I don’t really like talking about politics. It can get messy and confrontational and emotional, and it can make it hard to stay optimistic or feel like it’s possible to make a difference. It’s especially crazy and divisive times in this election year, and I find the polar split the most depressing part of all: the vast majority of us are far more moderate than the media would have us believe or the extremes that parties are forced to pander to.

I grew up in a “California conservative” family: my parents are Republicans, but without the religious bent. I registered as a Republican on my 18th birthday, I’ve voted Democrat in every presidential election, and I identify more closely to a Libertarian (a belief system more consistent than the two major parties, in my opinion: less government control on the economy, less government control on social issues). I’m part of the generation who grew up being told that I could do anything, that even though I was a girl I could have a career, I could dream of being president. And here we are, with a woman nominee for president–and men (and women!) who are still saying that she can’t do it because of her sex.

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A weekend in Nyack (with Gertie!)

One of the things I believe most about travel is that you don’t have to go far to get the benefits–and this weekend was a wonderful example of that. We headed to The Time Nyack for what seemed like a half-vacation, half-staycation: The village of Nyack is less than an hour’s drive from Manhattan, but the […]

July 27, 2016 Continue reading…

My favorite new way to read magazines

Fun fact: I was my high school’s top magazine salesperson for four years straight, highly motivated by the prize of being “Principal for the Day.” I got to hang out in the front office all day, order pizza for lunch, pull my friends out of class, play music over the loudspeakers between classes: it was a […]

July 25, 2016 Continue reading…

Of the moment // 7.22.16

One of the reasons why I blog is simply to have the space to write: getting things “on paper” helps me to process my feelings and organize my thoughts. I also love having a record of my life over the past few years: a place that holds all of my stories, my photos, the ups […]

July 22, 2016 Continue reading…

Postcard from the streets of Cannes

I’m still in a bit of disbelief over the events in Nice last week. Six years ago on Bastille Day, I drank champagne and watched the fireworks with friends on that very same promenade. I was in Cannes just a few weeks ago, and I head back to Paris in a few more weeks: France is heavy […]

July 21, 2016 Continue reading…

Notes on having it all

Whereas previous generations of women might have been raised to be wives and mothers, it feels like today we grow up aiming to have it all: career, relationship, kids, house, and Instagram-envy-inducing vacations as the cherry on top. There is a lot said in our society about having it all. It’s almost always in reference to women, […]

July 19, 2016 Continue reading…

Of the moment // 7.15.16

One of the reasons why I blog is simply to have the space to write: getting things “on paper” helps me to process my feelings and organize my thoughts. I also love having a record of my life over the past few years: a place that holds all of my stories, my photos, the ups […]

July 15, 2016 Continue reading…