River and Oak's Summer Skin.

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Natural Hair Diary: Aatifa

posted on: June 22, 2017

Aatifa is a former student at Queensborough Community center, where she studied visual art, and is now a professional traditional African dancer who performs and teaches music dance and all of the arts to the youth of New York. Today she is sharing a bit about why and how she cut her hair on New Years Eve, insecurities and utlimately, self love..

Oak's 3rd Birthday

posted on: June 20, 2017


This Saturday, we celebrated Oak's third birthday! What started as a relaxed barbecue with a few friends and family, turned into an all out affair, where the last guest didn't leave until the late evening. It was full of family and joy. I even dragged a few guests into a game of double dutch!

Starting Summer Off Right

posted on: June 16, 2017



Over the weekend, we took the kids to Coney Island. I didn't plan for them to go in the sand, but as we were leaving the house, they grabbed their buckets and their swimsuits and started chanting; "Beach! Beach! Beach!" and so sand became part of the plan.

We spent most of the afternoon there, and we all returned home so tired and full of joy from the day. Here are a few photos of the afternoon..


My Secret For Long-Lasting Summer Lips

posted on: June 15, 2017

 It's no secret that I love wearing lipstick. Especially when I am having a busy day, or when I am particularly tired. I lean on it, in a sense. At the same time, I don't have time to apply and re-apply after eating, talking, or drinking, so I normally like to wear a matte lipstick. But there's another trick that I have to make my lipstick last throughout the day...

River and Oak's Summer Skin

posted on: June 12, 2017


This post is in partnership with Mustela.

When River was a baby, I immediately noticed the way her skin cracked after birth, though her pediatrician assured me it was normal. As she grew older, she complained about pain in-between her toes, and found almost every texture of clothing irritating on her skin. After some research and a few doctor visits, we discovered her seasonal eczema. It made its way across her skin as the weather grew warmer, which was why it was hard to pinpoint in the first place. While her eczema is mostly non-existent now at six-years-old, Oak has sensitive skin issues of his very own; and so, our discovery continues..