Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The husband and partner are cooking at newly established Music City Eats Festival.
One of my first stops is sure to be City House. My hubby has raved about it since his first trip to Nashville a few years back.
Also on the eating agenda:
The Catbird Seat
Trying to get some good recommendations.
Feel free to comment or email me.
Kid Friendly Parks and Places To Visit?:
Our little man will turn TWO on this trip. Looking for advice on places to take him.
He loves being outside...
As Always...I will post a great list after our trip.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Though with 100 degree temperature in Los Angeles I feel like summer will linger for the next few weeks.
In the last few months I have been busy starting my jewelry line. A "bespoke", shall we say, line of estate inspired creations. It is been a passion of mine since I was a little girl. I loved trying on my grandmothers and mother's jewelry and learning the history of each piece. Pictures and more on that in a different post.
Right now my focus is counting down the days until the Ruth Peltason book on David Webb comes out. Peltason wrote about Elizabeth Taylor and Kate Spade. A true lover of jewels and Webb I can't wait for this almost 400 page picture book of Webb's creations.
David Webb's designs are some of the most highly collectible and expensive fine jewelry in the world. He was a talent that some compared to the most famous artists of our time.
1stdibs has a ton of his work for sale. It is so fun to see what is out there and has stood the test of time. You can browse his actual pieces at the flagship store in New York. The other boutique is in Los Angeles. Bergdorf's also has some selection, as do many high end antique markets and dealers. Even if not buying a piece it is worth looking at the detail and artistry involved. And if nothing else: order the book!
Above I have picked some selects from 1stdibs.
Click pictures for direct links to site.
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Friday, May 24, 2013
I simply blog what I like. No advertisers, no money or products exchanged...
So sometimes I don't write for awhile but I want to make sure I am making this blog (or maybe even like a GOOP-ish journal post ) truly honest.
So here ya go...
While in Austin a few weeks ago I found these bars sitting at the counter of Jo's coffee.
As my husband says to me often, "you are THAT person. The one the retailers dream about. That will buy the impulse item at checkout"
Yes, that is me. But, only if I see the value in trying it. Or testing it out. I always want to find a good snack and energy bar. Mom on the go, almost 2 year old. Whatever I can eat while walking him to the park or driving my car to a playdate.
I am so happy I purchased the BEARDED BROTHERS bars.
Vegan, gluten free blah blah blah....but THEY TASTE GREAT!!
They are brother in laws based in Austin who teamed up to create these all natural energy bars. They both are active in rock climbing and running and started making the bars for themselves. Realizing there was a good market in Austin, they started the company. Watch the video, read their site. It's pretty awesome how these two created a small business.
I have tried the Colossal Coconut Mango bar. Ate it all up. In a couple bites.
Really fresh and perfect ingredients.
Have a good weekend.
Check out their site...order some bars.
and more posts coming soon.
Stick with me people!!
Friday, March 15, 2013
So it was that time again.
Traveling with the tot.
This time we have a walking, snacking machine.
We went to Miami for the South Beach Food & Wine festival.
The festival put us up at the Fountainbleau
Being on the beach a plus. Being at hotel that is like Vegas...not my favorite thing.
CAR SEAT TRAVEL:
If you can afford it DO IT. I won't get on my high horse on the safety issues.
But a LAP CHILD at one and a half? Come on people.
I am still mastering the whole travel with a big car seat situation but the Brica Roll n' Go saved my life. You check your stroller (read below) and when you get out of your car or cab that you took to the airport you strap this roller onto the car seat. Done. Now you have a stroller car seat. Yes, they make an all in one (you may click here...) but it's not that great. Trust me, I did the research already for you.
The car seat I used for this trip....a Britax Marathon Classic
Issue: You can only really get it at Target for some reason. It's safe, light(ish) and most importantly EASY TO USE.
He ate the whole time.
Say what you will about kids and snacking but a cross country flight means all rules are out.
I brought a small little cooler bag and an ice pack.
That way I could bring milk and some fresh fruit on the plane.
I am SERIOUS about my snacks.
Horizon's milk boxes
In LAX they did a full pat down of me at security.
Due to the milk carton not being see through.
In Miami I just put it through the scanner.
Sonny drank it. So it was worth it.
My other snacks:
Plum Organics Food pouches (he still loves them)
Kashi Breakfast bars
Just Fruit or Whole Food or Trader Joes freeze dried fruit
Annie's Chedder Bunnies
Late July Peanut Butter sandwich crackers
I love experimenting with snacks for him.
Checked (for FREE) the City Mini stroller.
BUT I put it in the City mini travel bag
Wheels come off of City Mini stroller (so easy I promise) and everything fits into this bag.
Warning: If you want to shove more stuff in the bag don't over pack. They will charge you for an extra bag if they check. A nice skycap told me this information.
Sonny has a LL BEAN roller duffle.
On the plane we take one bag for him and one for me. I go backpack. That way I am handsfree. I used my trustworthy Patagonia bag. Though I would maybe go for a bigger backpack next time.
The ipad was loaded with lots of app's and tv shows.
He did not nap which was INSANE. Four hours to Miami and five and a half on the way home. That's right 5 1/2 Crazy. He was so distracted by all the passengers and overhead announcements. As soon as the plane hit the ground he fell alseep....and the car...to and from the airports. OF COURSE!!
Other quick tips I got from friends and internet research:
-bring close pins to shut the heavy drapes/shades in the room.
Totally worked and glad I had them.
-blue painters tape to seal up the outlets. Obviously if your child is old enough to pull of the tape then this is not necessary.
More questions email me...
Hope everyone has a great weekend.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
This Kelty vintage cargo duffle bag was supposed to be the husbands diaper bag. I have now been using it. Still love my Patagonia tote but needed to change it up.
The bag comes in three sizes. We own the smallest one. It packs up really nice with enough pockets to satisfy my crazy mom needs.
I personally like the addition on a crossbody strap. Preferably one that can be taken off/unhooked if needed. Great for putting over the stroller. Just watch to not overload the bag. It could tip stroller if not locked in place.
Trust me. Super mom here has had it happen many a times.
Other bags my friends swear by:
TOTALLY USER FRIENDLY
Monday, December 3, 2012
Helen Johannesen is the reason I can stay sane. She is the Operations Manager of both Animal and Son of A Gun restaurants. So basically she keeps my husband in check.
THANK YOU THANK YOU HELEN!
Helen is one of the most gracious and stylish people I know. Total East Coaster with that fancy preppy flare. I love it. Need I mention her other half Zach Frechette who is the man behind the ever popular Quarterly Co.
The Chalkboard has a home tour with Helen on their site today.
Check out her wonderful new digs in Hollywood and what she fancies for a snack.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
(credit to: kate armour)
The Daily Show
(really though my undying love for Mr. Jon Stewart)
(@katiearmour and @shopprettymommy are fun ladies to follow)
(She has MY kind of humor)
(ummm come on there are like 3 episodes left. Like EVER.)
Night & Day Studio Apps
(My little man loves Peekaboo Barn and Peekaboo Fridge. He HAS to like the FRIDGE app. Thanks Beth Dotolo for the tip xo.)