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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!

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…

fashion, featured, give back, holiday

feed projects: the mini bag

December 7, 2016

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i’m sure most of you have heard about FEED projects, but if not, check them out… especially worthwhile for gifting this time of year. it was started by lauren bush lauren with the simple idea of creating products that engage people in the fight against hunger. every product is stamped with the number of meals that are provided with its purchase–pretty great.

nate and i are big fans of FEED so we were especially thrilled to be a part of the launch of their mini feed bag for kids… as pictured on alexa in the photos within this post. be sure to check out the interview they did with us on the feed site… we think its pretty sweet.  (also, a cool side note is that nate shoots for them quite a bit, check out some of his work here.) Continue Reading…

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super saturday

August 7, 2016

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this summer has been my absolute favorite. we have been lucky enough to spend a bunch of weekends out in the hamptons visiting friends. while a lot of new yorkers spend their summers out in the hamptons or the new jersey shore, it is a novelty to use and these summer has provided so many opportunities… i have to say, it is pretty magical.

last weekend (and this weekend!) we visited our friends rebecca and gavin and we spent saturday afternoon at a pretty epic hamptons summer event… super saturday.

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marissa

cute as a button

April 2, 2016

a couple weeks ago alexa woke up after being asleep for a bit and told us her vision was blurry… that she was seeing double. she was looking a bit cross-eyed and we just thought was a fluke incident. it happened again a couple more times so we decided to take her to the eye doctor. i took her, never thinking that she would need glasses, but it turns out she did. i think i was more shocked than she was. she didn’t take to the idea very well at first, but then she came around a bit when i said she could pick any style out that she wanted.

we took her to a cute kids optical shop in greenwich village where there were a ton of options for her to choose from. she was such a great sport and had a very specific opinion about what she wanted. when i suggested some cute black hipster looking frames she quickly let me know that those were “mom” glasses. oy. my bad! :-) she ended up picking out these adorable cat-eye pink and purple frames with small little diamonds on the temples. she knew they were the best for her–and i have to agree. she looks adorable.

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fashion, featured, little ones

brooklyn blues #oldnavystyle

February 21, 2016

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today is the first day we have left the apartment with the kids in over a week. all three of the kids were sick… it was the worst. on top of all that it was fashion week for me and nate had knee surgery. seriously? you can’t make up these scenarios. i kept trying to put it all into perspective and tell myself that it wasn’t that bad, but i definitely had a couple of moments where i thought i was totally unraveling (some of my mom friends in our building can attest to that–thanks for helping with the “sick baby stuff” ladies!). since the kids are seemingly on the mend, we thought they could use some fresh air so we took a stroll along the brooklyn bridge waterfront.b Continue Reading…