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paradise in palm springs

May 2, 2017

CALIFORNIA BABY

last month we took a trip to palm springs, california for our friend’s wedding — it was a much needed adult-only getaway. i had been to palm springs once before for a work trip, but it was definitely a treat to be there for a short vacation and even more so for the wedding where we were surrounded by a group of our closest friends so we were in constant party mode. the kids stayed home in brooklyn with my mom which made the overall trip pretty much perfect.


a road trip to palm springs wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the cabazon dinosaurs… it’s not much more than a photo op, but it is a worthy photo op — definitely a good instagram opportunity to say the least.
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beauty, fashion

for the mamas

April 30, 2017

this may be a record for the number of posts i have done in one week since rowan was born! rowan has been crawling all over me while i have been typing–he was supposed to be napping–so i apologise for the grammatical errors in advance.

i thought i would put together some gift ideas for anyone looking for ideas for mother’s day gifts.

fragrance sampler
collection sampler box of all eight rag & bone fragrances. mix and match–all the scents are amazing, but neroli and bergamot are my favorite!

striped top
zara is so good with hitting trends, but also maintaining an easy-effortless feel at a great price. i just got this top the other day and i love it.

beachwaver curling iron
a friend of mine tipped me off about this dreamy curling iron. it literally does all the work for you. you clip the end of your hair to it, hit a button and off it goes. get ready for the victoria’s secret model hair.

meant – do it all wash
i actually haven’t tried these products yet, but a friend of mine started the line and i imagine they are amazing because she is pretty much a rock star. she is a hard working, multi-tasking, mama of two badass and i can’t wait to try all her products. i am sure they are as great as she is.

hexagon hoops
bing bang is one of my favourite inexpensive jewelry lines. i love their playful nature. their products make really great gifts.

“women on a mission” tote
love the message and love the cause. each bag purchased gives 10 meals to children around the world.

black ginsberg sweater
this sweater is a chic nod to the beatnik generation. ginsberg was an american poet of jewish origin, and one of the leading figures of both the beat generation of the 1950s and the counterculture that soon would follow.

big little lies
my mom gave me this book and i haven’t started reading it yet, but she claims you cannot put it down. i’m trying to wait to watch the hbo series once i complete the book!

marilyn baseball cap
the truth is, every woman should have a go-to baseball cap. for bad hair days, rainy days or for just an easy weekend accessory. i wear my caps all the time!

chess set
the other day, nate and i were talking about how fun it would be if we learned how to play chess together. maybe if we got a cool new chess set that would inspire us! we need a distraction from binge watching the americans!

baies diptyque candle
of all the candles in the world, this is still my ABSOLUTE favourite.

adria espadrille
i actually just got these as a little gift for my mom. easy and effortless.

happy mother’s day shopping!

little ones

play in plae

April 27, 2017


i’ve been meaning to write about these kids shoes for awhile. we were given some plae shoes as a gift awhile back and i have continually bought their shoes since. they. are. the. best.

our kids are obsessed with them. in a nutshell, they are flexible, breathable, eco-friendly, machine-washable and are specifically designed for the natural development of a child’s feet. so overall, a win for all. bonus for the kids is the huge range of color options. below are a couple of the styles we have and love.  Continue Reading…

adventures, little ones

bridgehampton beach

April 24, 2017


i’m so in love with these photos. i love nate’s photos in general, but i especially love when he shoots on his film cameras. there is a magical quality to those… there is a depth to the image that just doesn’t happen in digital photos. i told him that he isn’t allowed to shoot digital anymore on family outings, only film from here on out! he is not 100% sold on that idea, but the proof is in the pictures! enjoy. xx


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entertaining, marissa

lately on my commute..

April 19, 2017

i’m really thankful for my subway commute… sounds strange to say, but it is the only reason i read books anymore. it is the only time i have to myself without distraction. i read paperbacks, on my kindle and even on my phone. i am proud and embarrassed to have read all five “game of thrones” novels on my phone!!

i read to the kids every night of the week normally… or they read to me. my mom read to me every night for more ost my adolescent, so reading is an important bonding moment for me and the kids.

below are some books i have been reading to the kids, as well as some that i have been reading on my morning commute.

good night stories for rebel girls is a children’s book packed with 100 bedtime stories about the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world. the stories are short and easy to comprehend. i’ve loved introducing this book into alexa and hayden’s life. i love sharing the lives of these amazing women who have changed the face of this world by simple and astounding acts.

downward mule
i have been doing yoga for the past 15 years… and i am still not very good at it, but i love it and hope that some day i will nail the crow pose and a headstand. this book, downward mule, was written by the sister of one of my best girl friends. downward mule stars sam mule, a barnyard outcast whose secret talent – yoga – ultimately saves the farm. while the book has poses built in, including cow, horse stance, crow and relaxation.

you are a badass
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his book is maybe my favourite “self-help” book… ever. the truth is, i am not much of a self-help book kind of gal. i need to be fully entertained to read, which is why i often read books like the hunger games or game of thrones. the truth is that when i was reading this book i could not stop highlighting every page. it is exceptional and the perfect pick me up if you are in a work–or life–rut.

the book of the unnamed midwife
i LOVED this book. the book is about a post-apocalyptic world where women are in danger of extinction. if you like the handmaiden’s tale, or appreciate dystopic fiction in general, you will love this book.

 

 

adventures, featured, marissa, real life

it’s been awhile…

April 10, 2017


it’s been awhile, i know. when people ask me if i still blog i kind of shrug and feel a little guilty. the truth is, life with three and my job has kind of taken over any of my free time. i’ve honestly relied on instagram to tell everyday stories… i feel like for many people, instagram has become more powerful than blogs used to be. when i do have free time, i tend to want to shut off and watch tv shows with nate and not thing. i’m actually watching season two of the americans right now, and not fully paying attention which just means i will have to watch the episode again–ugh. (it is amazing… our new favorite show!)

anyway, i thought i would do a recap of the past couple of months… quick, but bringing me back up to date.  Continue Reading…

little ones, sweepstakes

little hideaways

January 11, 2017


it snowed a lot in nyc this past weekend… all day long i saw adorable posts on social media of parents outside playing in the snow with their kids–sledding, building snowmen, etc. i feel a little lame as i declared it a “stay indoors as much as possible” weekend! it was freaking cold!! thankfully its not too hard to make staying indoors fun.  Continue Reading…

holiday, little ones

santa

December 12, 2016

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i’m pretty sure every parent in nyc cheered a little when they heard the abc carpet and home santa was back this year. last year they had announced his retirement, but they thankfully brought him back for 4 sundays this december! the lines have always been long, but this year was legit… and to top it off, nate took one for the team and took the kids on his own… Continue Reading…