a morning stroll

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i think one of my favorite parts about alexa starting school is our morning walk there! it’s our special time to chit chat. today however, i asked nate to follow along and snap some pics of us as we walked along the way.

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today alexa and i are both rockin’ some ivankatrump shoes. i’m wearing the green carra suede pumps (which i am totally obsessed with) and alexa is wearing the abigail suede ballet flats with a darling little jeweled flower embellishment on the toe. she has moved onto tights, but i’m holding out as long as i can!

when we pass through cadman’s park, alexa always insists walking along the raised barrier between the sidewalk and the grass. i told her a story once about how my mom used to play a game like this with me where we couldn’t fall off because there was a lagoon and a crocodile would get us… she loves “avoiding” the crocodile. :-)

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my top and skirt–yes, it is not a dress–is from reformation. it’s called the huck two piece… its like 3 wardrobe staples in one. can’t beat that.

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our little walk to school is only 10 minutes, but i am so thankful that its just a fun stroll. no stress. no subways… traffic, etc. definitely one of my days little blessings. xx!

studio test

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nate and i worked on a really big project together this week at ivanka trump hq. my team and i have been hard at work at a campaign that i will be SO excited to share in a couple months. it was a little dream i had and it came to fruition this week. as a creative that is one of the most rewarding experiences… and this was not only rewarding, but incredibly inspiring in so many ways.

one of my biggest takeaways from this week’s project was to dream big… BIG. and then BIGGER. i’ve never believed that there are ceilings on what i can do and/or what i can accomplish… but what i realized this week is that i don’t really dream enough about what i want to do in my life. what is my big vision for my life–for our family life. i have been blessed with a fulfilling career path… i have worked for incredible brands and i am very thankful for what i have accomplished–that said, am i dreaming about what i really see for my future? i don’t have an answer to what my dream is, but this week made me aware that i hadn’t focused on that and that i wanted that to change. i may not know the answer now, but i know i want to start challenging myself to figure out what my dream is.

another thing i realized is that i have a pretty bad habit of taking on more than i should and while i often argue that it helps me feel fulfilled, i have realized lately that it starting to take a toll on me. i can’t do everything… i am not superwoman–but more so i realized i don’t have to be. taking a step back and thinking about my priorities and working smarter at work and at home.

i guess we are all constantly redefining ourselves… i suppose that is what being in your 30′s is all about.

in preparation for the shoot, we went to nate’s studio this past weekend to do a lighting test and we got such cute family pictures that i just had to post! gaby, or tia gaby as the kids call her, was visiting from art school (mica) for the weekend. its pretty amazing to have my little sis close by–especially since the rest of our family is back in atlanta. gaby and i are almost 15 years a part so in these pictures she looks like she is our daughter! hilarious.

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nate and i rarely get pictures together… i’m kind of obsessed with these. don’t we look like an old school gap ad? love it.

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back-to-school 3rd edition: featuring ralph lauren kids

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i’m so in love with these two back-to-school looks from ralph lauren. so, clearly i had to make nate take the kids out with me this weekend to do a little photo shoot in the neighborhood.

confession: i was trying to do this shoot on the way to school, but it was a total bust–i have a habit of biting off more than i can chew and a photo shoot with a 3 and 4 year old en route to school–before i head into work–is beyond even my overachieving capabilities!

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Ralph Lauren x Lady & Prince
alexa: 1. cable knit cardigan sweater 2. ruffle shirt 3. jodhpur twill skinny pants
hayden: 1. cotton shawl cardigan (on sale!) 2. graphic tee (on sale!) 3. denim skinny jeans (on sale!)

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my favorite part was when alexa said, “ok daddy, now take pictures of me and mommy!” my lil cutie pie! (in case you are wondering, my shades are the rag & bone keaton glasses, my top is  current elliot (similar here and here) and my shoes are from madewell (similar here).

and now for the bloopers… xx!

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back-to-school, 2nd edition: featuring jacadi

i don’t know about you, but i actually love back-to-school shopping. i have loved it since i was a little girl. it is so fun to shop for the kids now that they are in school. as i clean out their closets and drawers and pull out some items from last fall, one thing stood out. the pieces that i invested in–sought out better quality–those are still good for this fall. the sweaters are still soft, the dresses have held their shape… and the jackets are ready for round 2 of winter. as hard as it is to spend a bit more on KIDS CLOTHES, it is definitely paying off. i think the key is to choose items that aren’t trendy–classic pieces. pieces that are great for layering and basics in great colors that you can pair with those trendier pieces… but most importantly, pieces that are made well and use good fabrics.

as you all know i am a bit of a francophile for many reasons… art, food, travel… and clothes. that holds true for the kids as well. a french brand i love, that makes quality pieces that won’t break your bank account, is jacadi.

i thought i would feature some great basics from jacadi that are what i consider to be the must have essentials for the kids this fall. (BONUS: the essentials are 20% off right now!)

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1. scallop placket cardigan 2. stretch gabardine trousers 3. leather mary janes with piping 4. bow-trimmed cardigan 5. stretch gabardine trousers 6. bow-trimmed ballet flats 7. open front cardigan 8. bow-trimmed cardigan 9. a-line jersey dress 10. patent leather t-strap flats 11. velvet pleated dress 12. buffed leather mary janes 13. cotton wool pleated dress 14. bow-trimmed ballet flats

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1. shawl collar sweater 2. stretch cotton jeans 3. leather-trimmed chukka boots 4. v-neck sweater 5. denim jeans 6. flannel-trimmed sneakers 7. color block sweater 8. suede ankle boots 9. two-in-one cotton jacket 10. shawl collar cardigan 11. leather ankle boots

paris je t’aime

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nate and i are about to celebrate our 10 year anniversary–NEXT WEEK! it’s hard to believe we have been together for that long, but at the same time, its flown by. in celebration of our 10 year we are going to paris for new years this year. i know its months away, but i can’t get paris out of my mind. the crazy planner that i am already has a google doc going with places to visit… and although i have been there a bunch, i am so excited for our romantic getaway which will primarily involve drinking cafe au laits, eating croissants, and hopping from cafe to cafe all day with a sprinkling of museums and culture here and there.

if you have any must do–must see–must eat tips, please share! xx!

a color story

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i realize i am in fashion, but sometimes i get so overwhelmed by clothes. for those of you non-new yorkers, here is a not so fun part of living in the city. its the whole “transitioning your closet” bit. we all talk about it here… like, “oh yea, i spent the weekend putting my spring/summer wardrobe in storage to make room for fall/winter.” yes, that is actually a conversation we have. sounds very “sex & the city” however you can definitely leave out the”sex” part. the plus side i guess is that you do have to examine your wardrobe on a biannual basis.

i am in a current state of “i hate my closet and i’d like to giveaway all of my clothes.” yes, sounds over dramatic, but i tend to be dramatic. until i decide what i want fall/winter to look like in my wardrobe, i am going to stick with black. black is safe. black says, don’t judge. it is the new york color of winter after all (visit new york in january and its a sea of black coats… literally). for the time being, i will be wearing the below… with a sprinkling of white and maybe a pop of color here and there.  xo!

laney knit dress
madison crepe de chine jumpsuit (fyi, i am in love with this jumpsuit!)
didia cutout bootie
arrow earrings
chatty pump
vince pleated skirt
triple cage and crystal gold ring
leather trim trousers

a sunday afternoon field trip

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i’ve been wanting to take the kids to the transit museum forever. today seemed like the perfect day… kind of like a pre-back to school field trip! they start school on thursday and i am so excited for them! we opted to keep them home with our nanny and in miscellaneous classes up until now. this will be the first time that alexa and hayden don’t spend all day together! they will have chapel on fridays together which i am sure will make for an adorable meet up.

i didn’t tell the kids where i was taking them and it was pretty hilarious when we showed up at the entrance to the museum because they were utterly confused. the museum entrance looks like you are hopping onto the subway. when i told them we were going downstairs into a special museum they were thrilled.

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i can’t begin to explain how much they loved the museum. i think the fact that it was an environment they were very familiar with made it seem almost magical. typically we are very cautious with them on the trains and don’t give them much freedom (obviously!)… so this was such a contrast and they were thrilled! They looked like little incredibles running around the museum.

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transit museum  x lady & princei see you hayden!

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just when they were stepping onto this train the cutest conversation occured between alexa and hayden. alexa was pretend playing and it went a little something like this:

alexa: excuse me sir, can you help me find the F train?

hayden: oohhh! yea, the F train? sure!
both look at her museum guide together and hayden points on the paper

alexa: oh, thank you! great. let’s go!

i mean…. dying. so cute.

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after the museum we went for a little cafe-style picnic in front of the brooklyn visitor’s center.

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alexa and hayden are both wearing some cute and casual back to school looks from crewcuts! alexa is wearing a graphic tee and printed leggings. hayden is wearing a boys graphic tee and the stanton shorts. if you happen to have some back-to-school looks from crewcuts planned for your kids be sure to instagram them and hashtag #crewcuts. for every instagram with the hashtag jcrew will donate a book to a classroom in need.

a juggling act

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this evening was one of those evenings where being two parents that work catches up with us. it wasn’t a big deal, but i had kinda banked on nate going to get groceries since he had a running errands/prepping for a shoot/dropping kids forms off at school kind of day… but when i got home and opened the fridge and saw close to nothing it immediately started a super fun conversation–one that of course was timed right alongside of making dinner and putting the kids to bed–oh the glorious witching hour. we proceeded to figure out our best plan… do i go for an evening run to whole foods and get a work out/run in? does nate jump on the subway, skip dinner and kids bedtimes… oh wait, we both still have some work to do once the kids go to bed. so, what if i go after our nanny arrives at 8:30 in the morning but before my 9:30 meeting. it got pretty hilarious. we still don’t have a solution beyond hoping the kids don’t mind some annie’s mac & cheese again! #parentfail

this silly juggling act that is parenting here in the city and anywhere for that matter reminded me of these cute pictures nate took of hayden last week when–again due to untimely scheduling of a sick kid and work–hayden hung out with daddy at his studio. the sweetest part was how excited hayden was to have some one-on-one daddy time… or maybe it was the lollipops. 

anyway… i guess i should go figure out our grocery situation! night night! xx

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a love letter

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this weekend was pretty uneventful. i normally don’t do well with uneventful… i like to be on the go with lots of plans all the time. since we had a pretty packed summer i decided i would do my best to not over plan the long weekend. for the most part we stayed around our neighborhood, but today we opted to head into the city and hit up times square. it’s funny because times square is normally an area i like to avoid–crazy busy with tourists, traffic and mayhem–but we thought it could be fun to take the kids up to catch a movie along with a surprise stop at the m&m store before hand for treats. turns out times square had the only theater in the city that was playing a kids movie (planes fire and rescue) so it was kind of our only option anyway. how is it possible that so few kids movies are out?! is this just an nyc thing? funnily enough i think the m&m store was a way bigger hit than the movie was.

as i look at these pictures it just confirms for me why i am so adamant about being on the go with the kids and planning activities, etc… this is why you live in new york city with kids. i feel like we are able to offer them a huge world here full of culture, activities, entertainment, people, excitement… but just like anything, it comes at a cost. it’s not the easiest life. it’s expensive (very). our living space is normally quite small (even though ours is considered big by nyc standards). we don’t have a car… and don’t get me wrong, i don’t even like driving, but the idea of just being able to get in a car and go is a total novelty. the pre-school/school process is just ridiculous and hard. i guess the list goes on and on… yet, whenever we consider the idea of moving away we panic. it’s our home. we love it here. our kids were born here. we are coming up on 8 years of living here and its a bit surreal. we always thought we would be here for 2-3 years and–honestly–have always been open to opportunities that would move us away… yet every time we have gotten close we end up staying.

living in new york is a tumultuous love affair. the kind that makes you feel your highest highs and your lowest lows. the kind that stays with you forever–no matter where you go. i guess we will never know what the future holds, but we do know the city seems to want to keep us around.

“A hundred times have I thought New York is a catastrophe, and fifty times:
It is a beautiful catastrophe.” ― Le Corbusier

hope everyone had a happy labor day! xx

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end of summer pie

i can’t believe summer is over… how did that go by so fast?!

truth is, fall is my favorite time of year so i am very excited about the change of seasons. new york city is at its finest from september to december as far as i am concerned! i’m exciting about the leaves changing, the kids starting school, apple and pumpkin picking, halloween parades… the list is endless.

as the weekend comes to an end i thought i would share an end of summer treat the kids and i made the other day. i love to bake with them and it had been awhile since i made a pie. if you are baking with a toddler i advise prepping them for the fact the dough for the crust has to be in the refrigerator for 3 hours… that part took a bit of explaining with hayden! good luck and enjoy! xx

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