Last week was a pretty incredible one. As I’m sure you all know by now, the Supreme Court issued a long-awaited ruling affirming the right to marriage on behalf of all United States Citizens, no matter their sexual orientation.
And on Friday morning, minutes after the decision was published, I sat down, read the opinion, and cried tears of joy.
In our world, progress often comes very slowly and then all at once. This victory was the result of years of courage and patience on behalf of the litigants, attorneys, and the entire LGBT community. It was a long time coming. Too long. But it came. And it was so beautiful when my Facebook page was suddenly filled with rainbow profile pictures in celebration.
There were a number of moving passages in the Supreme Court’s opinion, but my favorite was this: “The nature of injustice is that we may not always see it in our own times.” We all come of age in a society that we didn’t shape, with influences around us that put a filter on what we view as wrong and right. And seeing through that filter — realizing that injustice exists and needs to be fixed — is the best thing we can do for each other.
Our rights as citizens are stronger when they are applied equally. Marriage, as an institution, is stronger when everyone is given equal access to it. Our Constitution didn’t create privileges for a select few. It acknowledged certain human rights, under the law, for everyone.
This was a legal victory, of course. And it was a personal victory for the millions of LGBT citizens whose rights were affected by the decision. But it was also a human rights victory for our country and the world.
It’s fitting that the weekend that followed celebrated LGBT Pride, because that’s exactly what I felt when I read the Supreme Court’s opinion. I felt incredibly proud.
Congratulations to all the newlyweds this week!
He’s so big these days!
Bear started walking a few months ago, and I know it’s such a cliche to say this, but, seriously, chasing down a toddler is exactly as exhausting as it sounds! He is such a blast these days — my tiny baby suddenly turned into a little boy! I still can’t believe how fast it’s gone. (Another cliche, but still completely true.)
And here’s a new thing… he dances! One morning, I was singing a song to him and he started dancing — it was actually the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen.
My little guy can totally groove!
Wedding season is officially under way, and I’m sure you guys have full social calendars this summer! I’ve gotten my black tie prep routine down to a science (what can I say? this girl loves her gowns!), so I want to share a few beauty tips and tricks that will be helpful to you guys when getting your own fancy on this summer.
Let me know if there is anything missing from this list that I should try!
Splurge on Luxe Locks
Whenever I have a really exciting event coming up, I try to squeeze in time to get my hair done beforehand. It adds a layer of polish to your look that’s hard to re-create at home and makes the evening feel really special. And a great blowout lasts for a few days, so you can look chic for Sunday brunch, too!
Build Buy it, They Will Come
I love to buy new dresses for special occasions, but I hate the pressure that comes with needing something right now, which inevitably means that I’ll spend a whole day shopping and not find anything I like. So now I make an effort to find dresses I love before I need them so that I have something on hand in a pinch! And even better? I just discovered Rent the Runway, where this Bagdley Mischka gown is from! You can “rent” a gown for a special event and then return it afterwards — genius! (And no, ha ha, this post isn’t sponsored, I promise!) This was such a gorgeous statement dress and I loved not having to worry about when I’d wear it again!
Lashes for Days
Hair, nails, a dress – cha ching! A quality pair of drugstore lashes, however, are often less than $10 and arguably do more for your look than anything else. A fuller lash immediately gives me a boost of confidence and sense of femininity. The best part is, if applied correctly, nobody will be able to put their finger on exactly why you look so good!
Be Present In the Moment
It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of a big event that you lose focus and wind up stressed out. By taking a few minutes to focus on being mindful and present before a party or a big night, I can start the night on a more calm, relaxed note. It just takes a few minutes — as you’re getting ready, set a timer for just a minute or two and sit calmly, focused on your breathin. Then take a big breath, slow down, and enjoy the getting ready process!