March 10, 2014
I am actually taking a quick little work break to blog right now because I am kind of overwhelmed at my to do list right now. Actually the list feels so scattered over so many different area I almost need a whole day just to really figure out the list. Ugh. And with the clock ticking down on when baby #2 is set to arrive in early June I am on a major deadline. First and foremost is to get this blog and my website redesign complete. Ahhhhh. Please bear with me as I try to get my poop together.
Photograph take by my 2 year old when she stole my phone this weekend. I actually really like it and think it looks like a cool abstract photograph.
March 6, 2014
We are on our way back from 5 days in Atlanta. While not totally springtime there it was a welcomed relief from the Arctic winter we have been experiencing in New England this year. If you have been following me on Instagram you will have seen our trip began with the gorgeous, big, family wedding of my darling cousin. Her gown and bridal look rivaled Kate Middleton and for the reception…lets just say, chandeliers capped with giant Spanish moss domes and 80′s cover band! I must have danced until almost midnight, heels, 6 1/2 months pregnant and all. It was a blast. Plus my date was crazy handsome and an amazing dancer. Makes me realize we need to go to more black-tie events, he looked so good.
(All photos via my iPhone)
Atlanta is also home store mecca with a plethora of amazing home goods and decor shops. While I didn’t get to go into all of the ones I love, I did pop into two of my favorites. The first being the chain World Market. For some reason, World Market has not made its way up to Boston, but you can order online, so I popped into test drive some patio furniture I have been eying online. I love this store! Their price point is a little like Ikea and Target, but as the name suggest they designs pull more from around the world. India, Africa, Asia, with the staples here and there.
It is an amazing go to for cheep summer jewelry and scarves. Love love love it.
And they have the best food and wine section. I love these mini champagne bottles. Makes me want to drink one with a straw like a model backstage at a Parisian fashion show.
Oh and can’t forget the selection of gummies.
Probably my most favorite home store in Atlanta is BD Jeffries. They carry some of the most luxe gifts, decor and furniture perfectly displayed and curated. The store is practically a 3D version of a magazine editorial and always offers amazing inspiration. Rich and layered, the iPhone photos do not do it justice. One walk through there and I am psyched to move onto the fun decorating part of my home renovation. I want EVERYTHING…although I only got some stationary and two throw pillows.
Coffee table and book (hi my hand)
Fabulous throw pillows.
I LOVE the feet on this little stool.
February 17, 2014
The universe had seem hell bent on trying to inhibit any party I have been trying to have in our new home. We had to cancel our big Christmas Party due to sickness and then this weekend the dinner party we had planned on Saturday was derailed by yet another snow storm. Fortunately people we able to reschedule for Sunday night and we were finally able to entertain some friends in our new home!
I love being the hostess. I love being around my friends in my own house, not to mention I get to decorate and use all my lovely things. I maxed out on the Valentine’s Day theme for this dinner with flowers and candies, but I also tried to use all my own plates, vases, napkins, etc. without buying more things just for this party. We finally have the space to have all our wedding china and silver, so I broke it out. Makes me realize I need to do it more often. Like every weekend. I love love love me some formal place settings. Perhaps it is too much Downton Abbey (I now regularly break out my china tea cups for evening herbal tea thanks to Downton) or perhaps it is that southern influence (my mother always said, why do we have all these things if we don’t use them?) but I love it. Yeah hear that hubby…Friday night dinners on china! Yay!
I hope you all had a Happy Valentine’s Day.
February 8, 2014
I am sneaking off for a super quick trip to New York for Fashion Week and I couldn’t be more excited. A little inspiration, some fashion frenzy, time to myself in a hotel room and a dinner with my cousin has me psyched. Except for my own fashion dilemma…what to wear?!?! I know one will be looking at me with the models, designers, fashionistas and street style starts, but I still want to looks chic or at the very least not look completely out of place. Although at almost 6 months pregnant (I am in that…not quite looking crazy prego…just looking fat phase) and freezing temperatures my “cute” wardrobe choices are very limited. So I have decided to just go all black, and thankfully I discovered Storq which is a new line of maternity staples. The fabric is a super soft, comfortable cotton. Perfect for the train and getting around. They even use an actual pregnant model, not someone with a fake belly. I ordered the size up they suggested and the tops seem a little big but I guess I will get bigger and the cotton may shrink upon washing. I’ll let you know.
I don’t normally do these types of mood/inspiration boards on the blog, but I was putting this together for myself (yes, I can be a planning/design nerd) and decided to share it with you all. Getting dresses each day can be such a chore, but getting dressed while pregnant can be a nightmare. So here it is: What I am going to wear:1. Mason coat I got on the Net-a-Porter end of season sale. 2. Ella Moss for A Pea in the Pod pleather top. 3. Statements earrings. I got a similar pair last year from this company. (With a big belly, I feel a statement necklace is too much, so I am going to opt for earrings) 4. Etro scarf my aunt handed down to me a few years ago. (one of my most favorite accessories.) 5. Delicate rings. (again, a big belly has me scaling down on the jewelry) 6. Leather leggings. I had some Christmas returns to Neiman Marcus and got myself these! Yeeeeee!!!! 7. Booties (the were on sale in the store awhile ago, but the website shows them full price. Don’t know why.) 8. Camera bag (Stylish and functional. I have had this bag for a while. Love it.)
P.S. Three of these items, and like half of wardrobe, has basically been sourced from my friend and fabulous blogger Elements of Style. She will do her Fashion Friday posts, I’ll usually lust after some items for a few months (years in the case of the leather leggings) and then wait for them to go on sale.
P.P.S. I may or may not share a selfie of the final look. It depends if I feel like a whale or not.
February 7, 2014
Sweet little bébé turned 2 yesterday. (I guess I need to come up with another blog nick name for her as she is not so “bébé” any more.) We decided to just do a little family dinner at home, but I of course couldn’t help myself with the decorations. My mother practically burst out laughing when she saw the whole set up of my “low key” dinner, but birthdays are special and I wanted her 2nd birthday to be magical. Plus as a photographer I am always playing “photo shoot.”
The day before her birthday we got about a foot of snow. School was canceled so we got to bake her birthday cake together. With a February date, these snow day birthdays may become a tradition and I welcome it. We stayed in our PJ’s until noon, baking, decorating and playing. It was so special.
January 30, 2014
I was doing so well with posting and being all inspired and then this every present cold came back around to kick my ass. I have either had about 15 different colds since the fall or one big long one that subsides and them comes back. I am sure it is due to pregnancy low immunity and all those lovely toddler germs in my life, but I am sick of it. I’m trying to pull out all the stops: tea, eating all those power, high antioxidant foods, Netty pot, Emergency C, you name it. I am determined to be well. Until then, this is may work from home scene. Don’t want to subject the studio to my super germs.
Also, a shout out to all my Atlanta friends and family. What a week! I am glad you all are safe and sound. My mom even took in a stranded traveler for the night and there are still abandoned cars on their street. Crazy! Love to you all. xoxo
January 17, 2014
Now that the majority of workers are out of our lives we have been able to make progress on the design and organization of our home. The design part it great fun but the organizational part was giving me nightmares. And I LOVE to organize. But between work, the holidays and keeping my new year resolution to spend meaningful, focused time with my daughter, the mounds of bins and storage items on our third floor have been neglected. In a motivational move, I broke down and hired and organizer for two days, and let me tell you it was worth it (and way more affordable than I had thought it would be.) We motored through most of the 3rd floor and she hauled off two car loads of stuff to Good Will.
We still have some work to do, but here are the “before” shots. Eventually we would love to make this space a guest suite and media room, complete with a full bath and bar sink area, but for now it is a great, easily accessible, temperature controlled storage area…well, it will be once we are finished organizing it.
Disaster I know, but the Library is coming along nicely. Now I just need some Winchester girl power to help style the shelves. My mom and sister are great at this.
January 1, 2014
In past years I have don’t lengthy posts on my year in review. This year I am going with this video flipgram made from some of my Instagram photos. It perfectly sums up the fast and crazy year that was 2013. Travel, work, renovation, house, baby, family fun…all in 20 seconds. Enjoy and Happy New Year.
December 31, 2013
So the powers that be, who invented the whole modern calendar thing, really had it down. After the crazy, gluttonous, excitement of the holidays all we mentally and physically want is a refresh. I am ready to just strip the house bare of Christmas decorations, clean up all the clutter and start bare. I especially feel the need this year. After a summer of being displaced due to home renovations, a fall of living with every workman under the sun in and out of our house and a Christmas spend with multiple visits to the doctor (for all of us) including one trip to the ER (stitches for the little one) and a case of pneumonia (again, for the little one), I am looking forward to a quiet and focused New Year. Thankfully we are currently spending a week with my family in Sea Island, GA which is offering us some much needed rest and relaxation and helping us all to get healthy.
I think the calm ocean waters this morning are a sign of things for 2014.
Of course I wouldn’t be me with out a few goals and plans for 2014, but let start small.
December 16, 2013
Christmas is always a busy time of year. That coupled with finishing our renovation, having a toddler, being 4 months pregnant (oh yeah baby #2 is due in early June!) and tying to maintain working and being only able to schedule in existing clients had made me a little…well bonkers. Not to mention we have decided to throw a Christmas Party this weekend. Actually the Christmas party has made for a good deadline to get renovation stuff done and I have been a bitch on wheels pestering my contractor, sub-contractors and painters to finish up, but it is still insane. Last week, I can across two quotes which ring so true. One was a letter from my daughter’s pre-school to all the parents and the other was actually my horoscope. (Yes I read my horoscope daily.)
On parental life during the Holidays, from the Head of School from my daughter’s preschool:
“As parents we try and do it all to make the season merry. Know that what you child needs and values most is consistency and time with you. Only you know all the errands which didn’t get done or the extra events which you didn’t get to take them to. Try and keep your schedule as close to normal as possible . Your child counts on having a steady routine. To keep your poise during this hectic time, take some well deserved time for yourself. Even if it’s only 15 minutes a day. Find a magazine to read, take a bath, go for a run, stand in a yoga pose, or take a power nap. You will be surprised how much this helps.”
Now excuse me while I go take a hot bath…well not yet, too much to do today.
On Work form Astrology Zone:
“If you’ve been neglecting an important life or career goal, adjusting your focus between now and March 5 will help you get back on track”
I soooo needed to hear this. The past few months my work has taken a back set to the house renovation and family life. It is not a terrible thing, but it just means I have only been able to maintain my business, not grow it. I have also had zero time to just go our and shoot for myself, and zero time to blog. So I am going to let myself enjoy the holidays, enjoy a family trip to Sea Island for New Years and start 2014 with a calm, focused approach. Serenity now! I hope.