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A Personal Update on My Trip

Hiiiii! I've been a little quiet over here for the last couple of weeks as I have been with my family on the East Coast. I have been posting on Instagram stories, but haven't had much time to sit down and write blog posts. So, I wanted to give you all a little update on my trip! Obviously, we are still in the middle of a pandemic, and I have not been very clear about the details of this trip. I want to be transparent and clear the air on a few things. 

Fourth of July Inspiration

I'm so excited to spend the Fourth of July in the Hamptons this year! While I've already packed my suitcase, I had fun rounding up a few pretty red, white, and blue pieces to curate this round-up. I love the Fourth of July because my entire wardrobe is essentially white and blue, so getting dressed for the day is a fun way for me to wear my favorite pieces in my wardrobe!

This Week's Top 10

photo via @golden_essential

1. THIS BEAUTY PRODUCT IS MAGIC!! Seriously, I got it a couple of weeks ago and I don't think I've ever had this kind of feeling about a product before. It's a glowy tinted moisturizer that changes your face from eh to omgg ahhhh.... immediately. It's so incredible. I let Celia try it when she was in Madison with me last week and she was also hooked immediately. I think this is the only place it's in stock right now, and although I haven't shopped this website before, they have free shipping!

2. I am so excited for my trip! I leave Sunday morning, and here's what I'm packing.

3. A fellow UW-Madison alumni reached out to me to share her company, The Safest Space, which is an online mental health studio for college students and post-grads. The goal for The Safest Space is to offer students and post-grads ways to heal their nervous systems (aka their stress response) and create powerful self-care tools during their time in college that will serve them throughout their lives. The membership seems incredible, and if you are interested in trying it out, she is giving away a free month right now with code LOVEYOURBODY (you have to sign up first with your email)!

What I'm Packing for Rhode Island + The Hamptons

I leave Sunday morning for a two-week trip to see my extended family, and I am so excited to be back in Boston, Rhode Island, and the Hamptons for a little bit. I am so looking forward to seeing my dad and all of my family on his side, and I'm kind of excited about what I'm packing too, so I thought I'd share a peak into my suitcase!

Father's Day Gift Ideas

If you guys are close friends or followers of mine, you probably know that my dad and I are best friends. We just have so much fun together, and I am especially excited about Father's Day this year because it's the first year we are celebrating the special day together in probably like six or seven years!

My Go-To Green Smoothie

I've been making the same green smoothie every morning for the past week for breakfast, and I thought I'd share it today! Living alone, I love that I can make a smoothie every morning without worrying about bothering anyone when I turn on the blender at 8 AM. In the summer I love making smoothies because they are so cold and refreshing, and just a delicious way to get in some extra nutrients.

At-Home Self-Care

Yesterday morning I was having... a morning. I woke up not feeling 100% great, and struggled for a couple of hours to get into my daily routine. Last week was an intense one in our country with good reason, but it left me kind of on edge and consistently feeling like I wasn't doing "enough." As much as that feeling trickles in here and there just scrolling on Instagram every day, it was more present yesterday and I just felt defeated. So, I actively tried to change that, and I wanted to share some of the things that I did.

This Week's Top 10: BLM

1. This Week's Top 10 is dedicated to people of color and the Black Lives Matter movement. There simply is nothing more prevalent right now than learning how we can all educate and inform ourselves on how to be better, do better, and most importantly, support and stand with the black community.

2. I shared on my Instagram feed my favorite gals of color who I love following. Some are new-to-me accounts, others I've been following for a while, but nonetheless, all of these creators have fabulous feeds that are definitely worth checking out. I'd love to hear any of your favorite black content creators to follow! All about diversifying my feed.

3. I listened to this week's episode of Gals on the Go podcast (one of my faves) featuring Chloe Coriolan, who shared her experience as a woman of color and had a great conversation about covert/overt racism, microaggressions, and more. Highly recommend!

May Favorites

please note this post was scheduled in advance, over a week ago, before the protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. I am in full support of BLM and an ally to people of color. 

May went by so fast. I feel like I was anticipating my graduation weekend for months, and all of a sudden we are already three weeks past it and onto June! Like, what?! Obviously, graduating from college was the highlight of the month. But, starting to come out of quarantine has been great, too!! Things are slowly reopening and we are seeing signs of light at the end of this tunnel! Here's what I loved during May:

7 Black-Owned Businesses To Support

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from Glamour: "As people across the country demand justice for the death of George Floyd, there are numerous ways you can take action in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Apart from donating to organizations like the George Floyd Memorial Fund, the Minnesota Freedom Fund, and Campaign Zero (find a list of resources here), you can also show support for black creators by putting money into black-owned businesses."

Books I Want to Read by Black Female Authors

I drafted my blog post that went up this morning. Not bringing attention to the racism pandemic happening in our country (and the world, for that matter) was highly insensitive. Although I have posted on my Instagram story that I am choosing to post "regular" content, I want it to be very clear that in doing so, I am not lacking empathy for the situation or disregarding it at all. Instead, I am choosing to support offline, by living a positive life and spreading love to those around me, on and off of social media.