Thursday, March 26, 2015

Snow Peak Apparel

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I've been a huge Snow Peak fan ever since purchasing my first titanium mug several years ago. I falsely assumed that they were just a camping gear brand. But it turns out, they make really sweet clothes, also.

Although the insulated tunic I love (and am wearing in the photo) is no longer available, I can wholeheartedly vouch for the cardigan. I got one for my mom, and steal it on the regular. It's nice and warm, the pockets are roomy, the material is softer and stretchier than seems possible. Best of all, it washes so easily. (For a jacket, this is unheard of.)

Gotta say, Snow Peak is kind of replacing Patagonia for me.

P.S. They are having a pretty major sale on winter apparel right now. Let me know if you get anything.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What It's Like to Work with an Everlane Model


On Monday, my teammate on this new project was asking me about Everlane, I can only assume because I looked super awesome wearing it. (Or she might have been concerned about the lack of variety in my wardrobe. It's hard to tell.) When she casually mentioned the coolest thing...

Monday, March 23, 2015

In Case of the Blues


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Last week was tough. I didn't even have a concrete reason for feeling shitty. Don't you sometimes feel out of sorts?

When I feel sad, it helps to remember that it's temporary. It is the hardest thing to do when you're sad, but you just have to keep reminding yourself. You'll get through it. Something good is just around the corner.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

"Bias is surmountable"

photo via ode to sleep

To round out this March-8th-inspired week, I wanted to share an article I keep coming back to every few months. It's written by one of the most brilliant women I know (who also happens to be my lucky brother's manager)Tamar Bercovici.

Her solution to overcoming gender bias at work? Bring value, and prove 'em wrong.

I love this because it puts the focus back on yourself. It's not about changing other people's views. It's about your skills, your enthusiasm, your work. It's something you can control. And this approach has the advantage of benefiting you regardless of somebody else's opinion. Win-win.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

We Should All Be Feminists


Some people ask: “Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?” Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general—but to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender. It would be a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded. It would be a way of denying that the problem of gender targets women. That the problem was not about being human, but specifically about being a female human.
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I used to be very hesitant to call myself a feminist. Obviously, I support the political, social, and economic equality of men and women. It's just the word I had a problem with. Did you have the same reaction?

Today after work, I read this book (via Caroline). I'm still hopelessly confused about many feminist ideas. But I loved the way Adichie addresses questioning the choice to name a philosophy, that is supposed to represent equality, feminism. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Her Own Flowers

Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.
- Virginia Wolf in Mrs. Dalloway

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Anjelica Huston

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I like to be associated with strength rather than weakness and misery. But we're made up of all of these components. There's always a moment where you are deeply alone in your own skin, and it's hard to come to terms with it.
- Anjelica Huston 

What a lovely, simple quote (from here). I've been a fan of Anjelica Huston since when I first saw her in The Life Aquatic. And fell in love with her, again, in The Royal Tenenbaums. She's beautiful, and intense, and mysterious at the same time.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Big Sur Backpacking

photo by alex

Deja vu, anyone?

Alex and I kind of procrastinated making Valentine's Day plans. So, for lack of better ideas, and despite supposed trail closures, we headed out to Big Sur to hike to Sykes Hot Springs. I didn't have a great experience there before, so I was only cautiously optimistic.

It turned out to be the most fun backpacking trip I had ever been on. The weather was amazing. It was still crowded, but for a holiday weekend and one of the most popular backpacking destinations, it wasn't bad at all. Since Alex and I have been training for a half-marathon, we totally killed it on the trail. He and I passed a ton of people, and scored pretty sweet camping spots both nights.

You can find the photos I took here. We also made a video, if you'd like to see: