Sundance (Film Fest) and Winter Storm Jonas blew through the weekend with a mighty cloak of white and a puffer-clad army set to catch snowflakes and build their very own Olafs. When the weather gods deal us an icy card, it’s easy for us to default to our usual commuter snow boots, hat, and the tired black, ankle length puffer coat that makes us feel, well, just that. Puffy. Why bother making an effort if the world looks like a snow globe outside our window?
Six days have passed since the glittering Goblin King left us. This week, David Bowie’s mysterious melodies and stirring choruses filled our air and hearts, while we shared memories on sidewalks, and planned tributes for our lyrical hero.
But after all of that has come and gone, what then? David Bowie’s magic filled my childhood eyes and ears and nurtured my fantastical imagination. And now, I look at my son, T, and hope I can fill his world with this very same magic. That’s the plan, and here is how we’ll carry David Bowie’s sparkle in our heart and home.
My heart buzzes as we tick away the last hours of the year – beaming at the best and brightest while studying the stumbles along the way. And ahead of us – fresh, fierce moments ready to be claimed.
Countdowns and ball drops used to star little black dresses, too much bubbly, and endless dancing at a mega party with an army of friends. Now, our little dude helps us celebrate with too much Frutti Di Mare, a little bubbly, and endless dancing in our cozy home.
We have a few more fabulous NYE fetes left on our dance card, and until T is old enough to be our date, I get to window shop and wish for the dreamy dresses I’d ring the new year in.
My job has some awesome perks, and one of them is we work with brands I adore, like REFORMATION, the creator of super chic everything and all ethically produced in my hometown, Los Angeles. REFORMATION dresses bring out the inner starlet in every woman – and all of us deserve at least one in our closets.
The second perk is we get to work with these beloved brands and create cool stories with them. A few weeks ago, we did just that – a sweet NYE story with the lovely and amazing REFORMATION, a bevy of their beautiful dresses, and a handful of our team, with a special guest little star, T.
The photoshoot was super fun and T couldn’t get enough of the confetti tossing and ginormous black balloons! And these photos are the sweetest reminder of the New Year’s moments we’ll have when T grows up a little more.
REFORMATION dresses are my go-to for super chic, timeless party style. My dress, the Winslow, is a dreamy draped number in a sea of silk and a Bianca Jagger meets Cher 70’s glam (look at that slit!). This dress begs to be styled and accessorized a hundred ways – beaded deco belt, vintage gold statement necklace, metallic stacked sandals, faux fur anything, a saucy red lip – this dress is everything.
Here are a few more lovely REFORMATION dresses on my party wish list. Which ones are you dreaming of?
The days leading up to today were dizzying and full, but I’m grateful we get to slow down and savor this magical day together. Santa delivered some awesome gifts for T. And last night, Rob and I sunk into our sofa and watched one of our faves, War of the Roses (If you’ve never seen it – you must!Kathleen Turner was such a babe and her chemistry with Michael Douglas is all-time).
We have 3 precious holiday shopping days left and today, it’s all about our main men. After 15+ years together, gift shopping for my husband can feel like the biggest head scratcher. I’ve given him so many types of gifts over the years and he’s a confident, savvy shopper for his clothes, tech, and everything in between.
For me, the secret in finding the gifts Rob wants lies in the small moments. Moments where he lingers too long in front of a storefront, comments about something he sees, the sheer bliss after an awesome afternoon surf, his obsession with personal care and rad packaging, and the tireless dedication to his craft. The best gifts live in our better half’s passions. Add and enhance these treasured corners of their lives this holiday with a few of the cool picks from the Last Minute Gift Guide for Husbands.
When it comes to the holidays and gift shopping, put me in the “Last Minute” bucket. A career in fashion and retail means this working mama hits high gear in November and December and online shopping is the last thing I want to do at the end of a long, zany day. I try and pick up gifts here and there as I see them, but the bulk of our gifts get picked and packaged the weekend of Christmas.
But Last Minute Gifts can be just as awesome as Early Bird Gifts. This holiday, I’ve rounded up my favorite unisex gifts for our littles that you can still order and have delivered before Christmas. Spectacular stories, groovy play tents, brain bending puzzles, and a supremely cool doll house – shop the Last Minute Gift Guide for Toddlers for your little ones this holiday.
The hunt for the perfect coat. The fit, fabric, details, and design need to be just right for as many outfit scenarios as you can imagine – work, after work, date nights, girls nights, parties, weekends, weddings. But when you find it, they stay with you and survive trends, personal style updates, jobs, a baby, and everything in between.
My coat inspiration? I turn to the It Girls and the classic coats that keep them warm. From Sienna and Jane to Clemence and Kate, here are 8 classic coats It Girls love and every girl should have in their closet.
Holiday traditions. The first weekend post Thanksgiving, our little family (including our 12 year old corgi, Napoleon!) bundles up for our annual Christmas Tree adventure. We don’t chop down our own tree (a gal can dream, though), we simply visit a sweet San Francisco middle school parking lot that houses hundreds of noble firs of every shape and size. The hubs walks alongside lil’ T while me and our pup pick our sweet mini wreath. And after we find our perfectly imperfect, funny tree, we spend the rest of the afternoon running, chasing, sliding, squealing, and giggling at the baseball field and playground next door.
So….favorite colors. What’s the story behind yours?
My favorite color memory goes wayyyy back – second grade, aka 6 years old. It involves my first encounter with a magnificent box of 64 crayons. Gingerly removing each one, I studied each new hue – Melon, Mulberry, Copper, Cadet Blue, Sea Green, Thistle, and so many more – so exotic compared to the basic shades I’d only known until then. And when I saw Periwinkle – that dreamy bluish-purple crayon – for the first time, I knew it. THIS is my favorite color. And I love it even more today.
Our turkey holiday is this week and I’m still shocked it’s November. Kidsgiving, Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving – it’s officially time to roll up my chef sleeves and crack open those cookbooks.
We’ve hosted a mini feast for friends and close family for the past 15 years. And since this tradition began during the age of small salaries and little apartments, our dinner stars a simple – but heavenly – menu. My trusty pots, pans, baking dishes, ramekins, and roaster will last until forever, but our kitchen and entertaining accents get jazzed up every holiday.
This morning, our little tribe ventured north to Portland, aka Portlandia, aka Niketown, the evergreen, always hip gem of the Pacific Northwest. It’s me and Lil’ T’s first time in PDX (the hubs came up here to visit his bro at Reed), lots of dear friends now call this city home, and I couldn’t be more thrilled for this winter weekend adventure.
Chilly temps (low 30’s to mid 40’s) call for lots of layers, toasty sweaters, and proper coats. Urban hikes around town with a fierce 2 year old requires a trusty day pack for grumbling tummies and messy mishaps.
For this, we turn to our ultimate outdoor brand, Patagonia.
In my 2 1/2 years (and counting) of mama-hood, I’ve tested, tried, and trashed a whole lot of food containers. Glass, Silicone, Stainless Steel, Plastic. Mini cubes, Thermoses, Bento Boxes, Tupperware. You’d think it’d get easier as our littles get bigger, but it only gets trickier.
Since T has been off the milk only meal train, and as his catalogue of foods multiplies, finding the ideal food container(s) for his daily school lunch has been the ultimate challenge. T needs something that’s roomy for his mega main entree (he literally eats like a teenage boy), and enough sections/small containers for the rest of his lunch (veggies, fruit, crackers, or yogurt/applesauce/cheese).
In my natural state, I’m a jeans and sweaters and tees gal. Comfy, cozy, relaxed – these are my style synonyms.
But every now and then, my fashion day job requires me to attend events and dinners and meetings with a dressier code. For this fancier self, I lean on my trusty, super versatile Little Black Dresses (LBDs) that can be updated easily – booties in lieu of lace up sandals, nude lipgloss versus crimson red, boyfriend blazer or faux fur parka. Every woman’s closet deserves a few fabulous LBDs.
Indian Summer – the last gasp of warmth and glorious sunny days – makes San Francisco a blissful place in October. And our glittering city by the bay makes the most of every day: the epic (and free) Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Fest, an awesome Fleet Week extravaganza, movie magic at Mill Valley’s Film Festival, friend and food-filled neighborhood street fairs, and rad bands at Treasure Island’s Music Fest.
The autumn air has filled our San Francisco days and it’s time for lil’ T to break out his cozier Fall threads. Since he’s a rough and tumble, wall climbing monkey, knitwear (leggings, fleece, tees, etc) are musts for everyday outfits. And for the windier mornings and afternoons, a trusty beanie helps keep our little dude toasty.
When it comes to favorite kids knitwear, iddy biddy baby has our favorite, comfiest pieces, period. T’s first iddy biddy baby item were these fleece leggings that felt like the softest baby blanket and kept out little man so warm! The tees, sweatshirts, beanies, and headbands (for the lil’ ladies) are just as rad and the perfect gift for any kiddo. (They’re a nominee for Martha Stewart’s American Made award – VOTE and help iddy biddy baby win today!)
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