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Creating A Home In The Summer

posted on: July 19, 2017

Part of moving to a new place in the crux of summer is honing the belief that summer is a transcendent period of time that slips into lost moments of bliss and what was. There aren't many days where I long to be in my home hanging and painting. I wish it to just be done! Someone needs to hang these pictures–, but summer is calling. There aren't many days where the 90-degree fails in comparison to organizing that walk-in closet I once dreamed about.

Yet there are many days where I find myself bargaining with the fact that things are actually happening. Life is to be lived, and whatever can get done will. And whatever will be done, already has been. That's the beauty in creating a home--it needs not to be rushed for lack of time; in fact, as few things do in New York, it feels slow and careful, constantly in creation despite the fast spinning around me.

So I spent the better part of last week painting the kids' room white. A silky linen white to be specific. Before I painted it, it was this gorgeous Behr blue that stopped me in my tracks; but for River and Oak, it just didn't fit. It was a large task, but one I could mentally and physically manage drawn out over a week of pool dates, movies in the park, picnics, and other pieces of summertime magic. I have paint under my nails, and last night, when the clock turned 10:05 pm, I did touch-ups standing on a wonky wooden chair and listening to Sade. Today, I will try to manage the laundry that's piled up and over my bed; and maybe, in-between it all, find solace that my junk drawer has been redistributed and I have finally filled the small linen drawer with reusable napkins and found coins. 


If you come over, just don't open the second closet until November. Focus on the freshly-painted white, okay?  All in good time, I suppose. 

(Photography by Heather Moore for LaTonya Yvette x Sonnet James)

On Learning To Love My Post-Baby Body

posted on: July 13, 2017

What keeps you from accepting and loving your body this summer? For many women, it is the flaws we find in ourselves and the insecurities that build around them. They tend to overflow after we've had children. I got raw and vulnerable for Instyle, and wrote a piece about learning to love my body. You can read my full piece right here. And if you were one of the many beautiful women who commented and messaged me after it went up, thank you! I am so overwhelmed by all the love and the beauty in this community.


Black ABC Prints From The 70S

posted on: July 11, 2017

Have you seen these Black ABC Flashcards that have been floating around on Pinterest? They were originally published in the1970s by the Society for Visual Education in Chicago. I wish I had found them sooner, but really enjoyed reading about them and seeing the entire alphabet. The meaning of each letter is so powerful. I am sure my mother had a stack floating around her childhood bedroom.

These would make great prints to add color and history to a nursery or bedroom. Here they are as laminated flash cards  I would love to find originals on Ebay. If you buy the poster, you can get them framed with Framebridge, a company we love to use when framing images.

The back of the original cards say this:

The pictures are of people and situations particularly relevant to many city children and thus can make the reading readiness program in city schools more meaningful."

The Summer Surrender

posted on: July 7, 2017

The Summer Surrender goes a little like this:

+ a shuttle to the beach on Monday

+ a parachute game with friends at 3 PM in SOHO on a Tuesday.

+ the pop pop popping at 8:35 PM that same Tuesday evening

+ late morning cartoons on a Wednesday

+ ice cream at 8:04 PM on Thursday night

+ firefly catching and releasing at 9:10 PM

+ a long-overdue bath too late in the evening at 9:45 PM

+ new library cards for a newly-minted 1st grader put in use at 2 PM on  Friday.

+ a movie in the park on Saturday

+ family dinner on a Sunday

Finally, the joy of doing it all again. Different. But slightly the same, on a never-experienced Monday.




Have a beautiful weekend!

Sonnet James (more photos)

posted on: July 5, 2017

I loved all of the photos Heather Moore shot of our Sonnet James, that I just had to share a few more. So many of you have asked, and I wear a size medium in all of my Sonnet James pieces, and find the fit to be perfect. The Joy dress is one of my favorites, and both playsuits are addictive–you won't want to take them off!

If you're looking to still shop the collection, use the code at the bottom of the post!