Friday, November 21, 2014

Fall Highlights

As we prepare for the upcoming holidays & cooler weather, my heart is still warm & full of fall memories...

a heavenly hiking day with one of my dear friends....

we sat on a rock way up high with the birds, took in the sunshine & magnificence (it was transcendent to say the least!), & talked about choosing to be happy no matter what.  She literally is my rock :) ...
while I was still trying to figure out how to take a panoramic shot, she nailed it!...
pumpkin picking & catapulting with my nephews & niece...
 
leaves floating down a sunny stream in the woods...
technicolor foliage that makes you feel like you're in another world (yes, that's a red barn tucked between the trees!)....
& cheering on my brother & all of the other awesome runners in the NYC marathon (my favorite day in NYC all year)...
Happy Birthday to my grandma Ellie.  She passed away two years ago this week & would have been 95 today.  I had a dream a few years before she died that we were outside on a beautiful sunny day in the fall & she was roller skating like she loved to do when she was a teenager.  She was laughing & skating fast in big circles & I was yelling, Be careful Gram, you're going to get hurt!  She didn't care, she was having a blast.  That's what I imagine her doing on the other side :)  Miss you & love you Gram.  
Have a great weekend my friends & do something fuuun!!
photos: me

Friday, November 7, 2014

Cheap Thrills

Most days I start off with a relatively empty tote bag but it's not unusual to come home & find that a dress, a bottle of nail polish & cookies have magically appeared in it....

I have a major weakness for Maje & this romper is no exception....
but for now this $25 Forever 21 version is doing the trick & keeping my wallet happy....
 
 since the season of all black everything is upon us, a pop of color on my nails keeps things in check.  Digging this $2 electric blue... 
sadly the amazing $20k vintage Art Deco ring did not come home with me....

but one of these magic cookies from Magnolia Bakery did...$3 of pure heaven...
As always, the most important things in life are non material.  Do you know that meditation is the key to inner peace & changing your life from the inside out?  & it's free!  So excited to be meditating with Oprah & my friend Deepak again on their new 21 day "Energy of Attraction" meditation.  Start your day with 20 minutes of peace & positivity, you can still register & catch-up here...  https://chopracentermeditation.com/about-us

& while you're at it, I know this can be a difficult thing to do, but we need to pray for those that are intent on spreading evil & destruction in the world.  Ironically, it is feelings of fear & powerlessness that drive their behavior.  From Marianne Williamson's blog:

"None of us can afford to pretend this isn't happening. There is and will continue to be plenty of conversation about what to do militarily, but right now let's do what we can holistically. Every day, for at least five to ten minutes, let's use the power of prayer and visualization to lift them above the pathology that drives them. We need to do this on a massive scale. Use the power of your mind, your religion, your spirituality, your meditations and your prayers to spiritually quarantine and heal these people, to call their souls back to sanity and love."

I like to blast Rudimental's "Feel the Love" & send loving & healing energy to everyone in the world too :)

Have a wonderful weekend my friends!!


photos: 1/me/me/2

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fall Fash-Un

Oh it is that time I again, I wait for it feverishly all year- the bad tattoos have been covered up (I'm not opposed to tattoos, just bad ones- the winners this year were a lego & a croissant), no more sweaty exposed skin & funky smells, just pure luxury & fanfare, the glamour & refinement have taken back their rightful place- yes my friends, it's fall fashion time!  To say my heart beats out of my chest at the glory of it all is an understatement.... except...for...this...year....

I had to let a decent amount of time pass to muster up the enthusiasm to write this post because I had some serious recovering to do....some images I wish I'd never seen were burned into my psyche...

like this...
fashion peeps can intellectualize this all they want but I have no desire to look like Tony Soprano as he fetches the morning paper...
& this...
from the Motherland of all places, have we no shame?..Holes EVERYWHERE in her wool getup & yes, that's right, she's going to work out in this you fool, what else would she be doing?... At least Jenny from the Block looks a little sassier & spirited than the sisters of doom & gloom above...you know things are bad when this is the better alternative.

WHY, WHY, WHY??!! (picture me stomping my feet with a confused/pained look on my face)

I'm just not sure what is going on this season but it's like some rogue little ninny has infiltrated the fashion industry with an evil plot to make women look ugly & ridiculous.  Well he doesn't know what he's in for....I'm like a beauty sniffing dog & won't stop until I find it.  He is going down & pretty will prevail!!...

Now this is (blush!) pink wool I can deal with...

Giambattista Valli...
Gucci's collection is particularly lovely this season...
I'm intrigued by the look on the left...
this Parker dress is sure to be a multi-season staple...just put on the leather jacket below & you're good to go...
loving the flouncy skirt trend....fun & flirty with a little edge when paired with a biker jacket at Maje...
Proenza Schouler keeps it fresh & modern with white leather & pops of electric blue...
pretty much dying over this Karen Millen sequined camo jacket, can dress it up or down...
 adorable alpine charm at Louis Vuitton, very versatile separates...
the perfect little cranberry lace (with black satin trim along the collar) cocktail dress from Erdem.  A seasonally appropriate & rich alternative to black...
& if you're really stepping out on the town this Carolina Herrera red gown is a modern & clean-lined  showstopper....Sha-Zam...
Casual or fancy, put on something fabulous & have a wonderful fall weekend my friends!!

photos: me (via WSJ Magazine)/2/5/7/8/all others me

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

City/Country Strolls

Fall is my favorite season & I love getting outside to take in the sunshine, clear air & excitement of the start of the new & cozy season...
in NYC...

the ladies at Saks are preparing for the most glamorous time of the year... 
Reem Acra
Marchesa

a beautiful bronze sculpture in Madison Square Park...
the light dappling on the buildings of Soho warms my heart...

& in the Hudson Valley...
apple looters!
to walk while watching the leaves fall is total magic...
It's a good thing I can stroll in peace knowing the foster kittens are running the show at the office...picking out paint colors is hard work!...
photos: me

Thursday, September 11, 2014

9/11/01: 2,977 Forever Young

Thirteen years later tears still stream down my face remembering the nightmare that unfolded in my beloved city on a gorgeous & sunny Tuesday morning.  It was a horror movie but it was real & to this day I still can't really comprehend that it happened.  When I walk past I respect that it's a mass graveyard & send love to all we lost.  After the horror, I know that they now live in eternal light & peace.  Seeing the gleaming One World Trade Center fills me with hope & while I will Never Forget I will also never forget how NYC bonded together.  We were all there for each other that day & through the aftermath- workers at the site, business owners reopening their shops, coworkers helping each other get through another anxiety filled day.  In the end, love always prevails over evil, light always conquers darkness....& you don't f**k with NYC :)

My post from last year....

Thoughts, love & prayers to all of those who perished & were affected by 9/11.  We will never forget you.  Twelve years ago my coworkers & I ran from the dust cloud consuming lower Manhattan.  At first we were told we were being bombed.  It was like getting hit on the head with a frying pan....I remember thinking, I don't want to die at a job I'm miserable at, I haven't become the person I always wanted to be....that was just as terrifying.  We soon found out to our disbelief that the towers had fallen.

I wanted to spend more time on this post but the takeaway is this...live with absolutely no regrets.  Say what you need to say, do what you need to do, tell the people you love how you feel about them, if you need to apologize or have a resentment drop your ego & make peace, live everyday with an open heart & follow your dreams relentlessly.  No matter how healthy, young & heck, even beautiful you might be, 9/11 is a horribly sobering reminder that you are never guaranteed another day on this planet.  Cherish each one, spread the love & go to bed every night knowing that if tomorrow was your last day, you would enter the light in peace with no regrets.
I ran the 2011 NYC marathon in memory of those who lost their lives on 9/11, wearing this shirt I designed.

photos: me

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Are We Having Fun Yet??

Do you know that the average child laughs 300 times a day?  And guess how many times the average adult laughs a day.  A measly 15.  These are not good statistics my friends.

What is the point of being here if we're not having fun?  Like it or not, we are all on this planet together- why not make it a fun & joyful party?  Let's love, create, do the things that make our heart sing & most importantly laugh up a storm while doing so.  Turn off the news & its gloom & doom (it causes feelings of stress, depression & helplessness).  Put on Comedy Central, Seinfeld or your comedy of choice (laughter reduces stress, boosts your immune system & creates overall feelings of well-being & happiness).  Or even better meet a friend & laugh together.

If you're thinking, how can I have that much fun?  How can I laugh that much?  Life is serious business!  Don't worry, there are inevitably going to be those life moments of sadness, frustration & tears so we need to fill ourselves up with as much joy & laughter as possible to get through them when they do come.

When is the last time you told someone your favorite joke?  Do you even have a favorite joke?  If not, go out & get one!  Mine is:

What do you get when you cross a penis & a potato?  A dictator.

Silly, I know, but it gets me every time! :)

This post is dedicated to Robin Williams & Joan Rivers- two shining stars who brought countless laughs to the world through their creativity, fearlessness & vulnerability.  Let's do right by them & kick those kids asses.  Can we hit 350?  400?  In fact, I might stop talking & only communicate by laughing.  Game on you little punks.  Oh, you think that's funny??

photo: 1

Friday, August 22, 2014

Black & White & A Little Bling

In Miami...

The Design District had me at hello....
 The Louis store was killer...
 What's up with the slipcovered TV, Margiela?  I was speechless (in a really bad way) over this sight at the Maison de Martin...
Chanel & palm trees at Bal Harbour, speechless in a good way...
White G-Wagens everywhere...
I can just imagine a modern day Joan Crawford stepping out of one in this Alexander McQueen getup..."Don't f*ck with me fellas!"...
Remember, in the midst of the polar vortex, my dream of sipping champagne poolside at the St. Regis Miami with my sister?  Well, it came true (& was even better as our dear friend joined us :)... 
& wouldn't you know that drinks were on the house?  The universe had them lined up waiting for our arrival :)  We toasted & took in the view as the sun set & the moon lit up the Miami sky...
  photos: me/5