This weekend Aaron’s moms were in town. We had big plans for each day to really try and take advantage of this gorgeous weather while we still can (I can’t even begin to think about winter…). Because the Pope was also in town Friday we took advantage of staying in Brooklyn and went to Edith’s favorite place in the world, Jane’s Carousel.
The steps and hill at the York Street station are no joke. Reminded me to avoid it at all costs in the future. This may have been the only time Edith didn’t complain about all the stairs. Having help from Grandmas’ makes everything a little easier ; )
We buy a whole bunch of tickets in the beginning and Edith will not let go the entire day. She also tries really hard to try and ride a horse that looks like the one on her ticket. She takes carousel riding very seriously.
Lilah really enjoyed it as well! We sat together on the “coach” and she loved pointing to her Daddy waiting on the sidelines and looking back to see her big sister. She also just loved running around like a wild child and even interrupted a fashion photo shoot, sorry about that!
There is also a really fun playground close by that the girls had fun exploring for a good hour. Lilah is so brave and has no fear of going down the biggest slide or climbing the tallest ladder. I love watching her confidence grow as she learns all these new physical milestones like going up and down stairs alone.
Everyone worked up quite the appetite between the carousel and the playground so of course Shack Shake was in order. I can never get enough cheese sauce!
Obligatory Dumbo shots infant of the blue mural and the Manhattan Bridge that happen to be some of my favorite pictures of all time, sorry I couldn’t pick just one!
(Edie’s dress is Mini Rodini and her shoes are babyGap. Lilah’s overalls and sandals are Zara Kids)
Ever since reading this book, I’ve really been trying to take notice of things that bring me joy. While cleaning out the girls closets the other day I realized there were only a handful of things that really brought them joy and that I really wanted to save and hold on to for their children one day. Of course, there have to be things that are practical and functional that may not be as joyful to them as say a Princess Elsa costume, but overall I want the girls to have things that make them happy and that are really special.
I was so inspired by so many of the vendors I talked with at ShopUp up the other week seeing these women build amazing brands with such thought and care made me really think about how, as a consumer, I can be more conscientious of how the clothes are made, what impact they have on our environment and end up with things that me and the girls will treasure for years to come.
All of this is really just my way of putting it out there so I can be more accountable to myself to buy fewer things that I can really stand behind and adore than a closet full of things that are wasteful and joyless, and trust me, it is going to be a hard habit to break. But, when I’m old and grey, I want to have that moment where I see my grandchildren in something the girls wore. I want things that will last. I want memories more than things.
Happy Friday friends! After a long week I’m ready to have a few low-key moments around the neighborhood and I’m excited to try a few new recipes I’ve found to try and get out of this food rut we seem to be in. Something about summer makes me so lazy when it comes to cooking, am I the only one? Here’s a few things that caught my eye this week:
This lovely home tour from the lady who owns my favorite kid’s shop in the city.
I bought this coat last year and now its on 30% sale. Run, don’t walk because it sold out quick!
We were the victims of credit card fraud last week so this made me laugh…but only for a minute.
I’m always looking for new ways to up my styling game and I found this article super helpful.
Over Labor Day weekend we woke up on Saturday and headed out to the East Village. We figured between the holiday weekend and it being 8:00am in that neighborhood we would have the park all to ourselves, and we did. There is also this incredible mural up right now at the First Street Green Art Park that I knew I had to see. The girls and I had a lot of fun playing “I Spy” with the different color hearts.
The girls are both wearing Egg by Susan Lazar. When I first saw this dress it just screamed “Edie” to me. The peter pan collar, that beautiful blue… And I can’t get over how sweet Lilah looks, like she is my tiny and adorable circus performer! Lilah is hands-down the messiest child in the entire world so when we are just hanging out around the house I keep her in cheap little onesies that she can destroy. Now when I dress her up I can’t believe that she actually isn’t such a baby anymore! This outfit made me realize how big she is getting and I’m just not sure I’m ready to admit I have a toddler and preschooler not a baby and toddler.
And while the girls were playing, Christine and I headed over to Freeman’s Alley (because you can’t nottake pictures in Freeman’s Alley if you’re in the East Village) for a couple of shots of me. I’m a total spaz in front of the camera and feel so much more comfortable taking pictures of the girls but Christine gives great direction and made it feel so easy. Thanks Christine!
This past Sunday and Monday, ShopUp came to town! Put on by Babyccino Kids, ShopUp is an event that brings some of the best independent children’s stores together under one roof. There was also a free babysitting area with tons of adorable crafts and activities to keep the little ones entertained while you browse the shops. Neapolitan pizza, Sigmund’s pretzels, Kitchensurfing, and Blue Marble ice cream were also on standby to satisfy any hunger craving you may have.
I was able to go solo on Sunday to pick up a few goodies for the girls and then Edie and I went back together on Monday. We went a little early for a hosted breakfast before they opened for the day. It was so nice to be able to spend a little more time at each booth, talking to the owners and designers of these amazing brands and shops to hear all about how the line comes together. I also loved catching up with the ladies at Passported, who sponsored an amazing giveaway trip to St. Lucia!
What I loved most was how we were supporting small, local businesses. These women could tell you the entire production line from who made the product and where their materials were from, to how it is packaged and sent to you. All of the shop owners were so inspiring and it was a pleasure to meet them all.
Thanks for having me Courtney, Esther and Emillie! Until next time!