From the Heart:
My Yes Year

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Last spring, I read an interview of Mila Kunis in Marie Claire magazine where she described the year she decided to say “yes” to everything because she had become really good at saying “no” – she reported that it changed her life. At the time, I remember being struck by her courage and open-mindedness, but thinking I could never do the same. But a lot has changed in the last seven months and I now believe I’m ready to rise to the challenge. So now that I’m back home from my Australian adventures, I’m ready to say “yes” to anything and everything. So world – bring it!

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From the Heart:
And So The Adventure Begins

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2015, welcome. A short word on resolutions. Mine at least. This year, I’m going to play a tiny bit less, work a tiny bit more. But on things that I love. I want to travel as much as I have in years past, but differently because I will have time to immerse myself in places, cultures, people, the way I haven’t had time to before. But mostly, I want 2015 to be the year of love for me – falling back in love with myself by rediscovering confidence that has been lost due to a series of bad decisions and bad choices; falling in love with a new career; and hopefully, the universe willing, falling in love with a partner. Happy 2015! xoxo

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From the Heart:
New Year, New Life

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It’s been 8 years since I started my job as an attorney.  That means I’ve spent over 3000 days of my life doing a job I don’t love. Sure, there were days I enjoyed it, but even those were few and far between. And when I look back on the last quarter of my life, nothing about my career has been memorable. There will be no stories for my children or grandchildren. In the last year, it has become so draining that it almost physically hurts to be present – not because I hate it, but because there is something I love more than anything in the world, and every minute I spend being an attorney is a minute I can’t spend doing what I really love.  I feel the hurt in the pit of my soul – it started out as restlessness, which was tolerable. But as time went by, and my passion grew, there weren’t enough hours in the day to feed it, and so I started to feel hungry, starving even. So finally, after experiencing a series of unfortunate events at work, a few months ago I made the most important decision of my adult life – I decided it was time to feed my soul. To say that I’m frightened would be the understatement of understatements. I started law school at 22 – this world is the only world I’ve ever known. I don’t possess experience that will make the transition into another line of work easy. I don’t have the connections or the know how. Quite frankly, I have nothing. But also, at the same time, I have everything, because I have a love that I am absolutely certain has to become my life if I’m going to continue to exist in this world. I’ve had many successes as a lawyer. They came early for me, and often. Interestingly, what I remember most from the early ones, was not a sense of pride or accomplishment, but a feeling that they were mostly undeserved and I was simply fooling everyone. I know now there are many traits that make a good lawyer. I’m certain I don’t possess the most important ones. Thinking like a lawyer, for instance, has never come naturally to me. But because I write well, it has not been difficult to convince judges to adopt my position. You get to a point in life though, it seems, where its not enough to be able to make people believe you are good at something – you have to believe it yourself. And if you don’t, you start feeling defeated. I’ve felt defeated for a long time now, because I don’t know the answers, I don’t understand the strategy, I don’t think the way my colleagues think. And it’s the defeat of doing something you know in your heart you aren’t good at, coupled with the emptiness of doing something you know in your heart you don’t love, that makes life unfulfilling in a cold, dark, real way. The unknown is scary. I have no security. But the strange thing is, it feels warm, like I’m being pulled into the light. And if there is anything about life that I know, its that I’m most happy when I’m standing in the sun. Happy New Year, my lovelies. May 2015 be the year you make your dreams come true! xoxo

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From the Closet:
Signature Winter Style

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Free People dress and socks, AllSaints boots, Rebecca Minkoff bag, Ray Ban sunnies

I rock dresses with booties in the winter the way I rock cutoffs with heels in the summer. Quite frequently. Like all the time. Signature Gabrielle. Ya know.

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photographs by Manuel Vinicio http://www.manuelvinicio.com/

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From the Closet:
Black Widow

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AllSaints tee, One Teaspoon shorts, Stuart Weitzman boots, Free People necklace, Lola Hats hat

I’ve decided that my favorite way to rock the Stuart Weitzman boots is with a baggy tee or loose fitting mini. Here I am in the former. But rest assured, there are shorts underneath. Although I’m plenty brave to go without. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to all my readers! xoxoxo Gabrielle

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photographs by Manuel Vinicio http://www.manuelvinicio.com/

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