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Words For Spring

posted on: February 24, 2017

Spring is new beginnings. It is that peculiar and excited chirp of birds. That pixie-like dust of joy peppered over your step. Spring is the way simple things, like iced coffee in the middle of the afternoon, and a jaunt to an arriving train, that forces you to shed a layer or two, makes your soul inconceivably joyous. Spring is writing well into the evening on the back porch with a vintage duster and a half-glass of rosé. Spring, happens to be the birth and nurturing of new place in time.

2 Ways To Dress Up A Puffer Coat

posted on: February 22, 2017

Over Christmas, Peter broke our gifting rule and splurged on a coat he was convinced I needed. We had the same coat discussions over the years. He believed that my vintage coats weren't real coats, and I became convinced that a puffer coat of some sort would force me into more casual attire than I'd like. Like everyone else, I have preconceived ideas about certain garments before commiting. There are things that just seem too much of one thing or the next, things I am not convinced I need, and then there are things I need that I am not convinced I want to have. A "real" coat fell into one of those categories.

Truth be told, I am obsessed with this coat, and have found my own personal balance in dressing it up. If you're interested, here are two super easy ways to dress up a puffer coat.

Motherhood Right Now

posted on: February 21, 2017

I hope you had a wonderful long weekend. Motherhood right now looks a lot like stepping back in disbelief. This winter, River turned six. Oak is just a few weeks shy of three. How is this possible? Well, yes, I know the how. But when? With his third birthday quickly approaching, there is a lot of talk about a third baby. River has been requesting one non-stop. A baby girl, to be specific. She even convinced me that I wouldn't have to do a single thing. The baby topic has led to amazing (and sometimes difficult) discussions about a women's body. It is becoming more and more clear that we may not have a third baby. And though this is what I wanted, it's weird to have all these other stamps of finality on the subject. The growing age gap of Oak and a potential child, the ease of life now that we are not caring for a newborn.

I've been lucky enough to fall into a group of girlfriends who had their children later in life; swapping my diaper changes with careers. They're all mostly convinced that I have all the time in the world, and may just up and have another a few years from now. Peter and I see this whole other life waiting for us when our kids are older. When we are older, but not too old. "We'll be young enough,"  we say. I'm not sure if it seems selfish, smart, or both, to push off this urge to add to our family. All I know is that right now, I feel exceptionally capable, my children are healthy, and motherhood right now is wonderful.

Anyone else navigating this particular phase? 

(Images by Heather Moore from my interview and feature on Mothermag)

A Few Inspiring Things

posted on: February 18, 2017

I'm sure you've heard by now, but two of the most accessible brands have launched game changing new collections. J.Crew, launched it's intimates. Which, lets be honest, I haven't worn a bra in forever. But the tones and the fit look sexy and comfortable, and I'm excited to get mine in the mail.

Everlane, launched it's own version of the most trendy pant of 2016, which is now riding high into 2017. My first pair were vintage, this pair is from Old Navy, and I'm interested to see if in fact they are the most flattering. Some people just don't cut them correctly. If anyone could do it right, I'm guessing Everlane could. Right?

Every Saturday morning I listen to this podcast. Any others you suggest?

My best friend, who is new to the corporate work space suggested that we'd feature women and their experiences. I've been developing the framework for new content, and I think this may be a great addition. Is this something that would interest you? I would love to know.

I skipped fashion week this season for Puerto Rico! It was such an amazing trip, but I'm still loving all the street style captured. 

I'm off to go add this book to my collection as a Friday treat!

I can't leave without saying that I just sent off this week's newsletter. There's a little sign-up form over to your right.

And if you have a few extra bucks, the ACLU is doing tremendous work these days

Have a beautiful weekend!

(Image via Design Sponge)

5 Books| A Woman's Lit Guide

posted on: February 17, 2017

This winter, I've been digging my way through books. I started and stopped this one (the reviews were correct), and have since finished The Originals, and going back to a Toni Morrison favorite.  The thing is, diving into the words of others at any point in time has become a great respite for me. Finding poetry and being inspired and more importantly, educated.

If you find yourself on the hunt for a few books to add to your collection, here's a short guide to get you started.

 Men Explain Things To Me I gifted this book to my dear friend a few weeks back. It's a compilation of several essays. Even though it's a short read, it's powerful and inspiring.

 We should All Be Feminists  If you have yet to read this book, chances are, someone you know has. It's a moving piece on modern feminism and inclusion, based on personal experiences from the author.

The Awakening. My friend, Maia,  loved this book.  It's about a woman struggling between her unorthodox view on femininity and motherhood with prevailing social attitudes of the turn of the century.

Bound For The Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero This is one of the best history books with a wealth of research, recommended by my mother-in-law.

Bad Feminist:Essays  Another easy read that is straight up hilarious and insightful. You need this one in your library.

(Art by Cali Sales for LaTonya Yvette)