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What Are Your Favorite Classic Holiday Movies?

posted on: November 20, 2017

The kids and I were walking home to watch a movie the other day and I realized we watch the same holiday movies over and over...

A Weekend To Do List

posted on: November 17, 2017

 What a wet and chilly New York week we had. It's also been a busy work week as I wrap up a few things before Oak's surgery. So I am taking the next few days to slow completely down and quiet my mind and body. If you're interested in what I'm reading, watching, eating, and wearing, you'll find it below....

Socks That Give Back!

posted on: November 16, 2017

Did you know that socks are the most needed items in a homeless shelter, but rarely donated?  To help combat this crisis, my friend Mengly partnered with Safe Horizon's Harlem location to donate one pair of socks for each pair of socks purchased.

The cool thing about all of this is all the history and passion, Mengly has for the work. She visited the center and really got to know what they're doing and where their resources are being pulled too tightly. She was drawn to their Street work program, that helps homeless youth ages 13-24 in many areas of their lives. Simple areas we often do or had our parents do for us without a thought.

Linea Germania's socks are made in Nepal. To top it all off, Mengly will deliver the donated pairs in person right before Christmas!

Here are my personal favorites!

8 Little One-On-One Dates

posted on: November 14, 2017

A few weeks ago,  I sat on River and Oak's bed as they played in their room. I disappeared under their blankets and listened to their games and conversations with imaginary friends. I watched them unearth every single toy that was stuffed in their baskets, and was amazed when they acted as if they uncovered a forgotten gem when some tiny plastic thing-a-majig was found in the dusty corners of their castle. That same afternoon, a dear friend called and soon we were discussing the easiest and most effective ways in which we create magic when life seems a tad overwhelming. I found a moment like that-still and chaotic-magical. But with the holidays quickly approaching, my desire to whip something grand (and small) feels as real as that single moment. 

Throughout the years, I've leaned on little dates to divide and conquer attention and love with two little ones with often different interests and personalities. And so, as this holiday season is in full swing, I wanted to share 8 little dates that are simple (and magical):

1. Hot chocolate at your local cafe.

2.  Frosted taxi cabs around town to visit tiny local gift shops.

3. Warm donuts bright and early on a Saturday morning devoured on a park bench.

4. A theatre day date. (movie theatre. Less expensive and somehow more magical?)

5. Long evening walks to visit "the houses with lights" when everyone starts to decorate.

6. An afternoon at the local bookstore reading in a favorite corner. Alternatively, an afternoon at your local library renting dvd's and reading faithful favorites. 

7. Creating and making pretty much anything one on one. This includes decorations, baking, and early home-made gifts for family. 

8. A one on one conversation spent holding hands and doing any odd thing that they find remotely interesting. Phone off.

Any date ideas of your own? I would love some suggestions!

In My Current Rotation

posted on: November 10, 2017

I tend to become a bit obsessive with one thing for a few weeks or a month (sometimes more), when I fall in love. Often, I'll wear something until it's thin and fraying. I've always been tied to clothing with a unique story, and this outfit, though simple in nature, is full of its own stories.

This reversible wrap top was a gift from Hackwith Design; a small team in Minnesota. Often, the pieces are made to order to reduce waste, and the entire collection started off years ago with very limited designs.

My jeans were a random vintage find on a slightly warm spring afternoon. My friend and I walked and talked, and I kind of stumbled upon these jeans. I tried them on and they fit like a glove, and the rarity and magic of the afternoon wasn't lost on me.

 Okay, I want to hear, do you have any one piece of clothing that you can't get out of your current rotation? 

(Photos by Amanda Peterson for LaTonya Yvette)