Why I Started A Business with My Best Friend

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I have been keeping a bit mum about this the past few months, but some big things have been happening behind the scenes.

In October, I took one of the biggest risks of my life. I quit a great full time job with a company that I love to pursue something that had been a long term dream of mine.  A dream that I had been working tirelessly evenings and weekends to get off the ground.

It’s with great pleasure that I finally get to share with all of you Madison and Melrose.

My best friend, Audrey Stimpson, and I have taken our complementary skill sets and partnered together in a full service content creation and digital marketing agency.

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Bachelorette on Tybee Island

EDIT2Dress,  Asos.   Sunglasses,  Prada.   Bag,  Henri Bendel.   Sandals,  Asos.  (Similar here, and here.)

Well, this is embarrassingly long overdue!  However, I was recently promoted at my job and have been working on building a new department at work so that has been my top priority!

If you follow along on my Instagram and snapchat (username: madame_ostrich), you’ll know that I was in Savannah, Georgia for Belle’s bachelorette weekend the beginning of May!  It’s crazy that Belle’s wedding is only a week and a half away!

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Reflecting on The Women’s March

I raise up my voice not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard

I wanted to share today some beautiful photos my dear friend Audrey Froggatt took of the Women’s March on NYC.  Although I was unable to attend due to a prior commitment, I have been so inspired by the stories and photos posted all over social media.

The real beauty of the event was that so many different causes inspired women to march, drawing in women from all walks of life.  Below is a meditation Audrey wrote reflecting her own experience.  It’s simple, yet poignant and powerful and I hope it inspires you.

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August Reading


Wow, is it just me or has this year flown by?

I can’t believe it’s already August–which means it’s time to savor the last days of summer and start gearing up for my favorite season Autumn!

In preparation, I’m going to share with you in the next few days my absolute favorite pieces for the upcoming season, what to buy, and where to buy it.

Today, however, I wanted to post about some of my current reads.  For me, summer has always been about taking time to step back and learn more about the things I’m interested in.

One of the things I looked most forward to as a kid was going to the bookstore before our annual road trip to Texas and picking out the book I was going to get lost in during the drive from California.  Even though I’m not going to Texas this summer, (I went during the spring this year!) or taking a big vacation, I still love to spend my downtime learning new things and getting lost in a good book.


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Day Trip To Rockaway Beach

edit1Dress, Asos.  (Now 40% off!)  Sunglasses, Chanel.  (Similar here.)

Even if you’ve lived in New York City you’re whole life—the odds are that you haven’t seen all of it.  Just ask my boyfriend, who is Bronx born and raised.  Even after 24 years in the city, he’s still discovering hidden gems.

In fact, one of the things I like most about life in NYC is that there’s always a new adventure waiting.  You can take an hour long subway ride for only $2.75 and explore a place that’s entirely different from your neighborhood.  Each borough is full of unique landmarks, museums, parks and beaches, and each neighborhood in those boroughs has its own distinct personality and charm.

This past weekend my friend Belle, her fiancée Brendan, James, and I decided to take the A train down to Rockaway Beach.  Rockaway is James’ favorite beach in the city, and the other three of us had never visited, even though it’s only an hour and a half from Midtown.


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These Are The Most Outrageous Items You Can Buy At Joan Rivers’ Estate Sale


Last week I was invited to what was, quite possibly, the most exciting event I’ve ever been to:  the press event for Joan Rivers’ estate sale at Christie’s Auction House.

I was able to have an up close and personal view of over 200 pieces from Joan’s Manhattan apartment, as well as hear Christie’s experts such as Jonathan Rendell and Gemma Sudlow speak toward her incredible taste and legacy.

As you can imagine, Joan’s private life was equally as grand as her public persona.  In this sense, her estate is truly a testament to how she lived.  In fact, she even described her apartment, “Marie Antoinette would live here… if she had the money.”  

Since her pieces are being auctioned off this morning, I thought it would only be appropriate to celebrate by sharing the most memorable—most Joan—ones from her collection.


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I Went On A Feminist Tour Of the Met. This is What I Learned…


Did you know that less than 4% of the artists featured within the Modern Contemporary section of the Metropolitan Museum of Art are women… but 76% of the nudes are female?

In 1989, the Guerrilla Girls made waves by tallying the female artists and nudes within the museum. They then did it again in 2012 and came up with those updated figures.  (Spoiler: Things had improved *slightly,* but not by much since 1989.)

Bottom line: If you want to find a woman represented in The Met, chances are she’ll be nude.

Now, in 2016, Museum Hack has launched their Badass Bitches of the Met tour which sets out to highlight and share the stories behind the awesome females within and behind works of art.


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Giving Back With The Perfect Holiday Outfit

Fashion to Figure Dress for Success Giving Tuesday

Today Fashion to Figure is not only offering 25% off on all orders, but they’re also donating 5% of their revenue to one of my favorite organizations, Dress for Success!

If you aren’t aware of Dress For Success yet, they are a charity that empowers women in need by providing the tools they need to enter the workforce.  The organization is best known for providing women with their interview outfits, but they also provide career development training and courses to ensure that the women they are helping not only get the job, but thrive in it!


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