Almost There : A New Take on Sustainable Fashion

Almost There is Celine Kabaker’s new apparel company that is determined to produce thoughtful design at a mid-range price point, catering to a large inclusivity of sizes ranging from XS to 5X. The brand sells 10 curated dresses, in varying cuts and lengths. Timeless in their shape and adaptable in their flattering color range, these made-to-order dresses assure customers they they will continue to reap the benefits of their purchase for years to come.

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Best Thing I Read Last Week

“I wanted somebody like him to protect me, and in some reflexive twist of consciousness, I think he wanted somebody like him to protect him too. … I tried to tag along wherever he went, even to the bank or the supermarket or the drugstore, to make sure he wasn’t lonely. But none of that ever satisfied my longing for him, because even when we were together I missed him, as if he wasn’t actually there.”

Excerpt from Criminals by Robert Anthony Siegel, published in The Paris Review Fall 2015 Issue
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The Defining Decade: Book Review

This book was recommended to me during an interview of another artist whose teachings have helped me navigate these tumultuous waters of being twenty-something at a time like this. Written by Dr. Meg Jay, this book is an accessible guide to avoiding some common missteps that can accidentally take your twenties off track for longer than intended. Dr. Meg Jay is a clinical psychologist who regularly meets with young adults who come from a wide variety of unique experiences. Despite the distinctions in specifics, the themes and setbacks explored in this book feel shockingly relatable; audiences across all age groups responding that they wish they had this book when they were in these twenties. This speaks to the universality and generational persistence of the lessons demonstrated in the book.Continue reading “The Defining Decade: Book Review”

Crystal Collection

As I became interested in spirituality throughout college, I found the perfect adult transition for my longheld fascination with rocks– crystals. Gradually, I have accumulated a small assortment of crystals that provide certain energetic improvements simply by having them around. I still haven’t delved too deeply into the entire scope of their abilities and the rituals surrounding them but I did manage to charge them under the Capricorn lunar eclipse this past fifth of July. I believe my intentions and the way I aligned my energy that night has helped guide me through the weeks since then, regardless of arguing whether the crystals “worked” or not.

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For the past three years I have kept a journal. It has ranged from daily gratitude lists, to half-completed poetry and everything in between. I now have a daily journaling practice that incorporates various mediums that I find evocative and appealing. Journaling is a meditative practice, a mechanical motion of repeatedly pressing pen to paper. No matter what you choose to write down, the health benefits range widely from cognitive and physical improvements.

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Best Thing I Read Last Week

“Whenever authors have been compelled to write of Southern California, it has been their tendency to extol, often beyond the limits of good taste, the quality of the climate, the beauty of its semitropical flora, and the loveliness of its natural setting.”

– Victoria Padilla in Southern California Gardens 

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Living, Loving & Learning: Book Review

Leo Buscaglia’s collection of lectures, “Living, Loving & Learning” is exactly what the cover describes– “The JUBILANT #1 Best Seller.” His deep knowledge of the human condition and wisdom of the human spirit create timeless lessons that ring just as true today as when they written back in the 70’s. His remarks resonate deeply, articulating things that reverberate as the universal truths that we all knew but somehow have recently forgotten. His vast intellect is apparent but is conveyed as welcoming, rather than off-putting– he makes it repeatedly clear that his intention is to create a space for the sharing and the offering of knowledge, not to preach from a stance of resolute, unreachable knowing.

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