Independence Day

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Happy 4th of July, friends!

America happens to share a birthday with someone very important to me (and a birthday week with me!), so on this holiday I often feel extra thankful – for my family and my friends, for my health, and for the life I am free to live in this amazing country of opportunity. My parents moved here almost 40 years ago to pursue the American Dream and build a better life for their future family and despite the setbacks and hurdles, that is what they did.

Although I’ve always been proud to be an American, I never considered myself to be incredibly patriotic – it honestly just wasn’t something I thought about. I didn’t get into this business because of some deep-seated love, respect for, or obligation to America, but because of my belief in the amazing makers and entrepreneurs and creatives I’d met over the years. But the more I dive into this adventure, the more I realize that that is America – the enduring optimism and risk taking and creativity of our citizens. And I love that. And I believe in it. And I am proud to be a patriot. This week and all weeks, I am thankful to live somewhere that considers Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness to be my unalienable rights.

I was honored to work on American made product round ups for TWO of my favorite shops this week… please check them out!

Barneys New York

Shop Mille

Happy, Happy 4th! Be safe. Have fun. Eat some s’mores.

collage via artifact uprising. images from left to right: top row – @maxwanger @rachccouch bottom row – @littlecoal @leacicerarophoto

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