DISfunkshion Magazine

 If you haven't had the chance to pick up the latest issue of DISfunkshion Magazine make sure you do so stat! I've written a killer article on the super inspiring Stephanie Schechter. On top of that, this issue is packed with amazing lookbooks, and tons of other articles on equally inspiring women. If you're interested you can pick up a copy at your local Barnes and Noble January 10th or order a subscription at the DISfunkshion website.

Location: Huntsville, TX

Good Morning 2014

I decided to start off 2014 with a hot cup of tea and a fashion mag. I thought it fitting to kick off the new year with Grazia Magazine. If I'm remembering correctly I think I picked up the issue when I was in Thailand. I know it's weird, but I generally keep the magazines I find to be really inspiring. The majority of them are foreign, but I've got a few good American magazines as well. Oh, and if you're curious about my beautiful blanket, I made it myself out of some vintage fabrics I found in a Louisiana thrift store. I'll have to put up a DIY on it one of these days... Oh well, hope you all have a fantastic start to your day! :)
Location: Coral Gables, FL

Raneytown Blog

I'm so in love with bright colors and open spaces. I ran across the blog Raneytown today and I was literally on the site for hours. I couldn't get enough. The site is curated by two sisters who work out of two different cities. One is based in New York and the other is in Miami. They come together to offer graphic design services, in addition to offering an insane amount of inspiration from their blog. Be sure to check out the site, I promise you won't regret it.

images via raneytown
Location: London, UK

16 Small Steps to Happiness

One of the top resolutions for 2014 is to increase the quality of life, and nine times out of ten that means increasing your level of happiness. I had the chance to speak with Emma Elsworthy and she allowed me to repost her 16 small steps to happiness. I stumbled across these steps not too long ago and I found it to be insanely inspiring. I've got an interview planned with her too, and I can't wait to share it with you. 

I think the reason I like these steps so much is that they are all very doable and shouldn't disrupt your current lifestyle all that much. I challenge you to read the list below and try to implement at least two of these things into your life this week. Before you know it you'll be doing these things without even realizing it. Cheers!

1. Push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. Go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.

2. Push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. Wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.

3. Erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. Use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.

4. Get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. Fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. Sit and eat it and do nothing else.

5. Stretch. Start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. Stretch your fingers. stretch everything. 

6. Buy a 30 oz water bottle. Start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.

7. Buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. Write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. No detail is too small. 

8. Strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear drawer into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. Make your bed in full.

9. Organize your room. Fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. Light a beautiful candle.

10. Have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. Wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. Lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.

11. Push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. Smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behavior. Realize you can learn from your dog.

12. Message old friends with personal jokes. Reminisce. Suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. Push yourself to follow through.

14. Think long and hard about what interests you. Crime? Sex? Boarding school? Long-forgotten romance etiquette? Find a book about it and read it. There is a book about literally everything. 

15. Become the person you would ideally fall in love with. Let cars merge into your lane when driving. Pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. Stick your tongue out at babies. Compliment people on their cute clothes. Challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. Then two. Then a week. Walk with a straight posture. Look people in the eye. Ask people about their story. Talk to acquaintances so they become friends.

16. Lie in the sunshine. Daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. Take small steps to make it happen for you.