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Why Thank U, Next, Ariana Grande's Self Love Anthem, Is Her Best Song

Ariana Grande’s new single, "Thank U, Next," is good. Really, really good. Maybe even the best song of her career. And not just because of its infectious hook and uplifting melody. It is the perfect self love // gratitude anthem for our self love movement. After a very public broken engagement, and the sudden loss of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, it would have been very easy for her to come out with a traditional heartbreak anthem burning her exes. But instead of dwelling on the negative, Ariana handles loss on multiple levels with inspiring grace and self love, and shifts her perspective...

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This Halloween Let's Embrace Our Fears

Halloween is interesting because it’s the one night out of the entire year in which being afraid is celebrated. For 364 days, we’re taught to brush our fears away, to be fearless, to act like nothing can spook us. This is of course a terrible mental health strategy, as to be fearless is impossible, and the more we try to get there the more inadequate we feel and the more we hide our true feelings and selves. Then comes Halloween. One night only. Be afraid, get validated! Enter the haunted house, leave with candy. What if we approached every day...

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Banksy Made Me Do It: Transforming Everyday Ads Into Self Love Campaigns

Earlier this month, street artist and activist Banksy made headlines and history once again with his latest performance art prank. After his famous work, “Girl With Balloon,” sold at auction for a whopping $1.4 million, a mechanism inside the frame went off, shredding the piece in an act of self-destruction. This stunt can have multiple meanings, as Banksy often uses his art to comment on such structures as capitalism, power imbalances, and corruption.  Wrapped up in the Banksy frenzy ourselves, we started questioning art and its subjective worth. What makes art valuable? What qualifies as art? In what way can...

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How Self Love Can Fuel a Better Sex Life According to Dr. Shannon Chavez

First off, I'm sure you get this all the time, but can you tell us a little bit about your background and when/how you knew you wanted to be a sex therapist?  I always felt comfortable talking about sex despite growing up in a conservative household. I started my career pursuing medicine and along the way found my passion in psychology.  I was surprised to learn that there was minimal training in my clinical program on human sexuality. I knew I wanted to work with couples and individuals and that it was inevitable that we would be dealing with sexual...

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Beyonce on Self Love, Self Care, Body Acceptance and Body Positivity

From the role self love and self care play in her life, to why body acceptance is so important to her, Beyonce gives one of the most candid interview of her life to Vogue for its September Issue, detailing the birth of her twins Sir and Rumi, and sharing how after a C section, she's learning to love her new body. "After the birth of my first child, I believed in the things society said about how my body should look. I put pressure on myself to lose all the baby weight in three months, and scheduled a small tour...

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4 Steps to a Better Self Love Life

What is self love and why is self love important to practice daily? Self love is defined as regard for one's own well-being and happiness. The concept seems simple enough, and yet it can be one of the most difficult things to put into practice. Check out our definition of self love below, and learn why it is crucial to incorporate. Self Love: What Is It? Before we explore why self love is important and practical ways to incorporate it, let’s pin down exactly what self love is. Self love, also referred to as self-compassion, is the ability to relate...

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11 Women's Empowerment Songs that Will Kickstart Your Day

It's World Music Day, and we're celebrating by putting together a women's empowerment playlist just for you. Music is powerful. Women are powerful. And when you combine the two, you get absolute magic. So, naturally, as a company dedicated to empowering women, we put together a list of our top favorite feminist songs right now. These artists and their music empower women of all generations around the world, and we are all about it. Check out what we have listed below, and head to the Spotify playlist at the bottom so you can easily add, share, and empower others as you please!  1. “Scars...

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19 Self Love Songs to Play All Summer Long

Summer is right around the corner, and we're celebrating the start of lazy beach days and cool summer nights with none other than a self love playlist. If you’re anything like us, music is an escape from the day. It can instantly affect your mood. And, if there’s anything we know about the music industry, it’s that female artists are bad ass boss ladies producing songs for fellow boss ladies (like yourself) to enjoy! We’re not just creators of the Self Love Pinky Ring. We’re music lovers through and through. Seriously, we sing a lot in the office. We wanted to put...

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Self Love (Pinky Rings) and Sex and the City

Which Self Love Pinky Ring would our favorite besties wear? Let's find out. 20 years ago, four best friends changed everything about how we perceive women on television: Samantha, Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte's bond with each other in Sex and the City was rooted not just in love for each other, but also love for themselves. They were four women who weren't afraid to choose themselves and love themselves, even when it was painfully difficult to do so. They were authentic, bold, flawed, and absolutely perfect. So on National Best Friend Day, the only question that remains, is which Self...

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A Letter to my Mom

Our founder and CEO Melody wrote a letter to her mom in honor of Mother's Day. We hope you'll read this beautiful piece and consider sharing with all the wonderful mamas in your lives.  Thank you, mom. For seeing my most authentic self the moment I was born and naming me Melody. Thank you, mom. For bravely leaving your home country and family when you were only 19 and I was only 3 months so I could have a better life. Thank you, mom. For giving me an idyllic childhood, despite having to make a life out of nothing with...

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10 Positive Affirmations That Will Change Your Life

When it comes to affirmations, it’s easy to be skeptical. “Stare at myself in the mirror and repeat something over and over to myself? Yeah, okay.” But research has shown time and time again that affirmations increase an individual’s sense of self-worth and positive emotions. When we verbally affirm our dreams and ambitions, we are instantly empowered with a deep sense of reassurance that our wishful words will become reality. How does this work? Affirmations have actually been proven to rewire our brains. Much like exercise, they raise the level of feel-good hormones and push our brains to form new...

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12 Inspiring Quotes About Self Love

At Fred and Far, we make a promise to choose, honor, remember and love ourselves every day. Practicing self love is so important for your inner peace, happiness, health and life. It is so easy to put others first in an act of selflessness, but it’s nearly impossible to give your all to someone else if you don’t give your all to yourself first. You deserve to place yourself on a pedestal and practice what makes you feel good, from acceptance, to love and care, and everything in between. Below are 12 of our favorite quotes that speak volumes to...