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Carrie Asby

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. 🌳

Spent some time today at the WCS Bronx Zoo visiting with conservation photographer Julie Larsen Maher . She enlightened me on the work she’s doing plus was kind enough to provide me with a day pass to the zoo. Being a dual purpose outing, figuring out what to wear was a fun challenge. I wanted to be professional and respectful yet it was pouring rain. Had to be practical and classy. This is what I came up with. • Old school Patagonia organic cotton plaid shirt I swoop up when someone was done with it. • The fabulous  Michelle DeCourcy vintage jacket gifted to me by my dear friend Erika Dean a few years ago and will stay in my wardrobe for years to come. • Wallace & Barnes cotton pants I acquired a few years back and wear at least once a week. While they faded fast, they are holding up great. • Belt I got an estate sale back in the day when I lived in SF. • Boots are Sorel. Sorel is a subsidiary of Columbia Sportswear based in Portland, OR (my home town). It is a brand that values ethical, sustainable manufacturing practices. Plus, they are legendary for their durability and can last up to 10 years. • To finalize the look, I wrapped myself with the green scarf Ramzi gave to me as a thank you gift. He is the one who connected me to Julie so I thought it was a great way to bring the circle around. Green is for tree-hugger.  • While it would be awesome if all animals could be free in their natural environment, the reality is humans have a history of wiping out wildlife. They need our help. The WCS is an established and inspiring wildlife conversation organization doing outstanding work. It was an absolute pleasure to learn more about their mission and to see if there are ways in which I can get involved.

Spent some time today at the WCS Bronx Zoo visiting with conservation photographer Julie Larsen Maher . She enlightened me on the work she’s doing plus was kind enough to provide me with a day pass to the zoo. Being a dual purpose outing, figuring out what to wear was a fun challenge. I wanted to be professional and respectful yet it was pouring rain. Had to be practical and classy. This is what I came up with. • Old school Patagonia organic cotton plaid shirt I swoop up when someone was done with it. • The fabulous Michelle DeCourcy vintage jacket gifted to me by my dear friend Erika Dean a few years ago and will stay in my wardrobe for years to come. • Wallace & Barnes cotton pants I acquired a few years back and wear at least once a week. While they faded fast, they are holding up great. • Belt I got an estate sale back in the day when I lived in SF. • Boots are Sorel. Sorel is a subsidiary of Columbia Sportswear based in Portland, OR (my home town). It is a brand that values ethical, sustainable manufacturing practices. Plus, they are legendary for their durability and can last up to 10 years. • To finalize the look, I wrapped myself with the green scarf Ramzi gave to me as a thank you gift. He is the one who connected me to Julie so I thought it was a great way to bring the circle around. Green is for tree-hugger. • While it would be awesome if all animals could be free in their natural environment, the reality is humans have a history of wiping out wildlife. They need our help. The WCS is an established and inspiring wildlife conversation organization doing outstanding work. It was an absolute pleasure to learn more about their mission and to see if there are ways in which I can get involved.

My NYC happy place: the Worn Wear repair station at the UWS @patagonianyc store. Simple fixes, like patches and new zipper heads, are done here. Like this one! A dad came in with his little girl because her Nano Puff had a few holes in the front. I asked if she was OK with me making it special with hearts and pretty colors. When she smiled and gave me the thumbs up, my creative juices jumped for joy. Now she has a one-of-a-kind, custom Nano that’s working like new again. I also think some of her friends will be slightly jealous – which is the point. I will happily make your Patagonia item cooler than the rest to keep you loving it. 🌳🌎🏻Swipe right for before, during and after photos.

My NYC happy place: the Worn Wear repair station at the UWS @patagonianyc store. Simple fixes, like patches and new zipper heads, are done here. Like this one! A dad came in with his little girl because her Nano Puff had a few holes in the front. I asked if she was OK with me making it special with hearts and pretty colors. When she smiled and gave me the thumbs up, my creative juices jumped for joy. Now she has a one-of-a-kind, custom Nano that’s working like new again. I also think some of her friends will be slightly jealous – which is the point. I will happily make your Patagonia item cooler than the rest to keep you loving it. 🌳🌎🏻Swipe right for before, during and after photos.

Success is so much more than the money you make. It’s about what fills your heart. And you can’t do it alone. The people who surround you – who support you unconditionally – is so much richer than any bank statement. @mrpatrickduffy and I needed help for the SWAP + SKATE and these beautiful people showed up. These words keep running through my head: how blessed I am…how blessed I am. Thanks you @fromsuchfilmsas @abbygainer Ryan and @mappellegiselle for showing up, working hard and bringing such joy into my life. Here’s to knowing that our actions make a difference and together we make an impact (and that dancing to disco along the way makes the journey so much better). #GratefulAsAllFuck

Success is so much more than the money you make. It’s about what fills your heart. And you can’t do it alone. The people who surround you – who support you unconditionally – is so much richer than any bank statement. @mrpatrickduffy and I needed help for the SWAP + SKATE and these beautiful people showed up. These words keep running through my head: how blessed I am…how blessed I am. Thanks you @fromsuchfilmsas @abbygainer Ryan and @mappellegiselle for showing up, working hard and bringing such joy into my life. Here’s to knowing that our actions make a difference and together we make an impact (and that dancing to disco along the way makes the journey so much better). #GratefulAsAllFuck