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GRLPWR: chicks you should know

Tamara Mellon 

Tamara Mellon may be considered a household name if you’re heavy into fashion, but for those less familiar, allow me to introduce you. Tamara’s career immensely developed following her previous position as co-founder of renowned female footwear company, Jimmy Choo. Following years of unparalleled recognition, Tamara took it upon herself to launch her own brand by rebooting her footwear business under her very own name. After one failed attempt, Tamara has come back stronger than ever, creating a direct-to-consumer model and throwing the conventional rules of business out the window.  Besides selling absolutely fire merchandise, Tamara (based on her own experience of being paid less than male colleagues while at Jimmy Choo) has made equal pay a priority of her new venture. On Equal Pay Day she offers shoppers a discount of 20 percent (representing the gap between what men and women earn). Mellon also initiated a campaign called Friends with Benefits that promotes other companies with mom-friendly policies like maternity leave and fertility treatments. Oh, and because Tamara is not a U.S. citizen, she insisted her entire team vote in her place and shut down the TM offices for Election Day. “I’m unable to vote in today’s election as I am not a U.S. citizen. So instead, I’m urging you to own your vote. To show up to the polls is to show up for yourself” – Tamara Mellon

Uh huh honey! 

Shop Tamara Mellon, here. 

S a u n a

Saunanoun. A small room used as a hot-air or steam bath for cleaning and refreshing the body.

Sauna has undoubtedly changed my life (and holy shit my skin too) and I’m begging you to give it a try if it’s not already in your wellness routine. The Fins do NOT fuck around when it comes to sauna, and it is absolutely a daily ritual practiced (in the buff) by just about everyone in this beautiful country. Such a rich tradition in my opinion. Most private homes boast their own, and almost all apartment complex’s, gyms, hotels, community centers have a communal sauna. In true Finnish nature, a real sauna experience both begins and ends with a cold shower OR ideally a dip in the nearby open water or SNOW. In many cases, a bundle of birch, referred to here as vihta are used to gently whip the skin while “bathing.” Using a sauna whisk promotes better blood circulation, cleans the skin and enriches ones entire body with overall health. The most common whisks are made from the twigs of young eucalyptus, oak and birch which additionally deliver major aromatherapy. I’m very much into this. So in honor of my absolute favorite part of each day here in Finland, I’m bringing you the most BEAUTIFUL European saunas I’ve laid my (virtual) eyes on. Breathe deep.

Agora Sauna- Norway

Agora Sauna: Norway 

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Löyly Sauna: Helsinki, Finland

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Soria Maria Sauna: Oslo, Norway 

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Mama Thresi Sauna: Leogang, Austria 

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Arctic Bath Sauna: Swedish Laplands 

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Private Sauna: Lapland, Finland 

GRLPWR| chicks you should know

C L E O W A D E

Giving.A.Damn

As an ever-evolving woman living in the 21st century, I find myself immersed and enamored with woman who are consistently making a difference in todays rotten world. Activists, mothers, designers, philanthropists, politicians, wildly successful business women- whatever it may be, these chicks bring me both joy and movitation, and that alone is worth sharing. And while the Harriet Tubmans, Rosa Parks, and even the Katherine Switzers truly paved the way, I think its quite clear that woman are ruling the world today, more than ever. Just take a quick glimpse at the most recent US elections:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Youngest woman ever elected to Congress

IIhan Omar & Rashida Tlaib: First Muslim women elected to Congress

Sharice Davids & Deb Haaland: First Native American women elected to Congress

AND Ayanna Pressley: The first black woman elected to Congress in my former state of Massachusetts.

As you can see.. the future is most certainly FEMALE!

So for those who know me further than this site, Cleo Wade won’t come as a surprise. Frankly you might deem it too typical- but she’s made such an impact on my personal point of view, I can’t help but share her vision. Cleo is an artist, poet, and author & her work speaks to the power of self-love, the impact of beloved community building, and the importance of social justice. Her love notes found in her best selling book, Heart Talk: Poetic Wisom for a Better Life, act as daily affirmations and they are most certainly my favorite way to fall asleep and begin, each day ❤

For those who aren’t familiar, Cleo Wade’s HEART TALK

It could all be so simple…

For those who aren’t familiar – I am currently living in Europe. Given the title to this outlet, I’m sure you’ve gathered that much, though I felt it necessary to specify.  As a brief run down for those remotely curious, I have just spent the last six weeks living in Riga, Latvia and just recently (yesterday) transitioned to Finland as I’m graciously following my amazing other half – whose career led us abroad. Though I’m only a quarter of the way into this eight month adventure, my time has already made immense personal impact.
Whatever proverbial “fears” I left America with seem to have dissipated as my flight touched down on Latvian soil. Perhaps my innate naivety played tricks on me, allowing me to feel as though my 29 years living in a free, modernized country with access to everything I so desire would lead me astray and awry in a city so foreign. And yet, while everything is very different, life really is still so much the same. And no… Riga is far from foreign. Anywho, a few years ago I stumbled upon an article from Marc Chernoff and to this day, one of his paragraphs will forever resonate. At this time in my life, especially:
“When you get to know people with different ethnic backgrounds, from different cities and countries, who live at various socioeconomic levels, you begin to realize that everyone basically wants the same things. They want validation, love, happiness, fulfillment and hopes for a better future. The way they pursue these desires is where things branch off, but the fundamentals are the same. You can relate to almost everyone everywhere if you look past the superficial facades that divide us.” 
It’s really quite simple, isn’t it.