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Women’s March 2018

Last year, I participated in the inaugural Women's March in Charlotte. This year, I marched again with a special guest.

The mission of Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change, from reproductive to working rights. Millions gathered again this year to march across the world. 

I was planning to march with a friend but my dad was in town and told me he wanted to join. Having my dad with me made the experience even more special - I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. 

To learn more about how you can get involved, check out the Women's March website.

New Year, New Goals

BYE TWENTY SEVENTEEN. Hello, 2018!

Another year has absolutely flown by. Is it bad to say I’m glad this year is over?

It was an action-packed year, with six weddings (three of which I was a bridesmaid for), over 10 trips between personal, work, and wedding festivities, and no room to breath. I don’t want to sound complain-y because I am super fortunate to have taken the trips of a lifetime and a job that allows me to travel to dope places.

But in 2018, I am going to be more intentional with my time and my self-care. This year was go-go-go and come October I came down hard with Bronchitis and am still battling a lingering cough three months later. It’s so important to take care of your body and listen when it's telling you to slow down. Looking ahead, I’m making the following things a priority:

More “Me” time. We all get caught up in the daily hustle. And for bloggers, it can be especially hard to always seem “on”. Some days, you aren’t feeling yourself or maybe feel more stressed than normal. I’m making it a goal to take time to myself and refocus when needed. Whether that means more journaling, booking a facial or sitting on the couch and doing nothing, 2018 is the year of ME.

Read one book a month. I always say I want to read more. I believe the more you read, the better writer you’ll become (obviously, writing more in general helps as well). But I think one book a month is a doable goal and I have a list of books which will already get me through the first few months! What you are you guys planning to read?? Feel free to shoot me any suggestions!

Invest in SWW. Now that I’m a year into the blog, I want to make it a priority to invest in the right tools for creating content. My goal is to become better at using tools and technology to help with things like infographics, lighting and more! I’m all about propping my iPhone against some books, but a tripod might be a bit easier to capture selfies.  

Say no to dieting, but say yes to health. I’ve never been a diet person mainly because I don’t think they’re realistic, BUT eating healthier is. I am reallllllly trying to give up dairy. It’s almost impossible since it’s in so much of the food I eat and I also just love it. However, it does zero good for my body. Another goal is to drink less alcohol. I don’t drink a ton anymore as it is, but for my liver’s sake, I’m leaving this one on the list as well.

BLOG MORE. This year was extremely busy and it was difficult to make the blog a priority. I’ll definitely put more attention to blogging on a more frequent and consistent basis, and also have a revamp in the works so stay tuned!

I would love to hear your resolutions in the comments below! I hope you all have a fab new year!!

See you in 2018 xx,
Christy

 
 
Whitening for Sensitive Teeth

Happy Sunday, Wild Gang. Today, I'm talking teeth whitening (finally!).

Most people don’t know this, but I've been through YEARS of dental work. I've had a total of 10 teeth pulled, baby and permanent included. I've had an appliance, built-in retainers, two sets of braces, the list goes on. So I've always made sure to take care of the investment that is my teeth. When Smile Brilliant reached out to collaborate, I was super excited.

I've tried different whitening treatments before (Crest whitening strips and various rinses) but my teeth are so sensitive and I could never handle the pain that came with it. To be honest, I was a little skeptical to try the Smile Brilliant trays because if strips hurt that bad, wouldn't professional treatments be worse? As someone always on the go (and a girl who always has a coffee in her hand) I wanted something that was easy, doable and that worked.

I've been whitening for a couple weeks now (for a total of 8 treatments) and I am already amazed at the results! There has been minimal pain; I had a few slight moments of gum sensitivity but other than that, the process has been a breeze. And I can definitely see a difference in my teeth. I love that they have a desensitizing gel, too - you apply it after the whitening and it helps to "recover" your teeth.

So, what's the process like? Smile Brilliant sends a starter package to create your custom-fitted whitening trays. After sending back the impressions, your new custom trays arrive, ready to use. I typically whiten before bed (I allow myself about an hour to do both the whitening and desensitizing gel). It's super easy to pop them in while I shower, clean and binge my current Netflix obsession, Shameless. Check out the before and after results.

 
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Stay Salty

I've taken a slight break from posting the past couple of weeks because I have been going NONSTOP (as I've mentioned in recent blogs). 

I was traveling every single weekend for the past six weeks, not really taking time to rest or take care of my body, eating shitty food and I eventually hit a wall. I came down with bronchitis (fast) and was out of commission for almost a week. I spent last weekend getting good rest, eating clean and trying salt therapy. 

If you're wondering what salt therapy is, you're not alone. I had never heard of it either, until my coworker sent me a link as I was hacking up a storm at my desk. Behold, The Salt Pad. I searched the website and after reading the potential benefits, it sounded like exactly what I needed. 

Salt Therapy (originally known as halotherapy) is a natural and drug-free method of relief for respiratory issues and skin conditions. Salt naturally reduces inflammation of the respiratory system and strengthens the immune system, which is perfect since my immune system is shot right now. A Halogenerator crushes dry salt into tiny particles and distributes it throughout their salt room while you recline in *super comfy* leather chairs. All you have to do is breathe. 

After my session, I felt so relaxed. Probably because I fell asleep. I still have a cough so it's not a magic cure, but I talked to the owner for a while about how this can help and I think it will take multiple session to really reap the benefits. I'm definitely a believer in natural healing and would love to eventually get off of my allergy meds, cold meds, etc. I will be back for more salt. 

P.S. They also have an awesome selection of soy candles and I bought the Blueberry Orange Blossom scent - it's amazing.

 
 
One Year of SWW

Wow. I cannot believe it's already been a year since launching this blog. 

As many of you remember, I started this a year ago because I wanted to a creative space to express myself and share things I'm passionate about. That list ranges from saving the world to Pad See Ew, so I like to think I include a healthy dose of everything on the blog. 

The "blogsphere" is obviously crazy saturated (you can scroll for days looking up the hashtag #fashionblogger). On top of my day job, this has been such a fun, creative outlet for me. I think everyone needs something--a hobby, a class they teach, an organization to join--that feeds them. It's important to have an outlet, whether that's painting or documenting your travels, it's YOUR personal moment. I get stressed, I get moody and I surely don't have it together so coming here allows me to refocus and enjoy "me time".

So what have I learned this past year?

  1. Don't skimp out on a website. Invest in your own domain and template, and do your best to make it look professional.  Once you have your site, you can play around, tweak it and try new add ons as you go. 
  2. Quality images are it. There's no such thing as the "perfect shot" but my only tip here is don't post a pic for the sake of posting. People want authentic and they want quality. 
  3. Aesthetic. I have a background in PR, so I naturally believe in branding yourself. Your aesthetic is a part of your brand. Try to stay consistent with your imagery, type font, etc. so people can immediately tell it's you when they are looking at your content. 
  4. Do YOU. Everyone wants to stay up with the current trends but stay true to your unique style. Be creative in your imagery, captions and blog content and you will create a space that is your own. 

My favorite thing about SWW: It's 100% me. There are no rules, no one directing imagery or content. I have full creative direction and incorporate my own personality. And I love interacting with the people who love that, too.

Cheers to the next year! XOXO

The Giving Keys

When I first heard about The Giving Keys, I fell in love with the concept. 

From the product they sell to their entire business model, The Giving Keys is all about social impact. The mission is to help support job creation for people transitioning out of homelessness. Through the money they make off their products, they're able to provide jobs for those in need that include benefits and paid time-off for housing, education and case management appointments. How amazing?

They're dedicated to providing people with a new career opportunity and giving them the "keys" to a better life. Each necklace has a key with a special word engraved on the front. You’re encouraged to embrace your word, then pay it forward by giving your product to a person who needs the message.

My word says "Believe" and it was fitting that my mom bought it for me last Christmas. That's always been our "word" for each other and growing up, I used to have it plastered on different things around my room. I plan to wear it until I meet someone who needs it more than me. Check out the different options, here

 
 
To My Wild Women

Today, we celebrate women around the world.

I didn't know exactly where I wanted to take this blog when I first started it. I'm passionate about a lot but didn't want it to be an overwhelming space. Even though I struggled to find the purpose and focus, one thing I’ve always known is that I wanted this to be a spot where girls could feel empowered and inspired.

Fashion, traveling, and eating are things I love but I also love the fact that I am female. I always write from an honest place, and while it’s fun telling you guys about my latest adventures and outfits of the moment, it's important to me that I also encourage women to be themselves without fear of being different.

As we all know, women are amazing! But it’s not always easy to stay focused on the positive things, and sometimes we all need a reminder that we’re stronger than we think we are, we have what it takes, and can accomplish great things when we support one another. Each of us are unique and should continue celebrating each other’s talents and strengths. Whether I know you personally or we've never crossed paths, I'm rooting for you.

On International Women’s Day, I’m celebrating two very influential people in my life - my mom and Nana. They are survivors, both figuratively and literally, and I admire them today and everyday. Take some time to thank the lady stars in your world. God knows they are the CEOs of our life.

Stay wild and most importantly, stay true to YOU. *cue Independent Women by Destiny’s Child*

Why I March

Today, I joined over 10,000 fierce women (and men) in Charlotte as part of the Women's March on Washington.

Across the world, over a million gathered to march for women and for each other. The march was organized to promote women's rights equality, from reproductive to working rights. And the people of Charlotte blew me away. There were men, children, and women of every color and orientation. The energy from start to finish was electric and I was proud to stand alongside so many leaders taking a stand for women around the world. 

The march doesn't stop today. If you weren't able to join or want to know how you can get involved, check out the resources on the website. Stay nasty. 

 
 
 
2017, You Wild

New year, new goals, new adventures, new beginnings. 

I'm saying goodBYE to 2016 and ready for 2017 to bring more challenges and opportunities. When thinking about what I want to accomplish this year, I can't help but smile. My goals include personal ones, career accomplishments and beyond. And naturally, I have big plans for Some Wear Wild. Below are a few of my most important goals.

For me, giving back is extremely important. I hope to incorporate that into SWW and use my platform to help others. Travel is a must and I can't wait to share some of the trips I have planned. Others include learning new recipes, taking better care of my skin and learning about other cultures. Cheers to a fresh start and more love in the new year! 

What are some of your resolutions? Leave yours in the comments below!

Wearing:
Shop Private Party Custom Sweater
Francesca's Choker
Windsor Store Fishnets
Sabo Skirt Ripped Jeans
Creepers 

 

 
 
What the World Needs Now

As someone who has chosen to put herself out there in the blogosphere and as I continue to grow a platform without becoming less intimate (and quite frankly just as a human), I feel obligated to share the following with you. Before I start, please know this is coming from an honest and self-reflective place and what I have to say might not be exactly how you feel, but I’m asking you to consider my words.

In the wake of current events this week, I have felt so incredibly defeated. Half of the country will know that feeling and maybe half won’t understand at all. That’s okay, because what I have to say isn’t about the election. This is personal.

I grew up in a world (more like bubble) where I never understood what racial struggles certain groups of people face on a day-to-day basis—didn’t understand a lot about the racial divide that is still present in America. We are getting better (I like to think) but there is still a lot of work to do. More so than I thought. And as a young white female who’s had to endure no “struggle” in her life, I am responsible for educating myself. I am responsible for having those hard conversations and using my voice to talk about it. Thankfully, I have people in my life (one important one in particular) who are willing to have those conversations with me and who I learn from everyday. Sure, there are things I’ll simply never understand because of where I’m from/my race/how I grew up. But that’s okay. It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive to be empathetic towards each other.

My boyfriend (who is black) and I celebrated our two-year anniversary on November 9th. So this post seemed even more appropriate knowing what things we might encounter moving forward these next four years.

I won’t ever understand how it feels to be called a racial slur. But I do know what it’s like to watch someone you love experience that.

If people want to call me a n-word lover (true story), fine. If people want to ask me if my parents are cool with me dating a black guy, fine. It doesn’t shake me, and it never will. But I refuse to stay silent. I owe it to him and to every other minority who will feel that pain like boiling water running through their veins.

If you take anything away from this please remember, it’s extremely hard to sit around a table with people just like yourself and form your own opinions. They say you can’t change people and growing up, I believed that. But people can change. You can talk about tough issues. You can learn who people really are, underneath their skin and clothes and sarcasm. You can learn about these things without having to argue. You can ask how someone feels. It’s okay to feel ignorant and awkward.

I have learned A LOT and changed my views A LOT since I began intentionally having conversations about race and what it actually feels like to grow up in a place where not many people look like you. See, it’s easy for the black culture to sound loud when the white culture is silent about important issues. Especially when you haven’t been exposed.

So the point of this post is to acknowledge that maybe we don’t know everything and maybe we need to own up to that. Don’t be silent. Don’t be afraid. Talk to each other, read articles and watch videos. We live in a time where many people are SO accepting and encouraging (of interracial dating, the LGBT community, and beyond) while others can’t seem to grasp why I would date anyone besides a white person. Crazy, huh?

And to my women reading this, keep fighting, keep working your ass off, keep shining like the diamond you are. NO ONE can tell you what to do, how to react, or what you can accomplish in this life. Things won’t change overnight but we have to work every. single. day. on trying to understand each other. I refuse to bring my biracial babies into an unconscious society.

Thanks for sticking with this one. All love.