Treating Myself…Birthday Edition

Birthdays are a time for celebration, time with close friends, and a bit of self-indulgence. I celebrated my birthday this past Friday through Monday. Yes, I took off the Monday following my birthday because what better indulgence is there than time off from work? From a bit of shopping, to dinner out, to exploring the city, to a little spa time, I can happily say I’ll be returning to work on Tuesday with a bit more pep in my step…and a few new goodies to enjoy for Spring :) Enjoy my birthday weekend in Instagrams below:
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Special Post: My [Full Disclosure], er, Full Honesty

Normally when bloggers say “Full Disclosure” it has to do with their sponsors, and whether or not they fully disclose if a post is influenced by compensation or another financial motive. I do not aim to be a sponsored blog, so I mean “Full Disclosure” in a different light: simple honesty.

It has bothered me for quite some time that I resort to labeling myself as “vegan,” when indeed only my diet is, not my lifestyle. That is not a true vegan by any means, that is simply a strict vegetarian. It was after reading this blogger’s response to “What different types of vegans are there” that gave me a twinge of guilt for using the label.


  • I follow a strictly “vegan diet”, and have for years (since March of 2010)
  • I Tweet about and Pin about vegan food + products because I enjoy the openness, willingness to share, and sense of community that vegans bring. I follow vegan foodies on Instagram and vegan food blogs for recipe ideas, too.
  • I have gone years calling myself a vegan because it’s just easier than saying “I’m an uber strict vegetarian who doesn’t eat anything that ever came from an animal,” while dining out with friends and family

Why do I think it’s necessary to be telling you all of this?

  •   Many of my friends give me heat for being a “bad vegan,” when in fact, yes, I’m the worst vegan in every sense of the term. I never aimed to be a devout vegan, per se, but a healthier eating version of myself.
  • I love fashion design, the appreciation of a designer’s artist’s work, and at one point I wanted more than anything to go to Parsons, FIT, or RISD to study fashion design. Who am I kidding—I still want to.
  • That being said, yes, I wear leather. I wear silk. I wear wool. I wear cashmere. If it aligns with my aesthetic and I can work it into my wardrobe, I do not care to look at what it is made of. Unless it is wool, because that can get itchy when close to the skin.

Every time I made a life-change to my diet has been the result of an experiment: going from omnivore to vegetarian in high school, and from vegetarian to vegan in college were the products of my curiosity: “Let’s try this for a month.” After loving how my body felt from these changes, I adopted each as a lifestyle change. I have never claimed to be vegan for ethical reasons; I have remained vegan for health and for sustainability purposes in reducing my own carbon footprint. I realize that the sustainability standpoint is a little bit backwards since I still wear leather and such, but I’m only human.

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Special Post: (a bit more) About the Author

Hello there! I’m so happy you’re here. I hope you’re enjoying my weekly posts about shopping, beauty tips, personal style, recipes, and all that Boundless has come to be. That being said, I thought the least I could do is tell a little bit more about myself.

Originally from the ‘burbs of Rhode Island, I settled into Northwest DC for my undergrad years. I was used to my daily default of jeans + t-shirt + Vans—13 years of a Catholic school uniform didn’t leave me with much of a wardrobe. That is, until a part-time job at a fashion forward salon in DC introduced me to the extent that fashion can be used self-expression. I had always had an interest in fashion, but I had never had an opportunity to dress like I did. After taking fashion design and construction courses at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) during early high school years my creativity soared, but preppy suburbia wasn’t exactly familiar with leather-like pants or the rocker aesthetic that I oh-so-very-much adore.

That salon job exposed me to modeling, a whole new realm of self transformation, and a new level of confidence I didn’t know I possessed. I picked up tons of “insider” tips whether they be hair and makeup, styling, or even just understanding certain color-palettes. Being in a studio for several full days—you learn a lot more than you’d think!

And so it began: friends started seeing photos, asking hair, makeup, workout questions. I offered products and tips on how to recreate looks; I started doing friends’ makeup for sorority events; I styled myself for a few shoots, I created mood boards for collaborated shoots, I assisted other models back-stage when make-up artists were no-shows. I started becoming my own resource; I really wanted to share this knowledge with women everywhere. Thus Boundless was created.

I invite all readers to ask me any questions they have, and I will be posting my 22 favorites (with my responses) at the end of the week :) Ask away!!

Special Post: Birthday Week Edition

Hello lovely readers! It only comes once a year, and what better way to celebrate than for a whole week? Don’t worry, I won’t be partying all week (how draining!), but I will be posting every day. Since it is my birthday week, I thought this would be a great opportunity to introduce myself a bit more and share more of myself with my readers. After all, aren’t you curious who’s behind these posts?

While I don’t think that anyone should ask a woman her age, if you must know I’ll be turning the big 2-2 this Friday. I invite all readers to ask me any questions they have, and I will be posting my 22 favorites (with my responses) at the end of the week :) Ask away!!


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