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There is peace in knowing that there are ways to help ease the transition of going into a new chapter. According to my most recent market research, the first thing any girl who's in-the-middle-of-things, should do, is remember to breathe. Something that should feel natural, but at times, just doesn't. 

Next, surround yourself with your people: the one(s) who love you well and make you laugh. In sorting through life, I've also understood it's seemingly easier said than done to cleanse your closet, contact list, and heart chakra, 
but it is so worth it when you do. I realized in this process of cleansing
 that I am a tried-and-true jeans and a tee, kind of girl. That I take the phrase less is more quite literally, and only really enjoy wearing two pieces of clothing at a time. I'd prefer to be barefoot and I haven't worn a bra in years. 
Getting rid of what no longer served me, and holding onto my Urban Outfitter High-Rise Denim's forevermore, I've packed strictly UO Denim for all my summer trips and haven't met a kick-flare I didn't love. I scaled my wardrobe back to pieces that made me feel good. Sneakers to adventure in. Sunglasses to block the haters or the shine, either way they keep you protected. Denim the kind I can eat a pasta dinner in, that feels more like a second skin. 
A sweater that I wore on a bus to New Paltz, then again in Santa Ynez. 

If you've dreamt of throwing all your belongings to the curb and know that it's twice as good when you do, then this post is for you.

Wearing Urban Outfitters Wide-Leg JeanKick FlareSurplus Pant   Shot by Jacob Pritchard. "UnbotheredPlaylist in collaboration with Sponge

Tune into the Power

I have spent the greater part of this year, making a commitment to my(self) to actively live a more awakened life. To be a woman whose mind and body are equally strong.

With this evolution, has come some friction of an unexpected kind. Sometimes life can get away from you, it can spiral into an oblivion of things that not only you didn't know existed, but that you didn't know existed within you.
I started a very personal journey earlier this year and made an internal choice, within a moment that left me feeling smaller than I ever had before, to see things differently. To believe, with conviction, that there was another way of looking at my less than desirable situation. When confronted with something or someone that causes us to question what it is that we are really made of, we have a choice to lean in and love. Or, we can cower and stay on the path of forgetting who it is that we are meant to become in this lifetime. If my life felt hysterical, that is because something within me was hysterical. If I had unconditional love for self
then I would be in a place of receiving unconditional love from others. Now, I am in a total space of reclaiming my time. In stillness,
and in love, the skies broke for me and I was able to mend.

You can spend hours scrolling, if you want to, living in comparison and feeding into anxieties over the job, the apartment, the guy. You can also choose to consider, if only for a second, that you are deserving, worth it, and strong enough. Consider the solution and tune into the power.

Wearing Urban Outfitters Overalls, Sunglasses (try these!). Photos by @shotbyjessica

Biolage 3 Butter Control System

I don't feel very much like the same girl who used to shy away from fresh rain falling from the sky, taking a skinny dip in the lake after midnight, or having an impromptu shower under the stars but I haven't always been so willing to 

Somewhere between racing to the market from the subway, shifting bric-a-brac throughout my new home, and chasing adventure in the city every weekend I can, I'd forgotten how long it's been since I first started setting my curls free and keeping them out of the line of fire. 

There was a time, many moons ago, when I'd cringe at the sight of any frizz and spend hours flat-ironing my curls into oblivion. It wasn't until years later, when someone I really believed, and
told me I looked most beautiful in the morning bare-faced, with sweaty post-yoga hair. Soon after I started to feel beautiful while being the most natural. Accepting my curls, the ones I'd usually try to hide under hats, twist into a top knot after they let loose at the gym, and would wake up (extra) early to tame, really meant accepting my self

I hadn't been ready to brace the world with natural hair since I was in high school, but this type of comfort, felt like I'd finally figured out how I wanted to move through the world and
what I wanted to look like, while doing it. Since every new day brings about a different curl, my recipe for control and how I save time styling, is mainly by investing in keeping my hair as nourished and hydrated as possible. Thanks to the new Biolage 3 Butter Control System including a shampoo, conditioner, day cream, and overnight mask, my curls are coming back to life, feeling softer than ever. Made with key ingredients Shea, cupuacu and murmur butters, my new go-to for a more manageable mane is the overnight mask, which I sometimes leave in all day. 

I'm excited to share that I will be giving away a full set of the product to one lucky winner! All you need to do is comment below on why you need a #recipeforcontrol for your chance to win. Include your Instagram handle in the comment so I can reach out if you are selected! I'll be randomly selecting one lucky winner on August 18th. Good Luck!

This post has been brought to you courtesy of Biolage. Photos thanks to Lauren Gould and Emma Jane Kepley. Wearing Urban Outfitters Jeans and Bag, Spring Shoes.

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