Wednesday, September 28, 2011


 image backstage at Prada spring summer 2012

I worked with the amazing model Meghan Collison (second from right) today...I'm kinda obsessed and want to chop my hair and dye it black in order to look better when I wear a nude lip and severe eye with missing brows.

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I need some recommendations on how to sleep, how to take my thoughts down a notch, how to just re-fucking-lax. Natural supplements? Some good meditative thoughts? Please advise.



Happy Wednesday! Hope you're making through the week stronger and less stressed than me!

Thanks to reader Fiona for passing this lovely collage along. I have a major crush on it.


Reader email: I have been searching the web for a cute shirt to wear with this sage pullover skirt I bought for my b-day (yes, i'm nuts)!  If you have time to think of any chic tops or jewels send away :) I don't want to send a crazy amount of money just wanna look cute and feel good on my bday! xo, Amanda

Love this skirt, especially because you can wear it nonstop from day to night. I've made a little board to give you some inspiration...

Chances are you have something in your closet already that will work. Like a cropped leather or denim jacket. I also love the idea of an oversized tee or tank - i'd wear it both tucked in or left long and out. A big sweater makes this skirt perfect for day time, but add a super beautiful statement necklace for nighttime. If you do a denim shirt, definitely add amazing jewels and booties - don't go with flats. 
Whatever you do, don't go crazy and wear a cropped sequin top or something outrageous like that. Keep it super simple and play with proportions. 

Have fun and happy happy birthday! Wish I could be there to celebrate!xo

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

dress me

Chanel Caftan Resort 2011 Saint - Tropez Collection, photo from here.


Unknowingly, my son lives by this motto.

And I love him even more for it.


the little things

image from here.

It's borderline pathetic how insanely happy I get from the little things in life.

I've been thinking a lot about the month I spent in Tanzania, the people I was with, the babies I fell in love with, the smells that replaced clocks, the treasures I bought, the animals that scared me. I've been thinking about how happy I was there. The little things that brought me to my knees with sorrow and joy all at once. How desperate I felt when I had to leave all I had become entranced with. Jasmine, dirt roads, Light of Africa, the Serengeti, my students, the beautiful crew that became my family for four epic weeks...

For whatever reason I vividly remember the fabric I was holding as I boarded the KLM flight from Kilimanjaro. I remember feeling like this piece of fabric was a connection to these people and this mad rush of happiness came over me. It's near to impossible to explain now, but then, in that extreme moment of emotions, I felt happy for what I had lived, for what I now was. For the fact that I'm able to love the little things just as much, if not more, than the big.

It's a strange feeling to leave a place you got to know so well in such a short period of time. All to return to a place you've known your whole life, but suddenly feel completely disconnected to. I sometimes remember the hurt I felt trying to get back into NYC life after that month away. A stranger in my hometown. The world spinning furiously around me, when all I could think of was the love I had given and received on the other side of the world. This city can be brutal. People don't always stop to see the little things, for me that was the culture shock upon arriving home. I just wanted to get a smile from a stranger like I had nonstop in Moshi. I wanted a paper airplane to make someone's day, bubbles to make kids go wild, a song to make a crowd stop and dance. But like most things, time heals and you find your way again. But you never stop finding the little things, the little connections to that time, that place, that beauty.

I really hope my child understands these things as he grows up...

Friday, September 23, 2011


image of neckline from Giorgio Armani Fall 2011 runway. Photography: Olivier Claisse/firstVIEW

For those who don't understand why you should sometimes pay an extreme amount for clothes. You don't get details like this at H&M...

a dose of sea


simply put

there are few things I love more than being organized. This smythson travel case is something i've blogged about before and will certainly write about again in the future. I just love it and all it stands for.
"I try to capture moments. New York City is filled with them. The people, the style, the streets. It’s all so beautiful. Pointing the lens at style and beauty has always been the very simple goal of Test Shots. New York is a city that attracts the most incredible people. Some come, some go, some never leave. These are my visual love letters to those moments."
—Jake Davis

just blue

image from here.

My child has the most magnificent eyes I've ever had the luck of peering into daily.
Those eyes tell a million stories with the depth of their color. They sparkle with even the faintest light, excitement and love. They speak to me with the drama of a lost toy car and a desire to do the most daring acts a 22-month old can perform. Those eyes possess the curious nature I've passed along and the wisdom of life-times lived by others and love so deep only his father and I can match it. Those eyes he fake closes when it's time to go "night-night" - the same eyes he can hardly keep open after a day living life to the fullest.
I cannot wait for those eyes to open this morning so we can start it all over again...

Thursday, September 22, 2011



- a tragic read on Kenya's disappearing elephant

- why the markets are down and killing us Americans with every point it drops

- The New Yorker cartoons always brighten my day

- and of course, a little fashion porn in the form of Oscar de la Renta


It feels pretty absurd for me to be talking about clothes and beauty products when this country is so unjust. The execution of Troy Davis last night has left me ill, truly, deeply sick to my stomach. An innocent man put to death while so many guilty madman run free - um, Casey Anthony? Shortly before he was given the lethal injection, I read this beautiful letter he wrote to the world. It makes his passing somewhat more easy to handle.

The injustice is harrowing. 

This country is falling to pieces. I'm scared for my child(ren) and especially for their children. 

What are your thoughts? Besides may Troy Davis rest in peace...

pretty easy

Reader email: I need some good beauty product ideas for fall. Can you tell me your top three products?

I'm pretty bad with beauty stuff. but I will say that tata harper is life-altering. every single one of their products is full of goodness and changes your skin within a week. 

I am also a huge fan of basic cocoa butter oil for the skin. It smells incredible and does wonders for dry spots. I used it throughout pregnancy and didn't get a single stretch mark or odd coloration. The best part is now it's available with spf 15. 

Most of all, I drink water with lemon nonstop all day. I truly believe water makes all the difference on your skin.

I'm going to chat with some of my beauty editor friends and makeup artists and see what they can suggest too. Good luck!
The barn's burnt down. 
Now I can see the moon.

-a true favorite quote of mine. take a moment, really think about it. and now apply it to all that comes at you unexpectedly in life.

dress me

Yves Saint Laurent Fall 2011 Photo: Marcus Tondo/

This head to toe look may be the only thing that will make the long winter months bearable in NYC.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"I don’t ever want to have to depend on a relationship. I think it’s a really special thing to find love. It’s beautiful. Nothing can match it. But I want to make sure that I find other things in life that I love besides… love."
- Rihanna in the April Issue of Vogue

a dose of sea

missing you, oh dearest ocean...


My hair has taken a turn for the less glamorous as of late. The high bun I've been rocking for years is now a hipster favorite and my beachy tresses are seen on everyone and their children. So I'm taking to braids, low, high, loose and tight.
Here are my inspiration shots. Don't you love?
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