Thursday, May 31, 2012

we are young...

My heart has not been far from the tragic essay by recent Yale graduate Marina Keegan, who was in a fatal car accident days after this essay was published, days after her graduation. If you haven't read it, you must do so

So tonight when I got home, I crawled onto the couch with my happy child and tried to quiet the rest of the world, silence everything but Luca. He began to sing, as he typically does. Only this time it wasn't "Wheels On Da Bus", or "Tinkle Tinkle Little Tar" - no this evening he was singing, clearly, a very beautiful version of "We Are Young" by Fun. 

As a mom you tend to think of youth a lot. Or at least I do. I think about days gone by and my age today, and where my child will be when I'm 50. I think about the years that have passed and the delicacy within the contentedness of those hours I spent discovering the world. 

Easily my heart pains, weeps even, as I think of this young thing sitting in my arms, singing powerful words he knows nothing about. These are precious moments I wish to bottle up, to drink when I'm feeling frail, to smell when the world kicks me in the gut. These are moments I try to make last. Longer. Longer. Bedtimes get pushed later, meals linger on. Story times become full on Broadway show reenactments, complete with intermissions (with ice cream of course). 

Sitting in the couch, laughing at funny faces and talking about two inch toy cars found ownerless in sandboxes around the city. These are the precious seconds that mean more than anything. They are the opposite of loneliness.  They mean everything.   

need: day to night to beach dress

Listen, I know I am constantly saying I neeeeeeed this and I neeeeeeeeeeeed that. Ignore everything I've ever said, (other than that SICK Givenchy bag, I still seriously WANT AND NEED that), but this Topshop dress is everything.
And well I don't technically need it, because I already own it and have worn it feeling like a fucking princess from planet perfect. My point is, you need it. You do.

wear with sandals during the day, wear with simple nude heels at work, wear with sky-high black shoes at night. It's the best.

Oh and it also comes in black. which I also own. And neon green. All are great.

Head to the store to buy, it's cheaper than it is online. But if you don't have a store near you, click here, buy and then thank me later.

dress me


image from backstage at Ralph Lauren

Come on, I mean, seriously. I want this dress. To have and to hold. Forever. And ever.

Get the look:
Long pale pink layered dress by Girl. by Band of Outsiders
Simple long pink dress from alice + olivia

Let me tell you something you already know - the world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that.
– Rocky Balboa

5 things...

a day on the beach with all my friends, surfing, playing, talking, laughing, loving life.


amaazing photo
long hair. nothing better. I mean it.

fresh fruit, especially ice cold lemons, grapefruit and oranges.

believing. love. living. and more love.


gorgeous summer white taken over by sunshine.

What are 5 things that are making you happy right this moment? Share with me.xx

All images from here and here

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

dress me

image from here

Nothing is more me than a crop top and a long skirt.

Get the look:
Long white skirt with slit, $56
Sparkle and Fade black cropped tank, $20
black sandals, $325



images of Josie Maran and daughter Rumi from The Glow

"When I had Rumi, my mom told me to remember how I was as a child. If you can be empathetic with your kid and see their perspective, you can always find a solution." 
-Josie Maran

dose of sea

An early morning tweet I read got me thinking: @missambear: "Quitting my 9-5 to pursue my dream job. #yolo #properuseofyolo"

Do you ever think about the life you aren't living? At night do you lay with your eyes wide open and imagine yourself in a place far from where you are, a life opposite from the one you maneuver each day? Do you ever actually consider just quitting and going for it? How often do you close your eyes at the end of the day and think to yourself, "this is exactly where I'm meant to be?" because last night, that was precisely what raced through my mind. Finally. I am where I want to be. Perhaps it's that the month is May, the weather is hot and my city is a mix of filthy energy, gorgeous opportunities and sexy moments just waiting with silent breath. Long walks and a light sky that lasts well past the work hours...


images from here

Have you heard about Trunk Club? It's this genius personalized clothing service that works like a personal shopper. Based out of Chicago, you sign up and are assigned a personal stylist that will send you an assortment of brands and pieces personalized specifically for you. They send it to your door, you pick, take and send back what you don't love. So smart, right?

Find out more here.

Love, Luca

Bear sending his "I! LOVE! YOU!" out this morning.

Happy Wednesday.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

swim giveaway!

It's official, beach season is here. In an ode to the goddesses of sunshine, I'm giving away two suits, a bikini and a one-piece from Anika Brazil, to two lucky readers.

All you have to do is be a follower of this blog and leave a comment below.

Two winners will be chosen at random on Saturday. Good luck!

dress me

Olivia Palermo - Olivia Palermo And Beau Stroll Through The West Village
image from here

Olivia Palermo has the sickest style of anyone on the planet. So effortless and timeless. Love it. Not to mention she has the cutest boyfriend on her arm with equally unreal style.

Get the look, on olivia:
floral top from Jeunesse, $166
printed shorts by Zara, $39
straw chain tote bag, $70
leopard flats with studs, $119
Selima Sun sunglasses, $118

on him:
blue shirt from Paul Smith, $182 
Tailor Vintage stone chino, $55
Driving loafer, $138
Persol sunglass, $310

beauty day

image from here

My very beautiful friend RK showed up to dinner last week looking like she had just slept 24 hours straight, had a massage, facial and her skin brought back to her late teenage years. In other words, the girl looked perfect. Young, refreshed, bright.

Being that RK is a mother of two, I knew something was up. It's not hours of sleep, or a stress-less life, and no, it's not botox or any other derm effected skin treatment. The girl has EYELASH EXTENSIONS. Literally, that is it. It's a MUST.

If you are in NYC, head to Bling Lash on 14th street and 6th Ave. Apparently they're the best.


A little post dedicated to my sweet friend Ellie. Many years ago we embarked on an African journey that led us to a friendship that will last a lifetime. And although we live far away from one another, she's never far from my mind. Her calls and letters make me feel whole again, her face and laughter remind me of a time I cherish every single day of my life. Her kindness, understanding and softness keep me believing that people are good. I love her like a sister.

Ellie, some photos and words to make you smile on this Tuesday. Love you dearly.



queued x

images from here and here

After a weekend of color - blue, mostly - I'm back in the city swimming in a sea of black.

How were your three days off?


 beautiful tattoo from here. 

summer playlist

  1. The White Panda - "Bittersweet Donald" (Mac Miller mashup w/ The Verve)
  2. Zedd - Stars Come Out 
  3. Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
  4. Lana Del Rey - Video Games 
  5. Jamiroquai - You Give Me Something
  6. Leave The Bromance Behind
  7. Girl Gone Wild - UMF Mix (Live From Ultra Music Festival)
  8. Mac Miller - Donald Trump
  9. Kimbra - Call Me
  10. Everything I Am- Kanye West
  11. Of The Soul-Mac Miller
  12. deadmau5 - The Veldt
  13. The Cinematic Orchestra - To Build A Home
  14. Azealia Banks - 212
  15. Avicii - Play (2012)
  16. dont matter - akon
  17. Shake That Ass -Eminem Feat. Nate Dogg 
  18. Lakyn Heperi Big Jet Plane The Voice 2012
  19. Eminem - superman remix (cry me a river remix)
  20. Kimbra - Settle Down and DiskJokke 
  21. Pretty Lights - Finally Moving
    1. Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso - Calling W Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike - Generation X
    2. adele - hometown glory
    3. Dev feat. Fabolous - Kiss My Lips (DJ Kue Remix)
    4. Bon Iver - Wash
    5. from here

Monday, May 28, 2012

Complete goodness

This weekend has been the absolute best. From dinner on the beach to endless hours in the pool to lobster, paddle boarding, sand, family, bikinis and nonstop luca perfection.

Hope you are enjoying this gorgeous weekend too. xo

Sunday, May 27, 2012

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