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Giveaway! Win a copy of “Beautiful You” by Rosie Molinary

Rosie Molinary Beautiful YouI have to take a moment to brag about one of the most amazing people I know. Her name is Rosie Molinary, and aside from being whip-smart and funny, she’s a serious inspiration when it comes to empowering young women, feminism, and basically just inspiring everyone around her to live their best life.

As a radical self-acceptance champion, Rosie uses profound questions and wholehearted connection to empower people to treat themselves well so they can connect with their talents and passions to authentically and intentionally live their purpose and help heal the world. The author of Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self Acceptance and Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina (both from Seal Press), Rosie teaches at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, serves as a national Dove Self-Esteem Project educator, offers workshops and retreats, and speaks on self-acceptance, body image, self-care, media literacy, the Latina experience, and intentional living around the country. Rosie also serves as a creative catalyst to companies and brands that wish to provide a synergistic, empowered, and soulful experience to their clients and employees as they serve the world through workshop and retreat facilitation and consultation.

A committed activist, Rosie helped found HAMMERS, a nonprofit initiative to provide emergency home repair for low-income families in her community, and Circle de Luz, a nonprofit that radically empowers young Latinas by supporting their transformation through extensive mentoring, holistic programming and scholarship funds for further education. (Full disclosure: I am a former board member and longtime donor to Circle de Luz.)

Today, I’m thrilled to be able to offer an excerpt from the second edition of Beautiful You, which was released today (yay!), and also a giveaway: One lucky Indigo + Canary reader will get a copy of the book! Read on for a daily dose of Rosie’s signature inspiration, and then enter to win at the end of the post. I’ll announce the winner on Monday, October 17. Good luck!

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Link Love Friday

Tomorrow is December, and I can hardly believe it. I’m terribly behind in my gift shopping this year, possibly because I’ve been working so hard on our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide. I’m planning to make up for lost time this weekend, and I hope our gift guide helps you do the same! Here’s what I’ve been reading+enjoying this week:

  • I really needed to read this great message in my friend Rosie Molinary’s newsletter yesterday: You have to teach people how to treat you.
  • Well+Good NYC has a great post about workday stress relief, and it’s perfect for this time of year: 8 Deskside Remedies for Freak-Outs at Work.
  • This post on No More Dirty Looks about the “holy grail of skincare” cracked me up! One hilarious nugget: “…let’s face it, that woman clearly has a direct line on some magical unicorn hair…”

Do you have any fun links to share? —Aleigh

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Link Love: Gift Guide Coming!

Things have been a little quiet over here at Indigo+Canary lately—one big reason is that I’ve been working on our second annual Holiday Gift Guide. It’s coming (and soon!), but in the meantime, here are a few great links for you to explore.

  • From Organic Authority: low exposure to this chemical fungicide has been linked to obesity.
  • My friend Rosie wrote this beautiful post about fear and how it can hold us back.
  • Starre Vartan’s post about these Tatcha Polishing Powders has me intrigued. Have you tried any of them?
  • This post from Siobhan at No More Dirty Looks makes me think I ought to try aromatherapy. Do you incorporate aromatherapy into your daily life?
Happy Monday, everyone! Here’s to a fantastic week. —Aleigh

(Image via Sarah Parrott)


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Link Love: Endless Summer

Midsummer Day, Bronx Park (via The Library of Congress)

Confession: I’m really, really ready for fall. I’ve been coveting boots and sweaters for a few weeks now. But the last thing I want to do is wish away my life, so I’ve been looking for ways to celebrate this seemingly endless season. Luckily, my fellow bloggers aren’t all in the same boat—here are the great ideas and tips I turned up:

How are you keeping the magic of summer going? If you have tips to share, I’m interested! —Aleigh
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Going All Natural

My friend Rosie Molinary, author of Beautiful You, blogged today about her annual All Natural Day on Oct. 12, and I wanted to share it with you. On this day, she and the students in her Body Image class will go completely bare-faced (except for a bit of non-tinted moisturizer). According to Rosie, the idea is to become reacquainted with the skin you’re in–an idea I truly love. Here’s a little bit of Rosie’s wisdom:

Does the idea of this make you uncomfortable? It probably does. And that’s okay. Part of this experiment is having you move through the discomfort to get to the other side where you realize that while enhancements can be temporary fun, they don’t have to define you, and you aren’t beholden to them.

What do you think? Would you participate in All Natural Day?

PS: Here’s a guest post I wrote for Rosie’s blog a few months ago about how, for me, healthy=pretty.

(Beautiful You cover image via Rosie Molinary)

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