June 27, 2020

Things that Spark Joy: Week no. 10

Spending Father's Day with my Dad
Meeting my cousin's new baby 
A beautiful sunset over the Hudson
Dining al fresco with a friend for the first time in months!
Strolling through the village & Tribeca on a beautiful summer evening
Enjoying golden hour in the park with my book & a takeaway drink 
Seeing the City slowly coming back to life 
A slice of key lime pie for one! 
Newborn snuggles 
A solo dinner date

xo. G 

June 25, 2020

Summer Handbag Edit

It goes without saying that everything is better in the summer - handbags included! During the rest of the year, I find myself pretty loyal to one or two handbags, but come the summer months I have quite a few bags in rotation. What can I say, I'm drawn to all the styles, textures, and details of these summer bags!

June 16, 2020

June Wishlist

Ah, only three more days until it is officially summer! I've been in a summer state of mind since essentially the start of this month, but I am still so excited to officially celebrate the arrival of summer on Saturday! This month's wishlist is a collection of beautiful pieces that will help transition our wardrobes for the new season that is upon us. I hope you enjoy these selections as much as I do!

June 15, 2020

New York or Nowhere

Back in March at the beginning of quarantine, my mom asked me if the Covid situation changed my thoughts on living in New York. I immediately shot back, "No. Absolutely not."

Four months later & that answer remains the same, even stronger now than then. Covid never for a second made me question my decision to live in a big city - the big city nonetheless. If anything it has only confirmed my absolute love and adoration for this place. A place that no matter what gets thrown it’s way, fights back and comes back stronger than ever.

June 08, 2020

Black Lives Matter

Oh what a week. A month. A year.

No one is going to deny the heaviness that has been strongly felt since what feels like the start of the year, but has increased ten fold over the last two weeks.

This past week has been heavy to say the very least. Heavy for everyone. And if you personally have not felt this to some degree, I beg you to open your eyes, and your ears, and to face the sad reality of what is and what has always gripped this nation.

This past week has been nothing short of the biggest wake up call for me personally.

The fact of the matter is that, it is not enough to be kind. To be a good person. To not be racist. Just being those things is not enough. It has never been enough. And it makes me sick to my stomach to realize it has taken me almost twenty seven years to figure that out.

What the past week has opened my eyes to is the fact that you, and I, and all of us collectively as Americans need to go above and beyond to actively work towards change in this nation.

This looks like a lot of different things, because there are a lot of different things we need to do to enact change and keep pushing progress forward. To start, it means opening up your eyes and ears. Opening your eyes & not being blind to the injustice and inequality that plagues this country. Opening your ears & listening to people of color share their lived experiences and stories. And when you are ready, opening your mouth. Opening your mouth to join the conversation and the dialogue. But more importantly opening your mouth to call out injustices and racism when you see it. It will never be comfortable to do so, but it is necessary.

And while you are opening your eyes, and your ears, and your mouth, keep doing more! If it is in your means to do so, donate. Educate yourself. Read and watch - do whatever it takes for you to keep learning. Register to vote & then get out there and do it. Share on social media. Expand the diversity of those you follow. If peacefully protesting is your thing, then do that. Just do something. Keep the conversation going. Keep doing the work. The fact of the matter is change just doesn't happen overnight and it is our responsibility to keep doing what needs to be done, so there is no other choice but for change to happen.

And you don't have to do it all. I think it would be foolish to say that each and every one of us had to do every thing just mentioned. I think it's even fair to say that would be a little inauthentic. We all have important roles to play in this and they are not all going to look the same - that is okay. It is okay as long as we are each being true to ourselves and doing something that pushes this movement forward. It's okay as long as we are making a conscious effort to learn new things and to unlearn the implicit biases. It's okay as long as we are trying. It might not always be perfect, but it's our efforts that matter. 

My thoughts and emotions have been running wild over the last couple weeks, and I've been overwhelmed with feelings of wanting to help. Of wanting to do something. These words are a start for me. Putting my thoughts on paper and writing is one of the best ways I know to express and articulate what I am thinking and feeling. It is one of my powers. If the words in this post can influence even just one person to have a change of heart, or to do something then it is a good first step in the right direction.

But, I promise it doesn't stop here at the end of all these words.

To all people of color, moving forward I promise to open my eyes, to open my ears, and to open my mouth for you. I promise to be your ally. I promise to never claim to know what you've been through because I don't. But I promise to always stand with you and to fight for you. To fight for what is right.

To anyone and everyone reading this, I hope you'll join me.

 xo. G