8 Things To Do Today Instead of Watching The Inauguration

nordstrom-pleione-sweatshirt-rufflesIf the idea of watching Donald Trump become the President of the United States makes you want to puke in your mouth just a little, but you can’t seem to avoid catching glimpses of the Trump clan everywhere you look, try one of these alternatives to keep your cool. If you are one of those people who are like, ‘he’s President, get over it!’ my answer to you is ‘no’.

  1. Check out these awesome Museums providing free admission as a refuge from the inauguration today only! 
  2. Help support the women’s march on Washington even if you can’t make it, this article has plenty of ideas of ways to support the causes that will need the most help during this administration, including women, minority, and LGBTQ rights – many of which don’t require writing a check.
  3. Go shopping! Not online, local! Experience the joy of meandering through a beautiful shop and notice all of the details and unique visual design, and even possibly meet and chat with store owners. You know, like they used to do in the olden days! Now that would make America pretty darn great. Here’s a cool list of local Chicago shops to check out.
  4. In a direct act of defiance to the incoming administration, go to the library, check out a book, and then actually read it. Bonus points for books on Civil Rights and Fascism.
  5. If reading isn’t your thing, but you still want to educate yourself on some real stuff, watch ’13th’ on Netflix. At the very least it will give you a better understanding of the history of race relations in our country. Also while you are there, binge watch ‘Chewing Gum’. (its just a really, really, funny show). 
  6. If you are going to watch the inauguration after all, why not make a drinking game out of it? Here’s a good one created by Rolling Stone. My fave: whenever he doubles up a modifier, i.e. “many, many” or “very, very.” (@pat_donovan)
  7. Listen to the part of the song where DJ Khaled, Future, and Jay Z obviously couldn’t think of any more lyrics in ’I Got The Keys’ (Start at 3:07) – it makes me chuckle every time – obviously I’m easily amused.
  8. Start that new hobby, job, or even write the next great American novel if you are so inclined – remember – if Donald Trump can be President, anything is possible!

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  • Slightly terrified because I just hit publish on a new YouTube video where I am completely makeup free (and possibly too close up - nose hair close 😬) reviewing the new clean skincare line @oneoceanbeauty that I have been testing for the past 8 weeks. I thought about not posting the video because watching it brought out a lot of my insecurities - about aging and wrinkles, my asymmetrical face, my unfortunate eyebrows - but I decided to do it because I love seeing other women who are confident and comfortable in their own makeup free skin and I want to be that too! 🙌🏾 #cleanskincare #cleanbeauty #skincareroutine 
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  • When at least one of us is looking at the camera, it’s a win 🙌🏾 Also, I’m holding the rocks she collected for her - lol - We are staying cozy  inside today, carving pumpkins and watching movies ~ a Sunday well spent 💕 what are you all up to? #mommyandme #pumpkinpatch #fallthings
  • #flashbackfriday Scrolling through my iCloud and came across this family picture shot by @jorellegates. Two thoughts: 1) I can’t believe how teeny my babies are And 2) we need to take more family pictures! Do you guys get professional family pics done? If yes, how often? With Adam we did it every season but now we can’t seem to get our act together ~ even for someone who takes pictures constantly I can’t seem to do it 😔 #fambam #momswithcameras
  • Thinking about what my next YouTube video should be? I’m thinking of organizing my kitchen/pantry/junk drawer (for some good old organization porn) - or a Fall outfit look book featuring only stuff I already own (restyled) and the only new stuff would be thrifted? Which would you want to see first?? Let me know! #tgif #styleinspo
  • Sophie’s face whenever I try to take her picture - either that or she’s running away 😑 Today we took a spontaneous trip to the pumpkin farm ~ I got my fill of apple cider donuts - which is the real reason why I love to go tbh - but the real question is which are your fave, glazed or cinnamon/sugar??? #momswithcameras #pumpkinpatch
  • Last nights look for a little soirée with the @urbandecaycosmetics team! What could be better than a night of makeup and pizza??? I’ll wait... #udallnighter #chicagoblogger #makeupparty
  • Smiling because a new YouTube video is now live on my channel! Sharing how I meal prepped this week’s lunch - it is a really easy beef stew recipe - (it’s also a really good veggie stew if you don’t eat meat!) Hope you guys enjoy! Also hooray for wool hat weather! 🙌🏾 #newvideo #youtube #mealprep
  • #flashbackfriday to a preppy Zahra in college (when I worked at Hollister 🙃) and polo shirts were life - also my parents had that plaid couch for a decade and that treadmill was NEVER used. Lastly, thick eyebrows weren’t cool yet FYI. #TGIF #goodtimes
  • A peek inside my ‘creative mess’ aka my office where I finally finished editing a new YouTube video  it’s a quick (under 5 minute) makeup tutorial using a lot of new @ctilburymakeup I recently picked up (and btw absolutely LOVE)- for a really fresh ‘enhanced natural’ face. Hope you enjoy!

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