1. “TOGETHER, YOU CAN REDEEM THE SOUL OF OUR NATION” – JOHN LEWIS
This powerful and inspiring final essay by civil rights leader John Lewis is a MUST READ. You can find it here, in The New York Times.
2. 20TH-CENTURY SLAVERY WAS HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT
I came across this article in Smithsonian Magazine today and it was a reminder to me of how important it is that we know who made our clothes and where they come from. There are more and more ethical brands we can purchase from and many ways we can help make sure we aren’t contributing to the modern day slavery that occurs in the fashion industry. If you want to learn more, read the linked article and check out the documentary The True Cost. This was the movie that made me vow never to purchase from fast fashion again and be as conscious as possible about the supply chain and transparency of not just fashion companies but all companies and brands that I purchase from.
3. TWO PHOTOS FROM THE WEEK
Sitting at a park bench writing letters, enjoying the shade of the trees, and listening to the sound of birds.
Freshly groomed puppy paws <3
4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESSICA!
Three of my closest friends had birthdays this month and I wanted to take a moment to celebrate each of these special people I am incredibly grateful to have in my life! I don’t know where I would be without their support, the conversations we have had, and their friendship. I can’t thank them enough for always having my back, wanting the best for me, and for experiencing this life with me.
Jessica is one of my oldest friends–we met in the middle of 4th grade when I transferred to Carr Elementary after my family moved to Torrance. She came up to me and introduced herself. Looking back, I don’t know if I realized how lucky I was to so easily find a friend the first day at a new school and someone to eat lunch from that day on! I’m so glad our friendship has lasted throughout the years, even after she moved and neither of us could drive and social media didn’t exist–actually, I don’t even think cell phones really existed back then! Some of my most happiest memories involve doing something with her from watching Mighty Ducks 2 at sleepovers to going to our very first Color Run to Backstreet Boys concerts :) She is super caring and thoughtful and puts so much into each of her relationships–as a daughter, sister, friend, significant other, aunt, teacher, co-worker just to name a few. I really admire her for all of her wonderful qualities–as well as the fact that she manages to have an empty email inbox!! (But seriously, how!?) I can’t wait to continue our lifelong friendship and celebrate more birthdays together–hopefully in person next time!
5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BAO!
Bao is my only friend I met during college at FIDM. At a commuting school, it felt harder to make connections but luckily our paths crossed and we had a few classes together–that was all that we needed to solidify our friendship! I always have so much fun when I am with Bao–she’s super laid back, has a great sense of fashion, creative, is an amazing dancer, and great partner in crime. It’s because of her that I crowd surfed and know about post secret and jumping photos (when you jump and take a photo mid-air lol–they are my favorite). In our younger days we had plenty of dance parties and drinks together, went to tons of concerts and obsessed over Jack Johnson, had a ton of fun running around LA doing scavenger hunts, and so much more! It has been amazing watching her become a mom to her son Elijah and then to her daughter Brooklyn and raising awesome human beings! Although we live in different states and have such busy lives, I know we will always be there if the other needs them. And I hope in the future we can see each other in real life again!
6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ARCHNA!
Although I don’t work in the fashion industry anymore, one of the best things I have gotten from it is my friend Archna! We both worked at PacSun (or Pacific Sunwear for those of you who remember those stores at the malls!) and I remember loving her style and all the cool dresses that she wore to work :) Although we were in different departments, we worked together a tiny bit, and kept in touch after we both left. I joined her in creating a children’s clothing line and we experienced so many firsts together like traveling to New York for our very first trade show! I look back and am super proud of all that we did. Throughout the years we’ve also tried lots of delicious vegan restaurants together, participated in 4 years of Dressember, and probably exchanged millions of texts! She has great taste in music, has a lovely singing voice, and pulls off short pixie-style hair SO well! We are actually seeing each other tomorrow for a safe, socially distanced, and masked hike and I am really looking forward to it!
Wishing all of these beautiful ladies a year ahead filled with love, laughter, and joy.