Veracity & Verve Padfolio

I am a soon-to-be college graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communication Studies. (in my final semester – woot! woot!) So naturally, I am on the job hunt! One important thing that I haven’t had is a padfolio to carry my resume, notepad, business cards, etc. However, the other day I was stumbling around on Pinterest and found one that I had to have! I ordered it off Amazon from Veracity & Verve. There were three colors to choose from – grey pleather, pink pleather, and metallic pink. I really loved the metallic pink but felt it was too over the top and the grey just didn’t suit me. So I went with the pink pleather and lately, I have been all about the muted pinks and mauves. So it was a win-win. Plus… Wait! There’s more – It can also hold my 12-inch MacBook! This is great because […]

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New Year, New Look, New(ish) Hair

This new year I’m focusing a lot more on self-care. One way to go about this is washing away all of last weeks woes and rejuvenating yourself for the upcoming week. I’m one of those that have different types of showers. I have my ‘wash hair, face, and body’ shower, ‘wash hair, exfoliate, and moisturize’ shower, and then the shower where I go all out – wash hair, exfoliate, cleanse, shave, moisturize, etc. Complimentary of Influenster, I have been able to start the new year early by reviving my shower routine with the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner.  With all of the dyes, bleach, and heat that I put in my hair, I need to take better care of it (I have been coloring my hair since fifth grade!!) Lately, I have been all about blonde! 🌟 View this post on Instagram Winter blonde ❄ […]

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My Not-So-Short Life: Why Limb Lengthening Surgery Was Right for Me

Like many with dwarfism, I surprised my parents when I was born. Only one in 15,000 to one in 40,000 live births results in a person with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism. Despite my genetic condition, I was a healthy baby and child. I attended a normal school and took dance lessons for 13 years. Like any other kid, I played outside, went to birthday parties and occasionally fought with my older brother and sister. In elementary school, I was shorter than my friends, but I always assumed I’d grow taller and be more independent despite my dwarfism. Seeking Independence Middle school years are rough for everyone. Bodies and voices change and, suddenly, everyone seems to only socialize with one group of friends. During this time, I started to realize how my small stature made me stand out (or lack thereof) from everyone else. My friends towered over […]

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Fundacíon ALPE Acondroplasia 2018

If you were keeping up with me on social media last week then you probably know that I was in Spain for the sixth International Congress on Achondroplasia and other Bone Dysplasias. This three-day event is put on every four years by Fundacíon ALPE Acondroplasia. ALPE is such a wonderful organization that provides information, gives support, sponsors medical advice and creates bonds for families and children with achondroplasia and other forms of rare bone dysplasias. I had the honor of meeting Estefánia and Susana earlier this year while in Maryland for the Joint Pediatric Advisory Committee and Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee Open Public Hearing. This was my first time attending the ALPE Congress and I can say first hand that in all the ways it’s similar to a Little People of America National Conference or Regional it’s also very different. Like at LPA, they had world-renowned medical professionals and dwarfism specialists […]

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