October, again.

October, again.

October 16, 2015 |  Category:   life nyc

The trees haven’t turned where we are yet, but this incredible light every evening is an indication that it’s Fall. It’s different from summer light – a bit more dusky, a bit more pink than the golden glow of summer. We’ve been pushing ourselves to spend time outside even though we’ve been under the weather and tired. Sometimes you have to motivate extra hard when it’s easy to stay glued on the couch, but we’ll be hibernating in winter soon enough. We’re always glad when we do, even if we have to bribe the kids with food like we did for our walk across the Brooklyn Bridge (you can watch the sun go down from this Periscope replay). There is… CONTINUE READING

Blood moon, new site.

Blood moon, new site.

October 7, 2015 |  Category:   life

Did you see it? The eclipse? I know – old news, but that’s kind of how we’re operating around here these days. We promised the girls we’d wake them up if it was clear enough to see the eclipse since the clouds were threatening our view all day, but when we actually ran back inside to wake them, they weren’t having it. They were asleep like logs. Apparently the kids in school were all talking about it the next day and later, Miss C told me she woke up at 4am, ran to the window and took a photo of the moon with her Kindle and went back to bed. I don’t know why, but I found that so endearing.… CONTINUE READING

Hawaii, childhood, and the threads that connect us

Hawaii, childhood, and the threads that connect us

September 24, 2015 |  Category:   favorite posts travels

So many photos I know, but it’s been almost a month already since our trip and we’re fully entrenched back in Brooklyn life. Looking at these photos now make our time in Hawaii seem like a dream. Isn’t that a funny thing? In many ways this Hawaii trip brought us full circle. We brought the girls to the hotel where we got married in Kahala and had afternoon tea service much like we did the day before the wedding. That hotel lobby is as grand as ever and this might have been the best tea service I’ve had any where yet.… CONTINUE READING

the big island

the big island

September 14, 2015 |  Category:   life travels

We took a little splurge and went on a mini vacation in the middle of our Hawaiian vacation. We first visited the Big Island right after we got married in Oahu 13 years ago. We were struck by the landscape that was so foreign to us, but also how diverse the island was. Rocky lava and coral exoskeletons, lush rainforests, wooded areas, and miles of farmland and cow pastures – you drive a few hours and the landscape changes. It was hard to resist a return visit considering how close we were going to be.   There’s a quiet to the Big Island that reflects the enormity of the ocean. I think one of my fondest memories is a morning… CONTINUE READING

the first sunrise

the first sunrise

September 8, 2015 |  Category:   life travels

That first morning in Hawaii is a moment that one never forgets no matter how many times you’ve visited the islands. Jetlag forces you to wake up in darkness, and we wait for what feels like eternity for the first sign of the dimmest light when we make our way to the beach, not able to see anything but the darkest shapes. The first sunrise is always a thrill. The girls now know this too. You watch your surroundings become slowly illuminated until you realize where you are. Is it a dream?   We planned this trip a year and a half ago and the girls had been waiting patiently since. Though we used to go a bit more frequently,… CONTINUE READING

a quiet sunday at the Cloisters + more about blogging

a quiet sunday at the Cloisters + more about blogging

September 1, 2015 |  Category:   life nyc outings rambling

Is anyone here? I believe this is the longest stretch I’ve gone without posting in 8 1/2 years. But unlike the past, the absence feels ok and there’s less guilt involved. Guilt about not blogging? Yes, it does happen sometimes, but if we were all wondering about the slow death of blogging before, I think we can now say with certainty that it’s not the same as it once was and hasn’t been for a long time. Personally, for me, it wasn’t just the collective slow-down that triggered less frequent updates, but I confess that my heart wasn’t into blogging anymore once my brother died. It’s like my desire to write died with him – partly out self preservation, but… CONTINUE READING

an August evening on the High Line

an August evening on the High Line

August 8, 2015 |  Category:   life nyc

Golden hour. Good any time of year, but in summer? The light is stunning. The harsh shadows from the day dissipates to soft, warm light and the city glows as the sun bounces and reflects off buildings. Now that the High Line has finished its last phase of construction, the bend where it veers towards the Hudson before it wraps its way back down to street level is a great place to watch sunsets from the city. And we had a great sunset last Saturday.   When the sun went down, nobody wanted to go home. We hung around the High Line till the last bit of light, and even though we had already walked a couple of dozen city… CONTINUE READING

the lake, watermelon salads, startups and going live

the lake, watermelon salads, startups and going live

July 31, 2015 |  Category:   friends life outings

Summer wouldn’t feel like summer without a trip to our friend’s lakehouse an hour and a half north of the city. It’s pristine waters, good company, good food, and a chance to escape everyday life. It’s a secret pocket tucked away that remains hidden from time. No running water or electricity; there is phone service, but it’s pretty much the only thing that connects you to modern life.   It was a good way to cap off the month as we headed into the last week of July.   Wow. July. It’s almost hard to process. So much packed into this month. And while it’s pretty unbelievable that we’re facing August tomorrow, July felt long, like we lived through a… CONTINUE READING

the new whitney

the new whitney

July 22, 2015 |  Category:   art + design life nyc

Took a morning off last week to visit the new Whitney Museum, a much delayed visit after we unsuccessfully attempted to go on opening day. I love how the city is as much an integral part of the museum experience as the artwork it houses. There’s something about the architecture of the new building that blurs the outside with the in. There are outdoor spaces that connect each floor with an exterior staircase, and couches line up opposite large windows for expansive city views on some of the gallery floors. The move from the Upper East side to the Meatpacking District where the High Line ends was a great move, and the new Whitney feels just as airy as the… CONTINUE READING

summer calm

summer calm

July 16, 2015 |  Category:   life

I look at these photos taken in upstate NY last weekend and think how serene these images look. Summer calm. They encapsulate what Northeast summers feel like – hazy and green, the air kissed with humidity. We’re experiencing the season in handful of moments like these and doing the best we can to savor it because the truth is, when you’re in a retail-based business, you’re already thinking and preparing for the next season ahead. Holiday inquiries are starting to come in. It’s a weird head space to be in sometimes because I’ve always had a hard time focusing on the present. This doesn’t exactly help   But if it’s only pockets of time that we have at the moment to… CONTINUE READING

July 4th in DC

July 4th in DC

July 9, 2015 |  Category:   holidays life travels

I wouldn’t recommend taking a trip to DC during the 4th of July holiday. Whoa, the crowds and heightened security. We didn’t really think it through and missed all the fireworks that we had planned on seeing. We decided not to stick around for the big display at the National Mall, and instead waited for fireworks that was planned for the end of a minor league baseball game near my cousin’s house where we were staying. The thing is, you never quite know when a baseball game might end. Of course this one went extra innings…and it kept going…and going…until we finally gave up at 10:30 when thick fog started rolling in. No fireworks this year, but it was a… CONTINUE READING

the start of summer

the start of summer

June 30, 2015 |  Category:   life

And just like that, another school year is over and summer vacation is here. Where does the time go, we all ask ourselves. I see it on the Facebook posts of my friends and in the school yard at pick up on the last day. The faces of some of the 5th grade girls – tentative, a little bit vulnerable, clutching on to their friends (some for the last time, I’m sure) – was a bit heartbreaking. I felt for them because we’ve all been there and I still remember what it felt like to transition from one school to the next. In those transitional years, the arrival of summer vacation is mixed with celebratory relief, but also some anxiety… CONTINUE READING

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