Catalina Island Biking and Snorkeling Trip

By July 1, 2014 Uncategorized
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For our pre-anniversary celebration we headed over to Catalina for a three day adventure. We biked the entire island. We stayed one night with our friend Rodney at a Boy Scout camp who was a student in our youth group and who is now a senior leader. He set us up in an awesome tent cabin. The next morning we started our 27 mile trek to Avalon where we met up with Rodney’s family and our friends the Richmonds. We spent the next day snorkeling in the crystal clear waters and biking throughout the enchanting town of Avalon. It was an epic adventure and one I highly recommend, though the bike ride is definitely a challenge!

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Marvelously Made Vehicles for Living

By June 17, 2014 Uncategorized
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I guess I’m a slow learner, but lately on my HEAL Journey I’m having to remind myself of these truths I wrote for the first issue of Darling Magazine. I went stand up paddling last night and then for a jog with nothing but sand and seaweed under my toes. I was grateful to have air in my lungs and sea breeze in my hair.  It hasn’t been easy to honor my body the size that it’s at in this season, but I’m choosing gratitude. I’m choosing adventure. I’m choosing to see my body as a vehicle for life, not a project to be fixed. Here is a quote from my article “Your Personal Body Project” from the inaugural issue of Darling Magazine. I hope it encourages you as it continues to challenge me.

One day if you and I are lucky, we will be dripping with wrinkles from head to toe. Our days left on this earth will be close to none and for those of us who spent our lives in constant body angst, we will finally realize our legacy is not measured by the size we wear, but by the lives we lead. We’ll come face to face with the truth that we are not our body. We are a soul in a body that is perishing.

Our bodies are not broken; they are not projects that need fixing. They are marvelously made vehicles for living.

Allie Marie Smith, “Your Personal Body Project,” Darling Magazine

Do you struggle with seeing your body as a project that needs fixing rather than a beautifully complex vehicle for living?

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To Guide the Reflection {Darling Magazine Full Article}

By June 14, 2014 Uncategorized
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Hi Girls, For those of you who didn’t get a chance to buy or read issue 7 of Darling Magazine, I’m excited to share my full article “To Guide the Reflection” with you. To read it more clearly, simply click on the image of the article and it should appear larger. To make it even bigger, click “view” and “zoom in” on your computer. Happy reading! xo

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Photo-shoot Fun!

By May 28, 2014 Uncategorized
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We recently did a photo-shoot for Wonderfully Made with my friend Julia and I had some photos taken for fun. The last time I had photos taken was in my twenties and well, I no longer look like I’m in my twenties so I figured it was time for an update! Our photographer Lauren Porcher was so much fun to work with!

What I’m wearing:

Hat: Target
Top: Free People
Necklace: Raven + Lily
Boots: Frye

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New Darling Article: A Guide to the Reflection

By May 18, 2014 Uncategorized
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The Spring issue of Darling recently hit the shelves and mailboxes. I was honored to write my third print article for the magazine. You can purchase the magazine online, at Anthropolgie and now even at Nordstrom (go Daring team!). My article is titled “A Guide to the Reflection” and is about learning how to not only make peace with the mirror but how to be in charge with the relationship you cultivate with it. Here are a few short excerpts from the article:

Excessive and lengthy periods of mirror-looking tends to breed self-objectification — thinking of oneself as an object first and a person second. Self-objectification can lead to low self-esteem, self-loathing and body image issues.

“Men at themselves in mirrors. Women look for themselves,” said Elissa Melamed, author of ‘Mirror, Mirror.” We have made the mistake of allowing the mirror to tell us who we aren’t (thin, beautiful, attractive, etc.) instead of telling the mirror who we are (courageous, loving, intelligent, compassionate, etc.). Mirrors are a reflection, a picture of our outer selves, yet they don’t tell the whole story of who we are in one glance. As women it’s imperative to our joy that we learn how to respond to our reflection in a way that supports, not threatens, our self-esteem. At some point we are forced to deal internally with what we see externally.

…know what the mirror doesn’t tell you. We are conditioned to believe our reflection determines our worth, but a mirror doesn’t tell you your character or how well you love the people in your life. Your reflection is a shallow, ill-fitted measuring stick when it comes to capturing the story of your life. You are more than your reflection.

All quotes are copyright Allie Marie Smith and Darling Magazine.

What is your relationship with the mirror like? Do any of these excerpts resonate with you?

 

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The Yellow Conference

By March 13, 2014 Uncategorized
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There’s something happening August 28th and 29th I’m so excited to share with you girls. It’s called the Yellow Conference and it’s a gathering of creative women, like you!

The Yellow Conference is a gathering for creative women who desire to ignite passion and bring goodness to the world through everyday living.

Created by graphic designer and branding genius Joanna Waterfall, The Yellow Conference is for women who know they were built for a greater purpose. The earth shakers and ground movers. It will inspire you and leave you with practice advice on how to make your dreams a reality as a woman living in today’s modern world. I still don’t know what Joanna was thinking when she asked me to be one of the speakers which includes my dear friend Sarah, the Editor-in-Chief of Darling Magazine and other creative masterminds such as Promise Tangeman, Aja Brown, Hannah Brencher, Lindsey Eryn Clark, Carlos Whittaker, Caroline Howard, and Dale Partridge — the Founder of Sevenly! The conference will take place at Smoky Hollow Studios in El Segundo, California right near LAX and the beach! I hope you’ll be able to join me and lots of amazing women as well as Carlos and Dale!

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Giveaway: Darling Magazine {Issue 7}

By January 23, 2014 Uncategorized
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Hi Girls!

Most of you know how much I love and adore Darling Magazine by now and if you’re not an adoring fan yet I’m sure you will be once you get your hands on your very own copy (available online and at Anthropologie). I was honored to write another article for the upcoming Spring issue of so I thought it would be fitting to share the Darling love and give away a copy. Enter below and good luck!

 

 

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Six Ways to Be Unlovely {Darling Blog}

By January 8, 2014 Uncategorized
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Below is my latest article for Darling Magazine’s blog. I have a feeling this one might ruffle some feathers with the selfie comment – nothing personal if you take selfies. It’s just the motivation behind them that I’m referring to.

6 Ways  to Be Unlovely

1. Get lost in your own reflection.
For a sure fire way to be unlovely, gaze into the bathroom mirror more frequently than you peer into the beauty of others’ soulsTrue beauty and loveliness is outward-focused. It invests in others more than oneself. Be that kind of girl.

2. Build your life on your outward appearance.
As my friend Jennifer Strickland says, “Anywhere you find a girl building her life on her outward appearance, you will find a broken girl.” You are not your looks. Be a woman of substance — your physical beauty is fading fast.

3. Take lots and lots of selfies.
Let’s be honest, do you really like it when a friend or foe posts really good looking pictures of themselves all the time? I didn’t think so.

4. View others as competitors and see your “friends” as threats.
In the words of Theodore Roosevelt, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Comparison is also the enemy of contentment. As women we should be focusing on completing one another, not competing against.

5. Question your value relentlessly.  
If you want to lack in the true beauty department, never stand secure in your true identity. Insecurity is unattractive. Know your value.

6. Build your worth on shifting sand.
A sure way to lose your true beauty is to build your life on things that are destined to perish: talents, looks, accomplishments and possessions. True beauty transcends time.

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Punta Mita!

By January 3, 2014 Uncategorized
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alliesurf2We’re off to Punta Mita!!! Our house sitters arrive tomorrow, our bags are back and we’re ready to go. Just hoping for some good waves. I plan on doing a lot of reading and writing and logging some good water time. We just got a new surf mat for Christmas, which is turning out to be my new favorite water toy. What is your dream vacation?

 

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My Favorite Fashionable & Socially Conscious Possessions

By December 29, 2013 Uncategorized

As you may know I love items that give back. Today, I thought I would share my growing collection with you in hopes of inspiring you towards investing in items that give to a greater good.

1. Zia Leather Leaf Earrings {Raven and Lily}
This unique pair is handcrafted from locally sourced leather by marginalized Muslim women in Northern India. Proceeds from this collection go to fund literacy programs for the women artisans and their children in the community.

2. The Giving Keys: Grace
The Giving Keys exists to employ those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of repurposed keys that get sold and shared around the world. Each key is unique and carries a message like HOPE, STRENGTH, DREAM or COURAGE.

3. 31 Bits Necklace
I have this necklace in teal, but it was limited edition is an is no longer available. Designers earn an income enabling them to provide for their families. They are cared for holistically through counseling, health education, finance training, and business mentorships. After five years in the 31 Bits program, their beneficiaries are ready to graduate.

4. Della Laptop Case
Della is a socially responsible fashion line working directly with a community in Ghana, West Africa. Every product is carefully handcrafted using authentic textiles sourced in the Volta Region. The passionate, talented women and men who create the pieces are given an opportunity to build a foundation for a better life through jobs, education and skills training.

5. Sevenly + To Write Love on Her Arms Baseball Tee
Sevenly sells merchandise and gives $7 of each item sold a designated charity of the week. This limited edition tee (which unfortunately is no longer available) supports the work of the non-profit To Write Love on Her Arms, which is dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.

6. Mango Wood + Leather Bangles {Raven and Lily}
Handmade from locally sourced metallic leathers by marginalized women in Northern India. Proceeds from this collection help fund literacy programs for the women artisans and their children in the community.

7. Yami Distressed Leather Tote Bag {Raven and Lily}
Made in partnership with a brand new workshop in Addis Ababa, focused on providing employment opportunities for women vulnerable to labor trafficking.

8. Lux Necklace {Raven and Lily + Tiffany Kunz}
These exclusive designs crafted from melted bullet casings and vintage coins empower HIV+ women in Ethiopia. In addition to providing sustainable economic opportunities, Raven + Lily returns proceeds to fund school scholarships and micro-enterprise training for women and children in this community.

9. Wonderfully Made Scripted Tee
This tee is obviously only a small sampling of my collection of Wonderfully Made items, but every time you purchase something from our store 100% of the proceeds support our work to help young women know their true value and worth.

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