Thursday, June 30, 2011

plastique

not much time to post today but i love these little vintage plastic toys by toymaker libuše niklová. the colors are so fun!

































































images: musée des arts décoratifs

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

a beautiful life

michael received linda mccartney: life in photographs for his birthday. i was filled with so much joy looking at this collection of images compiled by those who knew and loved her dearly. what an amazing life...

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

baby shower ideas?

i am admittedly not the most crafty person and am somehow throwing two baby showers this month (one in london)!! i want them to be fun and original so if you have any great ideas or inspiration, please do share!
































beautiful image from a field journal 

Monday, June 27, 2011

a dreamy weekend

this weekend consisted of backyard sprinklers and picnics. farmer's markets and chilaquiles. bike rides along the ocean. lunch at gjelina takeout in venice. elodie's first movie (cars 2 - we lasted 45 minutes!) and lots of time together. i couldn't ask for more!





































a worn out baby girl!

jeans c/o j brand 

Friday, June 24, 2011

happy birthday michael!

today is michael's birthday. as a surprise, our dear friend lenora flew down from seattle for the weekend. we went to the tim burton exhibit at lacma this afternoon and are prepping for a big family style dinner at little dom's tonight. let the fun begin!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

enjoy!


my guest post on ten highly enjoyable things to do for summer is up on domestic reflections

take a peek...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

a midsummer dream

































tonight i'm spending the longest day of the year grilling with my little family. peaches, zucchini and corn are on the menu!

and wishing the happiest birthday to my stepfather todd - we are so lucky to have you in our lives. happy birthday!

images: bernhard lang

Monday, June 20, 2011

storytelling



how has my style changed since elodie came into my life? call me romantic but i imagine the way she sees me and it makes me want to put on a flowy dress or a vibrant print. i always think about the memories i am creating with my family. my husband says i live too much in a fantasy land...'and i remember my mother, the bustle of her skirts, the song she sang and her honeysuckle perfume.' but she is a part of my story and i am a part of hers. 

my life experience has made up so much of my style -- riding bikes, music, foreign countries, loneliness, cooking, the desert, dinner parties, becoming a wife, work presentations, being a sister, making new friends, becoming a mother, reading biographies, staying up late with my grandma at bingo, living in a city, growing up near the ocean, rocking my baby to sleep, singing, heartache -- these things and more have overlapped creating me. along the way i have worn whatever i fancied without thinking too much about it. vintage, modern, rock n' roll, prep, bohemian -- whatever caught my eye and felt right made it's way into my closet.

and now? i accessorize less. i'm not as fussy about my hair or makeup. i live in dresses, jeans, slouchy shirts and carry big totes. i don't agonize over my outfit choices, i know what i can rock and what i can't. being so in tune with another human being has instilled me with a confidence that i could have never imagined. i feel good in my skin and wish the same for her. but overall, i'd say my favorite change to my style since having elodie has been my search for items that will one day be hers. artifacts from my life that will fill her with wonder or entertain her. whether it's a coin purse from italy, a vintage dress, a leather bag she can wear when she is thirty, i have streamlined my purchases to be a little more special than before. as for the best accessory she has given me -- that's easy -- happiness. i cannot stop smiling. 

sling: c/o sakura bloom linen sling
wallet: c/o marla cielo envelope wallet
dress: mayle
tote: claire vivier 
jewelry: beatrice camel necklace & mal de ojo bracelet
sandals: k. jacques

elodie's sandals: saltwater


thank you leigh for inviting me to be a part of this wonderful group of mamas and to help spread the word about babywearing. elodie loves being in her sling if you couldn't tell! visit marvelous kiddo for more info on the sakura bloom styleathon and enter the giveaway for a beautiful sakura bloom sling and marla cielo wristlet here!

all photos by my wonderful friend sarah yates

a wish










































'to live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common - this is my symphony.'

image: david chim seymour - mykonos, greece 1951

Sunday, June 19, 2011

happy father's day!

i am so grateful to share parenthood with you. to see you comfort our daughter. love her. sing to her. wipe away her tears. make her laugh. such a good papa.



first two photos: elodie 3 months old - atlanta, georgia - our labor of love
third photo: elodie 2 years old

Friday, June 17, 2011

my father

there are no words that can describe what my dad means to me. i have never met someone so traditional yet so open minded in my life. he is truly the funniest person i know. i'd like to say i inherited my weird sense of humor from him. he can go somewhere one time and then recall it by memory from then after. i'd also like to think i inherited that from him. i truly hope that one day elodie feels for her papa the way i feel for mine. we have done and still do so much together. i am so grateful we have you in our life.































thank you dad for taking me to see prince when i was a teenager. thank you for standing out in the cold and tying my ski boots for me. thank you for always being up for a hike, bike ride, snowmobile or snowboarding trip. thank you for supporting me wholeheartedly when i told you i was moving to france. thank you for reassuring me when things get hard. i always wondered how you had the energy to love me so much, give me so much. now as a parent i finally understand.

this poem always reminds me of you.

one of my favorite things in the world is when you wake me up for an early morning snowboard trip. it reminds me of all the times we set out on our cross-country camping trips before sunrise. the sound of you opening the door, saying my name and the feeling of shaking off sleep for an adventure is a part of my being.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

hunger island

so i forgot to eat breakfast and was sailing directly towards hunger island. on the way, i came across simply breakfast and all of her lovely photos hoping that i could stop off and enjoy a bite or two. unfortunately, my fingers kept hitting the glass of my monitor and i couldn't pick up that delicious avocado bagel. so i'm still en route. very disappointing.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

happy half birthday

my sister started a tradition many years ago with her five children to celebrate their half-birthday as their 'berry day'! they do something fun and have a treat using their berry. i really love this idea since elodie's birthday is december 14th and right in the middle of the holidays which can be a bit of a drag. i am making elodie's half-birthday berry a strawberry after my sister andrea (aj strawberry!) we are going to music class this afternoon and then going to make strawberry shortcake. i can't wait to celebrate...

















































happy half birthday elodie! you are now 2 1/2 years old. this month has been wonderful -- you have started wearing undies, use big words like 'hippopotamus' and 'rhinoceros' and say things like 'the horse went to the coffee shop to get some underwear.' you can also identify all the letters in the alphabet and numbers too (one of your favorite games right now is reading the numbers and colors on uno cards.) you are my dreamer. always singing songs and looking up into the sky. you remind me to do both and i love you for it. you always want to be carried around in the sling and to hold our hand. i just cannot get enough of you. time, please slow down.

your favorite songs this month:
day-o - harry belafonte
satisfy my soul - bob marley
skip to my lou - elizabeth mitchell
i will - beatles - you call this 'papa's song' since it's been his lullaby to you since you were born

your favorite books:
caps for sale (you love saying 'you monkeys you, you better give me back my cap!)
baby beluga - an oldie but a goody!


p.s. my sister just informed me that a full moon in june (tomorrow) is called a strawberry moon

Monday, June 13, 2011

the fringe

elodie's hair basically looked like a whirlwind 10 minutes after we would put it in a ponytail, braids or clips. messy, right?































so we decided to cut bangs! we didn't want to deal with an appointment so we just went to rudy's barbershop and sussed out the stylists. we finally found one that we thought might do a good job and then promised elodie a lolly if she would get a haircut. she climbed up on the chair so fast it was shocking!

































i have to say there were tears (mine) when we left the salon, i kept the cut hair and i had a hard time for a couple of days because she just looked so much older. but now i love. it feels very elodie to me. honestly, i'd love her with a shaved head. 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

stream of consciousness































i have been thinking a lot about inspiration. the feeling i get from a beautiful image, reading a book, or listening to music. my mind starts tingling because the word combinations of a travel essay are exquisite, a song transports me to another time and place, a photo of a little row boat docked in an ancient stony port feels liberating. then there are the many, many online outlets; pinterest, instagram, twitter, google reader, blog after blog after blog. endless ideas. endless inspiration.

overload.

our minds aren't meant to be captive audiences. what is happening to our own inspiration and creativity? i came across this article (online naturally) with brian eno that really confirms what in my own mind i struggle with. the balance between having our brains online and the beauty of taking them offline to let all of the images, sounds, feelings alight in a new way. in those quiet moments, something beautiful can rise to the surface. i'm going to try it.

image: lissy elle {check out her amazing flickr}

Friday, June 10, 2011

my swan





















i am always asked the origin of my daughter's name. her name is elodie (el-o-dee) which even a close friend mispronounces and i haven't the heart to correct after this much time has passed. if we were in france it would be élodie (pronounced ay-lo-dee with a hearty emphasis on the dee). she is named after my great-grandmother on my father's side. she was a tall, pretty german woman and i always carry a picture of her in my head on a boat in a lake holding a fishing pole. i might have made this up but i don't think so.

her middle name is swan. we knew her middle name before we knew her first name. she is named after the story of the ugly duckling. in my imagination she was this little creature in my belly that was growing and would unfold into a baby, fresh and new. free of labels. and the baby would grow, day by day, into a woman. along the way, she might have some awkward steps and be humbled. year by year she would gather labels. beautiful. smart. pretty. fat. skinny. lazy. whatever. some would stay, some would fade away. none would matter because praise or disparagement is temporary. the only truth would be what she decided to call herself. a swan is both an ugly duckling and a beautiful creature. every person should have the opportunity to be both, to learn from both which in turn contributes to growing into a more beautiful, imperfect human being. inside and out.

image: fieldguided's 'swan boat'

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

a sweet moment































you know what calms a toddler down? riding as close as possible to her mama in the sling.

visit marvelous kiddo today for a chance to win a sakura bloom in linen and a $250 shopping spree at lilla p.

baby animals and me






















betsy edelberg is starting a new developmental play class for toddlers (16 months on) called 'baby animals and me'. elodie has been taking classes with her independently and through outside the box since she was a wee one. we love how she includes movement, music and sensory integration in her lessons and we always have so much fun playing throughout the class!

this is every thursday in july (at 11 am) in a private home in the hollywood hills. sign up by friday june 10th for a 10% discount. more details here...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

sling babies

i was asked to participate in the sakura bloom styleathon by the always inspiring leigh of marvelous kiddo! at first i was hesitant because elodie is much older than all of the other babies but, as i do still wear her and really think baby wearing is an amazing way to keep your child happy, i said yes! 

i love seeing a wide range of mamas incorporate their own personal style into something that benefits their babies greatly. i was encouraged to wear elodie by my older sister andrea (mama of five), younger sister cassandra (mama of two) and dear friend lenora (mama of two) who always wore their babies from infant through toddlerhood. wearing your child fosters such a sweet connection and is a good way to still get things done! for the past year i have been wearing elodie in the ergo on my back and recently sakura bloom sent me some beautiful slings which elodie loves to be carried in.  

there are going to be some fantastic giveaways on marvelous kiddo (starting tomorrow) which i will let you know about in the days ahead. i am a bit nervous because i don't know exactly what these style assignments will entail but i do feel a little like james bond waiting to find out! it is also fantastic to be in the company of other awesome mamas - joanna, 'miss' james, danielle, natalie, aura, jen, melisa and sharmadean

i have also dug up some pretty cute pictures of me wearing elodie when she was a teeny baby instead of a gigantic toddler which i am going to be putting up. here we are 2 days after she was born...wow, i look delirious!



one year ago...



this little girl wasn't telling me off left and right.

Monday, June 6, 2011

tree of life

one of the characters whispered this beautiful mantra:

help each other.
love everyone.
love every weed.
love every ray of light.
forgive.
































my mini review of terrence malick's tree of life. if you are at all entertaining the idea of seeing this movie, do it in the theater, it just won't translate on dvd. it could have used a good editing - 30 minutes too much planet earth and whispering. it captured the beauty, wonder, shame, love and grief of loving one another.  and it made me want to have another baby immediately, i mean, look at that little foot!

monday love

my new heather heron clutch looks like it's smiling at me.








































thanks paige for turning me on to this beauty (and to the work of the lovely heather heron)

Friday, June 3, 2011

the first weekend in june

michael has a rare weekend home and i'm dreaming of a little tennis date, hiking, a bbq and a picnic with two families i adore! maybe if we are lucky we will squeeze some loooong naps in between.



























































i love the seaside background behind ken and barbie. can't i go there this weekend? wonderful paintings by holly farrell that i found thanks to kristina (via design mom)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

a perfect party

























how cute are these two sweet girls wearing vintage rompers from the littlest shop?

this editorial was a collaboration between swoon studio and meg borders photography. a smashing duo i must say!! this is one children's party that i would definitely want to attend. and they are having a fantastic giveaway as well. check it out!

photos: photography by meg

muddy waters






























tuesday i was having one of those days were everything just felt wrong. it is so crazy to me that i don't want to call it like it is, i'm days away from my period, but feel it is so taboo to say i'm 'pms'ing. i'd rather just say i feel grumpy. at any rate, feeling blue and totally unreasonable, i recalled a story from childhood that left a deep impression on me, the snow queen by hans christian andersen.

this is a pretty fantastic story about two children, kay and gerda, that lived in a city with rooftop windows that faced each other. there was an adjoined space between their windows where they would play with each other and read picture books everyday.  i remember thinking how romantic that must be to live that close to your best pal.

one day, kay's grandma tells the children about an evil troll that makes a magic mirror which enhances all of the negative aspects of whatever is magnified in it. the troll's followers accidentally shatter the mirror and the little splinters get into people's hearts and eyes which make everything they see appear ugly. unfortunately a piece of the mirror gets into kay's eyes and he starts making fun of his grandma and even his beloved friend gerda. she is distraught because she loves kay dearly and travels to where the snow queen's castle is in an effort to free kay from her spell. it's a classic story of good versus evil.

the point being, it is so frustrating to feel like you have a piece of troll-mirror in your eye when life is perfectly beautiful. i've finally found a solution for myself. on days like this, i withdraw so as not to add any negative commentary to anyone else's day. i really try and ride out those moments, or waves of progesterone (or whatever it is), and remember this sweet and symbolic story that shows the love of gerda for kay, even when he was at his worst.

image: frida kahlo by nickolas murray via heather heron

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

who loves the sun?



i sure do. happy june! i hope to be in the water the entire first month of summer.

images: me