Casual Friday AF (belts are optional).
April showers bring May flowers?... Or just an opportunity to wear lots of cute raincoats and be happy about it.
Do you ever have crazy dreams for your life? Ones that you’re afraid to whisper into the universe? I dream about moving to New York some day when my kids are grown. I dream about playing a bigger part in diversifying the luxury market of the fashion industry and making it more inclusive to men and women of all shapes and sizes. I dream about writing a book. What about you? What is one dream that you have for your life? Let’s get it out there into the universe...
On my first trip to Paris, I stood in the courtyard of the Notre Dame with my best friend at my side, completely marveled. We quietly explored the alters, and sat on the pews and looked skyward into the intricate ceilings and rose stained-glass windows. It was then that the reality of what this building was, hit me. It was hundreds of years and generations of families that meticulously created this work of art. HUNDREDS of years to finish her. It was then the 800 years of wars that she stood through, at times damaged and pillaged, and then always restored. It was the 800 years of prayers, hope, love, and fears whispered by every person that walked through those doors. It was the stories and secrets those walls kept. And then just like that, I’m watching the news, and she is crumbling before me. My heart broke. It was as if the reality that none of us are invincible, even our Lady of Paris, had slapped me across the face. In our grief, I am hoping we will all come to see the beauty of what has always made France and the French people so beautiful. They have endured a history that is full of turmoil, and yet have always remained a city of strength, dignity, passion, and love. The Notre Dame will be restored to her former glory once again, stronger than ever. Those limestone walls that held firm during the French Revolution and WWII still stood tall as the sun rose over Paris this morning. Because our Lady of Paris still is, and will continue be, an example of unwavering fortitude. #notredame
This is me walking away from adulting.
“Alright Melissa, we’re going to do this shot *one* more time... this time? Tone down that face.” 🤣
Alright guys, I am ALLLLLL about white pants this season. Are they for you? What do you think?
There will always be days when you feel like you’re not enough. Not a good enough parent, not a good enough partner, not a good enough business owner or employee, not skinny enough, attractive enough, motivated enough. **ENOUGH** We become what we tell ourselves that we are. You think you’re terrible at your job? I can guarantee that you probably won’t try very hard because you think you’re going to fail. STOP 👏🏻 SETTING👏🏻 YOURSELF 👏🏻 UP👏🏻 FOR 👏🏻 UNHAPPINESS 👏🏻 BY 👏🏻BEING 👏🏻 UNKIND 👏🏻 TO 👏🏻 YOURSELF👏🏻. You are enough. And if you live your life leaning into the truth that the world needs you and the unique skills and qualities that ONLY you possess, you’re going to be a whole lot happier. So lift your head up, put on your big girl and big boy pants, slap a smile on your face (even if it doesn’t feel natural at first) and face those things that you are scared of. I believe in you.