I came across this video the other day, you may have seen it already because I think it is from 2011, but anyways…I think Rush Limbaugh should listen to this little lady in light of his recent “slut” comments. She’s pretty level-headed, open-minded and intelligent for such a young lady, and I think most of us can probably agree that Rush needs some help in those areas…
So every girl needs a little R&R…and I was blessed enough to receive some over the past 2 weeks. 2 weeks ago I came down with a pretty nasty bug…which on the positive side gave me an excuse to stay home, rest, and rejuvenate. Nature’s way of telling me I needed a break maybe?? And then, just this past weekend Rob and I took a nice long weekend getaway to the BEAUTIFUL Shenandoah Valley.
Our little B & B (Sugar Tree Inn) was tucked away in the midst of the gorgeous mountainside…and we were even lucky enough to witness 6-8″ of sparkly white snowfall while visiting!
The owners left everyone a binder in their room detailing the history of the B & B and other interesting tidbits about the surrounding area. The creation of this cute little secluded Inn stemmed from this guy who wanted to create a destination where visitors could come and relax, kick off their shoes/stilettos, and take the time to discover themselves again.
The weekend proved to accomplish just that. Rob and I witnessed the true beauty of nature, the respectfulness and helpfulness of genuine and really nice people, and the captivating splendor of a fire burning on a cold, snowy night.
It was simple. It was the perfect getaway. I wore one pair of shoes the whole weekend (a pair of ratty leather boots.)
I came back to the office today, and as I sat down, I looked under my desk to find my 7 different pairs of “office” stilettos waiting for me. (don’t judge! hahaha) Still in “self reflection mode” from the weekend, I had some mixed feelings looking at those stilettos all lined up in a nice and straight row. The shoes represent that it’s “back to work/reality time” and I’m know longer wearing my ratty boots while enjoying the sounds of birds and water rushing down the mountainside. But on the other hand, those stilettos represent the hard work I’ve done to get where I am, and the hard work I will continue to do in my career in order to earn the money/vacation time to take those perfect getaways.
I don’t know if it was the vacation and the break from the stilettos, or the return to stilettos this morning…but all in all…the stilettos are always keeping me “on my toes” (too great of a pun not to put in quotes, hahaha) about life, love, and this crazy big world we live in.
Some of you may remember the a-maaaazing T-shirts from last year that we all wore in celebration of International Women’s Day while donating 100% of the proceeds to a great cause! Well, my friend Molly has put together a new design and found a new great nonprofit to donate to for this year’s shirt! Send me an email (email@example.com) if you’re interested in buying one ($18) and let me know if you want it fitted or unfitted. As always, I will front the shipping cost for you. :D Details below!
What: Matching tees (and “genes!”)
Where: ANYWHERE in the world
When: Now until Feb 11 (one week away!)
Why: International Women’s Day 2012!
The design: the double-X chromosome that plays on the word “MOXIE,” which is all about the invigorating resilience so many of us see—and celebrate—every day in the females around us. We have 2 options, (option 1 is fitted; option 2 is not).
100% of The Proceeds: Women for Women International (A lovely young lady I know, who is actually responsible for secretly capturing Rob proposing to me on the top of the Kennedy Center on film!, works here!)
“I think it’s time to “define” our own MOXIE & show the world what we’re made of, from our chromosomes to our core beings. What better day to declare our strength & solidarity than IWD 2012?” – Molly Dull
The other day, one of my best friends passed along an email she received from The Daily Worth (which if you don’t already subscribe to this you should! They are a group of women who deliver DAILY empowering stories and awesome money saving tips.)
The story in the email talked about how the Girl Scouts have implemented 13 new financially savvy badges for girls to earn. One badge encourages the girls to try and put together an outfit for $30 or less…others will encourage girls to manage their money during the annual cookie sale. (I LOVE SAMOAS!!!!!!!!!!)
The Girl Scouts just overhauled their entire badge system, implementing over 100 new badges focused on technology, science and finances…the first major overhaul since 1987!
The consultants brought in to to help the Girl Scouts re-do their badges said after doing case studies and focus groups, they believe that the new badges will help girls develop a life-long sense of money management…along with other critical life skills.
Women often get a bad rap when it comes to being good with our greens. We’re pictured as crazy shoppers, buying those expensive Prada sunglasses, Coach purses and Michael Kors stilettos, and trying to marry “someone wealthy”…so starting at a young age and teaching girls about the value of a dollar sounds like a pretty great thing!
My fiance often comments on how he wishes he was as good at saving money as I am, but I have to give a hat tip to my mother and father for starting at young age when it came to teaching “financial savviness”. Thanks to a little saving, I’m looking forward to handing over $4.00 (are they still $4 a box this year?) to a deserving young Cookie CEO-in-training so that she can learn the value of those four crisp green ones. (And I get to enjoy SAMOAS!)
H/T to my friend Laura for sending HuffPo’s article about the 50 Best Moments in 2011 for Women. It is definitely a great way to reflect on 2011 by looking at some of the positives that have happened for women throughout the year. I thought I’d take a second to highlight some of my personal favorites:
- “The release of the new documentary ‘MissRepresentation’ makes everyone who thinks they’ve heard it before refocus on how badly the media depicts women — and how we can change that.”
- “When the announcer called the name of the first nominee for Best Actress in a Comedy at the 2011 Emmy Awards, Amy Poehler, instead of smiling at the camera from her seat, charged onto the stage … and every other nominee did, too. Before the winner was even announced, Poehler, Melissa McCarthy (the ultimate winner), Tina Fey, Edie Falco, Laura Linney and Martha Plimpton held hands tightly in beauty pageant fashion, making even an award for best comedian into a spoof — and proving their extraordinary talent (yet again) in the process.”
- “After years of objections from women’s rights advocates, the FBI advisory board recommends a broader definition of rape. Currently defined by the agency as “carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will” — wording composed in 1929 — the board votes to change the terminology to “penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim,” which notably doesn’t include the word “forcible.” It’s now up to FBI Director Robert Mueller to sign off on the decision.”
- “The comedy women and bridal attendants everywhere have been waiting for: “Bridesmaids” pulls no punches in portraying all of the regrettable situations a single woman can get herself into. Wiig’s script has her and the rest of the stellar cast (Maya Rudolph as the bride, Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper and Wendi McLendon-Covey as fellow bridesmaids) vomiting and discussing other bodily functions in a way not usually seen in comedies starring women, and the result is brilliant and hilarious — the ultimate antidote to schlock like “27 Dresses.” As several critics pointed out, female comedians have been capable of making a movie like this all along – it’s only now that someone let them.”
- “After an Iowa town hall meeting in which Mitt Romney seemed not to understand a question about the Mississippi “personhood” amendment, which opponents feared could lead to a ban on oral contraceptives, Rachel Maddow spends a segment of her show explaining to Romney how the female reproductive system and birth control work — against a “man cave” background.”
- “Per the Affordable Care Act, all health insurance policies issued after January 1, 2013 must cover birth control — with no copays. The same provisions will cover breast pumps for nursing mothers, domestic violence counseling and a number of other women’s health services. What took them so long?”
- “In a Toys”R”Us store in Albany, N.Y., 4-year-old Riley Maida just can’t take it anymore and lets loose a frighteningly articulate rant about toy marketers targeting kids by gender. “Why do all the girls have to buy princesses? Some girls like superheroes, some girls like princesses,” she says, reasonably. “Some boys like superheroes, some boys like princesses. So why does all the girls have to buy pink stuff and all the boys have to buy different color stuff?”
I saw this quote by Audrey Hepburn floating around, and I wanted to do my own font collage with it in InDesign. I think this quote fits in perfectly with the idea behind this blog for a few reasons:
1.) A woman should never have to compromise the fact that she is a woman in order to be treated equally.
2.) The stereotypical belief that true feminists should avoid pink, lipstick and manicures is BOGUS.
3.) Gender discrimination changing overnight is unimaginable…but tomorrow is indeed another day, and I do believe in miracles.
It was brought to my attention that I haven’t done a woman of the week in awhile soooooo, I’m dubbing Candice Kumai!
I was watching an Iron Chef episode on the tube the other night and one of the judges was introduced as “THE STILETTO CHEF!” My fiance and I both almost ripped our necks off turning to make immediate eye contact with each other, because he know I was about to go crazy with excitement.
HOW DID I NEVER HEAR ABOUT THIS WONDERFUL LADY?! So what did I do immediately the next day?…GOOGLE HER…(which used to be a creepy thing, but I think it’s fairly normal now…hopefully?)
On an end note, I’m digging the influx of rising female chefs! (Anyone watching “Next Iron Chef” should be happy to see that the Final 4 is 50/50 women:men…boom.)
Here’s a photo my friend Lindsey sent me of what MODEL Katie Halchishick would have to do through plastic surgery to make her already-gorgeous-body look like Barbie’s!!!! EEEEK!!!
Katie is a “Healthy Model” ambassador and spokeswoman for the organization/campaign “Healthy is the New Skin” (a campaign geared towards raising awareness about the fashion industry’s unrealistic pressures they place on women to be skinny. They are hoping to encourage women and girls to be happy and healthy, and embrace a healthy image of what is “beautiful”….LOVE IT).
According to a video on the campaign website, there are some disturbing statistics out there when it comes to girls/women and their bodies. Take a look:
- 80% of women are not happy with how they look.
- The #1 cause of unhappiness among young women, is dissatisfaction with their bodies.
- The #1 desire of young American women is to lose weight.
- Among children in grades 1st-3rd, 48% want to be thinner.
- Among children ages 10 years old, 81% are afraid of becoming fat.
This little girl is so adorable. My friend showed me this video last night, and I fell in love with her passion, determination, standards and “I know what I want” attitude. I think if all of us women had the self-determination that she does, we would “conquer” this world sooner than we plan. ”This is MY life!” You rock little one!
Jill Abramson (former reporter/DC bureau chief) has been chosen to be the New York Times executive editor, the FIRST woman to ever lead the paper in its 160 year history!
Here’s an excerpt from NYT’s piece about it:
Ms. Abramson, 57, said that as a born-and-raised New Yorker, she considered being named editor of The Times to be like “ascending to Valhalla.”
“In my house growing up, The Times substituted for religion,” she said. “If The Times said it, it was the absolute truth.”
Ms. Abramson will be the first woman to be editor in the paper’s 160-year history. “It’s meaningful to me,” she said of that distinction, adding, “You stand on the shoulders of those who came before you, and I couldn’t be prouder to be standing on Bill’s shoulders.”
It’s probably one of my favorite types of blog posts to prepare, one where I feature a woman who has recently broken through the glass ceiling. Not only do these women make large steps for all of us, but they provide us with a portrait of what can be a reality for woman if we keep working hard, and continue to stop letting gender differences stand in our way of success.