Miami skyline

Experiencing the Everglades: A short trip in Miami

I have a new goal – hit 30 states by the time I’m 30. I’m already at 23, so it’s seems like an easy accomplish, minus the fact that I live in California where getting to new states is a bit of a commitment.

State number 23 was Florida, and boy was it fun. Miami isn’t like any other place in the U.S. I’ve seen. It’s a whole different lifestyle from dress to mindset.

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Stanford, Turner, and the Unjust Rape Sentence

The sentencing in the Stanford rape that was announced yesterday is disgusting and a true injustice.

Why shouldn’t a man who violates another person have a “severe impact” as punishment for his wrong doing? When 12 people unanimously say you are guilty, when you believe that drinking was the problem and not your violence is the issue, when you blame someone else for you unconscionable actions, you deserve to be impacted, to face the consequences of your actions.

But, when you are a star athlete, of course, you are automatically a better person and don’t need heavy punishment. Right?

No. Being physically gifted should not entitle you to easier sentencing when you have done wrong. And yet, this is the message our society continually sends. If you have provided entertainment on a field or pool, you can get away with sexual assault. Continue reading

Outfit of the Week 6/3/16

So normally I wouldn’t normally wear maroon in spring, as it’s more of a fall color. But I love this suede skirt too much to not wear it. It’s got pockets and falls perfectly above the knew. I paired it with a bright white top to balance out the dark color. I also wore a maroon headband to complete the outfit. We all have those days where our hair just won’t behave. While a headband may seem childish on the surface, when it’s paired with such profession items and matches color well, it can be a great addition to an adult wardrobe. And it’s a perfect solution for messy hair days and more professional than a ponytail!

Outfit of the Week 5/20

Yesterday I was traveling, so it was a great time for a casual outfit. I fight against what I call the “casualization of the U.S.” I am not a fan of yoga pants and pajama pants as your normal clothes, even on planes. But I completely understand wanting to be comfortable while traveling. I pretty much always wear pants on a plane because it can get chilly sometimes mid-flight. I like choosing ones that are just a bit loose so they don’t dig in when sitting for hours. A fun top is a way to make an effort while still bordering on too comfy. I love this t-shirt. It’s a Sevenly shirt I bought a while ago in support of Education is Freedom, a program assisting young people in pursuing higher degrees. Also when travel, I love bringing a hat. Yes, it’s one more item to deal with a security, but it keeps the fake air off my face (eliminate those obnoxious hair in your face moments) and it’s always good to have a hat while traveling.

Outfit of the Week 5/13

I’m known for colorful clothing, so when I do wear black, I like to make sure there is an element of visual interest. This black dress from White House | Black Market has just that with belt like buckles on each side and snaps at the top. It’s tailored well so it fits curves. I wore it we a red shrug to give the outfit a pop of color that matches the shoes. These are some of my favorite shoes. I fondly refer to them as my Minnie Mouse shoes because they remind me of an elegant interpretation of the cartoon character.

Outfit of the week 5/6

It’s springtime! I love this dress. It’s got pockets that are large enough to fit cell phones (and actually my wallet on quick errands). The best part, though, is the neckline, which has ribbons to clip around your bra straps so they never show. These purple shoes are also wonderful. I found them in a cute little boutique. They’re made in Vietnam and they fit my feet perfectly. They’re wedges so they’re comfortable to wear all day.

Women from Bones

Top 5 Fictional Women in STEM

Lately, there has been a lot of talk about how we can get girls involved in STEM and how they don’t have role models in pop culture (books, TV shows, movies, etc.). This is certainly true. A study by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media found that in 129 top-grossing family films (2006-2011), only 26 characters in STEM fields were female, compared to 134 male characters.

So, in honor of Women’s History Month, we decided to create a list of our favorite, awesome, STEM characters in pop culture. I had five fellow women help me come up with this awesome list of our top 5 favorite characters, and a list of 15 honorable mentions. They may not be “historical” but they are a part of pop culture history, and that’s important too!

Warning: There are lots of spoilers!

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Working on a Holiday

Deadlines are a part of life. We all hate them, but they’re their and they certain won’t be going away. Sometimes those deadlines mean you have to work on holidays, and that’s rotten.

Today is a day like that for me, so I decided to make the best of it. I’m working outside, enjoying the gorgeous 75 degree weather, drinking tropical flavored water, and pretending that I’m on vacation instead and writing the next great American novel. It’s still not as fun as if I were hanging out at the pool, but at least I’m not trapped in an office.

How do you handle working on the holidays?

Outfit of the week 2/12

Sometimes it hard to put together an outfit – you’re tired, in a rush, feeling uncomfortable in your own skin. So, I keep stylish dresses for just those occasions. With built-in visual appeal, like this red dress (color, buttons, and a wavy hem), you still look professional and like you put effort in, even if it took you less than 5 minutes to get dressed. Dresses are perfect for this because literally all you have to do is put on a single item. Paired with these simple black Joan & David shoes, I felt confident going to work and still got compliments!