We’re right here in Colorado, for USASA’s Snowboard Nationals, and all I can take into consideration is my very own reduction that my children aren’t in class this week.
I generally don’t notice how a lot unconscious stress I’m carrying round, worrying a few college taking pictures, till there’s a break.
I’ve reached such a degree of despair concerning the state of our nation — the willful neglect of the Republicans and people who proceed to vote for them — that I can’t even assume straight. Republicans have made it clear that they, as a celebration, are institutionally against gun management of any variety. They proceed to make it clear that so long as they’re in energy, nothing will change. And extra youngsters (youngsters!!) might be killed.
“I’m carried out,” Sharon McMahon of @sharonsaysso writes, “with shoulder pats… People who find themselves really sorry change their habits. They commit to alter. They’re clear in how they are going to be accountable. People who find themselves not really sorry say the phrases after which maintain performing in precisely the identical manner.”
Not solely am I lengthy past “ideas and prayers,” however I’m past rationalization. At this level, anybody claiming that it’s a psychological well being challenge (it’s not), or citing any of the Republican speaking factors (looking, 2nd Modification, arming teachers, and so on.), has made a dedication to remaining willfully ignorant. There are too many robust examples of frequent sense gun legal guidelines we will observe from nations around the globe — nations with energetic looking communities, nations with psychological well being points, nations who do NOT have youngsters being gunned down in faculties — that I’m carried out with explanations.
We’d like change. However how? Like…severely, FUCKING HOW.
I recommend beginning with A Cup of Jo’s submit, 6 Ways To Help After The School Shooting in Nashville. She begins with, “don’t quit” and…effectively. Amen, sister. I wanted that reminder.
Subsequent, I’m going to name the congressmen/ladies for my state and inform them to co-sponsor the Office of Gun Violence Prevention Act and to verify the Assault Weapons Ban turns into legislation. Listed here are two useful hyperlinks to attach you together with your reps & senators:
Additionally, because it’s useful to know who you might be coping with, Open Secrets and techniques is a nonpartisan group devoted to creating the political cash move extra clear. Its articles on weapons, specifically this one, are illuminating.
Then, because the NRA is attempting to place down makes an attempt to ban weapons even at state and native ranges, one straightforward approach to hit again is to go after a supply of funding: banks. Right here’s a scorecard to see if your bank is currently funding the gun lobby (and the way deep they’re in). Mike and I’ve been which means to alter banks for years…I assume now’s the time.
Lastly…we have to vote out anybody who continues to make use of phrases as a substitute of motion. Decide to significant change, or get voted out. It’s gotta be that straightforward.
P.S. There have been rumblings a few nationwide, mom-led strike till gun management legal guidelines are handed. We stroll out of jobs, faculties, and cease all shopping for/collaborating within the economic system till smart gun legal guidelines exist. I’m undoubtedly . You?
P.P.S. In case you simply must…rage, this TikTok from a Gen Zer provides me hope for our future generations.
Seems like orthotics. If anybody else is feeling their ft, uh, age…these p448 Cancun sneakers. Not solely have they got a slight platform, however the inserts have arch assist and actually really feel like carrying orthotic inserts. I can’t consider how supportive they’re – the Birkenstock of sneakers, maybe?
PSA on the Theas. I’d really gone into Nordstrom to exchange my beloved Thea sneakers — p448’s different platform-sneaker type — however they didn’t have my measurement, and after strolling round within the Cancuns, I used to be bought. THAT SAID: Theas are simply as cozy (and ridiculously flattering on naked legs) however in a totally totally different manner: much less arch assist than the Cancuns however extra squish underfoot. Anyway, my level right here is that, for the previous couple of years, p448 has pissed me off of their seemingly relentless quest to compete with Golden Goose for the teenage market (case in point)…however they freaking FINALLY got here out with a clean, white-and-gray colorway. They’re arguably the right sneakers.
A strong dupe? Certainly one of my favourite A.L.C. attire of all time is this one. The model has been reissuing it the previous couple of years in several colours/patterns and with various hemlines (mine was a midi, this 12 months’s is a maxi costume). I can’t advocate this 100% cotton costume extremely sufficient — it’s timeless and gorgeous (however measurement up). That stated…Gap has come out with very similar dress, and the “brown floral” even appears to be like vaguely like an A.L.C. print (this one, for example).
Good plus-size denim? Kat and I had been just lately discussing the shortage of choices for plus-size denims (Good American and Abercrombie are actually her solely strong go-tos), however I simply got here throughout these sailor-inspired Colette jeans at Anthropologie. They’re obtainable in plus, petite and tall sizes, and look severely cute. Anthro’s Colette pants, in general, appear to be a *factor* — there are a ton of various materials, colours & patterns to select from. Anybody tried them?
My outfit inspiration this week is…trench coats & hoodies, courtesy of Gap. My favourite trench continues to be my Burberry, however J.Crew makes a surprisingly good dupe (I did a video comparing them). I’ll prob re-create this look utilizing my adidas hoodie (on sale) — ohh, right here’s another with a smaller logo — and end it with this tan Madewell baseball hat or this “Paris” one (in black).
If I labored in an workplace…I’d snap up this playful pair of those Colette trousers. Frankly, I’d put on it as proven, with a tan/camel sweater and black heels or ballet flats. I believe these pants would additionally work with a black sweater (navy + black is a very stylish combo, promise). And you may put on them on weekends with a cute graphic tee (I like this one, hahahaha) and flat, tan sandals (maybe these? I’m nonetheless trying.).
Suuuuper-soft leather-based. These Paige platform sandals got here dwelling with me, despite the fact that — admittedly — they’re too excessive for me to comfortably stroll miles in (though shorter bursts might be fantastic). That stated, they do have a padded footbed, a very sturdy platform, and the very best half, ridiculously smooth leather-based straps that lightly hug my foot. Like…the higher is butter-soft. I’ve actually by no means discovered something prefer it. And I like the slight asymmetrical lay of the straps — it’s extremely flattering on the foot.
May as effectively give the total report. I additionally tried on these gold Paige wedges, and so they’re additionally smooth, however with a decrease heel. The gold is gorgeous, and the uneven design of the straps struck me as each distinctive AND minimalist. Lastly, these Paige sandals are fairly, however pulled once I walked and left imprints on the highest of my foot. Boo. I’d keep away from.
Thanks, Chels. Gwen and I’ve had a crush on Chelsee, the mother we featured in our newest type & life interview, for…years. She’s actually the good. So, true to type, she mentions Kule in her interview, and now your entire workforce is obsessed. I simply discovered my beach bag, and do I want a matching ’70s sweatshirt? No, however I WANNIT.
Seems like the start of a very nice packing listing. There’s one thing about this pretty romper and this mermaid-y swimsuit (solely $35!!) that’s calling my identify. They’re each begging to be taken…someplace, collectively.
HOLD UP. I’ve been carrying my mini UGGs virtually nonstop, and nope — they’re nonetheless not totally stocked. THAT SAID…Quince does have an UGG Ultra mini look-alike pair that appears so comparable to the true factor…I believe I’d be fully fooled! They even have an UGG Tasman slipper look-alike too. Hmmmm.
Don’t play video games with me, Hole. Has anybody else seen that Hole fashions — when modeling tops — are all the time carrying some kind of completely broken-in, slouchy denims? Denims that — and that is what drives me nuts — don’t appear to exist on Hole’s web site?? Examples here (orange shirt), here (black or white shirt), and here (inexperienced shirt). The closest I can discover is this pair or the barrel jeans (which, admittedly, are nice however decidedly NOT the identical). Is Hole placing its fashions in males’s denims (perhaps this one)? Or are the nice Hole denims promoting out that shortly? In any case…annoying.
Ang was proper. The Ursa Main line is freaking AMAZING. I’ve been utilizing the Vitamin C serum (virtually bought out, more here) adopted by the Golden Hour Recovery Cream and wow. Suuuuper-glowy, deeply moisturized (bouncy?) pores and skin. Like, we’re speaking so a lot hydration, I’m wondering if it’ll be too thick for summer time. However proper now? It’s exceeding all my expectations.
Seems, I solely drink water by means of a straw. Understanding this, I packed these collabsible travel cups (with straws), and so they’ve been simply the factor in dry Colorado. I’ll maintain one in my purse for every day life too.
A actually good learn. I throughly loved “The Candid Life of Meena Dave” by Namrata Patel — witty, considerate and heartfelt — so I used to be thrilled to see that the creator has a brand new e-book obtainable for preorder, “Scent of a Garden: A Novel.” Ordered.
Comforting, Vegan and Spring…ish. I made Food52’s interpretation of Olive-Oil-Braised Chickpeas from Joy The Baker and WOW. I can’t consider this dish is, essentially, only a few cans of chickpeas. The boys wolfed it up too. I doubled the recipe (and cooked it in common 9X13 pan), used inexperienced olives as a substitute of capers, added broccoli, and completed with a ton of freshly squeezed lemon & these vegan feta crumbles (I can barely style the distinction). We scooped it up with crusty bread, and omgggg, it’s a brand new household favourite.
OK — gotta run. It’s the official registration day, and Pax is SO excited, he’s behaving like a demented leprechaun. Gahhhhh.