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Fall Gratitude

Here comes Thanksgiving. Again. Already. And wow what a year it’s been oh wow yeah wow.

But not looking back, remember? Only moving forward.

Pocketed Raglan Tee from Bordeaux, via Anthropologie, $44

Our Gowanus Girls Markets were a wonderful success! We worked hard, we had such talented vendors, we had fun, the weather was a gift, so grateful.

And a couple of pretties from the weekend don’t hurt, either:

* this Bordeaux tee, which is the softest, most comfortable thing you will ever encounter (nabbed mine in electric blue)


* this magnolia-scented candle in a sweet little lavender tin (coconut milk – mango pictured here) .

Illume Candle, multiple scents, $20, via Anthropologie

‘K, Turkey Day. Bring it. I’m ready with the gratitude.




Currently Obsessed with…. My Schuler & Sons Boots from Anthropologie

Brass Tacks Boots

Brass Tacks Boots / Schuler & Sons / Currently Out of Stock at Anthro / Wah.

You know it and so do I — we’re Anthro-obsessed.

So I was super-psyched to find these boots at 50% OFF the sale price (!) at the store on Black Friday. Apparently, some online shoppers were loving them, too, ’cause now they’re sold out. Take heart, though — other Schuler & Sons styles can still be found (although not all of them are on sale.) Keep your eyes peeled, though — prices could plummet the closer we get to Christmas. Here’s a cute pair:

Claret Bow Boots

Claret Bow Boots / Schuler & Sons / Anthropologie / $238 / Yay!

These boots + purple tights + my Moth sweater dress (below — I have it in espresso) + OPI’s “You Don’t Know Jacques” = my fall-into-winter uniform.


Moth Rendition Dress

opi+you+don't+know+jacques nail color

OPI / You Don't Know Jacques nail color

This look is helping me feel it — at least a teeny bit — for fall. Although I’m already dreaming of summer vacation…. < Big sigh. >

Other obsessions:

New French Classics from Food & Wine

State Prints from One Canoe Two

Dining at Buvette


I’d Be Thankful If I Had… This Red Sweater Dress from Anthropologie

red sweater dress

Flared and Cabled Sweater Dress, Anthropologie, $148

{ “I’ve got a beautiful red dress. And you look really good standing beside it.” — Laurie Anderson }

I may not have anyplace special to wear it this holiday season, but I want this red flared dress from Anthropologie anyway.

I would totally give thanks.

Wouldn’t you?

Back to counting blessings.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Halloween! Weekend Links for Brooklyn Mamas

Ghouls and Gourds

Boo! at the BBG.

How it is that I’ve been a Brooklyn mom for the last seven Halloweens and never been to the Botanic Garden’s Ghouls & Gourds seasonal kid-fest, I do not know. But tomorrow I’ll right that wrong by putting the kids in their costumes (Darth Vader and “pink” Batgirl, in case you were wondering) and heading over for some fun, rain or shine. On tap: dancing, music, crafts, big puppets, books and authors, and the garden’s pretty fall colors.

Other fall random-ness:

* 6 Yummy Soups

* Pear Cranberry and Gingersnap Crumble from Smitten Kitchen

* An over-priced but possibly irresistible little lounge-y chemise from Anthro that I can totally see myself padding around the house in this autumn. Mmm-hmmm.

* And…. Last: A little bit of life wisdom from working mom SJP — “The firsts go away — first love, first baby, first kiss. You have to create new ones.”

Keep it real, people. Keep it new, keep it fresh, keep it fun.

Go love life this weekend.

Meet you back here next week.


All I Want for Christmas Is…. Good Gift Ideas for Moms (OK, Me.)

le massage, scene de hammam

le massage, scene de hammam (dalbera on Flickr)

I read a list this week I’ve been loving on Apartment Therapy: 5 Affordable Basics to Invest in for the New Year. I must be really simpatico with the author, Laure Joliet, because I feel like I could have written it myself. The basics that spoke to me, too?

Good linens.

A cast iron skillet.

Something that smells good.

The second one I’ve got (and I love.) The first I need more of. And the last I can never get enough of.

So, with that in mind…. Here are a few things on my Christmas wish list. You can bet that if I want them, other moms do, too.

Note photo above: Le Massage, Scene de Hammam, from the Musee des Augustins in Toulouse.

A massage — Almost more than anything else, stressed moms want to relax. And of course get more sleep. You may not be able to help with the sleep, but the gift of a massage will most definitely be appreciated. Bonus: it takes up zero space and doesn’t need to be put away after enjoying it. In Brooklyn, d’mai urban spa is a good bet for a pampering massage or facial.

kai perfume oil

kai perfume oil, $45

kai perfume oil — I discovered this addictive white-flower scent at By George in Austin years ago and have been wearing it ever since. Buy it locally at Diana Kane or Kiwi in Park Slope. P.S. — I get compliments on it all the time.

Sunbird sheet set

Sunbird sheet set, Anthropologie, $148 for a queen set

Pretty cotton sheets — I toyed with the idea of combing Overstock, Target, or Macy’s for the perfect new sheets, as the Apartment Therapy article suggests (they also link to some super luxe options). But in the end, all roads lead back to Anthropologie. This Sunbird sheet set is cheery and would look nice with the dusky lavender on the bedroom walls.

viva zapata! bags

4-pocket carryall tote from Viva Zapata! bags, $128

A bright, stylish bag — As previously noted, the search for the perfect urban mommy bag is never-ending. One of the styles from Viva Zapata! could be this year’s serious contender (and there’s a local Brooklyn connection, too, which I like.)

velour lounge pants

velour lounge pants, Gap Body, $30

Lounge pants — At the end of the day, I like to lose what I’ve been wearing and slip into something more comfortable. (Don’t we all?) My current lounge pants are, well, falling apart. Time for an update!

Free babysitting — This one won’t cost you a dime, but it’ll be priceless to the mom recipient. Seems like a minor thing — just an offer to come stay with the kids for a couple of hours so parents can have a date night or a hardworking mom can run out for a haircut — and really, it’s huge. Here’s the news, people: almost no one volunteers to do it. If you do, the gratitude will be big-time. And most sincere.

diptyque mini trio

diptyque mini-candle trio, $84 (yes, I said $84)

diptyque candles — Splurge-y, but worth it. The famed French candle-maker seems to be into colored versions this year, and I prefer the plain clear glass — so I’m opting for this trio of mini-candles in different scents.

velvet dress

Larina Crochet Dress, velvet, $120

A dress I could spend all summer in — When I first moved to New York, about a bazillion years ago, I loved having distinct seasons. That is long over. I hate winter. Haaaate it! I’m already fantasizing about next summer, which means I’m thinking about what I might be wearing. I like being able to reach for something I know I’ll like without even having to think about it — I could see this velvet brand dress paired with long earrings and red sandals, and me appreciating it as a cool, loose, no-brainer option on warm days.

For more great gift ideas for NYC mamas, read Chrissy’s Christmas list.

What’s on your list? Maybe I’d like to add it to mine….

(top photo by dalbera on flickr)

Cutest Non-Traditional Christmas Tree Skirts

**Please note: this post has been updated for 2011 here

We need a Christmas tree skirt. Chrissy found a cute one last year but we didn’t buy it on the spot and now that particular Etsy artisan is nowhere to be found. Damn!

Anyway, we need one. But, yikes — Christmas really brings out the ugly in home decor. A brief search on Etsy and farther afield provided surprisingly limited options — shouldn’t somebody be all over making Christmas decor modern? — but I did find a few possible contenders.

My rules: no plaid, no patchwork, no reindeer, no red.

Here’s what I found:

ruffled linen tree skirt

Ruffled linen tree skirt from ruffledlinens on Etsy, $45.

I like this one because it’s simple. It comes in white, cream, or flax and wouldn’t compete with all of the wild Christmas wrapping paper. From ruffledlinens on Etsy.

burlap tree skirt

Tailored burlap tree skirt from SouthHouseBoutique on Etsy, $79.

Also simple, but a little tailored, too. This skirt is made of burlap (natural jute) and is almost like a heavy linen. I like the trim and curving wrap — both trim and button covers can be customized. From SouthHouseBoutique on Etsy.

eco-felt tree skirt

Eco felt tree skirt from clearlytangled on Etsy, $30.

Color! We have lots of bright colors in our house and if we didn’t decide to go with a super-subdued option, this could be fun. It’s an eco-friendly choice, made of recycled plastic bottles (don’t ask me how), and is supposed to resemble a ballgown (Magnolia would LOVE it.) If blue doesn’t say “Christmas” to you, it comes in other colors, too. From clearlytangled on Etsy.

faux fur tree skirt

Faux-fur tree skirt from West Elm, $69.

Ahhh, soft, warm, plush, faux fur. Suitable for any occasion, right? It’s fun, reminiscent of snow, and you’re not committing to any color palette or pattern. From West Elm.

boxing day tree skirt

Boxing Day tree skirt from Anthropologie, $168.

Enter Anthro for the expensive but oh-so-lovely option. This Boxing Day tree skirt features traditional motifs of birds, stars, poinsettias, dragonflies, and English roses. Unusual, pretty, and possibly just right.

This last idea isn’t really for a tree skirt — it’s a twirly-girly, holiday skirt for girls. But it was too cute not to include! Love the idea of Magnolia skipping a fancy Christmas dress and instead wearing this adorable skirt paired with a red turtleneck and her red Justin Ropers like the picture here. From noahandlilah on Etsy.

holiday skirt

Girl's Holiday Twirl Skirt from noahandlilah on Etsy, $21.

Here we go — let the holiday shopping begin!

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