Peace for Paris, Peace for the World

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
It's not the fear or the hatred that defines the aftermath of terrorism,  it's the love we see afterwards It's the love we see from our next door neighbors and from our  neighbors across the world. Terrorism is defined by humanities ability to explain to a child what is good and what is bad. It's in the comfort of knowing that flowers  and candles  can be redefined as protectors. And it's in ability to recognize what's most important in life like family, love, education, resilience, and home.

To all those suffering, may France always feel like home.

Beacoup d'amour,

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

SEQUENCE JEWELRY: Disrupting the Sequence of Violence

Friday, November 6, 2015
As someone who was raised in the Silicon Valley I absolutely love when technology meets global good and fashion.

SEQUENCE is a collection of beautifully crafted knotted jewelry designed with the powerful message of nonviolence.
SEQUENCE was founded by designer Ariela Suster beginning in her homeland of El Salvador. Experiencing firsthand how violence affected lives, Ariela made it her life goal to create a brand that not only fulfilled her passion, but also created positive change for her country, and her country's people.

With help from two artisans from the local village of Tepecoyo, Oscar Bautista and Natali Orellana, the SEQUENCE family continued to grow through discovering, designing and producing their signature knotted bracelets.

Through their bracelets SEQUENCE is able to create impactful change in El Salvador by creating jobs, cultivating professional development, and improving the livelihood of individuals in a country challenged by violence.

Through a collaboration with Microsoft, SEQUENCE has crafted special edition bracelets that combine both fashion and technology.

The collection includes 3 new bracelets designed with an NFC chip that, when tapped against a smartphone, (Windows, Android, or Blackberry) the phone will play a short video clip of how the bracelet you're wearing was made.

This initiative was created to provide an innovative way to communicate powerful messages through socially conscious fashion brands.

The message is simple, yet powerful:
"SEQUENCE is set out to disrupt the sequence of violence that limits at risk youth"


This weeks Five Favorites is dedicated to a place that I love very much and called home for almost 5 years. It's dedicated to my beloved Los Angeles.

To the places and people I met who will always have a huge place in my heart: I am so grateful.

(/things I discovered there)

The sweetest picture of Roger and Debbie Cowan
They were my leasing managers and owners of Rockdyne Enterprises. 
One of the loveliest couples I was privileged to meet in LA. 

#Selfless: A Social Media Movement

Wether we like it or not, we're a very self-centered society. We're obsessed with ourselves, and who can blame us? Self promotion can open doors for individuals in this day and age. Sometimes it generates income, but mostly it cultivates validation in a world longing for it. But...what if... what if we flipped the script? What if instead of the focus being on us the focus is on the selflessness of others?

In an article written for the Huffington Post Impact, SydneyAnne Stone proposes a new movement entitled the #Selfless. 

Stone writes: "The #Selfless is simple. You take a picture of someone (other than yourself) doing something selfless for someone else and post it on social media with the hashtag selfless."

It's genius! How many times do you see good deeds happen on a daily basis? The kind of good deeds that make you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside? A lot, no? So why not share the warm and fuzzies? Gimme those warm and fuzzies!

So, with one simple hashtag lets start this movement of sharing the beauty of humanity, and capturing what we typically don't see when our lenses aren't too fixated on us. 

See something uplifting, share something uplifting, and use #Selfless.

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Emma Watson Interviews Malala Yousafzai

Thursday, November 5, 2015
UN Global Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai discuss the biographical account of Malala's life and aspirations through the documentary He Named Me Malala. 

UNICEF Kid Power Band

Monday, November 2, 2015
Beginning November 29, 2015, Target will be selling Kids Wearables in partnership with UNICEF.

UNICEF has designed a child-friendly fitness band that will not only monitor a child's fitness activity, but also provide powerful teaching tools with an accompanying mobile app. The app will allow kids to set goals and learn about different cultures around the world. When the child meets certain fitness goals, it "unlocks" and provides children in developing countries life saving nutritional food packets (previously mentioned in another post)

This partnership is an extension of a pilot program that started in 3 selected cities. Approximately 12,000 kids were given fitness bands walking more than 500,000 miles. This provided 188,850 food packets for 1,259 malnourished children.

I love the dual-idea of teaching children to take care of themselves, while teaching them to care for others around the world.

The bands will exclusively sell at Target and will come in 4 different styles, 2 of which are Limited Edition Star Wars Edition. Pre-orders are available now.