A Few Days In West Palm Beach

posted on: Friday, February 27, 2015

We stayed in West Palm Beach with my friend Emily at the beginning of the month, and we had the best time! It was super relaxing and we really needed that sun to shine on us like it did. Peter snapped all of these pictures (and lots of movies), so we don't really have any of him. But he was there and he had fun too. 

A few more photos below. Have a great weekend! 

Comfort Food| Bean Soup

posted on: Thursday, February 26, 2015

The other day, when the temps were dropping just below freezing, and the kids were somewhere between content and flat out miserable, I decided to make bean soup. There's just something about cooking and creating for them and myself, that I really do enjoy. I've said it before. There's also something super powerful about spending what feels like an entire day cooking as well. When a day is so easy and at the same time, surrounded around creating a meal that has been simmering since the morning, it's always a good one. It brings about a certain kind of comfort.

Bean soup is incredibly easy to make. It's also incredibly filling, delicious, and can easily be mixed with any other vegetable. I decided to make mine without meat because I do feel as though beans are a great alternative to meat when you happen to be craving such things.

Here's how I made it.

- Boil about four cups of water in a pot. Once water has reached a boil, turn it off then let your beans soak in it for an hour.
- After your beans are done soaking, drain them.
- Pour one part vegetable broth and one part water in you bean pot.
- Once beans get cooking a bit, chop two yellow potatoes in bite sized pieces and put them in the pot.
- Cook your beans and potatoes for about an hour, or until tender on medium heat.
- When finished, add butter and salt and plate over brown rice with a few slices of avocado on the side.

Enjoy!

Brass x LaTonya Yvette

posted on: Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I'm the kind of girl who never shies away from color and patterns. Despite this fact, I know it is essential that my closet is full to the brim with basics. Not just your purchase-on-a-whim basics. Those usually get tossed after just a few wears. I'm talking about the basics that take a little extra thought. Basics like this sweater dress from Brass. It's extremely comfortable and yet, simple. It's the perfect addition to my closet. A necessity for sure. I felt ridiculously sexy in this piece too.

Sometimes, as a girl with curves, I find pieces ill-fitting unless they're super tight. (Tight clothing is also really new to me too. Bohemian/men's everything.) This dress fit me like a freaking glove, but didn't leave me feeling too sexy for just a normal day. Not super tight... just tight in all the right places. I love that it's perfect for this transitional season that will soon be upon us. That weird in-between winter/spring weather. With a few simple accessories and layers, I can really be anyone in this, and that's what a basic is supposed to be essentially. Something that can change right along with you and your style.


Sweater Dress- c/o Brass| Converse| Denim Jacket- Vintage (similar)

A Day In Texas| Video

posted on: Friday, February 20, 2015


The first stop on our vacation was Austin Texas to visit my best friend Lauren. Because of numerous flight delays on our end. We only ended up staying for two days and two nights, but really, we had the best time. we all laughed so hard, and the kids truly enjoyed each other. It was as if we were back in Brooklyn and just having another normal play date.

This day in particular we were at an awesome park in Austin. I really miss them already, but I know that distance has nothing on our friendship.We miss you Lauren!

This video was shot by husband Peter Staubs. Song: "Life on Mars? (cover) Seu Jorge