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5 Ways to Support Women // International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day! It’s definitely a day to celebrate all of the amazing women in your world, and the women who came before us who paved the way for us to have the rights we have today. While I feel incredibly lucky to live in the time and area that I do, I am well aware that our work is far from over.

As someone who works in the tech industry, I work with a lot of incredibly smart and talented people. What I have come across, however, is a disparity in the female representation in the more technical fields. It’s something that is constantly evolving as more and more women find career paths in technology. In my short career, I have noticed an uptick in the female representation in the tech space, which is an amazing thing to see. That doesn’t mean, however, that women are always treated as equals. In fact, I’ve had several instances where I can confidently say that if I had been a man, I probably wouldn’t have been met with such hostility and opposition by those in positions of power.

Whether it was intentional or not, men often have a way of talking down to younger female employees, referring to us as “girls”, or calling us too emotional or sensitive. The fact of the matter is that women and men often approach situations differently, and if we’re going to make progress, we need to understand this and move forward. As a young career person, I know that I am just as capable of having good ideas and am able to complete my work just as well as the next guy or gal who is a few years my senior.

How to Celebrate Women for International Women's Day // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion Blog Photos by Lauren Wilks Photography

How to Support Women on International Women’s Day

What I’m getting at here is that as much as I’d love to say that women and men are equal in pay and opportunity, I don’t believe we’re there yet. And until we are, we need to support our fellow women and work to be sure that our voices are heard. So what, as females, can we do to empower the other women in our lives? On International Women’s Day, I thought it was appropriate to share some of the ways in which I’ll be supporting my fellow females today and in the future, even if I’m unable to take the day off work.

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How to Make New Gal Pals in Adulthood

With today being Galentine’s Day, I thought it only made sense to share some thoughts on friendship. In my post-college years, I realized how difficult it was to make friends as an adult. The opportunities to reach out and find new female and male friends is just not there quite as often. You get up, go to work, come home, and repeat. Unless you happen to make friends at the office, at your local lunch spot, or during your everyday errands along the way, it can be a challenge.

How to Meet New Friends in Adulthood // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion Blog Photos by Vivian Hsu Photography

After hosting a Galentine’s Brunch event with Bissinger’s Chocolatier at Bottlehouse in Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood this weekend, I came to realize how fortunate I am to have made so many new friends during this stage of life. It’s not easy to put yourself out there, and it can be hard for an introvert like me to feel comfortable introducing myself to strangers. Joining friends over a glass of bubbly and chocolate (may I add, the new Bissinger’s Chocolate Covered Bing Cherries are probably the best thing I’ve discovered in awhile? Seriously, in love!) was the perfect way to celebrate Galentine’s Day, a day for celebrating the special gal pals in your life.

If you’re not quite yet feeling like you have as many gal pals in your life as you’d like, I totally get it. I felt the same way a few years ago. Fortunately through blogging and exploring my adult interests, I have been able to cultivate a small but amazing group of people I can call close friends. It wasn’t without a few stumbles though, so if you want to know a few surefire ways to make new friends, today I’m sharing my suggestions and road-tested ways of finding them!

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Laundry Hacks to Make Clothes Last Forever

If I had a dollar for every time one of my garments got ruined because of a laundry mishap, well, I’d have quite a few dollars. Honestly, I’ve learned a lot over the years from some major laundry accidents. Living with roommates who just threw it all into one load and then piled everything in the dryer was an eye opener. I’ve come to realize that if you want your clothes to last forever, or close to it anyway, you have to be an advocate for them. Yes, I know this sounds a bit crazy, but I have clothes that have lasted me for the majority of my adult life which means only one thing: take care of them, and they will last.

Laundry Hacks to Make Clothes Last // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion Blog Disclosure: Thanks so much to Persil for partnering on this post. All opinions are my own!

When it comes to caring for your clothes, you have to have the right tools for the job. My arsenal of laundry supplies has waxed and waned over the years, but the tried and trued stick with me. For me, that means a high-quality laundry soap, dryer sheets, hangers, a lot of lint rollers (dog mom problems!), and a sweater stone for those once a year sweater trims.

I discovered Persil ProClean Laundry Detergent while shopping at Walmart this year, and the brand new Pro10 formula is impressive. I know this because, just yesterday morning, we had a little accident involving a dog, a broken planter, and a mess of dirt all over my white fur “blogger” rug that I took these photos on. I’ve tried to clean it before to no avail with other detergents, but Persil ProClean Pro 10 cleaned it right up. I don’t know how it did it, but it must have been those 10 Dimensions of Clean. All the heart eyes emojis for that save!

Laundry Hacks to Make Clothes Last Forever

Other than the tools for the job, I’ve learned a few laundry hacks that I hope will help you avoid some of my past mistakes. Learning the hard way is never fun, but I’m willing to take one for the team if that means passing on my wisdom. With that said, here are my favorite laundry hacks to make your clothes last forever! (Or as long as possible, anyway.)

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Valentine’s Day Date Ideas + What to Wear for Couples

Figuring out something to do for Valentine’s Day is always a challenge. If the holiday falls on a weekday, it’s hard to feel motivated to want to do something special with your significant other. If it falls on a weekend, getting reservations at your favorite restaurant can be a straight up nightmare.

The thing is, though, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a cause of stress or cost an enormous amount of money to celebrate. In fact, while it’s a holiday to enjoy, it ranks low on the list of things I worry about. Why? Because to me, Valentine’s Day is more about celebrating the company you keep (whether that’s your significant other, or if you’re single, your gal pals for Galentine’s Day) then it is about making a big gesture or doing something incredibly romantic.

Comfortable Valentine's Day Date Outfit For Her // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion Blog Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Fred Meyer. All opinions are my own!

15 Fun Valentines Day Date Ideas for Couples

For us, Valentine’s Day ends up being a fairly casual holiday. We typically don’t get too dressed up (mostly because my birthday is right around the same time, so we’ve recently done a fancier dinner and date night out). When I was brainstorming ideas for Valentines Day posts, I knew I wanted to challenge myself to style both Dave and I. After popping over to our local Fred Meyer; I had several outfit selections for Dave to approve or reject. Both entire outfits came to about $150 each (that includes shoes also!). Once we were in our new Valentines Day outfits, it was just time to figure out what exactly we were going to be doing in them!

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7 Hacks to Simplify Your Day for Every #GirlBoss

I know many of you, like me, are juggling a side gig with a full-time job or other life commitments. Time is of paramount importance when you have so much going on. Over the past 3+ years of blogging, I’ve learned that some things just fall by the wayside when you are extremely busy, and you’re forced to either skip them or do them poorly.

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When I’m not at my 9-5, I’m working on shooting photos for the blog or Instagram posts. Or, I’m coordinating with brands who are interested in working with me, responding to general inquiries via email, attempting to schedule my content on social media, and then trying to come up with creative new topics and content for the blog itself. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t hard trying to be creative both at work and in my side gig. I do my best which means that sometimes, I end up falling asleep in front of my computer when the writer’s block hits or staying up until 5 am editing a video because I’m just not quite done yet. (Yes, both of these have happened. Maybe a bit more regularly than I’d like to admit.)

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