Sonnet James Summer 2015 + A Giveaway!

posted on: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A few months ago, Whitney of Sonnet James, reached out and asked if I would model her Summer 2015 collection. I was super honored and of course, said yes! I first fell in love with Whitney's dresses when I stumbled upon her kickstarter a while back. She had one running around the same time I had one running, and I used her as an example of a successful kickstarter, thank you Whitney! Months later, my friend Naomi modeled her fall collection, and I purchased a few dresses to take me through pregnancy and postpartum. It was so hard to take the dresses off! They were extremely comfortable, effortless, and cut to perfection for my pregnant body and my postpartum body as well. I would nurse in them, and really, I felt so great wearing them. When creating a concept, I think Whitney hit the nail on the head, it's a necessity in a woman's wardrobe... especially a mama's!

Beyond the design, over the past few months I also got to know Whitney on a deeper level as we have become friends, and I think she is such a special person. When we shot this, we instantly were like two old friends, and her whole entire team loved on my kids so much. I wish everyday was like that, so much love!  Above all, I love that no matter the distance, color or religion, motherhood is a thread that connects us all. All of my mama friends have such different and amazing lives, and I am in awe of how we can all connect and nurture each other honestly and beautifully, as we navigate one of the most important roles in our lives.

Here are a few photos of the Summer 2015 lookbook!

A Beautiful Weekend

posted on: Monday, May 25, 2015

The weekend was so beautiful. I often find myself staring at people, wishing I was an actual photographer, and had the capacity to capture their beauty the way my eye would see it in that moment. It was one of those weekends where I kept saying, "well, thank goodness for a good memory!" If my camera can't catch it, my eye can, and I'll store all the beauty up.

And in typical fashion, I later noticed that every other photo had an orange theme. I just can't quit the color. How was your weekend? 

P.S In-between it all, I created a gofundme account for my friend Kelly (with her blessing), with my friend Dani, to help as they navigate childhood cancer in baby Ivy. It's so sad, but also, so beautiful to see the community pull together. If you'd like to read her full story and donate, you can do so here.

PPS. If you're wondering, my head wrap scarf is from the wonderful ladies of Block Shop Textiles. 

Spring So Far

posted on: Friday, May 22, 2015

Spring, spring in New York City has been wonderful, crazy, inspiring, and an extreme whirlwind. I often find myself shuffling from one meeting to the next. From art class to ballet, and back home for naps. Naps that seem to end before they even begin. It's been the starting point of so many good things. It has also been the grandest farewell to winter's brutality. To be as cheesy as they come; winter was the journey, and spring was the gift. It's been the greatest of gifts; and I am trying to savor every minute and hour of it. I'd like to store it up in my bottle of happy and hold it there. Until next winter, of course.

Spring has taught me more than I expected. Once again, I find myself truly believing in the magic of good people and love. I believe in the magic of New York City again. As a native, this was so very necessary.

Roasted Beet and Walnut Salad

posted on: Thursday, May 21, 2015

My first beet eating memory is of Sunday dinners at my cousin's church. They would have two services, and each Sunday, in-between the two, there was food. Lots of delicious, and lovingly made food. Somehow, beets became a huge part of Sunday dinners.

"Chicken or beef?"
" Everything except the beets, please."

My plate always arrived after the Pastor's plate, and after the elders too. Chicken with everything... and beets. I would mix the beets with my rice to give my rice a pinkish tint and a sweet taste. It was enough to drown out the bang of the beets, and just enough to pump up my rice. It tasted rather lovely smothered in mac and cheese too. But not alone. Not beets.

Beets never seemed too appealing after that. It's not like I didn't like them, it's just that, once I knew I didn't love them, I no longer felt the need to include them in my diet. Which is just silly, I know.

 (The perfect recipe below)