For when you literally want your clothes to do the talking for you, here are some options running the gamut from cheeky to sweet to revolutionary.
Money bail is the practice by which people who are charged with crimes and are presumptively innocent are held in jail (here, that's mostly at Rikers, a notoriously dangerous jail complex named after a man whose claim to fame was that he returned fugitive slaves to their owners), unless they have the financial means to buy their freedom, Money bail means people who can't post bail are more likely than people who, all other facts being the same but who are released pre-trial to be convicted, to be convicted of a higher charge, and to serve a longer sentence. There should not be two justice systems, one for those who can pay and one who can't. Here's what you can do.
1) Donate to a local bail fund (in Brooklyn: Brooklyn Bail Fund) (see also: National Bail Out).
2) Get trained to court watch and hold prosecutors accountable for their bail decisions (in New York: Court Watch NYC).
3) Read this NY Mag article about the rampant sexual abuse perpetrated against women who are in custody at Rikers Island, often by the guards themselves.
4) Tweet #closeRikers to @NYCMayor and join the Close Rikers campaign.
5) Join Color of Change's nationwide campaign to end money bail by organizing locally and pressuring the corporations that profit off of money bail, including signing their petition to the banking industry to divest from the bail bonds industry.
After two babies, a lot of what I used to wear at the office just doesn't fit me anymore. It's not just the weight fluctuations - my rib cage, for example, expanded to accommodate growing a baby. Other clothes that still fit aren't conducive to having to pump at work. And since I can't rock my maternity shorts at work, I feel like I'm regularly on the hunt for pieces that manage to be both professional and flattering.
Work-wear gets a bad rap for being boring and bland (not to mention frequently uncomfortable), but if you have to look professional full-time, that's a lot of hours to spend in clothes you mildly hate. And there's no reason to do it that when more and more brands crafting interesting, office-appropriate clothing with a commitment toward sustainable and ethical production. So as I try to build up my grown-up wardrobe, here are some of the items and brands on my wish list:
For an easy, every day look, I love this boxy blouse by town clothes, paired with of mercer's skinny black trousers. I would probably live in this combination.
I also like this dramatic color-blocked dress from of mercer, and think it would pair nicely with this cozy but still structured cardigan from babaa (love the bright yellow).
For warmer days, this linen wrap dress from conscious clothing looks pulled together while still keeping an easy-breezy feel to it. And how sweet is the floral print on this button-up from reformation?
More staples that I could see entering heavy rotation: this silk tee from elizabeth suzann and a polished but oh-so-comfy black skirt from the champion of everyday, reliable clothing, everlane (with pockets!!).
I can't get over this gorgeous, raw silk jumpsuit by ozma. It would simplify the morning routine to just throw this on and run out the door; you can imagine it going from work to dinner meeting to drinks perfectly; top it with a blazer and it would pass muster in a more conservative office environment too. Of course, knowing me, I'd spill on it instantly, and sticky little fingers are an unavoidable part of life right now, but a girl can dream, right?
I've become a little obsessed lately with chia pudding, which is suprising after I bought some a few years ago, tasted it, and promptly discarded it, the texture too much like snot.
But I was at our local health food store picking up lunch a few weeks ago and wanted a little snacky something, something sweet-adjacent, and found some coconut chia seed pudding and decided to give it another try, and I'm so glad that I did.
My tasty snack ended up also being super filling, which was great, because I feel like I'm constantly hungry at work. So I started looking up recipes and it turns out that it's super easy to make at home (and a great activity for little helpers to participate in).
Diptyque's Eau Rose shower foam.
Supremely soft, sustainably sourced and ethically made towel from Odd Bird Company.
Another snuggly soft towel option from Minna Goods, this one handwoven in sunny colors in Guatemala.
A moisturizing and cruelty free body polish with organic coconut oil and rose petals from Herbivore Botanicals.
A warm and floral candle from Boy Smells.
A slippery and citrusy shower jelly sustainably made in the USA by Lush.
An executive order has temporarily halted the separation of children from their families at the border, by instead proposing to keep families together in detention centers. Meanwhile, there are no plans for reuniting the thousands of children who have already been separated.
1. Call your representatives in Congress: contactingcongress.org. Demand they take action to keep families together.
2. Find a protest in your area for June 30 and go: www.familiesbelongtogether.org.
3. Donate: The Florence Project (firrp.org); Kids in Need of Defense (https://supportkind.org/about); RAICES Texas (https://www.raicestexas.org); The Texas Civil Rights Project (https://texascivilrightsproject.org/keepfamiliestogether-volunteer/).
4. Make a card as part of the Comfort Campaign - a handwritten letter of welcome and comfort for children in immigrant youth shelters, and send by July 4th to The Comfort Campaign, 4470 West Sunset Boulevard, Box 217, LA, CA 90027.
5. Sign the National Domestic Workers' Alliance petition to the Trump administration, demanding that they stop holding children and families in cages: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/kids-are-still-in-cages?source=FBTsite622.
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I thought I'd share my date night routine (not that it's getting much use these days! But still). Whether it's getting ready for a first date with lots of butterflies, or finally going somewhere with your long-term SO that requires actual (non-yoga) pants, or any other occasion when you want to feel a little fancy, there's something a little exciting about getting gussied up to go out.
*It's always nice to start with a fresh face; lately, I've been turning to these Farmacy sheet masks with coconut gel. I love how clean they leave my face, and you get that glowy, lit-from-within skin. Plus, there's lots of extra product in each pouch, so I rub it into my hands and neck. Added bonus: no harsh ingredients or animal testing.
*Date night is the time for a pretty pout. RMS's lip shine in sacred has that perfect blend of color and sheen while also moisturizing. Get double duty out of it by rubbing some into your cheeks for a natural-looking flush. Made with organic ingredients and cruelty-free.
*Increase the wattage when you bat your lashes with tarte's Gifted Amazonian clay smart mascara. The volume-boosting formula adds drama while the moisturizing ingredients keep lashes healthy - I love how you can wear this all day without lashes getting brittle, clumpy or flaky.
*Tame flyaways and make your hair smell amazing with Mullein & Sparrow's rose and vetiver hair serum, handcrafted in Brooklyn from organic, cruelty-free ingredients.
*No chipped manicure on date night! Habit Cosmetic's nail polish in Tabou is the perfect pop of color, and as an added perk, its formula will strengthen and nourish your nails - without harmful ingredients and cruelty-free.
*Finish it off with a spritz of something fancy. The warm florals of Tocca's Brigitte is sexy and sophisticated - like Ms. Bardot herself.
What's your date-night getting-ready routine look like?
After the success of last week's sake-glazed salmon, I wanted to try my hand at another marinade, this time heading south of the border for some inspiration. Just an hour or so of sitting in a marinade, even one that took mere minutes and a handful of ingredients to prepare, makes for a big flavor payoff.
To make the marinade, combine:
*1/2 tsp dried oregano
*1/4 - 1/2 tsp dried chili powder (I used 1/2 tsp and did not find it too spicy)
*One scallion, chopped
*3 garlic cloves, roughly minced
*Juice of 1/2 lime
*1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro
*1/2 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper your fish - I used about 1 1/4 lbs of cod - and then let sit in the marinade in the fridge for one hour.
When you're ready to cook, heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a pan and then pan fry, 3-4 minutes per side or until cooked through.
You can serve as is, or scoop into tortillas (we used corn ones, warmed over the stove for a few seconds on each side), and topped with: red cabbage, cilantro, scallions, avocado and lime juice.
This is one of my new favorites: it is so, so easy to make, it's absolutely delicious, and it's good for you too. Full of omega-3s and low in mercury, salmon is also a sustainable choice if you buy wild-caught from Alaska or Washington State. I usually don't mess around with salmon too much - it's plenty flavorful on its own - but I wanted to step my game up a bit and this marinade, adapted from simplyrecipes.com, comes together in seconds with a big flavor payoff.
Hello, my loves! Hope you all had a happy and relaxing weekend. Every weekend should be a three-day weekend, don't you think?
Highlights of this one included an impromptu visit from a dear friend from California, picking up nursery hand-me-downs from good friends (and getting to spend some quality time with their adorable baby in the process), and a long-overdue haircut for me.
I am so so excited to be pregnant, but I can't deny it's been taking a toll on me (and my back, and my feet, and my ability to sleep . . .). Plus, work has been busy and stressful, and it was time for some pampering. So I used the gift certificate J got me for my birthday and took myself to the Scott J. Aveda salon for a little me time.
Eating, working, mothering and adventuring in Brooklyn and beyond.