Using our voice is critical because it is in our story-telling that we ignite empathy and relatability. If i could inspire even just one person to feel secure in their identity by sharing mine, and create a space to be acknowledged and heard, it has been worth it. I am confident that this is also how we teach and enlighten others who may not have walked the same path. This is how we can change perspectives. This is how we can eliminate the divide. It is the stories that need to be told. I’m super honored to be a part of the STATE Bags, #whatdowetellthekids initiative, featuring proud members from the LGBTQ community, as we each from our individual perspectives shed light on the power and dangers of language. Please head over to the STATE Bags website to read and spread the word about this important movement towards combating injustice and discrimination. Believe me, someone needs it and is listening. #spreadthelove
I haven’t written anything political on this site for no other reason except I’ve been recapping my thoughts, giving information, sharing my perspective, links and providing resources on my instagram handle @yoursoulstyle and personal facebook page. I’ve also started a new platform called @thefutureisfemalemovement: a social movement for progress to connect, inspire, share, educate, activate and empower all. Website coming soon on that. That all said, I couldn’t continue to write about style in this space without addressing the giant elephant in the room: our country. I’m not shy about my political views and passionate about us all rising up and using our voices. Speak up, shout if you have to – there is too much at stake. I hope that no matter how small or large your circles are, you are taking a stand, and partaking in this extremely important dialogue.
Additionally, I wanted to share with you a few organizations that our family donates to (some on a monthly basis), and provide links so if you’d like, can head over and get involved too (see below for info). The truth is that these foundations need our donations right now more than ever and despite not being personally affected by every specific social policy issue, your friends, your family, your neighbors, the world at-large is. And now is the time to tap into your values and figure out what type of person you are: one who exists to serve themselves and see only the limited view directly in front or a person who demonstrates a greater empathy towards others, embracing a higher vibrating perspective that we are all one – connected. I’ll be popping in here with my thoughts on this subject matter periodically, but if you’d like to learn more about what I’m doing to help on the day-to-day, please follow me @yoursoulstyle or @thefutureisfemalemovement.
Peace and love xx
Human Rights Campaign (monthly): Advocating for LGBTQ and Human Rights
ACLU (monthly): works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States
Planned Parenthood (monthly): delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide
GLAAD (monthly): protects the rights of individuals in the LGBTQ communities
Somaly Mam Foundation (monthly): a Cambodian anti-trafficking advocate who focuses primarily on sex trafficking.
Surfrider Foundation: dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.
Harlem Grown: an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire youth to lead healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition.
Attention LA ladies! I’ll be heading out west next week and have decided to make what was originally going to be a personal trip, a combined business trip. I have two openings left on Thursday or Friday for one-on-one Styling Sessions, Closet Cleanses, Personal Shopping Trips, and more! If you or someone you know are interested, shoot me an email directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you on the flip side.
Many of us fall into the postpartum legging rut, but don’t sweat it – there are ways to keep things cool, elevated yet comfortable for those transitional months ahead. In my first post of 2017 for Well Rounded NY, three simple styling strategies to consider (with shopping links) over on their site.
While I don’t believe that the year has to officially change in order to get your shit together, I think we all can agree the shift feels profound, and most of us take this opportunity to initiate a reset. I’ve kicked off with transitioning my diet back to pre-baby days, have committed to exercise at least 1x a week (easy for most, incredibly difficult for me), am becoming more politically active by building a new platform @TheFutureIsFemaleMovement (join me!), set goals both personally and professionally, and overall feel this sense of eagerness. I am ready to kick 2017 out of the park, especially since now that Vida is a little bit older, I can dedicate more time to Your Soul Style again. As far as I’m concerned, things are off to a great start.
Since much of my styling work is helping women reset after major life transitions, now would be an ideal time for you to schedule a Closet Cleanse, Wardrobe Rebuild, At-Home Style Session or any of the other services I can offer you. One of my 2017 professional goals is to clearly explain to women how important it is to feel your best from the inside out. While Your Soul Style is a business, my ultimate goal is to support women in their journey towards empowerment. Ever since the election, and now in these post-Trump days where women’s rights are on the line again, I am that much more passionate about my work. I realize now more than ever how we really need to help each other rise-up. Through my styling expertise combined with knowledge in psychology and mindfulness I will help you understand your inner most self, so that it can best be represented on the outside. Like all practices of self-care, this too is a critical step in securing your confidence and self-image. And how are we going to take on the world, and teach our daughters to take on the world if we’re not empowered in our core, and in our soul? Truly, I can’t wait to work with you and help you get there. We need you now more than ever.
Cheers to 2017. May this be the year to truly empower your beautiful self.