 

Linda Rodin knows all. 

How much time?

Flotus, you are too cool. 

No more ‘Becky with the good hair‘. 

100 kick ass women.

#loveforlesliej

You just got ‘Ginsburned‘.

Dear Chrissy Teigen, you win at everything. Than you for this, this, and this

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Weekend goals

Some coolness from our friend, Amy Woodside

Anyone planning a vacation?

A beautiful book.

A beautiful shop.

A beautiful woman.

Have a beautiful weekend. 

The Wild Unknown

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 Image via  The Wild Unkown

Image via The Wild Unkown

What if you have it all wrong? What if nothing happens for a reason? What if it’s all just a series of guesses at what you think you want? What if you’re wrong most of the time? What if it’s just failure after failure? What if your life is a series of random choices that don’t add up to anything but a lack of direction? What if you’re lost? What if feeling ‘found’ is a weird nonsense allusion? What if everyone is doing better than you? What if everyone is disappointed in you? What if you never find your way? What if you run out of time? Why aren’t there any guarantees? 

These are some thoughts that are both terrifying and honest. They are mine, but I’m sure you’ve had them too. I really hope so. (Not because I want you to suffer, but because if I’m alone in this I just might explode). I have had a lot of these thoughts lately. Maybe it’s because I’m in my Saturn Return, maybe it’s because I’m in my late twenties, or maybe this is just a part of life no matter your age, success, or luck. Word on the street is, being in my twenties makes it worse, but this is definitely a life long relationship with doubt, self-worth, and future wants and needs. 

I like to think of this blog as a place for inspiration, joy, and connection, with a big emphasis on joy. I don’t want to bring down the tone of the room or anything, but if you’re reading this and expecting an answer to the problem of ‘what the hell is happening and where do I belong’ stop reading now. I’m just as confused as the rest of you. 

Where do I belong? What do I want? Where do I want to go? These thoughts are on an endless loop in my head right now. I’d pay good money for someone to give me an answer that is guaranteed to be correct. I know that’s not how it works but damn, I wish it was. 

Here’s something I’ve been thinking about lately: what if the Universe isn’t planning, orchestrating, and managing our lives so we can become some beautiful, happy, fulfilled thing? What if the Universe isn’t thinking about us at all? What if it’s not about the Universe helping you close your deal, or process your grief, or take away all of your financial problems? (I don’t know about you, but I never talk to the Universe more than when things are really hard and/or I can’t find a parking space). What if it’s not about what’s being given? What if it’s actually about how how we receive?

Let’s imagine that the Universe is throwing miracles our way every second of every day; the world is just one big minefield of miracles. Sounds pretty great right? Well, yes and no. The truth is, we all tend to have strong ideas about what we need and what we want. As a result, we can be closed off to a lot of opportunities, ideas, and paths. So, this means that the Universe can be bombarding us with miracles that are incredibly valuable to our well-being but, because they’re not quite what we’re looking for, we feel like we’re getting nothing. Zip. Zilch. Nada. (Reference inner monologue at the beginning of this post for more details on exactly how that feels). You know when you get exactly what you want and you think about how the Universe is great and you’re filled with faith? Well, what if that moment (you know you’ve had it, it’s called happiness without anxiety) is nothing more than the moment when your wants/needs match up with the miracles that the Universe is throwing your way? It’s not that the Universe has your back in that moment (and doesn’t have your back in other moments) it’s just a coincidence that you and the Universe are on the same page re: what you need right now. 

This doesn’t mean the Universe is less with you. It actually means the Universe is offering so much more than you’re willing to accept. It also means that things might not shake out exactly how you want them to. But maybe, what you think is great and magnificent is missing all kinds of awesomeness? The truth is, I don’t know. But, just keep swimming I guess? 

Chelsey 

Summer Selections

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The sun is out and summer is in full swing: iced coffees, heat waves, the hum of the fan, and the call of the ocean (or any cool body of water really). With warm weather and long weekends in mind, we’re sharing our summer selections with you.

CHELSEY:

This hat. Because, it’s perfect for the city or the beach. Plus, protection from the sun!

This pin. In case we need reminding. And because of this story.

This candle. It smells like mid-summer evenings in the backyard of my dreams.

This book. Because I just listened to her TED talk and it’s fascinating.

This robe. For quiet mornings and nothing more. 

 
CHRISTINA: (It should be noted that my 30th birthday is coming up on the 26th for all those interested… 😎 🤗 👇!)

This sparkly duo with this to match.

This is a bit aspirational…BUT I’m leaning towards the Jade Spa Journey!

In a flash of inspiration I decided I wanted to do this in our backyard- But maybe a day pass here is a good start.

Lastly, a quote Chelsey shared on the blog yesterday from this article:

“I also want to say to them, time after time, that there is no “better version” of you waiting in the future. The best version of you is who you are right here, right now, in this fucked-up, impatient, imperfect, sublime moment. Shut out the noise and enjoy exactly who you are and what you have, right here, right now. “

 

A Beautiful Weekend

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16 and in it to win it

Emojis for the ladies

Ina Garten is baaack. Celebrate with crisp white shirts and bare feet. 

Snaps.

5 reasons to be excited about the Olympics. 

Modern love.

For the record.

And this article on the youths from Dear Polly. A little quote below because this whole piece is actually so magical. 

“I also want to say to them, time after time, that there is no “better version” of you waiting in the future. The best version of you is who you are right here, right now, in this fucked-up, impatient, imperfect, sublime moment. Shut out the noise and enjoy exactly who you are and what you have, right here, right now. “

A beautiful brand.

A beautiful podcast.

A beautiful woman.

Have a beautiful weekend! 

Moments

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Today is my day to post on girl gift gather. Chelsey and I alternate and we do our best to stick to schedules. But I’m sort of paralyzed. And Oliver isn’t giving me a second and my grandma is in the process of passing and I am having just a hell of a time. I just can’t do anything but stare at Oliver and occasionally capture perfect moments. And that’s ok I think. 

Austin, TX

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In May, Michael and I found a short moment between his graduation and my work to fly down to Austin for some much needed r & r. The trip wasn’t nearly long enough and Texas floods meant we didn’t get to go out on the boat quite as often as I would have liked. But, we managed to have a truly delightful trip made up of slow mornings, long walks with my dad’s new puppy, Texas BBQ, and even an adventure to Johnson City for homemade peach ice cream and a tour through one of the vineyards.

 Enjoying the handmade peach ice cream they sell on the roadside every spring and summer in Johnson City. 

Enjoying the handmade peach ice cream they sell on the roadside every spring and summer in Johnson City. 

                                                                                  So much beautiful produce! 

                                                                                 So much beautiful produce! 

  Brought my  Marias ' to the farm. 

Brought my Marias ‘ to the farm. 

 Lazy mornings and some pretty perfect light. 

Lazy mornings and some pretty perfect light. 

 A dog walk complete with a dreamy sunset and the scent of white oleanders. 

A dog walk complete with a dreamy sunset and the scent of white oleanders. 

A BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND

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It’s been an incredibly scary and emotional week. This weekend, we’re trying to find constructive ways to help the world and find gratitude in all that we have. Before we share reads that will hopefully inspire you and remind you of the beauty to be found in the world, we want to share ways you can help. First things first, contact congress. Then, go here and get involved in the movement. No more silence. #staywoke.

What we really, really want

Naked.

Is Wall Street ‘bro talk‘ keeping women down?

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This excellent interview with ‘Mating in Captivity’ author Esther Perel. Also, her TED talks are so good. Seriously. 

Celebrating female friends

A beautiful movement.

Have a beautiful weekend. 

Land Ho!

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There’s a Dear Sugar column that talks about ghost ships and how we all have our giant ship of the What If that never was. I can’t remember the initial question, or what led Sugar to bring up the ghost ship. I can’t even remember the exact words, only how I felt when I first read her column. I was working two part time jobs, six days a week and going extremely hard in my off hours – your liver is never as limber as it is in your early twenties. As I alternated between a proper office job and a chocolate shop, I watched a small fleet of ghost ships sail away, and I think I liked that. I liked watching my life transform in real time.

There were ships for all of the hesitations and poor choices, missed housing prospects, friendships that crumbled in post-collegiate angst. Ships for each extra drink that was probably a bad idea. I like to think about them when I’m driving (that’s when I do my best thinking) and I like to create the conversations that never happened. Sometimes I think it might be incredibly unhealthy to dwell on the past, to fixate on things that are basically irrelevant now, and sometimes I think it might be the best mental exercise possible.

And maybe I do spend too much time looking back at that part of my life, but I have to say that I do it not because I want to go back there, but because examining my present is too hard. I’m in the middle of this story, of building this ship (work with me here) that I may or may not board, and I need to let it play out before I go back and revise the plot.

So I spend my time questioning my motives – would I still have the same response? Have I changed at all? And when something else catches my attention, or the traffic suddenly becomes frenzied, I save those thoughts for another day, another drive. I will say that the ships are few and far between now. If anything, they’ve turned into ocean liners churning the middle ocean water.

Andrea Martinez is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and currently lives in Dallas with her rescue dog Ulysses. She dabbles in a little of this and a little of that. 

Cancer New Moon

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Today, some thoughts on how to harness the energy of the Cancer New Moon via Mystic Mama:


“Cancer is the sign of the Mother, the womb of Life… a cardinal water sign that nurtures and protects, is creative and feels deeply. 

This Cancer New Moon offers us a chance to re-birth our emotional body. What do you desire to feel about yourself and your life? 

Can all of us give birth to a new emotional body, the grown-up, responsible, adult body that listens to its emotions, acknowledges them as valid feelings, which in turn tells us what we need to do to prosper in the world?


Happy New Moon. May it be so…