The Art of Keeping Cool

February 8, 2017

Adidas“A person is a fluid process, not a fixed and static entity; a flowing river of change, not a block of solid material; a continually changing constellation of potentialities, not a fixed quantity of traits.” -Carl Rogers

Just as our perspectives are ever changing and forever molding, so is our ability to express ourselves through our personal style. Lately, I’ve become reflective of how much my thoughts and beliefs have changed, but I’m only now recognizing how my wardrobe has also changed to reflect my more recent influences. Although I still see my style as being more fluid depending on my mood and the situation, I can see too how it has shifted from being once ultra girly to now more minimalist.

stansmith Adidas3fiercethreestripesgangMy heart will always belong to fashion, but lately, I’ve felt more drawn to the footwear culture. Working at arguably one of the most relevant brands, Adidas, I was exposed to what I can only describe as coolness. When I was in Los Angeles I briefly interned in their Hollywood showroom and was surrounded by the industry’s top influencers. As much as I enjoyed the fashion in NYC, I have come to appreciate West Coast style more. For some reason, it feels more personal and authentic to me- almost like people show you that they are cool, rather than having to say it. adidasoriginalsStanSmith2KeepthemguessingWhat is truly mind boggling to me is how much the footwear industry is shaped and supported by pop culture and more so the rap/hip industry. Prior to interning for Adidas when I worked for New Balance in their Global Lifestyle Marketing department I did an extensive research project on the footwear industry and influencer marketing and found that brands’ association with black culture was the driving force behind sneaker sales. It irks me though that there is so much cultural appropriation that takes place amid this connection.

There is a difference between cultural appropriation versus being inspired and entwining some aspects of that culture’s looks into your own aesthetic. What is infuriating is how people like the Kardashians will get credit for starting a trend, such as wearing braids when entire groups of people have worn their hair like that for centuries (and there is significant cultural symbolism behind it). This is definitely a larger topic I will be exploring in more depth in a future post because I believe it’s so important to be cognizant of your privilege in relation to other people and that systematic inequality is real and that the fashion industry is a big propagator of this. From this recognition of your privilege, it is your duty to help those who are oppressed and aid in structural change in our society.Adidas2I bring these points up because I’m reflective of my own boundaries between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation in my style choices. What is the line between honoring the group that inspires you vs. taking on pieces of their culture as if they were your own? Ultimately what you wear sends a powerful message to the world and your clothing choices transmit cultural meaning, so take some time and reflect on what your personal style conveys and how authentic you are being.athleisure3athleisureMore to come soon! xx

LOVE,

Blog Signature Hannah

How to Attract More Positive Energy in Your Life

February 2, 2017

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“Don’t bother too much about your feelings. When they are humble, loving, brave, give thanks for them; when they are conceited, selfish, cowardly, ask to have them altered. In neither case are they you, but only a thing that happens to you. What matters is your intentions and your behavior.” –C.S. Lewis

DSC_0055Your feelings can be a tricky thing. As of late, I’ve felt a lot of negative feelings and in turn, my brain has processed these thoughts as my reality. According to the Law of Attraction, by focusing on positive or negative thoughts a person can, therefore, bring positive or negative experiences into their life. How does one truly attract more positive energy? How can you change your thoughts to be more positive and feel more positive energy? The answer is unconditional love. However, there are some simple things you can do daily to become a happier version of yourself…DSC_0013

Sunlight

Not only does the sun provide us with much-needed vitamin D, but it also helps to stabilize our mood. Try to take a walk during your lunch break or even simply open your window and let the natural light pour through.

Aromatherapy

Flowers and herbs have powerful mood-lifting benefits. Needing to de-stress? Try lavender essential oil for it has a calming effect on the mind. Other sets of my favorite scents include orange and bergamot for they can help to energize and lift your spirit.

DSC_0025Exercise

Physical activity releases endorphins that can help with stress relief. It doesn’t have to be an hour on the treadmill, it could be anything that you find joy in such as, dancing or playing a sport.

Drink more water

Hydration is so important to the health of your body and spirit. Spending time around water can also help to clear your mind and attract positive energy.

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Show gratitude

Keep a journal and fill it with positive things that you are grateful for. An attitude of gratitude is the key to abundance.

Simplify

Now is the perfect time to de-clutter, whether it be at home or work. A simple clean out and sorting through can help to boost your energy and feel like you are in more control of your life.

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Eat your greens

Connect with Mother Nature. Vegetables contain more life energy than processed foods and can help you to vibrate at a higher frequency.

Visualize

Write out a list, create a mood board, do whatever it is you need to do to help you plan out what it is you to want to put your energy towards. Your imagination is such a powerful thing. Let it help you to make clear to the universe what it is you want to access in this lifetime. The possibilities are endless- all you need to do is think it and set your intentions.

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I hope you found these tips to be helpful. I myself am working hard to incorporate these simple ingredients into my life one day at a time.

LOVE,

Blog-Signature-Hannah

Coffee Talk: Healing Starts From Within

January 24, 2017

coffeetalkIt’s no secret that I’ve been exploring issues of self and finding ways to live a truly purposeful life. That being said the journey has not always been an easy one and more recently it has felt as though I’ve had more bumps along the road than successes. As someone who has struggled with anxiety and depression over the years, I’ve explored many ways to find inner peace, whether that be through my relationship with God, becoming more spiritual, speaking to a therapist, taking medication, and even through self-care. Through everything though I’ve found that at the core it is your diet, lifestyle, and your relationship with your own self that has the greatest impact on your ability to heal yourself.simplicity2foragemarketforagemarket3You are what you eat.

The things that we eat can either be immensely supportive to our bodies or they can completely derail them. A diet that consists mainly of fresh and organic fruits and vegetables, raw or sprouted seeds and nuts and gluten-free grains strengthen and purify our systems, whereas sugar and grains lead to digestion and immune issues (and so much more). It’s important to remember that the right food can be medicine for your body.

Lately, I’ve been working hard to eat more plant-based and shop locally as much as possible. Not only is it important to buy organic so that you are not getting pesticides in your food, but it is also important to be conscious of where your food is coming from (although it’s not always an option depending on your situation.) I’ve been trying to forgo stopping at Starbucks to instead support local businesses, such as going to Forage Market- a wood-fired bakery and market located in the heart of my town.coffeesimplicitycoffeecoffeeTake care of your body, and it will take care of you.

For most of us when we get busy the first thing to let go of is our workout regime, that, and ultimately taking care of our body altogether. When we feel pulled in different directions the last thing we prioritize is ourselves. Trust me I’m the biggest culprit of this. However, I’m learning that the body will stay strongest when it is not continually in fight-or-flight mode. Chronic stress exhausts our body and ultimately leaves us worse off, so embracing activities like meditation, exercise, and time in nature will profoundly calm us and put us into an optimal space for healing. Start with just five minutes a day here or there. Studies show that feeling calmer will also improve your relationships, your perspective, and your emotional intelligence.foragemarket5 foragemarket4fryebootsYou are what you think.

What’s crazy and surreal to me is how much our own minds are what can hold us back the most. Lately I’ve been experiencing more negative emotional and mental patterns, and as a result, I’ve been held captive to feeling low and hopeless. With the help of loved ones and spiritual and therapeutic exercises, I’m working to clear these patterns and experience more happiness. I’ve discovered that yoga and meditation are great ways to help develop a more gentle approach to your own self. Starting your day with even a simple mantra can also be so incredibly helpful.

What it comes down to is that you alone have the ability to make your body and thoughts stronger, and therefore your life experience a more positive one.foragemarket2simpleWhat are some ways you’ve experienced self-healing? I’d love to learn what has helped other people. It’s during times of great difficulty that I think we must come together and be more vulnerable with our struggles. Trust me I have as much to learn from you as you have to learn from me.

All my love,

Blog Signature Hannah

Self-Esteem vs. Self-Worth

December 19, 2016

sweaterdressRecently when I was out dancing with my girlfriends a random guy came up to me and asked how is that a girl can pull off wearing bold colored lipstick (hint: I was wearing a YSL bright red). My response was simple. I smiled wide and told him, “ with confidence.”

As the years have gone by I’ve built up my self-esteem through my love of fashion and self-expression, as well as through my string of successes in both my career and schooling. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m always happy with myself. In fact in a lot of ways I’ve actually been very unhappy on a deeper level… More recently my moving back home to Maine with no job and living with my parents feels like several steps back from all that I’ve accomplished. I’ve been feeling a lot more anxious and depressed as a result.sweaterdresslongbootsAlthough, self-worth is often used as a synonym for “self-esteem,” they actually have different meanings. Self-worth, in comparison to self-esteem, at its core should be less about measuring yourself based on external actions and more about valuing your inherent worth as a person. In other words, self-worth is about who you are, not about what you do.

 A recent study at the University of Michigan found that college students who base their self-worth on external sources (including academic performance, appearance, and approval from others) reported more stress, anger, academic problems and relationship conflicts. They also had higher levels of alcohol and drug use, as well as more symptoms of eating disorders. The same study found that students who based their self-worth on internal sources, not only felt better, they also received higher grades and were less likely to use drugs and alcohol or to develop eating disorders. ( Source)oversizedsweater3


Ingredients 

Sweater- Tobi

Boots- Lulu’s

Hoop earrings- Express

Bag- Longchamp


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“I do not want to be beautiful. I want to be contagious and radiant. I want to leave a mark on not only on the world but on souls. I want to have something to offer; something more than the superficial idea that my beauty is all that I have to give.”  -unknown

sweaterdressoutfit2WOW! Let that sink in…basing one’s self-worth on external factors is actually harmful to one’s mental health. We absolutely need to be having more conversations around self-worth and the role it plays in our society. Constantly comparing ourselves to others means to always be fighting a losing battle.

If you’re anything like me you may be wondering how you can be working on improving self-worth. No one says the road will be an easy one, but here is what I found:

Your past doesn’t matter. It’s done and over with! Use those experiences as learning blocks and go forward to your magnificent, abundant life. There are no benefits to staying in the past, pick up your thoughts and spring forward.

The Universe created you in its infinite wisdom. Therefore you cannot be anything other than worthy. The Universe brings things and does things for a bigger purpose. It’s no accident you’re the way you are, you are perfect!

Remove judgment from your heart and brain.

Because you said so. Do you know your mind doesn’t know the difference between a lie and the truth? Tell yourself that you are worthy enough times. Sooner or later its bound to catch up with you.

 There is no distinction between worthy and unworthy in the eyes of the Universe.

oversizedsweater1I’d love to know what you think about this subject. Please leave your thoughts in the comment section!

LOVE,

Blog-Signature-Hannah

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