Fight Like a Girl.

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Top – Express // Dress – Crossroads Trading Co. // Bracelet courtesy of Accessory Concierge // Bag – courtesy of MICHE // Sandals – Payless (similar here)

Happy first day of October! Can you believe that September is already over? Time really does fly by. It was a challenging month with a lot of ups and downs, but I’m feeling so excited for what’s to come. Cross your fingers for me!

When I think of October, I often think of Halloween, the changing of the leaves and pumpkin-flavored everything.  I also think about snuggling up by the fireplace (you know, the nonexistent one in my teensy apartment), watching beautiful orange sunsets and being wrapped up in cozy layers. While this month is all of those things, it’s also Breast Cancer Awareness Month (a little heavier than you were probably expecting from me, I know). While I don’t know anyone personally who has breast cancer, it is the most common cancer among American women with the exception of skin cancer and it is the number one cause of death in young women between the ages of 15 and 34.

That being said, I am a huge advocate for breast cancer awareness. One of the easiest ways you can make a difference today is by looking to your local retailers and making the conscientious decision to purchase with a purpose. The cuff I’m wearing in this post reads “Fight like A Girl” and Accessory Concierge donates 20% of the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Fund, an organization that works to prevent breast cancer by limiting our exposure to harmful chemicals and radiation that have been linked to the disease.

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I’ve heard the phrase “fight like a girl” pretty much my entire life, typically in a negative way. Growing up sandwiched between two brothers, I watched a lot of wrestling (I was about 99.34% convinced that I would marry The Rock, for the record) threatened to beat up their friends when some of my prized Pokemon cards went missing (I’m so happy I’m no longer concerned about Charizards) and generally felt like a bit of a boy. Still, I was always told I “fight like a girl”. I remember feeling indignant (the word I used back then was probably just “mad”) because I thought I was tough (even in my petal pushers). The saying always felt like an insult so I typically responded with an oh-so mature roll of the eyes and maybe a scoff or two.

I don’t feel that way anymore. I won’t turn this into a feminist rant (it’s entirely too early in the day), but let me just tell you that I know what women can do. I know what I can do. And well, you think I fight like a girl? Heck yeah, I do. I wouldn’t have it any other way. This bracelet represents a new twist on the phrase – one that empowers women. And well, a bracelet that empowers women and also helps to save their lives? Count me in! Add in the fact that the Fight Like a Girl cuff is chic and goes with pretty much everything, and we definitely have a winner here, my friends.

Pick up your own Fight Like a Girl cuff in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and rock it with pride knowing that you’re also helping to save lives.

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To learn more about how to reduce your risk for breast cancer, check out this article from Prevention. Questions? Comments? Connect with me on social media or leave your thoughts below!

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Feeling Playful with Lotus Boutique.

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Dress – courtesy of Lotus Boutique // Shoes – Crossroads Trading Co. // Wallet – Thrifted // Necklace – courtesy of Hugssy // Earrings – H&M

Hey darling! Hope you’ve all been having the most fabulous weekend. It’s been a busy weekend of failed apartment hunting (sadly), catching up with friends from California (happily) and starring at pineapples at the grocery store (hungrily). Aside from a relatively low-key weekend, I’m excited to announce that I’m collaborating with Lotus Boutique to bring you three different looks over the course of the next two weeks! I originally stumbled upon their amazing company when I was searching for the perfect outfit for my day at the derby (check it out here), and fell in love with their playful style and whimsical pieces. Lotus Boutique offers trendy and affordable clothing and accessories that are perfect for standing out in a crowd and helping you to feel confident.

My first look is their Stripe Out Orange and White Striped Dress. The dress may look a bit red in these photos, but it was crazy bright out today so the stripes look a tad different on camera. I assure you that the stripes are indeed orange though. Not Tigger or Nemo orange, but a pretty burnt orange that’s especially flattering against tan skin (at least I’d like to think so). The stripes and cinched bow of the sundress are playful and sweet, while the visible zipper and cut outs in the back add just the right amount of edge. This dress would be perfect for a picnic in the park, brunch or even just running errands (I’d probably swap out the wedges for Converse or Keds). It’s the perfect spring or summer dress because of the bright colors, but I’ll definitely be taking this baby into the upcoming season with a cozy cardigan and tights.

Already loving Lotus Boutique as much as I do? Be sure to head to their site today and use “laceandcombatboots” to take 15% off your entire purchase. I have a feeling you’ll love this, this and definitely this.

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The NYC Pizza Run and Giving Back.

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Volunteering is near and dear to my heart. Growing up, I volunteered in the kitchens at St. Vincent De Paul Village, a California non-profit that provides tons of amazing services including over 3,000 hot meals a day, 365 days a year. I’ve painted walls with The Mission Continues, a fantastic organization that empowers military veterans to serve in different ways. I’ve also volunteered for Meals on Wheels and delivered nutritious meals and big smiles to seniors. Right now, I work as the Director of Digital Media for a non-profit organization. I think it’s so important to give back and really encourage you to find a way to make a difference in your community today.

One of the things I love about volunteering is that it takes shape in so many forms. Recently, I volunteered at the fifth annual NYC Pizza Run. Yes, I said “pizza” and “run” in the same sentence (not that you should really be surprised since I want to use “pizza” in every sentence). I volunteered at the NYC Cupcake Run last year (yes, I also just used “cupcake” and “run” in the same sentence) and had a blast so I couldn’t resist helping out again.

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The NYC Pizza Run combines two of what seems to be New York’s favorite things – pizza and running around like a madman. The race took place at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village on September 13th this year. It was a two mile run made up of four laps around the entire park, with each racer chowing down on a slice of pizza from Pizza by Cer té at the beginning of every lap. Just a side note, I think there should be pizza-eating checkpoints in life more often. Who’s with me? My pizza eating obsession aside though, the NYC Pizza Run is a fun and light-hearted competition for foodies. Let’s be real, how many races involve pizza socks and t-shirts that have pandas eating pizza on them? What makes this race even better in my eyes though is that it has a charitable component to it. A portion of the proceeds from the race benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), a global organization focused on finding a cure for diabetes.

This run was a ton of fun and it was amazing to meet so many of the runners. From pizza tattoos and helping racers put on their race bibs to being a cheerleader and practically throwing water bottles at people, I had a great time running around. The NYC Pizza Run is open to anyone and everyone, so I had the opportunity to meet tons of people from all different walks of life. From four year olds (who should never eat three huge slices the size of their face) to business men in their 50s (who should definitely be eating three huge slices the size of their face), it was a great crowd. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much pizza love in one place, which is definitely saying something considering that pizza is my one true love (sorry ahead of time to my boyfriend who may be reading this).

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While I don’t know if I’ll ever participate in the run, it sure was fun to cheer on all the runners and meet such pizza-loving New Yorkers. Registration for next year’s run isn’t open yet, but I’d recommend checking the website often because of how quickly it sells out. Would you participate in the NYC Pizza Run? What organizations do you volunteer with? Connect with me on social media and leave a comment below!

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