I like sharing what I love and promoting good people and the important stuff theyâre doing so I felt the need to share some blogs/bloggers, artists, influencers, & podcasters that have been inspiring and teaching me as of late:
The Skinny Confidential - All right, her aesthetic is pink AF, so with all this neon at first sight, you may judge that she's not for you... and maybe she just isn't BUT, I assumed the same thing and boy was I wrong-o. Lauryn Evarts Bosstick gives so much inspiring, educational and delightful content. She is the content QUEEN. She blogs every day and podcasts at least once a week with her hubby (The Him and Her Podcast). They are awesome and hilarious together, like laugh-out-loud-awkwardly-alone-at-your-work-desk hilarious. Podcasts have been so good for my brain at my current desk job. With hers, I am scribbling notes on random post-its all while laughing my butt off.
What I also love about Lauryn is that she stays true to herself! Though my personal style is so different from hers, she sticks to what she loves and I respect that. She is consistently authentic and it's so refreshing. She is blunt and witty and silly as balls! I also appreciate that she takes the time to document and actually write out all of her tips and tricks she knows or has been taught. In an instant-gratification industry of simply posting a pretty picture and ending there, she goes above and beyond and gets specific (specific is her favorite word) with her writing and the content she puts out. She basically goes the extra mile to really inform her readers. I highly recommend her specifically for her book club, beauty tips, the âreal shitâ, and her podcastâif nothing else, listen to the podcast! This is where I think all can be pleasantly surprised. Their guests range from doctors, reality TV stars, MMA fighters, to spearfishing professionals - it's a friggin' melting pot. She and her husband make a great interviewing team.
Melissa Wood - As said initially, promoting who/what I love or have been impacted by comes very naturally to me, so much so that I've jokingly referred to myself as a "Melissa Wood Advocate." This woman's workouts have changed my life (and belly button... I kid you not... it like, changed shape. I guess that's what happens when you start to see baby abs!âemphasis on baby, and that's okay). As I wrote on some physical ailments I have been struggling with, plantar fasciitis + dynamic valgus, and impingements in my hips, yay! These workouts are not only easy on my joints, but they're good for them. And given my belly button transformation (lol), you see #longleanlines, when you are diligent with her workouts. When I really saw results, I was doing her workouts at least 4-5 times a week over the course of several months. Of course meal prepping and intermittent fasting helped! Results come from changes in from all aspects of your health journey :)
For me, what really helped me stick to her workouts was not just the workouts themselves, but how she teaches. Melissa is so pleasant and likable. Her videos are calming and fun! I have also loved following her along on social media. I'm not sure how she has such thoughtful captions to write with every post, but each will leave you feeling inspired (AND who doesn't love nakey baby bums?!). :D
Violette_Fr - Oh, my, Violette! Her content is almost as stunning as the makeup looks she completes. I love that she isnât just a beauty vlogger doing her makeup in front of a mirror in her bedroom video after video (nothing wrong with that), but she makes her videos more into works of art. With each beauty vlog, she usually picks from an assortment of lovely cafes or restaurants in her city of NYC as the location to do her makeup (the options are endless there so I have yet to seen a repeat!). This way she can share her favorite places, cocktails, and dishes and teach us her beauty tricks all at once. The glowy film over her videos is so precious, oh and donât get me started on her accent! You will not only learn new ways of doing your makeup, but will be put into a relaxing trance as you consume her videos and their stunning execution. This gal makes me ask God, why did you make me American? Jk. Sorta.
One of my favorite tricks I've learned from this Parisian, is to leave the bridge of your nose (as it is the high point of your face) bareâno makeup. Even if you have makeup on the rest of your face, this gives the illusion that you aren't wearing any! The French way, baby: your strategic efforts to make you *look* effortless.
Style Blogger OGâs:
Song of Style - she may not be new to you, but in a world filled with beautiful people that can be given great clothes to wear and then deemed âan influencerâ while Aimee Song truly has style. Sheâs been a source of inspiration to actually give me new ways to style/wear something. Iâve found that my Instagram feed can easily be filled with people wearing pretty/cool outfits, but WHO actually sticks out and is showing a way to wear something that feels new? Not many. But Aimee is one of the few. Her series, Style By Number, is a great way to get the most out of pieces you love by mixing & matching and thinking out of the box. (P.S. Check out her new collection that just dropped on Revolve).
We Wore What - ditto on above ^ I love that even though sheâs now a kick ass Forbes 30 under 30 raking in the big bucks, she still keeps it real. Her blog started as a street style blog. (I hope she one day does some throwback tributes. Iâd love to see her roam NYC and interview people again). Anywho! Danielle, to me, is also a stylist, like Aimee. And I love that Danielle has been doing a âget ready with meâ feature on her Instagram Stories - taking us through the process of how her brain works when she puts her cool outfits together. Also, she keeps a nice balance of high and low price points, so no matter your budget, you can find pieces/looks she recommends that are right for you. (P.S. If youâre up for a $200 bathing suit, her designs are sexyyyyyy & prints, so unique).â
Dr. Caroline Leaf - I discovered cognitive neuroscientist, Dr. Caroline Leaf, through a pastor I love, Steven Furtick. You can listen to/watch the specific sermon she was interviewed on here. I get weekly newsletters from her straight to my inbox. The newsletter is convenient because it will link you to both her blog and podcast - so there is a resource for whatever style you prefer. I tend to prefer her podcast. It helps to hear it to really switch my brain off. She is incredibly intelligent and so caring all at once. (For such a time as this, posting this amidst COVID-19, I think we all could take notes from her teachings).
I have friends with big hearts, wit, and courage. Check out their work and inspo!
For inspiration & strength: Renaissance Rahela, By Rahel Admasu.
And for a good laugh (with a side of truth!) and sigh of relief amidst this thing called life: Natalie Reviews Things, By Natalie Wink.
My friend Anna is a multifaceted, Jane of all creative trades! Still an avid petal pusher, now she is getting into Interior Design. Eek!
My friend Sarah Urmston always inspires me with her words.
And that's it for now folks. I wrote this shit a year ago lol and it all still holds to be true so I am not wrapping this up eloquently (nor am I proofreading it!) and have decided to just hit post.