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2017: the year of green

It’s 2017 people!! Hallelujah, I made it this far. There are many moments and memories that took place in 2016 that made personal and public history for many of us, plus a whole lot of firsts and quite a few lasts fill my camera roll. All in all, 2016 was either fantastic or it was a wreck (I don’t care, you decide), and my goal for the new year is topantone-greenery exercise my comfort zone whether in the gym, in my wardrobe, or even in my color palette. Pantone (the paint swatch company thingy that you see at like home depot or on twitter sometimes, ya that’s the one) recently announced 2017’s color of the year.

I won’t lie and say that I wasn’t disappointed when I first saw the color with which I base my entire year off of (big shoes to fill lemme tell ya), but the more I’ve studied it the more I find myself intrigued.

Green is honestly a color that I take for granted, which is why I wanted to make this blog post. I wanted to prove to myself, and anyone wondering, that green is worth my time and obsession (at least for the span of 2017). So to my fellow color lovers, please enjoy and admire.

thanks @Pantone for the brilliant color inspo and thank you for reading,

RR

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color lover: d. robertson

Let’s get one thing straight, I have zero capabilities in painting, drawing, sculpting, or whatever other talents it takes to be considered an artist or to have an opinion on it. Nonetheless, I’d like to introduce to you an artist that you may or may not have seen or heard of before, Donald Robertson.

I first discovered his work a little over a year ago when I picked up a colorful and flirty, printed tee from J.Crew. At the time I didn’t pay attention to the collaboration between Robertson and J.Crew, but several months later when my parents returned from a trip to NY and mom raved about spotting his work in Chelsea, I realized this guy was someone to keep an eye on.

With aimless color and lively ideas, his work embraces a childlike feel, and I’m kind of obsessed with it. I like to imagine what goes through his mind when he begins a project. Each piece is so different from the next, yet all related by the abstract and colorful trademark synonymous to his name.

So now I’ll leave some favorites from his instagram (@drawbertson) and website, and allow you the bliss of first impressions.

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As always, thanks for reading,

RR

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summer readings alike

As summer reaches a point where weeks before school start are counted on one hand and that beach bod is officially out of the question, I like to reflect on photo memories, books read, and laughs shared in the past two months.

This summer was unique for me because I didn’t make a huge habit out of reading, which is kind of my summer thing, but in that handful of books I read were two new found favorites from author Emma Straub, The Vacationers and Modern Lovers. If you’ve never read the writing of Straub, I strongly urge you to. She has a unique way of creating reader anticipation through multiple third person narrative and the unraveled details of a problem mysterious to the reader (basically the opposite of dramatic irony).

In those two novels, I noticed a pattern. In The Vacationers, readers follow a family beach trip centered around avoiding the elephant in the room and concealing the appearance of chaos. Same instance occurs in Modern Lovers when the dynamic of two families is put to the test as they revisit the past and its risk of exposing secrets. Both include the reality of relational hardships, which is why I think I appreciate them so much. There is no sugar coating, no forgive and forget, no walking away with rainbows and butterflies because none of that is life.

This isn’t to say that there can’t be happy endings because I root for that, trust me! But in life the decisions we make have consequences that affect our present and future, and Straub does an AMAZING job at illustrating the realness that is forgiveness and love.

So while there are still a few weeks left of summer, I recommend picking up these two classics and allowing yourself to experience a truth uncommon to the average teen. I hope you enjoy Straub’s writing as much as I do, and I’m more than excited to continue reading her work.

RR

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super shoes: VEJA

In a society of all talk and no action, the brand and company, Veja, proposes a “cultural change” by creating some very trendy sneakers and a steady vision.

I came across this brand in a local shop, where I found a pair of electric blue and suede sneakers. After a few weeks of waiting and saving, I finally splurged on the find and decided to do some snooping as to what was so obviously different about these sneakers from my Converse and New Balances. What I found was pretty incredible.

Their main mission is to increase the efficiency of our environment and economy. They don’t advertise. They pay fair wages to their workers. They don’t overproduce and potentially waste unused stock. They transport their products by boat in order to reduce emissions and energy use. Their packaging is made up of recycled cardboard. Lastly, they use green electricity. Although in detail this company may seem a bit too granola or organic in their production methods, they’re taking action in what they feel strongly about, which is more than most of us can attest to. **Not to mention their shoes are crazy beautiful!!!

So thank you, Veja, for making our world a better place and providing some gorgeous footwear at the same time. I guess the challenge I feel inspired by is the simple question of how will I do my part? No matter the issue whether environmental, cultural, war, hatred, etc. there is no benefit from sitting back and watching other people fight for the changes they want to see.

Our world has to change. We have to engage in order to make that change.

Thanks again for the read,

RR

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