Wednesday, August 31, 2011

vacation * en vacances * vacaciones

i won't be online for the first half of september but i'm having some lovely friends from real life and the internet filling in for me. why? because i thought it would be fun and i admire them so...i'm really looking forward to this time with my family. sometimes it's nice to get a bird's eye perspective on life and that is what this time offline will hopefully offer. i'll be posting on instagram i'm sure as i'm a total addict, otherwise, radio silence. xo

Monday, August 29, 2011

a show for your littles

watching 'shows' around our house is a really special treat usually reserved for when elodie is sick or i am tired and need an extra 30 minutes of shut eye in the morning. this weekend elodie asked to watch 'classical baby' - if you don't know about this hbo series, i definitely recommend checking it out. there are three disks with several short (2-3 minute pieces) featuring music from bach, satie, tchaikovsky amongst others. the graphics are really sweet and soothing and showcase artists such as miro and monet. it is so nice to snuggle with her on the couch while dreaming quietly to debussy. sometimes a mama needs extra rest and i honestly don't feel guilty about her watching this! two little episodes we really like here and here.

 joan mirĂ³, this is the color of my dreams, 1925 via here

Friday, August 26, 2011


i just returned from a peaceful day and a night in the desert. i didn't take many pictures. honestly, i needed to turn inward and be in the water, by the bonfire, stargazing, spending time with my friends. when i returned yesterday, elodie and i put down a blanket and stared up into the trees, wondering what type of creatures lived in them - fairies, squirrels, butterflies, parrots. time slows down in these quiet moments and things don't seem so complicated.

'learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. there are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from."

elizabeth kubler ross

i needed to think about this exactly right now. it will help me navigate my little bumps in the road.

image here.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

hey, it's the sun and it makes me smile

heading to palm springs to attend a bachelorette party with some of the looooveliest ladies out there. i'm really looking forward to some girl talk, pool time, a massage and a solitary drive out to the desert (thank you thank you thank you michael!) we are staying at the parker for a change - i normally stay at the ace (here is our first family portrait.) 110 degrees in the shade. here i come!

images via here and here

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

the happiest place on earth

even though i try to limit media and the amount of characters elodie is exposed to, my one weakness has been disney. my family grew up going one to two times a year and it has been really cute to take elodie with her cousins. i'm really not a fan of the princess worship and so far she has been content with pluto, donald duck, winnie the pooh and thumper. my friends recently went and asked for some tips so i thought i would share them here! 

1. prepare
bring a bag with a change of clothes, sunblock, a hat and your toddler's favorite nutritious snacks/drinks. it is so expensive there and the majority of the food offerings are awful and very tempting for the toddler. bring a stroller so your baby/toddler can sleep. it is so easy to just park it and walk around so it's worth bringing even if you don't think you will use it. don't forget your sling! 

2. activities we have liked for a 2+ child 
a stroll through the castle
casey jones circus train
tea cups
a nice stroll to frontierland
tarzan's treehouse or jungle cruise (if your child is sensitive to noise, skip it)
winnie the pooh
the riverboat (this is great if you are nursing and want to get your child to sleep) 
rocket ships in tomorrowland
it's a small world (you might end up doing this twice!)
minnie mouse's house
the tiki room for a pineapple whip and some cute singing birds

3. slow down and enjoy yourselves
it is a very stimulating place (understatement) and we typically go for an afternoon. there are lots of places to take your little one for downtime while the rest of your party rides big rides and they have a fantastic baby center for nursing mamas. she has fallen asleep on it's a small world, the disneyland railroad, the monorail and the carriage that goes up and down main street. if you are going to go to disneyland, it's best to have no expectations and slow down to see things through your child's eyes. it really can be magic!

this is obviously just a fraction of the activities and i didn't cover california adventure. we are saving peter pan, mr. toad, nemo, etc until she is a little older!

Monday, August 22, 2011

for all the minis

have you seen the new(ish) children's shop, minikin? i was introduced to it a couple of months ago and have found the best kid's birthday presents from accessories to stationery. they sent us a few treats including these cute little wooden hair ties (that are now on sale!)  and even though i plan to suck every last breath out of summer, i can't help but look at their fall lookbook and imagine that bear scarf and some of their beautifully made basics in elodie's wardrobe!

images via minikin

Friday, August 19, 2011

uno, due, tre

we will be landing in rome on my birthday (september 5th!) and i am still a bit indecisive about our itinerary. i had grand plans to hop on a ferry to sardinia or sicily but it is just too much extra travel for nine nights in italy. i'm feeling a bit like the girl in the first shot. the upside is i know what i want to do - eat, get lost in the coutryside, see a museum or two, eat, drink some aperitifs, swim in the mediterranean, find some leather shoes to replace my old favorites, sleep in, ride a bike along via appia, rent a wooden boat, stand in awe of the beautiful architecture and art, have a chinotto on a fabulous italian terrace, search for vintage treasures, eat some more. what am i missing? i would love any and all suggestions for shops and restaurants!

it is the 50th anniversary of these fantastic, iconic photos of an american in italy (those sandals!) by ruth orkin. read more about the subject and photographer here

these photos also make me think, travelling should feel iconic and inspiring - how can that possibly happen if you are wearing shorts, a baseball cap and a t-shirt? if one is going to go to the trouble of booking a ticket to go somewhere cool or exotic, shouldn't one dress the part?

photos by ruth orkin

Thursday, August 18, 2011

me & arrow

i did this little shoot for me & arrow summer 2011 a couple of months ago - i thought i shared it here but apparently not. the designer, natsuko, is talent beyond talent. i love having coffee with her and hearing all of her ideas. if i made an inspiration board for natsuko/me & arrow it would be crystals, desert, gram parsons and lots of feathers. her fall collection which includes buttery leather bags and vintage print totes is online here. take a peek...

photos by brandon harman

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

the only thing you remember is your life

i half kid that there must be an army of 2030 or something because all of the women i know giving birth this year are so amazing. some have already had their babies, some are about to enter into this wonderful world of motherhood. there is a poem that i have always loved even before the thought of having a child was on my horizon. it really helped me when i was facing labor, thinking about all of the women who have come before me and how so very many have fewer resources and access to adequate health care. it is a little dark but so, so beautiful and dear to me. i am excited for all of you soon to be mothers - it's been such a treat to see your bellies bloom. sending extra good thoughts to louise who is due today!!

los nacimientos (births)

we will never have any memory of dying.
we were so patient
about our being,
noting down
numbers, days,
years and months,
hair, and the mouths we kiss,
and that moment of dying
we let pass without a note -
we leave it to others as memory,
or we leave it simply to water,
to water, to air, to time.
nor do we even keep
the memory of being born,
although to come into being was tumultuous and new;
and now you don’t remember a single detail
and haven’t kept even a trace
of your first light.
it’s well known that we are born.
it’s well known that in the room
or in the wood
or in the shelter in the fishermen’s quarter
or in the rustling canefields
there is a quite unusual silence,
a grave and wooden moment as
a woman prepares to give birth.
it’s well known that we were all born.
but if that abrupt translation
from not being to existing, to having hands,
to seeing, to having eyes,
to eating and weeping and overflowing
and loving and loving and suffering and suffering,
of that transition, that quivering
of an electric presence, raising up
one body more, like a living cup,
and of that woman left empty,
the mother who is left there in her blood
and her lacerated fullness,
and its end and its beginning, and disorder
tumbling the pulse, the floor, the covers
till everything comes together and adds
one knot more to the thread of life,
nothing, nothing remains in your memory
of the savage sea which summoned up a wave
and plucked a shrouded apple from the tree.
the only thing you remember is your life.

-pablo neruda

p.s. we didn't take a lot of photos for the first couple weeks after elodie was born. i could say that i am sad about that but then i see the pictures above and it takes me to that moment that i met my little girl for the first time. what else could i hope for?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

hi, i like you.

and i'd be ever so grateful if you would take a moment to 'like' the littlest on facebook (or follow me on bbloglovin'). i plan on posting a bit of different content over there such as recipes, product reviews, things i am loving but can't keep track of (or have time to write full on blog posts about.) it'll be fun!


Monday, August 15, 2011

i almost three

this weekend you said to me 'i almost three' and my heart sunk just a little bit. i know i'm supposed to be excited for that but i love where you are right now. it has been such a beautiful summer - in the last month we have been to big sur, paso robles and seattle - we have seen so much family and i love watching you with your cousins, aunts and grandparents (including great-grandma!) this morning i held you in my arms and said 'i love you' and you snuggled me back and said 'i love you too.' i have to admit, your temper can be something fierce nowadays, you have hit and bit me which makes me feel terrible (and is also a bit funny i'm ashamed to admit.) it has been a little bit of a learning curve for us during this new phase. you are teaching us so much about patience and looking at our own stubbornness. i would take any of those storm clouds that pass over your day for just a minute of your sunshine. i love you sugar. 

things you like:
- you adore these a-b-c magnets i brought back from london
- you love to climb on anything you can and i even found you on the counter yesterday getting into papa's m&m stash!
- we are doing lots and lots of dress up - maybe four changes a day?
- you love to ride your bike, run across the park and fall down with dramatic effect
- any and all type of water play with lots of little cups to pour to and from make you really content
- you still love to grab down my shirt - such a source of comfort for you

- you sing 'it's a small world' and 'smile of the crocodile' incessantly
- mama sings you 'good night moon aka stay awake' from mary poppins every night (and papa sings 'i will' by the beatles)
- you sit in the back of the car and when you hear a song of mama's that you like you ask 'what's that?' and sing with me 

- summer by gerda muller (still)
- miffy dances by dick bruna
- the poky little puppy counting book (cousin delilah gave you this)

you love your miffy dolly, the turtle we got to help you fall asleep and being piled under all the pillows on mama's bed and going to the 'coco' (whatever that means!) and making a 'fork' (fort). you make your mama and papa laugh so much. 

Friday, August 12, 2011

where children sleep

incredible photographic essay by james mollison depicting children from various parts of the world in their sleep environment as well as accompanying portraits against a neutral background. a little bit heartbreaking but fascinating nonetheless. i think this would be an important book to have for a growing child. it's a small world after all.

images here (link via joy thigpen)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

little girls

joanna's post on 'how to talk to little girls' and the article that it is based on by lisa bloom made me pause. i am so guilty of telling elodie, her friends or perfect strangers how cute they are all the time! how did this become so ingrained in me to just automatically do? i wouldn't squeal and carry on about an adult's appearance so why should i act that way with a child? i don't want to go overboard and not give a compliment but it is nice to rethink my habits and question how i speak to her and her friends. really, really good stuff. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

walk down memory lane

so unbelievable to see malena (21 months) & elodie (19 months) just one year ago walking on the fern dell trail in griffith park. elodie was barely speaking and now her words astound me. so funny she was still saying 'a-wa' (agua) for water. i love these two!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

love for lemlem

i happened upon a beautiful lemlem scarf earlier this year and have found it to be one of the biggest staples in my wardrobe. i love to wear it when traveling, to cocoon myself on the airplane, use it as a blanket at a park, wrap elodie up in it. so many great uses! once i was wearing it at an airport and a sweet ethiopian woman came up and said to me proudly that the scarf was very traditional in her culture. i think i'm a bit late on the lemlem wagon but look at all of these wonderful items - great for the mama and the baby!

images: all images by lemlem except middle left, that's me, exhausted, waiting to get through customs in nyc. 

Monday, August 8, 2011

seriously cute pirates

elodie was invited to her friend elijah's birthday party in griffith park. his moms are the raddest - i mean, look at this pirate ship! elodie, lake, emerson, malena, petra and the rest of her buddies had a wonderful time hunting for treasure, jumping in the bouncy house and sailing the high seas. i can't help but wish elodie was born in a month where we could have a birthday in the park!

Friday, August 5, 2011

down south (au sud)

i lived in the south of france (aix-en-provence) for several months in my early twenties. one of my favorite things was going into marseille to see my friends and spend the weekend. this music reminds me so much of the flavor and culture in that sometimes sketchy, always colorful, port city. i put this on and immediately feel the sun pouring in the french windows, the smell of espresso and the anticipation of a long summer day stretched out in front of me. enjoy!

listen here (right click to download)

image here

Thursday, August 4, 2011

instant classic

i'm mourning the loss of the wonderful sandals i was wearing on this sunny day on the amalfi coast. i bought them in barcelona and the soles were made of recycled tire tread. they lasted for ages and i had yet to come close to finding a replacement until i came across the line ancient greek sandals. these are the kind of shoes someone stops you on the street asking where you got them and you say, 'oh, on a small greek island far, far away.' i wonder if they ship to the US so i don't have to make the trip...

spotted via the lovely yasmin sewell

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

i won!

when i found out i won the sakura bloom styleathon i was on a street corner in london. i did a little giddy jig as i was still a bit out of sorts having landed in england that day. something about it didn't really sink in until i came back to the states this week. i just want to share the video one more time. i had so many ideas of what i wanted to do, some involved mamas carrying their babies in slings while the slings sang 'the rainbow connection' and others were more stylistic and poppy. i am so happy that i didn't overthink it. i find the best work comes that way (at least to me.) a huge thanks once again to geoff boothby, who just happened to be in town the day i needed him and to louise, betsy and mirth for their participation. i am SO excited to collaborate on a line of slings with lynne from sakura bloom. i loved everything lynne and leigh wrote about the babywearing documentary. it was so inspiring to share this little adventure with the other mamas. i still don't know how they picked me (but am thankful!!)

sling: c/o sakura bloom pixie in rock candy
sling: c/o sakura bloom simple linen in wheat

the song is by woody guthrie.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

roses from my friends

i would say one of the biggest themes of my twenties was coming to terms with being apart from my loved ones. time, space, commitments fling us to the farthest corners of the earth, away from each other. every moment we spend together is a blessing. parting can be bittersweet but i'd take it over not having the laughter, the comfort, the love of my friends or family.

a very amateur video i shot this weekend at portobello market in london with my dear old friend emily who is 8 months pregnant. we were looking for vintage treasures when we stopped on this corner. the song was playing in the background, the little flags flapping in the wind, a perfect summer day. when i'm with a friend like this, no time has passed.

Monday, August 1, 2011

happy august

i can't stop staring at this photo that lou mora took of elodie and i. and did you see his work in rue? pretty brilliant!