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Traveling Blue Wig Project!

The Fierce Fund, a corporate advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, believes that every woman is chockfull of stories of strength, ferocity, courage, and perseverance. Their goal is to celebrate, encourage, and elevate women and girls. That’s why, this year, they have decided to donate $20,000 to one of the following three organization: CoachArtDress For Success, and Girls Who Code. If you’d like to vote for this years three nominees, you can do so here.

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Wherever your fierceness comes from (ROAR), we all have our moments to shine, sparkle, glisten, sweat, pant, laugh, scream and cry. Sometimes it takes all of those things to even begin to dream of being as fierce as your full potential. As part of the Clever Girls Collective, I have been selected, as one of 50 bloggers, to describe a moment when I was fierce – and to prove that I’m not afraid – I was even challenged to wear a neon blue Peggy Sue wig, in public, in New York City.

Being Fierce is having the courage to try a new career, drive across the country, travel somewhere you’ve never been; standing up to a bully, calling out hate speech, voting; being strong for your kids, being there for your friends, being active in your community. Being Fierce can mean going back to school after a couple decades away, it could mean putting on a bathing suit at the public beach. Or being Fierce could mean going through cancer treatments and choosing to rock a blue wig in stride.

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I had always been a Type-A student. I cried when I got B’s – over studied, thought deeply about texts, and always took homework seriously. I was the girl who could have a paper finished a few days ahead of time, actually took notes in class, and liked speaking with the teacher after lecture. Because of my good grades, I never really struggled in school. From elementary school to college, my report card was never the harbinger of parental woes. In fact, I never totally struggled in graduate school at Columbia University. It was hard, and I definitely studied and worked through many laborious hours in a ton of libraries, but nothing ever seemed like a Sisyphean uphill battle.

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Perhaps because of this good luck, I was not fully prepared for the actual job market. I graduated at one of the lowest points of the recession. This was a time when students were occupying Wall Street, the unemployment rate was at an all time high, and job security at a low. I naively thought that something would fall into my lap – I was a good student – I had stellar grades – a ton of internships – professors liked me.

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I didn’t get hired for almost nine months. And, even when I did find work thereafter it was through part-time or contractual positions. I was underemployed.  The first week without a response from a resume or cover letter was fine. Being turned down for networking over coffee a few times was OK. But when the pattern began repeating month after month, it became hard to retain my self-esteem. It was difficult to trust that the years of self-worth and compliments which I had built up from being a “good academic” had any credence in the so-called real world. It was hard to get out of pajamas on some days, because if I got into jeans, then I could walk outside, and then I would be tempted to spend money on coffee. Coffee from a barista was a luxury. Any time not spent sending the over 105 resumes, which I crafted in that timeline, was a waste. My boyfriend (now husband – yay) was sad. I was completely forlorn and a bit aimless. My only focus and goal was job hunting, googling positions, and since that was not delivering, I felt like I was failing 100%. Unemployment depression is very real.

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The remain fierce, I convinced myself to create this-here blog. I would post EVERY day during my job hunt to convince myself of my employable qualities. It was nice to be reminded that I had creative ideas to offer the world, even if I was not getting paid for them! Now, almost 200 posts and two-years later, the blog still inspires me!

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Arabian Nights

My fiance’s family is Moroccan by way of Spain. Originally from Toledo, Spain, the family was expelled in 1492 following the inquisition. After the expulsion, they migrated to Safed, Salonika, and Morocco. Eventually, they arrived in Fez, Morocco, during the 16th century from Salonika, and from there went to Meknes. In the mid-19th century, the family moved to Tangier, where they became leaders of the community.

Tangier lies on the Northern tip of Africa and is known internationally as a city of multicultural assimilation – notably of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish communities. In the 20th century, playwright Tennessee Williams, the beat writers William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, the painter Brion Gysin and the music group the Rolling Stones, have all visited, cited and stayed in this white city between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.

Maroc Fashion

1. Yves Saint Laurent – Rouge Volupte Perle Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick  // 2. REN Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil 4.08 oz. // 3. Isabel Marant – Gregoire Striped Embroidered Jean in White, Floral, Blue // 4. Jules Smith – Tangier Hoops in Yellow Gold // 5. Spadaro – ‘Doux Amour’ Eau de Parfum // 6. Cynthia Vincent – Morocco Slipper // 7. Theodora & Callum – Red Multi Luxor Tie All Scarf // 8. Elizabeth and James – Henna Chiffon Blouse // 9.  Arhaus Jewels – Arabian Nights Bracelet

Maroc Interior Design and Furniture

1. Le Souk Ceramique – Cookable Tagine Mustard // 2. Currey & Company –  Casablanca Occasional Table // 3. Votivo Candle – Moroccan Fig, 6.8 oz. // 4.  Hooker Furniture – Casablanca Dining Arm Chair  // 5. Furbish Studio – Morocco Cocktail Napkins // 6.  A Month In Marrakesh: Recipes From The Heart Of Morocco – Coffee Table Book // 7. Amrita Singh – Casablanca Lantern // 8. Trina Turk Bedding, Tangier Stripe –  Decorative Pillow // 9. Blissliving Home – Casablanca Pillow 

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Judge a Book by its Cover

If I am randomly perusing bookshelves, the bookstore, online or a friend’s library, I almost always choose a book by its cover. Typography, color palettes, art direction, title and illustration all come together to make my perfect publication. Often times, the covers themselves are works of art, worthy of being blown up, printed and displayed. On the subway, or while reading at the beach, I excitedly display the cover, proud of my choice – a statement about myself.

I know the cliche says DON’T, but for inspiration, I JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER.

Look Both Ways by Debbie Millman matches Elle Decor

BOOK:  Look Both Ways by Debbie Millman, Publication Date: October 23, 2009, Designer: Rodrigo Corral, Typeface: Champion Gothic via The Book Cover Archive.

ROOM: A circus colored sitting room; Southampton, USA. Cynthia Frank, Timothy Haynes, Kevin Roberts. Interior photo from Elle Decor found via Oana Singa Blog.

Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr. and room by Liz Levin Interiors

BOOK: Everything Matters! by Ron Currie Jr, Publication Date: June 25, 2009, Designer: Isaac Tobin via The Book Cover Archive.

ROOM: A Georgetown residence presents a twirl on a traditional Federal style row house. Mingling old and new with the bold wallpaper and beautiful colors – pink, blue, black – makes this small space a real stunner. Photos by Angie Seckinger. Design by Liz Levin via Houzz.

The Whale by Philip Hoare and a Nantucket home by Lyman Perry Architects.

Just as its a challenge for a designer to condense the meaning of an entire book into its first glance, jacket cover – so too, it is difficult to encapsulate one’s life and style into a home. But we continue to try!

BOOK: The Whale by Philip Hoare, Publication Date: February 1, 2010, Designer: Allison Saltzman via The Book Cover Archive.

ROOM: This Nantucket vacation spot was renovated by Scott Hutton, of notable Lyman Perry Architects. The retreat evokes the sea with gentle greens, hues of blue, wave patterns and shabby, sea glass, and cottage details via New England Home. 

The Sheriff of Yrnameer by Michael Rubens and entry way by Jill Sorensen

BOOK: The Sheriff Of Yrnameer by Michael Rubens, Publication Date: August 4, 2009, Designer: Peter Mendelsund, Typeface: Trade Gothic via The Book Cover Archive.

ROOM: A modern, bright entryway created by Jill Sorensen of Marmalade Interiors via Houzz exudes eclectic accents, angles and disparate genres (Stenciled Zebra Rugs meets Colonial Gilded Frame). Vibrant colors (specifically Benjamin Moore – Goldfield Yellow) create a happy home.

What book would you choose to inspire your favorite room?