The Rooms You'll Always Remeber

I often think back to the summer nights I spent on the back porch at the cottage my friends rented in Martha's Vineyard. This inviting and relaxing room quickly became the gathering spot for all the girls on our trip.  We deemed it the "Magical Porch," it felt like time stopped when we were sitting out there and nothing could touch us- not even the pesky bugs that came out in droves during the evening.  It wasn't until we left the island and returned to reality that we understood the porch's true magic: 
It's crazy how a communal room can have the power to bring people closer together.  Rooms where friends can simply sit around, listen to music, eat junk food, drink too much, amuse ourselves with stories from the past, and share dreams of the future.  Looking back at some of my favorite moments, they've happened in these "magical" rooms like the ones below. They're where I've had some of my most valuable memories, learned the biggest lessons, and connected with the greatest of friends.

Author: Athena Gomez-Hipolito
Co-Author: Jesse Meade
Edited by: Jesse Meade
Photography:  First 2 Photos taken by Athena Gomez-Hipolito / Inspirational Photos found on tumblr and WeHeartit (If you have taken one these photos and would like to either receive credit  or have them taken down please email for your inspiration!)

Braidspiration Anyone?

I was going to wait until winter to put this vlog on my site, but after getting some positive feedback from my friends and realizing that worrying over negative feedback is simply unproductive, I decided to just post it!  Besides this site is where my audience is!

In my first official vlog post, I discuss why I decided to test the Vlogverse waters  and attempt to  show you how to create a unique fishtail braid inspired by YouTube Sensation, Andreaschoice

PS Apologies, for using improper terminology when explaining this hairstyle! I'll get better I promise! #needtoexpandmyvocabulary 

Author: Athena Gomez-Hipolito

Take me there, Take me anywhere

I've always been full of wanderlust.  Although I love New England and wouldn't mind settling down here one day, there's something inside me that yearns to get away for a little bit. Fortunately, I've had the opportunity to travel to numerous areas in the past few years.  I've been to the peaceful Adirondacks, the overrated Los Angeles, the underrated Toronto, the restless NYC,  the "unforgettable" Vegas, and the laid-back Daytona.  However, it's when I see photos like the ones listed below, that I'm reminded of the fact that there's still so much more for me to explore....  

I need to be there....
 Author: Athena Gomez-Hipolito
Photography: Tumblr

Girlish  Skispiration?!

I know what some of you are thinking: "Ski mode already?! Fall hasn't even started yet!"
Trust me, I get it; some of you aren't ready to say goodbye to summer yet and a lot of you dread the cold months to come.  Unfortunately, my empathy to you can only go so far.

Being a female skier in New England can be very frustrating.  The sporadic and short winters prevent us from skiing on a regular basis and the chances of finding a fellow female ski buddy, let alone any ski buddy, are almost as low as finding Big Foot in a tutu.  As crazy as it sounds, this frustration is the only reason I'm skeptical about permanently living in New England.

So when I found out out that pro skier Lynsey Dyer made a film that advocates skiing and features female skiers across the country,  I couldn't help but share!  #Legendary 

For more information including tour information head to

Author: Athena Gomez-Hipolito

Hair Color Envy

Although I can't pull the look off myself, I absolutely love seeing girls dye their hair extreme and vibrant colors. Not only is the move bold and a great form of expression, it's also empowering and fun! As I've said in the past, I'm a huge admirer of creative and unique people who put themselves and their work out there. What better way to do that than with your hair?

On Love & Indifference

We tend to think of things in terms of polar opposites; an antonym can be defining. Probably the most popular pair that comes to my mind is love and hate. We love our significant other, we hate our ex. It’s a typical convention of thinking.

But is the opposite of love really hate? I thought so until I came across this quote from political activist Elie Wiesel:

“The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.” 

While Wiesel is referring to world events, his insight can certainly be applied to our personal lives. We so strongly want to prove we don’t love something that instead we say we hate it. But hatred implies feeling, even passion. And in the context of love and romance past, I’m starting to believe Wiesel has a point.

Stay Weird!

Lazy Oaf Autumn '13 Video: You're Boring from Lazy Oaf on Vimeo.

I find it ironic that the word weird can have such a negative connotation to it; especially when antonyms such as standard, average, and conventional personally give me the creeps. Think about it: Does it make sense to shame the qualities and characteristics that make us unique? Do you really want to be someone that just gets lost in the crowd of mundane judgment.  Is it always necessary to be the person that you're expected to be?

I for one embrace the weirdness. By doing so, I am able to be more open to change and more loving towards myself. Accepting my quirks allows me to make fun of myself while still having fun with myself.  Life is an epic short story and the last thing you want to do is turn it into a unfulfilled five minute snooze feast!

Here Are Some Quotes from  Notable Peeps That Accept and Embrace the idea of Being Weird:

"Make sure you get your one portion of weirdness a day, it keeps your bones strong."
Cara Delevingne

I'm thankful for weird people out there 'cause they're some of the most creative people.
- Channing Tatum

I think the most important thing in life is self-love, because if you don't have self-love, and respect for everything about your own body, your own soul, your own capsule, then how can you have an authentic relationship with anyone else?
- Shailene Woodley

“I think everybody's weird. We should all celebrate our
individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it. "
Johnny Depp 

I've always straddled a weird line - there's a lot of mainstream stuff that I love. At the same, I still feel like an outsider. I'm the outsider who's on the inside.

- Zooey Deschanel

A Beautiful Speech on Valentine's Day by Ellen Page

There are only a number speeches in my life that have not only conveyed inspiration and truth, but have also moved me in such a deep way. On Valentine's Day, actress Ellen Page came out as lesbian during her beautiful speech at the Time to Thrive Conference held by the Human Rights Campaign.

Thank you, Ellen Page! Thank you for reminding all of us that the only thing more important than loving and accepting one another for who they are, is accepting and loving ourselves first.

Author:  Athena Gomez-Hipolito
Video Source:  Human Right's Campaign
Featuring: Ellen Page