Study reveals financial prowess of singles ahead of Tax Day

Treat Yourself Tax Refund Gamut
Plenty of Fish Survey Shows Cars, Las Vegas and Getting Inked Dominate “Craziest Refund Spends” for singles when it comes to tax day refunds.

Tax Day is just around the corner and Plenty of Fish (POF), one of the largest global online dating companies, surveyed 3,000 singles across the U.S. to uncover the finer points of taxes and finances.

Key Findings

  • Only 11 percent of singles said they spend their tax refund, while 65 percent said they like to save some and spend some
  • When it comes to dating and money, 22 percent of women said they would not date someone who makes less money than them
  • More than 85 percent of singles said they tell the truth about how much they make, and fewer than 2 percent make less money than they claim to make
  • 38 singles spent their tax refund on a tattoo, with women out-inking men 22 to 16

Additional data and findings are available on this infographic, including the craziest things singles have spent their tax refund on (download graphic here).

Savvy Spenders and Savers

  • Nearly 26 percent of men said they save their tax refund, compared to less than 20 percent of women.
  • More than 34 percent of baby boomers save their tax refund, making them almost twice as likely to save their refund than any other age group.

Treat Yourself

When asked about the craziest thing singles have spent their refund on, write-in responses from them ran the gamut between practical and NSFW – and highlight a Mars versus Venus divide.

  • Car Parts: More than 190 men claimed their craziest tax return spend was on a car – the highest response by far.
  • Vegas Baby: Vacations made the top three, but Las Vegas hit the jackpot – 27 men and 8 women claimed this popular destination as their “craziest tax refund spend.”
  • Get Inked: 38 singles got tattoos with their refund, with women out-inking men 22 to 16.
  • Honorable Mention:24k gold grill for teeth, 10 gallons of beef jerky, skydiving lessons… and a horse.

Fast and Informed Filers

  • Twenty-eight percent of singles file their taxes in January, as soon as they get their forms, while fewer than 10 percent of singles said they file on Tax Day.
  • The fastest filers are 20-somethings: 35 percent said they are likely to file as soon as they get their forms, versus only 18 percent of baby boomers
  • When asked how they would rate their understanding of the tax filing process, 23 percent of singles said they had excellent knowledge, 34 percent said good and 33 percent said average.

Additional Tax Takeaways

  • On average, only four percent of men and women have looked at a partner’s tax return behind their back. Coming in at around five percent, men 35-44 and women 45-54 are most likely to peek.
  • The percentage of singles who have charitable write-offs increases in every decade of life – with only 27 percent of twenty-somethings taking advantage of this tax write-off, versus 54 percent of baby boomers.
  • More than five percent of men and almost eight percent of single women don’t file taxes.

For Most Singles, Money isn’t Everything

  • A whopping 89 percent of singles said they would date someone who made less money than them.
  • Women tend to be less forgiving on the financial front. More than 96 percent of men said they would date someone who makes less money than them, but nearly 22 percent of women said they would not date someone who makes less money than them.
  • Women 26-34 are most likely to date someone who makes less than them (83 percent), compared to other female age groups.

For those ready to dive deep into financial conversations on their next date, Plenty of Fish can be downloaded for free from the Google Play and iTunes stores. For more details on the survey view here.

About Plenty of Fish (POF)

Plenty of Fish (POF), a Match Group (MTCH) company, is one of the largest global online dating companies. Available in 11 languages and more than 20 countries, Plenty of Fish has more than 100 million registered users, with 65,000 new users signing up every day. Unlike many dating offerings today, POF is all about having great conversations. In fact, singles have more quality conversations on POF than any other dating app, which can lead to stronger connections, smarter matches and better dates. For more information, please visit here or download POF from Google Play or iTunes.

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How to end resentment towards your partner and have better sex

Do you hope for a better sex life? Are you no longer attracted to your partner? If yes, you may be carrying emotional resentment in your body. Energy Healing Educator & Program Developer Natalie Nelson uses her new Body Code expansion “Resonating Relationships: The Energy of Romance” to identify and heal the issues that are shutting you down and turning you off to your partner.

Is Resentment Making Your Partner Less Attractive to You?

True intimacy between partners takes trust and mutual feelings of safety. Holding onto past emotional traumas, however, can block us from being open to giving and receiving love. Some example sources of emotional trauma include:

  • Infidelity, whether from your current partner, a previous one or even from what you witnessed with your parents
  • Experiencing abuse, whether as a child or an adult
  • Witnessing abuse as a child or adult
  • Death of a partner or any other loved one

“These are just some of the traumas people experience that begin to shut us down when it comes to love,” according to Natalie. “And from there, resentment can build between partners… resentment over mismatched sexual desire, money issues, parenting disagreements and more.”

When she found herself in a failing marriage, Dr. Brad’s daughter Natalie Nelson—an integral part of this thriving family business—became inspired to create the “Resonating Relationships” to help those in challenging relationships to heal themselves so they could show up more fully and openly in their partnership.

“Resonating Relationships” is made up of two parts: an evaluation guide and a session guide.  During the evaluation portion, people answer a series of questions that pull personal details about their past and their experience of love and relationships into the conscious mind. In the session portion, the practitioner uses The Body Code (which includes The Emotion Code) to address and heal specific disharmony as it relates to relationship issues manifesting within the body.

“Having struggled in relationships myself and seeing a lot of people I know struggle in their relationships,” says Natalie, “I got really frustrated because I believe it shouldn’t be so difficult. So much of the reason why we struggle is because there are things going on inside of us that we’re just not aware of. We’re all just kind of feeling around, blindly trying to find some kind of balance in our relationships. With ‘Resonating Relationships,’ you can identify specific issues that you may never have honed in on before and bring them into consciousness. It taps into things that, for most people, have largely been unexplored.” For more information visit DrBradleyNelson.com and EmotionCode.TV.

About Natalie Nelson

Energy Healing Educator & Program Developer Natalie Nelson has spent more than 15 years studying, experiencing and teaching the powerful healing that is possible through The Emotion Code and The Body Code, created by her father, Dr. Bradley Nelson. A key member of this highly successful family business, Natalie brought The Body Code and The Emotion Code teachings into every aspect of her life. When she found herself in a failing marriage, she became inspired to create a new Body Code expansion program to help those in challenging relationships—including herself—to heal. Whether you’re single, dating, in a committed relationship or married, Natalie’s new system, “Resonating Relationships: The Energy of Romance,” can affect powerful change that heals individuals and couples from the inside out. In addition to being a certified and experienced Body Code and Emotion Code practitioner, Natalie is the facilitator of the official Body Code mentorship program where she guides and supports more than 3,000 practitioners. She currently resides in Salt Lake City, UT

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Francesca Miranda Couture: Powered by women; Empowered by a woman

Fashion design Francesca Miranda's response to A Day Without A Woman.
“To all the women in America on strike yesterday, to all the American immigrants like myself, I support you- because we should always have each other’s back, no matter where we are in the world.” – Xx Francesca Miranda

Companies and communities across America and around the world are powered by women. One of those companies is Francesca Miranda, which sells handmade gowns created by the talented hands of female artisans at its Barranquilla, Colombia headquarters. By employing nearly 40 full-time artisans, CEO Francesca Miranda’s atelier preserves traditional craftsmanship and empowers the artistic women in her community. Nearly 90% of the women employed by Miranda are considered head of household or “Cabezas de la Casa”, being primary income or sole income providers for their families.

EMPOWERED BY A WOMAN

Francesca Miranda is a renowned Latin American designer based in Barranquilla, Colombia. Drawing on the best of authentic craftsmanship and the diverse indigenous aesthetic around her, Francesca designs with a captivating sense of style and inimitable creativity. Detailed to perfection, the Francesca Miranda collection incorporates intricate fabrics and unique laces with unexpected silhouettes. Fromgirltogirl absolutely loves her creations. See her latest at FrancescaMiranda.com and follow Francesca Miranda on Instagram.

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Women’s March: ‘Right2Speak’ says don’t stay home – go make a difference

Are you ready to show up for feminism?
#WeShowUp … are you ready to show up for feminism?

Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 8, women across America will take part in the Women’s March Movement. However, while all the attention is being directed to this movement, there is a story that is not being told. The story is that these women do not represent the entire nation of women’s sentiment across America, in fact, they even seem to be in the minority. It is the story of the women of this nation who have been cast-aside in the clamor and rhetoric of the far-left.That is why a Right2Speak was born and there’s a movement.

The Right2Speak movement is comprised of women that are a counter-balance to the extremist voices attempting to represent women in the media. According to the Right2Speak organization, they stand for more than protests, the mob-think and the  stifling of free speech. They are voices of reason, integrity and liberty and love. Their three primary goals are:

  • To serve as a counterbalance to the far-left Women’s March & National “Day Without a Woman” strike (since they do not represent all women)
  • Infuse civility to counteract angry, extreme liberal female voices  on matters of policy and personal freedoms
  • Call for a return to uncensored free speech and an atmosphere where women can debate their differences without fear or threat

On March 8th, some are calling women to stay home.  To sit down. To not show up.  Some are saying that a Day Without a Woman will show the nation how important women are by sitting on the sidelines.  While these women are staying home, a group of women are standing up to make a difference.

The Right2Speak women will hold power lunch in key cities and share social media pics of how they are not taking the day off, but instead making a difference by saying that they ‘show up’. These women, will not just march but they will pick up a pen, pick up a community park, pick up a friend who is down. They will carry the load–even if just for an hour– for someone who is struggling at the end of their rope.  There are real issues that need to be addressed in this nation.  The Right2Speak is more than just slogans at a protest.  They know that to make a difference they must show up, be present, and give it their all at home, businesses and communities… not take the day off.

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NHMC recognizes outstanding contributions to positive media portrayals of Latinos

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – On the eve of Oscars Weekend, Friday, the 24th, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) honored outstanding contributions to the positive portrayals of Latinos in media for the 20th year at its Annual NHMC Impact Awards Gala at the historic Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The NMHC has this annual awards gala because the Oscars fail to recognize the tremendous Latino talent in entertainment. It is important to give these creatives the accolades they deserve and excite a new generation of young people according to Alex Nogales, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition:

“Latinos represent 18 percent of the population and the biggest group of moviegoers in the country. Our community deserves more from film studios, a fair shot to increase the positive portrayals of Latinos across America like all of our honorees are striving to do.”

On stage to accept his Outstanding Performance in a Television Series award for his role as Rogelio De La Vega in Jane the VirginJaime Camil said “It is a great honor to receive the award for Outstanding Performance in a Television Series at this year’s National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Impact Awards Gala and a pleasure to be recognized for my work on Jane the Virgin.  I admire how the NHMC has opened doors for Latinos in the media and I look forward to seeing their efforts in the continuation to help in the advancement of Latinos.” See photos from the 2017 NHMC Impact Awards Gala

How to Get Away with Murder star Karla Souza received the Outstanding Performance in a Television Series award for her depiction of Laurel Castillo in the ABC series. Souza stated “Being a Latina doesn’t define Laurel’s character or pigeon-hole her into a stereotype. It’s one of the many characteristics that make her who she is. I’m eternally grateful to Pete Nowalk and Shonda Rhimes, and casting director Linda Lowry for creating a show where diversity and inclusion are the norm and the platform used to tell amazing stories. Giving Latinos an opportunity on-screen has the power to make a whole community of people feel like they exist and are also worthy of being loved and accepted.”

Roberto Orci, presented with the Visionary Impact Award by NHMC, said “This award is a tremendous honor for me as I share the same goal as NHMC which is to promote diverse talent in front of and behind the camera.”

One Day at a Time received the award for Outstanding Comedy Series and executive producers Mike RoyceGloria Calderón Kellet, and actress Justina Machado accepted the honor. “”Mike [Royce] and I are so honored to get the opportunity to not only work on a Norman Lear show but to be able to tell authentic Latino stories,” said producer Gloria Calderón Kellet. “Representation matters. And our show deals with every day Latinos. It’s a very ‘American’ show, really. Our main character is an Army Veteran and a nurse raising two kids in Los Angeles. We talk about ‘issues” as they relate to this family.  And to be able to show the complexity of human experiences and not just a stereotype is such an honor. Thank you for recognizing our show.”

Norman Lear, actor, writer, producer, director, and creator of such legendary sitcoms that defined American television including, One Day at a TimeAll In The Family,Good TimesSanford And SonThe JeffersonsMaude, served as a special presenter. NHMC surprised Lear, who produced the One Day at a Time remake with the inaugural Media Icon Impact Award at the event. Lear said “I like being part of anything that honors our common humanity.  Thank you, NHMC, for recognizing our series.”

Elena of Avalor received the award for Outstanding Animated Series, accepted by creator and executive producer Craig Gerber, and co-producer and story editorSilvia Olivas. Gerber said, “It is a privilege to bring Elena’s adventures to life on-screen, and we are honored to be recognized by the National Hispanic Media Coalition for this princess who proudly represents her heritage by embodying strong values and a responsibility to both her family and her kingdom.” Olivas adds, “As a Latina woman and mother, I am so proud to work on a show that brings our diverse cultures to the forefront of children’s television. Growing up, there were not many characters on TV that I could directly identify with, so it’s a dream come true to provide today’s children with a representation of themselves through Princess Elena and the world of Avalor.”

Hate Rising producer Catherine Tambini accepted the Outstanding Documentary award on behalf of the film’s team, including Fusion and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos. Tambini shared “One of the main reasons that I make documentaries are to hopefully have an impact on society so to receive this honor for doing what I love to do, it doesn’t get any better than that,” said Catherine Tambini. “Martin Luther King Jr. said that the arc of the moral universe is long but bends toward justice. Right now it feels to me that it’s warping in the other direction. That’s why it’s important for us, the filmmakers, the journalists, the media, to keep looking for the truth and demanding that it be told. We must tell the stories that may be hard to hear, hold a mirror up to the country. We must be strong, we must be vigilant, we must speak truth to power unafraid of the consequences.”

Emcees included Christina Vidal, an actress known for Training DayFreakyFriday and Welcome to the Dollhouse and Lisa Vidal, actress and producer known for Being Mary JaneStar Trek and The Division.

The NHMC Impact Awards Gala raises important funds to support the organization’s efforts to increase positive media portrayals of Latinos, expand Latino employment in media and telecommunications, push for federal media and telecommunications policies that advance Latinos and other people of color. NHMC’s 2017 title and diamond event sponsors include The Walt Disney Company, Univision Communications Inc., and Comcast NBCUniversal.

About the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a media advocacy and civil rights organization for the advancement of Latinos, working towards a media that is fair and inclusive of Latinos, and towards universal, affordable, and open access to communications. Learn more at www.nhmc.org. Receive real-time updates on Facebook and Twitter @NHMC.

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Today’s Brides and teeth whitening: How to get teeth as white as the dress

Every bride’s dream wedding is different. While some envision themselves in a white ball gown, others see themselves walking down the aisle in neon pink with their dog in tow! Because every bride is unique, Philips Zoom, the #1 professional teeth whitening brand in the country, launched a survey to look into the trends and traditions that today’s brides are following. Here are some of the survey results and an infographic that we’re sure you’ll find useful for upcoming stories:

  • When it comes to the bride’s photo, the top stresses shared by brides focus on their persona and appearance
  • 1 in 5 brides is worried about the appearance of her teeth
  • 67% of former brides and brides-to-be-admit to working out four or more times per week in preparation for their weddings, with 61% citing out specific foods — like cheese, sugar, and pasta from their diets
  • 70% of couples are not totally satisfied when they reflect back on the photos taken on their wedding day

The good news, a confident and healthy smile can go a long way when capturing memories you want to last.  Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed can whiten teeth up to eight shades in 45 minutes and the formula includes amorphous calcium phosphate, potassium nitrate and fluoride to cultivate a healthy smile.

For more information on the myriad of treatments Philips Zoom has to offer, all customizable to your lifestyle and sensitivity preferences, visit here

Because every bride is unique, Philips Zoom, the #1 professional teeth whitening brand in the country, launched a survey to look into the trends and traditions that today’s brides are following, and we think you’ll absolutely love the results! Please see attached for survey results and an infographic that we’re sure you’ll find useful for upcoming stories!

teeth whitening for brides Philips Zoom

Please click here  for more information on the myriad of treatments Philips Zoom has to offer, all customizable to your lifestyle and sensitivity preferences.

About Philips Zoom

As the #1 patient-requested professional teeth whitening treatment in the country, Philips Zoom offers a variety of customizable treatment options:

  • Philips Zoom Take Home Kits: When it comes to whitening there is no “one size fits all,” and now it’s easier than ever to find the perfect fit for every patient. Philips Zoom Take Home Kits come in a variety of options, ranging from Philips Zoom Take Home NiteWhite, which you wear while you sleep, to Philips Zoom DayWhite, which only takes 30 minutes, twice a day to get optimum results in only two weeks.
  • Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed: Clinically proven to whiten teeth up to eight shades in 45 minutes, Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed has superior results and efficacy than other professional whitening alternatives.
  • Philips Zoom QuickPro: Philips Zoom QuickPro uses a breakthrough two-layer technology to give you a noticeably whiter smile in just 10 minutes! It takes only five minutes to apply and all the patient has to do is brush or wipe off the whitening varnish after 30 minutes to see results.
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LGBTQ students benefit from point foundation scholarship

Los Angeles, February 14, 2017 –  Nearly half of the nation’s undergraduate students are enrolled at community colleges, which are an increasingly important springboard for advancing to a bachelor’s degree. To help lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) students transfer to a four-year degree program, Point Foundation (Point) welcomes applications for its Community College Scholarship starting March 1.  Scholarships like this help community college students advance / transition easier to four-year degree programs.

Students selected for the program will receive up to a $3,700 financial award, opportunities to network with the Point community, and the opportunity to attend the Point Community College Transfer Symposium in Los Angeles. Fill out the application online beginning March 1.

“Affordability is only one of the roadblocks to a college degree,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “LGBTQ students, particularly those from low-income families, immigrants, and people of color, often feel alone as they try to navigate a path to higher education. Point’s goal is to provide LGBTQ students practical guidance and the emotional support that comes from knowing people want them to succeed and are here to help.”  


Point launched its Community College Scholarship in 2016 with pioneering support from its longtime partner Wells Fargo. By continuing to invest in education via Point Foundation scholarships and programs, Wells Fargo is helping to empower and enrich disenfranchised individuals and communities. Profiles of Point’s 2016 Community College Scholarship recipients and current application information are online at pointfoundation.org/communitycollege.

The 2017 class of Point Foundation Community College Scholarship recipients will be announced in  June for LGBTQ Pride Month. Point will also announce in June its 2017 class of  Point Foundation Scholars; a program of multifaced support for LGBTQ students completing four-year and/or advanced degree programs.

About Point Foundation

Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Point Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit and has awarded scholarships to over 300 recipients since 2002. The Foundation promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development and community service training. You can connect with the foundation in the following ways:

Pointfoundation.org | Facebook/pointfoundation | Twitter/pointfoundation | Instagram/pointfoundation   #pointfoundation

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How to keep money from ruining your relationship | Valentine’s Day

Natalie Nelson

Money is one of the most common topics couples argue about, but there may be more to it than meets the eye. Natalie Nelson, Energy Healing Educator & Program Developer for HealersLibrary.com, is here to give the scoop on how to keep money from ruining your relationship. Nelson, who is the daughter of renowned holistic physician Dr. Bradley Nelson, author of the bestselling book The Emotion Code and creator of The Body Code healing system believes some people don’t believe they can have both love and money, while others struggle with self-worth issues that lead to both money and relationship problems. This comes in the form of emotional baggage.

Experts agree that talking about your feelings around money and finances is the key to keeping it from becoming a relationship killer, but how?

Nelson recommends seeking to understand how your conflict resolution style impacts your relationships. The following sample questions you can ask and answer from her “Resonating Relationships” assessment – number each from 1 to 5 (with 1 being what most describes you) to determine your primary conflict resolution style:

What is your typical conflict resolution style?

  • Avoiding ___
  • Accommodating ___
  • Competing ___
  • Compromising ___
  • Collaborating ___

If you are in a relationship, have your partner also assess his or her style. “Our conflict resolution style impacts all our relationships,” Natalie says. “ Work toward always being a collaborator.”

About Natalie Nelson

Natalie Nelson, 33, has spent more than 15 years studying, experiencing and teaching the powerful healing that is possible through The Emotion Code and The Body Code, created by her father Dr. Bradley Nelson. As a certified Emotion Code/Body Code Trainer, she has taught healing practitioners all over the world in these systems to help people identify and release negative emotions. She developed Resonating Relationships to help people discover and get rid of the emotional baggage that can sabotage love, romance and healthy, lasting relationships. She currently resides in Salt Lake City, UT. 

About Dr. Bradley Nelson

Dr. Bradley Nelson is a holistic Chiropractic Physician, a Medical Intuitive, and one of the world’s foremost experts in the emerging fields of Bioenergetic Medicine and Energy Psychology. His bestselling book, “The Emotion Code,” provides step-by-step instructions for working with the body’s healing power. Download a free copy at EmotionCodeGift.com.

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Love and Fashion: How to rock your lingerie with confidence

Built-In Bra Chemise and Thong by lingerie designer Psyche Terry.
Goddess Built-In Bra Chemise & Thong created by Inspire Psyche Terry.

Do you know that more than 90% of women are unhappy with their bodies? Another study shows that what we wear can have a significant impact on our self-esteem. Fashion entrepreneur and women’s empowerment expert Psyche Terry shares her tips for how to build the confidence you need from the bra strap on out. Her new line of lingerie and sleepwear, “Inspire Psyche Terry,” is helping women sized 4 – 24 to look and feel confident and beautiful. Here are some of her top tips  for rocking lingerie like a queen with confidence.

Top Tips to Rock Your Lingerie with Confidence

  1. You are not alone. There is a huge number of women who lack confidence; it’s not just you. This is something that even famous, beautiful women struggle with and the first step to overcoming it is to recognize the issue and face it head on.
  2. You are not the problem. Your products are. According to a UK survey conducted by Simply Be, from a sample of 2,000 women ages 18 – 34, 55% reported feeling more confident in a perfectly fitting bra. Sadly though, 80% of women are not wearing the right size bra. How many women would be trying new bras and style if they had options that truly fit their figure, specifically designed to enhance their shape? Many more.
  3. Just go for it. In the end, you have to take a leap of faith. Start small and work your way up. You may not jump right to a thong, but maybe start with a new, exciting color or a sexy nightgown that flatters your body shape. Everyone’s comfort zone is different so do what’s doable for you but still bold enough to challenge you.

About Psyche Terry

UI Global Brands, LLC founder and Chief Inspiration Officer Psyche Terry was born in small-town Michigan. Raised by her great-aunt, Psyche strove to overcome limited economic circumstances and today is a successful woman, entrepreneur, wife and mother to three children. Through her #GirlsThatRock program, Psyche travels all over the country sharing inspiration and wisdom with high-school girls, encouraging them to believe in their dreams and apply to college. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County, MI and is a member of Project Help Us Give. Additionally, Psyche is a fitness competition body builder, foodie and nutrition enthusiast. Psyche’s new line of Greek-inspired lingerie and sleepwear, “Inspire Psyche Terry,” was created to help women of a range of body types feel empowered and beautiful throughout the day. A modern-day Wonder Woman, Psyche is changing how women feel about themselves, from the bra strap on out. For more information, visit InspirePsycheTerry.com.

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Women’s March paused and cheered for this Chicago couple on wedding day

Women's March Wedding photo Credit: Yahoo Style and Jai Girard Photography
Credit: Yahoo Style and Jai Girard Photography

During the Women’s March, recently married couple Allison Baker and Marko Milincic were not paying very much attention to the women’s marches taking place around the globe. It was, after all, their wedding day. However, after getting stuck in traffic six blocks from where they were to meet their wedding photographer, Jai Girard, the couple decided to brave the march.

In an interview with Yahoo Style, Baker explained what happened next. “Once we stepped out the door everyone was clapping and cheering,” she said, “They parted the march for us and then they started surrounding us. They started chanting, ‘Love wins!’ and ‘Love trumps hate!’ It was all about love and acceptance.” Read the full interview ‘The Women’s March paused and cheered for a Chicago couples wedding pics.’

The bride, Allison Baker on her wedding day thoughts

The whole day was way more than we could have ever hoped for. I’ve never participated in a protest, but the protest participated in my wedding.

Jai Girard on working with the bride

  • Working with the bride: “I’ve had so many brides and grooms that wouldn’t even let their dress touch the hotel carpeting, let alone go outside. This bride was literally walking six blocks down Monroe Avenue without one complaint, with her hair flying everywhere.”
  • Her top advice for the wedding day: “Instead of getting upset about what was happening, you’ve just got to make it work for you — and have the courage to do it.”

 

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