Instagram: Instafun! How to Be in the Know, Be Present, + Be Local.

SUMMERTIME IS

Instagram.

HERE.

You might say Social Media is the Antithesis / Antichrist of all things … Social. Like: Being Present, Being Active, Living your Real Life, just to name a few. Au Contraire. Social Media, when used responsibly, enhances all things Social. I’m going to provide 3 Simple Guidelines { because who like Rules } + use Rochester, NY to tell you how! Because, after all, #YOLO.

Vibe With Your Community

How does one strike that delicate balance between SM junkie + SM savvy?? Listen here:

1. Be Discreet. Only check Instagram when on the toilet.

  • Insta picture junkie, I am + I admit. I have a very narrow filter for when I do + don’t post pics because, well … Instant. { However, anything that requires major editing, I wait. }
  • Scrolling / Liking / Commenting junkie, on the other hand, I abstain. I save the big-read for very private, alone times. Such as when I first wake-up. Or when I pee and … Just kidding! But you get what I mean. { And also, don’t do that. That’s gross. }

Why is this important? We don’t want SM to consume our actual social lives. Talk to your friends. Listen to their conversations. It’s fun. Promise — real socializing is pretty great.

2. Be Free. Let Instagram reflect the most pure you.

  • No one’s judging. Unlike Twitter, Instagram has no lists. Give yourself permission to be select with who you do + don’t follow! It’s also okay to Follow individuals who post incredible content, even if you don’t know them.
  • Wear your heart on your sleeve. It’s also okay to Like! Tap that heart, baby. Leave comments when inspired. Don’t be shy. This is what SM is for.

It’s for getting to know your fellow community.

{ And for anyone — me! — who is confused about Post Notifications + the new Inst-algorithim-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, or Understood, … read here. }

Why is this important? For several reasons. The biggest being: Social Media should enhance our identity + individuality. You have control over that. Harness SM to hone You. 

3. Follow Local. Restaurants, Organizations, Stores, Events, Local Bloggers — follow, follow, follow!

Why is this important? Because the more you know, the more you grow. The more you share + interact, the more your community grows.

So get on it! 
Follow your community on Instagram.

And Follow Me! Because Child, there’s even more than that happening in the Roc this week!

  1. South Wedge Sip & Shop: This Thursday!! And every 3rd Thursday until October. { Thank you Thread for this Insta. }
  2. South Wedge Third Thursday Concerts: Also this Thursday + every 3rd until October. { Thank you South Wedge + Star Alley Park … next to Lux. }
  3. Lux Lounge Events: Always a Party! Game Nights, Dance Parties, PB+J, B Movie Wednesdays. { If you’re bored, you’re boring because Lux + Chill. }

So … Go Out, Get Out, Insta-Responsibly, Be Present. And, always, Be Local.

#YOLO.

#bepresent.

#belocal.

Secrets to Unlocking Mindfulness in { Not So } Secret Urban Gardens.

{ RMSC Gardens. Clockwise from Left: Tulips that smell of juicy-juice. Primrose herb. Lungwort herb. The RMSC Herb Garden is my favorite secret getaway in Rochester. }

BREATHE IN.

The RMSC Herb Garden

BREATHE OUT.

Mindfulness is an-all-in-1 spa, gym, + detox
for your mind, body, + soul. 

Mindfulness requires commitment, don’t get me wrong. Commitment in terms of minutes { you will have to consciously + constantly redirect yourself } as well as days + months. Just like resume writing + interviewing, no one is naturally good at Mindfulness; Mindfulness is a skill, + it requires regular practice. Which is good news! Because — Phew! — pressure’s off. With Mindfulness, you never, ever, ever, ever have to be … perfect. { 4 letter word. }

Here’s how it works!

You can practice Mindfulness all day, erry’day. To get started, pick-up Buddhist Monk + Nobel Peace Prize nominee Tich Nhat Hanh’s collection “Peace Begins Here,”. This was my 1st introduction to + practice with Mindfulness { thanks to a solidly progressive Creative Writing course my senior year at Pitt }. Until then … Here is what you do.

  1. Find a { Not So } Secret Garden. Big cities. Small Cities. Non-cities. They. Are. Everywhere. Promise. When I lived in Manhattan, both Central + Riverside Parks where very not-so-secret, but they also had idyllic secret nooks once you explored. Rochester has a ton! Here are 3 within 2 miles:
    • First Unitarian Church of Rochester. 220 S. Winton Rd., Rochester, NY 14610. They have gardens + meditative walking mazes, + anyone can enjoy them.
    • Rochester Museum & Science Center Herb Garden. 657 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14607. Herbs, tulips, rose bushes, flowering trees, benches, side gardens, + lots of green grass for walking, picnicking, sports playing, dog walking, jogging, meditating, + relaxing.
    • Historic Gardens at Eastman Museum. 900 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14607. Almost right across the street from RMSC, Eastman Museum has gardens for passersby, tours for those who want history, + Garden Vibes summer concerts 1 Wednesday each month, June-August.
  2. Just Breathe. Inhale. Pause. Exhale. Pause. Repeat. Since you have to breathe anyway — might as well hone + harness it. Instead of just oxygenating your lungs, think about the idea of oxygenating every single cell in your entire body. 2 simple steps:
    • Pause. As soon as you arrive to a comfortable spot within the garden, plant your feet. Look around. Notice the color of the sky. Feel the air. Smell nature. Pause and breathe normally. Say to yourself, At this moment in this time, all I have to do is breathe. And then, when you breathe as per usual with your normal breath, feel proud that you have accomplished all you need to accomplish. Feel proud that you have nothing more to do in this very moment.
    • Slow Down. Once you have enjoyed a few regular breaths, let your breath slow down. Do not force your mind or body to slow. Allow your slowed breath to be a natural guide for the rest of your body. Slow your breath in whatever way feels most comfortable. I like to start by inhaling a bit slower + deeper and pausing at the top of the inhale; and then exhaling with the goal of releasing more slowly than I inhaled, and pausing again at the bottom of my exhale.
  3. Let Go. Release your thoughts. Stay present in this moment. Easily the most intimidating part of “mindfulness,” as this part starts to invoke meditation. But both are actually very easy + natural once you try:
    • No Pressure. The goal of letting go, and so meditation, is not to be free of thoughts. It is to be free of the burden of thoughts. Practicing letting go, and therefore meditation, is actually quite freeing because all you’re doing is granting yourself permission to … let go. To say no. To say, Thought, I see you, and I hear you, and I say goodbye to you. Let thoughts come into your mind. In fact, welcome thoughts to do so. The more thoughts that enter, the more practice you have saying good bye.
    • Visualize. Most of us will vastly struggle with letting go of thoughts, at first. A happy bridge to full-meditation is the prop of visualization and/or mantras: both will help you say goodbye to thoughts. What do you visualize? Nothing. Because you visualize your breath. Focus on the air, the space between. Focus on a part of your body that needs more breath. Breathe to this space. If this doesn’t work, try a mantra. What do you say? Something very simple. Positive. Truthful. I am safe + secure. Flowers are beautiful, just like me. Sunshine feels happy. I believe in my values, + I believe in me. Say the same phrase over + over + over, again. Promise, you won’t be thinking 1 thing.

According to Tich Nhat Hanh, this is called Walking Meditation. You can do it anywhere. A room in your apartment. The pavement on the street. Halls at work. Aisles of the grocery store. Walking Meditation, + so Mindfulness, can be achieved anywhere we step foot.

I hope you enjoy trying. Let me know what you think!

#mindfulness

#bepresent

#belocal.

Around Town: #ROC Your Weekend.

{Photo: Look for Wall \ Therapy Ts this Saturday at The Public Market!}

KNOW YOUR CITY:

#ROC YOUR WEEKEND

ARTS | FOOD | DRINK

DONATE | CELEBRATE | DISCOVER

Scenic views of the beach. Walks in public gardens. Shopping in boutiques. Eating in great diners + restaurants. World class Cinema. Not enough? Rochester has you covered. A unique cultural scene means something for everyone at turns you never knew existed. Need to know? Check out The Rochesteriat! This burgeoning website has up-to-date, easy-to-follow ideas + reviews detailing the full spectrum of Rochester’s urban scene. (I could look at it for days + always learn something new.) Need ideas for this weekend?? You’re in luck! Starting 6pm Friday through to 6pm Saturday, Rochester ravishes your artistic, cocktail, educational, + … oh, fun … cravings.

FRIDAY

ROCHESTER BRAINERY: 6-9PM FIRST FRIDAY LET’S ALL GO TO THE MOVIE

FREE art exhibition with snacks + refreshments.

Who says no to that?

HUNGERFORD BUILDING: 6-9PM FIRST FRIDAY

FREE art viewings + exchange of information with chances to buy.

Don’t wait until next month!

CURE BAR: 9PM-MIDNIGHT 2nd ANNIVERSARY BBQ 

$20 for Grill, Chartreuse Cocktails, Eat Me Ice Cream + a DJ. 

Everyone Loves a Birthday Party…

SATURDAY

WALL \ THERAPY FUNDRAISER: 8AM-2PM PUBLIC MARKET AT THE YARDS 

FREE Learn more about Wall Therapy + Public Art.

Final Shot to Donate to Wall Therapy Indiegogo! Donation Match through Saturday!!

WALL \ THERAPY ARTIST\THERAPIST ECB: CHARLOTTE NEIGHBORHOOD

FREE Check out German Artist ECB in Action. Check out Website for latest updates!

Therapy for the eyes + the soul + for your city.

SPOKES + INK: 12-6PM GENESEE CENTER FOR THE ARTS & EDUCATION

FREE Admission for the whole Family.

Live Music, Bike Demos, Art, Food, Letterpress … Scavenger hunt??

THE SHOW ON MONROE: 12-6PM SPOKES + INK BUSKERS SCAVENGER HUNT

$10/Team. Still Spots to Register! Check out Facebook for the latest updates.

Monroe Ave just got weirder + cooler.

You guys know where to find me this weekend.

What are your plans??

#rocisrad

#rocyourweekend

#shoplocal

XO.

Week Wrap-Up: Go To Pieces.

Week Wrap-Up.

The Goal: Post Weekly.

Why: To show you how integral Shop Local is to our daily fashion. Sure, #shoplocal can be special occasion. < I hope it is! > But #shoplocal is also everyday wear for every occasion.

Go To Pieces: This past week shows some repeating pieces I wear all of the time! They are my classics. My staples. My goes-with-everything. My work to weekend. My favorites.

Repeating Pieces.

Blazer. From Treasure Trove Vintage on Park + Meigs. 1960’s vintage and only $30!!! It is soft. It fits perfectly. I’d wear it in my sleep if I could.

Jewelry. I honestly wear all of these pieces all of the time. The past few days, I’ve really grivtated toward Jonelle Maira. She works with reclaimed, vintage items. And they are art. Truly. Coolest detail?? If you look closely at the inside of my arrowhead ring, it’s engraved w the name “Sarah.” Hey! Extra character?? I’ll take it!

Sometime Last Week: Work.

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Blouse + Blazer: Treasure Trove Vintage.
Ring: Erica Bello.
Earrings: Manic Metals c/o Brainery Bazaar. (I lost one of these today! Can’t wait to buy more!!)

Friday: Casual.

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Leather Motorcycle Jacket: Mom
Leather Lace-Up Boots: Antiques, Heirlooms, + Furniture (Canandaigua)
Tank: I FORGET. It’s c/o Second Storie. (Gold Leaf Screen Print in pattern of rib cage. If anyone knows, please tell me!!)
Earrings: The Knotty Owl
Ring + Necklace: Jonelle Maira
Purse: Etienne Agnier thrifted c/o Mom

Monday (today): After Work Outing.

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Blazer: Treasure Trove Vintage
Lace Blouse + Polka Dot Button-Down: Friend! (Thanks Sam!)
Levi’s Jeans: Thrifted c/o A Step Apart on Park
Bracelet: Claire Flair (Etsy + now in Peppermint!)
Necklace + Ring: Jonelle Maira

Boutiques + Designers.

A Step Apart

Brainery Bazaar

Claire Flair

Erica Bello

Jonelle Maira

Manic Metals

Peppermint

Second Storie

The Knotty Owl

Treasure Trove Vintage

#shoplocal.

#wearlocal.

#everysingleday.

XO.