It’s International Women’s Day

 

Did you know March 8th is International Women’s Day?!  Thanks, Google, for alerting us of this fact and for creating this inspiring video.   The momentum is here for women to launch to new heights and break more glass ceilings in 2016 than ever before.  We may even see our first woman president (fingers crossed for you, Hillz).  A few links:

 

Why do we teach girls that it’s cute to be scared?

The smartest newsletter on earth is a one-woman labor of love.

Helpful yoga sequences:  5-min computer work break, 20-min for pms, 20-min for stressed parents, 20-min before a big event.

Bookmark this handy election calendar.

How to Ask for a Raise and other career advice (thanks to a favorite woman of ours, Cup of Jo)

Because the gender wage gap is real.

Laughed my @#$ off reading Tina’s book;  Sheryl’s and Malala’s are also on my shelf.

As if you needed another reason to love amy poehler.

 

…so what will you do one day? #girlpower #onedayiwill

HALLIE’S VALENTINE’S DAY MIX TAPE

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Valentine’s Day in my house has always been rather relaxed. The night unfolds around a home cooked meal, a bottle of wine and some barefoot slow dancing in the living room with my love. If you’re like me and plan to stay in and get cozy – turn up the volume on this Motown Valentine’s Day mix tape. xo

 

“Can’t Nobody Love You” by Solomon Burke
“Use Me” by Bill Withers
“My Girl” by Otis Redding
“Baby, Let Me Hold Your Hand” by Ray Charles
“Bye Bye Blackbird” by Joe Cocker
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder
“I Heard It Through the Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye
“Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” by The Temptations
“The Tracks of My Tears” by Smokey Robinson
“Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding
“Love and Happiness” by Al Green
“Take Time to Know Her” by Percy Sledge
“For Your Precious Love” by Otis Redding
“You Send Me” by Aretha Franklin
“In the Midnight Hour” by Wilson Pickett
“You and Me” by Penny & The Quarters
“Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight & The Pips

Friday Link Love

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Bonjour (and Happy Friday)! I’m bound for Europe on a spontaneous getaway with my love. Knowing how badly I’ve been wanting to travel to the city of lights, Andrew turned to me on a whim and said, “Hey, I’m buying you a ticket and we’re going to Paris for the weekend.” Hashtag swoon. I hope you too have a bit of romance in the coming days. Until then, check out this week’s installment of Friday Link Love. Au revoir LA!

 

1) Fall sangria served out of a pumpkin? Genius.

2) My girl, Keltie Knight, dishes out 10 truths and they’re perfect.

3) Totally making this coconut oil popcorn and watching a scary movie this week.

4) 45 life lessons, written by a 90-year-old.

5) Chic ways to dress up your pumpkin.

6) Um, LOVE these DIY couples costumes! Especially the V-J day sailor and nurse Times Square kiss!

7) Ok, so it’s a kids’ Halloween party but swap the apple juice for pumpkin ale and you have the cutest casual Halloween picnic.

8) These unusual beaches have me looking up airfares.

9) Pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls. Yes! Pumpkin everything!

 

 

 

Tips From the Pros: Three Must-Have Organizing Products

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Guest Post from Allie Kleinman, Professional Organizer:

As an organizing enthusiast (so much so that I’ve turned it into my career), I’m always on the hunt for the best products on the market to help streamline, simplify, and beautify your homes and lives and I love sharing my findings with all of my friends! Since Videndae is definitely a friend of mine, I wanted to share three of my all-time favorite, high-impact products for organizing the home.

 

For the Fashionista – Matching Hangers
Swapping out your mis-matched hangers for cohesive, uniform ones will do wonders for your closet.  These hangers from The Container Store are my favorites! The non-slip velvet finish prevents clothes from sliding off the hanger and onto the floor and the slim design will help you maximize your valuable closet space. The hangers look sleek and orderly on their own without having to rearrange your clothing in any specific order (a big bonus). However, taking the time to coordinate your clothing (either by color, category, etc.) will significantly elevate the overall look and feel of your closet.

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For the Makeup Enthusiast – Cosmetic Organizer
I could write an entire post on organizing your makeup and cosmetics (in fact – I have! Read it here). As a product junkie myself, I’m no stranger to the plethora of cosmetics that can pile up and the mess it can create. Get your essentials in order and save time during your A.M. routine with a cute clear case from Bed Bath & Beyond. They come in a variety of sizes so you can customize according to your needs, routine, and products. Depending on your preference, you can hide these organizers in a cabinet or display it on your vanity for a more accessible and polished look. If you have a lot of makeup (like me), this is the perfect organizer to house your everyday items.

courtesy: Bed Bath & Beyond

courtesy: Bed Bath & Beyond


For the Jet Setter – Jewelry Organizer
In my previous life as a Destination Marketing Specialist, travel was a big part of the job. Luckily, I’m a great packer (seriously, I know how to work a carry-on to fit two weeks’ worth of clothes). However, I always struggled to efficiently pack my jewelry and accessories (and a girl can’t leave home without her jewels). I tried using zip lock bags before eventually upgrading to a proper jewelry organizer. I recently found this one on Brit.co and think it’s perfect! Not only is it cute and fun to assemble, but its practical and durable design will keep your precious gems safe whether they’re packed in your suitcase or stowed away in that tote bag.

courtesy: Brit.co

courtesy: Brit.co

Which organizer is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below and if you’re in need of some organizing assistance, I’m offering 20% off in-person and virtual services for all Videndae readers. Please mention “Videndae” when inquiring!

 

A Little Bit About Allie
Allie Kleinman is the founder of Organized by Allie, an LA-based home and lifestyle company focused on simplifying her clients’ lives by organizing their living spaces. Allie discovered her love for organizing and design at a very young age, when she would tidy and rearrange her parents’ house (for fun!) every chance she got. She’s come a long way since and now crafts beautiful and functional living spaces for her clients on a daily basis.  Allie firmly believes in the beauty of an organized home and the positive outward effect it has on one’s life. When not organizing for a client (or for herself!), Allie enjoys traveling, running, and happy hours with friends.

Get organized at www.organizedbyallie.com

 

 

Nine Instagram Accounts to Follow

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I love Instagram. Like, a lot. I am a hyper visual person, inspired and driven easily by a beautiful image. I have often been known to drag my friends/boyfriend to new restaurants I’ve spotted on local foodie accounts, to purchase a new pair of sunglasses that were casually displayed next to a latte and a newspaper on a fashion blogger’s account, or to spontaneously travel up the coast to see a waterfall that was captured by my fellow California Instagrammers (check out my 4th of July trip to Big Sur on Instagram for said waterfall). Needless to say, I love the gram and I carefully curate the people that I follow. Here are nine Instagram accounts I think you should check out! Let me know who you think I should follow in the comment section below and check out Videndae on Instagram while you’re at it.

1) @__nitch reveals some of the most moving words spoken by public figures.

2) @nytimes shares the world news in a way only the New York Times can.

3) @lateafternoon an LA girl with a killer sense of style.

4) @lisadieder knows how to take a photo that’s so good it makes me want to quit my day job and pick up a camera.

5) @coffeenclothes is just that. The merging of java and fashion in one beautiful little photo square.

6) @maurastoffer is a Chicago based photographer with the cutest little family.

7) @shutthekaleup makes healthy and nutritious food seem impossibly appealing.

8) @mydaywithleo superimposes cutouts of celebrity faces on random New Yorkers’ bodies and it makes my day every time.

9) @subwaybookreview asks New Yorkers on the subway to review their current reads.

 

 

 

Friday Link Love

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Today really is a happy Friday! I’m heading back to New York for the weekend and I’m looking forward to spending time in my old city and catching up with my east coast friends. I’ll be staying with Jenna Bird in Brooklyn and even though we rendezvoused in Chicago just two weeks ago, it’s always bliss spending time with her. Check out some of the web gems I found with this week’s installment of Friday Link Love and tell me what you’ll be getting into this weekend in the comment section.

1. Definitely making this soup on the next chilly autumn night.

2. Brainstorming DIY throwback costumes for Halloween.

3. Rubber band calligraphy menus.

4. Wall crawl in Los Angeles.

5. Gorgeous place setting idea for my next gathering.

6. Turning 30 described in charts and graphs.

7. Savory stuffed sweet potatoes. Yes please.

8. Outfit inspiration for my trip to New York this weekend. Plaid on plaid.

9. Three gourmet gluten-free pizza recipes I have to make. Like, right now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hallie’s Autumn 2015 Mix Tape

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Autumn is in full swing. The sun is setting over the horizon earlier in the evening, warm blankets are finding their way out of storage as the cool winds blow through the leaves that are changing from green to shades of red, yellow and orange. Tobacco and leather scented candles fill the air with a comforting and familiar aroma, red wine and whiskey are shared with loved ones as warmth is found in the essential fall uniform: over-sized sweaters and boyfriend jeans. This is autumn to me. Everything about the season pleases my senses. As I slip into my usual routine of baking pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, carving jack-o-laterns, and snuggling up with my love, my home will be filled with tunes that are calming, mellow, and ostensibly haunting. Check out my autumn mix tape and let me know what you’ll be listening to in the comment section below.

 

“Morning” by Beck
“Small Things” by Ben Howard
“Fallingforyou” by The 1975
“From Eden” by Hozier
“Where Are You Now” by Mumford & Sons
“Paint” by The Paper Kites
“Re: Stacks” by Bon Iver
“Georgia” by Vance Joy
“All the Time” by Bahamas
“Gold” by Chet Faker
“Waiting Game” by Banks
“Red Dust” by James Vincent McMorrow
“The Last Day” by Moby
“Angels” by The XX

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Link Love

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Happy Mother’s Day Weekend everyone! I don’t know about you, but it has been one heck of a busy week for me and I am beyond happy it’s Friday! This weekend I am so excited to slow down a bit, celebrate my lovely Mother, and enjoy the warmer temps we have been having in NYC! I also need to catch up on some much needed spring organizing!  Without further adieu, here are our favorite links from around the web this week!

1. Six easy bookshelf styling tips!

2. Nine benefits of starting your day with warm water and lemon.

3. How to make the perfect bed.

4. Wet styling tips for post workout hair.

5. Eight destinations to inspire your summer vacation!

6. Anna Wintour: Comedy Icon

7. Love this instagram account poking fun at high-end dining! Brilliant.

8. Lake Michigan shipwrecks visible from the air

9. Loving these Mother’s Day Brunch recipes!

The Wisest Woman We Know: Pema Chödrön

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Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun and author.  I was first introduced to her work by my Aunt Robin in a time when I was seeking perspective and needed advice.  Pema’s teachings and books span topics such as developing patience, kindness, joy, fearlessness, seeing yourself for who you truly are, breaking destructive patterns, and unlocking your potential.  She is credited with having spread concepts of Buddhism and meditation to a broad Western audience, I think largely because her words and writings are so approachable and relatable.  Her wisdom is bite-sized and immediately useful.  Below are three short passages I particularly love from her book I carry with me,  The Pocket Pema Chödrön.

A More Adventurous Way to Live

There’s a common misunderstanding among all the human beings who have ever been born on the earth that the best way to live is to try to avoid pain and just try to get comfortable.   You can see this even in insects and animals and birds.  All of us are the same.

A much more interesting, kind, adventurous, and joyful approach to life is to begin to develop our curiosity, not caring whether the object of our inquisitiveness is bitter or sweet.  To lead a life that goes beyond pettiness and prejudice and always wanting to make sure that everything turns out on our own terms, to lead a more passionate, full and delightful life than that, we must realize that we can endure a lot of pain and pleasure for the sake of finding out who we are and how our world ticks, how the whole thing just is.

Move Toward Difficulty 

We are told from childhood that something is wrong with us, with the world, and with everything that comes along; it’s not perfect, it has rough edges, it has a bitter taste, it’s too loud, too soft, too sharp, too wishy-washy.  We cultivate a sense of trying to make things better because something is bad here, something is a mistake here, something is a problem here.  The main point of the Buddhist teachings is to dissolve the dualistic struggle, our habitual tendency to struggle against what’s happening to us or in us.  These teachings instruct us to move toward difficulties rather than backing away.  We don’t get this kind of encouragement very often.

Everything that occurs is not only usable and workable but is actually the path itself.  We can use everything that happens to us as the means for waking up.  We can use everything that occurs – whether it’s our conflicting emotions and thoughts of our seemingly outer situation – to show us where we are asleep and how we can wake up completely, utterly, without reservations.

Cultivate Loving-Kindness Toward Yourself

Some people find the teachings I offer helpful because I encourage them to be kind to themselves.  The kindness that I learned from my teachers, and that I wish so much to convey to other people, is kindness toward all qualities of our being.  the qualities that are the toughest to be kind to are the painful parts, where we feel ashamed, as if we don’t belong, as if we’ve just blown it, when things are falling apart for us.  Maitri, or loving-kindness, means sticking with ourselves when we don’t have anything, when we feel like a loser.  And it becomes the basis for extending the same unconditional friendliness with others.

More resources:

1.  Book:  The Pocket Pema Chödrön (pocket-sized)

2.  Book: Awakening Loving Kindness (pocket-sized)

3.  Video: Interview with Pema Chödrön by Bill Moyers

4.  Biography: About Pema at Gampo Abbey

Image credit: www.billmoyers.com

A Glimpse…

Sipping an end-of-lunchtime espresso at Terroirs.

Sipping an after-lunchtime espresso at Terroir in London.

 

Cherry blossoms in bloom inside Regent’s Park.

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A favorite Marylebone haunt, the Natural Kitchen, has the best seasonal produce for on-the-go snacking!

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I adore custom neon letter art and I would love to find a small piece for my own home.

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Admiring the home-like vibe inside Club Monaco on Sloane Square.

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Lovely red ranunculus caught my eye in these mini bouquets!

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My most comfortable new sneaks, Chuck Taylor all star high tops.  I realized they’re a wardrobe essential…

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Studying for my French class al fresco one sunny day at Thomas Cubitt, an excellent gastropub near Pimlico.

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Museum breaks at the Portrait Gallery. Third column from the left, second row: he’s my fave.