New York, New York…

Nicole Franzen

Come beginning of November I’m going to turn 30 (?!?!) and I’ve been brainstorming a good way to say farewell to my twenties and celebrate the start of a new decade. I entertained the idea of someplace warm like Palm Springs, but with a 3.5 year old and 4 month old no one’s gonna be lounging around sipping Mai Tai’s, lets be real. I’ve always, always wanted to see New York City, so when we spotted an awesome deal on plane tickets we jumped on it. We’re so excited! It seems like such a rad city, and I can’t wait to see it…Especially in the fall.

As we put our trip together, I would love to ask you: Do you have any tips for visiting NYC? Places to eat and drink, activities to do? We will be staying at an Airbnb in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Thank you SO much for any advice! xx

Photograph by Nicole Franzen

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Quoted: Yoko Ono

Maternity shoot #2

“The minute-to-minute hardships women go through to carry their babies are never discussed or reported in the media, anywhere. No one ever talks about carrying around that big tummy 24 hours a day. A staggering number of women don’t even survive the experience, and die during childbirth. But we never complain. We just remain thankful that our babies came out looking powerful and sweet at the same time. Every baby is a Revolution.”

 

-Yoko Ono, from Our Mother’s Our Beautiful, May 2014

 Photograph by Alyssa Elliott, when I was 35 weeks pregnant with my youngest daughter, June.

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The Clothing You Buy Should Cost Enough to Make You Sweat A Little…

Electric Feathers

When I first saw the new FW15 collection by Electric Feathers I thought to myself, “I need a legit reason to wear that gold lamé dress right now.” But actually, you know what, you should be able to wear gold lamé whenever you like. In fact, why not go full jumpsuit while you’re at it. That rope dress pictured above is also something else. This is all, of course, out of my price range but it’s nice to dream and admire and be inspired…

Speaking of inspiration and clothes, it’s clothes like these that remind me of a goal I’ve been aiming and working toward for the past couple years now: paring down my closet and steering clear of fast-fashion (thankfully my 1923 house has the teensiest closets and doesn’t allow for an exorbitant amount of clothes). This, of course, means no $20 pair of jeans. Everything I look at costs enough that it causes me to seriously hesitate…which is good. It forces me to think about just how much I want that item of clothing, how much I’ll wear it, and whether I think the value it offers is worth a significant cost. It’s been a good challenge that forces me to buy less and waste less, which in turn has positive impacts on the environment and the workers who make these goods.

I also love buying second-hand, vintage, eBay, and from companies like this to get quality goods at a more affordable price.

What about you guys? How do you handle this topic? Where do you shop? Why? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Night Cap

Lillet

Have any of you ever tried Lillet? It is an aperitif or digestif (an alcoholic beverage served before or after meals). I have been enjoying it so much lately. After a long day of mothering two littles, it is such a lovely treat to look forward to and wind down with. I’ve been enjoying it chilled, on the rocks, with a slice of lime or orange. Really simple, but so delicious. There are also some delicious looking Lillet cocktails I’d love to give a try some time.

What are your favorite night caps these days? I’m on the look out for something simple and warm for the autumn season, as the evenings start cooling down.

Lillet night cap

Cheers! xx

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A Word For The Mamas’

Mama Bird

Motherhood exposes your weaknesses but also shows you what you’re made of. -Elle Rowley

Never forget that. You’re all amazing.

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Essie Day Jewelry

Essie Day Jewelry

Essie Day Jewelry

Though this post is loooong overdue, I’m still super excited to be featuring artist, Leslie Day, of EssieDay jewelry. I first met Leslie down the street from my house at the Village Ballroom. We would run into each other at various kids’ events (she also works as a nanny) there. Then one Sunday when I was browsing the Portland Flea, I saw her selling her jewelry. I didn’t realize she was also a crazy-talented jewelry artist! I immediately fell in love with her work and ended up taking one of her rings home with me. I wore her ring nearly everyday and knew I had to ask if I could do a feature of her on my blog. I love how streamlined and simple her pieces are, yet really unique at the same time. I wear her stuff nearly everyday. Everything she makes is so easy to wear, which is really important to me—especially as a mom. I can wear her pieces with a t-shirt and jeans and feel a little more put together, as well as with a little black dress on a date night.

In these pictures, I’m wearing her beautiful, simple stick studs I custom ordered from her, brass x ring stacker, a singular brass band I also custom ordered, the x cuff two way bracelet, and a gorgeous Chrysoprase natural stone necklace. Keep reading for more pictures of these pieces and my interview with Leslie and her growing business…

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June Rose: A Birth Story

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When I was pregnant with Eleanor, I couldn’t read enough birth stories. I especially loved the stories in Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. I loved how the women in that book relied on and trusted their bodies to birth their babies. I always felt so empowered after reading their stories.  I read blogs about natural birth, I listened to Hypnobirthing CDs, and I prayed every night that I would be able to manage the pain and intensity of labor.

But, like most second-time moms, this time around I was lucky if I got even a page into a birth story before falling asleep at the end of the day…

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Maternity Shoot // Becoming Four

Baby #2

A few weeks ago my sweet and crazy-talented friend, Alyssa, took pictures of my family. I wanted to have this special time as a family of three captured before we become a family of four. She, of course, delivered… and then some. I have looked through them so many times now and still can’t seem to get through them with dry eyes. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Alyssa, for the gift of these pictures. They are priceless, and I will treasure them forever.

We started the shoot in our home and then went to Sauvie Island for the rest of the shoot—two places we love so much and where we have shared some of our happiest, hardest, most intimate and life-changing times as a family.

I’m terrible at narrowing down favorites (especially when they’re this good!) so forgive the ridiculous amount of pictures you’re about to scroll through…

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One Tiiiiny Part of Our Kitchen Remodel is Complete?!

Kitchen Remodel-Breakfast nook built-ins

In February we started the work of remodeling our kitchen. We knew it would be a slow process as we are doing some of the work ourselves and still saving more funds as we go. But, as remodel’s usually go, we came across some major wrenches (aka, the dumb chimney taking up precious space in our teensy kitchen that needs to go) that are going to cost us more time and money than we originally thought…

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Weekend Beach Day

Canon Beach

Canon Beach

We drove to the coast over the weekend since the weather was going to be so nice and because we were in need of a break from our everyday…dishes, laundry, chores, etc. And it did just the trick. It was revitalizing for our family and Eleanor was in H.E.A.V.E.N. I haven’t seen her so content in a long time (threenager). We feel so lucky to live just an hour and half away from this gorgeous place…

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