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April 2, 2019

What I'm buying for Spring

The tree outside my window is budding and temps are steadily creeping into the 50s, it’s finally starting to feel like spring here in New York and I’m celebrating by doing a little online shopping.

My personal style hasn’t changed very much over the years, I still find myself regularly wearing clothes I purchased almost ten years ago (crazy right?). Investing in pieces that offer longevity has been an overarching goal of mine when it comes to shopping for new additions to my wardrobe. Whenever I add new pieces to my closet, I try to select things that I think will stand the test of time. There is something about “dated” looks that feels icky to me - one reason I hesitate to accept new trends. 

Let’s be real here, there are plenty of trends on this list and in my closet like wide leg denim and knot front tops. When I do finally hop on board with a trend I tend to go for more toned down versions of whatever that may be so that I can easily style them with what I already have in my closet, hopefully for years to come!

Here’s a peek at what's in my cart and on my spring wishlist… some of which may already be hanging in my closet:
I loved the raffia version of these slides/mules last summer and with some luck recently scooped them up for a steal. This white leather pair is equally as pretty. I love that they can easily be dressed up or down and pair well with everything from jeans to dresses.


I picked this pair of espadrilles up early last month. I love the two shades of beige and think the fringe is a fun detail that isn’t too much that they stop being neutral.
Castaner has been my go to for espadrilles since I bought my first pair a few years ago. I wore my white pair all over Italy last summer (we did a lot of walking - more walking than I thought possible as a New Yorker who walks everywhere on a day to day). They were even comfortable enough to walk all day up and down the winding roads of Positano. If that doesn’t say something I don’t know what does.


I bought this jacket to replace a similar one I had after the lining ripped. In-between weather jackets are tricky in New York. Some years you only have a two week window where you can wear these things without being too cold or melting, other years you take your winter coat off and it’s summer, etc. I haven’t gotten to wear it out and about yet, but I think it will be one of those versatile pieces that goes with everything and seems light enough that I could get away with tossing it on on coolers nights in the summer. I have big plans to pair it with a white eyelet top I picked up from Sezane a while back.

* A quick note on sizing: Size up, especially if you are planning to layer with a sweater on cooler days as it’s weirdly tight across the chest. I didn’t even bother trying my regular size after reading the reviews and opted to order a small instead.


This one is currently in my cart. Lately I’ve been loving all of the basketweave and raffia textures. After a long winter it feels so fresh and inviting. While my husband thinks this one resembles a picnic basket more than a purse, I’m still a fan.


White denim is something I always gravitate towards but am routinely hesitant about stepping out in. I’m trying not to let the “what ifs” of wearing white pants win. The button front is nice change of pace and a bit of a throwback (we’re in the ‘90s again, right?) while the frayed hem has a fun beachy vibe. I’m planning to pair them with a cream sweater and those pearl slides for a casual weekend look.


Another one that is currently in my cart. I love the wide leg trend and after an extensensive search for the perfect pair in white denim have landed on these. Why are they still in my cart? I’m still a bit skeptical since it’s a trend (one that appears to be sticking around for a while by the way) and while I love this look on everyone else, I don’t know if it’s “me” enough without a coupon code.


Currently in my cart, I’ve been eyeing this White + Warren travel wrap for a year now. Full honestly here, it’s pricey, which is my hangup. I keep saying that I’m going to pick it up for our next trip but being that we haven’t exactly booked one I’ve been holding off.
I’m such a huge fan of scarves and wraps year round, they especially come in handy during those in between months when there’s still a chill in the air. I could picture myself wearing this with the Madewell jacket, sipping a glass of wine on a rooftop somewhere!


I picked these up last month after applying the Marie Kondo method to my closet and realizing that I really needed to up my pajama game. I love the cute little palm print on these and they are SO soft! They are a bit sheer though, if I bought another pair I would definitely opt for a darker color where it would be less of an issue.


I bought these for myself for Mischa’s birthday (which was March 9th, she would have turned thirteen this year). I wanted to commemorate the day with something I thought she would love. Whenever I had any kind of jewelry out she wanted it, especially anything sparkly or colorful and these bracelets fit the bill.
These were sold as a set of two on Shopbop but are sadly now sold out in this colorway but they do have a few other options. I absolutely love this cream and gold set! They are however still available through Shashi. You can find them here: Blue & Orange, Gold


I seriously cannot get enough of lightweight sweaters. I wear them year round, which is likely why they appeal to me so much. I recently picked this one up (on sale!) to add to my collection and cannot wait to wear with my favorite denim shorts and the pearl slides.

From the looks of it, it's going to be a very neutral looking spring over here, which knowing me is hardly a surprise. What's currently in your cart and on your wishlist?
March 27, 2019

Our Wedding: Invitations

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Now that some of the dust has settled, I thought it might be nice to share some of the details from our November 2017 wedding.

JD and I tied the knot on the second day of November high up above Downtown Brooklyn in the Judge’s chambers with a panoramic view of New York as the backdrop. It was small and intimate with a grand total of eleven guests and was followed by dinner at One if by Land, Two if by Sea.

We hatched the plan for our big day one lazy afternoon in Apple Bay. I was flipping through a copy of Martha Stewart Weddings, seeking inspiration when I spotted a moody dark gray invitation suite with silver foil and a simple font. As we continued along the process of planning that suite stuck in the back of my mind. I knew it was something I wanted to draw inspiration from when it came time to design our invitations.

If you've ever planned a wedding or a party the requires invitations you already know that they can be extremely pricey, especially if you want a custom or more customized design. While there were a lot of beautiful and affordable options out there, none of them were the moody dark gray I had my heart set on and in the rare instance when they were, there was always a pattern or design - usually strung lights across top that could not be removed, a non starter for me.

JD was the one who first discovered Basic Invite. I don't recall how, but I'm happy he did. As soon as we realized that we could go in and edit each individual element of the invitation it was a done deal. I like to really get into the details when it comes to most things, especially design, so being able to go in and customize every last aspect from card color to font, sizing, foil, etc. was amazing. It took some time, patience, and a few rounds of ordering samples of what we had put together to get it just right, but the end result was exactly what we had imagined sitting in the sand all those months prior.

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Basic Invite was even kind enough to help us out when we had to change our party venue at the last minute – a story for another day and something you might have spotted in the shot above as I handed our photographer, the incredible and extremely patient Kate Ignatowski, the wrong info card along with the invitation suite.

One of the things I really appreciated about Basic Invite was that we had the ability or order samples of the designs we came up with. Getting to see exactly how the final product would look and feel ahead of time made placing the order one less thing to worry about and allowed us the opportunity to do some further tinkering. Turns out the silver foil ended up being a little hard to see in person and we ended up loving the rose gold so much more (which coincidentally was harder to capture on film)!

I had never really thought about the envelopes. I knew I wanted a liner for the interior, which we also customized by uploading our own image of a celestial map. We went through a few different shades, settling on the shimmer, dark blue for the replies, copper for the invitations once we decided to move away from silver all together. We opted not to use Basic Invite’s address capturing service (which is free btw!) as I wanted to handwrite them myself, which ended up being more of a challenge than I had anticipated. As luck would have it, I had to buy special pens to write on the shimmer without it wiping off or sinking right in to the paper. Retrospectively, had I known how much time it was going to cost me I would have taken advantage of this and had them printed. 

At the end of the day JD and I were so pleased with how they turned out! 

If you’re in the market for any kind of invitations, announcements, or even cute business cards you should definitely check them out! I know graduation season is right around the corner for which they have some really pretty options (my faves herehere, & here), and though I have zero instances in my life where I could/would hand them out, I’m kind of obsessed with these clear business cards. You can find more awesome graduation invitations herehigh school graduation party invitations here, and even football graduation invitations.
    
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July 15, 2018

Mischa

Mischa came to us twelve years ago in June. We had gone "just to look" and fell in love with a lightning bolt of black fluff. The day we met plays in my memory as if it were yesterday. We sat on the floor as she ran laps around us and the room, showing off, while her sleepy brother calmly stretched himself across my mother's legs. Three month old Mischa with her boundless energy demonstrated all of her tricks for us. She knew where her pad was and could take commands, as if I needed any convincing. I loved her instantly, she was everything I had ever dreamt of. We left with Mischa in tow, unprepared for the reality of owning a dog, though to call her a "dog" is unfair. Mischa had always been much more than that. She behaved as if she were simply a smaller human who walked on four legs.

I remember her first day with us with such clarity, it could have been yesterday. We set her pad up by the garage door and made the grave mistake of putting her food and water too close to it, she looked up at us confused, as if to say "this doesn't go here - what are you doing?" thus beginning the grand saga of Mischa using any rug instead. We played in the backyard and I took a photo of her cradling a small leaf between her paws, tiny and sweet. That little face. She was perfect.

As a pup her run was more of a hop, earning her the nickname "bunny", one of a million she received over the years with Puppy and Potatoes being the two most used in addition to her name. If a stranger said "Hello Puppy" to her she assumed they must know her because how else would they know her name. In the den she would walk along the backs of the couches and perch herself there for a nap like a cat. I have one memory of coming downstairs from a shower and finding her curled up in the center of JD's chest, both of them fast asleep on the couch. This is by far one of my sweetest memories of the two of them together. They developed a complicated relationship after that point. JD would tease her and ask for detailed instructions on where the cookies were kept whenever she requested one, which led to Mischa's assessment that JD was incompetent and incapable of acting as her personal butler. She was a very dominant presence, and I never had the heart to correct her. I needed her for so many reasons and she had taken it upon herself to treat me as hers. I didn't mind, I still don't, though I am aware that that is not the traditional relationship between a human and a dog and that it is generally frowned upon to see an almost eight pound Mischa control an adult human.

Mischa and I developed a language of our own, a way of communicating that no one quite knew what to make of. She would "talk" to me in a series of long and short whines and I almost always could tell what she wanted immediately. This baffled my mother, but I knew Mischa so well and she knew me. When I lived at home following college she would tell me it was time for bed, to turn the lights off by stomping around my room. Mischa would get up out of her bed, walk over to the hardwood and throw herself against it, making the tags on her collar clink just so and let out a dramatic sigh to say I was disturbing her. If I didn't she'd wait five minutes and do it again. She'd hop for dinner, stomp her feet to go outside, and whirl around to tell me to follow her.

She did not care for baths, but loved to be told how pretty she looked after them. Car rides were met with skepticism, always. Were we taking her to be groomed or to the doctor? Was she going on a vacation to Uncle Joe's, or was I bringing her to "the puppy store" to pick out her own cookies? She did not enjoy the beach, the water was seen as a giant bathtub though I never asked her to go in it. I did bring her in a pool once and she swam and seemed to be okay with sitting on a float. She had no tolerance for tears and would promptly get up, look you in the eyes, and leave the room. After half and hour she would always return to check on the situation and if you had calmed down she would stay, if not she'd walk right back out and go sit anywhere else until you were finished. Compassion wasn't her thing. The one time she expressed concern for my wellbeing was four years ago when I had a nasty head cold and fell asleep in the afternoon. She woke me up immediately, most likely out of fear that if I continued to sleep I wouldn't be up in time to feed her dinner when she started demanding it promptly at four o'clock. Though, in the photos of us from my college graduation she looked proud. She was always happy to see me, whether it be collecting me from the train or visiting me in the city for my birthday.

Mischa has and always will be my very best friend. I am thankful to have had her be a part of my life, to be a part of hers, for every moment I got to spend with her. When JD and I got engaged I had requested that he ask for her permission since he could not ask my father. About a month or so before we took her to the pet store and let her pick out her own cookies, and later they sat on the stairs to have the talk. Mischa let him speak without turning away. We joke that JD purchased me from a small dog for $13 worth of cookies, but we all know that he really sold himself to her. I FaceTimed her with the help of my mom after we got engaged and told/showed her first. She didn't like FaceTime, she was born before the age of smart phones, would only pose for the "real" camera, and just wanted me to come inside the house and see her. When I saw her again she licked my ring and started approaching JD with more patience.

She really was extremely smart. She always seemed to understand what was going on, and if not I would explain it to her. She remembered everything. Always. We used to play "go find it", a game where she would impatiently wait on the mat in the kitchen in front of the stove and I would go hide little pieces of cheese in the den, all over for her to find. You could play days, months, or years apart and each time instead of using her nose she would walk around the room checking every single spot that had previously been used first. If those spots had no cheese she would break into a panic and I'd have to remind her that using her nose was an option. Whenever she needed calming I would sing "Dream a Little Dream of Me" to her. It became so effective that we'd both fall asleep, even JD will get sleepy whenever he hears it. She also used to do some spiteful things to let you know she was upset with you that I don't know if I should repeat here. Mischa had a lot of character.

I am also thankful to have recorded so many stories of her on this blog. The details get fuzzy over the years and having had the chance to look back on them recently I have been reminded of some of the keys that I have missed or forgotten in my retellings.

Truth be told, Misch had been having a hard time for a while. At five she was diagnosed with pancreatitis. Three years ago her trachea near collapsed and she had a stent put in. She is in a medical journal somewhere for this procedure, I'm sure of it. Last year she tore her acl in her back left leg and had trouble getting up and down the stairs. We had been carrying her around to help her keep weight off of it and allow for it to heal enough for her to walk without a limp. Earlier this year she was diagnosed with COPD and on her birthday, March 9, she went in for a scope to see if she would need another stent or if it could be managed with an inhaler. This was the beginning of the end. Her kidney and liver levels spiked, most likely from the anesthesia, and never returned to normal. Shortly after, she was diagnosed with failure in both. We did everything we could to make her happy and comfortable, we wanted her to decide when she was ready.

At 8:22pm on Friday, June 15 she passed away at home, laying in her favorite spot on her couch, looking at me.

To my sweet girl, I love you more than anything. You have meant the world to me. Thank you for everything you have given me, all of the wonderful memories, the love, the support, the friendship. You truly were one of a kind and I am so proud to have called you mine and to have been yours.

June 3, 2018

OFF THE SHOULDER RUFFLED SUNDRESS



I love a good sundress, plain and simple. My personal style tends to be pretty casual so when it starts to get warmer here in the city I reach for easy dresses that you can throw on and go while still looking put together. I found this one last year (on sale!) at Club Monaco and scooped it right up. From then on it was my go-to for dinner dates and pretty much everything else. I would even toss it on to walk to the post office on my days off to get more stamps for our save the dates, wedding invites, etc. when we were in high wedding planning mode. Throughout the course of the season I mixed it up with belts and other accessories to keep things interesting and long cardigans on cooler nights and plan on doing the same again this summer. Unfortunately, this dress isn't available any longer BUT I've linked a bunch of really great, affordable, and nearly identical options below!
April 2, 2018

Little White Dress Roundup

I'm always a fan of a good little white dress. This was especially the case for me last year. Pre-wedding me was all about white dresses. The only problem was I had so much trouble finding a specific dress. My goal was to find and wear the perfect one for our engagement photos, but I struggled to find a dress that was simple, elegant, and timeless at a reasonable price point. I scoured every last shop and purchased a few options, but ultimately ended up wearing my favorite blue maxi for the shoot. Maybe it's because I was looking for something too specific that I couldn't find what I was looking for, or maybe it was because I was a season away from the perfect dress - it hadn't been made yet. But, this year I seem to be finding pretty LWDs everywhere I look. So, I've rounded up a few of my favorites at different price points incase you find yourself in a similar boat, or if you just love a good little white dress too!