a directorial debut… kind of!

confession: one of my dreams is to work in the movies.

yes, i know that is not an uncommon dream, but i want to work behind the scenes. i love the process, the production… everything about it. one of my favorite projects i over directed was a video for kate spade years back called swandive or cannonball. i love art directing photo shots, but there is something so stimulating and inspiring to me about moving image. (click here to see a bunch of the other videos i have done throughout my career so far)

since i don’t really have time to take a film studies class, i’m going to make my directorial debut in iMovie! ha! i’m going to start making mini movies about our life and hopefully over time i will start to get better and better at this. hope you enjoy–no movie critics allowed… yet! ;-)

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apple picking at stuart’s farm.

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picking pumpkins & climbing apple trees

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sunday was such a perfect–beyond perfect, actually–day. besides some seriously annoying traffic and a period of “are we there yet,” it was wonderful. it’s funny, i don’t remember going pumpkin or apple picking as a kid growing up… that may be because i spent the earlier part of my childhood in florida where i imagine this was not as popular of an event. it seems like pumpkin and apple picking is one of the “things you do” in the northeast and i am super thankful for this new family tradition.

this year we decided to stay close to the city. we went to stuart’s farm in westchester. it was definitely a bit busy–especially because of the amazing weather–but, it was totally manageable and lots of fun. stuart’s farm has been a family-operated farm since 1828–how cool is that?

we had already packed lunches in the car so when we arrived we meant business… time to pick the perfect pumpkins and a bushel of apples!

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how adorable is hayden’s camo sweatshirt (on sale on mini boden). jeans are gap kids and shoes are puma.

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alexa’s first time climbing a tree… let’s just say, we are still talking about this! she was SO excited and proud.

i’m loving mini boden’s casual graphic tees for the kids these days. they do a great job with non cheesy graphics that feel playful, but not obnoxious (why is this hard to find?). she is wearing crewcuts jeans with richer for poorer socks and aster kids shoes.


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yesterday was perfect–i love fall in new york. beautiful, bright, colorful and so happy.

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in the office we talk a lot about how we set up our desks… from accessories, to plants to pinning up inspiration. these are some of my favorite desk accessories… other than when i bring rider to work (he is so small he technically counts as an accessory!).

1. tata harper’s volumizing lip & cheek tint 2. kate spade business card holder 3. simply spotless fabric cleaner (for the accidental lunch mishap!) 4. a chic coaster or two 5. frends headphones 6. porcelain typography tray 7. calypso eau de toilette (for the work to dinner date spritz!) 8. poppin white desk set 9. the sill table top plants 10. re-visit iphone case (ivanka gave this to me for my birthday and its hands down the coolest and chicest case–obsessed!) 11. spray and screen cleaner in one!

when the cat is away, the mice will play.

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i had more after work events this week than normal so nate was on hard core daddy duty. on wednesday night, after my event, nate showed me what they had been up to. clearly this would not have happened under my watch… but this is why nate and i are a good balance. he adds that little bit of physically daring adventure to their lives. my bedtime ritual involves reading storybooks… his involves sofa diving!

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alexa is wiped out… and hayden goes in for the last dive with perfect form!

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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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

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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!

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madison crepe de chine jumpsuit (fyi, i am in love with this jumpsuit!)
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