When I left NYC on March 14th, I had no idea that it could be months before I could safely return. My gear for the backcountry and yoga clothes were the only things I packed. Up until now, this hasn’t been an issue. However, it’s gotten to the point in which I could use shoes not meant for snow. I shopped at @rei since I’m a member and they are needing to clear their inventory (like all retailers). I discovered a brand that I didn’t know about up until now: @saolashoes . They are so cool! And doing things right: for people and the planet. There are two things about them that really won my heart. First, they use Algae Foam ( a partnership with @bloomfoam ). This material is not talked about much but is super awesome: it reduces the use of synthetic materials, cleans lakes of harmful algae and prevents the release of CO2 into the air. Such a win-win. The other highlight I like about this brand is that they donate to Wildlife Conversation. If humans want to live on a planet that’s full of beauty, fresh air and clean water for all, we have to respect and protect our wildlife. Save the animals; they will save us. Thank you SAOLA! 🏻🌎#MakeAnImpact

When I left NYC on March 14th, I had no idea that it could be months before I could safely return. My gear for the backcountry and yoga clothes were the only things I packed. Up until now, this hasn’t been an issue. However, it’s gotten to the point in which I could use shoes not meant for snow. I shopped at @rei since I’m a member and they are needing to clear their inventory (like all retailers). I discovered a brand that I didn’t know about up until now: @saolashoes . They are so cool! And doing things right: for people and the planet. There are two things about them that really won my heart. First, they use Algae Foam ( a partnership with @bloomfoam ). This material is not talked about much but is super awesome: it reduces the use of synthetic materials, cleans lakes of harmful algae and prevents the release of CO2 into the air. Such a win-win. The other highlight I like about this brand is that they donate to Wildlife Conversation. If humans want to live on a planet that’s full of beauty, fresh air and clean water for all, we have to respect and protect our wildlife. Save the animals; they will save us. Thank you SAOLA! 🏻🌎#MakeAnImpact

I’m a firm believer that every day is Earth Day and that we shouldn’t reserve just one day out of the year to acknowledge this amazing gift that gives us life. For now, we get one day so let’s do it right. If anyone is encouraging you to buy more things today to honor the Earth, take a step back and question their ultimate motive. Does the Earth need you to buy more, regardless of how “earth-friendly” it is? Absolutely not. Over consumption is one of the main causes to the damage we are doing to this planet. Let’s put the purchasing aside, for just one day, and really love our home planet. I highly recommend hugging a tree and thanking it for giving you the air you breath. If you really pay attention to that hug, you’ll feel the tree hug you back (I’m totally serious). And that feeling is priceless. 🏻🌎

I’m a firm believer that every day is Earth Day and that we shouldn’t reserve just one day out of the year to acknowledge this amazing gift that gives us life. For now, we get one day so let’s do it right. If anyone is encouraging you to buy more things today to honor the Earth, take a step back and question their ultimate motive. Does the Earth need you to buy more, regardless of how “earth-friendly” it is? Absolutely not. Over consumption is one of the main causes to the damage we are doing to this planet. Let’s put the purchasing aside, for just one day, and really love our home planet. I highly recommend hugging a tree and thanking it for giving you the air you breath. If you really pay attention to that hug, you’ll feel the tree hug you back (I’m totally serious). And that feeling is priceless. 🏻🌎

Quick tips on homemade masks. I read a few articles that recommended using 100% cotton with a dense weave for fabric. One even recommended flannel, so for this  batch the fabric for the face part is from one of my dad’s flannel shirts. To make it easier on me and the person ending up using it, I’m using cotton sheets for the ties (the thinner fabric is easier to manage). Also, when working with sheets, I don’t have to cut: I can just tear down the grainline. Great time saver.  I am focusing on making the best masks I possibly can, the most efficient way possible. Hope this helps!•The masks I’m making are to wear in nonclinical settings and for personal use.

Quick tips on homemade masks. I read a few articles that recommended using 100% cotton with a dense weave for fabric. One even recommended flannel, so for this batch the fabric for the face part is from one of my dad’s flannel shirts. To make it easier on me and the person ending up using it, I’m using cotton sheets for the ties (the thinner fabric is easier to manage). Also, when working with sheets, I don’t have to cut: I can just tear down the grainline. Great time saver. I am focusing on making the best masks I possibly can, the most efficient way possible. Hope this helps!•The masks I’m making are to wear in nonclinical settings and for personal use.

IMAGINE ONEGratitude and joy: two major tools to help get through this struggling time. And why I’m sharing these incredibly beautiful photos. These images have many levels of joy for me. When @jonathanselkowitz first sent them to me a few weeks ago, a lightness brushed through me: they took my breath away. How lucky I am to have a friend so talented, who shares his work so willingly? I now get to turn to them when I need a smile. These images also inspired me to get outside earlier in the day (like at sunrise). There’s magic in greeting the sun as it rises. Two images that mean so much. When I asked if I could share the love, of course he said yes. #JoyNamaste, Jonathan. Your art lights up my soul. #Gratitude

IMAGINE ONEGratitude and joy: two major tools to help get through this struggling time. And why I’m sharing these incredibly beautiful photos. These images have many levels of joy for me. When @jonathanselkowitz first sent them to me a few weeks ago, a lightness brushed through me: they took my breath away. How lucky I am to have a friend so talented, who shares his work so willingly? I now get to turn to them when I need a smile. These images also inspired me to get outside earlier in the day (like at sunrise). There’s magic in greeting the sun as it rises. Two images that mean so much. When I asked if I could share the love, of course he said yes. #JoyNamaste, Jonathan. Your art lights up my soul. #Gratitude

About last night…• Took myself to see the Scottish Ballet at Joyce Theater. I love modern dance and need to keep reminding myself to watch it more. How current choreographers are using lighting, body figures and simple props to take the visual to the next level is SO amazing and inspiring. #Bravo! • What I wore:Vintage leather coat that joined my wardrobe in 2005. • That fabulous Mara Hoffman denim dress is a gift from Patrick Duffy which he got at a sample sale. Because it’s an awesome classic and from a dear friend, it will be with me for a long time.• My Golden Bleu fringe purse I swooped up at the Menlo Park Goodwill back when I lived in the Bay Area. Goodwills close to well affluent neighborhoods tend to be awesome.• My Article 22 necklace is part of their Activists & Artists Collections. Icon and designer Beatrix Ost created this one. It says: “In your body is a good place to be”. #FuckingBeautiful • Vince Camuto boots I got at Nordstrom way back in the day when I was a stylist there. He passed away while I was working there so that makes them extra special to me.

About last night…• Took myself to see the Scottish Ballet at Joyce Theater. I love modern dance and need to keep reminding myself to watch it more. How current choreographers are using lighting, body figures and simple props to take the visual to the next level is SO amazing and inspiring. #Bravo! • What I wore:Vintage leather coat that joined my wardrobe in 2005. • That fabulous Mara Hoffman denim dress is a gift from Patrick Duffy which he got at a sample sale. Because it’s an awesome classic and from a dear friend, it will be with me for a long time.• My Golden Bleu fringe purse I swooped up at the Menlo Park Goodwill back when I lived in the Bay Area. Goodwills close to well affluent neighborhoods tend to be awesome.• My Article 22 necklace is part of their Activists & Artists Collections. Icon and designer Beatrix Ost created this one. It says: “In your body is a good place to be”. #FuckingBeautiful • Vince Camuto boots I got at Nordstrom way back in the day when I was a stylist there. He passed away while I was working there so that makes them extra special to me.

To honor World Wildlife Day I attended an awareness event, Wildlife Conservation in Africa: The New Way Forward, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. My attire for the occasion: this lace dress is super special to me. I purchased it from a sustainable designer while my clothing line (SutterLarkin ) was on the runway for LA Fashion Week in 2013. Unfortunately the print on the label has long ago rubbed off and I don’t remember the name behind the talent. We have the same creative approach by applying found materials to our simplistically unique patterns to create low impact, one-of-a-kinds designer pieces. I can wear this dress 101 ways. Last night I wore it over a pair of J Brand, wide-legged jeans (secondhand, worn many times) and white leather belt I swooped up at an estate sale in SF. Handcrafted cuff from Rebel designs NYC. To manage the outdoor elements I layered. I used my secondhand, recycled cashmere Patagonia cardigan to keep the wind from going down my neck. That vintage leather coat I’ve had since 2005. Many fun times in it. The repurposed leather, handcrafted purse is a Christmas gift from my dog, Walter Jones. I love it so much. It’s EXACTLY what I was wishing for. After the inspiring symposium I zipped over to the UWS for NYC Banff Mountain Festival that did not disappoint.

Back in 1998 I packed up my bright red Trooper with no official agenda and headed to Jackson, WY to spend the winter season as a ski bum. I ended up staying 5 years. During this life chapter I experienced so many incredible professional achievements including working for a Master Sommelier as his Executive Coordinator and opening up my own successful creative shop, Shindig. But what holds dear to my heart still to this day is the time I spent playing in the outdoors with my amazing friends. The ear to ear smiles from skiing bottomless powder for hours on end. The cheers of victory as we biked over terrain that used to hold us back. The encouragement we provided one another after we tossed ass over tea kettle down any hill that grabbed our balance. These are the experiences that give life meaning. I’ve had so many incredible chapters but the time in Jackson still fills me with so much love. This trip back, with my mom, is no different. I had a lot of reflection these past few days. How lucky am I to be skiing with my 78 year old mother at one of the most challenging hills in North American? I don’t take this for granted. And to return to Jackson and feel right at home makes my heart burst. This trip helped me confirm that NYC is just where I need to be right now but I will always have a place in the Wild West. As I’m about the board the plane home, the tears have started. These are tears of joy knowing how lucky I am to get to experience this incredible place and the beautiful people who are drawn to it. xo Amazing photo by @jonathanselkowitz his heart is grander than his talent. More to come. 🌳