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the summer of being non social

the summer of being non social

August 9, 2012 |  Category:   friends life

Have you ever woken up one day and realized that you hadn’t seen any friends in a long time? I can be one of those people who can easily stay inside the house for a few days without getting cabin fever. The girls can do this too. We’ve spent whole weekends inside just putzing around the house. Maybe we’re homebodies. Or hermits. Or maybe we’re just too absorbed in whatever we’re doing at the time…you know, like drawing complex mazes up mountain tops or really over working to death that design for a client (oh, you want 2 directions for that cover? Well here, let me give you 8). Thank god we live across the street from a playground and… CONTINUE READING

summer parties

summer parties

June 8, 2012 |  Category:   friends life

This is what happens when you get all the talented food peeps from our commercial kitchen together on a Monday night. That’s like practically a quarter of Brooklyn’s small food businesses represented right there. With lots of food. And beer.   Mark and I are pretty much the old folks in this young people dominated Brooklyn food movement (or whatever the hell the press wants to call it these days), so we’re one of the only few food company people who have kids. But they’re usually welcome to some parties and it’s really the only way Mark and I can both go out. Besides, at this age the girls seem to just blend right in and make conversation with just… CONTINUE READING

Paris in color, a friendship, and a little guy named Digger

Paris in color, a friendship, and a little guy named Digger

May 23, 2012 |  Category:   friends happy purchases

Do you know about my friend Nichole‘s book, Paris in Color yet? Yes, her Paris photos from her blog and Etsy shop have culminated into this beautiful book. You can find it at various places including your local Anthropologie or Amazon, but this post isn’t really about the book, though you most certainly should check it out. This post is about a friendship (apparently it’s friends week on the blog!)   Nichole was one of the very first people I met online in 2008 through our respective new Etsy shops and on Twitter, who became my friend in real life. Since then, she has become one of my closest friends. It’s common for us to send short emails to each… CONTINUE READING

slumber party weekend

slumber party weekend

May 21, 2012 |  Category:   friends life

It’s Design Week in NYC, which means a lot of friends are in town! I spent the last 3 days with Lisa, Victoria and Anna, including a girls’ weekend away at Anna and Evan’s beautiful house on the Hudson River – a real slumber party and my first night away from the family in…well, ever. The crazy thing is that it’s my first time meeting Victoria and Lisa, but we’ve been chatting online for awhile and it felt really natural and seamless to hang out in real life. I love when that happens and it’s been happening a lot where my online buddies and the talented people who I’ve admired for awhile are becoming dear friends. We spent the weekend… CONTINUE READING

family fun times

family fun times

February 6, 2012 |  Category:   friends life nyc

How was your weekend? It was a very social one for us. On Friday night I had dinner with a few of my talented photographer girlfriends in the East Village and the weekend was packed with day long outings and playdates with the girls, including a trip to New Jersey to visit Nichole and her family.   The photos taken here were from Park Here, an indoor installation in Soho that transforms a 5000 square foot windowless interior into an indoor popup park for the Winter. I was joking on twitter that socializing is hard work! But I also know that I have a very intense work schedule coming up, so I tend to over-schedule social dates while I can… CONTINUE READING

fancy lady times

fancy lady times

January 31, 2012 |  Category:   friends life

There was once a time, years ago, when it seemed like all my friends were boys. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but there is also nothing like hanging out with a girl friend or a small group of ladies that you feel totally comfortable with. I remember desperately missing that in my life and wondering if I would ever have those “best friend” relationships that meant the whole world when I was a kid. Hearing Mia list all her best friends reinforces that feeling that we really do crave and need those kinds of companionship, even at an early age – but it isn’t always easy to find now, is it?   When Mia was a baby, I… CONTINUE READING

I’m going to miss these bright colors and patterns

I’m going to miss these bright colors and patterns

January 10, 2012 |  Category:   friends happy purchases life

This is our last bundle of goodies from my friend Tami who owns and designs clothes through her company Ismodern. We’ve been very lucky to have Tami give the girls a set of clothes from each season since I met her back in 2005. It’s always a burst of color when we open the boxes and pull out each item of clothing…and thank god. If it were up to me, the girls would only wear solids and grays because that’s what I gravitate towards without even thinking, so Tami always provides a welcome punch of color and pattern to their wardrobe. Aside from the generous packages every season, I’ve been happy to have supported her business by purchasing clothes, gifts… CONTINUE READING

rewind, friends, fab, a necklace

rewind, friends, fab, a necklace

December 21, 2011 |  Category:   friends life

Looking at these photos from the lakehouse this past summer is like being enveloped in warm sunshine – a welcome feeling right now, not just because it’s winter (although it’s not – the mild temps still persist in the city), but also because it’s a happy time and I need all the happy time thoughts in my life right now.   But there’s another reason why I dug up these photos from the summer. Our friends Sara and Thor officially adopted their foster daughter who came to live with them and their son a year ago. Do you remember my Pink Party in the Woods post? It was to celebrate this little girl’s birthday. We weren’t able to show any… CONTINUE READING

birthday, take 2

birthday, take 2

November 14, 2011 |  Category:   friends life

Now that Miss C is in Kindergarten, this is the first time Claudine has had friends of her own – not the little siblings of Mia’s friends or neighbors in the building, but friends of her very own. For the past 3 weeks she’s been telling Mia all about them, planning her little gathering of a few friends from her class and drawing their names and pictures on paper over and over again. Being as shy as she is, it’s sort of a big deal to watch her pal around with her new friends at school, seeing her run to catch up with another girl, and walking and talking about whatever it is two 5 year olds talk about.  … CONTINUE READING

Last bits of summer

Last bits of summer

September 20, 2011 |  Category:   friends life Seattle & the NW travels

Nothing like picking blackberries down the street and making a pie with it the same day. The kids (Lecia’s and ours) helped pick the berries and then Lecia’s older son videotaped Mark making the pie so that he could remember the recipe (and look, you can see another view of the pie here). We grilled and ate dinner on the patio under lights while watching the sun go down. It’s moments like these that make you reflect and think, “oh, that was a good summer” now that the summer is gone gone gone.… CONTINUE READING

more seattle

more seattle

September 14, 2011 |  Category:   friends life Seattle & the NW travels

Oh, I’m not done yet with photos from our trip. So much more to show, but you know…life happens, the beginning of school, checking in on my mom, figuring out our Fall schedules. It seems busy. As Fall should be. But I still find myself thinking about our trip which does really seem like a million years ago, so much so that Mia keeps shaking her head with disbelief saying, “did we really go to San Francisco last month?” From my obsessive weather watching, the temps are going to drop starting tomorrow and it does feel like summer is slipping away. Looking at the photos from our trip gives me a sense of calm and also a sense of longing.… CONTINUE READING

the world is big and small

the world is big and small

September 9, 2011 |  Category:   friends life travels

We started the summer making s’mores with the Jensens at their NY lake house and we ended the summer making s’mores with the Jensens on their tiny island in the NW. When we first pulled up to their house, the girls asked if they had moved since they were only used to seeing them in NY. It’s funny how kids perceive things. You forget that their world can be so small sometimes and this is why, above all other luxuries we really can’t afford, I’ve made it a priority to travel with them once a year, even if it’s only to visit family on the West Coast. While I never traveled as a kid, Mark and his family did while… CONTINUE READING

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