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Kid & Coe: Bring the Kids!

The Mr. and I have always loved to travel together and have no intention of ever slowing down. True, bringing our daughter along requires extra baggage and planning, but we can’t wait to for the foreign stamp that initiates our future jet setter’s passport! We’ve had one excellent experience renting  a fabulous apartment on vacation so,  I was thrilled when I first stumbled upon Kid & Coe on Cup of Jo and soon learned more about the awesome moms behind the venture.  A brilliant start up,  Kid & Coe’s mission to create ‘a dynamic community of traveling families’ is based on the philosophy of collaborative consumption. Why not share the wealth? Kid & Coe features 100 gorgeous properties in some of our favorite destinations: Copenhagen, Tel Aviv and Brazil.   Whether traveling across the globe to spend a few weeks in a Thai villa or living like a local in an L.A. bungalow for the weekend, rest assured all the essentials for the perfect family friendly stay will be covered.

Each time we travel, my husband and I feel blessed when we have the opportunity to meet and hang with locals. When we’re home in Dumbo, we guide international visitors towards the Brooklyn Bridge almost daily!  I’d love to list our sunny apartment on Kid & Coe, it would be the perfect base for a family setting off each day to explore NYC! I’d make my guests at home with white linens, Brooklyn made snacks, and a cozy crib with plenty of lo fi toys for the kiddos.

Our neighborhood boasts some pretty dope views, great coffee and kid-friendly stops, check out our favorites below!

Wake up

Let your spouse sleep in while you head to Brooklyn Roasting Company (25 Jay St) with the kids to sample some of the borough’s best java roasted on site in a huge warehouse space. Grab a seat on one of the bold orange comfy couches and enjoy your coffee with the sun streaming in, a perfect introduction to Dumbo’s architecture.

 Shop

Susan Lazar is a hip designer and mom whose line Egg Baby (68 Jay St) has outfitted Dumbo’s littlest residents since ’03. Organic cotton basics and festive classics in tiny sizes are the perfect wardrobe additions for your littles. The well edited racks of beautiful designer clothes at Zoe (68 Washington Street) are  strictly for the hippest of Brooklyn mamas. Neighborhood gem, Modern Anthology’s (68 Jay St ) masculine vibe lends itself to a perfectly curated vintage home goods selection and wardrobe basics for the caveman meets creative Brooklyn dude.

Move

Walk or bike to Fulton Ferry Landing, across Scribbs bridge and into the leafy, historical streets of Brooklyn Heights.   Kids of all ages will love Brooklyn Bridge Park‘s wide, grassy spaces, art and 4 playgrounds! For the full playground roundup, schedules of summer movie showings, rotating photography exhibits and food vendors visit the Park’s website first. Borrow a tapestry and enjoy the view with a picnic!

Pizza

If you’re hardcore, Grimaldi’s, Julianas and Ignazios all sling pies on the Old Fulton strip. My favorite place to grab a slice is Fascati’s (80 Henry Street) where thin crust is served up at the counter. Grab a booth at this local Brooklyn Heights spot owned by the same family since the 70s.

Date

For the most romantic, Brooklyn-y spot in the hood that is decidedly not kid friendly, dine at the Vinegar Hill House (72 Hudson) or grab a drink next door at Hillside while the kids are asleep a few blocks away. For a VERY special occasion, the River Cafe is a show of old New York elegance, recently reopened after a post-Sandy makeover.

Isabel Marant pour H&M

There are two huge canvas tie dyed Isabel Marant pour H&M shopping bags under my desk right now! I cannot wait to add these oversized totes to my bag of bags! My shopping mania may be due to my lack of sleep.  After whipping myself into a baby food making frenzy last night, blending roasted carrots and turnips for my girl, I stayed up til midnight last night to shop the collaboration online only to realize it went on sale at 12PM EST.   After checking  Racked.com from my desk and realizing there was no line, I ran the 3 blocks from my office to the H&M store and shopped while a DJ spun my favorite Duck Sauce song. Arms ladle with assorted garments and hangers from my elbows I began to consider that the physical demands of competitive shopping was surprisingly less intense than those of motherhood.  i don’t ownanything from Isabel Marant’s line but I do love the boho chic meets rocker sensibility she’s got going on. If I had to summarize the core of the designers ethos I’d say, girlfriend has mastered the idea of not trying too hard. Pair a grey sweatshirt with any one of her metallic, silky, printed bottoms and you’re done, insta-insouciant glamour. The H&m line perfectly captures this aesthetic. So here’s what I got:

(all photos courtesy of hm.com)

Looks like there is a lot of black and white going on although some of the dresses have shimmery colored patterns.  Upon first glance, the fabrics seem great, most are 100% silk!   The sequin trousers will be perfect for mama’s next night out and the silk ones, I may wear to a rehearsal dinner in Mexico in a few weekends. Love the 40’s silhouette on the longer dress and the shorter one has a cool cutout on the small of the back, perfect for holiday parties and nights on the town with a pair of booties.  I can’t wait to snuggle my babe in the furry black and white sweater while she dons the matching cap, we’re gonna be so cozy and so cool, not like we’re trying though!

 

Giorgio Armani: One Night Only

ARMANI  ONE NIGHT ONLY NYCThe night after Diner en Noir, the Mr. surprised me with passes to a once in a lifetime event that blew my mind! Italian billionaire, fashion designer Giorgio Armani recieved the key to New York City and unlocked some fashion magic by curating a gorgeous couture retrospective that was launched with a spectacular runway show and celebrated with the best dance party I’ve been to in a looong time.  It’s not every night this mama gets to glam out but when I walked into the SUPERPIER, a massive industrial pier from the 1950s,  transformed into what the husband called, a chic department store, complete with soft peach and black carpeting, movie-set lighting, and optical illusion causing round mirrors, I felt like a million bucks! With my hair blown out and my teal suede stilettos heels, I was living out my 80’s excess fantasy on the West Side Highway!

We didn’t get to see the fashion show, but I wasn’t too upset! The runway viewing was for VIPs like Penelope Cruz, Renee Zellweger, Hilary Swank and Leonardo DiCaprio.   I did, champagne in hand, spend the first hour or so browsing the Eccentrico exhibit which rivaled, if not flat out crushed the Met’s Alexandar McQueen display.  My husband had to tear me away from the goods; I was so close, I could practically try on the clothes and accessories! Unfortunately, the lighting was so bad so my photos do not do any justice!  I can barely begin to describe the remarkable designs that have made Mr. Armani, 79, a household name. My favorite pieces included a massive jade pendant and floral print pill box purse that attached to the wrist with a tortoiseshell cuff.  When I think of Armani, I think perfect tailoring and structured, classic garments, but the exhibit told a different story at times.  I was really feeling the groovy vibe -palatzo pants, backless dresses, fur and jumpsuits-  worn by my some of fellow guests, too.

photo via pursuitist.com

We arrived as the show was ending and just as the husband tried to pull some work strings to tour me around the inside of the runway setup, a handsome throng of well dressed Italian men made their way out of the exit, buzzing around a diminutive yet very tan and dapper Giorgio. The Armani groupie procession made their way down the carpeted hallway and into the lounge area where young models mingling with fashion bloggers and industry royalty, craned their long necks to see what the commotion was all about. Sitting down on a low banquette, surrounded by glowing orbs and his minions, Mr. Armani’s mere presence seemed to signal the after party had officially begun!

In the “dinatoire” area of the room, gorgeous waiters passed around perfect portions of truffle risotto, delicate ricotta filled ravioli, and seared tuna bites with caper berries.  I was too excited to focus on food (though I did wake up regretting that decision) as I took careful bites, I cautioned to my husband  ‘fashion parties are not for eating!’  He steered me onto the dance floor where Mark Ronson mixed Amy Winehouse with the Bee Gees and Tribe Called Quest as fresh faced ingenues taught botoxed editors how to ‘Dougie’. A matronly queen bee of fashion PR stood behind the DJ booth scanning the crowd alongside model Alec Wek whose wacky fist pumping made me giggle and boogie down. Being surrounded by gorgeous, fabulously accessorized fashion people can sometimes make you feel really inferior. But thanks to Mr. Armani, for One Night Only,  spirits were high, the turntables omniscient and, amidst the free flowing bubbly and incandescent lighting  everyone was feeling fabulous.

Diner en Noir

DD is back with a vengeance. After a long dry spell on the entertaining front, we held a fabulous (if i do say so myself) ‘diner en noir’, a riff on the Parisienne pop up picnic ‘diner en blanc’, in honor of my old college roomate and BFF’s new book: How to Disappear Completely: On Modern Anorexia. I love a theme party and the moody ambiance of the evening was the perfect compliment to the title of Kelsey’s book.  From the inside cover:

“…Kelsey Osgood unpacks the modern myths of anorexia, examining the cult-like underbelly of eating disorders in the young as she chronicles her own rehabilitation.”

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Buy the book, people!

I’m almost done with the book and highly recommend it, particularly for women (or guys) who have gone through an eating disorder or any type of mental illness, and especially for their loved ones. Check out my cameo on page 141, holler!  The book is very well researched, intellectually challenging, dark, funny and overall, uplifting as the author describes her path to recovery.

Diner en Noir was a fabulous ladies night with college friends, and fellow Brooklyn bloggers and artists.  I couldn’t find a black table cloth so I hit up $0.99 Dreams and DIYed a black table runner with shelf lining material, added some velvety textured florals ( brain flowers according to the guests) in small vases,  houseplants, and of course tons of candlelight!

As guests arrived, I tried to create a shadowy and hushed environment ( sleeping baby helped).  We drank dark & stormy’s and nibbled on apps with Fiona on in the background. Dinner was lively, followed by a chills inducing reading by the author and a decadent (dark) chocolate dessert.  The few remaining party girls and this hostess polished off the last bottle of red on the roof with the pitch dark sky above us and the ominous rumble of the train below.

Appetizers
Sauveur’s Black Olives with Rosemary and Orange Zest
Sliced Black Radishes with Rose Salt
Pumpernickel Toasts with Goat Cheese & Smoked Salmon
Mains
Black Kale Salad with Apples and Maple Mustard Vinaigrette ( inspired by Tiny’s NYC)
Miso Eggplant (great two step technique of roasting and broiling here)
Roasted purple Romanesco Califlower and Potatoes with Black Truffle
& the piece de resistance: Deb’s Harvest Chicken with Black Olives and Black Grapes
Dessert
Dark Chocolate Tart
Chocolate covered espresso beans, black licorice & grapes
 

Target + Neiman Marcus

I was on the verge of frustration last night as the post Thanksgiving crowds made it impossible to make my way down 5th avenue after work when something wonderful happened!  As I cursed the tourists for slowing me down, I noticed a formerly vacant storefront decked out in Target’s signature red, its windows featuring black and white portraits of some of today’s best young designer talent. Could it be? A pop up shop on my very own block! The gentlemen wielding the clipboard told me to come back tomorrow at 9am and you better believe I woke up this morning ready to shop!

Typically these affairs are unfortunate, crowded and over hyped displays of consumerism at a low point. The Missoni for Target pop up shop during fashion week almost gave me a heart attack and I walked out with nary a signature zig zag.  This morning at 8:50 however, after a brief 10 minute wait on line and some free hot chocolate dispensed by a friendly Target rep, I entered Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection pop up shop and was VERY pleasantly surprised.

I have long been a fan of Target’s designer collaborations, if not for the hype, than for the innovation and imagination it can take for designers  accustomed to couture to adapt to the confines of mass market.  While fabric quality is usually an issue, sometimes certain pieces make the cut.    Proenza Schouler, Rodarte and Tracy Feith for Target all have a place in my closet!  These items are fun collectibles and a way to score a piece from designers you admire for the price of a dinner out.

This morning’s experience made my day!  First stop inside, free warm ginger bread cookies shaped like sunglasses made with the Band of Outsiders cookie cutters (29) definitely the way to a pregnant girl’s heart.

free cookies!

Then, we were given a 5 limit coupon, a quick ride up the escalator and a beautifully appointed,  spacious shopping experience filled with great gifts designed by the likes of Jason Wu, Caroline Herrera, Tory Burch, Joseph Altuzarra, Rag & Bone, Brian Atwood, Diane von Furstenberg, and more!

I scored some adorable presents, including a cozy gray Rag & Bone sweater for the Mr.  which is beautifully made in a cotton and wool blend.  The lack of synthetic fabric here is making me SO happy and I think it warrants the $70 price tag. For my flower girl Sofie, a super retro blue and green geometric print Tory Burch lunchbox($20) the matching thermos ($24) I couldn’t resist and I’ll be using it to carry hot tea to go on the subway.  The tiny Jason Wu dress($60) I picked up in red taffeta for baby Charlie to wear over the holiday season is making me wish for a girl, as did the baby Marchesa gowns, though I think the designer’s signature ruffles might overwhelm a tiny frame.

What else? Bright dessert plates by Tracy Reese,  dreamy, space inspired Christmas ornaments and wrapping paper designed by Rodarte, pet gear by Oscar de la Renta  and limited edition watercolor Proenza Schuler ipad cases and sweatshirts! For the most part I found the quality to be pretty good, with the exception of the chintzy Judith Leiber compact mirrors and Eddie Borgo trinket box.  Borgo’s letter opener however was beautifully designed and heavy, a great gift for a stylish desk.   The purple watercolor print dress in a 50’s silhouette by Lela Rose was quite pretty while a Thom Browne nautical/Americana inspired blazer ($179) and Marc Jacobs glittery pouch ($69) were cute but overpriced.  The Altuzarra cocktail shaker and glasses were memorable although I’d spring for a vintage set instead which are ubiquitous at antique stores and of better quality.  They paired perfectly with a chic black snakeskin tray with brass detailing ($80) but I could barely lift it off the shelf, it was so heavy.  For a large credenza, bar or entry way table, this piece would fit,  but forget about carrying drinks on it.

I would post pictures here but the format on target.com make them hard to lift so go see for yourself! I’ll admit, I went back for another round of 5 items (and gingerbread cookies). Surprisingly at 9:30am, there was no one online! If you happen to be in Midtown, stay out of my way, but definitely check out the pop up shop on 44th street and 5th avenue. If you can’t make it, the 50+ piece collection drops online on December 1st.!

PIZZA PARTY

On a whim I bought a bag of whole wheat pizza dough from the refrigerator of Trader Joes.   All day at work, I thought about the different pie combinations I could try  and when I got home, I was ready for a pizza party.  First, I took the dough and an assortment of cheeses out of the fridge to let them come to room temperature. Then,  I caramelized onions in butter & balsamic vinegar,  sauteed broccoli with garlic, roasted acorn squash with maple syrup, chopped chili peppers, opened a can of tomato sauce and grated smoked gouda, goat and cheddar cheese. With my toppings in order, I was ready to get to the fun part.

I preheated my toaster oven as high as it would go (450), divided the dough into four even pieces and grabbed an empty wine bottle to use as a makeshift rolling pin.  I found this heat diffuser in my junk drawer and decided to use it as a makeshift pizza stone. I left it in the toaster oven to heat up and started rolling out the dough on a well floured counter top.  The hardest part about making the pizza was maneuvering it from the counter top onto the hot ‘pizza stone’ but regardless of a few mishaps involving floppy dough, these pizzas tasted delicious.  After arranging and eating several pizzas solo, the Mr. finally walked in, sampled and praised my handy work.  Here are the top 3 combinations from last night’s feast

Caramelized Onions/Goat Cheese/Acorn Squash

Broccoli/Red Chili Peppers/Chedder

Smoked Gouda/Japaleno
I think this would be a great activity for a group, particularly with some wine involved! Who’s in?

Zara Home…is UGLY?

Zara Home is now available in the U.S. and design folk are excited about their stylish and affordable selection. I wasn’t blown away by the initial offerings and the lack of description, measurements and other important information one might need when ordering furniture and bedding off the web is disappointing.  Could the site still be catering to Zara’s European clientele?  The furniture, pillows and bedding seem to be grouped into several distasteful aesthetic categories that I’ll call: Versace Mansion, I ❤ Leopard Print, and Modern Metallic.

Perhaps Zara Home designers are not as astute as the creative forces behind the brand’s clothing who can analyze, predict and manufacture trendy spins on classic silhouettes moments after they’ve appeared on the runway. Yet, the prices, & free October shipping are redeeming, and since we all have  one beloved Zara staples in our closet,  I’ll give Zara Home another chance.

My aunt once taught me a great lesson about design.   If you isolate one object amongst a group of similar looking things, it starts to look a whole lot more appealing and you can judge it on its own merit. Below, I’ll test her wisdom on a few pieces from the Zara Home Collection and see if any of it is classier than I originally thought.

Versace Mansion


Verdict: The winner here, unless you’re a fan of Versace prints in a pastel Pucci palate is what Zara’s calling Monocle Nest of Tables. For $250, these gold rimmed side tables could class up your living room places strategically right next to grandma’s old couch. The interesting circular shape and clear glass top wouldn’t take up a whole lot of visual space making them ideal for a small room.

I ❤ Leopard Print

Verdict: Its a toss up between the leopard print covered tissue box which may bring on the sniffles, and the hangers which would be a really fun way to jazz up an entire closet.

Modern Metallics

This is definitely the least offensive category and I find myself liking a bunch of the items I’ve selected.  Zara has a point: shiny things do go with everything and I am partial to mixing metals.  While the pillow looks like something you’d put on your couch if you didn’t want people to get comfortable, the mercury glass bottles filled with white flowers would add a nice touch to the dinner table and the gold mirrored tray would look great on top of a vanity with perfume bottles.  The real winner though is the Lucite tables (does clear pass for silver)  because even though I’ve seen these around before, I think the Zara price is right.

Hiding behind all that leopard print (aprons & coasters are also available for the fierce hostess), there are a few classic, antique inspired gems.   I’ll admit I have my eye on a few of the tablecloths and maybe even some of the vintage inspired stemware.  Perhaps Crate and Barrel will be getting a run for their money?

Fast Fashion Detox Plan

Salon has a great review of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth Cline.  The environmental and social impact of inexpensive, mass-made clothing is an issue that is finally gaining some much deserved traction. Cline has been called the “Michael Pollan of fashion” and both her book and her Tumblr pose a number of eye opening questions for fashion companies and consumers alike.

Over my trip to Madrid last week, I found myself thinking of Cline’s book as I passed store after store near Madrid’s Puerta del Sol, offering deals on tops, dresses, and skirts for a mere 2-5 Euros! While I love a great bargain,  I was turned off by seeing the same trends repeated in a multitude of colors and prints in the same synthetic fabrics and didn’t bother to approach the garish storefronts.

How did fashion get so cheap? Corporations like H&M and Forever 21 manufacture massive amounts of clothing using inexpensive, low quality fabrics and cheap labor in developing countries and don’t need to charge a large markup to make a profit.  Fashion runways showcase new trends every season and consumers are somehow programmed to believe that we have to buy and sport the latest styles, (i.e. nautical stripes! grandfather cardigans!).  The only way to keep up with the constant changes — I’ve seen many a women’s magazine recommend this– is to purchase an inexpensive version of the runway trend and invest only in classic pieces.  Sadly, it seems that the majority of us have forsaken investment in long lasting wardrobe staples for a cheap thrill and a whole lot of retail therapy.

Our addiction to fast fashion has resulted in the decline of the U.S. garment industry and the reduction of worker wages. Beyond the economic and social impacts of our fashion habit, there are many environmental effects.   Synthetic fabrics such as polyester, and acrylic made using chemicals derived from coal and oil harm the workers who manufacture them and pollute our waterways as they are created and washed. Consider the 68 pounds of textiles per person per year that are wasted.  If you browse the racks of  Goodwill today, you’ll notice a whole lot of  H&M from 2002.

So, how can we as consumers and fashionistas band together to help put an end to all this waste?  How can we use fashion to express ourselves in a more sustainable way?

Step 1: Audit your closet

In the spirit of this post, I tore apart my closet last night:  10 black tank tops, 7 pairs of black leggings, 8 LBDs later, I had a eureka moment!  Cline’s thesis is no joke.  Upon inspecting the labels of some of my favorites, I noticed that while my vintage Missoni wrap dress was 100% silk, my new 40’s -inspired polka dot dress bought over my birthday weekend at L.A’s fabulous mecca of vintage and indie labels, Wasteland was 100% polyester. Additional label comparison confirmed that those garments made from natural fibers i.e. 100% silk and cotton which feel the best on your skin (try wearing polyester on a humid day) also last longer and wear better than those garments made of synthetics which exhibited rampant pilling, shrinkage and discoloration.

A fastidious friend of mine who happened to be on phone advised me how to go about sorting and organizing my clothing.  Below you will find two links that detail closet organization.  Martha’s color coding tip will provide some real style insight and Real Simple’s 1st tip will make the process of getting dressed much easier.

links on closet organizing

Martha Stewart

Real Simple

Once you know your inventory, claims of “I’ve got nothing to wear” become unfounded. With a little creativity, you can rework old outfits or accessorize your basics rather than hitting up the racks of fast fashion for an unsustainable solution.

Step 2:  Take care of what you have

The washing machine/dryer combo pretty much destroys your clothing. Especially synthetic fabrics like rayon and acrylic. Try as much as possible to let your clothing air dry after the washing machine.  In Spain, we had an adorable laundry line with clothespins that did the trick! For urban dwellers, the container store makes a fun apparatus with multiple clips and drying racks you can keep in your bathtub.  For delicates, like lingerie, bathing suits, embellished pieces, and even a nice T-shirt  you want to hold on to,  I highly recommend hand washing.  In the winter, wool sweators can last for many seasons if properly cared for. See Ecouterre’s guide here.   Another great investment is a steamer,  a relatively inexpensive gadget that not only sanitizes your clothing (correct me if I’m being grimy here) but also de-wrinkles them.

Step 3:  Learn to Sew

A stylish, petite friend of mine, a former devotee of H&M, who always looks like a million bucks in the fast fashion empire’s pleather riding boots, has recently become much more conscious of her wardrobe choices. She recently enrolled in sewing lessons and rather than frequenting the H&M flagship a few times a month, now visits the Housing Works’ Warehouse Sale  in Long Island City to dig for old designer clothing and nice fabrics that she can rework.

Step 4: SWAP

My college roommates and I turned a spare bedroom in our suite into the “Communal Closet.”  We threw in a rolling clothing rack and set up a pop up boutique where we housed clothing and accessories we no longer cared to have in our own closets.  The 6 roommates had free reign to borrow or take anything and a few lucky friends even got a chance to visit the Communal Closet and sample its wares, a fun way to get dressed before a night of revelry.  Before graduation, we held a big sale on our campus quad  to get rid of what was still left and even repeated the swap tradition a few times as young professionals.   Nowadays, I have the great fortune of having a sister in law with the most exquisite taste (She goes for the aforementioned investment pieces) who generously shares and passes down what she no longer wears. Find a friend in your size and trade.

Step 5: Go on a shopping diet

Another fashionable pixie friend, Itinerant Daughter, whose closet I’ve long admired, pursued a very impressive year long ascetic existence and did not purchase a single new item of clothing– or anything else.     She was allowed to accept gifts (her mother picks out some fabulous Christmas presents!) and purchase  a new bottle of face wash (provided it was the same brand as the one she had) if she ran out.  I was fascinated by her self control and we talked about her mission often. While I know there were a few temptations,  she did not succumb to her Amex.   I’m not suggesting abstinence for everyone, but please think about what you are supporting when you stand online at Forever 21.  Your mini floral print romper will likely end up in a dumpster and besides, you don’t really need another $5 black tank top do you?

Step 6: If you must shop, patronize thrift and vintage stores and Know Your Fabrics!

One of my favorite fashion memories as a child is visiting a thrift store in upstate New York with my mom’s  free spirited friend Barbara who after a little digging uncovered two beautiful 50s style dresses with fitted bodices and flared skirts: the first in red satin and wool and the second in creme organza with salmon floral embroidery. Total cost: $10 I continue to wear both of her fantastic finds despite the fact that they were purchased in 1994, and created several decades prior.  She pointed out the luxurious feel and cut of the fabric and waxed poetic about how women used to dress! This early lesson not only inspired my love of thrifting and vintage clothing but also the habit of inspecting the fabric blend before I purchase.  Today, this habit  has saved me from many a polyester blend dress posing as silk.  Even in some of the nicer designer lines, you’d be surprised at what you’re paying for. Uncover a treasure on the musty racks of your local salvation army (make sure to wash clothing in hot water and keep in an air tight plastic bag until you do),  troll ebay for an old school Dior purse, or save your pennies for that one of a kind couture gown at a well curated vintage boutique. To me, vintage is a way of melding the colorful history of the past and the present imperative for sustainability, a worthwhile investment indeed.

At the end of a great trip to Spain (stay tuned for more details), I ended up with just one purchase.  A delicate  ’20s style black headpiece hand made by the wonderful ladies at Luka Moon.  Supporting young female entrepreneurs and buying a one- of- a-kind accessory is something they call putting your money where your mouth is.

Virginia is for lovers

The Mr. and I took a great road trip to Charlottesville, VA to attend the wedding of his former roomate who happens to be from Rome, Italy.  This was my first time attending a vineyard wedding and it did not disappoint! Rolling hills, livestock, uninterrupted vistas and all the wine you can drink? I’ll take it. Here is the lovely couple on their walk back down the aisle together!Image

grown in VA!

porchside cocktails!

Aside from the simple beauty of the rustic venue, great wooden beams and a big old porch, and the farm fresh menu, my favorite part of this wedding was the bride and groom’s dramatic exit in a vintage Alfa Romeo.

After cutting the cake and snapping some party Polaroids, all the guests lined up outside and lit sparklers, creating the most romantic ambiance. Suddenly, the bride and the groom burst out of the barn doors as well all cheered, they jumped into their getaway vehicle (decorated with toilet paper and the like!)  and off they drove into the night!

congrats to the happy couple!

The wedding was held at Pippin Vineyards, for more gorgeous photos, check out their website here.