Must-Know Mondays

I am back from my European extravaganza! And it’s another Monday, another day of playing catch-up. But this Monday I am actually catching up on about two weeks of headlines. Their were so many stories that I wanted to share with you but I cut it down to just a few that really held my attention . . .

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If you’re a feminist . . . Guess what? You can be a feminist and a fashionista. In fact, fashion can be used as a tool to express feminist ideals. This from the incredibly wise beyond her years, Rowan Blanchard, star of the Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World. At 14-years-old, Blanchard has become a symbol of feminism, speaking up for young women and their responsibility to assert their rights. I grew to admire Blanchard after her essay on White Feminism that rocked the web a while back and my admiration for her grows the more I read about her. Refinery29 interviewed her on the issue of fashion’s place in the feminist movement. Check it out, here.

If you’re a fitness fanatic  . . . and you’ve noticed the dark purple, circle-shaped bruises on the likes of Olympian and inevitable merman, Michael Phelps, it’s called cupping. It’s a way to release toxins from the blood and relieve muscle stagnation. And I love it. The first time I had it done I had been going through a grueling schedule of high school, homework, theater rehearsals and singing lessons on top of your regular teenage drama and family issues. Not only did I feel lighter afterwards, it was energizing and seemed to relieve a lot of my stress and tension. It might make you a little squeamish, but check out this awesome video from  The New York Times on the benefits of cupping.

If you love Chanel as much as I do . . . in honor in what would have been Coco’s 133rd birthday, Vogue published a piece on Five Things You Didn’t Know About Coco Chanel. Number five might surprise you! 

If you’re in need of a little inspiration this Monday . . . in the last installment of Must Know Mondays, I shared an article on the brave Yusra Mardini. She’s also profiled here  along with nine other inspiring Olympians. Some of these stories are just incredible.

If you have a case of wanderlust . . . make sure to stay tuned to Fashionably Kate because I’ll be sharing lots about my recent travels over the next few weeks. Not only will I be posting some serious foodporn, I’ll also be giving some travel tips for Paris and Amsterdam.

Final thoughts:

Monday Mantra: “La vie est pleine de petits bonheurs.”

Song of the Week: “Castleby Halsey

What I’m Reading: Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Ann Fowler . . . I’m about half-way through. It really transports you to a more glamorous time while making you feel the desperation Zelda experienced when she got in over her head.

What I’m Craving: French Onion Soup . . . which my amazing husband happens to be making at this very moment!

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