Monday, October 21, 2013

let the light in.

tomorrow is KATY PERRY DAY!!
PRISM hits stores and i feel like the world is finally right again.
i previewed the album this weekend and...
wow.
i never thought i could love anything more than teenage dream
but she proved me very wrong.
as all great artists do.
she is a different person now.
wiser, still cheeky, a titch more broken, 
but stronger than the girl who lay naked on a cotton candy cloud just 3 short years ago.
and she is here to prove that light always wins over darkness.
no matter how dark that dark is.
from the text message sent by her now ex-husband asking her for a divorce to crediting the grace of God for saving her from wanting to commit suicide to letting new love in and learning it has the power to be absolutely unconditional,
she is who she is so you can take her or leave her.

roar is obvs her instant classic.
but it takes two is the one i have on repeat.
 i think usa today put it best:
she is a ball of vulnerability reborn to roar.
{the article is excellent here}
 
now don't you want to hear the whole prism story?
because it is just that.
a story.
and our girl has never told a story like this before.
xoxo.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

sweeter than fiction.

when i lived in scotland, 
every night my roomies and i would come home from work and flip on britan's got talent.
they have a little less flair for the commercial break dramatic than american idol and the whole contest takes place over a matter of mere days rather than like, half a year.
well, the year we watched we were rooting for the out of nowhere, insanely talented opera singer paul potts.
every night he made it further and further in the competition we would cheer and wait until the next night to see if he would stay.
and he always did.
in fact, he won.
and now they made a movie about it.
and taylor swift composed the theme song.
{which ps sounds so un-taylor and is so very-fantastic}
and i have a feeling it is going to be perfect.

xoxo.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

when september ends...

as the summer months end, i introduce to my readers in boston, edmonton, madison and san fran:
the NOVEMBER PROJECT!
 this is an incredibly awesome movement started by two friends discussing the fact that as fall approaches, people's motivation to work out plummets with the temperatures.
whether it be the fact that you don't have to be seen in a bathing suit anymore or you cancel your gym membership to afford holiday shopping,
in general, people eat more and workout less.
so the guys got to thinking and remembered a time in their lives with they were doing division I rowing competitions in college.
they didn't love the early practices and the insane workouts, but they never missed a day out of the fear of letting their teammates down.
enter the november project.

 november project: boston tribe

 november project: edmonton tribe

november project: madison tribe

here is how it works:
if you live in the participating cities,
{soooo sad OC doesn't have a chapter} 
follow their respective twitters to see where your next work out is located.  workouts are traditionally on monday, wednesday and friday at, get ready for it...5am.
but that's the fun in it!
you are up and in your city and ready to get fit and thrown into a group of strangers who are destined to become your friends when you are panting up football stadium staircases in the dead of night/morning.
the fuel behind the success is that you become attached to the people you are around, and feel a sense of accountability to keep showing up.
and that's the magic in it.
all you have to do to start is...SHOW UP!
everyone is encouraged.
the different tribes have memberships that range from olympic athletes to current professional athletes to recent couch potatoes.
all workouts are scalable and even better...100% FREE.
of cost and judgement.

photo courtesy of Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

visit the site to learn more:
the best part of the site is the "we missed you" section, where potentials who promised to show up never did and are called out by their friends.
see...you're gonna have fun!
so make the commitment, not only to get fit this holiday season,
but to open your world up to new people,
and a new way of looking at life.
xoxo.

{all photos not credited via november-project.com}

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

let's be extraordinary together.

i still have daaayyys of nyc adventures to share with you, 
but life is hectic 
{hockey season has started, you are looking at a new sports radio contributing guest host, i have that thing called a full time job, plus a smidge of a social life and everything in between}
BUT, before anymore time passes i need YOUR help!

one of my darlingest of friends, melanie, 
{who i have known and loved since SEVENTH grade} 
and her husband, justin, are looking to expand their family in the best of ways.
melanie and justin have an absolute angel of a little girl, miss edna jean, who has down syndrome.
 
{is she not THEE CUTEST you have ever seen?}
 and are currently in the process of adopting this precious little girl from eastern europe, nadiya, who also has down syndrome.
you can read all about the process and their adventure to love another sweet daughter on their blog:
so now here is where you come in...

ONE.
have a kid who wants an american girl doll?
well, WE HAVE YOU COVERED!
please visit {this} page on mel's blog to find out all the different ways you can enter the contest to snatch that doll up. 
just in time for the holidays!

TWO.
clean out those closets ladies & gents and give me your shoes!
we are basically handing you an excuse to purchase a new fall collection of footwear because mel is collecting your used {but still wearable} shoes.
she will be paid by the pound for the shoes she collects, 
with the proceeds going directly toward the adoption fund.
even better, all the shoes donated will be sent to various parts of the world with communities in need.
so if you are in the southern california area and have a few pairs to spare, email me at jessica.lewise@gmail.com so we can coordinate a pick-up/drop-off.
{obviously if you have my details, feel free to text/call}

THREE.
don't want a doll and don't live close enough to hand over those shoes? no problem.
you can donate monetarily through the paypal  button on the blog's home page,
{please be advised they charge a 3% fee out of your donation}
or you can send a check to Reece's Rainbow with the names of Justin & Melanie Peters included in the memo to:
PO Box 4024
Gaithersburg, MD 20885 


i know you, my absolutely dear followers, are an incredible bunch of people strewn throughout the world with all different backgrounds and interests and beliefs and logic.
but i also believe the one thing we can all agree on is the importance of children being fully and openly loved by incredible people.
and let me tell you...
this family is thee MOST incredible of people.
i feel so blessed to have such a positive influence in my life with a friend like mel,
a role model of the woman i can only dream of one day being like.
nadiya absolutely could not be placed with a more accepting and endearing family.
they will love her in the way every child deserves to be loved.
i whole heartedly know this.
so please, in any way you can, help their two worlds connect.
and this sweet little girl come to her new and forever home.
xoxo.