Tessie's Book Club


Alright guys, who's ready to host the first book club dinner?! Emphasis on dinner, I'm (always) hungry!!

Anyways, I often read through (sections) of multiple books at a time because I am just so smart! Here are some of my favorite books of late that I have been posting a lot about on my blog Instagram and blog Facebook page so it's about time I post them on my *actual* blog...

Oh Maria - literally the biggest fan girl of Maria RN!  I had the inspiring privilege of listening to her speak at our Beautycounter Leadership Summit in Minneapolis earlier this month and whoa, I was like "RUN FOR PRESIDENT!" The woman is so intelligent, kind, real, approachable, and making major influential and needed movements in our world.  I am grateful for her heart and willingness to bring courageous conversations to often quiet subjects that hold great promise and relatable content to so many people.  Maria said she wrote this book to be a companion for people- each thought starts with an inspirational quote, followed by a reflection / meditation, and ends with a prayer.   I especially love "Why it Takes Courage to Care" and "It's Okay- in Fact, It's Crucial- to Grieve." 

OMG- my sister, Carebear, had me start following Orlando (@mrorlandosoria) on instagram last year when I moved home because he "reminded her so much of me and my humor and his break up story is close to mine and he is just hilarious!" So, duh, I was like "he must be the best..." and since then I have been COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS for his book to be released.  I won the award for patience because it finally came out in April and it was worth the wait - it's A M A Z I N G!  Not only is Orlando hysterically open and honest about his disappointments and insecurities in life, bringing such animation to his instagram and book, he is also an extremely talented Interior Designer by trade (creative, cute, talented, JUST LIKE ME - right Cara?)  Get It Together! is so well done and will keep you laughing and thinking "Hey, life isn't perfect and sometimes things suck...but Orlando keeps it real and comical!" all while wanting to redo every inch of your home -which he also includes *cost effective* tips for!

Ohhhh this book is magical and a dream for everyone like me who loves spending all their money on holistic health, whole food goodness, and Beautycounter (Almila Kakinc-Dodd worked for the Environmental Working Group so *swoon* all BC Advocates!)  Everything in this book is beautiful, Almila's way of life in regards to healing and simple stillness reminds me of my holistic health coach, Jessica Zanotti, and what I have been working on practicing in my own world.  The name Thirlby, comes from Almila's blog of the same name, and the book truly is an easy to navigate field guide broken into Farmacy, Spiritual Smack, and Beauty Bites - lead by her incredible intro story of coming to the United States.  I pretty much read through the entire book in one evening and now I am meditating through it, incorporating different aspects, especially from the Spiritual Smack into my rituals. 

Another magical book alert!! Slow Beauty by Shel Pink is such a beautiful ode and encouragement to self love - YOU are the love story.  It walks you through creating soothing daily rituals and enchanting life paths.  After I read through this book I was *READY* to go forward with leading a Slow Beauty themed retreat this fall based off of practices and homemade beauty remedies from the book (you totally want to come to the retreat, right?) 
I have always been interested in lunar moon phases (especially in regards to my cycle- ammiright, ladies?!) and Slow Beauty gives great guidance on moon salutation as well as other mantras, meditations, and energy practices. 
One of my favorite aspects of Slow Beauty it is laid out by seasons.  My dear friend and life coach, Leah Hart, whose voice rings out to me throughout the book, has always instilled the importance of seasonal changes in regards to a healthy lifestyle balance and connecting with nature / the extraordinary world God created. 
Leah always says she believes "Self-love will save the world" and I can't help but agree. Slow Beauty is an incredible guide to being comfortable celebrating ourselves, in a truly lovely way!

TBH - I haven't read this book yet buuuut I have watched both of Guy Winch's TED Talks and I loved them so I am pretty confident in this book being part of my club!  I wrote the following on my Blog's Facebook page the other day and now I am just going to copy/paste it (haha) because it was a quality - from the heart post, okay?! :)

Emotional Hygiene FTW!


I just borrowed Guy Winch’s recently published book “How to Fix a Broken Heart” (also the title of another one of his TED talks) from the library. The words in this podcast and the liner notes of his book spoke to me deeply “...while we wouldn’t expect someone to go to work or function well with a broken limb, heartbroken people are expected to function in their lives despite the emotional pain they feel.”
The words are also reminiscent of the first time I heard Andy Puddicombe’s TED talk “All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes” regarding mindful meditation which significantly changed my anxiety and taught me to stop allowing fear to control my life (thank you, Headspace! 🙌)
It’s Mental Health Awareness month and with experiencing two excruciating losses in my life in such a short amount of time - I am so grateful my head and spiritual faith were in the best, most connected places they have ever been so that I can dig through the treacherous process and reality of losing Joey.
Please, reach out to me or a loved one anytime with any questions, support, encouragement and resources regarding your mental health. Remember, you are never alone, and talking about it is so powerful and starts the path to relief. <3
We are all in it together (literally, read the statistics on depression and anxiety) I got your back - and I thank all those for having mine! 🙏

Yo, Carebear got this for me for my bday (she's the best!) and IT IS SO much more than a book of super cool vintage trailers.  Mary Jane Butters is a BOSS - she's a Park Ranger turned retail queen/glamping campground founder/Organic Goddess millionaire - Y'all need this book to read about her life story alone!  Anyways, Mary Jane breaks down everything from how to shop for a trailer, what to include in an emergency roadside toolkit, plumbing (or no plumbing) options, how to grill a fish!  Bentley and I have aspirations to travel national parks in our custom vintage trailer and thanks to Carebear and Mary Jane we are pre-pared and ready to HIT THE ROAD!

The planets.  Photo archieves from NASA.  Forward by Bill Nye. Enough said!


Okay, there it is- my latest collection of #TessiesBookClub picks!
Keep in mind two things:
1- According to my alma mater, Huffman Elementary, readers are leaders!
2- The links I included under the books are from Barnes & Noble because I want to keep them in business. But, I got the majority of them from my boyfriend (aka the library) and the *newest* 2018 releases from gifts (thank you Cara + Sean!)
So you don't have to spend much to be smart you just need to pay taxes and have friends and family members buy you gifts. 

Seriously, who is hosting book club first!? I'm not afraid to host it myself and eat an entire casserole...


Tessie's Little Black Book: Consign 49




11th Semi-Annual Consignment Sale Event (Spring 2018 Event), which is a huge resale pop-up event featuring nearly 15,000 new and gently used clothing and home decor items brought in by over 150 members from the community.



Raven Hall at the Alaska State Fairgrounds: 2075 Glenn Hwy Palmer, AK

The Consign49 Spring 2018 Consignment Event brings you great finds on new and gently used brand name and designer clothing, accessories, shoes, home décor, furniture, and so much more!  Rack up amazing savings while supporting members of the community.  Admission is free, major credit cards are accepted and dressing rooms are provided!  Also, support local boutiques and businesses who will have featured spaces in our boutique section and vendor row. 



April 5th - 8th

Wednesday, April 4th: Presale (requires a pass)
Thursday, April 5th: 9am - 8pm
Friday, April 6th: 9am - 8pm
Saturday, April 7th: 9am - 8pm
Sunday, April 8th: 9am - 5pm, many items HALF PRICE



If you have high-quality items going unworn or unused, take this opportunity to do some spring cleaning and join Consign49 as a consignor in an upcoming event.  All you do is price, hang, and tag your items and drop off the day before the event starts.  Unsold items can be picked up after the event, or left to be donated to a local charity. Consignors receive a check within 10 days after the event.  To register, go to http://www.flashconsign.com/Consignment/Online?ran=25&sleID=688 or visit www.consign49.com for more details.



I have had great experiences as a Consigner with Consign 49 - the timing of the events (winter + spring) works out well for cleaning out my closet, the consignor rates are exceptional, and the payment turnaround is awesome.  Signing up and entering inventory of items I am consigning is super user-friendly and I love that I can log-in and check on what has/hasn't sold during the event.  I also love that I can decide which items I would like to have donated if they don't sell.  I highly recommend consigning with Consign 49 as well as checking out the event to shop!  It's eco-friendly and fun!

Keep up with all things Consign 49 via their website: www.consign49.com  + facebook: www.facebook.com/consign49/ + instagram: www.instagram.com/consign49/

Tessie's Little Black Book: Vixen Fitness Class at Studio Pulse

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Stephanie Wonchala - Owner of Studio Pulse Center for Dance + Director of Pulse Dance Company

images: Kerry Tasker&nbsp;

images: Kerry Tasker 

Vixen Fitness Class

Class description from StudioPulseAK.com:
Developed by studio owner Stephanie Wonchala, this signature Studio Pulse class (formerly named Burlesque Body) is popular with adults! You will sweat, grind, twerk, jiggle, and stretch into the most confident version of your body. This class is ideal for anyone looking for an extended, intense warm up and sexy floorwork. Emphasis is placed on HIIT exercises and easy-to-follow dance combos done to booty-poppin' music. Focus then shifts to sensual movement and developing the strength and agility required to execute intricate moves with fluidity and grace. Floorwork can be tough on knees, and knee protection and/or legwarmers are highly recommended. Choreography varies to incorporate elements of neo-classical burlesque and erotic dance, and new routines are introduced every 2-3 weeks. Wear workout, yoga, or stylish dance attire - whatever you feel fierce (and won't overheat) in. Bare feet or clean indoor sneakers for the first half of class, option to wear heels in the second half of class. Music may be explicit; this class is not recommended for anyone averse to floorwork or high impact. Perfect for anyone looking to feel empowered by moving the body their mama gave 'em. Water bottle highly encouraged.

2422 East Tudor Rd. Anchorage, AK  99504

additional information @&nbsp; www.studiopulseak.com

additional information @ www.studiopulseak.com

Empower yourself by moving + shakin' what yo' mama gave you! Who run the world?! Y-O-U!  

6:30-7:30pm Wednesdays

additional information @&nbsp; www.studiopulseak.com

additional information @ www.studiopulseak.com

Drop-in for a class or punchcard and/or call Studio Pulse Center for Dance at #907.677.8573 with any questions! *Hours of Operation are during class instruction times*

Your girl, Tessie - has never been great at choreographed moves. ODB at the club aka free-style shaking is one thing, but even as a cheerleader, the choreography was not my strong suit.  What I love so much about Studio Pulse is it's a true extension of Stephanie's spirit: kind, inviting, motivating, passionate, and fun!  I took around three Vixen Fitness classes right when I moved back to Anchorage, and even with being a bit behind personally on the choreography, I never felt intimidated or like I was holding the class up.  Stephanie is an INCREDIBLY skilled and accomplished dancer and choreographer - with no ego.  Her love for dance and desire of bringing dance to our community and a part of people's lives is so apparent and contagious, I felt nothing but empowerment and joy during Vixen Fitness (and honestly any other class I have taken at Pulse!)  There is a true FITNESS aspect to the class as well so get ready to WORK + (T)WERK!
I absolutely encourage you to give Vixen Fitness a shot next Wednesday.  Try something NEW!  The classes build on each other with choreography and we all know practice makes perfect aka it's best done in a dedicated series - but try it out first, and see why I was so excited to go back for more and PROMOTE with this photo shoot!!! ;) 

image c/o: @PulseDanceAK

image c/o: @PulseDanceAK

image c/o: @PulseDanceAK

image c/o: @PulseDanceAK

Keep up with Stephanie, Pulse Dance Co., and all things Studio Pulse via their instagram: @pulsedanceak + website: www.studiopulseak.com

Style Profile: Sarah Lewis

I've never met Sarah in person, but I was instantly drawn to her inviting, honest, and kind spirit via instagram!  I have a highly curated list of under 25 people I follow on social media, and when I received a follow from "The Bright Change" (now @sarahlewisco) I was so intrigued by such a lovely and beautiful handle! 
THE - BRIGHT - CHANGE: adding such light, ease, and comfort to something (change) that can be seen as an intimidation.  Sarah's feed is full of beauty, truth, travel journeys, strength, hope, and encouragement.  It has been such a pleasure to connect with Sarah from across the globe and just as God / the Universe do - I feel like you connect with the right people at the right time who are following similar paths and have similar light and love they are projecting out!  I am so excited to share Sarah's style profile, the first ethical fashion based style profile on the blog...
E N J O Y!  xoxox

image c/o: @sarahlewisco

image c/o: @sarahlewisco

Sarah Lewis

Geneva, Switzerland - for now ;-)

I’m studying online to become a holistic health coach, but still working full time.

Decade in Life:

image c/o: @sarahlewisco

image c/o: @sarahlewisco

Describe your personal style:
I think I went through a period where my style was simple/minimal/chic with a lot of black and neutrals. I still love that, but now I feel I am transitioning back to the style I had when I was 17. I think I am going back to what I naturally gravitated towards and loved before I thought I should look a certain way (for work, to impress etc.). So I would say my style is going back to a kind of boho chic and feminine style, with hippie vibes, flowy dresses. But I will be more able to express that when Summer comes around J

Favorite color and print to wear:
I love black, blue, white and colorful ethnic/floral prints.

Go to outfit for instant confidence and sophistication:
Winter: thigh high boots, skirt, large sweater and faux shearling rider jacket

Summer: flowy dress, basket bag, sunglasses and raffia slip-ons

Year-round: yoga clothes and ethical Veja sneakers (+ Patagonia puffer jacket)

Signature scent:
I love a good woody/spicy fragrance. Think sandalwood, cloves, cedarwood, patchouli with notes of citrus and fresh flowers.

image c/o: @sarahlewisco

image c/o: @sarahlewisco

Most coveted piece in closet:
Stella McCartney bag (but it’s actually my sister’s) & vintage denim skirt.

Most lusted item you don’t own:
A Stella McCartney bag that would be my own.

Favorite places to shop:
I like to shop in small boutiques that have a good selection and not too many choices (& preferably ethical/eco-conscious), I also like to shop in vintage stores or second-hand stores that have carefully selected their clothes. But most of the time I’ll shop online and look for gems from eco/ethical brands.

Favorite season and why: 
Summer, because minimal clothing is required. I can just slip on a nice dress and be good to go.

image c/o: @sarahlewisco

image c/o: @sarahlewisco

I never leave home without:
iPhone + earphones, a book (or audiobook), a notebook and pen.

I feel most beautiful in:
A dress.

Fashion Icons:
Jessica Stein, Rachel Bilson, Parisian women.

Five classic essentials you think every lady should own:
1- A little black dress
2- A good pair of jeans
3- Yoga clothes that are nice enough she can stay in all day long
4- Something that she feels beautiful in and suits her body type
5- A go-to accessory (whether it’s a hat, sunglasses or a necklace)

image c/o: @sarahlewisco

image c/o: @sarahlewisco

Favorite bands/artists
My two favorite types of music I always go to or come back to are: folk/folk rock/soft rock music & mantra/new age music.

Some of my favorite artists are Jack Johnson, Tracy Chapman, Caamp, Jay Jagdeesh, Noah Kahan, Bon Iver, Snatam Kaur etc.

Ethical brands worth checking out: 
A few I ethical brands have been loving lately-

Yireh (US, HI)
Harly Jae (Canada)
Warriors of the Divine (AUS)
Folk Tribe Clothing (AUS)
Ekyog (FR)

Favorite instagrams to lurke:
@karlycakess & @tuulavintage for a good dose of inspiration.

Trend you wish never happened:
I think too many trends in general and fast fashion.

I honestly think that if we knew ourselves and our style a little better and invested in our own unique style more than in trends, fast fashion and all the damage caused by the industry wouldn’t have come this far. I’m not one to judge and I understand that we often go for trends to experiment or towards cheaper fast fashion pieces because of our budget. I have been a victim of fast fashion myself. But when you look at it from another perspective, I think fast fashion costs us more. In every possible way. We buy “cheap” clothes (made in poor countries by women or children, in terrible working conditions) that are unfortunately not good quality and only serve a trend. Those pieces last us a season - if that! But if we invest in well made, high-quality clothes that fit us well and our style and that we can keep, wear and love for several seasons and even several years, we actually save money in the long run.

image c/o: @sarahlewisco

image c/o: @sarahlewisco

Advice to those establishing an eco-conscious personal style:
One mistake we might be tempted to make when making the shift is to get rid of all our non-eco-conscious/ethical pieces and get only new clothes from ethical brands. But actually, the first step is to use what we already have and use it as much as possible.

Keep up with Sarah and her alluring and inspirational lifestyle via her instagram: @sarahlewisco & her website: sarahlewis.co