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Me In Their Photos

posted on: September 19, 2017


Lately, River has been grabbing my camera and snapping a picture or two of me. Okay, 35 burst photos to be exact. 35 photos of her mother, usually in the corner of the sofa. Usually, listening to music. Usually, watching her children dance. 35 photos of an ordinary afternoon with ordinary music as ordinary people. 35 photos slightly varying. 35 photos I didn't have before. 35 at 28 at 4 something in the evening. 35 of one and some of two. 35 of being. 35 of living and mothering and thinking and planning in a single moment....


The Weekend Is Bright

posted on: September 15, 2017


Have you seen images of Maryam Nassir Zadeh's fashion show? Solange serenaded the crowd along the Lower East Side portion of East River Park. The kids and I love heading to East River Park, so it felt like a pure melt of worlds when I was looking at images of her show. The styling was bright and eclectic, and felt so true to how bright I believe dressing should be. I loved it all!

I also wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for all your sweet comments on my last post and instagram stories and posts lately. Oddly enough, I've been running into followers back to back the last few days, which is such a treat. While it's always a joy, lately, the conversations and shared love has been so inspiring.

As we enter the weekend and a new season, I wanted to know... What brings you to this space? Or any blog in general? I'm getting started on some big projects (that I can't wait to share!) and always want to make sure this space is safe, inspiring, and authentic one for you.

Do you have any posts or topics you'd like us to cover? We are all ears!


Have a bright and beautiful weekend!

xo
LaTonya

(Top two photos by Don Stahl for WWD and last photo  by Maryam Nassir Zadeh)

A Bit Of Power. A Bit Of Style

posted on: September 13, 2017


A few weeks ago, I sat down with The Cut and discussed what power means to me, while wearing beautiful Eileen Fisher pieces. The feature focuses on myself and three other  women and I was so inspired by their answers as well. Personally, I've always stood by my convictions when it comes to "power" and what tend to idealize, instead of realizing it is something within ourselves. Just like happiness, I think it's one of the many things people all too often go searching for. When in reality, it is right there. You are in charge of it. No one else.


Isn't it funny when we turn all of what we desire and possibly envy in others, on to ourselves? There's real power in realizing that we do that, and we are in charge of the way in which we view something.

Here's a bit from the interview:

You write and speak a lot about your kids. What power do they give you?

My kids have showed me there’s something beyond every day. I’m always hustling for them, too. There’s a lot of responsibility. I’m very, very tired. I’m very annoyed. I’m impatient. A lot of the time, I’m not kind. But I find power in realizing I was not a good person, and that I’ve got to be better for them tomorrow. There’s power in being able to size up what stories I want them to tell about me, about their childhood, and choosing to continue every day to change that story.

You can see more of the images and read the full-interview with all of the women, over on The Cut. Thanks so much for having me!!




(Photography by Mary Fix, Styling by Jess Mederos, Makeup by Moani Lee for Beauty Exchange NYC, Hair by Johnny Lavoy for The Cut)

My Daughter's Strength

posted on: September 12, 2017


We are in the first week of school and though so much of my emotional capacity is wrapped up in both of my children, River is taking the cake. She is now in first grade. When I started this blog, I was just beginning to entertain the idea of partial daycare and spent many days at home with her when I wasn't in school. They say time flies when you're having fun, and I believe time flies when you're all growing. That's what it's been...

How To Help Hurricane Victims

posted on: September 8, 2017

What are your weekend plans? I have a wedding to attend and a birthday party, but I can't stop thinking about Hurricane Harvey's devastation and now, those in the path of Hurricane Irma. Climate change is real. And while we are making little changes in our own daily lives, there is so much work to be done within individuals and in our government.

If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed this weekend, here are a few easy ways to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. I will keep you all up to date on my instagram stories on ways to donate to those that are and will be affected by Hurricane Irma.

+ All you have to do is hit "DONATE" and you can send relief to victims of Hurricane Harvey. If you're worried about fees, Paypal covers them. Look how much they've raised! Keep it up!

+ You can send diapers to the Texas Diaper Bank! Since climate is such a huge discussion, please only send earth friendly diapers from companies like Seventh Generation and The Honest Company

- Former U.S presidents on relief efforts
- Life After the Storm for children who survived Hurricane Katrina.


My thoughts are with you and please stay safe.


xo
LaTonya